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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 226                                                       
Monday, November 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “That's what drives me, that's what motivates me. And I will continue to try to get better. It always helps with confidence. I think winning a tournament always helps breed confidence. Confidence goes a long way in this game. Knowing that I can do it. Knowing that, you know, 40 is just a number. Turns out 40 may be the new 20, so that's how I'm going to try to look at it. I don't think I've changed any of my goals. I aspire to make Presidents Cup, I aspire to make the TOUR Championship, I aspire to win multiple times in the '18-'19 season. A major's still on my list. Those are all goals for me and I think this will help leapfrog that. That confidence because of winning a tournament hopefully propels make to a great '19.”

BRAIN TEASER: This player recorded his third top-10 of the fall at the RSM Classic, tied for most of the season with Scott Piercy and Gary Woodland. He has ranked inside the top 10 in 13 of his last 16 rounds on TOUR: Sanderson Farms Championship (1- T1-1-1), Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T32-T8-6-T28), Mayakoba Golf Classic (T42-2-T5-T10), The RSM Classic (T7-T2-T2-6). Who is he?

THE PARTY CONTINUES: Early holiday trimmings have come to the PGA TOUR and Sea Island, Georgia.  RSM US LLP (“RSM”) has extended its sponsorship of The RSM Classic on the PGA TOUR through 2025. The five-year agreement, which takes effect following the 2020 tournament, was announced today by RSM Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams. RSM has been the title sponsor since the tournament’s debut in 2010, partnering with tournament host Davis Love III and the Davis Love Foundation, which serves as the tournament host organization.

“We understand that middle market business leaders enjoy watching and playing golf,” stated Adams. “Golf is also completely aligned with RSM’s core values of respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship, and it’s a great metaphor for our business. Like the caddie behind the successful golfer, RSM is committed to helping our clients navigate today’s global business landscape. The RSM Classic has provided a great opportunity for us to connect with clients and others in a meaningful way, while also serving as a platform to magnify our focus on giving back to the community. We’re pleased to extend our sponsorship of The RSM Classic through 2025, and we look forward to doing even more great things for the community through the tournament.”

“The RSM Classic quickly established itself as a popular stop on the PGA TOUR and has continued to grow through the dedicated efforts of Davis Love III, his Foundation and RSM,” said Brian Oliver, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. “The players love the resort setting and the uniquely relaxed atmosphere surrounding the tournament, which continues to do a tremendous job of raising money and awareness for local and national charitable organizations through the Birdies Fore Love program. We are thrilled that this partnership will continue through RSM’s new five-year commitment as the title sponsor.”

BUYER ALWAYS BE WARE: With the holiday season fast approaching, it is the time of year where gift giving takes center stage. Golf certainly looks to get its fair share of the money consumers spend before the end of the calendar year. Everyone has individual filters they employ in determining what they buy. However, does the authenticity ever come into the equation? In some regions of the globe, if not all, this is a very real issue.

The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group (The Golf Group) reported the largest single seizure in the past five years. It confiscated more than 29,000 pieces of counterfeit golf equipment and supplies from a facility in Dongguan, a major industrial center in Guangdong Province, China.

Seized in the raid were 592 finished clubs, 1,623 semi-finished clubs, 6,780 club heads, 3,340 grips, 1,990 headcovers and more than 15,000 pieces of stickers and marks that bear group members' logos, including Titleist, PXG, Callaway, TaylorMade, PING, XXIO and Cleveland.

“As our largest single raid in more than a half decade, this seizure signifies two things. One, that we are committed to fighting counterfeiters and will do everything in our power to bring them to justice. And two, that the production of fake golf equipment is still a very serious issue that more golfers need to be aware of,” said Sonia Lari, Senior Corporate Counsel, Callaway. “Consumers need to understand that the risks of purchasing fake golf equipment goes beyond performance – they can even be dangerous to use. The only way for consumers to guarantee that they are not purchasing counterfeit products is to buy from an authorized retailer or reseller.”

The recent raid was carried out by local government law enforcement authorities in Dongguan and Taixing in October. The key locations of the counterfeits, including the shipping center, the warehouse and the assembling workshop, were raided simultaneously by more than 30 officers from Dongguan and Taixing public security bureau (PSB), with assistance from 12 investigators and other legal counsel. Computer data, sales records, buyer lists and delivery notes including names and addresses were also found at the location and seized for further investigation. In total, five suspects are being held in custody for investigation.

“Just because this raid was completed does not mean this investigation is over. We will continue to work with local authorities, who are following up on leads generated from the raid that we hope will lead to additional prosecutions,” said Frankie Ho, Global Intellectual Property Counsel, PXG. “To continue to protect consumers against counterfeiters, all group members are working together with authorities to discover new ways to identify and shut down these illegal operations. While there are still counterfeiters producing fake golf products, they’re starting to find out that these practices are unacceptable and once found, we will ensure they are punished to the fullest extent of the law. We promise to continue to fight this ongoing battle against fakes and to keep golf real.”

To help consumers learn more about counterfeit products and their inherent risks, The Golf Group posts relevant information on its website www.keepgolfreal.com, and on its new Facebook page. On the Golf Group’s new social media channel, golfers can stay up to date on the latest news, tips and insights on how to avoid counterfeit equipment, as well as report suspected counterfeit golf equipment sellers directly to the Golf Group.

TIME IS MONEY: Golf Australia boss Stephen Pitt said at the start of last week that the sport needed to do a better job of bringing its stars into the lounge rooms of everyday Australians. It might want to have a closer look at the clock for starters. In an era in which world golf has experimented with events such as the Shot Clock Masters, where players can be penalized for their pace of play and standing over a shot too long, several groups set a dawdling pace at the Australian Open at The Lakes. Some of the last groups in the third round were spending almost five-and-a-quarter hours on course before lodging their cards, not only a frustration for crowds but also television executives. READ MORE>>>

NEWS NUGGETS: With 102 birdies during fall events, Cameron Champ won the Birdies Fore Love charity competition and will receive $300,000 from RSM to donate to The Cameron Champ Foundation. JJ Spaun was second with 110 and receives $150,000 for his charity. Joel Dahmen was third with 105 and receives $50,000 for his charity. The funds are earmarked for children or family-based charitable organizations of each player’s choice.

Chucky 3-stick had the third-most starts before his third PGA TOUR victory: Leonard Thompson (553), Howard Twitty (532), Charles Howell III (529), Steve Lowery (519), Mike Sullivan (457), Don Pooley (445), J.J. Henry (439).

WEB GEMS:

A WIN/WIN: Unheralded Mexican Abraham Ancer ignited his round with a remarkable chip-in before winning the Australian Open by five strokes on Sunday to join a host of golfing greats in lifting the Stonehaven Cup. Ancer, Dimitrios Papadatos and Jake McLeod have secured their places in The 148th Open after qualifying at the Emirates Australian Open. READ MORE>>>

ANOTHER WIN/WIN! Danny Willett made a triumphant return of the winner's circle as Francesco Molinari was crowned Europe's Number One on a dramatic final day of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. READ MORE>>>

ANOTHER/ANOTHER WIN/WIN!! Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn won $1 million (£778,998) and a bundle of honors as Lexi Thompson closed out the LPGA season with a four-stroke victory at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “That's what drives me, that's what motivates me. And I will continue to try to get better. It always helps with confidence. I think winning a tournament always helps breed confidence. Confidence goes a long way in this game. Knowing that I can do it. Knowing that, you know, 40 is just a number. Turns out 40 may be the new 20, so that's how I'm going to try to look at it. I don't think I've changed any of my goals. I aspire to make Presidents Cup, I aspire to make the TOUR Championship, I aspire to win multiple times in the '18-'19 season. A major's still on my list. Those are all goals for me and I think this will help leapfrog that. That confidence because of winning a tournament hopefully propels make to a great '19.”--Matt Kuchar.

Cameron Champ recorded his third top-10 of the fall at the RSM Classic, tied for most of the season with Scott Piercy and Gary Woodland. He has ranked inside the top 10 in 13 of his last 16 rounds on TOUR: Sanderson Farms Championship (1- T1-1-1), Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T32-T8-6-T28), Mayakoba Golf Classic (T42-2-T5-T10), The RSM Classic (T7-T2-T2-6).

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