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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 229                                                       
Monday, November 26, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I think that everyone certainly had their way of looking at the match, and I just think that everyone was entitled to it. We were there to play head-to-head and do something that's never been done before; lo and behold, here we are going to extra holes and we're under the lights. You couldn't have made this event any better than it was.”

BRAIN TEASER: Do you know who won the 2017 Hero World Challenge?

MONEY MAKER? The first rule in business is to make money. The second rule is to never forget the first rule. So whether demand for “The Match’ between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, was successful isn’t open for debate. Due to technical difficulties, Turner Sports made a last-minute decision Friday to waive its pay-per-view price before the live match play event began, giving away the rest of the broadcast for free. The implication is that demand must have crashed the infrastructure thus forcing Turner’s hand. But more likely it had modest expectations for its made for daytime TV on Black Friday.

The Masters annually represents golf’s largest viewing audience. It has been reported an average of 13 million television viewers watched CBS' broadcast of the 2018 final round. So using that as high water mark that likely wasn’t anticipated to be reached and one can begin to speculate or forecast what might have been hoped for in the Woods vs Mickelson winner take all format.

Some are already suggesting this has the possibilities of becoming a franchise much the way the Skins Game was once a staple of the American Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Nevertheless, since it falls outside the typical playing schedule of most, if not all of golf’s marquee names, its doubtful viewers can expect to see the best on course performances. Nevertheless, the purpose of the exercise is to make money. The 2018 edition didn’t since any sales collected were refunded. The production costs on top of the $9 million purse clearly made this a stern test without a sponsor of any sort. So time will tell whether this exercise will attempt to be repeated with different results. But it won’t stop people from talking that another effort will be made.

WEB GEMS:

MADE FOR TV? The worst-case scenario for this whole shebang was for Woods to struggle early, putting him in full grind mode, and on cue he yipped a short putt on the second hole and started spraying shots off the tee. There had been some exquisitely awkward small talk down the first two holes but Woods reverted to his true self, brooding on his own. Phil was left to chat with rules official Mark Russell and anyone else who strayed within earshot. Mickelson was hitting it nicely but looked spooked on the greens, and most of his early patter was him and his brother/caddie Tim discussing the state of his putting. READ MORE>>>

CAPTAINS? Ernie Els is preparing his team for a battle with Tiger Woods on and off the course at next year’s Presidents Cup, expecting the 14-times major champion to be a playing skipper at Royal Melbourne. READ MORE>>>

TO BE DETERMINED: Plans for “The Match II” have been placed on hold until it is revealed how Phil Mickelson’s win over Tiger Woods in Las Vegas fared on pay-per-view. READ MORE>>>

NEW WORLD POWER? Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry of Belgium lifted the World Cup of Golf trophy on Sunday. They may have won it on Friday. The Belgians had a few anxious moments on the back nine Sunday but held on to shoot a 4-under 68 and claim a three-stroke win, despite a determined late run by Australia and Mexico. READ MORE>>>

A NEW NAME: Aaron Rai claimed his maiden European Tour title after holding off fellow Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick to secure a one-shot victory at the Honma Hong Kong Open. The 23 year old never actually surrendered the lead on Sunday but saw his six-shot overnight advantage cut to a single stroke by Fitzpatrick during a thrilling final-round battle in the pouring rain at Hong Kong Golf Club. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “I think that everyone certainly had their way of looking at the match, and I just think that everyone was entitled to it. We were there to play head-to-head and do something that's never been done before; lo and behold, here we are going to extra holes and we're under the lights. You couldn't have made this event any better than it was.”--Tiger Woods after ‘The Match.”

Despite beginning the day seven strokes behind 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman, Rickie Fowler won the 2017 Hero World Challenge by four strokes over him. He delivered a tournament-record, final-round 11-under 61 to finished with a 72-hole winning total of 18-under 270.

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