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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 232                                                       
Thursday, November 29, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “It is a different feeling and I guess anyone can tell you this as an older athlete, there are some days where you just don't feel very good. That's part of the deal. Those are the days I just shut it down. I just don't push through it. In years past, I would just go run five miles, make myself feel better. Well, that's not happening anymore. I've got to learn that the body's just a little different now.”

BRAIN TEASER: Are there any tournament winners from the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season in this week’s field of the Hero Challenge?

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: Tiger offered his thoughts on ‘The Match” against Phil Mickelson. “It was an experience, I think, that was different for the game of golf and one that everyone had an opinion, whether it's good or bad, I don't care what it is,” he said, “but everyone had an opinion, and that's what we tried to stir up. Hopefully it was a positive experience for most.

“We tried to make it a show, it was entertainment, but I got lost in the competitiveness of it. I started getting focused on trying to fight through and beat Phil. And Phil and I were talking about it while we're playing, he said, ‘I'm having a hard time talking.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, yeah, me too. I'm the same way because I'm trying to beat your brains in,’ and that's how we've been our entire career. And so, it was a little on the giddy side early, as we turned and he was up, then I flipped it to I was up, he got really quiet and then he started talking when he got up and then after I hole a shot on 17, he got really quiet.”

Suffice is to say some kinks need to be worked out, in more ways than one for the sake of the next iteration that will surely emerge in the future.

BUILDING THE PROFESSIONAL FUTURE: Mission Hills Group in China has announced that The R&A will provide funding towards a new golf scholarship program being set up at the world’s largest golf facility.  The scholarships at Mission Hills will support  Chinese golfers by providing financial grants towards their golf training and competition. 

Tenniel Chu, Mission Hills Group Vice-Chairman stated, “Since my late father founded Mission Hills 25 years ago, my family has been fully committed to growing golf in China. We have invested millions of dollars into youth development and more than 100,000 competitive rounds have been played by junior golfers at Mission Hills. This announcement is another exciting chapter in our long relationship with The R&A, dating back to when Mission Hills hosted the first Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2009.  The R&A’s commitment to growing the game in China has been unwavering throughout.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A said:  “This Golf Scholarship Program is an important step forward in supporting young people in China, in both golf and personal development. The outcomes of initiatives like this that will underpin The R&A’s purpose, to ensure golf is thriving 50 years from now.”

Edmund Chu, Managing Director of SECA, considered China’s fastest growing sports management company which will partner with Mission Hills to underwrite the new scholarship initiative, stated, “Given our work with several Chinese athletes and events and our long-term friendship with Mission Hills SECA is committed to supporting the next generation of sporting talent in China.  As the global governing body for golf, The R&A’s endorsement and support of our scholarship program is significant and will hopefully allow us to unearth the next Feng Shanshan or Li Haotong, and potentially a future Open champion.”

Underwritten by Mission Hills and SECA, the Golf Scholarship Program at Mission Hills will aim to support talented Chinese golfers aged 18 and under, boys and girls, with financial grants towards their training and competition and potentially their education. It is expected later in 2019, the program will be expanded to support students in other sports as well, including basketball and football in conjunction with FC Barcelona and the NBA, both of whom announced strategic partnerships with Mission Hills in 2017.

SUCCESSION PLAN: The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors announced Greg McLaughlin will assume the combined roles and responsibilities of WGF Chief Executive Officer & President of The First Tee. He most recently served as President of PGA TOUR Champions, since January 2015; prior to his role at the TOUR, he was CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation for 14 years.

Ten-year World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona will assist McLaughlin with the transition before retiring later next year. In addition, 25-year golf industry veteran, Jack Peter, who has made significant contributions including overseeing the design, build out and operation of PGA TOUR Entertainment and most recently President of the World Golf Hall of Fame will retire from his position at the end of the year.

Miller Brady, a 19-year veteran of the PGA TOUR, will succeed McLaughlin at the PGA TOUR Champions. He worked under McLaughlin as Senior Vice President & Chief of Operations, where his responsibilities included direct oversight of tournament business affairs, operations, competitions and player relations as well as scheduling.

WEB GEMS:

A FIRST: Minjee Lee has become the first woman to win Greg Norman Medal as the best Australian golfer on the international stage after a brilliant year that saw her break into the top 10 of the world rankings. READ MORE>>>

YOU NEVER STOP LEARNING: “If I didn’t feel rested, I didn’t play well. Maybe that’s just being a little bit older, but I think it’s important, and playing seven of the last nine last (season) was too much. I have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.” READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS:  “It is a different feeling and I guess anyone can tell you this as an older athlete, there are some days where you just don't feel very good. That's part of the deal. Those are the days I just shut it down. I just don't push through it. In years past, I would just go run five miles, make myself feel better. Well, that's not happening anymore. I've got to learn that the body's just a little different now.”--Tiger Woods.

There are two 2018-19 tournament winners (Xander Schauffele/World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Bryson DeChambeau/Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) in this week’s Hero Challenge field.

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