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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 170                                                       
Monday, September 9, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “The R&A, they pissed me off because they attempted to ruin my image by not keeping this matter private. It is an unsettling topic. I've been called a cheater by my fellow opponents. It's all joking, but when someone yells ‘cheater" in front of 200 people, to me it's not going to go down very well.”

BRAIN TEASER: Of these players can you name the one with the most and the one with the least number of victories on the PGA TOUR since 2015: Brooks Koepka, Jordan Speith, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy?

WANNA BET? It remains to be seen how big or small the market will be for golf wagering, especially in comparison to football and other sports. Nevertheless, the PGA TOUR and IMG ARENA have expanded their multi-year agreement to allow for the distribution of TOUR’s official scoring data to betting operators within North America.

Back in November 2018, IMG ARENA was appointed as the PGA TOUR’s official data distributor for media and betting purposes across all events on the PGA TOUR schedule. The expanded relationship includes betting sector exclusivity for the delivery of live, shot-by-shot match and event data to global operators.

The PGA TOUR’s official data is collected through its proprietary ShotLink system. With a network of walking scorers, lasers and greenside cameras, ShotLink collects and distributes data points from each shot in PGA TOUR competition in real time.

“As the sports betting market in the United States evolves, extending our relationship with the PGA TOUR is an important next step for IMG ARENA,” stated Freddie Longe, senior vice-president and managing director at IMG ARENA. “For the first time, sports fans will have access to shot-by-shot action, from tournaments all-year-round using official PGA TOUR ShotLink data. We continue to feel that golf has the audience, interest and following to become one of the leading in-play betting sports globally.” It’s a worthwhile bet, yet its unlikely it will come close to rivaling the NFL, MLB or the NBA.

TRANSPARENCY: So the PGA TOUR is set to implement a new club-testing program, to identify drivers that are non-conforming or on the verge of becoming non-conforming. This matter came to a head (pun intended) at the Open Championship with Xander Schauffele when his driver failed the CT test. He contended he wasn’t the only one. The end result is the upcoming and ongoing testing protocol to verify driver CT limits. Nevertheless, it begs the question could someone have played a non-conforming driver, unsuspectingly, and registered a victory on the TOUR? We’ll never know. And why just drivers? With all the nonsense about the distance golf balls travel, why isn’t that piece of equipment also tested?

WEB GEMS:

THE WAIT IS OVER: Paul Casey secured his first European Tour title in five years after coming out on top at the Porsche European Open. READ MORE>>>

REWRITING HISTORY: No American team had won on foreign soil in 12 years, since an all-star group of future major and PGA Tour winners prevailed at Royal County Down. No U.S. side had trailed after Day 1 and gone on to win – anywhere – since 1963 at Turnberry. Let the stories begin. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “The R&A, they pissed me off because they attempted to ruin my image by not keeping this matter private. It is an unsettling topic. I've been called a cheater by my fellow opponents. It's all joking, but when someone yells ‘cheater” ‘in front of 200 people, to me it's not going to go down very well.”--Xander Schauffele at the 148th Open Championship after his driver was deemed non-conforming through testing for CT.

Since 2015, Dustin Johnson has won 12 times on the PGA TOUR and Brooks Koepka 7. Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth each have 10 victories, despite Spieth not recording one in the past two years. Rory McIlroy has 8 victories, including three times in 2019! For some perspective on DJ’s impressive run, Paul Azinger, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker each have 12 career victories! Johnson posted only one victory in 2019!

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