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VOLUME 9, NUMBER 173                                                       
Thursday, September 12, 2019

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I knew what it was all about. I knew I had to make it. I knew I had to make in for the tournament; I knew I had to make it to have a 59. I'm sitting there going, How many opportunities are you gonna get to do this?” 

BRAIN TEASER: Who won the official money title on the PGA TOUR in 2019?

SHORT STROKES: Winning looks easy. Yet it isn’t! Case in point as the PGA TOUR revs up its engine once again, consider Kevin Na, who is the defending champion of the A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. It was just his second PGA TOUR victory in 370th career starts. So what went right for him to come out on top?

42% of Na’s total strokes gained, according to ShotLink, for the week were a result of his putting performance, gaining +1.772 strokes per round in SG: Putting. He made five birdies in his opening nine holes in his final round en route to a 29 on the front 9, marking just the sixth PGA TOUR winner in the ShotLink era to record an opening nine-hole score under 30 in the final round. Na ranked inside the top four in several key Putting statistics leading the field in Putts Per Round (26.50) and One-Putt Percentage (50%). He made three total putts from outside 25 feet, marking the fourth consecutive winner at this event to make three or more putts from this distance en route to victory. So it is all about how far the golf ball flies? Not necessarily.

44% of the total strokes gained by the last eight winners at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier have come on the greens at The Old White TPC. The winners at this event have outperformed the field by a combined average of +1.51 strokes per round in Strokes Gained: Putting. Whether this intel ever sees the light of day with the powers that be in the eternal debate over the distance golf balls travel is anyone’s guess. It safely could be stated that putting is the greatest equalizer in the game regardless of what happens off the tee!

MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND: Will this impact college golf too? The California Assembly has passed a bill to let college athletes make money, setting up a confrontation with the NCAA that could jeopardize the athletic futures of programs at USC, UCLA and Stanford. The bill would let college athletes hire agents and be paid for the use of their name, image or likeness. And it would stop universities and the NCAA from banning athletes who take the money. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

THERE IS NO OFF SEASON: It is only 16 days since Rory McIlroy was crowned FedEx Cup champion but players are already gearing up for the new U.S. PGA Tour season with the opening event, the Greenbrier Classic, kicking off in West Virginia on Thursday. READ MORE>>>

REST IN PEACE: Brian Barnes will be forever remembered as the man who once beat Jack Nicklaus twice in the 1975 Ryder Cup. Nicklaus asked for it. Barnes, who passed away at the age of 74, was no slouch when it came to the stick and ball game. He was also one of the European Tour’s great characters. Larger than life is an apt phrase to describe the Scotsman. He also had his demons. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I knew what it was all about. I knew I had to make it. I knew I had to make in for the tournament; I knew I had to make it to have a 59. I'm sitting there going, How many opportunities are you gonna get to do this?” --Stuart Appleby after he won the 2010 Greenbrier Classic, now known as A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

Brooks Koepka, $9,684,006, was the top dog on the PGA TOUR’s official earnings for 2019. Rory McIlroy, who picked up the FedExCup bonus of $15 million, was in second place with $7,785,286. You decide who made more. Fairly certain Uncle Sam has good grasp on it.

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