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OUR NEW NAME

After many board meetings and internal debates, I… I mean we have decided to change the name of this biweekly newsletter to “the fried egg”. Please direct any questions or comments to my future PR team.

UN-FORE-SEEN CONSEQUENCES

Golf enthusiast, billionaire, reality TV star and Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, made polarizing comments last week suggesting a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.  While the political ramifications are still uncertain, the golf world showed their hand rather quickly.  

Within a week of making these comments, Trump had his name pulled from a golf course and housing development in Dubai, and the PGA Tour announced plans to explore alternative courses to Trump’s National Doral Golf Course for the 2017 WGC-Cadillac Championship. The largest blow came Sunday out of Scotland where the R&A decided to pull legendary course Turnberry (purchased by Trump last year) from the British Open rotation.   

It seems as though Trump may have finally fired himself.

SVENSSON RUNS AWAY AT Q-SCHOOL…

21 year old Canadian, Adam Svensson, dominated this year’s Web.com Q-School with a wire to wire victory.   Despite an average final round (72), Svensson finished 7 shots clear of his closest competitors, Ian Davis and Jason Millard.   

Svennson entered the final round with a 9 shot lead over the field after flawless rounds of 64, 65, 65 at PGA National, which is routinely one of the most challenging stops on tour. Svennson decided to turn pro this May after playing 3 years at Division II powerhouse, Barry University where he was the number 1 ranked player in the country.   

Overall, 50 players survived and earned a Web.com card some notables include Big Break winner Richie Werenski (t34), former number 1 ranked amateurs Ollie Schneiderjans (t9) and Cheng Tsung Pan (t14th).

DUFF & SNEDS WIN AT THE FRANKLIN TEMPLETON

Fan favorite, Jason Dufner, ended his 2+ year winless drought this week partnering with Brandt Snedeker to win the 2015 Franklin Templeton Shootout with a -30 total over 3 rounds.

A unique event, the FT Shootout consists of 12 teams playing 3 rounds each with a different format (scramble, alternate shot and best ball.)  Dufner and Snedeker used a final round best ball total of 61 to beat the Harris English and Matt Kuchar team by 2.   

The FT Shootout signals the end of 2015 for the the PGA Tour. Next stop: the Tournament of Champions on January 7th.

WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME THIS SOONER

(according to a dissertation on the “contextual interference effect” by Dr. Christine Carter.) Dr. Carter looked at the effects of a blocked practice session vs a random practice session.  The study found that a random practice sessions leads to more mental activity and greater long-term learning.

What this means for those of us trying to get better?

Instead of hitting several wedges followed by several 8-irons and so on, switch clubs every shot to continue to stimulate your brain.  In a study with baseball players, Dr. Carter saw random practice sessions to be over twice as effective.   

QUICK HOOKS

Tiger Woods ranked 26th on Forbes’ inaugural list of America’s 40 wealthiest entrepreneurs.  Woods was the only athlete to make the list and trailed number one, Mark Zuckerberg, by a mere $46.5 billion. Pocket change.
Jamie Donaldson won the Thailand Golf Championship by three shots over Lee Westwood and Clement Sordet.

Golf mogul, Mike Keiser, is attempting to build two new courses in Oregon, including a municipal course at famed resort, Bandon Dunes.

Social media star and LPGA hopeful, Paige Spiranac, vowed to “take a break” from social media after a rocky LPGA debut (finishing 101st out of 108) and missing the cut at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Bye till Wednesday.