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2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET

2019 WASTE MANAGEMENT
PHOENIX OPEN

PRESENTED BY
THE AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY


DATES: Tournament Week: January 28 – February 3, 2019

72-hole PGA TOUR event: Thursday, Jan. 31 – Sunday, Feb. 3

Part of the PGA TOUR's FedExCup (84th annual event that was first played in 1932 – 5th oldest on PGA TOUR)

TITLE SPONSOR: Waste Management, Inc. (WM)

PRESENTING SPONSOR: The Ak-Chin Indian Community

SITE: TPC Scottsdale

TPC Stadium Course designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf (1986), Redesigned by Tom Weiskopf in 2014.

Par: 35-36--71, Yards: 7,261

Callaway 2019 Products: Apex 19 Irons and Hybrids, Odyssey Stroke Lab Putters, ERC Soft Golf Balls and More

Callaway also announced a number of new products for 2019 on Thursday. The new products include Apex 19 hybrids, Apex 19 and Apex Pro 19 irons, PM grind wedges, Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, Odyssey Toulon putters, ERC Soft golf balls, Supersoft and Supersoft Magna golf balls.

Below, we take a look at all of the new Callaway clubs, technologies, pricing and release dates.

Apex 19 hybrid

The Apex 19 hybrid, described as a “players hybrid” due to its compact shape and design, now comes with Jailbreak technology. That means along with offering workability and spin control similar to an iron, compared to larger hybrid shapes, the Apex 19 also has the benefits of two stiffening bars behind the face for increased ball speed. The heads are made from 455 carpenter steel and come with a dark PVD finish.

They come stock with True Temper Catalyst shafts, will sell for $269.99 apiece, and they hit retail on January 25.

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2018 Marks Winningest Year In Bridgestone Golf Tour Team History

COVINGTON, Ga. – (December 19, 2018) - Bridgestone Golf, the #1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, announced today that in 2018 its TOUR Team achieved the most victories in one calendar year in company history. In addition, Bridgestone Golf had more wins per Tour Team member than any other golf ball company.

Bridgestone’s hallmark Tour year totaled an incredible 8 PGA TOUR wins with just 4 staff players. Of the 8 victories, 7 were won with Bridgestone’s acclaimed TOUR B X Golf ball. The exceptional win for the TOUR B XS came in perhaps the most exciting and anticipated win of the season, marking Tiger Woods return to the winner’s circle at the season-ending TOUR Championship. The final win of the year gave Bridgestone its 2nd season-ending championship, when Lexi Thompson relied on the TOUR B X in her triumph at the 2018 CME Group Tour Championship.

Bridgestone’s TOUR B X and TOUR B XS are designed for players with greater than 105 mph driver swing speeds. Both the X and XS were softened over their predecessors and provide more spin and greenside control due to their softer urethane cover formulation, while increased distance comes from enhanced aerodynamics and an improved 330 Dual Dimple design. The X is for those players looking for more power and ball speed off the tee, while the XS provides extra spin control and slightly softer feel greenside, while still maintaining low driver spin off the tee.

Rylan Porter Shoots 67 to Lead Event No 5 of PGA Tournament Series

PORT ST. LUCIE – Rylan Porter birdied his last three holes to shoot a 5-under 67 Thursday and lead Event No. 5 of the PGA Tournament Series at PGA Golf Club.

Porter, an Assistant PGA Professional at Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis, weathered the rain during the middle of his round and closed in style on the Wanamaker Course to position himself for his first PGA Tournament Series win. He leads by two shots.

“It was nice to finally roll some putts in the last three holes,” Porter said. “It was tough when the rain was coming down just trying to survive. I knew I would have a few birdie opportunities coming in.”

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Daly, Love III and Norman Talk Driving

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Asking Davis Love III, John Daly and Greg Norman a few questions about driving the golf ball is a no-brainer. After all, each of the three have impressive credentials in that area.

Love led the TOUR in driving distance (measured drives) in 1986 and 1994 and ranked inside the top 10 in that category a dozen other times.

Norman ranked inside the top 10 in driving distance for nine seasons during his heyday.

Daly, of course, goes down as one of the PGA TOUR’s biggest hitters, leading in driving distance 11 times during a 12-season stretch. In 1997, he was the first player to average 300 yards in a single season.

All three players are in this weekend’s PNC Father/Son Challenge and were gracious enough to weigh in on a few driving questions.

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The Best Shot Hit with Each Club in the Bag in 2018

Brooks Koepka used a 9-iron on consecutive full swings in the final round at Shinnecock Hills. One led to birdie, the other led to par. Both were crucial in making him the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.

Tiger Woods showed glimpses of being back on his game with a long iron and a short one. Tony Finau hit one of the luckiest shots in Ryder Cup history.

They were among the memorable shots using all 14 clubs in the bag, from driver to putter, that helped shape 2018 on the PGA Tour.

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Check out the top 5 shots of the week from the 2018 QBE Shootout, Web.Com Tour Qualifying, featuring Patton Kizzire, Graeme McDowell, Andy Zhang, Steve Stricker, and Gary Woodland.

The QBE Shootout is a three round team event contested at Tiburón Golf Course in Naples, Florida. Defending champions Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker join top ranked players in the world that includes team 'Bryson DeChambeau - Kevin Na' and team 'Harold Varner III - Bubba Watson.' Tony Finau and the LPGA's Lexi Thompson will pair up again after finishing tied for fourth in 2017.


 

The Best Golf Gifts for 2018

Need to buy a gift for someone in your life that's a golf fanatic? No matter the occasion, it’s always a good idea to get your golf lover a present that they’ll be sure to bring with on the course them. And there are so many excellent gift options for ardent golfers, from a fresh set of balls to a new gadget. If you're looking to splurge on a gift, you might want to consider clubs or rangefinders to help them up their golf game, but if you're on a tight budget you can always pick up something thoughtful like a hat or gloves. Stumped for ideas and not really well versed in the golf genre? Check out some of these best gift for golfers.


2018 Top Picks:

Best Hat: Nike Golf Legacy91 Adjustable Hat

The Nike Golf Legacy91 adjustable hat is the perfect gift because it is universal. Perfect for men and women, junior and senior golfers, this adjustable hat can go with any style of golf attire. The cap is simple, lightweight and breathable. Nike makes this hat with a dry-fit material to keep sweat at bay and leave your head dry.

Available in white, blue, red, yellow and several other colors, you can customize this gift for whomever you wish. A nice Nike hat is the best overall gift option because every golfer enjoys a great hat and it never hurts to have more than one.

Best Budget: Bionic StableGrip Golf Gloves

An affordable gift doesn’t need to be a useless keychain or trinket. Get the golf enthusiast on your list a great golf glove. The Bionic StableGrip golf glove is one of the best gloves on the market due to its tough leather construction and padded palm, but it still costs less than a cart rental.

What makes this glove so great is the way it was made. Bionic’s StableGrip features Lycra between the fingers for a snug fit, perforations for breathability and moisture management and a “second skin” design for the optimal fit. This glove is available in a range of sizes and both hand orientations. This glove is machine washable and available in sizes ranging from small to 3XL.