January 4, 2019

2018 Marks Winningest Year In Bridgestone Golf Tour Team History

COVINGTON, GA – 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.

Below is a rundown of the Bridgestone Tour Team’s wins and noteworthy achievements in 2018:

  • Winner of Waste Management Phoenix Open uses TOUR B X (Feb. 1-4, 2018)
  • Bryson DeChambeau wins The Memorial Tournament using TOUR B X (May 31- June 3, 2018)
  • Brandt Snedeker wins Wyndham Championship using TOUR B X while also shooting first career 59 in the opening round (Aug. 16-19, 2018)
  • Bryson DeChambeau wins THE NORTHERN TRUST using TOUR B X (Aug. 23-26, 2018)
  • Bryson DeChambeau goes back-to-back winning the Dell Technologies Championship with TOUR B X (Aug. 31-Sep. 3, 2018)
  • Tiger Woods Completes One of the Greatest Comebacks in Golf History winning the TOUR Championship with TOUR B XS (Sep. 20-23, 2018)
  • Bridgestone balls win 3 out of 4 FedEx Cup Playoff Events
  • Bryson DeChambeau wins Shriners for Hospitals for Children Open using TOUR B X (Nov. 1-4, 2018)
  • Matt Kuchar wins Mayakoba Golf Classic using TOUR B X (Nov. 8-11, 2018)
  • Lexi Thompson wins CME Group Tour Championship using TOUR B X (Nov. 15-18, 2018)

The TOUR B series balls that were used to achieve 9 total professional wins in 2018 are a result of Bridgestone’s continued commitment to providing premium tee-to-green performance to players of varying swing types. Bridgestone owns over 800 golf ball patents and fully leverages the company’s heritage of excellence in polymer science worldwide to design the industry’s most cutting-edge golf balls.

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40th Ranked Gary Woodland Inks Deal With Wilson Golf

CHICAGO, IL – Wilson Golf announced today that Gary Woodland has signed a multi-year deal to join its Advisory Staff. The addition of Woodland, who is currently ranked in the top 40 worldwide, brings his considerable experience and genuine passion for the game to the Wilson Advisory Staff.

Woodland scored his third PGA Tour title last February during the Waste Management Phoenix Open and continued to lead the field throughout the season with three top 10 finishes to close out 2018. Woodland will debut the new prototype Staff Model blades in addition to the V4 utility iron at The Sentry Tournament of Champions. In addition to the clubs, he is also in the process of testing the new Wilson Staff Cortex, winner of Driver vs. Driver 2.

With the start of the 2019 season, Woodland will debut the new prototype Staff Model Blades in addition to the V4 utility iron at this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions.

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Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau Retains Dan Shepherd Public Relations to Promote Burgeoning Golf Destination

Missouri Ozarks Oasis is Fastest-Growing Golf Venue in U.S., Home to Many New and Acclaimed Courses

BRANSON, MO – Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau (“Explore Branson”) today announces that it has retained Dan Shepherd Public Relations, LLC (“DSPR”); to devise and implement a strategic golf-and-resort marketing communications program for the popular southwest Missouri destination.

New Branson-area courses include Payne’s Valley, a 19-hole championship course paying homage to Payne Stewart, the legendary former PGA TOUR player who grew up in nearby Springfield, Mo. Designed by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture company, TGR Design, the mint condition layout will debut in 2019 and includes a one-of-a-kind 19th hole – the Big Rock at Payne’s Valley™.

Ozarks National and Jack Nicklaus’ Top of the Rock – a spell-binding 9-hole, par-3 marvel perched glowingly above Table Rock Lake – are co-host courses of the PGA TOUR Champions Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, April 24-28, 2019.

Branson-area golf is nothing if not unique and supremely interesting. This is spectacularly demonstrated at Mountain Top Course, a 13-hole design collaboration between Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge founder Johnny Morris and World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player. Barely 16 months old and inaugurated on August 31, 2017, it’s blessed with millions-year-old exposed limestone outcroppings, swirling winds buffeting the elevated, often panoramic topography, and holes as different from one another as they are complementary.

Established Branson courses consistently rank among the best in the state, with layouts designed by Tom Fazio, Bob Cupp, and Chuck Smith with Bobby Clampett. Branson Hills has been rated the No. 1 public course in Missouri for seven consecutive years, while Golf Digest bestows that distinction on Buffalo Ridge Springs, the Tom Fazio-Johnny Morris collaboration and Big Cedar Lodge amenity.

Thousand Hills, LedgeStone, and Pointe Royale are equally popular. Thousand Hills is an imaginative and charming par-64 layout. Cupp’s ingenious holes showcase shot values, rolling terrain, and championship-style golf. Pointe Royale is where many of Branson’s live entertainment performers dwell and play, with immaculate greens and tight fairway corridors. LedgeStone is one the area’s favorite venues, a thrilling ride thanks to its winding holes that route up, down and around hills, trees, water and cliffsides.

Branson-area golf provides a scintillating class of courses, with a variety of design and terrain styles, all sharing lush Ozark Mountain majesty. Meshed with the vast array of after-golf activities, it’s a tailor-made place for intrepid travelers who love exploring best-in-kind places where there is an abundance of leisure, lodging, meeting, event, family, and dining options.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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