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Zen Golf Quote of the Week
May 2011

 

Father's Day Special Offer 

The Masters 

The Players 

The Email Bag 

Tour Stats to Know 

Events and Media


Father's Day Special Offer


Get a father in your life a very special gift this year - a phone session with top PGA and LPGA Tour coach Dr. Joe Parent. 

From today through June 18th, every pre-paid half hour or longer phone session with Dr. Joe that you purchase via gift certificate for a Dad is 25% off the regular price. 

Call the office, 805.640.1046 or email info@zengolf.com to get Zen Golf Phone session gift certificates in time for the the dads out there. 

For a dad who's techno-savvy, you can also purchase the Listen, Watch & Learn progrom, just call the office to arrange! 

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PGA Tour Notes

The Masters


Charl Schwartzel was not one of the names being bandied about at the beginning of the week, but by Sunday evening, it was the 26 year old South African being fitted with a new green jacket, 50 years after Gary Player's historic win. While Rory McIlroy was hearing roars and feeling the heat, while Tiger Woods' seeming return to top form with a bold front nine charge was stalling on the back nine, and while 3 Aussies all put in bids to be the first to bring a jacket back down under, Schwartzel was biding his time, making 10 straight pars after going two under for the first 4 holes Sunday. 

The round started auspiciously for both Schwartzel, chipping in for birdie on the first hole, then pitching in for eagle on the par-5 third hole, and McIlroy, with an opening bogey. The commanding 4 stroke lead was gone. After bogeying 5 and birdieing 7, McIlroy looked to have righted a somewhat listing ship. And after a bogey on 4, Schwartzel just plodded along for the next few hours, making par after par while all around him... 

It was great to have the back nine fireworks back, and with the three Aussies (Day, Scott and Geoff Ogilvy) combining for 12 birdies on the back, the patrons had plenty of great shots to cheer for. Amen corner started one hole early for Rory, with a devastating triple bogey on 10, and Tiger's 31 on the front was followed by a pedestrian 36 on the back. Day and Scott seemed to be the players most interested in winning the tournament until Schwartzel began an historic birdie run on 15, becoming the first Masters Champion in history to birdie the last 4 holes. 

While Tiger showed signs of returning to form, he once again failed to come from behind for a major championship win. Of course that's how most players do win these, as the front-runner has a tendency to not play their best, and in that vein, Schwartzel, in a post-round interview mentioned that Justin Rose had said to him "you've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain," before the round -- the attitude we find echoed over and over from come from behind champions. 

The Players


With a major and "a fifth" in the books, 2011 is shaping up as a very interesting year. While the Masters saw two twenty-somethings and a thirty year old at the top of the leaderboard Sunday, The Players found forty-something KJ Choi edging out forty-something David Toms, while forty-something Paul Goydos filled out the third spot. KJ Choi, a solid eight-place finisher at the Masters, thrilled his Choi's Bois fans at TPC Sawgrass, winning the title in a playoff with David Toms. 

After a see-saw battle to finish the regulation holes of the tournament, with Toms making a very uncharacteristic shot-selection at 16 leading to bogey, Choi birdieing the iconic 17th hole, and Toms hitting a splendid 5 iron from a divot leading a closing hole birdie, the next stop was the most infamous tee box in golf. Both players hit safely to the island green, but Toms, again uncharacteristically, three-putted from "nowhere" to give KJ the biggest win of his career. 

Tiger Woods made it 9 holes before withdrawing for physical reasons, Luke Donald continued to play like the world #2 ranked player, and Jason Day, coninuing his impressive play from the Masters, pulled into the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his short career. 

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The Email Bag


Here's a letter from a good friend and professional disc golfer, who we have been in touch with for years. 

Dear Dr. Joe, Thank you so much for enabling me to continue to make strides on the disc golf course. I have gained so much in understanding why, when, and how to make every round I play more gratifying, powerful, and overall enjoyable. 

Still a student....for life. 

Sheila K, 
Team Discraft

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Tour Stats to Know

1 Putts from 7- feet


The two players who found themselves playing the famed 17th hole at TPC on Sunday evening for the 5th time that week are among 12 who are averaging better than 70% one putting from 7-8 feet. It may be a strangely specific stat, but it is revealing that KJ Choi and David Toms are both at the top of the standings for these short, but not SO short putts. This should also be a comforting stat to us "regular" golfers, knowing that only about 100 of the best golfers in the world are able to make more than 50% of their 7-8 foot putts, with Phil Mickelson currently tied at 103, making just over one half of these testers, at 51.61%. Think about these numbers the next time you miss a 14 footer that you thought "should have gone in..." 


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Events & Media

Keynote Speaking and Business Golf Opportunities


Dr. Parent is now being represented by David Moorman and Drew Carr at Fidelity Sports Group for his keynote speaking, corporate outings and other business golf opportunities. To book Dr. Joe for a speech, corporate event or client golf appreciation program, please get in touch with Fidelity at 407. 420. 1500 or email to drew@fidelitysportsgroup.com. 

"Making The Turn" with Peter Kessler


Dr. Joe is a regular commentator on Peter Kessler's "Making the Turn," a very popular radio program on the PGA TOUR Network on Sirius 203 and XM93. Dr. Joe speaks with Peter every other week, with additional special appearances after majors and "cup" events. His appearances in June will be at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, 8:00 a.m. Pacific, on the 6th and then on the 20th to discuss the US Open. 

 

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Yours in Clarity, Commitment, and Composure, 
Ken Zeiger 
Program Director, 
Zen Golf International 
 
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