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Morgan Hoffmann reveals he has muscular dystrophy in heartwrenching article

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The most important and valuable thing GolfWRX can say about Morgan Hoffmann’s Players Tribune piece, in which he reveals he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, is that you should read it in its entirety.

Seriously. Read it now.

Since a promising 2014 season in which he finished 26th in the FedEx Cup, with top-10 finishes in two of the four playoff events, Hoffmann hasn’t taken the step forward he’d hoped to.

The New Jersey native reveals he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in November of 2016. He’s experienced significant atrophy to both of his pectorals. Thus, the fact that he managed to make 17 cuts in 29 starts in the 2016-2017 season is impressive…unfathomable really, but it speaks to Hoffmann’s determination to battle the disease.

The fact that he’s been experiencing symptoms and deterioration for six years and still competing on the PGA Tour: really incredible, but also bitterly sad. Imagine if he hadn’t been afflicted? Would Hoffmann be a Tour winner by now? Is winning now forever off the table for the former Oklahoma State standout?

It’s sad stuff, but Hoffmann is determined to make the best of his situation, both inside the ropes, and more importantly, outside.

Again, you really have to read this piece.

Hoffmann says he’ll soon be announcing the date of a charity golf event at his home course, the Arcola Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. We’ll let you know when he does.

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Golf Gum: Could this chewing gum really lower your scores?

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If Jordan Spieth’s gum chewing at the British Open inspired you to chomp a stick on course yourself, you might as well chew gum specifically designed for the golfer, right? Such is the thinking of Denver-based Apollo Gum Company with its Golf Gum.

The spearmint-flavored gum contains B-vitamins and 80 mg of natural caffeine to boost a golfer’s energy and focus on course…and lower his/her scores.

Seriously. Lower scores. Golf Gum makes some bold claims

“According to a 2016 study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, “A moderate dose of caffeine consumed before and during a round of golf improves golf-specific measures of performance and reduces fatigue.” A 2015 Auburn University study found similar results, shaving, on average, two strokes off of collegiate golf scores. “Chewing gum was [also] associated with enhanced productivity and reduced cognitive errors,” according to the NCBI.

Troy Widgery, CEO and founder of Apollo Gum Company, claims the company is “creating the future of energy.”

“Golf Gum’s liquid core delivery system rapidly releases the full benefits of specially-sourced natural caffeine and B-vitamins. Although the taste lasts for hours, you don’t have to chew it for more than a few minutes to experience the results of a pure, compact formula that provides smooth energy.”

Golf Gum hits shelves on December 12, 2017, and can be purchased online at www.golfersgum.com. Local Colorado pro shops and select retailers will also carry the product, with nationwide expansion slated for early 2018.

What do you think, GolfWRXers, are you buying the claim? Have you ever sipped a coffee on course to beneficial effect? Chugged an energy drink? Are you going to give the score-lowering gum a try?

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Bob Parsons, Paige Spiranac’s new video blog: “Why are PXG clubs so expensive?”

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Golf’s favorite disruptive, ultra–premium golf brand is serving up a heaping portion of PXG brand red meat to its core consumers and detractors alike with the inaugural edition of “The PXG Files.”

In the new video series, PXG’s outspoken founder, Bob Parsons, clad in camo PXG headwear, sits next to Paige Spiranac, described as “social media sensation and PXG Ambassador,” to ostensibly answer “the many online questions and comments PXG receives about club technology, performance and price, along with some personal questions.”

As episode one is titled, “Why are PXG Clubs so Expensive?” the company is keen to address the question/comment they get more than any other.

Anyway, to see how Parsons, who speaks with nothing short of the enthusiasm of Randy Savage cutting a promo, answers that question and others, as well as what Spiranac has to say, check out the video below. And cheers on the production values!

Let us know what you think of the tandem of Bob & Paige, GolfWRX members.

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PGA Tour suspends Mark Hensby for violation of Anti-Doping Policy (but that doesn’t mean he doped)

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Mark Hensby joins the group of Doug Barron, Bhavik Patel, and Scott Stallings as the only players (we know of) to violate the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Policy.

The winner of the 2004 John Deere Classic didn’t return a positive test, however; he didn’t submit a sample.

“The PGA Tour announced today (Monday) that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year,” a statement from the PGA Tour said.

The 46-year-old, currently ranked No. 1,623 in the world, will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby teed it up just twice on the PGA Tour in 2016-2017, failing to make a cut. He played 14 times on the Web.com Tour last year, where he made the cut five times.

Let’s not assume guilt quite yet. Before you suspect the Australian of injecting HGH, consider the following: Hensby last teed it up on the PGA Tour at the Sanderson Farms Championship in October. He withdrew after an opening-round 78, later tweeting that he’d “called it a day.”

As Hensby is banned for a year, it follows that the date of the failure to submit a sample was the 26th of October–second round of the Sanderson Farms, thus he may not even have been on site. And given his insinuations on Twitter at the time, he may be done playing professional golf.

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

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