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Golf Legend Ronnie McDonald Honored for 50 Years of PGA Dedication, Playing Open with Trevino and Watson

Golf Legend Ronnie McDonald Honored for 50 Years of PGA Dedication, Playing Open with Trevino and Watson

In our North-east roundup, Ronnie McDonald shares his enduring passion for golf, and we catch up with Louise Anderson, who secured her eighth Duff House Royal ladies’ championship.

Ronnie McDonald, the pro at Newmachar Golf Club, still experiences the same excitement for golf as he did when he began his professional journey alongside Harry Bannerman in the 1970s. Recently, he received a prestigious award from the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) for his 50 years of dedication to the sport.

Reflecting on his love for golf, Ronnie said, “I have loved golf all my life. I started as a Bon Accord junior member and was working as a milkman when I wrote a letter to Harry when he was in Banchory asking him for a job, and – fortunately for me – he said yes.”

Despite the early morning commutes, Ronnie cherished every moment and went on to have a successful playing career, participating in The Open at Muirfield in 1972 with Lee Trevino and at Carnoustie in 1975 with Tom Watson. He kicked off his European Tour journey in 1979 and regularly clinched victories on the Tartan Tour and other regional tournaments.

Ronnie expressed his surprise at receiving the award, saying, “I got a letter a few weeks ago informing me I was going to receive some kind of recognition. When I got the plaque, I took it in to show the lassies at Newmachar. They took a picture and put it on Facebook, which I don’t really use. But then in the morning, there were over 100 messages of support, which really surprised me. There were comments from all over the world – it was superb reading their kind words.”

He emphasized, “I still get the buzz talking about the golf swing after all these years. It’s like a drug to me.”

In a separate golfing achievement, Louise Anderson secured her eighth Duff House Royal Golf Club ladies’ championship title. As an IT network project manager, Louise, aged 40 and with a handicap of five, stated, “I won this year’s club championship by 12 shots, which was pleasing as I lost out in a play-off last season.”

She continued, “I opened with a first round of 75 but added an awful second round of 86. However, I managed to recover with another 75 in the third round. We are a close group of ladies at Duff House, and it’s great to have such good competition for the event.”

Louise looks forward to competing in the Champion of Champions next year and representing her club in this prestigious competition. She expressed her pride, saying, “I’m proud to be ladies’ champion and to represent my club in this competition. The event is fantastically run by the team.”

Lastly, there were notable hole-in-ones at Murcar Links, with William Fyfe achieving his sixth ace on the 160-yard 16th hole, using a number-five hybrid. This achievement means he has now accomplished holes-in-one on all the par threes on the course. Malcolm Crombie, another club member, also accomplished his sixth hole-in-one when acing the 155-yard 12th hole with an eight-iron while playing with Allan Gardner.

Due to wet underfoot conditions, the upcoming North-east Alliance meeting at Banchory has been relocated to Newburgh.


LPGA Icon Annika Sorenstam Invited to Augusta National Golf Club, Per Report

LPGA Icon Annika Sorenstam Invited to Augusta National Golf Club, Per Report

Annika Sorenstam, a true legend in women’s golf, has received an invitation to join Augusta National Golf Club, as reported by Golfweek. With a remarkable career that includes 97 professional victories, 10 major championships, and eight LPGA Tour Player of the Year awards, Sorenstam is widely regarded as one of the greatest female golfers of all time.

Augusta National, known for its exclusivity, only started admitting female members in 2012, with Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore being the first female members. Since then, the club has extended invitations to several other distinguished women.

Sorenstam has not only left her mark as a player but has also served as the honorary starter for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Her recent participation in the 2023 Women’s U.S. Open marked a memorable moment in her career.

Reflecting on her journey, Sorenstam expressed her pride in being part of the evolution of women’s golf. She emphasized the importance of inspiring young girls worldwide to dream of playing on the LPGA Tour or in a USGA championship.

While acknowledging that this will be her final appearance, Sorenstam is delighted to witness the growth of the tournament and the global enthusiasm it generates.

Sorenstam’s career has often drawn parallels to Tiger Woods, as she achieved dominance and captivated the golfing world. Her accomplishments extend beyond the fairways, including captaining a Solheim Cup, playing in a PGA Tour event in 2003, and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2021.

Now, she adds member of Augusta National” to her impressive list of achievements, joining the ranks of golfing legends like Jack Nicklaus at this renowned Georgia golf club.


Eddie Pepperell Criticizes DP World Tour's Proposal to Award PGA Tour Cards

Eddie Pepperell Criticizes DP World Tour’s Proposal to Award PGA Tour Cards

Eddie Pepperell has voiced his strong disapproval of the DP World Tour’s decision to allocate ten PGA Tour player cards each season. These cards will be awarded to the top ten players in the final Race to Dubai standings who are not already exempt for 2024. Pepperell believes this strategy is detrimental to the DP World Tour, as it risks losing its best players. He questions the sustainability of this approach and its commercial viability.

In a recent announcement, it was revealed that PGA Tour members ranking from 126 to 200 on the money list can gain full membership in the DP World Tour, providing a safety net for those players who secure PGA Tour cards. Pepperell criticizes this move, as it may lead to a lack of incentive for the top players to participate in DP World Tour events beyond their required minimums.

He acknowledges the likely influence of the substantial investment from the PGA Tour, but questions the long-term strategy. Despite these concerns, players like Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard aim to secure PGA Tour cards to join their counterparts in the United States. The Qatar Masters serves as the season’s final regular event, where players strive to secure their playing privileges for the following year.”

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Pepperell: DP World Tour's Future Looks Disastrous

Pepperell: DP World Tour’s Future Looks Disastrous

Eddie Pepperell has long been a vocal figure in the world of golf, and he’s not holding back when it comes to his opinions on the DP World Tour’s new strategic alliance with the PGA Tour. In a recent podcast appearance, he expressed his concerns about this collaboration, particularly the provision that allows the top 10-ranked European players (who aren’t already exempt) to earn PGA Tour cards for the following season.

Pepperell views this move as potentially detrimental to the DP World Tour, stating, “I personally think it’s a disaster for the DP World Tour.” He questions the logic of giving away top players to another tour and its sustainability. However, he acknowledges that from the players’ perspective, it offers an opportunity to compete on the global stage, which is currently dominated by the PGA Tour.

The 10 players who secure PGA Tour cards through this arrangement will effectively have the freedom to play most of their golf in the United States. They will still be required to participate in some DP World Tour events, but if things don’t work out on the PGA Tour, they are guaranteed high-category DPWT status in 2025.

Pepperell finds this arrangement commercially perplexing for the DP World Tour, as it seems to lack a strategic advantage. However, he acknowledges that it may be a trade-off for the significant investment the PGA Tour is making in this alliance to attract top European talent.

Pepperell, a two-time DP World Tour winner, himself has never taken up full membership on the PGA Tour. He mentions the financial incentives for taking these cards but expresses his preference for playing in Europe and his general disinterest in a full-time return to the U.S. circuit.

He recognizes the scheduling advantages of the PGA Tour in certain months but highlights the challenges of retaining full membership, especially given the introduction of ‘elevated’ and ‘signature’ events within the PGA Tour structure.

Pepperell’s concern is that these changes could create a hierarchical structure within the PGA Tour, potentially relegating other events and tours, including the DP World Tour, to a lower tier. This raises questions about the future of professional golf as a whole.

In essence, Eddie Pepperell’s perspective sheds light on the complexities and implications of the DP World Tour’s strategic alignment with the PGA Tour.


EA Sports PGA Tour 1.000.014 Patch Notes: October 25, 2023 Update

EA Sports PGA Tour 1.000.014 Patch Notes: October 25, 2023 Update

Gaming enthusiasts, rejoice! The eagerly anticipated EA Sports PGA Tour Update 1.000.014 is now available, offering a plethora of exhilarating game updates, vital bug fixes, and significant enhancements. With comprehensive patch notes to explore, this update caters to both new and seasoned players on all platforms. Keep in mind that the file size may vary based on your platform.

Notable Changes in Season 7

  • Superior Impact: A substantial boost to Power and Accuracy attributes.
  • Superior Pathfinder: Significant enhancements to Control and Recovery attributes.

Gameplay Improvements

  • Enhanced AI golfer’s ability for pitch and sand shots near the green.
  • Drive shot type is now accessible on shots closer to the hole, even on short par 3s for those who haven’t unlocked Finesse shots.
  • Fixed issues like 2 putt read lines when requesting an unplayable lie on the green and lag during scorecard screen opening.

Online Enhancements

  • Various fixes for issues like divot visibility, hole timer, and team leaderboards.
  • Improved idle player handling and more.

Career Mode Updates

  • Fixes for AI playing partner selection, “End of Career” pop-up, OWGR points, and scoring average.
  • Challenges and Rewards:
  • Resolved issues with challenge stars, shot challenges, and reward visibility.
  • Pro Pass improvements, including reward visibility and “More Info” screen.

Course Fixes

  • Various course-specific improvements and bug fixes for courses like Augusta National, Evian Resort, and more.

Outfits & Gear

  • Updates to Jack Nicklaus’s outfit and equipment.
  • Visual and branding improvements for gear.

User Interface

  • UI enhancements and fixes for Career, Equipment, Main Menu, Online, Outfits, Quests, Rewards Summary, and Settings.
  • Branding updates and stability fixes.

This EA Sports PGA Tour update brings a host of improvements to elevate your gaming experience. Dive into the action, enjoy enhanced gameplay, and make the most of the latest updates!


Veteran Named PGA HOPE Ambassador Supports Local Community

Veteran Named PGA HOPE Ambassador Supports Local Community

Chuck Lewis Named PGA HOPE Ambassador after PGA HOPE Training at Congressional Country Club

RONAN — Chuck Lewis, a local military veteran from Ronan, has been honored with the title of PGA HOPE Ambassador. This recognition follows his completion of a specialized training program at the prestigious Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, as part of the PGA HOPE National Golf and Wellness Week. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a rehabilitative golf program that positively impacts over 12,000 Veterans annually, including those facing physical and cognitive challenges such as PTSD, TBI, and amputations.

In his role as a PGA HOPE Ambassador, Chuck Lewis will be a strong advocate for this life-changing program in the Pacific Northwest PGA Section.

Chuck Lewis, also known as the “Montana Honor Guard,” is a United States Marine Corps veteran (1970-1974) and served in the United States Navy Reserve (1980-1988). He worked as an Avionics Technician on various aircraft, including the CH-53 (+Air Crew), A-4, OV-10, and FA-18, serving at Marine Corps Air Stations in Tustin, California; Futenma, Okinawa; USS Okinawa/Tripoli; Republic of Vietnam; El Toro, California; and the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake, California.

Chuck has received numerous awards, including National Defense, Good Conduct, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Aircrew Wings, and Rifle/Pistol Expert in the USMC, and Naval Reserve and Rifle/Pistol Expert in the USNR.

Through the Veteran Service Network of Missoula, Chuck learned about an opportunity for military veterans to learn golf through the PGA HOPE program. He enrolled in the August 2022 class at the Missoula Country Club and embraced the challenge. Chuck views golf as a therapeutic activity for the mind and a way to improve physical fitness. Sharing his PGA HOPE experience with other veterans aligns with his commitment to other self-help projects for veterans. He has also initiated a program called “Plan Bee,” which uses beekeeping as therapy to assist military veterans in Northwestern Montana who may be disabled, wounded, or dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.


Gordon Sargent Creates PGA Tour History by Earning His Card at Vanderbilt

Gordon Sargent Creates PGA Tour History by Earning His Card at Vanderbilt

In a historic moment, 20-year-old Vanderbilt junior Gordon Sargent has become the first player to secure PGA Tour membership through the PGA Tour University Accelerated program. Sargent clinched his 20th and final point while competing at the Men’s World Amateur Team Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Sargent’s path to PGA Tour membership will be realized after the 2024 NCAA National Championship in Carlsbad, California, following his transition to professional status. Opting for this route will grant him eligibility for open-full-field events throughout the 2024 season, including the FedEx Cup Fall, and secure his position as a Tour member for the 2025 season.

The PGA Tour University Accelerated program, introduced in November 2022, serves as a gateway for high-achieving underclassmen (juniors, sophomores, or freshmen) to attain PGA Tour membership. Players accumulate points based on their achievements in college, amateur, and professional golf. Earning a minimum of 20 points by the conclusion of their third year of NCAA eligibility qualifies them for Tour membership.

Currently ranked second in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Sargent earned his 20 points through a series of noteworthy accomplishments.

  • Oct. 18, 2023 – Represented the United States at the World Amateur Team Championships (1 point)
  • Sep. 2, 2023 – Represented the United States at the Walker Cup (2 points)
  • July 7, 2023 – Made the cut in a PGA TOUR event at the John Deere Classic (1 point)
  • June 16, 2023 – Made the cut at a major championship at the U.S. Open (1 point)
  • June 15, 2023 – Participated in a major championship start at the U.S. Open (1 point)
  • June 8, 2023 – Represented the United States at the Arnold Palmer Cup (1 point)
  • April 6, 2023 – Participated in a major championship start at the Masters Tournament (1 point)
  • Feb. 15, 2023 – Attained the No. 1 spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (5 points)
  • Aug. 31, 2022 – Represented the United States at the World Amateur Team Championships (1 point)
  • July 1, 2022 – Represented the United States at the Arnold Palmer Cup (1 point)
  • June 1, 2022 – Earned the 2022 NCAA Division I Outstanding Freshman Award (2 points)
  • May 30, 2022 – Secured individual medalist honors at the NCAA Championship (3 points)

Notably, Ludvig Aberg was the first to earn a Tour card through PGA Tour University, with subsequent victories on the DP World Tour, a recent playoff loss at the Sanderson Farms Championship, and a role in the victorious European Ryder Cup team in Rome last month.

About the Men’s World Amateur Team: In 1958, the United States Golf Association and The R&A joined forces to sponsor a global amateur golf team event, played biennially in non-Walker Cup years. Initially featuring teams from 35 to 40 nations, the competition evolved, with the World Amateur Golf Council (now the International Golf Federation) overseeing the event. Teams of four players from each nation competed over 72 holes, with the best three scores per round contributing. The first competition, held at St Andrews, saw Australia emerge as winners in a play-off against the United States. In 2002, the format was adjusted to teams of three, with the top two scores per round counting.


PGA Tour 2K23 Patch 1.20 Notes: October 19, 2023 Update

PGA Tour 2K23 Patch 1.20 Notes: October 19, 2023 Update

PGA Tour 2K23 enthusiasts, rejoice! The long-awaited PGA Tour 2K23 Update 1.20 is now available for all platforms. This latest update comes with a slew of exciting game improvements, essential bug fixes, and a comprehensive list of patch notes.

Whether you’re a new player or a seasoned pro, you can now enjoy the enhanced gameplay experience. Keep in mind that the file size may vary depending on your platform.

Notable Features of the Update

  1. Play as Gareth Bale, the famous footballer turned golfer.
  2. Explore Gareth Bale’s Dream Course, “The Elevens.”
  3. Access the new Asian Architecture pack for the Course Designer.
  4. Ranked Matchmaking points system has been fine-tuned for a more consistent progression.
  5. Various Ranked Matchmaking exploits have been addressed.

Get ready to elevate your PGA Tour 2K23 experience with this exciting update!


Sungjae Im's Ambitious Quest for 2023 Zozo Championship Victory Amidst PGA Tour Challenges

Sungjae Im’s Ambitious Quest for 2023 Zozo Championship Victory Amidst PGA Tour Challenges

As the 2023 Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan, approaches, South Korean golfer Sungjae Im is primed and ready. With two PGA Tour victories already under his belt, Im is determined to convert his recent strong performances into a third win.

Im’s readiness was evident as he shared his intentions to come out swinging at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. He recently achieved a remarkable tied-for-second finish at the Genesis Championship on the Korean PGA Tour, making his return to the PGA Tour after a month’s hiatus even more anticipated. Im emphasized his extensive practice on Japanese soil, exuding confidence in his game, while acknowledging the formidable challenge that the PGA Tour presents.

Speaking about his aspirations for the weekend, Im expressed, “I’ve been playing in Japan for several years and finished tied third in my first Zozo Championship in 2019, so I know the course well. I’ve been practicing well, and conditions this week are good. If I can improve my driver accuracy, I think I can do well. It’s not easy to win on the PGA Tour, and I’ve had a few chances to contend for the title this season, but it’s unfortunate that I didn’t capitalize on the opportunities. However, I think if I stay close to the top, I will have a chance to win again sometime soon. If I don’t get impatient, if I don’t get greedy, and if I keep working the way I’ve been practicing, I think I can win.”

Sungjae Im has had a commendable season, accumulating nine top-10 finishes, including a strong performance in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Notably, he entered the playoffs with a T14 finish at the Wyndham Championship and secured a T6 finish at the St. Jude Championship. He continued to impress with a solo 7th place in the BMW Championship and finished the season in August with a solo 24th place in the Tour Championship.

As the 2023 Zozo Championship unfolds, Sungjae Im will be striving for the top prize in the $8.5 million event. He faces formidable competition from golfing stars like defending champion Keegan Bradley, World No. 6 Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, and local hero Hideki Matsuyama, with K.H. Lee and S.H. Kim also in the field.

SportsLine places Im at respectable 18-1 odds to win the championship. He joins the list of favorites for the event, alongside Schauffele, Morikawa, and Fowler. Im will aim to follow in the footsteps of fellow PGA Tour star Tom Kim, who clinched victory at the Shriners Children’s Open last weekend, providing a major source of inspiration for the young Asian golfer.

The golfing world eagerly awaits the unfolding drama as Sungjae Im vies for success at the 2023 Zozo Championship.


Tom Kim Defies Inner Doubts, Secures Title Defense at Shriners Children's Open

Tom Kim Defies Inner Doubts, Secures Title Defense at Shriners Children’s Open

In the expansive halls of TPC Summerlin, a corridor lined with the echoes of golfing legends separates the player’s dining area from the locker room. Adorning the walls are memories of historic tournaments in Las Vegas, including the likes of Jim Furyk, Raymond Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and, at the far end, Tom Kim.

This tribute stands in honor of Kim’s groundbreaking victory at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open, a feat unmatched since the era of Tiger Woods – the last player to secure two TOUR wins before turning 21.

Eagerly sought by Kim, he had noticed its absence during a prior visit earlier in the year. Every day of the tournament week, he passed by, using it as a personal reminder of his extraordinary accomplishment. The weight of internal expectations can be profound, especially after winning twice on the TOUR in just three months.

“I always feel I could do more,” he shared.

Yet, this display also served as motivation, a driving force to secure that elusive third victory. It was a testament to himself and the world that his star was still on the rise, a reminder that he was determined to keep his photo on that wall.

“I really don’t want anyone else’s photo up here,” he declared.

And for at least one more year, that wish remains true. With a final-round score of 66, Kim clinched the 2023 Shriners Children’s Open, besting Adam Hadwin by a single stroke. At just 21, Kim stands as the fourth-youngest golfer to attain three TOUR wins, joining the ranks of Gene Sarazen, Horton Smith, and Woods.

“This one makes it a lot better of a year for sure,” he reflected.

Yet, the summer preceding this victory was marked by a slump. Kim found himself out of sync, struggling to find his rhythm over the ball. The ease that accompanied his initial victories and his standout performance in the International Presidents Cup was replaced by uncertainty. He sought solace and guidance from coach Chris Como, known for his work with golfing luminaries like Woods, Jason Day, and Trevor Immelman. Together, they fine-tuned Kim’s swing and honed his strategic approach.

The partnership yielded swift results. Kim secured a sixth-place tie at the Genesis Scottish Open and finished as a runner-up (albeit by six strokes) to Brian Harman at The Open Championship. An ankle injury briefly sidelined him, preventing him from defending his maiden TOUR title at the Wyndham Championship. However, upon his return, Kim showcased consistent performances in the FedExCup Playoffs, ultimately finishing 20th in the FedExCup rankings.

This set the stage for his return to TPC Summerlin, a venue where he felt poised for more. Kim’s journey in 2023 was marked by both triumphs and trials, but the weight of his internal expectations was a constant companion.

“You can’t say it was a bad year,” he acknowledged, “But just personally I feel like I’ve always expected a lot from myself.”

Defending his Shriners Children’s Open title provided the incentive he needed. The weeks of anticipation and preparation culminated in a final round that was nothing short of intense and emotional.

Kim’s personality, a unique blend of youthful exuberance and mature composure, was on full display. Moments of levity and joy punctuated by moments of profound focus and determination characterized his journey.

As the sun set on this chapter, Tom Kim stood as a testament to the resilience, drive, and spirit that define his promising career. With three wins, a Nike sponsorship, and even a piece of white chocolate awaiting his celebration, Kim’s journey is one marked by a balance of ambition and joy.


Kim from South Korea clinches back-to-back PGA Vegas titles for the second time.

Kim from South Korea clinches back-to-back PGA Vegas titles for the second time.

LOS ANGELES, Oct 16, 2023 (BSS/AFP) – Tom Kim, hailing from South Korea, secured his second consecutive victory at the PGA Shriners Children’s Open on Sunday, edging out Canada’s Adam Hadwin in a gripping final stretch to claim his third career PGA title.

The 21-year-old prodigy from Seoul delivered an impressive five-under par 66 in the final round, concluding 72 holes with a remarkable 20-under 264, triumphing over Hadwin by a single stroke at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Kim displayed his prowess with a sublime 12-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, while Hadwin faced a setback with a bogey on the par-5 16th. Although Hadwin responded with a closing birdie, it proved too little, too late.

“Number three is so sweet,” Kim rejoiced.

Reflecting on his performance, Kim remarked, “It was a long day. I just really felt confident in myself and I was playing really well. I knew if I kind of just stuck to my game, I was going to be able to do it.”

Hadwin’s valiant 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole secured him a second-place finish at 265, just one shot ahead of Americans Eric Cole and J.T. Poston, Sweden’s Alex Noren, and Canadian Taylor Pendrith.

Ranked 16th in the world, Kim, who was a runner-up in this year’s British Open at Royal Liverpool, not only clinched last year’s Vegas title but also triumphed at the 2022 Wyndham Championship. However, adding to his trophy collection had proven elusive until now.

“It has been a long season,” Kim admitted. “I’m very fortunate to defend. I’ve learned so much this year. It has been a blessing. It has been very humbling.

“Last year after going off such a great run, then not feeling exactly myself mid-year, it has been a grind trying to figure it out.

“It’s my first full season, just trying to live up to that expectation — great year last year, how can it get better? It has been humbling.”

Kim kicked off the game with birdies on three of the first four holes, only to face setbacks with consecutive bogeys at five and six, temporarily losing the lead.

Eric Cole, the son of professional golfers Laura Baugh and Bobby Cole, set the bar with an impressive early score of 62.

“Conditions were very good for scoring, no wind and greens were very good,” Cole stated. “And I switched back to an old putter today so that might have helped.”

Noren showcased his skill, stringing together three consecutive birdies starting from the par-3 eighth hole, and later securing birdies on the par-5 13th and 16th holes, matching Cole’s performance in the clubhouse.

It was at this crucial juncture that Kim mounted his comeback, sinking a three-foot birdie putt at the par-5 ninth, followed by six-foot birdie putts at 12 and the par-5 13th, seizing the lead at an impressive 19-under.

Hadwin fiercely contested the lead with three birdies in four holes, the final one coming after a magnificent drive at the par-4 15th, and a two-putt from 24 feet, bringing him to 19-under.

Kim responded with another brilliant display, sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the 15th to reach an outstanding 20-under, regaining the lead.

In a pivotal moment, Hadwin’s second shot at the par-5 16th found water, resulting in a bogey. Meanwhile, Kim calmly sank a tense five-foot par putt, extending his lead to two strokes. He maintained his composure on the 17th and 18th holes, successfully fending off Hadwin, despite the latter’s late birdie.

Hadwin, ranked 56th, celebrated his sole PGA victory at the 2017 Valspar Championship, and this year, he secured a runner-up position against American Rickie Fowler at Detroit.


Lexi Thompson's PGA Tour Pursuit: Rewards Outweigh Risks - Journalist's Insight

Lexi Thompson’s PGA Tour Pursuit: Rewards Outweigh Risks – Journalist’s Insight

In a historic move, Lexi Thompson has qualified for the 2023 Shriners Children’s Open, becoming the seventh woman ever to compete in a PGA Tour event. However, her participation has generated a range of opinions within the golfing world.

Beth Ann Nichols, a golf analyst at Golf Week, initially expressed skepticism about Thompson’s entry into a men’s tournament. She drew comparisons with Annika Sorenstam, known for her participation in men’s events, but who had already established herself as the best golfer on the LPGA Tour during her career.

Nichols initially considered Lexi’s participation a risky move. Still, after engaging in numerous discussions and considering various perspectives, she concluded that the rewards of her involvement far outweigh the potential risks. Nichols emphasized, “I’ve since concluded that the reward for Thompson and golf is greater than the risk.”

She also pointed out that while Sorenstam was a dominant figure in women’s golf when she played against men, Lexi Thompson, while not the most dominant on the LPGA Tour, is one of the most recognizable and popular U.S. players. Nichols asserted that if Thompson did not meet her standards at the PGA Tour event, it wouldn’t negatively impact the LPGA.

In addition to golf journalists, several PGA Tour golfers voiced support for Lexi Thompson’s participation in the Shriners Children’s Open. Ben Griffin praised her involvement, citing its positive impact on growing the game, and Michael Kim welcomed the attention it brought to the PGA Tour’s fall series.

Lexi Thompson is set to tee off for the first round of the 2023 Shriners Children’s Open on Thursday, October 12, playing alongside Kevin Roy and Trebor Werbylo. Her entry into the event has ignited discussions about gender equality and the potential benefits and challenges associated with such groundbreaking moments in golf.


Exploring PGA Tour Star Callum Tarren's Ethnicity & Birthplace

Exploring PGA Tour Star Callum Tarren’s Ethnicity & Birthplace

Callum Tarren is currently participating in the Sanderson Farms Championship, where he currently stands at T71 on the leaderboard. This marks his 58th appearance on the PGA Tour, but he’s still chasing his first victory.

Born on October 2, 1990, in Darlington, England, the 33-year-old golfer hails from a Christian English family, with parents Drew Tarren and Gillian Tarren. In recent years, he tied the knot with Ashleigh Mckenna and is now a proud father to their daughter, Sofia Tarren.

Tarren holds a marketing degree from Radford University in Virginia, where he attended from 2011 to 2014. Interestingly, he also served as the university’s captain, marking the beginning of his amateur career.

Out of his 57 starts on the PGA Tour, Tarren has made the cut on 24 occasions, with just five top-10 finishes, including one runner-up performance. Over his career, he’s earned a total of $2,662,699 in on-course earnings.

Despite turning professional in 2015, Tarren has secured only one professional victory at the Jiangsu Open, a PGA Tour China event, where he triumphed over Cao Yi by a single stroke.

Let’s take a closer look at Callum Tarren’s performance during the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.

  • Total starts: 29
  • Cuts made: 11
  • Top-10 finishes: 1
  • Best performance: Tied for second at the RSM Classic

Here’s a breakdown of his performance in specific tournaments during the 2022-23 season.

  • Fortinet Championship: Missed the Cut
  • Sanderson Farms Championship: T13
  • Shriners Children’s Open: Missed the Cut
  • Butterfield Bermuda Championship: Missed the Cut
  • World Wide Technology Championship: Missed the Cut
  • Cadence Bank Houston Open: 26
  • The RSM Classic: T2
  • The American Express: Missed the Cut
  • Farmers Insurance Open: T25
  • AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: T65
  • WM Phoenix Open: Missed the Cut
  • The Genesis Invitational: Missed the Cut
  • The Honda Classic: Missed the Cut
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational: Missed the Cut
  • THE PLAYERS Championship: Missed the Cut
  • Valero Texas Open: Missed the Cut
  • RBC Heritage: Missed the Cut
  • Zurich Classic of New Orleans: Missed the Cut
  • Mexico Open at Vidanta: Missed the Cut
  • Wells Fargo Championship: T64
  • PGA Championship: T29
  • Charles Schwab Challenge: Missed the Cut
  • RBC Canadian Open: T43
  • Travelers Championship: T33
  • Rocket Mortgage Classic: T29
  • John Deere Classic: Missed the Cut
  • Genesis Scottish Open: Missed the Cut
  • 3M Open: T13
  • Wyndham Championship: Missed the Cut

In the 2022-23 season, Callum Tarren earned a total of $1,373,187 from his participation in PGA Tour events.


2023 Sanderson Farms: Ben Griffin Aims for First PGA Tour Win in Final Round

2023 Sanderson Farms: Ben Griffin Aims for First PGA Tour Win in Final Round

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Ben Griffin made a significant move towards his first PGA Tour victory after carding a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Saturday, giving him a three-shot lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Griffin showcased his resilience by getting up-and-down for par on his final three holes, including a crucial bunker shot on the 18th green. His strong performance kept him ahead of Carl Yuan, who posted a 67.

For Griffin, a win at the Sanderson Farms Championship could secure a coveted spot in the Masters, an opportunity to start the year at Kapalua for The Sentry, and potentially position him as a frontrunner for PGA Tour rookie of the year.

Having reached a remarkable 20-under 296, Griffin hasn’t recorded a bogey in his last 37 holes, despite facing some challenging moments at the Country Club of Jackson. He missed four greens and hit only seven fairways, but his scrambling ability proved crucial.

Griffin has already secured his PGA Tour card for the next year, but a victory here would greatly bolster his prospects for 2024 and the $20 million tournaments.

Carl Yuan, currently ranked 151st in the FedEx Cup, is also eyeing a significant leap in status for next year. The top 125 players after the FedEx Cup Fall secure full status for 2024, and with five tournaments remaining after this week, the pressure is on.

Close behind Yuan are Scott Stallings (No. 130), Henrik Norlander (No. 142), and Luke List (No. 119), all tied for third place, trailing by four shots.

Stallings impressed with a stellar 65 in the third round, highlighted by a 50-foot pitch that he sank for an eagle on the 15th hole. He credited Wesley Bryan for inspiring the shot.

Norlander and List each posted a solid 68.

Ludvig Aberg of Sweden, fresh from his Ryder Cup debut in Italy, surged late in his round with five birdies over the last eight holes, closing the gap to just six shots.

Although Aberg is currently ranked 136th, his card is secure for 2024 due to his No. 1 ranking in the PGA Tour University. Achieving a spot in the top 125 would also earn him a place in The Players Championship.

Griffin, sensing favorable conditions on the course, got off to a strong start. He birdied the second hole with a tricky wedge shot from the Bermuda rough and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 third hole from 35 feet. He continued his momentum with more birdies, including a 25-foot putt on the 13th hole.

Griffin’s rookie year had previously offered him a chance to win the Bermuda Championship, but he ended up tying for third after late-game developments.

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Kim braves the elements to secure a 5-shot lead on the LPGA with a 70.

Kim braves the elements to secure a 5-shot lead on the LPGA with a 70.

In challenging conditions at The Ascendant LPGA, Hyo Joo Kim experienced a tough start, much like her competitors. However, she rebounded impressively, carding a 1-under 70 to establish a commanding five-shot lead heading into the final round.

Sarah Kemp staged her own remarkable comeback, registering five birdies and an eagle on the par-4 15th hole, where she impressively drove the green to within 10 feet. Her final score for the day was 69, putting her in a tie for second place alongside Lexi Thompson, who closed strongly with a 71.

Currently ranked 7th in the women’s world rankings, Kim is vying for her first LPGA victory of the year, having claimed victory in each of the previous two years. She concluded the day at 11-under 202 at the Old American Golf Club.

The course presented considerable difficulty early in the round, with only eight players managing to break the 70-stroke barrier by the end of the day, and the lowest score recorded being 68.

Lexi Thompson seems to be on an upswing, as she not only has gone four years without an LPGA Tour win (having secured a Saudi-sponsored Ladies European Tour event victory last year in New York) but was also in danger of losing her LPGA Tour card just a month ago. However, her recent solid performance at the Solheim Cup, coupled with her first top-10 finish of the season last week in Arkansas, has put her in contention, with a spot in the final group alongside Kim and Kemp.

Thompson, like many others, struggled with the adverse weather conditions at the start of the round, posting three quick bogeys. Nevertheless, she managed to recover and finish the day at even par, including a remarkable birdie on the par-5 17th. Frustration led to an unconventional shot with her 3-wood, but it miraculously cleared the water hazard and ran along the dry ground. From an awkward hard-pan lie roughly 30 yards from the green, she executed a remarkable sand wedge shot to within 12 feet and sunk the putt.

Speaking about her performance, Thompson said, “I would say probably my best shot was after my not-so-great shot on 17. Overall, just happy with how I committed to my shots out there.”

Sarah Kemp has been grinding to secure a spot among the top 60 players who qualify for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, with CME being one of her corporate sponsors. She began the week ranked 72nd but is now in a more favorable position.

Kemp revealed, “It’s all I’m thinking about. I’m in a nice position this year — I’ve locked up my card, and now I’m fighting for CME.” She plans to participate in part of the Asia swing to boost her chances. Meanwhile, Thompson, who also needs a strong fall season, has opted to take a sponsor exemption to compete in a PGA Tour event in Las Vegas.

The primary objective for both golfers is to challenge the dominant Kim, a daunting task considering her exceptional performance. Kim recorded three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine, concluding the run with a remarkable 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th. Despite her approach on the 18th green rolling through and down a slope, she executed a flawless pitch to tap-in range, preserving her five-shot lead.

Celine Boutier, who leads the Race to CME Globe standings, attempted to stay within striking distance until she encountered difficulties, posting four bogeys over the final six holes to finish the day with a 74. With Kim’s strong finish, Boutier suddenly finds herself eight shots behind in the standings.


PGA 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Predictions, Odds, and Expert Bets: A Model's 10 Major Wins

PGA 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Predictions, Odds, and Expert Bets: A Model’s 10 Major Wins

The SportsLine Model’s 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Insights

As Ludvig Aberg continues his remarkable rookie season on the PGA Tour, all eyes are on the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi. Aberg, fresh from a Ryder Cup debut, leads the pack at 10-1 odds. His success this year has already secured his PGA Tour status for the next season, but his journey isn’t over as he aims to secure a spot in The Players Championship by finishing within the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings.

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For instance, the model accurately forecasted Jon Rahm’s victory at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions and The American Express. It also predicted Rahm’s win at the 2023 Masters, even when he trailed by two strokes after the second round. This marked the model’s second consecutive Masters prediction, with Scottie Scheffler’s 2022 win being the previous one.

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The model’s predictions include a surprise for Eric Cole, who, despite being second in odds, is expected to struggle and barely make it to the top five. Cole’s previous performance at this event and a string of missed cuts in the 2022-23 season contribute to this prediction. Other golfers, identified by the model, are better choices for your bets.

Another surprise is Lucas Herbert, a 30-1 longshot, who is projected to make a strong title run. With a top-60 world ranking and recent strong finishes, Herbert is a prime longshot bet in this week’s relatively weaker field.

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2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Odds.

  • Ludvig Aberg 10-1
  • Eric Cole 20-1
  • Stephan Jaeger 22-1
  • Keith Mitchell 22-1
  • Emiliano Grillo 25-1
  • S.H. Kim 30-1
  • Lucas Herbert 30-1
  • Garrick Higgo 35-1
  • Alex Smalley 35-1
  • Mark Hubbard 40-1
  • Beau Hossler 40-1
  • Alex Noren 40-1
  • Adam Svensson 40-1
  • Tom Hoge 45-1
  • Sam Ryder 45-1
  • Mackenzie Hughes 45-1
  • K.H. Lee 45-1
  • Doug Ghim 45-1
  • Luke List 50-1
  • Lee Hodges 50-1
  • Kevin Streelman 50-1
  • Hayden Buckley 50-1
  • Davis Thompson 50-1
  • Ben Griffin 50-1
  • Akshay Bhatia 50-1
  • Sam Stevens 55-1
  • Peter Kuest 55-1
  • Dylan Wu 55-1
  • Davis Riley 55-1
  • Callum Tarren 55-1
  • Nick Hardy 60-1
  • Nicholas Lindheim 60-1
  • Kevin Yu 60-1
  • Christian Bezuidenhout 60-1
  • Brandon Wu 60-1
  • Cameron Champ 65-1
  • Nate Lashley 70-1
  • Chez Reavie 70-1
  • Webb Simpson 75-1
  • Sam Bennett 75-1
  • MJ Daffue 75-1
  • David Lipsky 75-1
  • Ryan Palmer 80-1
  • Peter Malnati 80-1
  • Greyson Sigg 80-1
  • Erik Van Rooyen 80-1
  • Chad Ramey 80-1
  • C.T. Pan 80-1
  • Andrew Novak 80-1
  • Will Gordon 90-1
  • Trey Mullinax 90-1
  • Scott Stallings 90-1
  • Chesson Hadley 90-1
  • Vince Whaley 100-1

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From Start to Finish: The Rome Cup Arrives

From Start to Finish: The Rome Cup Arrives


In a triumphant return to their home soil, Team Europe has reclaimed the Ryder Cup, avenging their 2021 loss by defeating the American team 16.5-11.5 at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, Italy. This victory marks Europe’s seventh consecutive win on home turf and their 10th overall triumph in the last 14 Ryder Cups. The United States’ winless streak on European soil now extends to 34 years, with the home team emerging victorious in eight of the last nine Ryder Cup events.

The decisive moment came courtesy of Tommy Fleetwood, who secured the crucial half-point on the 16th hole after Rickie Fowler’s tee shot found the water hazard. Fleetwood fearlessly took on the challenging, drivable par 4, launching his tee shot safely over the water and onto the green. He then skillfully placed his eagle putt near the hole, prompting Fowler to concede. The European celebration has officially begun.

While this week showcased a new generation of European talent on the roster, it was their star players who made the most significant impact. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Viktor Hovland combined to earn an impressive 10.5 points (with a record of 9-2-3). In contrast, the U.S. team saw Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth contributing just 2.5 points, with Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa each securing one point.

The Ryder Cup is an event that captures the passion and enthusiasm of fans and players alike. Already, Europe is looking ahead to the next competition at Bethpage Black in 2025. Rory McIlroy expressed the team’s ambition, saying, “I think one of the biggest accomplishments in sports is winning an away Ryder Cup, and that’s what we’re going to do at Bethpage.” Europe’s victory has set the stage for an exciting future in Ryder Cup competition.”

The FedExCup Continues Its Fall Journey in Mississippi

As a staple of the fall golf calendar, the action in Mississippi promises excitement as it features five golfers who secured top-50 finishes in this year’s FedExCup. Eric Cole, Lee Hodges, Tom Hoge, Adam Svensson, and Emiliano Grillo are among those teeing it up for the challenge.

Fresh off a successful Ryder Cup debut, Ludvig Åberg will cross the Atlantic to continue his rookie season on the PGA TOUR. Åberg made history as the first player to earn PGA TOUR status through PGA TOUR University by topping this year’s rankings, and his performances have consistently validated that achievement.

Mackenzie Hughes is determined to defend his title, currently holding the 51st spot in the FedExCup standings. He aims to secure his position in The Next 10, which includes players ranked 51-60 in the FedExCup. These players will qualify for two prestigious 2024 Signature Events: the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational.

Kevin Kisner is making his second appearance after a three-month break, accompanied by Lucas Herbert and Grayson Murray. Murray, who notched his second victory of the season on the Korn Ferry Tour, has secured his 2024 card and is now ready to tee it up on the PGA TOUR this week.

The list of notable players heading to Jackson also includes recent TOUR winner Akshay Bhatia, past PLAYERS champion Webb Simpson, S.H. Kim, Eric Cole, Keith Mitchell, and Mississippi’s very own Davis Riley. With such a talented field, the FedExCup journey in Mississippi is sure to captivate golf fans.

Mic Check

” ‘They made my life very easy, and they played like superstars. Not many people gave us a chance, I don’t think, especially two years ago. Yeah, well, we proved them wrong.’ – Luke Donald, European Ryder Cup Captain, reflecting on his team’s impressive 16.5-11.5 victory.”

By the Numbers

6: The European Ryder Cup team saw remarkable contributions from six rookies, including Ludvig Åberg, Nicolai Højgaard, Robert MacIntyre, and Sepp Straka, who combined to secure six of the team’s 16.5 winning points in Rome.

2025: Mark your calendars for September 2025 when Bethpage Black will serve as the battleground for the 45th Ryder Cup.

30: The culmination of the Korn Ferry Tour season unfolds at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. This event will grant thirty deserving players PGA TOUR cards as they move up to the big leagues.


Jordan Spieth Urges PGA Tour Schedule Adjustment Post Ryder Cup Loss

Jordan Spieth Urges PGA Tour Schedule Adjustment Post Ryder Cup Loss

Jordan Spieth Advocates for Revised PGA Tour Schedule Post Ryder Cup Loss

Jordan Spieth contends that aligning the end of the PGA Tour season more closely with the Ryder Cup’s start would greatly benefit the US team. Many of Zach Johnson’s team members, who suffered defeat in Rome, had not played in a competitive tournament after the Tour Championship concluded on August 27—over a month before the Ryder Cup.

Notably, Justin Thomas, who didn’t qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, had even fewer playing opportunities. Max Homa finished fifth, and Justin Thomas finished seventh in the Fortinet Championship two weeks prior to the Ryder Cup. In contrast, all 12 members of Luke Donald’s victorious European side participated in the prestigious BMW Championship at Wentworth on the DP World Tour, with most finishing in the top 10.

Apart from a practice trip to Marco Simone in early September, the American team had little opportunity to come together or compete. Spieth expressed his preference for a Ryder Cup schedule closer to the Tour Championship or with more time for rest and competitive play. He highlighted the European team’s success at the BMW Championship as evidence of the benefits of such a schedule.

Spieth’s friend, Justin Thomas, believed their preparation was similar to their successful campaign two years prior, but the challenges of playing in Europe may have required more attention to detail. Thomas praised the PGA and Zach Johnson for arranging a scouting trip but emphasized that the loss was not due to team camaraderie, as this team was exceptionally close-knit.

Zach Johnson disagreed with the idea that rustiness was the reason for the early Ryder Cup deficit, citing the importance of rest and recovery. He commended the team’s preparation and expressed confidence in their efforts to bring the cup back home.


Charlie Woods Shines at PGA Junior Tour in South Florida, Adding to His Achievements

Charlie Woods Shines at PGA Junior Tour in South Florida, Adding to His Achievements

Charlie Woods, the young golf sensation, is on a roll in the golfing world. He recently secured a victory in the SFPGA’s West Coast High School tournament, held at the Cypress Woods Golf and Country Club in Neplas on September 30.

In this competition, Charlie’s outstanding performance earned him the top spot, leaving Aiden Miller and Tyler Bruneau in a tie for second place. Luke Wise took the fourth position.

Charlie’s recent triumph follows his remarkable win at the Notah Begay III Junior Golf Championship, where he played the best round of his career. His final round score of 68 allowed him to clinch the championship title, all while his father, Tiger Woods, supported him as his caddy.

During the Notah Begay III Junior Golf Championship, Charlie showcased his skills by making nine birdies and only two bogeys, achieving a career-best score. Reflecting on his performance, Charlie shared, “Shooting 68 last year and following up with 66 this year, obviously, this course is great for me… You have to go shoot a low round to win this thing, and it’s not going to be given. Just took it one shot at a time, didn’t think too far ahead, and you just gotta keep eating. That’s it.”

Below are Charlie Woods’ results from the 2022-23 season on the Junior Tour:

  • 2023 Medalist Tour – Martin Downs Venue: Martin Downs Golf Club Score: 78-78 Result: T19
  • 2023 Medalist Tour – Crane Watch Venue: Crane Watch At Evergreen Score: 75 Result: T8
  • 2023 Medalist Tour – Wellington National Venue: Wellington National Golf Score: 83-75–158 Result: 15
  • 2023 South Florida Jr. PGA Championship Venue: Stonebridge CC Score: 75-81 Result: T33
  • 2023 39th Nicklaus Junior Championship Venue: Jonathan’s Landing- Medal Score: 79-75–154 Result: T20
  • 2023 The SFPGA Jr Cup Venue: Old Palm GC Score: 68-75-76–219 Result: 10
  • 2023 SFPGA Labor Day Classic Venue: PGA National – Champion Score: 80-70-82–232 Result: T35
  • 2022 Medalist Tour – Plantation Preserve Venue: Plantation Preserve GC Score: 77-77–154 Result: T22
  • 2022 38th Nicklaus Junior Championship Venue: Jonathan’s Landing- Medal Score: 83-75–158 Result: T40
  • 2022 SFPGA Labor Day Classic Venue: Banyan Golf Club of Palm Score: 76-78-78–232 Result: T23
  • 2022 Medalist Tour – PGA National Estates Venue: PGA National – Estates Score: 78-77–155 Result: T28

Charlie Woods is undoubtedly making a name for himself in the world of golf with his consistent and impressive performances.


PGA Pro Criticizes 'Greedy' Patrick Cantlay in Controversial Remark

PGA Pro Criticizes ‘Greedy’ Patrick Cantlay in Controversial Remark

The ongoing controversy surrounding Patrick Cantlay’s Ryder Cup stance continues to create division within the American team. Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir tweeted today, citing “multiple sources,” that Cantlay is advocating for player compensation in the Ryder Cup and has refused to wear a team cap at Marco Simone as a protest.

Weir also mentioned that Cantlay and Xander Schauffele have distanced themselves from their American teammates, opting to sit separately in the team room. In response, US captain Zach Johnson vehemently denied these claims, emphasizing the exceptional unity of the team.

Despite the denials, a PGA Tour professional has taken to social media to indirectly criticize Cantlay. Brent Grant, a 27-year-old golfer from Florida currently ranked 442nd on the Official World Golf Ranking, shared a post on Instagram that read: “If anyone was wondering. Yes ego and a greedy mindset doesn’t get it done in the Ryder Cup. Guess which of the players the Tour hostage for the last two years.” Although Grant didn’t explicitly name Cantlay, his message left no doubt about its target.

As word of these developments spread at Marco Simone, European fans taunted Cantlay, even as he prepared to compete in his afternoon fourballs match with Wyndham Clark against Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.