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Scott, Former World No. 1, Eager to Break Win Drought in Queensland

Scott, Former World No. 1, Eager to Break Win Drought in Queensland

MELBOURNE: After almost four winless years since his triumph at the Genesis Invitational in 2020, former world number one Adam Scott is determined to end his drought at the upcoming Australian PGA Championship. Despite consistent play, Scott secured a tied-fifth finish at the recent Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Nevertheless, the 43-year-old’s numerous close calls have evoked both frustration and motivation.

“While it’s satisfying to perform well… winning hasn’t come easy for me in the past few years,” remarked Australia’s lone Masters champion during a press briefing on Wednesday.

“Though I had a strong showing in Bermuda, it’s not the same as securing a victory. It’s challenging to replicate the confidence that comes from closing out a tournament and besting the entire field.”

This week, Scott features prominently at Royal Queensland, slightly overshadowed by compatriot Cameron Smith, the defending champion and British Open victor, in terms of attracting attention.

Scott clinched his initial Australian PGA Championship title during his prime a decade ago and added a second in 2019.

Barely eight weeks after securing victory in the 2019 tournament, he snapped a four-year dry spell on the U.S. PGA Tour with a triumph at the Genesis Invitational.

Naturally, Scott harbors the expectation that his home event can serve as the catalyst once again.

“I believe I possess all the skills needed to win more. I’m still in good health at 43 and moving well. Winning this week or the next (at the Australian Open) could act as a significant springboard.”

In the golfing divide brought about by LIV Golf, Scott and Smith find themselves on opposing sides. Scott, as the president of the U.S. tour’s players’ advisory council, stands on one side, while Smith aligns himself as a dedicated member of the Saudi-backed breakaway series.

In June, the rival golf circuits, along with the European DP World Tour, unveiled plans to merge, aiming to reconcile the sport’s longstanding division. While the merger is slated for ratification by year-end, ongoing scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department regarding anti-trust concerns has sparked apprehensions about potential delays.

Expressing uncertainty about the merger’s fate, Scott remarked, “It’s really hard to tell.” He noted, “There are four or five other interested parties looking to invest in the PGA Tour, such as PIF,” alluding to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. “So management has a significant task ahead to finalize deals on the table.”

Reference

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/sport/former-world-number-one-scott-desperate-end-win-drought-queensland-3939096

https://supersport.com/golf/dp-world-tour/news/b1d6dabf-8fe8-4693-9d51-2b88ddc87c8b/former-world-no-1-scott-desperate-to-end-win-drought-in-queensland

In a recent development, Jordan Spieth has taken the place of Rory McIlroy on the PGA Tour board in the realm of golf.

In a recent development, Jordan Spieth has taken the place of Rory McIlroy on the PGA Tour board in the realm of golf.

Jordan Spieth has been appointed to fulfill the remainder of Rory McIlroy’s term as a player director on the PGA Tour’s policy board. This decision was announced by Commissioner Jay Monahan on Monday. Spieth’s term will extend through the conclusion of 2024. The selection of Spieth was determined through a vote by the five other player directors, namely Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, and Webb Simpson.

In response to McIlroy’s resignation from the PGA Tour Policy Board the previous week, Monahan conveyed the news to members, stating, “With Rory McIlroy resigning from the PGA Tour Policy Board last week, per the PGA Tour Tournament Regulations, the five remaining Player Directors have elected Jordan Spieth to serve the remainder of Rory’s term which expires at the end of 2024.” Monahan’s message was reportedly obtained by Golf Channel. He also highlighted Spieth’s familiarity with the Tour’s governance process, citing his two-year service on the Player Advisory Council from 2017 to 2018, including a role as PAC Chairman in 2018, and his three-year tenure as a Player Director from 2019 to 2021.

McIlroy had resigned, citing time commitment as the primary factor. He also acknowledged the impact of the agreement between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which supports LIV Golf, on future cooperation and how it influenced his decision to step down from the board.

Jordan Spieth, aged 30, boasts an impressive golfing record with 13 victories on the PGA Tour, including major wins at the Masters (2015), U.S. Open (2015), and The Open Championship (2017).

Reference

https://www.wionews.com/sports/golf-jordan-spieth-replaces-rory-mcilroy-on-pga-tour-board-661019

Australian Golfer Smith Targets Paris Olympics Amid Ranking Uncertainty

Australian Golfer Smith Targets Paris Olympics Amid Ranking Uncertainty

In Melbourne, Australia, Cameron Smith, the top-ranked Australian golfer, aims to secure sufficient ranking points in his domestic tour and upcoming majors for a chance at the Paris Olympics next year. However, his transition to the LIV Golf circuit has led to a drop from the second to the 18th spot, as this breakaway league does not provide opportunities for earning ranking points.

Paris qualification is limited to the top 60 players, and Cameron Smith contends with fellow Australians, such as major winners Jason Day and Adam Scott, for coveted spots on Australia’s team.

This has placed the responsibility on Smith to vigorously defend his Australian PGA Championship title this week at the Royal Queensland Golf Club to solidify his ranking. “I absolutely want to be there, 100%,” affirmed the former British Open winner when speaking to reporters about the Olympics on Tuesday.

Reclaiming the honor of wearing the coat of arms would be truly significant.

The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) unanimously rejected LIV’s attempt to secure ranking points last month, citing apprehensions about the format of the Saudi Arabia-backed circuit.

Although LIV players have been permitted to participate in the four majors, individuals who gained exemptions based on prior achievements may face exclusion in the future if they do not accumulate ranking points.

Reference

https://wsau.com/2023/11/21/golf-australias-smith-eyeing-paris-olympics-amid-rankings

https://www.reuters.com/sports/golf/australias-smith-eyeing-paris-olympics-amid-rankings-doubt-2023-11-21/

The Lima Golf Club in Peru has been selected as the venue for the 2024 Women's Amateur Latin America Championship, presented by The R&A.

The Lima Golf Club in Peru has been selected as the venue for the 2024 Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship, presented by The R&A.

The Lima Golf Club in Peru has been chosen as the venue for the 2024 Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship, a prestigious event presented by The R&A. This marks the first time the championship will be hosted at Lima Golf Club, following three previous editions at Pilar Golf in Argentina.

The fourth installment of the championship is set to showcase the region’s most talented women’s amateur golfers. The victor will earn coveted exemptions into three major championships in 2025: the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Porthcawl in Wales, The Chevron Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods, USA, and The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club, France.

Mark Lawrie, Director – Latin America and the Caribbean at The R&A, expressed enthusiasm about Lima Golf Club as a well-regarded venue, providing an excellent stage for the region’s leading women’s amateur golfers to demonstrate their skills and earn exemptions into major championships. Rob Ohno, President and CEO of the ANNIKA Foundation, shared the excitement and honor of bringing top Latin women amateur golfers to Peru, emphasizing the fantastic reputation of Lima Golf Club.

Ten-time major winner Annika Sorenstam, in collaboration with The R&A, highlighted the goal of growing the game in the region and emphasized the significance of bringing the championship to a different part of Latin America after three successful years in Argentina.

Michael DeBakey, President of Lima Golf Club, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to host such a significant event on the Club’s 100th anniversary in 2024, making it a part of their centennial celebration. The Executive Director of the Peruvian Golf Federation, Martin Alarco, expressed honor in hosting the Women’s Amateur Latin America championship, showcasing rising stars in the region and celebrating the centenary of Lima Golf Club.

The championship has seen past winners like Valery Plata from Colombia in 2021 and Valentina Rossi from Argentina in 2022. The format includes 72 holes of stroke play with 60 players invited based on their World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) position. The 2024 winner at Lima Golf Club will also receive exemptions into The Women’s Amateur Championship, The Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational presented by Rolex, and the South American Amateur Championship the following year.

The Women’s Amateur Latin America championship, presented by The R&A and the ANNIKA Foundation, follows the success of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship introduced by The R&A in 2018. It aims to strengthen the pathway to the highest levels of golf by providing a platform for Latin America’s best women amateur golfers to compete against each other.

Reference

www.golfbusinessnews.com

Canadian golfers Henderson and Svensson are optimistic about ending their professional golf seasons on a high note.

Canadian golfers Henderson and Svensson are optimistic about ending their professional golf seasons on a high note.

Brooke Henderson, hailing from Smiths Falls, Ont., is no stranger to breaking records, but this week she faces a unique challenge. Since 2016, no LPGA Tour player has managed to secure victory in the season’s opening tournament and then go on to win a second title in the same year. Henderson initiated 2023 with a triumph at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Jan. 22 and is now participating in the CME Group Tour Championship, the pinnacle of the professional women’s golf season, in pursuit of her second win this year.

Acknowledging the peculiar stat, Henderson expressed, “It’s a really weird stat that I don’t like very much,” adding with a laugh, “I thought I would break it earlier but maybe it kind of got in my head a little bit. This would be the perfect week to break that and bookend the season; win the first one, win the last one, that would be obviously ideal.”

As the sole Canadian in the 60-golfer field at Tiburón Golf Club’s Gold Course in Naples, Fla., Henderson currently holds the 14th position in the CME Globe rankings. Reflecting on last year’s CME Group Tour Championship, where she contended for

the top spot but was hindered by a back injury, Henderson emphasized the significance of her off-season efforts in strengthening and healing. She is optimistic about her health this year, stating, “Knock on wood, I don’t have the issues that I had last year. That was another thing coming into this week: I was really excited that I’m a lot healthier than where I was this time last year.”

In the PGA Tour’s season finale, the RSM Classic, Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., is defending champion, having secured victory at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in Saint Simons Island, Ga., last year—a triumphant start to a breakout season for Svensson.

I consider this my best year on the PGA Tour,” Svensson remarked. “I feel like I’ve showcased the best golf of my career, and I sense continuous improvement. Hopefully, I can maintain this momentum.”

The RSM Classic marks the conclusion of the FedExCup Fall, comprising the seventh and final PGA Tour event. All seven tournaments come with winner’s benefits, including a two-year PGA Tour exemption, 500 FedExCup points, and invitations to The Sentry, The Players Championship, the Masters, and the PGA Championship in 2024.

Svensson enters the event holding the 37th position on the FedEx Cup standings, ensuring a PGA Tour card for the upcoming season and coveted spots in the circuit’s premier events.

Joining him in the upcoming season will be at least seven other Canadians. Nick Taylor (25th) from Abbotsford, B.C., Corey Conners (26th) from Listowel, Ont., Adam Hadwin (45th) from Abbotsford, Mackenzie Hughes (53rd) from Dundas, Ont., and Taylor Pendrith (86th) from Richmond Hill, Ont., have successfully retained their tour cards.

Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., and Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., have secured cards through their rankings on the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour.

Svensson, having participated in more PGA Tour events than many of the top 50 players, attributes it to his genuine passion for the sport rather than a specific strategy. “I love playing, I love competing, and I feel like I learn so much each week,” Svensson emphasized. “Even if I don’t play well, I still learn, and if I play great, I learned. So I feel like the more events I play … the better I get.”

Conners, Hughes, and Pendrith are also part of the RSM Classic’s field this week, along with Michael Gligic from Burlington, Ont. Ranked 204th on the FedEx Cup standings, Gligic aims for a strong performance to secure a tour membership for the upcoming year.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/canadians-henderson-svensson-hope-strong-155954198.html

PGA Tour Professionals and Their Spouses Compete in the 11th Annual RSM Wiffle Ball Classic for Charity

PGA Tour Professionals and Their Spouses Compete in the 11th Annual RSM Wiffle Ball Classic for Charity

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The Wiffle ball danced in the wind as Harry Higgs swung and hustled toward first base in his unique style, propelling the PGA Tour husbands to a narrow 9-8 victory over the PGA Tour wives in the 11th annual RSM Wiffle Ball Classic.

While the final score was significant for securing bragging rights for the next year, the true victors of the event were the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia. The organization received a generous donation of $25,000, a substantial contribution to their playground initiative.

Against the backdrop of a chilly and windy Tuesday evening at the Frederica Academy Baseball Field on the Golden Isles of Georgia, PGA Tour professionals like Ryan Brehm, Hank Lebioda, and Brendon Todd, along with their spouses and local youths from the Boys and Girls Club, came together for a charitable cause. Notably, members of the Savannah Bananas, a popular minor league baseball team, joined the game for the second consecutive year.

Credit By: ca.sports.yahoo.com

Chelsey Brehm, Ryan’s wife and the Tour Wives Association vice president of outreach, highlighted the inclusive nature of the event, emphasizing that the focus was on raising funds for a good cause. The participation of local girls, more

The PGA Tour Wives Association successfully raised $25,000 for charity during the 11th annual RSM Wiffle Ball Classic. Established as a 501-C3 in 1988, the association has played a vital role in contributing over $5 million to the communities visited by the PGA Tour. Leveraging the platform provided by Tour events, the wives have become a significant source of funds and support for various charities, particularly those benefiting children.

In the spirited game, the male participants donned powder blue uniforms, while the female players wore pink. Tour veteran Josh Teater took the pitcher’s mound, facing off against his wife Ashley, who secured an infield single. Austin Cook, handling the catching duties, offered batting tips to one of the kids, resembling a swing coach on the range. The presence of five Savannah Bananas players and the team’s mascot, Split, added excitement to the event, providing a show of their own.

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Beyond the Wiffle Ball Classic, the Wives Association organizes an annual golf tournament during the WM Phoenix Open. During this event, the pros serve as caddies for their wives, visit St. Jude’s Hospital, shop for new shoes and beds for those in need, and deliver blessings in a backpack, among approximately 15 events hosted each year.

Kaillie Higgs expressed her enthusiasm for the event, labeling it as her go-to, emphasizing the joy of witnessing kids interacting with the players.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/pga-tour-pros-spouses-battle-140031935.html

Almería Aims to Rival Málaga and Cádiz as a Global Golf Tourism Destination

Almería Aims to Rival Málaga and Cádiz as a Global Golf Tourism Destination

El turismo de golf es un segmento cada vez más buscado por los destinos españoles con buenas condiciones climáticas e infraestructuras deportivas para ello, como Málaga, Cádiz o incluso Canarias. Ahora, Almería quiere competir con estos dos grandes polos de atracción de golfistas a nivel internacional.

Según publica Diario de Almería, el Ayuntamiento está preparando una licitación para contratar a una agencia de intermediación especializada que ayude a la ciudad a afianzarse como destino turístico internacional de golf, un deporte que atrae a millones de viajeros cada año a España.

Desde el destino almeriense destacan sus condiciones climatológicas, con más de 3.000 horas de sol al año y una media anual de 18º C, además de poseer un gran campo para la práctica de este deporte, como es el Alborán Golf. Desde el consistorio destacan el “moderno campo de El Toyo, diseñado por el prestigioso arquitecto de golf José Ramón Espinosa”, que ofrece un recorrido de 18 hoyos a lo largo de 6.278 metros de longitud, una amplia pista de prácticas y distintas zonas de entrenamiento.

Reference

https://www.tourinews.es/resumen-de-prensa/notas-de-prensa-espana-turismo/almeria-malaga-cadiz-golf-destino-turistico-internacional_4478469_102.html

https://www.diariodealmeria.es/almeria/Almeria-destino-turistico-internacional-golf-Toyo_0_1847816751.html

Roof Collapse Hits New Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy Virtual Golf League Venue

Roof Collapse Hits New Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy Virtual Golf League Venue

The much-anticipated debut of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s simulator golf league faced a setback as a power outage led to damage and the collapse of the air-supported roof at the Florida-based venue in Palm Beach Gardens.

TGL acknowledged the incident, attributing the deflation to an overnight power outage on Tuesday, as reported by ESPN. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The extent of the damage’s impact on the scheduled launch of the league at SoFi Center on the Palm Beach State College campus on January 9, 2024, remains uncertain, as noted by Sports Illustrated.

The league comprises six teams with a total of 24 players, set to compete at the 250,000-square-foot arena. Golf Digest highlighted the venue’s capacity to host around 2,000 spectators. The league is planned to unfold over several weeks, concluding in March 2024.

The magazine reports that the air-supported dome, positioned 75 feet above the playing field, spans dimensions of 97 yards by 50 yards.

The creation of the TGL, spearheaded by Woods and McIlroy’s TRMW Sports venture, was announced in August 2022, as per ESPN. Both golfers have pledged their commitment to participating in this made-for-television league.

TRMW Sports released a statement attributing the deflation and damage of the air-supported dome to an overnight failure in the temporary power system used during the construction phase. They emphasized that damage assessment is ongoing, and it’s too early to determine the impact on their timelines. Fortunately, no injuries occurred, and there was no technological impact. Work on site is continuing.

ESPN reports that, in addition to Woods and McIlroy, other PGA Tour players such as Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, Wyndham Clark, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, and Xander Schauffele have also committed to participating in the league.

Reference

https://www.kiro7.com/news/trending/new-venue-tiger-woods-rory-mcilroy-virtual-golf-league-suffers-roof-collapse/BGDO3CWMIZFDTLY6WMSKHQL3RA/

https://www.reuters.com/sports/golf/venue-woods-mcilroy-virtual-golf-league-suffers-roof-collapse-2023-11-15/

Chandigarh Golf League Season 2 Semis: Hawks vs. Captain's 18, Mulligans vs. Comets

Chandigarh Golf League Season 2 Semis: Hawks vs. Captain’s 18, Mulligans vs. Comets

In the race to the Chandigarh Golf League Season 2 semi-finals, the Hunting Hawks scored a resounding 4-3 win against the Soaring Eagles at the Chandigarh Golf Club. In another marquee clash, Captain’s 18 triumphed over Punjab Aces, securing their place in the next round with a 4.5-2.5 victory.

The Mulligans made their first semi-final appearance by defeating Homeland Chandigarh Gladiators with a score of 4.5-2.5. Meanwhile, the Fairway Comets outperformed the Swinging Samurai, achieving a convincing 5.5-1.5 win.

Hunting Hawks Vs Soaring Eagles

The Hunting Hawks faced a tough battle with the Soaring Eagles but ultimately clinched the victory. They secured 1.5 out of 2 points in the singles games, with key performances from Jaspreet Bakshi and Puneet Dhiman. Gurpreet Bakshi and Sachin Bansal also contributed to the team’s win. The Hawks secured their spot in the semi-finals with minimum playoff scenarios after RS Dagar and Chiranjeev Singh won their game. SPS Matharoo’s solid birdie on the 17th hole sealed the victory.

The Mulligans Vs Homeland Chandigarh Gladiators

The Mulligans dominated their match against Homeland Chandigarh Gladiators, leading from the start and securing their place in the semi-finals. Bismad Singh and Shiraz Monga claimed victories in the singles games, while the Mulligans excelled in the fourball pairs, scoring 3.5 out of 5 points.

Fairway Comets Vs Swinging Samurai

In the third quarter-final, the Fairway Comets dominated the singles games, thanks to Sagar Arora and Prithvi Sandhu. BS Gill and Ramnik Tiwana secured the only full point for the Swinging Samurai as the Comets dominated the match.

Punjab Aces Vs Captain’s 18

In the final quarter-final, last year’s runners-up, Punjab Aces, faced the table-topping Captain’s 18. Despite a strong performance from Aces skipper Mivaan Singh, Captain’s 18 claimed the majority of the points, winning the match with a 4.5-2.5 score.

Reference

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/chandigarh-news/chandigarh-golf-league-season-2-its-hawks-against-captain-s-18-mulligans-vs-comets-in-semifinals-101697653751454.html

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/chandigarh/chandigarh-golf-league-mulligans-beat-defending-champions-raptors-7-0-554259

Last Chance: Two Steamboat Golf Courses Open for Season's Final Rounds

Last Chance: Two Steamboat Golf Courses Open for Season’s Final Rounds

Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club and Catamount Ranch and Club bid farewell to the golf season last Sunday, leaving just two courses welcoming golf enthusiasts for the final rounds this year.

Haymaker Golf Course and Steamboat Golf Club, however, plan to stay open until the weather imposes restrictions on their operation. According to Steamboat Golf Club’s clubhouse manager, Eric McCaugherty, they anticipate enduring a bit longer, especially due to the area’s generally milder weather on the west side of town.

Credit by: steamboatpilot.com

Predicting the exact conclusion of the golf season proves challenging for both McCaugherty and Haymaker’s head golf professional, Cody Hasten. They advise those seeking a few more rounds to act sooner rather than later. They’ll monitor the weather and act accordingly.

Snowfall last week briefly halted both Steamboat Golf Club and Haymaker, a typical occurrence this time of year. Nevertheless, they swiftly recover once the snow subsides and conditions allow play.

During the fall, morning frost often covers the greens, and walking on frosted greens can harm the grass. To mitigate this, both courses have adjusted their morning tee times to permit the frost to melt. Haymaker has shifted from 7 to 10 a.m., and Steamboat Golf Club from 8 to 10 a.m.

In autumn, the grass growth rate decreases, prompting maintenance crews to focus on preparing the course for winter. Haymaker recently aerated its fairways and will soon begin shutting down its irrigation system.

While the weather for the upcoming weekend and early next week appears promising, the threat of snow persists. Generally, they manage to stay open until the end of October, with last year extending into the first week of November. They remain hopeful of continued play unless consecutive storms disrupt their plans.

Reference

https://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/two-steamboat-golf-courses-remain-open-for-last-swings-of-the-season/#:~:text=Haymaker%20Golf%20Course%20and%20Steamboat,winter%20weather%20makes%20it%20impossible.

South Auckland Rangers on the Hunt for New Coach Following Geoff Cooper's Resignation

South Auckland Rangers on the Hunt for New Coach Following Geoff Cooper’s Resignation

South Auckland Rangers are on the lookout for a new head coach to lead their men’s team in the upcoming NRF League One campaign. This search comes in the wake of Geoff Cooper’s decision to part ways with the club after a successful season, during which the team secured second place in the league and reached the last 32 of the Chatham Cup.

Geoff Cooper, a seasoned coach with a rich history of mentoring Auckland clubs such as Onehunga Mangere, Franklin United, and Papakura City, has left some big shoes to fill. Rangers are now seeking a coach with at least an OFC/NZF C-Licence, ideally progressing towards a B-Licence.

Job Summary: Head Coach – South Auckland Rangers Report to: Technical Coach

Key Responsibilities

  • Cultivate and maintain a team culture in line with SAR’s vision and values.
  • Identify, recruit, and inspire players who embody SAR’s ideals.
  • Develop and execute a player recruitment strategy.
  • Create and implement training plans to prepare players for upcoming matches.
  • Utilize game footage for game analysis and planning.
  • Focus on the first team player development through individual player development plans.
  • Collaborate with the reserve team coach for squad selection.

Requirements

  • Minimum OFC/NZF C-Licence.
  • Eligibility to work in New Zealand.
  • Willingness to undergo a police check.
  • Remuneration commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply by sending a cover letter and CV Applications are open until October 31, 2023.

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Reference

https://www.friendsoffootballnz.com/2023/10/19/south-auckland-rangers-looking-for-new-coach-after-geoff-cooper-steps

Dustin Johnson Aims for LIV Glory, Paulina Gretzky Offers Fans a Chance to Join Something Greater

Dustin Johnson Aims for LIV Glory, Paulina Gretzky Offers Fans a Chance to Join Something Greater

The LIV Golf Team Championship at Trump National Golf Club Doral, Miami, is set to captivate sports enthusiasts worldwide. With a staggering $50 million in prize money up for grabs, 12 formidable teams are preparing for an epic battle. Leading the charge is none other than golf sensation Dustin Johnson and his exceptional team, the 4Aces GC.

As they aspire to end their year on a high note, Johnson’s Aces GC is determined to seize the prestigious title at the LIV Golf Championship in Miami. Amidst the excitement, the golfer’s wife, Paulina Gretzky, has embarked on a mission to give back to their dedicated fans—a unique opportunity to become part of something greater.

4Aces GC has enjoyed a triumphant season in 2023, clinching victory in two key events in London and Adelaide, thanks to Johnson’s remarkable leadership. Now, as the golfer focuses on the ultimate team event in Miami, his wife has a surprise in store.

Paulina Gretzky recently shared a compelling Instagram story, featuring a promotional video showcasing the squad’s stylish shots. In her caption, she extends an invitation to fans to attend the Miami event and show their support. What’s more, she offers fans a chance to win a VIP upgrade for themselves and three friends, granting access to performances by Alesso and Follow the Fish TV.

With a special code, LIVLOUDER, fans can secure 15% off their game tickets and savor the electrifying music performances along with the golf action. Paulina’s heartwarming support for her husband’s team undoubtedly tugs at the heartstrings of fans, providing them with another reason to secure their tickets and witness these golfing stars in action.

This isn’t the first instance of the Gretzky family standing steadfastly beside a professional athlete. During the 2023 Masters Tournament, Wayne Gretzky’s wife, Janet Jones, took to Instagram to express her unwavering support for her son-in-law. She shared endearing family photos and a message filled with love and encouragement, displaying her utmost confidence in Dustin Johnson’s abilities.

Janet Jones also played a pivotal role in uniting DJ with her daughter, Paulina, effectively acting as a matchmaker for the two stars. Furthermore, both she and her husband, the NHL legend, had recognized Dustin as the ideal partner for their daughter long before their eventual union.

Reference

https://www.essentiallysports.com/golf-news-as-dustin-johnson-seeks-the-ultimate-liv-glory-wife-paulina-gretzky-gives-fans-a-chance-to-be-part-of-something-bigger-liv-golf-miami-wayne-alesso-follow-the-fish-tv/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/golf/article-12597993/Dustin-Johnsons-super-model-wife-Paulina-Gretzky-poses-cover-KIN

Golf: 18 Holes Can Boost Senior Smarts

Golf: 18 Holes Can Boost Senior Smarts

In a recent study published on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, researchers discovered an interesting connection between physical activity and cognitive function in older adults. The research highlights the benefits of activities like golf, walking, and Nordic walking in maintaining and improving cognitive function among seniors.

The study involved 25 healthy golfers, all aged 65 or older. These individuals engaged in three bouts of intense aerobic exercise: golf, regular walking, and Nordic walking. Throughout the exercise sessions, they maintained their typical brisk pace.

The researchers assessed cognitive function using tests that measured various aspects, including attention, processing speed, and demanding skills such as task-switching ability. They also collected blood samples to measure two chemicals, neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and cathepsin B (CTSB), which are believed to reflect the brain benefits of exercise.

While there were notable improvements in lower cognitive functions like attention and processing speed, the study did not find significant effects on BDNF and CTSB levels. However, both types of walking—regular walking and Nordic walking—were associated with enhanced executive functioning, which plays a key role in planning, organizing, and staying focused.

The first author of the study, Julia Kettinen, a doctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, emphasized the value of age-appropriate aerobic exercise, such as golf and various forms of walking, in maintaining and enhancing cognitive function among older adults. This research supports the idea that exercise can be a promising strategy for those facing cognitive decline.

In addition to the University of Eastern Finland, researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and ETH Zürich in Switzerland also contributed to this study. The findings were published in the October issue of BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine.

This study sheds light on the cognitive benefits of physical activity, emphasizing that activities like golf, walking, and Nordic walking can contribute to improved cognitive function among seniors. This valuable insight can help seniors make informed choices about their exercise routines to promote mental acuity as they age.

Reference

https://consumer.healthday.com/exercise-and-brain-health-2665985346.html

https://www.drugs.com/news/seniors-18-holes-golf-might-make-you-smarter-115596.html

Rory McIlroy's Formula One Investment: Delving into His Latest Alpine Team Venture

Rory McIlroy’s Formula One Investment: Delving into His Latest Alpine Team Venture

Rory McIlroy has expanded his investment portfolio to include the Alpine F1 team, joining a group of prominent sports figures in a $211 million deal. The Northern Irish golfer, alongside notable co-investors like NFL quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, Liverpool footballer Trent Alexander-Arnold, boxing star Anthony Joshua, and former Manchester United player Juan Mata, has acquired a 24 percent stake in the team. This strategic collaboration aims to boost the team’s global presence and fanbase.

While the specific financial contributions of individual sports stars remain undisclosed, the collective investment from actors, athletes, and investment firms secures a substantial ownership share in the Alpine Formula One team.

Rory McIlroy shared his enthusiasm for the venture, stating, “My passion for excellence on the golf course has led me to appreciate the same pursuit in Formula 1. Partnering with Otro Capital in Alpine F1 is an exhilarating endeavor that combines my love for sports, competition, and the unwavering commitment to be the best.”

In a separate initiative, Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney, RedBird Capital, and Otro Capital previously invested $220 million in the team, valuing it at $900 million. Reportedly, the actors own around 2-3 percent of the company, with a valuation ranging from $18 to $27 million. However, they are speculated to provide “sweat equity” in the form of their storytelling expertise and potentially a documentary series to fulfill their commitment, as per the UK Daily Mail.

Notably, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, along with Mike McCauley, established TWGR Sports last year, focusing on advancing sports and entertainment on a global scale through technology ventures. Rory McIlroy stated, “We aim to make sports more accessible in a world where technology offers numerous choices for utilizing our time.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/golf/news-how-much-rory-mcilroy-invest-formula-one-golfer-s-latest-alpine-team-investment-explored

https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/67137572

Ludvig Aberg Named Golfer of the Month for September

Ludvig Aberg Named Golfer of the Month for September

Ludvig Åberg made an impressive move into professional golf, achieving a remarkable victory at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. His journey also featured a Captain’s Pick for the Ryder Cup and a notable Top 10 finish during his debut at the BMW PGA Championship.

The 23-year-old Swede, who transitioned to the professional circuit in June, showcased his talent after an illustrious amateur career, which included rising to prominence as a collegiate superstar and topping the World Amateur Golf Ranking. In only his ninth professional event, Åberg secured a memorable DP World Tour victory with a stunning performance at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club during the Omega European Masters.

During the final round, Åberg displayed remarkable skill, carding four consecutive birdies on the back nine and finishing 19 under par, two strokes ahead of his compatriot, Alexander Björk. Soon after this victory, he received an exciting phone call from Luke Donald, notifying him of his selection to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club against the United States.

Just two weeks later, Åberg continued to impress, taking the lead by two shots at the start of the final day at Wentworth. Although he had to settle for a share of tenth place after a challenging final round that included two double-bogeys in his opening seven holes.

The title at the BMW PGA Championship was claimed by New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, who secured his first Rolex Series victory by birdying the last hole, making him the first player from New Zealand to win this prestigious tournament and the first from his country to secure a Rolex Series title. This victory, combined with his top-three finish at the Horizon Irish Open, elevated him to third place in the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.

Completing the Golfer of the Month voting were Swede Vincent Norrman and Japan’s Ryo Hisatsune, who emerged as winners at September’s Horizon Irish Open and Cazoo Open de France, respectively.

Reference

https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/news/articles/detail/ludvig-aberg-voted-golfer-of-the-month-for-september/

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/national/story/2023-09-03/rookie-ludvig-aberg-surges-to-european-masters-win-and-into-europes-ryder-cup-selection-picture

New Bloomfield's Moss Secures Back-to-Back All-State Honors in Girls Golf

New Bloomfield’s Moss Secures Back-to-Back All-State Honors in Girls Golf

In her final high school round, New Bloomfield’s Dixie Moss secured her second consecutive all-state honor, finishing fifth out of 94 participants in the Class 1 state championships at Sedalia Country Club. Dixie Moss achieved her best state round with a 17-over 87 on Day 2, following her previous record-breaking performance. Her two-round total was 36-over 176, with 11 pars, 15 bogeys, and 10 double bogeys.

Joseph Robinson, the New Bloomfield girls’ golf coach, praised Dixie’s performance, highlighting her improvement from the first day and her consistent play throughout the round. Despite some challenges on the course, Dixie remained focused and determined.

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Clover Moss tied for 76th place with a score of 239 (121, 118), and Nataleigh White tied for 90th with 248 (127, 121). While their scores may not have met their expectations, Robinson commended their effort and attitude on the course.

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Dixie Moss and Nataleigh White concluded their high school careers, with Dixie set to play college golf at State Fair Community College. South Harrison secured the team title, and Kameryn Wood and Rylee Allred shared the individual title.

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The Class 1 state championships at Sedalia Country Club marked an important chapter in the golfing journeys of these young athletes.

Reference

https://www.fultonsun.com/news/2023/oct/18/new-bloomfield-girls-golfs-moss-makes-all-state/

https://www.fultonsun.com/news/2022/oct/19/new-bloomfield-girls-golfs-moss-earn

Men's Golf Finishes Golfweek October Classic

Men’s Golf Finishes Golfweek October Classic

Sandestin, FL – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Men’s Golf Wraps Up Fall Season at Golfweek October Classic

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s golf team finished their fall season at the 2023 Golfweek October Classic held at the Raven Golf Club in Sandestin, FL. The Engineers secured the 16th position out of 25 competing teams.

Over the course of the three-day event, the Engineers collectively recorded a total score of 884, narrowly trailing California Lutheran by just one stroke. Owen Himmer and Rodrigo Muelas led the team, both carding impressive 72 (+1) rounds. Himmer’s tournament total reached 221, while Muelas finished with a score of 229.

Jacob Lindsay, fresh off his hole-in-one on Monday, posted a 73 (+2) round, concluding the tournament with a total score of 227. Matt Buckley contributed a 74 (+3) in his final round, emerging as the top performer for the Engineers with a total score of 217.

Completing the lineup was Anthony Chen, who posted a score of 79 (+8) for the day, concluding the tournament with an overall score of 226.

With Tuesday’s action marking the conclusion of the Engineers’ fall schedule, they are set to resume their golfing endeavors in the spring, commencing after the start of the new year.

Reference

https://rpiathletics.com/news/2023/10/17/mens-golf-concludes-golfweek-october-classic.aspx

https://www.emoryathletics.com/sports/golf/2023-24/releases/20231015ppoybm

Fans React to PGA Tour Stars Rumored to Join LIV Golf After Missing Out on Tiger Woods' TGL Selection

Fans React to PGA Tour Stars Rumored to Join LIV Golf After Missing Out on Tiger Woods’ TGL Selection

The recent announcement regarding the final picks for Tiger Woods’ eagerly awaited TGL has sparked fresh rumors about a potential shift to LIV Golf.

On Tuesday, October 17, the TGL unveiled its latest recruits: Patrick Cantlay, Wyndham Clark, Kevin Kisner, Min Woo Lee, and Lucas Glover, rounding out the league’s 24-man roster. Notably absent from this roster were some high-profile golfers, including Viktor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth, to name a few.

LIV Golf Updates, a popular presence on X (formerly known as Twitter), went on to reveal other notable players left out of the forthcoming TGL. In addition, the account hinted at the likelihood of some major additions to LIV Golf in the upcoming year.

LIV Golf Updates’ post elicited a wide range of responses from fans. Some dismissed it as another false hope while others engaged in speculation about which players might make the move from the PGA Tour to the upstart league.

It seems opinions are divided, with one fan remarking, “The ship to LIV has already sailed! It’s embarrassing to see them lamenting their lack of ranking points, especially when they knew they wouldn’t get any!

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/golf/news-liv-ship-sailed-fans-react-rumors-pga-tour-stars-moving-liv-golf-missing-tiger-woods-tgl-pick

Netflix to Host and Stream First-Ever Live Golf Tournament

Netflix to Host and Stream First-Ever Live Golf Tournament

Netflix has made a groundbreaking foray into live sporting events with the introduction of “The Netflix Cup,” a live golf competition set to captivate audiences. The event will feature drivers from the popular series “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” competing alongside golfers from the emerging “Full Swing” series.

Scheduled for November 14, 2023, this unique sporting spectacle will unfold at the prestigious Wynn Golf Club in Wynn Las Vegas. Four pairs, each consisting of a Formula 1 driver and a PGA Tour professional, will engage in an exciting eight-hole match-play tournament. The top two teams will progress to a thrilling final hole showdown, vying for the coveted inaugural Netflix Cup title.

The Netflix Cup’s star-studded roster includes Formula 1 drivers such as Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris, and Carlos Sainz, representing esteemed teams like Williams Racing, BWT Alpine F1 Team, McLaren Racing, and Scuderia Ferrari. On the golfing front, talents like Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas will showcase their skills.

Gabe Spitzer, Netflix’s Vice President for Nonfiction Sports, expressed his excitement about this unprecedented event, noting how Netflix’s sports series have garnered increased interest in sports leagues worldwide. He believes that The Netflix Cup will elevate this enthusiasm to new heights, featuring global stars from two immensely popular series in their first-ever live sports competition.

“The Netflix Cup” represents a pioneering event, melding two of Netflix’s sports series successes. “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” is currently in production for its sixth season, contributing to the sport’s burgeoning popularity in the United States. Simultaneously, “Full Swing,” a 2023 series, has gained recognition for boosting fan engagement with the PGA Tour.

Reference

https://www.broadcastprome.com/news/netflix-to-host-and-screen-inaugural-live-golf-event/

https://deadline.com/2023/10/netflix-ive-sports-formula-1-drive-to-survive-full-swing-gran-prix

Marietta Senior Golfer Saylor Wharff Eagerly Returns to State Championship

Marietta Senior Golfer Saylor Wharff Eagerly Returns to State Championship

After her first Ohio High School State Golf Tournament appearance, Saylor Wharff has transformed into a confident, competitive golfer. She recalls her initial experience as a freshman facing fierce competition from older, skilled players. Now, as a senior, Wharff is back, ready to compete as an individual at the state tournament in Columbus.

Last season, she narrowly missed individual qualification by just one stroke, but this year has seen her game flourish. During a regular season outing at Oxbow Golf Course, she impressively shot a 28 for nine holes. She also clinched the medalist title at the Twin State League Championship and secured a spot at the Division I district meet with a round of 74 at The Links at Echo Springs in Johnstown, Ohio.

When Wharff sank a 3-foot par putt on the 18th green to secure her spot at the state tournament, tears of joy flowed not only from her but also from her coaches, friends, and family. Her achievement is seen as a blessing, and she’s grateful for the opportunity to compete at such a high level in a sport she loves.

College scouts have noticed Wharff’s talent, with several coaches attending the district meet. A strong performance at the state tournament might open up more opportunities.

Wharff is optimistic about her chances at the state meet, emphasizing the importance of her short game and feeling confident in her abilities.

Her journey from that nervous freshman to a senior ready to compete at the state level is a testament to her hard work and dedication to the sport she adores.

Reference

https://www.mariettatimes.com/sports/2023/10/marietta-senior-golfer-saylor-wharff-excited-to-be-back-at-state/