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Australian Golfer Cameron Smith Aims for Paris Olympics Despite Ranking Uncertainty

Australian Golfer Cameron Smith Aims for Paris Olympics Despite Ranking Uncertainty

Cameron Smith, Australia’s top-ranked golfer, aspires to accumulate adequate ranking points in his domestic tour and upcoming major tournaments to secure a spot in the Paris Olympics next year. Despite slipping to 18th in the rankings after joining the independent LIV Golf circuit, where players cannot accrue ranking points, Smith is determined to qualify for the prestigious event.

Paris qualification allows only the top 60 players, putting Cameron Smith in competition with fellow Australians, including major champions Jason Day and Adam Scott, for coveted spots on Australia’s team.

With the responsibility squarely on Smith to bolster his ranking, he aims to defend his Australian PGA Championship title at the Royal Queensland Golf Club this week. Expressing his strong desire to participate in the Olympics, the former British Open winner acknowledges the existing criteria and expresses uncertainty about potential changes.

“I definitely want to be there, 100%,” Smith stated to reporters on Tuesday.

The golfer, who secured a tie for 10th place at the Tokyo Olympics, looks to accumulate points at the upcoming Australian Open in Sydney. Smith remains optimistic about maintaining his ranking through these events and four more majors, expressing the significance of donning the coat of arms on his chest once again.

The LIV Golf circuit’s attempt to earn ranking points faced unanimous rejection from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) last month, citing concerns about the circuit’s format backed by Saudi Arabia. While LIV players have been allowed to participate in the four majors, there is uncertainty for those with exemptions based on past results, as they do not accrue ranking points.

Reference

https://www.wionews.com/sports/golf-australias-cameron-smith-eyeing-paris-olympics-amid-rankings-doubt-661168

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

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.

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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/

The Golf Legends Defining Generations of Excellence

The Golf Legends Defining Generations of Excellence

Occasionally, someone emerges who profoundly shapes their generation, and in the world of golf, there are those whose influence goes beyond tournament victories. Here, we explore the golfers who have left an indelible mark on the game we know today.

Old Tom Morris

A golf pioneer, Morris designed Prestwick Golf Club, revamped the Old Course at St Andrews, and claimed The Open four times, remaining its oldest winner at the age of 46.

Young Tom Morris

Golf’s first prodigy, he clinched The Open four times in succession before tragically passing away at 24, leaving us to wonder what more he might have achieved.

Harry Vardon

Vardon won The Open six times between 1896 and 1914 and popularized the enduring Vardon grip, a golf club hold adopted by professionals and amateurs alike.

Walter Hagen

A charismatic figure, Hagen’s 11 major victories, including three Open titles, solidified his place in golf history. He also made strides in golf club design and was the first to earn $1 million.

Bobby Jones

Renowned as the greatest amateur golfer, Jones achieved a historic feat by winning the US Open, The Open, the US Amateur Championship, and the Amateur Championship in 1930. He also founded Augusta National and The Masters.

Gene Sarazen

Sarazen was the first to win all four majors and is credited with inventing the sand wedge. His albatross at the 15th hole during the 1935 Masters became legendary.

Ben Hogan

Hogan won all four majors, claimed nine major titles, and revolutionized golf with his swing, inspiring future generations of players.

Patty Berg

A founding LPGA member, Berg revolutionized women’s golf and holds the record for the most major victories with 15, a feat matched by Tiger Woods.

Henry Cotton

Cotton, known for his 1930s and 1940s Open victories, became a renowned golf course architect and established the Golf Foundation.

Peter Thomson

A quiet yet competitive Australian golfer, Thomson won The Open five times and made a lasting impact in golf course design.

Arnold Palmer

Known as “The King,” Palmer’s aggressive style revitalized The Open Championship and set the example for American players. He was also a charismatic figure and course designer.

Mickey Wright

Renowned for her impeccable swing, Wright won 90 professional tournaments, including 13 majors, before retiring due to foot problems.

Kathy Whitworth

Originally a tennis player, Whitworth excelled in golf, winning 88 times on the LPGA Tour, including six major titles.

Jack Nicklaus

With 18 major wins, Nicklaus’s record speaks volumes. His influence extends to course design, and he’s one of golf’s all-time greats.

Nancy Lopez

Dominating women’s golf in the late ’70s and ’80s, Lopez won 52 times, although she surprisingly only claimed three majors.

Seve Ballesteros

Seve was a gifted and daring player, winning 90 tournaments, including five majors. His charisma and recovery skills left an indelible mark.

Tiger Woods

Woods, known for winning 15 majors, rewrote golf history with his incredible talent and memorable comeback victories.

Annika Sorenstam

A colossal talent in women’s golf, Sorenstam won 10 majors and numerous titles in an illustrious career.

Rory McIlroy

A talented golfer from a young age, McIlroy has won four majors, played in multiple Ryder Cups, and remains a prominent figure in the golfing world.

These golf legends, each in their unique way, have defined the sport and left an enduring legacy.

Reference

https://www.golfshake.com/news/view/19616/The_Legendary_Golfers_Who_Defined_Generations.html

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/543958-50-best-golfers-of-all-time

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.

Reference

https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/lpga-tour-legend-annika-sorenstam-invited-to-join-augusta-national-golf-club-per-report/

The Golf Soul Struggle: Tiger Woods' Renewed Purpose and Human Bonds

The Golf Soul Struggle: Tiger Woods’ Renewed Purpose and Human Bonds

Tiger Woods, a golf icon celebrated for his numerous comebacks, faced an unprecedented challenge following a high-speed, single-car accident in the Los Angeles suburbs in 2021. With his right leg severely injured, the prospects of a significant competitive return seemed slim. The focus shifted from a competitive comeback to finding a way back onto the golf course. Esteemed golf writer Alan Shipnuck suggests that the emergence of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour unexpectedly provided Woods with a new purpose.

The battle for the essence of professional golf became a rallying point for Woods. In the tumultuous golf landscape of 2022, marred by disparities between top players’ salaries, Woods emerged as the sport’s elder statesman, determined to preserve its heritage.

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Overcoming injuries, personal challenges, and controversies, Woods had become more than a golfer to a generation unfamiliar with his golden years. While he had secured a victory at the Masters in 2019, it had been 11 years since his last major win.

Woods, often regarded as a loner and an introvert, underwent a transformation when he convened an impromptu players’ meeting in Delaware. This gathering was instrumental in shaping the PGA Tour’s direction, allowing Woods to connect with his colleagues and feel their support, a crucial aspect of his journey back from the accident.

Shipnuck’s latest book, “LIV And Let Die,” chronicles the tumultuous rise of the breakaway LIV Golf tour. In this narrative, Australian two-time major champion Greg Norman emerges as a central provocateur, driven by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund’s substantial backing.

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The book offers a compelling read, occasionally punctuated with strong language that reflects the heightened emotions on both sides of the battle. Notably, Brooks Koepka, a five-time major champion, expressed his emotions with colorful language when he joined the LIV Tour in June 2022.

The book’s frankness stems from Shipnuck’s conversations with various stakeholders, including players, caddies, CEOs, agents, financiers, lawyers, fans, and even spouses. While the book hasn’t received universal acclaim, Shipnuck defends his role as a journalist committed to providing a truthful account of events.

The overarching themes of loyalty, betrayal, vengeance, and greed pervade the narrative, revealing complexities not immediately apparent. Rory McIlroy, often seen as the moral conscience of golf, is depicted with shades of gray, as his business interests through the PGA Tour add nuance to his advocacy.

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Similarly, the so-called “villains” had multifaceted motivations beyond simple financial gain. For instance, Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion, was a surprising addition to the LIV Tour. The book reveals that DeChambeau felt undervalued by his PGA Tour peers, leading him to seek a fresh start with LIV.

As the story unfolds, a surprising truce emerged almost a year after LIV Golf’s inaugural tournament in London. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and PIF Governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan brokered a settlement that involved the European Tour, aiming to unify the golfing world. This development could result in higher salaries for players and a more appealing schedule for fans.

Assuming continued Saudi involvement, this venture would also be a significant win for the Saudis, allowing them to wield influence in the world of international sports. It serves as a case study in “sportswashing,” demonstrating how efforts to divert attention from political controversies can lead to acceptance over time.

The journey is far from over, but it seems that all players, regardless of their roles in this golfing drama, may ultimately find themselves on the same side.

CNN has sought comments from key figures such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, and Sergio García regarding these developments.

Reference

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/10/25/sport/tiger-woods-liv-golf-intl-spt-shipnuck-book/index.html

https://sports.yahoo.com/battle-golf-soul-gave-tiger-083546447.html

Stubbs Leads Aussies in Asia-Pacific Golf

Stubbs Leads Aussies in Asia-Pacific Golf

Jasper Stubbs made an impressive start at Royal Melbourne, showcasing his local knowledge in challenging conditions during the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. The New Zealand amateur champion was among the leading Australians, standing second overall behind Kiwi golfer Kazuma Kobori. This tournament offers a coveted opportunity for the winner to compete in the 2024 Masters at Augusta National and the British Open at Royal Troon.

Harrison Crowe, a young Australian, clinched victory in the previous year’s championship, which propelled him to turn professional. Stubbs, however, had a strong performance in this year’s event, carding a three-under par 68, trailing Kobori by two strokes.

Despite facing showers and gusty winds, Stubbs had an exceptional front nine on the Composite course, with four birdies from the second to the seventh holes, offset by a single bogey at the par-three third.

Stubbs, a 22-year-old who hails from New Zealand, was pleased with his performance, considering the windy conditions. He was one of the 13 Australian players in the competition and had the added advantage of being familiar with the course.

Having been a member at nearby Kingswood, Stubbs was no stranger to Royal Melbourne. He mentioned that he had played there since a young age and even had the distinction of having his younger sister, Piper, as the women’s club champion at the course. Despite his familiarity with the course, he noted that it was the first time he had seen it in such firm and fast conditions.

Stubbs is among a talented field of 120 participants from 41 countries. He aims to follow in the footsteps of previous Australian winners, including Harrison Crowe, Curtis Luck (2016), and Antonio Murdaca, who triumphed at Royal Melbourne in 2014.

Reference

https://www.lismorecitynews.com.au/story/8401441/stubbs-sets-pace-for-aussies-at-asia-pacific-golf/

https://au.news.yahoo.com/tasered-grans-children-edge-closer-030654303.html

All About World Golf Awards: Sponsors, Winners' Prizes, Nominations, and More

All About World Golf Awards: Sponsors, Winners’ Prizes, Nominations, and More

The World Golf Awards, in its milestone 10th year, remains a prestigious accolade recognizing outstanding contributions in the golf industry. Over the past decade, this event has resonated profoundly within the professional golfing community.

Unveiling the Gala

Hosted at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the 10th annual World Golf Awards Gala was a star-studded affair, attended by luminaries from the golfing world. Nearly 50 award categories featured, with global winners determined through online voting. Representatives from the golf industry, the media, and the public took part in this democratic selection process.

The Eminent Trophy

The coveted World Golf Awards trophy is a stunning bronze figure adorned with a hardwood top and a brass plate displaying the category and winner’s name.

The Pinnacle Hosts and Partners

Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Viya Golf, and Destination Golf Travel played pivotal roles as hosts for the ceremony. With 22 official media partners, including industry leaders like Inside Golf, Travel & Leisure, Golf TV, and World Golf News, the event received extensive coverage.

2023 World Golf Awards Winners

The 2023 edition featured an extensive list of winners across 23 world categories. Notably, the “World’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility 2023” category received a remarkable thirty nominations. Here are some of the prominent winners.

  • World’s Best Golf Course 2023: Serapong Course (Singapore)
  • World’s Best Golf Hotel 2023: Park Hyatt Dubai (UAE)
  • World’s Best Golf Destination 2023: Portugal
  • World’s Best Golf Tour Operator 2023: Golfasian Co
  • World’s Best Golf Club Brand 2023: Titleist
  • World’s Best Golf TV Channel 2023: NBC Golf Channel

The Future of Golf Excellence

As the 2023 World Golf Awards come to a triumphant close, golf enthusiasts eagerly anticipate what’s in store for the future. The world of golf continues to evolve, and only time will reveal the next chapter in this remarkable journey. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the world of golf!

Reference

https://www.essentiallysports.com/golf-news-what-is-world-golf-awards-all-about-its-sponsors-winners-prize-nominations-and-more-lpga-pga-tour-liv-golf/

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.

Reference

https://irishgolfer.ie/latest-golf-news/2023/10/25/pepperell-i-think-its-a-disaster-for-the-dp-world

https://irishgolfer.ie/latest-golf-news/2023/10/25/dubai-creek-to-host-inaugural-dp-world-tour-dubai-invitational-in

Dosch, Battye, and Romanov Shine in Top 20 Finish, Propelling Men's Golf at ODU/OBX Intercollegiate

Dosch, Battye, and Romanov Shine in Top 20 Finish, Propelling Men’s Golf at ODU/OBX Intercollegiate

In Powells Point, North Carolina, the La Salle men’s golf team wrapped up their fall season with a strong showing at the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate, held at the Kilmarlic Golf Club’s par-71 course. Gavin Dosch, Benjamin Battye, and Nikita Romanov all delivered impressive performances, securing top 20 finishes.

Dosch had a standout tournament, finishing tied for 15th with a total score of 5-over-par 218. His game improved with each round, starting with a 3-over 74 in the first round, followed by a 2-over 73 in the second, and finally concluding with an even-par 71 in the last round.

Battye and Romanov closely followed Dosch, both tying for 17th place with a 6-over 219 for the tournament. Battye’s rounds consisted of a pair of 1-over 72s and a 4-over 75, while Romanov rebounded impressively from a 7-over 78 in the opening round with a spectacular 3-under 68 in the second round, and then a solid 2-over 73 to end the tournament.

The La Salle lineup was completed by Alex Gekas and Kevin Lydon, who both tied for 53rd place with a score of 232 (+19). The Explorers placed seventh in the 15-team field, accumulating a total score of 886 (+34).

This performance at the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate showcased the talent and potential of the La Salle men’s golf team as they closed out their fall season on a high note.

Players Mentioned

  • Benjamin Battye, Sophomore, 5′ 9″
  • Alex Gekas, Junior, 6′ 2″
  • Kevin Lydon, Sophomore, 5′ 8″
  • Nikita Romanov, Graduate Student, 6′ 0″
  • Gavin Dosch, Freshman, 6′ 0

Reference

https://goexplorers.com/news/2023/10/24/mens-golf-dosch-battye-romanov-finish-top-20-to-pace-mens-golf-at-odu-obx-intercollegiate.aspx

https://goexplorers.com/sports/womens-cross-country

LIV Golf Season 2: Assessing Successes, Setbacks, and Uncertainty Amid PGA Tour Merger Talks

LIV Golf Season 2: Assessing Successes, Setbacks, and Uncertainty Amid PGA Tour Merger Talks

LIV Golf’s second season was a rollercoaster ride of successes and setbacks, leaving its future hanging in the balance. After a spectacular inaugural season filled with Ryder Cup-level excitement, big-name signings, viral moments, and grandiose claims from everyone involved, the challenge was to follow up with an equally captivating second season.

The second season marked LIV Golf’s international expansion, with events in Australia and Singapore that garnered significant attention. Star players like Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, and Cameron Smith made their mark both in LIV Golf and major championships, injecting fresh energy into the league. At the midpoint, it seemed like smooth sailing for LIV Golf.

However, as the season progressed, uncertainty crept in. The buzz that had surrounded the league for two years began to fade. The highly anticipated PGA Tour and Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (LIV Golf’s financial backer) merger remained in limbo, casting doubts on the future. CEO Greg Norman remains optimistic about growth, hiring a new COO and establishing partnerships, but the looming question remains unanswered.

The elephant in the room is the uncertain PGA Tour-PIF framework agreement, coupled with the Official World Golf Rankings’ refusal to grant LIV Golf world ranking points. The fate of LIV Golf remains uncertain, and opinions on its future are divided.

The Good

  1. International Success: LIV Golf’s global presence expanded significantly, with successful events in Australia, Singapore, London, and Andalucia. This international exposure was a highlight of the second season, promising further growth in the future.
  2. Major Championship Impact: LIV Golf players made their mark in major championships, dispelling doubts about the league’s impact on their performance. The likes of Koepka, Mickelson, and DeChambeau shone at these prestigious events.
  3. Content Creation: LIV Golf embraced content creation, offering fans an inside look into players’ lives and preparation. Memorable moments, like DeChambeau’s YouTube video with Mickelson, garnered millions of views, highlighting the potential for engaging content.

The Bad

  1. Franchise Sales: Despite claims of interest, LIV Golf has yet to announce any team purchases, leaving uncertainty surrounding its future ownership structure. This contrasts with the TMRW Golf League, which quickly secured franchise ownership groups.
  2. Lack of Drama: The excitement and drama that marked LIV Golf’s first season seemed to fade in the second season. The league struggled to create genuine rivalries and engaging storylines, making it less compelling.
  3. Stagnation: LIV Golf’s product remained largely unchanged in its second season, despite efforts to improve the broadcast and fan engagement. The league faces the challenge of both legitimizing itself and differentiating to attract a larger audience.

What Happens Next

  1. Framework Agreement Success: If the PGA Tour-PIF framework agreement goes through, LIV Golf’s future hinges on the manner of its existence, possibly evolving into a golf version of the Champions League with monthly team events.
  2. Framework Agreement Dissolution: The failure of the framework agreement could spell the end of LIV Golf, with potential influence on golf from PIF’s position on the PGA Tour’s policy board.
  3. Framework Agreement Uncertainty: If negotiations between the PGA Tour and PIF remain at an impasse, LIV Golf may continue to recruit players and innovate to gain ground, potentially drawing some away from the PGA Tour. However, economic viability remains a concern at the top level.

Reference

https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/liv-golf-takeaways-good-bad-from-second-season-as-league-faces-uncertain-future-amid-pga-tour-merger-talks/

Adelaide to Host Exclusive 2024 LIV Golf Event in Australia

Adelaide to Host Exclusive 2024 LIV Golf Event in Australia

There will be only one LIV Golf event in Australia in 2024, even if the Saudi-backed tour continues, despite interest from various Australian states following the successful inaugural tournament in Adelaide.

While the future of LIV Golf remains uncertain due to ongoing discussions between the PGA Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund regarding their new partnership’s final structure, tour officials are moving forward with their plans for the next year.

After the remarkable success in Adelaide, multiple Australian states, including Queensland, NSW, and Western Australia, submitted bids to host tournaments, among nearly 50 entities from various countries. However, it appears that all these efforts were in vain, as leaked information about the 2024 schedule indicates that Australia will have only one event.

Instead, South Korea and Hong Kong are expected to be added to the international roster. Australian golf star Cameron Smith expressed his hope for more domestic events but remained unsure about the progress of such discussions.

The CEO of LIV, Greg Norman, remained optimistic about the tour’s future, citing its growing strength and the success of its players and brand. He mentioned an exciting 2024 schedule with both familiar and new venues, emphasizing their expanding reach into different regions.

Despite reports of discussions breaking down between the PGA Tour and the PIF close to the December 31 deadline for confirming the new golfing landscape, Norman displayed unwavering confidence in LIV’s future, both when the news was first announced in June and in the present.

The South Australian government has inked a four-year deal to host LIV events in the state.

Reference

https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/adelaide-will-be-the-only-liv-golf-event-in-australia-in-2024-c-12321978

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/golf/adelaide-will-be-the-only-liv-golf-event-in-australia-in-2024/news-story/8598f3c6df3cdcacc929685a30ceb518

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!

Reference

https://www.chichester.news/gaming/ea-sports-pga-tour-update-1-000-014-patch-notes-october-25

https://gamingideology.com/2023/10/25/ea-sports-pga-tour-patch-notes-1-000-014-update-today-on-october-25-2023/

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.

Reference

https://www.valleyjournal.net/Article/29745/Local-military-veteran-named-a-PGA-HOPE-Ambassador