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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

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reference

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/golf/6238362/golf-newmachars-ronnie-mcdonald-who-played-open-with-trevino-and-watson-recognised-for-50-years-of-pga

https://pandamic.pw/golf-newmachar-s-ronnie-mcdonald-who-played-open-with-trevino-and-watson-recognised-for-50-years-of-pga-service-153277.html

Golf’s sou how Tiger Woods Discovered Fresh Purpose and a Deeper Human Connection

Golf’s sou how Tiger Woods Discovered Fresh Purpose and a Deeper Human Connection

Tiger Woods has been known for his numerous comebacks throughout his illustrious career, each adding a layer to his legendary status. However, after a severe car accident in 2021 left his right leg shattered, the possibility of yet another major comeback seemed unlikely. Many believed his focus would shift to simply finding a way back onto the golf course, considering the severity of his injuries.

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Renowned golf writer Alan Shipnuck, in his conversations with CNN Sport, suggests that Woods found an unexpected path forward through the emergence of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour. This battle for the soul of professional golf provided Woods with a renewed sense of purpose, allowing him to become a central figure in the fight for the PGA Tour’s legacy.

The landscape of men’s professional golf underwent a crisis in the spring and summer of 2022, as lucrative offers tempted the sport’s top players with substantial salaries. The resulting divide in the golfing world was stark, as Shipnuck vividly described it as a divide between the ‘haves and have-mores.’

Woods, battling injuries, personal struggles, and time away from the game, emerged as a unifying figure, advocating for the preservation of the sport’s rich heritage. His involvement in reshaping the direction of the PGA Tour signaled a significant shift, drawing attention not just for his athletic prowess but also for his role as a leader within the golfing community.

Shipnuck’s latest book, “LIV And Let Die,” provides a gripping account of the turbulent rise of the breakaway tour. The book offers a raw and candid exploration of the contentious forces at play, with Australian golfer Greg Norman serving as a central figure in the saga. Shipnuck’s writing captures the intensity of the moments, occasionally punctuated with strong language that reflects the charged emotions driving the narrative.

While some may find the explicit language jarring, Shipnuck maintains that it authentically reflects the heightened emotions involved in the contentious debate. The book features insights from a diverse array of voices, shedding light on the perspectives of players, executives, and other key figures involved in the high-stakes battle for the future of professional golf.”

I’m a journalist,” wrote two-time major champion Justin Thomas on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter. In his statement, he expressed the sentiments of many tour players regarding Alan Shipnuck’s work, stating that they are tired of Shipnuck’s approach. Thomas urged Shipnuck to focus on bringing positivity and good stories that promote the growth of golf instead of attempting to profit from negative portrayals, which often contain inaccurate information.

Shipnuck defended his work to CNN, emphasizing that he considers himself a journalist, not a publicist. He underlined that his primary duty is to provide truthful accounts of what occurs behind the scenes to his readers, regardless of how it may be received by players. Shipnuck expressed that if players disagree or are upset with the information he reports, that is their concern, not his.

Shipnuck’s narrative in his book explores themes of loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and greed in professional golf. However, Shipnuck notes that there is more nuance to the situation than initially apparent. He mentioned that Rory McIlroy, who was widely seen as the “moral conscience of golf” due to his defense of the PGA Tour, had significant business interests through the Tour, which may have influenced his stance.

Furthermore, Shipnuck pointed out that the so-called “villains” who joined the LIV Tour may have had complex motivations beyond simply pursuing money. For example, Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion, appeared to have joined LIV due to feeling undervalued by his peers on the PGA Tour. Shipnuck detailed how DeChambeau had experienced rejection in his attempts to get elected to the player Advisory Council on the PGA Tour and how that had affected him emotionally. DeChambeau subsequently assumed a leadership role as a team captain in the LIV Tour.

Shipnuck further explained that some players, like Patrick Reed, Sergio García, and Phil Mickelson, may have joined LIV for various reasons, such as seeking a fresh start, more player-oriented organizations, and the pursuit of financial opportunities. He emphasized that the complex dynamics within the professional golf world often involved both “good guys” with shadows and “bad guys” with redeeming qualities.

In the end, despite the bitterness and conflicts, there remains a possibility that all players involved may ultimately find common ground.”

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Nearly one year after LIV’s inaugural tournament in London, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and PIF Governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan announced the surprising resolution of their legal disputes. They disclosed plans for collaboration with the European Tour to establish a unified entity within the world of golf.

Alan Shipnuck, a prominent golf writer, shed light on the financial gains that the players would likely experience due to increased salaries. He highlighted the satisfaction felt by Phil Mickelson, who had previously expressed concerns about the PGA Tour withholding players’ funds.

According to Shipnuck, the collaboration among the tours could bring significant benefits for golf enthusiasts. He proposed the idea of crafting a balanced schedule that incorporated the best tournaments from the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and LIV, ensuring a consistent participation of top players throughout the year.

If the Saudi representatives continued their involvement in the endeavor, it would signify a substantial victory for them. By entering the realm of a major global sport and gaining influence in the western world, they would enhance their standing, despite past controversies such as their alleged connection to 9/11, the Jamal Khashoggi incident, and human rights concerns.

In an interview with Fox News in September, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed indifference to criticisms of the country’s involvement in sport, referring to it as “sportswashing.” Shipnuck pointed out that the case of LIV illustrated the effectiveness of sportswashing, which over time tends to normalize the image of countries associated with such practices.

The article concluded by stating that CNN had reached out to prominent figures such as Woods, McIlroy, Reed, and Garcia for comments. It also invited readers to create an account at CNN.com for more news and newsletters.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/battle-golf-soul-gave-tiger-083546606.html

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

Ninth Place Finish for Women's Golf at Rainbow Wahine Invitational

Ninth Place Finish for Women’s Golf at Rainbow Wahine Invitational

The University of Hawai’i Women’s Golf Team Secures Ninth Place at the 26th Rainbow Wahine Invitational

Kapolei, O’ahu – On Wednesday, the University of Hawai’i women’s golf team completed the final round of the 26th Rainbow Wahine Invitational, finishing in ninth place at the Kapolei Golf Club.

Baylor led from start to finish, claiming the team title for the second time in three years with a total score of 844. They were closely followed by co-runner-ups New Mexico State and UC Davis, both with scores of 863. The Rainbow Wahine wrapped up their performance with a final round score of 292, culminating in a total of 884.

The individual title was a shared victory between co-medalists Davina Xanh from Cal State Fullerton and Baylor’s Rosie Belsham, both finishing the tournament at 7-under 209. Xanh had the standout performance of the day, carding a 7-under 65.

Focus Jonglikit of UH concluded her Rainbow Wahine career in a tie for 15th place, with an even par 216 after a final round score of 73. Jonglikit, a native of Thailand, will not return for the spring season and concludes her career having competed in 14 tournaments over three seasons after transferring from Kent State.

Wendy Song followed her strong 69 on Tuesday with a 1-under 71 on Wednesday, securing a tie for 27th place at 4-over 220. Emiko Sverduk posted her best round of the tournament, finishing at 1-over 73 and in a tie for 37th place. Jordyn Parr tied for 57th at 227, and Kellie Yamane finished tied for 66th at 230.

Two other players competed as individuals: Sofina Firouzi (74=229; t-63rd) and Monica Johnson (78=238; t-79th).

This tournament marks the conclusion of the fall season for the Rainbow Wahine. The spring season will kick off with The Beach Invitational in Seal Beach, Calif., on February 5-6.

Summary of Scores

  • Hawai’i: 884 (300, 292, 292)
  • Focus Jonglikit (T15): 216 (71, 72, 73)
  • Wendy Song (T27): 220 (80, 69, 71)
  • Emiko Sverduk (T37): 224 (76, 75, 73)
  • Jordyn Parr (T57): 227 (75, 76, 76)
  • Kellie Yamane (T66): 230 (78, 77, 75)

Reference

https://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2023/10/25/womens-golf-womens-golf-places-ninth-at-rainbow-wahine-invitational.aspx

The Bishop’s School's Girls Golf Triumph: Driven Stars On and Off the Course

The Bishop’s School’s Girls Golf Triumph: Driven Stars On and Off the Course

At The Bishop’s School, the secret to the girls’ golf success lies not in their clubs, but in their team van. Quality time spent traveling to matches fosters strong connections among star seniors and developing upperclassmen.

For Lucy Yuan, a senior golfer at Bishop’s, the highlight of match day isn’t just the game; it’s the moments shared in the van with teammates. Laughing, playing music, and engaging in memorable conversations make the long school day worthwhile.

The team van is where team captain Yuan and her fellow leaders connect with underclassmen, demonstrating their commitment to the team. First-year coach Will Peters is impressed by their dedication; teenagers willingly choose the van over their personal vehicles, a rarity in his coaching experience.

These moments are even more treasured on match days, following a taxing day of studies. Beating opponents on the course is exhilarating, but bonding with friends since sixth grade is equally important to Yuan and her fellow Knights.

The senior trio, including Renee Wang and Sophia Guan, has not only displayed prowess on the course but also provided leadership and mentorship to underclassmen. They led Bishop’s to a Coastal League title this season, showcasing their collective skill.

Lucy Yuan, reflecting on her senior year after missing the high school golf finals in 2022, admitted it was a difficult choice between individual competition and her team. Nonetheless, she continues to commit to CIF matches while participating in other tournaments.

In addition to their golfing talents, the Bishop’s standouts manage team responsibilities like running social media accounts, organizing apparel orders, and handling distribution. They’ve become role models for younger students, fostering a team-first mentality.

Coach Peters notes a significant shift in culture this season, emphasizing that golf at Bishop’s is a varsity letter sport taken seriously, with results reflecting the dedication.

Peters hopes that the seniors’ commitment and legacy will inspire future players, not only to excel on the scorecard but also to prioritize teamwork. They’ve set the example by playing rounds with underclassmen to achieve desired team results.

Ultimately, the trio of Yaun, Wang, and Guan leave behind a fantastic program and a bright future for The Bishop’s School Girls Golf.

Reference

https://www.lajollalight.com/news/story/2023-10-25/secret-to-the-bishops-schools-girls-golf-success-stars-who-are-driven-both-to-and-on-the-course

Golf Digest' Rates Arlington, Home of Texas Rangers Golf Club, Among Top Baseball Cities for Golf

Golf Digest’ Rates Arlington, Home of Texas Rangers Golf Club, Among Top Baseball Cities for Golf

This week, Arlington’s Texas Rangers are making headlines as they head to the World Series. While baseball captures the city’s attention, there’s another reason for excitement in the sports scene. Golf Digest has recently ranked the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which is home to the Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington, as one of the “Best Baseball Cities for Golf.”

A unique partnership between the City of Arlington and the Texas Rangers led to the creation of the world’s only Major League Baseball-branded golf course in 2019. Located at 701 Brown Boulevard, the Texas Rangers Golf Club is the closest 18-hole public golf course to Arlington’s Entertainment District. It provides golf enthusiasts with the opportunity to combine their love for the sport with a visit to a Texas Rangers, Cowboys, or Renegades home game, a Texas Live! concert, or one of the many other events hosted at venues like AT&T Stadium, Choctaw Stadium, Globe Life Field, UTA, or Downtown Arlington.

The course was designed by Arlington native John Colligan and Trey Kemp, who leveraged the site of the old Chester Ditto municipal course. The Texas Rangers Golf Club takes advantage of the property’s 55 feet of elevation changes and features expansive undulating greens. The clubhouse boasts the Home Plate Restaurant and Patio, a pro shop, locker rooms, and various rental and event spaces. The restaurant and bar offer a full-service experience to the public every day, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu prepared from scratch and a selection of 10 draft beers. The breathtaking golf course views are complemented by wall-to-wall TVs, with 31 TVs alone in the restaurant and bar area for sports enthusiasts.

The Texas Rangers Golf Club is open to the public daily and also serves as the site for the Korn Ferry Tour’s Veritex Bank Championship. In 2020, it earned recognition as the “Best New Course” by the Dallas Morning News and was named the second-best renovation globally by Golf Inc. in 2019.

Reference

https://www.arlingtontx.gov/news/my_arlington_t_x/news_stories/best_baseball_cities_for_golf

Justin Rose & Charley Hull Unite for Grant Thornton's Florida Debut

Justin Rose & Charley Hull Unite for Grant Thornton’s Florida Debut

English golf stars Justin Rose and Charley Hull are joining forces for the first-ever Grant Thornton Invitational. This exciting event, a collaboration between the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, will take place from December 8 to 10 at the Tiburon Golf Club.

Rose, renowned for his pivotal role in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory, and Hull, a standout player in the Solheim Cup-winning team, will bring their skills to this historic tournament. Both players have shown their mettle on the international stage, and their participation adds to the event’s allure.

Justin Rose, aged 43, has been sparing with his appearances since the Ryder Cup victory in Rome. Meanwhile, Charley Hull recently completed a respectable Tied-49th in The Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America.

The organizers of the Grant Thornton Invitational announced the final 10 teams that will compete in this three-day event. Rose’s Ryder Cup teammate, Ludvig Åberg, will pair up with Madelene Sagstrom, and American Billy Horschel will be partnering with Andrea Lee.

In addition to this, Mel Reid of England is set to play alongside Russell Henley, and Ireland’s Leona Maguire will team up with Lucas Glover. This exciting event will feature 16 mixed teams and various formats, including scramble, foursomes, and a modified four-ball format, with a substantial prize pool of $4 million (£3.5 million) awaiting the champions.

Golf enthusiasts can catch all the action from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour every week on Sky Sports. For streaming options, you can tune into the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, and more through NOW.

Reference

https://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12176/12992598/justin-rose-and-charley-hull-to-link-up-at-inaugural-grant-thornton-invitational-in-florida

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

This recent setback wasn't much of a shock for LIV golfers.

This recent setback wasn’t much of a shock for LIV golfers.

Leading up to the 2023 Ryder Cup, a captivating discussion emerged: Could LIV Golf members participate in the U.S. or European teams? The answer was somewhat complicated, as the criteria favored PGA Tour or DP World Tour players. Only Brooks Koepka managed to navigate these criteria but narrowly missed an automatic U.S. team spot, subsequently filled by Zach Johnson’s captain’s pick.

As the 2024 Presidents Cup approaches, a recent announcement regarding the selection criteria indicates even fewer opportunities for LIV players to compete for the American or International teams at the Royal Montreal Golf Club in the coming September. The American team will see six players qualify based on points, with captain Jim Furyk having six picks. For the Internationals, the top six from the Official World Golf Ranking will automatically secure their spots, and Mike Weir will select the remaining six, an increase from four captain’s picks in 2022. However, a critical clause affecting LIV players lies in the fine print.

This clause had a similar impact during the 2022 competition at Quail Hollow. International captain Trevor Immelman had to exclude players like Cameron Smith, Joaquinn Niemann, Abraham Ancer, Marc Leishman, and Louis Oosthuizen after they joined LIV during the summer. American captain Davis Love III also missed out on Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Bryson DeChambeau.

While it may appear that this would exclude LIV golfers from the 2024 matches, there is a potential route for their eligibility next September. If the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund could establish a for-profit venture, merging their assets and devising a way for LIV golfers to regain access to PGA Tour events, these players might become eligible once more. Nevertheless, the numerous obstacles that need to be overcome for this to become a reality suggest that Furyk and Weir shouldn’t rely on it as a feasible option.

Reference

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/presidents-cup-2024-liv-golfers-prohibited-from-competing

https://www.si.com/golf/news/liv-golfers-lost-fight-world-ranking-points-they-shouldnt-be-surprised

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

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

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

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

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

Note: The article has been summarized and rephrased to maintain the key points while fitting within the character limit.

Reference

https://www.planetsport.com/golf/news/eddie-pepperell-slams-dp-world-tours-plan-to-hand-players-pga-tour-cards

https://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/eddie-pepperell-blasts-dp-world-tour

Cal Baptist Women Triumph by 3 Strokes in Diamonte Intercollegiate vs. Boston College

Cal Baptist Women Triumph by 3 Strokes in Diamonte Intercollegiate vs. Boston College

The California Baptist women’s golf team secured their first season victory with a three-stroke lead over Boston College at the conclusion of the Fall Season in the Diamonte Intercollegiate, hosted at the Diamonte Village Golf Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

In an impressive show of unity and determination, all five Lancer players achieved under-par scores in the final round to stage a come-from-behind win. Coach Marc Machado, celebrating his ninth victory since taking charge in 2016, praised the team’s commitment to their shared theme of boldness in every shot and situation.

The final scorecard revealed Cal Baptist’s record-setting performance at 26-under-par (281-281-276—838), outperforming Boston College (282-273-286–841) and Central Arkansas (285-283-282—850). Other notable standings included Arkansas Little Rock (290-284-289—893) and Arkansas State (290-281-293—864).

The individual title was claimed by Pariya Sanpanawat of Georgia State with an impressive score of 70-67-67—204. Abbey Schutte of Arkansas secured second place with 70-71-66—207, while Pusanisa Ekkantrong and Samantha Dizon of Cal Baptist, alongside Elise Schultz of Arkansas State, tied for third place at 208.

The leaderboard also featured Kiah Parrott of Ball State, Gudrun Thornsteinsdottir of Central Arkansas, and Mathilde Brogens of Tarleton State, all tied for sixth place with scores of 209. Sofia Chabon of Cal Baptist and Cynthia Zhang, along with Canice Screene from Boston College, tied for ninth place at 210.

Cal Baptist’s team victory was further underlined by strong performances from Burberry Zhang (T14 at 213) and Dimini Law Ghanshyani (T39 at 219).

Reference

https://calgolfnews.com/cal-baptist-women-win-diamonte-intercollegiate-by-3-over-boston-college/

https://bceagles.com/news/2023/10/21/womens-golf-bc-heads-to-diamante-intercollegiate-for-final-fall-date

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/

LIV Golf's December Ranking Advancement Tournament

LIV Golf’s December Ranking Advancement Tournament

After 14 tournaments in 2023, LIV Golf’s individual rankings are divided into three zones.

  • Lock Zone: The top 24 golfers secure their spots for the next season.
  • Open Zone: Golfers finishing between positions 24-44 face potential transfers.
  • Drop Zone: Golfers below position 45 are relegated from the system.

These zones apply to all golfers except team captains and those with non-transfer agreements. Four golfers are relegated to the “Drop Zone”: Jediah Morgan, James Piot, Chase Koepka, and Sihwan Kim.

Meanwhile, 13 golfers find themselves in the “Open Zone,” including Abraham Ancer, Matthew Wolff, Pat Perez, Danny Lee, David Puig, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, Thomas Pieters, Paul Casey, Matt Jones, Charl Schwartzel, Sam Horsfield, Bernd Wiesberger, and Graeme McDowell. They might stay or sign with other teams through the transfer market.

Golfers in the Drop Zone will have a chance to return to LIV Golf through a promotion tournament featuring 72 holes scheduled for December. Three slots to join LIV Golf will be up for grabs. The tournament will feature top golfers from major championships, PGA Tour, DP World Tour, Asian Tour, top amateur champions, and golfers ranked in the top 200 globally.

Reference

https://www.golfnews.vn/liv-golf-se-to-chuc-giai-thang-hang-vao-thang-12.html

https://www.golfnews.vn/lee-westwood-thoat-khoi-nguy-co-xuong-hang-tai-liv-golf.html

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