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Tee Times Weekly Newsletter - Vol. 1

December 5th, 2023

Weekly Newsletter - Vol. 1

DP World Tour
LIV Players Sweep The Week

For the second straight week the DP World Tour has had two events co-sanctioned with other tours. This week was both the Australian Open and South African Open.

In Australia Joaquin Niemann won in a two hole playoff against Rikuya Hoshino. Hoshino made two impressive up-and-downs from for birdie on the par 5th 18th, but it wasn’t enough. Niemann went birdie-eagle to seal it.

In The South African Open Dean Burmester won for the second straight week. An incredible weekend from him (65-68) to win the event as he was in jeopardy of not making the cut late Friday. He ended up 3 clear of the field for the second straight week.

What’s next on the DP World Tour?

Next week is the Alfred Dunhill Championship - not to be confused with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship the pro-am that regularly sees many of the world’s top players in attendance. This is another DP World Tour and Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned event. Dean Burmester will be in the field as he seeks to win 3 straight.

Uh oh - Scottie Learned How To Putt

Scottie Scheffler did what we’ve all been saying he needs to do to find himself at the top of every event he plays in - be an average putter. He gained 0.19 strokes on the field in putting and won the tournament by 3 shots. We wont see Scottie until January at The Sentry TOC, so we’ll have to wait and see if this is an outlier or a sign of things to come. If he continue improving his putting he’s going to dominate 2024.

Strokes gained stats from datagolf.com

This also marked the competitive return of Tiger Woods, who finished even par for the week. Most importantly, his mobility seemed decent. While the course was flat and an easy walk for tour standards, this is the progress everyone hoped to see. His next event will be December 14th-17th at the PNC Championship, the father-son event.

What’s next on the PGA Tour?

Next week is the Grant Thornton Invitational a new event for 2023. It’s a team event where we’ll see PGA Tour players teamed with LPGA Tour players in a mix of formats over 3 days. Some interesting teams here as we see Sahith Theegala / Rose Zhang, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, and Tony Finau with Nelly Korda, among others!

LIV Golf
Rumors swirling as the LIV Golf Promotions Event Nears

LIV is smack dab in the middle of their offseason, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t in the news. There’s a lot of talk of one of the worlds best - Jon Rahm - joining LIV for the 2024 season. No official word from LIV yet but @FlushingItGolf on X reports there will be an announcement this week. It would be a groundbreaking signing for LIV as they continue negotiating towards a merger with the PGA Tour.

What’s next for LIV Golf?

Next week is LIV Golf’s Promotions Event - an abbreviated Q-School where the top 3 finishers will join the tour full time for the 2024 season. The format is as follows:

Round 1 - 18 holes - top 20 advance

Round 2 - 18 holes - top 20 advance

Round 3 - 36 holes (1 day) - top 3 win spot on LIV Golf for 2024, and spots 4-10 earn full exemption into the International Series on the Asian Tour for 2024.

Asian Tour
Prateeptienchai runs away with the Taifong Open

The rookie Suteepat Prateeptienchai won his first Asian Tour event in Taiwan this week. He birdied 5 straight early in his final round which gave him a nice cushion heading into the back 9. He did bogey 3 straight but bounced back and secured the victory. He seems to love the course as it’s also where he won the Asian Development Tour title, and also secured his Asian Tour card.

What’s next on the Asian Tour?

No event this upcoming week on the Asian Tour, but those that follow the international golf scene will be tuned into the LIV Golf Promotions Event where around 30 members of the Asian Tour will be competing.