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Tee Times Weekly Newsletter - Vol 14

Weekly Professional Golf Catchup

DP World Tour
First time winner Jordan Gumberg takes the SDC Championship!

In just his 14th tournament on the European tour Jordan Gumberg wins the SDC Championship in South Africa. 72 holes wasn’t enough to get the job done but a birdie in the second playoff hole was enough for Gumberg to get the job done over Robin Williams.

His final round 68 was enough to overcome the three shot deficit he started the day with! Congratulations to Jordan!

What’s next on the DP World Tour?

This week is the final week of the International Swing on the DP World Tour. They remain in South Africa as they play the Jonsson Workwear Open at Glendower GC. This is the third year this tournament has been played and the second that it’s being co-sanctioned with the European tour. Last year Nick Bachem won the event over Hennie du Plessis and Zander Lombard. He’s in the field again looking to defend his sole European Tour title!

LIV Golf
Niemann continues his dominance in Jeddah

Joaquin Niemann has been in incredible form the last few months, and he doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. In his last seven starts he has 3 wins and 3 top 5s.

He won LIV Jeddah by four strokes over Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Also in the top 10 were DeChambeau, Rahm, Mickelson, Gooch, Howell III, and Meronk.

Niemann’s performance over the last few months have DataGolf ranking him as the 12th best player in the world. He’s also received invites to play in The Masters and the PGA Championship which marks ¾ majors as he awaits an invitation from the US Open.

Additionally, this week in LIV saw the professional return of Anthony Kim, who understandably struggled to shake off 12 years of rust. He finished in last place, but was cautiously optimistic about some aspects of his game and looks to build on what he saw this week throughout the rest of the season.

What’s next for LIV Golf?

A quick turnaround for LIV as they head immediately to Hong Kong this week where they’ll be playing at the Hong Kong Golf Club. Niemann looks to continue his dominant form but with a short course like this he’ll be fighting off some of the guys that are destined to go really low. Have to love Bryson here if I’m betting on it.

First PGA Tour win for Austin Eckroat!

The PGA Tour saw their fourth first time winner in just 11 events in the 2024 season as Austin Eckroat secured the victory in the Monday finish at the Cognizant Classic!

PGA National didn’t play as difficult as it generally does as Austin won with a score of -17, 3 shots clear of Min Woo Lee and Erik van Rooyen. An impressive event from the PGA Tour University graduate from Oklahoma State University. Austin was a key member of a dominant OSU team in 2018, winning the national championship alongside both Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland.

Congrats to Austin!

What’s next on the PGA Tour?

Two events this week on the PGA Tour as they host an opposite field event in The Puerto Rico Open where Nico Echavarria looks to defend his title.

This event is played alongside one of the PGA Tour’s signature events in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Being a signature event this will feature all of the top players on the PGA Tour, with a field of just under 70 players. After 36 holes the field will be cut to anyone in the top 50 including ties as well as anyone within 10 strokes of the leader. Kurt Kitayama is the defending champion here.

Asian Tour
Takahiro Hataji claims victory at the New Zealand Open!

Takahiro Hataji posted a fantastic final round of 67 to claim victory over fan favorite Scott Hend by just one stroke! This is Takahiro’s first professional victory and he’s also the first Japanese player to ever win the New Zealand Open!

An unfortunate 3 putt from Scott Hend saw Hataji claim the victory.

What’s next on the Asian Tour?

An off week for the Asian Tour this week, though next week we’ve got the next of the International Series, this tine in Macau, China!