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Tee Times Weekly Newsletter - Vol 15

Weekly Professional Golf Catchup

LIV Golf
Ancer Holds on - Anthony Kim shows a flash of brilliance

When Abe Ancer entered the final round five shots clear of the field it looked like the team competition was going to be the only thing worth following on Sunday. That turned out to not be true at all.

Ancer would go on to shoot 2 over in his final round, which put him in a 3 way tie with Paul Casey and Cameron Smith who shot 6 under and 4 under, respectively. The trio would head to a playoff where Ancer would stick his approach shot to around 3 feet and make the putt to make his first win on LIV Golf as stressful as possible.

Crushers GC continues to dominate the final round of LIV Golf events. For the second straight event they were outside of the top 3 heading into the final round and won outright. This time led by a 6 under round from Paul Casey, but all four players posted rounds under par to secure the team win.

Additionally, Anthony Kim finished the event with by far his best round since returning to professional golf. He made 7 birdies and shot 5 under on the day. It was also reported that he hadn’t even been fit for clubs yet, potentially due to a serious ankle injury sustained in the months leading up to his return.

What’s next for LIV Golf?

LIV Golf goes on a break for 3 weeks now before returning to Miami at Trump Doral, the site of last year’s team championship.

DP World Tour
Matteo Manassero returns to the DP World Tour winner’s circle for the first time in over a decade!

After becoming the youngest player to ever win a DP World Tour event in 2010, Manassero would go on to win 3 more over the next 3 years. He’d then go through a slow decline in form and not win a single event for over seven years until his 2020 victory on the Alps Tour.

A truly fantastic return to form for Matteo as he comfortably won the Jonsson Workwear Open with a final round 66, three shots clear of the field.

The DP World Tour put together a fantastic video recapping his return to the winner’s circle.

Congratulations to Matteo!

What’s next on the DP World Tour?

The Jonsson Workwear Open marked the end of the DP World Tour’s International Swing, and they’ll be on a one week break this week before the start of the Asian Swing begins in Singapore.

Scottie’s putting woes solved?

Scottie Scheffler had his best putting tournament of the year, which naturally means he won by 5 shots. This marks the first time in 2024 he’s gained over 1.00 strokes on the field in putting and it’s his best putting performance in his last 25 starts, by quite a bit. The only other time in the last 25 starts he gained over a full stroke in putting was the 2023 Phoenix Open, which he also won.

It’s what everyone’s been saying all along, if he can figure out the putter, no ones beating him. And he may have just figured out the putter.

Congratulations to Scottie Scheffler on the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational!

The PGA Tour also had one of their opposite field events this past weekend in the Puerto Rico Open. One of the more exciting finishes thus far for those that watched as Brice Garnett and Erik Barnes went into a four hole playoff on the par 5 18th hole. Matching pars, birdies, and then pars kept things alive until an errant approach shot from Barnes left Garnett with a birdie putt to win, that he would go on to make. His first PGA Tour win since the 2018 Corales Puntacana Championship!

Congratulations to Brice Garnett!

What’s next on the PGA Tour?

This week is the true signature event of the PGA Tour, the Players Championship! Unsurprisingly, Scottie Scheffler enters as the betting favorite at +550(!), followed by Rory McIlroy at +1400. A win here comes with a coveted three year exemption into the majors and the lions share of the $25 million dollar purse. Always a fantastic event!

Asian Tour
No Event This Week, But Still News!

While the Asian Tour didn’t have an event this past weekend, this weeks International Series event in Macau is worth following! A large number of players from LIV Golf join the field as they look to stay in form and potentially earn some recognition from the majors. This weeks field will include Sebastian Munoz, Patrick Reed, David Puig, Lucas Herbert, Mito Pereira, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Anthony Kim, and many more!

Also, the course looks absolutely fantastic: