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Tee Times Weekly Newsletter - Vol. 2

December 12th, 2023

DP World Tour
4 Straight for LIV players on the DP World Tour

3 weeks in a row the DP World Tour event has been won by LIV Golf player. While it’s the opening swing of the 2024 season and the tournaments are a bit more regional, it’s an impressive streak!

Louis Oosthuizen won this week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. He beat his Stinger GC teammate Charl Schwartzel by two shot. The two were well clear of the pack heading into the final round, which got pushed to a Monday finish due to weather. This marks Oosthuizen’s 10th career DP World Tour victory!

What’s next on the DP World Tour?

The DP World Tour is off for some time for the holiday season. Their next event wont be until January 11th, the Dubai Invitational.

LIV Golf
Big Signing and 3 Qualifiers

LIV Golf had their promotions event this week, which had three players earn full playing status for their 2024 season! The teams they are on are to be decided, but the event was pretty tense! After two 18-hole rounds where he had to finish top 20, and a final day of 36, Kalle Samooja took home medalist honors which left two remaining spots. It came down to a 3-for-2 playoff which included Keiran Vincent, Laurie Canter, and Jinichiro Kozuma. Laurie Canter made some costly mistakes which ultimately saw Vincent and Kozuma take the spots. Keiran Vincent will join his brother Scott in LIV in the 2024 season!

A New Addition Announces His Move to LIV Golf

In addition to 3 qualifiers, LIV signed a name you may be familiar with, Jon Rahm! The current Masters champion and one of the best players the game has to offer is making the move to LIV and starting his own team. This opens up a few additional spots and time will tell who’s going to take them. He details his move in an interview with David Feherty below.

What’s next for LIV Golf?

Next on the slate for LIV is to fill the remaining roster spots. They’ve got 5-6 spots up for grabs and no one’s really sure who’s going to fill them. There’s a lot of names being floated around, and it will surely be one of the main topics in the golf world until they’re filled.

Lydia Ko and Jason Day take down the inaugural Grant Thornton Invitational

The Grant Thornton Invitational was the first of it’s kind on the PGA Tour. A mixed field event where PGA Tour professionals paired up with LPGA Tour pros in a three round mixed format event. It’s been over 20 years since the two tours hosted a co-sanctioned event!

Jason Day and Lydia Ko won by one shot over Corey Connors and Brooke Henderson.

What’s next on the PGA Tour?

Next week brings us the last event for the PGA Tour this calendar year, and it’s the final stage of the PGA Tour’s Q-School! The top 5 and ties earn 2024 PGA Tour status, and the next 40 earn some guaranteed starts on the Korn Ferry Tour. Sam Bennett and Keita Nakajima are the two names to look out for. Keita was the number one ranked amateur for over a year and a half. You’ll remember Sam from the 2023 masters, where he finished inside the top 20, while still being in college. He played some tour events this year, but is looking to earn full playing status this weekend.

Additionally, the PNC Championship is this weekend, which is the father / son event. We’ll get to see Tiger tee it up with Charlie, JT and his father Mike, John and John Daly Jr, and more!

Asian Tour
No Event This Week, But Still News!

While there was no Asian Tour event this week, a lot of their players were vying for spots in the LIV Golf Promotions Event. While only 3 spots were up for grabs, players finishing in spots 4-10 earned full playing status on the 2024 International Series.

That list includes Laurie Canter, Jaco Ahlers, Zach Bauchou, Poom Saksansin, Kevin Chappell, Martin Trainer, and Suradit Yongcharoenchai.

Andy Ogletree advanced from the 2023 International Series OOM into a spot on a LIV Golf roster, so good play in those events can be your ticket to the next level!

What’s next on the Asian Tour?

This week’s Asian Tour event is the Saudi Open and will feature some noteworthy names! Kevin Na and Henrik Stenson look to stay in form as they tee it up at Riyadh Golf Club.