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Tee Times Weekly Newsletter - Vol. 3

December 19th, 2023

DP World Tour
Oosthuizen goes back-to-back at the Mauritius Open!

Louis Oosthuizen has won his second consecutive DP World Tour this week as he took down the Mauritius Open. After a rocky start to his final round where he started with a one shot lead, Louis steadied the ship and found 6 birdies to beat Laurie Canter by two shots. This is the first time he’s ever won back-to-back events. He’s in impressive form and will look to maintain this over the holiday break and into the 2024 LIV Golf season.

What’s next on the DP World Tour?

The DP World Tour goes on holiday break for a couple of weeks now, the next event is the Dubai Invitational, starting January 11th.

LIV Golf
Quiet week for LIV, but expect news soon…

No event or major development for LIV Golf this week, but the PGA Tour and PIF are continuing negotiations towards a merger agreement with a “firm” deadline of 12/31. They are expected to meet this week to continue those negotiations, so while LIV won’t be hosting any events for some time, expect to see them in the news.

In other LIV news, Andy Ogletree, who earned a LIV Golf roster spot through the Asian Tour’s International Series has formally signed to Phil Mickelson’s HyFlyers GC. He joins Phil, Cam Tringale, and Brendan Steele for the 2024 season. He’s got a great story, as it’s been a long journey for him to end up on a roster.

What’s next for LIV Golf?

Nothing on the horizon for LIV until their 2024 opener in Mayakoba, though there will likely be some news regarding LIV in the coming weeks, as not only are they in negotiations with the PGA Tour, they’ve got a handful of roster spots left to fill.

Incredible storylines at the PGA Tour’s Q-School

The PGA Tour Q-School was the must watch event of the weekend. Top 5 finishers of the final stage earn a full PGA Tour card for the upcoming season.

A thrilling finish resulted these 5 players earning playing rights:

  1. Harrison Endycott

  2. Blaine Hale Jr

  3. Trace Crowe

  4. Hayden Springer

  5. Raul Pereda

It’ll be exciting to see how these guys fare on the tour next season. There are some fantastic storylines here, but none better than Hayden Springer.

PGA Tour finalizing a massive investment, with more to come

The tour is in advanced negotiations and expected to finalize a deal for a 3 billion dollar investment from a consortium of prominent sports team owners, known as the Strategic Sports Group. This will be the formalization of a new for-profit entity that they will call PGA Tour Enterprises, which consolidates the for-profit assets of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. This is the same entity PIF is likely to invest in in the coming weeks. What does this mean for the PGA Tour structure? Only time will tell as there are a lot of details to be worked out, but an influx of cash will likely come with some structural changes as these investors seek to earn a return.

What’s next on the PGA Tour?

Nothing for the next two weekends on the PGA Tour, but that won’t mean there isn’t news on the horizon. As for playing, their next event is the Sentry Tournament Of Champions in Kapalua, which tees off January 4th, 2024.

Asian Tour
Denwit Boriboonsub wins the Saudi Open!

What an incredible run from Denwit. Expect to hear this name a lot over the next few years. He’s just 19 and his win at the Saudi Open is his third in as many weeks. He won the Aramco Invitational, the Thailand Open, and now the Saudi Open. His victory at Riyadh Golf Club was nothing short of exceptional. He shot 68-66-68-64 to beat Henrik Stenson by three shots. This isn’t the last time you’ll be hearing his name.

What’s next on the Asian Tour?

This concludes the 2023 Asian Tour season. The 2024 schedule has yet to be announced, but expect something in the next couple of weeks on that. Looking like they’ll start in the last week of January, or first week of February.