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Tee Times Weekly Newsletter - Vol 6

Weekly Professional Golf Catchup

DP World Tour preview, PGA Tour opener, and more!

DP World Tour
Dubai Invitational Preview

No event this week on the DP World Tour, but the International Swing is sset to kick off this week with the Dubai Invitational. This will feature the 2024 debut of Rory McIlroy. Additionally the field includes Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Nicolai Hojgaard, and morre!

This event is similar to the AT&T Pebble Beach event on the PGA Tour in that it’s a four round stroke play event played concurrently with a three round pro-am. McIlroy will be the clear favorite heading into the event as he’s already got a handful of wins in Dubai and comes into the year as the Race to Dubai winner in 2023. Here’s what he had to say about the Dubai Invitational:

I’m really excited to start my year at the Dubai Invitational. I’ve always enjoyed coming back to Dubai to set up my season with a pro-am format, this tournament is going to be an enjoyable week.

Rory McIlroy

One of the cooler features you’ll see this week is the 6th tee box which is out on a pier at the beautiful Dubai Creek Resort.

LIV Golf
Another Quiet Week for LIV Golf!

Not much happening on the LIV Golf front this week, but it’s likely to be the last time that can be said. Players are at LIV HQ for media week currently, Jon Rahm still has to find his way onto a roster, or form and fill out his own. With just one month until their debut event, expect to hear about this soon.

In the meantime, we do learn about where one of the promoted players will land, as a picture leaked from a photoshoot that showed Kalle Samooja in a Cleeks GC uniform, joining Martin Kaymer and Richard Bland.

What’s next for LIV Golf?

We’re likely to learn about who will fill the remaining roster spots in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out on that front. We did learn this week that LIV will be returning to Trump Doral in April, the site of their 2023 team championship. It hasn’t been officially announced, but you can trust us on this one.

Chris Kirk takes the title at The Sentry!

Chris Kirk was tied for the lead through 70 holes as he stepped onto the tee of the 548 yard par 4 17th at Kapalua. He then hit what he would later refer to as one of the greatest shots of his life. A 209 yard 5 iron that ended up inside 3 feet. He’d make the putt and give himself a 1 shot lead headed into the par 5 18th hole. He made a comfortable par there to secure his second victory in the last calendar year over Sahith Theegala. He shot an impressive 67-65-66-65 to take home the opening event on the PGA Tour.

What’s next on the PGA Tour?

This week the PGA Tour remains in Hawaii for the Sony Open. Last year Si Woo Kim won this event by one stroke over Hayden Buckley. This year’s field will be headlined by Matt Fitzpatrick, Brian Harman, Tyrrell Hatton, Sahith Theegala, and more. Two interesting storylines here, the true return of Will Zalatoris, and the first taste of a non-signature event! Ludvig Aberg opens as the betting favorite, though I’d personally tread lightly on that one, though he did start off strong at Kapalua, a rough third round of 77 saw him finish near the bottom of the leaderboard.