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Tee Times Weekly Newsletter - Vol 9

Weekly Professional Golf Catchup

LIV Golf
The Team Are (finally) Final! (But still unofficial)

The LIV Golf teams have been finalized as the weekend saw the last of the signings get completed. Joining Jon Rahm’s Legion XIII will be top amateur Caleb Suratt, and DataGolf and TUGR Top 10 player Tyrrell Hatton. He’ll also be taking Keiran Vincent from the LIV promotions event to round out the roster.

Joining Cleeks GC is the 2023 DP World Tour Player of the Year, Adrian Meronk. You’ll likely remember Meronk from the controversial snub from the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome.

Additionally, LIV Golf is believed to be close to finalizing a deal with Anthony Kim, who would play as an individual. The deal isn’t done and there’s still some work to do, but it’s looking like there’s a good chance we see him tee it up in Vegas next week for the first time in over a decade.

Here’s a full look at the LIV Golf rosters heading into the 2024 season. As of the writing of this, some of these additions haven’t been formalized, but we’re pretty confident.

If you missed our piece on the Majesticks GC charitable initiave Little Sticks, be sure to check it out. They’re doing some great stuff!

What’s next for LIV Golf?

The LIV Golf season kicks off this Friday in at El Camaleon in Mayakoba. For the first time we’ll see Masters Champion Jon Rahm teeing it up on LIV! Last year Charles Howell III won by four shots last year, leading his Crushers GC to victory.

Matthieu Pavon Wins the Farmers Insurance Open with a Late Birdie over Nicolai Hojgaard!

Matthieu Pavon won his first PGA Tour title this weekend at Torrey Pines by one stroke over Nicolai Højgaard. He becomes the first Frenchman to win on the PGA Tour since 1907 (Martin Trainer won in 2019 and although he was born in France it wasn’t his sporting nationality). Interestingly, this week we saw a pair of runner-up finishes for the Højgaard twins, Nicolai on the PGA Tour and Rasmus on the DP World Tour. At just 22 years old, these kids are impressive! I’m thinking we’re going to be seeing the Højgaard name around for a very long time.

Things got shaky towards the end here as Pavon missed a 3 foot par putt on the 17th on Sunday to drop his lead to just 1 over Nicolai. On 18 he found the lip of a fairway bunker, and hacked it out into the thick rough. He recovered brilliantly, though. He’d then hit his approach from the rough to about 8 feet, and sink the birdie for the win. Great stuff, earned every bit of this victory.

What’s next on the PGA Tour?

Next week should be an exciting one on the PGA Tour. The second signature event of the season brings the tour to Pebble Beach and Spyglass at the AT&T Pro-Am. A slight format change as the pro-am competition only lasts for two days, so things should flow a bit better on the weekend. Being a signature event, the field will contain nearly all of the top PGA Tour talent. Justin Rose looks to defend his 2023 title here, and take home his share of the 20 million dollar purse.

DP World Tour
Olesen by 6 at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship

Securing his 8th DP World Tour victory this weekend after an opening 54 holes of 69-62-63, Thorbjørn Olesen was able to cruise home with a final round 67 to win by six shots over Rasmus Højgaard.

There were many fantastic highlights from this tournament, but Olesen’s driver off the deck in the clip below takes the cake. Set himself up with a fantastic look for eagle that he would go on to convert, giving him a two shot lead over Rasmus. Congratulations to Thorbjørn Olesen!

What’s next on the DP World Tour?

Next weekend the DP World Tour’s International Swing hits it’s midway point as they play the Bahrain Championship. While this event isn’t one that typically has the strongest field, we’ll see Rasmus Højgaard play again. Additionally, the field features Adrian Otaegui, Alex Fitzpatrick, Yannik Paul, Pablo Larrazabal, and Dylan Frittelli.

This is the first time the DP World Tour has played in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 13 years!