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LIV Golf submitted its application for world ranking points a month after it played the first event, and none were awarded for the inaugural season as deemed by the official golf world rankings.
The impact of not earning Rank Points – with the exception of two majors and a few European Tour events – is becoming clearer with each week.
LIV Golf signed 18 players who were in the top 50 in 2022. With two months left in the year, there are now only 11 of those, nine of which were in the top 25 to start the year. Now there are three.
Dustin Johnson was number 13 when he signed. Now he is at number 31, one place behind Corey Conners.
Nine players who fell out of the top 100 included Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter and Matthew Wolff.
The extent to which majors rely on rankings as part of their criteria remains to be determined. But even if the majors leave everything as they were last year, 35 of the 48 leading LIV Golf players will not be exempted from next year’s Masters, US Open or British Open. The PGA Championship is based for the most part on “special invitations,” and those invitations tend to go to players in the top 100.
Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka and likely Johnson will be the only ones sure to play in all four disciplines. They’ve all won majors starting in 2019 or later, and these usually come with a five-year exemption for other majors.
Milwaukee Tiger Ice
Tiger Woods played with the crowd when he made a one-hole punch at the Milwaukee Grand Open in his professional debut in 1996. He threw the ball into the crowd. Justin’s brother-in-law’s hand bounced on his lap.
The luckiest thing for Gustin was getting Woods to sign Titleist Professional 90.
Gustin kept the ball in a glass case with all the tournament information on a gold plate. Now it will be up for auction.
“Tiger Woods Hole-in-One 1996 golf ball” will be in the Autumn Sports Catalog of Heritage Auctions November 17-19. A full ticket from the tournament in which Woods debuted, sold for $99,000 in February.
Justin said he would swear to move forward with David Beck, his son-in-law.
“He who shouted: Throw it here!” “He’s the only one she got away from before she got to me,” Justin said. “We both had a role in I ended up with this ball, so we’ll enjoy it after you go to someone else.”
Woods had only made three aces on the tour, all early in his career. He made his most famous hole on the 16th hole at the Phoenix Open the following year, and his third hole at the Sprint International in 1998.
Lydia Koe makes another training change, leaving Sean Foley after more than two years. Coe said the split was “for logistical reasons”.
The split comes during one of Koh’s most consistent seasons. She climbed to third in the world and topped the race for LPGA Female Player of the Year (by one point) and the Vare Cup for lowest scoring average.
“When I first met Sean, I was in a place where I didn’t have much confidence in myself and my game,” Koe wrote on Instagram. “Over the past two years, he has helped me develop as a player and a better person. Our time together was filled with a lot of learning and laughter. In the last month, we decided to go our way as coach and player due to logistical reasons, but Sean will always be a close friend. Sean has been and will continue to be my mentor.” .
new no. 1
Jin Young Ko lost first place this week to Atthaya Thitikul, largely due to a left wrist injury that kept her out for two months and led to her withdrawal when she returned two weeks ago at the BMW Women’s Championship in South Korea.
Ko now has a chance to do something no one else has done since the women’s world rankings debuted in 2006. No one has reached number one five times.
Ko, Sung Hyun Park, and Inbee Park have all gone to #1 on four occasions. Koe hopes to be back for the last two LPGA events in Florida.
She held first place for 156 weeks, two weeks earlier than Lorena Ochoa’s record. Ochoa reached number one only once and stayed there until her sudden retirement in 2010.
Chase Koepka has played in Bangkok, Saudi Arabia and Miami for the past four months. Now he is heading to Morocco to take part in the International Series event on the Asian Tour.
Regardless, Koepka made more money at LIV Golf this year – $4.3 million – than the Asian Tour event gives in total prize money ($1.5 million).
Kupka is among six players to have won more in LIV Golf than the total prize pool discovered in Morocco this week. The others are James Peot, Turk Petit, Wade Ormsby, Sihwan Kim, and Vachara Khongwatmai.
The Maghreb Stadium has 15 players who have participated in at least one LIV Golf Invitational event this year, including Andy Ogletree. He played in the inaugural LIV event outside London, finishing last and making $120,000.
You have a game, you will travel
In the non-major division, Rory McIlroy won the CJ Cup in Congaree and The Summit allowed him to join Tiger Woods as the only player in the past 20 years to have twice defended a title at a different track.
McIlroy also won the Canadian Open in Hamilton in 2019 and at St. George’s in 2022 (two years canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Woods won the World Golf Championships in Ireland (2002), North Atlanta (2003), Harding Park (2005), The Grove outside of London (2006) and Doral (2007).
Throw in specialties over the past 20 years and the list is expanding.
Woods has twice defended his PGA Championship titles in different tournaments (Medinah-Valhalla in 1999-2000 and Medinah-Southern Hills in 2006-07) and the British Open (St. Brooks Koepka won the US Open over consecutive years at Erin Hills and Shinnecock Hills and the PGA Championship in Bellerive and Bethpage Black).
Chicago Golf Club, one of the founding clubs of the USA Federation, will host the US Open for the first time in 2033. … Oliver Baker has played 26 times on the European Tour this year and earned €776,297. He once played at the LIV Golf Invitational and made $737,500. …the Irish Open goes from September 7-10 next year, which places it two weeks after the FedEx Cup and two weeks before the Ryder Cup in Italy. …a day after Tennessee Volunteers freshman Caleb Surratt took 21 worst shots (64-85), he was his top 20 shot (85-65) in Bermuda. … John Solheim has been selected to receive the PGA Award for Distinguished Service. Solheim, CEO of Ping and son of founder Karsten Solheim, will be honored Wednesday at the PGA America’s annual meeting in Phoenix. … 12 of the 13 winners of the PGA Tour have been ranked among the world’s top 50 winners. The exception was Mackenzie Hughes (#82) in the Sanderson Farms Championship.
status of the week
Including his bonus for winning the season points race, Johnson averaged $1,484,907 per round he played at LIV Golf this year.
“How can they ignore us now?” – Talor Gooch at the end of the LIV golf season.
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