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Brooks’ LIV gripes, TGL’s collapse, ingesting with Michael Jordan


Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy were among this week's golf newsmakers.

Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy had been among the many newsmakers in a surprisingly busy golf week.

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Welcome again to the Monday End, the place the season by no means ends, the schedule by no means modifications and the stadiums by no means deflate. Let’s get to it!

Programming word: We’re simplifying the column format this week. Ten winners. 5 not-winners. To date, I prefer it. However lemme know what you suppose on the backside!

WINNERS (Pt. 1)

Who gained the week?

10. Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods followers, Tiger Woods’ occasion, Tiger Woods’ {golfing} future

Tiger Woods is enjoying the Hero World Problem, a golf event that begins subsequent week. Subsequent week! Look, I do know it’s soccer season. I do know the Hero ain’t precisely a significant. And I do know Woods has come again a couple of instances earlier than. However I believe this time truly deserves extra of our consideration.

We’ve gotten hints that Tiger has been progressing in current weeks. He hit balls at a Bridgestone photoshoot, he performed The Hay at his basis’s occasion, he caddied for his son Charlie in a strolling three-day event. However we additionally noticed some movies of him doing these issues, and let’s simply say his days of dusting … anybody within the 40-yard sprint are over. Even given these indicators of life, Tiger’s attendance at any of his conventional end-of-season begins was unsure.

Rewinding a couple of months, Woods’ presence at any event felt unlikely. When he introduced he was present process surgical procedure following a weekend WD from the Masters, there was no timetable for return. For the primary time in his life, he seemed to be prioritizing ache administration over a return to type. May we’ve got already seen the tip?

Nope! Right here he’s, simply seven months later, returning once more.

One different tidbit for the optimists on the market: Woods is 2-for-2 in PGA Tour cuts made this season! He performed the Genesis. He performed the Masters. Now, after slightly break for some subtalar fusion, he’ll play the Hero and, we’re assuming, the PNC Championship. There’s actual potential for this 12 months to finish on a optimistic word for Staff Tiger and his {golfing} future.

9. Being good to your self

On Sunday, on the shut of this 12 months’s LPGA season, Lilia Vu mirrored on what occurred a 12 months in the past.

“I keep in mind after the final spherical, final gap, I simply broke down in tears. I used to be simply actually exhausting on myself,” she stated. A 12 months later? All she’s completed is win two main championships, climb to World No. 1 and, as of Sunday, formally declare the title of Rolex Participant of the 12 months.

So what was completely different?

“I used to be positively exhausting on myself this 12 months, too, however a lot nicer,” Vu stated. “Got here in with no expectations and tried to win each event that I performed in. Simply stored my objectives actually small, and I believe that basically helped me obtain Participant of the 12 months.”

When gamers are reflecting on their mindsets, it’s all the time powerful to know which factor got here first. Did a optimistic mindset result in profitable or did profitable brighten up her mindset? However to take Vu at her phrase, dialing again expectations was a profitable mixture.

One stunning word: Vu is the primary American to win Participant of the 12 months since Stacy Lewis in 2014. Vu’s victories this 12 months started on the Honda LPGA Thailand and continued on the first-ever Chevron Championship, the AIG Ladies’s Open and The Annika in early November.

Look, I’m not promising that you would be able to turn out to be No. 1 on the planet for those who, too, are a bit kinder to your self. However perhaps lower your self slightly slack on this Monday morning.

8. Consuming with MJ

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry sat down with Paul Kimmage and the second a part of their Irish Impartial interview was, once more, a incredible recreation of a number of moments from this 12 months’s Ryder Cup. This bit included additional particulars from McIlroy’s hatchet-burying second with Joe LaCava within the European workforce room — “I hadn’t seen him on the golf course, so I went over to him. He was carrying a hat, and I took it off him and began waving it: ‘Yaaay.’ And we each had a superb snort” — and emotional scenes from the workforce’s victory. However one second stood out: Upon their return to the U.S., McIlroy went to Lowry’s home for lunch, which changed into lunch and a bottle of wine after which changed into lunch, a bottle of wine and a go to from captain Luke Donald. Earlier than lengthy, Michael Jordan had joined the group. Mentioned Lowry:

“I’ve met Jordan a couple of instances, I’m a member of his golf membership … however Jaysus … myself, Rory, Luke and MJ sitting round speaking concerning the Ryder Cup (laughs) . . . probably not how I envisioned the celebrations.”

That full learn is right here.

7. The DP World Tour Content material Staff

This group of people is excellent at what they do. This week’s DP World Tour’s season finale was no completely different.

6. Eric Cole

He’s hardly the highest-profile rookie on this 12 months’s PGA Tour (extra on that later) however 34-year-old Eric Cole threw down a particularly spectacular debut season and completed on a excessive word, making birdie on 4 of his remaining six holes on the RSM Traditional to safe a T3 end and his seventh prime 10 of the season. Whether or not or not that’s sufficient to win Rookie of the 12 months is a query for the voters; what we all know for positive is that Cole is exempt into each Signature Occasion subsequent season and reveals no indicators of slowing down.

NOT-WINNERS (Intermission)

Not their week.

5. Joost Luiten’s golf-club journey

Y’know the phrase “don’t throw good cash after dangerous”? We noticed the golf equal this weekend courtesy of Joost Luiten:

4. Paul Azinger, Lead Analyst

With the ultimate day of the PGA Tour season got here the information that Paul Azinger, who has occupied one in every of golf tv’s most vital chairs for the final half-decade, gained’t be returning to NBC. James Colgan has extra particulars right here, however two questions stay: 1. What occurred, precisely? and 2. Who’s subsequent?

3. PGA Tour’s sponsor dilemma

Josh Carpenter of Sports activities Enterprise Journal has been performing some terrific reporting — reporting that features this submitting on the PGA Tour’s future asks of sponsors. The large takeaway? Now that the PGA Tour’s purses have elevated, they’re going to want sponsors to assist chip in to offset that spending. By itself, that’s not a foul factor. And there’s a lengthy listing of sponsors who need in on golf. But when this factors to one thing deeper — like, say, unsustainable spending in a fractured sport with a complicated path ahead that finally ends in larger turmoil and fewer charitable giving — that doesn’t appear nice.

2. LIV’s scheduling workforce

One other factor that doesn’t appear nice: Arguably your league’s Most worthy asset chirping your league within the remark part of your league’s official social media pages. However Brooks Koepka seems to be pissed off with a scarcity of communication to the purpose the place he’s trolling LIV on Instagram.

That looks like a troublesome scene for a league with an unsure future. Talking of which…

1. TGL Down!

A realist may level out that the sudden one-year postponement of the TGL following the collapse of its stadium is … not a fantastic scene, both. An optimist may level out that the delay is definitely good for the league long-term, and that it’ll be big for the league to have an additional 12 months to craft the imaginative and prescient slightly than trotting out a half-baked product. Nevertheless it’s exhausting to withstand the intuition to sit down again and chuckle at the entire thing, marveling on the methods wherein golf’s leagues proceed to step on bigger rakes with each passing week, undermining themselves within the course of.

WINNERS (Pt. 2)

Again to the good things, then.

5. LIV’s free company…?

Okay, I added the query mark as a result of I’m not all the best way offered on this, however there may be some intrigue, intentional and unintentional, that comes with the free company state of affairs over at LIV. Take Koepka’s workforce particularly: He’s barking at LIV in feedback sections. His brother simply received ejected from the league for poor play. And now we all know that Matthew Wolff, a participant with whom he’s been overtly feuding, is as soon as once more on Smash GC for 2024. What on earth occurs subsequent?

4. PGA Tour fall drama

I don’t suppose the scores will inform a very rosy story for the PGA Tour’s fall season, however from my perspective it couldn’t have labored out significantly better. If the Tour had hand-picked its winners it couldn’t have completed significantly better. Sahith Theegala breaking by on the Fortinet. Luke Checklist in a chaotic scene on the Sanderson. Tom Kim and Collin Morikawa offering licensed star energy in Las Vegas and Japan. Emotional victories in Mexico and Bermuda, with Erik van Rooyen and Camilo Villegas tapping into moments and emotions that reach far past the course. And Ludvig Aberg throttling the sector on the RSM Traditional, threatening to ship the hype practice off the tracks within the course of.

And people are simply the fellows who performed. There have been advantages to the absences, too. DP World Tour guys received to assist their residence circuit. Justin Thomas and Max Homa trekked to South Africa for a cool alternative on the Nedbank. And we received some much-needed house from the drudgery of week-in, week-out PGA Tour golf. The return Sentry week can be welcome. Allow us to miss PGA Tour golf for a second so we’re excited when it’s again!

3. Canceling plans

Ah, the enjoyment of canceled plans. Rory McIlroy introduced this week that he was ditching the PGA Tour’s board, a transfer doubtless set in movement again in June, when he was publicly frolicked to dry by Tour management. Then got here Monday’s postponement of the TGL. McIlroy is shedding obligations left and proper.

Two critical notes: First, McIlroy and Charley Hoffman can be changed for 2024 by Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, every of whom has been doing important behind-the-scenes work in current months to assist form the Tour’s future. Patrick Cantlay has additionally been reappointed by 2026. Given Tiger Woods was additionally added to the board this 12 months, it’s clear there’s an infusion of stars who’re critical about doing the work in that place. Second, there actually is nothing higher than the sudden pleasure of canceled obligations.

Delete that Zoom app out of your cellphone, Rory! Kick these toes up!

2. The LPGA’s big-money finale

Amy Yang took down the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples and gained the $2 million first-place test that got here with it. That’s some critical cash — and subsequent 12 months it’ll be much more critical.

First, to Yang: This was her fifth LPGA Tour victory however her first on American soil in 16 years in professional golf. And, in an unbelievable reminder of the LPGA’s youth motion, Yang is the season’s oldest LPGA winner at 34 years previous. Yang’s reception on the 18th inexperienced made her reputation amongst her friends very clear. It’s protected to say the cash hasn’t but modified her; Yang’s subsequent scheduled plan is to caddie for good pal Jennifer Track in Q-College.

To the cash, then: The CME Group introduced earlier within the week that it’ll pay out $11 million subsequent season, together with $4 million to the winner. CEO Terry Duffy stated that he was “attempting to be a catalyst for ladies’s golf.” Mission completed there, together with a powerful turnaround from some awkward sponsor-LPGA relations ultimately 12 months’s season finale.

1. The Scandinavian Surge

Nicolai Hojgaard gained the DP World Tour Championship, holding off a loaded subject that included Tommy Fleetwood and Viktor Hovland (T2) in addition to Jon Rahm (T5), Tyrrell Hatton (T11), Tom Kim (T15), Shane Lowry (T18) and Rory McIlroy (T22).

Ludvig Aberg gained the RSM Traditional, taking pictures a preposterous 61-61 on the weekend to overpower the sector and declare his first PGA Tour win by 4 photographs.

Whereas there’s some geographic and cultural debate about what constitutes “Scandinavia,” there appears to be some settlement that Denmark, Sweden and Norway are at its core. Hojgaard is from Denmark and he’s 22. Aberg is from Sweden and he’s 23. Hovland is from Norway and, on the ripe age of 26, could make the case as the most popular participant on the planet.

This week represented one thing important in males’s skilled golf. After a few years of hype, the Nordic trio has formally arrived on the scene. We’ll have way more to say on the topic within the coming months, however for now we’ll simply say this: who says golf isn’t a cold-weather sport?!

NEWS FROM SEATTLE

Monday End HQ.

Every time I play Chambers Bay I attempt to get the final tee time of the day. The hope is to complete within the sundown on the epic again 9. Within the coronary heart of summer time it’s powerful to tee off late sufficient; there’s a lot gentle that it appears to by no means set. This afternoon, however, we’re teeing off at midday and it’ll doubtless be pitch-black arising 18. Sigh.

We’ll see you subsequent week!

Dylan (cautiously) welcomes your feedback at dylan_dethier@golf.com.

Dylan Dethier

Dylan Dethier

Golf.com Editor

Dylan Dethier is a senior author for GOLF Journal/GOLF.com. The Williamstown, Mass. native joined GOLF in 2017 after two years scuffling on the mini-tours. Dethier is a graduate of Williams School, the place he majored in English, and he’s the writer of 18 in America, which particulars the 12 months he spent as an 18-year-old dwelling from his automotive and enjoying a spherical of golf in each state.

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