Planet Golf News for Saturday, March 23, 2024

Stewart Cink and Mackenzie Hughes Lead Valspar Championship Amid Challenging Conditions, Jordan Spieth leads the list of 10 big names to miss the cut at the Valspar

Saturday, March 23, 2024

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Good Morning,

As most folks gear up for the adrenaline rush of March Madness this weekend, the world of golf still spins with its own share of drama, triumphs, and, of course, the occasional wildlife encounter on the fairway. Let's dive into the mix of events unfurling on the green.

Starting off with the PGA Valspar Championship, we're seeing a leaderboard so tightly packed it could give sardines a run for their money. Five players, including the likes of Stewart Cink and Kevin Streelman, are neck and neck at 6-under par. Justin Thomas is lurking just one stroke behind, ready to pounce. Amidst all this, the weather gods are plotting to add a bit of spice with storms and winds. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth, in a plot twist worthy of a soap opera, finds himself among the big names missing the cut, proving yet again that golf is anything but predictable.

Over at the FIR HILLS SERI PAK Championship, the LPGA is showcasing its own rollercoaster ride. Maria Fassi made a stunning comeback with a 65, while newcomer Malia Nam is leading the pack in just her second LPGA Tour start. Rose Zhang, shaking off the rust and schoolwork, soared up the leaderboard, proving that you can hit the books and the golf balls with equal finesse.

The Masters is looming on the horizon, with Rory McIlroy under the spotlight to make changes to his team before the grand stage. In a turn of events that reads like a drama script, former Masters champ Angel Cabrera finds the doors to Augusta closed following a stint in prison.

Not to be outdone, the upcoming Texas Children's Houston Open is boasting a lineup that includes world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, setting the stage for a pre-Masters showdown.

As the PGA Tour wraps up its Florida Swing, stories of resilience, like Scheffler's back-to-back wins, and strategic meetings between the PGA and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, keep the golf world on its toes. Meanwhile, whispers of a "Happy Gilmore 2" sequel have fans of the cult classic and golf enthusiasts buzzing with anticipation.

In a heartwarming twist, Tiger Woods' TGL golf league wins approval for a permanent arena, promising a new era for golf entertainment. And let's not forget the college golf scene, where North Carolina claims the top spot, proving the future of golf is as bright as ever.

But it's not all serious business. Jordan Spieth's season has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, and a massive alligator snagging a snapping turtle on a Florida golf course reminds us of the unexpected guests the game can attract.

As golf stories unfold with every swing and putt, it's clear that while March Madness captures the lion's share of the weekend's sports frenzy, the compelling narratives in golf offer a rich tapestry of human endeavor, strategy, and, occasionally, the sheer unpredictability of nature. [Michael Wolf]

1 PGA Valspar Championship

Recap: Today, Saturday, at the PGA Valspar Championship, the third round of action is set to get underway at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. This event marks the final one of the TOUR's Florida Swing. As of the end of the second round, there is a five-way tie for the lead with Stewart Cink, Brendon Todd, Mackenzie Hughes, Chandler Phillips, and Kevin Streelman all sitting at 6-under par. A closely packed leaderboard follows, with players like Peter Malnati and 15-time TOUR winner Justin Thomas just one stroke behind at 5-under. Thomas managed to card a second-round score of 2-under 69.

The second round was suspended due to darkness at 7:25 p.m. and is scheduled to resume today (Saturday) at 9 a.m. The weather forecast has indicated that inclement weather may affect play, with storms and roughly an inch of rain expected, along with consistent winds of around 20 mph.

Television coverage for the third round will be available from 1-3 p.m. on the Golf Channel and from 3-6 p.m. on NBC. Additionally, there will be special programming featuring 'PGA TOUR Originals Credentialed: Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard' on NBC from 2-3 p.m. PGA TOUR LIVE will provide streaming coverage with various streams focusing on the main feed, marquee group, featured groups, and featured holes, available exclusively on ESPN+.


Recap: /deusT at the FIR HILLS SERI PAK Championship, several notable events unfolded:

- Maria Fassi's Comeback: Maria Fassi made a significant comeback by firing a 65 on Friday, which allowed her to make the cut at the FIR HILLS SERI PAK Championship. This performance was a stark contrast to her 5-over 76 on Thursday at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

- Malia Nam Leads: Malia Nam, a former USC player, took a one-stroke lead into the weekend after shooting a two-under 69 on Friday. This is just her second career LPGA Tour start. Nam's performance was highlighted by her ability to pull even with defending champion Ruoning Yin and Madelene Sagstrom with a birdie on the par-three sixth and then take the lead with a birdie on the par-five seventh.

- Performance Highlights: Other notable performances included Ruoning Yin, who closed with an eagle-birdie-birdie for a 65. Madelene Sagstrom also had a strong showing with three late birdies. Rose Zhang, Leona Maguire, and Alison Lee were all six under, while Linn Grant and Lauren Hartlage were five under. Nelly Korda finished three under after a late double bogey.

3 The Masters

4 The Texas Children's Houston Open

5 The Florida Swing Ending

6 The Big Screen

7 Tiger Watch

8 College Golf

9 State of his game

10 Collection Action



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