Planet Golf News for Thursday, May 9, 2024

Fresh off Met Gala star turn, Nelly Korda's focus goes to setting LPGA win-streak record, Tiger Woods practices at Valhalla Golf Club ahead of PGA Championship

Thursday, May 9, 2024

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In the vibrant world of golf, the anticipation for upcoming tournaments, legendary players making headlines, and new traditions being set is as lively as ever.

Tiger Woods is back at Valhalla Golf Club, gearing up for the PGA Championship, a course where he's previously tasted victory. Tiger's inclusion in the tournament lineup adds a nostalgic touch as he's accepted a special invitation to play in this season's four majors, a feat he last attempted in 2015. The field at Valhalla will also feature 16 LIV Golf players, including last year's champ Brooks Koepka, but another major-winning LIV pro has turned down the invitation, hinting at the ongoing complexities within the sport.

Speaking of complexities, Rory McIlroy has decided against rejoining the PGA Tour board after feeling the tension from other members, choosing instead to focus on advocating for the sport's growth from outside the boardroom. This development occurs amid his ongoing efforts to bridge gaps between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf's backers.

On a more regal note, King Charles III has accepted the patronage of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, succeeding his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. His involvement is expected to boost golf's global appeal, continuing a long-standing royal connection to the sport.

Over in the tournament scene, the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina is making waves with a strong field and a challenging course setup, especially with the newly adjusted 16th hole adding a tougher test ahead of the 2025 PGA Championship. Defending champion Wyndham Clark is ready to make his mark again amidst a competitive field.

Meanwhile, the LPGA isn't without its own excitement. Nelly Korda, fresh from her appearance at the Met Gala, is aiming to continue her win streak at the Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey, not pushing too hard but rather letting her game speak for itself. The event also marks a significant moment for young Ashley Shaw, who, at just 15, will make her LPGA debut, bringing new energy and inspiration to the field.

The Myrtle Beach Classic welcomes fans to its inaugural PGA Tour event with much enthusiasm and special amenities for veterans, promising a new tradition on the Grand Strand.

At the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, celebrities teed off for a good cause at the Celebrity Pro-Am, with Nick Saban sharing reflections on his retirement from coaching, while the tournament also celebrated its community spirit with a lemonade stand benefiting local children's healthcare.

In the locker room, stories from players like Amy Olson reflect the deep personal connections and life-changing experiences that golf provides beyond the green, while on the lighter side, Justin Rose's playful bet with Shane Lowry during a practice round shows the fun and camaraderie that continues to endear fans to the game.

As the world of golf continues to evolve, the stories of perseverance, competition, and innovation on and off the course keep us tuning in, cheering not just for the incredible shots made but for the spirit and history that make golf a game unlike any other.

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Golf Tournaments happening this week

Wells Fargo Championship - Charlotte, NC

Cognizant Founders Cup - Clifton, NJ

Myrtle Beach Classic - Myrtle Beach, SC

Regions Tradition - Birmingham, AL

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