Planet Golf News for Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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Ah, the world of golf is never dull, right? From spectacular debuts to controversies that make you scratch your head, let’s dive into the latest happenings on the greens this Tuesday morning.

First up, the 2024 Texas Children's Houston Open at the Memorial Park Golf Course has golf aficionados buzzing with excitement this week. With top-tier players like Scottie Scheffler and Tony Finau teeing off, the competition promises some serious fireworks. And how about those Monday qualifiers? Callum McNeill and his crew turned heads, proving once again that dreams do kick off on Mondays!

Over at the LPGA, the Ford Championship presented by KCC in Arizona is turning up the heat with a hefty purse and a lineup that reads like the who's who of women’s golf. Kim Paez's journey from PGA coach to playing among stars like Nelly Korda and Lydia Ko is the kind of story that gives you goosebumps.

Then there’s the Masters, with Scottie Scheffler eyeing another green jacket amidst the Augusta glory. But the buzz isn’t all about victories and birdies. Tiger Woods' slim chances at the Masters and Johnson Wagner's humorous yet unlikely plans to spice up Augusta with golf ball throwing videos remind us of the game's unpredictable charm.

Speaking of unpredictability, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans is bringing a team twist to the PGA TOUR in a few weeks. Rory McIlroy teaming up with Shane Lowry? That's a duo set to make waves, especially with a record $8.9 million purse on the line.

The Galleri Classic on the PGA Tour Champions circuit is where legends like Fred Couples and Ernie Els show they’ve still got game. And it's not just about the competition; it’s a reminder of the impact these tournaments have beyond the course, supporting cancer-related causes.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are launching the TGL, a simulator golf league that promises to mix things up with a blend of virtual and real-life golfing prowess. It’s a fresh take that could bring a new audience to the sport.

Now, onto the controversies and commentaries. Peter Malnati’s victory at the Valspar Championship stirred the pot with discussions about the fairness of golf's rules. And then there's the debate over whether the best golfers should face off against each other all the time. It’s a conversation that taps into the essence of what makes golf so compelling — its unpredictability and the chance for underdogs to shine.

Luxury and lifestyle intersect at Panther National in Palm Beach, where golfing meets opulence. And Rachel Heck's decision not to turn pro but rather serve as an Air Force lieutenant and venture into private equity is a powerful reminder that success isn’t just measured by titles or trophies.

In the locker room, we've got stories that hit close to home. Gabby Herzig brings her passion for golf to The Athletic’s readers, while a man’s breakup story during a golf trip reminds us of the game's comforting embrace during tough times. PGA Tour rookie Chandler Phillips shares a candid reflection on the impact of a scary incident on the course, highlighting the emotional rollercoaster professional athletes often ride.

Golf is more than just a game; it’s a mosaic of triumphs, tribulations, and tales that transcend the sport. Whether you’re a hardcore fan or someone who can’t tell a birdie from an eagle, the stories unfolding across these courses remind us why we’re drawn to the drama, the dreams, and the drive to keep swinging.

[Today’s Top 10 Stories In Depth]

[1] 2024 Texas Children's Houston Open

About / Recap

The 2024 Texas Children's Houston Open will be held at the Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston March 28th - March 31st. The event will be televised on Golf Channel and NBC, with streaming available on Peacock and ESPN+. The tournament features top players such as Scottie Scheffler, Wyndham Clark, Tony Finau, Jason Day, and Will Zalatoris.


[2] LPGA Ford Championship presented by KCC

About / Recap

The Ford Championship presented by KCC is the inaugural event on the LPGA Tour with the largest purse so far this season. The tournament is being held at Seville Golf and Country Club in Arizona March 28th - March 31st and features a star-studded field, including top-ranked players like Nelly Korda and Lydia Ko. The winner of the tournament will receive a payout of $337,500, the largest of the season. Viewers can watch the tournament on Sky Sports Golf in the UK and Golf Channel in the US.


[3] The Masters

About / Recap

World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler will be in pursuit of his second green jacket when the 2024 Masters tees off at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, April 11. Scheffler won the Masters in 2022 and is setting the foundation early in his 2024 season to a return atop the leaderboard. He has six top-10 finishes in seven starts, including a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which has led him to being the favorite in the latest 2024 Masters odds at 5-1.


[4] 2024 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

About / Recap

The 2024 Zurich Classic of New Orleans is a prominent event on the PGA TOUR, scheduled to take place from April 25 to April 28 at TPC Louisiana. This tournament is unique in the PGA TOUR for being a team event, a format that was introduced in 2017. The event has a rich history dating back to 1938 and has seen many golf greats among its past winners, such as Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, and Vijay Singh. TPC Louisiana has been the host venue since 2005, with the exception of 2006 due to Hurricane Katrina.

The tournament employs an alternating-round Four-ball and Foursomes format. The first and third rounds are played as Four-ball, where each player plays their own ball, and the best score on each hole is recorded for the team. The second and final rounds are played as Foursomes, where players alternate shots after the tee shots, which are also alternated between team members on odd and even-numbered holes.

The field consists of 80 teams (160 players), with the top available players from the PGA TOUR Priority Rankings selecting their partners. These partners must have PGA TOUR status unless they are chosen as a tournament sponsor exemption. The event implements a cut after the second round to the low 33 teams and ties. Winners of the Zurich Classic receive FedExCup points, official money, and a two-year winner’s exemption, among other benefits.

For the 2024 edition, the purse totals a record $8.9 million, with each member of the winning team earning $1,286,050 and 400 FedExCup points. Notably, Rory McIlroy, a 24-time PGA TOUR winner including four major titles, will make his debut at the Zurich Classic, teaming up with Shane Lowry, who won The Open Championship in 2019.


[5] The Galleri Classic

About / Recap

The Galleri Classic is a prominent golf tournament featured on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, catering specifically to the 50-and-over age group. This event, named after GRAIL's multi-cancer early detection test, has quickly established itself as a significant competition within the golfing community. The 2024 edition of the Galleri Classic is set to take place from March 25 to March 31 at the renowned Mission Hills Country Club, located in Rancho Mirage, California.

The tournament boasts a rich field of competitors, including 78 legends of golf vying for a substantial purse of $2.2 million. Among the notable participants are defending champion David Toms, 2023 tour player of the year Steve Stricker, and 2022 player of the year Steve Alker. The field also includes major champions such as Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, John Daly, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen, Lee Janzen, Mark O'Meara, Jose Maria Olazabal, Corey Pavin, Jeff Sluman, Mike Weir, and Y.E. Yang, alongside other top players like Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Rocco Mediate, and Joe Durant.

The Galleri Classic is not only a competition but also a charitable event, with proceeds supporting cancer-related causes. The competition unfolds over 54 holes of stroke play, with no cut for the 78-player field, ensuring that all participants play through the entire weekend. The tournament begins on Friday, March 29, and concludes on Sunday, March 31. All three rounds of the tournament are broadcast by Golf Channel.


[6] It’s a Simulation

[7] Controversy

[8] Commentary

[9] @The Club

[10] Golf Dreams

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