Planet Golf News for Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Glamorous Nelly Korda lights up the red carpet at the Met Gala, LIV's Talor Gooch gets his wish—a spot to prove himself again in a major

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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Glamorous Nelly Korda lights up the red carpet at the Met Gala


Today’s Top Golf News in Two Minutes

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Hey golf fans! The greens are buzzing with stories this week, from Nelly Korda's eye-catching Met Gala appearance to surprising tournament invites and iconic fashion sell-outs. Here’s the scoop on what’s happening on and off the course.

Nelly Korda turned heads at the Met Gala in an Oscar de la Renta gown, perfectly timed as she aims to make LPGA history at the Cognizant Founders Cup by snagging her sixth consecutive win. This achievement would be a monumental moment for women’s sports, showcasing just how impactful success can be in promoting the game.

Over on the PGA front, Talor Gooch of LIV Golf landed a surprising invite to the PGA Championship. After feeling sidelined, this is his chance to prove he belongs among the major league players. This comes amid mixed feelings in the golf community regarding LIV Golf’s place in the sport.

NBC is also stirring things up by adding Brandel Chamblee to their U.S. Open coverage team. Known for his sharp insights on Golf Channel’s “Live From,” Chamblee will tackle the even-numbered holes, promising to add some zest to the commentary.

Tiger Woods made headlines without swinging a club—his iconic red polo sold out within hours of release. This fiery shade has been a trademark for Woods, symbolizing his fierce competitive spirit, and fans were quick to snap up a piece of the legend.

The team vibes are strong with Ludvig Aberg joining TGL's Bay Golf Club, where NBA icons and other luminaries back the action, showing that golf’s appeal crosses many boundaries.

Meanwhile, the Wells Fargo Championship is set to dazzle at Quail Hollow with a star-studded field. Although Ludvig Aberg had to bow out due to a knee injury, big names like Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele are still in the mix, ready to challenge the famed 'Green Mile.'

In other tournament news, the Myrtle Beach Classic is making its PGA TOUR debut, showcasing why Myrtle Beach is dubbed the "Golf Capital of the World." And don’t forget the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, a major stop on the PGA Tour Champions, featuring seasoned legends like Steve Stricker and Ernie Els.

Each event offers something unique, from historic wins and fashion statements to the debut of promising new tournaments. Whether you’re tracking scores or the latest golf fashion, it’s an exciting time to be a fan. Keep your eyes on the green, and let’s see who comes out on top this season!

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Golf Tournaments happening this week

Wells Fargo Championship - Charlotte, NC

The 2024 Wells Fargo Championship is set to take place from May 9 to May 12 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. This tournament is recognized as one of the eight signature events on the PGA Tour, highlighting its elevated status which includes an increased prize purse and a smaller, no-cut field.

The field for this year's championship is notably star-studded, featuring top golfers such as Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, and despite the withdrawal of Ludvig Aberg due to a knee injury, many other prominent players are expected to compete.

Rory McIlroy, a three-time winner of the event, enters as the betting favorite with odds of 15-2. He is closely followed by Xander Schauffele at 10-1, and despite Aberg's withdrawal, other contenders like defending champion Wyndham Clark are also highly anticipated. The tournament will not feature a cut, allowing all competitors to play 72 holes of stroke play, which is 18 more than their counterparts on the LIV breakaway tour.

Quail Hollow Club, hosting the tournament for the 19th time, is a par-71, 7,521-yard course known for its challenging layout, including the notorious 'Green Mile' stretch comprising holes 16 to 18. This course has a rich history of hosting significant golf events, including the PGA Championship in 2017 and the Presidents Cup in 2022.

The Wells Fargo Championship is facing a pivotal moment as Wells Fargo announced they would not renew their sponsorship after the 2024 tournament. This comes amid other sponsorship challenges within the PGA Tour, raising concerns about the short-term future of the tour.

Despite these challenges, the tournament remains a key fixture in the golfing world, serving as an important preparation for the upcoming major at Valhalla Golf Club. With a $20 million purse and a field of 70 players, the Wells Fargo Championship continues to attract the world's top golfers, making it a must-watch event for golf enthusiasts.

Cognizant Founders Cup - Clifton, NJ

The 2024 Cognizant Founders Cup on the LPGA Tour is scheduled to take place from May 9-12 at the Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey.This tournament, now in its 13th edition, celebrates the legacy of the 13 founding members of the LPGA Tour, who established the association in 1950. It has become a significant event in women's professional golf, both for its competitive field and its role in honoring the history of women's golf.

The tournament is played over 72 holes with a standard stroke play format. There is a cut after the first 36 holes (two rounds).

The event features a $3 million purse, one of the largest on the LPGA Tour outside of the major championships and the CME Group Tour Championship.

The tournament will feature a strong lineup of competitors, including all five winners of the 2024 LPGA Tour season events to date: Nelly Korda, Hannah Green, Lydia Ko, Bailey Tardy, and Patty Tavatanakit. Defending champion Jin Young Ko, who has won the event three times, will also be participating.

Myrtle Beach Classic - Myrtle Beach, SC

The Myrtle Beach Classic is a new PGA TOUR event making its debut from May 9-12, 2024, at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This tournament marks the first PGA TOUR event in Myrtle Beach's history and the first major professional golf tournament in the Grand Strand in the past 24 years. Myrtle Beach, known as the "Golf Capital of the World," hosts this event, further solidifying its reputation as a premier golf destination.

The tournament is part of the PGA TOUR's 2024 FedExCup Regular Season schedule and features a purse of $3.9 million, with 300 FedExCup points awarded to the champion.The field for the inaugural Myrtle Beach Classic includes a mix of seasoned and emerging talents, with 38 PGA Tour winners participating, including notable players like Erik van Rooyen and Brandt Snedeker. Despite some top players participating in the concurrent $20 million Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, the Myrtle Beach Classic boasts a deep talent pool.

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, a championship course known for its scenic beauty along the Atlantic Ocean, serves as the venue for the event.

Regions Tradition - Birmingham, AL

The Regions Tradition is a prominent golf tournament taking place this week at the Greystone Golf & Country Club in Hoover, Birmingham, Alabama, from May 8 to May 12, 2024. This event is one of the five major championships on the PGA Tour Champions, specifically designed for senior golfers.

The tournament will feature a celebrity pro-am event, championship rounds, and a concert.

Notable players expected to participate include Steve Stricker, who has won the Regions Tradition three times in the last four years, and other seasoned golfers like Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, and Jim Furyk. The field is competitive, featuring top golfers from the PGA Tour Champions.

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