A Wild Week For Golf & US Open Preview

Welcome to The Weekly Slice.

We’re the 72-foot putt for Eagle on the 4th playoff hole to win your national open. But in newsletter format.

It’s been one of the craziest weeks in the world of golf.

If you hadn’t heard (are you living under a rock?!), the PGA Tour and DP World Tour are merging the PIF (the Saudi-backed investment fund behind the LIV Golf Tour).

A complete U-turn on the previous 12 months and a total shock to anyone except those in the know at the PGA Tour.

Not even McIlroy, the face of the PGA Tour since this whole PGA vs LIV thing began, knew about it until a few hours before the news broke.

With so much still up in the air, I think it’s best to not waste too much time on what and where this leaves the world of professional golf.

Is it good? Is it bad? I’m not sure. But one thing is certain, the PGA Tour product doesn’t get much better than what was on offer at last week’s Canadian Open!

Tour Roundup

PGA Tour

I don’t often stay up all night to see the conclusion of the PGA Tour, however last week, the RBC Canadian Open was just too good to miss.

In an electrifying finale, local hero Nick Taylor fought back from a three-shot gap to stage a sensational triumph over Tommy Fleetwood.

After matching Fleetwood’s 17-under clubhouse target with an impressive six-under 66, Taylor struck a jaw-dropping 72-foot eagle in the fourth playoff hole, ending Canada’s 69-year wait for a homegrown champion.

If you’re going to win your national open and become the first Canadian winner in 69 years, this is how you do it in style:

Fleetwood had to swallow his fifth PGA runner-up title. Meanwhile, English pair Tyrrell Hatton and Aaron Rai shared 3rd, and a lacklustre Rory McIlroy sunk to tied-ninth.

DP World Tour

In a striking performance, Dale Whitnell claimed his first DP World Tour title, weathering a last-day rally from Sean Crocker to clinch a three-shot win at the Scandinavian Mixed.

The world’s 308th-ranked golfer held his own on the leaderboard with a final round 70, mixing in four birdies and two bogeys, wrapping up the week on a high note of 21-under.

This victory propels him to 17th in the DP World Tour rankings, crowning his incredible journey from delivery driver and satellite tour player to Challenge Tour champion and now, a titleholder on the DP World Tour.

What a ride it’s been for the 34-year-old Englishman!

LPGA Tour

In an intense game of nerves and skill, Ashleigh Buhai clinched her fourth global win in under a year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, marking her second LPGA victory.

Buhai, with two consecutive 65s, finished with an electrifying birdie on the 18th, sitting atop the clubhouse leaderboard at 14-under.

The 34-year-old pro, the season’s most senior victor, has played over 200 tournaments, with her first major win at the 2022 AIG Women’s British Open.

US Open

The 3rd major of the year is here and after last Tuesday’s news, the tournament held just down the road from Hollywood is sure to be a real showstopper.

The crème de la crème of world golf will be congregating at the Los Angeles Country Club in sunny California, with Matt Fitzpatrick hoping to defend his 2022 title.

The course at LACC is long, firm and has some truly brutal rough to contend with.

A proper US Open test of golf, which will require accuracy from the tee and a short game to match.

My pick for the week is Brooks Koepka, who’s going for back-to-back majors, having picked up the 2023 PGA Championship last month.

Another great pick is Tyrrell Hatton. He’s in form, with a 3rd place finish last week and he’s certainly got the game for a US Open golf course.

If only they could get his name right…

Something Funny

It was a big week on the PGA Tour for Canada golf.

But the even bigger story from the week?

Adam Hadwin, Canadian golfer and world number 70, getting nailed by security as he tried to celebrate the victory with Nick Taylor.

Perhaps the most viral moment in golf?

Something Extra

Also, here’s a few of our recent articles for you to get stuck into.

Ed Welton

Founder, Editor

Ed is the founder and editor at EEE Golf. He’s been playing golf for over 20 years, competing in many top amateur events. He’s played courses all over the world and played with some of the best players in the game. His aim is to help educate people about the game of golf and give insights into the sport he loves most.

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