Scottie Back To No.1 and The Return Of The Goat

The Weekly Slice

Welcome to The Weekly Slice.

We’re like that tasty morning smoothie, but packed with loads of golf goodness.

A big welcome to our new readers this week. It’s great to have you here.

Let’s get into it.

Tour Roundup

PGA Tour

Scottie Scheffler jumped back up to world number one last week with his successful defence at the WM Phoenix Open.

Hitting just 10 fairways on the weekend, Scheffler took the title by 2 shots over Nick Taylor and picked up a hefty  $3.6 million prize for his efforts.

Despite the lack of fairways hit, a final-round 65 was enough to carry him over the line for his 5th win on the PGA Tour.

This week the tour sees the return of Tiger Woods to competition in the Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club.

The former world number one will be making his first competitive start since his appearance at the Open Championship back in July. It’s safe to say, I’m pretty pumped to see the GOAT back in action!

It’s a very strong field this week in California including most of the world’s top 25. My pick for the week is Max Homa and at 20/1, he’s a great price. He’s a Californian local, who’s won there before and whose game is in great shape.

DP World Tour

The DP World Tour was in Singapore last week for the Singapore Classic. South African  Ockie Strydom came out on top with a final round 63 to leap up the leaderboard on the final day of play.

It’s the 2nd DP World Tour win for the South African who managed to pick up his maiden win back in December at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

It was also a great week for tour rookie, Tom McKibbin, who finished in a tie for 11th.

The 20-year-old started the week with a stunning 64 to take the lead but eventually fell off as the week went on. A great week nonetheless and a name to look out for in the future for sure.

This week the pros head to Thailand for the Thailand Classic.

The course features a 17th hole which puts the 17th at TPC Sawgrass to shame, with a totally surrounded, floating green, only accessible by boat. The stuff of nightmares for most golfers.

My pick for the week is Englishman, Richard Mansell. After a great 2022 season, he’s a great-value choice at 25/1 and it’s only a matter of time before he picks up his first win.

The World Of Golf

LIV Golf Pushes Up PGA Payouts

Last year, the pros at the loudest event in golf (WM Phoenix Open) were teeing it up a share of $8.2 million. Not too shabby right? Now compare that to this year’s $20 million 

The reason for this? The growing pressures of the rebel LIV Golf Tour and their huge payouts for players.

And it’s not hard to see why. When you look at what Dustin Johnson made in his 15 years on tour: $75 million, compared to just one year with LIV: $35 million.

Rory’s Wedge Switch

Rory McIlroy has been on a large multi-year deal with Taylormade since 2017, which required him to have a full set of Taylormade clubs in the bag.

However, having re-signed a new deal at the end of last year, the wording in the contract now allows him some wiggle room in which brands he can use.

This was evident in his win earlier on in the season in Dubai, when he had a couple of Titleist Vokey wedges in the bag. Could this variation in the deal help end Rory’s major drought? I really hope so.

Getting Into Full Swing

Full Swing, the hotly anticipated Netflix show which follows the lives of the games elite hits our screens from today.

The show follows some of the game’s biggest characters in possibly the most controversial year on the PGA Tour.

A look behind the scenes of the Speith’s and the McIlroy’s of the world. I can’t wait!

Something Useful

As we get into mid-February, you’ll start to get quite a few mud lies around the greens.

These sorts of lies can be a real headache for a lot of golfers. So for this week’s tip, here’s a video on what to think about when you’re left with this sort of shot.

Something Funny

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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