LIV Golf weapon tremendous revolution

It is impossible not to mention LIV Golf, the alternative circuit to the PGA, held for the first time in London. It is a 54-hole competition, with

It is impossible not to mention , the alternative circuit to the , held for the first time in London.

It is a 54-hole competition, without court, made up of 48 players, with simultaneous starts and an additional competition between 12 teams —of four members each— with a previous draw.

The tour is led by Australian Greg Norman and is backed by a powerful group of Saudis who have come in handing out big money. The champion of this first edition, Charl Schwartzel, won from 2017 to 2022 (before this tournament) 2.2 million dollars.

Last weekend, the South African pocketed four million dollars. To this amount, Schwartzel will have to add 750 thousand of the extra three million that the Stinger (team of which he was a part) earned.

A real millionaire with which the Saudis have turned world golf upside down. Without a doubt, a new format, in which Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Peter Uihlein, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio García, among others, already participate.

Meanwhile, in Canada, Rory McIlroy outclassed Tony Finau and Justin Thomas to win the RBC Open. The one from Northern Ireland signed a final round of 62 hits, eight under par, to take the victory. He became the third player in the history of this tournament to win it in two consecutive years.

In New Jersey, Canadian Brooke Henderson won the Shoprite LPGA Classic, with a final round of 64 hits. It was her first win this season and the 11th of her career. Special mention to the Swiss-Mexican Albane Valenzuela, who shot a final round of 67 strokes, in her best performance of the year.

In South Carolina, Robby Shelton and Ben Griffin finished tied at the Thormblade Club course, to stage an interesting playoff that was defined in two holes, where Shelton, with par, took the victory.

Finally, in Torreón, José Antonio Safa —18 years old— conquered the 94th edition of the Mexico International Amateur, played at the Country Club. Safa had 269 shots (15 under par), three ahead of Saltillo’s José Dibildox. Great emotions for José Antonio, who had the luxury of winning in his own house, before his audience. Congratulations to the Mexican Golf Federation for this great tournament. I remind you that playing golf is… making friends! Until next time.

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