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- Rahm signed and LIV players have won 4 of 5 DP World Tour events
Rahm signed and LIV players have won 4 of 5 DP World Tour events
Like it or not, LIV's stock is going up
GM. This is Easy Pars. The golf newsletter that thinks the ball rollback’s days are numbered.
Here’s what we’ve got for you today:
It’s DONE - Rahm is now part of LIV
Wholesome competitive fun in the midst of chaos
Opinion: The ball rollback won’t happen
No Bull - The Spaniard will have his own LIV team
By now you know the news. Jon Rahm did sign with LIV Golf and he will get his own team.
While the PGA says talks are advancing, it seems LIV’s stock is going up and to the right.
Here’s how much of a streak LIV players are on - outside of LIV tournaments:
Dean Burmester won two consecutive events in South Africa
Joaquin Niemann won in a DP Australia tourney
Just yesterday, Louis Oosthuizen and Charles Schwartzel came in 1, 2 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship
LIV golfers have now won 4 of 5 tournaments to begin the season on the DP World Tour.
— Dan Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport)
Dec 11, 2023
(Oh, and LIV just signed Rahm, making him the highest paid athlete in the world.)
LIV Golf is doing a phenomenal job of staying on top of the news feed, in a positive way. The PGA?
BTW, we know at least half of our readers are fuming and the other half are either indifferent to mildly hopeful about the future of golf, right now.
If Rahm is persona non grata with you right now, we get it.
But if he’s a-ok to you, he wants your help choosing a team name. He’s heard a ton about bulls and matadors, so think outside the box and tag him on Twitter/X.
Any team name suggestions for Jon Rahm’s new franchise? #LIVGolf
— LIV Golf GO (@LIVGolfGO)
Dec 7, 2023
The Grant Thornton Invitational was refreshing
You know what 2023 was missing? A wholesome golf tournament, without controversy, streakers, and rumors galore.
Well, at the tail end of the year…we got it!
The Grant Thornton Invitational was great golf and borderline cute. Finau/Korda, Fowler/Thompson, Day/Ko. The best from both the PGA and LPGA teeing up together in the inaugural event.
At the end of the tourney, it was Jason Day and Lydia Ko who took home the $1,000,000 prize.
Former world No. 1s Lydia Ko, Jason Day win inaugural 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational golfweek.usatoday.com/2023/12/10/lyd…
— Golfweek (@golfweek)
Dec 11, 2023
But more importantly, Day said they are both now “lifelong friends.”
Here at EasyPars, we cover the controversial, the mock worthy, and everything in between.
Every now and again, it’s nice to have something like this happen for the sport. We’re here for more mixed events.
There’s a bit too much heat on this ball rollback
Ok, so this section of the newsletter is an opinion of the EasyPars team.
What’s the opinion?
The rollback ain’t gonna stick around. The USGA said the change will take place in 2028. Think about both how long and short that timeline is.
Callaway, Titlelist, and many other golf ball manufacturers are spending $$$ in research and development (right now) to improve the game.
All of that essentially stops if the rule sticks.
If the USGA is like other regulatory bodies, there are a lot of board members swapping from golf companies and golf regulators.
At the end of the day, this rule literally changes the game for every golfer and company. The ripple effect goes from the ball to the club. Regulate clubs even more? For everyone?
Here’s the #1 reason - no one seems excited about this change.
On one side, there is vile hatred for the rule. On the other side, it’s indifference at best. The number of articles about how to save your distance means the sentiment is negative toward the change.
Are we right? We’d like to think so.
Are we sure? Absolutely not. But a phrase we’ve uttered many times before - we’ll see.
Meme of the Day
That’s what we’ve got, today. We’re still working on the 2023 recap and will have the top 10 moments from this season very soon (so many to choose from!).