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Nov 11, 2023

Morning 9: PGA field

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Good Thursday morning, golf fans, as day one of the AT&T Byron Nelson gets underway.

The AP's Doug Ferguson…"The PGA Championship stuck to its mission of getting the strongest field of the four majors, announcing a field Wednesday that includes 99 of the top 100 in the world ranking no matter what tour they play."

Paul Hodowanic for…"All mundane things that make up life as a professional golfer. But Knauth isn't a professional golfer."

BBC report…"Tiger Woods has been ruled out of the 2023 PGA Championship as the 15-time major champion continues to recover from an ankle injury."

Golfweek's Riley Hamel…"On Wednesday, United States Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson announced he has brought on Fred Couples as a vice captain."

Elliott Heath for Golf Monthly…"The PGA Championship field has been confirmed for the second men's Major of 2023 and there are 18 LIV players set to feature, including Paul Casey."

Elliott Heath for Golf Monthly…"The negative views of the members made headlines around the world, despite a Grange GC survey showing that 86% were "satisfied or very satisfied" with LIV Golf coming to town, 7% percent were neutral and 7% were "dissatisfied or very dissatisfied".

Reuters report…"World No. 8 golfer Brooke Henderson will sit out this week's Cognizant Founders Cup on the LPGA Tour because of an illness, TSN reported Wednesday."

Reuters report…"After nearly a month off, Scottie Scheffler is back."

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Good Friday morning, golf fans, as the fallout from wildest week in the sport's history continues and day two of the Canadian Open gets underway.

From the Golf Channel digital team…"Michael Feagles made a left-to-right, curling 30-footer for birdie on his final hole Thursday to shoot 59 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am."

The AP's Doug Ferguson…"It was Dunne and Ed Herlihy, chairman of the PGA Tour policy board, whom Monahan leaned on to set his first meeting with Al-Rumayyan a short time after the Masters."

From the team at Golf Digest…

Winner—Saudi Arabia: This is arguably a better outcome than LIV Golf succeeding on its own, for golf's professional tours embracing the kingdom's Public Investment Fund as a formal business partner—and thus allowing it into the sport's political matrix—is exactly the aspiration at the heart of its Vision 2030 plan, a blueprint to help sell the ostracized country to the rest of the world. —Joel Beall

Golf Digest's Christopher Powers…"In basic bio terms, Dunne is the vice chairman and senior managing principal of Piper Sandler, an investment bank and financial services company heavily involved in mergers and acquisitions. He was one of the founders of Sandler O’Neill and Partners, which in January 2020 was acquired by Piper Jaffray. Dunne helped Sandler O’Neill grow into becoming one of the largest independent full-service investment banking firms, focusing on the financial-services sector. A graduate of Notre Dame and a Long Island, N.Y., native, he began his career on Wall Street and has risen to become a rather large deal in the financial world. He's also an avid golfer, and his love of the sport not only played a role in saving his life… it led to him having a very important hand in what has transpired in the golf world this week."

ESPN report…"Corey Conners shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the RBC Canadian Open, the first PGA Tour event since its announcement of unifying with Saudi-funded rival LIV Golf."

Golfweek's Adam Woodard…"The first of six team ownership groups for TGL has officially been announced."

Lillian Rizzo for CNBC…"Despite those tensions being settled between the tour and LIV, they could be relevant when regulators comb over the deal."

Paul Higham for Golf Monthly…"Justin Rose says it won't be easy for some LIV Golf players to get back onto the PGA Tour, and would be more worried about the future from their perspective than players who stayed."




With the PGA Tour playing north of the border this week, GolfWRX stayed in the States and headed to the Korn Ferry Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am.

In addition to a couple of general galleries, we have nine WITBs for you to check out as well as a look at a new Aldila Rogue shaft.

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Good Thursday morning, golf fans, as the fallout from wildest week in the sport's history continues.

Joel Beall for Golf Digest…"To those who sensed that McIlroy might be feeling betrayed after Tuesday's stunning announcement between the tour and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, well, you’re right."

ESPN's Mark Schlabach…"I still hate LIV," McIlroy said. "Like, I hate LIV. I hope it goes away, and I would fully expect that it does. I think that's where the distinction here is. This is the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and the PIF — very different from LIV."

Monahan on his lack of transparency…"There's no question that yesterday was a setback, and I’ve had setbacks before and in terms of rebuilding the trust it begins with having conversation like I had through the night last night and being here in the morning and talking to players and explaining to them this deal and how this is a great outcome for every PGA Tour member and the game. I don't expect everybody to understand right off the bat. I think this is going to take some time but when you look out over the horizon I’m entirely confident when I talk to our players that this is where I’m going to take them. That's essentially where we are right now.

Monahan on ‘owning his hypocrisy’

Via Golf Channel's Brentley Romine…"People would be more open to it if it were this conversation two years ago before all the s— started," said the anonymous player. "The Tour messed up in the beginning and took such a hard stance. … To go back on his words literally a year later after making all these changes. Honestly, the PGA Tour is in a good spot with all the designated events and the changes. But I also think the litigation is the real reason [for the merger]. … I think LIV was going to be perfectly fine dragging out the court case. There's a lot of stuff."

Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner…"In a memo to players Wednesday, DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley reiterated that the joint commitment between his circuit, the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund doesn't change the short-term prospects of the LIV players who resigned their European tour membership last month."

Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner…"Jay Monahan promised Wednesday that the superstars who rejected offers from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund to remain loyal to the Tour will be compensated in some fashion."

ESPN's Bob Harig…"Norman, who was not mentioned in any of the news releases associated with the agreement between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Public Investment Fund that was announced Tuesday, told more than 100 people on a 30-minute call that LIV will see no operational changes and that work is already being done on a 2025 schedule."

Literally and figuratively the final paragraphs of his Quad column…"The major championship organizations also must feel more secure knowing they draw larger audiences and have history as an eternal draw for players and fans. They’ll still face pressures due to the PGA Tour mismanaging the threat at every turn and showing a willingness to sell out. But unlike Monahan's Tour taking their eye off the ball so regularly, the USGA, R&A, Augusta National and PGA of America have certainly not morphed into marketing machines oblivious to their missions."

Maverick McNealy WITB accurate as of the PGA Championship. Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond Plus (10.5 degrees @9.5) Shaft: Graphite...

Thomas Pieters what's in the bag accurate as of the PGA Championship. More photos from the event here. Driver: Titleist...

Driver: Titleist TSR2 (9 degrees) Shaft: Aldila Rogue M-AX 3-wood: Titleist TSR2 (15 degrees) Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 75...

Chris Gotterup what's in the bag accurate as of the Memorial Tournament. More photos from the event here. Driver: TaylorMade SIM2...

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General Albums 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) – Monday #1 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) – Monday #2 WITB Albums Jose Toledo – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Alex Scott – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Thomas Rosenmueller – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Kyle Jones – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Alister Docherty – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Andy Rowe – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Blayne Barber – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Joey Garber – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Ryan Burnett – WITB – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Pullout Albums New Aldila Rogue shaft – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) Joey Garber's custom 64* Vokey – 2023 BMW Charity Pro-Am (Korn Ferry) See what GolfWRXers are saying in the forums.