The suspendability of 17 players while playing in London. Hard hand of the PGA Tour which has decided to suspend 17 players who this week take part in London at the first Arab Super League event. Among the excellent names are Major champions such as Dustin Johnson (world number 1), Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer.
Dustin Johnson, decision
“Their decision is dictated by financial reasons. And the expectations of these players represent a lack of respect not only for the circuit but also for our fans and partners”, the position taken by Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour.
Between suspensions and resignation letters (such as the one sent to the PGA Tour by Johnson), the players involved will therefore not be eligible to compete not only in circuit tournaments but also in events such as the Presidents Cup.
Suspensions are also coming for those who decide to take part in the next Super League events. Among the suspects, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. Sergio Garcia started playing golf at the age of 3 at the “Club de Campo del Mediterráneo”, where his father Victor was a teacher.
At 12 he is already champion of his club, four years later he becomes the youngest player to pass the cut in a European Tour event, in the 1995 Turespaña Mediterranean Open. This record was beaten by amateur Jason Hark in the UBS Hong Kong Open .
In the same year Garcìa becomes the youngest player to win the European Amateur Champioship. In his amateur career he won everything: from the Topolino World Junior Championship (1994), to the European championship (1995), to the British Amateur (1998).
He turned pro in 1999 after winning the title of best amateur at the Augusta Masters, reaching a hcp of +5.4 and an official match-play average of 32 wins and one defeat. In his first year as a pro, he immediately stood out with a spectacular head-to-head with Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship, where he performed his most famous shot: an intentional slice from behind a tree with a ball ending in the green and García running and jumping to see the landing.
García has always been one of the strongest players from tee to green, with a very distinctive swing. He is one of the pillars of the European Ryder Cup team, in which he has 6 victories (2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2018) in 9 participations and has set the record for the youngest participant in the tournament (in the 1999 edition).
In Sweden, from 9 to 12 June, the second edition of the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed will be staged – a tournament organized in combination by the DP World Tour and the Ladies European Tour – which will see 156 competitors compete: 78 men and as many women. The ranking will be unique as well as the prize pool (2,000,000 dollars, an increase of 1,000,000 compared to 2021). And Italgolf, at the Halmstad Golf Club in Tylosand, will be
able to count on the proette Virginia Elena Carta and on the amateur Carolina Melgrati (fourth at the Ladies Italian Open after having also been in the lead).
But also on Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Laporta, Renato Paratore, Andrea Pavan and Lorenzo Gagli. In an event that will once again see the protagonists (not only as ambassadors of the competition) Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson, just inducted into the Swedish Golf Hall of Fame.
Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed, schedule
After last year’s exploit, Northern Irishman Jonathan Caldwell will be looking for an encore of successes in the event. Among the players, in the field there are also seven winners of at least one tournament on the LET 2022.
The English Alice Hewson, third and best project last year at the Scandinavian Mixed, will be among the most anticipated protagonists. Annika Sörenstam (Stockholm, 9 October 1970) is a Swedish golfer. She starts playing golf at 12, after quitting tennis.
She studies at the University of Arizona, where in 1991 she wins the title of best NCAA player. In 1992 she won the Amateur World Championship and reached the final at the US Amateur Championships, after having been All American in 1991 and 1992.
Also in 1992 she made her professional debut and since then she has won 59 tournaments on the women’s LPGA Tour circuit. These include 7 Slam trophies: Us Women’s Open (1995, 1996), Kraft Nabisco Championship (2001, 2002, 2005), McDonald’s LPGA Championship (2003) and Weetabix Women’s British Open (2003).
She is considered the best player in the history of women’s golf. In 2001 she achieved 30 records, including the best average ever (69.42). In the same year, she broke the record for her own prizes by exceeding $ 2 million; she then tweaked this performance over the next few years, up to a new record of $ 2,863,904.
Other records of 2001 were the 4 wins in a row on the LPGA tour and the 59 hits in a single lap. In 2002, she set the record for 13 titles in one season, equaling Mickey Wright (1964). She retired from professionalism in 2008: in all her career she has won a prize pool of 16.5 million dollars and she only needs one trophy to reach Patty Berg, the founder of the LPGA, in 60 tournaments.
In 1995 she was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal, the prize awarded by the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper to the best Swedish sportsman of the year. In 2021, after 13 years of inactivity, she returns to compete by taking part in the Gainbridge Championship, the official event of the LPGA Tour, from 25 to 28 February in the city of Orlando.
“The PGA Tour’s decision to suspend players taking part in LIV Golf events is vindictive and sharpens the distance between the circuit and its members” This is the replica of the Arab Super League, the LIV Golf, at the PGA Tour.
It has decided to suspend 17 golfers who this week take part in the first event in London of the new economic power of the green.
PGA Tour, statements
“The era of free agency – underlined LIV Golf – has begun and we are proud to have such an important field in London and for the next events”
Norman turned 50 in February 2005, but kept his distance from the senjor golf circuits. Part of this is due to his other interests, but also due to his back and knee injuries. He underwent knee surgery in October 2005 and February 2006.
Norman believes his back injuries could have been avoided had the concept of golf fitness been introduced early in his career. In May 2008, Norman has only played in the third Tour Champion in his 50s, the 69th Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.
Having not played competitive golf regularly in recent years, he has been in contention all week and has entered three shots behind the final winner Jay Haas (+7), thus positioning himself on the sixth place. Chris Evert, was the most important reason Norman decided to enter the PGA and Champions Tours events.
“I doubt he’ll be back full time,” Evert said. “But for him to keep playing it, one or two tournaments a month or something, that would be great. I’d cheer him 100 percent if that’s what he wanted to do.”
After Norman’s resounding success at the Open Championship, he continued with his strong playing style, finishing tied as fifth in the Senior British Open Championship and fourth in the U.S. Senior Open after being the only player to have obtained a score equal to or less than 72 in all four days.
In 2008 he played in all four majors and finished in the top ten in each of them. In the 2009 Senior British Open Championship, he held the 54-hole lead after dominating three rounds in a row, hesitating on Sunday to finish in sixth place, 3 shots behind final winner Loren Roberts.