Originally, Beef was set to return at the Portugal Masters (opens in new tab) but, as he was still recovering from his injury, his return was pushed back to the tournament in Dubai. After his second round of the Dubai Desert Classic, which finishes on Monday because of heavy rain (opens in new tab), Beef tweeted: "Wow first one back and in for the weekend.
Stenson, Donald and Robert Karlsson at the 2021 Ryder Cup (Image credit: Getty Images) Originally, Stenson was announced as the European Ryder Cup captain in March 2022 but, after he moved to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series in July, he was subsequently stripped of the captaincy.
LIV Golf series players Richard Bland and Ian Poulter were tied atop the leaderboard at 8-under overall when second-round play was suspended Friday because of fading light. McIlroy and Reed, another LIV golfer, were in the news after some pre-tournament friction between two of golf’s most high-profile players, and both completed their rounds at 6-under 66 in brief appearances on opposite ends of the course Friday.
By now, you’re likely well versed in LIV v. PGA Tour, but here it all is in a shortish sentence: The PGA Tour and LIV Golf are entering their second calendar year of a fight that has seen LIV offer guaranteed money to Tour players, the Tour create changes in response, the sides sue each other — and McIlroy become a de facto Tour spokesman. On Monday, we heard word that LIV player Patrick Reed approached McIlroy on the Emirates range, then we saw the video: Reed shook hands with Harry Diamond, McIlroy’s caddie; and gestured toward McIlroy, only for McIlroy to appear not to look his way and Reed to toss a LIV Golf tee in his direction — and on Wednesday, we heard the reactions.
"I was subpoenaed by his lawyer on Christmas Eve," McIlroy, the Jupiter resident and top-ranked golfer in the world, said. "So, of course, trying to have a nice time with my family and someone shows up on your doorstep and delivers that, you're not going to take that well."
Patrick Reed has accused Rory McIlroy of acting like “an immature little child” as the pair’s row continues. In response, the 32-year-old threw a tee at McIlroy, who later revealed that he had been subpoenaed by lawyers representing Reed, who joined the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf Series in June of last year.
Finishing first in the PGA TOUR University fall rankings certainly has its advantages, as Ludvig Aberg is finding out.His lofty status in PGA TOUR U. earned the world's top-ranked amateur a special exemption into the DP Tour's Hero Dubai Classic this weekend and after the first round, Aberg finds himself tied for the lead with Ian Poulter at 7-under par after both players carded rounds of 65 in trying conditions at the Emirates Golf Club.Aberg offset an opening bogey with eight birdies en route to matching Poulter for a share of the first-round lead at 7-under, one clear of another world No. The Swede won the 2021 Jones Cup to solidify his position atop the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com world rankings.
Zalatoris is known for his wafting backstroke on short putts, with this one aspect of his game one of the most divisive strokes in golf, with many viewers cringing as the American’s putter wanders around before cutting across the ball. Some, though, argue that if the ball does end up in the hole then the method doesn’t matter – the old “no pictures on the scorecard” defence – even though one PGA Tour pro warned that he needs to smooth his stroke out in order to reach his full potential.
The Dubai Desert Classic has been forced into a Monday finish due to the rare rainstorms in the UAE this week. Greenkeepers had to repair damaged and flooded bunkers to get play back underway, with parts of the course also flooded.
“They’re [European LIV players] all at the age where Europe needs to find a new breed of 25-year-olds that can play half a dozen or more Ryder Cups, and I think we’re going to have that.” “They’re done,” he said confidently, before continuing: “It’s a rival tour.