Last week saw the 2nd LIV golf event take place in Portland, Oregon. Since the first event some big names had joined the tour with Koepka and De Chambeau being the two biggest yet it was Brandon Grace who walked away with the $4 million dollar cheque. Grace has had a great start in the LIV tour winning the team event in the first event and the individual in the 2nd pocketing over $5 million dollars for the 2 events he has played. That doesn't include any money he was given to move in the first place.
After the event another English player was announced by the tour, Paul Casey. Paul is obviously a good golfer but it looks like another player coming to the end of their career trying to take as much money as possible, not the players LIV golf really want. Those that are part of the DP World Tour have started legal action against their punishment whilst Padraig Harrington has come in saying the players still on the tour think the punishment was too soft. With the players allowed to play in the open in a couple weeks this debate will continue to rumble.
Adrian Meronk created history on Sunday by becoming the first Polish players to win on the DP World Tour. An amazing finish of -4 through his last 4 holes gave him a 3 shot lead over Ryan Fox who was also finishing strong but a bogey at the last took a little of the pressure off the over night leader. With the Irish Open being a big event on the DP Tour it was great to see if have a fantastic finish. Shane Lowry entertained the crown shooting a final day 67 to finish as the highest Irish player but some 8 shots off the leader. The win was a great message for the tour, LIV golf wants the worlds best players but the DP and PGA Tour have show cased that entertainment can be created from anyone.
On the PGA Tour JT Postman became the first player since 1992 to win the event wire to wire. An opening round 62 gave him the first round lead and he never let it slip after that. A player who has had his struggles with his swing showed great composure through out and was extremely thankful after the round to his coach and family and all their support. Whilst the LIV players play for $4 million, Postman picked up $1.2 million but also moved up in the world rankings, the Fed Ex Cup, guaranteed his tour card for till the end of 2024, secured his place at The Open in St Andrews, plus next years Masters, Players Championship and the PGA Championship.
I don't know if it is just me but that sounds far more inviting than playing a few events a year for large amounts of money.