It was somewhat jarring to see just how much golf was on the calendar this week after multiple weeks of just PGA Tour golf on the docket. That said, the additional golf brought us plentiful #content this week and we’re all better for it. Let’s see how it stacks up.
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No. 4 – Chandler Phillips’s mustache (Up 442 spots from last week) – The Korn Ferry Tour’s first winner of 2023 is former Texas A&M All-American Chandler Phillips. If you’re unfamiliar with the Texan, you’ll want to see his mustache.
T-11 – 2000s television drama (Up 1,232) – As everyone is likely aware, LIV Golf signed a multi-year broadcast rights deal with the CW Network. That led to many jokes about the programs the Saudi-backed league will run alongside as well as many reminiscing of past CW “hits.” Never has Golf Twitter been so abuzz with references to One Tree Hill, Veronica Mars, Smallville, and the like. That said, the time when those jokes were funny has come and gone. The 2000s drama programs’ WOWgr ranking peaked this week and will almost certainly never be back.
T-11 – Sacoomba (Up 45) – Those wise souls not on Twitter are likely not up to speed with my good friend, Barry. His One Tree Hill/LIV spoof topped the chart for best CW content of the week.
No. 14 – Gamers (Up 459) – The new PGA Tour video game looks pretty sweet. All four major championships will be represented and the “Road to the Masters” campaign is a great addition. Almost makes me wish I owned an XBox.
No. 17 – This LPGA Tour volunteer (Up 913) – Getting in on the action. You love to see it.
No. 764 – Jon Rahm’s sass (Down 763) – How the mighty have fallen. Last week, Rahm’s sass topped WOWgr. Following his win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Rahm appeared on the No Laying Up podcast and provided an hour of non-stop insight. From Official World Golf Rankings talk to television quality to PGA Tour structural changes, Rahm trotted out a continual flow of well-researched, thought-out responses. He will undoubtedly have some sassy moments in the heat of battle this year but under it all, Rahm is one of the more considered and thoughtful pros out there.
No. 775 – The Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (Down 33) – The LPGA Tour’s first event of 2023 is one of the most bizarre on the schedule. Formerly a PGA Tour Champions event, the tournament features a pro-am format, often a downright bad television product, and doesn’t work well with the rest of the LPGA schedule. It was also reported this week that host Lake Nona suffered damage this year and so, for the second consecutive year, no locker room would be available for the women in the field (temporary lockers were eventually brought in). When asked about the situation, Nelly Korda said, “To me, this event is so unique in the sense where that stuff doesn’t really bother me…Obviously, if it would be at a regular LPGA event it would bother me.” However serious Nelly and the rest of the field want to take the event, the bottom line is that the LPGA Tour treats it as their season opener. They’re fining players who are qualified but don’t appear in it at least once in every four years, and Race to the CME Globe points are awarded. The LPGA Tour is a professional sporting organization and yet some events feel inherently unserious.
DFL – Lucas Glover’s backstroke (Down 444) – Where did it go on this putt? Did he just move the putter forward? I have so many questions.