Did you catch Bills vs. Patriots the other night? Can’t believe they didn’t use preferred lies out there!

Enter at your own risk

As golf fans, we love to return to a familiar place. A place that feels like home. Where we know every nook and cranny, every cart path and catch basin, every riveted face and containment mound. That’s why we’re so excited to get back to Tiburón Golf Club for this week’s Greg Norman-hosted QBE Shootout! Everyone’s favorite LIV Golf Investments recruiting trip two-man hit-and-giggle starts on Friday.

Normally the silliest of all silly season events, the Shark Shootout may actually carry some consequence this year, though not because of anything that will happen on the course. Norman has held this event under the PGA Tour umbrella for a long time. But given his leadership of LIV Golf Investments and its Saudi-funded effort to undercut the Tour’s business, the future of the QBE Shootout seems, to say the least, uncertain. Furthermore, multiple players in the field—Lee Westwood, Jason Kokrak, Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson, and Graeme McDowell—have committed to next year’s Saudi International and are seeking a release from the PGA Tour. Their involvement in that tournament doesn’t guarantee that they’re on the Norman train, but it certainly suggests as much. Whether or not these players end up making the leap from #LUPLand to #LIVLand, they are all guaranteed nearly $90,000 in prize money this week. You know, just so they don’t feel like they’re wasting their time…

The Latest from The Fried Egg

America’s Great Remaining Golf Course Restoration Opportunities – Many outstanding restorations have happened recently. Still, plenty of American courses would benefit from some work. Andy Johnson lists his top 16 remaining restoration candidates in the U.S.

2022 Fried Egg Events – The 2022 Fried Egg Event schedule will be released today on our social media channels! Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram to see our dates for the upcoming year.

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Superintendent Series: Ken Nice – Bandon Dunes Senior Director of Agronomy Ken Nice joins the podcast this week to discuss all things Bandon. Presented by Toro. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

The Shotgun Start – The Year in Review is back on as Andy and Brendan race to finish before the end of 2021. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Quick Hooks

Thorbjørn Olesen appeared in British court this week to face charges stemming from an incident in 2019. According to Golf Channel, Olesen allegedly “grabbed a woman’s breast, pushed a member of the cabin crew, and urinated on a first-class passenger’s seat on a flight to Britain from a World Golf Championships event in Tennessee.”

According to the Twitter account Nosferatu (@VC606), Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Min Woo Lee, and Takumi Kanaya are projected to finish as Nos. 48-50 in the year-end Official World Golf Ranking. The top 50 earn exemptions into the Masters.