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Weekend Reading: LIV Golf vs PGA Tour - Earnings For 2023
Driving Range: How to skip a shot across water
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Scheffler Leads By 3; Woods Rebounds
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It was only a matter of time before world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler found his groove on the greens, and he appears to have done so this week at the 2023 Hero World Challenge. Riding a hot flat stick en route to a 7-under 65 in his third round, Scheffler heads into the final day in the Bahamas at 16 under and three clear of Matt Fitzpatrick.
Tiger Woods stumbled out of the gate before finding his footing with four of his five birdies on the front nine to finish 1-under-par 71 after the third round of the Hero World Challenge on Saturday.
Top 5 Leaderboard
PGA Tour: Hero World Challenge
Fitzpatrick had climbed the leaderboard with four birdies on the front nine. After a double-bogey at the 11th he birdied 12 and 14 before draining a 47-foot eagle putt at 15.
He bogeyed 16, but closed with back-to-back birdies for a 13-under par total of 203.
Justin Thomas was alone in third after a four-under par 68 for 205.
Spieth, who was playing catch-up after his bogey at the third dropped him three off the pace, finished with four birdies and three bogeys in his 71 for 206, tied for fourth with Australian Jason Day and Americans Tony Finau and Collin Morikawa.
Round 3 Highlights
LIV Golf vs PGA Tour - Earnings For 2023
Viktor Hovland | Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images | Source: USA Today
The PGA Tour handed out more than $560 million in prize money in 2023 while LIV’s total purse increased to $405 million in Year 2 of its existence.
LIV certainly got the attention of the PGA Tour with its massive contracts and increased purses, forcing the tour to dramatically up its prize money game. The Tour’s total prize money has risen substantially since 2021 when it was just under $400 million.
Viktor Hovland topped the PGA Tour money list this year, bringing in $37.1 million, about $1 million more than LIV’s biggest earner, Talor Gooch.
Hovland was followed by Rory McIlroy, who earned $32.9 million, $15 million coming from winning the PIP’s top prize; Scottie Scheffler, who made a tour-record $21 million before bonuses brought his total to $29 million; Jon Rahm at $26.2 million, including $16.2 million on tour and $9 million from the PIP; and Xander Schauffele at $17.9 million.
The top five earners on LIV this year were Gooch, Smith ($23.2 million), Koepka ($17.7 million), DeChambeau ($14.7 million) and Harold Varner III ($9.9 million).
Rickie Fowler: How To Skip a Shot Across Water
In our Sunday’s edition of Driving Range, we bring to you a training video for a more fun kinda shot.
Use these simple tips from Rickie and Butch and learn now to skip the ball over water and impress your friends.
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December 3: This Day In History
1981: Beth Daniel/Tom Kite won the LPGA J. C. Penney Golf Classic, which was a golf tournament that paired a PGA Tour player and an LPGA Tour player in a mixed team format. It took place from the early 1960s to the late 1990s.