The feud between the American PGA Tour and the Saudi League continues, and the PGA Tour has announced eight elevated tournaments for 2024 with an attractive prize purse for players. The possibility of holding a US tour event in Spain has also been raised. Meanwhile, on the golf course, the number one has changed hands, with American Scottie Scheffler ascending to the throne after victory at The Players. Jon Rahm, the previous number one, withdrew from the tournament due to gastroenteritis, and Rory McIlroy, who was aiming for the top spot, missed the cut. Scheffler won by five strokes over Tyrrell Hatton, becoming only the third player in history to hold the Masters and The Players titles at the same time.
Jon Rahm, meanwhile, has collected five victories in his last 10 tournaments despite his withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational and will rest until the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, to be held March 22–26 in Texas. The first major tournament of the season, the Augusta Masters, will be held from April 6 to 9.
Meanwhile, Spanish golfer Jorge Campillo conquered the European Tour’s Kenya Open with a two-stroke victory over Masahiro Kawamura of Japan. This is Campillo’s third victory and the fourth for Spain this year. The record number of tournaments won by Spain in a calendar year is nine, which was achieved in 1988 and 2017. Campillo was thrilled with his victory and to have his name on the same trophy as Seve Ballesteros, who also won the Kenya Open in 1978.
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