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Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas will reportedly lead the next match.

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Each week check out the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors as they break down the hottest topics in sport, and join the conversation by tweeting to us at golf_com. This week, we’re looking forward to the next game, talking about LIV Golf’s free agency (!), Augusta National jobs and more.

1. According to Multiple reportsTiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas will participate in the upcoming edition of The Match, which is tentatively scheduled for December 10 in the Tampa, Florida area. This will be the first of seven editions of The Match that will feature four professional golfers rather than a head-to-head battle or a star from a different sport. Do you like the idea of ​​going back to basics, or would you rather see another famous athlete that you can’t see on the golf course every week?

Josh Sens, senior writer (Tweet embed): It is better to mix them. With most of these made-for-TV sweets, character is more important than career. The tiger is an exception. Most of us want to see him just about anywhere, even if he rarely says anything interesting over the microphone. Otherwise, though, I’ll dwell on good chemistry, catchy banter, and the related experience of witnessing an unprofessional struggle on excursions. The worst versions of these events feature tour professionals making lame jokes and forced conversation with their birds. Such a tormenting event Bryson Brooks. Elite hit the ball? The regular season really offers a lot of that. These unique features should be more about offbeat entertainment, and you’re unlikely to get that if you stick strictly to the tour pros.

Dylan Diether, senior writer (Tweet embed): The timing of this event is so perfect and the staff too. While character Phil Mickelson carried the first several iterations of this event, Tiger Woods might be more comfortable with this crew, and we’re all eager to see him mix it up. Sense is right that the odd is better – I only loved the QB showdown this summer – but if we go back to all the PGA Tour players, it’s as interesting as it gets. These guys aren’t exactly playing for their legacy, but that’s okay. Looking forward to it!

James Colgan, Assistant Editor (Lord save her): I dig it! The format was undoubtedly growing, and in a strange way, getting rid of Phil’s actions so clearly set up for TV might help in the long run.

2. A few days after LIV Golf finished its inaugural season, ESPN reported that Peter Oehlen will join Dustin Johnson’s team, with Taylor Gooch moving to Bubba Watson’s team. Sure, a simple move for a league trying to gain traction, but is LIV’s ability to swap players like this through a major feather free agency in its roof to heighten interest going forward, or just another minor detail?

Sense: Reminds me of that time in the late ’70s when the Red Sox traded veteran bowler Bill Lee for light hitter Stan Pape. You remember that, right? of course not. Maybe there will come a day when the whole team thing will make sense to me – the individual names, the overpayments we’re somehow supposed to be excited about, the trades. But for now, it all strikes me as something that interests only the smallest number of fans, and I am not one of them.

deathIn theory, both the concept of a team and a free agency can be very interesting. Free agency is undoubtedly interesting; In the NBA, it leads as much discussion as the actual season, and more can be said. But it’s hard to build teams and loyalties out of nothing. If all 4 Aces move to Buffalo, New York, for example, and take care of Wegman, their franchise may attract some loyal followers. At the moment, it is not clear what is at stake for fans.

Colgan: lol, senator. Your point of view is well taken. Until we learn a little more about the financial and competitive implications of the free agent/transfer market, it’s not really worth its foundation.

3. The joint venture between Woods and McIlroy TMRW Sports is set to become a joint venture, thanks to Investments From an incredible array of professional athletes, with the likes of Stephen Curry, Serena Williams, Sidney Crosby and countless athletes buying. But what does all this mean for us?

Sense: I hate continuing to play Scrooge here, but I don’t think it means more than the fact that some of the top athletes (and/or their advisors) see it as a good investment. I don’t see how it changes the product the rest of us will see. Woods and McIlroy have enough oomph to lure anyone they want into their productions, so it doesn’t look like they need extra help in this area. About these productions, the way they have been described thus far, sounds like the love child of the series The Match and Holey Moley. I will refrain from commenting on how exciting this is for me.


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death: I don’t think it’s for you, though, Josh! I think that’s good. I think most die-hard golf fans will initially be skeptical about the TMRW project, and that’s fine too. But that’s true of Holey Moley as well, and that far outstrips many of the “big” PGA Tour events. So what’s the harm?

Colgan: I find myself increasingly skeptical about the influence a group of “famous investors” has on anything, but it’s probably not the worst thing in the world for TMRW’s long-term ambitions as a group of A-Listers have put their names behind it.

4. The 100 most recent GOLF courses in the US rankings will be revealed on GOLF.com next week. What course has historically not been in the top 100 it should be?

Sense: Can I choose two? One is Chambers Bay. Enjoyed a short time on the menu, but no longer. Her reputation took a hit after she held the US Open in less than ideal condition. But I think that’s unfair at this point. It belongs to the list of the top 100 American companies. I feel the same about The Loop, Tom Doak’s fantasy design in Michigan.

death: I’m glad the Sense claimed Chambers Bay so I never had to die on this (cool, inspiring, scenic) hill again. I’ve always been at the Marquette Golf Club Greywalls on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Rugged and wonderful.

Colgan: Philly Cricket Club is still on golf courses at Mount Rushmore two years after it first played, ahead of some of the other top 100 spots. It’s an easy choice.

5. Ironically, during the week GOLF.com released mini-features for dozens of the best jobs in golf (You can check them all here), as we found it Augusta National Jobs! The Masters has an unparalleled temporary workforce and at the moment, they are recruiting for the 2023 Masters program. Quickly, what is the one job you are happy to apply for for the Masters week 2023?

Sense: an honorary start. The first hit shaped tee hit in concert history.

death: The “player” will be fun. Otherwise, I’d like to be the humble security that lurks behind the Amen Corner. It would be great to get a solo view from behind the 12th green where you can do this.

Colgan: 15th Scoreboard Average Slot.

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