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Golfers never seem to stop tinkering.
Last season we saw many of the top players make small, or dramatic changes, to their game, with one or two, such as three-time major winner Jordan Spieth receiving much comment from social media users.
One of the most popular members of the PGA Tour, Tony Finau, took five years between his first and second tour victories but made up for it in 2022, when going back-to-back at the 3M Open and Rocket Mortgage Classic and then winning again in Houston just 10 weeks later.
In the best shape of his career, the 33-year-old led the tee-to-green stats for both his wins, finding a staggering 16.5 and 14 shots on the field respectively, whilst he was also into double figures for his latest victory.
Top that with his best-ever putting spell, positive figures for all but two of his last 15 completed starts, and Finau might finally achieve what many have believed he could do for a few years.
With that in mind, there was always going to be plenty of comment when he recently posted a video on his Instagram account, showing what looks like a dramatic swing change.
Golf writer Mark Harris was one of many that tweeted the video, asking why a player with three wins, two runner-up places and four further top 10s would amend his stance and swing.
Is Tony Finau going thru a swing change?
Seems odd given how great he’s been the last handful of months.
Three wins and two other Top 10’s in his last seven starts. pic.twitter.com/FPPeSosaZz
— Mark Harris (@itismarkharris) January 3, 2023

Interesting.. pic.twitter.com/zv63AP9R7S
— Travis Fulton (@travisfulton) January 3, 2023

Maybe Finau is trying something new for this week’s Tournament of Champions, an event he has never got to grips with, with just one top-10 on debut his best from three outings but, as Dan Rapaport tweeted, he certainly seems happy enough with life and may not be as worried as some fans that commented on the clip.
Tony Finau organized a Finau vs. Summerhays two-day family match. They played 18 at the Bay Course yesterday after Tony practiced…and they’re doing it again today after Tony’s pro-am.
That’s a 27-hole and a 36-hole day before the tournament starts. Tony Finau is a golf guy. pic.twitter.com/Bx4LkOo1fb
— Dan Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) January 4, 2023

With that weight of expectation off his shoulders, Finau can now look forward to stepping up at the majors.
It all looks like a decisive move by player and coach Boyd Summerhays. With The Masters arriving in three months, he has already been well backed to at least match his two top-10s and a best of 5th at Augusta.
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Tony
Jan 14, 2023 at 12:20 am
Geting older, harder to find the start of the slot and shallow with his dimensions, now forcing it in there with momentum. Loop will probably get bigger over time untill hes done.
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T-Bone
Jan 6, 2023 at 9:16 am
The Figure 8. Lee Trevino would approve!
Siuuu
Jan 5, 2023 at 8:03 pm
It’s just a compact variation on the Ryan Moore/ Matt Wolfe/ Lee Trevino type. Not a big deal. As long as it works
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One of the biggest names in golf manufacturing is reportedly about to strengthen its team even further.
With names such as current and former world number ones, McIlroy, Woods and Scheffler already on the roster, TaylorMade Golf looks about to sign two of the LPGA’s biggest names.
On Saturday, world ranked number two Nelly Korda took to social media to show off her new apparel deal with Nike – “Super excited to join the Swoosh fam!” – but it was noticeable that there were a couple of things missing from the photos – there was no cap or head of the club visible.
JUST DID IT! ?? Super excited to join the Swoosh fam! @nike
@nikewomen@nikegolf pic.twitter.com/4wLeDJ7CZ2
— Nelly Korda (@NellyKorda) January 14, 2023

According to a report in Golf.com, whilst no official deal has been made public, the former undisputed number one is ready to announce a multi-year contract with TaylorMade, a company that regularly partners alongside Nike, particularly after the latter took a side-step from producing hardware to concentrate on clothing.
Korda has been the most dominant of female golfers over the past couple of years, successfully using Titleist equipment, but it may not be coincidence that as a resurgent Lydia Ko overtook her at the top, Nelly leaves her sister Jessica at the Massachusetts manufacturer as she moves on.
It also seems as though another of the world’s best female players will be joining her.
 
25-year-old Brooke Henderson, youngest ever winner of the Women’s PGA Championship at 18 years of age, is also due to join her fellow star.
We recently reported that Henderson had parted ways with Ping  and was likely to sign an equipment deal with the new supplier of her gloves and golf balls.
If the reports are right, the 12 time LPGA tour winner, and holder of two majors, is going to be a bigger part of the company’s profile going into next week’s Tournament of Champions, an event at which she finished runner-up to Danielle Kang in 2022, the winner ironically now the biggest female name at Titleist.
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Just a few weeks away from LIV Golf’s opener at Mayakoba, the Saudi-backed organization has found recent news going against them.
PGA Tour player Harry Higgs gave his side of the LIV argument, stating LIV “took all the villains” whilst just yesterday Eamon Lynch questioned what will be left of the infamous lawsuit between LIV and the PGA Tour, suggesting the financiers “find themselves in a legal quagmire of their own making.”
At the end of last season, LIV chairman Greg Norman was all about making his tour even bigger, and louder, than its first season. Talk was of 14 events, even bigger prize funds and more big names, but already one potential prospect has dashed any hope of signing.
2013 Masters champion and former world number one, Adam Scott, yesterday closed the door on any move to the Aussie team at LIV by joining the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council.
The PAC contains 16 players, all of which meet and consult with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on matters affecting the players and the tour, much of which naturally focuses on the improvements the tour can make to stave off the potential threat of exodus to LIV.
Whilst the 42-year-old has never said he was interested in joining his compatriot on the ‘golf but louder’ tour, he has remained fair in comments, suggesting last year that, unlike many players, he didn’t see LIV as “pure evil.”
That may still be the case, but in joining vociferous anti-LIV players such as Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and the afore-mentioned Higgs, Scott has placed his marker firmly on the more traditional, if now more progressive, side.
Scott confirmed he was not interested in tittle-tattle, stating:
“I’m more interested in what the Tour is planning on doing with the Tour than how we’re fighting a lawsuit. I couldn’t care less about that to be honest. I’m more interested in what the future of the Tour looks like. I convinced myself that it was worth diving into that to see what’s going on.”
Talking of how and why he has now joined forces with fellow players, the current world number 37 explained:
“I think seeing Rory taking a leadership role, I feel, potentially, like a few other notable players—if I can call myself a notable player—can assist him moving things in the direction it seems to be. It’s an important time for the Tour to kind of map out the next decade and beyond, what playing the PGA Tour kind of is working towards and what that looks like.”
He continued, “As well as everyone out here probably wants to know, full schedule and beyond. But it’s just a time of change. And, yeah, big decisions are going to be made and they need to be the right ones.”
With LIV now also frustrated over the decision by the OWGR to award ranking points to another 54-hole tour, this news may not be the most hurtful, but it does give the PGA Tour a further string to its political bow.
The Aussie is clearly keen on moving things forward:
“There’s smart people running the tour. I’m not thinking I’m taking Jay’s (Monahan) job,” Scott confirmed. “But I don’t mind stirring the pot if it needs to be stirred in conversation in those kind of rooms, just to let everyone think more. Sometimes I feel like we get pretty reactive to things these days. It’s nice to think down the line a little bit.”
 
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Great golf stories can come from surprising places. This week, a story shared in the reddit community “ActLikeYouBelong”, made the rounds on social media.
According to the thread, a man who had a ticket for a Masters practice round at Augusta National showed up to the course on the week of the 207 Masters under the impression that the ticket gave him the opportunity to play a practice round at the Augusta National.
2007… this was a thing. Gotta admire the brass ones on the dude for at least trying. ??? pic.twitter.com/0CZDF071BK
— Jim Duckett (@jamesduckett) January 11, 2023

The man came to the course with his clubs and was absolutely ready to go. Unfortunately, ANGC is arguably the most the exclusive golf club on the planet, so it looks like the Augusta police got involved in the photo.
Whether this was a classic misunderstanding or a “fake it ’til you make it” situation, we can all agree that this guy is a legend for giving it his best shot.
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