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The First Call readers look into the 2023 crystal ball

Two of golf's newsmakers for 2022 lead the way into the new year, as well

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Question of the week [Dec. 2-8]:  What do you hope will be the biggest or best storyline in 2023?

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LIV Golf folds up its tent and disbands.

Larry Guli
Waxhaw, North Carolina

Rory McIlroy winning the 2023 Masters.

Craig Libhart
Bainbridge, Pennsylvania

Greg Norman and LIV Golf go away.

Brian Nelson
North Haven, Connecticut

Sadly, the dominant storyline for 2023 will be the LIV Golf-PGA Tour conflict. We probably don’t see a resolution of this dispute until 2024 at the earliest, hence we will be forced to live with more legal posturing and bravado from both sides. Unfortunately golf fans will be forced to listen to this nonsense while the conflict plays out over the course of 2023. Grow the game?? Can someone explain that to me?? How about ruining the game!!

Reid Farrill
Toronto, Ontario

LIV Golf league folds.

Rick Nowosad
Calgary, Alberta

Rory McIlroy defeats Dustin Johnson in a playoff at the Masters.

Bob Gillespie 
Toronto, Ontario 

1. LIV Golf calls it quits. In startling news, which should surprise no one, the LIV backers pull their funding, culminating a rocky 24-month marriage with the professional golf world.

2. Tiger Woods returns to participate in this years Masters. 

3. Champions Tour favorite Paul Stankowski wins his first Champions event to the delight of fans and sponsors alike. 

4. Patrick Reed quits competitive golf.

Three out of four actually happen. You decide. At least that’s the way I see it.

Paul Vicary
The Villages, Florida

Nelly Korda returns by winning the major championships in 2023 — grand slam. 

Mona Begell
Vacaville, California 

I hope players from LIV Golf win all three of the majors in which they’re able to compete. Such circumstance will shine a light on the necessity for the two entities to devise a "working" arrangement that will include OWGR points. And, a sub-storyline, a complete overhauling of the OWGR point system. Jon Rahm is 100% correct — its laughable! 

Bill Ramsey
Grand Haven, Michigan

Jim Pomeranz gets two patron badges, one for him and one for his wife, to the Saturday final round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur just so he can walk the course. He's 70-years old, playing golf since age six, and the closest he's come to Augusta National is unexpectedly driving by the main entrance while on a business trip to the area. While he would love to be there for any day of the Masters, he prefers the smaller venue of the Augusta National Women's Amateur. He applied for two badges last summer but did not get selected. He's holding on to hope by retaining hotel accommodations in nearby Aiken for two nights. Being able to walk Augusta National during this competition would be Jim's biggest or best golf storyline in 2023!

Jim Pomeranz
Cary, North Carolina

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