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Surprising storylines dominate golf in 2023

From the PGA Tour suddenly announcing an agreement with the Saudi PIF to Wyndham Clark holding off Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler to win the U.S. Open, golf certainly has not been predictable through the first six months

Mizuho Americas Open 2023
Rose Zhang's dominance as an amateur and her winning the LPGA's Mizuho Americas Open in her first professional start made her one of the top storylines through the first six months of the 2023 golf calendar.

Question of the week [July 3-9]: What has been the most compelling golf storyline in the first half of 2023, and why?

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In my opinion, there are a couple. The recent win for Bernard Langer [to set the PGA Tour Champions record for wins (46)], Rickie Fowler's improvement and win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic after struggling for the past four years, Scottie Scheffler's consistent play with 18-plus top-10 finishes, and the new rookie Rose Zhang, who won her first tournament as an LPGA player.

Brian Nelson
North Haven, Connecticut

Golf's biggest story of the year thus far has to be the new "for profit" agreement between  the PGA Tour and Saudi Investment Fund. Unfortunately, no on course story was bigger. 

Although there are few details at best, the announcement changed THE direction of golf turmoil from the PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf to the PGA Tour players versus Jay Monahan. 

But let's give a shout out to the comeback of Rickie Fowler,  and will Scottie Scheffler ever finish out of the top 12 in a tournament? And when Scottie hits a stretch where he makes everything he looks at, watch out.

Barry Duckworth
Knoxville, Tennessee

Rose Zhang. She has people interested in women’s golf by living up to the hype. Biggest story since Tiger Woods.   

James Brock
Atlanta, Georgia

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