Author: Julio Valdera

Julio writes about sports for Almost Average Golf. His craft has been nationally syndicated for many sports outlets. He has been credentialed to cover local and international golf tournaments. Julio currently writes daily golf content for AlmostAverageGolf.Com

The 2024 PGA Championship is set to take place from Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19 at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. This prestigious event, one of golf’s four major championships, is returning to Valhalla for the 4th time. The championship has a rich history of memorable moments and fierce competition, and this year promises to be no different. The Valhalla Golf Club, designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, is a private golf club that opened in 1986. It has been ranked among Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” for almost 30 consecutive years. The course stretches…

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Brandel Chamblee has been a prominent figure in the golf scene for his staunch views on LIV Golf. He has been a vocal critic of both the breakaway league and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), believing that they don’t belong in the golf world. However, Chamblee, like many others, has decided to change his mind and create a new stance regarding LIV Golf. In August last year, Brandel Chamblee publicly opposed the emergence of LIV Golf, believing they were trying to buy the sport with money. He criticized the benefactors of LIV Golf because of its connection to the…

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Jimmy Dunne, the Wall Street deal maker who played a pivotal role in architecting the PGA Tour’s controversial deal with the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), has abruptly resigned from the Tour’s Policy Board. His departure comes amid intense scrutiny and secrecy surrounding the deal, which has been a point of contention among players and board members alike. Jimmy Dunne is the vice chairman and senior managing principal of Piper Sandler, an investment bank and financial services company heavily involved in mergers and acquisitions. His influence extends beyond the financial world; Dunne is an avid golfer and a member…

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The 2024 PGA Championship is set to be a thrilling event, with an exciting twist this year. The tournament has extended invitations to several LIV Golf players, marking a significant increase in their representation. This year, a total of 16 LIV Golf players will be participating, promising a diverse and competitive field. An invitation was also extended to Louis Oosthuizen. However, this was declined by the latter due to “undisclosed personal circumstances”.  Let’s take a closer look at these talented golfers, focusing on their current level of play. The LIV Golf Contenders at the PGA Championship There is no shortage…

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Blades Brown is a 16-year-old high school sophomore from Tennessee who has been making waves in the sport. Known for his exceptional talent and determination, Brown has been on the radar in Tennessee for quite some time. He has won three consecutive TSSAA Division II-AA individual titles and last season set the Tennessee Junior Amateur Championship record for the lowest score in tournament history, finishing at 22-under in 54 holes. In 2023, he became the first player to win Tennessee Boys’ Junior and Men’s Player of the Year honors in the same year, after finishing as co-medalist of the stroke…

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Phil Mickelson put himself in the spotlight again, by posting another of his controversial posts on X. Male professional golf has been plagued by controversy and division in recent years, with the emergence of LIV Golf and its challenges to the traditional PGA Tour. Amidst the turmoil, Phil Mickelson has been at the forefront of the debate. The six-time major champion’s recent tweets, which sparked a heated exchange with Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, have raised eyebrows and renewed discussion about the future of the game. The golf world has been in a state of flux since the inception of…

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The 2024 Cognizant Founders Cup was decided in the most dramatic fashion possible, with Rose Zhang coming from behind to literally win with her last shot. Zhang was one stroke behind Madelene Sagstrom on the 16th hole, but was able to clinch her victory after birdieing four of the last five holes. Rose Zhang trailed by three shots after the 12th hole in the final round of the Cognizant Founders Cup. The former top-ranked amateur in the world saved her best game for last, birdieing the 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th to win by one stroke as Madelene Sagstrom couldn’t…

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The 2024 Wells Fargo Championship was filled with memorable moments and impressive performances. Rory McIlroy, who has a strong affinity for Quail Hollow having won there several times in the past, was once again in the spotlight. Other highlights included strong performances from Xander Schauffele (second consecutive runner-up finish at the Wells Fargo Championship), Byeong Hun An, Jason Day and Sungjae Im. Rory McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship for his 26th career PGA Tour victory. In a thrilling final round, McIlroy sprinted past Xander Schauffele to finish at 17-under par after a remarkable 6-under 65 at Quail Hollow Club…

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Patrick Reed is a name that has become synonymous with both triumph and controversy in the world of professional golf. A Masters champion, Ryder Cup hero, and relentless competitor, Reed has carved out a unique place for himself in the sport, drawing both ardent admirers and vocal critics. Reed recently gave an interview to Golf.com in which his controversial personality was on full display. It was Golf.com’s Dylan Dethier who took on the task of confronting Patrick Reed with some of the most controversial passages of his career. Such was the case with the cheating and theft allegations that have…

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Nelly Korda’s recent performances on the LPGA Tour have been nothing short of spectacular, propelling her to the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and etching her name in the annals of golf history alongside legends like Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam. Her dominance on the course has been fueled by a combination of elite approach play, balanced brilliance, and exceptional performance around the greens. Korda’s journey to becoming a dominant force in women’s professional golf has been marked by a significant improvement in her approach play. Her precision with irons has seen a remarkable surge in 2024,…

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