GM. This is Easy Pars. The golf newsletter that finally learned what the “DP” in DP World Tour means.
Here’s what we’ve got for you today:
Take some time to show some love for golf’s unsung heroes.
Does anyone really know what the DP Tour is?
4 months in and still no news.
Without them, golf can’t be played.
Today we’re taking some time to appreciate the hard and vital work that greenkeepers do, day in and day out, to keep our courses in top shape.
In case you didn’t know, September 12th was national “Thank a Greenkeeper” day.
Greenkeepers often don’t get the credit that they deserve, but without their hard work, it’s literally impossible to play golf.
The folks over at Cookie Jar Golf (highly recommended podcast) put together a documentary that goes over all the hard work put into getting a course ready for a major.
That documentary focuses on the specifics of this year’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
Here are the main takeaways from the video in case you don’t get the chance to watch it:
Greenkeepers wake up painfully early to get the greens ready.
They put up with the elements to keep the greens in playing shape.
Keeping grass in golfing shape takes up a huge amount of work and preparation that we weren’t aware of.
After watching the 34-minute documentary we’ve come to realize that “Thank a Greenkeeper” day should be every day.
DP stands for Dubai Ports
Today we learned that the DP in “DP World Tour” stands for Dubai Ports, one of the world’s largest logistics conglomerates.
Also, we learned how the DP World Tour works.
To start off, the DP World Tour is the golf entity that was formerly known as the European Tour back in the day.
But when DP became the major sponsor, and given that they have an everywhere-except-the-US scope, they decided to add the word “World” and that’s how you end up with the name DP World Tour.
The schedule works around what they call swings, which can be seen as mini-seasons.
They have a swing in each region. These include Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and South Africa.
Once the swings are done, they move on to playoffs and a closing swing.
Now you know why it’s called the DP World Tour.
Also worth mentioning, they’ve recently revamped their entire schedule so that there’s minimum overlap with the PGA Tour.
DP World Tour Releases 2024 Schedule With Major Changes Following LIV Golf Alliance via @SInow
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig)
Aug 14, 2023
This means that when we don’t have PGA Tour events going on we’ll probably be able to watch something on the DP World Tour.
Between the PGA Tour, LIV, and the DP World Tour we can rest assured that we can watch high-level golf year-round.
The US Senate also wants to know what’s going on with the PIF/PGA Tour deal
It’s been four months since the biggest news in pro sports went public.
And we still don’t know anything about what’s going to happen with the PGA Tour, LIV, or the DP World Tour (which is also in there somewhere).
We’ve been asking ourselves ‘what will this mean for pro-golf?’ for so long that we have even started to doubt whether the whole deal will actually happen, or if it was just a clever way for the leagues to stop spending so much in legal fees.
It turns out that we’re not the only ones who want to know what’s going on.
The US Congress also wants to know what’s going to happen with golf next season.
Senator Blumenthal subpoenaed the PIF so that they would provide more transparency in the whole process.
The Saudi’s Public Investment Fund cannot have it both ways: if it wants to engage with the US commercially, it must be subject to US law & oversight.
Today I am issuing a subpoena for documents related to PIF’s takeover of American golf & other US investments.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal)
Sep 13, 2023
The PIF hasn’t shown up to testify for Congress thus far.
As a matter of fact, this isn’t the first subpoena thrown their way. The first one was a few months ago. Right after the deal was announced.
Will there be any official communications anytime soon?
Not to be pessimistic, but I won’t be holding my breath.
Meme of the Day
When you don’t replace your divots in front of the grounds crew.
That’s what we’ve got for today. Tune in on Monday as we inch closer to the Ryder Cup.