U.S. Open 2023: Whose schedule sets up best to win majors—LIV or the PGA Tour?

U.S. Open 2023: Whose schedule sets up best to win majors—LIV or the PGA Tour?

Less than two months ago, before the 2023 Masters, professional golf was divided. The game’s biggest story was whether LIV golfers could compete against their PGA Tour colleagues in the majors. Boy, have things changed in eight weeks.

In the lead up to the Masters, the question was put to many of LIV’s star players, including Brooks Koepka, Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson: was their new circuit’s lighter schedule (eight events in 2022, 14 in 2023), and the 54-hole, no-cut format they were playing, going to leave them underprepared when it came to golf’s four biggest championships? Would playing just three LIV events before each of the first two majors be enough reps?

Halfway through this men’s majors season, LIV players are justifiably bullish about the answer. Koepka and Phil Mickelson tied second at Augusta National, where 12 of 17 LIV players made the cut and three finished in the top 10. A month later at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, Koepka won, claiming his fifth career major title, while 11 LIV players made the weekend. Again, three finished in the top 10.

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