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NEXT Golf Tour Champion Jordan Weber Tees It Up on DP World Tour

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NEXT Golf Tour Champion Jordan Weber Tees It Up on DP World Tour
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NEXT Golf Tour Champion Jordan Weber Tees It Up on DP World Tour

2024-05-28 18:47 Last Updated At:18:51

HAMBURG, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 28, 2024--

Jordan Weber’s run of success on the NEXT Golf Tour, a series of 18-hole indoor golf tournaments played exclusively on Trackman simulators, showed he might be the best indoor player in the world.

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Now the world — and Weber himself — will get to see how his prodigious skills translate to the outdoor game. Along with more than $90,000 in prize money, the NEXT Golf Tour champion’s take included a prize money can’t buy: a spot in a DP World Tour event.

Weber, 38, will tee off in the European Open at Green Eagles Golf Courses on Thursday, a dozen years after walking away from the game due to a case of the putting yips.

“All these dreams of mine feel like they're coming true,” Weber said. “You watch some of those top players on tour [and think], ‘Oh, wouldn't it be cool to just play one round of golf with them?’ Now I get to play with the top guys. It doesn't feel real. I'm so excited for it. It's a dream come true.”

Watch the story of Jordan Weber’s journey to the DP World Tour on YouTube

Weber and his extended family traveled from Iowa to Hamburg this past weekend, but unfortunately Weber’s luggage — including his golf clubs — did not. As of Monday night, the search for a replacement set was still ongoing, with hopes that his gamers would arrive in time for the opening round.

With his younger brother, Justin, on the bag, Weber had a practice round scheduled for Tuesday with Søren Kjeldsen, who will make his 700th DP World Tour start this week. Kjeldsen was also the first tour professional to purchase a Trackman of his own, and has maintained a relationship with the Danish company ever since.

“He's a great player that's been out there for a long time,” Weber said. “I've watched him play on TV. I know he's awesome. It's a thrill for me to get to play with him.”

Following his victory in the NEXT Season Finale in March, Weber has been preparing for Green Eagles every which way he can. When he’s not practicing six or more hours a day, he’s researching the course online, watching highlights of past events and playing countless rounds on a video game console.

Weber said the course, one of the longest on the DP World Tour at 7,882 yards, suits his game.

“There’s six par fives, which is good for me,” Weber said. “I feel like I’m probably not going to be able to strike it as well as some of those guys out there. But I want to make up for it with my putting. I think putting is something that I can just really work on and do as well as them if I put in the work and it can overcome a lot of mistakes.”

Weber also earned three starts on the Challenge Tour later this summer, at events in Finland, Scotland and Sweden. Between now and then, Weber said, he’ll continue to focus on what he can control and what he cannot.

“I'm going to hit bad shots and I just have to understand it and be okay with it,” he said. “I have to try and feel as confident as I can, which will be a challenge for me.

“If I can get off to a good start, make some pars, maybe throw in a birdie or two, I think the confidence will rise quickly. That's my goal.”

Follow all the action from the European Open at DPWorldTour.com.

ABOUT THE NEXT GOLF TOUR

The NEXT Golf Tour Powered by Trackman is a series of mixed-field professional golf competitions played indoors on Trackman simulators worldwide. NEXT was founded by Trackman in 2023 to provide elite players an opportunity to earn income and develop their brands as professional golfers. Men and women compete straight-up from different tee boxes, the top 30% of the field earns a paycheck, and in-round side games provide another level of competition and earning potential. During Season 2, 1,545 players from 55 countries competed in seven 18-hole stroke play tournaments for a combined purse of more than $1.2 million. Learn more and watch every shot from every player on the live leaderboard at NEXTGolfTour.com.

ABOUT TRACKMAN

Proudly based in Vedbæk, Denmark, Trackman is the world’s leading developer of radar tracking technology for use in golf performance analysis. The iconic Trackman 4 launch monitor — aka “the little orange box” — is trusted by elite players, coaches, equipment manufacturers and clubfitters to provide ultra-precise data on virtually every aspect of club motion and ball flight. Trackman Range and indoor golf simulator solutions bring our tour-proven technology to the masses, featuring the best practice, virtual golf and entertainment software in the industry. Trackman is the official provider of club and ball tracking and tracing data to the PGA Tour for broadcast on TV and digital platforms. Learn more at Trackman.com.

Jordan Weber - Player card (Graphic: Business Wire)

Jordan Weber - Player card (Graphic: Business Wire)

Jordan Weber - Player card (Graphic: Business Wire)

Jordan Weber - Player card (Graphic: Business Wire)

Jordan Weber - NGT Champion (Graphic: Business Wire)

Jordan Weber - NGT Champion (Graphic: Business Wire)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities want to know how a shooter was able to get on top of a roof so close to where former President Donald Trump was speaking and open fire.

That is one of the focuses of the investigation into Saturday's assassination attempt on Trump as Republicans gather in Milwaukee for their national convention and President Joe Biden implored Americans to reject political violence.

Here’s a look at what we know so far:

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating how the gunman armed with an AR-style rifle was able to get on a nearby roof and shoot and injure the former president at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania.

The gunman, who officials said was killed by Secret Service personnel, fired multiple shots at the stage from an “elevated position outside of the rally venue,” the agency said. Trump was bloodied and says he was “shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear.” A spectator was killed.

An Associated Press analysis of more than a dozen videos and photos taken at the Trump rally, as well as satellite imagery of the site, shows the shooter was able to get astonishingly close to the stage where the former president was speaking.

The roof was fewer than 150 meters (164 yards) from where Trump was speaking. Biden has directed an independent review of the security at the rally.

Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old nursing-home employee from suburban Pittsburgh who tried to shoot Trump was, a registered Republican who packed explosives in the vehicle he drove to the campaign rally an hour from his home.

Authorities said it was attempted assassination but haven’t determined what motivated Crooks to try to kill Trump.

Law enforcement officials were working Sunday to learn more about the young man from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, to determine what motivated him.

The FBI has not yet identified any underlying ideology or threatening writing or social media posts from Crooks, who had no past criminal cases against him, according to public court records. The FBI believes Crooks acted alone and the shooting was being investigated as a potential act of domestic terrorism.

Gov. Josh Shapiro on Sunday said the man killed at the Trump rally, Corey Comperatore, "dove on his family to protect them.”

“Corey died a hero," the governor said. Comperatore, 50, was a former fire chief.

Pennsylvania State Police identified two other men who were shot as David Dutch, 57, of New Kensington, and James Copenhaver, 74, of Moon Township. Both men remained hospitalized and were listed in stable condition, state police said.

In a prime-time national address, the president said Sunday that political passions can run high but “we must never descend into violence.”

“We can do this,” Biden implored, saying the nation was founded on a democracy that gave reason and balance a chance to prevail over brute force.

“American democracy — where arguments are made in good faith. American democracy where the rule of law is respected. Where decency, dignity, fair play aren’t just quaint notions, they’re living, breathing realities.”

The former president is Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention.

Trump’s airplane touched down Sunday. The four-day event kicks off Monday with thousands of Republicans coming together to formally choose him as their 2024 presidential nominee.

His aides said he was in “great spirits” and doing well.

Saturday's attack on Trump has put a heightened focus on safety and security of the event.

Trump said he was going to delay his trip by two days because of the attempted assassination “but have just decided that I cannot allow a ‘shooter,’ or potential assassin, to force change to scheduling, or anything else.”

Saturday's attack was the most serious attempt to assassinate a president or presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan was shot in 1981, but there have been multiple instances of political violence targeting U.S. presidents, former presidents and major party presidential candidates. Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated - Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John Kennedy.

Associated Press writer Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

President Joe Biden addresses the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 14, 2024, about the assassination attempt of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

President Joe Biden addresses the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 14, 2024, about the assassination attempt of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Police officers stand at a road leading to the site of the Trump rally, where access is closed, as investigations into the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump continue, in Butler, Pa., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Police officers stand at a road leading to the site of the Trump rally, where access is closed, as investigations into the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump continue, in Butler, Pa., Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures while surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures while surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures as he is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures as he is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Police snipers return fire after shots were fired while Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump was speaking at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Police snipers return fire after shots were fired while Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump was speaking at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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