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Grandsons of a Masters champion, recent UT grad twins turned pro and are playing for their PGA Tour cards
Parker and Pierceson Coody

Add the word ‘professional’ to twins Parker and Pierceson Coody’s substantive resumes. The Texas-Ex’s and former globally-ranked amateurs have started their professional golf careers and aren’t short on success.

When twins Pierceson and Parker Coody graduated last spring from the University of Texas, they were fresh off a National Championship. Now the two, grandsons of 1971 Masters champ Charles Coody, are making their way through the professional ranks with hopes of making the PGA Tour and joining the ever-growing list of former Longhorns in professional golf.

Pierceson and Parker are current competitors on the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA Tour - Canada, respectively, and have each seen success on their professional paths.

Pierceson’s eyes are on the horizon, though, as he hopes to one day compete against his brother on the PGA Tour -- golf’s biggest stage.

“Having my brother there would be the icing on the cake,” Pierceson told Austonia. “It’d be a special feat to accomplish together.”

Pierceson and Parker saw countless collegiate and tournament wins, and that trend hasn’t stopped in their young professional careers. Through 11 events played, Pierceson has three top-10 finishes including a first-place finish at the Live and Work in Maine Open.

Parker, a participant in nine eight events so far in the PGA Tour - Canada, already has a first-place finish in the Centre Point Canada Rail Park Manitoba Open.

Of course, having former Masters’ champion Charles Coody as your grandfather has its perks in adjusting to life in professional golf, but Parker’s path to the pro ranks was a noticeable change of pace.

“It’s crazy the amount of golf (you play),” Parker said. “I didn’t realize how much it would truly be.”

Parker’s brother agreed that the change of pace was jarring and a definite change from the rate of play in college.

Pierceson is coming off a wrist injury known as an ulnar entrapment he suffered during the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. However, the 22-year-old expects to be back on the course as early as this week.

The first-year pro did not make the top-25 cut for Korn Ferry to gain a PGA Tour card, but Pierceson looks forward to gaining special invites to compete at up to seven PGA Tour events next year.

In addition to the twins’ professional success, Parker is excited about the opportunity to add to the Longhorns’ rich history of professional golfers like Masters champions Jordan Spieth and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.

“It’s really special, and (UT) is one of the most prominent golf schools in the country,” Parker said. “So if you add to that, you’re doing something right.”

Like many Longhorns before them, the twins’ professional paths were proceeded by successful collegiate careers. And one tour, in particular, wanted to cash in on that success.

Coming out of college, Pierceson had the opportunity to join the newly-started LIV Golf, but declined out of hope of pursuing his childhood dreams.

“I don’t play golf solely for money,” Pierceson said. “I know if I get to the PGA Tour and succeed, I won’t really be focused on making money.”

With the skillset and mental approach that twins Pierceson and Parker have, it may not be long until we see them on the PGA Tour competing for a green jacket like the Longhorns who preceded them.


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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.