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THE DYNAMIC NEW SEASON AHEAD FedExCup Charles Schwab Cup Web.com Tour

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hange is a constant force in our world, yet it can be unsettling to people who are comfortable with their accustomed landscape. Deeply involved in a sport that considers its traditions a rich commodity, I get it. Change is something we at the PGA TOUR don’t take lightly, nor do we seek it out haphazardly. But neither are we afraid of change when offered an avenue for improvement, so as we go forth with alterations to our FedExCup format for the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, I’m reminded of what the great Arnold Palmer said 50 years ago: “We owe it to the public and the game of golf to improve the PGA TOUR. We’ve got to continue to grow.” It was the fall of 1968 and a momentous change was being proposed by the best “touring” professionals in America. Jack Nicklaus was vice-president of a players’ group that wanted autonomy from the Professional Golfers Association and Mr.

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Palmer’s quote explained why he supported the movement. He said a cohesive PGA TOUR would bring more fans to the game. Pillars of the game who had deep respect for the trail blazed by their predecessors, Palmer and Nicklaus studiously weighed the effects of a split from the PGA and the challenges that would face a fledgling PGA TOUR and decided change was warranted. Palmer’s words—“we’ve got to continue to grow”—were galvanizing. It unquestionably played out positively. As our 2018-19 season commences, it’s with great respect that I impart Mr. Palmer’s sentiment to explain the philosophy behind the FedExCup changes that are outlined in greater detail elsewhere in this edition. But as delighted as I am in the changes, what makes me most proud is the process by which we procured this new format. Under the leadership of Andy Pazder, Executive Vice President and Chief

Tournament and Competitions Officer, the new plan underwent intense in-house scrutiny and involved stacks of ShotLink data from FedExCup seasons 2007-2017 to study comparative scenarios. When convinced we had a solid plan, it was shared with the 16-member Player Advisory Council, four player-directors, sponsors, and our television partners. Every step of the way we felt overwhelming support that the eventual goal—an August end to our season and an easy-to-follow TOUR Championship leaderboard with winner-take-all drama— will be met. We approached this process with a profound respect for our players and partners, knowing that while change can be difficult, it is handled best with dedicated teamwork and due diligence. ■ Jay Monahan PGA TOUR Commissioner PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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CONTENTS

Essential Guide

CONTENTS 52 Jack Nicklaus presents Brooks Koepka with the 2018 PGA TOUR Player of the Year award.

INTRODUCTIONS 9 Commissioner’s Welcome, Jay Monahan 15 Editor’s Welcome, Bill Fields

FEATURES 21

Tournament Schedules

Six writers recall special moments from the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions seasons

52 Patience Pays Off

Brooks Koepka let a serious injury heal, then put together a season to remember

54 Once More, With Feeling

As Tiger Woods won for the first time since 2013, he was buoyed by the fans’ enthusiastic support

24 Coming Up Rose’s

60 Emerging Stars

31 Winner Takes All

66 Destined to Be Great

Twenty years after turning professional, England’s Justin Rose capped a wonderfully consistent 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season by becoming FedExCup Champion for the first time

Significant changes to the FedExCup Playoffs in 2019 mean a simplified plot at the TOUR Championship, where the Champion will win the FedExCup

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44 Remember This

36 Standing Out (Again)

Vijay Singh charged to victory at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, but Bernhard Langer wrapped up a record fifth Charles Schwab Cup title

38 Chasing the Big Time

Each year, the Web.com Tour produces an impressive array of talented players who go on to make their mark on the PGA TOUR

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The international tours in Latin America, China and Canada each year produce strong graduates who move on to the Web.com Tour

German-born Bernhard Langer, the recipient of the 2018 Payne Stewart Award, boasts one of the most successful careers in professional golf. Here, he ponders his proudest moments, competitive longevity and his future

70 Young Players Making an Impact

These talented Web.com Tour returners are all vying for a TOUR card in 2019

78 The Temptation to Play Away!

We visit some familiar and some not-so-familiar destinations that offer great golf experiences PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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A roundup of what’s new in the game of golf, from technology and innovation, to clubs, equipment and sports health

ToURNAmeNTS: THe NeW SeASoN 2018-19

fROm ThE EdiTOR

A new assignment took me to far more stops on the tournament trail in 2018 than I had worked in years. It was a good time to come back. The second half of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR schedule—detailed in this edition of the PGA TOUR Essential Guide To Golf with informative overviews by David Barrett and other features—was full of drama. So much happened in the FedExCup Playoffs alone. No one is doubting Bryson DeChambeau’s science-heavy approach to the sport, not after he won THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship in consecutive weeks. My fellow North Carolina native Ron Green Jr., one of golf’s best writers for decades, has a nice look at DeChambeau as part of a collection of mini-essays about defining moments (page 44) that has become one of my favorite elements of the Essential Guide. Then Keegan Bradley broke a long winless drought at the BMW Championship, another example of the perseverance required to sustain a career on TOUR. The comeback theme was taken to a greater level at the TOUR Championship where Tiger Woods, after coming close several times during the season, achieved career victory No. 80 after a five year winless drought and fewer than 18 months since a spinal fusion. Stan Awtrey takes us back to Woods’ emotional victory at East Lake Golf Club on page 54. Tiger wasn’t the only winner at East Lake, as Justin Rose, two decades after turning pro, became the first Englishman to win the FedExCup (page 24). All of those developments occurred after 2017-18 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka already had made it a season to remember, with the young Floridian winning the U.S. Open (the first successful defense since Curtis Strange in 1989) and PGA Championship. Talk about elite company: Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Woods had won those two majors in the same year. The 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season, which will have a new structure and earlier ending (noted on page 9 by Comissioner Jay Monahan and in Mike McAllister’s story on page 31), got off to a strong start. DeChambeau and Koepka go into a new calendar year armed with victories. So does one of the most intriguing young players, Cameron Champ, who broke through at the Sanderson Farms Championship. There is a lot to look forward to in the first half of the TOUR season, as well on PGA TOUR Champions and the Web.com Tour. The Essential Guide will help you get ready for all of it.

in the Zone

127

The New Season highlights

PGA ToUR eVeNTS 2018 128

Safeway Open

130

CimB Classic

134

ThE CJ CUP @ NiNE BRidGES

136

Sanderson farms Championship

138

World Golf Championships-hSBC Champions

Silverado Resort and Spa, Napa, Calif., October 4-7

TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 11-14

The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea, October 18-21

Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss., October 25-28

Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China, October 25-28

142

Shriners hospitals for Children Open

145

mayakoba Golf Classic

148

The RSm Classic

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev., November 1-4

El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, November 8-11

Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course, Plantation Course), Sea Island, Ga., November 15-18

2019 150

Sentry Tournament of Champions

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Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course), Kapalua, Hawaii, January 3-6

Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 10-13 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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CONTENTS

Bryson DeChambeau

154

Desert Classic

158

Farmers Insurance Open

PGA WEST (Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course), La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, Calif., January 17-20

Waste Management Phoenix Open

164

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

168

TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz., January 31-February 3

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course), Pebble Beach, Calif., February 7-10

Valspar Championship

188

World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play

176 180

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194

Valero Texas Open

Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif., February 14-17

196

Masters Tournament

World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

200

RBC Heritage

202

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

204

Wells Fargo Championship

PGA National Resort & Spa (The Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., February 28-March 3

206

AT&T Byron Nelson

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

208

PGA Championship

212

Charles Schwab Challenge

Genesis Open

Puerto Rico Open Coco Beach Golf Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, February 21-24

The Honda Classic

THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., March 14-17

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Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Course), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, March 28-31

Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla., March 7-10

182

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla., March 21-24

Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas, March 27-31

Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico, February 21-24

173

Rory McIlroy

186

Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course, North Course), San Diego, Calif., January 24-27

160

166

Justin Thomas

Justin Rose

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio, Texas, April 4-7

Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga., April 11-14

Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C., April 18-21

TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La., April 25-28

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C., May 2-5

Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas, May 9-12

Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Bethpage, N.Y., May 16-19

Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas, May 23-26 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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CONTENTS Jerry Kelly

Publisher & CEO Kevin J. Harrington Managing Editor Charles Ford Editor Bill Fields

Bernhard Langer

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS 2018

219 Hoag Classic

Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif., March 8-10

214 SAS Championship

219 Rapiscan Systems Classic

214 Dominion Energy Charity

220 Mitsubishi Electric Classic

Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C., October 12-14

Classic

The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, Va., October 19-21

215 Invesco QQQ

Championship Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif., October 26-28

215 Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Ariz., November 8-11

2019 216 Mitsubishi Electric

Championship at Hualalai Hualalai Golf Course, Ka’upulehuKona, Hawaii, January 17-19

216 Oasis Championship

The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla., February 8-10

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss., March 29-31

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga., April 19-21

220 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge (Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge Springs Course), Ridgedale, Mo., April 26-28

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223 Insperity Invitational

The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Tex., May 3-5

223 Regions Tradition

Greystone Golf & Country Club (Founders Course), Birmingham, Ala., May 9-12

224 KitchenAid Senior PGA

PUBLISHER’S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Special thanks to the following at PGA TOUR: Chris Smith, Senior Director, Business Public Relations; Mark Stevens, Director, Business Public Relations; Ivie Teston, Coordinator, Licensing; Kristen Fuller, Director, Licensing & New Ventures. IMAGES The photographs on pp.10, 11 show all the excitement of the season-ending TOUR Championship, where Tiger Woods triumphed for the first time in five years and Justin Rose won the FedExCup for the first time (for a full report, see also pp.54 and pp.24).

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Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y., May 23-26

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224 Principal Charity Classic

Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa, May 31-June 2

FEDEXCUP CHAMPION How Justin Rose won

THE DYNAMIC NEW SEASON AHEAD FedExCup Charles Schwab Cup Web.com Tour

THE INTERNATIONAL TOURS

217 Chubb Classic

The Classics Country Club at Lely Resort, Naples, Fla., February 15-17

Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada PGA TOUR Latinoamérica PGA TOUR Series-China

INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE

LAST WORD

Bernhard Langer

BERNHARD LANGER PGA TOUR Champions

HARRY HIGGS

PGA TOUR Latinoamérica

SUNGJAE IM Web.com Tour

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217 Cologuard Classic

Omni Tucson National Resort (The Catalina Course), Tucson, Ariz., March 1-3

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226 March Gladness

THE PLAYERS Championship returns to its former longtime slot on the calendar, a month when lots of drama took place

PGA TOUR Series-China

TYLER MCCUMBER Mackenzie TourPGA TOUR Canada

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SCHEDULES 2016/2017 SCHEDULES 2018/2019

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PGA TOUR® 2018/2019 DATE

TOURNAMENT/TELEVISION

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

OCT 4-7

Safeway Open Golf, LIVE, Radio

Silverado Resort and Spa (North)

Napa, CA

11-14

CIMB Classic Golf

TPC Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

18-21

THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Golf

The Club at Nine Bridges

Jeju Island, SOUTH KOREA

25-28

Sanderson Farms Championship Golf, Radio

CC of Jackson

Jackson, MS

25-28

World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions Golf

Sheshan International GC

Shanghai, CHINA

NOV 1-4

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Golf, Radio

TPC Summerlin

Las Vegas, NV

8-11

Mayakoba Golf Classic Golf, Radio

El Camaleón GC

Playa del Carmen, MEXICO

15-18

The RSM Classic Golf, Radio

Sea Island Resort (Seaside)

Sea Island, GA

JAN 3-6

Sentry Tournament of Champions Golf, Radio

Kapalua Resort (Plantation)

Kapalua, HI

10-13

Sony Open in Hawaii Golf, Radio

Waialae CC

Honolulu, HI

17-20

Desert Classic Golf, LIVE, Radio

PGA WEST (Stadium/host, Nicklaus Tournament), La Quinta CC

La Quinta, CA

24-27

Farmers Insurance Open Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Torrey Pines GC (South/host, North)

San Diego, CA

Jan 31FEB 3

Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

TPC Scottsdale (Stadium)

Scottsdale, AZ

7-10

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Pebble Beach GL (host), Spyglass Hill GC, Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore)

Pebble Beach, CA

14-17

Genesis Open Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

The Riviera CC

Pacific Palisades, CA

21-24

World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

Club de Golf Chapultepec

Mexico City, MEXICO

21-24

Puerto Rico Open Golf

Coco Beach G & CC

Rio Grande, PUERTO RICO

FEB 28MAR 3

The Honda Classic Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

PGA National (The Champion)

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

7-10

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Orlando, FL

14-17

THE PLAYERS Championship Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium)

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

21-24

Valspar Championship Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

Innisbrook Resort & GC (Copperhead)

Palm Harbor, FL

27-31

World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

Austin CC

Austin, TX

28-31

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Golf

Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales)

Punta Cana, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

APR 4-7

Valero Texas Open Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks)

San Antonio, TX

11-14

Masters Tournament ESPN, CBS

Augusta National GC

Augusta, GA

18-21

RBC Heritage Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Harbour Town GL

Hilton Head Island, SC

25-28

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

TPC Louisiana

Avondale, LA

MAY 2-5

Wells Fargo Championship Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Quail Hollow Club

Charlotte, NC

9-12

AT&T Byron Nelson Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Trinity Forest GC

Dallas, TX

16-19

PGA Championship TNT, CBS

Bethpage State Park (Black)

Bethpage, NY

23-26

Charles Schwab Challenge Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Colonial CC

Fort Worth, TX

MAY 30-JUNE 2

the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Muirfield Village GC

Dublin, OH

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SCHEDULES 2018/2019

PGA TOUR ChAmPiOns® 2019 DATE

TOURNAMENT/TELEVISION

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JAN 17-19

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Golf

Hualalai GC

Ka’upulehu-Kona, HI

FEB 8-10

Oasis Championship Golf

The Old Course at Broken Sound

Boca Raton, FL

15-17

Chubb Classic Golf

The Classics CC at Lely Resort

Naples, FL

MAR 1-3

Cologuard Classic Golf

Omni Tucson National Resort (Catalina)

Tucson, AZ

8-10

Hoag Classic Golf

Newport Beach CC

Newport Beach, CA

29-31

Rapiscan Systems Classic Golf

Fallen Oak

Biloxi, MS

APR 19-21

Mitsubishi Electric Classic Golf

TPC Sugarloaf

Duluth, GA

26-28

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge Golf

Big Cedar Lodge (Top of the Rock)

Ridgedale, MO

MAY 3-5

Insperity Invitational Golf

The Woodlands CC (Tournament)

The Woodlands, TX

9-12

Regions Tradition Golf

Greystone G&CC (Founders)

Birmingham, AL

23-26

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Golf, NBC

Oak Hill CC

Rochester, NY

MAY 31JUN 2

Principal Charity Classic Golf

Wakonda Club

Des Moines, IA

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TOURNAMENT/TELEVISION

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JAN 13-16

The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf

Sandals Emerald Bay (Emerald Reef)

Great Exuma, BAHAMAS

20-23

The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club Golf

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

Great Abaco, BAHAMAS

JAN 31-FEB 3 Country Club de Bogotá Championship

CC de Bogotá

Bogotá, COLOMBIA

7-10

Panama Championship

Club de Golf de Panamá

Panama City, PANAMA

14-17

Suncoast Classic

Lakewood National GC

Lakewood Ranch, FL

FEB 28MAR 3

El Bosque Mexico Championship by INNOVA

El Bosque CC

Leon, Guanajuato, MEXICO

21-24

Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER

Le Triomphe G&CC

Broussard, LA

28-31

Savannah Golf Championship

The Landings Club (Deer Creek)

Savannah, GA

MAY 2-5

Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation

Nashville Golf & Athletic Club

Nashville, TN

9-12

KC Golf Classic

Blue Hills CC

Kansas City, MO

16-19

Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC

Knoxville, TN

23-26

Evans Scholars Invitational

The Glen Club

Glenview, IL

MAY 30JUN 2

Rex Hospital Open

TPC Wakefield Plantation

Raleigh, NC

JUN 6-9

BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Golf

Thornblade Club

Greer, SC

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ig achievements are the milestones of a golfer’s career, beacons of a job well done. For Justin Rose, the trophy he was holding at the conclusion of the FedExCup Playoffs was a shiny signal of just how strong he performed in 2017-18. Rose began the season with a victory in his first start—a two-stroke triumph at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions—and ended it as FedExCup Champion following the conclusion of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. In between the start and the finish, Rose was, as they say in his native England, “there 24

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or thereabouts” a lot, rarely out of contention. Rose won the Fort Worth Invitational to go with his victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions, and had nine additional top-10 finishes. In 18 PGA TOUR events, 15 times he finished in the top 25. Overtaking FedExCup standings leader Bryson DeChambeau at East Lake—where Rose finished T4, five strokes behind Tiger Woods— was the culmination of the 38-year-old’s strong season as he became the first Englishman and fourth international player to win the prize. “The reason I’m standing here today as FedExCup [Champion] is largely to do with the

Justin Rose became the first Englishman and fourth international golfer to win the FedExCup.

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Tiger Woods won his 80th career PGA TOUR victory at East Lake Golf Club.

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consistency with which I’ve played, a ton of top-10s,” Rose said. “Obviously had a couple of wins on the PGA TOUR as well this year, and managed to keep that going into the Playoffs with finishing the year with three top-fives. There were a lot of scenarios at play. That’s what the beauty of this format is. For me, this year it rewarded consistent golf.” Consistency was a byword during the season for DeChambeau as well. The Californian, who turned 25 on Sept. 16, won on three occasions (the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship) and enjoyed six additional top-10s to lead the FedExCup standings at the start of the TOUR Championship. Rose was second in points, followed by Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, who was seeking to become the first golfer to win back-to-back FedExCup titles. A victory at East Lake by one of the top five would have resulted in that player winning the FedExCup, but Woods thwarted that scenario. By shooting 11-under 269, Tiger beat Billy Horschel by two strokes to win for the 80th time in his PGA TOUR career, an emotional triumph five years removed from his last victory (see page 58).

DeChambeau, who shot third-round 63s in winning both THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship to put himself in a very enviable position in the FedExCup Playoffs, started slowly at the TOUR Championship following a T19 finish at the BMW Championship. Rounds of 71-75 at East Lake put him 13 strokes behind 36-hole co-leaders Woods and Rose, making things more difficult for him and opening the door for others to win the FedExCup. With scores of 66 and 67 on the weekend, DeChambeau rallied nicely and moved up to finish 19th, but it wasn’t enough to remain atop the FedExCup standings. On a Sunday when many eyes were on Woods to see if he could break a victory drought, Rose played just well enough to hold off Tiger, DeChambeau and other contenders to win the FedExCup. Rose’s T4 at East Lake after a closing 73 was his third consecutive top-five finish in the Playoffs, after a second place at the Dell Technologies Championship and a playoff loss to Keegan Bradley in the BMW Championship. It was enough to earn 440 FedExCup points for a 2,260 total and win the FedExCup by 41 points over Woods, who had begun the TOUR Championship 20th in the standings. It was the narrowest margin since Bill Haas won by PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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11 points in 2011. DeChambeau was third, followed by Dustin Johnson and Horschel, the 2014 FedExCup champion. Rose’s previous best result in the FedExCup was fifth in 2011. “I was trying to do my best to win this golf tournament and scoop the double jackpot,” Rose said Sunday evening at East Lake. “But far and away, being next to this [FedExCup] trophy is something I’m very, very proud of. Definitely with five, six holes to play it was pretty precarious. I was in great position around the turn, and then things got tricky out there.” Making bogeys on Nos. 14 and 16 were costly for Rose. With two holes left, he knew he needed to birdie one of the last two holes to lock up the season-long competition. After a par on the 17th, Rose got what he needed on the par-5 18th, two-putting for a 4 after his second shot bounced through rough and on the green. “I was kind of waiting for a break all day, waiting for a putt to drop or something good to happen and it just wasn’t really happening through the back nine,” said Rose. “So it was really nice to catch that break right at the end.” It has been quite a journey for Rose since he turned professional in the summer of 1998 following a rousing finish in The Open

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Championship at Royal Birkdale as a 17-yearold amateur. He struggled badly in his early days as a pro, but stayed the course to become one of golf’s best and he arrived at East Lake No. 1 in the Official World Ranking. Winning the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus comes after nine PGA TOUR victories and 12 on the European Tour highlighted by his 2013 U.S. Open victory at Merion Golf Club, when he became the first Englishman to win the title since Tony Jacklin in 1970. Three years later, he won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics as men’s golf returned to the Games after 112 years. Rose subsequently was awarded the distinction of being a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), which is part of the Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry which rewards Brits for their accomplishments to society outside of civil service. Now, a FedExCup. “I mean, that’s PGA TOUR royalty, I guess,” Rose said when asked what it meant to have his name on the trophy with golfers like Woods, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Vijay Singh and Jordan Spieth. “If you win the FedExCup, that’s sort of what it means. Whenever you win over the course of a season, it just gives it something extra, it gives it something special.” 

Justin Rose was a fixture on PGA TOUR leaderboards in 2017-18, winning twice and earning nine additional top-10 finishes.

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Fedexcup

Winner Takes all Significant changes to the FedExCup Playoffs in 2019 mean a simplified plot at the TOUR Championship, where the Champion will win the FedExCup By Mike McAllister

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he next generation of the FedExCup Playoffs includes significant changes in 2019, but nothing is more important than this particular concept: the season-ending TOUR Championship will be easier to follow. Starting with next year’s event at East Lake Golf Club, there will be only one leaderboard. No separate FedExCup points standings. No projections that fluctuate with each holed putt. No analytics to determine who might or might not have an advantage. And on that Sunday afternoon, there will be one champion crowned. One winner standing on the 18th green, holding up one trophy—the FedExCup. Nothing will be shared. Everything will be definitive. w w w.pgatour.com

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Winner takes it all. “Win the TOUR Championship and you are the FedExCup Champion,” declared PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “It’s that simple.” Credit a new scoring system called FedExCup Starting Strokes that will be implemented at the 2019 TOUR Championship. A strokes-based bonus system related to the FedExCup standings, players will start the opening round with scores between 10 under to even par. It will replace the system in which FedExCup points are reset going into East Lake. No longer will there be two separate leaderboards— one for the tournament, the other for the FedExCup race. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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The main benefits? Fans will immediately understand what’s going on, and players will know exactly where they stand at all times. The change also eliminates the possibility the TOUR Championship winner might not win the FedExCup. Other changes include:  A doubling of the FedExCup bonus pool money to $70 million. The winner’s share has the largest increase, from $10 million to $15 million.  Among that $70 million will be a $10 million Regular Season bonus pool called the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 that recognizes players who earn the most FedExCup points through the Wyndham Championship, the final event of the Regular Season.

Justin Rose left East Lake as FedExCup Champion and Tiger Woods as TOUR Championship victor in 2018, but there will be only one leaderboard in 2019.

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“Win the TOUR Championship and you are the FedExCup Champion. It’s that simple.” —Jay Monahan, PGA TOUR Commissioner

The bonus program will provide additional drama to the Regular Season finale and also place a greater premium on full-season performance, thus elevating the significance of each tournament on the schedule. “No doubt it will create a compelling, dramatic conclusion for the TOUR’s ultimate prize,” Monahan said. In 2015, the TOUR first started the process of identifying ways to improve the FedExCup competition. The changes were made after extensive research and feedback was received from the PGA TOUR members, media partners and the TOUR’s 5,000-member fan council. The 16-member Player Advisory Council and four player-directors were then instrumental in helping TOUR officials shape the end result. Here’s how the points system will work in next season’s FedExCup Playoffs, which will consist of three events and finish prior to Labor Day: The top 125 players in points after the Wyndham Championship will qualify for the Playoffs. The top 70 after THE NORTHERN TRUST will advance to the second Playoffs event, the BMW Championship. Then the top 30 will make the TOUR Championship.

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“You still have to play great golf to win a FedExCup.” —Justin Thomas That’s when the FedExCup Starting Strokes kick in. The No. 1 player will receive a 10-stroke head start. In other words, he will tee off for the first round at 10 under. No. 2 starts at 8 under. No. 3 starts at 7 under; No. 4 starts at 6 under; No. 5 starts at 5 under. Players ranked 6-10 start at 4 under; players 11-15 start at 3 under; players 16-20 start at 2 under; players 21-25 start at 1 under; and players 26-30 start at even par. While the format itself is easier to track, the ultimate outcome may not be drastically impacted. The PGA TOUR did not want to compromise the drama at East Lake. The goal was not to change the system but to make that drama easier to follow. “Our objective was to assign strokes values that as closely as possible approximate the win probabilities that our current system provides,” said Chief Tournament and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. In order to get close to matching those win probabilities, the TOUR worked with a leading educational institution to run a total of one million simulations. This season, the No. 1 player in points entering East Lake had a 28.8 percent of winning the FedExCup; next season, the No. 1 player will have a 27.1 percent chance of winning. Despite all the changes, the basic perspective remains the same. Said 2017 FedExCup Champion Justin Thomas: “You still have to play great golf to win a FedExCup.” 

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth (above) both won the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup in 2016 and 2015, respectively.

The drama will now be easier to follow at East Lake, where Justin Thomas won the FedExCup in 2017.

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Standing Out (again)

Vijay Singh charged to victory at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, but Bernhard Langer wrapped up a record fifth Charles Schwab Cup title By Bill Fields

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chance to win the $1 million bonus annuity that was his in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016 before Kevin Sutherland swept the season-ending event and season honors last year. Langer and Scott Parel were in position to lock up a victory in the Charles Schwab Cup if they won the tournament, regardless of how others fared. “I think each one is very special because it’s a long road, it’s very difficult to do,” Langer said. “There’s a lot of competition out

Bernhard Langer (left) and Vijay Singh were both winners at Phoenix Country Club in early November.

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ernhard Langer wore orange pants for the final round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, not that he needed a bright color to stand out. As the 2018 PGA TOUR Champions schedule came to a conclusion at Phoenix Country Club on Nov. 11, Langer was in a very familiar position: atop the season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup for a record fifth time. Langer had been one of six golfers who arrived in Arizona with a mathematical

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there, a lot of tournaments. You just never know how it’s going to end up…” Langer tied for 13th in Phoenix, good enough to take his fifth Charles Schwab Cup with Scott McCarron, Parel, Vijay Singh and Miguel Ángel Jiménez rounding out the top five and earning annuities from $100,000 to $500,000 each. Sixty-one was a good number—not only Langer’s age but the final-round score Singh shot to come from six strokes behind after 54 holes to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. It ties the largest comefrom-behind victory in tournament history, matching the rallies of Raymond Floyd in 1994 and Tom Watson in 2005, and is the lowest final round in the event’s history. After shooting 67 each of the first three rounds, Singh really hit his stride on Sunday, finishing at 22-under 262 to defeat Tim Petrovic by four and Wes Short Jr. and McCarron by five for his third victory of the season. “I really didn’t think I had any chance,” Singh said of his mindset starting the final round. “The guys, the way they were scoring all week, I thought if I get to 20 [under], I may finish in the top five. You don’t really think about a score when you go out there, but when it happens you just go with the flow.” McCarron had a one-stroke lead with 18 holes to play and, given Langer’s result, would have won the Schwab Cup with a tournament victory. But McCarron played his last 11 holes in 1-over. Singh had 11 one-putts on Sunday as he became only the third golfer to win both the TOUR Championship and Charles Schwab Cup Championship, joining Tom Lehman and Watson. While practicing his putting late Saturday afternoon, Singh experimented with a more crouched putting setup that he used in winning the 2017 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge with partner Carlos Franco. “Graham Marsh told me the week before that I should crouch down a little bit more,” Singh said. “Look at [Jack] Nicklaus, what he does. He’s always there. He putted so well and won. Last night on the putting green I told my caddie I should just try that, it worked that week so well. It worked today. The putter just caught fire, and I started making a lot of putts.” Singh, 55, needed a hot putter, given the quality of competition on PGA TOUR Champions, where he has competed while still playing some events on the PGA TOUR, where he is a 34-time winner. “The guys over here are tough,” Singh said of PGA TOUR Champions. “They are w w w.P GAT OUR.COm

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great players and they’re fighters. Seems like they get better as they get older.” Langer certainly fits that description, given that in addition to the Charles Schwab Cup, he won the money title for the seventh consecutive year—and 10th time in his 11 full seasons on PGA TOUR Champions—and had the Tour’s best scoring average (69.01) for the fifth year in a row. Langer won twice, giving him 38 victories in his Champions career, second to Hale Irwin’s 45, and had six runner-up finishes. “I felt like I didn’t have my best putting year this year,” Langer said. “I struggled with my putting for a number of months. I still managed to get on top of the money list and the Schwab Cup standings. And that gives me encouragement for next year, actually, that if I can improve my putting a little bit and if I keep playing similar to the way I have been, I might still be in contention next year too.” Still motivated. Still looking to improve. And still the man to beat. 

Scott McCarron tied for third in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and earned second place in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup.

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playing a variety of mini-tours, before breaking through at Final Stage of the 2016 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, where he secured guaranteed starts for the first time. In his second Web.com Tour season, the 28-year-old arrived at the Regular Season-ending WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz at No. 74 on the money list, needing a strong week to secure a spot in the top 75 and his first Web.com Tour Finals berth. He finished T4,

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comfortably advancing to the Finals. With wife Heidi and infant son Brady in attendance at the Web.com Tour Championship—as well as his parents, who flew in from Colorado—Knous began the week at 17th on The Finals 25 money list, well positioned to earn his first TOUR card. Late Sunday afternoon, though, Knous found himself squarely on the bubble. A distinct scenario emerged. If close friend Justin Lower made birdie on the 72nd hole, Lower would receive the 25th and final TOUR card, bumping Knous. If Lower made par or worse, Knous would receive the spot. Lower’s 8-foot birdie putt lipped out, and Knous became the first Colorado School of Mines alum to earn a TOUR card. Bubble drama is a prevalent theme on the Web.com Tour, and has been since the Tour’s inception in 1990. While the number of available TOUR cards has steadily grown from five to 50 (via The 25 and The Finals 25), the emotion of the accomplishment remains constant.

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Young golfers begin their careers with their sights set on the PGA TOUR, and aside from generational talents such as Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm who have been able to secure TOUR cards via peak performance on sponsor’s exemptions, the Web.com Tour has asserted itself as the foremost gateway to the PGA TOUR. Each year, the Web.com Tour graduating class includes an eclectic mix of up-and-comers and veterans, and 2018 was no different. South Korea native Sungjae Im won the season-opening The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay and never looked back, becoming the first player to lead The 25 money list wire-to-wire. With his win in the Bahamas, Im became the second-youngest winner in Tour history (19 years, 9 months, 17 days), behind only Jason Day. He finished the season a combined 192-under par, the second lowest on Tour since 2011, and recorded 397 total birdies, the most since 2011. He was properly rewarded at the end of the season by earning Web.com Tour Player of the Year honors.

Jim Knous delivered a clutch performance at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz, finishing T4 to advance to the Finals.

Sungjae Im started the season with a victory at the The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay en route to Player of the Year honors.

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Fellow rookies to join Im and Knous on the 2018-19 PGA TOUR include University of Texas alum Kramer Hickok, Georgia Tech alum Anders Albertson and Texas A&M alum Cameron Champ. Hickok asserted himself on the professional scene with a multi-win season on the 2017 Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, winning the Order of Merit to secure fully exempt Web.com Tour status in 2018. The avid fly fisherman took advantage with six top-10s this season, including a victory at the DAP Championship presented by NewBrick, and ultimately finished second on The 25. In his third full Web.com Tour season, Albertson asserted himself with a victory at the Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS, part of a streak of 41 consecutive rounds of par or better. He finished the season a combined 183-under-par, the fourth-lowest aggregate since 2011. Champ has gained acclaim early in his pro career with prodigious length off the tee, first noticed on a national scale at the 2017 U.S. Open. The California native has all the skills to score, which he displayed during a summer stretch of five consecutive top-eight finishes, capped off with a victory at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. For the season, Champ averaged 343.1 yards off the tee, an all-time Web.com Tour mark. Whether you’re a first-timer like Im, Hickok, Albertson, Champ or Knous, or a veteran returner like Scott Langley, Josh Teater or Roberto Castro, the path to the PGA TOUR is immensely satisfying. The TOUR card is just the beginning, though. Plenty is left to prove.  Kramer Hickok’s victory at the DAP Championship presented by NewBrick was one of six top-10 finishes in 2018 as he earned a PGA TOUR card. Cameron Champ had a hot summer as the long hitter navigated a successful path to the PGA TOUR.

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ifferent kinds of things linger in memory for different reasons. There are moments of generosity and history, sustained excellence and breakthrough achievement, joy and loss.

Recent months have seen a bit of it all, a half dozen tableaus distilled here by reporters touched by various defining moments.

Bubba Watson and caddie Ted Scott enjoyed another successful week at the Travelers Championship.

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ied for the Travelers Championship lead, Bubba Watson conferred with caddie Ted Scott on the 72nd tee. “If we’re going to lose the golf tournament, let’s lose it hitting the big dog,” Watson said. He then smashed a 366-yard drive and spun a flag-hugging, 63-degree wedge downwind from a tight lie. “Amazing shot,” said Scott, high-fiving Watson. “It just came out perfect at the right time, and the rest was history,” Watson said. His ensuing birdie culminated a 7-under 63 for his third title in the event—one shy of record-holder Billy Casper. Watson enhanced his reign as the big dog of the Travelers Championship. “This is a special place in my heart because of my first win; my dad [Gerry] getting to see my win before he passed away,” said Watson, winner in 2010 and ’15. Watson was three strokes better in June than Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, J.B. Holmes and Beau Hossler. Third-round leader Casey (72) bogeyed 16 and 17 to end his pursuit. Like in 2010, Watson started the final round six shots 44

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from the lead. Six birdies on his last 10 holes raised his tournament career earnings to $4,718,573. The Hartford community has loved and embraced Bubba from the beginning, and that love is reciprocal. After his latest victory, Watson donated $200,000 to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the tournament’s primary beneficiary. Two years earlier he donated $100,000 to the Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner. Edwards, Tom Watson’s longtime caddie, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2004. Travelers Executive Chairman of the Board Jay Fishman died of ALS in 2016. Travelers Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bessette said Watson’s gifts and earnings are unmatched in tournament history and compared the tournament’s big dog to former Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz. “Bubba’s like the ‘Big Papi’ of the Travelers,” Bessette said.  Tom Yantz worked 42 years for the Hartford Courant and covered the PGA TOUR’s tournament in Cromwell, Conn., from 1984-2017.

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A SUMMER TO REMEMBER FOR KOEPKA By Dave Shedloski

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rooks Koepka had himself quite a summer. Few golfers have ever enjoyed one more personally satisfying or career defining. Koepka’s victory in June in the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., made him the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to successfully defend his title. Less than two months later, the Florida native hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy for capturing the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Only four other men have won those two championships in the same year: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. “When I look at what I’ve done in the past two months, it’s incredible,” Koepka said in wonderment at steamy Bellerive. In his case, the magnificent double wasn’t just about what he had won but who he had to beat. Consider, first he out-bashed World No. 1 Dustin Johnson head to head to win the U.S. Open. Then he held off the man who was No. 1 longer than anyone in history, Woods, for the PGA crown.

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And he did all that after missing the Masters because of a wrist injury that sidelined him for much of the early part of 2018. Critics dismissed Koepka’s 2017 national title at Erin Hills as an aberration because of soft conditions and a generous set-up that allowed for low scoring, but he extinguished those rumblings with his one-shot win over Tommy Fleetwood on the penal shoulders of Shinnecock. Beating Woods by two strokes at Bellerive solidified his bona fides as a major performer. “Three majors at 28, it’s a cool feeling. It really is,” he said, taking satisfaction before thinking big picture, noting that more battles lie ahead with Woods, Johnson, and young rivals such as Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. “It’s a great time to be a golf fan. I can’t wait to duel it out with them over the next couple years or however long. It should be fun.”  Based in Columbus, Ohio, Dave Shedloski contributes to a number of publications, including Golf World and Golf Digest. He has covered every Presidents Cup since 2005.

By winning at Shinnecock Hills, Brooks Koepka became the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to successfully defend the U.S. Open title.

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DEFINING MOMENTS Bryson DeChambeau roared into the top echelon of the game in 2018, including a playoff victory at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

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ven by golf’s quirky nature, it would be easy to look at Bryson DeChambeau with his Hogan-style cap, his onelength irons and his head full of equations and dismiss him as being too smart for his own good. Then you watch DeChambeau play, with a swing that’s not like the others and a passion that is his Bunsen burner, and it’s apparent he’s different in the ways that matter most. DeChambeau, 25, plays with a rare conviction that underpins his scientific approach to the game. He’s ferocious, fiery and full of self-belief, all characteristics that have enabled him to rocket into the upper echelon of PGA TOUR players. It would be enough to say that DeChambeau won four times on the PGA TOUR in 2018 but that doesn’t do justice to what and how DeChambeau won. He won the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village in early June, shooting 15-under par while earning a handshake and endorsement from host Jack Nicklaus. When the FedExCup Playoffs began, DeChambeau won the first two events, capturing THE NORTHERN TRUST at Ridgewood Country Club and the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. 46

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Then he won early in the new season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Perhaps most importantly, DeChambeau did it his way. “I’m playing golf at the highest level and winning at the highest level. And I’m consistently performing at the highest level. So there has to be some validity to it,” DeChambeau said of his distinctive approach. “Is everybody going to do it? No. But it works for me, and I believe that it’s going to benefit me in the future, as well.” For a guy who has questioned so much—from swing planes to his golf balls to finding the optimum putting technique— DeChambeau has spent much of his career being questioned. Will the single-length irons really work? Does he think too much? Can he succeed at the highest level? Well, he won the NCAA Individual Championship, then he won once on the Web.com Tour and now he has four PGA TOUR victories plus a Ryder Cup appearance. While others want to find questions, DeChambeau keeps finding answers. In his unique way.  Ron Green Jr. is a senior writer for Global Golf Post magazine and worked for more than 20 years as a sportswriter at the Charlotte Observer.

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en Tanigawa’s career path meandered wildly, encountering detours and dead ends before serendipity intervened and delivered him to the promised land, Pebble Beach Golf Links and his first professional tour victory. A PGA TOUR Champions rookie, less than a year removed from playing amateur golf, Tanigawa came to the iconic 18th hole at Pebble Beach trailing by one and needing an 18th hole birdie to get into a playoff, when he holed a 25-foot eagle putt from the front fringe to win the PURE Insurance Championship. “Just wow,” Tanigawa said in the immediate aftermath. “I’m a little speechless right now. It was a hard round for me. But I fought back and to be able to eagle the last hole was unreal.” Serendipitous, too, was the fact that Tanigawa was an accomplished amateur in Arizona, who while remaining an amateur elected to enter the PGA TOUR Champions qualifying tournament only because it was

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scheduled to be played at the TPC Scottsdale, near his home, rather than in Florida. He finished fourth, earning a full exemption onto PGA TOUR Champions, and opted to turn professional. Again. Tanigawa played college golf at UCLA, largely in the shadow of teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe, then turned professional in pursuit of a PGA TOUR career. He played only one full season, in 2003, on the Web.com Tour, missing the cut in 18 of 22 starts. A few more unproductive years later, he called it quits. “I pretty much fired myself because I was really bad,” he said. He went into business with his brother, regained his amateur status, and no longer encumbered by the demands of professional golf, flourished, winning the Arizona Amateur in 2015 and 2017. So when a second chance at professional golf presented itself, he was ready.  John Strege has worked at Golf Digest for 21 years and is the author of five books on golf.

Ken Tanigawa found success as a PGA TOUR Champions rookie after resuming his professional career.

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DEFINING MOMENTS Keegan Bradley held the trophy at the BMW Championship following a playoff at Aronimink Golf Club.

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o much had changed since Keegan Bradley’s last win. Not only was his beloved belly putter banned, but the former Rookie of the Year, who won the 2011 PGA Championship in his first start at a major, had become both a husband and a father since winning the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. After winning three times in his first two seasons, Bradley never envisioned waiting six years for his fourth PGA TOUR win. In some ways, it was worth the wait. He had seen so many friends celebrate with jubilant spouses, cradling small children along with the trophy. Now Bradley got to share a win with his wife, Jillian, and their infant son Logan. He did it by beating the No. 1 player in the world, winning the BMW Championship with a par on the first hole of a playoff against Justin Rose. Once he qualified for the playoff, Rose was guaranteed to climb atop the world ranking for the first time. They finished 72 holes at historic Aronimink Golf Club outside Philadelphia tied at 20-under 260, the lowest score 48

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ever posted in the storied history of the event. Bradley’s Monday 64—the final round was delayed a day because of heavy rains—tied the low round of the day. Rose bogeyed the 72nd hole to shoot 67. Bradley’s BMW Championship win continued a banner year for players who had won big events with anchored putters. Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, won THE PLAYERS in May for his first victory since 2013. Simpson’s win inspired Bradley to stick with the arm-lock method of putting. “Webb was my inspiration—he showed me that I could putt well again,” Bradley said. “We talked a lot over the last four to five years…Webb to me, he’s my idol. I always tell him, everything he does is perfect.” Bradley followed his footsteps…right into the winner’s circle.  Sean Martin has more than a dozen years of experience as a golf writer, spending the past five as the Senior Editor of PGATOUR.COM. He also worked for more than seven years at Golfweek.

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DEFINING MOMENTS On the first tee at the Wyndham Championship, Jarrod Lyle’s bag and trademark hat honored the Aussie who died at age 36 following a valiant battle with cancer.

EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE FOR LYLE AT WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP By Helen Ross

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is golf bag stood sentinel all week on the first tee at Sedgefield Country Club, that signature yellow bucket cap perched atop the clubs. And in the shadow of the Tudor-style clubhouse those sand artists hired each year by the Wyndham Championship created a spot-on likeness of Leuk the Duck, the mascot of the Australian charity challenge that supports kids with cancer. Above the smiling cartoon character, though, were the sad words: In Memoriam, Jarrod Lyle, 1981-2018. The popular Australian pro had died the previous week after a third bout with acute myeloid leukemia proved too much for his body to bear. Lyle, who had bravely fought the relentless cancer for two decades, was just 36. Lyle and his wife Briony had two children, the first born literally hours before he started treatment when the AML returned for a second time. Nurses were carefully monitoring his vitals while they timed her contractions. That family was Lyle’s joy. Shortly before he died, a heartbreaking photo shared on Instagram and Facebook showed the father, his body frail, sitting on his hospital bed, kissing his daughter Jemma on the forehead as Lusi holds his hand.

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“Thanks for your support, it meant the world,” Lyle said in his final message later shared by Briony. “My time was short, but if I’ve helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn’t wasted.” His death hit the PGA TOUR family hard. Lyle, who had to make the difficult decision to stop treatment and enter palliative care, was one of the nicest players on TOUR, quick with a smile and a hearty laugh. With the 2016 Wyndham Championship being Lyle’s final start on TOUR, tournament officials wanted to honor his memory. Players were given yellow bucket hats and belts to wear. Yellow is the color of Challenge, the charity Lyle first encountered when he was diagnosed at age 17 and actively supported the rest of his life. The close-knit group of Australian pros and caddies on TOUR found another way to honor their friend when they got together at—where else?—a local Outback Steak House. A beer and a yellow bucket hat sat at the end of the table as the group reminisced about a man who had meant so much to so many.  Helen Ross is an award-winning journalist who has covered the world of golf since 1980 for the Greensboro News & Record and the PGA TOUR. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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PROFESSIONAL GOLFER GETS THE “MULLIGAN” OF A LIFETIME With two professional wins under his belt, a beautiful wife and two young sons, professional golfer, Jason Bohn, felt like he was on top of the world. However, when he suddenly began experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath during The Honda Classic, nobody yelled “fore!” to warn him these were signs of a heart attack. “I had just finished up my second round and was in the locker room when I felt tightness in my chest,” Jason recalls. “I didn’t think much of it, but I knew I didn’t feel right.” He called over the onsite medics, who gave him an EKG to test his heart and immediately saw that something was wrong. “I was going to just go shower and then drive myself to the hospital, but the medics said they were taking me on a stretcher to the hospital in an ambulance,” Jason says. “That’s when I knew this was bigger than what I had first anticipated. It was at that moment that I felt scared. All I could think about was my family and wishing I could see them.” Jason was immediately rushed to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, a center of excellence in cardiac care. Having been the first hospital in Palm Beach Country and the Treasure Coast to perform open heart surgery in 1983, the hospital has since been dedicated to creating new services and programs to offer innovative cardiac solutions. From routine screenings and stress tests to interventional cardiology and minimally invasive surgery, the cardiovascular specialists work together to develop an individualized care plan for every single heart they encounter.

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“I was in complete shock,” he recalls. “I’m not overweight, I exercise, and there’s no history of heart disease in my family. Could this really be happening to me?”

“I am so thankful for my family, and I tell them every day how appreciative I am of them,” he expresses. “I let them know how much they are loved and cared for.”

Now, Jason is at home and has a completely different perspective on life after going through a near-death experience.

Dr. Jyoti Mohanty, an Interventional Cardiologist on the medical staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, arranged a special team for Jason to undergo a cardiac catheterization to find out exactly what was going on with his heart. “I was extremely anxious about the procedure, but the doctor totally put my mind at ease,” Jason shares. “He told me how common it was and that everything would go smoothly.” The test confirmed that he did in fact have a heart attack and that 99% of a main artery in his heart was blocked. The blockage was in his left anterior descending artery, also known as the ‘widow maker’ because it can lead to a major heart attack.

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“It’s important for me to educate my friends and family about that,” he says. After Jason’s heart attack, he encouraged his mother to see a doctor and have a stress test performed. It was discovered that she needed to have triple bypass surgery and he believes it saved her life. Jason has since recovered and is back to playing the game he loves.

“I know this isn’t going to take me down, and I feel fortunate to have a second chance,” he shares. “When you drop that mulligan, that second ball is always better than the first.”

Little did he know that his trip through the infamous bear trap was almost his last. The interventional cardiologist inserted a balloon, followed by a stent to open up the artery. Afterwards, Jason spent a few days recuperating in his hospital room. “The whole time I was being tended to,” he shares. “The doctor, along with other hospital staff members, kept me informed and comfortable about my situation. As a patient, you can’t ask for anything more than that. From top to

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Patience Pays Off Brooks Koepka let a serious injury heal, then put together a season to remember By Jim McCabe

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et it be documented that the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Player of the Year/Jack Nicklaus Award was officially presented to Brooks Koepka in Jupiter, Fla., a reward forged on the strength of U.S. Open and PGA Championship wins in Southampton, N.Y., and St. Louis, Mo., respectively. But to capture the essence of this 28-year-old from West Palm Beach, Fla., focus not on the power he flashed in those major championship victories at vaunted country clubs; instead, study the patience he showed on the lonely sidelines far from the PGA TOUR spotlight. That is where his Player of the Year honor took shape. “Truthfully, he was nervous about his future,” said Blake Smith, Koepka’s agent, of a left wrist injury that first plagued 52

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Koepka in early December of 2017 and grew more painful at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in early January on Maui. “It really concerned him. People kept warning us, ‘Wrist injuries can be careerthreatening.’” World Golf Championships were on the horizon, also the Masters, so the pressure to play through the pain would have been too great a temptation if Koepka weren’t saturated in patience. For all his strength and length, Koepka is where he is thanks to that most invisible of talents. “He’s never in a rush,” said Smith. “He lets things come to him.” Having finished dead last in the 18-player Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas, then again in the 34-player Sentry, Koepka put

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down the clubs and picked up the phone. It was a partial tear of a tendon, said a doctor; a soft cast was applied, and Koepka followed orders. Seventeen weeks of rest and treatments is a lot of time to think, but never once did Player of the Year thoughts pop into view. “That’s why I still can’t get my head around this award,” said Koepka, having only moments earlier been hand-delivered the POY trophy by the legend himself, whose likeness is depicted on the statue— Jack Nicklaus. It was Oct. 9, nearly nine months to the day of his lowest point in his young, but brilliant career. “It’s incredible...you look at the guys that have won this Player of the Year, and it’s just incredible to have my name with them,” said Koepka. “It’s been a roller-coaster year.” That it required not motion-sickness pills, but old-school patience played to Koepka’s strength. He is, after all, a posterboy for those who embrace the chance to prove themselves without gift-wrapped opportunities. “Nothing was ever handed to him,” said Smith, who could be excused if he went into a John Houseman voice. “Brooks earned everything he’s got.” Far from the glitz of the PGA TOUR, Koepka turned pro in 2012 and honed his game in ports of call such as Lucerne, Switzerland; Hyvinkaa, Finland; Trondheim, Norway; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Tarragona, Spain. You might need Google to figure out just where in the world Koepka played, but there’s no mystery as to what took him there. “It was his path,” said Smith. “We [the management of Hambric Sports] provided the chances, but he was the one who said, ‘Let’s do it.’ He thought it was the coolest thing.” That four wins on Europe’s Challenge Tour led to membership on the European Tour, where Koepka added another triumph, to a coveted membership on the PGA TOUR, where he has piled up four wins in just 85 starts since 2014-15, is beyond cool. It’s testament to the talent this onetime Florida State standout brings to the PGA TOUR stage, which he had to himself as he held the Jack Nicklaus Award. Koepka shook his head. “Being on the sidelines for four months and then to come out and win two majors,” he said, humbly brushing aside the fact that he was the first to successfully defend a

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U.S. Open title since Curtis Strange in 1989 and that he also had two seconds and was top 25 in 10 of his 17 starts. “It’s been a low and then an incredible high, so it’s truly an honor.” 

POY Rundown Given annually since 1990, the PGA TOUR Player of the Year/Jack Nicklaus Award is voted on by members who played in at least 15 tournaments. Voting commences immediately following the season-ending TOUR Championship and this year featured six finalists: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Rose. Koepka is the fourth consecutive firsttime winner (following Thomas, Johnson and Jordan Spieth), the first time that’s happened since 1995-98.

Brooks Koepka was sidelined for four months with a serious wrist injury but once healthy became the first player in three decades to successfully defend at the U.S. Open.

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As Tiger Woods won for the first time since 2013, he was buoyed by the fans’ enthusiastic support By Stan Awtrey

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here wasn’t a nylon rope in Atlanta capable of holding back the overflow gallery on East Lake Golf Club’s 18th hole as Tiger Woods walked toward the final green at the TOUR Championship in September. Security teams threw up their hands in surrender as grown men and women, many holding the hands of their young sons and daughters, closed in to get an up-close glimpse at history. Woods, wearing his traditional Sunday red shirt, finally emerged from the throng, following the lead blocking of the security team. He completed the emotional stroll, his lip quivering at times, and saved par from the bunker to nail down the win. That set off an amazing roar from the crowd and gave Woods the opportunity to raise his putter aloft in victory for the first time in five long years. The only Tiger Woods now boasts 80 career thing missing was one wins on the PGA TOUR, just two shy of those famous Tiger of Sam Snead’s record. uppercuts. “I could hear [the roars]. I just didn’t see much,” Woods said. “I was kind of looking forward and I figured that security would hold them back. When I got down to the golf ball, looked back and I think the left half of the fairway was covered.” It was a momentous triumph for Woods, who shot a 1-over 71 to finish at 11-under 269 and post a two-stroke win. It was No. 80 of his career—two shy of matching Sam Snead’s PGA TOUR record—and the third time he has won the TOUR Championship. “It was pretty emotional when Rory [McIlroy, his fellow competitor] was tapping out,” Woods said. “I looked around and the tournament was over because I’d already put the bunker shot on the green and I’d won 80. Eighty is a big number. I’ve been sitting on 79 for about five years now, and to get 80 is a pretty good feeling.” Woods said the win did not reach the emotional level of his 2006 Open Championship victory at Hoylake, his first

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major title after the death of his father, Earl. However, the circumstances that led to No. 80 made the win quite special. “I’ve explained throughout the year that I just didn’t know whether—when—this would ever happen again,” Woods said. “If I could somehow piece together a golf swing this year, I felt like I could do it. Somehow I’ve been able to do that and here we are.” Woods had come close to winning several times in his comeback from spinal fusion. He held the lead on the back nine at The Open. He finished second at the PGA Championship, closing with a 64. But the man who used to make winning seem routine couldn’t get over the hump. Until he got to East Lake. Early in the week Woods told the media, “I’m close to winning golf tournaments again.” He set the wheels in motion with a 65 to take the first-round lead. That got the attention of the galleries, who had purchased tickets in record number when Woods qualified for the tournament. Over the next three days the roars grew louder and louder. “You could really hear them,” Australian Marc Leishman said. “There was [a roar] on the first seven or eight holes he played.” Rose heard them, too. “Obviously I was aware of it. The crowds were electric because of it. He was running the tables there. He was hitting good shots and making the conversion putts.” It culminated with outpouring of emotion on the 72nd hole, a meaningful display that the typically stoic Woods said he won’t forget. “It means a lot more to me now in the sense because I didn’t know if I’d ever be out here again playing, doing this again,” Woods said. “So yeah, I appreciate it a little bit more than I did because I don’t take it for granted that I’m going to have another decade, two decades in my future of playing golf at this level.” On a stirring day at East Lake, the magic was in how the present resembled the past.  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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EMERGING STARS The international tours in Latin America, China and Canada each year produce strong graduates who move on to the Web.com Tour Introduction by Jim McCabe

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funny thing happened on Martin Trainer’s way to the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in the spring of 2018. He stopped in at Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, to play in a Monday qualifier for the Web.com Tour’s El Bosque Mexico Championship. But if he went to knock off the rust, he surely got more than that. Trainer not only got through the Monday qualifier, he won the El Bosque Mexico Championship. Yes, it was goodbye PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, hello Web.com Tour status, only Trainer will never brush aside the Tour where his pro golf pursuits were validated. It was 2016 when Trainer finished seventh on the Latinoamérica Tour money list, behind the leader, Nate Lashley. That Trainer and Lashley will cross paths in 2018-19 as rookie members on the PGA TOUR would be notable if it weren’t becoming somewhat routine. The Order of Merit leaders on the Latinoamérica Tour and Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in 2017, Hank Lebioda and Kramer Hickok, respectively, will also be PGA TOUR rookies in 2018-19, and like Trainer and Lashley, they will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Aaron Wise, the Mackenzie Tour graduate who 60

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broke through for a PGA TOUR win in 2018. In other words, foundations poured in Latin America, Canada and China continue to pay dividends. ■

Martin Trainer’s pro golf pursuits were validated with a strong season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2016.

PGA TOUR Series-China By Laury Livsey The nature of the PGA TOUR’s international tours is that the best players do not stick around from year to year. With that a fact of life, what makes each new season enjoyable is to see which players emerge as stars and who makes their way to the Web.com Tour through their Order of Merit finishes. In October 2018, England’s Callum Tarren overtook Charlie Saxon on the final week of the season to win the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit title. Both players—along with Nick Voke, Yuwa Kosaihira and Todd Baek—will play 2019 on the Web.com Tour. New Zealand’s Voke, with three wins in five starts, was clearly the breakout star. That begs the question: With a strong contingent of players gone from the current roster, who, in the landmark fifth season of play, will step up once PGA TOUR Series-China resumes action in the spring of 2019? W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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“Wow. Five years. It’s amazing when I stop and think that we’re about to start our fifth season. It was just so good to play again, and 2018 was an incredible year,” said PGA TOUR Series-China Executive Director Greg Carlson, alluding to one-year hiatus the Series observed as the landscape of professional golf in China changed. “It was important for us to have the Ministry of Sport’s blessing to play, and because of that we were idle in 2017. Once we had that approval, we were ready to go, and this past season was so satisfying for a variety of reasons.” The Tour held a record 14 tournaments in 2018, again playing outside Mainland China, with the season-ending Clearwater Bay Championship in Hong Kong. In addition, players visited Macau for the Macau Championship. “There’s an appetite for golf in this region, and we’re happy to provide players a platform, whether we’re in China, Hong Kong or Macau,” Carlson added.

One of those players who benefited from PGA TOUR Series-China is Yechun “Carl” Yuan, the second amateur to win a Series tournament. He will return for a second season. A few weeks after his seminal win, at the Qindao Championship, Yuan turned pro, and later in the year made his PGA TOUR debut at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Motin Yeung of Hong Kong had a strong PGA TOUR Series-China debut season, as well, and, like Yuan, was also victorious. Those two players will headline a strong returning cast that also welcomes a new group of players to the circuit. “It’s cool that I get to do something I love for a living. I just have to keep myself relaxed and do the things I always do. Other than getting a check, nothing much changes,” Yuan said about turning pro. As for the Series returning in 2018 and getting ready for 2019? Nothing much changes. ■

PGA TOUR Latinoamérica By Kevin Prise Jared Wolfe displayed a steady game throughout the 2018 Web.com Tour season, making the cut in 12 of 21 starts, but failing to record enough high finishes to maintain status. After a 114th-place finish on the money list, Wolfe needed to explore other avenues to regain Web.com Tour membership. Enter PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The 30-year-old Murray State alum was no stranger to success on the circuit, having finished

second on the 2017 Order of Merit with a victory and two runner-up finishes. Wolfe hoped to follow a similar script in the fall of 2018, and his campaign got off to a strong start with a T9 at the 65 JHSF Aberto do Brasil followed by a victory at the Volvo Abierto de Chile 2018. (In between, he earned medalist honors at First Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School in Nebraska.) In just three starts, Wolfe moved to No. 16 on the Order of Merit with four events remaining, well positioned to make a late push toward a spot in Los Cinco. For all players on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, the ultimate goal is Los Cinco, the top five spots on the Order of Merit. These players receive strong Web.com Tour status for the 2019 season, with the overall money leader receiving fully exempt status. With four events remaining on the 2018 slate, Colombia native Nicolas Echavarria held the top spot on Los Cinco, on the strength of victories at the Sao Paulo Golf Club Championship and San Luis Championship. The 24-year-old found collegiate success at the University of Arkansas and aims to make a similar impact at the professional level. Fully exempt Web.com Tour status provides a platform to do so, as evidenced by past Order of Merit winners Ryan Blaum, Julian Etulain, Nate Lashley and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez who went on to earn PGA TOUR cards. Players like Echavarria and Wolfe aim to follow a similar script. ■

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Yechun Yuan’s game has developed playing on PGA TOUR Series-China in his home country.

Jared Wolfe returned to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica looking for a spot in Los Cinco.

One of Colombian Nicolas Echavarria’s victories came at the Sao Paulo Golf Club Championship.

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Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada By Robert Thompson Eleven graduates won on the Web.com Tour. Tony Finau went to the Ryder Cup, and Aaron Wise managed to make it to the PGA TOUR’s TOUR Championship. That’s only a few of the highlights for the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in the past 12 months, with more players using the Canadian-based tour to kickstart their career. “Our core goals remain the same as it has in the past—providing opportunities for the next generation of pros to develop, create a great schedule, and have a tremendous impact on the communities in which we play,” said Mackenzie Tour Vice-President Scott Pritchard. The aim for the 2019 season follows that path—with the goal of having 12 tournaments across Canada, fueled by six qualifying schools that now sell out in minutes. Why? Because the Mackenzie Tour is now recognized for launching the careers of players like PGA TOUR winner Mackenzie Hughes, with the Top 5 players on the Order of Merit gaining status on the Web.com Tour, and the money leader having fully exempt status. Last year the tour was dominated by Tyler McCumber, the 27-year-old son of former PGA TOUR pro turned golf course designer

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Mark McCumber. An All-American at Florida State, McCumber’s progress was slowed somewhat by injuries, but he won three times on the Mackenzie Tour this year, carding a total of 68-under in those victories. “It was really about perseverance on his part,” said Pritchard. “He came out of college as a highly touted player, but battled with some issues. This year he was in a great spot and it showed.” McCumber will head to the Web.com Tour, while there were eight regulars on the PGA TOUR who graduated from the Mackenzie Tour. And occasionally there are players who developed their games—like Australian Cameron Davis who won on the Web.com Tour and the Australian Tour—who didn’t play well on the Mackenzie Tour, but used it as a way to develop their games. But for Pritchard, who continues to work on creating new tournaments across Canada, the key is giving back to communities. In 2018, more than $1.1 million was generated for local charities by tournaments across the country. “Our goal remains the same—to give golfers the ability to develop their games and move to the next level, and to give back to the communities in which we play,” Pritchard said. ■

Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada alum Tony Finau was on the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Mackenzie Hughes (left) made important strides on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada en route to the PGA TOUR. Tyler McCumber (right) dominated the Tour in 2018 to advance to the Web.com Tour.

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DestineD to Be Great German-born Bernhard Langer, the recipient of the 2018 Payne Stewart Award, boasts one of the most successful careers in professional golf. Here, he ponders his proudest moments, competitive longevity and his future By Helen Ross

Q: Congratulations on winning the Payne Stewart Award. I am sure that was particularly special. LANGER: Well, it meant a great deal. It’s a very unique award in the game of golf. It’s about character and charitable giving and that kind of stuff and to be recognized to be that and to have that is great…I was, on top of that, a good friend of Payne Stewart for many years and miss him dearly and felt for his wife, Tracy and the kids. Q: Do you have a favorite memory of him? LANGER: Oh, there’s a bunch of them. One would be the Ryder Cup. I think it was in England at The Belfry. The American 66

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team lost and we were celebrating in our team room and after it was all over, about an hour into it, somebody knocks at the door and there’s Payne Stewart who says, ‘Can I come in and celebrate with you guys?’ We said sure come in. And so he had a good time just hanging out with us. Even though they lost he realized, it’s just a game. It’s a game between 24 friends. A competition, and that time they were the losers and we were the winners. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get along. So that was pretty unique and then another one was at the Dutch Open. We were practicing late and we heard this music coming out of a big, tented village. There was a band playing. Payne wanted to go check it out. So we went over there, and he became the center of the party. Went up on stage, pulled out his harmonica and started playing on his harmonica with the group. And that was Payne. Just loving life.

Q: Were there any golfers you admired growing up? LANGER: Of course, many of them. But maybe Gary Player would be my golfing idol. The reason is he is about my size and he comes from South Africa where golf is not that popular— same as Germany. You have to travel long ways to compete and he’s a Christian and he’s won anything and everything and he was a worldwide player. Played all over the world as have I, s o there’s a lot of common things between us.

Q: And your faith plays a big part of your life. LANGER: Faith plays a very big part, yeah. I became a Christian in ’85 through the Bible study on the PGA TOUR. My first Bible study was actually three days after I won my first Masters in Hilton Head Island down there where we played the tournament. I became a Christian fairly soon after that and that was the best decision I’ve ever made.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment in golf? LANGER: Well, there’s some that mean more than others. Probably the two Masters and then also the Ryder Cup. The captaincy [in 2004] was pretty special because we won on American soil with the largest winning margin so far. But also some individual events. Winning over 110 tournaments worldwide is pretty unique. So there’s a lot of stuff, but those stand out right away.

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Q: Are you at all surprised to still be playing professionally at age 61? LANGER: I am to some extent. When I was younger I wouldn’t have dreamed of the career I have had. Obviously, I have put a lot of work into it and all that and lived a life to focus on getting better and on success but still I am very, very blessed to still be doing it at this level. There’s many hundreds and thousands of others who would like to be in my place. Q: Why do you think you’ve been able to play at such a high level for so long? LANGER: It’s many things. First of all, obviously, health is very important. Natural talent gift. The drive and willingness to practice and work on it. Then, you know, I have a great coach [Willy Hoffman] that’s helped me for 40 odd years now. I’ve had good caddies. I had good family support and many other things that need to be there. Q: What do you do to get away from golf? LANGER: I enjoy other sports. Snow skiing. We do a trip every winter. But I enjoy watching sports on TV, as well. I like working out. I enjoy going to church and Bible studies…things like that. Go for walks, bike rides, enjoy nature.

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LANGER: Without professional golf? Sooner or later I am going to have to face that but so far I haven’t spent a great deal on it because I don’t think it’s in the immediate future unless something happens drastically. But I’ll be okay with it, I think, when it happens. I might miss some of the stuff that’s happening out here and some of the people. But you find other priorities when that time comes.

Q: How long do you think you’ll continue to play? LANGER: I don’t know. I always said three things have to be in place. I need to be healthy enough to do it. I need to have some fun doing it—otherwise I wouldn’t put the work in. And I need to be successful at it. If I’m not in contention for a long stretch of time I don’t think I would have as much fun. I don’t want to finish 50th every year, every week. Then I would certainly consider hanging it up. 68

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Q: What do you see your life as being like in retirement? LANGER: Well, I don’t know because we’ve just become empty nesters. So now my wife can come out more than ever so hopefully we will enjoy a few more years of traveling. And then one day I hope to have some grandkids. We have four kids. Two of them are married already so when that comes around then we’ll see how much our kids want us to be around the grandkids and then if they do then that becomes the priority maybe instead of golf. And you’ll see me less and less out here and more and more with the grandkids and with my wife.

In September Bernhard Langer accepted the Payne Stewart Award, an acknowledgment of the 61-year-old’s character and charitable giving.

Q: What still drives you? LANGER: I think it’s my competitiveness. It’s the adrenalin rush that you get and just pushing yourself to see just how good you can be. People say out here once you’re 55 you’re not going to win anymore. Statistics prove there are exceptions, and I’d like to prove those statistics wrong. 

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Q: What kind of sports do you watch besides golf? LANGER: Just about everything, except baseball. That’s not my favorite.

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the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit on the strength of nine top-10 finishes, and Florida’s Tyler McCumber, who won three times in 11 Mackenzie Tour starts, they’ll arrive on the Web.com Tour armed with a resolute belief in their abilities that comes with such success. For Web.com Tour returners who fell just short of a TOUR card, they’ll carry that bit of extra motivation in hopes will push them over the edge in 2019. Oklahoma State alum Kevin Dougherty needed a birdie on the 72nd hole at the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season-ending WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz. His chip grazed the cup, and he finished one slot shy of a TOUR card. Arkansas alum Taylor Moore has shown plenty of firepower in his two Web.com Tour seasons, with eight top-10 finishes, while Virginia Tech’s Trevor Cone displayed distinct fearlessness in a four-stroke win at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. Each year, Web.com Tour graduates arrive on the PGA TOUR ready to compete and win. These five players could be merely a year away.

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CALLUM TARREN The Radford University alum may not have been the most recognizable collegiate name, but the Englishman asserted himself in professional golf circles with a sparkling 2018 season on PGA TOUR Series-China. Tarren recorded nine top-10s on the season, including four runner-up finishes, and navigated the entire season without a single missed cut. With full Web.com Tour status in 2019, he’ll have plenty of chances to make an impact as he chases his first TOUR card. Height: 5ft 8in Weight: 187 lbs DOB: October 2, 1990 Birthplace: Darlington, England

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TYLER MCCUMBER The 27-year-old Florida alum grew up under the guidance of his father, Mark, a 10-time PGA TOUR winner, and the younger McCumber displayed the family’s propensity for the winner’s circle in a three-victory 2018 campaign on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada. After turning pro in 2013, McCumber played on the Web.com Tour in 2015 but failed to maintain full status. He’ll have another chance in 2019, and if he maintains the form from Canada (where he played a four-event stretch in a combined 90-under-par), big things could be on the horizon. Height: 5ft 10in Weight: 176 lbs DOB: April 4, 1991 Birthplace: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

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KEVIN DOUGHERTY The Oklahoma State product honed his game on a variety of mini-tours before earning strong Web.com Tour status for 2018, and he took advantage with nine top-25 finishes in 27 starts, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation in June. The California native, who has been mentored by two-time PGA TOUR winner Tom Pernice, Jr., finished No. 26 on the 2018 Web.com Tour Regular Season money list, falling less than $2,000 short of a TOUR card. With a year of Web.com Tour experience under his belt, the next step could be imminent. Height: 6ft 2in Weight: 180 lbs DOB: October 5, 1991 Birthplace: Murrieta, California

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TAYLOR MOORE The Arkansas alum comes from a competitive background—his father Rod spent approximately two decades as a baseball coach—and the younger Moore has demonstrated that determined spirit throughout his first two Web.com Tour seasons. The Texas native isn’t afraid to go low, demonstrated by a final-round 63 at the 2018 Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER, en route to a runner-up finish, and he has recorded eight top-10s in his 47 career Web.com Tour starts. Perhaps Moore’s third full professional season could be the charm, as he eyes his first TOUR card. Height: 5ft 9in Weight: 160 lbs DOB: July 28, 1993 Birthplace: San Angelo, Texas

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TREVOR CONE The Virginia Tech alum entered 2018 with conditional Web.com Tour status, knowing he needed to make the most of his opportunities. The 25-year-old did just that with a four-shot victory at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in August, shooting a final-round 64 to pull away from the field. Cone fell just short of a spot in The 25, but he’ll begin the 2019 season as a full Web.com Tour member, with abundant opportunities to back up his performance from TPC Stonebrae and secure TOUR membership for the first time. Height: 6ft 3in Weight: 195 lbs DOB: November 13, 1992 Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina

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PLAY AWAY! In our regular travel section, we visit some familiar and some not-so-familiar destinations that offer that enticing blend of a place to chill out, explore and have some great golf experiences

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sn’t it reassuring to know that there’s that special place, perhaps close at hand or maybe just a couple of hours’ flight away, where you’re certain to enjoy some of the best recreational golf to be had? Maybe you’re looking for nothing too strenuous for your long weekend break—perhaps go for the long cool drink and the short game that’s on trend. Or maybe it’s the most challenging, uncompromising, devilishly devious courses that are on your vacation bucket list. Whatever your choice, we trust you may find the ideal getaway within our regular roundup in this issue of the Essential Guide.

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& Museum, which is part of a larger complex, World Golf Village, a golf vacation destination in historic St. Augustine, just south of Jacksonville on Florida’s northeast coastline. The World Golf Hall of Fame is the centerpiece of this small resort, where there are hotels, the famous Caddyshack restaurant, two world-class courses, and the beach is a short drive away. At the museum, the Locker Room exhibits are a highlight, giving people a glimpse into

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a professional golfer’s life, outside of the competitive arena. People know about Jack Nicklaus’ major championship record—18 wins—but they learn about his passion for fly fishing and that he was actually the Honorary Chairman of the Fly Fishing Federation. So the Hall of Fame aims to give people an insight behind the curtain into the lives of these players. The two courses are the World Golf Village’s “King & Bear” and “Slammer &

Squire” that feature designed collaborations by four World Golf Hall of Fame members: Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer, and Sam Snead/Gene Sarazen, respectively. The King & Bear is the only course in the world that has been co-designed by Palmer and Nicklaus. It offers a mixture of two different design styles. The front nine is open and linksy and gives a nod to the heritage of the historic city of St. Augustine. The back nine is more traditional Florida golf W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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fringed with loblolly pines, 200-year-old oak trees, indigenous coquina rock and numerous water features. At 7,279 yards, it’s a “driver’s” course, which should come as no surprise, as both Palmer and Nicklaus wielded awesome power games in their prime. The Slammer & Squire course was designed by architect Bobby Weed along with Snead and Sarazen. These men shared a desire to build a course that rewards good shotmaking while preserving the area’s natural beauty. What developed is a well-groomed course that showcases the unspoiled wooded areas, wetlands and natural beauty. The layout is open with several contoured greens. A few water hazards come into play, but the views of the Hall of Fame will overshadow any challenges you may face. Several tempting packages are offered, including the W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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opportunity for an instruction experience at the PGA TOUR Golf Academy. No keen golfers taking a vacation at the World Golf Village would want to miss the chance to visit THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, a convenient 25-minute drive from the World Golf Village. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass was built to host THE PLAYERS Championship, played there since 1982. As the first tournament site constructed to improve the overall on-site fan experience, it has become one of the world’s most familiar courses. Golf course architect Pete Dye—with help from his wife, Alice, and former TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman—created a design that favored no particular style of play. The result is a truly balanced course. Players find a selection of short, medium and long holes; both right

and left doglegs; and a course routing laid out so no two consecutive holes ever play in the same direction. With its signature island green on the par-3, 17th hole being one of the most recognized in golf, this legendary track has captured the imagination of golf fans all over the world and is consistently named among the world’s top courses. While the 17th hole gets a lot of attention, the 18th—a 462-yard, par 4 guarded by water down the left side—is a formidable finishing hole. The last three holes—known as “The Gauntlet”—are known

The putting course outside the World Golf Hall of Fame.

to be one of the great finishes in all of golf. Risk-reward at its finest with drivable par-5 16, island 17 and 18. You can book a stay-andplay golf vacation at TPC Sawgrass—giving you the chance to play championship courses including the Stadium—or you could time your visit to enjoy the spectacle of THE PLAYERS Championship itself, March 14-17, 2019. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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TRAVEL No. 8, Mossy Oak Golf Club.

Mossy Oak Golf Club, a Scottish links-style course, brings golfers closer to nature.

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rofessional and amateur golfers may know Mississippi by the PGA TOUR’s annual Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson, held annually for nearly 50 years. However, the state’s full portfolio of private and public courses has plenty more to offer golfers of all skill levels. Mississippi’s 140 courses highlight the diverse geography of the state, from the rolling Hills and Pines regions to the varied landscapes of the Capital/

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River region and the wide vistas of the Delta and Gulf Coast. The roll call of premier designers who have courses in the state includes legends Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer and Jerry Pate. The state’s newest course, Mossy Oak Golf Club, introduces a new name to the list: Gil Hanse, fresh off his successful 2016 Olympics course design in Rio. Mossy Oak Golf Club aims to give players a full sensory, immersive outdoors experience, an idea described as “Nature’s Golf” by

Hanse, who partnered with Mossy Oak and the George and Marcia Bryan family on his first design since the Olympics. Fitting with Hanse’s minimalist approach, his latest course winds 18 holes through the natural landscape, preserving and accentuating the Mississippi Black Prairie’s native plant species. The Scottish links-style course pairs well with sister course Old Waverly, host of professional tournaments including the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open, located

adjacent to Mossy Oak Golf Club. Lodging packages are available at Old Waverly’s cottages, condos and villas, affording golfers a resort-style getaway with the opportunity to play two world-class courses in one location. Daily guest rates are $150 with cart and $130 for course walkers, with variable Stay & Play package rates for weekends and weekdays from $105-$135. You can get the latest rates and book tee times online at MossyOakGolf.com PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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which routes along Lake of the Woods. It’s an18-hole championship layout with a Par 72, 6,942 yard design, featuring four sets of tees and offering plenty of hazards (water and sand) to test the more experienced golfer while still giving the beginner a fair chance. The course is open to the public and has a relaxed atmosphere that will make anyone feel welcomed. Baker National in Medina, in the heart of the Baker Park Reserve, has 210 acres dedicated to a golf course that also features practice areas, a driving range, the 9-hole Evergreen Executive Course, as well as the nationally recognized 18-hole Championship Course. StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater has been ranked by Golfweek as the No. 1 public access golf course in the Twin Cities. The links-style layout, the native fescue grasses, and greens allow you to experiment with a variety of approaches and short game shots. Designed by Bobby Weed and opened for play in 2000, golfers enjoy pristine bentgrass tees, fairways, and greens. The size of the greens and multiple tee settings make every round you play

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a different experience with new challenges. Highland National Golf Club in St. Paul is a renovated, upscale municipal golf course, which reopened in spring of 2005, after two years of construction. This course is now longer and more challenging than previously, with a good variety of hole layouts framed by mature trees. Highland National offers amenities of the modern course with the feel for a grand old traditional City course. This is an 18-hole, 3,200-6,600 yard, par 72 course with a 71.2 rating.

StoneRidge Golf Club was ranked by Golfweek as the No. 1 public access golf course in the Twin Cities. The Barn Hole at Baker National Golf Course.

Highland’s signature hole, the 15th, features a large “Snoopy” shaped bunker constructed with the permission of Mrs. Jean Schulz in honor of her late husband, Charles Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip who learned to play golf here.

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xploring some of Minnesota’s many golf courses could be a popular vacation option, given the great variety of unique golf holes the attractive courses in the State have to offer. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most interesting and varied courses around the State. Alexandria Golf Club is the region’s premier golf courses due, particularly, to the meticulously maintained greens, bent grass fairways and beautiful surrounding grounds including lush trees, flowers and multiple lake views. Here there’s also a Golf Academy, with LPGA Teaching Professional Lisa Grimes offers a variety of private and group golf lessons, specialized clinics along with the Junior Golf Academy. The Club is also where one of Minnesota’s largest and most renowned annual golf tournaments takes place—the 2019 Resorters will be held July 28-August 3, 2019. Minnesota’s beautiful Lake of the Woods not only has a top-rated championship golf course; it is also the location of the State’s best fishing areas. The course is the Warroad Estates Golf Course

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In Minnesota, golf brings you to unexpected places. It might be through hidden forests or by golden ponds. The shores of Lake Superior or the banks of the Mississippi. And if the fairway turns into a deer crossing, Well that’s just par for the course.

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TRAVEL No. 16, Celebrity Course, Indian Wells Golf Resort.

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setting. Designed by Clive Clark, the Celebrity Course is a challenging yet playable design. While the Players Course, designed by John Fought, pays homage to great designs such as Riviera, Winged Foot and Augusta National. The bunkers placed throughout the undulating topography of the Players Course provide the perfect complement to the mature trees and natural desert arroyos. While playable for all skill levels, the Players Course was also designed to challenge the most skilled golfers, which makes it a perfect forum for competitive golf. Indian Wells Golf Resort is also home to the latest in nighttime golf entertainment called “Shots in the Night.” IWGR is partnering with NextLinks to turn the practice putting green into a fun and social experience at night, thus creating a one-of-a-kind, family friendly and fun night-time activity. At sunset, the

putting course transitions into a nightlife entertainment area, focused on app-driven putting games with an offering of food and beverage. This entertainment innovation, says Michael Tebbetts, Director of Sales & Marketing, “brings together cosmic bowling intertwined with the playability of mini-golf, also adding a variety of putting games. Guests can now enjoy a fun and engaging Glow Golf experience on the driving range that features massive inflatable targets in the shape of bowling pins and beach balls.” These targets contain LED lighting and sensors so when a golf ball hits them they blink in succession. The golf balls are activated by black light and are charged up prior to play. Michael Tebbetts says that IWGR’s Glow Golf offers a fun experience that’s designed for golfers of all skill levels, especially beginners or those who don’t play frequently.

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natural vegetation indigenous to the region, providing excellent separation of the individual holes. The course’s fairways are a mix of Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, fescue roughs and native grasses. Towa Golf Club was designed jointly by Hale Irwin—who famously won numerous championships on the PGA TOUR (20) and PGA TOUR Champions (45)—and noted golf course designer and landscape architect William Phillips. Located on the Santa Clara Pueblo just north of Santa Fe is the Black Mesa Club, which has an 18-hole par-72 course designed by Baxter Spann, featuring 105 bunkers. The 7,307-yard course is located at an elevation of 5,400 feet and its routing features an elevation change of over 125 feet. Once again the backdrop is dramatic, with

sandstone ridges and moonlike rock formations, while the Black Mesa remains visible from much of the course. There’s a wide variety of holes within the overall design, each with their own memorable features and distinctive bunkering. And a short game practice area presents golfers with many of the same challenges around the green that they will encounter on the course itself. A spacious 60,000 square foot teeing area also accompanies the range along with two practice putting greens. Beginner and intermediate players will appreciate the par 3s and the relaxed speed of play on the Quail Run Golf Course, a par-32, 9-hole golf course suited for all skill levels. The course also attracts advanced players who enjoy the precision required on the course’s tight layout.

Consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in New Mexico, the 6,817-yard, par-72 public course at the Cochiti Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Club at Las Campanas features two Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, both consistently rated among the top courses in New Mexico. Members enjoy the strategic course design and thoughtful layout that weaves through the beautiful high desert area of northern New Mexico. Both of the award-winning, 18-hole courses offer an exceptional golf experience. In the southeast corner of the Practice Park of the Golf Performance Center (GPC) at Las Campanas is a 2,800 square foot state of the art training facility which also has a lounge area, putting areas, three indoor/outdoor hitting bays, as well as an indoor golf simulator. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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For nearby accommodations, check out Hotel Cielo Rojo, which is also just three blocks from the beach, a strand that comes recommended for swimming and surfing, and even some whale watching (December to April). Drive south a short distance on the coastal route (200) and you arrive in Punta Mita. If safety is a concern when choosing your vacation destination, Punta Mita is an exclusive gated community in the northernmost point of Banderas Bay. This is a resort area of luxury, charm, and indeed opulence, with central attractions being the St. Regis Punta Mita, a hotel with laid back high-class style and impeccable service. There are three pools (including one for families, and one for adults, which is open 24/7); watersports; excursions; tennis courts; a 10,000 square-foot spa and all manner of activities, from guacamole-making classes to bike tours. For your golf passion, there are two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses in Punta Mita, which are accessible from the property. Close by is also the Four Seasons resort, offering all the luxuries and vacation experiences that meet our expectations of 5-star resort hotels. For your golf experience in Punta Mita, it’s the Jack Nicklaus signature Pacifico Golf Course that beckons. The par72 course (7,014 yards), which opened in 1999, covers 200 acres with a view of the Pacific

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Ocean from each hole, and featuring wide fairways and ample greens. The second Golden Beardesigned par-72 course (7,035 yards) is the Bahía Course. The approach shot of the 462-yard, par-4 15th hole gives players panoramic views of Bahía de Banderas. There are five holes that play right alongside the Pacific Ocean. Punta Mita’s famed El Faro surf spot is a short distance away from where surfers and anyone looking seaward can watch evening descend as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.

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MEXICO’S CARIBBEAN COAST On the east coast of Mexico the sun rises every day out of the eastern horizon of the Caribbean Sea, and playing golf on the Mayan Trail is one of the great attractions of this region. The area stretches for about 75 miles from Cancún down to the Mayan ruins of Tulum. The many spectacular courses extend from Cancún

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towards the Riviera Maya, including a course on the island of Cozumel, each of them designed by recognized architects such as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Jr., P.B. Dye, Tom Fazio, Tom Weiskopf and Robert von Hagge. Here we are indeed spoilled for choice, so what follows is just a small selection. In the heart of the Riviera Maya, Grand Coral Golf Club has as a Nick Price-designed par 71, 18-hole course (7,043 yards) that golfers of all levels of ability will enjoy for its setting and challenges. Just 10 minutes from Cancún International Airport, the Moon Spa & Golf Club is the only 27-hole signature course in the Mexican Caribbean designed by Jack Nicklaus. This offers three nine holes par 36 called: Dunes, Jungle and Lakes, and each gives players three completely different scenarios. The Club is part of the Moon Palace resorts group which also has properties in Jamaica.

El Camaleón Golf Course at the Mayakoba Resort is Greg Norman’s first design in Mexico. The 7,024-yard layout is the home site of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, the first PGA TOUR event to be played outside the U.S. and Canada. The par-72 course tracks through three distinct landscapes—mangroves, jungle and oceanfront stretches. The clubhouse that overlooks the 18th green features a fine dining restaurant with great views of the course. On the Riviera Maya, the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club has a course designed (2005) by P.B. Dye—a designer who says he’s been “moving dirt for as long as I can remember,” with a golf course design ability that’s led to him being referred to as a naturalborn wizard on a tractor (and whose car sticker reads “My other car is a bulldozer.”). The 18-hole 6,700-yard course offers good challenges with extreme vertical movement, undulating greens, and is also

noted for the craftsmanship of the hand laid stone work. Conveniently nearby is the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, which offers free golf to guests. The first course to open in Cancún (1976) was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Apart from the attraction of the course itself, which is at the Cancún Golf Club, Pok Ta Pokis (which means “ballgame”), the added attraction is the rich history of the terrain surrounding the clubhouse, with its archaeological treasures of the ancient Maya. And RTJ’s course also borders some truly spectacular scenery, with five of the 18 holes running beside the Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. The Club is 20 minutes from Benito Juarez International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Cancún. The Riviera Maya region itself is little more than four hours by plane from New York or around 2½ hours from Dallas.  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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Located in some of the country’s most beautiful places, Omni’s golf resorts are more than just great places to stay. With exceptional courses designed by award-winning architects, the courses of Omni Hotels & Resorts offer exciting challenges to players of all abilities from coast to coast. OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT, FLORIDA Named a Top 121 Golf Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is home to two incredible championship courses. Tee off on Oak Marsh and play tight fairways and small greens as you meander along serpentine salt marsh creeks. Or take a swing at Long Point, Tom Fazio’s award-winning design that challenges golfers with natural hazards, tight fairways and elevated greens. When you’re not on the greens, retreat to award-winning culinary creations, Northeast Florida’s largest poolscape and an authentic Southern coastal experience. Families can enjoy pristine beaches, nature trails and even paddleboarding. Children will be able to visit the resort’s award-winning kids’ camp and Nature Center—both of which offer supervised activities. W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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OMNI BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA, TEXAS In Texas, walk in the footsteps of legends at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, home of the PGA TOUR Champions’ Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf tournament from 19901994. Boasting the #1 and #3 golf courses you can play in Texas as ranked by GOLF Magazine, it’s no secret that this Texas Hill Country resort is one of the most sought-after golf destinations in the nation. Currently undergoing a $150 million expansion, the new Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa goes beyond a typical renovation—it’s an evolution of the entire experience. Discover how the best just got better when the resort reopens in May 2019. THE OFFICIAL HOTEL OF THE PGA TOUR Omni also keeps impressive company through partnerships. They are proud to be the Official Hotel of the PGA TOUR. As part of this partnership, Omni will provide four meals for a family in need for every birdie-or-better made during each PGA TOUR event through Say Goodnight to Hunger. No matter how you play, the renowned courses in the Omni Golf Collection are sure to provide a fun round in a stunning setting. And after the round, each destination offers the chance to relax and unwind with fine food and drink, luxurious accommodations and superior service. • OmniHotels.com 101

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RAISING AWARENESS OF PROSTATE CANCER THROUGH GOLF With help from famous faces on the golf course, The Prostate Cancer Foundation funds the world’s most promising research to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of prostate cancer It was one of the game’s greats, the late Arnold Palmer, who brought widespread attention to prostate cancer—and the importance of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) testing—to the golfing community. He was diagnosed with the illness in 1997, had his prostate removed and received radiation treatment after a positive PSA test. Upon his return to his Bay Hill Club merely a month after his operation he began his speech by saying: “I’m here to tell you about prostates. You know…I don’t have one.” Needless to say, Palmer’s openness about the disease saved many lives. His legacy endures and lives through his family, who continue to support the research against this cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) efforts in funding the search for a cure. Ever since then, the game of golf has been a great vehicle—not least because of its extraordinary following—for fundraising and spreading awareness of the symptoms and importance of early diagnosis. Since 1977, the PCF has been supported by Palmer and Arnold Palmer Enterprises. The Par-3 Challenge—formerly known as Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer—is a contest built around a day of play or a tournament intended to raise money for prostate cancer research. Prize collateral and awareness materials are distributed to contributing golfers, and a prize is given to the winner. 104

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WHAT IS PROSTATE CANCER AND WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? According to the PCF, prostate cancer is the most common nonskin cancer in America. In the U.S., one out of every nine men will be diagnosed with the condition in his lifetime. In terms of symptoms, these may not immediately be obvious—as tumours in the prostate rarely push against anything to cause pain— leading the disease to go undiagnosed for years. This is why screening, preferably starting from the age of 50, is imperative. When symptoms do arise, however, they may include a need to urinate frequently, painful urination, difficulty in having an erection, painful ejaculation, blood in the urine, pressure in the rectum and pain in the lower back, pelvis or thighs. Whether prostate cancer is suspected or not, any symptoms of ill health should be promptly assessed by a healthcare professional. RISK FACTORS There are a number of risk factors for prostate cancer, including age—the biggest risk factor—family history, genetics, race, lifestyle and dietary habits. Men who have a relative with prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease; the risk is even higher if the affected family member was diagnosed before the age of 65. According to research, men of African descent are also at a higher risk: they are 73 percent more likely to develop the disease and around 2.4 times more likely to die from it. • W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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WHAT CAUSES IT? Heart disease—or cardiovascular disease, as it’s commonly called—is an umbrella term used to describe a myriad of heart conditions including arrhythmias (heart rhythm irregularities); congenital heart defects; coronary artery disease; and blood vessel disease. In many cases, heart disease occurs as a result of the narrowing of the heart’s arteries (because of a buildup of a substance called atheroma) or blood vessels that can lead to heart attacks, angina or stroke. There are many factors that can contribute to heart disease including obesity, high and dangerous levels of cholesterol, high blood tension (also known as hypertension), diabetes and unhealthy lifestyle habits including a diet high in saturated fats, smoking and physical inactivity. It is crucial to understand, however, that many forms of heart disease can be prevented with a change of lifestyle: a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables and a solid, regular exercise regime are key to maintaining a healthy weight and promote a stronger heart. SYMPTOMS The most common symptom of heart disease is chest pain. In some cases, people with heart disease may present with no symptoms whatsoever, so it is vital to schedule regular check-ups with your doctor to ensure everything is working as it should. The American Heart Association advises that those who experience more than one of the following symptoms may be experiencing heart failure: Shortness of breath. This may occur during exercise but also at rest. Sufferers may also experience breathlessness while lying flat. Persistent coughing or wheezing. The American Heart Association says that those with heart failure may cough up white or blood-tinged mucus. This occurs as a result of fluid buildup in the lungs. Swelling. Also known as ‘edema’, people with heart failure may experience swelling in the extremities such as the feet, ankles, legs and even the abdomen. With heart failure, the kidneys do not function as they should and aren’t able to process and dispose of sodium and water, which can also lead to fluid retention.

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According the leading charity the American Heart Association, a staggering 836,546 deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to cardiovascular disease. Moreover, the organization says that 92.1 million Americans are living with the disease every day, increasing the risk of other seriously harmful diseases, heart attack and stroke.

WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK The American Heart Association advises anyone experiencing the following heart attack warning signs to call 911 immediately: • Chest discomfort. • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. • Shortness of Breath. • Other signs including breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, light-headedness. Source: Heart.org

Fatigue. People with heart failure may experience extreme fatigue all the time which can make everyday tasks such as climbing the stairs difficult. Fatigue occurs when the heart isn’t able to pump enough blood—and therefore vital nutrients and oxygen—to the body’s tissues. Increased heart rate. The American Heart Association explains that those with heart failure may experience heart palpitations. This can feel as though the heart is racing or pounding in your chest. The heart beats faster and harder in order to pump oxygen around the body. HOW CAN GOLF HELP? The American Heart Association says that around one in every three U.S. adults—or 30.04 percent of the adult population—do not take up exercise, a major contributing factor to cardiovascular disease. A 2017 study carried out by researchers in the U.K. found that people who play golf regularly are 30 percent less likely to experience coronary heart disease than those who don’t—and this is just one excellent reason to get onto the course. The great news for golfers is that this sport presents the perfect low-impact, high-result exercise for people of all ages. A brisk walk around an 18-hole golf course, which requires around 12,000 steps, provides excellent moderate-intensity exercise and exceeds the daily recommended steps as outlined by the government. An uptick in physical activity while playing golf increases heart rate, improves blood pressure and circulation, boosts energy, reduces cholesterol levels as well as the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Even if you have already been diagnosed with a form of heart disease, taking up golf can help to significantly improve the symptoms and overall quality of life. •

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“A little over twenty years ago, I had a heart attack. I was 49 at the time and not aware of what was happening to me. I had really bad indigestion and didn’t feel great. I couldn’t sleep that night, I was more than uncomfortable” recalled Mr. Arnold, a father of five, grandfather and great-grandfather. “We called my sister, who is a registered nurse, and she came over. She checked my vitals and had me go to the hospital.” Mr. Arnold underwent a diagnostic procedure in the cardiac cath lab that allowed his doctors to see the problem and determine the best treatment.

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Over the next few days, two separate physicians delivered devastating news that his heart was only 60% functional and he may only have two to five more years to live. Shocked and disheartened, Mr. Arnold sought another opinion at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, and it was there that he came under the care of cardiologist Dr. Robert Wozniak. “I walked in and told him I wanted to be aggressive about my treatment and do whatever it takes to make my heart better,” said Arnold. “Dr. Wozniak introduced me to a cardiac surgeon, who performed a triple bypass a week later. For the next 19 years, I had no other heart issues.”

“My condition was more serious than I thought. I found out afterwards that my doctor had used the Impella heart pump during the procedure, which he explained took the stress off my heart,” shared Arnold. “It allowed him to do more to help me and I am so grateful for that.” “Patients who have high-risk coronary artery disease who are not candidates for heart surgery, like Mr. Arnold, can benefit greatly from Protected PCI with Impella,” explained Dr. Wozniak. “In this case, it allowed me to perform a more complete intervention, with more confidence that the high-risk procedure would be successful, and get him back on the golf course.”

In October of last year, Mr. Arnold started experiencing chest pain again and underwent a diagnostic procedure “I walked in and in the cardiac cath lab, revealing blockages in all of his coronary told him I wanted arteries. Due to his previous to be aggressive bypass history and severity of his about my treatment heart disease, he was no longer a and do whatever it candidate for surgery.

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Despite the high-risk nature of heart better” Arnold’s heart condition and risk of complications due to his diabetes, Dr. Wozniak was able to perform a relatively new, FDA-approved, non-surgical procedure called Protected PCI. During this procedure, Impella®, the world’s smallest heart pump, was inserted through a small puncture in the leg and advanced over a guidewire into the heart. Once in place, Impella temporarily assisted the pumping function of Mr. Arnold’s heart, allowing Dr. Wozniak to safely treat the blockages and restore blood flow. An unexpected problem occurred during Arnold’s procedure which blocked blood flow to a portion of his heart. The Impella heart pump played a vital role in helping pump blood to the rest of his body and preventing a devastating complication. Because of the Impella heart pump, Arnold’s heart was allowed to rest and recover.

Since the procedure, Mr. Arnold has resumed his active lifestyle; teaching courses in real estate, exercising three days a week and golfing regularly. He has not experienced any heart issues since his procedure and jokes that “it has not slowed me down at all.” This past June, he and his wife, Margaret, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Alaska. He was thrilled

to enjoy the experience to its fullest, participating in all excursions, without any restrictions or concerns related to his cardiac history. For those who are suffering from heart disease, or who have a loved one with heart disease, Mr. Arnold recommends finding a doctor who is abreast of the latest, clinically proven heart treatments. “The procedure Dr. Wozniak performed allowed me to go to Alaska, to continue playing golf and will allow me to walk my daughter down the aisle next month” praised Arnold. “None of that would have occurred if he hadn’t intervened with Impella and given me the opportunity to repair the damage to my heart. That is truly a gift.”

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GET STRONGER, HIT LONGER, END PAIN Professional golfer Justin Leonard joins the co-author of the best-selling The Younger Next Year Back Book and one of the world’s leading sports trainers to launch GolfForever, an online training program that adds power and distance to any golfer’s game while also preventing back and joint pain “During my career, I’ve seen golfers try a lot of things to get an edge. And I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. One thing I know for sure is the single most important tool to play the best golf of your life isn’t your clubs, golf lessons, or some gadget. It’s your body,” says Justin Leonard, co-developer of GolfForever. And he should know—he’s won 12 professional golf events including The Open Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship and was ranked one of the top 10 players in the world. For those mystified why they’re not getting the same distance they used to from their swing, for those plagued by back pain after 18 (or even nine) holes, there’s a reason: a lack of strength and mobility. Golfers know that golf is an advanced skill, requiring strength, rhythm and timing to execute a great swing. But what many don’t know is the specific body dynamics that are involved. 112

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GolfForever. Fabrocini has helped professional athletes in many professional sports associations as well as international soccer stars and grand slam tennis champions. A WINNING GOLF SWING CREATES TREMENDOUS FORCE When you swing, force is generated from a strong core and hips, which is then transferred through the spine, into the shoulder, onto the wrist, and eventually out through the club. To get the best possible swing with the least amount of damage to joints and spine, it’s critical that this potent force doesn’t just drive through the body, it’s also controlled. Strong acceleration is critical, and so is controlled deceleration. Typically, when golfers hear strength building and mobility, they automatically think: time in the gym. But getting to the gym can be an obstacle. The GolfForever online training program can be used anywhere, any time—at home, at the gym and while traveling. GolfForever gives golfers what they need most: a powerful core, hips and shoulders and increased mobility where they need it. POWER PLUS CONTROL EQUALS LONG-TIME PLAY The combination of power and control are crucially important—it’s the rare golfer who has mastered both. Even if you can generate high speed forces, the body still needs to be able absorb and control those forces, especially if you want to play well past your 30s. Otherwise, joints and soft tissue structures such as discs, ligaments and tendons break down. To be effective, strength and mobility need to be in the right places. Strength in the core and hips allows you to generate high rotational forces, while mobility in the thoracic spine and shoulders allows you to safely dissipate those forces. A lack of either results in a weak swing, back or joint pain, or a loss of distance over time. THE THREE KEYS TO IMPROVEMENT: WATCH, LEARN, DO Dr. James has a special interest in the needs of golfers. As it turns out, the largest subgroup at his Aspen, Colorado back clinic were golfers, not skiers or snowboarders. He saw that bad—or nonexistent—strength training routines, bad habits and a lack of education were the overwhelming causes of most golfers’ back pain. After working with Dr. James, golfing patients noticed an added benefit: their games improved along with their backs. Dr. James knew he was onto something unique. The GolfForever program uses streamed detailed videos to teach golfers how to work on their hips and core while avoiding injury. With greater strength and mobility, golfers can play at the highest level, hit maximum distance and still enjoy healthy, pain-free joints long into the future. And isn’t that the goal of every golfer? • To find out more about the GolfForever program or to sign up for a seven-day free trial, go to www.GolfForever.com.

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Don’t Let Pain Ruin Your Game GOLDEN CREME is a topical analgesic that addresses pain associated with arthritis and sore muscles. This FDA-compliant cream penetrates through all dermis and lipid layers of the skin to reach the muscles and joints quickly and effectively to provide soothing pain relief. GOLDEN CREME is tough on pain but gentle on your skin and can be used with heat or cold therapy but it perfect right out of the jar. Read the love story below about the father and son who developed this product for Frances who was desperate to hit the links without pain.

“In my 40 years of teaching and playing golf, I have used, and heard many golfers use various creams for sore golf muscles, but none have been as effective as GOLDEN CREME. Since I have been using your product after each practice or round of golf, I have eased, if not completely eliminated, my sore, arthritic joints.” John S

A Love Story in a Jar She dropped her club in pain. Fran’s arthritis had gotten worse, to the point where she could hardly tolerate it, much less play a round of golf. Every pain cream she tried burned her skin, made it tingle or become numb. Her sensitive skin just couldn’t take it! Desperate she turned to her husband “Doc” and their son Jim for relief. The pair of chemists went to work immediately to develop a cream that went on as easily as lotion , yet penetrated the skin’s surface to deliver effective pain relief to the muscles and joints below, even with heat or cold therapy. When they hit upon the perfect formula, Frances said it was good as gold and dubbed it GOLDEN CREME. She loved it so much she gave it to all her friends at the club and was able to hit the links once again. Doc and Jim couldn’t make it fast enough and in 1992 production shifted to an FDAcertified manufacturer. Today young and old alike reap benefits from Doc and Jim’s quest to end Fran’s pain and enjoy pain-free days on the links…in the clubhouse…in life.

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GOLFING WITH ARTHRITIS According to the Arthritis Foundation, a leading U.S. charity, arthritis affects some 50 million adults in America. A diagnosis does not necessarily mean the end of your days on the golf course; with appropriate treatment and care individuals can play pain-free for many years to come For true aficionados, golf is not simply a game, it is a way of life. The serene, green space of the course, the thrill of the swing, the exercise element and social aspect it provides all make golfers—new and old—return again and again. But when arthritis strikes in the hands, the knees or the hips, it can make it difficult and even painful to participate and could inhibit the ability to play altogether. While it may seem hopeless to begin with, treating and managing arthritis appropriately is the first crucial step in getting back to what’s most important: the expanse of the course, playing pain-free with as much clout as you had before diagnosis.

coordination and range of motion, all of which are major factors in arthritis care.

WHAT IS ARTHRITIS? Arthritis is a very common condition that occurs as a result of inflammation of the joints and can cause severe pain and even loss of mobility for the sufferer. With arthritis, the cartilage tissue that protects the joints begins to wear down, eventually damaging and weakening the bones.

Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—or NSAIDs—like ibuprofen or aspirin can relieve pain associated with arthritis in the short-term, by reducing inflammation in the joints.

TREATING ARTHRITIS Above all else, it is important to seek medical advice when the symptoms of arthritis occur, say the Arthritis Foundation. Depending on the severity and the type of arthritis that you have, your doctor may prescribe medication to relieve symptoms. These may include disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to preserve the joints by reducing chronic inflammatory arthritis.

Arthritis most commonly affects mobility in the hands, spine, knees and hips—all vital areas in staging the perfect tee off in a game of golf. In some circumstances, the affected bone, such as the hip or knee, may require replacement surgery.

At home, golfers can place heat or ice packs onto the affected area to reduce arthritis pain, any swelling and stiffness without using medication. The Arthritis Foundation also advises players to eat a nutrient and vitamin-rich diet full of fruits and vegetables to protect and improve overall health and wellbeing.

HOW CAN GOLF HELP? Luckily, golf as a sport provides numerous health benefits. Studies have found that playing golf improves cardiovascular health, promotes a healthy weight, reduces stress and improves sleep. Further, golf helps to strengthen the muscles that protect the joints and improves balance,

BEFORE TEE OFF Before getting into the swing of the game, make sure to stretch and properly warm up to reduce arthritis symptoms and the risk of injury. Consider alternating swing positions, such as a shorter backswing or shifting your weight to protect the joints from further wear and tear. •

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JOINT PAIN SHOULDN’T BE PAR FOR THE COURSE IN YOUR LIFE.

A non-surgical treatment for OA knee pain is giving orthopedic doctors another option to provide longer-lasting relief.

IF YOU CAN’T FINISH A ROUND OF GOLF WITHOUT FACING THE PAINFUL AFTERMATH OF AN ARTHRITIC KNEE, YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

According to the Arthritis Foundation, the lifetime risk of developing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) is 45%.1

You could live for three decades or more after diagnosis — so how do you decide when and if it’s time to do something about it?

OA is the most common form of arthritis. It is sometimes called degenerative joint disease, or “wear and tear” arthritis. It most frequently occurs in the hands, hips, and knees.2

You start with your doctor, of course. There are multiple options to consider when it comes to relief from joint pain — from rehabilitation and medications to injections or surgery3 — and your doctor will know which one is right for you.

Among athletic adults, the diagnosis of OA is often delayed and difficult because active individuals have a high tolerance to pain, as well as a driving desire to return to play quickly.1 Arthritis is no longer strictly for older adults, either. More than half of all people with symptomatic knee OA are younger than age 65.1

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And there’s a relatively new treatment that some orthopedic physicians are not yet familiar with, so you will want to be sure you and your doctor learn more and consider it. With the growing opioid epidemic, joint pain sufferers have alternate

treatment options available. Here are some helpful answers to important questions to consider.

What are the current options available for treating OA knee pain? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physicians might recommend any number of interventions to treat chronic pain.3 Rehabilitation through physical therapy may be one of the first methods of treatment. It is often covered by insurance and offers additional benefits in strengthening the body. Another treatment commonly used is dosages of acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications will reduce swelling of the tissues and pain; however, they can also cause minor side effects such as upset stomachs or gastrointestinal bleeding. Prolonged NSAID use can also raise blood pressure and negate the effects of blood pressure medications.4 When it comes to stronger prescription medications such as opioids, the medical community is quickly learning that addiction is a serious consequence. Even worse, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 42,000 people across the country died from overdoses involving prescription opioids in 2016.5 That leaves interventional therapies such as intra-articular steroid injections, which can provide a few weeks, or even a couple of months’ worth of relief for some patients.

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Sponsored Content These injections may increase the risk for infection and have been found to accelerate cartilage degeneration in some cases.6 While knee replacement surgery can provide the most profound and longest-lasting relief, it’s often viewed as the “last resort.” With today’s artificial hip and knee joints lasting around 20 years — and life expectancies and mobility increasing with each generation — having surgery too soon could mean additional surgeries later in life.7

So, IF surgery isn’t an option, what may be the next best treatment available for pain relief? Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses an electrode-containing probe that heats up and deactivates the nerves carrying pain signals to the brain. The RF energy leaves motor nerves intact to preserve function. Standard RF technologies require very specific positioning of the probe. It must enter at a specific angle which leaves little room for error. Success is limited to chance and clinical precision.8 A novel cooled radiofrequency technology called COOLIEF* has drastically improved the ability of RF to reach critical nerves. COOLIEF* uses a water-cooled

probe that safely deactivates difficult-to-reach sensory nerves in areas such as the knee and hip joints — and is proven to provide relief for up to a year in certain patients.9 In fact, it was recently cleared by the FDA for use in treating OA knee pain.

Does Cooled RF work for both acute and chronic pain? Chronic and acute pain are very different. With acute pain, there is an event, such as a traumatic injury, or a surgical procedure where you could point and say, “this is when my pain started.” Doctors work with the patient using any one of the treatments mentioned here to hopefully decrease the pain over time. Often acute pain is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, injections, and only if necessary, a short course of opioid medication. Chronic pain is different because it often develops slowly over time. It may increase gradually for no apparent reason — making you feel like there is no end in sight. In the case of chronic pain, it’s especially important to consider the consequences of long-term medications or injections. Several studies have shown that use of opioids for chronic pain

may actually worsen pain and functionality. Surgery is commonly considered — unless you are too young or simply not a candidate for knee replacement surgery. Antonia Chen, MD, MBA, an orthopedic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital said, “In my experience with COOLIEF*, it has been very useful for treating both chronic pain and postoperative patients.“ My patients who have chronic pain from osteoarthritis that are not surgical candidates or are not interested in undergoing a surgical procedure may be eligible for COOLIEF* to help manage their pain. My patients who are undergoing surgical procedures, such as total hip and knee replacements, have been able to reduce their postoperative pain by utilizing COOLIEF* preoperatively, as well. In terms of my relationship with patients, it gives me a non-narcotic option to decrease pain while improving the long-term treatment in a way that is beneficial to everyone.”

How long does Cooled RF last? Many patients with OA knee pain must delay or don’t qualify for total knee replacement surgery. But as pain worsens, pain treatment options such as steroid injections and opioids only offer short-term relief or carry too much risk.10 COOLIEF* Cooled RF provides up to 12 months of pain relief for OA of the knee. For patients diagnosed with OA of the knee, for example, study results conclude that COOLIEF* Cooled RF provides significantly greater and longer-lasting pain relief, improved physical function and higher patient satisfaction than intra-articular steroid injections. Patients are able to resume normal activity much quicker than with surgery, and with reduced need for narcotics. Additionally, their physical function improves as their pain and disability decreases. To find a COOLIEF*-trained physician or to learn more visit mycoolief.com/golf or call 1-833-4-COOLED.

In this age of medicine, options are everything. The more options you give your patients, the happier they are. — Antonia Chen, MD, MBA, orthopedic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

There are inherent risks in all medical devices. For more detail on indications, cautions, warnings and contraindications, visit myCOOLIEF.com/golf 1 Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis By the Numbers / Book of Trusted Facts & Figures. 2018; v2; 4100.17.10445 2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Osteoarthritic fact sheet. https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/osteoarthritis.htm. Accessed May 3, 2017. 3 https://iprcc.nih.gov/sites/default/files/HHSNational_Pain_Strategy_508C.pdf 4 Park, HJ, Moon, DE. Pharmacologic Management of Chronic Pain. Korean J Pain. 2010 Jun; 23(2): 99–108.Published online 2010 May 31. doi: 0.3344/kjp.2010.23.2.99 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pmc/articles/PMC2886242/. 5 https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html (opioid overdose) 6 Hauser, Ross A., MD. The Deterioration of Articular Cartilage in Osteoarthritis by Corticosteroid Injections, Journal of Prolotherapy, Volume 1, Issue 2, May 2009 7 https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/joint-surgery/types/knee/knee-replacement-younger-patients.php 8 Ho KY, Hadi MA, Pasutharnchat K, Tan KH. Cooled radiofrequency denervation for treatment of sacroiliac joint pain: 2-year results from 20 cases. Journal of Pain Research. 2013:6 505–511. 9 Buvanendran A, et.al. 12- Month follow-up of a prospective, multi-center, randomized, trial comparing safety and effectiveness of cooled radiofrequency ablation to corticosteroids injection for management of osteoarthritic knee pain. Free Paper Session 06: Chronic Pain Management. esra7-0369 10 Halyard Health. OA Pain Landscape & Patient Journey: Research Results. PowerPoint Presentation. Share-out Session: December 7, 2015. *Registered Trademark or Trademark of Avanos Medical, Inc., or its affiliates. © 2018 AVNS. All rights reserved. C-02502

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PLAYING IT SAFE Advice from Orlando Health on how best to avoid golf injuries, as well as effective therapies to get you back on the course If you’re one of the nation’s 25 million avid golfers, an eventual golf-related injury is one of the hazards of the game. Whether you putt for a living or walk the course on the weekend, overuse and faulty technique can wreak havoc on a golfer’s body. “Most golf injuries are the result of overuse and poor swing mechanics,” says Daryl C. Osbahr, MD, chief of sports medicine at Orlando Health. Dr. Osbahr treats injuries in athletes at all levels of the sport, from casual weekend golfers to the professionals he sees as a medical director for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and an orthopedic consultant for the LPGA and Symetra Tours. Caliber of play can determine the extent of injuries and affected body parts. Pro golfers usually have better swing mechanics—and caddies to carry their bulky bags. Their injuries generally result from the stress of hitting hundreds of golf balls daily. “Professional golfers power their swing with a lower-body and core-based explosion that generates a lot of force as the body coils around the spine,” says Dr. Osbahr. “This repeated rotation to create ball speed can result in more back injuries, followed by wrist, then shoulder injuries.” Weekend golfers’ problems typically arise when they are out of shape, don’t warm up properly and/or have poor swing mechanics. “Rather than generating proper force with their lower body and core, amateur golfers tend to drive their shots with their arms,” says Dr. Osbahr. “This makes them most likely to injure the elbow, followed by the back and shoulder.” Single-sport specialization is another concern for golfers of 118

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all levels. “When you play only one sport all the time, you put a significant amount of stress on the same parts of the body,” says Dr. Osbahr. “Long term, this can lead to injury.” Repetitive straining, jarring impact, forceful gripping of the club and arm rotation through ball impact can overload tendons in a golfer’s wrist, elbow and shoulder, resulting in tendinitis or tears. Too much repetitive torque and compression during a golf swing can stress any joint or strain the lower back. To prevent injuries, it’s crucial for amateurs who play a lot to master the appropriate technique through lessons, says Dr. Osbahr. Savvy golfers will also incorporate a conditioning program to build flexibility and strength into their entire body, including the core, hips and back. However, if you do experience pain, see a physician dedicated to treating golfers to identify the correct diagnosis and treatment, says Dr. Osbahr. “No golfer can or should play through the pain. That usually only leads to further injury.” For golfers sidelined by pain, the first round of treatment may includes sessions with a physical therapist trained and experienced in treating golf injuries; anti-inflammatory drugs and rest. “Our goal is first to provide a treatment plan aimed at improving symptoms while avoiding surgery,” says Dr. Osbahr. “But sometimes surgery is the only option to return the player to the game and potentially avoid further injury. Regardless of initial treatment, our next goal is to alleviate each golfer’s pain, then develop a transition to play program that slowly gets the golfer back on the course safely and effectively without re-aggravating prior symptoms or creating a new injury. I always remind patients not to rush it.” • W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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The besT Warm-up exercises for golf Warming up is an essential part of any physical activity. Forgetting to warm up before a round may have negative consequences on your health—and your game. Professionals usually spend hours warming up. A typical session for golf’s biggest names can include light gym sessions, stretching, putting, hitting, pitching, chipping and sand shots. Complete the following exercises before teeing off—when stretching, hold each position for approximately five to 10 seconds. Walking A brisk walk for three to five minutes will get the blood flowing in your legs and help your focus. Hitting balls Allow enough time to hit 15 balls with short irons, 15 with midirons and around five or six with your drivers. This will prepare your body for movement and help compensate for any stiffness. general stretcHing According to research, stretching can improve your game by 17 percent. It can help avoid injuries and may also relieve chronic pain. This part of your warm-up routine should last 15 minutes. neck stretcH The neck muscles are important when playing golf. To warm them up, slowly bring your right ear to your right shoulder and inhale as you move your left shoulder down towards the floor. Exhale relaxing the left arm. Repeat five times, return to a neutral posture and switch sides. loosening joints Lunges—at least five to 10 per leg—are a good way to warm up the joints and muscles in your legs. Make gentle windmill movements with your shoulders to work your upper body’s flexibility. Take your joints through the whole range of movements needed in the golf swing. There’s no need to apply force; this exercise is intended to prepare your body for movement. •

Camphor, on the other hand, is a known counterirritant and is commonly used in the treatment of pain, inflammation and irritation. When applied, camphor effectively numbs nerve-endings which ultimately reduces pain. A 2015 study by the Department of Research and Development, Herbion Pakistan, found that, when combined with other elements such as menthol, camphor was effective in relieving mild to moderate pain. CopperGel Roll-On provides the perfect solution for golfers who need immediate, effective pain relief while on the course. CopperGel Roll-On is available to buy on Amazon and at www.coppergel.com. • w w w.p gat our.com

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CHRISTINE STORM’S CLUBWEAR From idyllic courses to the exquisite interiors of the country club, the staple identity of golf remains one of grandeur. However, Christine Storm believes that fashion trends on the course have left much to be desired, with players being limited to brightly colored apparel with functional but less than stylish contours. “Christine Storm’s Clubwear” introduces couture design, seamlessly integrated with activewear functionality. Drawing on her stage experience and her years of working with costume designers and tailors, Christine Storm brings a distinctive skill set to the world of high-fashion golf apparel. “When watching and playing golf,” says Christine, “I started thinking about that perfect swing. How effortlessly elegant and graceful it looked! I wanted women golfers to feel that grace and elegance through fashionable attire, through my Clubwear designs. So I became obsessed with the idea of translating this inspiration into a new world of women’s golf fashion which is Clubwear.” The result is the launch of a unique collection of transitional golf wear that can move from the course to an evening out with no more than a change of shoes. Also recognizing that golf is frequently associated with travel, Christine Storm has now added a new collection of transitional resort wear to satisfy the needs of the vacationer with her range “Play Well, Look Amazing!” • W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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fun on three wheels How about hitting the road for the pure pleasure of it? Indeed it’s one of life’s simple pleasures, taking in some of the finest scenery in the world, with that warm, fresh air wafting around you—enjoying every moment of the experience in your open-top. Open top? Yes, no roof, no doors either—just a ton of fun! What you’re driving is the new Polaris Slingshot, the three-wheel roadster that packs a GM Ecotec 2.4L DOHC four-cylinder engine and delivers 173 horsepower by way of a five-speed manual transmission. If you think driving is just a humdrum matter of getting from A to B, the Polaris Slingshot will change your mind about that. The Polaris Slingshot is all about fun and a real head turner. Its unique design has two wheels in front, and a third at the back. With side-by-side seating and an open-air cockpit, you and your passenger can be fully immersed in a joyful open-air experience. Slingshot’s low-profile design makes hitting twisty, windy roads as much fun as teeing off from an elevated Par 5 tee box. And that’s where this Slingshot is headed for—the best golf drives, the best joyride destinations. Here are some expert recommendations, with golf in mind, road trips that will accelerate your fun in the new Polaris Slingshot. All of these routes are not too far from some of the country’s premier golf courses. Pebble Beach Drive up the coast on Highway 1 to Monterrey for lunch, with views of the expansive bay, or down the coast to one of the most scenic highways in the world, Big Sur. Go either way and you’ll catch the fresh, ocean air when you’re sitting in the Slingshot cockpit. Torrey Pines Southern California has some of the best roads for driving. The San Diego Coastline is one of w w w.p gat our.com

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Jani-King Partners with Caddies, Players and Clubs Professional golf has never been more competitive. Each week different players can be seen on national TV and splashed all over the internet and magazines hoisting the winning trophy after a spectacular finish on the course. Alongside each player is their caddie; typically quick with a congratulatory hug and then sliding out of the photographer’s frame to keep the spotlight on their player. Such is the caddie’s life. But one company is working to put the spotlight on the caddies. Jani-King, a leader in the commercial cleaning industry, recently partnered with the Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC) to bring attention to their brand and to the fundamental role of the professional caddie. Jani-King’s PartnershiP with the association of Professional tour caddies Through Jani-King’s towel partnership with the APTC, more than 150 professional caddies carry the Jani-King towel on their player’s bag during tournaments. Look closely enough and you’ll start to see that same towel draped over shoulders, wiping away dirt, grass and sand on clubs, and keeping players’ hands clean and dry when needed. It’s a piece of equipment that can go unnoticed by spectators, but it’s never overlooked by a caddie when preparing for an event. “Creating a towel deal with the APTC obviously made sense to us as a commercial cleaning company,” said Mike Biggs, Executive 126

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Director of Sports Partnerships and Business Development for Jani-King. “But our strategy is not just about brand exposure in the media. We educate the caddies on our business and our business objectives. By doing this, caddies are able to identify business opportunities during Pro-Am events when they are paired with CEOs, business owners or other executives who have a need for better janitorial services.” Building new collaBorations This line of thinking goes far deeper than most typical B2B sponsorships. Many companies get involved strictly for brand exposure and getting their logo seen on TV or getting access to season tickets, players or VIP experiences. For Jani-King, a partnership in golf is all about building relationships each week and using the towel as a sales tool—the ultimate goal is signing new customer accounts. “There are thousands of country clubs and golf clubs with professional golfers on staff, many who serve as GMs,” said Biggs. “Our franchisees are in the cleaning business. We want to provide daily, weekly and monthly janitorial services to those clubs. For the clubs and their members, Jani-King is a great fit because our franchisees are local business owners; they are dedicated to delivering to the highest standards.” Whether it’s on the course or at the club, Jani-King is finding ways to clean up with the game of golf. • w w w.p gat our.com

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he PGA TOUR schedule has been revamped for 2018-19, featuring significant events throughout the calendar and culminating with the FedExCup Playoffs in August. The biggest moves are THE PLAYERS Championship shifting from May to March and the PGA Championship from August to May. These changes allow for a cadence of big events starting in the spring, and clears the way for an earlier finish for the FedExCup Playoffs, which are reduced from four tournaments to three and will conclude in August. The first Playoffs event, THE NORTHERN TRUST, will rotate each year between TPC Boston and a New York City-area course. The earlier finish will mean an expanded fall schedule in 2019-20. Meanwhile, two new tournaments join the 2018-19 schedule, the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit on June 27-30 and the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities on July 4-7. The final World Golf Championships event of the season, previously held in Akron, Ohio, moves to TPC Southwind in Memphis as the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. The 2018-19 schedule opened with no changes in the fall, nor on the West Coast swing after the turn of the calendar. The World

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Golf Championships-Mexico Championship moves a week earlier to be played the last week of February, and the March schedule has been adjusted with THE PLAYERS Championship on March 14-17 slotted between the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and the Valspar Championship, with the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play set for the last week of March. The Valero Texas Open moves to the week before the Masters to highlight an exciting April lineup, while the two other Texas events, the AT&T Byron Nelson and Charles Schwab Challenge will bookend the PGA Championship held May 16-19. It will be the first PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in New York, site of two U.S. Opens. On PGA TOUR Champions, the 2018 season reached its exciting climax with the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs finishing in November. There are no changes in tournament order in the first part of the 2019 Champions schedule. The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will be held this year at venerable Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. 

The FedExCup Playoffs will conclude in August.

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2018/2019 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

October 4-7, 2018

Safeway Open Napa, Calif. Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course)

Course Information Silverado has two 18-hole courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the 1960s. It was given a fresh update in 2010 after World Golf Hall of Fame member Johnny Miller and his business partners bought the property. Silverado served as site of the tournament starting in 2014 after hosting PGA TOUR events from 1968-80 and a PGA TOUR Champions event from 1989-2002.

Yardage 7,166; par 72

2018 Champion Kevin Tway, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets In 2018, Daily tickets were $40 and a 5-Day ticket was $100, available through www.safewayopen.com. Youth 15 and under were free with a ticketed adult, there was free admission for military, police officers, firefighters and EMTs, and a discount for veterans.

Social Media

“It was nice to get hot at the end. I wasn’t really in it on the front nine.” —Kevin Tway

Aaron Baddeley bettered 70 three days en route to a T4 finish.

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Kevin Tway birdied the last two holes of regulation and all three in a playoff to emerge with his first PGA TOUR victory. Brandt Snedeker began the final round with a three-stroke lead and built the margin to four with a 1-under front nine in windy conditions. But Snedeker bogeyed Nos. 10, 11 and 12, then saw Ryan Moore and Tway rally when the wind died down. Moore birdied three of the last four for a 67 and Tway’s birdies on the last two gave him a 71 to match Moore’s 14-under total, which Snedeker fell to with a bogey on 17. Tway and Moore each birdied the par-5 18th hole twice to start the playoff while Snedeker dropped out with an opening par. Tway claimed the win with a 10-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole, the par-4 10th.  Tway played Nos. 16-18, two par 5s and a short par-4, in 8-under for the week.  Tway ranked T1 in Scrambling, saving par 80 percent of the time when he missed the green. His five bogeys matched the fewest of the week.

Brandt Snedeker, the 54-hole leader, was eliminated on the first extra hole.

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No. 18, Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course).

‹ Field: 144 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6.4 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,152,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit The host organization of the Safeway Open, Golf Charities Foundation Inc., supports the Safeway Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations whose missions are aligned with health and human services, hunger, youth and education, veterans and supporting diversity and inclusion of all abilities. In 2018, 100 percent of ticket sales went to fire relief in Napa Valley.

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X With Kevin Tway winning in a playoff, it marked the fifth time in the 12-year history of the Safeway Open that it has gone to extra holes. X Tway came back to win from three strokes behind entering the final round. The tournament record is four strokes by Brendan Steele in 2016.

X Tway’s father Bob was an eight-time PGA TOUR winner; with Kevin’s first victory they became the 10th father-son duo to win on the PGA TOUR. X Sungjae Im, who led the Web.com Tour money list in 2018, finished T4 in his first start as a PGA TOUR member.

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Kevin Tway

1

68

67

68

71

274/-14

500.00

$1,152,000.00

Ryan Moore

T2

67

67

73

67

274/-14

245.00

$563,200.00

Brandt Snedeker

T2

66

65

69

74

274/-14

245.00

$563,200.00

Aaron Baddeley

T4

70

67

69

69

275/-13

104.00

$241,280.00

Sungjae Im

T4

66

69

69

71

275/-13

104.00

$241,280.00

Luke List

T4

70

69

69

67

275/-13

104.00

$241,280.00

Troy Merritt

T4

67

70

70

68

275/-13

104.00

$241,280.00

Sam Ryder

T4

69

70

67

69

275/-13

104.00

$241,280.00

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Ryan Moore closed with a 67 and lost on the third playoff hole.

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PGA TOUR rookie Sungjae Im of South Korea started the season well with a T4 finish.

The finishing stretch at Silverado North features birdie opportunities. The 16th and 18th are par 5s that, while not pushovers at 571 and 575 yards, offer long and sometimes medium hitters the chance to get home in two. The 17th is a short par 4 of 375 yards offering a wedge approach.

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Fan enhancements at the Safeway Open presented by Chevron were highlighted by music concerts after play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All ticketed fans were welcomed into special areas, including the Safeway Food & Wine Pavilion, featuring food from world-renowned chefs and two viewing decks. Other spots were Coors Light Beer Fore Birdies, with discounts whenever a player made a birdie on the 16th hole; the Spirits Lounge; the Brew Loft; the Japan Airlines Flight Deck with a view of the 18th-hole tee shot and the Citi Cardmember Lounge overlooking the 18th green. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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2018/2019 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

October 11-14, 2018

CIMB Classic Location

Course Information TPC Kuala Lumpur features two courses, East and West, opened in 1991. The courses were extensively redesigned in 2008 by Parslow & Winter Golf Design, with the West Course lengthened to around 7,000 yards. The course, liberally dotted with water hazards and bunkers, is known for its excellent condition with Celebration Bermuda grass on the fairways and Tifeagle Bermuda grass on the greens. The East Course is also a championship-quality layout that has hosted an LPGA event. The renovations have received favorable feedback from the players.

Yardage 7,005; par 72

2018 Champion Marc Leishman, Australia

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets In equivalent U.S. currency, tickets cost about $19 Thursday and Friday, $28 for the weekend, or $52 for a season pass, with discounts for CIMB cardholders. For information, go to www.cimbclassic.com.

Social Media

“I knew that even though I got off to a good start, I still needed to grind.” —Marc Leishman

Abraham Ancer surged into a tie for fifth with a closing 65.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia TPC Kuala Lumpur (West Course)

Marc Leishman broke out of a three-way tie for the 54-hole lead with four straight birdies starting on the second hole of the final round and went on to shoot a 7-under 65 for a fivestroke victory. Leishman and Gary Woodland had vaulted into a tie for first in the second round by shooting 62 and 61, respectively. That duo was joined at the top by India’s Shubhankar Sharma through three rounds. After holing relatively short birdie putts on Nos. 2 through 5 on Sunday, Australia’s Leishman canned a 45-footer on the ninth for a 31 on the front nine and added a birdie on the par-5 10th. Leishman made his lone bogey of the round on the 13th, but a birdie on 16 restored a four-stroke lead and a final birdie on 18 was icing on the cake.  Leishman’s scores on the front nine in the last three rounds were 30, 30 and 31.  Leishman played the 16 par 5s in 14-under for the week with an eagle and 12 birdies to lead the field.  Leishman needed just 25.5 putts per round, ranking No. 1 in that category.

American Bronson Burgoon matched his best PGA TOUR finish, T2, after opening with a 63.

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quick facts

Sunrise at TPC Kuala Lumpur ahead of round three of the CIMB Classic.

‹ Field: 78 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,260,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

Tournament proceeds are distributed through the CIMB Foundation. The Foundation’s initiatives are aimed at empowering communities in a transparent, measurable and accountable way to enable them to stand on their own. The focus is on the areas of community development, sports and education.

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had been won by Americans until the victory by Austrailia native Leishman. X Shubhankar Sharma, one of three players tied for the lead through 54 holes, was seeking to become the second player from India to win on the PGA TOUR (Arjun Atwal, 2010 Wyndham Championship). He finished T10.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Marc Leishman

1

62

67

65

262/-26

500.00

$1,260,000.00

68

T2

66

68

67

66

267/-21

208.33

$522,666.67

T2

67

68

66

66

267/-21

208.33

$522,666.67

Bronson Burgoon

T2

63

69

67

68

267/-21

208.33

$522,666.67

Abraham Ancer

T5

67

68

68

65

268/-20

93.00

$237,300.00

Charles Howell III

T5

69

67

65

67

268/-20

93.00

$237,300.00

Louis Oosthuizen

T5

66

68

65

69

268/-20

93.00

$237,300.00

Justin Thomas

T5

66

69

69

64

268/-20

93.00

$237,300.00

Gary Woodland

T5

69

61

67

71

268/-20

93.00

$237,300.00

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Chesson Hadley had 66s in the last two rounds to earn a share of second place.

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Emiliano Grillo finished at 21-under, in a tie for second five strokes behind the champion.

The 16th hole is a 318-yard par 4, which depending on tee placement and the player’s power offers a tantalizing chance to try to drive the green. But a large pond practically hugs the left side of the putting surface, making accuracy paramount if the bold play is chosen. Others can safely lay up and try to make birdie with a wedge approach.

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notaBle course features

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X Marc Leishman’s 26-under total for 72 holes matched the relative-to-par record at the CIMB Classic (Justin Thomas, 2015). X Gary Woodland’s 61 in the second round tied the course record at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s West Course (Justin Thomas, 2015). X The first eight editions of the CIMB Classic

Inside the Public Village is a Public Exhibition area with various interactive and fun exhibits. Endless Experiences at Desaru Coast is an indoor engagement featuring a free 15-minute spa session and Joy Jolly Family & Kids Games. The Food Pavilion—A Taste of Malaysia has eight food stations serving a wide variety of Malaysian fare. Near the first tee are a couple other special venues, the Carlsberg Beer Garden and The Lounge by The Glenlivet. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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Vistage Worldwide

Pursuit of Excellence What is Vistage all about?

What is the key to your success?

We are the world’s leading CEO membership organization with more than 23,000 CEOs, business owners and key executives in 20 countries. Since 1957, we’ve been helping high-integrity leaders make great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities.

We see it very simply. Our success comes from our steadfast dedication to, and company alignment with, our purpose of helping high-integrity leaders make great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities. In addition, every decision that we make is based on creating more value for our members. This is our north star and our reason for being.

Members gather monthly with a confidential group of highcaliber peers to solve challenges and pursue opportunities. Members come from non-competing industries so they can speak candidly and gain agenda-free advice from others who’ve faced similar challenges.

Why do CEOs, business owners and key executives join Vistage? With Vistage, business leaders have a trusted sounding board — a group of peers who can vet their decisions, offer alternatives and provide feedback with no agenda other than helping each other succeed. Vistage is often considered the world’s most effective decision support system. Our members get a competitive advantage because they gain fresh perspectives, knowledge and inspiration from peers who share similar goals. Vistage members roll up their sleeves and get things accomplished. They are committed to pursuing a journey of constant improvement. We always say that success has no finish line, and our members share this belief.

What is unique about Vistage? Vistage has a time-proven formula of bringing the best people together and using the most effective processes and highly beneficial resources for the ultimate in business growth and leadership advancement. For maximum effect, we take a holistic approach to support both the business and personal challenges of CEOs and senior business leaders. We help them make important, difficult decisions, and provide them with a strong foundation to tackle other problematic decisions that have significant impact on their businesses, personal lives and communities.

What are the key attributes that make a great CEO (and prime candidate for Vistage)? Great leaders are those who have an unrelenting belief that things can always be better. Vistage members are high-integrity leaders who have a deep-seated drive to succeed and an exceptional commitment to each other’s mutual success. They pursue excellence and know that it’s a long-term quest. They are authentic, have a willingness to be vulnerable and know that they might not have all of the answers.

Why is golf important to Vistage? Golf is important to us because we are looking for a way to further build our brand and expand awareness among business leaders. We know that golf is one of the main hobbies, habits and lifestyles of CEOs. Golf is over-indexed in business leaders, in terms of watching, supporting and playing the sport. So it was a logical connection for us to launch “Team Vistage” this year, which includes three outstanding Professional Golf Winners: Marc Leishman, Charley Hoffman and Stewart Cink. We were conscientious in our selection. We chose these players because they share so many attributes and values of our own community: a relentless pursuit of excellence, a dedication to their families and their support of important causes within their communities.

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It’s relentless. It takes rigor. Excellence has no finish line. And that’s why it’s reserved for a select few. Our purpose is to help high-integrity leaders make great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities. If you’re an accomplished business leader dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, then we should talk.

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2018/2019 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

October 18-21, 2018

THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Location Jeju Island, South Korea The Club at Nine Bridges

Course Information The Club at Nine Bridges opened in 2001 and has earned many accolades, including a ranking of 41st in the world by Golf Magazine. Located on Jeju Island near the base of Mount Halla, the course was designed by Ronald Fream and David Dale. The architects incorporated natural features into the design, with lakes, streams and rolling topography framed by forests. The course hosted an LPGA event from 2002 to 2005.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Grounds tickets were available in advance through www.THECJCUP. com. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge for ground access only when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Brooks Koepka answered a charge from Gary Woodland with a back-nine surge of his own to capture THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. Koepka led by four strokes through 54 holes, but found himself tied after nine holes when he shot a 1-under 35 on the front nine while Woodland—who started five back—was firing a 30. Koepka blazed home from there with a 7-under 29 on the back nine. He wrapped it up in style with an eagle on the 18th hole for a four-stroke victory, but the key blows were birdies on 15 and 16. Koepka’s birdie on 15 came moments after Woodland tied it with a birdie on 16, then Koepka chipped in for a birdie on 16 when it looked like he was in danger of dropping a shot.  Koepka played the back nine in 15-under for the week, following a 36 in the first round with 32, 32 and 29.  Koepka led the field in Par 4 Scoring Average at 3.70.  Koepka ranked T5 in Putts Per Round at 28.75 and had only 11 putts on the back nine of the final round.

Social Media

Runner-up Gary Woodland surged into a tie for the lead with a front-nine 30 on the final day.

Australian Jason Day had a strong closing 36 holes to finish T5.

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2018 Champion Brooks Koepka, U.S.

HOW BROOKS KOEPKA WON

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“I’m not somebody who’s going to panic if things go the wrong way.” —Brooks Koepka

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quick facts

Spectators enjoy the action at No. 18 during the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES.

‹ Field: 78 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $9.5 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,710,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit Proceeds from the tournament go to the CJ Welfare Foundation and CJ Cultural Foundation, supporting a wide range of projects. The CJ Welfare Foundation implements education subsidies for underprivileged youth through CJ Donors Camp and also supports foodbanks and social voluntary services, while CJ Cultural Foundation supports the arts.

X The reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year has won in both years of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, Justin Thomas in 2017 and Brooks Koepka in 2018. X After the winning score was 9-under 279 in the inaugural event in 2017, Koepka won at 21-under 267 in 2018.

X Koepka, who won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 2018, moved into the No. 1 position on the Official World Golf Ranking with the victory, supplanting Dustin Johnson. X Ryan Palmer set the course record with a 62 in the final round, including birdies on the last seven holes, as he finished T3.

leaDerBoarD 2018 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Brooks Koepka

1

71

65

67

64

267/-21

500.00

$1,710,000.00

Gary Woodland

2

73

67

68

63

271/-17

300.00

$1,026,000.00

Rafa Cabrera Bello

T3

73

70

65

65

273/-15

162.50

$551,000.00

Ryan Palmer

T3

72

70

69

62

273/-15

162.50

$551,000.00

T5

73

71

65

67

276/-12

105.00

$361,000.00

T5

70

65

72

69

276/-12

105.00

$361,000.00

By shooting back-to-back 65s on the weekend, Rafa Cabrera Bello moved into T3.

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Ryan Palmer set a course record with a final-round 62.

Nine Bridges features an interesting set of par 5s, starting with two uphill holes on the front nine (Nos. 3 and 6). The two par 5s on the back nine (Nos. 12 and 18) both play downhill and yielded the most birdies on the course. The 568-yard 18th, which offers a shortcut off the tee, gave up 25 eagles but with the green and surrounding bunkers sitting on an island, it produced its share of trouble as well.

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notaBle course features

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The Gallery Plaza is open to everyone and features The Expo with sponsor exhibitions, food in the Bibigo Zone, the Tsingtao Beer Zone, coffee and sandwiches at A Twosome Place, a chance to pose with the official tournament trophy at the Trophy Photo Zone and tournament merchandise in The Shop. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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October 25-28, 2018

Location

Sanderson Farms Championship

Jackson, Miss. Country Club of Jackson

Course Information The Country Club of Jackson, founded in 1914, is a private club with 27 holes originally designed by Dick Wilson in 1962. John Fought redesigned 18 holes in 2008, the Dogwood and Azalea nines that are used for the tournament. The redesign included new green complexes, new and replaced bunkers and wider fairways.

Yardage

“The front side, there were some nerves, but on the back side I brought it all together and finished strong.”—Cameron Champ

7,440; par 72

2018 Champion Cameron Champ, U.S.

Golf Channel

Tickets Good Any One Day grounds tickets were $35, with tickets for a specific day Thursday to Sunday at $30 and a weekly ticket for $60, available through www. sandersonfarmschampionship.com. Children 17 and under were free (one per paid adult).

HOW CAMERON CHAMP WON

Cameron Champ birdied five of the last six holes to bounce back from a slow start to the final round and win by four strokes. The PGA TOUR rookie had at least a share of the lead after each round and was ahead by four through 54 holes, but a 37 on the front nine Sunday left him in a tie with Corey Conners. Champ proceeded to birdies Nos. 13-16, and for good measure holed a 15-foot par putt on the 17th and birdied 18 from seven feet after a spectacular recovery shot from the trees, leading by only two strokes at the time. A 31 on the back nine gave Champ a 68 for a 21-under 267 total. Conners, who bogeyed the 18th, also shot a 68 to finish second.  Champ led the field with 28 birdies for the week, and birdied Nos. 13-15 in every round except the second.  Champ was No. 1 in Driving Distance at 334.1 yards and second in Strokes Gained: Off-theTee at 1.420 per round.  Champ ranked second in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.272 per round.

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Anders Albertson closed with 67-66 to finish T5.

Carlos Ortiz of Mexico shot a final-round 64 to move up into a share of third place.

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Cameron Champ birdied four straight holes on the final nine capped by this one on No. 16.

‹ Field: 132 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $4.4 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $792,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner

charity Benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization benefiting Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi, is the primary beneficiary of the Sanderson Farms Championship. The tournament host organization Century Club Charities also donates to other local charities in Mississippi and since 1994 has raised more than $13.5 million.

X Cameron Champ’s 72-hole total of 21-under 267 was the lowest since the tournament moved to the Country Club of Jackson in 2014, one better than Cody Gribble in 2016. X Sam Burns, who finished T3, was also playing in his second PGA TOUR event as a member.

X It was the fifth straight year that a player made the Sanderson Farms Classic his first PGA TOUR win, Champ joining Nick Taylor (2014), Peter Malnati (2015), Gribble (2016) and Ryan Armour (2017). X Champ, 23, was playing in his ninth PGA TOUR event and second as a member.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Cameron Champ

1

70

64

68

267/-21

300.00

$792,000.00

65

2

71

68

64

68

271/-17

165.00

$475,200.00

T3

69

70

66

68

273/-15

92.50

$255,200.00

Carlos Ortiz

T3

69

69

71

64

273/-15

92.50

$255,200.00

Anders Albertson

T5

71

70

67

66

274/-14

62.50

$167,200.00

Roberto Castro

T5

71

71

67

65

274/-14

62.50

$167,200.00

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Three rounds in the 60s, including a 68 on Sunday, resulted in a runner-up finish for Corey Conners.

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Sam Burns shined in his second start as a PGA TOUR member, shooting 15-under to finish T3.

The signature hole is the 479-yard, par-4 16th. Swampland protects the entire left side and also crosses the fairway about 80 yards short of the largest green on the course. A long approach must avoid swamp on the left and a large bunker on the right. The hole was the toughest on the course in 2018.

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notaBle course features

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The BankPlus Fan Pavilion, with an upgraded ticket, offered premium concessions and a sports bar atmosphere. Areas open to all ticket holders were the Kid Zone, Corona Premier Patio, Merchandise and Autograph Zones. Special events included a junior pro-am on Wednesday, University Day on Saturday (fans wear the colors of their favorite team) and a “Pink Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Sunday (fans wear pink). PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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October 25-28, 2018

World Golf ChampionshipsHSBC Champions

Location Shanghai, China Sheshan International Golf Club

Course Information Set in the shadow of the Basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan, Sheshan International is a Nelson & Haworth design that integrates natural forests, existing streams and a quarry with man-made lakes and strategic bunkering. Millions of cubic yards were moved to create one of the most dramatic and hilly courses in Shanghai.

Yardage 7,261; par 72

2018 Champion Xander Schauffele, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Grounds tickets cost the equivalent of about $50 for Thursday or Friday, $93 for Saturday or Sunday, or $245 for the week, available at www. hsbcgolf.com. Children 18 and under were admitted free with an adult, and there were discounts for students and HSBC customers.

“It was a finish we needed, and it feels good to clutch up when necessary.”—Xander Schauffele

Justin Rose, the 2017 champion, put up a strong defense by finishing third.

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Tony Finau led after 54 holes, closed with a 71 and lost in a playoff.

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Andrew Putnam shot 8-under 280 to earn a share of fourth place.

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HOW XANDER SCHAUFFELE WON

Xander Schauffele birdied the last two holes of regulation to reach a playoff and then birdied the first extra hole to defeat 54-hole leader Tony Finau at Sheshan International. Schauffele began Sunday three strokes behind, but made up ground with a 68 that was the best round in the field on a tough day for scoring. He was one back going to the par-3 17th, where he made one of only four birdies on that hole all day, sinking an 18-footer. Both Schauffele and Finau birdied the par-5 18th to set up a playoff starting on the same hole. Schauffele hit the green in two and two-putted for a birdie, while Finau drove into a fairway bunker, had to lay up, and couldn’t convert a 20-foot birdie try. It was the third career victory for Schauffele, coming three days after his 25th birthday. The final round was a three-way battle, also involving Justin Rose, who came to the 18th hole two behind but made a bogey.  Schauffele didn’t have a bogey in a first-round 66.  Schauffele needed only 23 putts in the first round and ranked fifth in Putts Per Round at 26.0.  After hitting only 14 of 42 fairways and 34 of 54 greens in the first three rounds, Schauffele hit 11 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in the final round.

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Spectators watching final-round action on No. 18, Sheshan International Golf Club.

‹ Field: 78 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $10 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1.7 million ‹ FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner

charity Benefit The primary beneficiary of all World Golf Championships events is The First Tee. Proceeds of the HSBC Champions also go to grassroots golf development programs in Asia. HSBC has a long-term view of sponsorships and is proud that its investments are helping to accelerate the game’s growth in Asia.

Player

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71

69

68

274/-14

550.00

$1,700,000.00

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Tony Finau

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66

67

70

71

274/-14

315.00

$1,072,000.00

Justin Rose

3

69

67

70

72

278/-10

200.00

$587,000.00

T4

68

71

70

71

280/-8

127.50

$393,000.00

T4

70

71

67

72

280/-8

127.50

$393,000.00

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X The playoff was the second since the tournament became a World Golf Championships event in 2009, Bubba Watson defeating Tim Clark in 2014. X Justin Rose finished third in his attempt to become only the second player to successfully defend a World Golf Championships event. Tiger Woods has won back-to-back World Golf Championships on eight occasions.

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A unique element of Sheshan International is the dramatic quarry that forms a hazard on the 16th and 17th holes. The 16th is a 288-yard par 4 where the choice is between a safe lay-up off the tee or a bold shot over the quarry directly at the green. The 212-yard, par-3 17th plays over the quarry, which also guards the right side of the green.

The HSBC Interactive Village featured a range of activities from Putt for the Prize, Beat the Pros and games for children to immersive experiences at sponsor booths. Pudong Shangri-La Hotel served up a wide range of top quality food and beverages at the public catering tent, complemented by premium wines at the Casillero del Diablo outlet and assorted cocktails at the Nest Bar.

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quick Facts

No. 1, TPC Summerlin.

‹ Field: 132 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,260,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system with 22 locations, is the tournament’s primary beneficiary. The staff at each location is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research and offering outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.

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X Bryson DeChambeau’s winning total of 263 was three higher than the tournament record of 260 shared by Ryan Moore (2012) and Webb Simpson (2013). X Patrick Cantlay finished second in his title defense. The only back-to-back winner in the history of the event, which began in 1983, is Jim Furyk (1998-99).

X DeChambeau’s victory was his third in a five-tournament stretch, having captured THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship in the FedExCup Playoffs at the end of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season. X Furyk (1993, ’98, ’99) is the only player to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open more than once.

Leaderboard 2018 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Bryson DeChambeau

1

66

66

65

66

263/-21

500.00

$1,260,000.00

Patrick Cantlay

2

69

67

63

65

264/-20

300.00

$756,000.00

Sam Ryder

3

66

71

66

62

265/-19

190.00

$476,000.00

Rickie Fowler

T4

68

67

69

63

267/-17

115.00

$289,333.34

Abraham Ancer

T4

66

66

69

66

267/-17

115.00

$289,333.34

Robert Streb

T4

65

66

68

68

267/-17

115.00

$289,333.34

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Rickie Fowler charged into a share of fourth place with a finalround 63.

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The four-hole closing stretch at TPC Summerlin features classic risk-reward challenges starting with the drivable par-4 15th hole. The par-5 16th is reachable in two shots for most players but is guarded in front by a pond. While not offering as many birdie opportunities as the previous two holes, water is very much in play on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th.

Fan eXPerience

Sam Ryder’s closing 62 gave him the lead for a while on Sunday, but he ended up in third place two shots back.

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The Point was a new platform area overlooking the 18th and 16th greens and 17th tee open to all fans, featuring the Raiders Lounge, Pandora Lounge, Vegas Golden Knight Foundation Lounge, Tito’s Bar, Casamigos Bar and local Food Trucks. Other venues included the AutoNation Social Media Lounge, Lee’s Shank Shack, the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost for military and their families and several areas accessible with upgraded tickets.

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Mayakoba Golf Classic HOW MATT KUCHAR WON

Course Information Designed by Greg Norman in 2006, El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort is notable for the way it traverses three landscapes: mangrove jungles, limestone canals and an oceanfront stretch. The course has hosted the Mayakoba Golf Classic since its 2007 inception when the event made history as the first PGA TOUR co-sponsored event to be contested outside the United States and Canada.

Yardage 6,987; par 71

2017 Champion Patton Kizzire, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Good Any Day Grounds tickets were $10, available through www. mayakobagolfclassic.com. Children 17 and under were admitted free with a ticketed adult.

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“I didn’t want a three-footer on the last hole. I was hoping to have a three- or four-shot lead for some wiggle room.” —Matt Kuchar

Brice Garnett had a strong weekend to move up to fifth place.

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Location Playa del Carmen, Mexico El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort

Matt Kuchar held or shared the lead after each round and overcame a scare down the stretch for a one-stroke victory over Danny Lee. Starting with rounds of 64-64-65, Kuchar was tied for first after Thursday, led by two after 36 holes and by four after 54. He held a seemingly comfortable advantage for most of the final round, but bogeys on 14 and 15 and a birdie by Lee on 16 narrowed the margin to one. It stayed that way as both parred the last two holes, with Kuchar holing three-foot par putts on 17 and 18. Lee began the final round five strokes behind and shot a 4-under 32 on the front to pull within three as the only player to put pressure on the leader. Kuchar birdied 11 and 13 to go ahead by four before his brief stumble. XX Kuchar had no bogeys in the first round and only two all week until his two on the back nine Sunday. XX Kuchar had five straight birdies in the second round on Nos. 2-6. XX Kuchar was third in Driving Accuracy and T9 in Greens in Regulation. Trailing by five after 54 holes, runner-up Danny Lee closed with a 65 to finish one stroke behind.

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No. 18, El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort.

‹ Field: 132 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.2 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,296,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

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X Matt Kuchar’s 262 total set the 72-hole record for the tournament that began in 2007, breaking the 263 mark of Harris English (2013) and Pat Perez (2016). X Four Mexican players made the cut, matching the most in tournament history. Armando Favela led the way with a T16.

El Camaleón has a feature that won’t be found anywhere else, a cenote, a naturally formed pit with limestone walls, incorporated into the heart of the fairway at the seventh hole, a 554-yard par 5. Marked as a water hazard but with an area where it is possible to play out of sand, it is positioned to come into play on the tee shot of longer hitters trying to reach the green in two.

X Kuchar also set tournament records for 36 holes at 128 (previously 129 by Gary Woodland in 2016) and 54 holes at 193 (previously 195 by Fred Funk in 2007 and Brian Gay in 2008). X Runner-up Danny Lee had a T3 finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2015.

leaderBoard 2018 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Matt Kuchar

1

64

64

65

69

262/-22

500.00

$1,296,000.00

Danny Lee

2

65

66

67

65

263/-21

300.00

$777,600.00

J.J. Spaun

T3

69

65

65

66

265/-19

162.50

$417,600.00

Richy Werenski

T3

65

66

67

67

265/-19

162.50

$417,600.00

Brice Garnett

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68

67

65

66

266/-18

110.00

$288,000.00

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Rounds of 65 on Friday and Saturday helped J.J. Spaun to a share of third at the end of 72 holes.

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fan eXPerience

Richy Werenski finished at 19-under to finish T3.

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Special events include an opening ceremony on Tuesday, the Craft Beer Festival and Tacos FORE Everyone at El Pueblito on Saturday and the Closing Party presented by Tequila Patrón at El Pueblito on Sunday. Venues open to all spectators are the Tequila Patrón Beach Club, El Pueblito, Merchandise Shop, Sponsor Expo, and Fan Zone, and for kids the Banorte Autograph Zone. Upgraded tickets allow entry to the Heineken El Camino and Banorte Fiesta Club.

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November 15-18, 2018

The RSM Classic Location St. Simons Island, Ga. Sea Island Resort

Sea Island Resort has three courses, with two of them hosting The RSM Classic. The Seaside Course is an oceanside layout at the southern tip of St. Simons Island with nine holes originally designed by English architects Harry Colt and Charles Alison in 1929 and nine originally designed by Joe Lee in 1973. Tom Fazio did a redesign in 1999 that tied the two nines together. The Plantation Course, which co-hosts the first two rounds, is the result of a Rees Jones redesign of two original nines. A redesign by Davis Love III and his brother Mark is underway that will be completed before the 2019 tournament.

Yardage Seaside Course: 7,005, par 70 Plantation Course: 6,907, par 72

2018 Champion Charles Howell III, U.S.

“I always go back to, okay, how do I improve, how do I get better, what do I need to work on,” Howell said. “That’s the part I really, really enjoy.” —Charles Howell III

Media Coverage

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HOW CHARLES HOWELL III WON

Course Information

Charles Howell III led after every round, but had to battle back from a poor start to the final round before beating Patrick Rodgers in a playoff. Howell went bogey, double bogey on the first two holes Sunday, falling behind by as many as three strokes early in the final round, but he ended up making birdies on three of the last four holes for a 67. He needed those birdies, as Rodgers birdied five of the last eight holes for a 62 after shooting a 61 in the third round. Howell and Rodgers each finished at 19-under, with Howell prevailing on the second extra hole with a birdie from 15 feet to claim his first victory since 2007. Webb Simpson finished one back, shooting a 65 but not quite keeping pace in the back-nine shootout.  Howell didn’t make a bogey in the first two rounds, though he ended up with four bogeys and a double bogey.  Howell hit all 14 fairways and all 18 greens in his first-round 64.  Howell led the field in Greens in Regulation Percentage, hitting 64 of 72 greens.

Golf Channel

Tickets Go to www.RSMClassic.com for 2019 ticket information.

Social Media

Long hitting Luke List was T4 after a closing 65.

Patrick Rodgers set a record for the lowest final 36 holes in a PGA TOUR event with a 123 total (61-62).

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No. 1, Seaside Course, Sea Island Resort.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6.4 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,152,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit Through the Birdies for Love program, The RSM Classic commits to raising funds for local charities that align with the missions of the RSM Foundation and Davis Love Foundation. Coupled with proceeds from the tournament, the total donation in 2017 was more than $2 million. Additionally, the Friends of Davis Love Foundation raises money for Coastal Georgia charities via a raffle.

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starts before a third win behind Leonard Thompson (553) and Howard Twitty (532). X Patrick Rodgers’ 123 total (61-62) set a record for the lowest final 36 holes in a PGA TOUR event, surpassing Stuart Appleby’s 124 (65-59) at The Greenbrier in 2010. The record for consecutive 36 holes is 122 (61-61) by Troy Matteson in Rounds 2 and 3 at the 2009 Frys.com Open.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Charles Howell III

1

64

68

67

263/-19

500.00

$1,152,000.00

64 70

70

61

62

263/-19

300.00

$691,200.00

68

68

63

65

264/-18

190.00

$435,200.00

Ryan Blaum

T4

69

65

65

66

265/-17

122.50

$435,200.00

Luke List

T4

69

68

63

65

265/-17

122.50

$435,200.00

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Ryan Blaum was T4, the best finish of his PGA TOUR career.

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Webb Simpson’s third-round 63 was key to his third-place finish at 18-under.

Natural features such as marshes and sandy waste areas figure prominently in the Seaside layout. Both come into play on the course’s signature hole, the par-4 13th, which bends between a marsh on the left and a sandy area along with conventional bunkers on the right, with a stunning backdrop behind the green.

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X Charles Howell III became the second player to lead The RSM Classic from wire to wire, joining Mackenzie Hughes (2016). X Howell’s 128 total for the first 36 holes tied the tournament record of Billy Horschel (2011), Mackenzie Hughes (2016) and Austin Cook (2017). X Howell, 39, scored his third PGA TOUR victory in his 529th start, the third most

An upgraded ticket on Friday included access to the Taste of the Golden Isles event offsite in the evening featuring local standout chefs, spirit vendors and eateries. A combination ticket on Saturday provided a discount for an offsite concert. All week the Military Outpost near the ninth green had complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages and stadium-style seating for military and their guests. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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January 3-6, 2019

Sentry Tournament of Champions Location Kapalua, Hawaii The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort

Course Information Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore carved The Plantation Course into the hills of the West Maui Mountains on a former pineapple plantation. Opened in 1991, the course offers wide fairways and challenging greens with plenty of slope, while trade winds add to the challenge. Views of the ocean and nearby Molokai are abundant.

Yardage 7,452; par 73

2018 Champion

“I don’t think I ever hit one bad drive all week. So for me that was the big key, I drove it really well.”—Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Dustin Johnson shot an 8-under 65 in the final round to roll to an eight-stroke victory with a 24-under total at The Plantation Course. Johnson led by two strokes through 54 holes after a third-round 66, stretched it to six at the turn on Sunday, and for good measure played the last seven holes in 5-under as he extended his streak to 11 consecutive seasons with a victory on the PGA TOUR. The most impressive blow was a drive on the 12th hole—set up at 433 yards—that stopped six inches from the hole for a tap-in eagle. He also drove the green on the par-4 14th for one of his seven birdies in the round. Jon Rahm shot a final-round 69 to move past Brian Harman (72) and claim second place.  Johnson eagled the 12th hole in the third and fourth rounds and led the field with three eagles on the week. He also had 23 birdies.  Johnson ranked first in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee with 2.25 strokes per round.  Johnson led the field in Driving Distance: All Drives at 324.7 yards.

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Jon Rahm played well in his Sentry Tournament of Champions debut, finishing second.

Brian Harman opened with three sub-70 scores en route to third place.

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Daily grounds tickets from Wednesday to Sunday range from $15 to $35. Weekly tickets with access all five days cost $85; Hawaii residents can get a good Any One Day ticket for $25. Advance tickets are available through www. sentrytournamentofcham pions.com. Up to three 18-and-under spectators are free with one paid adult. Military and their dependents receive free grounds admission; veterans also get in free.

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No. 18, The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.

‹ Field: approx. 34 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6.5 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,300,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

The host organizations of the Sentry Tournament of Champions have donated more than $6.3 million to Maui charities since its move to Maui in 1999. Beneficiaries include Boy Scouts of America, Maui County Council, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui, Lahainaluna High School Foundation and Golf For Maui Charities.

X Jon Rahm finished second in his debut at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Since the event moved to Kapalua, only Sergio Garcia (2002) and Daniel Chopra (2008) have won in their debut. X Hideki Matsuyama has finished in the top four in each of his three appearances at the event—T3 in 2015, second in 2017, T4 in 2018.

X Dustin Johnson’s eight-stroke victory margin was one short of the tournament record set by David Duval in 1999. Jordan Spieth also won by eight strokes in 2016. X Johnson (2013, 2018) became the third player to win the event multiple times since it moved to Kapalua in 1999, joining Stuart Appleby (2004, 05, 06) and Geoff Ogilvy (2009, 10).

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Dustin Johnson

1

69

68

66

65

268/-24

500.00

$1,260,000.00

Jon Rahm

2

71

70

66

69

276/-16

300.00

$735,000.00

Brian Harman

3

68

68

69

72

277/-15

190.00

$461,000.00

Rickie Fowler

T4

69

71

68

70

278/-14

115.00

$296,000.00

Hideki Matsuyama

T4

70

70

72

66

278/-14

115.00

$296,000.00

Rickie Fowler had a consistent week to earn a share of fourth place.

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The last two holes at The Plantation Course are long on yardage, but both play downhill. While the 549-yard par-4 17th is annually one of the toughest holes, the 663-yard 18th plays so much downhill that most of the field can reach or get close to the par-5 green in two.

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Hideki Matsuyama continued to play well at Kapalua, finishing T4 after a closing 66.

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The Sentry Tournament of Champions is one of the best for allowing fans to get “up close and personal” to its elite, champions-only field. Special events include the Aloha Kick-Off prior to the first tee time Thursday, featuring a Hawaiian blessing and entertainment, and new this year is Aloha Friday with fans and players encouraged to wear island attire. Food trucks will offer a variety of options including island favorites.

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January 10-13, 2019

Location Honolulu, Hawaii Waialae Country Club

Sony Open in Hawaii

Seth Raynor designed Waialae Country Club in 1927, creating a strategically challenging layout featuring a number of dogleg holes. Nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Waialae-Kahala, the course offers many views of the Pacific Ocean. Desmond Muirhead did a redesign in 1992, and in recent years Tom Doak hasov erseenar estoration.

Yardage 7,044; par 70

2018 Champion Patton Kizzire, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Good Any Day tickets are $20 in advance; a season badge is $60. Tickets available through www.sonyopeninhawaii. com. Children 12 and under are admitted free accompanied by an adult, military and dependents free with ID, veterans free via Veterans Ticket Foundation online.

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“There were some nerves there, but I learned to cope with them. That’s what experience gives me is just the ability to cope with the excitement and all that. So it was fun.”—Patton Kizzire

Trailing by seven strokes after 54 holes, James Hahn rallied with a 62 and lost on the sixth playoff hole.

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HOW PATTON KIZZIRE WON

Course Information

Patton Kizzire went six extra holes before prevailing over James Hahn to claim his second victory of the 2017-18 season. Kizzire shot a 68 in the final round, with a hole-out from 55 yards for an eagle on the par-4 10th, a birdie on the 11th, a bogey on the 15th and 15 pars. Meanwhile, Hahn was storming from seven strokes back of 54-hole leader Tom Hoge with a 62. In the playoff, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole four times, matching two birdies and two pars. It almost ended on the first extra hole, but Kizzire got up and down from a bunker for a par. They played the 17th twice, with Hahn making a bogey the second time. Hoge finished third, one stroke back, after a 70 that included a double bogey on 16.  Kizzire shot 64-64 in the middle rounds and had a streak of five straight birdies in the third round.  Kizzire ranked third in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green at 1.715 per round.  Kizzire ranked third in Strokes Gained: Putting at 1.711 per round.

Boosted by a thirdround 63, Webb Simpson shared fourth place.

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Fans watch Patton Kizzire line up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the the Sony Open in Hawaii.

‹ Field: 144 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6.4 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,152,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

The Sony Open in Hawaii is the principal fundraiser for Friends of Hawaii Charities and is the largest charity-driven sporting event on the islands. The tournament has raised more than $18 million for more than 350 local charities since 1999 with the support of its partner, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

X The six-hole playoff between Patton Kizzire and James Hahn was the longest in the history of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Only four sudden-death playoffs in PGA TOUR history have been longer. X Tom Hoge fell just short in his bid to score his first PGA TOUR victory. Ten players have

made the Sony Open in Hawaii their first career win, but since 2002 only Russell Henley (2013) achieved the feat. X No player has won the Sony Open in Hawaii more than twice. Hubert Green, Corey Pavin, Lanny Wadkins, Ernie Els and Jimmy Walker each have two wins.

At par 70, the layout features only two par 5s, but they conclude each nine and are usually reachable in two with prevailing winds. In 2018, there were 39 eagles on the 506-yard ninth and 15 on the 551-yard 18th. The signature hole is considered to be the par-3 17th, which measures 194 yards and runs along the ocean.

leaderBoard 2018 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Patton Kizzire

1

64

64

68

263/-17

500.00

$1,116,000.00

67

James Hahn

2

67

69

65

62

263/-17

300.00

$669,600.00

Tom Hoge

3

65

65

64

70

264/-16

190.00

$421,600.00

T4

67

70

63

65

265/-15

115.00

$256,266.67

T4

67

66

67

65

265/-15

115.00

$256,266.67

Brian Harman

T4

64

63

68

70

265/-15

115.00

$256,266.67

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Webb Simpson Brian Stuard

Brian Stuard earned a tie for fourth after shooting a final-round 65.

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fan eXPerience

Brian Harman opened wtih 64-63 en route to T4.

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Early-week features are a tournament blessing on Monday morning and the Pro-Junior Challenge on Tuesday with select juniors paired with pros to compete on holes 10, 11 and 18. On-course fan features during the week include numerous entertainment opportunities, as Sony music and movie stars make appearances. Sony also uses the opportunity to unveil its new products and innovations at the Sony Product Tent.

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Location PGA WEST La Quinta, Calif.

January 17-20, 2019

Host Course

Desert Classic

Stadium Course at PGA WEST

Course Information The Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course at PGA WEST took over as the host course in 2016, having previously served that role in 1987, hosting the Skins Game from 1986-91 and the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament six times. The challenging layout includes plenty of bunkers and water, most notably a 20-foot deep bunker to the left of the green on the par-5 16th, the island green “Alcatraz” par-3 17th and the water-lined par-4 18th.

Yardage Stadium Course 7,113; par 72 Nicklaus Tournament Course 7,159; par 72 La Quinta Country Club 7,060; par 72

2018 Champion Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Tickets are available through www.desertclassic.com/tickets. Children 15 and under admitted free with a ticketed adult, limit two per adult; special offers for military and first responders.

HOW JON RAHM WON

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole to defeat Andrew Landry just before darkness settled in over the Stadium Course at PGA West. The playoff was marked by missed opportunities as Rahm missed a birdie putt from nine feet the first time around on No. 18 and Landry missed from eight feet when it was played as the second extra hole. After both parred No. 10, they returned to the 18th and this time Rahm birdied from 12 feet. Rahm opened the tournament with a 62 to take the lead, slipped two behind after rounds of 67-70 and had a bogey-free 67 on Sunday with birdies on 10, 13 and 14 giving him a 33 on the back nine. Playing a group behind, Landry matched Rahm’s 22-under 266 with an 11-foot birdie putt on the finishing hole for a 68.  Rahm played the 16 par 5s in 13-under to rank first in Par 5 Scoring Average even though he made all pars on them in the final round.  Rahm ranked fifth in Driving Distance at 309.8 yards.  Rahm had 26 birdies and an eagle to rank third in Par Breakers.

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“I would like to win one of those on the PGA TOUR the old-fashioned way, I mean not stress out on the last few holes.” —Jon Rahm

Andrew Landry went 59 holes without a bogey en route to a runner-up finish.

Adam Hadwin, who had a 59 in the 2017 event, continued to play well, tying for third place.

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No. 17, Course Please subStadium in a photo of at PGAWest WEST. PGA Stadium course

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $5.9 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,062,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

Since its inception in 1960, the tournament has donated $60 million to further the important work done for Coachella Valley youth. Desert Classic Charities supports nonprofit organizations whose mission is aligned with youth, education and the quality of life in the neighboring communities.

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X Andrew Landry didn’t make a bogey in his first 59 holes of the tournament. His bogey on the sixth hole of the final round was his only one of the week. X Adam Hadwin has finished sixth or better in each of the last three years (T6/2016, 2nd/2017, T3/2018). He shot a third-round 59 in 2017.

X The four-hole playoff was one short of the tournament record of five when Lanny Wadkins defeated Craig Stadler in 1985. X Jon Rahm won at the age of 23 years, 2 months, 11 days, making him the second youngest champion in tournament history. Jack Nicklaus was 23 years, 0 months, 13 days in 1963.

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Jon Rahm

1

62

67

70

67

266/-22

500.00

$1,062,000.00

Andrew Landry

2

63

65

70

68

266/-22

300.00

$637,200.00

Adam Hadwin

T3

66

67

67

68

268/-20

145.00

$306,800.00

John Huh

T3

68

69

65

66

268/-20

145.00

$306,800.00

Martin Piller

T3

64

67

67

70

269/-20

145.00

$306,800.00

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John Huh was T3 after shooting 65-66 over the weekend.

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After opening with a 64, Martin Piller earned his best finish on TOUR, T3.

The 165-yard 17th has an island green requiring a longer tee shot than the famous 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium at TPC Sawgrass. The PGA WEST “Alcatraz hole,” surrounded by rocks instead of railroad ties, gained its own fame when Lee Trevino aced it during the 1987 Skins Game. But the 195-yard 13th and 223-yard sixth, both also guarded by water, were the two toughest holes on the Stadium Course in 2018.

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All fans have access to three hospitality venues: The Vons Fan Pavilion is an indoor/ outdoor space with food and beverage from local restaurants available for purchase, Casamigos Club 17 is an open-air venue with cocktails and other beverages, and Michelob Ultra Beers Fore Birdies has half-price beer every time a player makes a birdie on 16 or 17. Ticketholders also receive admission to concerts Friday and Saturday nights. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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2018/2019 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

January 24-27, 2019

Location

Course Information The North and South courses at Torrey Pines were both designed by William F. Bell and opened in 1957 on bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, providing some stunning views. The South Course was redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001, with 400 yards added and changes made to the greens, resulting in the course hosting the U.S. Open in 2008. The North Course underwent a complete renovation by Tom Weiskopf in 2016, with tees and greens rebuilt and entirely new bunkering.

Yardage South: 7,698; par 72 North: 7,258; par 72

2018 Champion Jason Day, Australia

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Advance grounds tickets for specific tournament days, available through www. farmersinsurance.com, cost $65, discounted to $55 for veterans, $45 for seniors (60 and older), $35 for youth (13-17) and free for kids 12 and under and for active and retired military and their dependents.

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“I was up all night last night thinking about trying to get that next win.” —Jason Day

Alex Noren took Jason Day to a sixth extra hole, the longest playoff in the event’s 67-year history.

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San Diego, Calif. Torrey Pines Golf Course

Farmers Insurance Open

It took six playoff holes and an extra day, but Jason Day emerged from Torrey Pines with his first win since 2016. Day shot a final-round 70 to come from three strokes behind and tie with Alex Noren (73) and Ryan Palmer (72) in regulation at 10-under 278. Palmer dropped out with a par on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, but Day and Noren matched each other for five holes with birdies each of three times they played No. 18 and pars on 16 and 17. Darkness forced a Monday morning finish, Day hitting within two feet for a winning birdie on the 18th after Noren hit his second shot into the water. In regulation, Day surged into a tie for the lead after a 32 on the front nine, but he and Noren both shot 38 on the back nine.  Day didn’t break 70 in three rounds on the South Course, but shot a 64 on the North Course in the second round.  Day ranked second in Driving Distance at 319.9 yards.  Day was fourth in Putting Average with 1.633 putts per green in regulation. A third-round 65 boosted J.B. Holmes to fourth place.

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quick facts

No. 18, Torrey Pines Golf Club South Course.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.1 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,278,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

The Century Club of San Diego, the nonprofit that operates the Farmers Insurance Open, supports local charities, schools and school support organizations through funding from the tournament’s primary charity programs Champions for Youth and Support Our San Diego.

X The six-hole playoff was the longest in the 67-year history of the tournament. The previous longest was four holes when Woody Blackburn defeated Ron Streck in 1985. X Alex Noren finished T2 in his first start in the event. It was the Swede’s best finish in 36 PGA TOUR starts.

X Jason Day (2015, 2018) became the ninth player to win the Farmers Insurance Open more than once. Tiger Woods has won it seven times, Phil Mickelson three and Day was the seventh to win it twice. X This marked the fifth straight year that the winner started the final round at least two strokes behind.

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Jason Day

1

73

64

71

70

278/-10

500.00

$1,242,000.00

Alex Noren

T2

70

66

69

73

278/-10

245.00

$607,200.00

Ryan Palmer

T2

66

67

73

72

278/-10

245.00

$607,200.00

4

70

72

65

72

279/-9

135.00

$331,200.00

5

70

69

71

70

279/-8

110.00

$276,000.00

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J.B. Holmes Keegan Bradley

Former PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Keegan Bradley had a steady week and finished fifth.

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Ryan Palmer’s strong opening two rounds led him into a playoff and tie for second.

Measuring 570 yards, the 18th hole on the South Course is reachable in two shots, but the second shot must be well-struck or it could find the small pond in front of the green. Even laying up can be dangerous, as approach shots can spin off the green into the hazard.

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The SERVPRO Fan Village is the epicenter of the action and showcases areas like the Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole, the Champions for Youth Zone, an Official Merchandise Tent and a fan-friendly expo. Also in the village is The Fringe Presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal, which requires an upgraded ticket during play but is open to all for the Post Party featuring performances by local DJs Thursday to Saturday. Other areas are The Grove, with the Grey Goose 19th Hole and a variety of concessions; and The Vantage Point, with the Grey Goose Le Cantine. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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Location Scottsdale, Ariz. TPC Scottsdale

Course Information

Waste Management Phoenix Open HOW GARY WOODLAND WON

Yardage 7,266; par 71

2018 Champion Gary Woodland, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets General admission tickets are $45 Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and $60 Friday and Saturday, available in advance through www. wmphoenixopen. com. Admission is free Monday and Tuesday on Ford Free Days; ages 17 and under are free all week when accompanied by an adult.

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“I knew the guys behind me could make birdies, I was just trying to give myself a chance every hole because I knew the putter felt good.” —Gary Woodland

Chez Reavie forced a playoff with birdie at the 72nd hole in an event where he volunteered as a youngster.

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The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale was designed by Jay Morrish and 16-time PGA TOUR winner Tom Weiskopf specifically to serve as the stage for the tournament. Built in 1986, the Stadium Course offers a collection of challenging risk-reward holes that incorporate strategic bunkering and water hazards. Weiskopf oversaw a renovation of the course in 2014. The location of the property provides spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains and the Sonoran Desert.

January 31-February 3, 2019

Gary Woodland birdied three of the last four holes in regulation and defeated Chez Reavie in a playoff to claim his first victory since 2013. Reavie forced the playoff by holing a 20-foot birdie putt on 18, but missed the green on the first extra hole and made a bogey while Woodland got up and down for a par. Woodland began the final round three strokes back and shot a 7-under 64 that was the best of the day. Rickie Fowler held the 54-hole lead, but fell to T11 after a closing 73 while Woodland and Reavie (66) pulled three strokes clear of the rest of the field. Woodland had nine birdies in the final round, shooting a 5-under 30 on the front nine and offsetting two back-nine bogeys with four birdies including Nos. 15, 16 and 17.  Woodland played the 12 par 5s in 10-under for the week, ranking first in Par 5 Scoring Average.  Woodland was second in Strokes Gained: Approach-theGreen at 1.907 strokes per round.  Woodland’s 26 birdies led the field, and he also had an eagle during the third round. Ollie Schniederjans closed with 65 to move up into a tie for third.

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quick facts

No. 16, Stadium Course, TPC Scottsdale.

‹ Field: 132 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.1 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,278,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

The Waste Management Phoenix Open and the tournament host Thunderbirds raise money for charities, most of which benefit youth. In the 83-year history of the tournament, the Thunderbirds have raised more than $134 million.

winner. Mark Calcavecchia (1992) and Vijay Singh (2003) closed with 63s. X The event has been won by a 54-hole leader or co-leader only once in the last nine years, Phil Mickelson in 2013. X Runner-up Chez Reavie grew up and lives in Scottsdale and was a standard bearer at the event as a youngster.

leaderBoard 2018 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Gary Woodland

1

68

67

64

266/-18

500.00

$1,242,000.00

67

Chez Reavie

2

68

65

67

66

266/-18

300.00

$745,200.00

Ollie Schniederjans

T3

68

68

68

65

269/-15

162.50

$400,200.00

Brendan Steele

T3

68

67

67

67

269/-15

162.50

$400,000.00

Bryson DeChambeau

T5

66

66

68

70

270/-14

96.25

$242,362.50

Chesson Hadley

T5

66

68

68

68

270/-14

96.25

$242,362.50

Matt Kuchar

T5

71

68

64

67

270/-14

96.25

$242,362.50

Phil Mickelson

T5

70

65

66

69

270/-14

96.25

$242,362.50

Brendan Steele was T3, three strokes out of a playoff, after shooting a third consecutive 67.

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Opening with back-to-back 66s, Bryson DeChambeau finished in a tie for fifth.

The short par-3 16th, just 163 yards, has become the most renowned hole during the event. It is the first tournament hole in golf completely surrounded by grandstands and skyboxes, which are filled by 16,000 fans each day, the reason No. 16 has become known as “the most exciting hole in golf.”

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The Coors Light Birds Nest is an entertainment tent with live music Wednesday through Saturday evenings. On Tuesday morning, the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day Activities include motivational speeches by PGA TOUR pros, a trick-shot show and a junior golf clinic. The San Tan Ford Special Olympics Open is also on Tuesday. Celebrities are featured Wednesday at the Annexus Pro-Am and Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory. Saturday is a “Green Out,” with everyone encouraged to wear green to support the green/eco-sensitive efforts of the tournament.

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X The Waste Management Phoenix Open has ended in a playoff or with a one-stroke victory margin 11 of the last 12 years. That includes playoffs the last three years, with Hideki Matsuyama winning in extra holes in 2016 and 2017 before Gary Woodland in 2018. X Gary Woodland’s 64 was one stroke off the tournament record for lowest final round by a

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February 7-10, 2019

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Location

Pebble Beach, Calif. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host Course) Prominent amateur golfers Jack Neville and Douglas Grant designed Pebble Beach Golf Links, which opened in 1919. Changes to the scenic and iconic layout have included William Fowler converting the 18th hole to a par 5 and Jack Nicklaus creating a new fifth hole in 1998. Pebble Beach has hosted one PGA Championship and five U.S. Opens with a sixth on tap in 2019.

Yardage

Pebble Beach GL 6,816; par 72 Monterey Peninsula CC (Shore Course) 6,958; par 71 Spyglass Hill GC 6,953; par 72

2018 Champion Ted Potter Jr., U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets

Daily grounds tickets are $40 for practice rounds, $60 Thursday, Friday and Sunday, $70 on Saturday or $80 for an Any Day ticket; a weekly ticket costs $150. Available through www.attpbgolf.com. Children 15 and under are free with a ticketed adult; military and veterans can register for two complimentary Any Day tickets.

“I’m definitely thrilled. I’m so happy to get it done today, especially against the world No. 1. To win here at Pebble is just unbelievable.” —Ted Potter Jr.

Jason Day closed with a 70 to finish T2, three strokes behind the winner.

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Course Information

Ted Potter Jr. entered the final round tied with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, and it was Potter who walked away with the victory thanks to a final-round 69 while Johnson managed an even-par 72. The big shot for Potter was a chip-in for a birdie on the par-3 seventh to go 3-under on the day despite an opening bogey. After that, he parred the remaining 11 holes to stay ahead of the pack and finish 17-under to win by three over Johnson, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and Chez Reavie. The only player to pull within two strokes of Potter on the back nine was Reavie, who got to 15-under before a bogey on the 14th. Potter was eight behind through 36 holes until firing a 62 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in the third round.  Potter played his first seven holes in 7-under in the third round with five birdies and an eagle on Monterey Peninsula’s back nine.  Potter led the field in Birdie or Better Percentage with 24 birdies and an eagle.  Potter was fourth in Putts per Round with 26.75.

Dustin Johnson’s T2 was his eighth top-10 finish in the event.

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quick facts

No. 17, Pebble Beach Golf Links.

‹ Field: 156 professionals ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.6 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,368,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

Monterey Peninsula Foundation is the nonprofit organization that stages the tournament. Last year, the tournament granted $12.8 million to organizations and programs benefiting youth, education, health and human services, arts and the environment.

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Pebble Beach Golf Links is famous for its holes that run along the Pacific Ocean, and while the par-5 18th is one of the most recognizable holes in the world, holes 8-10 comprise the most difficult stretch. The 418-yard eighth plays over a chasm on the second shot, while the ninth and 10th are 466 and 446 yards, respectively, with the ocean on the right.

X Mickelson’s T2 was his eighth top-three finish in 22 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am starts (four wins, two seconds, two thirds). X Dustin Johnson’s T2 was his eighth top-10 finish in 11 starts in the event, including two wins (2009, 2010) and two seconds (2014, 2018).

fan eXPerience

leaDerBoarD 2018 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Ted Potter Jr.

1

68

71

62

69

270/-17

500.00

$1,332,000.00

Jason Day

T2

69

65

69

70

273/-14

183.75

$488,400.00

Dustin Johnson

T2

67

64

70

72

273/-14

183.75

$488,400.00

Phil Mickelson

T2

69

65

72

67

273/-14

183.75

$488,400.00

Chez Reavie

T2

67

72

66

68

273/-14

183.75

$488,400.00

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While another lefty broke through with a victory, Phil Mickelson also enjoyed a strong week on the Monterey Peninsula.

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Chez Reavie shot three sub-70 scores en route to T2.

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X A 54-hole leader or co-leader has held on to win in five of the last six years: Ted Potter Jr. (2018), Jordan Spieth (2017), Brandt Snedeker (2013, 2015) and Jimmy Walker (2014). X Potter became the second left-handed player to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, joining Phil Mickelson, who has won four times.

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Venues open to all include Toby Keith’s Wild Shot Bar, featuring golf simulators; Club Patron with refreshing cocktails; the immersive experience of the AT&T Fandome; Food Trucks at Monterey Peninsula Country Club; and the Chevron STEM Zone with hands-on, golf-themed activities. Special events are the Chevron Shoot-Out putting contest on Tuesday pairing past champions with top athletes from other sports and on Wednesday the 3M Celebrity Challenge followed by the Million Dollar Hole-in-One for Charity presented by Facebook where celebrities take aim at the 17th hole.

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February 14-17, 2019

Genesis Open Location Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Riviera Country Club The George C. Thomasdesigned Riviera Country Club was instantly acclaimed as one of the best courses in the United States when it opened in 1927, and it has retained that reputation. Set on a flat site inside the Santa Monica Canyon, much fill dirt was used and shaped into a natural looking landscape in the strategic design mold. Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore did a renovation in 1992 and Tom Fazio has supervised some changes, including lengthening many holes, since 2002.

Bubba Watson holed out from a greenside bunker on the par-3 14th for a birdie that gave him a two-stroke lead, the key shot in claiming his first victory since the 2016 Genesis Open. It was the culmination of a three-hole stretch where things could have gone either way, as he made par-saving putts of seven feet on the 12th and 13th holes. Watson led after 54 holes, but fell behind Patrick Cantlay until Cantlay bogeyed Nos. 12 and 13. Once Watson regained the advantage and stretched it with the birdie on 14, he made three pars and a birdie on 17 down the stretch to win by two strokes at 12-under 272 with a closing 69. Kevin Na and Tony Finau finished with 69s to tie for second, while Cantlay’s 71 left him in a tie for fourth with Scott Stallings (68).

Yardage 7,322; par 71

2018 Champion Bubba Watson, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Advance tickets are available through www.genesisopen.com. Grounds tickets are valid any one day, Thursday through Sunday. Youth age 15 and under free with a ticketed adult, military receive complimentary grounds tickets. Veterans receive a 50 percent discount.

Social Media

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Course Information

“You never know if you’re going to be able to lift a trophy again.” —Bubba Watson

Kevin Na’s strong track record at Riviera Country Club continued as he was T2.

 Watson eagled the first hole on the way to a 30 on the front nine in the third round.  Watson made five birdies in each round as he ranked T1 in Birdie or Better Percentage.  Watson was T1 in Par 3 Scoring Average at 2.75.

Patrick Cantlay took the lead in the final round but back-nine bogeys dropped him to T4.

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No. 18, The Riviera Country Club.

quick FActs ‹ Field: 144 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.4 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,332,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

chARitY BeNeFit

Each year, the Genesis Open makes a significant impact in the lives of youth in Southern California. Youth benefit through access to the game through the Genesis Open, in addition to the thousands of students participating in STEM education and college-access programs of the TGR Foundation through the TGR Learning Lab, TGR EDU and Earl Woods Scholar Program.

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X Watson has been strong on the weekend in his 12 appearances at the Genesis Open, with scoring averages of 68.14 in the third round and 69.14 in the fourth. X Kevin Na finished in the top five for the second consecutive year, T4 in 2017 and T2 in 2018. He also finished third in 2011.

leADeRBoARD 2018 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

68

70

65

69

272/-12

500.00

$1,296,000.00

66

71

68

69

274/-10

245.00

$633,600.00

Kevin Na

T2

68

70

67

69

274/-10

245.00

$633,600.00

Patrick Cantlay

T4

66

69

69

71

275/-9

122.50

$316,800.00

Scott Stallings

T4

71

68

68

68

275/-9

122.50

$316,800.00

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Scott Stallings closed with a 68 at historic Riviera Country Club to earn a share of fourth place.

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Tony Finau broke 70 three days en route to a T2 finish.

The 315-yard 10th is one of the most intriguing holes on the PGA TOUR. Depending on tee placement and how powerful a player is, it often sets up as a drivable par 4. But the green is small and set on an angle, so it is very difficult to hit. Shots from around the green are challenging, making the decision of whether to go for it a difficult one.

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X With his third victory at the Genesis Open, Bubba Watson (2014, 2016, 2018) became the fifth player to win the event at least three times. Macdonald Smith (1928, 1929, 1932, 1934) and Lloyd Mangrum (1949, 1951, 1953, 1956) have won four and Ben Hogan (1942, 1947, 1948) and Arnold Palmer (1963, 1966, 1967) three.

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February 21-24, 2019

World Golf ChampionshipsMexico Championship Location Mexico City, Mexico Club de Golf Chapultepec

Course Information Club de Golf Chapultepec, now in its third year as host, was designed by Scottish brothers Willie and Alex Smith and opened in 1921, with a redesign by Percy Clifford in 1972. It was the primary site of the Mexican Open from its 1944 inception to 1960 and 18 times in all. Most of the holes are tree-lined, with strategic bunkering and water hazards; the course features many elevation changes and views of Mexico City’s skyline.

Yardage 7,345; par 71

2018 Champion Phil Mickelson, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Grounds tickets are $30 for Wednesday and $135 to $185 on tournament days, depending on the day. A Weekly ticket is $520, a Two-Day weekend ticket is $315, and a Three-Day ticket for Friday-Sunday is $395. Tickets available through www.wgcmexico.com. Youth ages 12 and under are admitted free accompanied by a ticketed adult.

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“I knew it was going to be soon—I’ve been playing too well for it not to be. But you just never know until it happens.”—Phil Mickelson

While one lefty won the championship, another, Brian Harman, finished T5.

With an eagle at the 72nd hole, Justin Thomas capped a remarkable 36 holes that saw him come from 11 shots behind.

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Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain tied for third, one stroke out of a playoff.

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Phil Mickelson won for the first time in nearly five years as he fired a final-round 66 and defeated Justin Thomas in a sudden-death playoff. Thomas provided some heroics when he holed a 121-yard wedge shot for an eagle-2 on the final hole of regulation for a 64 to take a two-stroke lead. Mickelson was playing the 15th hole at that point, and he made a two-putt birdie 4 there and holed a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th. With pars on the final two holes he matched Thomas at 16-under 268. The playoff ended on the first extra hole, the par-3 17th, where Thomas went over the green, chipped back and missed his par putt to lose to Mickelson’s par. It was a tight battle in the final round, as six players had at least a share of the lead at some point. Shubhankar Sharma, a 21-year-old from India, led through 54 holes but closed with a 74 to finish T9. England’s Tyrrell Hatton challenged late, but bogeyed the 18th to finish one shot back along with Rafa Cabrera Bello.  Mickelson ranked third in Strokes Gained: Putting at 1.850 per round and missed only one putt inside seven feet.  Mickelson was T25 in Greens in Regulation Percentage, but second in Scrambling, saving par 81.82 percent of the time when missing the green.

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quick facts

Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the 17th tee during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

‹ Field: approx. 76 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $10.25 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,750,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner

charity Benefit

The WGC-Mexico Championship is committed to growing the game of golf, and its proceeds support The First Tee’s Mexico chapter.

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Phil Mickelson

1

69

68

65

66

268/-16

550.00

$1,700,000.00

Justin Thomas

2

72

70

62

64

268/-16

315.00

$1,072,000.00

Rafa Cabrera Bello

T3

66

67

69

67

269/-15

170.00

$510,500.00

Tyrrell Hatton

T3

70

68

64

67

269/-15

170.00

$510,500.00

110.00

$330,500.00

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

T5

66

69

71

65

271/-13

Brian Harman

T5

68

67

68

68

271/-13

$330,500.00

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World Golf Ranking after the victory, including eight in the top 10. X Justin Thomas’ 62 was a course record, surpassing Jordan Spieth’s 63 at last year’s WGC-Mexico Championship. It tied the tournament record shared by Retief Goosen (2002), Sergio Garcia (2002), Bubba Watson (2012) and J.B. Holmes (2015). X Thomas trailed by 11 strokes after 36 holes and ended up in a playoff. If he had won, he would have broken the tournament record 36-hole comeback of eight shots by Mike Weir in 2000.

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X At 47 years, 8 months, 16 days, Phil Mickelson became the oldest winner of a World Golf Championships event. Previously, the oldest was Vijay Singh at 45 years, 5 months, 12 days at the 2008 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. X With the tournament decided in a playoff, that made 17 of the 19 years of the WGC-Mexico Championship when the winning margin has been two strokes or less. X The last 11 champions of the event have been ranked in the top 20 of the Official

The course gets off to an interesting start with the 316-yard opening hole, a drivable downhill par 4. To reach the green, though, the tee shot must fade around or fly over a group of trees on a hole that bends to the right. The hardest hole in the tournament is the eighth, a par 5 for members that plays as a 525-yard par 4 for the pros. The fairway is tightly tree-lined, which combined with the hole’s length makes it difficult or impossible to reach the green in regulation. The most dangerous hole down the stretch is the 172-yard, par-3 17th with water front and left.

A number of fan features are available for all age groups: Fan Zones with gastronomic experiences and themed entertainment that varies day by day, celebrations, food and beverage areas, beer gardens, a brand activation area and an autograph signing area for kids.

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It’s always tee time in Puerto Rico.

With over 135 hotels, 189 tourist attractions, 4,000 restaurants, 16 casinos and 17 golf courses, there’s never been a better time to visit Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a premier golf location in the Caribbean where golf enthusiasts travel from all over to play throughout the year with beautiful backdrops like beaches and mountains.

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February 21-24, 2019

Puerto Rico Open PMS: 369 | C: 67% M: 11% Y: 100% K: 0% | R: 98 G: 170 B: 69 | WEB: 60a945

HOW D.A. POINTS WON C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 90% | R: 65 G: 64 B: 66 | WEB: 414042

Course Information Located in the foothills of El Yunque National Park, Coco Beach Golf Club boasts two 18-hole courses, the Championship Course and the International Course. Designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Kite, the Championship Course winds through lush tree groves and over waterways and lakes near the ocean.

Yardage 7,506; par 72

2017 Champion D.A. Points, U.S. (no official tournament in 2018)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets

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Good-Any-Day grounds tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the gate. Kids 15-and-under get in free. For event information, go to www.puertoricoopen.golf.

Social Media

“I’ve never, that I can think of, just started out with five straight birdies. It was just like, ‘Wow!’” —D.A. Points

Bill Lunde was T2 after a final-round 68.

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Location Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Coco Beach Golf Club

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rico Open wasn’t held as an official event in 2018 and was replaced by a Charity Day Pro-Am featuring PGA TOUR and LPGA players along with other athletes and celebrities. In 2017, D.A. Points opened his final round in style with birdies on the first five holes, survived a rough stretch, and rallied again at the end to take a two-stroke victory. Points began the final round one stroke behind leader Chris Stroud and quickly surged in front, but gave some of it back with three bogeys in five holes starting at the sixth. He proceeded to birdie four of the last six holes for a 66 and a 20-under 268 total to claim his third PGA TOUR victory.  Points capped his first-round 64 by holing out from 146 yards for an eagle on his last hole, the par-4 ninth.  Points hit 17 greens in the first round and all 18 in the second round, going on to lead the field by hitting 64 of 72 on the week.  Points hit 47 of 56 fairways to rank T1 in that category.

With three rounds in the 60s, Bryson DeChambeau was T2.

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quick facts

No. 14, Coco Beach Golf Club.

‹ Field: 132 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $3 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $540,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner

charity Benefit

Since it began in 2008, the Puerto Rico Open has donated more than $1 million to more than 50 local non-profit organizations that impact thousands of lives. Also, more than a thousand children from various social and educational programs have been transported to the event to learn about the game of golf and its values. X The 2018 Charity Day Pro-Am raised $500,000 for Puerto Rico non-profits across the Island. X The Charity Day Pro-Am received a $50,000 donation from 12-time PGA TOUR winner Bubba Watson, who planned to participate before he qualified for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship after winning the Genesis Open.

X With the help of Good Sports—an organization that gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need—MLB Hall-of-Famer and Pro-Am participant Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez held a clinic and provided brand new equipment to local children.

leaDerBoarD 2017 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

D.A. Points

1

69

69

66

268/-20

300.00

$540,000.00

64

Bryson DeChambeau

T2

68

65

70

67

270/-18

116.66

$224,000.00

Retief Goosen

T2

68

67

71

64

270/-18

116.66

$224,000.00

T2

65

68

69

68

270/-18

116.66

$224,000.00

T5

71

65

67

68

271/-17

60.00

$109,500.00

Sam Saunders

T5

70

69

67

65

271/-17

60.00

$109,500.00

Peter Uihlein

T5

69

68

68

66

271/-17

60.00

$109,500.00

A closing 64 moved Retief Goosen into a share of second place.

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Whee Kim was T5, three shots behind the winner.

The most scenic setting on Coco Beach Golf Club is the 465-yard, par-4 12th hole, with the green featuring an ocean backdrop. It is also one of the tougher holes, ranking second in difficulty in 2017, as it is exposed to the wind which often is blowing against the players. There were 16 double bogeys on No. 12, matching the fourth hole for the most on the course.

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February 28-March 3, 2019

The Honda Classic Location Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. PGA National Resort & Spa The Champion Golf Course

Course Information Originally designed by George and Tom Fazio in 1981, The Champion Golf Course was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1990 and again in 2014. The course has hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship from 1982-2000 and The Honda Classic since 2007. With water in play on 16 holes and strategic bunkering, it is one of the sterner tests on the PGA TOUR.

“That’s the first time I’ve had to play the Bear Trap in that much pressure, and it was pretty nerve-wracking.” —Justin Thomas

Yardage 7,140; par 70

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Advance grounds tickets are $20 for Tuesday, $30 Wednesday and $50 Thursday to Sunday, with a Good Any Single Day ticket going for $55. A weekly ticket booklet costs $150. Kids 15 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets are available through www.thehondaclassic.com.

HOW JUSTIN THOMAS WON

Two birdies on the par-5 18th hole, one in regulation and one in a playoff, gave Justin Thomas the victory. Thomas hit a gap wedge from 117 yards to three feet for a birdie on the 72nd hole, enabling him to match the birdie of fellow competitor Luke List who reached the green in two and two-putted. The two returned to the 18th tee for a playoff and this time List hit a bad drive and was forced to lay up, ultimately making a par, while Thomas found the green with a 5-wood second shot and two-putted for the win. Also key for Thomas down the stretch were par saves on the par-3 15th and 17th holes in the Bear Trap. Alex Noren was tied for the lead but only managed a par on the finishing hole, finishing one stroke back.  Thomas ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green at 2.374 per round.  Thomas was first in Driving Distance at 320.9 yards.  Thomas was perfect in Sand Saves at six-for-six and first in Scrambling, saving par 84 percent of the time after missing the green.

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Luke List was runner-up after making a par to Justin Thomas’ birdie on the first extra hole.

Alex Noren of Sweden had a strong weekend and finished in third place.

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2018/2019 tournament overview

quick facts

A large gallery watched Justin Thomas tee off on No. 17 during the third round.

‹ Field: 144 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6.8 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,224,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

The Honda Classic donated a record $4.55 million in 2018 to 137 local organizations that benefit children, impacting the lives of more than 50,000 kids and their families. It included a $1 million grant to the tournament’s main beneficiary, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

check this out X The only player to win The Honda Classic in consecutive years is Jack Nicklaus (1977-78). In 2018, defending champion Rickie Fowler missed the cut. X Justin Thomas’ 133 total for the final two rounds (65-68) was the best for a winner since the event moved to PGA National in 2007.

X Thomas won despite not making a birdie in a second-round 72. He had 17 pars and a double bogey. X Sweden’s Alex Noren (third) and England’s Tommy Fleetwood (fourth) fell just short after international players had won in seven of the 10 previous years.

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Justin Thomas

1

72

65

68

272/-8

500.00

$1,188,000.00

67

Luke List

2

71

66

66

69

272/-8

300.00

$712,800.00

Alex Noren

3

66

75

65

67

273/-7

190.00

$448,800.00

Tommy Fleetwood

4

70

68

67

69

274/-6

135.00

$316,800.00

Byeong Hun An

T5

70

72

69

65

276/-4

105.00

$250,800.00

Webb Simpson

T5

66

72

66

72

276/-4

105.00

$250,800.00

Tommy Fleetwood finished fourth as international players kept up a trend of playing well at The Honda Classic.

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Webb Simpson shot 66 in the first and third rounds on his way to T5.

The Champion Golf Course is known for a three-hole stretch nicknamed “The Bear Trap” prominently featuring water hazards. Water guards three sides of the green at the 179-yard 15th and again at the 172-yard 17th. On the 434-yard par-4 16th, water runs the entire length of the hole and must be carried with the second shot on the dogleg right.

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The Michelob Ultra Terrace caters to a full range of tastes in dining, and after play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday turns into a live-music venue with a concert series. During the day there are a dozen public hospitality venues as well as several requiring an upgraded ticket. For kids, there are a junior clinic on Tuesday, fireworks Friday and Saturday nights, and Tire Kingdom Family Day on Saturday featuring a Kids Zone with interactive fun and games, contests and prizes. w w w.p gat our.com

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March 7-10, 2019

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard Location

Rory McIlroy birdied five of the last six holes for a final-round 64 in a charge reminiscent of the tournament’s namesake to take a three-stroke victory. It culminated with a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole while he was just one stroke ahead and Bryson DeChambeau still had a chance to make up ground on the last two holes. As it turned out, DeChambeau bogeyed the final hole, still finishing solo second with a 68 for 13-under 275. That wasn’t enough thanks to McIlroy’s Palmer-like birdie run, which included a chip-in on 15 and a two-putt birdie on 16 for a 272 total. Henrik Stenson led on the front nine and Tiger Woods made a move to within one of the lead early on the back nine before finishing fourth and T5, respectively, while Justin Rose closed with a 67 to take third.

Course Information

Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Arnold Palmer’s signature design, is a demanding, strategic course that requires length off the tee and accuracy into tricky greens. Originally done by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee in 1961, the layout features numerous water hazards and has been substantially redesigned by Palmer over the years to modernize the challenge for today’s top players.

Yardage 7,419; par 72

2018 Champion Rory McIlroy, N. Ireland

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets

Any One Day grounds tickets start at $55 and weekly grounds badge at $115. Free admission for kids 12-andunder; prices start at $20 for youth tickets for ages 13-17 any day Tuesday to Sunday (free on Monday). Tickets available through www. arnoldpalmerinvitational. com. Tickets are complimentary for active and retired military and one guest; veterans and one guest get a 50 percent discount on one-day tickets.

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Orlando, Fla. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

“To be able to create my own little bit of history on the 18th green here is pretty special.” —Rory McIlroy

Bryson DeChambeau was runner-up, three strokes back, after Rory McIlroy’s Sunday charge.

 McIlroy’s 64 was the best round of the day by three strokes on Sunday.  McIlroy ranked first in Strokes Gained: Putting with 2.507 per round, not missing a putt inside seven feet all week.  McIlroy ranked first in Driving Distance at 316.5 yards. Henrik Stenson, a fixture on the Bay Hill leaderboard in recent years, opened with 64 and finished fourth.

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quick facts

No. 18, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

‹ Field: approx. 120 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $9.1 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,638,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation is the host organization of the tournament. The foundation includes Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies and provides financial support to various institutions and organizations.

X Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy was the third straight international winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, following Australians Jason Day (2016) and Marc Leishman (2017). International players have won the event eight times, all since 1998. X McIlroy’s 18-under winning score was two off the relative-to-par scoring record of 20-under set

by Payne Stewart in 1987. X McIlroy had gone without a victory in 2017, the first year since 2008 he didn’t win on any tour worldwide. X Henrik Stenson has led or been in second place through 54 holes in three of the last four years at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, finishing second in 2015, T3 in 2016 and fourth in 2018.

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Rory McIlroy

1

70

67

64

270/-18

500.00

$1,602,000.00

69

Bryson DeChambeau

2

67

66

72

68

273/-15

300.00

$961,200.00

Justin Rose

3

69

71

67

67

274/-14

190.00

$605,200.00

4

64

69

71

71

275/-13

135.00

$427,200.00

T5

71

67

69

71

278/-10

105.00

$338,200.00

Tiger Woods

T5

68

72

69

69

278/-10

105.00

$338,200.00

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Henrik Stenson Ryan Moore

Justin Rose, who contended often throughout the season, shot weekend rounds of 67-67 to finish third.

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Ryan Moore was T5 after a closing 71.

The closing hole at Bay Hill has been known for producing dramatic moments. The 458-yard par 4 requires a second shot to a narrow kidney-shaped green that wraps around a lake. While a difficult hole, it has seen heroics such as Robert Gamez holing out for an eagle in 1990 and Tiger Woods three times making birdie to win by one stroke.

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Special events include Youth Day on Monday including a junior clinic, Arnie’s March Against Children’s Cancer on Tuesday and two food events with upgraded tickets—Wine & Dine on 9 on Friday and Birdies & BBQ on Saturday. Club Ketel One is open all week for spectators. Mastercard holders can enjoy the fun atmosphere of the Mastercard Club and they get 10 percent off tickets, concessions and merchandise. Cardholders also can purchase an upgraded ticket to the Mastercard Palmer Patio on the 14th hole.

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March 14-17, 2019

Location

THE PLAYERS Championship

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass

Course Information THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, designed by Pete Dye with input from his wife, Alice, and former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman, opened in October 1980. The first course in the TPC Network is balanced with a combination of short, medium and long holes and a routing in which each proceeding hole is played in a different direction. The course has been renovated over the years, most recently in 2016 when five greens were expanded, a lake was installed between the sixth and seventh fairways, all greens were rebuilt and regrassed, all bunkers were rebuilt and the 12th hole was redesigned into a drivable par 4.

Yardage 7,189; par 72

2018 Champion Webb Simpson, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Daily Stadium Pass options from $25 to $70 depending on the day are available Tuesday-Sunday and grant access to the tournament grounds; a Weekly Stadium Pass ($240) provides grounds access Tuesday-Sunday. Advance tickets are available at THEPLAYERS.com. Admission is free for kids 18 and under (with a ticketed adult) and for career military and dependents; veterans can purchase two discounted tickets.

Social Media

“You don’t feel relaxed until that ball finds land on 17. So once that happened, I felt pretty good about it.”—Webb Simpson

Charl Schwartzel tied for second place, four strokes behind Webb Simpson.

Jason Day shot three sub-70 scores to finish T5.

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Jimmy Walker shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to earn a share of second place.

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Xander Schauffele finished T2 in his debut at THE PLAYERS, the best result of the 21 first-timers in the field.

Webb Simpson tied the course record with a 63 in the second round and built a seven-stroke lead through 54 holes before holding on to capture his first win since 2013. Simpson was in a six-way tie for the lead after an opening 66 and then started the second round with a 31 on the front nine and added six straight birdies through the 16th hole to go 11-under for the day. He found water with his tee shot on the Island Green par-3 17th and made a double bogey that cost him the outright course record. A 68 by Simpson in the third round for a 197 total further widened Simpson’s lead, as only Danny Lee (204) and Dustin Johnson (206) were closer than 10 strokes. Simpson hovered around par throughout the final round, and no other player inched closer than four strokes, which ended up being the final margin of victory when Simpson double bogeyed the 18th hole for a 73 and an 18-under 270 total. Charl Schwartzel, Xander Schauffele and Jimmy Walker all shot 67s to tie for second.  Simpson ranked first in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.342 per round and third in Strokes Gained: Aroundthe-Green at 1.247.  Simpson ranked first in Driving Accuracy Percentage, hitting 46 of 56 fairways.  Simpson played the 16 par 5s in 13-under to rank T1 in Par 5 Scoring, making two eagles. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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quick facts

No. 17, THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

‹ Field: 144 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $11 million (2018) ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,980,000 (2018) ‹ FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner

charity Benefit

Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit more than 300 charities throughout Northeast Florida and have totaled more than $100 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977.

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Webb Simpson

1

63

68

73

270/-18

600.00

$1,980,000.00

66

T2

68

66

73

67

274/-14

230.00

$821,333.34

T2

68

68

71

67

274/-14

230.00

$821,333.33

Jimmy Walker

T2

69

68

70

67

274/-14

230.00

$821,333.33

Jason Day

T5

69

67

71

68

275/-13

115.00

$418,000.00

Jason Dufner

T5

72

69

66

68

275/-13

115.00

$418,000.00

check this out X Webb Simpson set THE PLAYERS Championship records for largest 36-hole lead at five strokes and largest 54-hole lead at seven strokes. X Xander Schauffele finished T2 in his first appearance at THE PLAYERS Championship. The only players to win their THE PLAYERS debut besides Jack Nicklaus at the 1974 inaugural were Hal Sutton (1983) and Craig Perks (2002). 184

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X Simpson tied tournament records for low 36 holes at 129 (Jason Day, 2016) and low 54 holes at 197 (Greg Norman, 1994). X Simpson’s 63 in the second round tied the 18-hole record, now shared by eight players including Brooks Koepka who did it in the final round in 2018. X Simpson in Round 2 and Justin Rose in Round 4 made six straight birdies, matching the tournament record now shared by 10 players.

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The closing three-hole stretch provides one of the most dramatic stages in tournament golf. The 523-yard 16th offers an eagle opportunity but with danger lurking in water right of the green. The island green 137-yard par-3 17th is a wedge or 9-iron shot with even more danger. The 462-yard par-4 18th, with water left, was the second toughest on the course (to the par-3 eighth) in 2018.

THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is designed with the complete fan experience in mind. The fan-friendliness encompasses the entire venue, including modern amenities and technology, views of golf unlike any other in the world, a wide array of places to eat (from food trucks to upgraded dining venues), a Kids Zone, a miniature replica of the 17th hole and other special venues. Military Appreciation Day takes place on Tuesday and is capped by a free concert (included with ticket to the tournament) at the Island Green 17th hole.

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March 21-24, 2019

Valspar Championship Location

Course Information Designed by Larry Packard in 1972, the Copperhead Course is a favorite of PGA TOUR players because of its straightforward shotmaking examination. The undulating terrain is unusual for a Florida course and complements a challenging strategic layout accentuated by lakes, ponds and abundant trees. During a 2015 restoration, the greens were rebuilt and bunkers reshaped.

Yardage 7,340; par 71

2018 Champion Paul Casey, England

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Advance tickets for Thursday to Sunday are $49 for Good-Any-One Day or $39 for Select-A-Day, with discounts through Dec. 31; available through www. valsparchampionship. com. Gate tickets cost $10 Wednesday and $50 tournament days. Kids 15 and under are free with a ticketed adult, active duty and retired military receive two free tickets and veterans receive a discount for two tickets.

“The pressure wasn’t on me. I was [almost] an hour-plus before the final group. So, I was just cruising around.” —Paul Casey

Justin Rose, who would go on to win the FedExCup, was T5.

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Palm Harbor, Fla. Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (Copperhead Course)

Paul Casey trailed by five strokes and was T11 heading into Sunday, but he walked away with the trophy thanks to a final-round 6-under 65. The Englishman hadn’t won on the PGA TOUR since his lone title in 2009, though he had claimed five international victories since then. He began his comeback with a 3-under 33 on the front nine, moved into the lead with consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13, saved par on the last four holes, and waited to see if his 10-under 274 would hold up. Patrick Reed was tied for the lead until he three-putted 18 for a bogey. Reed tied for second with Tiger Woods, who holed a 44-foot birdie putt on 17 to pull within one before a par on 18 left him with a 70.  Casey ranked third in Strokes Gained: Around-theGreen at 1.141 per round and third in Scrambling, saving par on 82.14 percent of his missed greens.  Casey began his final-round charge with 20-foot birdie putts on Nos. 4 and 5 and capped it with a 21-footer from the fringe on the 12th.

Patrick Reed shared second place after a bogey on the 72nd hole.

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quick facts

No. 18, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (Copperhead Course).

‹ Field: 144 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6.7 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,206,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit Copperhead Charities, the non-profit organizing group of the Valspar Championship, generated a record $2.6 million for charity in 2018, and more than 75 area charities benefited. The total contribution by Copperhead Charities since 1977 is more than $41 million.

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X Paul Casey of England was the third straight international winner of the Valspar Championship, following South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel in 2016 and Canada’s Adam Hadwin in 2017. International players have won 11 times in the 18 years of the event.

X Casey’s best finish in four previous starts in the event was T37 in 2011. X Patrick Reed finished T2 for the second time at the Valspar Championship. He lost a three-way playoff to Jordan Spieth in 2015. X The event has been decided by one stroke or in a playoff in nine of the last 10 years.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

1

70

68

71

65

274/-10

500.00

$1,170,000.00

T2

71

69

67

68

275/-9

245.00

$572,000.00

Tiger Woods

T2

70

68

67

70

275/-9

245.00

$572,000.00

Sergio Garcia

4

70

72

69

65

276/-8

135.00

$312,000.00

Justin Rose

T5

70

69

66

72

277/-7

105.00

$247,000.00

Rory Sabbatini

T5

70

71

67

69

277/-7

105.00

$247,000.00

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Sergio Garcia’s strong closing round (65) moved him into fourth place.

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Tiger Woods, seeking his first victory since 2013, added to the Sunday drama as he finished T2.

Holes 16, 17 and and 18 on Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course are known as the “Snake Pit.” The toughest of the three, and the most difficult hole on the course in 2018, is the 16th. The 475-yard dogleg-right features water on the right side, which led to almost as many double bogeys or worse (29) as birdies (30) in 2018 and a 4.30 scoring average. The 215-yard 17th gave up even fewer birdies (29).

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Special venues for spectators include the Chillounge, Family Fun Zone, Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole, Frenchy’s Pool Party, Fan Expo Area, Tampa General Hospital Sunscreen Stations, Pinch A Penny Patriots’ Outpost, Grape & Grain presented by Josh Cellars Wines and Valspar Chameleon Cove. A Saturday or Good-AnyDay ticket gets you into the Valspar LIVE! concert on Saturday following play. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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March 27-31, 2019

World Golf ChampionshipsDell Technologies Match Play Location Austin, Texas Austin Country Club

Course Information Austin Country Club was founded in 1899, but its current course was built on new property in 1984 and designed by Pete Dye. As configured for the tournament, a stretch of holes on the back nine is in the “lowlands” close to Lake Austin while the rest of the course is higher and more typical of Hill Country. The course features deep pot bunkers and dramatic elevation changes, with a Texas accent added by extensive use of limestone slabs, quarried on site, to build revetments for tees, greens and fairways.

Yardage 7,108; par 71

2018 Champion Bubba Watson, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Tickets went on sale in October on www.DellTechnologiesMatchPlay. com, with daily grounds tickets available for the first time since the move to Austin at $120-$150 depending on the day and a weekly grounds ticket for $405.

Social Media

“For me to stay focused, stay committed to my shots, there’s probably about four shots the whole week I wasn’t committed to. That’s pretty good for me.”—Bubba Watson

Semifinalist Justin Thomas was bidding to become No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Sweden’s Alex Noren had a strong week, advancing to the semifinals where he lost to Kevin Kisner.

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Kevin Kisner’s 8-and6 quarterfinal victory matched the third largest margin in tournament history.

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In the final match Bubba Watson won the first five holes over Kevin Kisner and went on to a 7-and-6 victory. Kisner was coming off a tough semifinal match in the morning against Alex Noren, winning on the 19th hole, and appeared to have little left in the afternoon as Watson needed only one birdie to go 5 up through five holes. Watson added birdies on Nos. 10 and 12 en route to victory. It completed a strong week for Watson, who only had to play the 18th hole once in seven matches, that in a halved match against Julian Suri in the round-robin, where Watson advanced after going 2-0-1. In single elimination, Watson started with a 2-and-1 victory over Brian Harman, cruised to a 5-and-3 win over Kiradech Aphibarnrat, and beat Justin Thomas 3 and 2 in the semifinals, denying Thomas a chance to move to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.  In his six victories, two in the round robin and four in the single elimination stage, Watson never was taken to the 18th hole and had to play the 17th only once.  Watson made birdies on Nos. 1 and 5 and an eagle on the par-5 sixth to gain a 3-up advantage on Justin Thomas early in their semifinal match.

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‹ Field: 64 players ‹ Format: 18-hole match play, with four-player pool play preceding single-elimination match play ‹ Purse: $10.25 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,845,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner

charity Benefit

The Dell Technologies Match Play has contributed more than $3.2 million to local charities in three years in Austin, and overall the event has generated more than $18 million since its inception in 1999. The local beneficiaries are Austin Parks Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, The First Tee of Greater Austin, Helping Hand Home for Children and Keep Austin Beautiful.

leaderBoard 2018 Player

Pos

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Bubba Watson

1

550.00

$1,700,000.00

Kevin Kisner

2

315.00

$1,072,000.00

Alex Noren

3

200.00

$695,000.00

Justin Thomas

4

140.00

$559,000.00

X Bubba Watson’s 7-and-6 victory in the final was the largest margin since the event moved to an 18-hole championship match in 2011, topping Jason Day’s 5-and-4 win over Louis Oosthuizen in 2016. Tiger Woods defeated Stewart Cink 8 and 7 in a 36-hole final in 2008. X For the first time since the event moved to the group-play format in 2015, neither the No. 1 nor No. 2 overall seed reached the championship match, with No. 2 Justin 190

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Thomas losing in the semifinals. Watson was seeded 35th and Kevin Kisner 32nd. X In the previous three years, the champions were all No. 1 or No. 2 seeds: Rory McIlroy (No. 1) in 2015, Jason Day (No. 2) in 2016 and Dustin Johnson (No. 1) in 2017. X Kevin Kisner’s 8-and-6 victory over Ian Poulter in the quarterfinals matched the third largest margin in tournament history.

The signature hole is the par-5 12th, which plays downhill to a green that sits hard by Lake Austin, with the iron arch of a bridge adjacent to the course as a backdrop. It’s reachable in two strokes, but water awaits an errant shot, making it an excellent risk/ reward hole for match play. That’s followed by another hole that can produce birdies or penalty strokes, the short par-4 13th featuring a green that juts into the water. The lakeside stretch concludes with the long par-4 14th where pars will be hard earned, and the lake hugs the entire left side.

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Ticketed spectators can park their boats on Lake Austin to view the tournament, under certain regulations. On-course amenities include a Fan Zone with simulators and local Austin food, bleachers on the first tee and signature back-nine holes, a merchandise tent and a Kid Zone.

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Bubba Watson plays his second shot on the 12th hole during his Championship Match against Kevin Kisner.

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March 28-31, 2019

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Location Corales Golf Course, Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Course Information

Yardage 7,670; par 72

2018 Champion Brice Garnett, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Daily grounds tickets cost $10 and a weekly ticket is $50, available through www.puntacana.com/ coraleschampionship.

“Once I looked at the board I was five or six ahead, so I knew smart golf was going to take care of things.” —Brice Garnett

HOW BRICE GARNETT WON

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Puntacana Resort & Club has 45 holes, including the Tom Fazio-designed Corales Course, which opened in 2010. The course plays along the cliffs, bays and coves of the Caribbean Sea, with six oceanside holes, and the inland holes are dotted with lakes and coralina quarries. The course features ever-changing elevations, strategic bunkering and massive, elevated greens.

Brice Garnett opened with a 63 and went on to a wire-to-wire victory with an 18-under 270 total. Garnett led by one stroke after each of the first two rounds and by two through 54 holes. He stretched the advantage to five with birdies on Nos. 2-4 in the final round. After a 2-under 34 on the front nine, he managed an even-par back nine as the weather conditions worsened with wind and rain, finishing with a 70. It was the first victory on the PGA TOUR for the 34-year-old, who won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2017. Keith Mitchell and Kelly Kraft each closed with 67, but started the final round too far back and finished second and third. Corey Conners, the player closest to Garnett through 54 holes, finished with a 74 for T13.  Garnett didn’t make a bogey in the first or second rounds as he shot 63-68.  Garnett ranked second for the week in Putts per Round at 25.5. He needed only 10 putts in his first nine holes on Sunday.  Garnett was No. 1 in Par 3 Scoring at 2.75.

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Runner-up Keith Mitchell shot a final-round 67.

Kelly Kraft was third with a 13-under 275 total.

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No. 2, Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Course).

‹ Field: 132 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $3 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $540,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner

Charity Benefit

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X Keith Mitchell gained solo second with a birdie on the 18th hole on Sunday, one of only three birdies on the hole all day. X Garnett and Tom Lovelady entered the final round as the only players with three rounds in the 60s, but neither could make it four as Garnett shot a 70 while winning and Lovelady a 72 in finishing T5.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Brice Garnett

1

63

68

69

70

270/-18

300.00

$540,000.00

Keith Mitchell

2

66

66

75

67

274/-14

165.00

$324,000.00

Kelly Kraft

3

68

69

71

67

275/-13

105.00

$204,000.00

Denny McCarthy

4

66

69

71

70

276/-12

80.00

$144,000.00

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Brice Garnett’s experience on the Web.com Tour, where he won twice in 2017, helped him break through on the PGA TOUR.

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Denny McCarthy closed with a 70 to finish fourth.

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X Brice Garnett’s 63 in the first round was the best score of the week and stands as the tournament record since this was the inaugural event. X Garnett led after each round on the way to victory. In his first three-plus years on the PGA TOUR he had led after a round once.

Proceeds benefit the Grupo Puntacana Foundation, which was formed to implement programs that help protect the environment and that also improve the well-being of the local communities of Punta Cana in basic areas of human development, seeking to be a catalyst for positive change influencing different sectors of society through the achievement of concrete, lasting examples of sustainability.

The last three holes play toward or along the Bay of Corales and are called the Devil’s Elbow. The 501-yard par-4 18th wraps around the water, enticing players to bite off as much of a carry as they dare on the tee shot. It was the toughest hole in 2018, playing to a 4.247 average. The 214-yard par-3 17th plays along the coast to a narrow green guarded by bunkers on both sides. The stretch starts with the 461-yard, par-4 16th, which plays toward the water and into the prevailing wind. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

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April 4-7, 2019

Valero Texas Open San Antonio, Texas TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks)

Course Information TPC San Antonio is a 36-hole facility that opened in 2010 with courses designed by Greg Norman (AT&T Oaks) and Pete Dye (AT&T Canyons). Sergio Garcia assisted Norman with the Oaks design, which incorporates the natural terrain and winds its way through stands of oak trees. The course balances narrower, tree-lined fairways with wider fairways offering multiple routes to the green.

Yardage 7,435; par 72

2018 Champion Andrew Landry, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Grounds tickets start at $25 in advance, available through www. ValeroTexasOpen.com. Tickets at the gate start at $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Military, veterans and first responders receive complimentary access along with one guest.

“There’s a lot of perks for a TOUR win and you’ve just got to continue to stay focused and not think about those kinds of things.”—Andrew Landry

Consecutive 67s on the weekend moved local favorite Jimmy Walker into fourth place.

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HOW ANDREW LANDRY WON

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Andrew Landry got off to a hot start on Sunday and held on for his first PGA TOUR victory. The Texas native began the final round tied for the lead with Zach Johnson and proceeded to birdie the first three holes, then added birdies on Nos. 6 and 10 to get to 5-under for the day. Landry bogeyed the 11th, but pars on the last seven holes gave him a 68 and 17-under 271 total for a two-stroke victory. In his second season on the PGA TOUR, Landry had earlier lost in a playoff to Jon Rahm at the Desert Classic. Johnson, a two-time Valero Texas Open champion, managed only a 72 in the final round and finished fifth. Sean O’Hair birdied the last two holes for a 66 and a share of second with Trey Mullinax (69).  Landry had only four bogeys on the week, and only one over the final two rounds.  Landry ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approachthe-Green at 1.923 per round and first in Greens in Regulation Percentage at 73.61.  Landry ranked first in Par 3 Scoring Average at 2.63.

Sean O’Hair went low the final 36 holes to share second place.

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No. 18, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks).

‹ Field: 144 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.5 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,350,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

The Valero Texas Open, along with Valero Benefit for Children, raised a record $12 million in 2018, bringing the grand total to over $138 million in charitable giving over the years. The Birdies for Charity program benefited more than 200 participating charities and schools in 2018.

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X Andrew Landry was the first Texan to win the Valero Texas Open since Jimmy Walker in 2015. X Landry was the third player in the last five years to make the Valero Texas Open his first PGA TOUR victory, joining Steven Bowditch (2014) and Kevin Chappell (2017). X Zach Johnson, who won the event in 2008

and 2009, finished fifth as he fell short in his bid to become only the third player to win more than twice. Arnold Palmer (1960-62) and Justin Leonard (2000-01, 2007) are the only three-time winners. X Trey Mullinax set a course record with a 62 in the third round.

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Andrew Landry

1

69

67

67

68

271/-17

500.00

$1,116,000.00

Trey Mullinax

T2

74

68

62

69

273/-15

245.00

$545,600.00

Sean O’Hair

T2

72

70

65

66

273/-15

245.00

$545,600.00

4

71

69

67

67

274/-14

135.00

$297,500.00

5

70

65

68

72

275/-13

110.00

$248,000.00

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Jimmy Walker Zach Johnson

Trey Mullinax was T2 after setting a course record with 62 in the third round.

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The 591-yard, par-5 18th hole provides a demanding finish even while affording a birdie opportunity. It is reachable in two for long hitters, but others have to lay up short of a creek that bisects the fairway in front of the green. Imprecision on either of the first two shots can leave a player fighting for a par.

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Zach Johnson, a twotime Valero Texas Open champion, was fifth in a bid to become only the third golfer to win the event more than twice.

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The slate of special activities at the Valero Texas Open includes three Pro-Ams, Women’s Day on Tuesday, Night to Honor Our Heroes on Friday and the 19th Hole Fiesta on Saturday with live music in The Backyard after play. The Valero Texas Open is honored and proud to support the Military as well as the First Responders of Bexar County by offering them complimentary admission and access to the Heroes Pavilion.

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Location

Course Information Augusta National Golf Club was designed by Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones, opening in 1932. Laid out on the site of a former tree nursery, the course features elevation changes, large undulating greens and relatively few but strategically placed bunkers. The course has undergone changes throughout its history to continue to provide a strong test for Masters competitors.

Yardage 7,435; par 72

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April 11-14, 2019

Masters Tournament

When Bobby Jones retired from competitive golf after winning the Grand Slam in 1930, he set his sights on building his dream course. Aided by his friend, New York investment banker Clifford Roberts, the perfect site was found in Augusta, Ga., on a former tree nursery. “It seemed that this land had been lying here for years just waiting for someone to lay a golf course upon it,” Jones later wrote. Jones collaborated with architect Alister MacKenzie on the design of Augusta National Golf Club, building a strategic layout that was immediately acclaimed upon opening in 1932. There was some discussion with the USGA of holding a U.S. Open there, but that didn’t work out since the club was closed during the summer months. So Roberts came up with the idea of holding an invitation tournament in the spring, hosted by the legendary Jones. With Jones interrupting his retirement to play in the event, the inaugural Augusta National Invitation Tournament (as it was then named) in 1934 drew more press coverage than any tournament outside of the U.S. Open. By the time Gene Sarazen won in 1935 in spectacular fashion, fueled by a double eagle on the 15th hole, the tournament (which would officially become the Masters in 1939) had already become a rite of spring.

Sarazen’s victory was only one example of Augusta National bringing out the best in the game’s greatest players, as it has continued to do throughout Masters history. Byron Nelson won his first major there in 1937 and added another Masters in 1942. Sam Snead and Ben Hogan claimed five of the six Masters from 1949 to 1954, Snead three and Hogan two. Arnold Palmer, with his swashbuckling style, used Augusta National as his main stage, becoming the first to win the Masters four times—1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964. Jack Nicklaus came along and did Palmer two better, claiming six green jackets from 1963 to 1986. South Africa’s Gary Player also made a mark with Masters titles in 1961, 1974 and 1978. He heralded the rise of international players in golf, and especially in the Masters. England’s Nick Faldo, with three titles (1989, 1990, 1996) led a vanguard of Europeans who captured 11 Masters from 1980 to 1999. Just before the turn of the century, the game’s next dominant player arrived, and like Palmer and Nicklaus before him he made his mark on Augusta National. In his first professional season, 1997, Tiger Woods broke Nicklaus’ Masters scoring record with an 18-under 270, and ran his green jacket total to four with wins in 2001, 2002 and 2005.

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Patrick Reed reveled in wrapping up his first major championship triumph.

Recently, left-handers have had a strong run, Phil Mickelson winning three times (2004, 2006, 2010) and Bubba Watson two (2012, 2014). Then along came Jordan Spieth, who sandwiched T2 finishes in 2014 and 2016 around a record-tying 72-hole performance in a 2015 victory. These events take place on a course that is designed for high drama. The second nine, in particular, often produces large swings on the leaderboard as it can yield low scores to outstanding play but also can deal harshly with a player whose game is faltering or who tries to produce heroic golf but is slightly off. A few examples: Player and Nicklaus shooting 30 on the closing nine to win in 1978 and 1986; Greg Norman (1996), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Spieth (2016) letting it slip away with closing nines of 40 or higher. w w w.p gat our.com

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HOW PATRICK REED WON

Patrick Reed opened with rounds of 69-66-67 for a 202 total that was two off the Masters 54-hole record. It gave him a three-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy with no one else closer than five strokes, but Reed still had to withstand heavy pressure in the final round to come away with the victory. McIlroy quickly pulled within one stroke after two holes on Sunday, thanks to a birdie on the second hole after a Reed bogey on the first. It wasn’t McIlroy’s day, though, as he would fall back with a 74 in the final round. The 27-year-old Reed, competing in the town where he played collegiately for Augusta State, had two birdies and two bogeys for an even-par 36 on the first nine to make the turn with a four-stroke advantage, but on the second nine a couple of challengers materialized. Jordan Spieth began the final round nine strokes back and pulled within four thanks to a 31 on the outgoing nine. The 2015 Masters champion proceeded to birdie Nos. 12, 13, 15 and 16 to tie Reed for the lead at 14-under and threaten the course record of 63. However, Spieth’s drive on 18 clipped a tree, setting up a bogey that gave him a 64. Reed, meanwhile, after making a bogey on 11 to go 1-over for the round, birdied the 12th and 14th

to get to 15-under and nose ahead even before Spieth’s closing bogey. Then it was Rickie Fowler’s turn to make a run with birdies on four of the last seven holes, including the 18th, to shoot a 67 and finish at 14-under. That forced Reed to par the last four holes for a 71 and the victory, accomplishing it with a two-putt from 25 feet on 18. It was his sixth career victory and first in a major, a runner-up finish at the 2017 PGA Championship his only previous major top-10. X Reed had four streaks of three consecutive birdies in the first two rounds, on Nos. 13-15 in the opening round and Nos. 1-3, 7-9 and 13-15 in the second round. On top of that, he had an eagle-par-eagle streak on Nos. 13-15 in the third round. X Reed was 13-under par on the 12 par 5s he played in the first three rounds, but settled for pars on all four of them in the final round. He still ranked first in Par 5 Scoring Average. X Reed had 22 birdies and two eagles on the week to rank first in Par Breakers, offsetting 11 bogeys. X Reed had 104 putts on the week to rank first in Putts Per Round. X Reed ranked third in Total Driving, as he was sixth in Driving Distance and T13 in Driving Accuracy Percentage. X If Spieth had emerged with a victory from nine strokes behind he would have set a tournament record for largest final-round comeback. Jack Burke won from eight strokes back in 1956.

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Patrick Reed walked up No. 18 needing a two-putt par to win and got it, ending a dramatic second nine on Sunday at Augusta National during which he fought back challenges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.

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Things weren’t looking good for Patrick Reed when he bogeyed the 11th hole in Sunday’s final round. His four-stroke lead had disappeared quickly with Jordan Spieth on fire up ahead, catching Reed at 13-under with his third birdie in four holes on No. 15. Reed stepped to the tee on the dangerous par-3 12th, where so many Masters dreams have drowned in Rae’s Creek in front of the green, and

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played a safe shot 22 feet past the hole. He proceeded to hole the putt to regain the lead. The drama wasn’t over, as Spieth birdied the 16th to pull into a tie for first at 14-under. Reed failed to birdie the par-5 13th, in fact catching a break when his second shot hung up on the bank of the hazard in front of the green. Reed steadied himself with drive on the par-4 14th to the middle of the fairway and a 161-yard approach that settled eight feet from the hole. He drilled the putt to regain the

lead, this time for good. Spieth dropped out with a bogey on 18, but Rickie Fowler assured that the stretch run would be nerve-wracking for Reed. At about the same time Reed was holing a five-foot par putt on 17, Fowler birdied 18 to pull within one. Now Reed needed a par on the finishing hole, not guaranteed after his approach finished 25 feet above the hole, leaving a slick downhill putt. That one rolled three feet past, but Reed holed it for a hardearned green jacket.

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77

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64

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RBC Heritage Atlantic Ocean

30˚

95

Brunswick

Kingsland

Jacksonville Tallahassee Saint Augustine

Valdosta

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Gainesville Florida Daytona Beach Deltona Edgewater

Hilton HeadTitusville Island, S.C. Orlando Kissimmee Harbour TownMelbourne Golf Links Sebastian Clearwater Tampa Saint Petersburg

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Harbour Town is an early Bahama Fort Lauderdale Eleuthera Naples Hialeah masterpiece in the career New Providence Islands Miami Homestead Cat Island of renowned architect Nassau San Salvador Pete Dye, with help fromAndros Rum Cay Key West Great Exuma consultant Jack Nicklaus Long Island in his first design project. 80˚ 75˚ The course opened in 1969 in time for the first RBC Heritage and has been hosting the event ever since. Known for its small, undulating greens and tree-lined fairways, Harbour Town challenges the pros by putting a premium on accuracy and shotmaking.

“I was thinking mostly of getting in the top 10 so I can play next week. I wasn’t really thinking about winning.” —Satoshi Kodaira

Yardage 7,099; par 71

2018 Champion Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Daily grounds tickets are $65 in advance, $85 starting in April; weekly grounds badges go for $155/$175. Tickets and badges, including various upgrades, are available through www.rbcheritage. com. Admission is free for juniors 15 and under accompanied by a ticketed adult and for active military and their dependents.

HOW SATOSHI KODAIRA WON

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Satoshi Kodaira, Japan

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Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira began the final round six strokes behind and tied for 12th, but a closing 5-under 66 and a birdie on the third playoff hole lifted him to victory. While Kodaira was making his move, third-round leader Ian Poulter was falling back with a 75 and contender Luke List was on the way to a 72. That left Si Woo Kim in the lead, but he bogeyed the 15th and 17th to finish with a 71 and fall into a tie while Kodaira was waiting in the clubhouse. Both players parred the 18th twice to begin the playoff before Kodaira drilled a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th. The 28-year-old had six career victories in Japan and accepted PGA TOUR membership after winning in his 15th start over several years as a non-member.  Kodaira recovered from an opening 73 with a 63 in the second round, which was the best round of the week.  Kodaira birdied the first three holes in the final round and shot a 66 despite two bogeys.  Kodaira ranked T4 in Driving Accuracy and T7 in Greens in Regulation.

Billy Horschel had three rounds in the 60s en route to a T5 finish.

Returning to the site of his professional debut, Bryson DeChambeau tied for third place.

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quick facts

No. 18, Harbour Town Golf Links (Dustin Johnson, third round 2018).

‹ Field: approx. 132 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6.9 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,242,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

The Heritage Classic Foundation distributes revenue to a wide variety of charitable organizations in South Carolina and for college scholarships. Since 1987, $40 million has been distributed to people in need, including $2.8 million in 2018.

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X The last six winners of the RBC Heritage have trailed after 54 holes: Graeme McDowell (2013), Matt Kuchar (2014), Jim Furyk (2015), Branden Grace (2016), Wesley Bryan (2017) and Satoshi Kodaira (2018). X Kodaira’s 73 was the second highest opening round by a winner in the 50-year history of the RBC Heritage to Bob Goalby’s 74 in 1970.

X Japan’s Kodaira was the fourth international winner in the last seven years, joining Carl Pettersson of Sweden (2012), Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (2013) and Branden Grace of South Africa (2016). X Bryson DeChambeau finished T3 two years after he finished T4 at the RBC Heritage in his first tournament as a professional.

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Satoshi Kodaira

1

73

63

70

66

272/-12

500.00

$1,206,000.00

Si Woo Kim

2

68

65

68

71

272/-12

300.00

$723,600.00

Bryson DeChambeau

T3

68

64

75

66

273/-11

162.50

$388,600.00

Luke List

T3

70

64

67

72

273/-11

162.50

$388,600.00

Billy Horschel

T5

69

66

67

72

274/-10

105.00

$254,600.00

Webb Simpson

T5

69

68

69

68

274/-10

105.00

$254,600.00

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Long-hitting Luke List solved the strategic demands of Harbour Town well with a T3 finish.

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Si Woo Kim lost in a playoff after closing with a 71.

All four par 3s at Harbour Town have water hazards, and they are especially in play on the 192-yard 14th, front and right, and the 200-yard fourth, front and left. Those played as the second and third most difficult holes in 2018, with the fourth accounting for 18 double bogeys or worse and the 14th for 17.

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April 25-28, 2019

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Location Avondale, La. TPC Louisiana

Course Information Renowned architect Pete Dye designed TPC Louisiana with assistance from two player consultants: former PGA Championship and THE PLAYERS champion Steve Elkington and New Orleans native Kelly Gibson. The layout is a grand representation of the natural local habitat, stretching along the Mississippi River delta and incorporating stately stands of cypress and oak trees. The design features more than 100 bunkers and five ponds that come into play.

“I love this city. I love Zurich. It’s nice to always come back here and feel at home. That’s what it always feels like.” —Billy Horschel

Yardage 2018 Champions Scott Piercy/Billy Horschel, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets A single-day grounds ticket costs $35 and a weekly badge is $85, with advance tickets available on www.zurichgolfclassic. com. Ages 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

HOW SCOTT PIERCY AND BILLY HORSCHEL WON

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Scott Piercy (left, above) and Billy Horschel put together a 5-under 67 in Sunday’s alternate-shot format to claim the title in the second year of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans as a team event. It was the second victory in New Orleans for Horschel, who won in 2013 when it was an individual event. This time he and partner Piercy rebounded from a slow start with a 61 in the best-ball format of the third round to pull within three strokes. They moved in front during the final round with birdies on five of the first 11 holes, all on putts of five feet or less, and stayed ahead with pars on the last seven holes. Jason Dufner and Pat Perez had a chance to tie on the 72nd hole, but Dufner missed a 14-foot birdie putt.  Piercy and Horschel matched the best round of the day with a 61 in the best-ball format of the third round and shot the best round of the day with a 67 in alternate-shot on Sunday.  Piercy and Horschel were one of only three teams to go bogey-free in the final round.

Social Media

Chesson Hadley (right) and Brice Garnett closed with a 71 to finish T4.

Jason Dufner (left) and Pat Perez shot a 61 in the third round en route to a runner-up finish.

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quick facts

No. 18, TPC Louisiana.

‹ Field: 80 two-player teams ‹ Format: Four-Ball (first and third rounds), Foursomes (second and fourth rounds) ‹ Purse: $7.3 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,051,200 for each player ‹ FedExCup Points: 400 for each player on the winning team

The Fore! Kids Foundation, founded in 1958, has raised more than $36 million with golf events including the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Proceeds from the tournament are contributed to more than 100 charitable organizations and schools, providing healthcare, education and hope for more than 200,000 children each year.

check this out X Billy Horschel, who won the event as an individual in 2013, became the 10th player to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans twice. The tournament dates to 1938, but no player has won it more than two times. X The format changed from 2017, the first year as a team event, when alternate-shot

was played in the first and third rounds and best-ball in the second and fourth. In 2018, it was the opposite. X Jason Dufner won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2012, and his second-place finish in 2018 was his sixth top-10 in the last seven years.

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3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points*

Earnings*

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65

73

61

67

266/-22

400.00

$1,036,800.00

Jason Dufner/Pat Perez

2

66

72

61

68

267/-21

162.50

$417,600.00

Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel

3

66

72

62

68

268/-20

105.00

$273,600.00

Brice Garnett/Chesson Hadley

T4

64

73

61

71

269/-19

82.50

$216,900.00

Tommy Fleetwood/Chris Paisley

T4

62

75

63

69

269/-19

82.50

$216,900.00

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South African players Louis Oosthuizen (left) and Charl Schwartzel finished third, two strokes back.

The signature hole at TPC Louisiana is the 18th, a risk-oriented par 5. It is reachable in two, especially when the tees are moved up from the scorecard yardage of 585 to make it more enticing, but water all the way down the right side adds an element of danger. Strategically placed bunkers—12 in all—come into play on the tee shot, layup area and approach to the green.

A first-round 62 by Chris Paisley (left) and Tommy Fleetwood spurred the Englishmen to a T4 finish.

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Prominently featured are a couple of dining venues requiring upgraded tickets, the Acme Oyster House overlooking play on three holes and the Champions Club with dishes from some of New Orleans’ favorite restaurants. Venues open to all ticketholders include the 19th Hole, which features music after the last putt Saturday and Sunday, and the Children’s Hospital Kids Zone.

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Location Charlotte, N.C. Quail Hollow Club

Course Information George Cobb was the original designer of Quail Hollow Club, laying out the course in 1961 on a former dairy farm. Arnold Palmer modified selected holes in 1986. Tom Fazio made some changes before and after the course began hosting the Wells Fargo Championship in 2003, including the reworking of several holes in preparation for the 2017 PGA Championship.

Yardage 7,554; par 71

2018 Champion Jason Day, Australia

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Grounds tickets cost $35 for a practice pack for Monday-Wednesday, $55 Thursday, $65 FridaySunday or $75 for a Good Any One Day ticket. Available through www. wellsfargochampionship. com. Children 12-andunder are free (one per ticketed adult) and a program is in place for military ID holders.

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“I just said to myself, ‘Forget about it, and keep pushing.’” —Jason Day

Aaron Wise had a good week in his first appearance at the event, tying for second, two strokes behind the winner.

HOW JASON DAY WON

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Jason Day had four bogeys in the final round but made up for it with six birdies, including two down the stretch that gave him his second victory of the season. Day was even par for the day and tied for the lead coming to the difficult “Green Mile” of Nos. 16-18, but conquered it with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 16th and a tee shot that hit the flagstick and settled three feet away for one of only three birdies on the day on the par-3 17th before a par on 18. Day began the day with a two-stroke lead, but bogeys on 13 and 14 dropped him into a tie with Aaron Wise. While Wise made pars on the closing holes, Nick Watney sank a 59-foot birdie putt on 18 to tie him for second.  Day was 3-under for the week on Nos. 16-18, with no bogeys.  Day ranked T69 in Greens in Regulation Percentage and hit only eight greens in the final round.  Day led the field in Strokes Gained: Aroundthe-Green and was second in Strokes Gained: Putting. Bryson DeChambeau rebounded from a 3-over opening round to finish in fourth place.

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Jason Day and caddie Luke Reardon walk the 14th hole at Quail Hollow Club during the final round.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.7 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,386,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit Champions For Education, the tournament’s host organization, has donated more than $22 million to local and regional charitable foundations in 16 years.

check this out X Australia’s Jason Day was the third international player to win the Wells Fargo Championship, joining Fiji’s Vijay Singh (2005) and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (2010, 2015). X Day’s victory came a year after he finished T9 in the PGA Championship when it was played at Quail Hollow. He was playing in his

third Wells Fargo Championship, with a best finish of T9 in 2012. X Phil Mickelson has played in the Wells Fargo Championship 15 times, missing only once since the event started in 2003. His best finish was second place in 2010. X Aaron Wise finished T2 in his first time playing the event.

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3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Jason Day

1

69

67

67

69

272/-12

500.00

$1,386,000.00

Nick Watney

T2

72

67

66

69

274/-10

245.00

$677,600.00

Aaron Wise

T2

68

68

70

68

274/-10

245.00

$677,600.00

Bryson DeChambeau

4

75

65

66

70

276/-8

135.00

$369,600.00

Paul Casey

T5

69

68

69

71

277/-7

100.00

$281,050.00

Phil Mickelson

T5

72

72

64

69

277/-7

100.00

$281,050.00

Peter Uihlein

T5

72

72

62

71

277/-7

100.00

$281,050.00

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Nick Watney was T2, his best finish on TOUR since 2015.

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The par-4 11th and par-4 first, both of which were lengthened by moving the greens to new locations before the 2017 PGA Championship, ranked as the first and second toughest holes in 2018. They edged out Nos. 16-18, the finishing stretch known as the “Green Mile,” which ranked 3-4-5 in difficulty. It was a different position in the hole rankings for the 493-yard par4 18th, which had been the toughest hole on the course in eight of the last nine events at Quail Hollow.

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Paul Casey shot three rounds in the 60s to share fifth place.

Concession offerings include food from local restaurants, while venues for fans include the Wells Fargo social media hub, a charity village where fans can learn about the local organizations that benefit from the tournament, a fenced-in area near the practice range for kids 12 and under to watch the pros up close and a military outpost. Special events include a youth exhibition on Wednesday, a Saturday night concert and a sunrise service on Sunday.

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May 9-12, 2019

AT&T Byron Nelson Location Dallas, Texas Trinity Forest Golf Club

Course Information Trinity Forest Golf Club, a Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design, opened in 2016 and first hosted the AT&T Byron Nelson last year. While surrounded by the Great Trinity Forest, the course is essentially treeless and built on a sand-capped landfill. With a terrain full of humps and bumps, the course looks and plays very much like a Scottish links with fast turf in the playing areas, native grasses in the roughs and a strategic design where the best angles of approach require flirting with trouble.

“I looked at the leaderboard and realized that a lot of people were making an early charge and I knew I needed to kind of separate myself. I was able to do that because my putter got hot.”—Aaron Wise

Yardage 7,380; par 71 Aaron Wise, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Daily grounds tickets (good any one day) cost $45, available through www.attbyronnelson.org. Admission is complimentary for patrons 17 and under. Military and veterans, along with one guest, receive complimentary tickets. First responders—police and fire—are admitted free.

HOW AARON WISE WON

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Aaron Wise birdied Nos. 7-10 to complete a stretch of six birdies in seven holes and went on to shoot a final-round 65 for a three-stroke margin and his first PGA TOUR win. The 21-year-old former NCAA champion at Oregon shot a 63 in the second round to move within a stroke of the lead and stayed in a battle with Marc Leishman the rest of the way. The two were tied for the lead after the third round, but Wise pulled ahead by four with his mid-round birdie burst, which was capped by putts of 16 and 18 feet on the ninth and 10th. Wise had a 31 on the front nine and finished with pars on the last eight holes while Leishman, who had opened the tournament with a 61, had a final-round 68 to finish second.  Wise didn’t make a bogey in his second-round 63 or closing 65.  Wise ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green at 1.498 per round and second in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee at 1.150.  Wise hit 66 of 72 greens in regulation to lead in that category. Branden Grace closed with a 62 to move up into a tie for third place.

J.J. Spaun shared third place, four strokes behind the winner.

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charity Benefit

quick facts

No. 12, Trinity Forest Golf Club.

The Salesmanship Club, the host organization of the AT&T Byron Nelson, donates funds raised by the tournament to Momentous Institute and its education and mental health programs designed to build and repair kids’ social and emotional health. In 2018, the tournament contributed $4.8 million to Momentous Institute, lifting the total since 1968 to more than $160 million.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.9 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,422,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

check this out X Wise was the first rookie to win the AT&T Byron Nelson since Keegan Bradley in 2011. X Marc Leishman’s 61 in the first round was one stroke higher than the tournament 18-hole record of 60 by Sam Snead in 1957, Arron Oberholser in 2006 and Bradley in 2013.

X Wise’s 23-under par total set the tournament scoring record relative to par. X At 21 years, 10 months, 29 days, Wise became the second youngest winner of the AT&T Byron Nelson behind Tiger Woods in 1997 (21 years, 4 months, 18 days).

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

1

65

63

68

65

261/-23

500.00

$1,386,000.00

2

61

66

69

68

264/-20

300.00

$831,600.00

Branden Grace

T3

66

68

69

62

265/-19

145.00

$400,400.00

Keith Mitchell

T3

65

68

69

63

265/-19

145.00

$400,400.00

J.J. Spaun

T3

64

69

69

63

265/-19

145.00

$400,400.00

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In a week of low scoring, Keith Mitchell was T3 at 19-under.

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The fifth and 15th holes, both par 4s, have greens that are close together, described as “evil twins” by course designer Bill Coore. Both greens are small and severely perched, with pronounced drop-offs behind them. The fifth is drivable at 315 yards, but made challenging by the small green and a bunker 40 yards short of the putting surface. You need to carry the bunker if you’re going for the green—but not by too much, or the ball will go bounding over the green leaving a difficult pitch.

fan eXPerience

Runner-up Marc Leishman came within one stroke of the tournament record in the first round as he shot 61.

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Fans can look forward to such favorites as the Pavilion, Grey Goose 19th Hole and Kid Zone. For information, visit www. attbyronnelson.org. An upgraded ticket allows access to the Harwood Club, which provides a climate-controlled interior and an elevated outdoor patio between the third green and par-3 12th hole.

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May 16-19, 2019

PGA Championship Location Farmingdale, N.Y. Bethpage State Park (Black Course)

Course Information The Black Course at Bethpage State Park opened in 1936, the last project of famed golf architect A.W. Tillinghast. Designed to be the toughest of five courses in the park, the Black Course features severe bunkering and many elevated greens. Course conditioning received a necessary upgrade in the late 1990s, funded by the USGA, and with Rees Jones on board for design changes the course was awarded U.S. Opens in 2002 and 2009.

Yardage 7,438; par 70

2018 Champion Brooks Koepka, U.S.

Media Coverage TNT/CBS

Tickets Advance tickets are sold through a registration process on www.pga. com/events/pgachampionship/ and may be sold out. Regardless of a sellout, juniors 17 and under are free at the gate with a ticketed adult (limit four juniors per adult). Active duty, military retirees, active reserve, National Guard and accompanying guest (limit one) receive complimentary daily grounds tickets.

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“The shots I hit coming down the stretch were very good. On 16, I hit a laser right at the flag. That will go down as probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit under pressure.”—Brooks Koepka

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Brooks Koepka held off the charges of Tiger Woods and Adam Scott at Bellerive in St. Louis to follow up his U.S. Open victory with a PGA Championship title. Koepka, who shot a 63 in the second round, led by two strokes through 54 holes. He fell back with bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5 on Sunday, rebounded with consecutive birdies on holes 7-9, but still faced a battle down the stretch. Woods birdied four of six holes starting at the eighth to pull within one and Scott birdied five of seven holes starting at the seventh to gain a tie for the lead. Koepka broke away from them with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 15th and a seven-footer on the 16th as he shot a 66 in the final round. Woods closed with a 64 to finish second at 266, but a bogey on 14 hurt his chances. Scott didn’t make another birdie after the 13th and bogeyed 18 for a 67 and third place at 267. X Starting with his first nine in the second round (the back nine), Koepka had consecutive nine-hole scores of 32, 31 and 30. X Koepka was second in Driving Distance (324.1 yards) and second in Strokes Gained: Off-theTee (1.470 per round). X Koepka was second in Scrambling, saving par on 77.8 percent of the greens he missed. w w w.pgatour.com

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No. 18, Bethpage State Park (Black Course).

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $11 million (2018) ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,980,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner

Charity Benefit

PGA REACH is the 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact lives by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf through flagship programs such as PGA Jr. League for youth, PGA HOPE for the military and The PGA WORKS Fellowship for diversity and inclusion.

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Brooks Koepka

1

69

63

66

66

264/-16

600.00

$1,980,000.00

Tiger Woods

2

70

66

66

64

266/-14

330.00

$1,188,000.00

Adam Scott

3

70

65

65

67

267/-13

210.00

$748,000.00

Stewart Cink

T4

67

69

66

67

269/-11

135.00

$489,250.00

Jon Rahm

T4

68

67

66

68

269/-11

135.00

$489,250.00

CheCk this out X Brooks Koepka became the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season, joining Gene Sarazen (1922), Ben Hogan (1948), Jack Nicklaus (1980) and Tiger Woods (2000). X Koepka became the 20th player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in their career. X Koepka’s 264 set the championship record for lowest 72-hole total, bettering David Toms’ 265 in 2001. It tied the lowest score

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in a major, matching Henrik Stenson at The Open Championship in 2016. X In finishing second, Tiger Woods came up just short in his attempt to match Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen with the most PGA Championship victories (five). X Justin Thomas finished T6 in his effort to defend the title. Since 1937, only Tiger Woods has won the PGA Championship in consecutive years, doing so in 1999-2000 and 2006-2007.

The 15th and 12th holes ranked 1-2 in difficulty in both the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Opens. No. 15 is a 459yard par 4 that plays longer because of a severely uphill second shot. The green has the most slope of any on the course, but not quite as much as it used to as the back-to-front tilt has been reduced to allow for more hole locations. There has also been a change on the dogleg left par-4 12th hole, with a new tee adding 20 yards to make it 519. Other changes since 2009 under the supervision of Rees Jones and associate Greg Muirhead are rebuilt greens on Nos. 3 and 14 and an expanded green on the 11th. All greenside bunkers and most fairway bunkers have been rebuilt.

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May 23-26, 2019

Charles Schwab Challenge Location Fort Worth, Texas Colonial Country Club

Just five years after opening, this championship course designed by Perry Maxwell and John Bredemus hosted the 1941 U.S. Open. Built on the south bank of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, Colonial is known as “Hogan’s Alley” because the legendary Ben Hogan won the tournament five times. The course is cut through pecan trees, with classic hole shapes and features. Though the terrain is flat, the subtle turns and doglegs routed through the trees make it a great s hotmaking test.

Justin Rose didn’t sit on a four-stroke lead through 54 holes, shooting a 30 on the front nine on Sunday on the way to a 64 and a three-stroke victory. The Englishman needed the strong performance, as closest pursuers Brooks Koepka and Emiliano Grillo shot 31s on the front nine. Both began the day four strokes behind, and ended up five back at the turn despite their hot starts. Rose birdied the first two holes, slipped back briefly with a bogey at the third, and finished the front nine with six straight 3s, four of them birdies. Koepka shot a 63, but never got closer than three strokes as he finished second while Grillo had a 64 for third. Kevin Na, who began the final round nine strokes back, shot a 61 to finish fourth.

Yardage 7,209; par 70

2018 Champion Justin Rose, England

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Daily tickets are $50 for any day and a weekly badge is $125, available through www. charlesschwabchallenge. com. A youth ticket (ages 13-17) is $15 each day and kids 12 and under are free. Active, reserve and retired military get free tickets.

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Course Information

“I kind of felt that I had to be as aggressive as the chasing pack was going to be.” —Justin Rose

Runner-up Brooks Koepka went out in 31 in shooting a final-round 63.

 Rose had a streak of three straight birdies in each round.  Rose was 13-under on the front nine for the week, shooting 34, 32, 31, 30.  Rose ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green and Greens in Regulation Percentage and was fourth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee. Emiliano Grillo finished fourth after a closing 64.

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No. 18, Colonial Country Club.

charity Benefit

‹ Field: 120 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.3 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,314,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

The Charles Schwab Challenge partners with charitable organizations in Tarrant County through the Birdies for Charity program. The organizations solicit pledges from individuals and corporations, and receive additional contributions from the tournament’s Matching Fund.

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X With a bogey on the 72nd hole, Justin Rose finished at 20-under 260 and missed tying the tournament 72-hole record by one stroke. Zach Johnson had a 21-under 259 total in 2010. X Kevin Na, who finished fourth, tied the Colonial Country Club 18-hole record with a

Holes 3-5 at Colonial comprise the club’s “Horrible Horseshoe,” the most difficult stretch on the course, beginning with a 483-yard par 4. Next is a par 3 of up to 247 yards that plays to an elevated green and has never yielded a hole-in-one in the tournament. The fifth is a 481-yard par 4 that runs between trees and a ditch on the left and the Trinity River on the right, and played as the toughest hole in 2018.

61 in the fourth round. It was the seventh time it’s been done, most recently by Chad Campbell in 2004. X Brooks Koepka finished second in his debut at the event. Five players have won in their first appearance at Colonial, Sergio Garcia the most recent in 2001.

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Justin Rose

1

66

64

66

64

260/-20

500.00

$1,278,000.000

Brooks Koepka

2

70

63

67

63

263/-17

300.00

$766,800.00

Emiliano Grillo

3

64

67

69

64

264/-16

190.00

$482,800.00

Kevin Na

4

62

73

70

61

266/-14

135.00

$340,800.00

Louis Oosthuizen

T5

67

71

64

68

270/-10

100.00

$259,150.00

Jon Rahm

T5

68

70

64

68

270/-10

100.00

$259,150.00

Kevin Tway

T5

66

69

68

67

270/-10

100.00

$259,150.00

Kevin Na shot the seventh 61 in the event’s history and the first one in 14 years.

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Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa shot 132 over the final two rounds to finish T5.

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Main Street is the center of the action, featuring interactive stations for golf swing analysis, a tournament pro shop offering a variety of apparel and merchandise, and the Colonial Grille, where fans can relax and refresh with a full menu of food and beverage options. At the 13th hole, the Citi Cardmember club is an air-conditioned hospitality venue exclusively for cardholders. Check www. charlesschwabchallenge. com for details on Youth Day.

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October 11-13, 2019

October 18-20, 2019

SAS Championship

Dominion Energy Charity Classic

7,237; par 72

Tournament Record 194, Bernhard Langer (2018)

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Tom Kite (2003)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www. saschampionship.com

Course Insight The SAS Championship is played at a hybrid of the Highlands and Meadows courses at the 54-hole Prestonwood Country Club. The Meadows Course opened in 1988 and Highlands in 1993, both designed by Tom Jackson. Recent work has been done by Jack Nicklaus protégé Rick Robbins, including renovated green complexes planted with Championship Bermuda grass. 214

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Bernhard Langer and Gene Sauers both opened with scores of 62-67 to share the lead after each of the first two rounds, but Langer took full control with a final-round 65 for a five-stroke victory. “I just played very solid all day long. Putted well, hit the ball where I was looking and did everything exceptionally well,” said Langer, who finished with a tournament record 22-under 194 total. Langer had an 8-under 29 on the back nine in his opening 62 with two streaks of four straight birdies. He made only one bogey all week, that in the second round, as he scored his 38th career PGA TOUR Champions victory and made it seven straight multiple-win seasons, second all-time to Hale Irwin (11). Scott Parel claimed second with a final-round 65 and Jerry Kelly third with a 68, while Sauers dropped to T5 with a 75.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The host charity of the SAS Championship is the YMCA of the Triangle. Since the tournament began supporting the YMCA’s academic programs more than 8,000 students have taken part, and the tournament annually contributes the largest donation to the Y Learning Program.

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Tournament Record 200, Bernhard Langer (2017)

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Kevin Sutherland (2016), Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh (2017)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pgatour.com/champions/ tournaments/dominionenergy-charity-classic.html

Course Insight The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course, one of three courses at the club, was designed in 1928 by renowned architect William Flynn. The front nine is more low lying, and the back nine goes into the hills and has more undulation. The course hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1955 and 1975. Architect Lester George oversaw a restoration in 2003-04, bringing back strategic elements of the original design and redoing fairway bunkers to bring them back into play. At the same time, new fourth, sixth and 18th holes were built.

HOW WOODY AUSTIN WON

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Location Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.

HOW BERNHARD LANGER WON

Woody Austin birdied the par-5 18th hole after his chip hit the flagstick and stopped six feet away, earning a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer. Austin and Langer both began the final round three strokes behind leader Jay Haas, who at age 64 was seeking to become the oldest winner in PGA TOUR Champions history. Haas slipped to T3 with a 74 and several other contenders also struggled in windy and cool conditions. “I really enjoy a difficult test,” said Austin, who shot a closing 69. “I enjoy even par meaning something. That’s my game.” Austin was 3-under on the front nine and after two bogeys on the back nine finished with birdies on Nos. 15 and 18. Langer shot a final-round 70, making eight straight pars on the back nine before a birdie on 18 that left him one behind.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Virginia Values Veterans, which creates employment opportunities for transitioning military service members, and the Richmond Fisher House, which provides free onsite housing for families of hospitalized veterans, are the tournament’s primary beneficiaries. Other local charities benefit from the Birdies for Charity program.

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Location The Country Club of Virginia (James River Course), Richmond, Va.

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October 26-28, 2018

Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Invesco QQQ Championship

Location

7,006; par 72

Tournament Record: 203, Tom Pernice Jr. (2016)

Tournament 18-hole Record 64, Tom Pernice Jr. (2016)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pgatour. com/champions/ tournaments/invescoqqq-championship.html

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Course Insight Located in a beautiful setting at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, Sherwood Country Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1989. The course makes use of the natural elements of land elevations and valleys, waterfalls, running streams and unique rock formations to make for an aesthetically rich and strategically challenging layout. The par-72 course deviates from the norm with five par 5s balanced by five par 3s. The adjoining Lake Sherwood got its name when the area was used for the filming of “Robin Hood,” starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr., in 1921.

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HOW SCOTT PAREL WON

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Scott Parel played a bogey-free final round, shooting a 68 that gave him an 11-under 205 total and a one-stroke victory over Paul Goydos. The 53-year-old Parel won for the second time on PGA TOUR Champions, the first coming two months earlier at the Boeing Classic. “I was comfortable knowing I could win. I’ve done it before,” said Parel. “You can’t win if your short game isn’t working, and my short game has definitely improved.” Parel moved from sixth to second in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, with just the Charles Schwab Cup Championship remaining. Parel birdied Nos. 3, 5, 11 and 13 in the final round and parred the last five holes to hold off Goydos, who closed with a 67. Kenny Perry, Stephen Ames and David McKenzie tied for third at 208, while second-round leader Miguel Ángel Jiménez slipped to a 73 and finished T6 with Bernhard Langer, Jay Haas and David Toms.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The primary beneficiaries are the Sherwood Country Club Foundation (Sherwood Cares), which donates to local charities serving children and families, and The First Tee of Los Angeles.

Location Phoenix Country Club Phoenix, Ariz.

Yardage 6,763; par 71

Tournament Record 262, Vijay Singh (2018)

Tournament 18-hole Record 60, Jay Haas (2012)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pgatour.com/ champions/tournaments/ charles-schwab-cupchampionship.html

Course Insight A green oasis inside a desert city, Phoenix Country Club was founded in 1899 and moved to its current location in 1921. It’s a traditional course, all grass with no desert areas, designed by Harry Collis. The course hosted 43 PGA TOUR events, the last in 1986, and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship the last two years. Tom Lehman and John Fought did a redesign in 2002 that focused on redoing the greens while also adding and deepening bunkers.

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Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Vijay Singh began the final round six strokes behind, but by the time he finished a 10-under 61 he had surged four strokes ahead of the field on the way to his third victory of 2018. Singh opened with three rounds of 67, leaving him T6 through 54 holes. “I really didn’t think I had any chance the way the guys were scoring,” said Singh. But an opportunity opened up when 54-hole leader Scott McCarron shot a 72, and Singh took advantage. He birdied five of the first seven holes to get into the hunt, and then five of the last seven to pull away to victory with a 22-under 262 total. Tim Petrovic was second at 266 and McCarron and Wes Short Jr. T3 at 267, while 61-year-old Bernhard Langer won the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race for the fifth time.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Charles Schwab Cup Championship has raised more than $5 million for charities since 2003. The tournament also has a TICKETS Fore CHARITY program, allowing local charities to sell tournament tickets and keep 100 percent of the net proceeds.

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February 8-10, 2019

January 17-19, 2019

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai

Oasis Championship

Location

Tournament Record 191, Loren Roberts (2006)

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Loren Roberts (2006)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pgatour.com/ champions/tournaments/ mitsubishi-electricchampionshipat-hualalai.html

Course Insight Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Hualalai rests upon dramatic natural topography and winds through lava outcrops to provide a unique test for even the best players. “The inspiration came from the lava…to use those natural ups and downs, always keeping in mind that the ocean is the greatest influence here,” Nicklaus said. The course begins in a lush kipuka (oasis) and then flows down to a dramatic finish near the ocean, with the par-3 17th set on the seaside, making it the most scenic hole. 216

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CHARITY BENEFIT Since the Hawaii inception of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in 1997, more than $1.5 million has been donated to various island charities, including the Rotary Club of Kona, Daniel R. Sayre Foundation, and Big Island Junior Golf programs.

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Yardage 6,807; par 72

Tournament Record 198, Michael Allen and Duffy Waldorf (2014)

Tournament 18-hole Record 60, Michael Allen (2014)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www. bocaratonchampionship. com

Course Insight Joe Lee designed The Old Course at Broken Sound in 1978. Gene Bates, with help from World Golf Hall of Fame member Johnny Miller, updated the layout in 2004 to make it more playable and yet more challenging with the addition of water hazards and strategic bunkering along the undulating fairways. The course winds through oaks and pine trees, giving it a “Piney Woods” North Carolina feel that is popular with members and PGA TOUR Champions players alike. It has been home to the event since 2007.

Mark Calcavecchia officially scored a wire-to-wire victory, but it was a close call at the end before he finished two strokes ahead of Bernhard Langer. Calcavecchia dropped into a tie for the lead with a bogey on the 16th, where he holed a 20-foot putt, but emerged with the win when Langer bogeyed the last two holes. It was the fourth PGA TOUR Champions win for the 57-year-old and first since 2015. “I didn’t think it would happen again,” said Calcavecchia. “I think I made enough putts, and sometimes the Lord pencils you in.” Calcavecchia opened with a 64 to lead by one, followed with a 66 to go ahead by two, and began the final round with three straight birdies before a back-nine 38 led to a 70. Langer shot 66-66-70, while Fred Funk and David Toms each shot closing 67s to claim third and fourth, respectively.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The tournament benefits Boca Raton Regional Hospital and other local charities. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced tertiary medical center, recognized as a leader in cardiovascular care, oncology, women’s health, orthopedics, emergency medicine and the neurosciences.

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Jerry Kelly trailed by one stroke coming to the final hole, but walked away with the victory when he birdied from 18 feet and Colin Montgomerie made a bogey that started with a drive into a fairway bunker and ended with a missed par putt from six feet. It was the second time Kelly has triumphed in Hawaii, having claimed the 2002 Sony Open in Hawaii as one of his three PGA TOUR victories. “I talk to the spirit of the islands all the time, and it means a lot to me to win here again,” said the 51-year-old. Montgomerie held the 36-hole lead after opening with a pair of 7-under 65s, but a double bogey on the fifth hole ultimately proved costly in a closing 69. Kelly shot a 66 with five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 seventh against a lone bogey.

HOW MARK CALCAVECCHIA WON

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HOW JERRY KELLY WON

The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.

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March 1-3, 2019

Chubb Classic

Cologuard Classic

Location

6,714; par 72

Tournament Record 196, Bernhard Langer (2011), Kenny Perry (2012)

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Tommy Armour III (2010)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.chubbclassic.com

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Course Insight Considered one of the finest private courses in Florida since opening in 1999, the Talon Course at TwinEagles was designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack Nicklaus II. It is one of two courses on the property, joined in 2012 by the Steve Smyers-designed Eagle Course. The Talon features many Nicklaus staples, including generous fairways and well-protected undulating greens. Oak and palm trees line the fairways, while lakes, bunkers, mounding and natural cypress hammocks enhance the layout. The 457-yard 18th, with five fairway bunkers challenging the drive and a lake to the right and run-off to the left testing the approach, is one of the toughest finishing holes on PGA TOUR Champions. W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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HOW JOE DURANT WON

HOW STEVE STRICKER WON

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Joe Durant birdied the last two holes to pull away after a tight battle and post a four-stroke victory with a 19-under 197 total. Durant led through 36 holes after rounds of 67-63, with Steve Stricker one stroke behind. They went back and forth all day, with Stricker pulling into a tie for the lead after a two-stroke swing on 16. Durant gained the advantage with a birdie on 17 and put the pressure on with an approach to 15 feet on the difficult 18th. Forced to go at the flag, Stricker hit into the water and double bogeyed, finishing in a second-place tie at 201 with Lee Janzen, Tim Petrovic, Billy Mayfair and David Toms. “I missed short putts early, but I kept grinding,” said the 53-year-old Durant, who shot a closing 67.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The official host charity of the Chubb Classic is The First Tee of Naples/Collier, and the tournament also supports many other charities in Southwest Florida. In the 30 years that PGA TOUR Champions has been in Naples, more than $3 million has been donated to various initiatives.

Location Omni Tucson National Resort, Tucson, Ariz.

Yardage 7,207; par 73

Tournament Record 199, Tom Lehman (2017)

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Jim Carter (2016), Steve Stricker (2017)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.cologuardclassic.com

Course Insight The Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort, designed by Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin, hosted more than 30 events on the PGA TOUR before it welcomed PGA TOUR Champions starting in 2015. Opened in 1963, the Catalina is a parkland-style design featuring eight lakes and 80 bunkers. The course is known for its very difficult par-4 18th hole, with water guarding both sides of the landing area and an uphill approach shot to an undulating green.

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One year after finishing second in Tucson in his PGA TOUR Champions debut with a double bogey on the final hole, Steve Stricker parred the difficult 18th to claim his first victory as a senior. The finale also gave Stricker trouble in the second round when he double bogeyed it to fall one stroke off the lead. On Sunday he avoided the water with his tee shot, and a par enabled Stricker to complete a bogey-free 4-under 69 as he won in his eighth PGA TOUR Champions start. “I’ve been close, let one get away here last year, so it’s a really nice feeling to finally pull one out,” said the Wisconsin native, who shot a bogey-free 4-under 69 in the final round to beat Jerry Kelly, Gene Sauers and Scott Dunlap by two strokes.

CHARITY BENEFIT

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March 29-31, 2019

Hoag Classic

Rapiscan Systems Classic

Location

Tournament Record 193, Duffy Waldorf (2015)

Tournament 18-hole Record 60, Tom Purtzer (2004), Nick Price (2011), Duffy Waldorf (2015)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.HoagClassic.com

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Course Insight Located along the Pacific Coast Highway in scenic Newport Beach and offering views of the Pacific Ocean and Newport Bay, Newport Beach Country Club was designed by renowned architect William Bell in 1952. A strategic layout, the course underwent enhancements by Harry Rainville in 1973. Ted Robinson further refined it with changes to selected tees and bunkers in 1985 and 1998-2000. The course is known for its narrow kikuyu fairways lined by mature pines and small greens with deceptive breaks. Several water hazards add to the challenge.

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Vijay Singh scored his first individual victory on PGA TOUR Champions as he birdied the par-5 finishing hole to beat Scott McCarron, Tom Pernice Jr. and Tommy Tolles by one stroke. The 55-year-old Singh, who teamed with Carlos Franco to win the 2017 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, was playing his 25th PGA TOUR Champions individual event, as he had concentrated on the PGA TOUR. “I put a lot of pressure on myself when I first came out here,” said Singh. “Every time I teed it up, I thought I had to win.” This time he had low expectations as he was sick at the beginning of the week, but shot rounds of 68-68-66. Tolles shot a 65 on Sunday, but missed a six-footer for birdie on 18, while McCarron closed with a 68 and 36-hole leader Pernice a 69.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Hoag Charity Sports, a supporting organization of Hoag Hospital Foundation, takes over as title sponsor in 2019. As since 2011, proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag and other Hoag programs.

Location Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.

Yardage 7,088; par 72

Tournament Record 200, Tom Lehman (2011)

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Fred Couples (2012), Gene Sauers (2017)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www. rapiscansystemsclassic.com

Course Insight Fallen Oak features woods, wetlands and elevation changes rarely seen on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Tom Fazio designed the course, which opened in 2006 and is part of the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino. Fallen Oak features more than 4,000 oaks, magnolias, pines and other hardwoods. Ponds, streams and wetlands enhance the beauty and the challenge. The tree from which the course was given its name is perched on the right side of the fairway at the par-4 18th hole.

HOW STEVE STRICKER WON

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HOW VIJAY SINGH WON

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Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.

Steve Stricker won his second consecutive PGA TOUR Champions start as he scored a three-stroke victory in the Rapiscan Systems Classic with an 11-under 205 total. Stricker, coming off his first PGA TOUR Champions win at the Cologuard Classic, quickly added another as he took a one-stroke lead into the final round at Fallen Oak and extended the margin with a 68 that included a 33 on the back nine. “It was good to hit the shots I needed down the stretch and finish it off the way I should,” said Stricker, who birdied all four par 5s in the final round including Nos. 13 and 15 in the stretch run. For the week, Stricker was 11-under on the par 5s with an eagle, nine birdies and two pars. Billy Andrade finished second after a 69 in the final round, with David McKenzie, Scott Parel, Jesper Parnevik and Gene Sauers a shot further back.

CHARITY BENEFIT

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2018/2019 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

May 3-5, 2019

May 9-12, 2019

Insperity Invitational

Tournament Record 191, Bernhard Langer (2007)

Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Bernhard Langer (2007)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www. insperityinvitational.com

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Course Insight Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin designed The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course. The two men are responsible for the design and redesign of more than 250 courses in the U.S. and 16 other countries, but this was a “home course” for von Hagge, who lived in The Woodlands. Created in 1978, the course features ponds, lakes and trees. It has hosted tournaments on all the major tours, including the Houston Open on the PGA TOUR and the LPGA’s Samsung World Championship.

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Bernhard Langer opened the tournament with a 63 and led after each round, but his victory didn’t come easily on Sunday. Langer led by one after a second-round 72, then fell four strokes behind after he played the first eight holes of the final round in 2-over. Langer rallied by playing the final 10 holes in 4-under for a 70, including a scrambling par on the 18th hole for a one-stroke victory over Paul Goydos (68), Bart Bryant (69) and Jeff Maggert (69). Goydos had jumped in front by playing the first 11 holes in 5-under, but was 1-over the rest of the way including a bogey on 18. “I figured I needed 12-under [total] to have a chance,” said Langer. “I was fortunate 11-under did it.” It was Langer’s fourth victory at the Insperity Invitational, including his first PGA TOUR Champions win in 2007. Langer set Champions records by winning in his 12th consecutive year and winning for the fourth time after turning 60, surpassing Hale Irwin’s marks.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Proceeds from the Insperity Invitational benefit a number of local Houston charities.

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Location Greystone Golf & Country Club (Founders Course), Birmingham, Ala.

Yardage 7,277; par 72

Tournament Record 265, Doug Tewell (2001)

Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Doug Tewell (2001), Tom Watson (2003), Brad Bryant (2009)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.regionstradition.com

Course Insight The Founders Course at Greystone Golf & Country Club was designed by architect Bob Cupp and two-time major champion Hubert Green, opening in 1991. The course hosted the Bruno’s Memorial Classic on PGA TOUR Champions from 1992 to 2005 and has been the site of the Regions Tradition since 2016 after undergoing some changes—nine greens either rebuilt or modified, three new tees and several new fairway bunkers added.

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Regions Tradition

Miguel Ángel Jiménez held or shared the lead after each round on the way to his first senior major title and fifth PGA TOUR Champions victory at age 54. Jiménez led by two after an opening 66, was tied after a secondround 69 and grabbed a three-stroke lead with a 66 on Saturday before closing it out with a 70 for a 19-under 269 total and a three-stroke winning margin. “It’s been a wonderful week. My game was amazing, really,” said Jiménez. The Spaniard did have to endure some tight moments, particularly when he bogeyed the 15th hole to fall into a tie for the lead on Sunday. But Jiménez recovered with birdies on 16 and 18 while closest pursuers Steve Stricker and Joe Durant each made a bogey down the stretch to finish in a secondplace tie with Gene Sauers.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Children’s of Alabama, the only hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children, is the primary charity recipient of the Regions Tradition. Other charities have the opportunity to benefit through the Birdies For Charity program.

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May 23-26, 2019

May 31-June 2, 2019

Principal Charity Classic

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Location Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.

Yardage 7,001; par 70

Tournament Record 265, Rocco Mediate (2016), Paul Broadhurst (2018)

Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Kenny Perry (2012), Rocco Mediate (2016)

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

More Information www.pga.com/seniorpga

Course Insight Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course was designed by famed architect Donald Ross, opening in 1925. The course has hosted three PGA Championships, three U.S. Opens and the 2008 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, and has undergone extensive changes through the years. Robert Trent Jones added bunkers in the 1950s, George and Tom Fazio created four new holes in the 1970s and Tom Fazio added length and deepened bunkers around the turn of the century. 224

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England’s Paul Broadhurst stormed home with weekend rounds of 64-63 to take the title at Harbor Shores in Michigan. Broadhurst opened with a 72, pulled within four strokes after a second-round 66 and within two through 54 holes. He shot a 31 on the front nine of the final round, but didn’t gain the solo lead until the 12th hole. Continuing the hot pace down the stretch, Broadhurst ended up with a 19-under 265 total that was four strokes better than runner-up Tim Petrovic. “I wish I was playing like this on the main tour 20 years ago,” said the 52-year-old Broadhurst, who captured his second senior major, having won the 2016 Senior Open Championship. Petrovic had four rounds in the 60s, including a 69 on Sunday.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Proceeds go to PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact lives by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf through flagship programs such as PGA Junior League for youth, PGA HOPE for military and PGA WORKS for diverse populations.

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Location Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

Yardage 6,831; par 72

Tournament Record: 197, Gil Morgan (2006), Jay Haas (2012)

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, John Bland (2002), Tommy Armour III (2010), Billy Andrade (2016)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www. principalcharityclassic.com

Course Insight The Wakonda Club was founded in 1922 and has been the site of several major amateur events, including the 1963 U.S. Amateur won by Deane Beman, who later was longtime commisioner of the PGA TOUR. William B. Langford designed the rolling parkland layout that features tree-lined fairways and several water hazards. It underwent a major restoration following a flood in 1994 and has hosted the Principal Charity Classic since 2013.

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Tom Lehman took a two-stroke lead through 36 holes with a 65 on Saturday, and it held up for the victory when the scheduled final round was canceled due to all-day rain. “It’s nice to be in the winner’s circle, no matter what,” said the 59-year-old after his 11th PGA TOUR Champions victory. “I played a lot of really good golf this week.” Lehman had finished in the top 10 in each of his six previous appearances at the Principal Charity Classic, without a victory. He shot a 66 in the first round, leaving him two strokes behind defending champion Bernhard Langer. Lehman played a nine-hole stretch of the final round in 7-under, starting with an eagle on the par-5 eighth, to post a 13-under 131 total for two rounds. That was two strokes better than Langer, Woody Austin, Glen Day and Scott Parel.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Principal Charity Classic contributes to six local non-profit organizations that are FORE Our Kids Tournament Charity Partners and also to more than 100 Birdies for Charity organizations that support children throughout the state of Iowa.

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THE LAST WORD Spectators watch the action on the par-3 17th hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship in 2018.

MARCH GLADNESS THE PLAYERS Championship returns to its former longtime slot on the calendar, a month when lots of drama took place

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covered THE PLAYERS Championship for the first time in 1985, the distinctive smell of paper mills north of Jacksonville marking the final leg of my drive from North Carolina to Florida. The scent was much nicer after checking into a beachfront motel in Jax Beach. I wasn’t too far removed from college and, given the warm, clear weather 400 miles south of home, it felt like spring break with a salary. My week was great, but safe to say not as memorable as it was for Calvin Peete, who overcame a final-round leaderboard including both glittery (Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin) and aspiring (D.A. Weibring, Larry Rinker) names. The straight-driving Peete, wearing a flat cap like a certain other fairways-and-greens golfer, Ben Hogan, shot a final-round 66 on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. It secured, by three strokes over Weibring, the biggest of 12 victories in Peete’s inspirational PGA TOUR career after growing up poor and playing golf for the first time at age 23. That PLAYERS concluded on the last day of March, the month the championship called home for three decades—starting at Sawgrass Country Club in 1977 and continuing at TPC Sawgrass from 1982 through 2006—prior to being held in May from 2007 through 2018 during the first dozen years of the FedExCup. THE PLAYERS Championship is returning to an earlier slot in 2019, March 14-17. Having THE PLAYERS finish on the second Sunday in May, on Mother’s Day, worked out well. Galleries were large and enthusiastic, with many golfers and spectators wearing pink to commemorate the occasion. 226

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Something about the new/old scheduling, though, seems like coming home, as comfortable as slippers, as natural as the swing of Sam Snead (who, by the way, teed it up in the first PLAYERS on the Stadium Course two months before his 70th birthday and 46 years since his maiden TOUR victory). One of golf’s pleasures is its history, and THE PLAYERS has had plenty of it in March. Star players won the coveted title then, from Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd to Fred Couples, Nick Price and Greg Norman, to Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott. Moments? March has seen them—Jerry Pate splashing into a celebration in 1982; local resident Mark McCumber rising to the occasion in 1988; Hal Sutton rooting on his approach shot in 2000; Woods snaking in an improbable putt on Saturday in 2001; Craig Perks finishing off his 2002 victory as if diagrammed in a dream. With THE PLAYERS reverting to March, it kicks off an exciting period, followed by the Masters (April), PGA Championship (in new May dates), U.S. Open (June), The Open (July) and TOUR Championship (in August, as the FedExCup Playoffs conclude before Labor Day). Now as before, a singular stage will set the stage for what follows. The TOUR will travel from The Honda Classic to the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard to THE PLAYERS. When it gets to Ponte Vedra Beach, may there be a little breeze and a lot of sun, and a new exciting chapter to go with the ones already written in March. 

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