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on the PGA TOUR, and he enters 2020 with the opportunity to own one of the most significant records in all of sports. One of the beautiful things about Tiger’s legacy has been the sheer number of today’s PGA TOUR stars who were inspired by Tiger’s greatness over the last 23 years: Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day … the list goes on and on. These players competing against the player who inspired their careers creates a storyline no other sport can offer, and it’s fascinating to watch them in turn begin to carry the mantle and inspire the next generation of PGA TOUR stars. Last year, with the intent of a more entertaining conclusion to the season for our fans, the new, simplified format of the TOUR Championship featured two of the TOUR’s premier players—Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka—battling out over the final 72 holes of the season with Rory emerging with his second career FedExCup title. With a PGA TOUR win under his belt already in 2019-20, Rory looks to make history with

an unprecedented third FedExCup title next August. We’re excited about the 14th season of the FedExCup and year two of a new schedule that includes THE PLAYERS Championship date in March that kicks off a Season of Championships, six months of significant events bookended by the FedExCup Playoffs in August. Our membership is more international than ever before—with 93 active members representing 28 countries and territories outside the United States in 2019-20. This diversity will continue to create excitement for our fans throughout the world on a weekly basis. In closing, as you follow the PGA TOUR in 2019-20, please know how much we appreciate the support and enthusiasm from you throughout the season.  Sincerely, Jay W. Monahan Commissioner PGA TOUR PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1  9

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2018/2019 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

At the conclusion of The ZOZO CHAM PIONSHIP in October, Tiger Woods he ld a new trophy after matching an old—many thought untouchable—milestone. Ov ercoming a poor start in the first annual, offi cial PGA TOUR event to be played in Japan, where enormous galleries eagerly watched the action, Woods poured it on and won his 82nd TOUR victory to tie the record achieved by Sam Snead between 19 36 and 1965.

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CONTENTS

Essential Guide

CONTENTS

34 Rory McIlroy won the FedExCup for a second time.

INTRODUCTIONS 9

Commissioner’s Welcome, Jay Monahan

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Editor’s Welcome, Bill Fields

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Tournament Schedules

FEATURES 34

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Great Time to Shine Rory McIlroy rose to the occasion in the FedExCup Playoffs, thriving under a new format that put everything on the line at the TOUR Championship as he became FedExCup Champion for a second time

Treasure Trove The PGA TOUR’s state-of-the-art media asset management system puts decades of tournament footage within easy reach

Big Shots Jeff Maggert’s dramatic playoff hole-out made the difference at an exciting Charles Schwab Cup Championship, while Scott McCarron’s season-long consistency leads to his first Charles Schwab Cup

Body of Evidence A consistent Rory McIlroy was in full flight all season, winning the PGA TOUR’s two biggest events and the FedExCup en route to being honored with his third Jack Nicklaus Award as PGA TOUR Player of the Year

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56 Sweeping Action

Scottie Scheffler, Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year, leads an impressive mix of rookies and veterans to the PGA TOUR

61 Thanks for the Memories

Players on the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour produced moments that advanced careers and captivated fans

70 World of Possibility

Whether in China, Latin America or Canada, professional golfers with a goal of eventually playing on the PGA TOUR can take big strides on its International Tours

74 A Competitor Who Cares

Hale Irwin, winner of the 2019 Payne Stewart Award, was a golfer who gave no quarter but also made his mark with generous charity work during his celebrated career

76 Poised to Progress

Becoming an exempt PGA TOUR member is hard, but these talented young players are intent on showing they have the major-league talent to climb the competitive ladder

87 Great Golf Adventures

Before you get to the serious fun of a golf vacation, the pleasure starts with the planning. Where will you go for your 2020 golf adventure?

112 Down to the Wire Down Under

With a final-day rally at Royal Melbourne, the United States comes back to win the 13th Presidents Cup over a determined International squad PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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Welcome from the editor

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, I tuned into the final-round telecast of The RSM Classic eager to see how the plot was unfolding. The fall portion of the PGA TOUR 2019-20 Season was concluding. It was the last offical stroke-play TOUR event of the decade. And Brendon Todd was attempting to do something very special. After being mired in a deep slump for three seasons, missing the cut in 39 of 44 events, not at all sure of where his shots or career were going, Todd, 34, suddenly was the hottest golfer on the planet. Back-to-back victories at the Bermuda Championship and Mayakoba Golf Classic gave him a chance for three wins in as many weeks at The RSM Classic. Leading through 54 holes, Todd wasn’t able to pull off the rare triple as Tyler Duncan beat Webb Simpson in a playoff with Todd finishing fourth. Todd leads the FedExCup standings, and when the TOUR schedule resumes in January, he will be a player to watch, an impressive career turnaround well underway. Many golfers are in hot pursuit, including 2019 FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year Rory McIlroy, who reigned over an exciting new format at the TOUR Championship to become the first to win THE PLAYERS Championship and FedExCup in the same season. McIlroy already has a victory in the new campaign, at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. As usual, we look back and look ahead in the PGA TOUR Essential Guide, providing information and insight on players with whom you are probably familiar, like McIlroy, and those trying to make a mark the way Todd did this fall five years after his previous PGA TOUR victory. Elsewhere in this edition, tournament editor David Barrett does a fine job detailing the events with overviews of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions schedules. Lindsey Berra examines how Scott Stallings has dramatically transformed his body through a dedicated diet and exercise regimen. We offer a tribute to Tiger Woods’ 82nd career PGA TOUR victory achieved at The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in Japan, tying him with the great Sam Snead for the most in TOUR history and setting up the anticipation of a record-breaking 83rd triumph. There is much to anticipate on the PGA TOUR, and we hope the Essential Guide helps you get in the mood for what’s ahead.

Bill Fields, Editor Fairfield, Conn.

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Wake-Up Call

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No Compromises

After having a melanoma removed, Justin Thomas is using his platform as a PGA TOUR star to raise awareness about skin cancer and how to be smart in the sun

PGA TOUR player Scott Stallings went all-in to drastically transform his body, and he continues to stick closely to a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen

Tournaments: The New Season 2019-20 138

The Season Ahead

PGA TOUR Events 2019 142

A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

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Sanderson Farms Championship

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Safeway Open

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

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Houston Open

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THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

156

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

158

Bermuda Championship

160

World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions

The Greenbrier Resort (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., September 12-15

Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss., September 19-22

Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course), Napa, Calif., September 26-29

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev., October 3-6

Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course), Humble, Texas, October 10-13

The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea, October 17-20

Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, October 24-27

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Puerto Rico Open

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World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, February 20-23

Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico, February 20-23

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The Honda Classic

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Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., February 27-March 1

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla., March 5-8 Francesco Molinari

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El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, November 14-17

Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course, Plantation Course), Sea Island, Ga., November 21-24

Sentry Tournament of Champions Kapalua Resort (The Plantation Course), Kapalua, Hawaii, January 2-5

Sony Open in Hawaii

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The American Express

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Valspar Championship

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World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play

The RSM Classic

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THE PLAYERS Championship

Mayakoba Golf Classic

2020 168

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Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 9-12

PGA WEST (Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta Country Club), La Quinta, Calif., January 16-19

Farmers Insurance Open Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course, North Course), La Jolla, Calif., January 23-26

Waste Management Phoenix Open TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz., January 30-February 2

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shoure Course), Pebble Beach, Calif., February 6-9

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Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla., March 19-22

Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas, March 25-29

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Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Course), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, March 26-29

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Valero Texas Open

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Masters Tournament

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RBC Heritage

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Wells Fargo Championship

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AT&T Byron Nelson

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PGA Championship

The Genesis Invitational The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif., February 13-16

TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., March 12-15

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio, Texas, April 2-5

Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga., April 9-12

Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C., April 16-19

TPC Louisiana, New Orleans, La., April 23-26

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C., April 30-May 3

Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas, May 7-10

TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, Calif., May 14-17 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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CONTENTS Jerry Kelly

2020 235 Mitsubishi Electric

Championship at Hualalai Hualalai Golf Course, Ka’upulehuKona, Hawaii, January 13-18

236 Morocco Champions

Samanah Golf Club, Marrakesh, Morocco, January 27-February 1

236 Chubb Classic

The Classics Country Club at Lely Resort, Naples, Fla., February 10-16

Ken Tanigawa

Scott McCarron

228 Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Tex., May 21-24

230 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Mich., May 28-31

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS 233 The Season Ahead

New events, Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs highlight 2020 PGA TOUR Champions schedule

2019 233 SAS Championship

Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C., October 5-11

234 Dominion Energy Charity Classic The Country Club of Virginia (James River Course), Richmond, Va., October 12-18

234 Invesco QQQ

Championship Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

235 Charles Schwab Cup

Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Ariz., November 2-8

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237 Cologuard Classic

Omni Tucson National Resort (Catalina Course), Tucson, Ariz., February 24-March 1

237 Hoag Classic

Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif., March 2-8

239 Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss., March 27-29

239 Mitsubishi Electric Classic TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga., April 13-19

241 Insperity Invitational

The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas, April 27-May 3

241 Regions Tradition

Greystone Golf & Country Club, Birmingham, Ala., May 4-10

242 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Publisher & CEO Kevin J. Harrington Managing Editor Charles Ford Editor Bill Fields Tournament Editor David Barrett Sub Editor Elika Roohi Art Editor Jason Craig Production Director Joanna Harrington Production Coordinator Severine Eidem Office Coordinator Adam Linard-Stevens Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide 2019/2020, Part 1 is published by BH Sports under license from PGA TOUR, Inc. Tel: (312) 572 7728 Email: tourgolf@bhsports.net © BH Sports, 2019. All rights reserved. All material in the Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide, 2019/2020, Part 1 is wholly copyrighted, and reproduction, without the written permission of the Publisher, is strictly forbidden. The information in this publication is carefully researched and produced in good faith, however, neither the Publisher nor the Editor can accept responsibility for any errors. Printed in the USA 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 p.12 show Tiger Woods’ win at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in Japan in 2019—his 82nd PGA TOUR win, a record many thought untouchable. (see a full report on p.156). DEFINING MOMENTS • BEST GOLF & TRAVEL CHOICES • GOLF HEALTH & FITNESS

Harbor Shores Resort, Benton Harbor, Mich., May 19-24

242 Principal Charity Classic

Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa, May 25-31

FEDEXCUP CHAMPION How Rory McIlroy Made History

THE NEW 2019-20 SEASON FedExCup Charles Schwab Cup Korn Ferry Tour

THE INTERNATIONAL TOURS Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada PGA TOUR Latinoamérica PGA TOUR Series-China

INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE Payne Stewart Award Recipient Hale Irwin

THE LAST WORD

SCOTT McCARRON PGA TOUR Champions

AUGUSTO NÚÑEZ

PGA TOUR Latinoamérica

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER Korn Ferry Tour

MAX McGREEVY

PGA TOUR Series-China

243 A Champ’s Motivation

Knowing his grandfather didn’t have long to live, Cameron Champ provided a special gift for the man who introduced him to golf

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2019-20 PGA TOUR® SEASON DATE

TOURNAMENT/TELEVISION-MEDIA

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A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier Golf

The Greenbrier Resort, The Old White TPC

White Sulphur Springs, WV

19-22

Sanderson Farms Championship Golf, Radio

Country Club of Jackson

Jackson, MS

26-29

Safeway Open Golf, LIVE, Radio

Silverado Resort and Spa (North)

Napa, CA

OCT 3-6

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Golf, Radio

TPC Summerlin

Las Vegas, NV

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Houston Open Golf

Golf Club of Houston

Humble, TX

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THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Golf

The Club at Nine Bridges

Jeju Island, SOUTH KOREA

24-27

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP Golf

Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club

Chiba Prefecture, JAPAN

OCT 31-NOV 3

Bermuda Championship Golf

Port Royal Golf Club

Southampton, BERMUDA

OCT 31-NOV 3

World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions Golf

Sheshan International Golf Club

Shanghai, CHINA

14-17

Mayakoba Golf Classic Golf, Radio

El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort

Playa del Carmen, MEXICO

21-24

The RSM Classic Golf, Radio

Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course, Plantation Course)

St. Simons Island, GA

DEC 12-15

Presidents Cup Golf, NBC, Radio

Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Black Rock, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

JAN 2-5

Sentry Tournament of Champions Golf, Radio

The Plantation Course

Kapalua, HI

9-12

Sony Open in Hawaii Golf, Radio

Waialae Country Club

Honolulu, HI

16-19

The American Express Golf

PGA WEST (Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course); La Quinta Country Club

La Quinta, CA

23-26

Farmers Insurance Open Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course, North Course)

San Diego, CA

JAN 30-Feb 2

Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

6-9

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

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Monterey Peninsula Country Club (Shore Course)

Pebble Beach, CA

13-16

The Genesis Invitational Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

The Riviera Country Club

Pacific Palisades, CA

20-23

Puerto Rico Open Golf

Coco Beach Golf & Country Club

Rio Grande, PUERTO RICO

20-24

World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship

Club de Golf Chapultepec

Mexico City, MEXICO

Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio FEB 27-MAR 1

The Honda Classic Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

PGA National Resort & Spa (The Champion Course)

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

5-8

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

Bay Hill Club and Lodge

Orlando, FL

Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio 12-15

THE PLAYERS Championship Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium Course)

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

19-22

Valspar Championship Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort (Copperhead Course)

Palm Harbor, FL

26-29

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Golf

Corales Golf Course

Punta Cana, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

25-29

World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin Country Club

Austin, TX

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Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio APR 2-5

Valero Texas Open Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course)

San Antonio, TX

9-12

Masters Tournament ESPN, CBS

Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta, GA

16-19

RBC Heritage Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, SC

23-26

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

TPC Louisiana

Avondale, LA

APR 30-MAY 3

Wells Fargo Championship Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Quail Hollow Club

Charlotte, NC

7-10

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

Trinity Forest Golf Club

Dallas, TX

14-17

PGA Championship ESPN, CBS

TPC Harding Park

San Francisco, CA

21-24

Charles Schwab Challenge Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Colonial Country Club

Fort Worth, TX

28-31

Rocket Mortgage Classic Golf, CBS

Detroit Golf Club

Detroit, MI

JUNE 4-7

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

Muirfield Village Golf Club

Dublin, OH

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SCHEDULES 2016/2017

2020 PGA TOUR Champions® DATE

TOURNAMENT/COVERAGE

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JAN 16-18

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Golf

Hualalai Golf Course

Ka’upulehu-Kona, HI

JAN 30-FEB 1

Morocco Champions Golf

Samanah Golf Club

Marrakesh, Morocco

14-16

Chubb Classic Golf

The Classics Country Club at Lely Resort

Naples, FL

FEB 28-MAR 1

Cologuard Classic Golf

Omni Tucson National Resort (Catalina)

Tucson, AZ

6-8

Hoag Classic Golf

Newport Beach Country Club

Newport Beach, CA

27-29

Rapiscan Systems Classic Golf

Fallen Oak

Biloxi, MS

APR 17-19

Mitsubishi Electric Classic Golf

TPC Sugarloaf

Duluth, GA

MAY 1-3

Insperity Invitational Golf

The Woodlands Country Club (Tournament)

The Woodlands, TX

7-10

Regions Tradition Golf

Greystone Golf & Country Club

Birmingham, AL

21-24

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Golf, NBC

Harbor Shores Resort

Benton Harbor, MI

29-31

Principal Charity Classic Golf

Wakonda Club

Des Moines, IA

2020 Korn Ferry Tour DATE

TOURNAMENT/COVERAGE

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JAN 12-15

The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course

Great Exuma, BAHAMAS

19-22

The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at Baha Mar

Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar

Nassau, BAHAMAS

JAN 30-FEB 2

Panama Championship

Club de Golf de Panamá

Panama City, PANAMA

6-9

Country Club de Bogotá Championship

Country Club de Bogotá

Bogotá, COLOMBIA

13-16

LECOM Suncoast Classic

Lakewood National Golf Club

FEB 27-MAR 1

El Bosque Mexico Championship by INNOVA

El Bosque Country Club

Leon, Guanajuato, MEXICO

19-22

Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by MISTRAS

Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club

Broussard, LA

26-29

Lake Charles Championship

Country Club at the Golden Nugget

Lake Charles, LA

APR 2-5

Savannah Golf Championship

The Landings Club (Deer Creek Course)

Savannah, GA

16-19

Veritex Bank Championship

Texas Rangers Golf Club

Arlington, TX

23-26

Huntsville Championship

The Ledges Golf Club

Huntsville, AL

APR 30-MAY 3

Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation

Nashville Golf & Athletic Club

Brentwood, TN

7-10

KC Golf Classic

Blue Hills Country Club

Kansas City, MO

14-17

Visit Knoxville Open

Holston Hills Country Club

Knoxville, TN

21-24

Evans Scholars Invitational

The Glen Club

Glenview, IL

28-31

Rex Hospital Open

The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation

Raleigh, NC

JUN 4-7

BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Golf

Thornblade Club & The Cliffs Valley

Greenville, SC

Golf

(Fundadores & Pacos y Fabios Courses)

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COVER STORY

Great Time to Shine Rory McIlroy rose to the occasion in the FedExCup Playoffs, thriving under a new format that put everything on the line at the TOUR Championship as he became FedExCup Champion for a second time

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By Bill Fields

lthough Rory McIlroy is only 30 years old, he has been linked to big moments for a long time, practically since the first, “this kid is the real deal,” reports from golf experts began filtering out of his native Northern Ireland. On a Sunday in August at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., as the FedExCup Playoffs concluded at the 2019 TOUR Championship, there was another confluence of McIlroy and history. And despite all the achievements that have supplanted those early forecasts about a curly haired, sweet-swinging teen, this occasion stood out. McIlroy was FedExCup Champion after 34  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020 Part 1

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winning the TOUR Championship in 2016, under a points system that decided the outcome from the Playoffs’ inception in 2007 through the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season. This time, McIlroy, winner of THE PLAYERS Championship earlier this year and a four-time career major champion, won the FedExCup for the second time with an innovative yet easy-tograsp new framework in place. Instead of it being possible for there to be different winners of the TOUR Championship and FedExCup—as had happened four times, including 2018, when Tiger Woods won the tournament and Justin Rose claimed the FedExCup—only one champion could be

Rory McIlroy became the first golfer to win THE PLAYERS and the FedExCup in the same season.

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COVER STORY Rory McIlroy tied for 19th at the BMW Championship as Justin Thomas (below) seized the trophy with a commanding performance at Medinah Country Club.

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“Any time you can do something that only Tiger has done, you’re doing something right.” —Rory McIlroy

crowned at East Lake in 2019. That turned out to be McIlroy, who won the $15 million bonus, a record payout from the $60 FedExCup Bonus Pool. He joined Woods (2007, 2009), as the only players to win the FedExCup more than once, a year after playing alongside Woods at East Lake as Tiger broke a five-year drought with his 80th career victory. “Really cool to put my name on this trophy for a second time,” McIlroy said. “Any time you can do something that only Tiger has done, you’re doing something right.” The 30-man field began the final 72 holes of the season with weighted “Starting Strokes” based on their position in the FedExCup

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standings through the first two playoff events (THE NORTHERN TRUST, won by Patrick Reed, and BMW Championship, won by Justin Thomas). Thomas, the 2017 FedExCup Champion, won the BMW Championship with a torrid four days at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago—including a third-round 61—and arrived at East Lake ranked No. 1 in the FedExCup standings. That meant he began the TOUR Championship at 10 under, with Patrick Cantlay (8 under), Brooks Koepka (7 under), Reed (6 under) and McIlroy (5 under) as the players ranked Nos. 2 through 5 in the standings. The rest of the field was also placed “under par” according to their FedExCup position, players 26 through 30 beginning at even par. McIlroy wasted no time asserting himself in the first round at East Lake, no surprise given his consistency throughout the 2018-19 season, a factor in his peers voting him PGA TOUR Player of the Year (see story, page 49). He opened with a 4-under 66 and would be PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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the only player to post four rounds in the 60s. The third round was suspended Saturday afternoon because of thunderstorms, forcing it to be completed the following morning. That made Sunday a marathon (McIlroy played 31 holes on the final day). At end of 54 holes, factoring in their Starting Strokes, Brooks Koepka (15 under), led McIlroy and Xander Schauffele by one stroke, with Thomas and Paul Casey three back. If there had been any uncertainty about how the revised format would work, those doubts were gone with two powerhouse players in the final group battling it out for the FedExCup. “I think if you look at the way it all played out, you had the No. 1 and No. 2 in the regular season FedExCup standing playing in the final group this week, so I think it worked out well,” McIlroy said. “I was part of that decision to go with the staggered format. I talked about it in meetings and debated it, and it definitely simplifies it for us playing and also for the fans.” It was only the second time Koepka and McIlroy had been paired together in a final round, Brooks having outplayed Rory a month earlier at the World Golf ChampionshipsFedEx St. Jude Invitational, shooting 65 to his rival’s closing 71. “Once I saw I was in the final group with Brooks, it took me back to Memphis, and I felt I learned a few lessons from that day,” McIlroy said. The tables were turned at East Lake, McIlroy shooting 66 to Koepka’s 72. “It gave me a little bit of extra,” McIlroy said of the pairing. “I wanted to right some of the wrongs that I made on Sunday at Memphis a few weeks ago, and it was a good opportunity to do it.” McIlroy finished at 18 under par, four ahead of Schauffele. Koepka and Thomas tied for third at 13 under, and Casey took fifth at 9 under. (Without Starting Strokes, McIlroy, at 13 under, also had the lowest total.) “Like I’ve said multiple times, he’s the most fun to watch when he’s playing well,” Koepka said. “He hits it so good, he putts it really well, and when he’s on, man, he’s tough to beat. I enjoy competing against Rory. He’s a tough competitor.” It was McIlroy’s third win of the season and 17th in his PGA TOUR career, and he is the first to win THE PLAYERS and the FedExCup in the same season. Rare air, for a rare golfer. 

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Brooks Koepka, who tied for third at East Lake, was one of the elite players battling it out during the FedExCup Playoffs.

Patrick Reed was all smiles after winning THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first event in the Playoffs.

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DON’T LET YOUR ASTHMA

GET IN THE WAY OF THIS. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Do not use FASENRA if you are allergic to benralizumab or any of the ingredients in FASENRA. Do not use to treat sudden breathing problems.

FASENRA may cause serious side effects, including: • allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions, including anaphylaxis. Serious allergic reactions can happen after you get your FASENRA injection. Allergic reactions can sometimes happen hours or days after you get your injection. Tell your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away if you have any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: – swelling of your face, mouth and tongue – breathing problems – fainting, dizziness, feeling lightheaded (low blood pressure) – rash – hives

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Before using FASENRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: • are taking oral or inhaled corticosteroid medicines. Do not stop taking your corticosteroid medicines unless instructed by your healthcare provider. This may cause other symptoms that were controlled by the corticosteroid medicine to come back. • have a parasitic (helminth) infection. • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if FASENRA will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant during your treatment with FASENRA. – There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to FASENRA during pregnancy. Healthcare providers can enroll patients or encourage patients to enroll themselves by calling 1-877-311-8972 or visiting www.mothertobaby.org/fasenra. • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if FASENRA passes into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you use FASENRA. • are taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.

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FASENRA is an add-on treatment for people 12 and older with severe eosinophilic asthma. It‘s not a rescue medication or for other eosinophilic conditions.

FASENRA MAY HELP IF YOU’RE TIRED OF YOUR ASTHMA SYMPTOMS. Nearly 7 out of 10 adults with asthma may have elevated eosinophils.* Eosinophils are a key cause of asthma. FASENRA is designed to target and remove eosinophils† and dosing is only once every 8 weeks.‡

FASENRA is proven to help: Prevent asthma attacks

Lower oral steroid use§

Improve breathing

Your results may vary.

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Talk to an asthma specialist about FASENRA and visit fasenra.com today. While not well defined for severe asthma, elevated blood eosinophils were considered 150 cells/μL or more in this analysis of registry data. † The mechanism of action of FASENRA in asthma is not fully understood. ‡ First 3 doses given on day 1, week 4, and week 8. § For people taking oral steroids daily. *

Do not stop taking your other asthma medicines unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider. The most common side effects of FASENRA include: headache and sore throat. These are not all the possible side effects of FASENRA.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see brief summary of full Prescribing Information on following page.

APPROVED USE FASENRA is a prescription medicine used with other asthma medicines for the maintenance treatment of asthma in people 12 years and older whose asthma is not controlled with their current asthma medicines. FASENRA helps prevent severe asthma attacks (exacerbations) and may improve your breathing. Medicines such as FASENRA reduce blood eosinophils. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that may contribute to your asthma. FASENRA is not used to treat other problems caused by eosinophils and is not used to treat sudden breathing problems. Tell your healthcare provider if your asthma does not get better or if it gets worse after you start treatment with FASENRA. It is not known if FASENRA is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.

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I M P O R TA N T

I N F O R M AT I O N

Read this brief summary carefully before using FASENRA for the first time and each time you use a new dose. There may be new information. This summary does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. What is FASENRA? FASENRA is a prescription medicine used with other asthma medicines for the maintenance treatment of asthma in people 12 years and older whose asthma is not controlled with their current asthma medicines. When added to other medicines for asthma, FASENRA helps prevent severe asthma attacks (exacerbations) and may improve your breathing. Medicines such as FASENRA reduce blood eosinophils. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that may contribute to your asthma. • FASENRA is not used to treat other problems caused by eosinophils. • FASENRA is not used to treat sudden breathing problems. Tell your healthcare provider if your asthma does not get better or if it gets worse after you start treatment with FASENRA. It is not known if FASENRA is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age. Do not use FASENRA if you are allergic to benralizumab or any of the ingredients in FASENRA. Before using FASENRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: • are taking oral or inhaled corticosteroid medicines. Do not stop taking your corticosteroid medicines unless instructed by your healthcare provider. This may cause other symptoms that were controlled by the corticosteroid medicine to come back • have a parasitic (helminth) infection • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if FASENRA will harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant during your treatment with FASENRA. ° There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to FASENRA during pregnancy. Healthcare providers can enroll patients or encourage patients to enroll themselves by calling 1-877-311-8972 or visiting www.mothertobaby.org/fasenra. • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if FASENRA passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will use FASENRA and breastfeed. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you use FASENRA. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Do not stop taking your other asthma medicines unless your healthcare provider tells you to. How will I use FASENRA? • FASENRA is injected under your skin (subcutaneously) one time every 4 weeks for the first 3 doses, and then every 8 weeks. • FASENRA comes in a single dose prefilled syringe and in a single dose autoinjector. • A healthcare provider will inject FASENRA using the single-dose prefilled syringe.

A B O U T

F A S E N R A

• If your healthcare provider decides that you or a caregiver can give the injection of FASENRA, you or your caregiver should receive training on the right way to prepare and give the injection using the FASENRA PEN. Do not try to inject FASENRA until you have been shown the right way by your healthcare provider. See the detailed “Instructions for Use” that comes with FASENRA PEN for information on how to prepare and inject FASENRA. • If you miss a dose of FASENRA, call your healthcare provider. What are the possible side effects of FASENRA? FASENRA may cause serious side effects, including: • allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions, including anaphylaxis. Serious allergic reactions can happen after you get your FASENRA injection. Allergic reactions can sometimes happen hours or days after you get your injection. Tell your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away if you have any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: ° swelling of your face, mouth and tongue ° breathing problems ° fainting, dizziness, feeling lightheaded (low blood pressure) ° rash ° hives The most common side effects of FASENRA include headache and sore throat. These are not all the possible side effects of FASENRA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. How should I store FASENRA? • Store FASENRA in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). • FASENRA may be stored at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) for up to 14 days. • Once removed from the refrigerator and brought to room temperature FASENRA must be used within 14 days or thrown away. • Store FASENRA in the original carton until you are ready to use it to protect it from light. • Do not freeze FASENRA. Do not use FASENRA that has been frozen. • Do not expose FASENRA to heat. • Do not use FASENRA past the expiration date. • Keep FASENRA and all medicines out of the reach of children. What are the ingredients in FASENRA? Active ingredient: benralizumab Inactive ingredients: L-histidine, L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, polysorbate 20, ,-trehalose dihydrate, and Water for Injection The information provided here is not comprehensive. Ask your healthcare provider for additional information about FASENRA. You can also contact the company that makes FASENRA (toll-free) at 1-800-236-9933 or at www.fasenra.com. FASENRA is a registered trademark and FASENRA Pen is a trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies. © 2019 AstraZeneca LP. All rights reserved. Manufactured for: AstraZeneca LP, Wilmington, DE 19850 11/19 US-30267

For more information, visit FASENRA.com Or call 1-800-236-9933

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Technology

Treasure Trove The PGA TOUR’s state-of-the-art Media Asset Management system puts decades of tournament footage within easy reach By Tom Cunneff

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of videotapes with handwritten logs of the content stored in a warehouse is now a hi-tech content storage and retrieval network. Every shot from every camera angle of every tournament— thousands of shots every week—is now stored in a sophisticated database. Think of it as a highly searchable, in-house YouTube system. “The PGA TOUR’s Media Asset Management system is consistently rated by our media partners as one of the best and most intuitive in the industry for finding and pulling video from our archive,” says Rick Anderson, the PGA TOUR’s Chief Media Officer. “The TOUR’s Media Asset Management system currently supports over 15 internal and external broadcast partners. As of last year, we had more than 100,000 hours of video ingested and over 6 million log entries.

What was once an antiquated collection of hard-to-search videotapes has been transformed into a valuable 21st-century database for the TOUR’s media partners.

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TECHNOLOGY

In 2018 alone, we ingested over 8,500 hours of video, representing a 75 percent increase from just six years ago.”

EASY ACCESS Broadcast partners once traveled the country with a semitrailer full of copies of those old videotapes that they would have to manually search to pull up an old clip for use during tournament coverage. Now, all they have to do is log into MAM’s web-based interface to access the content—say, Tiger Woods’ first tee shot in his first PGA TOUR event—and it’s delivered in seconds from the 22 servers that store almost six petabytes of data (a petabyte is 1 million gigabytes). But it’s not just CBS and NBC accessing this digital treasure trove. A number of others—from advertising partners who license the content to players themselves who want to study how a putt broke on a particular green in a previous tournament they played in—do so, too.

“Every shot from every camera angle of every tournament— thousands of shots every week— is now stored in a sophisticated database.”

if you won’t be able to retrieve it one day?” asks MAM Director Michael Raimondo, noting the importance of the system. “We have a responsibility to preserve the history of the PGA TOUR because we’re the rights holders.”

Many detailed variables are available during the search process for content.

ARCHIVE BY THE NUMBERS

121,000+

6.5 Million

VIDEO FILES

METADATA TAGS

8,500+

6 Petabytes

HOURS OF NEW CONTENT ARCHIVED PER YEAR

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The tale of the tape began in 1985, when the TOUR started hiring its own camera crew to record footage of tournaments for “Inside the PGA Tour.” The process back then was to put a label on the outside of the tapes and then keep a book of hand-written logs, the usefulness of which depended on the legibility of the person’s handwriting. The TOUR moved to a computer-based logging and search system in 1991 with the benefits of legible logs and time stamps taken directly from the tape machine, but even then, it was a clunky, time-consuming process with users having to search library shelves to retrieve tapes for editing. There were also issues with misspelled player names or the use of initials, quizzical abbreviations and no uniformity of terminology. A bunker, for instance, was also called a sand trap or even “a beach.” It wasn’t the best system for a rich, searchable, metadata environment. “What’s the point of archiving something W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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100 years of content With the advent of Golf Channel in the mid1990s, the broadcast content really started to mushroom, too, so the TOUR started looking at an end-to-end, computer-based system that would be highly efficient, functional and customizable. Working first with IBM and later with CDW, the TOUR’s Official Technology Partner, the TOUR spent years designing the system and ingesting tens of thousands of hours of videotape. TOUR archives contained nearly 100 years of content, including news reels from the 1920s; film from the 1960s, such as “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” and “Piccadilly World Match Play”; and PGA TOUR broadcasts dating to the early 1970s. MAM went live in 2010, allowing immediate access to footage for simultaneous users who could search, retrieve and do basic editing from their desktop. Even interviews with players were searchable down to specific questions and answers. Broadcast partners started using the system in 2012 (NBC averages more than 80 clips a tournament). One of the first examples of a network utilizing the technology came at the 2012 Genesis Invitational when Bill Haas was on his way to the winner’s circle and CBS wanted to do a side-by-side swing comparison from w w w.pgatour.com

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the same tee with his dad, Jay, playing in the tournament in the 1980s.

Many detailed variables are available during the search process for content.

Integration of ShotLink A major enhancement came in 2016 with the integration of ShotLink powered by CDW, the TOUR’s vaunted shot-data collection system, Now, every broadcast is logged with an application that has over 50 golf-specific tags that can be used for every shot, allowing users to search over 40 points of data, such as putts made between 10 and 15 feet. When MAM launched in 2010, there were only about 25 users. Now, there are more than 200, including the TOUR’s marketing and communications staff, as well players and their caddies who want to view footage of themselves to prepare for upcoming events. PGA TOUR Wives Association have even utilized MAM to create birthday videos. But the public will have to wait. Right now, MAM is just a B2B product. Of course, the database’s value is only going to increase with time. “A friend and I used to joke that New York City is going to be fantastic when it’s finished,” says Raimondo. “That’s the same way we feel about MAM. The archive will never be finished because we keep adding more and more content all the time and increasing the capabilities of what the system can do.”  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1  43

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BIG SHOTS

Jeff Maggert’s dramatic playoff hole-out made the difference at an exciting Charles Schwab Cup Championship, while Scott McCarron’s season-long consistency leads to his first Charles Schwab Cup By Bill Fields

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for the pin. I knew it had enough distance to clear the front of the green. Looked like it hit pretty close to the hole and had a little kick-in to the side.” Not only did the spectacular moment give Maggert his first title since winning four times during 2015, it denied Goosen a victory in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup and meant that McCarron was going to finish the week where he had started it and where he’d been the previous 20 weeks—atop the Schwab Cup standings. “I heard this huge roar and I’m like, ‘He made it,’ And then everyone was just coming up to me,” McCarron said. “I saw on TV that he hit that shot and it went right in the hole. I can’t

Scott MCarron won three tournaments in 2019 en route to earning the Charles Schwab Cup.

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believe it—that’s one of the most incredible shots I’ve ever seen and one of the most incredible shots that’s ever affected me that I didn’t hit.” McCarron’s Schwab Cup victory came after contending strongly for the past three seasons. He was fourth in 2016, third in 2017 and second last year. “This means a lot to me,” McCarron said. “It’s no secret, I’ve told everyone this is what I wanted. I wanted to win the Schwab Cup. I have worked—just like everyone else works— extremely hard this year to get in that position. Once I got in the position, I have to admit it was harder than I thought it was going to be.” A principal reason it was a tough task was five-time Schwab Cup champion Bernhard Langer, whose relentlessly good play earned him the title two of the previous three seasons, including at age 61 in 2018. Langer fought hard for a sixth Cup. He needed a victory in Phoenix to have a chance. Well before Maggert produced the tournamentending drama, Langer was responsible for some of his own: a final-round hole-in-one with a 6-iron from 194 yards on No. 8 to pull within two strokes. Langer closed with a 67 to finish in a four-way tie for fourth place, five strokes out of the playoff and three behind third-place finisher Woody Austin. With McCarron back in the pack, Goosen, fifth in the standings as play commenced in Arizona, needed Schwab Cup No. 2 Jerry Kelly to finish in a two-way tie for fifth to win the Cup with a victory in the championship. Kelly

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obliged, tying for 10th, but Goosen, trying to become the first PGA TOUR Champions rookie to win the Schwab Cup, missed a three-foot birdie on the first playoff hole that would have wrapped up victories in the tournament and Schwab Cup. “I misread the putt, so yeah it was disappointing,” Goosen said. “And then he made a great upand-down on the second playoff hole, and obviously what can I do? I hit a good shot in there on [the third playoff hole]. It looked like about five feet to put the pressure on him and he holes it, so there’s nothing I can do.” McCarron also claimed the money title with $2,534,000. It was his third straight $2 million season, and he stopped Langer’s run of seven consecutive years as leading money winner. McCarron had three victories and 14 top-10 finishes. “To have Jeff Maggert do what he did today means so much for this tour,” McCarron said. “Everyone was watching to see who was going to win and who was going to win the Schwab Cup. It all came to down to those two guys. This Tour is incredible.” 

Jeff Maggert ended a playoff at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a hole-out for eagle.

Bernard Langer made a hole-in-one on the final day of the season and was in the mix for his sixth Schwab Cup title.

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Player of the Year

Body of Evidence A consistent Rory McIlroy was in full flight for a full season,winning the PGA TOUR’s two biggest events and the FedExCup en route to being honored with his third Jack Nicklaus Award By Jim McCabe

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s envisioned in his mind, Rory McIlroy’s competitive blueprint for 2018-19—an early start that included his debut at the famed Kapalua Resort and a schedule anchored in America for large chunks of time—unfolded brilliantly. It was equal parts consistency and symmetry. “I couldn’t be prouder of what I’ve achieved,” said McIlroy. If you’re thinking it is a case of beauty belonging in the eye of the beholder, there is also this: Beauty belongs in the hands of the voter, and when that faction was heard from, McIlroy’s pride was validated. His PGA TOUR brethren agreed that the achievements of the Northern

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Irishman were beyond brilliant; they forged a body of work worthy of the highest order. In this case, a third Jack Nicklaus Award for being PGA TOUR Player of the Year. “I wanted to try and bring my best every single week that I played and I feel like I did that to the best of my ability,” said McIlroy, whose credentials were impeccable—three victories, 14 top-10s in 19 starts, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted-stroke average and the ultimate tribute to a successful season, his second FedExCup win. The last came as a result of a scintillating victory at the TOUR Championship when McIlroy closed with an exclamation-point 4-under 66

Spoils of success: Rory McIlroy holds the Jack Nicklaus Award for PGA TOUR Player of the Year with (left to right) Byron Nelson Award (lowest adjusted scoring average), RBC Canadian Open trophy, FedExCup trophy and THE PLAYERS Championship trophy.

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to hold off a stable of heavyweights—Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey, Adam Scott—and steal the spotlight at East Lake Golf Club. At first glance, it could be suggested that McIlroy saved his best for last, but the truth is, in 2018-19 McIlroy seemingly had his best every time he teed it up. Consider: He played 68 stroke-play rounds and after 18 of them, McIlroy owned at least a share of the lead. For further consideration: So uncanny was his consistency that McIlroy was outside the top 10 in just five of his 19 starts and never in consecutive starts.And finally, this: The symmetry was staggeringly good. He was top 10 in five of his first six tournaments, then he won. Five more tournaments, three top 10s, then he won. Five more tournaments, three top 10s, then he won. Three strong components to a stellar campaign, no doubt, but McIlroy believes that his victories in the PGA TOUR’s biggest tournaments—THE PLAYERS Championship and the TOUR Championship to win the FedExCup— resonated with his colleagues. “I think this speaks volumes for what PGA TOUR players feel is important,” McIlroy said. “I think that’s a

huge vote of confidence from the players that we play for more than maybe what the narrative suggests.” The reference was to the presumed weight that is assigned to the four major championships, none of which McIlroy won in 2019, but THE PLAYERS is arguably the toughest field to beat, and the FedExCup puts a premium on consistent, all season-long play. “We play a lot more [than four weeks],” he said. McIlroy took enormous pride in his victory at THE PLAYERS, given that the famed Stadium Course had previously perplexed him. And starting the TOUR Championship in fifth place, five strokes behind Thomas in the new scoring formula, then storming to a rousing FedExCup win, might have swayed voters, he suggested. “I think the greatest compliment you receive is that your peers feel like you’ve done something pretty special,” said McIlroy, who had previously won the Jack Nicklaus Award in 2012 and 2014 and the FedExCup in 2016. “For this award to be voted on by my fellow players, I’m very humbled and very honored. I think it says a lot about what I’ve put into this year.” 

How POY Is Determined Since the PGA TOUR began presenting the Jack Nicklaus Award to its Player of the Year in 1990, it has been decided by a vote of the membership. This year, online voting commenced a few days after the TOUR Championship concluded Aug. 25 and went through Sept. 6. PGA TOUR members who played in at least 15 tournaments were eligible to vote. Although the final tally is not revealed, candidates for the Jack Nicklaus Award were Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele.

Rory McIlroy hitting his tee shot on No. 17 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, one of three victories during an outstanding season.

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KORN FERRY TOUR

Sweeping Action Scottie Scheffler, Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year, leads an impressive mix of rookies and veterans to the PGA TOUR By Kevin Prise

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fter signing for a four-round total of 12-under at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, opening event of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Finals, Scottie Scheffler, the clubhouse leader, signed autographs outside the scoring area while awaiting his fate. When Brandon Hagy failed to hole out for eagle on the 72nd hole, Scheffler’s win became official, and he was told as much. Scheffler looked to the informant, smiled and uttered a quick response. “Yay!” The sentiment was symbolic. Win or lose, the Texas native carried a carefree, positive attitude throughout his rookie Korn Ferry Tour campaign, and the results fell along similar lines. Scheffler, 23, recorded 10 top-10 finishes in 56  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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20 Korn Ferry Tour starts, with two wins and two runner-up finishes. The University of Texas alum won The 25 season-long Points List, as well as The Finals 25 Points List, to earn fully exempt PGA TOUR status for the 2019-20 season. As Scheffler posed for photos with both The 25 and The Finals 25 trophies at the season-ending Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance, it had been less than a year since his Korn Ferry Tour journey began at First Stage of the Qualifying Tournament last fall, where he was paired alongside former longtime Dallas Cowboys quarterback and good friend Tony Romo for the first two rounds. Scheffler comfortably advanced through First and Second Stages, then reached the penultimate hole of Final Stage right on the line

Texas native Scottie Scheffler had 10 top-10 finishes with two victories, including the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

Scott Harrington made it into The 25 and onto the PGA TOUR after nearly two decades of striving toward his goal.

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to secure guaranteed Korn Ferry Tour starts via a top-40 finish. He missed the green on each of the last two holes. He saved par both times. If Scheffler had failed to get up-and-down on either occasion, his 2019 season could have looked entirely different, forcing him to rely on Monday qualifiers and potential sponsor exemptions to earn Korn Ferry Tour starts. But he didn’t let it come to that. He got the job done, winning Player of the Year honors along the way, and is now fully exempt for his rookie TOUR season. “Two very tough up-and-downs … I was able to do that, and it’s weird looking back at how small the margins are out here,” Scheffler said after winning the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. “Just little things like that are pretty crazy when you look back on them …” The 2019 Korn Ferry Tour season brought its traditional mix of rookies and veterans securing PGA TOUR cards via The 25 and The Finals 25, with no shortage of feel-good moments. One such scene: 19-year pro Scott Harrington securing his first TOUR card via a runner-up finish at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, in his hometown of Portland, Ore. Harrington, 38, made his first Korn Ferry Tour start in 2004, and has been on an up-and-down journey across various mini-tours and the Korn Ferry Tour for the better part of two decades. In summer 2018, Harrington took a leave of absence from competitive golf to be home

with his wife Jenn, who was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma for a second time. The Korn Ferry Tour community rallied in support of the Harringtons, with a GoFundMe campaign raising money to assist with medical bills and various other expenses as Scott was unable to generate income. Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry learned about the Harringtons’ fight while competing in the 2018 Ellie Mae Classic, and donated $25,000 without having ever met Scott or Jenn. With Jenn’s cancer in remission, Harrington returned to the Korn Ferry Tour for the 2019 season with an eye on The 25. A strong campaign culminated in a birdie on the 72nd hole at Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow) in front of family, friends and fans, with the subsequent runner-up finish moving him inside The 25. He’ll be a TOUR rookie in 2019-20. Other longtime pros to secure their first TOUR card via the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour include 16-year pro Vince Covello, 12-year pros Chris Baker and Michael Gligic, and nine-year pro Bo Hoag. For Scheffler’s former college teammate Doug Ghim, a 2019 Korn Ferry Tour rookie, it came down to the 72nd hole at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Eight feet for par to secure his spot in The Finals 25. He drained it, unleashing a well-earned, Tiger-esque fist pump. Differing paths to a desired destination. Scheffler and Ghim, friends since their junior golf days, will be 2019-20 TOUR rookies together. 

Nine-year pro Bo Hoag (top) is among the veterans who had success on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019 to earn a ticket to the PGA TOUR.

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For Korn Ferry Tour rookie Doug Ghim (bottom), a clutch par putt on the final hole secured his spot in The Finals 25 and an exemption for the PGA TOUR in 2019-20.

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DEFINING MOMENTS

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Players on the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour produced moments that advanced careers and captivated fans

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hey can be victories, literal or moral. Regardless of the specifics, there are times during the season when players—by achievement, circumstance or both—move the needle, accomplishing something special that lingers in your memory. The latter half of 2019 was no exception, as golfers at the

top level of the sport and those trying to get there authored special chapters that resonated—for themselves and those who had the pleasure of watching. Enjoy this collection of half a dozen such defining moments, the results of golfers rising to the occasion and thriving under pressure, written by those who observed them.

REAVIE’S TENACITY KEYS A LONG-SOUGHT VICTORY

Chez Reavie won the Travelers Championship for his first triumph in 11 years.

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aiting at the threshold of the winner’s circle late on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, Paul Casey might have been viewed as one with a sense of destiny. He had, after all, been second twice and fifth in four previous starts at TPC River Highlands, so you could suggest he knew the way. It would have been surreal had it been true. Only it wasn’t. Casey did have another strong finish, tying for fifth, but what prompted him to stand where he did is what put a bow on the latest edition of this brilliant small-town tournament with a big-time feel. Casey was there to embrace the victor, Chez Reavie. His game and his career may be unheralded, Casey conceded, but the man’s character is not. “He’s brilliant,” said Casey. “He’s tough as nails.” That shined through during a weekend performance when both Reavie’s rejuvenated ball-striking prowess (in 2018-19 he ranked a career-best 35th in birdie average) and mental toughness were center stage. Having started Saturday’s third round just two off the lead, the 37-year-old Reavie seized control in a dominating fashion that runs contrary to his 5-foot-9, 160-pound stature. That is, he put a crushing headlock on it with eight birdies over his final 11 holes and with a 28 on the homeward nine, shot 7-under 63 to open a six-stroke lead over Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher.

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Now dominating just would never be used to describe Reavie. After all, it had been 258 tournaments and 11 years since his only PGA TOUR win, the RBC Canadian Open way back in his rookie campaign of 2008. But dogged would be used, a point Casey— who was Reavie’s college teammate at Arizona State for one season— emphasized. “He’s always nipping at your heels, like a Jack Russell [terrier].” For proof, turn to the key moment in Sunday’s final round. With Bradley having closed within one on the strength of four birdies early on the back nine, Reavie felt the pressure at the watery, par-4 17th. Which was okay with long-time caddie Justin York “because Chez is as mentally tough as anyone out here.” Reavie was center-cut with his tee ball, then made birdie against Bradley’s double-bogey to seal his second PGA TOUR win and earn his playing competitor’s respect. “That’s the way he plays,” said Bradley. “He’s tough.”  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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birdie four of his last six holes, good for 67, and claim a share of second place with Keegan Bradley. With the finish, Sucher collected 245 FedExCup points, bringing his total to 270. In two remaining starts, he required 77 points to satisfy his Medical Extension. Although he would come up short, Sucher used the 2019 Travelers Championship as the validation needed to know he can compete on the PGA TOUR. In addition to the morale boost, the finish also gave him a little financial breathing room. He ended up earning conditional status on the TOUR after finishing No. 144 in the FedExCup standings, which ensures him 15-17 starts during the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season. “After my medical leave, we had seven months with no income at all,” Sucher said. “We had to take out credit cards. With some good Korn Ferry Tour finishes, I got out of that, a huge relief. But it’s been a lot of highs and lows. Honestly, I can’t wrap my head around it. This is the first time I’ve been in this situation. Obviously, I would’ve liked to win, but it gives me a huge boost of confidence knowing I can hang out here.” 

Zack Sucher got a boost of confidence with a strong finish at the Travelers Championship.

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SHELTON DELIVERS BIG PERFORMANCE IN MUSIC CITY By Kevin Prise

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Ferry Tour—the threshold to deem a player secure inside The 25—Shelton was declared PGA TOUR-bound upon his victory in the Music City. “To finally get it done means so much to me,” Shelton said after raising the event’s signature guitar trophy. “I’ve been grinding for two to three years now, and it just hasn’t all been there. This week, it was.” Shelton had an up-and-down 2018 Korn Ferry Tour season as a rookie, making 12 cuts in 22 starts, but with only two top-25 finishes. The key: one of those top-25s, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, was a runner-up finish, allowing him to maintain full Korn Ferry Tour status and avoid Q-School. The avid hunter and fisherman retooled him game over the offseason and began 2019 with plenty of motivation to take the next step and earn his TOUR card. As Shelton has done time and again throughout his golf life, he delivered. 

Robby Shelton took a step toward fulfilling his potential by earning a TOUR card.

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DEFINING MOMENTS J.T. Poston won the Wyndham Championship, a 90-minute drive from his hometown of Hickory, N.C.

FAMILY TIES MARK POSTON’S BREAKTHROUGH VICTORY By Helen Ross

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he best thing about the 2019 Wyndham Championship was not just seeing J.T. Poston win his first PGA TOUR event in his home state, it was seeing him win in front of his grandfather, the man he calls “Pa-Doc.” Charles Cunningham was the man who cut down a persimmon-headed 5-wood so his 3-year-old grandson could start hitting balls, igniting a love affair with the game. Cunningham is 85 and has shot his age or better more than 600 times, but it’s hard to imagine him being happier after a round than that Sunday when Poston closed with a 62 at Sedgefield Country Club to beat Webb Simpson by one stroke. “I can remember as a kid following him to the range and taking that 5-wood and just hitting balls for hours and just loving every minute of it,” Poston said. “Our relationship, a lot of it has revolved around golf. He was a big influence on me growing up as a kid even as far as how to act on a golf course. I learned from him, just from watching him and how he carried himself.” Poston didn’t make a bogey on his breakthrough Sunday—in fact he didn’t drop a shot to par the entire week, making him

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the first player to accomplish the feat and win since Lee Trevino in 1974. He played like Pa-Doc—who still has the scorecard from the first time Poston beat him—because Pa-Doc taught him the importance of keeping the ball in the fairway and giving himself chances on the greens. Cunningham, who walked the front nine and six holes of the back, was part of a big cheering section for Poston, who was born in Hickory, a 90-minute drive from Greensboro, and is the fifth North Carolina native to win the Wyndham Championship. His parents and brother were also there, along with his coach and a spirited group of Western Carolina fans clad in the purple and gold, many of whom partied with the former Catamount golfer well into the night, finding a local watering hole that was happy to stay open late. Pa-Doc, who has had some health issues of late, likely didn’t hang until the wee hours. But he was there when it counted most. “For him to be here,” Poston said, “that’s something that I will never, never forget.”  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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ew people appreciate the payoff for painstaking work quite like Mexico native Kristoffer Ventura. Ventura’s ascent to the PGA TOUR, though, was a long and painful (quite literally) journey. “It all started with the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament in 2018,” Ventura said. “With pre-qualifying, I had three tournaments before Final Stage.” Then, 10 days before Final Stage, he was awoken in the middle of the night, writhing in pain. “He called and told me he had a really bad stomach pain,” said his father, Carlos. “I told him he needed to go to the doctor right away. He called me after and told me they needed to operate. He was worried he was going to miss his big chance.” A week before Final Stage, Ventura had an emergency appendectomy. By virtue of making it to Final Stage, Ventura was assured Korn Ferry Tour membership—provided he teed it up at Final Stage. And, he did. Technically, Ventura needed to hit just a single shot in Final Stage to maintain his membership. He could have withdrawn after one swing. Instead, he played all 72 holes and finished two strokes out of last place. Undeterred by his status, Ventura attempted to gain 66

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tournament starts via Monday qualifying. By his best guess, he competed in a dozen Monday qualifiers. He was successful once. At the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship in Alabama, Ventura posted scores of 74-73 and missed the cut. “That was the biggest low for me, because of how hard it was to get into the tournament,” Ventura said. “I put too much pressure on myself. I knew I would be back at the Monday qualifiers, which was tough.” In June, competing on a sponsor invitation at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, Ventura finished T3. His ascent from the bottom was looking up. Two starts later, Ventura came from three strokes back in the final round of the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank to close with a 65 and force a sudden death playoff with Joshua Creel at 15-under 270. On the third extra hole, his par was good for the win. Three starts later, Ventura claimed his second Korn Ferry Tour title at the Pinnacle Bank Championship. “It all happened for me when I stopped thinking about results,” he said. “I decided that when it happens, it happens. I focused only on what I could control. I told everyone around me that if I just keep giving it 100 percent, I’ll be happy no matter the outcome.” 

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DEFINING MOMENTS On the first tee at the Wyndhxh cancer.

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oaquin Niemann had been visualizing a career as a professional golfer since he was a young boy, but it wasn’t until he improved his ability to visualize holing more putts that he became a winner on the PGA TOUR. Niemann, just 20 years old, won the season-opening TOUR event, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, thanks to the one ingredient previously missing from his skill set. He putted poorly in his rookie season, ranking 141st overall, but at the Old White TPC at The Greenbrier, he poured in putts from everywhere. He led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting by nearly nine shots (+8.788) and capped a closing 6-under 64 with a 22-foot birdie putt, one of six birdies in his final nine holes to pull away for a tournament recordtying six-stroke victory. When that last putt disappeared, Niemann punched the air twice and then slapped his putter with satisfaction. “Normally, I’m not really too excited any time. I normally never do fist pumps and those W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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things,” said Niemann, the top-ranked amateur in the world for 44 weeks before turning pro last April. “The emotions in that moment on the last couple holes were just crazy. I was just thinking of the first win I made when I was a kid, and I was dreaming of this moment.” With a 21-under 259 total, one off Stuart Appleby’s tournament record, Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA TOUR, and he joined Rory McIlroy and Seve Ballesteros as the only foreign-born players to capture a TOUR event before turning 21. Niemann’s victory, combined with Matthew Wolff’s win in July at the 3M Open, gave the TOUR its first set of multiple winners younger than 21 in a calendar year since 1931 when Tom Creavy, Ralph Guldahl and Chuck Kocsis triumphed. “Yeah, it’s been unbelievable … for my whole country. They were watching me,” Niemann said. “Really happy to get the trophy for my family, for my coach, and everyone back there in Chile. Just unbelievable. Can’t get better.” 

Joaquin Niemann became the first golfer from Chile to win on the PGA TOUR with his victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

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INTERNATIONAL TOURS

Whether in China, Latin America or Canada, professional golfers with a goal of eventually playing on the PGA TOUR take big strides on its International Tours

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f you want to know how the PGA TOUR’s three International Tours went this year, merely take a look at the three Tours’ best players. Argentina’s Augusto Núñez and American Max McGreevy had eerily similar years. Núñez won twice playing on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and McGreevy won once on PGA TOUR Series-China. Neither missed a cut, and they both were top-10 machines (Núñez with 11 and McGreevy with nine). Their consistency and level of play caused competitors to marvel at the seasons they enjoyed. Their finishes atop their respective Orders of Merit merely confirmed how good they were. Paul Barjon, meanwhile, won two times on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, and he earned more than U.S. $100,000. Yet the native of New Caledonia had to battle three other players who also had two wins, each passing the six-figure mark in earnings. By season’s end, though, Barjon was the best player on his Tour even though his Order of Merit title was in doubt until the back nine of the final tournament of the year. Such were the differences among the best players on the PGA TOUR’s International Tours in 2019. Where things were the same

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in Latin America, Canada or China was in the tournaments and the competitions, 41 in all, events that featured thrilling finishes, tight battles and breakout stars who made the seasons the successes they were. As Núñez, Barjon and McGreevy all prepare in 2020 for another chance to play on the Korn Ferry Tour, the three players have credited their 2019 seasons to their career development and continued quest toward PGA TOUR membership. The three also say they are a bit wiser, more experienced and confident things on the next level of golf will go better than they did the first time around. The Order of Merit winners know their Tours prepared them well, allowing them to play on world-class courses set up to PGA TOUR standards, only the scale of the operations different. Look only at the competitions—72 holes, 36-hole cuts and deep, talented fields— and PGA TOUR events and International Tour tournaments are identical, which is why PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan’s words ring true more than ever: “We couldn’t be more happy with what is happening in Latin America, Canada and China,” he says. “Seeing these players develop their games while doing it in front of appreciative fans is exactly the reason we operate these Tours.” 

Augusto Núñez of Argentina had an excellent season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

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PGA TOUR Series-China By Laury Livsey Max McGreevy had just lost his Korn Ferry Tour card and was thinking about next steps. The career of the former University of Oklahoma player had stalled following the 2018 season. McGreevy could hear the words of his former Sooner teammate, Charlie Saxon, ringing in his ears. “You should go to China. Go play over there.” McGreevy had at first resisted playing on PGA TOUR Series-China, but the more he thought about it, and the more Saxon, a fourtime winner on that circuit, proselytized, the more the “China” idea grew on McGreevy. Eventually, McGreevy pulled the trigger, signed up for the Qualifying Tournament, bought his airline tickets and went all in. It was an investment that paid off handsomely. McGreevy made his presence felt immediately, finishing second at his qualifier in Foison and then finishing fourth in his regular season debut. It was a position McGreevy’s fellow competitors came to expect. When the season was over, McGreevy had a win—at the Guangzhou Open—and nine top-10s in 13 starts. He finished with earnings of ¥974,154 to capture the Order of Merit title and Player of

the Year honors. And, yes, he also took time to thank Saxon for the advice. “I’m super happy with the season. It was really consistent,” said McGreevy. “Unfortunately, I didn’t win as much as I thought I could have this year, but I can’t really put it into words how good I played this year. I just made birdies when I needed to and limited the mistakes all year long. Luckily, I was able to finish up on the leaderboard nearly almost every week.” McGreevy was clearly the best, and most consistent, player in 2019, leading a group of five players—Americans Trevor Sluman and David Kocher, France’s Cyril Bouniol and South Korea’s Luke Kwon—as 2020 Korn Ferry Tour members. “Max played great for a whole year, and you really don’t see that much on any Tour,” Sluman said. “It was very impressive, and I’m really happy for him. He’s a great guy and is going to have a great year next year.”Sluman will see plenty of McGreevy on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour, with Sluman in his first season and McGreevy making what he hopes will be a triumphant return to the Tour he formerly called home. If McGreevy plays in 2020 like he did in China, it will be. 

Latinoamérica Tour By Kevin Prise Tom Whitney is no stranger to high-pressure situations. Prior to pursuing a career in professional golf, the 30-year-old fulfilled a fouryear term on Air Force active duty as a nuclear missile operator. The California native has spent time on the Korn Ferry Tour and various tours across North America in pursuit of his PGA TOUR dreams. This season, he has turned his attention to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, a decision that has proven fruitful. Whitney recorded seven top-25s in his first 10 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica starts of 2019, highlighted by a victory at the 88 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp-Telecom in late April. He finished the season No. 2 on the Order of Merit (Los Cinco), earning himself another Korn Ferry Tour opportunity in 2020. Each year on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, players crisscross countries such as Peru, Argentina, Chile and Mexico with an eye on the No. 1 spot on the Order of Merit and fully exempt Korn Ferry Tour status for the following season. Nos. 2-5 receive high-level conditional status, at minimum, on the next year’s Korn Ferry Tour, with an opportunity to better that status at Final Stage of Q-School in December. Nos. 6-10 also earn a trip directly to Final Stage, and some Korn Ferry Tour status at minimum.

Following the season-ending Shell Championship, Argentina’s Augusto Núñez led Los Cinco on the strength of 15 top-25s in 16 starts, including two victories and two runner-up finishes. The 26-year-old played full seasons on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2017 and 2018, with a runner-up at the 2017 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, and is looking forward to another opportunity. Whitney has made 30 career Korn Ferry Tour starts, his best showing a T5 at the Lincoln Land Championship two years ago. A strong finish in South America could bring an appreciative return. 

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Max McGreevy shined on PGA TOUR Series-China in 2019 to earn 2020 Korn Ferry Tour membership.

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Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada By Robert Thompson Ask Taylor Pendrith about the quality of play on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, and the long hitter who finished second on the tour’s Order of Merit will give you the straight goods—the competition is as strong as you’ll find anywhere. “Every week out here you’ll find someone who would be playing well on the PGA TOUR,” said Pendrith just prior to the tour’s Canada Life Championship in London, Ont. “They might not win on the PGA TOUR, but they’d be right there.” Pendrith is the latest success story on the Mackenzie Tour, which has quickly become a training ground for golfers making the transition from college into the professional ranks. He was one of four players to eclipse the $100,000 mark in earnings for the year, with the tour being led by France’s Paul Barjon. Pendrith, who had previously had status on the Korn Ferry Tour but has battled injuries, is just the latest example of a golfer using the Mackenzie Tour to reinvigorate his professional possibilities. Among the highlights of 2019 was the emergence of Doc Redman, who finished 23rd

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on the Order of Merit. His place on the money list didn’t capture his success—he only played a handful of Mackenzie Tour events before finishing second at the Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA TOUR, grabbing status along the way. He later finished in a tie for 20th at The Open Championship, making more than $1 million in only six PGA TOUR starts. The 2020 season will see the tour continue to play to its strengths—tournaments across Canada in mid-size cities. Tour officials say 12 tournaments are the goal for the year, with events ranging from Victoria in the west to Halifax, culminating in the small field, no-cut Canada Life Championship in September. Scott Pritchard, vice president of the Mackenzie Tour, says there might be some changes in dates and locations, but with the tour’s qualifying schools selling out in record time, it is clear there is a significant appetite for what’s being offered north of the U.S. border. “I think the number of winners on the PGA TOUR—like C.T. Pan, Tony Finau and Mackenzie Hughes—that have come through Canada showcases that this tour has really worked,” Pritchard says. 

Doc Redman gained valuable experience on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in 2019 prior to gaining PGA TOUR status.

Taylor Pendrith was one of four players to earn more than $100,000 on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in 2019.

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A Competitor Who Cares Hale Irwin, winner of the 2019 Payne Stewart Award, is a golfer who gave no quarter but also made his mark with generous charity work during his celebrated career By Helen Ross

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Q: You must be awfully proud of the work you’ve done with the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Did any of the kids make an impression on you? IRWIN: Every one of them. Every month or two, I would go down there and see how things are going because it did two things for me. It made me feel better about what we were doing to kind of see the results of our endeavors. But it also brought me back to square one. Seeing these kids and how ill they were made me just so thankful for what I have and sort of reasserted what I needed to do in my life. I went up to the preemie ward one time and saw this little-bitty baby that, oh my goodness, fit right in the palm of your hand and was in an incubator. Fast forward, this child became fully developed, just fine, but how in the world that happened is just beyond me. And I was down in the emergency room once and I heard this wailing. I went around the corner and this mother had just at that moment lost her child to SIDS [Sudden Infant Death Syndrome]. So, you get sadness, you get the happiness. I always seemed to find myself drawn to the

A World Golf Hall of Fame member with three U.S. Open titles, Hale Irwin has been generous off the course with a focus on children’s charities.

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ale Irwin admits he was a little worried when he got Tracey Stewart’s voicemail. The reality of being 74 years old is that news from friends you haven’t heard from in a while isn’t always good. On the other hand, and on a more positive note, he thought that maybe she wanted him to play in an outing. When the two finally talked, though, Irwin says he was “flabbergasted” to find out he had been chosen to win the 2019 Payne Stewart Award. “It caught me absolutely off balance.” The award was given to recognize Irwin’s character, sportsmanship and charity work, particularly with the St. Louis Children’s Hospital where the Center for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology bears his name. Irwin, who won 20 PGA TOUR events, including three U.S. Opens, and a record 45 times on PGA TOUR Champions, has stepped back from competitive golf because of a foot problem. He and his wife, Sally, have had time to do things they might not have otherwise, though, like going to Wimbledon with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus and sitting in the Royal Box. And Irwin recently did this Q&A for the Essential Guide.

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kids with the cancer, you know, that have the hair loss. If they were ambulating at all, they were pushing a gurney with drips. These are kids that could not go out on the playground and run and throw a ball or fall down on the dirt or play on the swings. So that always kind of made me sad. Q: You were a talented athlete in a variety of sports and played football at Colorado. Did you always know that golf was your future? IRWIN: Nope. I still don’t know. Let’s put it this way. When I grew up in this little town in southeast Kansas called Baxter Springs, the golf course that we had available there was a little nine-holer with sand greens. It was baseball country. Mickey Mantle was from Commerce, Oklahoma, which was just across the line, perhaps 10, 15 miles away. The real influence in that area was baseball. I was a good baseball player. In fact, that’s probably the best sport of all the sports I’ve played. But you need at least eight other guys to play, and another team of at least nine other guys before it’s really baseball. My father traveled as a salesman for Ingersoll Rand throughout the Ozarks ... but he’d come home periodically and go out with a couple of his friends and play a little golf. And he’d take some old clubs, saw them off, make them shorter, wrap the shaft in electrical tape, and those were my clubs, the three or four that I had. I liked golf because I could do it myself. While I still played all those other sports, it’s just something that I kept coming back to, and that sort of extended well into my life. So, when I’m getting ready to be a graduating senior in college, I’m thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’ I’ve got three choices. One of which is to take my marketing degree and go into the business world and get in the interview line and try to land a job working 8 to 5 and maybe be bored to tears. The Vietnam War was in full force. I could go into the military. The third one was to pursue golf. So, we know where I ended up. Q: Of those three U.S. Open wins, was there one that stood out? IRWIN: No. The first one at Winged Foot in ’74 was so difficult and so rewarding. It was my third win as a professional. But I felt that my game had advanced and become sophisticated enough to take care of those kinds of situations. Now the one in ‘79, at Inverness, I’d had some really good years that had sort of reaffirmed that I could play on the international stage and win at the big events. And then the one in ‘90 at Medinah really kind of came after a five-year hiatus where I really didn’t play well. I had won the Memorial [in 1983] and I started my design company shortly thereafter. A lot of the efforts W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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that it took to play, I kind of redistributed that out into the design company. I was still hitting good golf shots, but I wasn’t in it. I didn’t have the application of the mind. I was too split with what I was doing. And at the tail end of the ‘89 season before ‘90 got “I want to live my life the right started, I just sat down, talked way … That’s what I hope to myself. I wrote down a few things about as a player what I they remember: that we cared used to think about when I was about other people.” winning and I’d go back to that periodically and think about it – Hale Irwin again and sort of redistributed my thoughts and got them back on point with the playing because the design work was going well. It got me back to thinking like a pro and I could feel my game coming around even prior to the Open win in ‘90. So, I think the first one was proving I could do it. The last one was proving I still could do it. And the middle one was sort of the reaffirmation that I was still one of those recognized players. Q: So, do you miss the competition? IRWIN: Absolutely. No doubt. There’s no way that you can ever stem that ‘want’ to get up there and compete and be successful once you’ve done it and you realize how much fun it is. Q: What would people be most surprised to find out about you? IRWIN: I’ve been asked that question before and I do a lousy job answering it. I don’t know. I don’t think I live my life trying to leave a lasting impression on somebody else that they can put in words. For my family, I hope it’s being a good father. Or my friends it would be a friend that will always be there for them if they need it. To a stranger, hopefully it will be being receptive to them. And of course, there are any number of ways I’d love to paint myself, but I don’t go around each day thinking, okay, how am I going to go impress somebody else, so they remember me. That’s not who and what I am. I want to live my life the right way and hopefully people remember— like this Payne Stewart Award. Maybe they remember—not me getting the award, but what the award means and the monies that Southern Company is donating to my wife and me to distribute in the community. That’s what I hope they remember: that we cared about other people. 

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Becoming an exempt PGA TOUR member is hard, but these talented young players are intent on showing they have the major-league talent to climb the competitive ladder By Kevin Prise

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Season Points List will carry fully exempt status into the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season, and they’ll be joined for the Tour’s 31st season by players who successfully navigate the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament—First Stage in October, Second Stage in November, and Final Stage in December. The top-40 and ties at Final Stage of Q-School, contested at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in the Orlando metroplex, will receive guaranteed starts on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour. All players who advance to Final Stage will earn at least conditional Korn Ferry Tour status in 2020, as will those who finish top-10 on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR SeriesChina. Order of Merit leaders on these three International Tours will be fully exempt on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour. Who’s positioned to make a run at a TOUR card next season? Here are five rising stars to consider.

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PAUL BARJON The 27-year-old Frenchman first played the Korn Ferry Tour in 2017, making just four cuts in 20 starts and finishing well short of maintaining status. A solid 2018 campaign on the Mackenzie Tour—No. 39 on the Order of Merit—helped move things in the right direction, and his progression continued in 2019. With 10 top-25 finishes in 12 starts, including two victories, he finished the year atop the Order of Merit and will hold full Korn Ferry Tour status in 2020.

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KEVIN DOUGHERTY The Oklahoma State product fell an inch shy of a PGA TOUR card on a birdie chip at the 72nd hole of the 2018 WinCo Foods Portland Open, finishing No. 26 on The 25. He had a good chance down the stretch of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season, finishing No. 33. Again on the precipice of a TOUR card entering this year’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship, he made double bogey on the final hole of Round 2 to miss the cut by a shot, ultimately falling short of The Finals 25. Dougherty could trade the close calls for a card in 2020.

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PATRICK FISHBURN The BYU alum won the Mackenzie Tour’s season-ending Canada Life Championship to finish No. 5 on the Order of Merit and earn a spot on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour. The long-hitting Utah native, 27, made 11 cuts in 12 PGA TOUR Canada starts this season and was the beneficiary of a $40,000 grant from the Tony Finau Foundation to pursue his PGA TOUR dreams. Confidence from a strong finish to 2019 could extend into the early portion of 2020.

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MAX MCGREEVY After an uneven season on the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour—without a top-25 in 16 starts—the former University of Oklahoma golfer honed his game over the offseason, then traveled overseas for a 2019 season on PGA TOUR Series-China. The 24-year-old excelled, to say the least. McGreevy recorded 11 top-25 finishes in 13 starts, with four top-three finishes including a victory, en route to the top spot on the Order of Merit. He’ll be fully exempt on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour, with another crack at his first PGA TOUR card.

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WILL ZALATORIS A standout collegian at Wake Forest, he began the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour season with no status, but took advantage of his opportunities, recording six top-25 finishes in 15 starts, including a third-place finish at the LECOM Health Challenge in July. Zalatoris, 23, took online classes toward his psychology degree throughout the season, yet still maintained the focus to finish second on Tour in total driving, third in greens in regulation, and earn full 2020 Korn Ferry Tour status. For the California native, the sky appears the limit.

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D I S C O V E R T H E C H A M P I O N S H I P G O L F C O U R S E AT I N N O F T H E M O U N TA I N G O D S The exhilaration of watching a drive soar onto the fairway. The smell of the freshly cut grass. The putt that sinks perfectly to earn the coveted eagle. These are just a few of the reasons that explain why travelers choose to plan golf getaways. It’s all for the love of the game: for its technical nature, its social opportunities, and its propensity for being played in the most picturesque settings. Enter the Championship Golf Course at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Situated high in the Sacramento Mountains just outside of Ruidoso, New Mexico is the Ted Robinson designed course known for its spectacular scenery and fast breaking greens. With age-old pines, vibrant greens and towering Sierra Blanca peak with big sky views, the Championship Golf Course encapsulates all of the natural scenery New Mexico has to offer. Set on tree-lined fairways, the 7,206-yard course is surrounded not only by forest and high desert terrain, but also by the resort’s spring-fed lake, Lake Mescalero, demanding skill and accuracy from golfers aiming to stay in regulation.

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Making the most of the mesmerizing scenery, Robinson struck a brilliant balance between challenge and fun. The 18-hole Championship Course is known for creative and challenging sand and water hazards such as the No. 10 island fairway. The course features meticulously manicured bluegrass fairways and bentgrass greens, making it ideal for competitive play. And, nestled in the canyons of the surrounding Sierra Blanca, the course sits at an incredible 7,000 feet, helping balls fly nearly 10 percent farther than at lower elevations. A par-72, a course rating of 72.1 and a slope rating of 132 on blue grass, the course is complex yet fair, making it perfect for golfers of all skill levels. Since its opening in 2007, Golfweek has consistently named the course among the 50 “Best Casino Courses” in the United States, among other accolades including “Best Courses You Can Play” in New Mexico.

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As a part of Southern New Mexico’s only AAA Four Diamondrated resort and casino, thriving traditions, lush wilderness, indulgent luxury and endless recreation come standard at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Guests can forge new memories horseback riding, hiking, paddle boating, kayaking, fishing, big game hunting, or soaring over Lake Mescalero on a zip line at 50+ mph, year-round. The tribal-inspired architecture, which compliments striking views of the surrounding range, are a testament to the reverence the Apache Mescalero tribe have for their rich culture and Mother Earth’s abundance. Ski Apache offers more excitement just a short drive away, where adventure enthusiasts can check off bucket lists by mountain biking or riding the Apache Wind Rider ZipTour.

The property also boasts award-winning dining options for the entire family. Broken Arrow Tap House invites guests to sidle up to the bar and sample from over 70 beers on tap. Taste buds can explore the world at Gathering of Nations Buffet, or indulge in the gourmet offerings at Wendell’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant. Guests can enjoy their evenings in style, whether that’s trying a hand at a blackjack table, exploring some of the biggest headliners and up-and-comers in music and comedy, or grabbing a nightcap in the lounge. Once it’s all said and done, guests can retreat to a luxuriously appointed guest room or suite, where spectacular views come standard with a good night’s rest. For more information or to book a tee time, call (575) 464-7942 or visit InnoftheMountainGods.com.

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Before you get to the serious fun of a golf vacation, the pleasure starts with the planning. Where will you go for your 2020 golf adventure? Here are some suggestions—established favorites as well as destinations a little more on the wild side

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Today, according to figures from the World Golf Foundation, 80 percent of all rounds are played on courses that are open to the public. So if your vacation planning is focused within the U.S., there are plenty of great options, in addition to the many resorts with courses to play as part of your package. And if your golf vacation planning is set further afield, please read on. On home turf, the State of Mississippi offers a choice of at least 15 courses open to the public. Of these, many consider Grand Bear Golf Club one of the very best. Located just 35 minutes from the Gulf Coast, Grand Bear, appropriately, has a 1999 course by Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, along with superb amenities.

The Club is six miles into the De Soto National Forest. No two holes parallel one another, and there are no roads, residential areas or other distractions. Also high on the Mississippi’s don’tmiss list of luxury golf experiences is Tom Fazio’s 18-hole par-72 course, Fallen Oak, with a clubhouse designed to complement the unique natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. It is home to the Rapiscan Systems Classic on PGA TOUR Champions.

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hat most of us want is a golf vacation providing memorable golf on a great course with easy access. Fortunately, the municipal and other public-access courses spread across the United States are a big part of golf’s heritage. At the end of the 19th century the ideology that golf is a game for all seemed fitting and so, in 1895, the first municipal golf course was opened at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. Then, as the passion for golf increased so, too, did the number of public and municipal courses (the difference being, municipal: owned and/or managed by the city, town or county; public: owned by individuals, real estate development companies, partnerships or corporations).

Fallen Oak offers natural views and challenging play for golfers of every skill level.

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he sixth-largest state in the U.S. offers great golf adventures, as well as some warm days come mid-summer (July 2019 saw temperatures in Phoenix soar to 115)—so cover up and apply the sunscreen! Situated in northern Arizona, the Hilton-owned Sedona Golf Resort at Bell Rock, Sedona, is a highly rated design. The Gary Panks-designed 6,646-yard course has a majestic backdrop of the famous red and orange sandstone and limestone mountains. The resort offers stay-and-play packages from $319. What is considered the premier public course in the region is at The Oakland Country Club and promoted engagingly as “Arizona’s Best Overall Golf Experience— Year Round, where guests are treated like members, and members are treated like guests.” If it sounds good, it is; for here is a superb championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and son RTJ Jr. Situated among Sedona’s red rocks, it’s attractive to players of all levels, having five sets of tees ranging from 4,419 to 6,824 yards. In the style Trent Jones often favored, the fairways are classic tree-lined doglegs with bunkers strategically placed in the landing areas and greens slightly elevated and surrounded with large swirling bunkers. Oakcreek Country Club opened for play in 1968 as a nine-hole course with the second nine completed in 1971. Although Oakcreek Country Club is open to the public, the club also has about 300 active members, making it popular not only for golf but also for fine dining and its sports bar. Oakcreek currently has discounted golf packages available for stay-and-play deals, with, for example, five rounds of golf within a week for $300.

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ALWAYS ENCHANTING A golfing destination. A resort getaway. A gaming experience. Welcome to Talking Stick Resort.

Test your skills on two highly acclaimed championship golf courses, the O’odham Course and the Piipaash Course. Home of the annual Amateur Golf Championship in January, each course was artfully designed to portray golf in a traditional sense and to quietly merge with the tranquil desert landscape.

Feel the excitement as you step onto a gaming floor that surrounds you with over 800 of your favorite slots, table games and live keno. Join the action in Arizona’s largest poker room where top players gather for the annual Arizona State Poker Championship.

By day, relax in the luxurious open-air spa or take advantage of the resort’s central Scottsdale location as a spring training hub. In the evening, dine at Orange Sky with a 360° view of breathtaking desert mountains. When night falls, let the twinkling city lights illuminate your evening.

Talking Stick Resort has received the Award of Excellence by Travelocity, Best Casino by Phoenix New Times and Best Restaurant View at Dusk by AZCentral. Whether for the championship golf or our award-winning . resort and casino, come Play in Style.™

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very which way, the city of Santa Fe lives up to its tagline “The City Different.” Indeed, the city offers visitors a kaleidoscope of attractions that has led to a bunch of awards including “No.2 City in the U.S.” (Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Award). Along with a vibrant arts scene, the city packs plenty of outdoor adventure attractions including, to mention just a few: equestrian, skiing (late fall through early spring), wine tours, biking, road trips and, of course, golf. Top of the must-play list is Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe, just eight miles west of downtown. This is Santa Fe’s finest municipal golf course, a legendary course in high-end country club condition and with 360-degree views of the mountains. The championship 18-hole design is par 72 playing 7,272 yards from the back tees and 5,025 yards from the front tees; therefore it’s a challenge for low handicaps yet it’s fair for higher handicaps. What’s not to enjoy?

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MEXICO, CARIBBEAN COAST

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inest Resorts has several luxury properties within the Caribbean, including Finest Playa Mujeres, Cancun. Located on a pristine beach just north of Cancun proper, Playa Mujeres and its surrounding areas offer plenty of opportunities for exploration and recreational sports and activities. In addition to golf at the nearby Playa Mujeres Golf Club, the resort offers zip-lining, nightlife, swimming in the clear waters of cenotes (natural swimming holes), scuba diving in cenotes or in the Caribbean Sea, fishing, horseback riding and sailing to nearby islands. Close by is the Playa Mujeres Golf Club where you can tee off on the signature golf course designed by Greg Norman. This is 7,218 yards of wickedly clever and highly enjoyable challenges brought about not only by the subtlety of the design but also the prevailing sea breeze. There are challenges aplenty, as you head toward the finish. The 17th hole is a 597-yard par 5 with a water hazard on the right. The experts’ advice is to “choose your shots smartly, stay away from trouble right of the green and you’re on your way home.” Finest Playa Murjeres is currently promoting its luxury resort with a 43-percent-off ratesand-suites deal for those making early vacation bookings for 2020, which is an opportunity not to be missed. Finest Playa Mujeres also has another attractive booknow bundle offer—this package comes as a Flight + Hotel deal and includes up to 55 percent off on your next stay at Finest Playa Mujeres.

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lso within the Playa Mujeres region is Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa, an Unlimited-Luxury Resort that welcomes guests to an elevated clubhouse with spectacular views of the ocean. The clubhouse is just steps away from some of Rivieria Maya Golf Club. the resort’s gourmet restaurants, fitness center and spa. The constant trade wind is a warm ocean breeze that makes open spaces within the resort very enjoyable; these open spaces season rates are $490, rising to $525 during include the main pool section, an area that’s high season. also enhanced by some of the region’s flowers On Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula and birds. is the Riviera Maya—little more than four hours For those choosing Secrets Playa Mujeres by plane from New York or around 2½ hours Golf & Spa Resort for a golf vacation, there’s from Dallas. A favorite venue is the Riviera the option of an Unlimited Golf Week Maya Golf Club with its Robert Trent Jones Jr. package at the nearby Playa Mujeres Golf 18-hole, 72-par course. The club is integrated Course. This is an all-you-can-play-in-7-days with the Bahía Princípe Hotels & Resorts package deal. For this deal, the current lowcomplex.

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s one of the Caribbean’s most enticing and most visited island destinations, the Dominican Republic is not only a major center for recreational golf, it is also home to the PGA TOUR’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship each March. Designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2010, Corales is an exclusive 18-hole course with six dramatic seaside holes. Located along the natural cliffs, bays, ocean coves, inland lakes and coralina quarries, Corales Golf Course rates among the world’s finest golf experiences. The exhilarating challenges culminate when you play the Devil’s Elbow, Corales’ final three holes. A feature of the Devil’s Elbow is the wow-factor of the18th hole with its forced carry over the cliff-lined Bay of Corales, an inspired capstone indeed

to a memorable golf experience. Another popular upscale resort is Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, surrounded by tropical gardens that overlook the Arena Gorda Beach on the Atlantic coast. The resort is a short distance from the Catalonia Caribe Golf Club with its 18-hole course designed by Alberto Sola and Jack Corrie. The course features a good variation of doglegs, as well as an interesting mix of uphill and downhill holes. Features include a large lake— which impacts Nos. 5, 6 and 15—five lagoons, and numerous trees. The sixth hole will challenge all comers, with an island green flanked by bunkers and edged by rocks—the challenge being upped a level due to the north-east trade wind blowing in off the Atlantic. Designed for golfers of all skill levels, Catalonia Caribe is set in lovely natural parkland.

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he tropical island of Curaçao, located in the southern Caribbean Sea, is home to no fewer than 50 nationalities; there are also 35 beaches, and some first-class golf courses, two of which are an integral part of luxury resorts. The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort occupies an expansive 2,000 acres of Caribbean terrain. The resort provides an array of golf packages that include luxury suites, complimentary guided hikes, mountain bike tours, yoga, pilates, historic wellness tours, botanical walks, and of

course there’s the 18-hole golf course, Old Quarry. With views of Spanish Water Harbor and a backdrop of Tafelberg Mountain, Old Quarry has been named No. 1 Caribbean golf course for the second consecutive year by USA Today. The course was designed by Pete Dye, known for his innovative designs and influence on modern golf architecture. North of Santa Barbara Beach and its golf resort is the Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort. This resort has luxury villas, apartments and bungalows situated in the midst of a tropical garden that has views of the pool and golf course. Designed by

William “Rocky” Rocquemore, the 18-hole course challenges players of all skill levels by utilizing the island’s natural elements as part of the experience. Elevation changes, rocks, sand and sea play key roles at each hole. Guests can also join a private golf club by heading over to Curaçao’s Golf & Squash Club not far from the island’s capital, Willemstad. While there, club members can play on an exclusive 18-hole course consisting of 10 greens, along with the added option of two squash courts. The club also holds challenging golf events each month.

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anama City is a mix of cosmopolitan style, Spanish Colonial charm and tropical beauty. Downtown Panama City is a bustling center of international commerce, towering skyscrapers and urban energy. Meanwhile, enchanting neighborhoods such as Casco Antiguo, Costa del Este and Casco Viejo showcase the cobblestone streets, crumbled ruins and historic architecture that trace this city’s lineage from the pre-Columbian era to the days of pirates and Spanish Conquistadors to the arrival of French and American prospectors, politicians and engineers. The region is rich with attractions—the Panama Canal, the Panama Viejo Museum, beach trips, ecoadventures in the rainforests, along with some great golf opportunities. Panama City’s main golf attraction is the Santa Maria Golf & Country Club, managed by Troon of Scottsdale, Ariz. The club’s 18-hole par-72 course is by Nicklaus Design on a 700-acre site located on the outskirts of the

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PANAMA Panama City. The course incorporates a number of elements such as various water features with strategically placed wetland areas, together with extensive landscaping using indigenous plants. The turf itself within the playable areas is state of the art and thus allowed the developers to conserve water not only on the golf course but also surrounding areas without sacrificing playability. It is 7,153 yards from the back tees but four sets of tees offer something for players of all levels. Close by is The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort. This five-star hotel has all the amenities you might expect, including elegant gourmet dining— cuisine with an exotic PanamanianMediterranean fusion style. The hotel also aims to take guests to new levels of health, wellness and relaxation through a variety of luxury wellness treatments inspired by indigenous healing traditions and seasonal local ingredients. There’s a hotel luxury spa,

too, comprised of 6,450-square-foot oasis with five treatment rooms. Travel some 80 miles southeast and you reach The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection, a premier resort on Panama’s shoreline. The resort’s coastal location means you’re close to worldclass beaches such as Playa Blanca and El Faro. You’re also within easy reach of outdoor adventures, such as hiking and four-wheel drive tours. Accommodations include luxury rooms and resort villas for families, with five separate pools a short distance from the beach. Nearby is a golf pro shop. The world-class 18-hole course is another Jack Nicklaus-designed masterpiece, unveiled in 2012. The par-72 design is open for play to members and resort guests, and utilizes the surrounding natural landscape to create a unique experience with wellplaced bunkers and stunning water features.

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f you’d like to see more of the Caribbean islands, and also play golf in a unique island setting, then there’s no better way of doing it than stepping aboard a luxury cruise liner. From the familiar departure port of Miami, Regent Seven Seas give you a stylish choice of Caribbean routes and exotic ports of call. The Seven Seas Explorer cruise package, for example, is a 10-night, Miami to Miami adventure, visiting Nassau, Punta Cana, San Juan, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, St Maarten, then home to Miami. Optional shore excursions at these island stop-offs are well thought out, ensuring there’s something for everyone, whatever your interests. The Seven Seas Explorer package gives you the chance to step ashore and play golf for a half-day at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course. This championship 18-hole course opened in 1976 and has been recently renovated by architect Thomas McBroom of Toronto. That all courses open to the public are designed to be “suitable for players of all 104

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levels,” is pretty much mandatory these days. And this course indeed fulfils the brief, giving a great assortment of fun and challenges, with water hazards on 10 holes, 80 bunkers and a multitude of coconut palm trees along the Atlantic coastal section of the course. Then back aboard your Regent Seven Seas luxury cruise liner to enjoy fine dining, evening cabarets, as well as a daytime menu of activities lead by experts in cuisine, floristry and gardens, wine, and many other areas of interest, depending upon the package or cruise route you’ve chosen. Regent Seven Seas have invested heavily in recent years to ensure guests have an outstanding luxury cruise experience. And in 2020, the company announces some enticing new ports of call that focus on both the Spanish and the French Caribbean. If time is on your side, your adventure with Regent Seven Seas Cruises could take you much farther—to dream destinations or even around the world.

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he island is home to number of championship golf courses, including designs by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr., Robert von Hagge, Ralph Plummer, Robert Moote and Howard Watson. Half Moon Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1962. The course was later modernized by Roger Rulewich, who removed non-native trees, expanded several greens and renovated bunkers, creating a masterpiece of sheer beauty and challenge. Routed through a retired sugarcane estate, the course hugs the toe of the slopes of the hills overlooking Half Moon. It’s a classic layout with multiple sets of tees, wellbunkered greens—contoured to accommodate surface drainage— and an overall length ranging from 5,035 to 7,120 yards. A beautiful walking course, it tests scratch and novice golfers alike with similar shots from appropriate distances. Primary defense of par are the 26 fairway bunkers that put an emphasis on solidly struck tee shots to find the short grass. Constant trade winds blowing off the Caribbean Sea create into-the-wind challenges and downwind opportunities. Listen to the caddies! They possess a wealth of course knowledge and are eager to lend an eye to guide a birdie putt, or share a story from their years of experience. Just a few minutes away from Half Moon are the White Witch and Cinnamon Hill golf courses, both of which add to the attraction of Half Moon as a top golf destination. Also popular for golf vacations is Sandals Golf & Country Club, one of the most played courses in Jamaica, with its narrow fairways, miniscule drop-off greens and panoramic views. White Witch, situated atop an old plantation, is named after its former mistress, who is said to haunt the estate.

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opular in the winter months due to the tropical climate, the high season in Puerto Rico is December through May. Here you can watch and play where the pros compete in the Puerto Rico Open. It’s a unique, colorful and exciting experience, scheduled Feb. 20-23, 2020 and is well worth tying in with your golf vacation visit. Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau and Chesson Hadley have all played the Championship Course at Coco Beach Golf Resort & Residences. Designed by Tom Kite, the 36-hole facility caters to golfers of all abilities. The course has four different tees ranging from 5,300 to 7,587 yards. The layouts feature seashore paspalum grass, white silica sand bunkers and challenging water hazards. On the northeast coast, a short distance from Coco Beach is the Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club, home of the fivestar St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and has the unique distinction of being a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. The course was designed around a network of interconnected lakes that RTJ has taken full advantage of. Fifteen of the 18 holes border water features, as the course takes a circuitous route around the lakes before emerging onto the Atlantic coast for two of the final three holes. The Bahía Beach course was designed with the resort golfer in mind, ensuring that golfers are provided with a strategic and challenging experience. Proclaimed as one of the best and most beautiful courses in the Caribbean, to those who visit, this exclusive stretch of green is a statement of perfection. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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It’s the moment you realize why golf is your passion. Your Half Moon Moment Awaits. Consider this a personal invitation to stroll across rolling fairways and manicured greens on what many consider to be the finest course in Jamaica. Designed by legendary golfing architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., this 18-hole championship layout challenges players of every skill level, while surrounding them with the breathtaking sights and sounds of island breezes, towering palms and the sparkling waters of the Caribbean – all cour tesy of Half Moon, the most iconic luxury resor t destination in Jamaica.

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ermuda is so connected with golf the island even has a popular turf grass named after it. Bermuda Grass—this was first introduced into the U.S. from Bermuda around the 1750s and is today found on many on the southern states’ foremost golf courses. It has the fastest growth rate of any of the warm-season grasses and is especially valued for its exceptional heat and drought tolerance. The island of Bermuda is just a two-hour flight from the East Coast, presenting you with great golf opportunities in great weather year-round. The vacation experience is enhanced by the pink-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise colored waters. The island’s six courses have received many accolades for their world-class facilities and design. The Port Royal Golf Course is the site of the Bermuda Championship that debuted in the fall of 2019 as part of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season (see also p.158).

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The course is 6,842 yards of picturesque views and a 16th hole that challenges the world’s best golfers. Indeed, Jack Nicklaus himself considers it a favorite. In the grounds of the exclusive resort Rosewood Bermuda in St. George’s parish, Tucker’s Point Golf Club has dramatic views and ocean breezes that increase the challenges of the course. The Turtle Hill Golf Club, an 18-hole par-3 course, is just 2,684 yards, but its heavily bunkered greens and water hazards demand precision. All of Bermuda’s courses differ in some way or another, but what they have in common are the ocean views and island landscape. If you’re set on making a point of playing every golf course on the island, you must still be sure to leave time to experience some of the island’s heritage and culture, as well as enjoying some of the great local cocktails and seafood specialities. And Bermuda’s 23-mph speed limit tells you this is a great place to slow down and chill out.

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ntario may be home to 14 million people, but it’s easy to escape in this vast Canadian province with spectacular golfing. Let’s explore two Ontario golf resorts that offer amazing natural beauty and opportunities to relax on and off the course. Hockley Valley Resort, just an hour north of Toronto, dazzles with its 18-hole championship golf course designed by Thomas McBroom. Here in the Niagara Escarpment, glorious rolling hills with maple and birch trees contrast with the immaculate emerald-green fairways. From studio rooms to regal suites, on-site accommodations offer superb views of Hockley Valley Resort’s pristine pond and the valley. Summer greenery and fall colors are both entrancing here. You can go hiking on the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked hiking trail. At the on-site Cabin restaurant, built with reclaimed beams from a local barn, dig into gourmet fare like spaghettini with Ontario buffalo mozzarella or beef tenderloin with mushrooms. Afterwards head to nearby Adamo Estate Winery,

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By Lucas Aykroyd known for its award-winning Chardonnay and Riesling wines. Golf course Legends on the Niagara lies a short drive from the awe-inspiring thunder of Niagara Falls and only an hour and a half from Toronto. This gorgeous riverfront resort boasts two 18-hole Championship Golf Courses as well as a state-ofthe-art training academy. The Battlefield course, designed by Doug Carrick, features undulating fairways amid dense forest for a challenging outing. Meanwhile, Ussher’s Creek course burgeons with deciduous trees and lush fescue, and roaming through this unspoiled parkland setting with your clubs is a treat. You can also hone your skills on the 45-acre driving range or get customized training from Legends Golf Academy instructors. When you’re not teeing off, the Legends on the Niagara clubhouse restaurant beckons with panseared yellow perch salad, homemade mac and cheese, and Ontario apple crisp. You can also visit close to 30 nearby wineries in this lush, ultrabucolic region. Comfortable local lodgings welcome visiting golfers. Enjoy magnificent, unobstructed views

of Niagara Falls from the 31-floor Marriott at the Falls hotel, or frolic in the outdoor swimming pool and enjoy a breakfast of pastries and fruit at the 1824-founded Oban Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Between rounds of golf, other diversions abound. Take in the arts and theatre at the Shaw Festival, where you can enjoy plays about Narnia and Sherlock Holmes from April to December. Dress up in period costume and fire a musket at Fort George, a National Historic Site. Or marvel at nature’s raw power as you ride the Whirlpool Aero Car, a century-old cable car high above the Niagara Whirlpool, downstream from Niagara Falls. For golfers, Ontario is a dream come true, and landing here feels like a hole-in-one.

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rom the mountains of British Columbia to Nova Scotia’s oceanfront cliffs, Canada has some world-class golf getaways, each with spectacular landscapes together with excellent accommodations, restaurants, and a variety of activities in addition to golf. Here’s a selection of Canada’s best golf vacation resorts any of which will fulfil your expectations. Whistler is Canada’s largest ski resort, but also attracts passionate golfers to its Nicklaus North Golf Course. Jack Nicklaus designed the 18-hole championship course in 1996, with its panoramic views of Whistler Mountain and Green Lake. You might even spot bears near the tree-lined 13th hole! And if you choose to take a break from golf, there is zip lining, hiking or white-water rafting. Predator Ridge, British Columbia is a luxury 36-hole golf resort in the region’s wine country. Here you

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tee off amid rolling hills and granite outcroppings that overlook Okanagan Lake. You can also take bike rides along the Okanagan Rail Trail, passing orchards and tranquil creeks. Gray Monk Estate Winery, by the way, has an exquisite Pinot Gris and the restaurant’s seasonal menu is also recommended. Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are the dramatic backdrop for the Stanley Thompson-designed course at Fairmont Banff Springs, set next to a castle-like railway hotel that originally opened in 1888. The par-3 4th hole, dubbed the “Devil’s Cauldron,” where you should see your tee shot soar over water to a heavily bunkered, bowl-shaped green. Follow up an energetic game with some relaxation by taking a dip in the hot mineral-rich springs, then move on to enjoy roast duck and baked brie at Grapes, the Fairmont Banff Springs wine bar. Within a contrasting setting of rocky

Canadian Shield terrain and lush wetlands, Muskoka Bay Resort is among Ontario’s most popular and scenic golf getaways. Here, guests stay in a multi-bedroom villa or loft, while outside there’s the wonderfully fresh air and woodland atmosphere to soak up. The resort is less than three-hours from Toronto. Le Maître de Mont Tremblant, Quebec, has a Fred Couples-designed, 18-hole course set alongside the swiftflowing Rivière du Diable. At the Mont Tremblant Resort, you can also enjoy in falconry, canoeing, and fly fishing in this unspoiled Quebec region that’s just a two-hour drive from Montréal. Heading to Nova Scotia’s windswept Cape Breton Island you can experience SCOREGolf’s top-rated course in Canada, Cabot Links & Cliffs. Two distinct courses offer Atlantic Ocean panoramas and dramatic fairways contoured by cliffs and ravines.  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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Down to the Wire Down Under With a final-day rally at Royal Melbourne, the United States comes back to win the 13th Presidents Cup over a determined International squad

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the end of an exciting week on a golf course that was a wonderful stage for the 13th Presidents Cup, International captain Ernie Els summed up the outcome gracefully and succinctly as he addressed United States playing captain Tiger Woods during the closing ceremonies at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. “We gave you everything we had,” Els said. “You were the better team.” For three of the four days of competition in the sandbelt

outside Australia’s second-largest city, though, it had been a different story. The underdog Internationals, seeking their first victory since defeating the Americans at Royal Melbourne in 1998, built a three-point lead after the first session, maintained that advantage after two days and still led by two points following morning and afternoon matches on day three. The United States—10-1-1 in the biennial contest and stacked with a roster of stars—trailed 10-8 going into the concluding singles session against a young, motivated

The victorious American team led by captain Tiger Woods poses with the trophy after winning at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

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their first lead since the opening match on day one. It was a momentum shift that continued throughout a warm, partly sunny afternoon in front of enthusiastic galleries trying to give the home team a boost. Only Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith won singles matches for the Internationals, Im defeating Gary Woodland 4 and 3 in a battle of Cup first-timers and Smith dispatching Thomas 2 and 1. In a competition that at one point Friday afternoon seemed as if the Internationals were in position to break out to a 9-1 lead before crucial 18th-hole American successes, a tie—and shared Presidents Cup—seemed a likely scenario Sunday. But when Matt Kuchar sank a five-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole against Louis Oosthuizen in Match 11, the U.S. was assured a half point and its 11th Presidents Cup victory. The final margin was realized

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and scrappy squad that was solving the questions asked by the Alister MacKenzie gem of a design. The International side hadn’t taken a lead into the final session since 2003. In need of a special Sunday, the U.S. delivered, winning six of the 12 matches and tying four more to secure a 16-14 victory. And it was no surprise that the Americans’ 43-year-old leader played a key role. Woods, who paired with Justin Thomas to win a match on Thursday and Friday, put himself in the leadoff singles slot against Abraham Ancer. Woods was sharp from the outset, hitting a wedge close on the first hole to take an early lead and going on to a 3-and-2 victory, his record 27th in the Presidents Cup. A short while later, Patrick Reed beat C.T. Pan 4 and 2, to give the Americans

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when Rickie Fowler and Mark Leishman tied in the anchor match. “We relied on one another as a team, and we did it—together,” Woods said. “This Cup wasn’t going to be given to us. We had to go earn it. And we did.” Woods’ decision to sit out both Saturday sessions was a surprise to some, given how well he played the first two days. But he voiced trust in his 11 fellow players and the plan worked out as the Americans prevailed in singles. The victory capped a memorable 15 months for Woods, who won the 2018 TOUR Championship, 2019 Masters—his first major title in 11 years—and ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in Japan in October for his 82nd career PGA TOUR victory to tie Sam Snead’s all-time record.

Rickie Fowler and Mark Leishman shake hands after tying in their singles match.

“We relied on one another as a team, and we did it— together. This Cup wasn’t going to be given to us. We had to go earn it. And we did.” —Tiger Woods, U.S. Team Captain Winning this Presidents Cup as playing captain made up for the 1998 defeat, with Woods the only golfer competing who had played 21 years ago when the Internationals won 20½ to 11½. “To come here and do it in this fashion, to do it with this team in particular, it was an honor for me as a player,” Woods said, “and even more of an honor to be their captain.” The defeat was disappointing for the Internationals, but encouraging signs could be found with the next edition scheduled for Quail Hollow Club in 2021. The tight contest contrasted sharply with a onesided U.S. victory two years ago at Liberty National. The host side was the youngest International team in history. Consider that Abraham Ancer, who went 3-1-1 and was a stalwart, arrived at Royal Melbourne with 83 PGA TOUR starts, just one more than the number Woods’ career wins. “I followed a plan, and it didn’t quite work out, but we came damn close,” Els said. “If you compare our team on paper with other teams in other sport, you would have laughed us out of the building. But we gave it a hell of a go and we came mightily close to winning and upsetting one of the greatest golf teams of all time.”  w w w.p gat our.com

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WAKEUP CALL

Justin Thomas had surgery after a melanoma was found on his leg.

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By Stan Awtrey are basal cell, a slow-growing cancer that seldom spreads, and squamous cell, which is more likely to spread but much less common. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer before age 70, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Dr. Tom Hospel, medical director for the PGA TOUR, refers patients to an “A-B-C-D-E” model when discovering a mole. Asymmetry – The two sides look different. – The border is crooked, jagged or irregular. ● Color – The mole is multi-colored. ● Diameter – The width is more than 6 millimeters, the size of a pencil eraser. ● Evolution – The mole has changed in size, shape or feeling. ●

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“You have to be aware and you have to be smart,” Hospel said. Sunscreen and lip balm have become staples for golfers. Protectant with a SPF 30 should be the minimum, Hospel said, applied liberally and repeatedly to exposed skin, particularly the face, neck, ears and back of the hands. Solid sunscreen sticks are an excellent option for re-application during a round of golf. “As a society, people are becoming more aware, but I think we’re all susceptible, a little more to skin cancer,” Hospel said. “You have to be aware and be smart.” 

BE SAFE IN THE SUN The American Cancer Society not only has advice about UV protection, the Society also covers the A-Z of cancer—whether you want to learn about treatment options, get advice on coping with side effects, or have questions about health insurance. With regard to UV protection, the Society advises awareness that everyone’s skin and eyes can be affected by the sun and other forms of ultraviolet (UV) rays. People with light skin are much more likely to have their skin damaged by UV rays (and to get skin cancer), but darker-skinned people of any ethnicity can also be affected. • For more advice, please visit www.cancer.org/ cancer/ skin-cancer

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ustin Thomas has a new cause. And it’s more personal that professional. One of the bright young faces on the PGA TOUR, Thomas has a long list of accomplishments, highlighted by a 2016-17 season in which he won five times, including the PGA Championship, and claimed the FedExCup. He began the 2019-20 season by winning The CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, his 11th TOUR victory. Now, he is using that notoriety to help spread the word about sun safety and the dangers of skin cancer. This is where it gets personal. Last summer Thomas noticed a small mole on the back of his left calf. His dermatologist removed the mole and sent it to the lab. Thomas was told the mole was early stage melanoma, the least common but most aggressive and dangerous form of skin cancer. Surgery was required, and doctors went deep to make sure all the cancer was removed. The unexpected scare got his attention. “I’m 26 years old,” Thomas said. “You wouldn’t think that someone my age, who wears sunscreen all the time, would have something like this happen to them. So, who else is out there that maybe hasn’t gotten checked in a while that should? This is kind of going to be a reminder to them to go do that.” Only three percent of skin cancers are melanomas, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. More common forms

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“Blueberry Cashew, and the limited-edition Birthday Cake is unreal.” RX Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter or Justin’s Cinnamon Almond Butter: These all-natural nut butters come in convenient, singleserving packets that Stallings loves to eat along with an apple. “They’re so good, I’ve been known to tear open the packet and lick the inside, right there on the golf course,” he says.

No Compromises PGA TOUR player Scott Stallings went all-in to drastically transform his body, and he continues to stick closely to a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen

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hen Scott Stallings arrived in Texas in early October for the Houston Open, he immediately checked his GPS. There was a grocery store four minutes away. Trader Joe’s, however, was a 28-minute ride. He buckled up and settled in for the trip. “People say it’s hard to eat healthy on the road, but it’s all about what’s important to you,” Stallings says. “I know Trader Joe’s like the back of my hand, so I know I can get exactly what I want, no compromises.” Stallings stopped making compromises to his health in 2016 when, at age 29, he was diagnosed with acute adrenal fatigue. At the time, the 6-foot Stallings weighed 240 pounds— and had been as heavy as 255—and had 26 percent body fat. His diet was a wreck, and his cortisol and testosterone levels were out of whack. A blood test showed his inflammatory markers were off the charts, more representative of a sodaguzzling couch potato than a professional

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athlete. He was exhausted all the time but couldn’t sleep, and often felt too tired after golf even to play with his children, Finn and Millie, now 6 and 4. “I can tell you one thing,” a doctor told him. “You’re not going to die.” But Stallings’ condition nonetheless was an eye-opener, and he immediately began to make changes. First, he eliminated sweet potato, barley and milk from his diet, to which testing had showed he was allergic but were key ingredients in the protein powder he had been eating regularly. He then went through an excruciating surgery to unclog his sinus cavity, which was dysfunctional due to breaking his nose three times in childhood and contributing to his inability to sleep. The nearinstantaneous improvement in being able to get his rest motivated Stallings to return to the gym, and he began working out harder than ever. Now, at age 34, Stallings is 185 pounds with only 10 percent body fat. (continued on p. 122)

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ROAD WORKOUTS Stallings completes these quick, go-to workouts at CrossFit gyms and training centers near his PGA TOUR stops.

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Stallings (left) at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2015 and this year (right) at the John Deere Classic.

“It’s crazy how, when you treat your body the right way, when you make a few better decisions a little more often, it can make a turn,” Stallings says. “I feel better now than I did when I was 23.” So Stallings will trek to Trader Joe’s in each tournament city, no matter how far he has to drive, to load up on liquid egg whites, low-sodium turkey, power greens, sprouts and multi-grain toast for his go-to breakfast scramble, along with guacamole, crunchy peanut butter and good butter for healthy fats. Stallings has stopped staying in hotels because he wants a kitchen where he can cook, so he loads his groceries into the fridge at his Airbnb, alongside a regular shipment of organic meals from Trifecta Nutrition, which are delivered to each TOUR stop. Water is also an essential, with Stallings trying to drink three gallons each day before dinner. Every three months, he gets a full blood workup and a BOD POD body composition analysis, because he doesn’t want anything to “sneak up.” He monitors the length and quality of his sleep with a WHOOP strap worn on his wrist. And he works out nearly every day, even during tournaments, structuring his workouts in length and intensity to accommodate his golf schedule. “Early in the week, we do heavier, slower, longer trainings sessions,” he says. “On Wednesdays, I do fasted cardio [at least 12 hours after

consuming food], and then Thursday through Sunday, workouts are lighter, faster and shorter, in the morning if I play in the afternoon, or after golf if I play in the morning.” When at home, Stallings trains in the 1,500-square-foot gym he built in a barn on his property in Knoxville, Tenn. Stallings, who is pals with four-time CrossFit Games champ Rich Froning Jr., favors CrossFit-style workouts augmented with functional training for golf. “My fitness goal is to do better today than yesterday,” he says, and that also applies on the golf course. Stallings’ swing is more repeatable, with more clubhead speed, than when he was heavier. His improved fitness has resulted in fewer trips to the physical therapist and led to two top-10 finishes and five top-25 finishes in both 2018 and 2019. Stallings was inspired throughout his weight-loss journey by a quote thrown his way from a CrossFit friend during a workout: “You have two things you can control: Your attitude and your effort, and the rent is due on both every day. So pay the man.” Stallings has “Rent is Due. Pay the Man,” painted on the wall in his home gym and engraved on his wedges. “I have two things I can control,” he says. “I’m going to have a good attitude, and I’m going to try hard.” 

“I’m going to have a good attitude, and I’m going to try hard.”

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GOLF’S RISKS & REWARDS Good health and fitness are the rewards golf offers but common golf injuries will always be a risk. The following advice from OMRON Healthcare on injury treatment also shows how to reduce the risk There’s no doubt that golf gives a player’s body a very positive physical workout. This is why so many continue to keep fit in the most enjoyable way by playing the great game from a young age right through to life’s later milestones. In our enthusiasm for the game, however, it’s not uncommon to push ourselves too hard out there on the greens, resulting in muscle-wrenching strains or worse. The classic advice to avoid some of these common injuries and thereby minimize downtime is to have a warmup exercise routine that helps loosen you up before you go out to play. Sudden over exertion of untrained muscles is one of the root causes of golf injuries because the physical actions needed to play golf uses a unique number of our body’s large variety of muscles. Even pro’s at the top of their game can be as vulnerable to golf injuries as the rest of us, and hardly a month passes without the news that a top player is out of the game for the rest of the season, recovering from a debilitating golf injury. Although we are all equally vulnerable to the classic set of chronic or acute injuries to related muscles in the above list, we are individuals too, so we are more likely to be affected in different ways and be more prone to one particular golf injury than others. Even a minor injury picked up on the golf course can be a miserably painful experience, and although it’s recommended first to seek professional medical advice, self-help is also recommended as a valuable and effective option, using OMRON TENS devices.

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CURCUMIN:

THE STUDIES ARE IN Curcumin isn’t a trend—the benefits are real. How can you take advantage? You’ve likely heard about all of the amazing benefits of curcumin, particularly its use amongst athletes. But just adding that extra dish of curry isn’t going to cut it. So how can you achieve the benefits? First, it’s important to understand the difference between “turmeric” and “curcumin”. Turmeric is a plant within the same family as ginger. However, the power of turmeric actually lies within its active compound – curcumin. In its whole root form, turmeric contains a very small amount of curcumin – making up just 2-5% of its composition, which means consuming turmeric alone – via its whole root or powder form, won’t be enough. Hence, many opt for supplements with curcumin extract to maximize their curcumin intake.

BIOAVAILABILITY While beneficial, curcumin is challenging for the body to absorb. Some brands add black pepper (bioperine) to boost absorption. Black pepper’s interaction with medication remains inconclusive. However, there are options that utilize advanced preparation techniques, without black pepper, to maximize bioavailability.

THERACURMIN® Theracurmin® combines technological advances to increase the bioavailability of curcumin, with over a dozen clinical studies around its health benefits (view the studies at PubMed.gov). •

TIPS IN CHOOSING A CURCUMIN SUPPLEMENT • Absorption technology: Find a product that can back up its bioavailability claims with research. An at home test is opening the capsule into a glass of water, if the powder floats on top of the water, it’s likely not being adequately absorbed by your body. • Curcumin vs turmeric: Look for the amount of “curcumin” the product delivers, not the amount of turmeric. • Research matters: There are a lot of companies quick to launch curcumin supplements, if you are interested in the health benefits, stick with a clinically-studied brand. For more information, visit Theracurmin.com

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LEANER, STRONGER, FASTER

Getting in shape and improving your game is an ongoing challenge. However, there are a number of simple ways for both advanced athletes and beginners to improve size, speed and strength without the consequences of steroid use. The creators of gHP Sport sat down to talk about one of these ways: a secretagogue. THE GHP SPORT SUPPLEMENT HAS BEEN FORMULATED BY YOUR MEDICAL RESEARCH EXPERT. WHAT DOES THE SUPPLEMENT CONTAIN? Our supplement acts as a secretagogue, which is a substance that encourages a gland to release a hormone. In this case, it raises levels of HGH in the body with a patented amino acid stack of 8 amino acids. This formulation comes with NSF certification for Pro-Athletes. SHOULD PLAYERS WORRY ABOUT BANNED SUBSTANCES WHEN TAKING THE GHP SPORT SUPPLEMENT AND HOW FREQUENTLY CAN IT BE TAKEN? No. gHP Sport has no banned substances. It has been certified to comply with major sports federations, including the stringent World Anti-doping Agency. Our supplement has become the “go to” product of professional and amateur athletes alike, helping them with their performance and recovery. gHP Sport works best taken on a daily basis. HOW DOES THE FORMULA WORK TO HAVE A BENEFICIAL EFFECT ON ENDURANCE AND RECOVERY? Because secretagogues bring about the release of HGH from the body’s own pituitary, at the body’s own rate, the levels of HGH remain governed by the hypothalamus and its feedback loop. There is little or no possibility of artificially raising the serum levels of HGH to anything above normal. IS THERE A SPECIFIC TYPE OF GOLFER, OR AGE GROUP, FOR WHOM YOUR SUPPLEMENT WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE? gHP sport can improve anyone’s game, but those in middle age and beyond who are using it may see the most difference. A 40-year-old, for example, would have been experiencing a decline of HGH levels for roughly two decades. By using a secretagogue, the concentration of HGH in their bloodstream would rise, making them feel more energetic and helping maintain a more active lifestyle. •

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TAKING ACTION However, HR is complex and becomes increasingly important as your company expands and headcounts rise. No budget for an HR department? Then it’s time for your growing company to consider the effective—and cost-effective—option of sharing your HR burden with experienced HR specialists who can help provide solutions. This HR outsourcing process has helped transform many companies. Having access to the guidance offered by HR services providers, including professional employer organizations or PEOs, can better position your business to grow in accordance with employment laws and HR best practices. For the busy executive faced with the never-ending challenge of attracting and retaining the right talent to support the company’s growth, Insperity’s combination of unmatched service and advanced HR technology is an invaluable resource. “We love helping clients strengthen and streamline their businesses,” says Paul Sarvadi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Insperity. “Our proven approach helps you better manage costs and manage risk. You’ll get the ready-to-use HR infrastructure that your business needs to be more efficient and profitable. To bring out the best in your people, we’ll also show you how to maximize their performance and job satisfaction. That’s our inspiration and purpose.” HR MASTERY So, if running your growing business while staying compliant with ever-changing employment laws has become too much for you to handle on your own, don’t become discouraged. A reputable PEO like Insperity can provide administrative relief and best-practice HR guidance. This level of HR mastery can not only help you stay abreast of applicable HRrelated laws, but also ignite innovation within your workforce by building a people strategy that aligns with your business’s goals. Offering everything from full-service HR to individual solutions, Insperity can tailor a package to fit your needs. Insperity’s full-service HR solution provides access to a range of key services, including employee benefits; employment administration and payroll; risk mitigation; HR-related compliance; talent management; and personalized HR support. Additionally, if you’re seeking an individual business performance solution, Insperity offers certain recruiting, financial, retirement and insurance1 services and solutions. And if, like most business leaders, your budget is tight, it’s always worth a phone conversation with one of Insperity’s advisors at 855.398.0872. You will most likely find that the cost invested in a comprehensive HR solution with Insperity is a game changer for your company’s long-term profitability. • 1

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THE TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE With more than 70 offices nationwide, Insperity, a pioneer in HR outsourcing, provides business performance solutions to more than 100,000 businesses across the United States. Insperity aligns both its brand values and objectives with its commitment to follow-through and tradition of excellence, much like the game of golf. Insperity counted among its clients a business owned by the legendary Arnold Palmer. Paul Sarvadi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Insperity, says, “This all began when I received a phone call from Mr. Arnold Palmer, who encouraged me to take the step and get behind bringing this event to The Woodlands.” “Our involvement with this golf tournament led to the launch of Insperity’s campaign to reinvigorate small businesses and entrepreneurship in an effort to deliver performance. Bringing golf’s best to The Woodlands each year provides a tremendous economic boost for local businesses, which supports that corporate mission. I can’t think of a better way to honor Mr. Palmer’s life than to ensure the Tradition of Excellence continues.” Insperity is a proud sponsor of the PGA TOUR Champions Insperity InvitationalTM tournament, which has been played annually since 2004 and moved to the The Woodlands Country Club, Houston, in 2008. (See p.241 for details.) In May 2018, it was announced that Insperity would extend its title sponsorship through 2022.

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Do you know your e-number? “After three holes of golf, I’d have to quit because I felt out of

breath. I couldn’t put the ball on the tee without feeling winded.” John Schneider, 72, of Sedona, AZ, went from playing 18 holes, five days a week to sometimes missing out on rounds of golf with family and friends due to serious breathing problems. “It wasn’t just golf. I had trouble playing catch with my grandkids because it was too difficult to breathe. It was frustrating to have to step back from doing what I loved.” John needed answers. He found a specialist that diagnosed him with asthma and performed a simple blood test. The blood test results indicated that he had an elevated number of eosinophils (e-o-sin-o-phils), also known as an elevated e-number. Eosinophils are a normal part of the body’s immune system, but when too many get activated in people with asthma, they can cause inflammation in the airways making it difficult to breathe. This type of asthma is known as eosinophilic asthma— or e-asthma. According to an analysis of data from the CDC, nearly seven out of 10 adults with asthma may have e-asthma.1

John was surprised to learn his elevated e-number meant he might have a different kind of asthma, but when his doctor prescribed a targeted medicine as part of his treatment plan, he was thrilled by how much his breathing improved. John is now back to playing golf five days a week and playing catch with his grandkids. “My family has been amazed that I’m back doing some of the things I had enjoyed before.” Knowing your e-number is important, especially if you: • Often use your rescue inhaler to control asthma symptoms • Wake up at night due to asthma symptoms • Have had to take oral steroids like prednisone for your asthma • Have had asthma attacks that required emergency care If you have experienced any of the above, you may have e-asthma and should talk to an asthma specialist about getting to know your e-number. • For more information, visit yourEnumber.com.

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TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR BACK ON THE GOLF COURSE By Jamie Osmak, CSCS, USATF, CGFI-1

Eighteen holes of golf can put a lot of stress on the lower back (with forces equal to eight times the body weight!) To keep your spine healthy, prepare with a good warm up and listen to your body. Here are some tips on how to protect your back from injury and ways to maximize performance on the green ON THE COURSE TIPS:

• Try an active warm up. Pick two or three quick exercises to

perform on the course before you play. These will help maintain range of motion of the spine, hips and shoulders, as well as warm up your core and ensure proper posture and mechanics. • Raise your front heel during the backswing. The feet will be able to twist and allow rotation of the entire trunk instead of just rotating within the spine. For golfers with limited spinal rotation, this will help alleviate the twisting and compressive forces. • Shorten the backswing to decrease the rotational and side bending movements on the lower back. • Stand closer to the golf ball. This will result in a decrease in spine flexion and rotation. For those who experience discomfort when they bend forward or are at risk for disc injury, a more upright posture will protect and minimize strain on the back. • Open your front foot to allow more rotation of the hips in the follow through—this will decrease the rotation that occurs in the lower spine, therefore decreasing the compressive forces.

OFF THE COURSE TIPS:

• Train for better balance both on and off the course.

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This will ensure that the spine is not pulled or compressed in one direction. A balanced stance and strong balance on the finish will keep the spine strong and stable over the legs. • Perform core exercises. These will stabilize and take stress off of the spine by forming a dynamic muscular foundation during the golf swing.

• Perform thoracic spine (mid back) extension exercises. These will keep the spine’s movement balanced throughout the swing. They will also stretch the front of the chest and shoulders and decrease pressure on the lumbar (low back) spine.

• When returning to golf after an injury or starting up again after a break, gradually increase the amount of time you practice, the number of swings you make, and the number of holes you play. This will get your body used to the movements of golf and decrease the likelihood of injury. •

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✱ Jamie Osmak is a sports performance coordinator at HSS. Osmak is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Level 1 Track and Field Coach certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association, Level 1 Certified Medical Professional through the Titleist Performance Institute with a degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University.

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INSPIRED TREATMENT The drug-free Kinesio treatment of taping as an aid to recovery has been researched and developed by Dr Kenzo Kase, an American-trained chiropractor and avid golfer who is best known for the invention of the Kinesio Tex Tape and the Kinesio Taping methods. It began in the 1970s when Dr Kase was observing and treating rheumatoid arthritis patients. He recognized the need for a new approach which in turn inspired an idea for a modality that would allow his patients to continue to receive the benefit of his treatment between visits, to “take his hands home with them.” The end result is the universally recognized Kinesio Taping Method, whereby each roll of Kinesio Tex Tape delivers an aid to healing and thus continues Dr Kase’s vision in the most practical way, allowing patients to “take the treatment home.”

SUPPORT & IMPROVEMENT Let’s look in detail at some common golf injuries and how the Kinesio Taping Method can bring support, relief and improvement.

“Obliques” Tapings A good golf swing is powered through your back and core, which utilizes muscles to help keep your ball in play. The obliques rotate and stabilize your torso. Poor recruitment of the obliques can cause inflammation, stiffness and discomfort. Kinesio oblique tapings solve this by using muscle corrections to improve and support the abdominal muscle when swinging, while allowing full range of motion.

“Gluteal” Tapings Gluteals help you rotate at your hips and help keep the body still during the swing. If imbalance occurs your knees and ankles may overcompensate, and your swing become unstable. Kinesio gluteal tapings are designed to help maintain your strength and range of motion, thereby aiding your consistency throughout the round.

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Have you heard that golfers around the world are being taped? That doesn’t mean they’re being recorded, it means golfers are benefitting from the application of Kinesio, the authentic elastic therapeutic tape brand that today has become a popular option for treating golf injuries that commonly occur to back, hip, forearm, shoulder, chest, knee or wrist with Kinesio Taping Method while utilizing Kinesio Tape. Kinesio is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing power, the key benefit of which gives constant support to strained muscles, thus aiding the body’s natural healing power. Many of the golf injuries we suffer are caused by the imbalance of muscles and repetitive motion, and sometimes by actual trauma. To all who love to play golf, these setbacks affect the swing in particular; however, Kinesio is proven to help keep golfers on your favorite course.

“Pectoral” Tapings Shoulder discomfort can negatively affect rotation needed for a smooth and effective golf swing. When overuse occurs, your elbow and wrist tend to overcompensate during your swing. The pectorals, generally referred to as your chest muscles, and your latissimus dorsi, help your arm to move toward the body, rotate and extend. Kinesio pectoral tapings are designed to open your chest allowing a more improved range of motion in the torso, keeping the flexibility required to maintain distance. “Forearm” Tapings It’s essential to have a proper grip on the club in order to drive the ball in the right direction. Tightness surrounding the forearm muscles can be detrimental in accomplishing a focused and effective swing. Your forearm includes your flexors and extensor muscles. Kinesio forearm tapings are designed to help lengthen overactive tight restricted forearm muscles and return them to their natural balance, allowing maintained flexibility and therefore distance through the swing.

KEEPING YOUR FOCUS Muscle fatigue tends to turn off the muscles, says Dr. Jill Snell DC, Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor (CKTP). So, by utilizing the Kinesio taping techniques described, you’re helping your brain connect with muscles more easily, which in turn allows additional stability, flexibility and power to maintain consistency. This will allow you to keep playing golf by, importantly, retaining your full range of motion. “Golf is a game that’s played with the body but won in the mind,” says Dr. Snell “and with the Kinesio Taping Method and Kinesio tape you can maintain focus on your swing by keeping your head in the game and your ball onto the green or down the fairway.” •

For more information, visit www.shopkinesio.com An exclusive offer of 35 percent off Kinesio Performance+ Tape is available, using the code ”GOLFTAPE”. You may also download the Kinseo Tape app for guided taping applications.

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EMBRACING THE FAMILY

Bubba Watson and his wife Angie have used their experience of adoption to benefit others, through working with Jockey International’s charity Jockey Being Family Foundation Across America, golf makes an outstanding contribution to the nation’s charities, totalling, in 2019, in the region of $4 billion. Many of our star players have their own charitable Foundations, while others are ambassadors for golf-related brands that also have strong charitable aims. Bubba Watson, who has 12 professional wins, including the Masters (twice), is the ambassador for Jockey International’s charity Jockey Being Family Foundation. Jockey’s corporate charitable initiative provides resources and support to postadoption organizations to help strengthen adoptive families once an adoption is finalized. This post-adoption support includes providing families with opportunities to attend community events and training sessions, access to educational workshops, and parent support groups. A family story Why Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie, became involved is an interesting and heart-warming story. Adoption changed the Watson’s lives in the most positive way imaginable. It all began back in 2001, when on their second date Angie told Bubba that she couldn’t have children. His response still touches Angie to this day, he replied—“Let’s give a child a home. Let’s adopt.” However, deciding to adopt was only the start of their long journey. Heartbreak came three times in four years for Bubba and Angie—they were turned down by three different birth mothers. “It was a horrible torment each time,” Angie recalls, “I felt—why me? Why can’t I have my own child? Why can’t I be the loving mother for this child?” “A blessing” But the emotional pain for both Angie and Bubba finally disappeared in 2012 when it was arranged that they were to

receive a 3-week-old boy—Caleb. “It was a blessing,” says Angie, “and two years later in 2015, we had a second wonderful gift when we were able to adopt our baby daughter, who we named Dakota.” The experience affected the Watson family deeply and has led to Bubba’s support for the current initiative. “I’m proud to be an ambassador for JOCKEY BEING FAMILY,” says Bubba Watson, “because I want to give every child hope and a chance at a forever family. Jockey Being Family has given us a platform to share our story and raise awareness for post adoption support.” Coming up to date, 18 years after their story began, the Watson children are now seven and four, and living happily in Pensacola. Bubba doesn’t even miss his family when he’s on the road—he takes the family with him in his RV motor home! “It’s great,” says Watson, “It feels like home and it makes life on the road so much easier, so much simpler. Plus, it’s great that the family can join me anytime, even if it’s just on a weekend.” Jockey’s help for children Debra S. Waller, Founder of Jockey Being Family, and Chairman & CEO of Jockey International, Inc., made it her mission to help children and was herself adopted as an infant. “Families are brought together by many different circumstances, and all families need extra help at times,“ says Waller. “Many families who adopt face extra challenges and are in need of post-adoption support to help their family remain strong. With the right support, they can provide a permanent, loving home for their children who have been dreaming of a ‘forever family’. Adoption is not an event. It is a lifelong journey.” The Jockey Being Family Impact The foundation’s partnership with Bubba Watson and his family has proven to be an inspirational pathway to achieving their joint aims. This has resulted in Jockey Being Family providing support and guidance to more than 330,000 families nationwide. The Foundation has also contributed some $7 million to its non-profit partners who support families with adopted children, and has awarded more than 5,300 college scholarships. • JOCKEY BEING FAMILY has a number of ways you too can make a difference: a donation will positively impact the lives of children and empower adoptive families; you can join us in celebrating adoption at one of our upcoming events (www.jockeybeingfamily.com/events/); and you can make a positive difference in the community by volunteering at one our exciting events (www.jockeybeingfamily.com/volunteer/).

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Golf Championships-Mexico Championship is again in late February in Mexico City. THE PLAYERS Championship is set for its second year after its move to March at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. And the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play will again be held in Austin, Texas, in late March. After THE PLAYERS, the Season of Championships continues in April with the Masters Tournament and in May with the PGA Championship, which this year will be held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. The only date change in the 2020 portion of the schedule from January to May is the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit moving in its second year from late June to the last week of May. The TOUR will take off the last week of July for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. THE NORTHERN TRUST will again lead off the FedExCup Playoffs, but will rotate to TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. 

The 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season includes 49 FedExCup tournaments, including A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, which was held in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., in September.

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RORY SABBATINI From early on in his career, pro player Rory Sabbatini struggled with physical neck issues and symptoms. The pain worsened over the course of a decade, and then in 2014, Sabbatini collapsed in the middle of a golf tournament. He scheduled an MRI and finally learned that the root cause of his discomfort was cervical disc degenerative disease. He tried everything to manage the pain—from steroid medication to epidural injections—but nothing worked. “Every time the pain came back it was two or three times as worse, and the medication stopped being effective. I wanted to stick a knife in my neck because of the pain.” Desperate for relief, Sabbatini started exploring other options. He met with a spine surgeon and was recommended Total Disc replacement. Excited about the idea of motion preservation and the possibility of returning to golf quickly after the procedure, he pursued surgery the day after his consultation. In May 2016, Sabbatini had an outpatient surgery. He spent less than an hour in recovery and was then discharged. That afternoon, he was walking around Orlando with his wife. His pain immediately disappeared. “The reduction in pain was so dramatic, it was like a complere flip of a switch!” he said. Today, he’s 100 percent pain free and is playing professional golf at the top of his game without limitations.

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Joaquin Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA TOUR as he shot a final-round 64 to win by six strokes. While just 20 years old, it was his third appearance at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, having finished T29 as an amateur in 2017 and T5 in 2018. Niemann was a co-leader after opening rounds of 6562 and went ahead by two strokes with a third-round 68. But midway through the final round he found himself tied for the lead when Tom Hoge, who started five strokes back but played the first 12 holes in 6-under while Niemann was 1-under on the front nine. Hoge, though, made a couple of bogeys and Niemann shot a 5-under 31 on the back nine, including birdies on the last three holes, to pull away.

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The Greenbrier Resort (The Old White TPC)

Course Information

The Old White TPC opened in 1914 with President Woodrow Wilson among the first to play. It is named for the Old White Hotel, which stood on the grounds from 1858 to 1922. Charles Blair Macdonald designed the course and modeled several holes after some of the most famous in Europe. The course underwent restorations in 2006 and 2017, the latter after the flood of 2016.

Yardage

7,292; par 70

2019 Champion

Joaquin Niemann, Chile

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets

Thanks to a generous donation from Bluestone Resources, daily grounds tickets were offered free of charge through www. greenbrierclassic.com. Fans were prompted to enter the name of a military member or first responder, whom they consider to be an Everyday Hero, and also encouraged to make a donation. The donations went toward a cash prize drawn and awarded to one of the Everyday Heroes.

HOW JOAQUIN NIEMANN WON

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“I was just feeling like I was going to win this tournament since the first day. I was in a really good mindset.” – Joaquin Niemann

Tom Hoge was runnerup, six strokes behind, after a closing 65.

 Niemann didn’t make a bogey on his first 46 holes and finished with just three for the week.  Niemann led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.197 strokes per round and didn’t have a threeputt.  Niemann ranked second in Greens in Regulation Percentage at 80.56 percent.

Harris English was T3, his best PGA TOUR finish since 2016.

Social Media

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CHARITY BENEFIT

No. 1, The Old White TPC.

With the theme that it’s our duty to serve those who serve us, proceeds from A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier went to support organizations that make a difference in the lives of military members and first responders.

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XX Joaquin Niemann became the first player to lead/co-lead after any round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier to go on to win in the nine years of the event. He shared the lead after 36 holes and had the solo lead through 54 holes. XX Niemann’s six-stroke victory margin was a

tournament record, surpassing Kevin Na’s fivestroke win in 2018. XX Niemann has shot a 64 in the final round in all three of his appearances in the event. XX Brian Harman finished T3 in an effort to become the second left-hander to win A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (Ted Potter Jr., 2012).

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Joaquin Niemann

1

65

Tom Hoge

2

68

62

68

64

65

67

65

Harris English

T3

66

65

68

Brian Harman Nate Lashley

T3

65

66

T3

68

64

Rich Werenski

T3

67

65

FedExCup Points

Earnings

259/-21

500

$1,350,000.00

265/-15

300

$817,500.00

67

266/-14

133

$366,093.75

70

65

266/-14

133

$366,093.75

65

69

266/-14

133

$366,093.85

65

69

266/-14

133

$366,093.85

Brian Harman was T3 in a bid to become the second left-hander to win A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

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Nate Lashley’s secondround 64 helped him to share of third place.

Modeled after No. 15 at North Berwick Golf Club, in Scotland, the par-3 eighth is a Redan hole measuring up to 234 yards. A miss short and left brings the course’s deepest bunker and three distinctive “Dragon’s Teeth” mounds into play. The 18th hole is also a par 3, and at 177 yards it presents a birdie opportunity. However, the green features a large horseshoe ridge that bisects the green and creates difficulty if the tee shot is not precise.

FAN EXPERIENCE

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The entrance to the tournament was lined with military and first responder vehicles, as well as educational interactive expos. During the proam on Wednesday, Sept. 11, a ceremony was held in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. Other events and activities included a Jake Owen concert Thursday evening, a Kids Zone on the weekend, and special delivery of the tournament trophy by the U.S. Army on Sunday. w w w.p gat our.com

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September 19-22, 2019

R.

Cabot

Corinth

siss

M is

Hot Springs

Arkadelphia

40

ippi

Little Rock

Pine Bluff Arkansas

Oxford

Mount Pleasant Minden

Cullman Tupelo 65

55

Birmingham

Grenada

Greenville Indianola El Dorado Yazoo City

Camden

Tuscaloosa

Sanderson Farms Championship

Huntsville 59

Marietta

Oxford Leeds

Hoover

Montgomery Selma Meridian

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Jackson

Alabama

Gainesville

Buford

Opelika

Monroe JacksonCanton

Shreveport

Decatur

85

Troy

Atlanta

Griffin

Georgia

Columbus

Eufaula

Ozark 65 Brookhaven Enterprise Dothan Natchez Mississippi Hattiesburg Valdosta Pineville McComb 59 Mobile Crestview Bogalusa 55 De Ridder Destin Hammond Biloxi Natchitoches

49

Baton Rouge

10

10

Lafayette

Kenner

Morgan City

Pasadena

Gulfport

Pensacola

Tallahassee

New Orleans

LouisianaLocation

Galveston

Houma

Jackson, Miss. Country Club of Jackson

Clearwater Saint Petersburg

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 7,460; par 72

“I was lucky enough to keep my focus on 18. When I had that big putt, I was just thinking about striking it and not the perks, how my life could change.” – Sebastian Muñoz

2019 Champion Sebastian Muñoz, Colombia

Media Coverage 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.sandersonfarm_ schampionship.com. Kids 17 and under, service members and first responders received free admission.

HOW SEBASTIAN MUÑOZ WON

Colombia’s Sebastian Muñoz made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole and went on to beat South Korea’s Sungjae Im in a playoff. The 26-year-old Muñoz had the 54-hole lead thanks to a 63 on Saturday and stayed in front for much of the final round. But when he bogeyed 15 and Im made birdies on 14, 15 and 16, Muñoz found himself one behind. He made a six-foot par putt on 17 and then the clutch putt on 18 to force extra holes. Back on the 18th for the first extra hole, Im hit his approach over the green and Muñoz was short. Im couldn’t get up and down, while Muñoz chipped to four feet and made the putt for a winning par. Muñoz had a 70 in the final round, while Im shot a 66.  Muñoz made only three bogeys all week, one in each of the first, second and fourth rounds..  Muñoz ranked third in Driving Distance (315.4 yards) and fourth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee.  Muñoz ranked fifth in Strokes Gained: Putting (1.562 per round) and didn’t have a three-putt all week.

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Sungjae Im shot a finalround 66 then lost in a playoff.

Consecutive 66s started Byeong Hun An on his way to a thirdplace finish.

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QUICK FACTS

No. 11, Country Club of Jackson.

 Field: 156 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $6.6 million  Winner’s Share: $1,188,000  FedExCup Points: 500 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 or 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 $15 million.

 Sebastian Muñoz became the second person from Colombia to win on the PGA TOUR, joining Camilo Villegas.  Muñoz was the sixth consecutive player to make the Sanderson Farms Championship their first PGA TOUR victory, following Nick Taylor (2014), Peter Malnati (2015), Cody Gribble (2016),

Ryan Armour (2017) and Cameron Champ (2018).  Muñoz was the third consecutive champion to win the event after leading through 54 holes.  Carlos Ortiz has finished T3 (2018) and T4 (2019) in two career starts at the Sanderson Farms Championship, his best two finishes on the PGA TOUR.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Sebastian Muñoz

1

70

67

63

70

270/-18

500

$1,188,000.00

Sungjae Im

2

68

69

67

66

270/-18

300

$719,400.00

Byeong Hun An

3

66

66

70

69

271/-17

190

$455,400.00

Carlos Ortiz

T4

65

71

65

71

272/-16

122

$297,000.00

T4

72

67

69

64

272/-16

122

$297,000.00

T3

65

67

67

64

263/-17

133

$307,200.00

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Carlos Ortiz has had his two best PGA TOUR finishes in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

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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 2019.

FAN EXPERIENCE

Kevin Streelman plays his second shot on the second hole during the Final Round.

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NOTABLE COURSE FEATURES

The BankPlus Fan Pavilion, with an upgraded ticket, offered premium concessions and a sports bar atmosphere. Open to all fans were the Pepsi Zero Zone, the ULTRA Club, and the Kids Coop. Special events included an All-Star Kids Clinic on Tuesday presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi, the BankPlus Junior Pro-Am on Wednesday, University Day on Saturday with fans encouraged to wear their favorite team colors and Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on Sunday.

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September 26-29, 2019

Safeway Open Cameron Champ made a 3 foot, 8 inch putt for a birdie on the 72nd hole to edge Adam Hadwin by one stroke. Champ led by three through 54 holes and stayed in front in the final round until he bogeyed the 17th while Hadwin birdied the 18th to tie him. Champ unleashed a 369-yard drive on the par-5 18th, missed the green with his second shot but chipped close for the winning birdie. The 24-yearold native of Sacramento shot a final-round 69 with family and friends in the crowd and inspired by his grandfather, Mack, watching at home in hospice care. Champ missed every fairway on the front nine, but still managed four birdies in shooting a threeunder 33. Hadwin made his move on the back nine with a 32 that featured birdies on 16, 17 and 18 to apply the pressure.

Location 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 Famer 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

2019 Champion Cameron Champ, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets In 2019, Daily tickets were $45 and a Five-Day ticket was $115, available through www.safewayopen.com. Youth 15 and under were free with a ticketed adult, military and spouse received complimentary tickets, first responders a complimentary ticket and a veterans discount.

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HOW CAMERON CHAMP WON

“This is kind of my home event, to have so many family and friends here. It’s just been awesome.” – Cameron Champ

Cameron Champ won with thoughts of his ill grandfather, Mack, on his mind.

 Champ led the field in Driving Distance at 337.1 yards and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee.  Champ led the field in Scrambling, saving par 16 of the 19 times he missed the green in regulation.  Champ made only four bogeys all week, none in the first and third rounds.

Adam Hadwin birdied the 72nd hole and finished runner-up.

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No. 17, Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course).

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Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $6.6 million Winner’s Share: $1,188,000 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.

CHECK THIS OUT XX Cameron Champ’s 72-hole total of 271 was one stroke above the lowest total since the event moved to Silverado Resort and Spa in 2014 (Brendan Steele, 270/2016). XX Champ was the fourth third-round leader/ co-leader to win the event in its 13-year history (Troy Matteson/2009, Rocco Mediate/2010,

The finishing stretch at Silverado’s North Course 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.

Sangmoon Bae/2014). XX Champ was the second native Californian to win the Safeway Open, joining Brendan Steele, who has won it twice. XX Zac Blair played the first five holes of the tournament in three-over, but rallied to finish T4 at 13-under.

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Cameron Champ

1

68

67

69

271/-17

500

$1,188,000.00

67

Adam Hadwin

2

68

70

67

67

272/-16

300

$719,400.00

Marc Leishman

3

70

72

67

65

274/-14

190

$445,400.00

T4

75

66

66

68

275/-13

115

$277,750.00

T4

73

65

69

68

275/-13

115

$277,750.00

Justin Thomas

T4

71

64

71

64

275/-13

115

$277,750.00

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Zac Blair Charles Howell III

A closing 65 lifted Australian Mark Leishman into third place.

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Zac Blair shot back-toback 66s en route to a T4 finish.

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NOTABLE COURSE FEATURES

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 For Birdies, with discounts whenever a player made a birdie on the 16th hole; the Spirits Lounge, with specialty cocktails; the Brew Loft, with more than a dozen beers on tap; and the Japan Airlines Flight Deck, with views of the 18th hole tee shot.

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October 3-6, 2019

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Kevin Na matched Patrick Cantlay’s birdie on the first playoff hole with one of his own on a putt from nine feet and went on to win with a par on the second extra hole. It completed a wild ride for Na, who triple bogeyed the 10th hole to see his lead cut to one stroke. He recovered with three birdies, lost the lead with a bogey on the 16th, then regained a share of it with a 23-foot putt for par on the 17th while Cantlay made bogey. Na took a two-stroke lead into the final round by shooting 62-61 in Rounds 2 and 3, and had a 2-under 33 on the front nine Sunday before a 1-over 37 left him with a final-round 70.

Las Vegas, Nev. TPC Summerlin

Course Information TPC Summerlin was designed by noted architect Bobby Weed with two-time major champion Fuzzy Zoeller as a consultant. Opening in 1991, the strategic layout was carved from a swath of rugged desert terrain, meandering through arroyos and canyons. Numerous water features and an abundance of honey mesquite and pine trees contrast dramatically with the raw landscape features.

Yardage 7,255; par 71

2019 Champion Kevin Na, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Good Any One Day tickets were $29 and a weekly pass was $89, available through www.shrinershospitalsopen. com. Military and first responders received free admission as did youth 18 and under with a ticketed adult.

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HOW KEVIN NA WON

“I’ve lost three playoffs. This is my first playoff win. I kept telling myself this is the playoff I’m going to win.” – Kevin Na

Patrick Cantlay was runner-up for the second consecutive year.

 Na set a PGA TOUR record in the ShotLink era (since 2003) for Strokes Gained: Putting with 14.263 for the four rounds. He also set a new mark for total distance of putts made at 558 feet, 11 inches and holed eight putts longer than 20 feet.  Na made two eagles in a second-round 62 and 10 birdies in a third-round 61.

A third-round 62 lifted Pat Perez into third place at 21 under.

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quick Facts

No. 9, TPC Summerlin.

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Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $7 million Winner’s Share: $1,260,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT 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.

XX Kevin Na, who previously won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2011, joined Jim Furyk (1995, ’98, ’99) as the only players to win the event more than once. XX Na’s 123 total in the middle two rounds was one off the PGA TOUR record of 122 set by Troy Matteson at the 2009 Frys.com Open.

XX Na set a tournament record for 54 holes with a 191 total. His 72-hole total of 261 was one off the tournament record of 260 by Ryan Moore (2012) and Webb Simpson (2013). XX In three starts at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Patrick Cantlay has a win in 2017 and runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2019.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

68

62

61

70

261/-23

500

$1,260,000.00

66

64

63

68

261/-23

300

$763,000.00

Pat Perez

3

69

64

62

68

263/-21

190

$483,000.00

Bryson DeChambeau

T4

66

68

67

63

264/-20

115

$294,583.34

Adam Hadwin

T4

67

66

68

63

264/-20

115

$294,583.33

Brian Stuard

T4

65

65

67

67

264/-20

115

$294,583.33

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Bryson DeChambeau closed with a 63 to finish T4.

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Adam Hadwin tied for fourth place at 20 under.

The four-hole closing stretch at TPC Summerlin features classic risk-reward challenges starting with the drivable par-4 15th. The par-5 16th is reachable in two 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

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NOTABLE COURSE FEATURES

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October 10-13, 2019

Houston Open Location Humble, Texas Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course)

Course Information Formerly known as Redstone Golf Club, the Golf Club of Houston opened in 2003 with the course now known as the Member Course, designed by Jim Hardy and Peter Jacobsen. The Tournament Course, designed by Rees Jones, was added in 2006. David Toms, a 13-time PGA TOUR winner, assisted Jones in creating a challenging layout that moves through cypress, oak and pine trees.

“This is going to be a week that I’ll never, never forget—regardless what happens the rest of my career ... I feel very fortunate beyond words.” – Lanto Griffin

Yardage 7,441; par 72

Lanto Griffin, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Advance grounds tickets were $44 Thursday-Friday, $49.50 Saturday-Sunday or $50 Good Any Day, available through www.houstonopengolf.com. Kids 15 and under were free with a ticketed adult, military/ first responders received up to four free tickets ThursdayFriday and $10 tickets Saturday-Sunday.

HOW LANTO GRIFFIN WON

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2019 Champion

Lanto Griffin parred the difficult 18th hole to preserve a one-stroke margin and claim his first PGA TOUR victory. The 31-year-old, who lost his card after the 2017-18 season and regained it on the Korn Ferry Tour, hit the green on the 18th and two-putted from 60 feet, holing a six-footer to finish one ahead of Mark Hubbard and Scott Harrington. Griffin led by one through 54 holes thanks to a thirdround 65. He shot a 33 on the front nine Sunday, but was tied by Hubbard, who was out in 32. Griffin fell behind with a bogey on 11, but Hubbard bogeyed 15 and Griffin took the lead with a 33-foot birdie putt on 16. Harrington had a 67, but a bogey on the 17th was costly.  Griffin birdied six of the first eight holes on the back nine in the third round and shot a 31 with a bogey on 18.  In a second-round 74, Griffin played the back nine in 39 with a double bogey on 18.  Griffin ranked seventh in both Strokes Gained: Putting and Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green.

Scott Harrington plays a shot from a bunker on the 14th hole during the final round.

Mark Hubbard plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round.

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QUICK FACTS

No. 6, Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course)

 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

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Course in 2006.  Griffin’s previous career best PGA TOUR finish was T11, but he had finished in the top 20 in all four starts in the 2019-20 season.  Xinjun Zhang finished T4 in his attempt to become the third Chinese player to win on the PGA TOUR and the first from mainland China (T.C. Chen and C.T. Pan from Chinese Taipei).

LEADERBOARD 2019 3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Lanto Griffin

1

66 74

65

69

274/-14

500

$1,350,000.00

Scott Harrington

T2

69 67

72

67

275/-13

245

$667,500.00

Mark Hubbard

T2

68 69

69

69

275/-13

245

$667,500.00

Harris English

T4

70 72

69

66

277/-11

104

$286,875.00

Talor Gooch

T4

64 72

72

69

277/-11

104

$286,875.00

Carlos Ortiz

T4

70 67

71

69

277/-11

104

$286,875.00

Sepp Straka

T4

65 71

72

69

277/-11

104

$286,875.00

Xinjun Zhang

T4

67 76

68

66

277/-11

104

$286,875.00

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2

Harris English’s best score of the week, 66, came in the final round and moved him into T4.

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Talor Gooch got off to a great start (64) and went on to share fourth place.

The par-4 18th hole, which measures 488 yards, is both challenging and dramatic. A lake borders the entire left side and comes into play on both the tee shot and the approach to the green. It played to a 4.501 average in 2019.

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 Lanto Griffin won after leading through 54 holes, marking the first time since 1990 that a third-round leader/co-leader won each of the first five events of the season.  Griffin’s second-round 74 is the highest score by a winner since the tournament moved to the Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament

The Astros Golf Foundation believes that by harnessing the passion of golf fans, lives of Houstonians can be enriched and the community will be empowered through the game of golf. An annual donation of $500,000 will be made to The First Tee and starting in 2020, the Astros Golf Foundation will make an annual contribution of $1 million to the City for the benefit of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Memorial Park Conservancy.

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October 17-20, 2019

THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

Location Jeju Island, South Korea The Club at Nine Bridges

Course Information

Yardage 7,241; par 72

2019 Champion Justin Thomas, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets

“It’s very reassuring knowing that I could hit those shots when I needed to the entire day when I felt like the heat was on.” – Justin Thomas

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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.

Justin Thomas and Danny Lee pulled away from the field and staged a tight two-man battle on Sunday, with Thomas ultimately prevailing by two strokes. The pair were tied at 15-under going into the final round, three ahead of third place. Thomas jumped ahead with birdies on two of the first three holes, Lee came back to take his only lead of the round after the seventh hole, Thomas tied it with a birdie at No. 8 and both birdied the ninth for 33s on the front nine. They remained tied through the 13th, with both making birdies on the par-5 12th, before the key stretch when Thomas birdied 14 and Lee bogeyed 15 and 16. A Thomas bogey on 17 cut the lead to two, and Lee had a putt for eagle on 18 but it didn’t fall and both finished with birdies, Thomas shooting a 67.  Thomas birdied the first four holes in the second round on the way to a front-nine 31 and a 63.  Thomas led the field in birdies with 27.  Thomas ranked T3 in Greens in Regulation Percentage at 84.72.

Grounds tickets available in advance through www. thecjcup.com. Children 12 and under free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

After a tight finalround duel, Danny Lee finished in second place.

Hideki Matsuyama closed with a 65 to finish T3.

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quick Facts

No. 18, The Club at Nine Bridges.

‹‹ Field: 78 players ‹‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹‹ Purse: $9,750,000 ‹‹ Winner’s Share: $1,755,000 ‹‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

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hole record is a 62 by Ryan Palmer in the final round in 2018. XX The victory was the 26-year-old Thomas’ 11th, moving him into a tie for third for most PGA TOUR victories before age 27: Tiger Woods (34), Jack Nicklaus (20), Rory McIlroy (11), Jordan Spieth (11), Thomas (11). XX Gary Woodland has finished second (2018) and T3 (2019) in the last two years.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Justin Thomas

1

63

70

67

268/-20

500

$1,755,000.00

68

Danny Lee

2

67

66

68

69

270/-18

300

$1,053,000.00

Hideki Matsuyama

T3

69

70

69

65

273/-15

145

$507,000.00

T3

67

69

68

69

273/-15

145

$507,000.00

T3

71

71

65

66

273/-15

145

$507,000.00

Cameron Smith bettered 70 each round to share third place.

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Gary Woodland had another high finish in the event, tying for third after a 65-66 weekend.

Nine Bridges features an interesting set of par 5s, starting with two uphill holes on the front nine (Nos. 3 and 9). 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 20 eagles but with the green and surrounding bunkers situated on an island, it produced its share of trouble as well with eight double-bogeys or worse.

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XX Justin Thomas now has two victories in THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, 2017 and 2019, in the three years the event has been played. Four of his 11 PGA TOUR victories have come in Asia, including the 2015 and 2016 CIMB Classic in Malaysia. XX Thomas had a round of 63 in each of his two victories at the event. The tournament 18-

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. CJ also participates in a number of Global Partnership Campaigns, like the CJ-UNESCO Girls’ Education Campaign dedicated to providing high quality education for girls in developing countries.

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October 24-27, 2019 Chiba Prefecture

THE ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

Location Chiba Prefecture, Japan Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club

Course Information Opened in 1965, Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club is a 36-hole facility. The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

“Five days at the top of the board is a long time. It was definitely stressful.” – Tiger Woods

is played on an 18-hole composite course.

7,041; par 70

2019 Champion Tiger Woods, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Tickets were available on

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Yardage

Tiger Woods bogeyed his first three holes of the tournament but recovered to shoot a first-round 64 and went on to lead after every round as he took his 82nd career PGA TOUR victory, tying Sam Snead’s all-time record. The tournament, the first official PGA TOUR event in Japan, finished on Monday after Friday’s play was washed out by nine inches of rain. Woods shot another 64 in the second round and went ahead by three with a 66 in the third round. He played 11 holes of the final round before darkness on Sunday, then held off an inspired effort by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama on Monday morning as both shot 67s in the final round, Matsuyama finishing three behind.  Woods made nine birdies in his last 15 holes of the first round, shooting a 5-under 29 on his second nine (the front nine).  Woods ranked T3 in Greens in Regulation Percentage (76.39) and first in Putts Per Green in Regulation (1.618).  Woods played the par 3s in 9-under, the best in the field by four strokes.

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Social Media Twitter: @zozochamp

Hideki Matsuyama made a spirited run at victory in his home country, finishing second.

Sungjae Im closed with a 65 to finish T3.

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No. 4, Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.

 Field: 78 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $9.75 million  Winner’s Share: $1,755,000  FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT Proceeds from The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP were contributed to support the efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society with focus on relief and recovery efforts in Japan and First Tee Japan for its golf and character education programs.

CHECK THIS OUT  Japan is the seventh country where Tiger Woods has won a PGA TOUR event. He has also won in the U.S., England, Scotland, Spain, Canada and Ireland.  Woods was the fifth PGA TOUR winner since 2003 who played his first three holes of the tournament in 3-over or worse, most recently Rory McIlroy at the 2016 Dell Technologies Championship.

 The low rounds of the tournament were 63s by Keegan Bradley (second round) and McIlroy (third round).  The victory improved Woods’ record of converting an outright 54-hole lead to victory to 44 out of 46 (95.6 percent) and 25 of 25 when leading by at least three strokes.  By finishing fifth, Gary Woodland made it four straight top-five finishes in events in Asia.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Tiger Woods

1

64

66

67

261/-19

500

$1,755,000.00

64 65

67

65

67

264/-16

300

$1,053,000.00

71

64

67

65

267/-13

162

$565,500.00

Rory McIlroy

T3

72

65

63

67

267/-13

162

$565,500.00

Gary Woodland

5

64

66

68

70

268/-12

110

$390,000.00

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Rory McIlroy went low in the third round (63) on his way to T3.

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Gary Woodland opened with a 64 on his way to another good result in Asia.

Like most courses in Japan, Accordia Golf Narashino has two greens on each hole, generally played in different seasons of the year. At the fourth hole, however, the two greens were each used on different days during the tournament, a first for the PGA TOUR. The green to the right is more closely guarded by water, while the green on the left makes the par-4 hole play its full 505-yard length. Either way, it was the toughest hole on the course. The 191-yard, par-3 fifth, which plays over water, was also one of the hardest holes, making for a demanding sequence.

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Hideki Matsuyama Sungjae Im

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October 31-November 3, 2019

Bermuda Championship Southampton

Location Southampton, Bermuda Port Royal Golf Course

Brendon Todd, who had been through tough times after his first PGA TOUR victory in 2014, returned to the winner’s circle by firing a 24-under 260 total in the first Bermuda Championship. Todd trailed by two strokes entering the final round, but quickly took control with seven straight birdies starting at the second hole. He shot a 29 on the front nine and added three more birdies on the back nine to pull away. A bogey at 18 cost him a chance at an even lower number, but he finished with a 62 and a four-stroke victory over Harry Higgs, a PGA TOUR rookie who led through 54 holes and shot a 68 in the final round.

Course Information Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1970, Port Royal features ocean views from nearly every hole. The course underwent an extensive renovation in 2009 spearheaded by original design-team member Roger Rulewich.

Yardage 6,828; par 71

2019 Champion Brendon Todd, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Daily general admission tickets were $20 and a weeklong pass $50, available through bermudachampionship.com. Juniors 17 and under received free admission with a ticketed adult.

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HOW BRENDON TODD WON

“A year ago I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep playing, so it’s really special to get this win this soon.” – Brendon Todd

Korn Ferry Tour graduate Harry Higgs was runner-up in his sixth TOUR start.

 Todd had a front-nine 30 in the second round (his second nine of the day), finishing with four straight birdies on Nos. 6 through 9, to shoot a 63.  Todd led the field with 27 birdies and had only three bogeys, one each in the first, third and fourth rounds.  Todd ranked T3 in Putts Per Round with 26.0.

Two rounds of 65 helped Brian Gay to a share of third place.

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2019/2020 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW No. 18, Port Royal Golf Course.

QUICK FACTS  Field: 120 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $3 million  Winner’s Share: $540,000  FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner

 Winner Brendon Todd’s 62 in the final round matched Scottie Scheffler’s opening 62 as the best scores of the week.  Todd lost full status on the PGA TOUR after the 2016 season, regaining it after finishing No. 8 on the Korn Ferry Tour Finals points list in 2019.

 Runner-up Harry Higgs was playing in his sixth PGA TOUR event, earning his way to the TOUR by finishing No. 5 on the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season points list.  The inaugural Bermuda Championship marked the first official annual event to be held on the island of Bermuda.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Brendon Todd

1

68

63

67

62

260/-24

300

$540,000.00

Harry Higgs

2

66

65

65

68

264/-20

165

$327,000.00

Brian Gay

T3

69

65

65

67

266/-18

77.5

$146,437.50

66

70

67

63

266/-18

77.5

$146,437.50

62

69

69

66

266/-18

77.5

$146,437.50

Aaron Wise

T3

67

65

69

65

266/-18

77.5

$146,437.50

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Hank Lebioda closed with a 63 to finish T3.

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Scottie Scheffler shot an opening-round 62 and went on to finish T3.

The 16th is one of the most visually spectacular holes in golf, and also extremely challenging. The 235-yard par-3 plays over an inlet of the ocean to a long but narrow green perched high above the water on a peninsula. The ocean is to the left, so a tee shot to the right is safe but doesn’t afford an easy up-anddown. That hole is followed by a birdie or eagle opportunity on the 507-yard, par-5 17th, but with a pond to the left and well-placed bunkers on this slightly inland hole subpar scores are well earned.

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The Gosling’s Fan Zone was located near the clubhouse with views of the ninth and 18th holes, plenty of food and drink available, and a place to get tournament merchandise. Thursday was Ladies Day, with discounted tickets and proceeds from ladies’ ticket sales going to the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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October 31-November 3, 2019

CHINESE TAIPEI

World Golf ChampionshipsHSBC Champions

Location Shanghai, China Sheshan International Golf Club

Course Information Set in the shadow of the Basillica 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 with strategic bunkering. Millions of cubic yards of dirt were moved to create one of the most dramatic and hilly courses in Shanghai.

Yardage 7,264; par 72

2019 Champion Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Grounds tickets cost the equivalent of about $50 for Thursday or Friday, $92 for Saturday or Sunday, or $242 for the week, and were available through www. hsbcgolf.com. Children under 18 were admitted free with an adult, and there were discounts for HSBC customers.

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“I went bogey-free over the weekend. If someone had told me that Friday night, I wouldn’t have thought I needed a playoff to win.” – Rory McIlroy

Runner-up Xander Schauffele was in a playoff at the WGCHSBC Champions for the second year in a row.

South African Louis Oosthuizen held the lead early in the fourth round before finishing in third place.

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HOW RORY MCILROY WON

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Rory McIlroy was caught at the end of regulation, but prevailed over Xander Schauffele with a birdie on the first playoff hole. McIlroy began the final round one ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and two ahead of defending champion Schauffele and was pressed by both for most of the day. Oosthuizen took an early lead, but dropped back in the middle of the round while Schauffele and McIlroy both birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to shoot 32 and 33, respectively, on the front nine. McIlroy birdied the par-5 14th to go two ahead, but Schauffele birdied 15 and 18 to force a playoff with a round of 66 to McIlroy’s 68. McIlroy was fortunate to make a par 5 on the 18th in regulation after his drive nearly ended up in a water hazard. On the same hole in the playoff, McIlroy drove it down the middle and hit his second shot to 25 feet to set up a two-putt birdie. Schauffele drove in the rough, had to lay up, hit his third shot to 12 feet but missed the birdie putt.

Abraham Ancer closed with consecutive 67s to finish T4.

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On the strength of an opening 65 and closing 66, Victor Perez tied for fourth at 15-under.

 McIlroy had four straight birdies on Nos. 2 through 5 in the first round and Nos. 3 through 6 in the second round.  After making five bogeys in the first 36 holes but enough birdies and an eagle to shoot 67-67, McIlroy didn’t make a bogey over the final 36 in shooting 67-68.

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quick Facts

A large gallery watched the final-round action at Sheshan International.

‹‹ Field: 78 players ‹‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹‹ Purse: $10.25 million ‹‹ Winner’s Share: $1,745,000 ‹‹ 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.

No. 8, Sheshan International Golf Club.

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start the 2019-20 season. XX In losing a playoff, Xander Schauffele came up just short in his bid to become the first defending champion to win the event. Ian Poulter finished second as defending champion in 2013. XX Schauffele was in a playoff at the WGCHSBC Champions for the second consecutive year. He defeated Tony Finau in 2018.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Rory McIlroy

1

67

67

67

68

269/-19

550

$1,745,000.00

Xander Schauffele

2

66

69

68

66

269/-19

315

$1,095,000.00

Louis Oosthuizen

3

68

69

65

69

271/-17

200

$602,000.00

Abraham Ancer

T4

68

71

67

67

273/-15

120

$370,000.00

Victor Perez

T4

65

71

71

66

273/-15

$370,000.00

Matthias Schwab

T4

67

71

69

66

273/-15

$370,000.00

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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 offering a choice 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.

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XX Rory McIlroy won his third World Golf Championships event, also having captured the 2014 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and 2015 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. XX McIlroy has finished in the top six in six of his eight appearances in the event. XX McIlroy’s victory ran the streak to eight straight events won by a leader/co-leader to

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November 14-17, 2019

Mayakoba Golf Classic Location Riviera Maya, Mexico El Camaleón Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort

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 played outside the United States and Canada.

7,017; par 71

2019 Champion Brendon Todd, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Tickets available through mayakobagolfclassic.com

HOW BRENDON TODD WON

Brendon Todd won his second straight tournament start, following the Bermuda Championship, as he prevailed in a tight battle at El Camaleón Golf Club. Todd led by one stroke after 54 holes and ended up winning by one over a trio of players. The leaderboard remained bunched throughout a final round that spanned two days after Thursday was rained out and the field was unable to complete 36 holes on Sunday. Todd was tied with Vaughn Taylor through 14 holes when the players returned to the course Monday morning. Todd took the lead with a birdie on 15, but bogeyed 16 when he missed a three-foot putt. Taylor also bogeyed 16, but Todd’s bogey brought Adam Long and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz into the mix. Todd sealed the victory with an up-and-down par on the 18th, making a three-footer.  Todd didn’t make a bogey in shooting a 63 in the first round and had only four bogeys all week,  Todd ranked third in Greens in Regulation percentage (79.17 percent) and fourth in Scrambling, saving par on 80 percent of his missed greens.

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Yardage

“It was hard. I had to really dig deep and just trust the feelings I had in my game all week.” – Brendon Todd

After opening with a 63, Adam Long went on to finish T2.

Carlos Oritz (T2) had the best finish by a golfer from Mexico in the event’s history.

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QUICK FACTS

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

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Mayakoba Golf Classic is committed to supporting local, national and international charities. The event contributes significant funds and raises awareness for selected charities and has donated more than $2.5 million to philanthropic causes since 2007.

CHECK THIS OUT  Brendon Todd became the first player to win twice in the fall since the PGA TOUR went to a wraparound schedule in 2013-14.  Todd was the third straight 54-hole leader to go on and win the Mayakoba Golf Classic (Patton Kizzire/2017, Matt Kuchar/2018).  Carlos Ortiz finished T2 for the best finish

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 on the seventh hole, a 554-yard par 5. Marked as a penalty area but including sand from which it is possible to play a shot, the cenote is positioned to come into play on the tee shot of longer hitters trying to reach the green in two.

ever in the event by a player from Mexico, while Abraham Ancer (T8) made it two Mexican players in the top 10.  Harris English, the 2013 champion, led through 36 holes and finished fifth in his bid to become the first player to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic twice.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Brendon Todd

1

63

68

65

68

264/-20

500

$1,296,000.00

Adam Long

T2

63

69

67

66

265/-19

208

$544,800.00

T2

69

65

65

66

265/-19

208

$544,800.00

T2

64

66

67

68

265/-19

208

$544,800.00

Harris English

5

65

64

68

70

267/-17

110

$295,200.00

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Carlos Ortiz Vaughn Taylor

Shooting 64 in the first round, Vaughn Taylor was T2 at 19-under after 72 holes.

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Special events included an opening ceremony on Tuesday, Pueblito After Hours on Thursday and Friday, #GOLFisGourmet and Tacos FORE Everyone on Saturday at El Pueblito and a trick-shot artist and the Closing Party presented by Tequila Patrón on Sunday. Venues open to all spectators were The Beach Club by Patron facing the Caribbean adjacent to the 15th green, El Pueblito, the Sponsor Expo and the Fan Zone.

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November 21-24, 2019

The RSM Classic Location

St. Simons Island, Ga. Sea Island Golf Club

Course Information

Sea Island Golf Club 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 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, was redesigned by Davis Love III and his brother Mark in 2019, restoring elements of an original Walter Travis-designed nine.

“I’ve been working really hard on controlling my emotions and breathing and all that stuff and it paid off down the stretch.” – Tyler Duncan

Yardage

2019 Champion Tyler Duncan, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets

Advance general admission tickets were $30 for a specific day Thursday-Sunday, $35 for Any Day or $100 for a weekly ticket, available through www.rsmclassic.com. Kids 17 and under were free when accompanied by an adult ticketholder, military and first responders were free and veterans got a discount.

HOW TYLER DUNCAN WON

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Seaside Course: 7,005; par 70 Plantation Course 7,060; par 72

Third-year PGA TOUR player Tyler Duncan birdied Nos. 15, 17 and 18 coming down the stretch in regulation and added another birdie on the second hole of a playoff to defeat Webb Simpson. Duncan holed a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole to complete a back-nine 31 and closing 65, then waited to see if his 19-under 263 total would hold up. Simpson birdied the 15th and 16th and parred the last two to shoot a 67 and force the tie. After both parred 18 on the first playoff hole, Duncan birdied from 12 feet when they played the 18th again. Duncan took the 36-hole lead thanks to a 61 in the second round, then fell four behind with a third-round 70 that consisted of 18 pars.  Duncan holed a 106-yard wedge shot for an eagle on the eighth hole of the Seaside Course in the second round on the way to a 29 on the front nine and a 61.  Duncan didn’t make a bogey in the first three rounds; his bogey on the first hole of the final round was his only one all week.

Social Media

Webb Simpson was runner-up in The RSM Classic for a second time.

Sebastian Munoz’s third-place performance included a 63 in the second round.

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QUICK FACTS

No. 10, Plantation Course, Sea Island Golf Club.

 Field: 156 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $6.6 million  Winner’s Share: $1,188,000  FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

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rounds at The RSM Classic, he has 26 rounds in the 60s.  Brendon Todd came up short in his bid to win for a third consecutive week, finishing fourth.  Scottie Scheffler tied for fifth while winning the RSM Birdies Fore Love competition for making the most birdies during the first 11 tournaments of the 2019-20 season, earning $300,000 for a charity of his choice.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Tyler Duncan

1

67

61

70

65

263/-19

500

$1,188,000.00

Webb Simpson

2

65

68

63

67

263/-19

300

$719,400.00

3

67

63

66

68

264/-18

190

$455,400.00

4

66

66

62

72

266/-16

135

$323,400.00

T5

64

68

66

69

267/-15

100

$244,200.00

T5

67

65

67

68

267/-15

100

$244,200.00

Scottie Scheffler

T5

70

66

63

68

267/-15

100

$244,200.00

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K.H. Lee Henrik Norlander

Vying for a third consecutive victory in as many weeks, Brendon Todd finished fourth.

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K.H. Lee had a 64 in the opening round en route to a T5 finish.

Natural elements 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.

FAN EXPERIENCE

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Sebastian Munoz Brendon Todd

NOTABLE COURSE FEATURES

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 Tyler Duncan’s 61 in the second round was one short of Tommy Gainey’s tournament record of 60 in Round 4 of 2012.  Tyler Duncan’s 61 in the second round tied the tournament record, shared with Patrick Rodgers (2018) and Mackenzie Hughes (2016).  Runner-up Webb Simpson also finished second in 2011 and third in 2018. In 30 career

The Birdies Fore Love program, the charitable giving platform of title sponsor RSM, raises funds for non-profits in communities where RSM offices are located. In 2019, this program raised more than $3.8 million. Additionally, the Davis Love Foundation’s Friends of the Foundation raises money for Georgia-based charities through a raffle. This program, along with tournament proceeds, will increase the total 2019 financial impact on children and family based charities.

Wednesday was Community Day with free admission for everyone. On Saturday, the tournament hosted a Bicycle Ride on Jekyll Island and a concert featuring American Singer/Songwriter Cole Swindell. Saturday was also Military Appreciation Day. During the week, the Heroes Outpost welcomed military and first responders and served complimentary food and nonalcoholic beverages as well as provided premium golf viewing. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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January 2-5, 2020

Sentry Tournament of Champions

Location Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii The Plantation Course at Kapalua

Course Information Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 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. The course was refined and revitalized in an extensive 2019 enhancement.

Yardage

“A day like today, especially if you bogey the first, you look around and realize you have nothing to lose.” – Xander Schauffele

7,596; par 73

2019 Champion Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Daily grounds tickets cost $20 on Wednesday, $35 Thursday or Friday, and $40 on the weekend. A weekly pass is $90. All grounds and upgraded hospitality tickets will be distributed to fans digitally, available at SentryTournament ofChampions.com. Up to three 18-and-under spectators are free with one paid adult. Military and their dependents receive free grounds admission; veterans get in free.

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Xander Schauffele, U.S.

HOW XANDER SCHAUFFELE WON

Xander Schauffele trailed by five strokes entering the final round, then bogeyed the first hole to fall six back. He turned it on after that, playing the last 16 holes in 12-under on the way to an 11-under 62 and a one-stroke victory over 54-hole leader Gary Woodland. Schauffele twice holed out for eagles, from 18 yards on the par-5 ninth and 107 yards on the par-4 12th. He had a chance for a third eagle, hitting a 5-wood second shot to 11 feet on the par-5 18th. Schauffele missed the putt, but the birdie made him 6-under on the last seven holes. Woodland played well in the final round, shooting a 68 in what became a two-man battle. He birdied the 17th to keep pace with Schauffele, but couldn’t match the birdie at 18, missing a 10-foot putt.  Schauffele played the short par-4 14th and par-5 15th in 7-under for the week with seven birdies, including two on Sunday.  Schauffele’s game was solid overall, as he ranked between third and fifth in every Strokes Gained category (Off-the-Tee, Approach the Green, Around the Green and Putting).

Gary Woodland was runner-up after a closing 68.

Justin Thomas’ finalround 65 moved him into a third-place finish.

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QUICK FACTS

No. 18, The Plantation Course at Kapalua.

 QUICK FACTS  Field: approx. 40 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $6.7 million  Winner’s Share: $1.34M  FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

The tournament has generated more than $6.6 million for community charities since its move to Maui in 1999. Beneficiaries for 2020 are Boy Scouts of America Maui Council, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center, Hale Makua Health Services, J. Walter Cameron Center, Ka Lima O Maui, Lahainaluna High School Foundation, Lahaina Junior Golf and Golf For Maui Charities.  The final-round 62 by Schauffele matched the course record shared by four others (most recent Jason Day in 2015) and was the lowest final round by a winner (previously Sergio Garcia, 64 in 2002).  Dustin Johnson’s T4 finish gave him a top 10 in his seventh straight appearance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, including victories in 2013 and 2018.

 The victory gave Schauffele a win in consecutive starts, after the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.  Schauffele’s five-stroke comeback in the final round was a tournament record, surpassing the old record of four (three times, most recently Stuart Appleby in 2005).

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Xander Schauffele

1

67

68

62

269/-23

500

$1,300,000.00

72

Gary Woodland

2

67

67

68

68

270/-22

300

$759,000.00

Justin Thomas

3

67

72

70

65

274/-18

190

$475,000.00

Dustin Johnson

T4

67

74

69

67

277/-15

115

$305,333.34

T4

68

70

68

71

277/-15

115

$305,333.33

T4

69

68

68

72

277/-15

115

$305,333.33

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Marc Leishman Rory McIlroy

Two-time Sentry Tournament of Champions winner Dustin Johnson enjoyed another strong week, tying for fourth place.

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The last two holes at The Plantation Course are long on yardage, but both play downhill. While the 550-yard, par-4 17th is annually one of the toughest holes, the 677-yard 18th plays so much downhill that most of the field can reach or get close to the par-5 green in two.

FAN EXPERIENCE

Marc Leishman finished T4 at 15-under.

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The Sentry Tournament of Champions is one of the best for letting fans get “up close and personal” to its elite, champions-only field. Special events include the Aloha KickOff prior to the first tee time Thursday, featuring a Hawaiian blessing and entertainment, and Aloha Friday with fans and players encouraged to wear island attire. Fans can enjoy the Taste of Maui, new for 2020, featuring local restaurants, as well as an expanded Sentry Experience onsite.

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January 9-12, 2020

Sony Open in Hawaii Location Honolulu, Hawaii Waialae Country Club

Course Information 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.

Yardage 7,044; par 70

2019 Champion Matt Kuchar, 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.

“Even though I missed a few shots early, I knew I was still playing really well. It was just kind of stay the course. I knew I was going to right the ship.” – Matt Kuchar

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HOW MATT KUCHAR WON

Matt Kuchar lost the lead with bogeys on three of the first five holes in the final round but rallied for a 4-under 66 and a four-stroke victory over Andrew Putnam. Kuchar had made only one bogey in the first 54 holes while shooting 63-63-66 to lead by two strokes. But on Sunday he bogeyed Nos. 2, 4 and 5 while mixing in one birdie to fall one behind Putnam. Kuchar holed a 10foot birdie putt on the ninth to match Putnam’s birdie, gained a tie with a birdie on No. 10, matched Putnam’s birdie on the 12th and went ahead to stay when Putnam made his lone bogey of the day on the 14th. Birdies on Nos. 15, 16 and 18 wrapped up a 30 on the back nine for Kuchar as he pulled away at the end.  Kuchar played the eight par 5s on the week in 8-under with six birdies, an eagle and a par.  Kuchar ranked first in Greens in Regulation Percentage (83.3 percent) and T4 in Driving Accuracy Percentage (71.43 percent).  Kuchar ranked third in Strokes Gained: Putting (1.760 per round).

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Andrew Putnam opened with a 62 and went on to finish second.

Consecutive 64s on the weekend lifted Corey Conners into a share of third place.

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quick Facts

No. 11, Waialae Country Club.

‹‹ Field: 144 players ‹‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹‹ Purse: $6.6 million ‹‹ Winner’s Share: $1,188,000 ‹‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Sony Open in Hawaii is the principal fundraising event for Friends of Hawaii Charities. Through the partnership with the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., Friends of Hawaii Charities has generated more than $19 million since 1999, benefiting more than 350 Hawaii charities.

XX For the second consecutive year the winner of the previous November’s Mayakoba Golf Classic won the Sony Open in Hawaii, Matt Kuchar (2019) following Patton Kizzire (2018). XX Kuchar’s winning total of 258 was the fourth best in tournament history behind Justin

Thomas (253/2017), Russell Henley (256/2013) and Jimmy Walker (257/2015). XX In the second round, Chez Reavie became the first player on record (since 1983) to make three eagles on par 4s in a round. He holed out from 101 yards (10th hole, his first of the round), 149 yards (16th) and 135 yards (sixth).

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Matt Kuchar

1

63

66

66

258/-22

500

$1,152,000.00

63

Andrew Putnam

2

62

65

67

68

262/-18

300

$691,200.00

Corey Conners

T3

68

67

64

64

263/-17

133

$307,200.00

T3

67

64

68

64

263/-17

133

$307,200.00

T3

65

65

66

67

263/-17

133

$307,200.00

Hudson Swafford

T3

65

67

67

64

263/-17

133

$307,200.00

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Marc Leishman Chez Reavie

Marc Leishman of Australia plays his shot from the first tee during the third round.

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Chez Reavie made TOUR history during the second round.

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 2019, there were 34 eagles on the 506-yard ninth and 14 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.

FAN EXPERIENCE

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NOTABLE COURSE FEATURES

Early-week features are a tournament blessing Monday morning and the Pro-Junior Challenge on Tuesday where select juniors are paired with pros for a fun competition that benefits the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. Oncourse fan features during the week include free golf swing analysis and other sponsor activities at the Spectator Village. Sony also uses the opportunity to unveil its new products and innovations at the Sony Product Tent. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1  171

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January 16-19, 2020

The American Express Location

PGA WEST (Stadium Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course) La Quinta Country Club La Quinta, Calif.

Host Course 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.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I felt fine and just kept plugging away and finally got up there to 18 with a chance to win the tournament.” – Adam Long

Yardage

2019 Champion Adam Long, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets

Advance grounds tickets cost $35 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and $50 for Friday and Saturday (includes concert), available through theamexgolf.com. Youth 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Military, police officers, firefighters and EMTs receive two complimentary tickets on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; veterans get a discount.

HOW ADAM LONG WON

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

PGA TOUR rookie Adam Long made a 14-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to edge Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin by one stroke. The 31-year-old Long, in his sixth PGA TOUR event, was playing with Mickelson and Hadwin in the final group. Hadwin took a three-stroke lead over Mickelson and four over Long by playing the first 11 holes in 6-under on Sunday. But Long birdied four of the last seven holes, including chip-ins on the 12th and 15th, to shoot a 65 and overtake Hadwin, who went 1-over on the last seven for a 67. Mickelson, the 54-hole leader, recovered from a slow start with birdies on 15 and 16, but his 69 left him one behind. Long had 63s in the first and third rounds to put himself in position for a final-round run.  Long had an eagle in the first round and two eagles in the third round.  Long led the field with 24.50 putts per round, needing only 21 putts on Thursday and 23 on Sunday. He had only 12 putts on the first 13 holes of the first round.

Adam Hadwin had another strong week at the event, tying for second.

After opening with a 60, Phil Mickelson finished T2, one stroke back.

Social Media

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quick Facts ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹

Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $6.7 million Winner’s Share: $1,206,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHECK THIS OUT XX Adam Long’s 26-under 262 total was the lowest since the tournament went to a 72-hole format in 2012. XX Phil Mickelson shot a 60 in the first round and led after each of the first three rounds before finishing T2 in his bid to become only the third wire-to-wire winner of the event (Rik

Massengale/1977, Patrick Reed/2014). XX Adam Hadwin has finished in the top three the last three years (2nd/2017, T3/2018, T2/2019). XX Defending champion Jon Rahm finished sixth; the only back-to-back winner of the event is Johnny Miller (1975-76).

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Adam Long

1

63

71

63

65

262/-26

500

$1,062,000.00

Adam Hadwin

T2

65

66

65

67

263/-25

245

$519,200.00

Phil Mickelson

T2

60

68

66

69

263/-25

245

$519,200.00

Talor Gooch

4

67

67

66

64

264/-24

135

$283,200.00

Dominic Bozzelli

5

67

69

64

66

266/-22

110

$236,000.00

Talor Gooch finished fourth on the strength of a closing 64.

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Fifth-place finisher Dominic Bozzelli was buoyed by a thirdround 64.

The par 3s are especially demanding at the Stadium Course, with three of the holes ranking as the three toughest on the course in 2019. 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 “Alcatraz Hole,” with a green surrounded by rocks and railroad ties, gained its own fame when Lee Trevino aced it during the 1987 Skins Game. But it was the 195-yard 13th, with water guarding the left and front, that ranked as the hardest in 2019, and the 223-yard sixth, with water right and front, was second toughest.

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Tickets on Friday and Saturday include admission to concerts, including acts from Stevie Nicks on Friday and Luke Bryan on Saturday following the completion of play. Venues open to all spectators are the Albertson VONS Pavilions Club 18 with food and beverage and multiple televisions, Casamigos Club 17 with cocktails and a view of the 17th hole, and Michelob Ultra Beers Fore Birdies between the 16th green and 17th tee with halfpriced beers for 15 minutes whenever a pro birdies either hole. The Military Outpost presented by United Rentals includes complimentary food and refreshment for military, veterans and first responders.

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No. 16, Stadium Course at PGA West.

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January 23-26, 2020

Farmers Insurance Open

Justin Rose led by three strokes after both the second and third rounds and overcame a shaky start to the final round to shoot a 69 and come away with a two-stroke victory. Rose bogeyed three of the first five holes on Sunday, with one birdie mixed in, but with nobody making a strong move he still led by two. Rose turned things around and extended his lead with birdies on Nos. 7, 9 and 10. A seemingly comfortable margin was threatened when Adam Scott finished with four straight birdies to shoot a final-round 68. But Rose made birdies of his own on 16 and 18 to beat Scott by two strokes. Rose began the tournament with a 63 on the North Course, trailing by one at that point before moving ahead with a second-round 66 on the South.

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

2019 Champion Justin Rose, England

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets

Advance grounds tickets for specific tournament days, available through www. farmersinsuranceopen.com, cost $65, discounted to $35 for seniors (60 and over) and military veterans and $20 for youth (ages 13-17). Children 12 and under and active and retired military and their dependents receive free admission.

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Location La Jolla, Calif. Torrey Pines Golf Course

HOW JUSTIN ROSE WON

“Twenty-one under around Torrey Pines is great golf. But you had to do it. It felt like I had to work hard for this.” – Justin Rose

Adam Scott made four straight birdies to close out a final-round 68 and finish second.

 Rose had two double bogeys and a bogey in the third round, but six birdies and an eagle enabled him to escape with a 69.  Rose ranked T2 in Greens in Regulation Percentage and T8 in Driving Accuracy Percentage.  Rose led the field in Par 3 Scoring Average at 2.63.

Talor Gooch was T3, his best finish on the PGA TOUR.

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quick Facts

No. 18, Torrey Pines South Course.

‹‹ Field: 156 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 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.

than the record of 266 (Tiger Woods, 1999). XX Rose became the first player since Peter Jacobsen in 1995 to record four rounds in the 60s at the Farmers Insurance Open. XX Jason Day finished T5 in defense of his title. The only repeat winners at the event have been J.C. Snead (1975-76), Phil Mickelson (2000-01) and Tiger Woods (four in a row, 2005-08).

XX Justin Rose became the first player since Tiger Woods in 2013 to turn a 54-hole lead into a victory at the Farmers Insurance Open. The previous five winners trailed by at least two strokes. XX Rose equaled the 36-hole tournament record of 129 and the 54-hole record of 198, but his 72-hole total was one stroke higher

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Justin Rose

1

63

66

69

69

267/-21

500

$1,278,000.00

Adam Scott

2

70

66

65

68

269/-19

300

$766,800.00

Talor Gooch

T3

69

68

67

68

272/-16

162

$411,800.00

Hideki Matsuyama

T3

66

66

73

67

272/-16

162

$411,800.00

T5

67

71

69

67

274/-14

100

$259,150.00

T5

71

65

69

69

274/-14

100

$259,150.00

Jon Rahm

T5

62

72

68

72

274/-14

100

$259,150.00

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Jason Day Rory McIlroy

Hideki Matsuyama opened with consecutive 66s on his way to a T3 finish.

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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, with approach shots at risk of spinning off the green into the hazard.

FAN EXPERIENCE

Jason Day was T5 in his bid to become only the fourth repeat winner in tournament history.

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The SERVPRO Fan Village is the epicenter of the action and showcases areas like the Michelob ULTRA Zone, an Official Merchandise Tent and a fan-friendly expo. Also, in the Village is The Fringe Presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal with a Post Party featuring performances by local DJs on 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.

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January 30-February 2, 2020

HOW RICKIE FOWLER WON

Location

Rickie Fowler took a fourstroke lead into the final round, watched it slip away due to some serious miscues, then recovered to win by two. Fowler opened with 6465-64, but the weather conditions were tougher in the final round and he also had to deal with a very bad break. After watching his chip shot roll over the green and into a water hazard on the 11th hole, Fowler took a penalty drop, but after the ball was at rest it rolled back into the water for another penalty stroke. He got up and down for a triple bogey, but a bogey on the 12th put him at 5-over for the round and he lost the lead to Branden Grace. Fowler gathered himself and birdied 15 and 17 to finish with a 74 and the title as Grace bogeyed 17.

Scottsdale, Ariz. TPC Scottsdale

Course Information

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.

Yardage 7,261; par 71

2019 Champion Rickie Fowler, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

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.

Social Media

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“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I thought it would be a lot easier than that.” – Rickie Fowler

Branden Grace of South Africa was runner-up in his first appearance in the event.

 Fowler finished his second round with four straight birdies and birdied four of the first six holes in the third round.  Fowler led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.385 per round and didn’t have a three-putt.  Fowler ranked third in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and T3 in Driving Accuracy Percentage.

A first-round 64 was key for third-place finisher Justin Thomas.

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No. 10, TPC Scottsdale.

 Field: 132 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $7.3 million  Winner’s Share: $1,460,000  FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Waste Management Phoenix Open and the tournament host Thunderbirds raise money for Arizona charities, most of which provide programs that benefit youth. The event raised $13.2 million in 2019, bringing the total to more than $147 million over its 84-year history.

 Since 1983, Rickie Fowler became the first player to win on the PGA TOUR with a double bogey and a triple bogey in the final round.  Fowler led through 54 holes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open for the second straight year. In 2018, he shot a final-round 73 and finished T11.  Fowler shared the lead after the first round

and led by himself after the remaining rounds. The only players to lead outright from wire to wire are Jimmy Demaret (1950), Arnold Palmer (1962), Steve Jones (1997) and Phil Mickelson (2013).  Runner-up Branden Grace fell short of winning in his first appearance at the event, a feat recently accomplished by Brooks Koepka (2015) and Kyle Stanley (2012).

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Rickie Fowler

1

64

65

64

74

267/-17

500

$1,278,000.00

Branden Grace

2

67

64

69

69

269/-15

300

$766,800.00

Justin Thomas

3

64

66

68

72

270/-14

190

$428,800.00

Chez Reavie

T4

71

69

64

68

272/-12

115

$293,466.67

T4

66

67

68

71

272/-12

115

$293,466.67

T4

67

65

65

75

272/-12

115

$293,466.66

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Arizona resident Chez Reavie was T4, highlighted by a thirdround 64.

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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.”

FAN EXPERIENCE

Bubba Watson opened with three rounds in the 60s and finished T4.

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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 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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February 6-9, 2020

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Course Information

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 six U.S. Opens, including 2019.

Yardage

Pebble Beach GL 6,816; par 72 Spyglass Hill GC 6,953; par 72 Monterey Peninsula GC 6,958; par 71

2019 Champion Phil Mickelson, U.S.

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Tickets

General admission tickets are $40 Tuesday and Wednesday, $60 Thursday, Friday and Sunday and $70 Saturday. A weekly pass is $150. Advance tickets 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 have such great memories here. Being able to have another memory, another experience here at Pebble Beach, is very special to me.” – Phil Mickelson Paul Casey birdied the 72nd hole to claim solo second.

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Location

Pebble Beach, Calif. Pebble Beach Golf Links (host course)

HOW PHIL MICKELSON WON

Phil Mickelson turned a three-stroke deficit into a three-stroke victory over Paul Casey with a final-round 65 that took two days to complete. It was the fifth career win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the 48-year-old native Californian. Mickelson was two behind through eight holes, but then birdied Nos. 9, 10, 13 and 14 to surge ahead by three strokes as Casey had some difficulty in that stretch. The round, which had earlier been delayed by rain and hail, was suspended due to darkness after Mickelson finished the 16th hole, still ahead by three strokes. He wrapped up a bogeyfree round with a par at 17 and birdie at 18 on Monday morning, while Casey birdied 18 to claim solo second over Scott Stallings.  In his other round at Pebble Beach, Mickelson salvaged a 70 on Saturday thanks to an eagle on the par-5 14th where he hit a 238-yard second shot to three feet.  Mickelson ranked second in Putting Average with 1.649 putts per green in regulation.  Mickelson led the field in Birdie or Better Percentage with 25 birdies and an eagle. Scott Stallings, boosted by a third-round 66, finished in third place.

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QUICK FACTS

No. 6 (left) and No. 7 tee, Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Field: 156 professionals Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $7.8 million Winner’s Share: $1,404,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

Monterey Peninsula Foundation is the nonprofit organization that stages the tournament and also the PURE Insurance Championship on PGA TOUR Champions. Last year, the foundation granted more than $15.6 million to organizations and programs benefiting youth, education, health and human services, arts and the environment.

XX Phil Mickelson’s fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am matches the record total of Mark O’Meara. Sam Snead won the event four times. XX Mickelson’s first victory in the event, in 1998, also had a delayed finish because of bad weather. That year, the final round was held in August.

XX At 48 years, 7 months, 26 days, Mickelson became the oldest winner of the event, surpassing Steve Lowery, who was 47 in 2008. XX England’s Paul Casey came up short in his bid to become the fourth international player to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Bruce Crampton, 1965; Brett Ogle, 1993; Vijay Singh, 2004).

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Phil Mickelson

1

65

68

70

65

268/-19

500

$1,368,000.00

Paul Casey

2

69

64

67

71

271/-16

300

$820,800.00

Scott Stallings

3

67

70

69

66

272/-15

190

$516,800.00

Jason Day

T4

65

69

72

68

274/-13

122

$334,400.00

Si Woo Kim

T4

66

71

69

68

274/-13

122

$334,400.00

Jason Day had three rounds in the 60s, including a first-day 65, to finish T4.

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Si Woo Kim of South Korea tied for fourth place at 13-under.

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, Nos. 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.

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February 13-16, 2020

The Genesis Invitational Location Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Riviera Country Club

Course Information

The George C. Thomas-designed 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.

Yardage

“I knew it was going to be very difficult to shoot a low score. I needed some help.” – J.B. Holmes

7,322; par 71

2019 Champion J.B. Holmes, U.S.

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Tickets

Advance daily grounds tickets are $19.92 for Monday/Wednesday (course closed to the public on Tuesday), $45 for good any day Thursday-Sunday, available through genesisinvitational.com, with ticket prices increasing as the tournament gets closer. Youth 15 and under accompanied by a ticketed adult receive free admission, as do active duty military members. High school and college students and veterans can get discounted tickets.

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J.B. Holmes overcame a four-stroke deficit in difficult scoring conditions, shooting a 70 in the final round to beat 54-hole leader Justin Thomas by one stroke. Holmes had to play 33 holes on Sunday due to rain delays earlier in the week. When Thomas completed a third-round 65 on Sunday morning, he opened a four-stroke lead over Holmes and Adam Scott, who were three clear of the rest of the field. A cold wind moved in Sunday afternoon, proving particularly bothersome on the greens. Holmes took his first lead with a birdie on the 10th hole, but three-putted the 11th from three feet for a bogey. He moved back in front when Thomas four-putted the 13th for a double bogey on the way to a 75. Pars on the last eight holes earned the victory for Holmes.  Holmes made a hole-in-one on the sixth hole (his 15th of the round) as he shot a 63 in the first round.  Holmes ranked first in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.043 strokes per round.  Holmes was T2 in Greens in Regulation Percentage (72.22).

Justin Thomas led after 54 holes and finished runner-up.

Si Woo Kim closed strong, shooting 66, to finish in third place.

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No. 9, Riviera Country Club.

 Field: 120 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $9.3 million  Winner’s Share: $1,674,000  FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

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

 Holmes tied the first-round tournament record with a 63, shot by seven previous players. The 18-hole record is 61 by George Archer (1983) and Ted Tryba (1999).  Justin Thomas tied the 54-hole record with 196, matching Mike Weir (2004) and Dustin Johnson (2017).

 J.B. Holmes was the first player to record a hole-in-one and go on to win since Dustin Johnson in 2015 at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.  Holmes has five top-10 finishes in 13 appearances at The Genesis Invitational.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

J.B. Holmes

1

63

69

68

70

270/-14

500

$1,332,000.00

Justin Thomas

2

66

65

65

75

271/-13

300

$799,200.00

68

70

68

66

272/-12

190

$503,200.00

69

69

67

68

273/-11

122

$325,600.00

Rory McIlroy

T4

72

63

69

69

273/-11

122

$325,600.00

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Marc Leishman shot in the 60s each round to finish T4.

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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 at 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.

FAN EXPERIENCE

Rory McIlroy, who shot a second-round 63, tied for fourth place.

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Puerto Rico Open Location Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Coco Beach Golf Resort & Residences

Course Information Located in the foothills of El Yunque National Park, Coco Beach Golf Resort & Residences 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 groves of trees and over waterways and lakes near the ocean.

7,506; par 72

2019 Champion Martin Trainer, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets 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.

HOW MARTIN TRAINER WON

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Yardage

“I was not composed. Inside it was utter turmoil.” – Martin Trainer

Martin Trainer, a 27-year-old PGA TOUR rookie who had made three cuts in his first eight events of the season, shot a final-round 67 to claim the title by three strokes. Trainer trailed by two entering the final round and started fast with birdies on three of the first five holes. After bogeys on Nos. 6 and 7, Trainer birdied the ninth and was one behind Johnson Wagner at that point. A back-nine 33 brought Trainer home with the victory, as he birdied Nos. 10, 15 and 18 and finished at 15-under 273. Wagner played the last eight holes 1-over to shoot a 69 and third-round leader Aaron Baddeley managed only a 72 to tie for second at 276 along with Daniel Berger (66) and Roger Sloan (67), who started the round too far back.  Trainer ranked T4 in Greens in Regulation Percentage (75.00) and T7 in Driving Distance (306.8 yards).  Trainer was second in Putting Average at 1.630 putts per green in regulation.  Trainer was T1 in Par 5 Scoring Average at 4.25 and birdied all four in the final round.

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Aaron Baddeley, the 54-hole leader, tied for second.

Daniel Berger’s closing 66 moved him into a share of the runner-up spot.

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No. 12, Coco Beach Golf Resort & Residences.

 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 charitable organizations that impact thousands of lives. In 2019, the tournament combined with Good Sports to create Kids Pro Fun, an initiative that donated much needed sports equipment to 24 nonprofit organizations.

CHECK THIS OUT  Martin Trainer’s best finish in 10 career PGA TOUR events prior to winning the Puerto Rico Open was T28 in the AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm in his previous start.  Trainer’s three-stroke margin of victory was the largest in the 11-year history of the event.

 Trainer was the third PGA TOUR rookie to win the Puerto Rico Open, joining Derek Lamely (2010) and Chesson Hadley (2014).  Third-round leader Aaron Baddeley finished T2, marking the fourth straight time at the Puerto Rico Open that a 54-hole leader/co-leader hasn’t gone on to win.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

Martin Trainer

1

Aaron Baddeley

T2

Daniel Berger

2

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

70 67

69

67

273/-15

300

$540,000.00

70 68

66

72

276/-12

103

$198,000.00

T2

70 71

69

66

276/-12

103

$198,000.00

Roger Sloan

T2

70 67

72

67

276/-12

103

$198,000.00

Johnson Wagner

T2

69 69

69

69

276/-12

103

$198,000.00

Roger Sloan shot 67 in the second and fourth rounds en route to a T2 finish.

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Consistency marked Johnson Wagner’s week as he shot four 69s to finish T2.

The 12th, 13th and 14th holes form a key stretch of formidable par 4s, annually ranking among the toughest on the course. The 465-yard 12th has the most scenic setting, with the green featuring an ocean backdrop. The 410-yard 13th has water to the right of the fairway and left of the green and accounted for 18 double bogeys or worse in 2019. The 459-yard 14th plays into the prevailing wind and has bunkers on both sides of the fairway.

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Mexico City

World Golf ChampionshipsMexico Championship

Location Mexico City, Mexico Club de Golf Chapultepec

Course Information Club de Golf Chapultepec, now in its fourth 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

2019 Champion Dustin Johnson, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Converted to U.S. dollars, daily grounds tickets cost from about $80 to $180, depending on the day. A weekly ticket is about $490 and a three-day Friday-Sunday ticket $390. Tickets available through www.wgcmexico.com. Youth 12 and under are admitted free, one youth per ticketed adult.

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“To win every year I’ve been on TOUR is something I work hard on and want to do.” – Dustin Johnson

Rory McIlroy’s runnerup finish was his seventh top-10 in 10 appearances at the event.

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat was T3 after a final-round 68.

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HOW DUSTIN JOHNSON WON

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Dustin Johnson finished in style with a 31 on the back nine as he posted a fivestroke victory, giving him at least one win in each of his 12 seasons on the PGA TOUR. Johnson and Rory McIlroy pulled ahead of the field through three rounds and distanced themselves even more in the final round, with McIlroy finishing five strokes ahead of third place. Johnson led McIlroy by four strokes through 54 holes after opening with 64-67-66, but it tightened up on the first three holes Sunday as a McIlroy birdie and Johnson bogey cut the margin to two. Then McIlroy bogeyed Nos. 4 and 6 while Johnson birdied the sixth and took a five-stroke lead to the back nine. Both were red-hot at the finish as McIlroy fired a 5-under 31 on the back nine for a 67 that didn’t help him in the title chase as Johnson birdied five of the first seven back-nine holes on the way to a 31 of his own and a 66.

Paul Casey was T3 on the strength of consecutive 65s over the weekend.

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Ian Poulter shot in the 60s each day en route to a T3 finish.

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2019/2020 tournament overview Fans dressed in red tee shirts do the wave on the 18th green during the final round.

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QUICK FACTS Field: approx. 76 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $10.5 million Winner’s Share: $1,785,000 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.

No. 7, Club de Golf Chapultepec.

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LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Dustin Johnson

1

67

66

66

263/-21

550

$1,745,000.00

64

Rory McIlroy

2

63

70

68

67

268/-16

315

$1,095,000.00

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

T3

68

69

68

68

273/-11

151

$472,000.00

Paul Casey

T3

71

72

65

65

273/-11

151

$472,000.00

Ian Poulter

T3

68

68

69

68

273/-11

151

$472,000.00

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The course gets off to an interesting start with the 316-yard opening hole, a downhill drivable 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 after a poor tee shot. The most dangerous hole down the stretch is the 172-yard, par-3 17th with water on the front and left.

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XX Johnson’s 72-hole total of 263 was two higher than the tournament record of 261 by Woods in 2006. XX Johnson’s five-stroke winning margin was the second best in the history of the event that started in 1999, behind Woods (eight strokes/2006). XX With his runner-up finish, Rory McIlroy has seven top-10s in 10 appearances in the event.

XX Dustin Johnson won his sixth World Golf Championships event, second to Tiger Woods’ 18. It was Johnson’s third win at the WGCMexico Championship, following wins in 2015 and 2017. XX Johnson is the only player to win all four World Golf Championships events. XX Johnson has shot in the 60s in his last 11 rounds at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

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HOW KEITH MITCHELL WON

Location

Keith Mitchell holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to edge two of golf’s elite, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler, and claim his first PGA TOUR victory. The 27-year-old Mitchell, in his second year on the PGA TOUR, trailed by one stroke entering the final round and started poorly with two straight bogeys. After 11 holes, he was 1-over on the day, but finished with a flourish with four birdies on the last seven holes for a 67. Birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 moved him into a five-way tie for the lead, and a birdie on 15 kept him even with Koepka (66) and Fowler (67), who birdied 18. Mitchell had to lay up on the par-5 18th after driving into a fairway bunker, but still ended up with a winning birdie.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course)

Course Information Originally designed by George and Tom Fazio in 1981, the Champion Course at PGA National was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1990 and again in 2014. The course 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.

Yardage 7,125; par 70

2019 Champion Keith Mitchell, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

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

Social Media

“Everybody dreams about having that putt on the 18th hole to win a tournament, and I had it today, and fortunately I was able to capitalize. It feels awesome.” – Keith Mitchell

Rickie Fowler wore his favorite color on Sunday while finishing T2.

 Mitchell led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-toGreen at 2.979 per round.  Mitchell ranked first in Par 3 Scoring at 2.75 and played the Bear Trap par-3s (Nos. 15 and 17) in 3-under.  Mitchell ranked second in Scrambling, saving par 21 of 27 times after missing a green in regulation.

It was a “home game” for joint runner-up Brooks Koepka, a resident of Jupiter, Fla.

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No. 17, PGA National Resort and Spa.

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Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $7 million Winner’s Share: $1,260,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT The Honda Classic donated a record $5.1 million in 2019 to 157 South Florida organizations that benefit children, impacting the lives of more than 75,000 children and their families. It included a $1 million grant to the tournament’s main beneficiary, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

XX The winning score of 9-under 271 marked the first single-digit-under-par total to win a non-major since the previous year’s The Honda Classic (Justin Thomas, 8-under 272). XX Keith Mitchell became the fifth player since 2005 to make The Honda Classic their first PGA TOUR victory, joining Padraig Harrington (2005), Mark Wilson (2007), Y.E. Yang (2009)

and Michael Thompson (2013). XX Runners-up Rickie Fowler, who won in 2017, and Brooks Koepka are both residents of nearby Jupiter, Fla. XX At age 56, Vijay Singh entered the final round tied for second and finished sixth in his bid to surpass Sam Snead (52) as the PGA TOUR’s oldest winner.

PGA National’s Champion Course is known for a threehole 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 175yard 17th. On the 434-yard 16th, water runs the entire length of the hole and must be carried with the second shot on the dogleg right.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

68 66

70

67

271/-9

500

$1,224,000.00

Rickie Fowler

T2

67 72

66

67

272/-8

245

$598,400.00

Brooks Koepka

T2

67 69

70

66

272/-8

245

$598,400.00

Lucas Glover

T4

66 69

72

66

273/-7

122

$299,200.00

Ryan Palmer

T4

70 71

69

63

273/-7

122

$299,200.00

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FAN EXPERIENCE

Out before the leaders on Sunday, Ryan Palmer charged home with a 63 to gain a share of fourth place.

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During the day there are 18 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.

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March 5-8, 2020

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HOW FRANCESCO MOLINARI WON

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

Francesco Molinari rallied from five strokes behind and a T17 position entering the final round to shoot a 64 and win by two. Starting one hour, 40 minutes ahead of the last twosome, Molinari moved into contention with a 4-under 32 on the front nine and added another 4-under 32 on the back. The Italian birdied the 12th, tied for the lead with a birdie on 13, went ahead with a birdie on 16 and capped it off by holing a 44-foot putt for birdie on 18. Nobody was able to mount a strong run during Molinari’s long wait in the clubhouse as he ended up with his third victory in nine months. Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 54-hole leader, took second place with a 71. Defending champion Rory McIlroy, one stroke back after three rounds, finished T6 after a 72.

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 was substantially redesigned by Palmer over the years to modernize the challenge for today’s top players.

Yardage 7,454; par 72

2019 Champion Francesco Molinari, Italy

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Any One Day grounds tickets start at $55 and a weekly grounds badge at $125, available through www. arnoldpalmerinvitational. com. Mastercard cardholders get a 10 percent discount. Free admission for kids 15-and-under accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets are complimentary for active and retired military and one guest; veterans and one guest get a 50 percent discount on oneday tickets.

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“I tried to be aggressive from the start and it was nice to see quite a lot of putts dropping.” – Francesco Molinari

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England plays a shot during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

 Molinari had a wild 69 in the first round that included a double bogey, a hole-inone and a stretch of four straight birdies.  Molinari ranked first in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and T3 in Driving Accuracy

Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain plays his third shot on the 18th fairway during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

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quick Facts

Rory McIlroy on No. 8, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

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Field: approx. 120 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $9.3 million Winner’s Share: $1,674,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

Arnold & Winnie Palmer 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.

CHECK THIS OUT XX For the second consecutive year, the winner shot a 64 in the final round, Rory McIlroy in 2018 and Francesco Molinari in 2019. XX Molinari’s comeback from five strokes behind after 54 holes was one off the tournament record of six shared by Tom Kite (1982) and Gary Koch (1984).

XX Molinari of Italy became the fourth straight international player to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, following Jason Day (2016) and Marc Leishman (2017) of Australia and McIlroy (2018) of Northern Ireland. XX The top five finishers and eight of the first nine were international players. Keith Mitchell (T6) was the only American in the top nine.

LEADERBOARD 2019 3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Francesco Molinari

1

69 70

73

64

276/-12

500

$1,638,000.00

Matthew Fitzpatrick

2

70 70

67

71

278/-10

300

$982,800.00

Rafa Cabrera Bello

T3

65 75

70

69

279/-9

145

$473,200.00

Tommy Fleetwood

T3

69 66

76

68

279/-9

145

$473,200.00

Sungjae Im

T3

71 69

71

68

279/-9

145

$473,200.00

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Pos 1

2

Tommy Fleetwood, who was T3, typified the international flavor on the leaderboard.

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

FAN EXPERIENCE

Sungjae Im had a consistent tournament to finish T3.

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Youth Day is on Monday including a junior clinic and Arnie’s March Against Children’s Cancer is on Tuesday. Wine & Dine on 9 on Friday and Birdies & BBQ on Saturday are food events requiring upgraded tickets; Patriots’ Outpost on Sunday is a hospitality venue for guests with a U.S. military ticket. Club Ketel One is open all week for spectators. Mastercard cardholders can enjoy the fun atmosphere of the Mastercard Club, and they also can purchase an upgraded ticket to the Mastercard Palmer Patio.

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2019/2020 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

March 12-15, 2020

THE PLAYERS Championship Location 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

2019 Champion Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC; New in 2020, and for the first time ever in golf, every shot by every player will be livestreamed by PGA TOUR Entertainment and NBC Sports Group.

Tickets Daily Stadium Pass options range from $25 to $75 depending on the day, Tuesday-Sunday. Stadium Passes grant spectators access to the tournament grounds. Tickets are available at www.theplayers.com. Admission is free to kids 15 and under (with a ticketed adult) and for career military and dependents; veterans can purchase two discounted tickets per day.

“Very proud, very honored to be able to call myself a PLAYERS champion. It’s the toughest tournament to win. The deepest field in the world on one of the most iconic courses in the world.” – Rory McIlroy

Jim Furyk closed with a 67 to finish in second place at age 48.

England’s Eddie Pepperell was T3 in his first appearance at THE PLAYERS.

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HOW RORY MCILROY WON

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Rory McIlroy came out on top after a wild final round at THE PLAYERS with eight players holding at least a share of the lead during the day. McIlroy shared the 36-hole lead after opening 67-65 and through 54 holes was one stroke behind leader Jon Rahm and tied with Tommy Fleetwood. The Northern Irishman struggled early on Sunday, playing the first eight holes in 2-over before making his move with birdies on Nos. 9, 11 and 12. That moved him in front, as Fleetwood and Rahm were falling back. But Eddie Pepperell and Jhonattan Vegas were charging with 66s to finish at 14-under, and Jim Furyk did them one better with a birdie at 18 to finish 15-under. At that point, McIlroy was 14-under after a bogey at 14, but he birdied 15 with a spectacular approach from a fairway bunker and two-putted for a birdie on the par-5 16th after a big drive left him a 9-iron to the green. Pars on the last two holes gave McIlroy a 70 and his first PLAYERS title.

Jhonattan Vegas had his best score of the week, 66, in the fourth round to finish T3.

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Dustin Johnson became the first golfer in 22 years to shoot four rounds in the 60s at THE PLAYERS.

 McIlroy led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-toGreen (3.316 per round) and was second in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (1.327).  McIlroy ranked first in Par 3 Scoring Average at 2.69.  McIlroy was 12-under on the back nine for the week, one off the tournament record.

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Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $12.5 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $2,250,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

Large galleries were on hand to watch Tiger Woods and the rest of the elite field.

Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled more than $100 million since it began in 1974 and moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977. In 2019, THE PLAYERS generated $9.25 million for local charities.

No. 17 (foreground) and No. 16, THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

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XX McIlroy was the first to win THE PLAYERS and go on to capture the FedExCup in the same season. XX Dustin Johnson was the first player to shoot four rounds in the 60s since Steve Elkington in 1997. XX Jim Furyk and Jon Rahm both had rounds of 64, one off the tournament record of 63 shared by eight players.

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LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Rory McIlroy

1

67

65

70

70

272/-16

600

$2,250,000.00

Jim Furyk

2

71

64

71

67

273/-15

330

$1,350,000.00

Eddie Pepperell

T3

72

68

68

66

274/-14

Jhonattan Vegas

T3

72

69

67

66

274/-14

180

$725,000.00

Tommy Fleetwood

T5

65

67

70

73

275/-13

110

$456,250.00

Dustin Johnson

T5

69

68

69

69

275/-13

110

$456,250.00

Brandt Snedeker

T5

69

72

69

65

275/-13

110

$456,250.00

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$725,000.00

The closing three-hole stretch provides one of the most dramatic stages in tournament golf. The 523-yard par-5 16th offers an eagle opportunity but with danger lurking in water to the right of the green. The island green 137-yard 17th is a wedge or 9-iron shot with even more danger. The 462yard par-4 18th, with water to the left, was the third-toughest on the course (after the par-4 fifth and par-3 eighth) in 2019.

FAN EXPERIENCE

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XX Rory McIlroy became the third player to win THE PLAYERS, the FedExCup, a major and a World Golf Championships event, joining Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson. XX McIlroy was the first player from Northern Ireland to win THE PLAYERS. He was the 15th international champion, and the eighth in the last 12 years.

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THE PLAYERS and TPC Sawgrass were created with the fan as the focal point. Golf fanatics can watch the strongest field in golf take on a course that favors no one style of play. Foodies can enjoy a variety of flavors at one of more than 20 local restaurants featured onsite. The Kid Zone and replica 17th Hole Challenge offer activities for families. Military Appreciation Day takes place on Tuesday and will be capped by a Chainsmokers concert (included with tournament ticket) at the Island Green 17th Hole.

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Better Than Ever. Featuring four championship golf courses and newly renovated accommodations, Innisbrook is better than ever.

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March 19-22, 2020

Valspar Championship A year after winning the Valspar Championship coming from behind, Paul Casey held onto the 54-hole lead to capture the event for the second straight time. Casey shot a 1-over 72 in the final round on a tough day for scoring, good enough to take the title by one stroke over Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Kokrak. Both eventual second-place finishers tied Casey for the lead during the back nine. Oosthuizen made a move from four strokes back but bogeyed the 16th to fall behind and finished with a 69. Casey’s bogey on 17 dropped him into a tie with Kokrak, playing ahead of him, but a Kokrak bogey on 18 put Casey back ahead and a par from a fairway bunker on the finishing hole gave Casey the victory.

Location

Palm Harbor, Fla. Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course)

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

2019 Champion

Paul Casey, England

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

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Tickets

Advance tickets are $39 for Thursday, Friday or Sunday, $49 for Saturday or Good-Any-One-Day, with discounts through Dec. 31, available through www. valsparchampionship.com. A weekly book of tickets is $125. Kids 15 and under are free with a paid adult, military receive two free tickets and veterans receive a discount for two tickets.

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“This feels very different from last year. It feels better. I’m enjoying this one so much more.” – Paul Casey

A frequent contender at the Valspar Championship, Jason Kokrak was T2.

 Casey had 12 bogeys during the week, but ranked T1 in subpar holes with 18 birdies and an eagle.  Casey played the 16 par 5s in 15-under for the week, ranking first with a 4.06 scoring average.  Casey was sixth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and seventh in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green.

A 66 in the third round helped Louis Oosthuizen to a share of second place.

Social Media

Twitter: @ValsparChamp Instagram: @valsparchamp Facebook: www.facebook. com/valsparchampionship

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No. 16 tee, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course).

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QUICK FACTS Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $6.9 million Winner’s Share: $1,242,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

Copperhead Charities, the nonprofit organizing group of the Valspar Championship generated $2.2 million for charity in 2019, with beneficiaries including Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, The First Tee, Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, Birdies for the Brave and others. The total contribution by Copperhead Charities since 1977 is more than $43 million.

CHECK THIS OUT than the high of 277 (John Senden/2014, Charl Schwartzel/2017). XX The tournament has been decided by one stroke or in a playoff in 10 of the last 11 years. XX Jason Kokrak has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five years: (T7/2015, T8/2018, T2/2019).

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Paul Casey

1

70

66

68

72

276/-8

500

$1,206,000.00

Jason Kokrak

T2

69

71

66

71

277/-7

245

$589,600.00

Louis Oosthuizen

T2

70

72

66

69

277/-7

245

$589,600.00

Sungjae Im

T4

70

67

71

70

278/-6

122

$294,800.00

Bubba Watson

T4

69

71

70

68

278/-6

122

$294,800.00

Sungjae Im was T4, one of a number of high finishes during his rookie season on the PGA TOUR.

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Bubba Watson closed with a 68 to finish T4.

Holes 16, 17 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 2019, is the 16th. The 475-yard dogleg right features water on the right side, contributing to 25 double bogeys or worse and a 4.311 scoring average in 2019.

FAN EXPERIENCE

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XX Paul Casey became the first back-toback winner in the 19 years of the Valspar Championship. The only other multiple winners are K.J. Choi (2002, 2006) and Retief Goosen (2003, 2009). XX Casey’s 1-over 72 was the highest finalround score by a winner in the history of the event. His 72-hole total of 276 was one better

Special venues for spectators include the Publix Chillounge, Northwestern Mutual Family Fun Zone, Michelob ULTRA CLUB, Frenchy’s Pool Party, Fan Expo Area, Tampa General Hospital/USF Health Sunscreen Stations, Pinch a Penny Patriots’ Outpost, Valspar Chameleon Cove, Horse Soldier Lounge, Valspar BLOCK PARTY and Avion Margarita Deck. After play on Saturday is the Valspar LIVE concert presented by Chick-fil-A. w w w.p gat our.com

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Jonesboro

Tahlequah

Midwest City

Oklahoma City

Fort Smith

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Hereford

44

Clovis

Plainview

Hobbs

Lubbock

Ardmore

Paris

Denton

Plano

Fort Worth

Abilene

Waco

Sanderson

Coahuila

Gatesville

Sonora

10

Uvalde

Eagle Pass

Piedras Negras

Monclova

57

85

Nuevo Leon

54

Taylor

Sugar Land

35

Beeville Alice

10

Lafayette

Baytown

Pasadena

Victoria

37

Canton 20

Jackson

Brookhaven

Baton Rouge

Beaumont

El Campo

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Natchitoches

Natchez Mississippi Pineville McComb Bogalusa 55 De Ridder Hammond

Lufkin

Houston

10

49

55

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Shreveport

Tyler

Oxford

Grenada

Greenville Indianola El Dorado Yazoo City

Mount Pleasant Minden Kilgore

Palestine Nacogdoches

Memphis

40

Pine Bluff

Galveston

Freeport Port Lavaca

Ingleside

Laredo Corpus Christi Nuevo Laredo

Location

McAllen Harlingen Texas MontereyAustin, 2 Brownsville Austin Country Club Guadalupe

Torreon Saltillo

20

Killeen 35 Temple College Station Austin Round Rock

Austin San Antonio

Melchor Muzquiz Sabinas

30

Rockwall

Cabot

Arkansas

Texarkana Camden

Dallas

Burleson 20 Midland Big Spring Stephenville Corsicana Odessa Brownwood

San Angelo Texas

Arkadelphia

Durant

Gainesville

Lamesa

Andrews

Hot Springs

35

Wichita Falls

Levelland

Duncan

Jackson R.

Bixby

Pampa

Mis siss ippi

Amarillo

Kenner

Morgan City

Louisiana

New Orleans

Houma

Gulf of Mexico

Montemorelos

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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

2019 Champion Kevin Kisner, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets

Daily grounds tickets cost $110-$170 depending on the day and a weekly ticket is $405, available through www. delltechnologiesmatchplay. com. Youth 15 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

“A lot of golf and a lot of stressful holes and stressful putts, and I was able to prevail.” – Kevin Kisner

Social Media

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Kevin Kisner became the first player to win the championship match after losing it the previous year.

At age 40, runnerup Matt Kuchar was bidding to become the oldest winner of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.

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HOW KEVIN KISNER WON

After losing in the 2018 final to Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner reached the final again and this time prevailed over Matt Kuchar, 3 and 2, to take the title. Kisner lost his first match of the week in pool play to Ian Poulter, but after winning his next two matches ended up in a playoff with Poulter and won it to be among 16 qualifiers for the single-elimination portion of the event. On Saturday he rolled past Haotong Li, 6 and 5, and topped Louis Ousthuizen, 2 and 1. In Sunday morning’s semifinal, Kisner had a 2-up lead but Francesco Molinari won the 16th and 17th to square the match. Molinari then three-putted for a bogey on No. 18 to allow Kisner to advance to the final. Kuchar defeated Lucas Bjerregaard, 1 up, in the other semifinal (Bjerregaard had eliminated Tiger Woods in the quarterfinals). Kisner jumped ahead in the final with a birdie on the first hole and led all the way, with Kuchar not playing his best. Kisner closed it out with a birdie on the 16th.  After Kisner and Poulter both went 2-1-0 in pool play, Kisner advanced with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.  Kisner and Kuchar also met in 2018, when Kisner won in the fourth round, 1-up.

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QUICK FACTS Italy’s Francesco Molinari finished third after losing a tight semifinal match to the eventual champion.

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Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark played well, finishing fourth.

 Field: 64 players  Format: 18-hole match play, with four-player pool play preceding singleelimination match play  Purse: $10.5 million  Winner’s Share: $1,790.000  FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner

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CHARITY BENEFIT

No. 11, Austin Country Club.

The World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play generated more than $1.1 million for Austin-based charitable organizations in 2019, bringing the four-year total in Austin to more than $4.3 million. The primary benefiting charities in 2020 are The First Tee of Greater Austin and Dell Children’s Hospital.

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LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Kevin Kisner

1

550

$1,745,000.00

Matt Kuchar

2

315

$1,095,000.00

Francesco Molinari

3

200

Lucas Bjerregard

4

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$712,000.00

$712,00.00

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 a lake hugs the entire left side, and pars are hard earned.

FAN EXPERIENCE

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XX Kisner’s victory was the third straight by an American, the longest such streak since Americans won five in a row from 2001-05. XX At age 40, runner-up Matt Kuchar fell just short in his bid to become the oldest winner of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. XX It was Kuchar’s second appearance in the championship match; he won the title in 2013 over Mahan.

XX Kevin Kisner was the fifth player to reach the championship match in back-to-back years, joining Tiger Woods (2003, 04), Geoff Ogilvy (2006, 07), Paul Casey (2009, 10) and Hunter Mahan (2012, 13). XX Kisner became the first player to lose the championship match one year and win it the next.

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March 26-29, 2020

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HOW GRAEME MCDOWELL WON

Location Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Corales Golf Course

A two-stroke swing on the 17th hole of the final round was the key, as Graeme McDowell won by one stroke over Chris Stroud and Mackenzie Hughes. McDowell led Stroud by one entering the final round, and it stayed that way as both shot 33 on the front nine. While McDowell was stringing together pars on the back nine, Stroud birdied 14 and 15 to move into the lead. McDowell jumped back ahead when he birdied the par-3 17th from seven feet while Stroud bogeyed. Both bogeyed the last, leaving McDowell, 39, with his first win since 2015 after a closing 69. Hughes had also bogeyed 18 when he finished earlier, and ended up tied for second. McDowell shot a 73 in the first round, but recovered with 64s in the second and third rounds.

Course Information Puntacana Resort & Club has 45 holes, including the Tom Fazio-designed Corales Golf 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. Elevation changes, strategic bunkering and massive, elevated greens enhance its character.

Yardage 7,670; par 72

2019 Champion Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Good-Any-One-Day grounds tickets cost $10 and a weekly ticket is $50, available through www.puntacana.com/ coraleschampionship

“Standing on 16 green, I told myself, ‘You’ve got to do something that’s tournament-winning.’” – Graeme McDowell

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Consecutive 66s on the weekend moved Canadian Mackenzie Hughes into a share of second place.

 McDowell birdied six of the last seven holes of the front nine to shoot a 30 on the way to a 64 in the second round.  McDowell had just 20 putts in the third round and ranked first in Putting Average for the week with 1.519 putts per green in regulation.

Chris Stroud went 49 holes without a bogey as he finished T2.

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2019/2020 tournament overview Puntacana Resort & Club has 45 holes, including the tournament site, Corales Golf Course.

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

CHARITY BENEFIT

CHECK THIS OUT X X The winning 72-hole total has been 18-under 270 in both years of the event, Brice Garnett in 2018 and Graeme McDowell in 2019. X X Northern Ireland’s McDowell was the fourth European to win in as many weeks on the PGA TOUR, following Francesco Molinari (Arnold Palmer Invitational), Rory McIlroy (THE PLAYERS Championship) and

Paul Casey (Valspar Championship). X X Runner-up Chris Stroud made a triple bogey on his 13th hole of the first round, then played the next 49 holes without a bogey. X X Chip McDaniel, who got into the field as a Monday qualifier, tied the tournament 18-hole record with a final-round 63 (matching Garnett in 2018) to finish T5.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Graeme McDowell

1

73

64

64

69

270/-18

300

$540,000.00

Mackenzie Hughes

T2

69

70

66

66

271/-17

135

$264,000.00

Chris Stroud

T2

70

68

64

69

271/-17

135

$264,000.00

Jonathan Byrd

4

68

67

71

66

272/-16

80

$144,000.00

Kelly Kraft

T5

70

67

68

68

273/-15

62

$114,000.00

Chip McDaniel

T5

72

67

71

63

273/-15

Jonathan Byrd closed with a 66 and finished fourth.

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$114,000.00

Kelly Kraft was T5 at 15-under, shooting a final-round 68.

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Player

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The last three holes play toward or along the Bay of Corales and are called the Devil’s Elbow. The 214yard par-3 17th skirts the coast with a narrow green guarded by bunkers on both sides. 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. The green is guarded by bunkers on the right and a collection area on the left. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1  209

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April 2-5, 2020

Valero Texas Open Location 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 wide fairways offering multiple routes to the green.

“I had a lot of confidence in my game each step of the way and I’ve continued to get better and good things have continued to happen. It’s an amazing feeling and really fortunate to be in this position and super excited to be able to call myself a winner.” – Corey Conners

Yardage 7,435; par 72

2019 Champion Corey Conners, Canada

Golf Channel / NBC

Tickets Tickets start at $30 and are available for purchase at ValeroTexasOpen.com. Children 15 and under are free. Military ID cardholders and one guest receive free admission, Bexar County first responders with one family member also are admitted free.

HOW COREY CONNERS WON

After getting into the field as a Monday qualifier, Corey Conners rode a rollercoaster final round to victory. Conners had only one par on the first 12 holes on Sunday, and just four for the round, while shooting a 66 with 10 birdies. Starting the day one behind, he birdied four of the first five holes to go four ahead, then bogeyed the last four holes of the front nine to fall one behind Charley Hoffman. Conners proceeded to birdie the first three holes of the back nine and added birdies on Nos. 14, 16 and 17 for a 30 on that side, which also featured a key 10-foot putt on the 15th for one of his rare pars. Hoffman had a 33 on the back nine for a bogey-free 67, but finished two behind.  Conners had 29 birdies and one eagle on the week to rank first in Par Breakers.  Conners ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (2.894 per round) and Greens in Regulation Percentage (81.94).  Conners ranked fourth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (1.076 per round).

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Media Coverage

Charley Hoffman was runner-up in an event in which he has had lots of good finishes.

Ryan Moore finished third at 17-under after a final-round 64.

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quick Facts

No. 16, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks).

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Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $7.7 million Winner’s Share: $1,386,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Valero Texas Open, along with Valero Benefit for Children, raised a record $15 million in 2019, bringing the grand total to $155 million in charitable giving over the years. The Champions fore Charity program also benefits participating charities and schools.

CHECK THIS OUT XX Corey Conners became the first Monday qualifier to win on the PGA TOUR since 2010. Conners had TOUR status, but his priority ranking hadn’t gotten him into the event. XX Conners’ 72-hole total of 268 was the lowest since the tournament moved to TPC San Antonio in 2010. XX Conners became the 15th Canadian to win

on the PGA TOUR. XX Runner-up Charley Hoffman has finished in the top 15 of the Valero Texas Open 11 times in 14 starts. XX Si Woo Kim finished T4 in his bid to become only the third wire-to-wire winner of the event (Mike Souchak/1955, Bob Estes/1994).

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Corey Conners

1

69

67

66

66

268/-20

500

$1,350,000.00

Charley Hoffman

2

71

68

64

67

270/-18

300

$810,000.00

3

68

70

69

64

271/-17

190

$510,000.00

T4

66

66

69

72

273/-15

122

$330,000.00

Brian Stuard

T4

67

70

70

66

273/-15

122

$330,000.00

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Ryan Moore Si Woo Kim

Bidding to become only the third wireto-wire winner of the event, Si Woo Kim shot a final-round 72 and was T4.

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Brian Stuard closed with a 66 to tie for fourth place.

The 591-yard, par-5 18th 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.

FAN EXPERIENCE

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Venues for all fans include The Backyard, the Cobra Puma Sports Zone and the Spirits Deck. The Heroes Pavilion is open to the military and Bexar County first responders, and Live ULTRA at the U provides an entertaining and casual experience for an upgraded ticket. There is live music on Thursday evening and also at Saturday evening’s 19th Hole Fiesta along with outdoor games in The Backyard. Special activities include three Pro-Ams, Ladies Night on Wednesday and a Night to Honor Our Heroes on Friday. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1  211

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The emotion was evident after Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters title but first major victory since 2008.

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 7,475; par 72

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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 called) 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

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Defending champion Patrick Reed helped Tiger Woods into a green jacket.

Tiger Woods has won the Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2019. Only Jack Nicklaus, with six victories, has had more success at Augusta National.

to five with wins in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2019. Left-handers 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, and a dramatic Woods return to form and victory in 2019. 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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Tiger Woods emerged from a crowded pack of contenders to claim his fifth Masters victory, and first in 14 years, with a final-round 70. Woods hadn’t won a major championship since 2008 and had undergone four back surgeries, at one time leaving his golf future in doubt. But getting in contention at the 2018 Open Championship and PGA Championship and winning the TOUR Championship showed that Tiger still had life heading into the 2019 season. Opening rounds of 70-68 at the Masters put Woods one stroke out of a five-way tie for the lead and a thirdround 67 left him in a tie for second, two strokes behind 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari, who shot a 66 on Saturday. The field went off in threesomes on Sunday, with an earlier than usual start, to finish before severe storms predicted for late-afternoon, putting Woods in the final group with Molinari and Tony Finau. X X Woods pulled within one stroke as birdies on 7 and 8 gave him a frontnine 35 while Molinari had an even-par 36, but a bogey on 10 left Woods two behind again. A key moment came on the par-3 12th hole, where Molinari hit his tee shot into the water and made a double bogey to fall into a tie for the lead. The Italian, who had outdueled Woods at the 2018 Open Championship, also hit into the water on the 15th hole for another double bogey that ruined his chances.

X X Woods made a safe par on No. 12, where contenders Finau, Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter joined Molinari in making double bogeys with balls in the water. Woods made two-putt birdies on the par-5 13th and 15th holes, but faced challenges down the stretch from Koepka (eagle on 13, birdie on 15), Xander Schauffele (33 on the back nine for a 68) and Dustin Johnson (four birdies in five holes starting on 13 for a 68). That trio finished at 12-under. X X Crucially, Woods got to 14-under with a tee shot to four feet for a birdie on the par-3 16th. A two-putt par on 17 gave Woods a cushion for a bogey on 18 after a drive that left him blocked by trees, enabling him to win by one stroke at 13-under 275. At age 43, he was the second oldest winner of the Masters, behind 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus in 1986. X X Woods played the stretch of Nos. 13-16 in 10-under for the week, going 3-under on the 13th and 15th and 2-under on the 14th and 16th. He was 3-under on those four holes in each of the last two rounds. X X Woods led the field in Greens in Regulation Percentage, hitting 54 of 72 greens. In the final three rounds, he hit 16, 16 and 15 greens. X X Woods ranked second in birdies with 22, making six in each of the last three rounds. X X Woods was T2 in Par 3 Scoring Average at 2.75, with four birdies and one bogey during the week.

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REMEMBER THIS? When Tiger Woods was standing in the fairway on the 15th hole, he was in a five-way tie for the lead at 12-under with Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari. Johnson, who had just birdied the 17th, would par 18, and Schauffele and Koepka would also par in. Woods hit the green with a 5-iron second shot to the par-5 15th and two-putted for a birdie from 44 feet. Molinari, meanwhile, laid up with his second shot and dumped his third into the pond fronting the green for a double bogey. Now ahead by one stroke, Woods hit an 8-iron perfectly pin high on the

par-3 16th and watched as it made its way down a slope, finishing four feet from the hole. It was eerily similar to the tee shot Jack Nicklaus hit on the way to his sixth Masters title in 1986, which also finished four feet away. Like Nicklaus, Woods

He played short, pitched on, and two-putted, setting off one of Woods’ most spirited victory celebrations, which included 11-year-old daughter Sam and 10-yearold son Charlie, as Tiger won his first major championship in 11 years.

made the putt. Now ahead by two, Woods missed a nine-foot birdie putt on 17. He only needed a bogey on the 18th, which is what he made after his tee shot finished on the right side of the fairway with some trees between him and the pin.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Tiger Woods

1

70

68

67

70

275/-13

600

$2,070,000.000

Dustin Johnson

T2

68

70

70

68

276/-12

230

$858,667.00

Brooks Koepka

T2

66

71

69

70

276/-12

230

$858,667.00

Xander Schauffele

T2

73

65

70

68

276/-12

230

$858,667.00

Jason Day

T5

70

67

73

67

277/-11

106

$403,938.00

Tony Finau

T5

71

70

64

72

277/-11

106

$403,938.00

Francesco Molinari

T5

70

67

66

74

277/-11

106

$403,938.00

Webb Simpson

T5

72

71

64

70

277/-11

106

$403,938.00

Many of golf’s biggest names were in contention during the 2019 Masters.

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April 16-19, 2020

RBC Heritage Location Hilton Head Island, S.C. Harbour Town Golf Links

Course Information Harbour Town is an early masterpiece in the career of renowned architect Pete Dye, with help from consultant Jack Nicklaus in his first design project. 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.

“Last night I looked at the hole locations. I told myself stay even par through the first four holes, and from the fifth hole through 13, go all out and fire at every pin.” – C.T. Pan

Yardage 7,099; par 71

2019 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 C.T. PAN WON

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C.T. Pan, Chinese Taipei

Trailing by two strokes through 54 holes, C.T. Pan surged into the lead in the final round with birdies on Nos. 5, 9, 10 and 12 on the way to a final-round 67 and a one-stroke victory. The 27-year-old bogeyed the 15th, moved back in front with a birdie on 16, saved par from the sand on 17 and parred 18. His 12-under total put him one ahead of Matt Kuchar, who had finished earlier with a 67. Pan still had to wait out the groups behind him, but by that point he didn’t have to worry about 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson, who plummeted out of the lead with a 41 on the back nine for a 77. When nobody else could make a charge down the stretch, Pan collected his first PGA TOUR win.  After a second-round 65 with no bogeys, Pan survived a wild third round when four bogeys and a double bogey were offset by six birdies and an eagle for a 69.  Pan didn’t have a three-putt and ranked second with 24.75 putts per round, with 23, 24 and 23 in the last three rounds.

Matt Kuchar, often a contender at Harbour Town, was runner-up after a closing 67.

Helped by a thirdround 66, Patrick Cantlay tied for third.

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quick Facts

No. 1, Harbour Town Golf Links.

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

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Heritage Classic Foundation distributes revenue to a wide variety of charitable organizations in South Carolina and for college scholarships. Since 1987, $43 million has been distributed to people in need, including $3.3 million in 2019.

CHECK THIS OUT XX C.T. Pan was the fourth straight player to make the RBC Heritage his first PGA TOUR victory, joining Branden Grace (2016), Wesley Bryan (2017) and Satoshi Kodaira (2018). XX Pan was the fifth international player to win the event in the last eight years. The others were Carl Pettersson (2012), Graeme

McDowell (2013), Branden Grace (2016) and Satoshi Kodaira (2018). XX The last seven winners of the RBC Heritage have all come from behind in the final round, five of them from at least four strokes back. XX Matt Kuchar added a runner-up finish to his 2014 RBC Heritage victory and has six top10s in 16 appearances.

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

C.T. Pan

1

71

65

69

67

272/-12

500

$1,242,000.00

Matt Kuchar

2

69

69

68

67

273/-11

300

$745,200.00

T3

67

72

66

69

274/-10

145

$358,800.00

T3

65

68

71

70

274/-10

145

$358,800.00

Scott Piercy

T3

67

70

68

69

274/-10

145

$358,800.00

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Patrick Cantlay Shane Lowry

A great start (65), boosted Shane Lowry toward a T3 finish.

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All four par 3s at Harbour Town have water hazards, and they are especially in play on the 200-yard fourth, front and left, and the 192-yard 14th, front and right. Those played as the fourth and fifth most difficult holes on TOUR in 2019, with the fourth accounting for 16 double bogeys or worse and the 14th for 30.

FAN EXPERIENCE

Scott Piercy tied for fourth at 10-under, two behind the champion.

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The RBC Heritage kicks off on Monday with the tradition of opening ceremonies and a parade. Tuesday is Coca-Cola Youth Day, with a putting contest for children 15 and under and a family movie. Saturday is Plaid Nation Day, with contests and fun activities and fans encouraged to wear plaid. Throughout the week, key spectator activity areas include the Liberty Oak Expo and Heritage Lawn featuring promotions and giveaways as well as the ULTRA Club, Wine at Nine, the Youth Zone and the Merchandise Pavilion.

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

Course Information Renowned architect Pete Dye designed TPC Louisiana with assistance from two player consultants: 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.

Yardage 7,425; par 72

2019 Champions Jon Rahm, Spain/Ryan Palmer, U.S.

“Our games complement each other so much, the way we drive the ball, our iron play, and there’s nothing better than missing greens knowing his short game is behind me.” – Ryan Palmer (left) on partner Jon Rahm

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

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

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HOW JON RAHM AND RYAN PALMER WON

With Ryan Palmer’s and Jon Rahm’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans partners of the previous year skipping the event or missing it due to injury, 42-year-old Palmer reached out to the 24-year-old Rahm to form a partnership. It worked out perfectly, the duo winning the event by three strokes over Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood. The Rahm/Palmer pair thrived in the alternate-shot format of the second and fourth rounds, taking the lead with a 65 in the second round and securing the victory with a 69 on Sunday. With 54-hole co-leaders Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax crashing to a 77 in the final round, Rahm/Palmer just had to hold off a run by Garcia/Fleetwood, who shot a 68. The eventual winners birdied 13 and 14, followed by a 25-foot par-saving putt on 15 by Rahm to set up a worry-free final three holes.  Rahm/Palmer trailed by four strokes after a first-round 64 in best ball, but their 65 was the best in the field in the alternate-shot second round as they moved in front.  Rahm/Palmer’s 134 total for the two alternate-shot rounds led the field.

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No. 18, TPC Louisiana.

 Field: 80 two-player teams  Format: Four-Ball (first and third rounds); Foursomes (second and fourth rounds)  Purse: $7.4 million  Winner’s Share: $1,065,600 for each player  FedExCup Points: 400 for each player on the winning team

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Fore!Kids Foundation, founded in 1958, has raised more than $38 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. Over $9 million has been distributed in the last 5 years.

CHECK THIS OUT in the first two years of the event.  Rahm/Palmer’s winning total of 26-under 262 was one higher than the record of 261 by Jonas Blixt/Cameron Smith in 2017.  Palmer finished fourth with Jordan Spieth in 2017, but the Palmer/Spieth duo missed the cut in 2018 and Spieth elected not to play in 2019.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points*

Earnings*

1

64

65

64

69

262/-26

400

$1,051,200.00

2

65

68

64

68

265/-23

162

$423,400.00

Brian Gay/Rory Sabbatini

T3

60

70

66

71

267/-21

96

$256,412.50

K.H. Lee/Matt Every

T3

65

69

65

68

267/-21

96

$256,412.50

FAN EXPERIENCE

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*FedExCup Points and Earnings are for each player

Sergio Garcia (left) and Tommy Fleetwood finished second, three strokes behind the winners.

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The signature hole at TPC Louisiana is the 18th, a riskoriented par 5. It is reachable in two, especially when the tee markers 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.

Rory Sabbatini (left) and Brian Gay shot 60 in the first round and went on to finish T3.

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Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer Sergio Garcia/ Tommy Fleetwood

NOTABLE COURSE FEATURES

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 The 65 by Jon Rahm/Ryan Palmer in the second round was the lowest score in the alternate-shot format in the three years the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has been a team event.  The 60 by Brian Gay/Rory Sabbatini in the first round matched the lowest score in the best-ball format, accomplished by four teams

Prominently featured are a couple of dining venues requiring upgraded tickets, the Acme Oyster House overlooking play on three holes and the Fidelity Bank 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, Tito’s Lounge, and the Children’s Hospital Kids Zone.

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Wells Fargo Championship 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

“It means a lot to do it under pressure, and job security is great. I haven’t had that.” – Max Homa

2019 Champion Max Homa, U.S.

Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Advance daily grounds tickets cost $55-$65 for specific tournament days, $75 for a Good-Any-OneDay ticket, $175 for a weekly ticket and $35 for a practice pack good MondayWednesday, available through wellsfargochampionship.com. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult (one child per adult) and admission is complimentary to military ID holders.

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Max Homa was in a three-way tie for the lead entering the final round and pulled away with a closing 67 to claim his first PGA TOUR victory at age 28. The 2013 NCAA champion was tied with Joel Dahmen through eight holes, both at 2-under for the round, before Homa took control around the turn. While Damen was bogeying Nos. 9 and 11, Homa was making birdies on 10 and 11 to go four ahead. Homa then answered a Damen birdie at 14 with one of his own at 15 to restore a four-stroke lead heading into the demanding closing stretch, where he bogeyed 16 but parred the last two to win by three at 15-under 269. Justin Rose finished with a 68 to finish third, briefly pulling within two strokes before parring the last eight holes.  Homa had a 63 in the second round when he hit 15 greens and needed only 25 putts.  Homa ranked first in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.472 per round and didn’t have any threeputts.  Homa’s 67 matched the low score of the final round.

Social Media

Runner-up Joel Dahmen opened with consecutive 66s.

Justin Rose had another strong week at the Wells Fargo Championship, finishing third.

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No. 18, Quail Hollow Club.

 Field: 156 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $8.1 million  Winner’s Share: $1,458,000  FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

Champions For Education, the tournament’s charitable arm, has donated more than $24 million to local and regional charitable organizations.

CHECK THIS OUT  Max Homa became the fifth player to make the Wells Fargo Championship his first PGA TOUR victory, joining Anthony Kim (2008), Rory McIlroy (2010), Rickie Fowler (2012) and Derek Ernst (2013).  Homa’s 72-hole total of 269 was the second best in the history of the event (McIlroy, 267 in 2015).

 McIlroy (2010, 2015) is the only multiple winner of the Wells Fargo Championship, which began in 2003. He was two strokes off the lead entering the final round in 2019 before finishing T8.  Justin Rose has finished in the top five in his last three appearances (5th/2014, 3rd/2016, 3rd/2019.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Max Homa

1

63

70

67

269/-15

500

$1,422,000.00

69

2

66

66

70

70

272/-12

300

$853,200.00

3

70

67

68

68

273/-11

190

$537,200.00

Paul Casey

T4

69

71

66

69

275/-9

108

$311,062.50

T4

68

63

71

73

275/-9

108

$311,062.50

T4

71

70

66

68

275/-9

108

$311,062.50

Sergio Garcia

T4

69

73

65

68

275/-9

108

$311,062.50

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Jason Dufner Rickie Fowler

Paul Casey earned a share of fourth place highlighted by a thirdround 66.

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The finishing stretch of three holes, known as the “Green Mile,” ranked as the three hardest holes on the course in 2019. The 506-yard, par-4 16th, with a green guarded by water to the left, was the third toughest. The par-3 17th is listed at 223 yards, but sometimes set up shorter depending on the pin position, has water on three sides and was the hardest in 2019 with 31 double bogeys or worse. The 494-yard 18th, second in difficulty, has a creek all the way up the left and bunkers on the right of the fairway and green.

FAN EXPERIENCE

Jason Dufner’s secondround 63 boosted him to a T4 finish.

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Concession offerings include food from local restaurants, while venues for fans include Kids Village presented by Atrium Health, a fenced-in area near the practice range for kids 12 and under, and the Patriot’s Outpost for military. The Craft Beer Festival on Friday and Saturday, with local brewers and Anheuser-Busch craft beers, is a new event requiring a special ticket.

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AT&T Byron Nelson Sung Kang led after the second and third rounds, but he didn’t sleep on the lead Saturday night after playing only nine holes that day. Kang, who lives in the Dallas area, led by four strokes after starting 65-61, but fell one behind when Matt Every played the front nine of the third round in 30 before the suspension of play. Kang went back in front by three at the end of the third round on Sunday as Every faltered. It turned into a battle again in the final round, with Every and Scott Piercy charging on the front nine to forge a three-way tie through eight holes. Kang finally gained control with birdies on 14, 15 and 16 and shot a 67 to win by two over Every (66) and Piercy (64).

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 in 2018. 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 rough and a strategic design with the best angles of approach require flirting with trouble.

Yardage 7,380; par 71

2019 Champion Sung Kang, South Korea

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

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

Social Media

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“We knew it was going to be a long day for everyone. So it was all about who is not going to lose focus at the end.” – Sung Kang

Matt Every was part of a final-round battle, shooting 66 and gaining a share of second place.

 Kang had two eagles in the first round and a string of six straight birdies in the second round.  Kang ranked second in Strokes Gained: Putting and made 10 of 13 putts in the 10-to-15-foot range.  Kang was first in Par 4 Scoring Average (3.70) and Par 5 Scoring Average (4.08).

Scott Piercy went 72 holes without a bogey and tied for second after closing with 64.

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No. 12, Trinity Forest Golf Club.

‹‹ Field: 156 players ‹‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹‹ Purse: $8.1 million ‹‹ Winner’s Share: $1,458,000 ‹‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

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XX With his first career victory, Kang became the 10th Korean-born player to win on the PGA TOUR and second at the AT&T Byron Nelson (Sangmoon Bae/2013). XX Scott Piercy didn’t make a bogey in the tournament, the first to go bogey-free for 72 holes on the PGA TOUR and not win since Charles Howell III in 2010.

NOTABLE COURSE FEATURES

The fifth and 15th holes, both par 4s, have greens that are close together, described as “evil twins” by course co-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.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Sung Kang

1

65

61

68

67

261/-23

500

$1,422,000.00

Matt Every

T2

65

65

67

66

263/-21

245

$695,200.00

Scott Piercy

T2

67

69

63

64

263/-21

245

$695,200.00

65

66 668

65

264/-20

135

$379,200.00

69

68

66

64

267.-17

93

$267,810.00

Tyler Duncan

T5

64

66

70

67

267/-17

93

$267,810.00

Matt Jones

T5

65

70

65

67

267/-17

93

$267,810.00

Rory Sabbatini

T5

67

65

68

67

267/-17

93

$267,810.00

Peter Uihlein

T5

69

71

63

64

267/-17

93

$267,810.00

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Shooting 65 in the opening and closing rounds, Brooks Koepka finished fourth.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat had a final-round 64 to move up to T5.

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XX Sung Kang set the tournament record for 36 holes with 126, tied the record for 54 holes with 194 (Loren Roberts, 1999; Brooks Koepka, 2016), and was two off the record for 72 holes with 261 (Steven Bowditch, 259 in 2015). XX South Korea’s Kang was the 11th international winner of the AT&T Byron Nelson since 2000.

The Salesmanship Club of Dallas, 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 children’ social and emotional health. Since 1968, the tournament has raised more than $160 million and transformed over 100,000 lives.

The AT&T Fan Zone has video screens and extended concessions and merchandise opportunities, while the Kids Zone offers fun and games for children and parents. Katy Trail Ice House Pavilion, an open-air, beer-garden style venue has been relocated to the 16th green, and there will be a new foodie experience between 17 and 18. The Grey Goose 19th Hole Lounge near 17 green is open to anyone age 21 and older.

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May 14-17, 2020

PGA Championship Location

San Francisco, Calif. TPC Harding Park

Course Information

Harding Park, which joined the TPC Network in 2010, opened as a municipal course in 1925 and was designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, who also did nearby Olympic Club. The course hosted PGA TOUR events from the 1940s to the 1960s but fell into a decline in ensuing decades. It was renovated and redesigned in 2002-03 by Chris Gray of PGA TOUR Design to become a premier tournament course and has hosted two World Golf Championships events and the 2009 Presidents Cup.

Yardage

7,251; par 70 2019 Champion Brooks Koepka, U.S.

Media Coverage ESPN/CBS

Tickets

Daily grounds tickets cost $30 on Monday, $40 Tuesday, $60 Wednesday, $115 Thursday and $135 Friday to Sunday, available through www.pga.com/events/ pgachampionship. A weekly package costs $435. Up to four kids 17 and under are free with a ticketed adult, regardless of a sellout, and military personnel plus one guest are free.

Social Media

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“It was very, very stressful, the last hour and a half of that round.” – Brooks Koepka

CHECK THIS OUT  Brooks Koepka became the fifth player to lead the PGA Championship wire to wire (no ties) since the event went to stroke play in 1958, joining Bobby Nichols (1964), Jack Nicklaus (1971), Raymond Floyd (1982) and Hal Sutton (1983).  Koepka tied the PGA Championship 18-hole record with a 63, which has been shot on 17 occasions, becoming the first player to do it more than once (2018 at Bellerive).  Koepka set PGA Championship records for low 36 holes with 128 (also a major championship

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Defending champion Brooks Koepka built a seven-stroke lead by opening 63-65 at New York’s Bethpage Black and maintained that margin with a third-round 70, but he had to battle hard to come away with the victory. After Dustin Johnson fired a front-nine 32 Sunday to cut the lead to four, Koepka appeared to wrap it up with a birdie on 10 while Johnson bogeyed 11. But with wind whipping through the course, Koepka bogeyed four straight holes starting at the 11th, and when Johnson birdied the 15th the lead was suddenly down to one stroke. The momentum swung back the other way when Johnson bogeyed 16 and 17 while Koepka righted himself with pars on the difficult 15th and 16th. Koepka made a bogey of his own on 17 and drove into deep fescue on the 18th, but after hitting out short of the green pitched on and made a par to win by two with a final-round 74.

record), largest 36-hole lead (seven strokes) and largest 54-hole lead (seven strokes).  Koepka became the first player with back-to-back victories in both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.  Koepka won his fourth major in his last eight starts, joining Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to do so in the modern era.  Dustin Johnson’s second-place finish made him the eighth player to be runner-up in all four majors during a career.

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 Koepka led the field with 19 birdies, including seven each in the first and second rounds.  Koepka ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approachthe-Green (2.383 per round) and second in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (1.673).  Koepka ranked first in Greens in Regulation Percentage (73.61) and second in Proximity to Hole on approach shots (30’1”). PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019/2020, Part 1

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Harding Park became part of the TPC Network in 2010.

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Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $11 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,980,000 (2019) 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 PGA WORKS for inclusion.

NOTABLE COURSE FEATURES

The toughest holes at TPC Harding Park are the ninth and 18th. No. 9 is a par 5 for regular play but a 515-yard par 4 for the championship. No. 18 is a 480-yard par 4 with a tee shot over a corner of Lake Merced with a significant dogleg to the left. It provides an edge to the longer hitters—provided they are accurate—as they can cut the corner and hit a much shorter club into a green that is narrow in the back. An interesting hole down the stretch is the 336-yard 16th, which can play as a drivable par 4.

LEADERBOARD 2019 images: ALAMY; Getty

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

FAN EXPERIENCE

As the PGA Championship returns to California for the first time since 1995 (Riviera Country Club), Wednesday is Host City Day celebrating all things San Francisco.

Brooks Koepka

1

63

65

70

74

272/-8

600

$1,980,000.00

Dustin Johnson

2

69

67

69

69

274/-6

330

$1,188,000.00

Patrick Cantlay

T3

69

70

68

71

278/-2

160

$575,500.00

Jordan Spieth

T3

69

66

72

71

278/-2

160

$575,500.00

Matt Wallace

T3

69

67

70

72

278/-2

160

$575,500.00

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Renovated in 2002-03, Harding Park hosted the Presidents Cup in 2009.

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Charles Schwab Challenge Location Fort Worth, Texas Colonial Country Club

Kevin Na entered the final round with a two-stroke lead, but five players were tied for second and poised to challenge. Na took care of business with a closing 4-under 66, while only two of the chasing quintet broke par, as the 35-year-old claimed his third career PGA TOUR victory. Na’s lead was briefly cut to one stroke after he played the first hole, but a birdie at the second restored the margin to two and he stayed in front by at least that much the rest of the way. Birdies on Nos. 4 and 6 gave Na a cushion as he shot a 32 on the front nine. After a bogey on 10 the lead was two before birdies on 14 and 18 enabled him to win by four over Tony Finau, who finished with a 68.

Course Information 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 make it a great shotmaking test.

Yardage 7,209; par 70

2019 Champion Kevin Na, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets A daily grounds ticket, good for any one day, is $50, and a weekly badge is $125, available through charlesschwabchallenge.com. Kids 16 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Visit website for information on military tickets.

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“I knew this is one of the places I can definitely win, and I really look forward to coming here, having a chance. To be able to do it today, it’s a great feeling.” – Kevin Na

Tony Finau was runnerup on the strength of a first-round 64.

 Na shot a 62 in the second round, starting with an eagle on the par-5 first hole and adding six birdies.  Na ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (2.077 per round) and Greens in Regulation Percentage (77.78).  Na was second in Strokes Gained: Putting (1.758 per round).

C.T. Pan tied for third, shooting in the 60s each round.

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No. 18, Colonial Country Club.

‹‹ Field: approx. 120 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 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. The tournament also contributes to The First Tee of Fort Worth.

XX Kevin Na shot a 62 in the second round on the way to victory a year after shooting a firstround 62 and final-round 61 while finishing fourth. XX Na has five top-10s in 13 starts at the Charles Schwab Challenge and is the only player with three career rounds of 62 or better.

XX Na won by four strokes a year after Justin Rose won by three in 2018, marking the first time since 2002-3 the event has been won by more than one stroke in consecutive years. XX Ryan Palmer, who plays out of Colonial Country Club, finished T6 for his fifth top-15 finish in his last eight starts at the event.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Kevin Na

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62

69

66

267/-13

500.00

$1,314,000.00

70 64

68

71

68

271/-9

300.00

$788,400.00

68

67

68

69

272/-8

162.50

$423,400.00

Andrew Putnam

T3

69

70

67

66

272/-8

162.50

$423,400.00

Jonas Blixt

5

67

64

74

68

273/-7

110.00

$292,000.00

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Closing with a 66, Andrew Putnam finished T3.

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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 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 2019.

FAN EXPERIENCE

Jonas Blixt shot a 64 in the second round on his way to a fifth-place finish.

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Main Street is the center of the action, featuring interactive stations for golf swing analysis, a tournament pro shop featuring a variety of apparel and merchandise, and the Colonial Grille, where fans can relax with a full menu of food and beverage options. Check www.charlesschwabchallenge. com for details on the Youth Festival, held prior to Tournament Week.

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May 28-31, 2020

Rocket Mortgage Classic

Course Information Detroit Golf Club was founded in 1899, with its two current Donald Ross-designed courses opening in 1916. The tournament is held on the tree-lined fairways of the North Course, with one hole utilized from the South Course. The course was renovated in preparation for the first Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2019, with several new tees lengthening the layout to 7,340 yards.

Yardage 7,340; par 72

2019 Champion Nate Lashley, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Advance tickets are available for $15 allowing admission for both Monday (Memorial Day) and Tuesday. Wednesday’s Delta Dental Pro-Am tickets are $15, while grounds passes are $50 for Thursday, $55 for Friday, $60 for either weekend day, or $70 for a Good Any One Day pass. Kids 15-and-under and military are admitted free, while veterans receive a discount.

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“I was happy just to get in this week, and to end up winning is just a dream come true.” – Nate Lashley

The last player to get into the field, Nate Lashley shot 63s in the first and third rounds en route to a six-stroke win.

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HOW NATE LASHLEY WON

Location Detroit, Mich. Detroit Golf Club

Nate Lashley, the last alternate to get into the tournament, fired an opening 63 and went on to lead wire to wire and win by six strokes, capturing his first PGA TOUR victory at age 36. Lashley led by one after the first round and by one again after a secondround 67, then opened up a six-stroke margin with another 63 in the third round. Birdies on the first and third holes on Sunday were an early sign that he wasn’t going to let the tournament get away. Lashley made two bogeys on the front nine, but his lead never dropped to fewer than five strokes, and a 34 on the back nine gave him a 70 and a sixstroke win over Doc Redman.  Lashley was bogey-free in both of his 63s and had only three bogeys on the week, one in the second round and two in the fourth.  Lashley ranked second in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.332 per round and made 18 of 21 putts between five and ten feet.  Lashley ranked third in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green (2.005) and T4 in Greens in Regulation Percentage (81.94).

Runner-up Doc Redman earned Special Temporary Member status.

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quick Facts

No. 18, Detroit Golf Club.

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Field: 156 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 Rocket Mortgage Classic’s charitable efforts focus on Detroit-based non-profits that are engaged in work in three categories—military and veteran services, education initiatives for Detroit youth, and neighborhood enhancements.

The intersection of the 14th, 15th and 16th holes—the signature portion of the course called “AREA 313”—provides some of the best viewing opportunities and produces excitement with birdie opportunities. The 555-yard 14th is a risk-reward par 5 with a pond fronting the green, the 15th a 160-yard par 3 and the 16th a 446-yard par 4.

CHECK THIS OUT XX Nate Lashley became the first player to win on the PGA TOUR after getting in as an alternate since Vaughn Taylor at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. As third alternate, he was the last player to make the field, getting in on Wednesday. XX Lashley came up short in Monday qualifying, but ultimately made the tournament through

his status as 126-150 in the previous year. XX Lashley’s 63s in the first and third rounds were the low for the week, along with J.T. Poston’s 63 in the second round. XX Runner-up Doc Redman made the field through Monday qualifying and earned Special Temporary Member status on the PGA TOUR with his finish.

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Nate Lashley

1

67

63

70

263/-25

500

$1,314,000.00

63

2

68

67

67

67

269/-19

T3

67

68

67

68

270/-18

162

$423,400.00

Rory Sabbatini

T3

65

69

68

68

270/-18

162

$423,400.00

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Doc Redman Wes Roach

Wes Roach shot in the 60s each round and finished T3.

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Rory Sabbatini had a T3 finish highlighted by a first-round 65.

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Fans will enjoy a festive event that kicks off summer and celebrates the people, places and spirit of Detroit. An expansive fan zone will feature such activities as Shot For Heroes (where fans can hit a pitch shot with every shot resulting in a donation to charity and a chance to win prizes), interactive games, an area for kids to let loose and have a great time, plus much more. There are also many premium hospitality options available for an upgraded ticket with covered viewing decks and upgraded culinary and beverage experiences.

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October 5-11, 2020

SAS Championship Detroit Windsor

Toledo

Elyria

Fort Wayne

Wabash Kokomo

75

Marion

Lima

Indiana Muncie Ohio

Indianapolis Dayton Greensburg

70

76

Akron Pittsburgh 70

Columbus

Kettering

Greensburg 76 68

76

Wilmington

81

Baltimore

Frankfort Winchester

Patchogue

New York New Jersey Trenton Philadelphia Dover

78

Lansdale

95

95

Delaware

Washington D.C. Annapolis Maryland

Ohio

Huntington

65

Louisville

Harrisburg

Fairmont Morgantown Lancaster

Cincinnati

French Lick

Newark

Meadville Williamsport

Pennsylvania 80 81 Youngstown Allentown

Cleveland

R.

80 90

South Bend

77

79

Fredericksburg

Harrisonburg

Charleston

Charlottesville

Virginia Richmond West Virginia Williamsburg Lynchburg Petersburg Beckley 64

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Virginia Beach Salem Kentucky Lexington Berea Roanoke 85 Norfolk OwensboroCampbellsville Bluefield Elizabeth City Danville 95 Somerset 81 Martinsville

Madisonville

Eden

Glasgow Hopkinsville Middlesborough

Nashville

75

Tennessee Asheville Murfreesboro Maryville Gastonia

77

Atlanta

Leeds

Griffin

Hoover

Georgia

Opelika

Montgomery Selma

Alabama

85

Troy

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Dublin

Vidalia

Statesboro

16

Car North Carolina Havelock

40

Lumberton

Jacksonville

Wilmington

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Atlantic Ocean

Myrtle Beach

South Carolina North Charleston Charleston

Location

Savannah Country Club, Prestonwood Hinesville Eufaula Albany Douglas Ozark Cary, N.C. Moultrie Brunswick Columbus

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he 2020 PGA TOUR Champions schedule features two new tournaments and an event change in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. The first new event is the Morocco Champions in Marrakesh, Morocco (pictured above), at the end of January, the first PGA TOUR-sanctioned stroke play event on the continent of Africa. It’s the second tournament on the schedule, following the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii. One more change to the early part of the schedule is that the Boca Raton Championship is moving into the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs in November, when it will be the second of three playoff events. The other new tournament, the Ascension Charity Classic, will be held late in the regular season in St. Louis in October. After Morocco and the Boca Raton change, the rest of the PGA TOUR Champions schedule follows the same order of tournaments through May. The major championship season gets underway in May with the Regions Tradition, being held once again at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. After an off week comes a second major, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. It returns to the Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Mich.,which has been the site in even-numbered years since 2012. 

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Macon

75

Augusta

Greenville

Raleigh

Columbia

THE SEASON AHEAD Birmingham

Henderson

95

Kingsland

Yardage 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.

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Huntsville

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Cary

Monroe Spartanburg

Chattanooga

Lawrenceburg

Cary

Winston-Salem Knoxville High Point

Jerry Kelly birdied the last five holes of the front nine to go out in 6-under 29 on the way to a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory, the third win of the year for the 52-year-old. “When the guys are so close and it’s bunched up, it’s ‘make the next birdie,’” said Kelly, who didn’t realize how many consecutive birdies he had made. Kelly began the round one stroke behind coleaders Woody Austin and Doug Barron, but in the end it was David McKenzie who battled Kelly for the title. Kelly birdied Nos. 15 and 17 to take a two-stroke lead before a bogey on the final hole that still enabled him to beat McKenzie, who was in the clubhouse after a 63. Austin and Barron both shot 71 to tie for third with David Toms (66).

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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November 1-3, 2019

October 12-18, 2020

Invesco QQQ Championship

Dominion Energy Charity Classic

Yardage 7,025; par 72

Tournament Record 198, Miguel Ángel Jiménez (2019)

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Kevin Sutherland (2016), Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh (2017), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (2019)

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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. 234

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Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez tied the tournament record with a 63 as he came from three strokes behind to win. “I feel good the whole way on the golf course,” said Jiménez. “All day play for birdie on almost every hole.” The 55-year-old made nine birdies in a bogey-free round, as he took advantage of rain-softened greens (the final round was postponed from Sunday to Monday) to hit approaches close to the hole. Jiménez birdied Nos. 4, 6, 7 and 9 for a 32 on the front nine to pass 36hole co-leaders Tommy Tolles and Scott Parel, but still trailed Colin Montgomerie. Jiménez continued his surge on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 11, 12, 14, 15 and 18 for a 31. He finished two strokes ahead of Tolles, who eagled the 18th for a 68 to finish second, with Montgomerie another stroke behind.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Virginia Values Veterans, which creates employment opportunities for transitioning military service members, and the Raymond 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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Yardage 7,006; par 72

Tournament Record 202, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer (2019)

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Colin Montgomerie (2019)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.goinvescoqqq.com

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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Location Sherwood Country Club Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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

Colin Montgomerie made a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to cap a tournament-record round of 63, waited for the other leaders to finish, then defeated Bernhard Langer on the first hole of a playoff. Montgomerie began the day five strokes behind and quickly moved into the picture with birdies on four of the first five holes as he shot 32 on the front nine. He was even better on the back nine with a chipin birdie at 10, an eagle at 11 and birdies on 16 and 18 for a 31. “The one at the last was a massive bonus,” said the 56-year-old Montgomerie after his seventh PGA TOUR Champions win. Langer shot a 67 to tie for first at 14-under 202 in regulation, but lost the playoff when he took four shots to escape a very tough lie in a greenside bunker. Second-round leader Retief Goosen shot a 69 to tie for third at 203 with Tommy Tolles (66).

CHARITY BENEFIT

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November 2-8, 2020

January 13-18, 2020

Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Location

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-schwabcup-championship.html

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Course Information 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 three years. Tom Lehman and John Fought did a redesign in 2002 that focused on redoing the greens while also adding and deepening bunkers. W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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Jeff Maggert brought the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to a stunning conclusion by holing out a 123yard shot for an eagle on the third hole of a playoff to defeat Retief Goosen. The result gave Scott McCarron the Charles Schwab Cup based on the season-long points list; Goosen would have captured it if he had won the playoff. “I’ve seen it happen. I never, ever thought it would happen to me,” said Maggert of the hole-out that gave him his first victory since 2015. Maggert shot a 63 in the first round and led at the end of each round, but Goosen caught him with a 64 on Sunday that included birdies on the last two holes. Maggert had a 66, making an eightfoot birdie putt on 18 to force the playoff. Goosen missed a four-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole (No. 18), both birdied the 18th when it was played again in the playoff, and Maggert made his dramatic eagle when the contest moved to No. 17.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Charles Schwab Cup Championship has raised more than $5 million for charities since 1983.

Location

HOW TOM LEHMAN WON

Hualalai Golf Course Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii

Yardage 7,107; par 72

Tournament Record 191, Loren Roberts (2006)

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

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information

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Course Insight

Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Hualalai rests upon dramatic natural topography and winds through lava outcrops to provide a unique test even for 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.

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HOW JEFF MAGGERT WON

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Phoenix Country Club Phoenix, Ariz.

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai

Tom Lehman shot a second consecutive 65 to make up a four-stroke deficit in the final round and beat David Toms by one stroke. Lehman shot a four-under 32 on the front nine, but still found himself three strokes behind after Toms went out in 34 and birdied the 10th. Lehman birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 16 to tie for the lead and won in regulation when Toms three-putted for a bogey on the 18th, missing a sevenfooter on his second putt to leave him with a closing 70. Lehman finished at 17-under 199. “I like the fact that the wind was blowing,” said the 59-year-old after his 12th career PGA TOUR Champions victory. “I always feel like when the wind blows, my chances get better.” Defending champion Jerry Kelly and Bernhard Langer tied for second at 202, both finishing with 67s.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Since the inception of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in 1997, more than $1 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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February 10-16, 2020

January 27-February 1, 2020

Chubb Classic

Morocco Champions

Yardage 6,843; par 71

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

Location Samanah Golf Club, Marrakesh, Morocco

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

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The Morocco Champions will be the first PGA TOUR-sanctioned stroke-play event to be held on the continent of Africa. The tournament is a partnership between PGA TOUR Champions and the Association Trophee Hassan II (ATH). Chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, the ATH operates several international events, including the Hassan II Golf Trophy, which started in 1971 and has been an official European Tour event since 2010. Past winners include current PGA TOUR Champions members Vijay Singh (1991), Colin Montgomerie (1997), David Toms (1999) and Ernie Els (2008). “As we enter 2020, the globalization of golf is at an all-time high, and it’s important for us to look at opportunities to bring these legends of the game to fans around the world,” said PGA TOUR Champions president Miller Brady. “The Morocco Champions will allow us to do just that and we’re eager to build a tremendous debut tournament.” The tournament will have a Saturday finish, with a 66-player field competing for a $2 million purse.

COURSE INSIGHT Samanah Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 2009 south of Marrakesh with views of the nearby Atlas Mountains. The course is laid out on desert terrain with relatively wide fairways, but the 15th hole plays across a streambed (called an oued) and the 16th, 17th and 18th incorporate two lakes. 236

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Course Insight Lely Resort has 54 holes, with daily-fee courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Lee Trevino and the private The Classics course designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player. Opened in 1990, The Classics was inspired by Player’s admiration for great traditional courses around the world. In a natural setting featuring swaying palms and lush tropical vegetation, it is a strategic layout with gently undulating fairways and carefully placed bunkers and water hazards. The Classics hosted the Chubb Classic in 1996 before stepping in to host the event again last year.

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Location The Classics Country Club at Lely Resort, Naples, Fla.

Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez made a five-foot par putt on the first extra hole to win a playoff over Bernhard Langer and Olin Browne. Jiménez began the final round tied for 15th, three strokes off the lead in a crowded field. He made his move with a final-round 5-under 66 on the windiest day of the tournament after opening with 68-66. “I played solid all week, especially the last two days with no bogeys,” said the 55-year-old, whose only two bogeys came in the first round. Jiménez had four birdies on the back nine on Sunday, but needed help from Browne, who double bogeyed the last hole of regulation for a 66. Langer, bidding to win for a second straight week, had a 68, while the trio of 36-hole leaders, Stephen Ames, Glen Day and Ken Tanigawa, all shot in the 70s.

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. Over the history of the event, the tournament has raised more than $3.5 million for charity. W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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February 28-March 1, 2020

March 6-8, 2020

Cologuard Classic

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

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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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Mark O’Meara opened the tournament with an eightunder 28 on the front nine in the first round including eight straight birdies and went on to a four-stroke victory. O’Meara finished the first round with a seven-under 66 and had a 70 in the second round to lead by one stroke. He then torched the front nine again on Sunday, with a five-under 31 to open a fourstroke margin which he held the rest of the way, finishing with a 66. The 62-year-old won for the first time since 2010 when he scored his two other Champions victories. “It’s nice to finally come back out on top,” O’Meara said. “Starting the day having the lead, a lot of very good players right behind me, to shoot seven under with one bogey is a very special day for me.”

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Cologuard Classic aligns at the beginning of March with national Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the event furthers colon cancer awareness through various on-site activations. The Tucson Conquistadores is the charitable organization that hosts the tournament and donates net proceeds to youth athletic programs in southern Arizona.

Newport Beach Country Club Newport Beach, Calif.

Yardage

HOW KIRK TRIPLETT WON

6,584; par 71

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

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 19982000. 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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HOW MARK O’MEARA WON

Hoag Classic

Kirk Triplett holed a 12-foot eagle putt on the second extra hole, the par-5 18th, to defeat Woody Austin in a playoff after they tied at 10-under 203. Triplett birdied the 18th in regulation from 15 feet to shoot a 68 and earn a tie with Austin, who also had a 68 but parred 18 when he failed to get up and down from the fringe. Austin was set up for a nine-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole before Triplett ended it with his eagle. Scott McCarron and Jeff Maggert finished one stroke back, McCarron after three-putting for a par on 18 in the final round and Maggert hurt by a first-round 76 before going 6365. Second-round leader Fran Quinn finished two strokes back after a closing 74.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Tournament proceeds benefit institutes of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, including the Hoag Cancer Foundation, the Sue & Bill Gross Women’s Pavilion, Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute and Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center. In addition to Hoag, other local charities are beneficiaries, including a new initiative supporting local military families.

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2019/2020 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

March 27-29, 2020

Rapiscan Systems Classic

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

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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 of the par-4 18th hole. W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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Kevin Sutherland survived a final-round 75 and a missed two-foot putt on the second playoff hole that would have given him the victory that he would eventually earn on the seventh extra hole over Scott Parel. The playoff was suspended until the next morning after the fifth hole due to darkness, leaving Sutherland to ponder the short miss on the second extra hole. “It’s all good now,” Sutherland said after the victory. “Last night I didn’t sleep well. I was constantly thinking about the putt I missed. But I got a second chance.” Sutherland didn’t make a birdie in the final round, nor on the first six playoff holes. He led Marco Dawson by three strokes through 36 holes after opening 65-69. Dawson closed with a 74, while Scott Parel came from six shots back with a 69 to forge the tie.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Rapiscan Systems Classic contributes to charities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast through its Birdies for Charity program, and also has six charity partners for 2020— Bethel Free Health Clinic, Fatherless & Widows, Humane Society of South Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Back Bay Mission and Fly Right Ministry.

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Mitsubishi Electric Classic

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April 13-19, 2020

Location TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

Yardage 6,987; par 72

Tournament Record 201, Stephen Ames (2017)

Tournament 18-hole Record 64, Olin Browne, Bernhard Langer (2015), Woody Austin (2016), Kenny Perry (2017), Scott Parel (2018)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.mitsubishielectricclassic. com

Course Insight Opening in 1997, TPC Sugarloaf hosted a PGA TOUR event each year through 2008 and PGA TOUR Champions since 2013. It was designed by Greg Norman, who guided the layout through stands of trees and used streams, lakes, large bunkers and the natural terrain to create a challenging test.

Scott McCarron took the lead with a 68 in difficult conditions in a first round when only three players broke par and went on to claim the trophy at TPC Sugarloaf—the course where he captured two of his three PGA TOUR titles. “This place is just very special to me,” said McCarron. “The golf course is just fantastic, so I love coming here.” The opening round was delayed by rain and then buffeted by wind before extending into Friday. McCarron followed with a 70 to take a three-stroke lead. He double bogeyed the third hole in the final round and fell a stroke behind Joe Durant for much of the front nine. But Durant bogeyed the ninth hole and shot an even-par 36 on the back nine while McCarron birdied Nos. 13 and 15 for a 34 and a closing 71 for a two-stroke victory over Durant, Kent Jones, Jerry Kelly and Kirk Triplett.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Mitsubishi Electric Classic benefits local charities through the Gwinnett Championship Foundation Inc. Benefiting charities in 2019 were Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett.

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2019 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

April 27-May 3, 2020

May 7-10, 2020

Regions Tradition

Insperity Invitational

The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas

7,002; par 72

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 or 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. W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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Scott McCarron played 34½ holes on Saturday after rain washed out most of play Friday, shooting 67-65 to take a three-shot lead through two rounds and held on to win by two strokes on Sunday. “I guess I’m kind of a mudder,” said the 53-year-old after his 10th PGA TOUR Champions victory and second in three weeks. “It seems a lot of my wins are when the weather’s really bad.” McCarron was pressed hard by Scott Parel in the final round, with the pair trading birdies on the back nine. Parel pulled into a tie for the lead with birdies on 11 and 12, McCarron countered with birdies on 13 and 14, Parel moved within one with a birdie on 15, and McCarron pushed the margin back to two with a birdie on 16. It appeared that Parel would get back within one on 17, but he missed a birdie putt from three feet. Both parred 18, Parel finishing with a 66 to claim second place and McCarron a 67.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Proceeds from the Insperity Invitational benefit several local Houston charities.

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 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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Steve Stricker claimed his first senior major title with a final-round 68 that gave him a six-stroke victory. “My goal was not to make a mistake today, not to make a bogey, and I did that,” said the Wisconsin native. Stricker made only one bogey all week, on the fourth hole of the third round. He started with rounds of 68-64-70 to lead by two strokes over two-time Regions Tradition champion Bernhard Langer, Billy Andrade and David Toms. Langer shot a closing 75 and finished T6 while Andrade and Toms could only match par 72 and tied for second with Paul Goydos (70). Stricker had birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 9 and 13 to pull away from the field. It was the fourth win in 18 PGA TOUR Champions starts for the 52-year-old, who has stayed competitive on the PGA TOUR.

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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2019/2020 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

May 21-24, 2020

May 29-31, 2020

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Principal Charity Classic

Location

Tournament Record 265, Rocco Mediate (2016)

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

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

More Information www.pga.com/seniorpga

Course Insight Jack Nicklaus designed The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, which opened in 2010 on a site where an abandoned factory had been. Home to the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, the course offers a diverse setting and a variety of holes. Three holes play through dunes with a Scottish feel and feature dramatic views of Lake Michigan; four holes wind through rolling hills, ravines and a hardwood forest; while 11 holes border the Paw Paw River, Ox Creek and associated wetlands.

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Ken Tanigawa didn’t play on the PGA TOUR, but in his second year on PGA TOUR Champions he captured a senior major at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. “To say it’s a dream come true might be an understatement,” said Tanigawa, who was born in Japan, grew up in Southern California, and played on the golf team at UCLA with Scott McCarron—who finished runner-up to him at the Senior PGA. Both shot final-round 70s at Oak Hill Country Club, with Tanigawa sinking a 10foot par putt on the 18th to give him a one-stroke margin. Defending champion Paul Broadhurst led going into the back nine on Sunday, but made a double bogey on the 16th and bogey on the 18th to shoot a 75 and finish third, two strokes behind.

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 PGA WORKS for inclusion.

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Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

Yardage 6,831; par 72

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

Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Kevin Sutherland (2019)

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 prestigious amateur events, including the 1963 U.S. Amateur, won by Deane Beman, who later was longtime commissioner 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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Kevin Sutherland charged from eight strokes back with a course-record 62 and defeated Scott Parel in a playoff, marking the third largest finalround comeback in PGA TOUR Champions history. “Usually, when you win a tournament, you feel like you had a chance to win,” said Sutherland. “But I kind of came out of nowhere.” Sutherland fired a 28 on the back nine with eight birdies—and missed a five-foot birdie putt on the one hole he parred, the 16th. Parel led by five strokes with opening rounds of 63-66 (Sutherland was T9 after 72-65) and closed with a 70. Sutherland made a 10-foot putt on the 18th hole in regulation. They returned to the 18th for both holes of a sudden-death playoff, Sutherland making another 10-footer for the win while Parel missed from the same range.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Tournament funds benefit organizations that provide a broad level of support to Iowa kids in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. The Principal Charity Classic raised a record $5.9 million for charity in 2019, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $23 million since 2007.

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the last word

A CHAMP’S MOTIVATION Knowing his grandfather didn’t have long to live, Cameron Champ provided a special gift for the man who introduced him to golf By Bill Fields

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egardless of how Cameron Champ’s career unfurls—given his talent, it might be long and full of accomplishments—his second PGA TOUR victory will always stand out. Champ’s triumph at the 2019 Safeway Open should get an asterisk—not because of a playoff, course record or amazing stat. * Real. While Cameron went about his work at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., his paternal grandfather, Mack Champ, 78, was about 60 miles away in hospice care at home in Sacramento with stage 4 stomach cancer. Mack, “Pops” to Cameron, wasn’t just a loving figure in his grandson’s life but the person who introduced him to golf. “From the age of 2, I spent more time at Grandpa’s and Grandma’s house than I did at my house it felt like,” Champ said. “My parents worked and Grandpa and Grandma would pick me up. I’d go hang out there all day, just jack it around the backyard. We could hit it over the house and it would fall directly into the backyard. We just hit them back and forth, wiffle balls, to each other.” The fun and games were a world away from what Mack experienced as an African American growing up in Texas, where there were restaurants that wouldn’t serve him and golf courses he couldn’t play because of the color of his skin. Mack, who wasn’t able to more fully enjoy the sport until he was stationed overseas in the U.S. Air Force, told Cameron about those discriminatory days not to educate him about dead ends but to remind him about open doors. “It’s not where you come from,” Mack often said. “It’s where you’re going.” Cameron wasn’t sure he was going to make the short trip from Sacramento to Napa, so concerned was he about his grandfather’s fading health. He teed off without a practice round, without worrying about the expectations that had felt like a heavy yoke since his first TOUR win at

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the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship. “I think the whole week, there was nothing else on my mind,” Champ said. “With everything going on, it just kind of blurred everything else. Obviously, golf is my career. I love doing it, but obviously it made me realize it’s not the most important thing.” Down the stretch on Sunday at Silverado, Champ saw his comfortable lead vanish. He needed a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to beat Adam Hadwin. Champ smashed a 369-yard drive then missed the green with an 8-iron. But he got up and down for a winning birdie and immediately was handed a phone from his father, Jeff, so he could share the moment with Pops. “For me to win and for him to be able to watch it on TV—I know he was probably amped up the whole time watching it,” Champ said later. “For him to see me make that putt on the 72nd hole to win, that will go down as the greatest moment in my golfing career.” Mack Champ passed away less than a month later. “A role model, mentor, and the greatest grandfather I could have ever asked for,” Cameron said in a tribute posted on Instagram. “You taught me life lessons I couldn’t have learned from anyone else …” 

Cameron Champ hugs caddie Kurt Kowaluk after winning the Safeway Open, where his thoughts were on his grandfather, Mack (inset).

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