TIGER WOODS One step at a time DEFINING MOMENTS • BEST GOLF & TRAVEL CHOICES • FIRST-TIME WINNERS THE PLAYERS Inside the thrilling 2022 Championship at TPC Sawgrass PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS David Duval, Brian Gay, Rob Labritz SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER Another Green Jacket for Texas PRESIDENTS CUP A look ahead to Quail Hollow Q&A Exclusive: Trevor Immelman
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’m excited that this issue of the Essential Guide to Golf is featuring the PGA TOUR’s flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship, and our 2022 champion, Cameron Smith.
Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at THE PLAYERS in March 2023! Enjoy this issue of the Essential Guide to Golf
As THE PLAYERS continually seeks to elevate all facets of this championship, one area we care deeply about is enhancing the fan experience, especially through increased television coverage and streaming access for fans across the globe. THE PLAYERS 2022 offered expanded coverage across all platforms, highlighted by 200
Cameron Smith, 2022 winner of THE PLAYERS Championship, with the Executivetournament’sDirector,Jared Rice.
THE PLAYERS has seen tremendous growth over the last four decades, not just inside the ropes, but also in every facet of this event—from technological enhancements to new partnerships that are shaping the future of the golf industry. But what hasn’t changed throughout this evolution is the dedication of those who make THE PLAYERS possible, and the continued charitable and economic impacts that are a result of these collective efforts. Thanks to the efforts and commitment from our 2,000 volunteers, Proud Partners (Morgan Stanley, Grant Thornton and Optum), sponsors, local partners and supporters and you—our fans—THE PLAYERS is able to positively impact hundreds of local nonprofits in our Northeast Florida community through year-round charitable engagement efforts and involvement in our community. This is what drives us.
Sincerely, Jared Rice Executive Director THE PLAYERS Championship
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hours of live coverage PGA TOUR LIVE on ESPN+, a new platform in 2022. Outside of the U.S., THE PLAYERS 2022 coverage was available in more than 213 countries and territories via linear and digital platforms and was the most-watched event of all-time on our international streaming service with Warner Bros. Discovery.
The 2022 edition of THE PLAYERS was record-setting and memorable in more ways than one. Cameron Smith battled the strongest field in golf and some of the most challenging weather conditions in PLAYERS history with an incredible mix of calmness, determination and perspective. His victory marked the third straight year that a top 10 player in the Official World Golf Ranking proved victorious at THE PLAYERS. It also came on the 40th anniversary of when THE PLAYERS was first hosted on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.WhileSmith didn’t leap into the pond off the 18th hole like THE PLAYERS 1982 champion, Jerry Pate, he certainly encountered his fair share of wet conditions. Inclement weather—including nearly five inches of rain—led to THE PLAYERS’ first Monday finish since 2005. Despite these challenges, our staff, volunteers, partners, sponsors, vendors and fans rallied and persevered to safely and successfully complete the 2022 championship and enable Smith to hoist the goldman PLAYERS trophy.
Cameron Smith lets a tee shot rip at the 18th hole. Kevin Kisner playing his shot on the 17th hole. Harold Varner III prepares to chip at the fourth hole. For a full report, see pp.34-37 acknowledgesCasey fans on the 18th hole. Kisner soaks in his T4 at The Stadium Course.
Cameron congratulatedSmithby his family and caddie, Sam Pinfold.
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Torrential rain plagued this year’s Championship. Anirban Lahiri looks to the sky after he ﬁnishes one shot behind Cameron Smith in the ﬁnal round. Strong support for Doc Redman during the ﬁnal round.
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■ Concentrate on isolating the movement of the hips and upper trunk from the neck and lower back regions.
■ Maintain postural awareness, proper muscle activation patterns throughout the trunk, hips and shoulders lead to optimal trunk stability and core activation.
Jamie Osmak, CSCS, FRCms, TPI, USGTF, is an exercise physiologist in Sports Rehabilitation and Performance at HSS West Side in New York City. Jamie works with athletes of all types, from youth to professional level, recovering from a wide range of injuries. He has a special interest in the rotational athlete.
■ Climbing in and out of a sand trap.
■ Make a gradual progression in practice time, number of swings made, and number of holes played.
■ Warm up your muscles before starting your golf game.
By Jamie Osmak, CSCS, FRCms, TPI, USGTF
■ Consider reducing the swing length for golfers just returning to the game after a neck injury or surgery.
■ Do some practice swings before getting into the game.
■ Standing and swinging on an uneven surface, which can affect the motion and stability of the spine.
■ Maintain stable balance. Golfers should be able to get into a desirable finish position and hold steady.
■ Focus on staying loose and relax. Added tension in the hands and body can lead to unwanted tension in the neck and spine.
Good practices that promote spinal health and prevent injury:
Things to be cautious of:
■ Perform gentle exercises focusing on the upper back and hip rotation, as well as gentle stretches for the neck and arms.
The neck is more mobile than the middle and lower spine, with large ranges of mobility for flexion (forward bending), extension (backward bending), side bending and rotation. This allows us to move our head in many directions and receive visual input from our surroundings and for balance. The neck’s normal range of motion will vary. However, motion should feel free and there should be no pain or stiffness at the end range. Golfers should be able to move through their swing with enough motion in their neck to keep their eyes fixed on the ball without moving, as their middle back rotates below the neck and the head.
TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR NECK ON THE GREEN ADVERTORIAL
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If you love the PGA TOUR, it all makes for great reading on rainy days. Those summer days when the sun hangs high? Those are best used to get out and play some golf.
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DEFINING MOMENTS • BEST GOLF & TRAVEL CHOICES • FIRST-TIME WINNERS CAMERON SMITH Inside his thrilling TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS David Duval, Brian Gay, Rob Labritz SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER Another Green Jacket for Texas PRESIDENTS CUP A look ahead to Quail Hollow Q&A Exclusive: Trevor Immelman PLAYERS triumph Cam at home, grillin’ and chillin’ S pring has transitioned to summer, and finally we have long days filled with extra daylight to keep chasing that little white ball for an extra nine in the fading twilight. When you reside in a place where snow can overstay its welcome, surely there is no season as anticipated, and as fleeting, as summer. Savor each Summertimeday. also delivers the ring of golf’s triangle chime on the front porch that big things lie ahead. In July, the PGA TOUR wraps up its 2022 major championship season at the venerable Home of Golf, St. Andrews Old Course, with the 150th Open Championship. Not long afterward, after a few pivotal lateseason stops, we will be onto the exciting FedExCup Playoffs. In August, we will lead into the Playoffs’ grand finale at East Lake Golf Club with two new Playoffs venues. One golfers and viewers will know quite well: TPC Southwind in Memphis, where the post-season begins to simmer starting August 11-14. Then the TOUR is off to Wilmington Country Club in Delaware to pare from 70 players to the deserving 30 that will advance to East Lake, a venue where every player longs to finish his season. This year’s FedExCup champion will take home $18 million. Veteran writer Dave Shedloski sets the stage in the pages ahead.
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COVER: CAMERON SMITH THE PLAYERS Championship winner, 2022
Guest columnist Bob Harig, who recently released a new book (Tiger and Phil) about the quarter-century rivalry between two golf megastars, provides insight into Woods’ return to competition, and what Woods faces going forward. And we deliver six more of golf’s Defining Moments that highlight significant victories that often can energize careers.
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What’s for dessert, you ask? Well, September 20-25, we have a Presidents Cup on tap at the majestic Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. The International team battled bravely at Royal Melbourne in 2019, coming up just shy of victory under Captain Ernie Els.
fortunes falls on one of Els’ proteges, fellow South African Trevor Immelman. We preview the Presidents Cup and its special 2022 setting (Ron Green Jr.) and bring you a Q&A from long-time PGA TOUR writer Helen Ross with Immelman, who is eager to take on the tall Wechallenge.address a new fitness trend (PGA TOUR Active) that allows fans to mirror the workout habits of the professionals they watch week to week (Michael Loré); and we shine a spotlight on some great rising players, from college on up. We bring you expanded access to THE PLAYERS (our cover story, by Garry Smits), and Aussie Cameron Smith, your PLAYERS champion, and Smith’s on-the-go lifestyle when he isn’t competing (Adam Schupak story). We look at sizzling-hot Scottie Scheffler, the 2022 Masters champion and runaway FedExCup points leader, and wonder which 20-something will be next to step up: Cameron Young? Will Zalatoris?
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The tournament’s return, undaunted by adverse weather, was lit up by dynamic player performances and outstanding fan support 40 Eye on the Prize by DAVE SHEDLOSKI In the race to gain points and pick up ground, PGA TOUR players focus on quality late-season ﬁnishes, with sights set on a champion’s $18 million bounty 48 Guest Commentary by BOB HARIG A quarter century after his ﬁrst Masters victory, Tiger Woods returns to Augusta National, turning heads, exciting the masses, and prompting plaudits from his fellow competitors
Getaway Days by ADAM SCHUPAK
COVER STORY: THE PLAYERS Championship by GARRY SMITS
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Super high pressure for players on the TOUR means that days chilling should be mandatory. Cameron Smith knows how it’s done 58 The Presidents Cup by RON GREEN JR. The autumn classic pitting Team U.S.A. against the International Team heads to brawny Quail Hollow Club, setting the stage for some high drama 64 On the Move by MICHAEL LORÉ TOUR players train hard to reach the peak of ﬁtness. PGA TOUR ACTIVE shows how it’s done and invites fans to join the golf pro’s ﬁtness lifestyle 72 Great Golf Adventures Rough terrain, pristine greens, magniﬁcent landscapes and seascapes, all combine to make the most desirable golf resort choices for our summer vacations 92 Back to the Fray! by JEFF BABINEAU PGA TOUR Champions welcomes the transition of PGA TOUR players to the 50+ circuit. Some are returning to competition following a lengthy break, and all are relishing the challenge 58 Trevor Immelman, on a mission to guide the International Team to victory in this Presidentsautumn’sCup.
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The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland 7 – 10 Championship Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Ky.
July 7 - 10 Open Championship St. Andrews Links (Old Course), St. Andrews, Scotland July 14 - 17 Barracuda Championship Tahoe Mt. Club (Old Greenwood), Truckee, Calif. July 14 - 17 Open TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn. July 21 - 24 Rocket Mortgage Classic Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Miss. July 28 - 31 Wyndham Championship Sedgeﬁeld Country Club, Greensboro, N.C. August 4 - 7 FedEx St. Jude Championship TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn. August 11 - 14 BMW Championship Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington, Del. August 18 - 21 180 TOUR Championship East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga. August 25 - 28
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Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio July 7 - 10
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, Calif. September 23 - 25 188
U.S. Senior Open Championship Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pa. June 23 - 26
Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla.
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Darren Clarke, 2021 InternationalSanfordchampion. Bernhard Langer, 2021 ClassicEnergyDominionCharityChampion.
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The Ally Challenge
The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex The Kings Course at Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland July 21 - 24
DICK’S Sporting Goods Open En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, N.Y. August 19 - 21
Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis, Mo September 9 - 11 187 Sanford International Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, S.D. September 16 - 18 188
October 7 - 9 190 SAS Championship Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C. October 14 - 16 190 Dominion Energy Charity Classic
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October 21 - 23 192 TimberTech Championship
November 4 - 6 192 Charles Schwab Cup Championship Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Ariz. November 10 - 13 194
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When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is common to feel “stuck in the rough”, worse than in any golf game. For Jason and Dening, getting out of that rough started with understanding that a well-thought-out treatment plan includes comprehensive biomarker testing. Biomarker testing can help reveal information about a patient’s type of lung cancer and help lung cancer patients work with their healthcare team to determine an optimal treatment plan.
Dening passed away in March of 2022. Jason’s wife, Ellie, who also served as a caregiver to Dening refers to the time they were able to spend together throughout her treatment journey as the “silver lining” of it all.
“Ge ing out of the rough” took on a whole new meaning for professional golf champion Jason Day when his mother, Dening, was diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). roughout her lung cancer journey, Jason stood beside his mom and served as her primary caregiver and advocate.
For Dening, biomarker testing allowed her to work with her healthcare team to obtain a complete diagnosis and explore treatment options for her speciﬁc type of lung cancer. Jason stood beside his mom and served as her primary caregiver and advocate throughout her lung cancer journey.
Not All Lung Cancers Are The Same
Comprehensive biomarker testing may help identify speciﬁc genetic “drivers” (called biomarkers) that can cause cancer to grow and spread. Comprehensive biomarker testing can be done through a liquid biopsy (blood) test or through testing the lung cancer tissue by removing it during surgery. Working with her doctor, Dening and her family were able to identify an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation –a speciﬁc biomarker that was driving her cancer to grow and spread. With this new information, Dening and her healthcare team obtained a complete diagnosis and were able to determine an appropriate treatment plan for her speciﬁc type of lung cancer.
“But you don’t know what you don’t know. So as a caregiver, as a family member, when you’re sitting there, if you don’t know what to ask, you don’t know what to ask. So, just say that word ‘biomarker, biomarker, biomarker’ so people go, ‘oh yeah, is that a word I should know about?’”
“Biomarker testing—that’s something that we should all be conscious of. I was speaking with a doctor, and they were talking about interrogating the genes and learning what’s going on within your body, so they can tell what these cancerous cells are, what they mean and how they’re going to a ect you. So that’s something that I learned that I feel is important for all of us to be made aware of. And to go to a doctor, to go to an oncologist, have conversations.”
Julie Bowen Award-winning actor and caregiver to her mother when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. “My mom was diagnosed in 2004. I don’t think biomarker testing was one of our options. I don’t remember that ever being brought up. It gave you guys another option, because it was more personalized. ”
Bellamy Young Actor, daughter, and caregiver a er learning of her father’s lung cancer diagnosis. “Help your loved one talk to their healthcare provider about biomarker testing, about treatment options. It matters that you’re in the room. It matters that you’re there to help them have the hard conversations. And just making sure that they never feel alone.” personally have
In this new video series, “Getting Out of the Rough,” Jason connects with friends from the worlds of medicine and entertainment to hear about the challenges and tips for learning to adapt to life after you or someone you love has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Join Jason as he talks to Julie Bowen, Anthony Anderson, Bellamy Young, Shawn Achor, Dr. Mark A. Socinski and Jason’s wife, Ellie Day, about the importance of mental wellness, teamwork, caregiving and laughter –and how comprehensive biomarker testing can help you and your doctor explore your treatment options and complete your diagnosis. Learn more at
Anthony Anderson Award-winning actor, comedian, gameshow host, and support for his family a er his father’s lung cancer diagnosis.
“I’m a ﬁrm believer that keeping a positive attitude will get you through anything in life. I personally believe that some of the best medicine that we can have is positive attitude and laughter.”
Watch all the full episodes with Jason and his friends at Diagnosisstories.com.
Shawn Achor Author, Speaker, Caregiver.
Ellie Day Jason’s wife, advocate, and family caregiver.
“What we look for in the midst of
“All those things lead to greater levels of happiness that allow us to shift those ﬁnite resources in our brains away from the parts we can’t control… to the parts that actually remind us why we’re trying so hard to get through this period of our lives. It’s that meaning that allows us to want to move forward.”
“Ask all the questions. There is so much fear in the unknown.”
theforweofchallengingtheseperiodstimeishowcanscantheworldthemeaninginit,thingsthatweare grateful for in that present moment, or the meaningful relationships we have within our lives.”
“We have a growing list of, not only biomarkers, but a growing list of approved therapies as well. This is not a situation where one size ﬁts all. You have to personalize the treatment as much as you can, and we do that through biomarker testing.”
“It’s been full of a lot of sweet, sweet memories that we’ve made with her.”
“I tell my patients it’s like the light switch of your cancer—turn the cancer on, it’s growing. Fortunately, these so-called light switches or targets can be targeted with targeted therapies.”
“Over the years, you learn more. You learn what questions to ask. It’s a natural part of the process, just becoming better at looking out for somebody and advocating for them.”
Get Even More “Out of the Rough” View the entire video series to learn more about challenges and tips for getting out of the rough and learning to adapt after you or someone you love has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
“They are called biomarkers. It is an alteration in the tumor. We have to interrogate the DNA to ﬁnd out if there are alterations.”
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GC, Endicott, N.Y. AUG 26 – 28 The Ally Challenge Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Mich. SEP 9 – 11 Ascension Charity Classic Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis, Mo. SEP 16 – 18 Sanford International Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, S.D. SEP 23 – 25 PURE Insurance Championship Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, Calif. OCT 7 – 9 Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla. OCT 14 – 16 SAS Championship Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C. OCT 21 – 23 Dominion Energy Charity Classic The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, Va. NOV 4 – 6 TimberTech Championship The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla. NOV 10 – 13 Charles Schwab Cup Championship Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Ariz. 2022 PGA TOUR Champions® The PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf, part 2, covers the second half of the season 2022 Korn Ferry Tour The PGA TOUR Essential Guide to Golf, part 2, covers the second half of the season 2022SCHEDULES WWW.PGATOUR.COM30 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE JUNE DECEMBER 2022
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` Cameron Smith holed 10 birdies in a closing 6-under-par 66 to secure the biggest win of his career. Smith became the fifth Australian to triumph at THE PLAYERS Championship.
THE PLAYERS Championship was back to normal in 2022. That is, if you consider four weather and darkness suspensions, needing 54 hours to finish the first round and 80 to finish the second round and make the cut (under adverse conditions that included temperature extremes of 50 degrees), and the first Monday finish in 17 years “normal.” But remember the legendary line from Apollo 13 flight director Gene Kranz when others were lamenting that the mission would be considered a failure: “I think this will be our finest hour,” he said.
WORTHY WINNER When Cameron Smith channeled fellow Australian Adam Scott’s 2004 PLAYERS victory by surviving a water ball at No. 18 of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course to beat Lahiri by one shot, he was a worthy winner under extraordinary circumstances.
It was never a dull moment for Smith in the final round. He birdied his first four holes and five of his first six, then bogeyed the final three holes of the front nine. He turned, then nearly holed his approach at No. 10 to start another string of four consecutive birdies.Smith lost control of his driver but held it together with a series of nervy par putts. He then made a bold and brassy shot into the Island Green at No. 17 to set up a 4-foot birdie putt for a threeshotSmithlead. says No. 18 at the Stadium Course doesn’t fit his eye, and he lost his tee shot right and had to punch out. Smith’s second shot skidded across the fairway and into the water— just after Lahiri birdied No. 17 to cut his lead to twoSmithshots.dropped, and about the same time the video boards behind the 18th green carrying Golf Channel’s broadcast showed replays of Scott 18 years earlier, hitting his second shot into the water, dropping, then making a bogey putt to win by one shot.
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The tournament’s return, undaunted by adverse weather, was lit up by dynamic player performances and outstanding fan support
He tied the tournament record with 10 birdies in the final round, closed with a 66 and finished at 13-under-par 275 for his fifth PGA TOUR title, a $3.6 million first-place check from a record purse of $20 million, 600 FedEx Cup points and a fiveyear exemption on the PGA TOUR. And when asked how he would celebrate he said, “Sleep … I feel like I haven’t slept for five or six days.”Everyone associated with the tournament knew the feeling.
HOW SMITH DID IT
By Garry Smits
The third PLAYERS Championship since the return to a March date—and the first to operate without COVID-19 restrictions in three years—was, by almost any measure, the finest hour for the tournament staff, the TPC Sawgrass agronomy crew, more than 2,000 volunteers and the field of 144 of the best pro golfers in the world. But it also was a success for the fans, who turned out despite dire weather forecasts in the first two rounds, then in cold and windy conditions the next two days, and finally, for an electrifying Monday finish in which 22 players were within four shots of 54-hole leader Anirban Lahiri when the fourth round began.
A TENACIOUS RESPONSE
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Smith made it a bit easier, wedging to within 3 feet and making the bogey putt to maintain a one-shot lead. Despite pounding a solid drive, Lahiri came up just short on his approach. When his chip failed to fall, Smith was the fifth PLAYERS champion from Australia, and the first to finish on a Monday.
conducted with only about 25 percent of normal capacity, volunteer chairman Matt Welch said 2022 was a case of “pent-up desire” to get outside, watch golf and see friends. There were early clues: hotel capacity reached 85 percent in the Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra beaches area, nearly 60 percent of the ticket sales came from outside the Jacksonville area, and parking passes sold out for Friday and Saturday, historically the two busiest days at THE PLAYERS, the week before.
With the 2020 tournament canceled after one round (when news that the COVID-19 pandemic was about to spread), and the 2021 tournament
Behind the scenes were Welch’s volunteer corps, many of whom have worked at THE PLAYERS since it was played at the Sawgrass Country Club in theOne1970s.indication about the ownership volunteers exhibit at THE PLAYERS: Welch estimated he would need about 600 volunteers for the Monday finish; more than 800 said they’d show up, after already giving up a week’s vacation or a week out of their retired lives. Not to be outdone were the 90 paid members of the TPC Sawgrass agronomy staff, under director Jeff Plotts, buttressed by 90 volunteers, most of whom arrived at 4 a.m. and didn’t leave until after dark to get the golf course ready b Runner-up Anirban Lahiri congratulates Cameron Smith following the final round after Smith tied the tournament record with 10 birdies.
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OUTSTANDING FAN SUPPORT Unlike Justin Thomas’ victory the year before, under restrictions on the number of fans on the course, thousands saw Smith’s swashbuckling stroll to THE PLAYERS title. And given everything thrown at the event beyond its control—nearly 5 inches of rain, four storm systems that ended the final practice round a day early, interrupted play on Thursday and Friday and a delayed start to Saturday’s proceedings—the fans still flocked to the tournament when the gates were open. They braved getting soaked, chilled, and buffeted about by wind but enjoyed the competition and the surrounding social activities. Saturday’s completion of the first round and start of the second round began at noon. Fans jammed the roads leading to the TPC Sawgrass, poured through the gates and packed the amphitheater setting around the 16th and 17th“Ourholes.fans showed incredible patience with the delays and when they could get out here, they were incredible,” said PLAYERS Executive Director Jared“There’sRice. an energy out here that we haven’t felt in a long time,” said PLAYERS fan Jerry Goertz of Ponte Vedra Beach, who came to the tournament with his four sons and his father-inlaw, John Thomas. “We were all super-excited to see these guys play and enjoy walking around this golfThecourse.”fanswere rewarded for their loyalty and patience. The TOUR allowed anyone with a digital ticket for Thursday through Sunday free admission and parking on Monday. And with Smith holding off a host of contenders, Dustin Johnson tying the course record of 63, Viktor Hovland making the second hole-in-one of the tournament (he aced No. 8), Russell Henley becoming the first player in tournament history to make an albatross (at No. 11) and an eagle (at No. 2) in the same round, fans got a rousing show.
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Some may not be ready to call it a major championship. But the ones who step inside the ropes and hit the shots at THE PLAYERS and golf’s four majors have their own ideas.
The way the week started and ended, and the way the volunteers, TPC Sawgrass and PGA TOUR staff rose to the occasion in the middle, was just another indication of where THE PLAYERS stands among the best golf tournaments in the world.
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“Just call us the unsung heroes,” he said. “If we’re not noticed, we’re doing a good job.” Tour player Chesson Hadley had some advice for the agronomy staffs at golf’s other governing bodies.
A SPECIAL WEEK
“All tours should consult with the PGA TOUR on how to set up golf courses,” he said. “They do an absolutely amazing job.”
“Everything,” said 2019 champion Rory McIlroy when asked what went into making THE PLAYERS the TOUR’s version of a major. “You’ve got 24/7 coverage of it. I think the changes to the golf course, the aesthetics of it … the agronomy, just the whole feel of the place. I mean, you drive in here and you have that big grand clubhouse, it feels special. It feels like a special event. It feels like a specialCollinweek.”Morikawa said one clue could be seen at the start of tournament week when 111 of the 144 players in the field registered and began practicing on Monday.
“We had all four seasons thrown at us in one week,” Plotts said. When told that his staff and the volunteers were being referred to as the tournament “MVPs,” he shrugged.
“Guys are showing up a lot more on a Monday, guys are showing up a lot earlier on a Tuesday,” he said. “There’s a lot more people out here because they’re putting in that extra little prep because they view this tournament … as the players’ tournament—and it’s for us, it’s for the PGA TOUR players.”
Xander Schauffele said he sees the status of THE PLAYERS on the rise.
“A lot of people want to win this tournament, not just because there is a $20 million purse, but just because it’s considered our fifth major, and majors are sacred to us,” he said. “Every year we come here the stands seem to be bigger, everything seems to be bigger. Overall, you make big tournaments by just making everything more magnitude and more important. This is a very important week for us.”
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Patrick Cantlay captured the 2021 FedExCup trophy after his one-stroke victory at the TOUR Championship, the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs, at East Lake Golf Club.
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By Dave Shedloski
In the FedExCup race to gain points and pick up ground, PGA TOUR players focus on quality finishes, with sights set on the champion’s $18 million bounty
JOCKEYING FOR POSITION Summer has arrived, and that means that the chase for the FedExCup officially is heating up. Well, sort of. At this moment in time, there are 10 weeks remaining starting with the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, and jockeying for position is crucial—albeit with a caveat. The jockeying is for something short of the top spot heading into the three-event Playoffs. That’s because Texan Scottie Scheffler, with four wins, including the Masters, has gone all Secretariat on his peers (see pp.128-132). Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, owns a lead of 1,041 points over second-place Sam Burns, who defeated Scheffler at the Charles Schwab Challenge for his third victory of the season. According to Tom Alter at the PGA TOUR, that is the largest lead at this juncture of the season since 2009 when the current points structure was established. Oh, and it’s a record by quite a lot.
EYE ON THE PRIZE
The second-biggest lead since 2009 belongs to Jordan Spieth in 2015, who had Jimmy Walker by 624 points. Tiger Woods comes in third on this list, having led Matt Kuchar by 423 points in 2013, the last season that began and ended in the same calendar year. Interestingly, last year only 43 points separated Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas heading into the Memorial. Patrick Cantlay won the Memorial Tournament in a playoff over Collin Morikawa, a victory that helped springboard him to the FedExCup title and a $15 million payday from the $60 million purse. This year, the purse has grown to $75 million, with $18 million going to the winner. Just two years ago the bonus pool was $30 million with $10 earmarked for the champion, most of it in the terms of deferred compensation.
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W hen Sepp Straka fired a final-round 66 to rally for a one-stroke victory in the Honda Classic in late February, he couldn’t help, as many first-timer winners are inclined, to look ahead just a bit and take stock of all that a PGA TOUR victory means. Job security for starters, sure, but also more ambitious goals—like reaching the TOUR Championship and vying for the grand prize for a TOUR member, which is the FedExCup. “That would be awesome,” Straka said of a run through the FedExCup Playoffs. “Atlanta is always the end goal of the year, and to have a good start heading in there down the stretch here in the summer, it’s going to be fun to try to get there.”
So, yes, this is an important time to get busy loading up on points. Just ask Justin Rose, whose solid 2017-18 season enabled him to capture the 2018 FedExCup crown. Rose enjoyed one of his finest seasons, posting 11 top-10 finishes that season that included two victories and three second-place finishes. One of the wins came at the Fort Worth Invitational (now the Charles Schwab Challenge) the week before the Memorial. He was in the top-25 in 15 of his 18 starts.
The face of determination—Scottie Scheffler, with four wins including the Masters (and leading the FedExCup standings in June), during the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.
‘CUTTHROAT GOLF’ “When I won Colonial, that put the whole picture of the FedExCup into focus for me, so we’re about at that very time,” said Rose, who collected seven top-10s in his final nine starts and finished 2-2-T4 in the final three Playoff events to come out on top at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. “I was playing well and ‘toptenning’ [finishing in the top-10] almost all the time, and that was a big key to my year. You want to win to get those big points, but just finishing well week after week, one, you’re
Sam Burns does what he can to close a big FedExCup points gap by edging good friend Scottie Scheffler at Colonial.
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“It’s interesting this point of the season, you do have to think about it a little more,” said Xander Schauffele, who won the TOUR Championship in 2017 but saw Justin Thomas take the FedExCup. “It feels really late in the year, but it’s the fat part of the season, really. It’s definitely a good time to catch stride. I think the guys at the top probably aren’t thinking about it. I know when I was up top, I didn’t really think about it. I was just thinking about playing solid golf. So, some of it depends
b Following Colonial, Scottie Scheffler, a four-time winner, and Sam Burns, a winner three times, occupied the top two spots in the FedExCup standings. on where you are and how much emphasis you want to place on it at this point.” Since the PGA TOUR switched to a splitcalendar season, three players who led after the Memorial also led at the end of the regular season: Spieth, Jason Day in 2016 and Justin Thomas in 2020. Only Spieth went on to win the FedExCup title. No wonder Schauffele called the FedExCup Playoffs, “probably the most cutthroat golf we can have in terms of pressure.” The push to the end of the regular season—which, by the way, earns a tidy bonus for the top-10 on the points list—is only slightly less tense. staying in it, and two, you’re playing with some confidence and momentum, and for me that carried over to the finish.”
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Golf injuries involving the elbow and back may be most common, but your knees can be vulnerable as well. Not only does the golf swing generate signiﬁcant force on your lead leg, but walking over hilly terrain, carrying your clubs and bending down to pick up balls all impact the knees. Knee osteoarthritis, a common condition among older golfers, can make any of these actions more painful.
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Fortunately, OA doesn’t have to send you back to the clubhouse. Studies have shown that wearing a knee brace designed to treat the symptoms of OA can increase daily functions and decrease pain1 . OA patients who wear a knee brace will generally be more active during the day and rest more comfortably at night. There are dozens of knee braces on the market, so it’s important to choose one speciﬁcally developed for OA. The DonJoy Performance ® Webtech ® Knee Brace features an innovative three-part system ideal for helping to relieve knee pain often associated with OA and maintains the structural alignment of the knee. Its patented silicone web technology helps to suspend, align and cushion the knee joint, “off-loading” or shifting weight away from the painful area of the knee to the more normal load-bearing surface. Dual-axis hinges work with the silicone web for improved ﬁt and articulation.
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While there is no cure for osteoarthritis, several treatments can help decrease pain and swelling, improve joint motion and muscle strength, and make physical activities easier.
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The exact cause of knee osteoarthritis (OA) is unknown, but contributing factors may include previous injury, aging, misalignment, genetics and obesity. We diagnose OA based on your symptoms, medical history, a physical examination and knee X-rays. An MRI may be helpful in some cases to conﬁrm the diagnosis.
If non-surgical treatments aren’t effective and depending on the degree of arthritis, partial or total knee replacement surgery can be an effective treatment for degenerative arthritis in the knee joint. For many patients, this surgery results in pain-free return to golf and other activities within three to six months. Alternatively, less invasive “arthroscopic” techniques and cartilage restoration could be an option in some patients with more limited degeneration.
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An osteoarthritis knee brace can help stabilize the joint and reduce pain. If your golf swing mechanics are incorrect, you may be compensating for poor form and increasing your risk of injury. Physical therapy can identify weak muscles and help relieve swelling and stiffness to improve mobility and Medicationscomfort. such as nonsteroidal antiinﬂammatory drugs (NSAIDS) available over the counter (e.g., Advil or Motrin) or by prescription may help with pain and inﬂammation. In some cases, we may recommend injections including corticosteroids to reduce inﬂammation, viscosupplements such as hyaluronic acid to lubricate the joint, and platelet rich plasma (PRP) to reduce pain and improve joint function.
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Tiger Woods acknowledges fans after completing play on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2022 Masters.
By Bob Harig T here are so many moments from which to choose, so many triumphs and trophies and hugs and smiles and even tears. How do you pick? The 25th anniversary of Tiger Woods’ first Masters victory at age 21 was a stop-cold moment of reflection, as was his World Golf Hall of Fame induction just a few weeks prior. The days of oversized shirts, khaki pants and that gangly thin frame have long been replaced by the thicker gait and the receding hairline that is often hidden by the Nike cap. * * * The 12-shot record-setting victory in 1997 is but a fond memory, as Woods looks to a future that, surprisingly, will include some golf but will be more likely viewed from afar. And yet, if his Hall of Fame induction speech showed us anything, it is that Woods might just be comfortable with this role, at peace with where he is in his life, thankful to be walking and talking and breathing in the aftermath of his horrific SUV crash in February of 2021, giving hope that he will play PGA TOUR golf again after an amazing return at the Masters, where he finished 47th in his first official event in 17 months. * * * * Perhaps all of this will be met without the burden of expectation, nearly impossible where Woods is concerned, given his own lofty standards. And good luck tagging him with any kind of “ceremonial golfer’’ label, a term at which he likely would scoff. But elder statesman has a nice ring to it, and Woods is in position—if he so chooses— to carry that moniker with him as a part-time player, course designer and leader of his own foundation.Andasthe Masters showed, you can bet that when he shows up to tournaments in any capacity, he will be the star, whether playing or not.“I feel very fortunate because there is this saying that you shouldn’t meet your heroes,’’
A quarter century after his first Masters victory, Tiger Woods returns to Augusta National, turning heads, exciting the masses, and prompting plaudits from his fellow competitors
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“We’ll get back after it.’’ • Bob Harig is a golf writer for Morning Read/ SI.com and the author of Tiger and Phil: Golf’s Most Fascinating Rivalry, published by St. Martin’s Press, New York, April, 2022.
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b Time marches on. It has been 25 years since Tiger Woods, shown in his Sunday red, rocked an entire sport with an incredible 12-shot victory at the 1997 Masters. said Rory McIlroy, 32, who has 20 PGA TOUR victories and four major championships. “And Tiger was my hero when I met him, and [he] lived up to expectations. And he’s been an inspiration to so many of us that are out here playing … and to see him inducted into the Hall of Fame, which is obvious, like of course he was going to be a Hall of Famer when he was 5 years old.” * * Perhaps it wasn’t clear at that point in Woods’ life, even though he had already been interviewed on national TV and became a name in local Southern California golf circles with his earlyButprowess.hisgreatness was apparent early on. He stockpiled junior trophies like candy. And while it would have been impossible to predict what was about to come, it was clear that Woods was something special, someone whose fame already wasWeexploding.didnotexactly know it at the time, but Thursday, April 10, 1997, was the true beginning of what would become the legend known as Tiger Woods. That day began the trek toward history and his Hall of Fame career. He shot 40 for his first nine holes at Augusta National, and just as the wheels appeared to be wobbling, he put everything back together and left tire tracks over everyone on the way to a 12-shot victory. Twenty-five years later, it became a point of pride and determination to get back to the same place as a player. Collin Morikawa, who already has won two major titles and a World Golf Championships event at age 25, was just a few months old when Woods won his first green jacket. “He’s everything, right?’’ Morikawa said. “I grew up watching him. I wanted to compete against him. I just wanted to meet him.’’ Justin Thomas has been able to do far more than that. The 15-time PGA TOUR winner partnered with Woods at the 2019 Presidents Cup for two victories, and has become a close friend, forging a special bond despite an 18-year difference in age. “What he’s done for the game since is just monumental,’’ Thomas said. “I don’t think I could even come close to putting it into words. He’s been a massive impact and influence on me.’’And there was Thomas at the Masters, taking part in two nine-hole practice rounds with Woods as he made his return to golf, a remarkable achievement that suggested more— in small doses—is to come.
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Bubba Watson called it inspiring. Fred Couples marveled at how well Woods hit the ball. And Tiger looked ahead with a smile.
“We’re excited about the prospects for the future, about training, about getting into that gym and doing some other stuff to get my leg stronger, which we haven’t been able to do because it needed more time to heal,’’ he said.
The results were almost immediate. Now, Kai is back to running around his backyard, practicing his soccer skills so he’s ready to join a team next season.
surgery gives this remarkable 6-year-old a shot to score on the soccer field. When 6-year-old Kai Salinas dribbles a soccer ball, you hardly notice the way his right leg moves just a little differently than the left.
During the procedure at Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville, pediatric neurosurgeon Nathan Ranalli, MD, made an incision in Kai’s back to selectively snip around half of the nerves connected to the spastic muscle group. This released the muscle tightness in Kai’s leg to allow more freedom of movement and less pain.
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The Jacksonville, Florida, boy was diagnosed at 3 months old with cerebral palsy (CP), likely the result of a stroke while he was still in the Likewomb.many children with CP, Kai also experienced spasticity in his right leg, with constant muscle tightness leading to restricted movement and discomfort. Though Kai could walk, he would frequently trip or stumble. When physical and occupational therapies, medication and injections in his calf and arm muscles were no longer effective, Kai was deemed a candidate for a surgery called selective dorsal rhizotomy.
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Super high pressure for players on the TOUR means that days chilling should be mandatory. Here, we follow this year’s PLAYERS champion, Cameron Smith, who knows how it’s done
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By Adam Schupak Cameron Smith’s packed tournament schedule still has to make space for that important downtime.
Cameron Smith balances tournament pressures and is a scratch handicap in the art of chilling out.
DREAMSTIMEIMAGES;GETTYIMAGES: I t rained so much in Florida during the week of THE PLAYERS Championship that the wood for Cameron Smith’s victory bonfire was too damp to catch fire. A blowtorch failed to do the trick, but never fear, because Smith is as resourceful as he is a deadly putter. He grabbed his handy leaf blower, the same one he’d used to kill time during Friday’s rain delay and tidy up his backyard, to get the fire roaring, and the celebration of a career-defining triumph was underway. Smith’s caddie, Sam Pinfold, handed his boss a bottle of champagne and several beers were cracked open around the campfire that night. Smith still was buzzing off the natural high of making 10 birdies and shooting a finalround 66 to win the TOUR’s flagship event. But what he really craved was sleep. “I feel like I haven’t slept in five or six days,” he said in the aftermath of his win. “I can’t wait for a good sleep.”
ESSENTIAL DOWNTIME Professional golf at the highest level can be draining for players as they regularly face extreme pressure, excitement and occasionally disappointment. This makes their downtime so essential. Smith is a scratch handicap in the art of chilling out, too. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida, seven years ago and his waterfront home along the Atlantic’s Intracoastal Waterway, just 10 minutes down the road from TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, serves as a sanctuary when the Australian native isn’t off collecting trophies on the PGA TOUR. Given that Smith was spending so much time on the road in the early days of his career, he initially rented a tiny one-bedroom apartment in the Bay Meadows section of Jacksonville while he determined if endless days of sunshine and abundant golf options were for him. Former TOUR pro Aron Price, a fellow Aussie who married a Florida girl, had a vacant apartment he owned in Jacksonville Beach, with its sleepy low-key vibe, and let Smith move in there. Smith was content, but in March 2018, Price had to kick him out so he could sell the unit in order to finance an investment deal. He had no intention of leaving his mate with a box of his belongings on the side of the street, so Price cold-called a real estate agent on Smith’s behalf, and Smith bought his first house after looking at just three properties.
Big game fishing is a healthy addiciton for THE 2022 champion.PLAYERS
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“I’m addicted to fishing,” said Smith, who tries to hit the water a couple of times a week when he is home. “He could pass for a fishing guide around here,” said Plotts. “He’s just that good.”
A FISHING ADDICT
A TURF NUT
One of Smith’s favorite ways to unwind is fishing and his home includes a dock that accommodates two boats, one of which is a Frontrunner 39 Console named Tin City. From the big bow flair to the high-performance stepped bottom, Smith’s vessel of choice features a slide-out cooler, 14-rod holder and a 540-gallon fuel tank. Smith has taken everyone—from PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan, who hauled in a crevalle jack, to fellow TOUR pro Billy Horschel to TPC Sawgrass Superintendent Jeff Plotts—out for a spin in pursuit of red fish and wahoo.
If it was that easy, Price figured he might as well get his real estate license, and in 2020 he served as Smith’s agent when he upgraded to his current 5,000-square-foot dream home in Ponte Vedra Beach, south of Jacksonville.
“He’s kind of a turf nut,” Plotts said. “He probably has one of the best lawns in Ponte Vedra.”Fellow Aussie Marc Leishman, Smith’s partner in winning the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, also obsesses over tending to grass, and the Presidents Cup International Team teammates regularly swap photos of their lawns along with grooming tips. Smith keeps the grass at his pad cut tight enough to b Close to TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach is home for Cameron Smith.
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The friendship between Plotts, who is old enough to be the 28-year-old Smith’s father, was forged over another of Smith’s passions.
Smith, who also won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in record-setting fashion in January, may be best known for his distinctive hairdo, but there’s a lot more to Smith than golf’s best mullet. He enjoys his hobbies away from the course and his natural curiosity extends beyond his imagination with a wedge.
In pre-COVID-19 days, Smith made a point to enjoy a “getaway day” and experience the unique offerings of whatever city he traveled to for a tournament rather than falling into the trap of spending a week going from golf course to hotel, rinse, and repeat. “His ability to experience the moment,” said Plotts, “is one of his little-known traits that has always impressed me.”
A PETROL HEAD Back home in Australia, they’d also call Smith a Petrol Head. Smith installed an F1 Simulator in his game room replete with race wheel, pedals and three TV screens for panoramic views.“That’s my time waster,” he said. And when he wants to hit the open road and let his hair down, Smith enjoys driving a sporty orange Nissan GT-R with 1,300 horsepower. He bought it after his first PGA TOUR win with Jonas Blixt at the 2017 Zurich Classic.“Ialways wanted one as a kid,” he said.
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a Cameron Smith bought the Nissan GT-R with a portion of his winnings from the 2017 Zurich Classic. b Sometimes a bottle of champagne and several beers are cracked open around the campfire. roll putts, and originally asked Plotts to come by and give him some pointers. Plotts was impressed with Smith’s tools of the trade and the research he’s done to become proficient at growing a proper lawn. “He’s just a turf head,” Plotts said.
THE PRESIDENTS CUP
a Team captains Trevor Immelman, left, and Davis Love III hold the Presidents Cup trophy in downtown Charlotte as part of a promotional captains visit in 2021. emorable stories are built on three elements: A powerful character, a captivating setting and a building sense of drama. The 2019 Presidents Cup had all of those and more. Set at Australia’s Royal Melbourne, one of the game’s greatest layouts, player/captain Tiger Woods keyed a final-day comeback to lift the United States team to a two-point victory over the International team, which was seeking its first victory since 1998.
RECALLING 2019 It was Woods’ first turn as captain of a U.S. cup team and it followed his unforgettable victory in the Masters eight months earlier. The video images of Woods and his teammates in full celebration mode leaving Royal Melbourne after the final matches practically glows with joy. With the U.S. trailing by two points entering the Sunday singles, Woods kickstarted the American comeback by beating
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The autumn classic pitting Team U.S.A. against the International Team heads to brawny Quail Hollow Club, setting the stage for some high drama
The last two played on international soil have been close—the U.S. won by two points in Australia and by one point in South Korea in 2015—but the competition has been more lopsided on American soil. The U.S. won by eight points, 19-11, at Liberty National in 2017, by three points (18.5-15-5) at Muirfield Village in 2013 and by five points (19.5-14.5) at Harding Park in 2009.
“To have upopportunitythattogoagainstthebest…it’sgoingtobealotoffun.”—TrevorImmelman,Internationalteamcaptain Abraham Ancer, 3 and 2, in the first match, keying a rally in which the U.S. team won six of the 12 matches and tied four others.
b International team captain Trevor Immelman acknowledges that beating a stacked U.S. side is a tall task, but he embraces the challenge.
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As for Woods, he went 3-0 during the week, the only player to be unbeaten and untied in the competition.
QUAIL HOLLOW 2022
Three years later, and the Presidents Cup returns in September at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. Record numbers of tickets and hospitality packages have been sold in anticipation of the biennial competition. “I struggle to think of a better place to hold a team event like this,” International team captain Trevor Immelman said. Pushed back one year due to the pandemic, the Presidents Cup lands at a place familiar to PGA TOUR fans, Quail Hollow having hosted the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003, while also hosting the 2017 PGA Championship won by Justin Thomas.
For Immelman, the task is clear: Build on the team vibe created and cultivated by 2019 captain Ernie Els while finding a way to finally push the International team to victory.
“We understand what a huge mountain we have to climb,” Immelman said. “The American team showed (at the 2021 Ryder Cup) exactly what their potential is, playing some really fantastic golf, and they’re going to have a lot of confidence and the crowd behind them
The event also comes with a familiar storyline. Since its inception in 1994, the Presidents Cup has been dominated by the American side. The International Team seems to be closing the gap by forcing the U.S. to come from behind to win in Australia in 2020.
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All the better for another memorable story to unfold.
At Quail Hollow, the matches will be played on a course set up for potential drama. Its famous three-hole finish—nicknamed ‘the Green Mile’—will play a prominent role with the routing changed to assure more action in that part of the course.
U.S. TEAM For U.S. captain Davis Love III, it’s taking the American team model that has been developed in recent years and putting it into practice.Having captained two Ryder Cup teams, Love had not expected to be in charge of the Presidents Cup team until others decided he was the perfect pick because he was born in Charlotte and attended the University of North Carolina. He has been part of the U.S team six times including the inaugural event in 1994.
SETTING THE SCENE
“I think it was a brilliant idea to put those three holes in the meat of the back nine. I one hundred percent foresee a couple of those holes you can win with a par, no problem. It’s going to be great stuff,” Immelman said. “There’s just nowhere to hide on those holes.”
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Love got the call informing him he had been chosen from Woods, who was asked by Commissioner Jay Monahan to deliver the“Thatnews.was a way cool way to do it,” Love said.
Under the revised routing, the par-4 16th, the watery par-3 17th and the demanding par-4 18th will play as the 13th, 14th and 15th holes. Should the matches go beyond there, they will finish on the 10th, 11th and ninth holes, which will play as 16, 17 and 18.
a The 2019 U.S. team, sparked by player/captain Tiger Woods, celebrates with the Presidents Cup after beating the International team in Australia, 16-14. The U.S. has won 11 of the 13 Presidents Cups played, including the last eight. against the best, so it’s going to be a lot of fun. Can’t wait.”
A Lifestyle of Wellness
Gyms are the New Must Have Spaces for Home
As we venture back into health clubs and boutique studios following the pandemic, many have continued to supplement or fully commit to exercise at home. The fast-rising demand for a wellness-based lifestyle often includes a near daily commitment to ﬁtness. As such, convenience is a major factor in driving the explosion of home gym integrations. Mobile workout apps and virtual training subscriptions are plentiful, but many of our new clients are less than prepared as to where, and what to workout with at home. At FitnessDesignGroup, home gym design engagements are nearly as prevalent as commercial facility projects today. Families are increasingly taking a holistic approach towards creating permanent wellness space within the home.
Next, planning for appropriate electrical, equipment, accessory, and digital exercise guidance begin to round out a high functioning and engaging space to motivate and engage in daily exercise.
About The Author Bryan Green is the Founder of FitnessDesignGroup, a Los Angeles based ﬁrm that has designed gyms for companies including Apple, Nike, and Google alongside professional sports teams, leading hotels, and universities. For support related to home or commercial gym projects across the United States: info@ﬁtnessdesigngroup.com
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Additionally, consider outdoor areas that may also serve as an extension of space and change of scenery. Specialized ﬁtness equipment coatings and weather-friendly accessories can play an important role in the ability to extend the variety of your workouts, without the inconvenience of leaving home.
Many projects initiate as a transformation of basements, extra bedrooms, lofts, and bonus rooms into energizing workout havens. For clients building new homes, it’s now increasingly rare that a generous gym space is not planned for. A well-designed gym will serve as an extension of the home itself, not a departure or sacriﬁce in comfort. As an example, garage gyms often meet with limited success when car fumes remain present. Dedicated spaces to move that include natural light, entertainment integration, and functional ﬂoor coverings are a few of the fundamental keys to success. Most importantly, and before any ﬁtness equipment should be selected, understanding the in-use space requirement for workouts are critical.
These next generation smart home gym’s are designed to facilitate Hiit Training, Pilates, Boxing, and everywhere in between. Youth friendly exercise modalities such as sports speciﬁc training and functional ﬁtness now top the list of features deemed to be must haves.
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ON THE MOVE
Tiger Woods’ legacy and impact on the PGA TOUR and the game of golf goes far beyond his 82 career TOUR victories, 15 major championships and $120.8 million in career earnings.Notonly did Woods usher in a new generation of golfers and fans via “The Tiger Effect,” but how he prepared mentally and physically each week inspired everyone from casual golfers to fellow pros to reconsider their health and wellness routines.
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TOUR players train hard to reach the peak of fitness. PGA TOUR ACTIVE shows how it’s done and invites fans to join the golf pro’s fitness lifestyle
b When his weight soared past 250 pounds, PGA TOUR winner Scott Stallings was motivated to change his habits and get into better shape.
“It started back with Tiger where he was looked at as a wild man for what he did off the course,” says PGA TOUR pro Scott Stallings. “He changed the game forever for a lot of different things, for a lot of different reasons. Health, wellness and fitness and looking at it from more of an athletic mindset, and understanding what that looked like, was something that hadn’t really been done before. Now it’s to the point where if someone says they aren’t doing something, they’re lying because you can’t not do anything
ROUTINES AND RECOVERY
All three partners have a significant presence within the TOUR’s Player Performance Centers. These state-of-the-art mobile fitness centers which debuted in 1985 not only provide equipment and care to TOUR pros at more than 60 events annually, but are staffed by professional physical therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers who assist players in rehabilitative and preventive care, as well as personal conditioning and stretching programs.
“By giving players those tools and resources that weren’t previously thought about or even allowed in the golf community, the PGA TOUR
b Rory McIlroy cut down on his favorite guilty pleasure foods of chocolate and ice cream in favor of a high protein diet. at this level and just go through the motions. Everyone is trying to do something.”
In order to do this, the TOUR leverages partners including NOBULL, Hyperice and WHOOP. Hyperice became the Official Recovery Device of the TOUR in October 2020, while WHOOP joined as the Official Wearable in January 2021, and NOBULL was named Official Training Apparel and Footwear in March. Along with the TOUR, each brand utilizes player-focused content to highlight their workouts, routines and recovery. “Golf is unique in the sense that fans of the sport also participate in the sport,” says NOBULL Chief Marketing Officer Todd Meleney. “There’s a strong connection between PGA TOUR professionals and everyday golfers, and the sport’s exponential growth over the last year is proof of that. The content NOBULL creates with PGA TOUR ACTIVE will be available for fans of the sport, and we know a large percentage of those fans are also in the gym when they are not on the course.”
Rory McIlroy cut down on his favorite guilty pleasure foods of chocolate and ice cream in favor of a high protein diet to decrease fat and gain muscle. Justin Thomas overhauled his training routine after injuries to focus on core-strengthening workouts and mobility and flexibilityEndlessexercises.hourson the driving range and putting green are now complemented with strength and conditioning, flexibility and mobility, diet and nutrition, and recovery.
PLAYER PERFORMANCE CENTERS
To showcase the efforts TOUR pros go through week in and week out to survive and thrive during each grueling season, while inspiring fans and amateur golfers to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle, PGA TOUR ACTIVE debuted in January 2020. The initiative highlights the health and fitness routines and lifestyles of pro golfers by giving fans an inside look into the techniques and activities helping the world’s best perform at their peak.“This is a cool way to give people a glimpse into what we do on a day-to-day basis and what that looks like,” Stallings says. “Everyone wants to know what the best people in the world do, and it’s nice to have a platform to actually put it on there, and it’s us actually doing it rather than someone else telling people what we do.”
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GOLF FITNESS TRENDS TOURPGAUSIMAGES;GETTYIMAGES: WWW.PGATOUR.COM68 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE JUNE DECEMBER 2022 b Justin Thomas’ improved training routine helped him put more speed on his swings and gain confidence on the course. is at the forefront of how to provide those wellness tools and we’re fortunate to be the brand they work with to provide that,” says Alex Reinhard, Head of Sports Partnerships at Hyperice. A WAKE-UP CALL But just because the resources are available, doesn’t mean everyone takes advantage of them.Stallings had his wake-up call when he weighed 252 pounds. With three wins in his first four years on TOUR before he turned 30, Stallings let his weight and health spiral. In 2015, he turned himself in after taking a performance-enhancing substance. Stallings used the three-month suspension to look in the mirror and start to turn his life around. Today, the 37-year-old is in the best shape of his life.
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“Fortunately, and unfortunately, I had to learn my lesson,” Stallings says. “It wasn’t a priority and there were a lot of things I had to learn. You only get one go at this and I wasn’t a very good steward with the opportunities I had, and I had to change my priorities. Fortunately, I had a lot of really good people around me to point me in the right direction and help me make the changes I needed to make to be able to have a little bit more of a lasting career.”
PGA TOUR ACTIVE is an initiative highlighting health, fitness and lifestyles of professional golfers and fans. To get an inside look into the techniques and activities helping the world’s best perform at their peak, join the PGA TOUR ACTIVE movement that has revolutionized the game and inspires others. (For more information: pgatour.com/active)
Whether it’s the great plains, the desert, the highlands or the islands, it is that attractive wild, natural aspect that gives today’s multitude of great golf resorts their edge. What could be finer than putting on an immaculate green alongside a rugged backdrop or coastal scene that the golf architect has conjured to perfection? And for that wild aspect, it’s the USGA who reminds us that, “golf courses are more than just a place to play golf, they provide valuable habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals. Many golf courses are working hard to protect and expand habitat areas to improve our environment and allow us to enjoy nature in action …”. In this issue, the TOUR Guide visits Scotland, where many of the golf courses are expertly managed, keeping wild terrain and perfect golf courses in harmony. We also look at a selection of the best PGA TOUR-operated TPCs currently offering great vacation deals, as well as making a welcome revisit to that subtropical Atlantic island and haven of golf, Bermuda; to Mexico to play a top-rated Rees Jones course, then west to the Caribbean for a newly opened resort property.
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A walk on the wild side
L ying a thousand miles north of the Caribbean, Bermuda’s climate gives pleasant ambient temperatures year-round, with neither the strong heat of the Caribbean nor the chill of northeast U.S. The nearest mainland to Bermuda is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on the U.S. east coast, 650 miles due west. This makes taking a cruise ship from, for example, New York to Bermuda a popular choice—with both departure from New York and arrival at Bermuda’s King’s Wharf in Royal Naval Dockyard, adding some memorable moments of excitement to your golf adventure in Bermuda. Cruise ships from
Miami also visit the island. “No clubs … no problem,” is the warm welcome offered to cruise ship passengers by Bermuda’s Port Royal Golf Course with a Summer Cruise Ship Special offer of $150 which includes “everything to play golf—green fee, golf cart, clubs, six balls, and golf shoes.” Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1970, Port Royal golf course features ocean views from almost every hole. The 6,828-yard par-71 course underwent an extensive $14.5 million renovation in 2009, spearheaded by original design team member Roger Rulewich. This is where the popular Butterfield Bermuda
a Port Royal’s 16th hole is considered one of the most spectacular holes in the world of golf. _ Graceful palm trees and stunning clear blue sea make the Port Royal course a mustvisit golf destination.
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b Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1970, Port Royal golf course has ocean views and spectacular scenic views from every hole. the newest sport to come to the island. FootGolf is played by kicking a soccer ball into large golf cups ranged on the golf course, in as few shots as possible. It’s a fun activity if you want to give your golf swing a break. To sum it up, Bermuda is the perfect island destination if you’re planning an adventurous vacation away from the mainland— from the subtropical climate to local culture and places of historical interest—and not least, Bermuda’s great golf courses that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
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Championship takes place each year in October. The 16th hole is one of the most visually spectacular oceanside holes—this is Port Royal’s signature hole. Widely regarded as one of the greatest par 3s in golf, the 16th hole is 235 yards of crescent-shaped terrain with nothing but the Atlantic Ocean between the tee and the pin—it also offers an exhilarating challenge. The 235yard par 3 plays over an ocean inlet to a long but narrow green perched high above the water on a peninsula, with the ocean to the left. The challenging aspect is one that many of Bermuda’s great golf courses have in common—namely, the additional challenge of frequently strong coastal winds. Speaking about his Butterfield Bermuda Championship win back in October 2021, Lucas Herbert was impressed with the course: “look at that eighth and ninth and 16th and 17th holes here this week, just pretty amazing views off the coast. Stayed at a really nice hotel … Got a ferry pretty much every day to the golf course. Like pretty nice spot to be.”
Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club is a Fairmont-managed luxury hotel with views over Hamilton Harbour and the yacht marina. If this is your vacation base, you’ll have the choice of several nearby courses, including the Belmont Hills Golf Course with an 18-hole par 70, 6,100yard course and Tuckers Point Gold Club with an 18-hole par-71, 6,440 yards. Turtle Hill Golf Club is also pioneering FootGolf in Bermuda,
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CURAÇAO Newly opened (June 2022) is the Sandals adult-only luxury resort, Sandals Royal Curaçao, in the south-east region of the Dutch island of Curaçao. This all-inclusive and brand-new resort is just a few hours from Canada and the United States, with direct flights from Toronto, Miami, Charlotte, and New York City. The resort is a 3,000-acre estate along the sheltered Spanish Water Bay, with Sandals telling us this is “a romantic paradise designed for lovers.” Lovers of golf, too, because guests of the Sandals Royal Curaçao have privileged access to the nearby championship golf course designed by Pete Dye—a course that’s received several media votes (2018 and 2019) as the best course in the Caribbean. This is the Old Quarry, where the 18hole par 72 golf course is magnificently enhanced by three distinct vistas— the Caribbean Sea, Tafelberg mountain and Spanish Water Bay. In the construction of this course, careful consideration was given to conservation principles. For that reason, fairways and greens were planted with robust Paspalum grass, allowing irrigation using both brackish and recycled water. Returning from the golf course to the Sandals Royal Curaçao, guests will find the smartest modern accommodations and amenities, including Awa Seaside Bungalows with private pools, the first Kurason Island Suites overlooking a heartshaped pool, and a unique Dos Awa 2-Level Infinity Pool. There are eleven all-new dining concepts, including three new food trucks. For easy transport, there are also exclusive MINI Coopers available for complimentary use. The Sandals Royal Curaçao currently has a $1,000 Grand Opening offer (open June 1, 2022), which is well worth checking out. a Curaçao’s Awa Seaside Bungalows are a great place for guests to relax after the challenges of the golf course. b One of Bungalows.fromlandscapes,outstandingCuraçao’snaturalviewedtheAwaSeaside
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Links, set on the west coast of Scotland, has many attractions for golf fans, including heritage and tradition together with contemporary surroundings and luxurious finishing touches. Dundonald Links is one of the most sought-after golf resorts in Scotland. For many guests, Dundonald Links has proved ideal for various types of Scottish golf breaks, whether it’s a few days away or a full week of friendly competition and fine dining, or a corporate event.Dundonald Links welcomed guests for the first time in 2021 and has quickly become one of the most sought-after golf resorts in Scotland.
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Currently, package vacations offer guests the chance to book a Scottish golf experience by combining first-class golf along with a luxurious stay in one of the property’s bespoke golf lodges or hotel suites. The golf lodges have been custom designed with golf in mind, with several the lodges clustered around three practice putting greens. The practice grounds and facilities make it easy to hone your skills while b The Old Course in Fife, where golf was first played some 600 years ago. ` Dundonald Links opened in 2021. The challenging course has quickly become a popular vacation choice.
T he significance of Scotland as the historical home of golf is recognized the world over. And this influence continues to echo in modern times, and in many ways. For example, it was a trip to Scotland that profoundly influenced Pete Dye’s subsequent designs. Touring the great Scottish courses, he was fascinated by the features he saw, such as small greens, pot bunkers, undulating fairways, and wooden bulkheads. So, Dye began incorporating these concepts into his own designs which, in turn, has gone on to influence another generation golf architects. The beauty of Scotland’s extensive collection of golf courses can best be experienced this July, a month when Scotland is hosting three of the calendar’s biggest golf events: The 150th Open (see below, The Old Course at St. Andrews), the Genesis Scottish Open, and the Senior Open hosted by Rolex. By this point in the calendar you’ll be lucky to get a ticket for these events, but if you don’t get lucky, there’s still every reason to visit Scotland because there are many great clubs and courses to visit and play. Here we visit the most modern and the most ancient.
“I fell in love with it [The Old Course at St. Andrews] the first day I played it. There’s just no other golf course that is even remotely close.”
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also enjoying the comfort of the lodges. For many guests, Dundonald Links has proved ideal for various types of Scottish golf breaks, whether it’s a few days away or a full week of friendly competition and fine dining, or a corporateDundonaldevent.Links transforms the look and feel of the traditional golf resort in Scotland by combining tradition with a modern appeal. The golf course is a par-72 Kyle Phillips designed creation, offering a modern links golf experience that is both fun and challenging for all levels of players. This is a quintessentially Ayrshire golf course, with views sweeping across the Firth of Clyde. And from the wraparound veranda of the clubhouse, players and spectators can experience panoramic views across to the Isle of Arran.
FIFE From modern (Dundonald Links, above) to ancient, there is none more so than The Old Course at St. Andrews, known as the Grand Old Lady, and considered the oldest golf course in Scotland, and perhaps the world’s most iconic golf course. It’s recorded that golf was first played here some 600 years ago. The Old Course is a public course over common land in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, and is held in trust by the St. Andrews Links Trust, enshrined under an act of Parliament. There is something entirely commendable about such a prestigious and ancient golf course remaining a public course, open for all to play. “I fell in love with it the first day I played it. There’s just no other golf course that is even remotely close,” said Jack Nicklaus, and indeed this course must be at the top of every golfer’s bucket list. The oldest public golf course in the world has hosted The Open Championship many times and offers supreme challenges along way, including the notorious Hell Bunker. Taking place in July is the 150th anniversary event, TheIfOpen.playing this famous course is on your bucket list, getting a tee time is easier than you might think—but you may have a 12-month wait to get your slot! There are several ways to do this, although due to the current large number of reservations, together with The 150th Open, in 2022, you’ll be looking at 2023 to play the course. The Old Course still upholds the tradition of a ballot, and for more details check out www.standrews.com/Play/Ballot.St.Andrewsitselfisatowndedicated to the game and well worth visiting for that reason, with the R&A World Golf Museum showcasing the early history of golf competition in Scotland.
— Jack Nicklaus
O wned, operated, and licensed by the PGA TOUR, the TPC Network is comprised of more than 30 premier resorts and daily fee golf properties designed by some of golf’s most well-known architects. Each TPC has hosted, or has been designed to host, TOUR-sponsored golf tournaments. Since TPC Sawgrass first opened THE PLAYERS Stadium Course in the fall of 1980, TPCs have provided the PGA TOUR with rent-free venues for tournaments. This has
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AMERICA’S FINEST helped boost championship golf purses, as well as increasing charitable donations to grassroots non-profit organizations. The TPCs have also provided recreational golfers with the unique opportunity to test their skills on the same courses where the world’s top golfers compete. TPCs are known for their outstanding conditioning and amenities, as well as upholding a commitment to environmental excellence. One of the world’s most recognizable greens, the 17th hole, the Island Green, at TPC Sawgrass, home to THE PLAYERS Championship.
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The Dye’s Valley Course was the former host to the Web.com Tour Championship as well as prestigious events like the Senior Players Championship, the NFL Golf Classic, and the final stage of PGA TOUR Champions Q-School.
The course is also connected to the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa which offers guests Stay & Play golf packages to enjoy.
a While championship tees stretch the Stadium Course to 7,245 yards, there are four other yardage options to suit all players.
FLORIDA As the world headquarters of professional golf, the public courses at TPC Sawgrass offer an unparalleled experience. If you’re looking for the ultimate Florida golf vacation, TPC Sawgrass boasts two immaculately maintained golf courses, both designed by the legendary Pete Dye. As the first true “Stadium Course,” the golf course is designed to improve the overall on-site fan experience and is permanent the home of THE PLAYERS Championship (see also pp.3437). With its signature island green, the 17th hole is one of the most widely recognized golf holes in the world. This legendary golf course has captured the imagination of golf fans all over the world and is consistently named among the top golf courses worldwide While championship tees stretch the Stadium Course to 7,245 yards, there are four other yardage options to suit any players’ game.
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TPCNEVADALasVegas is “desert elegance” on display. From the backdrop of Red Rock Canyon to the rugged natural landscape, TPC Las Vegas golf course offers a test to the most seasoned of golfers. This premier PGA TOUR property is known for hosting celebrities and PGA TOUR players alike, so it’s no surprise that the golf course is considered one of the “Best Places to Play.”The Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd design is a par-71, 7,104-yard course with views of the surrounding mountains, canyons, and the famed Las Vegas skyline. Recognized, too, as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the course is located within the nation’s largest masterplanned community of Summerlin and is just minutes from the world-famous Las Vegas strip. TPC Las Vegas offers golfers the chance to experience the same standards of quality and service that are typically reserved for the pros. And a mere 15 miles out of town, at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, everything from hiking to climbing to horseback riding awaits outdoor enthusiasts. For sightseeing thrills there’s the nearby Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. Formed by the damning of the Colorado River, Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, covers about 248 square miles and holds some 28.9 million acre-feet of water (an acre-foot is equivalent to about 325,000 gallons). The Dam is one of the largest concrete structures on earth, making well worth a guided visit.If you’re mixing variety with your golf vacation, close to TPC Las Vegas is also the Mario Andretti Racing School where you can get behind the wheel and drive an Indy-style race car for timed racing sessions on the Nation’s Premier Race Tracks. There’s no lead car to follow and no instructor rides with you! a The course at TPC Las Vegas, designed by Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd, has an impressive backdrop of rugged scenery. b As a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the course is located within the nation’s largest communitymaster-plannedofSummerlin.
TPC San Antonio offers leisure golfers two exceptional golf courses —the par-72, 7,106yard Canyons Course, and the par-72, 7,435-yard Oaks Course, as well as the luxury amenities of the clubhouse.
TPCTEXASSan Antonio features 36 holes designed by Pete Dye, considered by many the most influential golf course architect of the past five decades; and Greg Norman. Working with PGA TOUR player consultant Bruce Lietzke, Dye crafted the par-72, 7,106-yard Canyons Course while Sergio Garcia assisted Norman with the design of the par-72, 7,435-yard Oaks Course, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Valero Texas Open. Signature wide fairways, stately stands of oak and cedar trees, and panoramic views of the adjacent Cibolo Canyons create a beautiful and enjoyable challenge for scratch golfers and novices alike. This private course is a model of environmentally sound methods and practices, beginning with two well-planned, eco-friendly layouts. A closed-loop irrigation system, which ensures the protection of the Edwards Aquifer, supports the TPC Network’s vision of all courses designated as Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Systems. The course is also connected to the 4-Diamond AAA, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, which is the city’s premier luxury destination in Texas’ Hill Country.
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...like teeing up on a quiet morning at a luscious green course and feeling the cool coastal breeze as you line up your shot. Putt, drive, swing, and dine all year long at one of the 15 beautiful golf courses in and around Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Wrap up a fabulous day of golf at one of the dozens of extraordinary restaurants in the area for your 19th hole and enjoy delicious coastal cuisine and signature cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a golf-centered vacation or want to hit a few balls while traveling, Alabama’s beaches are the ultimate destination for you. Discover fun on and off the course in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and start planning your next golf getaway.
Find your vacation inspiration and start planning your getaway to Alabama’s beaches by ordering our 2022 Vacation Guide. This 88-page magazine provides everything you need to know about vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach from what to see, do and eat to where to stay. Visit GulfShores.com or call 877-341-2400 to order your copy today.
Comfortable weather means golfers can enjoy year-round play on any of the 15 courses found in and around the area. Beautifully manicured courses and sunny, blue skies provide the ideal backdrop for a round or two. You’ll soon discover that our courses are as magnificent as our 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches. Many were designed by some of the greatest names in golf, including Jerry Pate and Arnold Palmer, and several are ranked top in the state.
` TPC Scottsdale is the home of the WM Phoenix Open. Leisure golfers can enjoy the thrill of playing a superb course, where the pro’s play.
The second of TPC Scottsdale’s two courses is the newly renovated Champions Course, crafted by Randy Heckenkemper, which offers an ideal desert golf experience. Built on the former site of TPC Scottsdale’s Desert Course, the layout was revamped in 2007, designed to flow seamlessly within the rugged terrain, meandering between natural ravines and through picturesque foothills.
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The course was crafted to balance strategy with design, so as not to favor any one type of play. Each hole can be played in a multitude of ways—giving golfers of all skill levels a challenging experience that can be significantly different each time you play.
ARIZONA Situated in the Sonoran Desert with panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, TPC Scottsdale showcases 36 holes of inspiring golf and upscale amenities that let everyday golfers experience “a day in the life” of a PGA TOUR player.
As Arizona’s professional golf headquarters, TPC Scottsdale, host of the WM Phoenix Open, offers an unparalleled sporting experience. The club has two championship courses and 36 professional-level holes—including the Stadium Course, designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf. The Stadium Course, which was renovated in 2014, is most famous for its par-3 16th hole that transforms into “The Coliseum” during the tournaments and provides fans with one of the most exciting settings in professional sports. The Stadium Course has hosted some of contemporary golf’s greatest moments since opening in 1986. The course is also home to The Toro Restaurant & Rum Bar, a collaboration with celebrity chef Richard Sandoval, featuring a menu that has the distinct flavors of South and Central America.
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The golf course, which is part of the Audubon Golf Trail, stretches over 250 acres of wetlands, along the Mississippi River Delta. True to Pete Dye’s style, the course features over a hundred bunkers, including several large waste bunkers on the first six holes of the back nine.
TPC Louisiana has a series of short and compelling par-4 holes to balance the challenges. The five sets of tees—ranging from a fair 5,121 yards from the forward tees all the way back to the 7,400-yard PGA TOUR tees— offers golfers of all skill levels a great blend of challenge and playability. The immaculate course at TPC Louisiana offers golfers of all skill levels a great blend of challenge and playability.
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LOUISIANA As the region’s headquarters of professional golf, TPC Louisiana will offer you an exceptional golf vacation experience. As host of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans since 2005, the club has a renowned championship golf course with 18 pro-level holes, meticulously maintained to the PGA TOUR’s highest standards.Master golf architect Pete Dye designed the course, working in conjunction with TOUR players Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson, a New Orleans native. As one of the “Best in State,” the course is located in Avondale, 15 miles from the bustle of the “Big Easy” and Bourbon Street.
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Tony Finau is the defending champion, and the top talent will be back to battle it out for this prestigious title. TPC Southwind’s par-70, 7,244-yard championship layout was designed by noted architect Ron Prichard with PGA TOUR players Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller serving as consultants. The golf course features undulating zoysiagrass fairways, champion Bermuda greens and numerous lakes, streams and ponds. Adding to the charm of the golf course are two grain silos and a windmill, remnants of the dairy farm once located on the site. The golf course has long been rated one of the more challenging on the PGA TOUR schedule. Five sets of tees, including a family-friendly option on each hole, affords golfers of all abilities a chance to enjoy the course. Among the most notable holes are the 165-yard, par-3 11th hole, considered by some to be a smaller version of the famous 17th Island Green at TPC Sawgrass, forcing a short iron over water to a small island green; the 231-yard, par-3 14th—consistently ranked one of the toughest par-3 holes on the PGA TOUR—which requires a long iron or hybrid to a narrow green protected by water along the entire right side of the undulating green. And then there’s the course’s spectacular 461-yard, par-4 finishing hole, requiring a tee shot played alongside a water hazard that protects the entire left side of the fairway.
There’s every reason to visit TPC Southwind, being the proud host of the FedEx St. Jude Championship (August 11-14), the first the event in the 2022 FedExCup Playoffs The tournament will host the top 125 players in the FedExCup standings at the conclusion of the FedExCup Regular Season. With only 70 players advancing to the following week’s BMW Championship, the penultimate Playoffs event, the action at TPC Southwind promises to be hardfought throughout the four days of competition.
TPC Southwind was one of the first golf courses in the state of Tennessee to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System by Audubon International. The club has also been honored with numerous environmental awards. There’s currently no stay-and-play offered by TPC Southwind, but the venue is especially popular with those planning celebrations, holiday events, weddings, and corporate golf events.
a The 165-yard par-3 11th hole at TPC Southwind often draws comparisons to the famed 17th at TPC Sawgrass.
The golf course at TPC Danzante Bay recently voted Mexico’s best golf course—was laid out by Rees Jones, a master of golf course design, who, throughout his illustrious career, has crafted over 225 golf courses. His par72 Loreto course provides many fascinating challenges for golfers of every ability. Here you’ll find diverse beach, cliff, and canyon holes, each with magnificent and varied views. The front nine have exquisite views, while the back nine increase the drama, with cliff holes that seem to overhang the Sea of Cortez and Danzante Bay. If it’s not the angles of play, challenging bunkers, and ocean breezes that test your skills, it will certainly be the awe-inspiring beauty of the golf course itself that can easily be distracting, especially the 17th hole, which has gained fame as one of the most exceptional greens in Mexico.
TPC Danzante Bay has prime amenities for guests and homeowners at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa, a full-service destination resort community that shares its property with the Loreto golf course. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a luxury resort that offers a diverse range of on-site activities for guests, including whale watching, paddleboarding, fishing and snorkeling.
he eastern coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is a spectacular region, having many impressive natural attractions and ocean vistas that take in the Islands of Loreto and the surrounding Sierra de la Giganta mountain range.
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At a maximum length of 7,237 yards, TPC Danzante Bay delivers a truly great golf experience, with the clubhouse, on-site pro shop, and state-of-the-art practice facilities adding to the overall vacation experience.
Can you tame El Tigre?
Paradise Village Resort Nuevo Vallarta is set on a beachfront at the end of a private peninsula. This is a well appointed, all suite resort set in gardens on the Nuevo Vallarta channel just minutes from El Tigre Golf Club. Casual studios with balconies and kitchenettes come with free wifi and flat screen smart televisions. Suites add full kitchens and separate living rooms. Most units provide ocean view and room service is available 24/7. There are numerous restaurants located across the property, ranging from casual beach to fine dining venues. Snack bars and two lagoon style swimming pools with waterfalls, caves and slides. Other amenities include a full-service spa,tennis, beach activities and a playground.
Many Golf Getaway Packages are available which include: All-Inclusive accommodations. Rounds of golf including practice balls, bottled water with golf cart included. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Paradise Village hotel available every 30 minutes. Tel :  226.8190 Av. Paraíso 800, Casa Club El Tigre, Paradise Village Golf & Country Club, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, México. 63735 www.eltigregolf.com
In order to establish El Tigre Golf Club, the challenge was given the team of designers, von Hagge, Smelek and Baril, was to “create the most exciting championship golf course in Mexico”. What resulted is a 7,239 yard masterpiece with recently renovated bunkers featuring exquisite bright white sand. Many vacationers have rated the clubhouse as one of the most beautiful and best designed in Mexico. Facilities include and expansive practice area featuring hitting areas on both ends, multiple target greens along with short game practice areas including bunker, chipping and massive putting green. New Titleist rental clubs are available for rent and onsite PGA of America instructors are available to help get your game on track before or after your round.
O n Mexico’s Pacific coast, the coastline provides many beautiful beaches and bays. The largest of these bays is Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags). This is the beautiful location of El Tigre in Paradise Village.
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PGA TOUR Champions welcomes the transition of PGA TOUR players to the 50+ circuit. Some are returning to competition following a lengthy break, and all are relishing the challenge
David Duval is a former world No. 1 and winner of 13 PGA TOUR events.
BACK TO THE FRAY!
David Duval is one of a handful of interesting new faces that fans of PGA TOUR Champions are getting an opportunity to see in 2022. Brian Gay, a five-time PGA Tour winner, turned 50 in December and finished fourth in his Champions Tour debut at the Chubb Classic. Gay is still exempt on the PGA TOUR and is wrestling with where he wants to play. New York’s Rob Labritz is a club professional who spent the better part of 15 years getting himself ready mentally and physically to make a run at PGA TOUR Champions upon turning 50. He was medalist at the Qualifying School to earn his ticket to ride.
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a Brian Gay is a five-time PGA TOUR winner who still is exempt on the younger tour, and was splitting his time on two tours in the early months of 2022. A t age 51, David Duval was feeling rookie jitters, all over again, as he prepared for his PGA TOUR Champions debut in Hawaii in January.Duval,a 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, former World No. 1 and the 2001 “champion golfer of the year” as the winner of the Open Championship, was returning to competitive golf after nearly a decade of being a part-time player. Most of his time around golf courses was spent in the television tower, serving as an analyst for GolfDuvalChannel.started the second rookie campaign of his career preaching patience, which was a wise move. Sometimes, returning to ride a bike is not as easy as some think. “I think the biggest key is not the golf itself, but the competitive edge, if you will, and remembering competitive golf,” Duval said. “Even when I did play so sparingly for the last number of years, there’s a competitive rust you have to get rid of. That’s the biggest thing. The way to get rid of that is by actually competing, and exposing yourself, and going out and doing it.”
You’d be hard-pressed to see him at an event without a smile pasted to his face. Labritz really is living the dream. “The process now is just on getting better and better, improving, and my focus is on winning senior majors,” Labritz said, pulling no punches. “I have the game to win senior majors, and I can do that. Obviously, I have some people that I have to beat—some of the greatest players in the world are out here—so I have some work to do. But I’m not scared to do it.”
Rob Labritz, 50, led the class of five 2021 Q-School graduates, and is a seasoned club professional who owns wins at the Massachusetts Open, Rhode Island Open, and Met Professional Championship.
Justin Leonard, the 1997 Open Championship winner, will be transitioning back into competition this summer after being in the television tower.
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victories, a major, Ryder Cups, Presidents Cups, World Cups, World No. 1), I think to myself, ‘Damn, that’s pretty good.’”
“I’ve been playing some golf on Mondays and Tuesdays of the Florida Swing just to get some semblance of being a golfer again,” Leonard told SiriusXM Radio in March. “I played more in the last year, over the summer in Colorado, with this special birthday coming up.
b David Duval gets his Champions Tour season underway at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, where he tied for 34th.
“I never set a goal necessarily of trying to be No. 1, or win this event or that event,” Duval said. “I just decided that everything would take care of itself as long as I put in the work to be the best player that I could be. As it turns out, in the middle of it all, that meant ascending to World No. 1 (in 2001).
I’m going to ease my way into it.”
WILL TO WIN
“With injury issues that kept occurring, I look back and think had I not had those things happen, I was potentially a 20-plus tournament winner and maybe a multiple-major winner.
“Luke, my oldest son, has gotten into playing, so I’ve started playing a lot more. It’s been fun. Look, I’ve had a nice break. I haven’t played competitively in six years ... to be able to get back into it, it’s been fun. I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping to play five or six events this year.
Duval is confident that somewhere inside him, he still has plenty of game, too. Beset by injuries in what should have been his prime years, he started the season in good health and liking the form he was showing trying to get ready at home in Colorado. Getting back into the mix, trying to contend for trophies again, that will take some time, and he accepts that.
Duval had only one television assignment on his 2022 calendar, and started the new year with a goal of playing at least 20 Champions events this season. It is a time for him to enjoy the game, making up for so many seasons lost to injuries that held him from reaching what he thought he would achieve in his 30s and 40s.
RETURN TO GOLF Joining Duval and the others on the PGA TOUR Champions this summer will be Justin Leonard, who, like Duval, turned his attention to broadcasting in his 40s. Leonard, winner of the 1997 Open Championship, and like Duval, a former PLAYERS Championship winner, turned 50 on June 15, and looked forward to the challenge of competing once again.
At the same time, when I get asked a question (regarding how much he achieved) and you start listing the things that I accomplished (13
The PGA TOUR Champions always has had room for dreamers such as Labritz. Golf fans want to see the stars that they have watched win for years—your Bernhard Langers, Ernie Elses and Retief Goosens—but will continue to be intrigued by stories such as the one belonging to Labritz, a man who, one year earlier, was busy giving more than 1,000 lessons to his pupils at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y. All those hours on the lesson tee have given way to Labritz spending time on his own game, and giving himself the opportunity to be the best player he can be. He is a workout workhorse, and now spends the hours he needs to sharpen his game. Previously, the only time he might have to practice would be trying to outrun darkness at the end of a long day. “Every one of these (new) guys, I tell them, you’ve done the hard part, which is getting out here,” said Scott Parel, a former computer programmer and standout amateur who has won four times on the PGA TOUR Champions. “To win the Q-School and shoot the scores he shot, he’s got the game.”
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a Bryce Hendrix was an All-Southern Conference first-team selection in both his sophomore and senior years at UNC-Greensboro.
I t all starts as a youngster’s love for the game. And then playing for fun becomes more ambitious, more competitive, with college tournament successes leading on to the burning question: could I make this my career and become a pro? In what follows, we track three young players who are set on following their dream to join the PGA TOUR.
For young talented players heading for a career as a pro, there are many obstacles along the way, but determination keeps their feet firmly on the ladder
VICTORY Bryce Hendrix walked up the 18th fairway at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina, in 2019. He held an insurmountable lead, and
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the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Spartans had wrapped up the team title at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate. Hendrix was on his way to a final-round 62 and an reallymakingImindset.performanceworld.Atvictory—you-read-it-correctly—over11-strokeJohnPak.thetime,Pakwasatop-10amateurintheHendrixwasnot,butthat20-undercertainlyhelpedchangehis“Ialwayshadthatthoughtinmyheadthatalwayswantedtotry,”Hendrixsaysaboutprofessionalgolfhiscareer.“Ididn’thavethatconfidencethatIcoulddo
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this until I played that college event at Irish Creek. After seeing I could do that and be that dominant for a week in how tough those conditions were, I was like, OK, I can actually do this, and I kept going from there.” That was three years ago, and Hendrix continues to chase his dream of one day playing on the PGA TOUR. He took a big step toward reaching that goal in March in Dothan, Alabama, when Hendrix, 25, earned PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour status for the first time. He finished as a runner-up to at-thetime amateur Jacob Bridgeman and is now a card-carrying PGA TOUR Canada member, the season beginning in early June. Hendrix has been at it for a while since graduating in 2019, while Bridgeman, 22, is starting his professional golf quest as a recent Clemson graduate. The native of Inman, South Carolina, earned PGA TOUR Canada membership with his medalist showing in Alabama. He’s since skipped a step, as he joined the Korn Ferry Tour, a reward for finishing as a top-five player (he was second) in the PGA TOUR University rankings at the conclusion of the college season.
Max Marsico’s progress in the past, however, he now believes he is in the right place, physically and mentally, to compete again.
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Meanwhile, Max Marsico, at age 31, who played golf at the University of Pennsylvania, already had made it to the Korn Ferry Tour before injuries and a global pandemic sidelined him. In 2018, after tying for 27th at the Knoxville Open that season, he was 84th on the money list and in position to keep his card. At the same time, he began having issues with his injured wrist, and therefore missed the cut in his next six events, eventually missing the weekend in eight of nine tournaments. Marsico plummeted to 132nd on the money list and lost his playing privileges. He rehabbed his injury and didn’t play in 2019. Then the pandemic hit, sidelining him all of 2020, and he didn’t get out of the early stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament in 2021, leaving him without a place to play. “I’ve had a lot of time for self-reflection, looking inward, at how to become a better player,” Marsico said of his time away from competition. “I’m just really excited to be able to walk out and have 11 PGA TOUR Canada events this year. I feel that over the course of a full season, my abilities will be able to show better than just a one-week sprint.” Yet it was his four-day performance outside Phoenix in early April—his sprint where he was the medalist at the Tour’s fourth Qualifying Tournament—that has provided him with his latest opportunity.
Rounds of 66-65-62 helped Bryce Hendrix on his way to victory at at the 2019 Irish Creek
Now into his 30s, Marsico is realistic about what he faces heading into the PGA TOUR Canada season. “Certainly, monetarily I probably haven’t made the best career choice considering where I went to school and what I’ve accomplished compared to some of my classmates,” said the 2014 graduate of the renowned Wharton School of Business. “Yet I felt I could separate myself and accomplish something in golf that’s different than if I just went into the business world,” he explains. “I would probably be able to go into business and go full head of steam into it. I just felt that golf was a really unique opportunity for me.” With that economics and finance degree, Marsico knows too well the costs associated with professional golf, something Hendrix already understands and Bridgeman is quickly learning.
b Jacob Bridgeman reached second place in the final 2022 PGA TOUR University presented by Velocity Global rankings.
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PAYING FOR PLAYING
“You have to do this with the end goal in mind. The end goal is to play on the PGA TOUR,” Bridgeman says, when discussing expenses. That week in Alabama, Bridgeman lost money, counting gas, his hotel, eating out and, of course, his entry fee. Spend money now to make money later is his, and everybody else’s, mantra. Bridgeman speaks often to former Clemson players Turk Pettit, Bryson Nimmer and Doc Redman, who are at various stages of their pro careers. “They give some good advice on how it’s going and what their plans are—how they can lead me to what I should be doing,” Bridgeman continues.Hendrix has a deal with a club company that provides him with free equipment, and he worked out an arrangement with the Country Club of North Carolina that gives him a place to play and practice. “They treat me wonderfully there. But, yeah, I’m definitely trying to find some more money because at this moment, I don’t have enough to pay for this summer.” Marsico probably sums it up the best, explaining why he and players like Hendrix and Bridgeman do what they do despite the challenges: “I really love golf. I love playing. I love going to tournaments. You get to visit all these great places, and you’re working outside. I just always wanted to play golf.”
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Watch Calibre E4 - Golf Edition. The new TAG Heuer Connected Watch Calibre E4 - Golf Edition has a redesigned buckle with a built-in magnetic ball marker. Ball markers are a must-have for putting, so having one incorporated into the watch buckle means one less thing for golfers to Thecarry.marker is designed to slide from the wrist easily and is emblazoned with a distinctive TAG Heuer logo in bright, contrasting colours to improve visibility. The logo stands out physically from the buckle to improve grip. The marker can be
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The TAG Heuer Connected Watch Calibre E4 - Golf Edition also oﬀers a redesigned interface to make it easier to control the watch’s golf functions, including highresolution 2D maps showing hazards and distances on more than 40,000 golf courses around the world. It allows wearers to improve their game, no matter what level of player they are. Professional golfer and TAG Heuer ambassador Tommy Fleetwood will wear the new watch, which also oﬀers exclusive golf-themed watch faces only available on the TAG Heuer Connected
ADVERTORIAL popped out simply in one movement and reattached with similar ease. There is also a spare ball marker provided in the case. The new watch automatically detects swings to allow users to track their performance in the app without having to activate the function by hand. The watch automatically detects when the wearer performs a swing on the tee area, using the Connected Watch’s accelerometer and gyroscope, and begins tracking the shot. It concludes when the watch identiﬁes the swing to hit a second stroke. It means golfers don’t have to remember to track their drive, ensuring that the data is captured automatically. For the time being this function is limited to tracking the ﬁrst shot on each hole.
The 45mm model has a sporting design and a powerful ceramic bezel which gives it the feel of a traditional high-end timepiece, highlighted with the iconic green of the Golf Edition. The iconic 18 holes bezel provides an immediate scorecard during a round with color coded segments showing on each hole if you are above, on or below par. The watch’s pushers have a mechanical feel, highlighting TAG Heuer’s 160 years of heritage in making high-end mechanical watches - and the watch slopes inwards, so it feels lighter on the wrist than previous generations of the Connected Golf Edition.
The watch interface has been redesigned to enhance the watch’s unique 2D maps, allowing golfers to track hazards and distances on 40,000 golf courses around the world. There is now more screen area available to view a 2D overhead map of the course, and more information is displayed on screen at once, with distances, club information, scores, and hole numbers displayed clearly on screen as users play.
The automatic shot tracking also enhances existing features of the watch, such as the Driving Range feature, by providing the app with more data (as it’s activated automatically). The Driving Range feature oﬀers a ‘heat map’ for every hole, which shows where shots landed on previous rounds. Over time, this allows golfers an overview of the strategies which work for them, helping them to pick the perfect club and the perfect route to each hole.
The Korn Ferry Tour, founded in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour, was developed as an avenue for the top-ﬁ ve money winners to earn TOUR membership for the following season, in addition to 45 TOUR cards awarded via the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament, widely known as Q-School.Astime progressed, more TOUR cards were awarded via the Korn Ferry Tour, while steadily reducing the total awarded via Q-School— always maintaining a total of 50 cards awarded via a qualifying series. The progression eventually led to an even split where 25 TOUR cards were awarded via the Korn Ferry Tour, 25 via PlayersQ-School.honed their craft on a series similar to the PGA TOUR in several aspects—Monday as travel day, Tuesday practice round, Wednesday pro-am, two competitive rounds before a Friday cut, and two more competitive rounds to determine a champion.
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The 82-time TOUR winner was impressed with Harkins’ aggressive mindset and conﬁ dent approach to the game, despite limited reps at the highest level. Woods pinpointed it to the Korn Ferry Tour’s structure and developmental philosophy, which requires players to prove their worthiness for TOUR-level competition.
Players on the Korn Ferry Tour strive to prove they have top-level PGA TOUR talent
“There’s a big difference from guys who would come out of college and go to Q-School and get their card … that’s a different challenge than it is going through a full year or full season,” noted Woods. “Going through a whole season hardens the guys and teaches them the new lifestyle of traveling, which is so different than college, and doing it for a yearlong period. “It teaches the guys to be more aggressive, and when they come out here and they have to play our TOUR, all of a sudden, they’re ready to make birdies. They’re ready to take on the challenges.”
P rior to the 2018 PLAYERS Championship, Tiger Woods was asked to describe what he sees from young PGA TOUR pros who earn their cards via the Korn Ferry Tour ranks. Woods quickly thought back to a recent round with Brandon Harkins, who had earned his ﬁ rst TOUR card via the prior year’s Korn Ferry Tour, having just made one TOUR start in a seven-year professional career before joining the TOUR.
Players such as Brandon Harkins, who captured his ﬁrst Korn Ferry Tour title in January, learn to play aggressively and hunt birdies on the KFT.
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“The line between the (Korn Ferry Tour) and PGA TOUR is so thin, I don’t know if you can see it,” said Keith Mitchell shortly after winning the PGA TOUR’s 2019 Honda Classic. “I never won on the (Korn Ferry Tour), and I’ve won on the PGA TOUR. It shows you how good those guys are, and how many guys eventually win in their first year on TOUR, their second year, is a true testament to that Tour.”
As evidenced by the likes of Tom Lehman, David Duval and Jason Day ascending from Korn Ferry Tour graduates to world No. 1, the system was fulfilling its mission of preparing aspiring TOUR pros to compete at the highest level.
“I bought a house, I bought a car, I broke up with my longtime girlfriend, so I went through a lot of stress that way. I worked through it, and I had a fantastic year.”
KORN FERRY TOUR In addition to the 25 cards earned via the Regular Season, 25 additional cards would be awarded via the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, a three-event series held parallel to the FedExCup Playoffs. Finishers Nos. 26-75 on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List and Nos. 126-200 on the FedExCup standings, in addition to nonmembers who earned equivalent non-member FedExCup Points to have finished inside the top 200, compete for the top 25 spots on a cumulative three-event Points List.
The PGA TOUR took its commitment to the Korn Ferry Tour a step further in 2013, revamping its qualifying system whereby all 50 TOUR cards would be earned through the Korn Ferry Tour moving forward.
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“I went through a lot of ups and downs that year,” Day said of his 2007 Korn Ferry Tour season, earning his TOUR card at age 19 after moving to the United States from Australia.
The Korn Ferry Tour recently passed 600 alumni victories on TOUR. That number will only continue to climb.
SIX TO WATCH Here’s a glance at six young pros on track to secure their first TOUR card via the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season:
FULFILLING ITS MISSION
PGA TOUR Q-School was renamed the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament, no longer providing direct access to the PGA TOUR. The Korn Ferry Tour was cemented as the premier path to the PGA TOUR.
Brandon Matthews took a big step forward towards claiming a place on the PGA TOUR after his victory at the Astara Golf Championship in Colombia.
Carl Yuan The China native had demonstrated a propensity for Sunday contention in the early stages of his Korn Ferry Tour career; a T2 at The Panama Championship in early February marked his fourth career runner-up finish. The University of Washington alum had come so close, yet so far from the winner’s circle. The 25-year-old changed that at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in mid-March, carding a final-round 65 to force a playoff from well back through 54 holes and then defeating Peter Uihlein with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Yuan represented China in last summer’s Olympic Men’s Golf Competition and was unable to return to the United States for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He has swiftly made amends early in 2022, his first TOUR card very much within sight.
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Carl Yuan became only the third mainland Chinese golfer to win on the Korn Ferry Tour when he captured the LouisianaChitimachaOpen.
After losing his Korn Ferry Tour card in 2019, the long-hitting Temple alum made headlines that fall in a moment of compassion on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. As Matthews attempted a putt to extend a playoff in Argentina, a fan let out an audible scream, and Matthews missed the putt. Matthews later learned that the fan had Down Syndrome, and he immediately requested to meet him. It marked profound grace in the face of defeat, and whether coincidence or not, Matthews’ career has only ascended from there. He won the 2021 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit to earn fully exempt 2022 Korn Ferry Tour status, and he won the Astara Golf Championship in Colombia in February to move to the verge of his first TOUR card—just three years after finishing 184th on the Points List.
Trevor Werbylo secured his first Korn Ferry Tour triumph at the Lake Charles Championship in March.
Trevor Werbylo The University of Arizona alum secured Forme Tour membership (the developmental circuit conducted in 2021 in lieu of PGA TOUR Canada) via a ninth-place finish on the inaugural PGA TOUR University Ranking. That position also enabled him to bypass First Stage of Q-School, but Werbylo quickly assured that a trip to the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament would not be required. The Arizona native recorded five top-25s in eight Forme Tour starts, including a victory and runner-up finish, en route to the No. 1 spot on the Order of Merit and fully exempt Korn Ferry Tour status in 2022. He proceeded to earn his first Korn Ferry Tour title in late March, shooting a final-round 63 at the Lake Charles Championship and besting Seonghyeon Kim in a playoff, a week after falling one shot shy of a playoff at the Louisiana Open.
At 25, Ben Griffin has made major inroads after choosing to give golf another run in 2021. Ben Griffin After two frustrating seasons to begin his career, the University of North Carolina alum decided that perhaps professional golf was not the right path. He stepped away from the professional game and embarked on a career as a mortgage loan officer, taking classes to become fully certified and helping families find their dream homes. One fateful workday last summer, though, Griffin found himself inadvertently pulling up to the golf course rather than the office. The 25-year-old knew he needed to give it one more shot. Griffin embarked on the Q-School journey last fall and earned guaranteed Korn Ferry Tour starts with a T29 at Final Stage. He recorded four top-10s in his first seven starts of 2022, including a pair of runner-up finishes, and he now turns his attention to chasing a TOUR card.
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Jay Card III
The New York native has always been a performer—he graduated from High Point University with a degree in Music with a focus on Vocal Performance, and he has taken the stage at venues such as the Vatican and Carnegie Hall. He is hoping to take the PGA TOUR stage soon, too, and his early Korn Ferry Tour performance indicates that he just might have the game to do so. After beginning the 2022 season with conditional status via Q-School, the 27-year-old recorded two top-10 ﬁnishes in his ﬁrst three starts, earning enough points to essentially secure guaranteed starts for the remainder of the season and avoid the uncertainty of Monday qualiﬁ ers. Card plays the ﬂute, oboe and saxophone, and he’s not too bad with the golf clubs, either.
Akshay Bhatia showcased his talent and decision-making skills during his maiden victory at the Korn Ferry Tour’s season opener, The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. Akshay Bhatia The North Carolina native made headlines in 2019 as a precocious 17-year-old, opting to bypass college and turn professional. Bhatia’s path was not always linear, as he took his lumps in TOUR starts on sponsor exemptions and struggled to break through at Monday qualiﬁers. In his third full year as a pro, though, the trajectory appears ﬁrmly upward. Bhatia gained 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals entry by accruing enough non-member FedExCup points to have ﬁnished inside the top-200, and although he was unable to ﬁnish inside The Finals 25 and earn a TOUR card, he earned 2022 Korn Ferry Tour membership. He then proceeded to win The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay in January, his ﬁrst start as a Korn Ferry Tour member, earning 500 points and taking massive strides toward delivering on expectations with a PGA TOUR card.
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Jay Card III started the Korn Ferry Tour with impressive form, recording two top-10 ﬁnishes in his ﬁrst three starts of 2022.
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• 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. o 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.
• 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: o swelling of your face, mouth and tongue o breathing problems o fainting, dizziness, feeling lightheaded (low blood pressure) o rash o hives Before using FASENRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
FASENRA may cause serious side effects, including:
Listen to the wind. The water. The asthma attack that doesn’t happen.
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 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. Talk to your doctor or visit FASENRA.com. Think of this moment as a quiet victory.
FASENRA helps prevent asthma attacks, improve breathing, and lower daily use of oral steroids.* It’s only 1 maintenance dose every 8 weeks† and has a convenient pen option.
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. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call Please1-800-FDA-1088.seeBriefSummary of full Prescribing Information on adjacent page. *Results may vary. †The first 3 doses are given on day 1, week 4, and week 8. FASENRA is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies. ©2021 AstraZeneca. All rights reserved. US-51832 3/21
• are taking prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. 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.
• 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.
How should I store FASENRA?
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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FASENRA
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• FASENRA comes in a single dose prefilled syringe and in a single dose autoinjector.
• FASENRA may be stored at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) for up to 14 days.
• 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
• 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.
• 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)
• 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.
• 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.
How will I use FASENRA?
• Store FASENRA in the original carton until you are ready to use it to protect it from light.
• Store FASENRA in the refrigerator between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
• have a parasitic (helminth) infection
What are the possible side effects of FASENRA?
What is FASENRA?
• 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.
• FASENRA is not used to treat other problems caused by eosinophils.
• FASENRA is injected under your skin (subcutaneously) one time every 4 weeks for the first 3 doses, and then every 8 weeks.
Active ingredient: benralizumab
FASENRA and FASENRA Pen are registered trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies.
Inactive ingredients: L-histidine, L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, polysorbate 20, , -trehalose dihydrate, and Water for Injection
• A healthcare provider will inject FASENRA using the single-dose prefilled syringe.
• 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.
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.
Before using FASENRA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
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.
° 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.
FASENRA may cause serious side effects, including:
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 are the ingredients in 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.
• If you miss a dose of FASENRA, call your healthcare provider.
° 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.
• Once removed from the refrigerator and brought to room temperature FASENRA must be used within 14 days or thrown away.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada build on their successes, creating growth opportunities by highlighting skilled players
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada Shore and Hitt hold PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Canada membership this season, with both players accomplishing essentially the same thing and doing their work at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. In November, Shore was the medalist at the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Qualifying Tournament, and he earned first-half-of-the-season status on PGA TOUR Canada with his seventh-place finish at the same course in mid-March. Everything Shore pulled off, Hitt did, as well. The former North Carolina Tar Heel was sublime at Mission Inn, opening with a course-record 62 and cruising to a wire-to-wire medalist triumph and PGA TOUR Canada status. Four months earlier, Hitt finished second to pick up PGA TOUR Latinoamérica membership, finishing two strokes behind Shore. Although they are both well into
DAVIS SHORE AND AUSTIN HITT (UNITED STATES)
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By Laury Livsey a Davis Shore secured a T5 finish in the 2022 JHSF Aberto do Brasil.
I n what many thought could not be done, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica played a full 2021 season, despite the challenges of holding tournaments in various Latin American countries during a pandemic. If it could pull off that feat a year ago, there’s no reason to think it won’t be as successful—if not more—during the 2021-22 season now that COVID-19 restrictions haveMeanwhile,eased.
PGA TOUR Canada is looking forward to a full season for the first time since 2019—also pandemic related. PGA TOUR Canada’s 11-event schedule teed off in early June with the Royal Beach Victoria Open in British Columbia.Yes,PGA TOUR Canada’s season kicked off in June, with the Tour conducting springtime Qualifying Tournaments throughout May to fill out its 2022 roster. As summer arrived, PGA TOUR LatinoAmerica was well into its 10th anniversary season. A pair of events were played in Argentina and Chile in December; seven more events were played before June arrived. As the International Tours return to prepandemic normal, here’s a pick of seven talented players from both Tours who will be worth watching:
ALEX HERRMANN (GERMANY)
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica
WOCHENG YE (CHINA)
PGA TOUR Canada
MITCHELL MEISSNER (UNITED STATES)
PGA TOUR Canada
While his younger brother, Mac, is making his mark on the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour, Mitchell is in his third full season in Latin America. Already this year, the older Meissner has posted his fourth career runner-up finish at the Volvo Golf Championship by Seguros del Estado in Bogota, Colombia. Meisnner, a San Antonio, Texas, native by way of Rice University, has made the cut in more than 78 percent of his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica starts and is primed to make the
The native of Germany has never held PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour membership but comes to his first PGA TOUR Canada season with a pile of bona fides, as a three-time first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection during his college years at Georgia State. At the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Championship, Herrmann drained a 12-foot putt on the 18th hole to win his individual match that gave the Panthers a 3-2 team win over Georgia Southern and, ultimately, the conference championship. The medalist at the Qualifying Tournament in Weston, Florida, Herrmann will be playing this season with his twin brother, Max, who holds conditional status. “I will play a few events in Germany before I head over to Canada to begin preparing for that season,” Herrmann said following his Q-School triumph.
TOURPGAIMAGES: INTERNATIONAL TOURS WWW.PGATOUR.COM118 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE JUNE DECEMBER 2022 b Austin Hitt (left) is exempt into every 2022 PGA TOUR Canada tournament. b Wocheng Ye (right) had a successful 2021 China Tour, posting two victories and eight top-10 finishes in nine starts. their pro careers (Shore attended Alabama), neither have played a lot of recent competitive golf as the global pandemic has curtailed their playing opportunities.
You may remember Ye as a history-making, pre-teen in 2013 when he qualified as a 12-yearold for the Volvo China Open on the DP World Tour (previously known as the European Tour). Although Ye missed the cut that week, he became the youngest player to ever tee it up on that circuit. Four years later, Ye played in that same tournament, making the cut and tying for 59th. Though he is only 21, he has played a lot of golf around the world and is looking at the 2022 PGA TOUR Canada season as a breakout opportunity. His only other PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour playing experience came in two starts on PGA TOUR Series-China, in 2014 and 2016. “I’m very happy to have a place to play this season and playing in Canada will be a great opportunity for me to further my career,” Ye said.
Rak Cho impressed on his PGA TOURdebut,LatinoaméricaachievingaT2finish.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Aguado has spent considerable time in both Mexico and the U.S., and has improved each year since leaving Jacksonville State University and turning pro. Aguado seemed to hit his stride in 2019 on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, as he recorded three top 10s and closed the year 27th on the Order of Merit. Poised to make another big move in 2020, his progress was hindered by the global pandemic, but he made the most of a difficult situation, playing on the 2020 LOCALiQ Series, a set of tournaments designed for PGA TOUR International Tours players when their home tours shut down. Aguado had three top-10s, and he also maintained his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica membership via his Points List position.
Mitchell Meissner made 10 consecutive cuts to begin the season in Latin America, with eight top-10 finishes, to lead all players in points.
Alex Herrmann triumphed over Wocheng Ye with a five-shot victory to lead PGA TOUR Canada Q-School USA East 1.
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RAK CHO (SOUTH KOREA) PGA TOUR Latinoamérica With the stoppage of tournament golf in China due to the pandemic, Cho, a PGA TOUR SeriesChina veteran (32 career starts) moved to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica this season and already has shown what he can do. The former University of Oregon player continues to look for that elusive win. He had two career runner-up performances in China, and already this season he tied for second at the 115th Visa Argentine Open. Checking the “win” box is next on his to-do list.
CAMILO AGUADO (COLOMBIA)
Camilo Aguado did not miss a cut in his first 10 starts of 2021-22, with a pair of top-10 finishes in Latin America.
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When Aaron Beverly finished off a three-stroke victory at the Wilshire Country Club in November 2021, it was a triumphant culmination to a challenging year of personal struggles. As satisfying as that moment was for Beverly, the best was still yet to come.Playing on the APGA Tour (a Tour devoted to creating more diversity in the game of golf) for the first time in 2021, Beverly contracted COVID-19 in April and lost 17 pounds during his battle with the virus. Between COVID and dealing with the loss of his father, Beverly suffered both physically and mentally. He returned to the APGA Tour three months later and secured his status for 2022 with his season-ending victory. That win also paved the way for the Northern California native to earn the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption at the PGA TOUR’s 2022 Genesis Invitational just two months later. The exemption not only afforded him the opportunity to compete in his first PGA TOUR event, but also to spend time with the man who inspired him to pursue a career in professional golf, Tiger Woods.
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Closing out a difficult 2021 with a win at the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Fall Series Finale has served as a springboard that has helped Beverly to reach new heights with his career in 2022, and has him excited about what the future may hold.
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Beverly ultimately missed the cut at Riviera, but the experience of competing against the world’s top players would serve him well two months later, as he earned full PGA TOUR Canada status with a T6 finish at the qualifying tournament. “Playing on the APGA Tour has helped me feel comfortable by playing with other minorities who have similar backgrounds and goals as I do,” Beverly said. “While I didn’t play well enough to make the weekend at the Genesis Invitational, I walked away knowing that I had the game to compete with some the greatest players on the planet. It definitely gave me the confidence boost I needed to finish strong at the PGA TOUR Canada qualifying tournament and earn my card.”
“Since I was a kid watching Tiger Woods dominate the PGA TOUR, I’ve always been inspired to do what he did,” Beverly said.
“Winning the Farmers Insurance Finale at Wilshire really opened the floodgates for me,” Beverly said. “I’m really excited about the path my career has taken over these past few months and look forward to what lies ahead.”
Having suffered from a challenging bout with COVID-19, Aaron Beverly completed an inspiring comeback by shooting a final-round 70 to capture the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Fall Series Finale.
Luke List’s daughter, 3-year-old Ryann, wanted a trophy. Badly. Each time her father left for a PGA TOUR event, she’d sweetly tell him, “Go win a trophy.” Then she’d watch him on TV that week and tell her mom, Chloe, “Daddy’s going to win a trophy.”
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Zalatoris, the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, forced a playoff with a final-round 71. List, however, produced the shot that defined his victory—a wedge to the 18th green that settled just a foot from the cup for a winning birdie.
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In her innocence, Ryann had no idea how difficult that was for Daddy to do. Or how desperately he wanted it for himself. List, 37, played in 205 events across seven-plus seasons, grinding for that first PGA TOUR victory. When it arrived in the Farmers Insurance Open at San Diego’s Torrey Pines, the entire family was there to celebrate. After List wrapped up his playoff victory over Will Zalatoris as the sun set on the Pacific Ocean, Ryann ran onto the green and eventually snatched up the trophy. It was a victory long awaited, and well-earned. A runnerup to Ryan Moore at the 2004 U.S. Amateur, List owned two seconds and two thirds in his career. A two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour, List had chased a next-level win for years. On the Torrey Pines South Course that has hosted two U.S. Opens, List shot 6-under-par 66 in a rare Saturday tournament finish to fend off the back-nine challenges of three former Farmers Open winners—Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Justin Rose.
The maiden win was made sweeter considering that List earned his second invitation to the Masters (the first coming after his U.S. Amateur runner-up). He resides in Augusta (his wife’s family is there), and sometimes it was painful to drive by the gates of the club on Washington Road without an April invitation to play.“Ican’t tell you how much this means to me,” List said. It meant a great deal to Ryann, as well. It took 207 starts, but Luke List broke through as a PGA TOUR champion at the Farmers Insurance Open.
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The week was disrupted by speculation about Greg Norman’s proposed Saudi-funded golf league. Niemann was asked about his interest after Thursday and said, “I don’t really want to say anything.” Trophy in hand, against the strongest ﬁ eld of the year, after a performance that illustrated his potential, Niemann spoke volumes.“Winning a PGA TOUR event, getting a trophy, having Tiger there, all the history behind it, there’s nothing that can compete with this,” he said.
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Joaquin Niemann showed his explosive side before he showed up on the PGA TOUR as a teenager from Chile. In what he thought was his ﬁnal round as an amateur, he shot 63 to win the Latin America Amateur Championship in 2018 and qualify for the Masters.Thatwas easy to overlook with only one victory in three seasons on the PGA TOUR. And then one week at Riviera was a strong reminder.TheGenesis Invitational brought together the top 10 players in the world ranking. After one round, they were chasing one player. Niemann became only the ninth player in the long tournament history to open with a 63. If that wasn’t enough, the 23-year-old standout added another 63 the next day. His irons were so good on Thursday that eight of his nine birdies were putts inside 10 feet. His putter was so pure on Friday that four of his birdie putts were 15 feet or longer. When he holed a 20-foot eagle putt from just off the back of the 10th green, Niemann became the ﬁrst player in Riviera history to reach 21-under par. So thorough was his dominance at The Genesis Invitational that every round he set or matched some variety of a scoring record. That ended on the ﬁnal day when he shot 71 for a twoshot victory that was only brieﬂ y in question. His ﬁnal tally of 265 missed by one the tournament record set by Lanny Wadkins in 1985, the longest-standing record on the PGA TOUR. And then he saved the biggest moment after tournament host Tiger Woods presented him the trophy.
Joaquin Niemann of Chile hoists The Genesis Invitational trophy alongside Tiger Woods following his two-stroke victory.
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By Brentley Romine Ryan Brehm doesn’t just have the ability to drive a golf ball 360 yards. He also can throw gas, topping 90 mph from a pitcher’s mound. At the Puerto Rico Open, though, the 35-year-old Brehm needed to hit a home run. Cashing in on his lone start from a minor medical extension, Brehm knew his only chance at retaining full status on the PGA TOUR was to win or ﬁnish solo second, and he knocked it out of the park. With his wife, Chelsey, on the bag, Brehm carded just one bogey in 72 holes, and won by six. Brehm’s victory was his ﬁrst career top-10 on TOUR, validating his decision to keep chasing his dream despite multiple setbacks. He quit playing in 2010 for an assistantcoaching job at his alma mater, Michigan State; earned his TOUR card for the ﬁrst time in 2016 but kept it only one season; lost his mother, Debbie, to a brain tumor in January 2021; and was on the verge of losing his card for the second time. “I needed all of that to happen before I was ready to pull this off,” Brehm said. Now, Brehm has something he never had before: job security. He made his PLAYERS Championship debut the week after Puerto Rico, and though he missed two of three cuts after winning, Brehm was relieved, refreshed and renewed.Hisrevised goals include making the Tour Championship, which would get him to all the majors. He also can work on his game, speciﬁcally his three-putt avoidance and chipping, without fear that a few poor weeks could set him back. “My attitude has completely changed,” Brehm said. “I’m just embracing the difﬁculty, the day-in and day-out adversity, and I truly enjoy it. I couldn’t have said that maybe a few years ago, but I wake up every day and want to get “I’mbetter.looking forward to what the future holds.”
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Ryan Brehm maintained his PGA TOUR status with an emphatic six-shot victory at the Puerto Rico Open.
SEPP STRAKA TAMES THE BEAR TRAP
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With a closing birdie – and an assist from Mother Nature – Sepp Straka became the first player from Austria to win on the PGA TOUR.
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Sepp Straka woke up on Sunday morning at The Honda Classic five shots out of the lead and had a simple wish: He wanted to be standing on the 15th tee that afternoon with a chance to win. Hours later, stepping into the start of the daunting three-hole Bear Trap that starts on 15, there he stood. On a brutally demanding course, Straka would birdie three of his final five holes, play the Bear Trap in 1-under, shoot a closing 4-under 66 and walk away with his first PGA TOUR title. The 28-year-old Straka became the first golfer from Austria to win on TOUR. He spent the first 14 years of his life in Austria before moving to Valdosta, Georgia. “It’s still surreal,” Straka would say after a two-putt birdie at the par-5 18th hole left him the only player in the field to reach double-digits below par. He shot 10-under 270. A very competent ballstriker who added yet another TOUR victory to the talented crop from the University of Georgia, Straka played the final hole perfectly—and he also caught a little luck. Just after he blistered a 334-yard bullet down the fairway off the 18th tee, the first heavy rains of the week started to fall at PGA National. His drive left Straka a 6-iron into the green; behind him, Irishman Shane Lowry stood on the tee in a downpour, and pulled his tee shot short and left, into thickWhenrough.Lowry later failed to drain a lengthy birdie putt to tie from 43 feet, victory belonged to Straka, who led the field in driving accuracy (47 of 56 fairways). The victory was quite popular, too. Several of Straka’s Georgia teammates hung around in the rain to watch him win. “I think it validates a lot for him,” said Chris Kirk, a fellow Bulldog who tied for seventh. “Making it to the PGA TOUR is one thing. Winning out here is a completely different story. It’s incredible.”
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“I hit it close enough where I couldn’t miss a couple of them,” Flesch said. “Putts went in, and you get that momentum rolling and all good things happen.”
The gamble paid off when the left-hander made up a fourshot deficit by shooting a final-round 65—his lowest score of the season—and finished 11 under par, one shot better than David Toms, Fred Couples and Padraig Harrington.
A bold move by Steve Flesch before the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic turned out to be his best decision of the week and resulted in his second career victory on PGA TOUR Champions.Fleschdecided on Sunday morning, just hours before he was scheduled to tee off, to ditch his new irons and return to an older set. Flesch had used his new Pings (5-iron through pitching wedge) during the first two rounds of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, but never got dialed in with the distances. So, he pulled the old set out of his trunk and stuck them in his bag.
Steve Flesch rallied from four shots back with a final-round 65 to win in Atlanta.
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where your 8-iron goes is a certain distance. Well, this 8-iron was going another five yards and that trickles down throughout yourHisclubs.”confidence in the older set was evident right away. He birdied the second hole to begin a five-hole birdie stretch. A soft 8-iron from 163 yards—a shot in the sweet spot of his comfort zone—at No. 17 was close enough to produce his fourth birdie on the back nine and push him into lead for the first time.
“I’m comfortable here. I’ve had great results,” Flesch said. “I can draw on a lot of positivity and that’s how I feel when I come here.”
“They’re beautiful, but I put heavier shafts in them and, honestly, I was hitting them so solidly that they were going a little too far,” Flesch, 55, said of the newer iron set. “When you have been playing as long as we have, you have numbers in your head
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Flesch became the first two-time winner in the nine-year history of the tournament and extended his record of fine play at TPC Sugarloaf. He had four top-10s there when the course was site of the AT&T Classic.
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Scottie Scheffler fulfills a childhood dream by winning his first Masters, which also marked his first major championship triumph.
W hen Harrison Frazar would practice out at Royal Oaks in Dallas during his PGA TOUR days, frequently there would be a little 10-year-old kid nearby, camped on a flipped-over bucket, watching, studying, and absorbing everything that he could. The kid stuck to Frazar like two-sided tape, challenging him to putting games for quarters, and asking thoughtful questions that little kids that age simply do not ask. “He would say, ‘If the divot is on the outside, toe-down, why is the ball going to the right?’ Stuff like that,” Frazar said. “Kind of heady, right? He was absorbing and paying attention, all the time. He was a sponge.”
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That sponge eventually made it to the PGA TOUR, and in 2022, he has arrived in a big way.
Scheffler won the WM Phoenix Open in a shootout. He won at Arnie’s Place, Bay Hill, which can be more difficult than the LSATs.
Scheffler’s rocket-like 2022 start is the stuff of dreams
WORLD CLASS Scheffler has gained some muscle and length since his days at Texas. He hits towering irons, and his long game is complemented by a worldclass short game. Added to that, he is a clutch putter, which makes for a lethal combination. Asked to name the MVP of his bag at Augusta, that was easy. His lob wedge. After a slow start early Sunday, where he was nervous leading on such a big stage, Scheffler hit one of his patented, low-scooting pitches with the lob wedge at the par-4 third that checked up, trickled out, kissed the flagstick, and vanished for birdie. From there, he pretty much cruised. He had such a big lead into 18 he could fourputt and smile. He still won by three.
Later in March, Scheffler won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, not far from where he earned his degree at Texas. Match play, mano a mano, and he was tougher than roadside dirt.
Scheffler then would cap off his amazing 56day run by slipping into his first Green Jacket at Augusta National, winning the Masters, adding his name to a roll call of Lone Star legends that includes Byron Nelson, Jimmy Demaret, Ben Hogan, Ben Crenshaw, and Jordan Spieth. “My head is still kind of spinning.” Scheffler said in the aftermath of winning his first major championship. “Major championship golf is brutal ... It was such a mental grind and you know, winning this golf tournament, I’m so humbled to be here. I’m just glad to be a part of the “I’mfield.glad to be able to come out here and have a chance to compete. To be able to win this tournament, I can’t say enough about it.”
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Scottie Scheffler, that little kid on the bucket back at Royal Oaks, is 25 now, and did not sneak quietly onto the stage. When he got his chance, he ripped down the curtain, announced himself, and forced anyone sitting down to stand up and take notice. Scheffler’s strong start to 2022? In a word, astounding.
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NEAR MISS When you accomplish big things, as Schefﬂ er had early in 2022, your name starts getting linked to history. He was the 54-hole leader near home at Colonial, Hogan’s old stomping grounds, with a chance to become the fourth player since 1960 to win ﬁ ve PGA TOUR titles before the calendar ﬂ ipped to June. You may know the others: Arnold Palmer (who did it twice), Johnny Miller, and Tom Watson. Hall of FamersSchefﬂall.er would follow his second missed cut of the season at the PGA Championship in May by very nearly collecting that ﬁ fth trophy. He led going into Sunday at the Charles Schwab Challenge, was caught by his old junior pal, Sam Burns, and lost when Burns made a 38-foot birdie putt in a playoff. Did Schefﬂ er sulk after his defeat? Heck no. He dashed off to have a big time at the wedding of his wife’s sister.
Scottie Schefﬂer, shown here in a lighter moment at the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch, has remained humble in his ascent to becoming World No. 1. At storied Augusta National Golf Club, Scottie Schefﬂer celebrates his three-stroke victory at the Masters. Schefﬂer joined an impressive list of great champions from Texas.
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TOURPGAIMAGES;GETTYIMAGES: “The skill level that he has in every area of his game is amazing,” said Schefﬂ er’s caddie, Ted Scott, a two-time Masters winner with Bubba Watson. “He really doesn’t have a weakness.”
SOMETHING SPECIAL Scheffler has set himself up to make a deep run in the FedExCup Playoffs, with four victories to go along with his runner-up showing at Colonial. Not since 2016-17 has a player won five events in a season (Justin Thomas). Frazar looks at Scheffler’s amazing campaign and derives satisfaction not because Scheffler is showing he is a great golfer, but because he knows Scheffler is a great kid, one who does things the right way. Frazar knew the youth sitting on the bucket had something special that you just don’t see very often. Jordan Spieth, a few years older than Scheffler, had that “it” factor, too. And so does Scheffler. “It” can be hard to define, but always easy to identify, if that makes sense. “He is not afraid. We know that,” Frazar said. “Golf priority-wise, is in the right place for him in his life, and that frees him up just to go play. I would add this: There’s a little bit of ‘showoff’ in him. He gets a wedge in his hand, and he wants to say, ‘Hey, look at what I can do.’”A showoff indeed. It is almost as if Scottie Scheffler has been doing that all season: Hey, look what I can do a Scottie Scheffler’s first PGA TOUR victory, the 2022 WM Phoenix Open, sparked an incredible four-victory run that ended in a Green Jacket. _ Scottie Scheffler celebrates with his wife, Meredith, after defeating Kevin Kisner in the final at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. With the win came a new perch for Scheffler: World No. 1.
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Perhaps Scheffler’s greatest strength, for all his gifts, is how he prioritizes golf in his life. He married his best friend, is very close with his parents and sisters, is devoted to his faith, and enjoys competition. When Scheffler shows up to a tournament to compete, anything beyond that is viewed as a bonus.
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IMMELMAN: I think at the outset people weren’t quite sure how it would work. They were so used to the Ryder Cup, and the Ryder Cup was going through kind of a boom in those mid-1990s because the Europeans had just started winning.
By Helen Ross O n a Monday at the rain-delayed PLAYERS Championship in March, it was Cameron Smith—the Australian expected to anchor the International Team that Trevor Immelman will captain at the Presidents Cup in September— who was well on his way to a stunning victory at TPC Sawgrass, shooting a final-round 66 that included a phenomenal 10 birdies. Smith was an integral part of the youngest team in Presidents Cup history that almost pulled off a giant upset in 2019. The gutsy Internationals led by two points going into Sunday’s Singles matches at Royal Melbourne before the Americans rallied for a 16-14 victory. While the 11-1-1 U.S. overall advantage in the Presidents Cup series is daunting, Immelman is hopeful that his International Team can be the one that finally turns the tide when the matches are contested Sept. 20-25 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here are some of the 2008 Masters champion’s thoughts on the competition that began in 1994.
Q: You’ve had a long history with the Presidents Cup. How have you seen it change?
International Team Captain Trevor Immelman talks organization, Dabo Swinney, momentum, playing on the road, and reversing the fortunes for his underdog side at this autumn’s Presidents Cup
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… But I think over the years the Presidents Cup started to gain more and more momentum and get bigger and bigger. And I think really for us, from our standpoint as the International Team, it’s changed because we feel our team is becoming a bit more like a real sporting franchise now. I feel that in the beginning it was just a bunch of players thrown together. We didn’t
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a Trevor Immelman, in a 2005 Presidents Cup practice round, is the third South African to lead the International team, following Gary Player and Ernie Els. really have any type of flag or logo to play under. I think in the last four or five years or so our team is getting a bit more structure to it. … And I think we’re in a position as the Europeans were in the late 1980s. We’ve got a bunch of young players coming through that are playing well at the highest level, but we’ve got to find a way to start getting across the line and competing in a strong and tough way and getting a few victories for it to really get going.
I find Charlotte to be an awesome sporting city. It’s going be well-supported—a lot of American fans. … The atmosphere is going be awesome and heavily stacked against us, and rightly so, being in America.
IMMELMAN: I think it’s very important for the health of the tournament. … Oftentimes a lot of these golf podcasts you start to hear, wow, maybe they should change the format. Maybe they should get LPGA players involved and make it a mixed event. … And first of all, it gets under my skin because I find it a little disrespectful to our International players because we love the event, and we love the opportunity to be able to play against the Americans. But still, I understand why people start to think and say that stuff. We need to find a way to get a few wins and start to make it really competitive every time, in order for people to really buy into it.
_ Captain Trevor Immelman with the Presidents Cup trophy that he hopes to share with his International squad this September in Charlotte.
Q: So how important do you think it is for the International Team to start winning?
“This would be some history for us having never won this tournament in the U.S. It’s going to be extremely hard, particularly at Quail.”
— Trevor PresidentscontemplatingImmelman,theCup,2022
IMMELMAN: It’s a huge challenge. In all the times that it’s been played, we’ve only had one tie and one win, and both were outside of the U.S., in South Africa (2003, tie) and Australia (1998, win). This would be some history for us having never won this tournament in the U.S. It’s going to be extremely hard, particularly at Quail.
Q: Playing on U.S. soil this year just ups the ante, doesn’t it?
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Q: You played for Gary Player twice, and then you were an assistant to Ernie Els. I know you’re your own man, but what have you taken from each captain?
IMMELMAN: Look, with Gary as everybody knows him, he’s extremely vocal and passionate. That’s kind of his style, very positive, very confident, very passionate and you can feed off that. Ernie’s was different. Ernie is much more quiet but still confident. And the other thing with Ernie that he has to his advantage: he’s such a huge man that he has an amazing presence. So, he doesn’t really need to say much for you to feel him, if you know what I mean, to feel his presence. And I would say that that gave the youngsters, the seven rookies, a lot of confidence, the fact that he knew Royal Melbourne so well, and that he could coach them around that golf course and teach them a few tricks about how to play and where to place your ball. So, I think that gave those guys a lot of confidence. Now from my standpoint, I’m a huge team guy. I love the team atmosphere. It’s one of the reasons that I love doing TV. It’s being part of a team with one goal to try and do something. And so that’s the way I’m looking at it—to get this team, this group of players, whoever the 12 end up being, to gel as quickly and as well as possible. That’s sort of the strategy that I have. And I would say that I do a lot of prep and I’m well organized. So, I think all the extra stuff on the side will be taken care of. The guys are just going to have to pitch up and worry about playing the best golf possible. There’ll be no other drama surrounding the team that week.
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Q: Have you always been such an organized, focused person?
IMMELMAN: Yes, I have been, and my wife is the same as well. It’s interesting. It’s an advantage and a disadvantage in certain cases because I’m such a thinker and such a planner, and preparation is so important to me. It probably burnt me out a little when I was playing. I’ve found a lot of the best players are— what’s the best way for me to put this—they’re not as hard on themselves and they’re able to roll with the punches a bit more, whereas somebody who’s really intense all the time in an individual sport that is impossible to master, it can really wear on you if you’re not careful. So, I think it was very helpful to me when I was developing my skill and coming through the ranks. But once you get to a particular level, I think it can actually start hurting you a little, just because you can wear yourself out.
b Trevor Immelman, left, joins his captain, Gary Player, and teammate Mike Weir, at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on opening day at the 2005 Presidents Cup.
Q: You’re also good friends with Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, who has coached the Tigers to two national championships. Have you asked him about building that team atmosphere? IMMELMAN: Yes, we were down at the beach for a few days’ vacation with them earlier this year and we spoke about it a lot. My style is quite similar to his. … Just really creating a cool, energetic team atmosphere to where everybody is at ease and having a good time and we’re focused on ourselves, our own game, our own strategy and being there for one another, having each other’s backs. That’s kind of how I see my personality, as well. That is the way he seems to lead. He leads by example through that, and I think if the players know you love them, and they know that you’re going to be there for
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b Trevor Immelman has become a thoughtful analyst for CBS after years of competing. His biggest victory was the 2008 Masters. His last pro victory came at the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Q: Aside from a victory, what do you want your players to take away from the Presidents Cup? IMMELMAN: That’s a good question. Just friendships, just the strengthening of friendships. These weeks are so much fun because as golfers we don’t get to experience that team environment all that often. All of a sudden, you’re out there playing for something other than for yourself. It’s a really cool feeling. And in that team environment, there are a lot of moments where you could be a little bit more vulnerable, or you let your guard down a bit because you know that you have people there to support you. Guys get really close, families get close, wives get to know each other better, and so that’s something that’s really special. And the other thing is, I’d love for guys to leave that week saying, OK, the International Team really, really is something now. We’ve spent a lot of time in the last few years trying to build this brand and make it something, trying to build a foundation. So just more and more respect for the shield and then as that starts to bleed through then players coming through that are younger and can come into the fold and … and really start to understand.
TOURPGAIMAGES;GETTYIMAGES: all of them regardless. For me that’s when the mutual respect really starts to grow.
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HALL OF Tiger Woods celebrates his Hall of Fame induction with his daughter, Sam, who eloquently introduced him to the stage.
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Renee Powell received the inaugural Charlie Sifford Award for her role in advancing diversity in the Topgame.billing belonged to Woods and Finchem, whose careers are inextricably intertwined.
The World Golf Hall of Fame recognizes golf’s brightest stars, with Tiger Woods and former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem leading the newest class
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Additionally, two first-time awards were presented: the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the game went to longtime Pebble Beach Company co-chairmen Peter Ueberroth, and also to the late Dick Ferris, who served as PGA TOUR Policy Board chairman.
By Chris Smith L ooking down from the podium to where Tim Finchem and Tiger Woods were seated together, PGA TOUR Commissioner and World Golf Foundation Board Chairman Jay Monahan, in his capacity as World Golf Foundation Board Chairman, noted the “lovely sense of symmetry” of golf’s most influential pair over a quarter-century span being inducted on the same evening into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida. “The man who has had the greatest impact on the game outside the ropes over the last 25 years,” Monahan said of Finchem, his predecessor, and “the competitor who’s had the greatest impact on the game inside the ropes during that same period.”
Finchem was at the World Series of Golf in Akron, Ohio, but he still gained appreciation of Woods’ potential. At Firestone it was quiet. There were few players around. “I went in the clubhouse, and it was packed because the players had gathered around a television to watch Tiger playing down here in the Amateur,”
Finchem said he first recognized what an incredible asset the TOUR had on its horizon when he, Finchem, was just three months in office. It was August 1994 and the stage was at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course. Woods, then a slender 18-year-old rising freshman at Stanford University, was capping the first of his three straight U.S. Amateur titles with a birdie-2 on the famed island 17th hole, overcoming a fivehole deficit to defeat Trip Kuehne.
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Finchem was two years into his 22½-year tenure as Commissioner when Tiger had his “Hello, World” PGA TOUR moment in 1996.
On this eve of THE PLAYERS Championship, with 27 Hall of Fame members among the 500 guests at the TOUR’s global home, the late Marion Hollins and Susie Maxwell Berning, whose 11 LPGA victories included three U.S. Women’s Opens, were also being inducted. Berning drew laughter when she noted to Woods that her Open titles netted $16,000, adding, “I was wondering if you’d like to swap checks.” Hollins, who died in 1944, was an accomplished amateur golfer and the first U.S. Curtis Cup captain. But her greatest legacy was her prominent role in the development of famed California golf courses Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Pasatiempo.
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Finchem recalled, “ … I started thinking about how this man can impact huge numbers of people.”
DOWNPLAYING HIS ROLE Finchem and his staff obviously figured out how to take full advantage of Woods’ transcendent popularity and influence, growing the TOUR to unprecedented heights. Finchem tends to downplay his role and spread the credit to others. “If someone were to say—Tim had it easy once Tiger won one Masters—that Tim had very little to do, that wouldn’t be inaccurate. I’d say Tiger in and of himself is most impactful for our sport, and more so than any other sport.”
DRIVEN FOR CHARITY Under Finchem’s leadership PGA TOUR purses rose from $90 million for three Tours to more than $400 million on six Tours, including a jump from $56.4 million to nearly $330 million on the PGA TOUR alone. All-time charitable contributions grew from $250 million to nearly $2.5 billion. High-profile initiatives were created, including the FedExCup, Presidents Cup, World Golf Championships and three Tim Finchem, a member of the newest World Golf Hall of Fame class, celebrates with his wife, Holly. Tiger audienceentertainedWoodsthewithsometalesofhisyouth.
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Finchem had no easy task being the handpicked successor to fellow Hall of Famer Deane Beman, who elevated the TOUR to the big leagues. In recognizing Beman, Finchem noted the TOUR was a $150,000 business in 1974. Beman, he said, “was saddled with lot of negativity, and he went about it as bulldog. He set the stage for what could happen.”
In fact, when Finchem was named his successor, Peter Jacobsen said something to the effect: Deane built a Mercedes; all Tim has to do is keep his foot on the gas. While it was a well-intended tribute Beman, in retrospect b The Hall of Fame Class of 2022 is joined by some members inducted in previous years. it grossly underestimated Finchem’s own capabilities. Like Beman, Finchem was no fan of statusWhichquo.certainly relates to Woods’ own career path and relentless drive to succeed.
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“Dad instilled with me this work ethic to fight for what I believe in, chase after my dreams, nothing’s ever going to be given to you, everything’s going to be earned,” said Woods, “If you don’t go out there and put in the work, if you don’t get out and put in the effort, one, you’re not going to get the results. But two, and more importantly, you don’t deserve it. You need to earn it.”
While Tiger Woods entertained the audience with tales of his youth, Woods took a more serious tone when talking about his father, Earl, and the Green Beret mantra he ingrained that Tiger’s 14-year-old daughter, Sam, referenced in introducing her father: “Train hard, fight easy.”
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On the verge of losing his card, Ryan Brehm dominated the field at the Puerto Rico Open in March, earning a two-year exemption with his win.
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Thirty-one years later, it remains an indelible moment from an occasion that Andrade and a host of other PGA TOUR players will tell you is unforgettable: That first victory. Need proof? Just ask Jay Haas about the 1978 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational at Torrey Pines. “Memorable? I should say so, with all the details I can run off,” laughed Haas, whose first win came early in his second year on TOUR. He remembers the driver he broke the week before the tournament, and how he and his uncle, 1968 Masters champion Bob Goalby, made a visit to the folks at Aldila to see if they could get another graphite shaft. “Nothing ever feels exactly the same,” said Haas, who used a different driver for each of the first three rounds. That included a second-round 64 on the North Course “when I hit it all over theHaasmap.”remembers making an 8-foot eagle putt to close out his third round, “the only time I ever knocked it on that green in two,” and he also drove it under “the Stadler tree” at No. 14 in the final round. And this is, what 44 years ago? So, yes, that first victory leaves lasting memories, which is why players can relate to the feel-good drama scripted by unheralded Ryan Brehm at the Puerto Rico Open in March. Brehm’s victory would mark the fifth time in six weeks that the TOUR was crowning a first-time champion (joining Luke List, Farmers Insurance Open; Tom Hoge, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am; Scottie Scheffler, WM Phoenix Open; and Sepp Straka, Honda Classic).
a Billy Andrade celebrates his first PGA TOUR title at the 1991 Kemper Open. S o, when the moment finally arrived and Billy Andrade could savor the sweet taste of that first PGA TOUR victory, what did his sensory receptors immediately pick up? Not the roar of the crowd or a caddie’s hug. No, not his wife running toward him, nor was it a rush of adrenaline. No, sir. “All I remember was hearing someone yell, ‘Don’t pick that up. Put it down.’”ItwasSlugger White, then head of rules for the PGA TOUR, moving onto the green at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm’s par-3 17th, where Andrade assumed he had just won a playoff against Jeff Sluman in the 1991 Kemper Open. Only with White fast approaching, Andrade said, “I didn’t know what was going on, so I asked, ‘Am I in trouble?’” After Andrade stuck his 6-iron tee shot to 8 feet, Sluman hit two balls into the water that fronted the green. “I was told Jeff had conceded,” Andrade laughed, recalling how he went to pick up his ball. “But Slugger was telling me, ‘You’ve gotta putt that out.”
A SPECIAL WEEK Playing his last tournament on a minor medical exemption, the 35-year-old Brehm needed at least a solo second to maintain his PGA
PLAYER INSIGHTS WWW.PGATOUR.COM146 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE JUNE DECEMBER 2022 b Jay Haas, who would win nine times on the PGA TOUR, shown after securing his maiden PGA TOUR victory at age 25. TOUR status and he rose to the occasion. With birdies on five of his first 11 holes in Round 4, and with his wife, Chelsey, on the bag, Brehm notched his first PGA TOUR win.
SENSE OF RELIEF That Gay didn’t win for his first 296 tournaments, then won four times in 42 starts beginning at Mayakoba, elicits a big laugh. “Credit that sense of relief I had after the first win,” he Andradesaid.was in his fourth season and felt he was ready. And looking back, he suggests he might have planted the seeds for that Kemper victory during the final round of the previous week’s Colonial.
EARLY BEDTIME Andrade followed his win with an early bedtime, because he had a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier the next day. (He shot 10-under and made it through, then continued his roll by winning the Buick Classic.) Similarly, Haas accepted his $40,000 winner’s check in San Diego, and rushed to the airport for the following week’s Hawaiian Open. Brehm and Chelsey enjoyed a quiet celebration in Puerto Rico, then were off to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for his first PLAYERS Championship.Sometimes, that first win registers high on the shock meter. Like Brehm’s, given his circumstances. But more often, that first win is the culmination of steady play, and a competitor is not so much in shock as he is relieved.“Ifelt like I had been trending for a long time,” said Gay, who struggled as a 27-yearold rookie in 1999, but then had eight decent seasons in which he was a veritable ironman, averaging 33 tournaments a year.
Tied for 66th through 54 holes and playing for pride at Colonial, Andrade started poorly on Sunday. “I was floundering, but you always find something to play for,” he said. He opted for a different ball position in his putting stance and crazy enough, he made four birdies on the second nine and carried that over to the Kemper, where he shot 21-under to win.
“It was,” he said in a classic understatement after the six-stroke win, “a special week.”
“That first win took a while to get,” laughed Gay, who was 36, playing in his 10th season, and teeing it up in his 296th TOUR start. “I’m surprised it took so long, but I was patient. It took me longer to get on TOUR than I thought, and longer to win than I thought, but I felt I was always doing well.” Sometimes, there isn’t much room for celebration.
Brian Gay said Brehm forever will consider that Puerto Rico Open in special terms, too, and he knows from experience. Different Caribbean setting, but Gay always will cherish the Mayakoba resort in Mexico, because it was there in 2008 that he finally broke through.
“I just remember thinking at Colonial that I needed to find something,” Andrade said. “I told myself, ‘Let’s try and find it, because I don’t have it.’” What he went on to find was that first win. And when you find it, you never let go of the memories.
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The game of golf is changing, and PGA TOUR Superstore is committed to bolster the shifts toward a more social, approachable, and inclusive game. Golf’s changing landscape is being driven by new audiences picking up
By its very nature, golf is a game that brings people together. It’s a game that keeps us fit and engaged and a fun way to spend time with friends and family. We hope you continue to find moments of joy through this wonderful sport. With more than 75 percent of golf courses open to the public, many have seen new faces with more couples, families and friends playing together. Golf is one of the most popular recreational sports in the country. It is a lowimpact activity that offers a variety of health benefits—mind, body, and spirit—for people of any age. There is also the social aspect of the game with the ability to have conversations about shared interests on course that appeals too many.
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The game is shedding its stodginess and has become more appealing to new consumers. That trend is being reflected in apparel and footwear design today. From bold colors to prints, to hoodies and joggers, more lifestyle products are being worn by women, men and juniors—indicating a more relaxed lifestyle
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If you’re skipping activities, using your rescue medication more than 2 times per week, or take oral steroids to control your asthma, you should talk to your doctor—eosinophils may be causing your asthma to be uncontrolled. Everyone has eosinophils, but for some people with asthma, too many can cause inflammation and lead to asthma symptoms. This type of asthma is called eosinophilic asthma (e-asthma). Approximately 4 out of 5 adults with severe asthma may have e-asthma*, but the good news is that there are specific treatments for e-asthma.
Each time you go out on the course, you aim to enhance your golf game and improve your score. Medical science is similar to golf—it’s constantly evolving to improve the outcome. Scientists have discovered that a high number of blood cells called eosinophils (e-o-SIN-o-phils) can be a common cause of severe asthma. For people with asthma, this can get in the way of their golf game. Seth Dickman, 41, of Freemont, OH, went from completing triathlons to not being able to carry his golf clubs due to his asthma. “Before my asthma was under control, I probably still played golf 4 times a month, but I had to use a cart. There was no way I could walk. I played from the cart and when I couldn’t use a cart, I just didn’t play.”
Golf can be challenging…so can asthma. After Seth’s doctor prescribed a targeted treatment, he is able to breathe better so he can get back to the things he loves—like going for another birdie. For more information, visit www.easthma.com *A registry study considered patients likely to have e-asthma based on several factors including blood eosinophil levels. ©2022 AstraZeneca. All rights reserved. US-63923 4/22
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The new MGI Zip Navigator will lighten the load, and will leave you free to focus on your approach to the next hole. Featuring MGI’s renowned full directional remote control, experience the ease in which the Zip Navigator Electric Golf Caddy moves across the golf course. Control the speed remotely while the automatic downhill speed control and Patented Gyroscope autonomously tracks the electric caddy on a straight line, across any terrain. The gyroscopic straight tracking technology ensures your electric cart goes where you point it and compensates for any undulation as well as self-correcting its direction if knocked offline by an obstacle. No other electric golf caddy has this revolutionary patented technology.
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Priced at $1,495.00, the Zip Navigator is powered by twin 230-watt calibrated motors for supreme power and agility. Supported by a comprehensive 3-year warranty, the Zip Navigator comes standard with a 24V 380Wh battery which can comfortably complete 36 holes in one day if fully charged before use. It’s also designed with enough power to charge handheld devices through the handlebars 5W USB port. The rear wheels have rugged tread for gripping the steepest of slopes and the dual front wheels swivel 360° for precise maneuvering. Find out more by visiting www.mgigolf.com .
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The company also invested in a co-branded social media campaign, #TOURFix, which enabled golf fans to send in videos of their swing to @PGATOUR via Twitter. In 2016, the company expanded its brand within the golf community by announcing its multi-year partnership with rising golf phenomenon and winner of the 2016 Fred Haskins award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, Beau Hossler. Hossler has since served as a global ambassador for the company, participating in marketing, social media and select events, as well as wearing the Konica Minolta logo on the center of his visor.
Konica Minolta is a longtime supporter of various golf and golf-related charitable organizations. It is the “Official Office Systems of the PGA TOUR”® and partnered with CBS Sports, bringing the popular Konica Minolta bizhub® SwingVision Camera to select PGA TOUR broadcasts. The official marketing relationship with the PGA TOUR expanded in September 2015, when Konica Minolta launched a SwingVision Video Channel on PGATOUR.com.
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Konica Minolta’s golf ventures also include its support of Friends of Golf, Presenting Sponsor of the Hoag Classic PGA TOUR Champions event in Newport Beach, Calif., title sponsors of the Blue Angels Foundation - Konica Minolta Golf and Tennis Classic, and the title sponsor of the National Kidney Foundation - Konica Minolta Golf Classic, a multi-tournament amateur golf event that raises $3.5 million annually to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Konica Minolta serves as a Co-Presenting Partner and official partner of the inaugural LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship now held in Florida each year. The company is Presenting Partner of the Women’s Leadership Summit. Find out more at www.konicaminolta.com
Matches for Meals™ is a new and exciting golf program for children aged 8-13. They will compete in teams of 12 alongside their coach.
MFM has created a unique website where coaches can set up matches with other coaches from around the world. There is a proprietary texting application that translates instantly, meaning that there is no language barrier for coaches or players. Imagine 21st century pen pals! This program has a participation cost of $100 per player for 10 matches. There is no travel cost as the teams play matches on an area the size of a regular soccer field. Every time a match is played MFM donates 200 meals to Feed My Starving Children™ a 501(c)(3) non-profit. MFM is teaching social responsibility to all participants. MFM is actively seeking sponsors and donations with plans to start some time in 2022. Stay tuned! www.matchesformeals.org
The golf swing is one of the most complicated actions in all of sport. Less than 1.5 seconds of controlled chaos. You wind your body from a static start, load at the top of the backswing, stop to reverse direction, and then unwind to smack that ball with all the gusto you can possibly muster. The players you see on TV every week work full time to make the golf swing more ‘control’ than ‘chaos’—on the range and in the gym. Consistency in the golf swing is challenging because it involves unfamiliar motions. Movements we don’t do every day. The key is to get the right ‘feel’ to become ‘real’ in your body for more speed and distance. That’s what golf fitness training is all about. Expert Coach Joey D shows a simple movement progression you can put into your warm-up mix to help create more strength and flexibility. 1. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulderwidth apart while holding a club horizontally across your thighs with straight arms. This is the starting position.
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Slowly drop your hips by bending the knees and raise the club in front of you with both arms. Lower yourself into a squat without rounding the lower back. Keep arms straight. Return to starting position. 3. Complete up to 15 reps, dropping a bit deeper and reaching a bit higher each rep. 1 2 3
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Another welcome development is the return of the RBC Canadian Open after not being held in 2020 or 2021 due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian event comes on the second week of June, a week after the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village in Ohio. The following week is the U.S. Open, which will be played at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
The top 125 in FedExCup points during the regular season advance to the threetournament FedExCup Playoffs. A change this year is that the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis switches from being a World Golf Championships event to the first event of the Playoffs. Next comes the BMW Championship, which will be played at Delaware’s Wilmington Country Club for the first time. The season builds to an exciting finish as the top 30 players meet in the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, where the winner will be crowned as the FedExCup champion. Patrick Cantlay captured the FedExCup in 2021.
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The biggest change is the introduction of the Genesis Scottish Open to the PGA TOUR schedule on the second weekend of July. The Scottish Open has been a long-running event on Europe’s DP World Tour, and now the field at the Renaissance Club in Scotland will be split between the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour. DP World Tour members will receive 50 spots in the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky held the same week. The next week also brings two events, The Open Championship at the historic Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, and the Barracuda Championship in California, which will also include DP World Tour players.
T he latter portion of the PGA TOUR schedule is highlighted by three tournaments in a new alliance with the DP World Tour, two major championships at historic settings, and the FedExCup Playoffs culminating in the TOUR Championship.
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2021 Champion Patrick Cantlay, U.S. Quick Facts Field: 120 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $12 million Winner’s Share: $2,160,000 FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner Winner Exemption: 3 years Charity Benefit The tournament has an alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation. The primary beneficiary is Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and its Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Other beneficiaries include Stephen & Ayesha Curry’s Eat.Learn.Play. Foundation. Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC Social Media @thememorialtournament@memorialGolf@MemorialGolf
Thrust into the Sunday lead when Jon Rahm tested positive for COVID-19, Patrick Cantlay held off coleader Collin Morikawa in a playoff to secure his second Memorial Tournament title.
“I thought I did a good job of staying focused, and it really felt like a battle between me and Collin (Morikawa) all day, and that’s just kind of how it played out.” – Patrick Cantlay InformationCourse
Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village in 1974 to fulfill his dream of bringing a world-class tournament to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He has tweaked nearly every hole over the years, and in 2020 he oversaw an extensive renovation, adding 153 yards. Yardage: 7,543; par 72 Notable Course Features The 18th hole was barely touched in the 2020 renovation; it was considered the demanding finishing hole didn’t need changes. The 480yard par-4 played as the toughest hole in 2021 with a 4.293 average. The tee shot on the dogleg right is framed by bunkers on the right and a creek on the left, with an uphill approach shot to a relatively shallow green guarded by bunkers.
Cantlay won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top college golfer in 2011. He is one of three recipients of that award to go on to win the Memorial (Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm). With rounds of 69-65-64, Jon Rahm equaled the tournament record for lowest 54-hole score (198, Scott Hoch, 1987). He also matched the largest 54-hole lead (6 strokes, Tiger Woods, 2000) before he had to withdraw due to a positive test for COVID-19. Morikawa and Scottie Schefﬂer, who second and third, were each making their second start at the Memorial. Cantlay
CHECK THIS OUT Patrick Cantlay won the Memorial Tournament in 2019 and runner-up Collin Morikawa won a tournament at Muirﬁeld Village in 2020 when the Workday Charity Open was played there the week before the Memorial. Cantlay became the seventh multiple winner of the Memorial, joining Tiger Woods (5), Kenny Perry (3), Jack Nicklaus (2), Hale Irwin (2), Greg Norman (2) and Tom Watson (2).
Patrick Cantlay forged a tie with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and ended up winning a playoff on the first extra hole with a 12foot par putt while Collin Morikawa bogeyed. Cantlay and Morikawa began the final round tied for the lead, in odd circumstances. Jon Rahm, who led by six shots through 54 holes, had to withdraw after the third round due to a positive test for COVID-19. Cantlay and Morikawa got off to slow starts on Sunday, and Scottie Scheffler took the lead during the front nine. But bogeys on Nos. 6 and 9 stalled Scheffler, enabling Cantlay and Morikawa to move back in front despite 37s on the front nine. Morikawa edged ahead with birdies on 11 and 15 before Cantlay caught him with birdies on 13 and 17. Both shot 34s on the back nine for final-round 71s. Cantlay ranked in the top five in Strokes Gained: Offthe-Tee (third), Approach the Green (fifth) and Around the Green (third). Cantlay ranked first in Greens in PercentageRegulation(75.0percent). Cantlay’s average of 3.83 on par 4s led the field.
on the 18th green. LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Patrick Cantlay 1 69 67 68 71 275/-13 550 $1,674,000 Collin Morikawa 2 66 72 66 71 275/-13 315 $1,013,700 Scottie Schefﬂer 3 67 71 69 70 277/-11 200 $641,700 Branden Grace 4 68 72 67 71 278/-10 140 $455,700 Patrick Reed 5 71 71 69 69 280/-8 115 $381,300 TOURPGAIMAGES: WWW.PGATOUR.COM JUNE DECEMBER 2022 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 159 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW
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LEADERBOARD 2019 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Rory McIlroy 1 67 66 64 61 258/-22 500 $1,368,000 Shane Lowry T2 64 68 66 67 265/-15 245 $668,800 Webb Simpson T2 66 64 67 68 265/-15 245 $668,800 Matt Kuchar T4 65 63 69 70 267/-13 123 $334,400 Brandt Snedeker T4 69 60 69 69 267/-13 123 $334,400 “By the time I got to the 14th tee I wasn’t really thinking of winning the tournament. I was thinking of trying to shoot 59.” — Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy executed a ﬁnal round 9-under par 61 to collect the 2019 RBC Canadian Open title on his ﬁrst appearance in the tournament.
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Charity Benefit Since coming aboard as title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open, RBC, along with Golf Canada, has raised $8.78 million for charitable organizations across Canada. Throughout its history, Canada’s National Open Championship has generated more than $50 million in charitable proceeds for important causes. Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS Social Media
CHECK THIS OUT Rory McIlroy’s 258 total in 2019 set a new 72-hole record, shattering the old standard of 263 (Scott Pierce, 2012; Tim Clark, 2014). His 22-under was one shy of the relative-to-par record (23-under, Dustin Johnson, 2018). McIlroy’s seven-stroke victory margin was the most since Johnny Palmer won by 11 in 1952. McIlroy became the sixth player to win the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the RBC Canadian Open (Tommy Armour, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Tiger Woods). Brandt Snedeker 60 in the second round to tie the tournament 18-hole record (Carl Pettersson, 2010).
Renowned Canadian architect Stanley Thompson designed St. George’s Golf and Country Club, which opened in 1929 and is ranked among the very best courses in Canada. The course has hosted the RBC Canadian Open five times, most recently in 2010. Yardage: 7,014; par 71 Notable Course Features
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St. George’s presents a strong finish, with Nos. 16-18 ranking as the third, fourth, and first toughest holes at the last RBC Canadian played there. The par-4 17th and 18th were both originally designed as par 5s, the 486-yard 17th featuring a difficult-to-hit crowned green and the 465-yard 18th a green surrounded by bunkers. 2019 Champion (No event in 2020 and 2021)
Rory McIlroy burst out of a three-way tie for the 54-hole lead with a ﬁ nal-round 61 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club to win by seven strokes. McIlroy shot a 30 on the front nine and birdied four of the ﬁ rst ﬁ ve holes on the back nine to get to 9-under for the round. He would make two bogeys offset by an eagle down the stretch. McIlroy ranked ﬁrst in Strokes Gained: Offthe-Tee (1.729 per round) and no worse than sixth in any Strokes Gained category. McIlroy was ﬁrst in Driving Distance (324.5 yards) and second in Greens in Regulation Percentage (76.39).
Rory McIlroy, N. Ireland Quick Facts Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $8.7 million Winner’s Share: $1,566,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner
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The main course at The Country Club was designed by various members and pro Willie Campbell in several stages from 1893 to 1909, with nine more holes added in 1927 by William Flynn. The course hosted the U.S. Open in 1913, 1963, and 1988, with a composite course from the three nines used in the latter two years. Yardage: 7,264; par 70
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Jon Rahm proudly holds the U.S. Open trophy following his hard-earned, one-stroke victory at Torrey Pines. Rahm became the ﬁrst Spaniard to win the U.S. Open.
“It felt like such a fairy tale story that I knew it was going to have a happy ending.”
— Jon Rahm
A composite course will again be used, but a par 3 on the main course that wasn’t part of the U.S. Open course in 1963 or 1988 has been reintroduced this year and will play as the 131-yard 11th. The hole that was the par-4 fourth has been taken out. The former 12th hole, a par 4, has been lengthened into a 619-yard par-5 14th, while the former ninth, a par 5 in 1988, will play as the 499-yard par-4 10th.
THE COUNTRY CLUB, BROOKLINE, MASS.
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Spain Quick Facts Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes Purse: $17.5 million Winner’s Share: $3,150,000 (2021) FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner Charity Benefit
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Jon Rahm birdied the last two holes to win by one stroke over Louis Oosthuizen with a 6-under 278 total at Torrey Pines for his ﬁrst major title. It was a wild ﬁnal round, with six different players holding the lead during the day and at one point 10 players within one stroke. Rahm, starting three behind, moved into position with a 2-under 33 on the front nine. The Spaniard was the only contender without a bogey on the back nine, following seven pars with a 25-foot birdie putt on 17 and an 18-footer on 18 for a 67. Oosthuizen was still on the course with a chance, but he bogeyed the 17th after a drive into the canyon and a birdie on 18 left him one short. Earlier, four players who were within one shot of the lead dropped back with double bogeys on the back nine. Rahm went the ﬁrst six holes of the ﬁrst round without a par, making three birdies and three bogeys on the way to an opening 69. Rahm birdied the 18th hole in all four rounds. The birdie putts of 25 and 18 feet on the last two holes where the longest putts Rahm made all week. Rahm ranked fourth in Greens in PercentageRegulation(68.06).
Jon Rahm’s victory at Torrey Pines marked the sixth time a player has won a U.S. Open on a course where he won on the PGA TOUR. The others were Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, Woods at Pebble Beach, Tom Kite at Pebble Beach, Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach and Ben Hogan at Riviera. Rahm became ﬁrst player from Spain to win the U.S. Open and the fourth to win a major, joining Seve Ballesteros (5), José María Olazábal (2) and Sergio Garcia (1).
HOW JON RAHM WON
Rahm was the fourth U.S. Open winner to birdie the last two holes (Ben Hogan, 1953; Jack Nicklaus, 1980; Tom Watson, 1982) and the became only the to do so and win by one stroke.
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Louis Oosthuizen ﬁnished second for the sixth time in a major against one victory (2010 Open Championship). Xander Schauffele, T7, has ﬁnished inside the top 10 in all ﬁve U.S. Opens he has competed in. LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Jon Rahm 1 69 70 72 67 278/-6 600 $2,250,000 Louis Oosthuizen 2 67 71 70 71 279/-5 330 $1,350,000 Harris English 3 72 70 71 68 281/-3 210 $829,084 Brooks Koepka T4 69 73 71 69 282/-2 127 $498,176 Guido Migliozzi T4 71 70 73 68 282/-2 $498,176 Collin Morikawa T4 75 67 70 70 282/-2 127 $498,176 TOURPGAIMAGES: WWW.PGATOUR.COM JUNE DECEMBER 2022 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 163 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW 2021 A look of concentration from Jon Rahm as he reads his birdie putt on the 18th hole green.
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The signature stretch is Nos. 15-17, which play around a lake. The 15th is a drivable par 4 of 296 yards with water to the left, while 16 is a par 3 playing over the water. The 17th is a strong dogleg-right par 4 with the lake to the right on the tee shot and a water carry on the approach.
2021 Champion Harris English, U.S. Quick Facts Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $8.3 million Winner’s Share: $1,494,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner
Charity Benefit The Travelers Championship has generated more than $45.5 million for charity since 1952, and in 2021 generated $2.2 million for more than 125 charities throughout the region. One of the prime recipients is the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which provides camping experiences for seriously ill children and includes aroundthe-clock medical care. Media Coverage Golf Channel Social Media @travelerschampionship@TravelersChamp@travelerschamp
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CHECK THIS OUT The eight-hole playoff matched the second longest in PGA TOUR history, behind 11 holes at the 1949 Motor City Open. The tournament record was seven holes in 1961 and 1962. Bubba Watson shared the lead through 54 holes in a bid to join Billy Casper as the only other player to win the Travelers four times, but he played the last ﬁve holes in 6-over to ﬁnish T19. In 2012, Marc Leishman came from six strokes behind in the ﬁnal round to win the event with a 62. He nearly staged a six-stroke comeback again, shooting a 64 to ﬁnish one shot out of the playoff. English 67 68 67 65 267/-13 $1,332,000 Hickok 69 68 67 267/-13 Leishman 66 69 64 268/-12 Ancer 66 66 65 269/-11 $362,600 Five players tied for ﬁfth at 10-under 270 knew I had to stay in it. I was tired. My back was getting sore a little bit. But I knew anything could happen. You’ve just got to grind out there.” – Harris English Harris English went eight extra holes at the Travelers, winning a hard-earned playoff victory against Kramer Hickok.
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HOW HARRIS ENGLISH WON Harris English and Kramer Hickok went eight extra holes before English prevailed with a birdie from 16 feet at the 18th hole (including regulation, the seventh time they played it Sunday). Both birdied the 72nd hole to ﬁnish one ahead of Marc Leishman, but managed only pars on the ﬁrst seven playoff holes. English came from two strokes behind with a closing 65, while Hickok shot 67. English made a 28-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the fourth round, and also a 48-footer for a birdie on the ﬁfth. English ranked T2 in Scrambling, saving par on 14 of the 18 greens missed in regulation.
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champion, ended his 10-year wait for a victory at the John
HOW LUCAS GLOVER WON Lucas Glover birdied ﬁve of the last seven holes for a ﬁnal-round 64 and his ﬁrst victory in 10 years. The 41-year-old trailed by four strokes through 54 holes, but ﬁnished with a ﬂourish as he collected birdies on Nos. 12-15 to move ahead by one. He added another on the 17th to set a target no one could catch as he ultimately won by two strokes at 19-under 265. Glover tied for the low score of the day in the second round (63) and fourth round (64). Glover ranked third in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (1.780 per round). THIS OUT Lucas Glover’s ﬁrst start in the John Deere Classic was in 2002; the victory came in his 12th time playing the event. His only previous top-10 was in 2019, but he has ﬁve top-25 ﬁnishes. Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, had not won since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship, a span of 3,717 days. Amongst the winners in the 2020-21 season, only Stewart Cink (4,074 days before winning the 2020 Fortinet Championship) endured a longer drought. 2009 U.S. Open Deere
TPC DEERE RUN, SILVIS, ILL. TPC Deere Run opened in 2000, designed by former PGA TOUR professional D.A. Weibring and Chris Gray, on the site of a former Arabian horse farm by the Rock River. Yardage: 7,268; par 71 NotableFeaturesCourse
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The signature hole at TPC Deere Run is the par-3 16th, named “Mother Earth.” The 158-yard hole is one of the prettiest in the Midwest, adjacent to the Rock River with bunkers protecting its flanks. It offers a chance for birdies as the players hit the finishing stretch, playing to a 2.862 average in 2021.
LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Lucas Glover 1 68 63 70 64 265/-19 500 $1,116,000 Ryan Moore T2 65 66 68 68 267/-17 245 $551,800 Kevin Na T2 67 66 66 68 267/-17 245 $551,800 Scott Brown T4 69 67 63 69 268/-16 109 $248,000 Luke List T4 66 63 71 68 268/-16 109 $248,000 Sebastian Muñoz T4 63 67 67 71 268/-16 109 $248,000 Adam Schenk T4 67 64 70 67 268/-16 109 $248,000 “After 14 I knew it was getting crunch time. I wanted to keep pushing. Too many birdies, too many great players behind me, and scores were just going low.” – Lucas Glover Lucas Glover, the
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2021 Champion Lucas Glover, U.S. Quick Facts Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $7.1 million Winner’s Share: $1,278,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner Charity Benefit In 2021, the John Deere Classic helped raise $12.56 million for 470 local and regional charities. The charities participate through the Birdies for Charity program, with additional funds donated from tournament revenues, direct donations, a John Deere Foundation matching grant and proceeds from special events. Media Coverage Golf Channel Social Media @johndeereclassic@johndeereclassic@JDCLASSIC
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Quick Facts Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $8 million Winner’s Share: $1,440,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner
The Renaissance Club, designed by Tom Doak and opened in 2008, has a mix of links and tree-lined holes. Occupying land adjacent to the famous Muirfield Links, the course has hosted the Scottish Open since 2019. Several new tees were built and some holes renumbered in 2021, with some additional bunker modifications for 2022 by Doak and course consultant Padraig Harrington.
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“Adding an existing, strong title sponsor in Genesis to our Strategic Alliance in the form of the Genesis Scottish Open is a significant step for the global game,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Coupled with
NEW EVENT The Genesis Scottish Open joins the PGA TOUR schedule this year as a co-sanctioned event with the DP World Tour (formerly known as the European Tour). Under different sponsorship, the Scottish Open has been played regularly on the European Tour in the week before The Open Championship, with many PGA TOUR players participating. The Strategic Alliance formed in late 2020 between the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour was the impetus for making it a co-sanctioned event, with Genesis coming aboard as title sponsor.
The 418-yard, par-4 13th has a spectacular setting as it bends around the coastline on the left side. The hole has no bunkers, but a narrow green isn’t an easy target, especially in the wind. At 483 yards, the 18th is a longer test at the finish, where it is a must to avoid five bunkers that pinch the fairway in the tee-shot landing area.
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their support of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera, we’re incredibly proud to forge a deeper relationship with this premier brand across the global game.” The Genesis Scottish Open field will be evenly split between the two tours, with the prize money and victory official on both. Monahan said, “I am pleased to say that the PGA TOUR and European [DP World] Tour are both stronger than at any time in our history, as we are positioned to grow—together—over the next 10 years faster than we have at any time in our existence.”
THE RENAISSANCE CLUB, NORTH BERWICK, SCOTLAND
In addition to the Genesis Scottish Open, two events in the U.S., the Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship, will be cosanctioned, with 50 players coming from the DP World Tour.
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stroke). James Hahn’s 60 in the third round tied the tournament 18-hole record; Chad Collins shot a 60 in 2017 when the tournament was at the RTJ Trail Grand National Course. LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Seamus Power 1 65 68 67 67 267/-21 300 $630,000 J.T. Poston 2 65 66 66 70 267/-21 165 $381,500 Anirban Lahiri T3 68 67 68 65 268/-20 92 $206,500 Sam Ryder T3 66 69 68 65 268/-20 92 $206,500 Ryan Armour T5 65 67 68 69 269/-19 52 $115,938 James Hahn T5 69 70 60 70 269/-19 52 $115,938 Luke List T5 65 68 65 71 269/-19 52 $115,938 Henrik Norlander T5 68 68 66 67 269/-19 52 $115,938 Mito Pereira T5 67 70 65 67 269/-19 52 $115,938 Patrick Rodgers T5 68 67 67 67 269/-19 52 $115,938 “I started out knowing I was going to need a low one. To be honest, I didn’t think 5 under would be low enough.” – Seamus Power Seamus Power earned a maiden PGA TOUR win after a hard-fought, six-hole playoff victory against J.T. Poston.
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2021 Champion Seamus Power, Ireland Quick Facts Field: 132 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $3.7 million Winner’s Share: $666,000 FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner Charity Benefit The event’s charitable arm, Caddie127, supports philanthropic organizations that benefit and empower women and children. In 2021, All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (UK HealthCare), the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women, Sunrise Children’s Services and the Woodhill Community Center were the charitable partners. Media Coverage Golf Channel Social Media @barbasolchamp@BarbasolChamp@barbasolchamp
The 18th hole is not a particularly long par 4 at 429 yards, but it is challenging with water all the way down the right side, and approach shots played into a small green. In 2021, it played as the toughest hole on the course.
HOW SEAMUS POWER WON Seamus Power made up ground at the end of regulation and won a six-hole playoff against J.T. Poston. Power birdied 16 and 18 to shoot a closing 67, while Poston double bogeyed 15 and bogeyed 16 to lose the outright lead and ended up with a 70. Both birdied the ﬁrst playoff hole; Power won with a par on the sixth extra hole after Poston drove into the water and bogeyed. Power ranked ﬁrst in Par 4 Scoring Average at 3.75. Power ranked ﬁfth in Scrambling, saving par on 80 percent of the greens he missed. OUT Seamus Power scored his ﬁrst PGA TOUR victory in his 106th start. His previous best ﬁnish was T5 (2018 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, and 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans). Power became the ﬁfth player in the event’s six years to either win in a playoff or by one stroke (two playoffs, by one
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The Champions Trace Course was built in 1987 and designed by noted architect Arthur Hills. In preparation for its first Barbasol Championship in 2018, four new tees were built and about 300 trees were removed. Yardage: 7,238; par 72 Notable Course Features
The Old Course has existed since at least the 15th century and was one of the earliest places that people played golf. Designed by nature and those early golfers, it was refined in the 19th century by Allan Robertson and Old Tom Morris and was largely untouched until Martin Hawtree oversaw some changes in preparation for the 2015 Open.
2021 Champion Collin Morikawa, U.S. Quick Facts Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes Purse: $11.5 million (2021)
Winner’s Share: $2,070,000 FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner Charity Benefit Each year, the R&A invests more than £5 million in support of golf worldwide. In recent years, there has been a focus on financing development in countries where golf is a relatively new sport. Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC Social Media @The-Open-Championship@TheOpen@theopen DECEMBER 2022 Collin Morikawa holds the champion’s Claret Jug after the 24-year-old secured the Open title with a dramatic ﬁnal-day charge.
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ST. ANDREWS LINKS (OLD COURSE), ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND
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The 17th, known as the Road Hole, is one of the most famous and toughest holes in golf. Playing 495 yards from a tee established before the 2010 Open, the drive carries over a corner of hotel property, with out of bounds to the right and deep rough to the left. Hitting the fairway is a must for the long approach shot to a green guarded by a deep pot bunker to the left and a road that is in play on the right.
“You have to embrace it. You have to be excited about these opportunities, and that’s how I looked at it today, especially coming down the stretch.”
LEADERBOARD 2020 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Collin Morikawa 1 67 64 68 66 265/-15 600 $2,070,000 Jordan Spieth 2 65 67 69 66 267/-13 330 $1,198,000 Louis Oosthuizen T3 64 65 69 71 269/-11 180 $682,500 Jon Rahm T3 71 64 68 66 269/-11 180 $682,500 Dylan Frittelli 5 66 67 70 68 271/-9 120 $480,000 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW WWW.PGATOUR.COM JUNE DECEMBER 2022 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 169 2021 Collin ascompletelyMorikawafocusedheteesoffintheﬁnalroundatRoyalSt.George’s.
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Collin Morikawa claimed his second major championship at the age of 24, shooting a ﬁnal-round 4-under 66 to win at Royal St. George’s. Morikawa entered the ﬁnal round one stroke behind Louis Oosthuizen, who led through each of the ﬁrst three rounds. After an Oosthuizen bogey on the fourth created a tie, Morikawa went two ahead on the par-5 seventh where he made a birdie and Oosthuizen blasted a greenside bunker shot over the green and bogeyed. Morikawa added birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to go ahead by four strokes. He had to withstand a rally by Jordan Spieth, who played the last 12 holes in 6-under after a couple of early bogeys. Spieth pulled within one on the strength of birdies on Nos. 9, 10, 13 and 14. Morikawa went back ahead by two with a 25-foot birdie putt at the 14th, then holed a 10-foot par-saving putt on 15. Three more pars brought Morikawa to the clubhouse with a 265 total, while Spieth ﬁnished with a 66 and 267 for second place. Morikawa played the last 31 holes without a bogey and had only four bogeys on the week. Morikawa ranked T1 in Putts per Round at 27.75, and didn’t have a three-putt all week.
CHECK THIS OUT Collin Morikawa’s 265 total for 72 holes was one higher than the Open Championship record (Henrik Stenson/264/2016, Royal Troon). Jordan Spieth’s 267 total tied the record for a runnerup (Phil Mickelson/2016). Louis Oosthuizen’s 129 total for the ﬁrst two rounds (64-65) was an Open Championship record. Collin Morikawa became the ﬁrst player to win two major championships in his debut in the event (also the 2020 PGA Championship). He was the second player since 1975 to win his ﬁrst start in The Open Championship (Ben Curtis/2003). Morikawa’s victory was his second in eight major championship starts as a pro. Both came with rounds of 66 or better in the ﬁnal round (64/2020 PGA Championship, 66/2021 Open Championship). He joined Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller as the only players to win multiple majors with rounds of 66 or better. Open champion Jon Rahm majors since Jordan Spieth in 2015.
Morikawa was T1 in Par 3 Scoring Average (2.75) and T3 in Par 4 Scoring Average (3.88).
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CHECK THIS OUT Erik van Rooyen was the sixth straight winner of the event to make it his ﬁrst PGA TOUR victory. The 31-year-old South African had one win in Europe and one in South Africa. van Rooyen’s total of 50 points was the best since the tournament went to the Modiﬁed Stableford scoring format in 2012, surpassing Geoff Ogilvy’s 49 in 2014. van Rooyen entered the tournament 139th in the FedExCup standings and moved to 78th, ensuring a spot in the Playoffs. Three former Barracuda Championship winners ﬁnished in the top seven: Andrew Putnam, 2nd; Scott Piercy, 3rd; and Gary Woodland, T7. Rooyen Schenk Hagy +9 +5 +41 this was in my mind [as] the next step for what I wanted to achieve. got big dreams and aspirations, and winning on the PGA TOUR was certainly part of that.” Erik van Rooyen Africa’s Erik van Rooyen closed with a birdie on the par-4 18th for a ﬁve-point victory over Andrew Putnam, securing his ﬁrst PGA TOUR title.
1 +7 +17 +10 +16 +50 300 $630,000 Andrew Putnam 2 +10 +15 +9 +11 +45 165 $381,500 Scott Piercy 3 +10 +15 +8 +11 +44 105 $241,500 Adam
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The Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation oversees the charitable arm of the Barracuda Championship, with proceeds benefiting more than 100 local and regional charities. The event has donated more than $4.7 million to nonprofits in its 24-year history. Additionally, the tournament participates in the Birdies for Charity pledge program. Media Coverage Golf Channel Social Media @BarracudaChampionship@barracudachampionship@CudaChamp
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TAHOE MOUNTAIN CLUB (OLD GREENWOOD COURSE), TRUCKEE, CALIF. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course, situated on 600 acres of forest and meadowland amid gently rolling terrain surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, opened in 2004. This is its third year playing host to the event. Yardage: 7,425; par 71 Notable Course Features With eagles worth five points compared to two for a birdie in the Modified Stableford, the 578-yard par-5 sixth and 551yard par-5 12th provide the best opportunities, easily reachable in two at the 6,000-foot altitude. The sixth has water down the left side, while reaching the 12th requires threading a shot through the trees.
LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Erik van
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2021 Champion Erik van Rooyen, S. Africa Quick Facts Field: 132 players Format: Modified Stableford Purse: $3.7 million Winner’s Share: $666,000 FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner
Erik van Rooyen found himself nine points behind Andrew Putnam after Putnam started birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie in the ﬁnal round. However, Putnam stalled at 45 points for the rest of the way, while van Rooyen rallied with an eagle on the eighth and four birdies on the last 10 holes to ﬁnish with 50 points and his ﬁrst-time PGA TOUR victory. van Rooyen eagled the par-4 eighth in the ﬁnal round after driving the green on the 357-yard hole. van Rooyen also had an eagle in the second round, on the par-5 12th, on his way to a 17-point round.
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HOW CAMERON CHAMP WON Cameron Champ shot a ﬁnal-round 5-under 66 to emerge from the crowd and win by two strokes. Champ was two behind through 54 holes and moved in front with four birdies on the ﬁrst 11 holes. Battling dehydration, he managed to stay in front the rest of the way and added one more birdie in a bogey-free round. Champ ranked ﬁrst in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.120 per round and made 11 of 18 putts between 10 and 20 feet. Champ had a double bogey on the 14th in a third-round 67, but it was his only over-par hole on the weekend.
Opened in 2000, TPC Twin Cities was designed by Arnold Palmer, with Minnesota native Tom Lehman as a consultant, and hosted an event on PGA TOUR Champions from 2001 to 2018. Lehman supervised changed in 2018 to ready the course for PGA TOUR Yardage:competition.7,431;par71
CHECK THIS OUT In the third playing of the 3M Open, Cameron Champ became the ﬁrst winner to come from behind in the ﬁnal round. Champ’s winning score of 269 was the highest in the three years of the event (Matthew Wolff 263, 2019; Michael Thompson, 265, 2020). The 18th hole at TPC Twin Cities was the fourth hardest par 5 on the PGA TOUR, excluding major championships, playing to a 4.965 average. Charl Schwartzel has ﬁnished in the top three in both of his 3M Open starts (T3/2020, T2/2021). Champ fended off hot putter third PGA 3M Open, by two strokes.
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Reachable with two good shots, especially when the tee is up, the 596-yard 18th hole offers the chance for a birdie or eagle. But with water in front of the green, it also can be punishing. In 2021, it produced more double bogeys or worse than any hole on the course.
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The 3M Open Fund supports local and regional charitable organizations with a commitment to improve lives in communities where Minnesota residents live, work, and learn. In 2021, the 3M Open Fund supported Urban Ventures, the YWCA of St. Paul, the YWCA of Minneapolis, M Health Fairview and the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital, the VEAP social services organization and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS Social Media @3mopen3MOpen3MOpen
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2021 Champion Cameron Champ, U.S. Quick Facts 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
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LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Cameron Champ 1 69 67 67 66 269/-15 500 $1,188,000 Louis Oosthuizen T2 68 68 69 66 271/-13 208 $499,400 Charl Schwartzel T2 67 68 68 68 271/-13 208 $499,400 Jhonnatan Vegas T2 64 69 70 68 271/-13 208 $499,400 Keith Mitchell 5 69 70 66 67 272/-12 110 $270,600 “This week I really didn’t get mad at results. It’s deﬁnitely a way better perspective as far as how to get around a course.” – Cameron Champ Cameron
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2021 Champion Cam Davis, Australia Quick Facts Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $8.4 million Winner’s Share: $1,512,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner
Cam Davis holed out from a greenside bunker for an eagle on the par-5 17th and birdied the 18th to earn a spot in a playoff with Joaquin Niemann and Troy Merritt. Niemann dropped out with a bogey on the first extra hole, and Davis emerged as the winner when Merritt missed a 6-foot par putt on the fifth hole of the playoff. Davis shot 31 on the back nine for a 67 as he caught Niemann and Merritt, the 54-hole co-leaders. Davis ranked sixth in Driving Distance (299.1 yards) and first in Par 5 Scoring Average (4.25).
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DETROIT GOLF CLUB, DETROIT, MICH.
The two courses at Detroit Golf Club were designed by Donald Ross and were opened in 1916. The tournament is held mostly on the North Course, with just a single hole from the South Course utilized. The course was renovated in preparation for the inaugural tournament in 2019, and several new tees were added.
Yardage: 7,370; par 72
LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Cam Davis 1 68 68 67 67 270/-18 500 $1,350,000 Troy Merritt T2 67 68 67 68 270/-18 245 $667,500 Joaquin Niemann T2 65 69 68 68 270/-18 245 $667,500 Hank Lebioda T4 67 70 66 68 271/-17 123 $337,500 Alex Noren T4 70 70 67 64 271/-17 123 $337,500 “It’s still so surreal for me. I’ve been in some good positions before, but to play the golf that I played coming down the stretch was just awesome.” – Cam Davis Finishing eagle-birdie in regulation, Cam Davis collected his ﬁrst PGA TOUR victory when he prevailed in a three-way playoff.
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A shallow, grass-covered ditch that is not a penalty area runs down the length of the 18th hole on the left side of the fairway, then guards the right side of the green. The 455-yard par 4 played as the second toughest hole in 2021.
CHECK THIS OUT Cam Davis was the ﬁrst player to close eaglebirdie on the last two holes of regulation and win since Branden Grace at the 2021 Puerto Rico Open. The winning score of 18-under 270 was the highest in the three years of the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Nate Lashley shot 263 in 2019 and Bryson DeChambeau 265 in 2020. Joaquin Niemann went all 72 holes of regulation without a bogey, and then bogeyed the ﬁrst playoff hole. He was the ﬁrst player to go 72 holes without a bogey in a PGA TOUR event since Andrew Putnam at the 2021 WM Phoenix Open.
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LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Kevin Kisner 1 65 68 66 66 265/-15 500 $1,152,000 Branden Grace T2 66 69 64 66 265/-15 167 $389,440 Si Woo Kim T2 66 68 67 64 265/-15 167 $389,440 Kevin Na T2 68 64 67 66 265/-15 167 $389,440 Adam Scott T2 66 70 64 65 265/-15 167 $389,440 Roger Sloan T2 71 64 64 66 265/-15 167 $389,440 “I was actually a little more amped up early on than coming down the stretch. You never know when you’re going to be feeling pressure, or how you’re going to react.” – Kevin Kisner Kevin Kisner prevailed in a six-way playoff at Sedgeﬁeld, making birdie on the second extra hole.
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HOW KEVIN KISNER WON Kevin Kisner birdied the second extra hole to prevail in a six-way playoff in an extraordinarily tight ﬁnish with three players ﬁnishing one shot behind the playoff sextet and ﬁve more two back. Kisner was four strokes behind entering the ﬁnal round, and shot 66. Russell Henley, the 54-hole leader, managed only a 71 and bogeyed the 72nd hole, or it would have been a seven-way playoff. Kisner earned a spot in the playoff thanks to birdies on Nos. 16 and 17. Kisner’s best ranking in any Strokes Gained category was eighth in Putting at 1.097 strokes per round. THIS OUT Six players tied the PGA TOUR record for the most in a playoff, matching the 1994 AT&T Byron Nelson and 2001 Genesis Invitational. Winner Kevin Kisner was previously 0-5 in playoffs on the PGA TOUR. Russell Henley led outright through each of the ﬁrst three rounds before ﬁnishing T7, one stroke out of the playoff. In the 2021-22 season, players were 0-4 at closing out wire-towire victories. Three players moved into the top 125 to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs: Roger Sloan, T2; Scott Piercy, T15; and Chesson Hadley, T15.
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The toughest hole at the Wyndham Championship is the 507-yard 18th, a par 5 for members that plays as a par 4 for the event. The tee shot is downhill, leaving a difficult uphill approach off a downhill lie to a green with a significant back-to-front slope.
Founded in 1926, Sedgefield features a course designed by Donald Ross and first hosted the PGA TOUR in 1938 as the Greater Greensboro Open. After a 31-year absence, the Wyndham Championship returned to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008, following a restoration process worth approximately $3 million by architect Kris Spence. Yardage: 7,131; par 70
SEDGEFIELD COUNTRY CLUB, GREENSBORO, N.C.
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2021 Champion Kevin Kisner, U.S. Quick Facts Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $7.3 million Winner’s Share: $1,314,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner
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FedEx St. Jude Championship
Purse: $15 million Winner’s Share: $2,700,000 FedExCup Points:
2021 Champion Tony Finau, U.S.* (*Won at Liberty National) Facts Field: 125 players Format: 72 holes 2,000
The two par 3s on the back nine both feature water. The green at the 162-yard 11th hole is set on an island, with three bunkers and some fringe area giving a slight margin for error. The 239-yard 14th, with water front and right, is annually one of the toughest holes.
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Tony Finau ended his 5-year winless drought after defeating Australian Cameron Smith in a playoff to win at Liberty National.
“The goal on the day was to get to 20-under, and we thought that was going to have a legitimate chance to win the golf tournament.” – Tony Finau
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Tony Finau claimed the ﬁrst event of the 2021 FedExCup Playoffs, held at Liberty National in New Jersey, in a playoff with Cameron Smith. Finau, whose lone previous win was the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, went birdie-eagle-birdie on Nos. 12-14 and added another birdie on the 16th. He saved par from a bunker on 18, holing a 6-foot putt, to shoot 5-under 30 on the back nine and a 65 in the ﬁnal round for a 20-under 264 total. Jon Rahm made two late bogeys for a 69 to ﬁnish two back. Smith, the 54-hole co-leader with Rahm, birdied Nos. 16 and 17 for a 67 to tie Finau. Smith hit his drive out of bounds to the right on the ﬁrst playoff hole, enabling Finau to walk off with the title. Finau was 14-under for the back nine for the tournament, shooting 31s in the ﬁrst and second rounds, 34 in the third round, and 30 in the ﬁnal round. Finau ranked second in Greens in PercentageRegulation(80.56)and ﬁrst in Proximity to the Hole on approach shots (27’ 9”). Finau didn’t have a threeputt all week, hitting his approach putts an average of 1’ 11” from the hole.
CHECK THIS OUT Last year’s tournament at TPC Southwind was the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational; in 2022, the Memphis event moves into the ﬁrst slot of the FedExCup Playoffs as the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Abraham Ancer was the winner at TPC Southwind last year with a 16-under 264 total. The top 125 on the FedExCup points list in the regular season qualify for the FedEx St. Jude Championship, with the top 70 in points progressing toward the BMW Championship.
Cameron Smith’s 60 in the third round was a course record for Liberty National. The tournament record is 59 by Scottie Schefﬂer in 2020 at TPC Boston. LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Tony Finau 1 67 64 68 65 264/-20 2,000 $1,710,000 Cameron Smith 2 69 68 60 67 264/-20 1,200 $1,035,500 Jon Rahm 3 63 67 67 69 266/-18 760 $655,500 Tom Hoge T4 69 64 67 69 269/-15 460 $399,792 Alex Noren T4 69 64 70 66 269/-15 460 $399,792 Justin Thomas T4 63 69 67 70 269/-15 460 $399,792 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW WWW.PGATOUR.COM JUNE DECEMBER 2022 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 177 2021
Last year, six players used the event to vault into the top 70 and stay alive in the Playoffs.
Tony Finau made 142 starts between his ﬁrst career victory (which was the 2016 Puerto Rico Open) and winning the event last year. In those starts, he had eight runner-up ﬁnishes and 39 top-10s.
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Notable Course Features In preparation for the BMW Championship, six new back tees were added, two tees extended, and one green complex moved to add about 200 yards. Some bunkering also was modified under the direction of architect Andrew Green. The course won’t necessarily play the full yardage in a given round, with tee flexibility on a number of holes, including the 16th, which can be set up as a drivable par 4 or play to its full length of 393 yards. 2021 Champion Patrick Cantlay, U.S. Quick Facts Field: 70 players Format: 72 holes Purse: $15 million Winner’s Share: $2,700,000 FedExCup Points: 2,000 to the winner Charity Benefit The sole beneficiary of the BMW Championship is the Evans Scholars Foundation. Since BMW first sponsored the event in 2007, the tournament has raised more than $40 million for the foundation’s full tuition and housing college scholarships for caddies. Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC Social Media @BMWChampionship@BMWchamps@bmwchamps 2022
Patrick Cantlay fought off strong competition from Bryson DeChambeau to prevail in a six-hole playoff and collect his ﬁfth PGA TOUR victory. “At the beginning of the week I didn’t realize it would take that many under par just to force a playoff. But I hit a lot of good shots today, and it was just enough.”
– Patrick Cantlay
Location & InformationCourse WILMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB (SOUTH WilmingtonWILMINGTON,COURSE),DEL.CountryClub’s
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South Course, which is hosting the BMW Championship for the first time, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1959. The course has hosted five USGA amateur championships, including the 1971 U.S. Amateur. Yardage: 7,534; par 71
Patrick Cantlay birdied the 72nd hole to reach a playoff at Caves Valley in Maryland and prevailed over Bryson DeChambeau in a tense six extra holes after both players ﬁnished at 27-under 261. DeChambeau went ahead by one in regulation with a birdie at the 16th and appeared to be in great shape when Cantlay hit his tee shot in the water on the par-3 17th. But Cantlay made an 8-foot bogey putt, while DeChambeau bogeyed from just off the green. Cantlay holed a 22-foot putt for a birdie on 18 to shoot 66, the same score as DeChambeau. Cantlay stayed alive with par-saving putts of 6 and 7 feet during the playoff, while DeChambeau missed a couple of good birdie chances, but saved par after hitting a ball in the water on the fourth extra hole. They traded birdies on the ﬁfth extra hole before Cantlay made an 18-footer on the next one—the 18th—to win.
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with some holes switching nines and others changing order, in order to facilitate spectator movement and viewing areas down
stretch. LEADERBOARD 2020 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score FedExCup Earnings Patrick Cantlay 1 66 63 66 66 261/-27 2,000 $1,710,000 Bryson DeChambeau 2 68 60 67 66 261/-27 1,200 $1,026,000 Sungjae Im 3 67 65 66 67 265/-23 760 $646,000 Rory McIlroy 4 64 70 65 67 266/-22 540 $456,000 Erik van Rooyen 5 67 68 67 65 267/-21 440 $380,000 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW WWW.PGATOUR.COM JUNE DECEMBER 2022 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 179 2020 Joy for thrillingfollowingtoraisesCantlayPatrickashehiscapthefansavictory.
The top 30 players in FedExCup points after the BMW Championship advance to the TOUR Championship. In 2021, Sergio Garcia and Erik van Rooyen moved into the top 30 at the BMW Championship, displacing both Charley Hoffman and Max Homa. the 2022 site, Wilmington Country Club, the routing of the course will be the tournament, the
Cantlay had a streak of ﬁve straight birdies in the ﬁrst round, four straight in the second round, and birdied four of the ﬁrst ﬁve in the ﬁnal round. He led the ﬁeld with 31 birdies for the week.
The 27-under 72-hole totals of Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau were a tournament record relative to par and tied for the fourthlowest in PGA TOUR history. The 261 72-hole scores of Cantlay and DeChambeau were one higher than the tournament record by Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose, who each posted 20-under 260 at Aronimink in Pennsylvania in 2018. DeChambeau’s second-round 60 was one off the tournament record of 59 by Jim Furyk in 2013 at Conway Farms in Illinois. DeChambeau missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.
Cantlay’s Strokes Gained: Putting of 14.577 for the four rounds was the most ever since ShotLink was introduced in 2004. Cantlay ranked second in Greens in Regulation Percentage (80.56).
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Patrick Cantlay’s fourth title of 2020-21 was his biggest, as his two-putt birdie at the 72nd hole and closing 69 at East Lake held off Jon Rahm at the TOUR Championship.
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The reversal of nines from the way East Lake plays for members makes for exciting finishes on the tournament’s par-5 18th hole. Listed at 590 yards, with an approach played over water, the par 5 often is set up around 570 yards to encourage players to go for the green in two shots. 2021 Champion Patrick Cantlay, U.S. Quick Facts Field: 30 players Format: 72 holes, FedExCup Starting Strokes scoring system Purse: $75 million Winner’s Share: $18 million Charity Benefit The TOUR Atlanta,Foundation,beneficiariesChampionship’sareEastLakeFirstTeeofMetroGroveParkFoundation,PurposeBuiltSchoolsAtlanta,FocusedCommunityStrategiesandtherecentlycreatedHOPEShotScholarship.WithsupportofpartnersCoca-ColaandSouthernCompany,theeventhasraisedover$40millionsince1998. Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC Social Media @playofffinale@playofffinale@playofffinale
EAST LAKE GOLF CLUB, ATLANTA, GA. Tom Bendelow’s 1908 design gave way to a complete overhaul just five years later by Donald Ross, which was the configuration where Bobby Jones learned to play the game. George Cobb did a renovation prior to the 1963 Ryder Cup and Rees Jones restored the Ross layout in 1994. Yardage: 7,346; par 70 Notable Course Features
AUGUST 25-28, 2022 “I’m very grateful and happy to be here, and I’m really proud of myself for staying in the moment and delivering when it counted.” – Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay had the lead at the start of the tournament in the FedExCup Starting Strokes scoring system, and held on to it all the way, winning by one stroke over Jon Rahm. Those two stayed in front, and close to each other, throughout, with Cantlay leading by two after the ﬁrst round, one after the second round and two after the third round. Except for a brief three-stroke margin early in the ﬁnal round, Rahm stayed within one or two all day but never caught Cantlay. When Cantlay bogeyed the 17th hole—needing a 6-foot putt to do that—the margin was one heading to the par-5 18th. Cantlay played it beautifully, with a 361-yard drive and a 6-iron to 12 feet. When Rahm narrowly missed a chip for eagle, Cantlay two-putted for a 69; Rahm shot 2-under 68 with no bogeys but only two birdies. Cantlay made birdies on all eight par 5s he played during the week at par-70 East Lake to rank T1 in Par 5 Scoring at 4.00. Cantlay ranked T1 in Greens in Regulation Percentage at 76.39. Cantlay was third in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and ﬁfth in Approach the Green, while losing .057 strokes per round on the greens.
The No. 1 player entering the event has won the tournament in two of the three years since the FedExCup Starting Strokes scoring system started (Dustin Johnson, 2020, and Cantlay, 2021). Cantlay’s victory was his fourth of the season, the ﬁrst time a player won four or more events since 2016-17 (Justin Thomas, ﬁve wins). Rahm and Kevin Na, who second and third, tied for the lowest cumulative 72hole total at 14-under. Schauffele (T5) ran his rounds better in the Championship to 20, and his 64 on Sunday matched Daniel Berger (T11) for low round of the week.
The FedExCup Starting Strokes scoring system gave Patrick Cantlay, the No. 1 player in the FedExCup standings, a 10-under starting score. Starting Strokes descend to the Nos. 26-30 players starting the event at even par.
LEADERBOARD 2021 Player Pos 1 2 3 4 Total Score Starting Strokes Earnings Patrick Cantlay 1 67 66 67 69 -21 -10 $15,000,000 Jon Rahm 2 65 65 68 68 -20 -6 $5,000,000 Kevin Na 3 66 67 66 67 -16 -2 $4,000,000 Justin Thomas 4 67 67 65 70 -15 -4 $3,000.000 Xander Schauffele T5 68 69 67 64 -14 -2 $2,200,000 Viktor Hovland T5 66 68 70 65 -14 -3 $2,200,000 Patrick Cantlay, who held onto his lead throughout the tournament, tees off during the third round. TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW WWW.PGATOUR.COM JUNE DECEMBER 2022 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 181 2021
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JUNE 3-5, 2022 Principal Charity Classic
Location WAKONDA CLUB, DES MOINES, IOWA Yardage 6,851; par 72 Tournament Record 197, Gil Morgan, 2006; Jay Haas, 2012 TournamentRecord18-hole 62, Kirk Triplett, 2012; Kevin Sutherland, 2019 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.principalcharityclassic.com Course Insight
HOW AMESSTEPHENWON Stephen Ames came from seven strokes behind, shooting 67 in the ﬁnal round, while 36-hole leader Tim Herron faded to a 76. Thinking that he entered the day with little chance to win, Ames said, “I did have a number in mind, 12 under. That was my goal, and I achieved my goal and everybody else stumbled. Today was a tough day.” With the wind picking up, contenders Shane Bertsch and Rod Pampling shot 73 and 75, respectively, in addition to Herron struggling. Meanwhile, Ames shot 32 on the front nine and had two birdies and a bogey on the back nine for his 67 and 12-under total to claim his second PGA TOUR Champions victory at age 57. He won by one stroke over Mike Weir (69) and two over Herron, Willie Wood (68) and Doug Barron (71).
CHARITY BENEFIT Beneﬁciaries include Tournament Charity Partners Blank Children’s Hospital, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, United Way of Central Iowa and Variety. Funds are also raised for organizations through the Birdies For Charity Program.
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ajor championships and the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs highlight the second half of the PGA TOUR Champions season. The latter portion of the schedule builds towards its annual dramatic conclusion, with the top 72 players heading to the three-tournament Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. Major championships are the feature in June and July, with three in a row on the schedule, in a slightly different order than 2021. The last weekend of June brings the U.S. Senior Open, which will be held at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., for the third time. Two weeks later the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will be hosted by Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, its site since 2019. Following another week off, the players head across the Atlantic to Scotland for the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex, to be held for the first time at Gleneagles (The King’s Course) in the Scottish interior.TheRegular Season runs through mid-October, with a slate of tournaments similar to last year, including secondyear events at the Ascension Classic in St. Louis and the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS in Jacksonville. The Playoffs open with the Dominion Energy Classic in Virginia, with the top 54 players (of 72) advancing to the TimberTech Championship in Florida. The final cutdown to 36 players sets the stage for the thrilling finish at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club in November. In 2021, Bernhard Langer won his sixth Schwab Cup title.
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The Wakonda Club, situated less than a mile north of Des Moines International Airport, was founded in 1922 and has been the site of several major amateur events, including the 1963 U.S. Amateur, won by Deane Beman. William B. Langford designed the rolling parkland layout that features tree-lined fairways and several watery penalty areas. It underwent a major restoration following a flood in 1994 and has hosted the Principal Charity Classic since 2013, bringing a taste of the PGA TOUR Champions to the course.
Location UNIVERSITY RIDGE GOLF COURSE, MADISON, WISCONSIN
Yardage 7,028; par 71 Tournament Record 261, Steve Stricker, 2019 TournamentRecord18-hole 62, Loren Roberts, 2006; Kirk Triplett, Brandt Jobe, 2017; Steve Stricker, David Toms, 2019 Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC More Information www.usga.org
Yardage 7,083; par 72 Tournament Record 199, Kirk Triplett, 2016 TournamentRecord18-hole 63, Esteban Toledo, Gene Sauers, 2016; Paul Broadhurst, 2017; Tim Petrovic, 2018; Kevin Sutherland, 2019; Steve Flesch, 2021 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.amfamchampionship.com
WON Jim Furyk became the eighth player to win both the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open, as he posted a 7-under 273 total at Omaha Country Club to win by three over Retief Goosen and Mike Weir. Furyk led by four strokes through 54 holes after going 64-66 in the second and third rounds. The 2003 U.S. Open champion got off to a slow start Sunday, playing the ﬁrst three holes in 3-over before recovering to shoot a 1-over 71.
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Course Insight English architect Herbert Strong designed the Old Course at Saucon Valley, which opened for play in 1922. The course traverses gently rolling terrain that was once a farm. It has undergone minor renovations over the years by William Gordon, Perry Maxwell, and most recently, Tom Marzolf of the Fazio Group. The Old Course has hosted seven USGA championships, including the U.S. Senior Open in 1992 and 2000 and the U.S. Women’s Open in 2009.
“To play the last 15 holes that well under the conditions was real exciting and gratifying,” said Furyk. After the lead was cut to one through three holes, Furyk went ahead by four at the turn but it was back down to two before a key birdie on the 16th. The 51-year-old Furyk became the 10th player to win in his U.S. Senior Open debut (the event was not held in 2020).
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The tournament beneﬁts the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. Other charitable organizations also receive proceeds from the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation.
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Course Insight Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed University Ridge in 1991 on a ridge overlooking the city of Madison. The course is home to the University of Wisconsin golf teams. The front nine is wide open, rolling through a preserved prairie and marshland, while the first six holes of the back nine are cut out of a dense woodland. The course opens up again after the tee shot on the par-5 16th, which features three fairways and 16 bunkers. The course has been home to the American Family Insurance Championship since its inception in 2016.
Jerry Kelly, a native of Madison, won his hometown event for the second time, adding the 2021 title to his 2019 triumph after the tournament wasn’t held in 2020. “It means so much for me to win around here, and now twice, I’m over the moon,” he said. Kelly, 54, entered the ﬁnal round two strokes behind after making double bogey on the 18th hole of the second round. He bogeyed the ﬁrst hole Sunday, but that was his last mistake. He made three birdies on the front nine and birdied Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 16 coming home for a 66 and 14-under 202 total. When Kelly ﬁnished, he was tied with Fred Couples, who, playing behind him, had just birdied 16 and 17. But Couples bogeyed 18 for a 68 to ﬁnish one behind, tied with 36-hole leader Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who closed with a 69.
Location SAUCON VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB (OLD BETHLEHEM,COURSE),PA.
Location THE KINGS COURSE AT AUCHTERARDER,GLENEAGLES,SCOTLAND
CHARITY BENEFIT Each year, the R&A (which runs the championship along with the DP World Tour) invests more than £5 million ($6.422 million) in support of golf worldwide. In recent years, there has been a focus on ﬁnancing development in countries where golf is a relatively new sport. Initiatives have been supported in countries across ﬁve continents.
HOW DODDSTEPHENWON Stephen Dodd tied the championship record with a 62 in the third round and went on to take the title in dramatic fashion. The 55-year-old from Wales, who won three times on the European Tour and had three previous wins on the European Senior Tour, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to beat Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Darren Clarke by one stroke with a 13-under 267 total at Sunningdale’s Old Course in England. Jiménez made up ground with a 65 in the ﬁnal round, while Clarke also put pressure on Dodd with a 67. Dodd said that entering the tournament, “Winning was the last thing on my mind, really. I just wanted to do myself justice and luckily I’ve done that.”
Location Firestone Country Club (SouthAkron,Course),Ohio Yardage 7,400; par 70 Tournament Record 261, Jack Nicklaus, 1990; Kenny Perry, 2013 TournamentRecord18-hole 62, Olin Browne, 2012; Fred Couples, 2013; Retief Goosen, 2019 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.bridgestoneseniorplayers.com
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Course Insight Five-time Open champion James Braid designed the King’s Course in 1919. Set on undulating moorland terrain, it is ranked as one of the best inland courses in Scotland. It hosted a precursor of the Ryder Cup in 1921, the Curtis Cup in 1936, a European Tour event from 1987 to 1994, and is hosting the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex for the first time. Braid also designed the Queen’s Course at Gleneagles.
Course Insight Firestone Country Club was established in 1929, with the South Course designed by Bert Way. Robert Trent Jones Sr. extensively redesigned it prior to the 1960 PGA Championship—the first of three times Firestone held that event. The layout is known for a collection of long and rugged par-4 holes and for the 667-yard, par-5 16th hole, known as “The Monster.” The course has hosted various PGA TOUR events including a World Golf Championships event in 1999-2001 and 2003-2018 before transitioning to hosting PGA TOUR Champions since 2019.
Yardage 6,790; par 71 Tournament Record 263, Tom Watson, Carl Mason, 2003 TournamentRecord18-hole 62, Jim Colbert, 2003; Stephen Dodd, 2021 Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC More Information pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/senior-open-championship
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Steve Stricker jumped in front with a ﬁrst-round 63 and led all the way, winning with a 7-under 273 total. Stricker was bogeyfree for two rounds, leading by ﬁve after a second-round 68. He extended the lead to as many as eight strokes during the third round before struggling to a 39 on the back nine for a 72 as his cushion was cut to four. Stricker shot 33 on the front nine Sunday, but bogeys on 11 and 13 enabled Jerry Kelly to pull within two. Kelly would bogey four of the last ﬁve holes as Stricker parred in for a closing 70 and a six-stroke victory. “It’s hard to have a lead,” Stricker said. “And then to play with a friend, Jerry, I could tell that he was playing well and I’m just trying to hang on. It was a tough ﬁght.”
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Charities beneﬁting from the tournament include Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the LeBron James Family Foundation, Summa Health, The First Tee of Greater Akron, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and United Way of Summit and Medina Counties.
Doug Barron shot three consecutive 64s, but needed to birdie the last three holes to come away with a two-stroke victory over Steve Flesch. Barron trailed by two with three holes remaining before a birdie on 16, combined with a bogey by Flesch, left the pair tied. The 52-year-old Barron pulled ahead with a birdie on 17 and locked up the title with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th. “I had to go earn it today, and I wanted to earn it,” said Barron of the ﬁnish that netted him his second PGA TOUR Champions title. Barron eagled the 18th in the second round to lead by one over Flesch, Stephen Ames and Billy Mayfair. Flesch birdied six of the ﬁrst 13 holes on Sunday, shooting 65 to ﬁnish second by three strokes over Billy Andrade (64) and Brandt Jobe (66).
HOW PAMPLINGROD WON Australia’s Rod Pampling started the ﬁnal round eagle-birdie, ﬁnished the round tied for the lead about an hour ahead of the last group, and ended up taking the title without a playoff. Jim Furyk bogeyed the 17th to fall one behind and failed to birdie the par-5 18th to ﬁnish one stroke back. “We got a little bit lucky at the end, but sometimes that’s what you need,” said the 51-yearold Pampling after his ﬁrst PGA TOUR Champions victory. Pampling was four strokes behind after opening with 6870, but his hot start on Sunday propelled him to a 31 on the front nine. On the back nine, he bogeyed the 10th, birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 14, then bogeyed the 16th for a 66. Tim Herron and Woody Austin each had a chance with a birdie on 18. Herron (67) made par to tie for second with Furyk (70) and Billy Mayfair (69), and Austin (72) bogeyed to ﬁnish two back.
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Location THE CLUB AT SNOQUALMIE,RIDGE,SNOQUALMIEWASHINGTON
Yardage 7,217; par 72 Tournament Record 197, Jerry Kelly, 2017 TournamentRecord18-hole 60, Kevin Sutherland, 2018 Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC More Information www.boeingclassic.com Course Insight The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, established in 1999, is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in the state of Washington. The course has dramatic elevation changes, with dense stands of towering firs framing wide fairways, picturesque water features and panoramic mountain views. In addition, the course is also home to various indigenous widlife species evident with the eagle sanctuary situated on the 14th hole. The result is strategic diversity with a breathtaking backdrop.
TOURPGAIMAGES;GETTYIMAGES: AUGUST 5-7, 2022 Shaw Charity Classic AUGUST 12-14, 2022 Boeing Classic
Location CANYON MEADOWS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
Course Insight Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club opened in 1957. Otto Anderson designed the parkland layout, and members gradually changed it through the years, mostly by tree plantings. Since 2000, the club has implemented an ambitious and extensive renovation program including a golf course rebuild, with all bentgrass greens, substantial improvements to fairways and bunkers, additional tee complexes and a complete clubhouse remodel.
CHARITY BENEFIT The Shaw Charity Classic’s Birdies for Kids program presented by AltaLink supports local charities, which solicit pledges based on the total of birdies in the tournament, extended by up to a further 50 percent from the tournament.
The primary beneﬁciary is the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, an international leader in autoimmune disease research. 2021 2021
Yardage 7,086; par 70 Tournament Record 191, Rocco Mediate, 201 TournamentRecord18-hole 61, Fred Couples, 2013; Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2015; Michael Bradley, 2019 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.shawcharityclassic.com
HOW DURANTJOEWON Joe Durant ran into trouble on the ﬁnal hole, but managed to hole a 5-foot putt for a bogey and a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer. Durant moved ahead of 36-hole co-leaders Langer and Doug Barron with a 32 on the front nine and added a birdie on the 16th. On No. 18, he drove into an adjacent fairway, clipped a tree on his second shot, came up short with his third and chipped past before sinking the winning putt. Durant shot 68 on Sunday. “I haven’t been in that position in quite a while and I had a lot of things in my brain that shouldn’t have been in my brain,” said Durant, 57, whose last of three prior PGA TOUR Champions victories was in 2018. Langer matched his age with a 64 on his 64th birthday in the ﬁrst round, followed by a 66 and then a 70 when the wind picked up in the ﬁnal round.
Location WARWICK HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, GRAND BLANC, MICH.
Yardage 7,085; par 72 Tournament Record 199, Joe Durant, 2021 TournamentRecord18-hole 63, Scott McCarron, 2018 Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC More Information www.theallychallenge.com
CHARITY BENEFIT Net proceeds beneﬁt non-proﬁt organizations in the Flint area that provide individuals and the community with increased access to vital services, education and resources.
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Cameron Beckman birdied the ﬁrst ﬁve holes of the back nine and survived the ﬁnish to emerge with his ﬁrst PGA TOUR Champions victory. Ernie Els had a three-stroke lead through 36 holes and still was ahead by three at the turn before Beckman’s burst, and two Els bogeys rocketed Beckman to a four-stroke cushion with four holes to play. The ﬁnal margin ended up at one stroke when Beckman bogeyed 15 and 18, the latter after a drive into the water. Els birdied 16 but couldn’t get the birdie he needed on 18. Beckman, playing in the 15th Champions event of his rookie season, shot 68, and Els closed with a 72. “Today I thought it was a great opportunity to really loosen up and play and see if I could really play like I’m capable of,” said the 51-year-old Beckman, who collected three victories in his PGA TOUR career.
Course Insight Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club opened in 1957, designed by James Gilmore Harrison on former farmland, with Joe Lee redesigning in 1967. The course was the site of the PGA TOUR’s Buick Open from 1958-69 and 1977-2009. Among current PGA TOUR Champions members, Vijay Singh (three) and Kenny Perry (two) were multiple winners in Grand Blanc. More than 100 trees that had overgrown fairways or bunkers were removed at Warwick Hills before the first Ally Challenge in 2018; the course underwent an extensive renovation in 2013-14.
Location EN-JOIE GOLF
CHARITY BENEFIT The tournament, operated by Broome County Charities, has donated over $18 million to local charities. Primary recipients are the UHS Foundation and Lourdes Hospital Foundation.
The Ally Challenge
TOURPGAIMAGES: AUGUST 19-21, 2022 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open AUGUST 26-28, 2022
Yardage 6,994; par 72 Tournament Record 195, Lonnie Nielsen, 2009 TournamentRecord18-hole 59, Kevin Sutherland, 2014 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.dsgopen.com Course Insight En-Joie was created by George F. Johnson, owner of EndicottJohnson Shoe Company, and designed by Ernie Smith, opening in 1927. Johnson was a huge lover of golf and wanted his employees to enjoy the game, so he built the course as a recreational outlet for them. Course designer Dr. Michael Hurdzan renovated the layout in 1989-99. The course was the longtime host of the B.C. Open (1971-2006) on the PGA TOUR and has hosted PGA TOUR Champions since 2007.
Location NORWOOD HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, ST. LOUIS, MO. Yardage 6,992; par 71 Tournament Record 203, David Toms, Dicky Pride, 2021 TournamentRecord18-hole 65, Ken Tanigawa, Woody Austin, 2021 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.ascensioncharityclassic.com Course Insight
CHARITY BENEFIT The tournament supports North St. Louis communities with the three primary beneﬁciaries being Maygrove, a residential treatment and support facility for children and teens; the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.
Norwood Hills was founded as North Hills Country Club in 1922, with 36 holes designed by Boston architect Wayne Stiles. The Ascension Charity Classic is played on the West Course, which hosted the 1948 PGA Championship, events on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, the 2001 USGA Senior Amateur and 2018 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur. The course has rolling, undulating fairways and strategic contoured greens requiring accurate driving and deft iron play.
SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2022 Sanford International
CHARITY BENEFIT In 2021, the InternationalSanfordraisedmore than $250,000 for local charities and organizations. Beneﬁciaries are Sanford Health Foundation, Camp Cambria, GreatLife Cares Foundation, South Dakota Golf Association and The First Tee of South Dakota.
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Location MINNEHAHA COUNTRY CLUB, SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Yardage 6,729; par 70 Tournament Record 196, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, 2020 TournamentRecord18-hole 62, Scott Parel, Darren Clarke, 2020 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information sanfordinternational.com Course Insight Minnehaha Country Club was founded at an existing ninehole course in 1905, with the current course at a new site dating to 1922, designed by the team of William Langford and Theodore Moreau. The course has been frequently updated, including redesigns by Dick Nugent in 1976 and Robert Lohmann in 2014. The course borders the Big Sioux River on rolling terrain with tree-lined fairways.
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HOW CLARKEDARRENWON Darren Clarke birdied the second extra hole to win a playoff over K.J. Choi and Steve Flesch. “In a playoff you never know what can happen, anybody can make birdie, and luckily it was my day today,” said Northern Ireland’s Clarke after posting his third win of the 2020-21 season. Clarke and Choi shared the ﬁrst-round lead after 7-under 63s, then Choi grabbed the 36-hole lead with a 66 while Clarke fell four strokes back, in a tie for seventh, after a 70. In the ﬁnal round, Clarke birdied four of the last seven holes, including the 18th, for a 65, while Choi had 17 pars and one birdie in a 69. Flesch had a chance to win in regulation, but he made a bogey on the 18th for a 66 and then bogeyed the hole again to drop out of the playoff on the ﬁrst extra hole.
HOW TOMSDAVIDWON David Toms, the 2018 U.S. Senior Open champion, waited a long time for his second PGA TOUR Champions victory, ﬁnally nabbing it with a ﬁnal-round 66 and playoff par at Norwood Hills. “I still work hard. It’s tough,” said Toms, 54. “Guys prepare every week. They play great.” Toms and Dicky Pride both came from behind in a tightly bunched race at the inaugural Ascension Charity Classic. Toms shot 33 on the front nine and added birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 to inch ahead; Pride caught him with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th, giving him a 67. In the playoff, Pride left a 20-foot par putt just short while Toms made a routine par for the victory. St. Louis native Jay Haas matched his age with a 67 in the ﬁnal round to tie for third with Woody Austin (65).
HOW K.J. CHOI WON K.J. Choi claimed his ﬁ rst PGA TOUR Champions victory by holding off Bernhard Langer and Alex Cejka. “My last win was the 2011 PLAYERS … so I really wanted to win,” said the 51-year-old Choi, who won eight times on the PGA TOUR. “So this is very special.” Choi opened with a 67 at Spyglass Hill, a round that included four straight birdies, and then a 68 at Pebble Beach to lead by two over Langer and Cejka. Choi shot a 31 on the front nine in the ﬁ nal round to open his advantage to four over Langer and ﬁ ve over Cejka. That was too much for the challengers to overcome, even with Choi shooting a 37 on the back nine. All three shot closing 68s as Choi won by two strokes.
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PRE SENTED BY TOURPGAIMAGES: SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2022 PURE ChampionshipInsurance OCTOBER 7-9, 2022
Course Insight Timuquana Country Club’s course, set alongside the St. Johns River, opened in 1923 and was designed by Donald Ross. Several architects made changes through the decades, including Robert Trent Jones Sr. and David Gordon, each of whom added a pond. Bobby Weed did a restoration in 1996, eliminating many trees that had been planted and had grown over the years. David Duval, now a rookie on PGA TOUR Champions, grew up playing Timuquana, where his father, Bob, was the club professional.
Location Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif. Yardage Pebble Beach: 6,864; par 72 Spyglass Hill: 7,025; par 72 Tournament Record 198, Bernhard Langer, 2017 TournamentRecord18-hole 63, Craig Stadler, 2004; Bernhard Langer, 2013; Scott McCarron, Kenny Perry, 2018 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information pureinsurancechampionship.com
CHARITY BENEFIT Projects supported by the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation include, among others, Operation Shower for military families; Blessings in a Backpack for children’s meals and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
Location TIMUQUANA COUNTRY CLUB, JACKSONVILLE, FLA. Yardage 6,949; par 72 Tournament Record 201, Phil Mickelson, 2021 TournamentRecord18-hole 65, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, 2021 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information constellationfurykandfriends.com
CHARITY BENEFIT Monterey Foundation,Peninsulawhichalso hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm, stages the PURE Insurance Championship to beneﬁ t The First Tee. A special aspect of the tournament is that First Tee participants from around the country are selected to partner with professionals.
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Course Insight Pebble Beach Golf Links has been the site of major championships and annually hosts a regular PGA TOUR event in addition to being the host site of the PURE Insurance Championship. The course was designed by California Amateur champion Jack Neville in 1919; with changes through the years, it remains true to the original concept. Spyglass Hill was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., opening in 1966 with a mix of oceanside and forest holes.
HOW MICKELSONPHIL WON Phil Mickelson won for the third time in four PGA TOUR Champions starts as he emerged from a ﬁnal-round duel with Miguel Ángel Jiménez in the inaugural Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS. Mickelson shared the lead after a ﬁrst-round 66 and was ahead by two following a 67 in the second round. On Sunday, he birdied the ﬁrst three holes but the tournament tightened up when he made double bogey at the ﬁfth. Jiménez pulled into a tie for the lead with birdies on 13 and 14, only for Mickelson to jump back ahead with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th. Jiménez narrowly missed a long birdie putt on the 18th, which became academic when Mickelson holed a 10-footer for a birdie, giving him a closing 68 and a two-stroke victory. “It was a hard-fought battle and I really enjoyed it,” said Mickelson.
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TOURPGAIMAGES: OCTOBER 14-16, 2022 SAS Championship OCTOBER 21-23, 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic
Yardage 7,237; par 72 Tournament Record 194, Bernhard Langer, 2018 TournamentRecord18-hole 61, Tom Kite, 2003 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.saschampionship.com
Location THE COUNTRY CLUB OF VIRGINIA (JAMES RIVER RICHMOND,COURSE),VA.
The two-time U.S. Open champion started the ﬁnal round two strokes behind and bogeyed the ﬁrst hole before making six birdies to shoot 67.
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Jiménez had a three-stroke lead after he birdied the 11th, but bogeyed the 14th and ﬁnished with a 69. Janzen birdied Nos. 15 and 18 to force the playoff as both players posted 12-under 204 totals. Finishing one stroke back were Alex Cejka (70), who shared the 36-hole co-lead with Jiménez, and Jim Furyk (67).
The tournament’s host charity is the YMCA of the Triangle. They annually contribute the single largest donation to Y Learning, a tutorial program for students in grades K-8.
The SAS Championship uses a hybrid of the scenic Highlands and Meadows courses at the 54-hole Prestonwood Country Club. Both designed by Tom Jackson, the Meadows Course opened in 1988 and features narrow fairways while the Highlands course, opened in 1993, features elevation changes.
Recent work has been done by Jack Nicklaus protégé Rick Robbins, including renovated green complexes planted with Championship Bermuda grass.
HOW LEE JANZEN WON Lee Janzen sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, then another birdie putt of the same length on the ﬁrst hole of a playoff to defeat Miguel Ángel Jiménez. It was the 57-year-old Janzen’s second PGA TOUR Champions victory, the other coming in 2015. “I’ve seen progress lately. Who knew it was going to turn into a win?” said Janzen, who hadn’t posted a top-10 in the 2020-21 season.
HOW LANGERBERNHARDWON Bernhard Langer, 64, became the oldest winner in PGA TOUR Champions history, defeating Doug Barron in a playoff. “I think it’s encouraging to everybody over 50 or 60, that we can still perform at a very high level and you should never give up,” said Langer. The victory was his 42nd on PGA TOUR Champions, three behind the record of Hale Irwin, and was his ﬁrst of 2021 after a number of close calls. Langer trailed by two after rounds of 66-67. He shot 68 in the ﬁnal round with ﬁve birdies against only his second bogey of the week. A birdie on the par-5 18th lifted him into a tie with Barron, who shot a closing 67 and also had only two bogeys for the tournament. Langer birdied the 18th again on the ﬁrst extra hole, making a 6-foot putt. Steve Flesch, the 36-hole leader, shot 73 on Sunday to ﬁnish third, two strokes behind.
CHARITY BENEFIT Beneﬁciaries are the Virginia Veterans Service Foundation and Richmond Fisher House, which aid military members and their families. Other charities beneﬁt from Birdies for Charity.
Yardage 7,025; par 72 Tournament Record 198, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, 2019 TournamentRecord18-hole 63, Kevin Sutherland, 2016; Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh, 2017; Miguel Ángel Jiménez, 2019; Mike Weir, 2020; Steven Alker, Ernie Els, 2021 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.deccgolf.com
The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course was designed in 1928 by architect William Flynn. The front nine is more low lying, and the back nine goes into the hills and has more undulation. Architect Lester George oversaw a restoration in 2003-04, restoring strategic elements of the original design and redoing fairway bunkers. At the same time, new fourth, sixth and 18th holes were built.
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Location PHOENIX COUNTRY CLUB, PHOENIX, ARIZ. Yardage 6,853; par 71 Tournament Record 262, Vijay Singh, 2018 TournamentRecord18-hole 60, Jay Haas, 2012 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.schwabcup.com Course Insight
TimberTech Championship Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Alker took the lead with a birdie on the 15th and added another birdie on 18 for a 68 and a twostroke victory over 36-hole coleader Jim Furyk (71) and Miguel Ángel Jiménez (66).
Location THE OLD COURSE AT BROKEN SOUND, BOCA RATON, FLA. Yardage 6,807; par 72 Tournament Record 197, Bernhard Langer, 2019 TournamentRecord18-hole 60, Michael Allen, 2014 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.timbertechchampionship.com
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 18-hole regulation course, all grass with no desert areas, designed by Harry Collis. The 18th hole presents a definite risk/reward situation that makes for an exciting finish. The course hosted 43 PGA TOUR events, the last in 1986, and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship since 2017. Tom Lehman and John Fought redesigned the 80-year-old Collis course in 2002, focusing on redoing the greens while also adding and deepening bunkers.
CHARITY BENEFIT The tournament’s primary beneﬁciary is the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and the event also supports other local charities. Over the last 13 years, more than $2 million has been donated.
HOW MICKELSONPHIL WON Phil Mickelson rallied from three strokes behind with a ﬁnalround 65 to win for the fourth time in his ﬁrst six career PGA TOUR Champions starts, a feat previously accomplished by only Jack Nicklaus. “It’s been fun for me to play out here and see so many guys I spent decades with,” said Mickelson. “Then to play well and have some success is very meaningful.” Mickelson had no bogeys in the ﬁnal round and six birdies. He birdied Nos. 11, 15, 16 and 18 and made a timely par save at the 17th. That was good for a 19-under 265 total and a onestroke victory over Champions rookie Steven Alker, who shot a closing 67. Bernhard Langer ﬁnished 17th, but won the season-long Charles Schwab Cup for the sixth time. Jim Furyk, the 54-hole leader, fell to a tie for ﬁfth with a closing 71 that also cost him the Schwab Cup he could have earned with a second-place ﬁnish.
CHARITY BENEFIT The tournament supports The First Tee of Phoenix, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona, and the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix.
NOVEMBER 10-13, 2022
TOURPGAIMAGES: NOVEMBER 4-6, 2022
Steven Alker continued a dream run in his ﬁrst three months on PGA TOUR Champions with a victory in his ninth event. The non-exempt New Zealander qualiﬁed for the Boeing Classic shortly after turning 50 and ﬁnished in the top 10 in six straight tournaments to keep earning his spot in the next event, eventually qualifying for the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs. “I guess it’s just been building,” said Alker. “You have a bunch of top-10s and you get in the thick of it and you just try to get a W.” The win came at the TimberTech, the second playoff event, where he moved into contention with a 63 in the second round to trail by one.
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Course Insight Joe Lee designed The Old Course at Broken Sound in 1978. Gene Bates, with help from World Golf Hall of Fame member Johnny Miller, updated the layout in 2004 to make it more playable and yet more challenging with the addition of water areas and strategic bunkering along the undulating fairways. The course winds through oaks and pine trees, giving it a “Piney Woods” North Carolina feel that is popular with members and PGA TOUR Champions players alike. It has been home to the event since 2007.
Young was on the precipice of something big, too. He was trying to become the 10th son of a PGA Professional to etch his name onto the champion’s Wanamaker Trophy. Young was on his way to his ﬁfth top-3 ﬁnish of the season. It was little consolation. You know how this movie ends: Leader Mito Pereira, so solid for 71 holes, double bogeyed the 72nd to tumble to third. Thomas birdied two holes in an aggregate three-hole playoff to beat Zalatoris. Seated on a players’ bench in a near-empty clubhouse, Young stared blankly into his locker, still thinking about the greenside double bogey at the long 16th that kept him from that playoff.
Young is a clear front-runner for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. Disappointed in his ﬁnal-round 71, he vowed to get back to work.
“If I keep putting myself in a tie for the lead, or one back with nine holes to play,” Young said softly, “one of those times I’m going to shoot 5-under on the back, and that’s going to be good enough.”
Any big tournament at any level offers triumph and heartache; seldom do they arrive in level spoonfuls. The knock on Zalatoris is that he strikes it like Hogan but doesn’t make enough putts. His answer to that was not one must-make putt to end regulation, but two, the ﬁrst for birdie from 7 feet, the second for par from 8 feet. He shot 71, securing a spot alongside Justin Thomas (67) in the clubhouse lead. “I will bottle that putt on 18 for the future,” he said.
One interested onlooker at Southern Hills was David Duval, working television for ESPN. It once took Duval what seemed like forever to win. From 1993 deep into 1997, he made 86 PGA TOUR starts, with no trophies. Then he dropped the hammer, winning in three consecutive starts. He’d win 13 times. Why did it happen for Duval when it did? Here, we leaned in close, as if Ben Hogan was telling us what was in the dirt. “At some point,” Duval said, “I realized that I didn’t need to do anything different than I had been doing. Maybe you eliminate that one mistake, one missed shot, that one tiny piece. “But really ... there wasn’t any secret to it.”
“Scottie has won, what, four times recently?” asked Josh Gregory, Zalatoris’s coach. “I think Will is like, ‘Hey, I’m ready to get mine.’”
TRIUMPH AND HEARTACHE
Through May, Will Zalatoris remained on the hunt for a ﬁrst PGA TOUR victory, with six top 10s and two runner-up ﬁnishes. Lean in closely, one and all, and hear the winning secret
t wasn’t that long ago that Will Zalatoris and Cameron Young were competing for Wake Forest University, roomies on road trips, no doubt sharing some lofty dreams about their big futures ahead. In late May, one of those opportunity-wrapped days dropped onto their doorsteps. They were together in the penultimate pairing on Sunday afternoon at the 104th PGA Championship. Two 25-yearolds, huge stage (Southern Hills), playing for history, managing to cut the tension by sharing an occasional joke down the fairways.
FOLLOW SCOTTIE’S LEAD As spring faded to summer, Zalatoris and Young still lacked that ﬁrst PGA TOUR win. One of the big narratives heading into 2022 was Scottie Schefﬂer. Why had he not yet won? When would he? Well, Schefﬂer won in Phoenix in February, then at Bay Hill (Arnold Palmer Invitational), then near his college home (WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play), and once more in Augusta, Georgia. First Masters. Does that answer your question?
The line between the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour gets thinner every day. Pereira, the Chilean who nearly won the PGA, started 2021 on the Korn Ferry Tour, as had Young. Zalatoris wasn’t there yet. He was trying to gain KFT status when he started reeling off high ﬁnishes on the PGA TOUR. He ran second at the 2021 Masters.
STAY THE COURSE
MOTIVATING Here’s the upside about all these young- and mid-20 somethings: They’ve grown up alongside one another. Zalatoris grew up with Schefﬂer around Dallas. He knows he has what it takes. With ﬁve top-10s to show for his eight major starts heading to June’s U.S. Open, Zalatoris appeared ready to break through and win.
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