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CONTENTS

Essential Guide

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTIONS 7

Editor’s Welcome, Bill Fields

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Tournament Schedules

FEATURES

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Five Who Can Thrive

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Packed with Potential

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Global Reality

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Great Golf Adventures

Commissioner’s Welcome, Jay Monahan

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Adjust and Advance Faced with a unique challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA TOUR resumed competition after a threemonth hiatus without spectators but with exciting action

Major Milestone of Giving Back The PGA TOUR surpasses $3 billion in all-time charitable contributions

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Doing Good These programs are among many that utilize funds raised from PGA TOUR events to help others

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Opportunity Awaits

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Combined Effort

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PGA TOUR events in Canada, Latin America and China deal with the effects of COVID-19 pandemic

Ever more enticing are the golf destinations we can’t reach. But as travel becomes more possible in the months ahead, it’s time to plan those longed-for golf vacations

Winning Ways Through a turbulent season, PGA TOUR players continued to demonstrate dynamic play and dramatic finishes

Putting a Career Back in Gear

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Distinctive Honor

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Exercise for Everyone

A combined 2020-21 season and some big names in the mix mean an eventful stretch for PGA TOUR Champions

Due to pandemic, pursuit of PGA TOUR status will continue into 2021 for Mito Pereira and his Korn Ferry Tour peers

Curious about stars in the pipeline? Check out these five up-and-coming players

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Drive to the Finish Familiar faces and emerging stars make a push toward the FedExCup Playoffs, with Bryson DeChambeau’s new power drawing particular attention

These talented young Korn Ferry Tour players are earning their competitive stripes and poised to make their mark

The way that Brendon Todd returned to the PGA TOUR winner’s circle after a tough stretch is a study in belief, perseverance and accepting good advice

Former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, who guided the organization to new heights, is part of an impressive World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2021

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WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR

No one who has lived through the COVID-19 pandemic will forget the global health crisis and the devastating effects of the virus, from the loss of thousands of lives to economic hardship. The PGA TOUR, like other professional sports, paused its schedule because of health and safety concerns. When the dangerous scope of the coronavirus became clear, I found myself recalling a 1995 interview with golf legend Gene Sarazen, a 39-time TOUR winner, the first to claim the career Grand Slam and the person whose name is on the trophy for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. Sarazen was 93 years old when I sat down to talk with him at his Florida home, but his memory of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19 was keen. Sarazen recalled working as a teenage orderly at a Connecticut hospital. Many patients lost their lives to influenza, and Sarazen spent his shifts transporting the dead to the morgue. “I would take shots of whiskey so I wouldn’t catch the flu,” he said. “There was nothing else you could do.” Sarazen was lucky, avoiding illness and becoming a golf star just a few years later by winning the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 1922, but those grim memories stayed with him for a lifetime.

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This edition of the Essential Guide reflects how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the PGA TOUR. You’ll read about schedule adjustments necessitated by the virus’ impacts. But after the pause of competition in mid-March, April and May, play resumed in June with appropriate health and safety protocols. Within these pages, you’ll find our customary assortment of articles, from tournament overviews providing the nuts and bolts of events on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions to feature stories and interviews about today’s TOUR stars and those players on the way up who are working hard to join them. This edition has a strong roster of contributors, including my fellow North Carolina natives—and UNC-Chapel Hill grads—Ron Green Jr. and Helen Ross, and another experienced and talented reporter, Jeff Babineau. Tournament Editor David Barrett had to hustle when events shifted on the calendar, but he is a pro’s pro and handled the changes beautifully.

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The Season Ahead Adjustments due to COVID-19 pandemic cause schedule shifts, including major moves

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Travelers Championship

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Rocket Mortgage Classic,

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Workday Charity Open

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The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut, June 25 – 28

Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan, July 2 – 5

Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio, July 9 – 12

Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio, July 16 – 19

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3M Open

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World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota, July 23 – 26

TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee, July 30 – August 2

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Barracuda Championship Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood), Truckee, California, July 30 – August 2

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PGA Championship TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California, August 6 – 9

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Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina, August 13 – 16

THE NORTHERN TRUST TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts, August 20 – 23

BMW Championship Olympia Fields Country Club (North), Olympia Fields, Illinois, August 27 – 30

TOUR Championship East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia, September 4 – 7

Safeway Open Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course), Napa, California, September 10 – 13

U.S. Open Winged Foot Golf Club, (West Course) Mamaroneck, New York, September 17 – 20

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Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Golf Course), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, September 24 - 27

Wyndham Championship

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Tiger Woods

Collin Morikawa

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Sanderson Farms Championship

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

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THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

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ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

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World Golf Championships-HSBC

Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi, October 1 – 4

TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 8 – 11

The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea, October 15 – 18

Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, October 22 – 25

Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China, October 29 – November 1

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Bermuda Championship

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Houston Open

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Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda, October 29 – November 1

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Publisher & CEO Kevin J. Harrington Managing Editor Charles Ford Editor Bill Fields Tournament Editor David Barrett Sub Editor Hillary Nguyen-Don

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Jeff Maggert

Masters Tournament Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, November 12 – 15

The RSM Classic Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course, Plantation Course), Sea Island, Georgia, November 19 – 22

Mayakoba Golf Classic El Camaleon Gold Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, December 3 – 6

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The Ally Challenge

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Bridgestone SENIOR

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Jerry Kelly

Regions Tradition Greystone Golf & Country Club (Founders), Birmingham, Alabama, September 24 – 27

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Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri, October 2 – 4

SAS Championship Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, North Carolina, October 9 – 11

Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, Michigan, July 31 – August 2

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PLAYERS Championship Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio, August 13 – 16

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Dominion Energy Charity Classic The Country Club of Virginia (James River Course), Richmond, Virginia, October 16 – 18

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Office Coordinator Adam Linard-Stevens

Boca Raton Championship

PUBLISHER’S ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Special thanks to the following at PGA TOUR: Chris Smith, Senior Director, Business Public Relations; Mark Stevens, Director, Business Public Relations; Ivie Teston, Coordinator, Licensing; Kristen Fuller, Director, Licensing & New Ventures.

BEST GOLF & TRAVEL CHOICES

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Charles Schwab Cup Championship Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Arizona, November 6 – 8 WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME Class of 2021

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The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Florida, October 30 – November 1

2019-20 SEASON REVIEW FedExCup PGA TOUR Champions Korn Ferry Tour

DEFINING MOMENTS 2020’s Memorable Moments

Sanford International Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 11 – 13

PURE Insurance Championship Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, California September 18 — 20

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THE LAST WORD 170

Vital Energy of the Fans The recent absence of energetic cheering fans from tournaments means that fans can look forward to a warm welcome back, as soon as current restrictions are lifted

INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE Brendon Todd

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ScHEDuLES 2020

2019-20 PGA TOUR® SEASOn DATE

TOURNAMENT/TELEVISION-MEDIA

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JUNE 25 – 28

Travelers Championship, Golf, CBS

TPC River Highlands

Cromwell, CT

JULY 2 – 5

Rocket Mortgage Classic, Golf, CBS

Detroit Golf Club

Detroit, MI

JULY 9 – 12

Workday Charity Open, Golf, CBS

Muirfield Village Golf Club

Dublin, OH

JULY 16 – 19

the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide,

Muirfield Village Golf Club

Dublin, OH

JULY 23 – 26

3M Open, Golf, CBS

TPC Twin Cities

Blaine, MN

JULY 30 – AUG 2

World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational,

TPC Southwind

Memphis, TN

JULY 30 – AUG 2

Barracuda Championship, Golf

Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood)

Truckee, CA

AUG 6 – 9

PGA Championship, ESPN, CBS

TPC Harding Park

San Francisco, CA

AUG 13 – 16

Wyndham Championship, Golf, CBS

Sedgefield Country Club

Greensboro, NC

AUG 20 – 23

THE NORTHERN TRUST, Golf, CBS

TPC Boston

Norton, MA

AUG 27 – 30

BMW Championship, Golf, NBC

Olympia Country Club (North)

Olympia Fields IL

SEP 4 – 7

TOUR Championship, Golf, NBC

East Lake Golf Club

Atlanta, GA

LIVE, Twitter, SiriusXM, Golf, CBS

Golf, CBS

2020-21 PGA TOUR® SEASOn DATE

TOURNAMENT/COVERAGE

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

SEP 10 – 13

Safeway Open, Golf

Silverado Resort and Spa North

Napa, CA

SEP 17 – 20

U.S. Open, Golf, NBC

Winged Foot Golf Club

Mamaroneck, NY

SEP 24 – 27

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, Golf

Corales Golf Club

Punta Cana, DOM

OCT 1 – 4

Sanderson Farms Championship, Golf

Country Club of Jackson

Jackson, MS

OCT 8 – 11

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Golf

TPC Summerlin

Las Vegas, NV

OCT 15 – 18

THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, Golf

Nine Bridges

Jeju Island, KOR

OCT 22 – 25

ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

Accordia Golf Narashina Country Club

Chiba, JPN

OCT 29 – NOV 1

World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Golf

Sheshan International Golf Club

Shanghai, CHN

OCT 29 – NOV 1

Bermuda Championship, Golf

Port Royal Golf Club

Southampton, BER

NOV 5 – 8

Houston Open, Golf

Memorial Park Golf Course

Houston, TX

NOV 12 – 15

Masters Tournament, ESPN, CBS

Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta, GA

NOV 19 – 22

The RSM Classic, Golf

Sea Island Resort, (Seaside and Plantation )

Sea Island, GA

DEC 3 – 6

Mayakoba Golf Classic, Golf

El Camaleón Gold Club

Playa del Carmen, MEX

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ScHEDuLES 2020

2020 PGA TOUR Champions® DATE

TOURNAMENT/COVERAGE

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JULY 31 – AUG 2

The Ally Challenge, Golf

Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club

Grand Blanc, MI

AUG 13 – 16

Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, Golf

Firestone Country Club

Akron, OH

AUG 19 – 21

Charles Schwab Series at Bass Pro Big Cedar Lodge, Golf

Buffalo Ridge Golf Course

Ridgedale, MO

AUG 24 – 26

Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National, Golf

Ozarks National Golf Course

Ridgedale, MO

SEP 11 – 13

Sanford International, Golf

Minnehaha Country Club

Sioux Falls, SD

SEP 18 – 20

PURE Insurance Championship, Golf

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Monterey Peninsula, CA

SEP 24 – 27

Regions Tradition, Golf

Greystone Golf & Country Club (Founders)

Birmingham, AL

OCT 2 – 4

Ascension Charity Classic, Golf

Norwood Hills Country Club

St. Louis, MO

OCT 9 – 11

SAS Championship, Golf

Prestonwood Country Club

Cary, NC

OCT 16 – 18

Dominion Energy Charity Classic, Golf

The Country Club of Virginia (James River)

Richmond, VA

OCT 30 – NOV 1

Boca Raton Championship, Golf

The Old Course at Broken Sound

Boca Raton, FL

NOV 6 – 8

Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Golf

Phoenix Country Club

Phoenix, AZ

2020 Korn Ferry Tour

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TOURNAMENT/COVERAGE

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JULY 1 – 4

TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes

TPC Colorado

Berthoud, CO

JULY 9 – 12

TPC San Antonio Challenge at the Canyons

AT&T Oaks, AT&T Canyons

San Antonio, TX

JULY 15 – 18

TPC San Antonio Championship at the Oaks

TPC San Antonio (Oaks Course)

San Antonio, TX

JULY 23 – 26

Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper

Highland Springs Country Club

Springfield, MO

JULY 30 – AUG 2

Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna

The Club at Indian Creek

Omaha, NE

AUG 6 – 9

WinCo Foods Portland Open Presented by KraftHeinz, Golf

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow)

North Plains, OR

AUG 13 – 16

Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Golf

Hillcrest Country Club

Boise, ID

AUG 20 – 23

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Golf

OSU Golf Club (Scarlet Course)

Columbus, OH

AUG 27 – 30

Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance, Golf

Victoria National Golf Club

Newburgh, IN

SEP 3 – 6

Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS

Panther Creek Country Club

Springfield, IL

SEP 10 – 13

Evans Scholars Invitational

Chicago Highlands Club

Westchester, IL

SEP 24 – 27

Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth

Crestview Country Club

Wichita, KS

OCT 1 – 4

Savannah Golf Championship

The Landings Club (Deer Creek)

Savannah, GA

Orange County National Championship presented by Knight 39

Orange Country National Golf Center & Lodge (Panther Lake)

Orlando, FL

OCT 8 – 11

KEY TO MEDIA COVERAGE: Golf Channel, CBS, ESPN, NBC | PGA TOUR LIVE | SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

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Faced with a unique challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA TOUR resumed competition after a threemonth hiatus without fans but with exciting action By Jeff Babineau

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ife changed beneath the ominous cloud of coronavirus in 2020. Inevitably, the sports we love, plotting out-of-the-box strategies to return, faced dramatic adjustments, too. Big changes as in contesting games in empty ballparks and stadiums. And in “bubbles.” And upon majestic golf courses devoid of fans. When Texan Ryan Palmer belted an opening drive to begin the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club on June 10, the PGA TOUR was back after a three-month hiatus. Eleven tournaments were canceled and 14 others were shifted into new schedule slots. Majors were moved. The PGA Championship returned to August, the lone major on the 2019-20 schedule. Golf readied for a U.S. Open in September and a Masters in November. No Open Championship was played for the first time since 1945. Once the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season received the go-ahead to resume, there was a singular goal: Advance to next week, safely. The game’s small core, which includes players, caddies, instructors, PGA TOUR officials and media, tried to keep its bubble small. There was testing, and much education, and the constant call to stay nimble to adjust. When the TOUR reached Detroit (Rocket Mortgage Classic) in July, testing

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had been constantly reviewed and improved. As golf stepped out into the unknown, the rest of the world was watching. Said Commissioner Jay Monahan, “You go back to where we all were in mid-March, when we started the process of developing our health and safety program, our goal was really to be ‘best in class’ among professional sports leagues and really do everything we can to mitigate risk for our players, our caddies, our constituents ... What we’ve committed to do is to be out here every single week, watch what is happening, listen, learn and adapt.” With only 11 events leading into the 201920 FedExCup Playoffs, fields in the restart were impressively strong. The Charles Schwab Challenge boasted the top five players in the world. By the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, Tiger Woods was back in the mix, chasing record victory No. 83. But golf without spectators? It was different. This hit home at the Workday Charity Open, played on Week 5 of the PGA TOUR’s restart at Muirfield Village, which also would host The Memorial one week later. Standing at the back of the 18th green late Sunday afternoon, Justin Thomas poured in an improbable 51-footer for birdie on the first

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bumped knuckles. No handshake. Earlier that day, Nicklaus disclosed on the CBS broadcast that he and his wife, Barbara, had contracted COVID-19 in March. Barbara was asymptomatic; Jack had mild symptoms. The couple, each 80 years old, were lucky, said the Golden Bear, who expressed sympathy for the many who haven’t been as fortunate. The news reiterated just what a different time this is. 

At the Charles Schwab Challenge, the tournament paused in memory of George Floyd.

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playoff hole against Collin Morikawa. Instead of being drowned out by a gallery of 20,000 or so frenzied fans, Thomas shattered the silence with a “Let’s Go!!” so loud it could be heard clear to Michigan. Morikawa, incredibly, answered with a clutch birdie putt from 24 feet. In normal times, can you imagine the gallery reaction? (Morikawa won on the third playoff hole.) “It’s still always strange to hit good shots, to make birdies and then kind of expect some sort of applause response, and to get nothing ... still a strange thing,” said veteran Matt Kuchar. The TOUR returned to tournaments as the country wrestled with COVID-19 and record unemployment, as healthcare workers stretched themselves to unforeseen limits, and with the country in unrest after the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd died after a police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, sparking protests nationwide. At the Charles Schwab Challenge, the 8:46 a.m. tee time was left open each morning in Floyd’s remembrance, and a moment of silence observed. The TOUR would honor frontline health workers in three cities starting in Fort Worth by placing their names alongside player names on caddie bibs. Thus, as Justin Rose competed at the Charles Schwab Challenge, across the back of caddie Gareth Lord’s bib was emblazoned Rose/Kramer, a nod to Alan Kramer, a man who’d helped accelerate a telehealth program at University of Texas Southwestern. “For the PGA TOUR, with all of the different planning and everything going on to stage this event [Charles Schwab Challenge], for them to pause and say, ‘How can we recognize the North Texas community, particularly the healthcare heroes in that community,’ it means a lot,” Kramer told PGATOUR.com. “And I think it says a lot about the values of the PGA TOUR.” The golf was exceptional. Daniel Berger won the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff over Morikawa; Webb Simpson set a scoring record (22-under 262) at RBC Heritage; Dustin Johnson showed off his former No. 1 form with a victory at the Travelers Championship; a bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau dominated off the tee (averaging 329.1 yards) and on the greens at the Rocket Mortgage Classic; Morikawa outlasted Thomas at the Workday Charity Open; and Spaniard Jon Rahm surged to No. 1 in the World Ranking when he prevailed at the Memorial. Jack Nicklaus, 80, gracious tournament host, awaited the winner off the 18th green as he traditionally does, only this time, he and Rahm

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ny time Patrick Reed visits a golf course he strives to leave the place better than before he arrived. Reed’s attitude is an example of what the PGA TOUR does week in and week out at tournaments around the world. The PGA TOUR and its more than 100 tournaments surpassed $3 billion in all-time charitable giving in early 2020.

RecoRd-bReaking donations The total, which includes a record $204.3 million in 2019, brings the all-time amount to $3.05 billion in donations from tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR Series-China. “The biggest thing is it shows how much the TOUR gets involved—it’s not just about golf and on the golf course,” said Reed, an eight-time PGA TOUR winner including the 2018 Masters. “To see the TOUR as well as its players, including myself with the Team Reed Foundation and a lot of the other guys, getting more involved not just with our golf game but trying to give back to communities and help out is massive. I think it’s something a lot of athletes do very well and it’s something I feel the PGA TOUR is doing the best.” 30

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a histoRy of chaRitable donations The TOUR’s $3 billion mark comes six years after surpassing $2 billion in 2014; the TOUR eclipsed $1 billion in 2005. The TOUR has an extensive history of charitable donations with its first contribution of $10,000 at the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational. Every TOUR tournament provides a platform for individuals to give back to the local community in three ways: attending an event, donating money or volunteering. These not-for-profit events under the TOUR umbrella donate net proceeds to support local organizations. These charitable donations positively impact more than 3,000 nonprofits annually, including First Tee, Fore!Kids Foundation, Feeding Northeast Florida and Make-A-Wish. First Tee is a youth development organization that introduces golf and its values to young people. With after-school and in-school programs in all 50 states, First Tee impacts more than 3.5 million children each year. “The PGA TOUR has played an integral role in First Tee’s success since the beginning with former Commissioner Tim Finchem, who engaged the entire industry to support First Tee’s launch in 1997,” First Tee CEO Greg McLaughlin said. “His

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passion for the organization, which remains as strong today as it was in 1997, is a significant part of the organization’s success. Supporting First Tee is part of the fabric of the PGA TOUR’s business model, which further extends their commitment to giving back and impacting communities.”

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Brady raised $20 million for relief efforts during Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity. The TOUR, which restarted play with the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 11, doesn’t appear to be slowing down its charitable contributions anytime soon. “I feel like as a PGA TOUR player all of us have a platform we can use,” Sam Burns said. “To be able to give back and make an impact in your local community is great because it’s going to make an impact on other people’s lives. For me, that’s something I want to be able to do and I want to be able to help out in the ways I can, especially in my local community.” 

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The TOUR’s history of giving has not only benefited various charities, but is also inspiring golfers to give back in their own way as well. The Team Reed Foundation works with the Greater Houston Community Foundation to donate time and funds to Houston communities and residents, while Lanto Griffin began the Lanto Griffin Foundation to give back to communities in his home state of Virginia. “Giving back is what the PGA TOUR was kind of founded on,” Griffin said. “When these companies and the TOUR raise money for charities and organizations, it motivates me and other players who want to do the same. I started a foundation to do the same thing in my hometown. I think it’s a win-win for everybody.” Despite play being suspended from March 12 until June 11 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, that didn’t stop the PGA TOUR and its athletes from continuing their charitable efforts. The TaylorMade Driving Relief skins match that pitted Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff raised more than $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning and Tom

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o date, the PGA TOUR and its associated tournaments, sponsors and players, have provided more than $3 billion to those in need. That’s an astounding number. Really, it’s a number that’s hard to even imagine. One of the warmer ways to give perspective to such an amazing total is to break it down and put faces and names to where just some of that money comes from and understand exactly who it helps. To begin doing that, consider this: seven PGA TOUR events have surpassed $100 million in all-time charitable giving. In no particular order, they are THE PLAYERS Championship, AT&T Byron Nelson, Valero Texas Open, Waste Management Phoenix Open, Charles Schwab Challenge, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and John Deere Classic. While it would be impossible to highlight every donation, there are a few that are able to cover a lot of ground with the charitable funds provided. What follows is a closer look at some of those organizations and individuals and how they help impact and even save countless lives every year.

These programs are among many that utilize funds raised from PGA TOUR events to help others By Doug Milne

TGR FOUNDATION Founded in 1996 by Tiger Woods, who is also the primary contributor, TGR Foundation transforms and equips students with the tools and knowledge needed to help individuals thrive, not just in school, but also later in life. To date, the Foundation has positively impacted well over one million students and continues to have a positive effect on communities through education. As the foundation’s main benefactor, the Genesis Invitational in 2020 provided free science, technology, English and math (STEM) activities for youth on site at Riviera Country Club. In addition to the Genesis Invitational, the annual, unofficial Hero World Challenge, hosted by Woods, provides a majority of its proceeds to TGR Foundation.

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FIRST TEE Nearly 25 years ago, the PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, LPGA and Masters Tournament partnered to help make golf more accessible to kids, especially those living in economically disadvantaged areas. But providing affordable and easier access to the game became just one of the many results of First Tee. Through First Tee programs, youth are also taught life and skills lessons, which affect all facets of living. These principles are grounded in nine core values including honesty, confidence, respect, perseverance and responsibility. Today, nearly every First Tee chapter that exists where PGA TOUR events are held has become a beneficiary of those tournament proceeds. With more than 1,200 locations in operation, millions of young people have been given the opportunity to take part in First Tee. w w w.p gat our.com

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ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL AND SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN As is the case with most PGA TOUR events, proceeds are divided among a number of charities. Two PGA TOUR events, though, designate one charity as lone beneficiary. Since 1970, the World Golf ChampionshipsFedEx St. Jude Invitational has made St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that one recipient. The hospital is a leading authority on the understanding and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Nearly $40 million has been provided to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by the annual TOUR event at TPC Southwind. What that translates to is patients and their families never having to receive a bill for services rendered. Founded in 1983, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has made the Shriners Hospitals for Children its sole beneficiary. Led by many of the most innovative doctors in the world, the Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialized pediatric care for everything from orthopedics and spinal cord injury to burns and sports injury. Like St. Jude, Shriners Hospitals for Children provide exceptional service regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Of nearly 1.5 million children treated, 145,608 came in 2019 alone. With Shriners Hospitals all over the United States, millions of dollars have been raised by the annual TOUR event to help improve the lives of children everywhere.

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Thanks to the help of FedEx’s robot, former St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient Bailey was able to share his custom shoe design with PGA TOUR member Justin Thomas. Arizona Special Olympian Amy Bockerstette went viral after making a par on TPC Scottsdale’s famed par-3 16th with Gary Woodland during the Wednesday pro-am in 2019.

JUSTIN THOMAS FOUNDATION In April 2019, celebrated PGA TOUR winner Justin Thomas, along with his family, started the Justin Thomas Foundation. Based in his hometown of Louisville, Ken., the objective of the Justin Thomas Foundation is to make a profound impact on children in need, military families and junior golf programs. By partnering with philanthropic organizations and communities, primarily in the Louisville area, the goal is to have helped individuals and families achieve their full potential.

In addition to the charitable dollars raised by the Thunderbirds Charities via the Waste Management Phoenix Open each year, many participants in Special Olympics Arizona programs are also given the opportunity to volunteer at the annual Scottsdale PGA TOUR event. By having that kind of interaction with players and fans, the Special Olympians develop valuable life skills, not to mention lifelong memories. Hands down, the biggest charity story to emerge from the Waste Management Phoenix Open and, arguably, any event on the PGA TOUR was that of Arizona Special Olympian Amy Bockerstette getting the chance to play TPC Scottsdale’s famed par-3 16th with Gary Woodland during the Wednesday proam in 2019, months before Woodland won the U.S. Open. The viral video not only introduced the world to Bockerstette, but also gave awareness to Special Olympics Arizona in a way that no amount of money could have provided.  36

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Familiar faces and emerging stars make a push toward the FedExCup Playoffs, with Bryson DeChambeau’s new power drawing particular attention

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espite being very different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the race to the FedExCup Playoffs is still strikingly familiar. By mid-July, with about a month to go until the FedExCup Playoffs were to begin with THE NORTHERN TRUST, the top tier of the points standings was filled with a mix of established stars and emerging talents. Justin Thomas, the 2017 champion, was atop the standings followed by Webb Simpson, Sungjae Im, Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Brendon Todd and Lanto Griffin. Even though 11 events were canceled because of the pandemic, the stage was set for an exciting conclusion to the 2019-20 season. Following THE NORTHERN TRUST at TPC Boston Aug. 20-23, the Playoffs continue with the BMW Championship Aug. 27-30 at Olympia Fields outside Chicago with the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club Sept. 4-7. McIlroy, who won his second FedExCup title last summer at East Lake when the Starting Strokes scoring system was utilized for the first time, has a chance to make some more history this year. In 2019, he became the first golfer to win THE PLAYERS Championship and the FedExCup in the same season. If McIlroy is able to find the magic again at East Lake in early September, he would be the first player to win the big prize in consecutive seasons and also the first to win three times overall. McIlroy also won the FedExCup in 2016. Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) is the other multiple champion. But McIlroy will face a tough challenge in adding to his impressive résumé.

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After the unexpected and unprecedented pause in competition due to the global health crisis that began when THE PLAYERS was canceled after one round on March 12, golfers returned to action in June ready to compete. No one has drawn more attention since the resumption of competition at the Charles Schwab Challenge than DeChambeau, the 26-year-old Californian. Always intriguing because of the scientific approach he has taken to develop his game, DeChambeau returned to action having bulked up to about 240 pounds with a goal of hitting longer drives and overpowering courses with the added muscle. DeChambeau reeled off three top-10 finishes with his new body and playing style then won the Rocket Mortgage Classic for his sixth career PGA TOUR title. Along the way, he was drawing lots of attention for his distance off tee, with some drives exceeding 400 yards with a Driving Distance average of 323.8 yards. Other players continue to get it done in other ways. Simpson doesn’t overpower a course, and Morikawa’s consistency has turned him into one of the sport’s young bright lights. There is more than one way to solve the puzzle, even during a time when power seems pivotal. There is no doubt, though, that come the FedExCup Playoffs, many will be watching to see if DeChambeau can drive for dough as well as show. 

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OPPORTUNITY AWAITS A combined 2020-21 season and some big names in the mix mean an eventful stretch for PGA TOUR Champions By Stan Awtrey

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hen PGA TOUR Champions decided to create a wraparound season that will conclude in November 2021, it put into motion an intriguing race for the Charles Schwab Cup. Not only will the drama have longer to unfold, it will up the ante with the inclusion of a new group of marquee players. How about this for a potential season-ending scenario? Reigning Charles Schwab champion Scott McCarron is trying to hold off newcomers like Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and Mike Weir—each a major champion—as well as ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, a five-time winner of the Charles Schwab Cup. Throw in a few other senior stalwarts like international standouts K.J. Choi of South Korea and Robert Karlsson of Sweden and all the ingredients for a big finish are there. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PGA TOUR Champions heightened the prospects for high drama by making the decision to combine the results from the remaining 13 events in 2020 with the complete schedule for 2021 to determine the next Charles Schwab Cup champion at the end of the 2021 season. PGA TOUR Champions president Miller Brady said, “The combined schedule for 2020-21 is the best solution for everybody. The wonderful support from the tournaments, title sponsors and the Player Advisory Council has helped us to address some of the schedule complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result we have created solutions that best serve our members and our tournament communities.” Monte Ortel, the tournament director for the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Ga., agreed with Brady. His tournament was among those canceled because of the pandemic. “The wraparound season or super season is ideal for the situation we were in,” Ortel said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our members. When you crown a Charles Schwab Cup champion you want to have enough events and we have the flexibility on this tour to do that.”

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The solution ensures there are plenty of tournament opportunities to determine a true champion. It rewards those who experienced early success in 2020, but gives the rest of the competitors plenty of time to catch up and compete for the Charles Schwab Cup. It also offers avenues for new players to get immersed in PGA TOUR Champions. The biggest star to join PGA TOUR Champions is Els, a four-time major champion who won his third start on the Champions circuit. The “Big Easy” birdied two of the last four holes at Newport Beach Country Club to win the Hoag Classic. It was his first victory since 2013 and helped further establish his place on PGA TOUR Champions. “I’m not going to play much on the regular TOUR,” he said. “I’ll play most of my golf on the Champions. I really like it out there. I think I’ve done what I could out here on the regular TOUR. I’ll play some select events, but mostly on the Champions.”

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in March. He needs four wins to tie Hale Irwin’s record of 45 Champions victories, which many believed was untouchable until Langer continued to sustain his success. “I feel if I can play my best, I can win out there,” said Langer, who made the cut at the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage in June, joining a small group of golfers 62 or older who have done so on TOUR. “I don’t think about [the record] but I get reminded of it just about every week. We don’t live and die for records, but it’s fun to have a couple of them.” They’ll all be trying to supplant McCarron, who set a goal to repeat as the Charles Schwab Cup champion. “That’s my goal every year,” McCarron said. “It means you’ve had a great year, you’ve probably won two or three times, and you’ve been consistent all season.” The fields for the remaining events in 2020 will increase from 78 to 81 players and all three of the playoff events will have 81-player fields. The Charles Schwab Cup Championship will be reduced from 72 to 54 holes. All players will retain their 2020 eligibility for 2021, except for the five graduates from Q-school, who will play their guaranteed events. There will not be a Q-school in 2020. 

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Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open winner and 2010 FedExCup Champion, might be close to making the same decision. Furyk has 17 wins on the PGA TOUR, but none since 2015, and says he will ease into the Champions schedule. He may play as many as four Champions events in 2020 and will re-evaluate his situation going into 2021. “Maybe next year,” Furyk said. “Eventually the time is going to be right and I’ll kind of flip the switch and go play the Champions fulltime.” Furyk played practice rounds with seniors McCarron, Olin Browne and Davis Love III to get more insight about expectations on PGA TOUR Champions. “I want to get out there and see the look, the feel, what a Champions Tour event is all about, because we have an event we need to build and I want it to be successful and I want guys to like it,” Furyk said. Furyk is referring to the Constellation Furyk & Friends tournament, which will debut in October 2021 at the historic Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. The event, hosted by Furyk and wife Tabitha, has a five-year deal and will offer a $2 million purse. There are other new faces in the mix, too. Weir won eight times on the PGA TOUR, including the 2003 Masters. Choi won eight TOUR events, highlighted by THE PLAYERS in 2011. And then there’s Langer. The two-time Masters champion has 41 wins on PGA TOUR Champions, including the Cologuard Classic

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Combined effort Due to pandemic, pursuit of PGA TOUR status will continue into 2021 for Mito Pereira and his Korn Ferry Tour peers By Kevin Prise

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For players like Pereira, although the reconfigured schedule may delay TOUR access in the short term, it provides further opportunity to prepare their games for TOUR rigors once membership is earned. Pereira played full-time on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2017 and 2018, and although he attained modest success—highlighted by a third-place finish at the 2017 Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation—he ended 2018 with eight consecutive missed cuts. That fall, he suffered a broken collarbone in a bike accident. “Obviously in that moment, it was terrible,” Pereira remembered. “But if I look back, it probably helped me a little bit. It was a month that I didn’t play. I cooled down and took all the bad things out.” Pereira returned to PGA TOUR Latinoamérica for the 2019 season, recording 11 top-25s in 16 starts and finishing 10th on the Order of Merit. He maintained the momentum into the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season, where he stood atop the Points List through the first eight events. As Pereira chases his first TOUR card via the 2020-21 combined season, he will be joined by the usual mix of up-and-comers and wily veterans in the quest for The 25. Through eight events, the top of the Points List carried a youthful vibe, with first-year Korn Ferry Tour members Davis Riley (No. 2) and David Kocher (No. 3) joining Pereira in optimal position. Other players high on the Points List seeking their first TOUR card include Andrew Novak (No. 4), Dylan Wu (No. 5) and Jared Wolfe (No. 6), while those seeking a TOUR return include John Chin, Tommy Gainey and Ben Kohles, Nos. 7-9 on the list respectively. Due to the global pandemic, the much-anticipated Portland card ceremony will be put on hold for a year. For those who take the stage next summer, though, the wait will make the TOUR card all the sweeter.  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2020

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Five Who Can Thrive These talented young Korn Ferry Tour players are earning their competitive stripes and poised to make their mark By Kevin Prise

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In addition to sharing living quarters, Riley and Zalatoris share similarities in their career trajectories. Each began the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour season with zero status but took advantage of opportunities via Monday qualifiers and sponsor invitations to earn enough Points to qualify for Special Temporary Member status, eventually earning enough points to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals and, subsequently, full status entering 2020. The duo also has history at a high level of competition, having squared off in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur. Propelled by a wedge hole-out for eagle at the 32nd hole of the 36-hole final, Zalatoris defeated Riley 5 and 3. “It’s pretty cool that we’re buddies today, and we can sit here and laugh and joke about it now,” Riley recalled earlier this year. Riley and Zalatoris are among five young players to watch on the reconfigured 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour.

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irst-year Korn Ferry Tour members Davis Riley and Will Zalatoris are roommates in the DallasFort Worth metroplex. Accomplished amateur players, both were looking forward to competing in the inaugural version of their local Veritex Bank Championship before the COVID-19 pandemic shook up the 2020 calendar. With several events canceled or postponed because of the pandemic, the Korn Ferry Tour schedule has been restructured into a 2020-21 combined season, where The 25 PGA TOUR cards will be awarded upon the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance next summer. Although young players like Riley and Zalatoris will have to wait another year to have their first chance at a TOUR card— aside from a ThreeVictory Promotion, which still awards direct TOUR access—there is no shortage of motivation as the Korn Ferry Tour resumes competition after the pandemic hiatus.

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DAVIS RILEY The Mississippi native played collegiately at the University of Alabama, earning a variety of accolades as a three-time AllAmerican and Palmer Cup participant. He recorded five top-35s in his first seven starts of 2019 as a non-Korn Ferry Tour member to secure Special Temporary Member status, eventually earning a Finals berth. Armed with confidence in his first full season as a member, the 23-year-old broke through at the Panama Championship in February, shooting four rounds of 70 or better at always-demanding Club de Golf de Panama for a one-shot victory. He ranked second on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List through eight events.

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WILL ZALATORIS The Wake Forest alum, who spent time in San Francisco and Dallas as a youth, carved out an impressive collegiate career that included 2017 ACC Player of the Year honors as well as a spot on that year’s United States Walker Cup team. Despite no status entering 2019, Zalatoris attained Special Temporary Member status with four top-12 finishes in eight starts while completing his psychology degree online. He has demonstrated an accelerated learning curve on Tour, going seven-for-seven in cuts made to begin the 2020 season, includig four top-10 finishes. He stood No. 10 on The 25 through eight events.

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Upon turning professional in 2018, the former University of Maryland golfer went international for a season on PGA TOUR Series-China, finishing top-five on the 2019 Order of Merit on the strength of a victory and five top-10 finishes. The 24-year-old carried his winning mindset to the Korn Ferry Tour, emerging victorious in a threeman playoff at the El Bosque Mexico Championship by INNOVA in early March, the final event before the pandemic hiatus. The Charlotte resident stood No. 4 on the Korn Ferry Tour Points List through eight events, well positioned to chase his first TOUR card via the combined 2020-21 season.

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DYLAN WU The Northwestern product proved his mettle at the 2019 Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS, finishing runner-up on conditional status en route to Finals entry and full Korn Ferry Tour status into 2020. A former junior hockey player, Wu has displayed competitiveness throughout the early portion of the season, finishing top-27 in each of his first six starts, including a pair of topfive finishes. The Oregon native has drawn inspiration from Scott Harrington, a fellow Northwestern Wildcat who broke through to earn his first TOUR card last summer, and will look to join Harrington on TOUR by fall 2021.

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The Wofford alum stayed productive during the pandemic pause, getting engaged to his longtime girlfriend and buying a house on St. Simons Island, Ga. This came on the heels of a victory at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in February, where Novak made birdie at the difficult 72nd hole for a one-shot victory over veteran John Chin. An avid sports fan, Novak was once featured on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays with a lengthy putt in a college tournament and will be hungry to attain TOUR membership and create a highlight reel for years to come. He stood fifth on The 25 through eight events.

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YOUNG TALENT

PACKED WITH POTENTIAL Curious about stars in the pipeline? Check out these five up-and-coming players By Sean Martin

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redictions may be a fool’s errand, but there’s little that sports fans love more than peering into the crystal ball. The fans’ appreciation of current stars is only exceeded by their curiosity about who will supersede them. With that, we will indulge the temptation by providing some names to look for in the new decade. All the players on this list are age 21 or younger and under and are still amateurs, as of June 2020. This isn’t supposed to be a definitive ranking of top prospects but instead a sampling of promising players from around the globe. The players are listed in alphabetical order.

Ricky Castillo, of Yorba Linda, Calif., completed a stellar freshman year at the University of Florida by winning back-to-back starts shortly before the season was paused by the coronavirus pandemic. He finished second in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and was a first-team All-American. Castillo had a 66.5 scoring average in his two victories, shooting a final-round 65 at the Sea Best Invitational and closing 63-64 at the Gator Invitational. Castillo also showed his potential in the summer preceding his first collegiate season. He made the Round of 16 at the 2019 U.S. Amateur before losing to eventual runner-up John Augenstein and was a semifinalist at the Western Amateur. Castillo finished T2 and T5 in the stroke-play portion of those prestigious events as well. He almost joined the short list of U.S. players who have played the Walker Cup before attending their first college course. Castillo was named a second alternate for the squad.

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Conor Gough of Stoke Poges, England, represented Great Britain & Ireland in last year’s Walker Cup just two days after turning 17. He was the second-youngest player to compete in the biennial competition between the United States and GB&I. Gough earned his place on the team by winning last year’s English Amateur and the 2018 R&A Boys Amateur. The Great Britain & Ireland team lost, 15½-10½, in last year’s Walker Cup, but Gough went 2-2. Former FedExCup and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose also was 17 when he represented GB&I in the Walker Cup. “I’m probably ahead of where I thought I would be at this stage in my career but I’m just taking things as they come and going with the flow,” Gough told the R&A. “I think I’ve shown a killer instinct to win events. I think that is just a trait I’ve always had in match play and in other competitions. As soon as I know I have a chance, I go for it.”

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Preston Summerhays, of Scottsdale, Ariz., still has some time before stepping on a college campus. He has made a verbal commitment to attend Arizona State in the fall of 2021. Summerhays has shown plenty of promise by winning the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur and two Utah State Amateurs. One of his best performances was a bit more under the radar. He was 15 years old when he shot 65-60 to win a U.S. Amateur qualifier by nine strokes over Drew Kittleson, who was runner-up to Danny Lee in that championship in 2008. Summerhays’ score was the lowest in a U.S. Amateur qualifier since at least 2011. Besides his prodigious talent, he also has advantages that most juniors aren’t accustomed to. His father, Boyd, played on the PGA TOUR and now is an instructor to a handful of TOUR players, including Tony Finau. “[Preston] is very confident in himself, but he still has the humility because he knows what he has to do better,” Boyd Summerhays said. “It gives him a clear picture of what he has to do.”

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Travis Vick, of Houston, Texas, may not have a lengthy résumé, but for good reason. Vick also played baseball and football through his junior year of high school and was receiving interest from Division I schools in those sports. He was an all-state linebacker and all-district quarterback (in football-rich Texas) and a pitcher/third baseman. Vick’s highschool coach was former Astros star Lance Berkman. Vick considered playing multiple sports in college but decided to focus on golf after consulting with Hal Sutton, a family friend who helps Vick with his game. Sutton’s 14 PGA TOUR victories include the 1983 PGA Championship and two PLAYERS Championships. Vick focused full-time on golf during his senior year of high school and now in his freshman year at Texas. “It’s up to you to determine how good you want to be, not anyone else,” Vick told USGA.org. “You’re determining your own destiny.” Vick’s athleticism will serve him well in a game where power is of increasing importance. He was medalist at the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur and reached the Round of 16. He also won the 2018 Junior PLAYERS at TPC Sawgrass.

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Karl Vilips, of Perth, Australia, hasn’t played a college event yet. He’s scheduled to start at Stanford this fall, but his Instagram account (@koalakarl2001) is approaching 40,000 followers. He made his first post when he was 12 years old. He’s had a presence on YouTube even longer. His father, Paul, has been posting videos of Karl’s swing since 2008. His videos have been viewed more than 11 million times. His YouTube channel helped him gain the exposure that led to a full golf and academic scholarship to Saddlebrook Prep in Florida, according to his biography on the World Amateur Golf Ranking’s website. Vilips arrived in America at age 11, and three years later his father returned to Australia. “I have definitely matured by being on my own,” Karl told USGA.org. “I can do small things like cooking and doing my clothes, but also being independent and learning to practice properly on my own.” That’s invaluable experience for an aspiring professional golfer. Vilips has produced the results that back up the socialmedia success. He won the Southern Amateur in 2017 at just 15 years old, matching Bobby Jones as the youngest champion in the tournament’s long history. In 2019, Karl finished sixth in the Northeast Amateur with a course-record-tying 61, reached the Round of 16 at the Western Amateur and closed the summer by making the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur.

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Global Reality PGA TOUR events in Canada, Latin America and China deal with the effects of COVID-19 pandemic By Laury Livsey

Mackenzie Tour—PGa Tour canada This Tour’s hopefuls were in Dothan, Ala., playing in one of the Qualifying Tournaments when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the PGA TOUR’s PLAYERS Championship in Florida. The trickle-down effect from the PGA TOUR’s decision immediately began, reaching the three International Tours based in Latin America, Canada and China. Although players earned their Mackenzie Tour playing privileges that week in Alabama, they never were able to officially tee it up. A little less than three months after golf’s original shutdown, Mackenzie Tour officials canceled the 2020 season before it began. This was due to issues related to the Canadian-U.S. border and a mandatory quarantine for those traveling into Canada. 68

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“We’ve weighed all of our options and concluded that it is not feasible to play this summer,” Mackenzie Tour Executive Director Scott Pritchard said at the time. “With the safety of the communities we play in mind, as well as the well-being of our players, sponsors, tournament-organizing committees, volunteers and golf course staff, we came to the realization that this is the best decision for everyone involved.” While the Mackenzie Tour and PGA TOUR Series-China will defer their player memberships to 2021 and prepare for full seasons, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is hoping to play at least a few tournaments in 2020 and use those events to form a 2020-21 wraparound season. Still, much remains in question. n

“We’ve weighed all of our options and concluded that it is not feasible to play this summer.” — Mackenzie Tour Executive Director Scott Pritchard

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PGA TOUR series-China People around the world first became aware of COVID-19 because of what was happening in China, where the first quarantines and business closures began. The events surrounding what became a worldwide pandemic prevented PGA TOUR Series-China from holding its final two Qualifying Tournaments and left the Series in limbo since early January, a full two months before the coronavirus made its impact on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the Mackenzie Tour. In July, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect all parts of the world, the PGA TOUR in close consultation with the China Golf Association made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 PGA TOUR Series-China season. Access into China and the continued global spread of the illness made it impossible to proceed with tournaments at this time. “It’s a disappointment, but I know our players and fans understand—given the continuing evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic—that the health and safety of everyone associated with the Series is of the utmost importance, and staging a TOUR based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time,” said Greg Carlson, PGA TOUR Series-China Executive Director. n

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PGA TOUR Latinoamérica PGA TOUR Latinoamérica has an advantage over its counterparts in that it conducted all of its Qualifying Tournaments and boasts a full membership of players. In addition, it has already held one tournament prior to the shutdown—the Estrella del Mar Open in Mazatlan, Mexico. Brazil’s Alex Rocha won that tournament. Despite challenges working with numerous countries and municipalities in Latin America, the Tour hopes to resume its season sometime in the fall. “It has been so disappointing to have to postpone our season because we had such a great first event. Everything went well, and all the players were excited about the new year that was upon them,” said Todd Rhinehart, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Executive Director. “Every season is enjoyable, especially early on when we get a look at the new crop of players and get an idea who one or two of the breakout stars may be. “However, while we have not been playing, the staff has been doing everything it can to ensure that when we do restart the season, we’ll be as strong and robust as ever,” Rhinehart continued. His team has been working with host cities, sponsors and local federations in revamping the schedule, determining the availability of courses and then communicating often with players—in Spanish, Portuguese and English—so they’re aware of the latest information. n w w w.p gat our.com

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PGA TOUR’s International Tours to start new series of U.s.-based events  With the PGA TOUR’s International Tours sidelined this summer due to the pandemic, TOUR officials put their heads together to think of ideas as to how players could keep their games sharp while also earning a little money. Enter the LOCALiQ Series and the Canada Life Series. Both circuits came to fruition in a little less than seven weeks, with action beginning in early August.

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The team behind PGA TOUR Latinoamérica are hoping for a strong return and restart to the next season.

The set of seven 54-hole tournaments in the southeastern U.S. (Alabama, Florida and Georgia) lead to the seasonending tournament, the Race to the Islands of the Bahamas, a 72hole tournament for the top-78 players on the points list after the first seven tournaments. The winner of the Bahamas tournament and the top-two finishers on the Order of Merit will each earn exemptions into a to-be-determined PGA TOUR tournament.

CAnAdA LIfe seRIes The four 54-hole tournaments—two held outside Victoria, British Columbia, and two in a Toronto suburb—are designed for those players living in Canada. The points-list winner after the four events will earn an exemption in the 2021 RBC Canadian Open. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2020

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Thanks to its scenic setting, Inn of the Mountain Gods is a popular destination for golf in New Mexico.

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Adventures ever more enticing are the golf destinations we can’t reach. But as travel becomes more possible in the months ahead, it’s time to plan those longed-for golf vacations.

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rom March into June, thoughts of taking a golf vacation were mostly on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But by mid-June, all 50 states had begun to reopen to varying degrees. Although reaching some of our desired golf resorts may still not be immediately possible, many are opening up once again. So, there’s never been a better time to enjoy planning that special golf break. To tempt you further, here’s a selection of some top golf destinations that have much to offer while operating with appropriate social distancing measures.

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zark Mountains Big Cedar Lodge Resort, presented to us as “America’s Premier Wilderness Resort,” assures a warm welcome to all those seeking a memorable golf vacation. This luxury resort is placed within the magnificently rugged landscape of the Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, so if you long for the great outdoors, this is for you (complete with inviting accommodations, impressive restaurants, and four golf courses, along with some attractive package deals). Big Cedar Lodge is being pitched as “America’s Next Great Golf Destination,” giving golf vacationers awesome choices, with courses designed by some of the top names in golf: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. In addition to the well-known Top of the Rock Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, the big new attraction has to be the Tiger Woods-designed Payne’s Valley Course which opened this year— the first U.S. public golf course designed by Woods. TGR Design by Tiger Woods, says, “The design of Payne’s Valley creates a championship-caliber, family-friendly golf experience that will allow individuals of all skill levels to come together to enjoy the game and the beautiful natural setting.” Indeed, the course stands out as an inviting layout that includes challenging and pristine water features, large fairways and greens, and a spectacular 19th hole.

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The Big Cedar Lodge Resort offers a choice of 10 tempting packages, in addition to some weekend golf getaway packages. Here’s a taster: “The Great Outdoors Golf Package” • Minimum one-night stay in your choice of accommodations • 18 holes at Ozarks National • 18 holes at Buffalo Ridge Springs • 13 holes at Mountain Top • Daily access to the Tom Watson Putting Course • Complimentary range balls & rental clubs • One 10% off coupon for logoed apparel from the pro shops. With golf as the big attraction of the Big Cedar Lodge Resort, there are plenty of activities here if you want to mix it up with golf. There’s fishing for bass on Table Rock Lake’s 43,000 acres of clear water, or trout fishing at nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park; boating from Long Creek Marina; at the shooting academy there’s clay shooting, with shotgun and ammo provided; or simply chill out and enjoy spa treatments or the 10,000-acre nature park. pga tOur ESSENtIaL guIDE 2020

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Golf enthusiasts come to Mississippi year-round to experience rolling fairways among lush southern landscapes and unparalleled post-round entertainment, including casino gaming and the south’s only location for legal sports betting. With more than 140 courses to choose from—designed by prominent names like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Bob Cupp—here are 10 interesting options in the state.

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he Mississippi Gulf Coast has been a golf destination for more than 100 years, thanks to one of the oldest courses in the United States. Great Southern Golf Club was designed by famed architect Donald Ross and opened in 1908. Golf legends such as Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Babe Zaharias, Sam Snead, along with President Woodrow Wilson, have played the course overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Open to the public, Mississippi’s oldest course is on many a golfer’s wishlist.A premier Mississippi Gulf Coast course favorite is Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio design exclusive to the high-end Beau Rivage Resort, an MGM property. The

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18-hole, par-72 championship layout offers quite the challenge to the seasoned player, making it one of Mississippi’s most soughtafter courses. The Beau Rivage-Fallen Oak package offers luxurious accommodations and a premium course for golfers with the highest standards. Another renowned coastal course is Biloxi’s Preserve Golf Club. The Preserve has 245 acres of golf surrounded by 1,800 acres of preserved coastal land. Awardwinning course designer and 1976 U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate designed the semi-private club’s 18 holes, integrating into the course layout the area’s natural landscapes of longleaf pine savannas,

cypress swamps, live oak groves and native coastal grass prairies. The course is aligned with the Palace Casino and Resort but offers tee times to all. Rounding out the coastal courses is the Jack Nicklaus-designed Grand Bear Golf Course. The signature course for Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino, Grand Bear is located in Saucier, approximately 20 miles north of Gulfport. The challenging yet beautiful course navigates through natural cypress wetlands and pine trees, with packed pine needle rough, championship greens and deep bunkers set over 650 acres of rolling land in the pinewoods of the DeSoto National Forest. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2020

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ess than an hour south of Memphis, Tunica is the gateway to the Mississippi Delta region. This is home to numerous music and gaming venues, including Hollywood Casino, Gold Strike and Horseshoe Casino. Among the gaming resorts is Tunica National, a Mark McCumber design. This public course features rolling terrain, wide fairways, generous greens and preserved natural surroundings indigenous to the region. As one of the state’s premier golf destinations, Tunica hotels and casinos offer year-round special rates and golf packages for Tunica National. Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point combines the essence of the Scottish Highlands with a graceful Southern setting. Designed by Bob Cupp and former U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate, Old Waverly hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open and 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Built on gently rolling terrain, the course is highlighted by the signature 18th hole, a 445-yard par-4 dogleg left with water along the left side. Gil Hanse, who designed the 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, designed Old Waverly’s sister course, Mossy Oak. Hanse’s signature minimalist design follows the natural lay of the land. The course is dotted with mature oak trees along open fairways and slight elevation changes. The greens are pristine. Upon opening, the course was named the third best new course in the country by Golf Digest. Mossy Oak is located across the street from Old Waverly. With some shared ownership, both courses partner to increase golf excursions to the eastern side of the state. Both courses feature on-site golf cottages for a unique stay andplay package. The site also features a state-of-the-art practice facility for the Mississippi State University golf teams.

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Dancing Rabbit Golf Course is located in the heart of the state’s pines region.

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Tunica National is considered to be one of the state’s premier golf destinations.

pproximately 90 miles northeast of the state capital of Jackson, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is built on the ancestral lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Located in the heart of the state’s pines region, the club features two courses with challenging terrain, the Oaks and the Azaleas. Designed by Fazio and Pate, these 36 holes—set among ancient pines and hardwoods—are situated adjacent to the Pearl River Casino Resort. Dancing Rabbit is a public course that offers several golf-package options for individuals or small groups. The river city of Natchez has two courses, the semi-private Beau Pre Country Club and the public Duncan Park. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, Beau Pre features a 90-foot clay bluff and rolling terrain, while Duncan Park is located closer to the historic downtown and is a more traditional layout. Golfers can choose to stay at bed and breakfasts in stately antebellum homes or at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino and Hotel on the Mississippi River. Rolling terrain, undulating greens and beautiful scenery are found at the recently renovated Quail Hollow, located in Percy Quin State Park, an hour south of Jackson in McComb. Quail Hollow was designed by well-known architect Arthur Hills. Golf villas with modern amenities are conveniently located at the state park to create stay-and-play packages.

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The iconic Pebble Beach, Del Monte Forest

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Come July, some West Coast public courses remain closed, such as San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park, with a reopening date yet to be determined. However, there’s light on the horizon, with other courses open or about to open, such as the iconic Pebble Beach. Here the Resort seeks to give reassurances, stating, “For our guests, we believe that the single most important thing we can do at this time is to provide the cleanest and safest environment as possible for their visit, while still affording them the luxury Pebble Beach Resort experience they have come to enjoy. As such, we have implemented comprehensive new health and sanitization operating procedures for every area of the Resort.” If planning a vacation in California, a casino experience might be a tempting option. Agua Caliente Casinos urges us to “Experience Extraordinary and Play Confidently!” From exceptional dining to exciting casino gaming, we’re assured that those extraordinary experiences abound at Agua Caliente Casinos. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage claims it is the only casino resort in California to have gained three Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Awards for their luxury resort hotel, which includes the Sunstone Spa and The Steakhouse eatery. The Casino management reminds us that, “our dedicated team will ensure you always feel like a VIP. With so many accolades—from the AAA Four Diamond award to the “Best Casino Outside Las Vegas” award—Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage sets the industry standards in safety, cleanliness and superior service.” Located in the heart of downtown, Agua Caliente Palm Springs provides an authentic vintage Palm Springs vibe, while you play your favorite slots or table games. Serving great steaks as you would expect, The Steakhouse menu is backed up with an extensive wine list.

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emember this? How well it all started in January with the PGA TOUR’s fiveevent West Coast Swing. Starting at PGA West’s Stadium Course in La Quinta, Calif. with The American Express—the tournament that previously bore the late entertainer Bob Hope’s name—has been a staple in the California desert since 1960. In the following weeks through midFebruary, the TOUR visited San Diego (Farmers Insurance Open), Scottsdale, Ariz., (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Pebble Beach, Calif., (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am) and Pacific Palisades, Calif., (Genesis Invitational). A great start to 2020, only to be hindered by the coronavirus pandemic in the months that followed.

A bird’s eye view of Pebble Beach, Del Monte Forest.

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t was at the opening of Rockwind Community Links in 2015 that Fred Couples commented: “You’re not going to see many public facilities like this in the country—it’s phenomenal!” This is a 27-hole golf facility owned and operated by the City of Hobbs. The award-winning facility includes a championship 18-hole course, a 9-hole par-3 course, a dual-ended practice range and multiple short game areas for practice and learning. Additional elements to the facility include an open green space for events, a surrounding trail system with multiple trail heads, various outdoor seating areas, picnic spaces and multiple scenic viewing points, including access to the site’s five-acre lake overlooking the golf course. The golf facility has been designed to test the advanced players, while also fostering beginners, families, disabled individuals and non-golfers alike. The course is set in the classic southeastern New Mexico landscape which combines turn of the century design details, strategic placement of hazards and water efficient, coolseason blue grass fairways and roughs. The end result is one of the

most challenging and unique golf experiences offered in this region New Mexico. Getting back on track following temporary closure through March/April is the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. This resort has a popular following, due to its scenic setting, excellent dining and accommodations, along with a wide range of activities—especially golf. The championship course, designed by Ted Robinson, lies beneath the Sierra Blanca Peak, and with its water features, island fairway, and fast breaking greens, the course gives players plenty of intriguing and fun challenges. The resort’s hotel caters for various budgets, having both standard and luxury rooms as well as suites. Nearby, guests also have access to an extensive casino area for entertainments such as poker, blackjack, slots, and bingo. The range of activities caters to all interests—take your choice from a Topgolf Swing Suite, fishing and lake activities, horseback riding, zip wire, and New Mexico day trips.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino has a popular following, due to its scenic setting.

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THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING

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

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

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

the bar and sample from 70 beers on tap. Taste buds can explore the world at Gathering of Nations Buffet, or indulge in the gourmet offerings at Wendell’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant. Experience a new way to play at the all-new Topgolf Swing Suite. This state-of-the-art social experience is fun for both golfers and non-golfers alike and features a variety of multi-sport games. Guests can enjoy their evenings in style, whether that’s trying a hand at a blackjack table, exploring some of the biggest headliners and up-and-comers in music and comedy, or grabbing a nightcap in the lounge. Once it’s all said and done, guests can retreat to a luxuriously appointed guest room or suite, where spectacular views come standard with a good night’s rest. For more information or to book a tee time, call (575) 464-7942 or visit InnoftheMountainGods.com.

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cottsdale has many choices for a golf vacation, the region having at least 20 golf clubs and resorts. Here are just two that offer a top-end golf experience. TPC Scottsdale, a 36-hole golf complex that is part of the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network, is the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA TOUR event held each winter (and won by Webb Simpson in 2020). The tournament is a fan favorite, which also means the championship course is on the bucket list of many planning a golf vacation. Designed by the team of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the Stadium Course has been hailed as “one of America’s best courses”. The course, which underwent a renovation in 2014, is perhaps most famous for its par-3, 16th hole that transforms into “The Coliseum” during the tournament, providing fans with one of the most exciting settings in professional sports. During the 51 weeks of the year when fans are not watching the sport’s top names make history, they can

test their own skills on the same fairways. Stay and Play vacation packages are currently available (details on the TPC Scottsdale website). Travel due south from TPC Scottsdale for seven miles and you reach Talking Stick Golf Club, where there are two courses for public play created by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The O’odham Course (formerly North Course) has broad, angular holes and rewards thoughtful play, with its many approach options. The Piipaash Course (formerly South Course) has tree-lined fairways and raised greens. It offers a more straightforward strategic challenge. The Club practice and instruction offering is particularly strong, with a 17,000 square foot driving range that is 150 yards wide by 360 yards long, making it the largest public practice facility in the valley. This is also home base of the VISION54 Golf Coaching program. It’s time well spent for keen players, with the program focusing on the “8 Essential Play Skills” a golfer needs.

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

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

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

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

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he three courses located in Nevada’s Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, have the distinction of having been designed by the great Pete Dye. The resort’s unique location is some 25 minutes northwest of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip—although the resort benefits from being around 8-10 degrees cooler than the Strip due to the elevation difference. The resort’s three Pete Dye courses—Snow Mountain (73.0/126, 7,146 yards); Sun Mountain (73.4/140, 7,112 yards) and The Wolf (75.5/145, 7,604 yards)—each offers Dye’s signature elements, such as railroad-tie bunker faces

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and sweeping slopes, and yet each course presents the player a different experience. The resort also has two all-grass practice facilities, each complete with driving range, practice putting green and pitching chipping area. Many keen golfers will say they have not only their favorite courses but also their favorite course designers. Dye, who passed away earlier this year, left a remarkable legacy of great courses, all of which assure his place in the top echelon of course architects. The list of Dye’s iconic courses is indeed awesome—think TPC Sawgrass

(perhaps his most famous creation), the 12 golf courses at the Mission Hills Shenzhen Resort in China, Whistling Straits in Wisconsin which has become famous for hosting big tournaments, together with many other courses with layouts and holes that have the recognizable Dye stamp of genius. With many notable Pete Dye courses enjoyed across the world, this revered course architect will be remembered not only for his signature courses but also for the many golf architects who began their careers by being mentored and inspired by him.

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On the northeast coast, short distance from Coco Beach is the Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club, home of the fivestar St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and has the distinction of being a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. The course was designed around a network of interconnected lakes of which RTJ has taken full advantage. Fifteen of the 18 holes border water features, as the course takes a circuitous route around the lakes before emerging onto the Atlantic coast for two of the final three holes. The Bahía Beach course was designed with vacationing golfers in mind, ensuring they are provided with a fun and challenging experience. Proclaimed as one of the best and most beautiful courses in the Caribbean, the claim is endorsed by the many who visit each year.

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opular in the winter months due to the tropical climate, the high season in Puerto Rico is December through May. Here you can watch and play where the pros compete in the Puerto Rico Open (and won in 2020 by Viktor Hovland). It’s a unique, colorful and exciting experience, the next event scheduled for February 2021, and is well worth tying in the event with your golf vacation visit. Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau, Bryson DeChambeau and Chesson Hadley have all played the Championship Course at Coco Beach Golf Resort & Residences. Designed by Tom Kite, the 36hole facility caters to golfers of all abilities. The course has four different tees ranging from 5,300 to 7,587 yards. The layouts feature seashore paspalum grass, white silica sand bunkers and challenging water hazards.

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aking a cruise ship from New York, bound for northern Europe, could be an attractive option for those looking for less familiar paths of adventure next summer. In 2021, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be offering a choice of three voyages that cross sections of the North Atlantic—two voyages departing from New York, and one from Amsterdam, with each journey aboard the 5-star luxury cruise ship, Seven Seas Navigator. The “Summer in Greenland” cruise is a 17-day voyage (May 31 – June 16, 2021) via Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, cruising the Labrador Sea and onward to Greenland, the Denmark Strait, and finally to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. The “Between Fire & Ice” cruise departs New York May 31, taking the northern route as above, but continuing on across the North Atlantic to the Faroe Islands, Orkney Islands, and onwards to Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool and finally to Southampton on the UK’s south coast. This is a voyage of 30 days’ duration. The “Amsterdam to New York” cruise includes a free outward flight to Amsterdam on August 5, 2021, where you join the Seven Seas Navigator. Ports of call include Bordeaux, Bilbao, Lisbon, Seville, and then on to Madeira for the start of the homeward Atlantic crossing, stopping at the Azores, Bermuda, and finally New York. Each of the three Regent Seven Seas cruises includes free homeward or outward flights (depending on which cruise you choose) and the free flights can be either economy or Business Class, depending on your choice of suite category aboard ship. Also included for some suite categories is a one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stopover. For all categories there is fine dining at a choice of seven dining venues, as well as free unlimited beverages, including fine wines and spirits. Each of the three Northern Europe cruises also provides an itinerary of carefully planned shore excursions that will give you many fascinating historical insights and cultural experiences.

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Through a turbulent season, PGA TOUR players continued to demonstrate dynamic play and dramatic finishes

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against the odds, were celebrated with fist pumping exhilaration. Here’s a selection of the best moments, recalled by writers who were there.

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ebastían Muñoz became the sixth consecutive player to make the Sanderson Farms Championship his first title, and the first Colombian to win on TOUR since Camilo Villegas at the 2014 Wyndham Championship. For Muñoz, the Sanderson Farm Championship will forever hold a special place in his heart. The victory came in dramatic fashion at the Country Club of Jackson in 2019, but that wasn’t the only first that makes the event stand out. “I will always have a special connection to Jackson because this was the first event I ever played as a PGA TOUR member back in 2016,” he said. “So this is one of those places I’ll just cherish. I will always be grateful to this city for what it gave me.” With that inspiration clearly evident in 2019, Muñoz birdied four of his first five holes in Saturday’s third round en route to a bogeyfree 9-under 63. At 16-under 200, Muñoz would take a 1-stroke lead into the final round over Carlos Ortiz. Interestingly, Ortiz would serve as inspiration for Muñoz when the two were in college together at the University of North Texas. “I knew he was good, but I also knew I could compete with

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him,” Muñoz said. “He was better than me, but if I put in the work, I knew I could be as good. So, in a sense, he kind of made me believe and realize that I’m just as good and I could do it, as well.” If he didn’t “do it,” Muñoz was poised to return home to Colombia and start working in the family business. Following years of hard work between the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR, on Sunday of last year’s Sanderson Farms Championship, he found himself 18 holes away from victory. It wouldn’t come easy, though. Muñoz sank a clutch 15-foot putt for birdie on the 72nd hole to force sudden death with Sungjae Im. On the first extra hole, Muñoz realized another first at the Sanderson Farms Championship—victory. “When they were doing the trophy ceremony, I just kept smiling to myself and reminding myself that things like Hawaii, the Masters and two years of job security was waiting for me,” he said. “Being a PGA TOUR winner is something I will carry forever and for it to come at the event where I got my first TOUR start made it even more special.” 

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DUNCAN’S HARD WORK PAYS OFF WITH BREAKTHROUGH VICTORY By Ron Green Jr

E “I don’t know if I can explain how satisfying it is.” —Tyler Duncan

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ven through the down times, when weeks turned into months, Tyler Duncan believed he had what it takes to win on the PGA TOUR. He proved it at the 2019 RSM Classic, where he birdied the second playoff hole to beat Webb Simpson for his first TOUR victory. “Hopefully, it’s just the beginning,” the former Purdue University golfer said. Duncan, who shot 66 in the final round of the Korn Ferry Championship to earn his PGA TOUR card less than three months earlier, saw his opening as the holes were running out at Sea Island’s Seaside Course. Knowing he needed two birdies to have a chance to win, Duncan ripped a 4-iron shot to within six feet of the hole, setting up a birdie, at the difficult par-3 17th. On the 18th tee, Duncan told his caddie, “Let’s get one more.” That’s what Duncan did. He holed a twisting 25-foot birdie putt on 72nd hole and found himself in a playoff with Simpson, one of the TOUR’s most consistent players in recent years. Duncan thought back to his regular matches with Adam Schenk and the knack his former Purdue teammate has for closing out matches. “No one is better playing the 18th hole than he is, and being able to practice and compete against him has made me better,” Duncan said. On the first extra hole, Duncan had to hole a five-footer to extend the playoff. “I was probably more nervous on that putt than I’ll ever be,” Duncan said. “I made it right in the middle. It just proves to me I’ve made a lot of strides in putting with a new coach and all the work has paid off.” A birdie at the second extra hole made Duncan a PGA TOUR winner for the first time. “I’ve had a couple of down years but that just makes you stronger. It makes you focus on what worked and what to work on,” Duncan said. “I don’t know if I can explain how satisfying it is.” 

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hit a 7-iron to eight feet, that birdie seizing the lead. Im hit his third shot into a greenside bunker at the par-5 closer, but blasted out to three feet and saved par. Mackenzie Hughes (66) finished second. X Im tied for first in birdies (19), led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (12.288) and was fifth in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (6.216). He was T-38 in Strokes Gained: Putting (0.983). X There were only 13 birdies total at Nos. 15 and 17 Sunday. Im birdied both holes, one of only two players to do so. X Im made 99 global starts in his first three years as a pro (35 in 2019). He doesn’t have a U.S. base, lives hotel to hotel, and smiles when asked why he plays so much. Hard work paid off at Honda. “I feel like this is going to be one of the happiest nights of my life,” he said. 

“I feel like this is going to be one of the happiest nights of my life.” —Sungjae Im

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rnold Palmer always relished the chance to host the world’s best players at his namesake event staged at his beloved Bay Hill Club & Lodge. He enjoyed the occasion even more when his course played its toughest. He’d have loved the 2020 edition of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. Englishman Tyrell Hatton’s 73-74 finish and gritty performance on the closing holes was just enough to lift him to a one-shot victory over Australia’s Marc Leishman. Not since the 2006 U.S. Open (Geoff Ogilvy) had a player on the PGA TOUR posted two over-par rounds on the weekend and still prevailed. Hatton’s winning score of 4-under 284 was the highest in the 42-year history of the event. It also marked the first PGA TOUR title for Hatton, 28. On Bay Hill’s difficult closing holes, Hatton was pure class. First, a 5-iron at the demanding par-3 17th that finished just beyond a back flag; at the par-4 18th, it was a perfect drive and hard 7-iron that sailed across the Devil’s Bathtub and pitched safely on the green. Two putts from 23 feet for par and victory was his. “It certainly felt like you played a lot more than 72 holes by the end of it,” Hatton said.  Marc Leishman, the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational champion, fell one shot short in his quest to become the tournament’s eighth multiple winner, a list led by Tiger Woods (eight).  Sungjae Im, fresh off victory at The Honda Classic, finished third at 2-under 286. He was trying to become the first player to win his first two PGA TOUR titles back to back since David Duval in 1997.  Rory McIlroy faltered on the opening nine Sunday (40) to drop from contention, shooting 76 and tying for fifth. Still, his play was good enough to keep him at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the 100th week of his career. If Hatton can draw upon his clutch effort at Bay Hill, he figures to be a force on the world scene too. 

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s the first event in the PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf, the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge was a long-awaited opportunity for every player in the field. With reminders of how he had performed leading into the pandemic serving as inspiration, no one was more excited to compete again than Daniel Berger. Dating to the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in October 2019, Berger had strung together 24 consecutive rounds of par or better. The last three of those events within that stretch resulted in top10 finishes: Waste Management Phoenix Open (T9), AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (T5) and The Honda Classic (T4). When Berger arrived at Fort Worth’s Colonial Country Club in June, he was seeking his third career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic. With four additional subpar scores of 65-67-67-66—265 (15-under), he found himself in a playoff with Collin Morikawa. Making par at the first playoff hole (par-4 17th), Berger emerged victorious. Interestingly, all three of his PGA TOUR wins have come during the second week of June, with triumphs at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2016 and 2017 in the same spot on the calendar as his victory at Colonial. Berger’s final-round 66 represented his 28th consecutive par-or-better score, the longest active streak on the PGA TOUR at the time. With the win in Texas, Berger vaulted to No. 11 in the FedExCup standings, his highest position since the start of the 2017-18 season. His 265 total also marked his career-low 72-hole score, previously 267 (on two occasions). “It was a hard-fought battle today, and I just kept telling myself, why not me today,” said Berger. “From the beginning tee shot to the end, some things went my way. There were some missed putts here and there for Collin, but in the end, it was a great week. I’ve been playing some great golf for the last couple months, so I’m just excited to be back in this position.” 

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JOHNSON’S TRAVELERS TRIUMPH REINFORCES PLACE AMONG ELITE By Ron Green Jr

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t would be easy to look at Dustin Johnson’s victory in the 2020 Travelers Championship as just one more win in a career that has climbed into rare territory. That would miss the significance of Johnson’s 21st career PGA TOUR victory. In the third week of the PGA TOUR’s return after the extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Johnson found himself having fallen outside the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since his victory in the 2016 U.S. Open. It had been 14 months since his last win. Johnson had become a victim of the standards he had set. His victory at the Travelers Championship did more than earn him another trip to the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua to start 2021. It reinforced his place among the game’s elite players over the past decade while putting him in special company. The win extended Johnson’s streak of consecutive PGA TOUR seasons with a victory to 13, trailing only Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus (17 straight seasons) and Tiger Woods (14).

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“Anytime you’re mentioned with those guys, with Tiger, Jack, I think Arnie, you’ve got to feel good about that because they’re the best that’s ever played this game. Anytime your name is mentioned in the same sentence with them, I’m very happy,” Johnson said. Just when it seemed the focus had shifted to other players and away from Johnson, he brought the attention back on himself. With his distinctive stroll, bowed wrist at the top of his swing and almost laconic style, Johnson has been a defining figure in an era of exceptional talent. At age 36 he’s not finished. Not only has he won one major championship, Johnson also has five World Golf Championship trophies in his collection. His 21 TOUR victories are more than World Golf Hall of Famers Greg Norman, Ben Crenshaw, Ernie Els, Tom Kite or Hale Irwin had in their careers. “Winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont is my biggest win for sure. But winning 13 years straight on the TOUR is a pretty big accomplishment,” Johnson said. 

“Winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont is my biggest win for sure. But winning 13 years straight on the TOUR is a pretty big accomplishment.” —Dustin Johnson

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Putting a Career BaCk in gear The way that Brendon Todd returned to the PGA TOUR winner’s circle after a tough stretch is a study in belief, perseverance and accepting good advice By Helen Ross

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hen Brendon Todd was a kid, his two brothers teased him because of a particular habit. On weekends, after the family had come back from the golf course, Brendon would polish his golf shoes, his siblings’ golf shoes and their parents’ golf shoes, then clean everyone’s clubs and golf balls. Not because he had lost a bet or anything, but simply because he enjoyed it. “I loved doing little things like that that just kind of let me touch and feel the clubs and let me dream,” Todd said. “So, I think that’s kind of where the dream and the will and the determination to succeed at this game started.” That drive and perseverance has served Todd well, because twice he has resurrected his PGA TOUR career, most recently this season with back-to-back victories at the Bermuda Championship and Mayakoba Golf Classic. The path to success was paved, at least in part, by a new instructor in Bradley Hughes and performance coach Ward Jarvis, who helped Todd conquer what could best be categorized as ball-striking yips that caused a big miss right. None of it would have been possible without Todd’s commitment and dedication to the task. How bad was it? Well, Todd went through a three-year period when he made the cut just five times in the 39 tournaments he played. He estimates he entered 40 Monday qualifiers and a handful of mini-tour events trying to regain the competitive edge. Last season, the former Georgia standout played well enough with limited status to work his way into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals where he regained his PGA TOUR card. The consecutive wins—and a tie for fourth at The RSM Classic as Todd sought a third straight victory—have him back in the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign. Todd sat down for a Q&A with the Essential Guide prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

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Q: I read where you told Bradley Hughes in the spring of 2019 that you were going to win again. Did you feel that was a bold statement at the time? TODD: No, and I’d actually give credit to Bill McInerny, who was sort of my mental coach from 2012 through 2017. He was such a positive guy and he always instilled that belief in me before I won the first time in 2014. He would say, ‘You’re going to win on the PGA TOUR. You’re going to do it. You’re plenty good enough. You’ve got the pedigree. You’re good.’ And I won. And after I won, now he’s like, ‘You’re going to win again.’ When I was at the depths of my slump, he told me, ‘Brendon, I promise you. You are going to win again on the PGA TOUR.’ It helps that I’ve succeeded at every level of golf so I should be believing and thinking that way and so should most guys out there here. But it helps to have a coach and a friend who believes in you so much and is willing to remind you. Q: You said your family has been very supportive. I get the impression your wife, Rachel, is pretty strong. TODD: She’s super strong. She’s an athlete from her younger days. She was a gymnast and played softball and tennis in high school. We have a really strong relationship built on communication and trust and family first. And she was always supportive of me chasing my dreams and playing golf, and she never put pressure on me to play well or to do something else. I was definitely in a place at the end of the 2018 season where I was even considering doing something else, so that’s when we talked about it and she was open to that. She was as willing to have that conversation as she was with me going back to play. She just wanted me to be happy and do what I wanted to do and earn a living. That was probably the first year I really didn’t have any money come in, so I was thinking, ‘Well, what do you do to make money next year?’ PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2020

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Q: You talked about walking away from golf? TODD: We’ve had the same wealth management company since 2008 and we’re really close with those people. He comes to my house a couple of times a year for meetings, financial statements and stuff. We brainstormed about what else I could do. Was it college golf coaching? Was it going into the corporate world? Commercial real estate? Or, was it owning a franchise? He said owning a franchise, once it got up and running, would give me the best option to still practice and play golf. But, honestly, I probably never was going to do that. That was more of a conversation, and then it got written in a story and then you kind of have to run with it. But at the end of the day, I’m a golfer. I think I always believed that certainly my time wasn’t up at that point.

Q: Was there anybody who reached out to you in that manner? TODD: Not so much [TOUR] players. I have a good group of guys I play with at home and who were on the college golf team and they were a good support system and good competition to just keep testing things out and trying to find it. They were all very supportive. Ward Jarvis was really the one guy who reached out of nowhere. He told me he was a stutterer and had performance anxiety. He said he thinks the yips are very similar to that and believed he could help me. And so, coincidentally, he kind of helped me right after I had taken my first lesson with Brad Hughes. Through the three years of struggling, if I worked with a teacher, I would listen to them and I would pursue that avenue as hard as I could. So here I was with Brad as a teacher and Ward as a psychologist friend and I had some time off. So, I just pursued both avenues with a lot of my energy when I wasn’t parenting and hanging out with my family. It just happened that they both clicked, and they both were integral in me getting my game back. And I feel like it’s a really fun ride for both the guys because they’re both kind of on the upward journey in their professions, and I’m able to be a part of that. And they are able to be a part of my journey up. It’s just a really cool partnership with both of them.  102

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Q: What do you want people to learn from your story? TODD: I know that my perseverance is a lesson that can help other athletes, other golfers, and I’m all about that. So, I certainly am never going to shy away from helping other people and encouraging other people and talking to someone who is writing an article that’s going to encourage other people. I really enjoy talking to other players about their games and what they’re going through. So, I try to help as many people as I can. I try to be encouraging to other golfers—tell them what’s been working for me—because I know what it’s like to be on the other side struggling.

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Distinctive Honor Former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, who guided the organization to new heights, is part of an impressive World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2021 By Jeff Babineau

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s Commissioner of the PGA TOUR for 22 years, Tim Finchem was a frequent visitor and dedicated steward to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., located just a short stretch of interstate highway from headquarters. There, he’d fill up on golf history and get lost in the exhibits of golf greats. When he viewed the lineup of golden sculpted faces depicting the Hall’s accomplished members, little did he believe he’d one day join them. Soon, he will be part of that everlasting lore. Finchem is one of four individuals comprising the World Golf Hall of Fame’s 2021 Class, joining standout major champions Tiger Woods and Susie Maxwell Berning, as well as fellow contributor Marion Hollins. Three months after current PGA TOUR Commissioner (and neighbor) Jay Monahan phoned Finchem with the news, its magnitude and meaning still was settling in. “I can’t get over how many people have called me,” said Finchem, who filled the Commissioner’s role from 1994 (shortly before Woods arrived on TOUR) through 2016. “Some people have sent me notes who I’ve never met. When I got over the initial shock, just hearing from people … it really did impact me. I also thought it was pretty cool that people paid attention to it. They didn’t spend all their time thinking about Tiger going into the Hall. They gave me a few minutes.” He laughs at the last thought. With Woods serving as his resident rocket ship, Finchem presided over an active two-plus decades during which prize money on the PGA TOUR would mushroom from $90 million on three tours (PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour) to, today, more than $400 million on six (adding Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR China). Finchem, 73, was a force behind creating the Presidents Cup, First Tee, the FedExCup (and FedExCup Playoffs), and the World Golf Championships. He also grew the TOUR’s generous charitable footprint.

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“Tim Finchem’s vision and leadership have made an indelible impact on the game of golf over the past 25 years,” said Monahan. Finchem knew it made little sense for a global game such as golf to be parceled separately into different corners around the world and pushed hard to give golf a more unified global presence. This led to the PGA TOUR operating more internationally, and eventually to golf returning to the Olympic Games in 2016. “It just made sense to me that the game was being played globally, but the professional game was splintered in lots of different ways,” he said. “The more it was splintered, the less leverage we’d eventually have. The TOUR is still not finished. There’s still more to do. But we got on a road to change all that, and I think it’s had a pretty positive result.” Golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016 after an absence of 112 years delivered enhanced credibility to the PGA TOUR as a global entity, he said. It also opened the game to a viewing audience in excess of a billion people around the world. The Hall’s Class of 2021, in addition to Woods, who was so instrumental in the TOUR’s mercurial growth, includes Hollins, the 1921 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and influential course developer, and Berning, a four-time major champion (including three U.S. Women’s Open titles). Finchem had been practicing law in Virginia when the TOUR came calling in 1987. His firm had performed some marketing research work and he initially spurned overtures to join the organization. He took a second look when Tim Smith, a good friend from Virginia Law School, headed south and eventually became Deputy Commissioner to Deane Beman. Finchem and his wife, Holly, were starting a family (they have three daughters) and thought, Why not try Florida? So he joined the TOUR as Vice President, Business Affairs. Two years later, he was Beman’s Deputy Commissioner. “My goal (in moving to Florida) was to run a company,” Finchem said. “I went down there and Deane retired a few years later, and I was running the company. Right place, right time, really.” And right man for the job.  w w w.p gat our.com

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FITNESS

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GA TOUR member Jon Rahm of Spain teeters on his left leg, his right leg elevated off the ground and right arm extended. A 5-iron is wedged between the top of his right foot and his right palm. He tips forward at the waist to perform a single-legged Romanian deadlift as part of his regular, pre-golf dynamic warmup routine. “They’re not my favorite exercise, because it’s hard to keep balance,” Rahm says. “I struggle if I don’t warm up properly, or if I haven’t done them for a week.” Rahm goes on to demonstrate a few more exercises that incorporate his 5-iron: a two-legged deadlift variation, a dead bug core-activation and a half-kneeling hold. Rahm’s warmup is an example of the informative fitness content that can be found on PGA TOUR Active, a platform highlighting the athleticism and extensive off-course routines of PGA TOUR golfers, ranging from exercise and training to nutrition and recovery (and everything in between). The PGA TOUR hopes to create awareness and inspire golf fans around the globe to choose and engage in healthier lifestyles. “The goal is to feature our athletes as the elite competitors they are,” says PGA TOUR senior vice president and chief marketing officer Matt Corey. “With PGA TOUR ACTIVE, fans have access to players’ workout routines, exercise techniques and insights and can really see how much work they put in to perform at their peak.” Fans can access fitness plans designed by trainers who work with the TOUR’s best to help golfers increase power and distance by accessing the pelvis, loading the tail leg and increasing rotary activation. They can see J.T. Poston do TRX single-leg squats, incline bench presses and rotational cable pulls while balancing on a stability ball. They can watch Tyler McCumber do resisted standing broad jumps and rotational medicine ball tosses on the beach. Alex Noren demonstrates kettlebell split squats and cable machine face pulls, while Maverick McNealy crushes the ski erg and pushes a weighted sled. The platform also highlights golfers who participate in other sports. Sergio Garcia plays soccer at every opportunity. Former motocross racer Rickie Fowler rides his four-stroke dirt bike for exercise. Adam Scott surfs, Graham DeLaet plays ice hockey and Matt Kuchar enjoys tennis. Other players participate in outdoor activities with their spouses: Adam Long and wife Emily, PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2020

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who regularly play pickleball, and Andrew Putnam and wife Tawny, who scuba dive. Because PGA TOUR pros travel the world week to week, it is important they are able to maintain their fitness routines no matter where they are. To that end, the PGA TOUR debuted its Player Performance Centers in 1985, but they recently underwent a total transformation and were reintroduced during the 2019 season. Staffed by certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and chiropractors, the facilities fill two mobile trailers, one for fitness and one for therapy and rehabilitation. They are transported to 62 events each year to provide consistent, 112

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trusted and innovative training options for TOUR players, and are visited by 85 to 90 percent of golfers during each tournament. “The best service we can provide our players is to have these trailers available week in and week out, so they don’t have to wonder if there will be a gym nearby,” says PGA TOUR certified athletic trainer Tim Dunleavy. “Our players thrive on consistency, and in a game where the mental side is so important, for them to be sure they’ll be able to get in the same pre-golf routine or workout, to have the same weights and equipment available at every stop, is huge.”

Corey says that while the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the roll-out of PGA TOUR Active’s on-site activations, they plan to have early week events with players and week-long fitness programming with partners and influencers at select PGA TOUR events in 2021. “We want PGA TOUR ACTIVE to become the authority in golf fitness and deliver fans an edge in both their golf games and their exercise regimens through compelling content, resources, data-driven insights and technologies,” Corey says. “Our athletes are elite, but with PGA TOUR Active, our fans can also become ‘everyday elite.’” 

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Sturdiness, breathability, and water-resistance are some key factors to a good shoe. Though athletic shoes may not be mandatory wear in games, there’s a reason why athletes wear them. Thanks to the advances of modern technology, one’s attire can help with one’s athletic performance. For golfers, a good pair of shoes can maintain comfort and ease during an intense game. When it comes to picking a pair of good golf shoes, golfers should consider sturdiness and material, breathability, and the ability to resist water. Golfers should also consider whether or not they prefer a spiked shoe or a spikeless shoe. These factors can affect the warming and cooling of your feet, life span of your shoe, and general comfort level. The LUX Knit is the latest from TRUE linkswear. The breathable sock fit knit upper is bonded to the WANDERLUX outsole, promising the most comfortable walk yet. The company prides themselves on innovation; finding ways to continually push the envelope and make better golf footwear. The need for a breathable, waterproof shoe was evident. Players arguably want something light and breathable that doesn’t absorb water. TRUE linkswear aimed to create a modern knit shoe that’s breathable, lightweight, and completely water repellant. Whatever shoe you decide to try, make sure it is something that allows you to remain comfortable when you are walking all over the golf course. •

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Right foR You? A breakdown of factors to consider when you’re purchasing your first electric golf caddy When the game is close and you’re neck and neck with your competitor, it may be beneficial for you to preserve your energy for the last couple of holes. An electric golf caddy can take off the stress of your body to allow you to focus on your golf game. When browsing for a new caddy, there are a few things you should consider: Durability – WIll this be strong enough to withstand the weight of my golf equipment? Battery – Should I consider one with lithium batteries to ensure a longer lifespan? Features – Want something that has easy setup? Looking for a sleek design that’s simple to use? With so many different options to choose from, it is also a safe bet to go with a global leader in the golf cart industry. Cart Tek has been a leader in the remote-control golf cart industry since 2007. The company’s line of full-featured remote control and electric golf push carts include Lithium-ion batteries that allow a long lifespan. With an electric push cart, enjoy the benefits of walking golf but without the stress of lugging your bag for miles. • Strong, DuraBle FrameS • ProgrammaBle SettingS • three moDeS: remote, trolley, anD Free-Wheel Visit carttek.com/golf for more information and an exclusive discount code.

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“Before my asthma was under control, I probably still played golf four 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.” Seth Dickman, 41, of Freemont, OH, went from completing triathlons to not being able to carry his golf clubs due to serious breathing problems. “I’m a strong driven person. It limited my ability to do everything I wanted to do.” Seth needed answers. A blood test revealed that he had an elevated number of eosinophils (e-o-sin-o-phils), also known as an elevated e-number. Eosinophils are a normal part of the body’s immune system, but when too many get activated in people with asthma, they can cause inflammation in the airways making it difficult to breathe. This type of asthma is known as eosinophilic asthma— or e-asthma. According to an analysis of data from the CDC, nearly seven out of 10 adults with asthma may have e-asthma.1

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Golf is an amazing game that can be enjoyed for years. We just need to make sure our joints to keep up! As we age, arthritis can start to have a major impact on our ability to play and our quality of life in general. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of the disease, is characterized by the wearing down of articular cartilage, the smooth lining found on the ends of bones within a joint. In the hip joint, advanced arthritis can lead to “bone on bone” contact of the top of the thigh bone and the pelvis. This can cause damage to the articular cartilage, which is the structure that allows for pain-free motion and shock absorption during dynamic activities. The condition can become very painful, even during common activities such as standing, walking, climbing stairs, squatting or walking up inclines. People may find it difficult to move or rotate their hip. This can definitely limit the ability to play golf since golfers need to rotate their hip freely during the swing, squat to tee up the ball, read a putt, retrieve their ball, and walk on uneven surfaces and bunkers. Sometimes through strengthening and modifications on the course, golfers with arthritis can continue to enjoy playing for years. First, it’s important that golfers have a good strengthening program with a focus on hip strength and core stability. A physical therapist or exercise physiologist can help to create an individualized program based on the golfer’s needs and injury history. Next, it’s important to accommodate for any loss of hip mobility, which is common with arthritis. Most often this loss is in the direction of internal rotation, or turning the hip inward. When there is a loss of hip internal rotation, golfers will have difficulty rotating into their backswing or into their follow through, depending on which leg is affected. This can result in increased demand on compensatory muscles in other areas of the body, such as the lower back, which already bears a significant amount of force due

• Perform a warm-up prior to the round, a stretch break after the 9th hole, and a cool down before hitting the clubhouse! • Turn the affected side foot out to open the hip joint and compensate for lack of rotation • Decrease the swing plane in the direction of the affected side to minimize pressure on the joint • Be aware that the distance you can hit with each club may change after a hip injury or surgery, so you may have to select a different club to hit the same distance as before • Utilize a ball retriever to avoid squatting to tee up your ball or retrieve it from the hole • Wear golf shoes with soft spikes • Wear compression shorts for additional support at comfort • Ice after the round if necessary for 10-20 minutes

to the unnatural movements of the golf swing. Altered swing mechanics and compensatory patterns can also result in a loss of power. A physical therapist can help to maximize appropriate pain-free range of motion in order to improve symptoms and performance. In addition, modifications on the course can help a golfer with arthritis manage their symptoms and continue to play: Sometimes, despite performing a comprehensive stretching and strengthening program and utilizing some of these modifications, golfers with arthritis are still unable to play. In the case of severe loss of function from arthritis, a total hip replacement surgery can restore function and mobility. Total hip replacement is a highly successful procedure that can relieve pain, improve mobility and enable people to get back to activities they enjoy. The operation entails replacing the painful, arthritic joint with a fully functioning hip implant. After removing the damaged cartilage and bone, the orthopedic surgeon positions new metal and plastic joint surfaces to restore hip function and alignment. In the past decade, major advances have revolutionized joint replacement. It is estimated that by the year 2030, the number of hip replacement surgeries performed in the United States will increase by 175 percent! New techniques feature a less invasive procedure, much smaller incisions, better implant materials, and advances in anesthesia, which all help to improve outcomes. It is safe to walk right after surgery and physical therapy begins immediately! Patients are typically in physical therapy for 2-3 months and back on the golf course in 4-6 months. Be sure to consult a medical professional to discuss what’s best for you! Visit hss.edu for more tips to stay on the course and improve your golf game! Content was provided by HSS Rehabilitation and Sports Performance.

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Three ways Wounded Warrior Project supporters give back through golf

Everything changed in 2011 for Army veteran Frank Sonntag when he was invited to a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) summit. “We got to play a round of golf, and I was paired with two other warriors,” Frank said. “One had lost a leg; another one lost a leg and an arm. I saw that and thought ‘If they can do this and enjoy themselves, so can I.’” Frank was living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his military service. His first solo round back on the course gave him a new perspective. “I was standing by the green, with the lake to my left and the wind blowing through the trees to my right, and I had the most relaxing moment I’d had in five years,” Frank said. “The impact on my life was tremendous.” Frank knew it could also have an impact on other veterans, so he became a peer mentor. “We’ll never be able to dunk like LeBron James or throw a pass like Tom Brady. But any warrior who cares enough to go out and give it a try can get a par on a hole, just like Tiger Woods,” Frank said. “If you can do something like that, that makes you feel whole again.” Organizations impact Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) warriors as well. Last year, at a golf event that didn’t exist six months prior, 160 people in Cypress, California supported warriors and their families. Mitsubishi Electric, U.S. Inc. Elevator & Escalator Division and Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation raised $20,000 that day, four times the initial estimate. “The money is one thing but changing peoples’ lives and how they view veterans is another,” said Jarrad Jones, Southern California branch manager. “I think this event

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was able to touch both aspects of that, which is more beneficial than the dollar amount at the end.” The impact of the event hit home for Jarrad, whose father, father-inlaw, cousin, and best friend served in the military. “I got to go home and look at my family and say, ‘Look at what I did today.’ And make a promise I’d continue to do it,” Jarrad said. Giving back to veterans also strikes a chord with Mike Holty, who served 40 years in the U.S. Navy in several capacities. It was a conversation with his late friend and fellow veteran Jack Taylor that sparked an idea: create a golf tournament that supports injured veterans and their families through Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). There was one problem, though. “I had never done any fundraising in my life,” Mike said. But WWP gave him the tools he needed to get his event off the ground. “I liked it because I had the freedom to do what I wanted and to make the decisions locally,” Mike said. “It’s a good thing to make something from scratch.” Mike’s tournament, now in its 10th year, sells out annually and takes place at Jamestown Golf Course, a 125-year-old, 9-hole track on picturesque Conanicut Island near Newport, Rhode Island. The event is part of Mike’s Team Newport, a volunteer fundraising group that hosts several events and has raised more than $300,000 for warriors and their families. It’s a picture of service from a sailor whose passion for supporting others continues full steam ahead. Support from fundraisers provides life-changing programs and services to warriors and their families. They never pay a penny for any WWP program or service because they paid their dues on the battlefield. Discover more ways you can give back by visiting woundedwarriorproject.org/give-back. • 119

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he PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf, which started in early June, proceeds through the TOUR Championship culminating the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season on September 4-7. The 2020-21 PGA TOUR Season opens up the week after the TOUR Championship with adjustments to the calendar for the fall portion of the 2020-21 schedule. Eleven events were canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. One new tournament fills an open date on the summer schedule, the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio held the week before the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at the same site. Events that have been moved in the latter half of the 2019-20 schedule include the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis on July 30-August 2, originally set for early July, and the PGA Championship in San Francisco on August 6-9, originally scheduled for May. The three-event FedExCup Playoffs gets underway with THE NORTHERN TRUST at TPC Boston, followed by the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields near Chicago, with the top 30 players moving on to the TOUR Championship at East Lake in Atlanta to determine the FedExCup champion. Two 2020 major championships move to fall dates as part of the 2020-21 schedule. The U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York is set for September 17-20 and the Masters Tournament for November 12-15. The fall portion of the 2020-21 schedule will conclude on December 3-6 with the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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HOW CHEZ REAVIE WON Chez Reavie took control with a 63 in the third round for a six-stroke lead and held off a charge by Keegan Bradley on Sunday. Bradley birdied four of the first six holes of the back nine to pull within one stroke. The tide turned back to Reavie on the 17th hole where he made a 14-foot

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birdie putt while Bradley double bogeyed.  Reavie birdied every hole on the back nine except the 14th and 16th in shooting a 28 in the third round.  Reavie ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green at 1.684 per round.

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Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $7.4 million Winner’s Share: $1,332,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

LEADERBOARD 2019 Pos

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

1

65

66

63

69

263/-17

500.00

$1,296,000.00

Keegan Bradley

T2

65

66

69

67

267/-13

245.00

$633,600.00

Zack Sucher

T2

64

65

71

67

267/-13

245.00

$633,600.00

Vaughn Taylor

4

68

66

69

65

268/-12

135.00

$345,600.00

Paul Casey

T5

65

68

71

65

269/-11

100.00

$262,800.00

Joaquin Niemann

T5

69

65

69

66

269/-11

100.00

$262,800.00

Kevin Tway

T5

68

68

66

67

269/-11

100.00

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July 2-5, 2020

Rocket Mortgage Classic Location & Course Information DETROIT, MICH. DETROIT GOLF CLUB

The two courses at Detroit Golf Club were designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1916. The tournament is held mostly on the North Course, with one hole from the South Course utilized. The course was renovated in preparation for the inaugural tournament in 2019, with several new tees added. Yardage: 7,340; par 72

Notable Course Features

Nate Lashley, 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

All net proceeds in 2020 will benefit the tournament’s “Changing the Course” initiative. The vision of this multi-year campaign is to ensure every Detroit resident has access to the Internet, technology and digital training they deserve within five years.

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2019 Champion

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

HOW NATE LASHLEY WON

CHECK THIS OUT Nate Lashley was the first player to win as an alternate since Vaughn Taylor at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  The 36-year-old Lashley was in his second year on the PGA TOUR, playing out of non-exempt 126-150 status.  Lashley’s six-stroke victory margin equaled the third largest in the 2018-19 season, topped by Rory McIlroy twice (eight at the TOUR Championship, seven at the RBC Canadian Open).  Lashley failed to advance out of the Monday qualifier before getting in as an alternate. Runner-up Doc Redman made it through the Monday qualifier.

After getting into the tournament field as an alternate on Wednesday, Nate Lashley shot an opening 63 and led by himself from wire to wire. Another 63 in the third round gave him a six-stroke lead and he was never pressed in the final round, leading by at least five strokes all the way and winning at 25-under 263.  Lashley had no bogeys in the first and third rounds, and only three during the week.  Lashley ranked second in Strokes Gained: Putting (2.332 per round) and third in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green (2.005 per round).

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Nate Lashley

1

63

67

63

70

263/-25

500.00

$1,314,000.00

Doc Redman

2

68

67

67

67

269/-19

Wes Roach

T3

67

68

67

68

270/-18

162.50

$423,400.00

Rory Sabbatini

T3

65

69

68

68

270/-18

162.50

$423,400.00

$788,400.00

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A shallow, grass-covered ditch that is not a hazard runs down the length of the 18th hole on the left side of the fairway and then guards the right side of the green. The 455yard par 4 played as the toughest hole in 2019, topped only by the 233-yard, par-3 13th.

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July 9-12, 2020

Workday Charity Open Location & Course Information DUBLIN, OHIO MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB

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Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village in 1974 to fulfill his dream of bringing a world-class tournament to his hometown of Columbus, Oho, and has tweaked nearly every hole over the years to make it a better test. Yardage: 7,392; par 72

Notable Course Features

Renovations over the past decade have made the finishing stretch one of the most arduous in golf. The par-3 16th was redesigned with a pond guarding the front and left of the green, the long par-4 17th was given new fairway bunkers and a new tee was built on the dogleg-right par-4 18th.

2019 Winner New event

Quick Facts

Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $6.2 million Winner’s Share: $1,116,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

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Charity Benefit

Workday is committing $1 million in support of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Workday is donating $500,000 to the Oakland-based Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation founded by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Ayesha Curry.

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The Workday Charity Open is a new event on the PGA TOUR schedule, filling a gap created by the cancellation for 2020 of the John Deere Classic. The tournament will be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a week before the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at the same site, through a partnership with Workday, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The full-field event will be played without a general public audience. “We are extremely pleased to join with Workday and Muirfield Village Golf Club to present this new event as we continue our Return to Golf efforts,” said Andy Pazder, Chief Tournament & Competitions officer for the PGA TOUR. “Our special thanks go to Workday for partnering with us as title sponsor and for their pledge to make a significant charitable impact with the event. Memorial Tournament host Jack Nicklaus has always done what is best for the game of golf and in these unprecedented times, we are most appreciative of his Muirfield Village Golf Club hosting the event.” The John Deere Classic will return to the PGA TOUR schedule in 2021. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2020

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the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Location & Course Information

DUBLIN, OHIO MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village in 1974 to fulfill his dream of bringing a world-class tournament to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and has tweaked nearly every hole over the years to make it a better test. Yardage: 7,392; par 72

Notable Course Features

Renovations over the past decade have made the finishing stretch one of the most arduous in golf. The par-3 16th was redesigned with a pond guarding the front and left of the green, the long par-4 17th was given new fairway bunkers and a new tee was built on the doglegright par-4 18th.

2019 Champion Patrick Cantlay, U.S.

Quick Facts

The primary beneficiary is Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and its Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The tournament has an alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Foundation and also contributes to numerous other local organizations.

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HOW PATRICK CANTLAY WON Patrick Cantlay fired a final-round 64 to make up a four-stroke deficit and win the Memorial Tournament by two strokes. The 27-year-old shot a 31 on the front nine, but still trailed 54-hole leader Martin Kaymer, who faded on the back nine and finished third while Cantlay continued his surge.

 Cantlay played well in all aspects of the game, ranking between fifth and eighth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee, Approach the Green, Around the Green and Putting.  Cantlay ranked T1 in Par 5 Scoring Average, playing the 16 par 5s in 12-under.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

Patrick Cantlay

1

Adam Scott

2

FedExCup

Earnings

68

69

68

64

71

66

66

68

269/-19

500.00

$1,638,000.00

271/-17

300.00

$982,800.00

Martin Kaymer

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67

68

66

72

273/-15

190.00

$618,800.00

Kevin Streelman

4

72

68

69

66

275/-13

135.00

$436,800.00

Marc Leishman

5

67

71

69

69

276/-12

110.00

$364,000.00

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Charity Benefit

“I knew I needed to come out firing and make a bunch of birdies, and I did.” – Patrick Cantlay 19 20

Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $9.3 million Winner’s Share: $1,674,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner Winner Exemption: 3 years

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July 23-26, 2020

3M Open Location & Course Information BLAINE, MINN. TPC TWIN CITIES

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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 2001-18. Lehman supervised changes in 2018 to ready the course for PGA TOUR competition. Yardage: 7,468; par 71

Notable Course Features

Reachable with two good shots, especially when the tee is up, the 596-yard 18th hole offers the chance for a birdie or an eagle. But with water in front of the green, it can also be punishing and produce more double bogeys and worse than all but two other holes.

2019 Champion Matthew Wolff, U.S.

Quick Facts

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Charity Benefit

Proceeds benefit local and regional charitable organizations through the 3M Open Fund. The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is a pillar charity partner and the Science Museum of Minnesota and National Parks Foundation are primary beneficiaries.

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HOW MATTHEW WOLFF WON Playing in just his third PGA TOUR event as a pro, and fourth overall, 20-year-old Matthew Wolff holed a 26-foot putt from the fringe for an eagle on the 72nd hole to win by one stroke. Bryson DeChambeau, playing in the group ahead, had eagled the 18th to take the lead. He tied for second with Collin Morikawa, who missed a 22-foot eagle try after Wolff holed out. Wolff had a string of six straight birdies in a second-round 62, featuring a 29 on the front nine. Wolff led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green (3.329 per round.)

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

“I’m really not an emotional guy, but tears came to my eyes.” – Matthew Wolff

 Matthew Wolff became the third player to win the NCAA individual championship and a PGA TOUR event in the same year, joining Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods.  Wolff was the first player to win after receiving a sponsor invitation since Billy Hurley III at the 2016 Quicken Loans National.  Only three players have won in fewer PGA TOUR starts than Wolff’s four: Jim Benepe in his first start and Russell Henley, Seve Ballesteros and Bob Gilder in their third.  Runner-up Collin Morikawa was making just his seventh PGA TOUR start, fifth as a pro.

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Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

Matthew Wolff

1

69

67

62

65

263/-21

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Earnings

Bryson DeChambeau

T2

66

62

70

66

264/-20

Collin Morikawa

T2

68

66

64

66

264/-20

Adam Hadwin

4

64

66

69

67

266/-18

135.00

$307,200.00

Wyndham Clark

T5

66

69

64

68

267/-17

105.00

$243,200.00

Carlos Ortiz

T5

67

67

69

64

267/-17

105.00

$243,200.00

Carlos Ortiz

T5

67

67

69

64

267/-17

105.00

$243,200.00

$1,152,000.00 245.00

$563,200.00 $563,200.00

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Notable Course Features

The two par-3s on the back nine both feature water. The 162-yard 11th green 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.

2019 Champion Brooks Koepka, u.s.

Quick Facts

Field: 78 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $10.5 million Winner’s Share: $1,890,000 FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner

Charity Benefit

st. Jude Children’s Research hospital has been the beneficiary of pGA TouR events in Memphis since 1970, with total contributions exceeding $43 million. Founded by the late entertainer danny Thomas, st. Jude treats children from all 50 states and around the world with no cost to families.

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HOW BROOKS KOEPKA WON

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Brooks Koepka played a bogeyfree final round five-under 65 to take a three-stroke victory. The 29-year-old, who two months earlier won the PGA Championship, trailed Rory McIlroy by one stroke entering the final round. While McIlroy was making pars on the first 11 holes, Koepka surged to a three-stroke lead with four birdies in that span. He made a nine-foot putt for a birdie on the third hole, a five-footer on the fifth, a 20-footer on the sixth, and an eight-footer on the 10th. Koepka, who played himself into contention with a 64 in the third round, preserved his lead with a couple of par saves and added a final birdie on the 17th for a 16-under 264 total. Webb Simpson came from behind with a 64 to take second place at 267, while McIlroy, who had a 62 in the third round, shot a 71 and finished T4.

CHECK THIS OUT X Koepka was the first player to win a World Golf Championships event without a finalround bogey since Hideki Matsuyama at the 2017 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. X Koepka finished T3 in 2015 and T2 in 2016 at TPC Southwind when the FedEx St. Jude Classic was played at the course. X Rory McIlroy, who finished T4, won this event in 2014 when it was played at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

X This is the second year the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational will be held at TPC Southwind. Previously, the course hosted the FedEx St. Jude Classic. X Brooks Koepka became the fifth player to win a World Golf Championships event and a major in the same year, joining Tiger Woods (1999-2002, 2005-08), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Rory McIlroy (2014) and Dustin Johnson (2016).

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

Brooks Koepka

1

Webb Simpson

2

4

Total Score

FedExCup

68

67

69

66

Earnings

64

65

264/-16

550.00

$1,745,000.00

68

64

267/-13

315.00

$1,095,000.00

Marc Leishman

3

69

69

63

67

268/-12

200.00

$602,000.00

Tommy Fleetwood

T4

68

70

65

66

269/-11

120.00

$384,333.34

Matthew Fitzpatrick

T4

67

64

69

69

269/-11

Rory McIlroy

T4

69

67

62

71

269/-11

120.00

$384,333.33

$384,333.33

X Koepka had a 31 on the front nine in the third round and a 32 in the fourth round in shooting 64-65. X Koepka ranked first in Strokes Gained: Putting with 2.336 per round. He missed only two putts inside 10 feet all week. X Koepka ranked first in Scrambling, saving par on 20 of the 22 holes where he missed the green. w w w.p gat our.com

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July 30-August 2, 2020

Barracuda Championship Location & Course Information

TRUCKEE, CALIF. OLD GREENWOOD, A TAHOE MOUNTAIN CLUB GOLF COURSE Old Greenwood is hosting for the first time. The Jack Nicklausdesigned course opened in 2004, is situated on 600 acres of forest and meadowland amid gently rolling terrain surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains. Yardage: 7,398; par 71

Notable Course Features

With eagles worth five points compared to two for a birdie, the 578-yard par-5 sixth and 551yard par-5 12th provide the best opportunities, 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 trees.

2019 Champion

Collin Morikawa, U.S.

Quick Facts

Charity Benefit

The Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation oversees the tournament, with proceeds benefiting more than 100 charities. The event has donated more than $4.1 million to nonprofits since its inception in 1999. Additionally, there are the Birdies for Charity pledge program and the Chip In for Education voucher program.

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“To get this first win means a lot. It’s going to open a lot more confidence and doors for me.” – Collin Morikawa

HOW COLLIN MORIKAWA WON

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Field: 132 players Format: 72 holes modified Stableford Purse: $3.5 million Winner’s Share: $630,000 FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner

 After starting the final round with five pars, Morikawa made seven birdies in the last 13 holes.  Morikawa had 25 birdies for the week, seven each in the first, third and fourth rounds, against three total bogeys, the fewest in the field.

Playing in only his sixth tournament as a pro, Collin Morikawa birdied the last three holes to win. He trailed Troy Merritt by three points before holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the 16th, a 30-footer on the 17th, and a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

Collin Morikawa

1

+13

Troy Merritt

2

+7

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

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+13

+14

+47

+12

+18

+7

+44

165

$378,000.00

$630,000.00

John Chin

T3

+9

+11

+11

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+40

92.50

$203,000.00

Robert Streb

T3

+13

+12

+10

+5

+40

92.50

$203,000.00

Bronson Burgoon

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+12

+2

+10

+15

+39

65

$140,000.00

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PGA Championship Location & Course Information

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. TPC HARDING PARK Harding Park opened as a municipal course in 1925, designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting. The course hosted PGA TOUR events from the 1940s to the 1960s, but later fell into decline. Redesigned in 2002-03 by Chris Gray of PGA TOUR Design, it joined the TPC Network and has become a premier tournament course, hosting two World Golf Championships events and the 2009 Presidents Cup. Yardage: 7,251; par 70

Notable Course Features

Toughest holes are the ninth and 18th. No. 9 is a par 5 for regular play but a 515-yard par 4 for the championship. No. 18 is a 480-yard par 4 with a tee shot over a corner of Lake Merced with a significant dogleg to the left.

2019 Champion Brooks Koepka, U.S.

Quick Facts

Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $11 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,980,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner

Charity Benefit

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

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Defending champion Brooks Koepka built a seven-stroke lead by opening with 63-65 at New York’s Bethpage Black and maintained that margin with a third-round 70, but had to hang on for dear life in order to come away with the victory. Dustin Johnson fired a front-nine 32 and with a wind whipping through the course. Koepka bogeyed four straight holes starting at the 11th as his lead dropped to one stroke. The momentum swung back the other way when Johnson bogeyed 16 and 17 while Koepka righted himself with pars on the difficult 15th and 16th. Koepka made a bogey of his own on 17 and drove into

deep fescue on the 18th, but made a par to win by two.  Koepka led the field with 19 birdies, including seven each in the first and second rounds.  Koepka ranked first in Strokes Gained: Approachthe-Green (2.383 per round) and second in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (1.673).

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HOW BROOKS KOEPKA WON

CHECK THIS OUT Koepka tied the PGA Championship 18-hole record with a 63, which has been shot on 17 occasions, becoming the first player to do it more than once (also 2018 at Bellerive).  Koepka set PGA Championship records for low 36 holes with 128, largest 36-hole lead (seven strokes) and largest 54-hole lead (seven strokes).  Koepka became the first player to win back-to-back championships in both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship during a career.  Koepka won his fourth major in his last eight starts, joining Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to do so in the modern era.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Brooks Koepka

1

63

65

70

74

272/-8

600.00

$1,980,000.00

Dustin Johnson

2

69

67

69

69

274/-6

330.00

$1,188,000.00

Patrick Cantlay

T3

69

70

68

71

278/-2

160.00

$575,500.00

Jordan Spieth

T3

69

66

72

71

278/-2

160.00

$575,500.00

Matt Wallace

T3

69

67

70

72

278/-2

160.00

$575,500.00

Brian Stuard

T4

65

65

67

67

264/-20

115.00

$294,583.33

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August 13-16, 2020

Wyndham Championship Location & Course Information

GREENSBORO, N.C. SEDGEFIELD COUNTRY CLUB Founded in 1926, Sedgefield’s course was designed by Donald Ross and first hosted the PGA TOUR in 1938. After a 31year absence, the Wyndham Championship returned in 2008 after a restoration by architect Kris Spence. Yardage: 7,127; par 70

Notable Course Features

2019 Champion Quick Facts

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

Charity Benefit

The Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation makes donations in the areas of youth/education, community and the environment. Beneficiaries include multiple children’s backpack programs, HV3 Foundation, the Paul Tesori Foundation, First Tee of the Triad, Carolina Core and recycling efforts.

HOW J.T. POSTON WON

North Carolina native J.T. Poston came from three strokes behind with a final-round 62 to claim his first PGA TOUR victory. Poston eagled the fifth hole on the way to a front-nine 30 and had three birdies on the back nine. He finished one stroke ahead of Webb Simpson, who birdied four of the last five holes, and two ahead of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An.  Poston went the entire tournament without making a bogey.  Poston ranked T1 in Greens in Regulation Percentage (86.11) and T2 in Driving Accuracy Percentage (80.36).

CHECK THIS OUT J.T. Poston became the first player since Lee Trevino (1974 Zurich Classic of New Orleans) to win without a bogey in a 72-hole stroke-play event.  Poston’s 72-hole total of 258 tied the tournament record set by Henrik Stenson in 2017.  Poston equaled Davis Love III (1992) for the lowest final-round score by a winner with a 62.  In his last three starts at the Wyndham Championship, Webb Simpson has finished third in 2017, T2 in 2018 and second in 2019.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

65

65

66

62

Total Score

FedExCup Points

258/-22

500.00

Earnings

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2

64

65

65

65

259/-21

300.00

$669,600.00

Social Media

Byeong Hun An

3

62

65

66

67

269/-20

190.00

$421,600.00

110.00

$248,000.00

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““To be able to do it here in North Carolina, with a lot of friends and family, I don’t think I could have drawn it up any better.” – J.T. Poston

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Viktor Hovland

4

66

66

64

65

261/-19

Si Woo Kim

5

66

65

68

64

263/-17

$1,116,000.00

$297,600.00

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The toughest hole at the Wyndham Championship is the 507-yard 18th, a par 5 for the 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-tofront slope.

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THE NORTHERN TRUST Location & Course Information NORTON, MASS. TPC BOSTON Opened in 2002, TPC Boston is situated on nearly 400 acres that was once used for charcoal production and later as a gravel mine. Arnold Palmer was the original designer, winding the course through natural terrain, woodlands and wetlands. Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, with help from PGA TOUR player Brad Faxon, oversaw a renovation in 2007. Yardage: 7,342; par 71.

Notable Course Features TPC Boston’s 18th hole is a reachable par 5 of 530 yards that offers possibilities for eagle or birdie, but it’s not a pushover, especially after a 2011-12 renovation that made the green smaller and more elevated. There is a bunker to the right of the green and a drop-off to the left that make getting up and down difficult from either side. Strategically placed bunkers guard the tee shot and wetlands front the green.

2019 Champion Patrick Reed, U.S.

Quick Facts Field125 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $9.5 million Winner’s Share: $1,710,000 FedExCup Points: 2,000 to the winner

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“It was a grind out there today, that’s for sure. To kind of flip the round in the middle of the round was a great feeling.” – Patrick Reed

CHECK THIS OUT  THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, goes to TPC Boston for the first time, as the course joins the list of rotating sites. The other venues are in the NY/NJ area. TPC Boston hosted a TOUR event from 20032018.  Patrick Reed scored his second victory at THE NORTHERN TRUST, adding it to his 2016 title at Bethpage Black. He became the seventh player

to win the event more than once; the only player to win more than twice is Vijay Singh with four victories.  Reed began the week at No. 50 in the FedExCup standings and moved up to No. 2 after his win.  Abraham Ancer finished second in his bid to become the first native of Mexico to win on the PGA TOUR since Victor Regalado at the 1978 John Deere Classic. W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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HOW PATRICK REED WON Patrick Reed took a one-stroke lead into the final round, lost it, and then regained it on the back nine to claim the victory at Liberty National in New Jersey. Reed opened with rounds of 66-66-67, then got off to an erratic start on Sunday with three bogeys and two birdies on the first six holes. He birdied the seventh to get to even on the day and 14-under for the tournament but fell two behind when Jon Rahm made birdies on 12 and 13 to get to 16-under. A reversal followed, as Rahm bogeyed 14 and 15 and Reed, playing behind him, birdied 14 and 16 to go from two back to two ahead. Reed ended up winning by one stroke over Abraham Ancer, who made two late birdies to finish 15-under while Rahm and Harold Varner III tied for third at 14-under.  Reed went the first 50 holes without a bogey until making one on the 15th hole of the third round.  Reed ranked first in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee at 1.356 per round with a combination of distance (10th) and accuracy (eighth).  Reed ranked second in Scrambling, saving par on 17 of the 21 greens he missed. He also didn’t have a three-putt during the week. W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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A second-round 65 lifted Abraham Ancer into the runner-up spot.

Jon Rahm of Spain got off to a great start with a 64 and went on to finish in a tie for third place.

Harold Varner III’s consistent performance ended with him in a third place tie with Jon Rahm.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Patrick Reed

1

66

66

67

69

268/-16

2,000.00

$1,665,000.00

Abraham Ancer

2

67

65

68

69

269/-15

1,200.00

$999,000.00

Jon Rahm

T3

64

68

69

69

270/-14

650.00

$536,500.00

Harold Varner

T3

67

67

68

68

270/-14

650.00

$536,500.00

Adam Scott

5

68

69

69

65

271/-13

440.00

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August 27-30, 2020

BMW Championship Location & Course Information

OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILL. OLYMPIA FIELDS COUNTRY CLUB The North Course at Olympia Fields opened in 1923, designed by Scottish professional and course architect Willie Park Jr. The course hosted the U.S. Open in 1928 and 2003 and the PGA Championship in 1961. Yardage: 7,366; par 70

Notable Course Features Like most par 4s at Olympia Fields, the third hole is tight and tree-lined. It is even more demanding than most because of its 461-yard length, a relatively small elevated green and trees on both sides of the fairway short of the green that block the approach after an errant drive.

2019 Champion Justin Thomas, U.S.

Quick Facts

Field: 70 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $9.5 million Winner’s Share: $1,710,000 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 $35 million for the foundation’s full tuition and housing college scholarships for caddies.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

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HOW JUSTIN THOMAS WON

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Justin Thomas built a six-stroke lead with a third-round 61 at Medinah, then fought off a challenge by Patrick Cantlay in the final round to win by three. Cantlay birdied four straight holes starting at the seventh, and when Thomas bogeyed the 10th to drop to even par on the day his lead was down to two. Thomas rebounded with a wedge approach to two feet for a birdie on the 11th to go ahead by three and maintained that margin with a 12-foot par putt at the 12th. He then matched birdies by Cantlay at 13 and 15 to stay three ahead and ultimately won with a four-under 68 for a 25-under 263 total, while Cantlay finished with a 65. The victory gave Thomas the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings heading to the TOUR Championship.

X Thomas won his second FedExCup Playoffs event, also having claimed the 2017 Dell Technologies Championships. He became the 13th player to win multiple Playoff events (the record is four by Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson). X Hideki Matsuyama’s third-place finish enabled him to climb into the top 30 in the FedExCup standings and qualify for the TOUR Championship.

X Justin Thomas’ 61 in the third round was two higher than the tournament record by Jim Furyk, who shot a 59 in 2013 at Conway Farms. Matt Kuchar (2013) and Jason Day (2015) have also shot 61. X Thomas’ 25-under total for 72 holes was a tournament record relative to par. Dustin Johnson (2016 at Crooked Stick) and Marc Leishman (2017 at Conway Farms) were 23-under.

a

Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Justin Thomas

1

65

69

61

68

263/-25

2,000.00

$1,665,000.00

Patrick Cantlay

2

66

67

68

65

266/-22

1,200.00

$999,000.00

Hideki Matsuyama

3

69

63

73

63

268/-20

760.00

$629,000.00

Tony Finau

4

67

66

68

69

270/-18

540.00

$444,000.00

Jon Rahm

T5

68

69

66

69

272/-16

420.00

$351,500.00

Brand Snedeker

T5

66

71

67

68

272/-16

420.00

$351,500.00

Patrick Cantlay closed with a 65 to finish in second place.

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Two rounds of 63 lifted Hideki Matsuyama into third place.

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In a week of low scoring, Tony Finau shot 18-under in finishing fourth.

X Thomas started the third round with five straight birdies. On the back nine, he had two eagles, one on the par-5 10th and a 180-yard hole-out on the par-4 16th. X Thomas ranked second in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green with 1.927 per round. X Thomas ranked first in fewest putts with 103, including just 22 in the third round, and made 8-of-11 putts of 10 to 15 feet during the week. w w w.p gat our.com

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TOUR Championship Location & Course Information ATLANTA, GA EAST LAKE GOLF CLUB

Tom Bendelow’s 1908 design gave way to a complete overhaul just five years later by Donald Ross, which is the configuration where Bobby Jones learned 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

The reversal of nines from the way East Lake plays for members makes for exciting finishes on the tournament 18th. Listed at 590 yards, the par 5 often is set up at 570 or so to encourage players to go for the green in two shots.

2019 Champion

Rory McIlroy, N. Ireland

Quick Facts

Field: 30 players Format: 72 holes, FedExCup Starting Strokes scoring system Purse: $60 million (FedExCup Bonus) Winner’s Share: $15 million

Charity Benefit

The tournament has established a TOUR Championship COVID-19 Relief Fund to support its charitable partners as a result of having no spectators at this year’s event. Fans can visit PGATOURCharities.org for more information on how to donate.

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CHECK THIS OUT  McIlroy became the first player to win THE PLAYERS Championship and the FedExCup in the same season.  McIlroy joined Brooks Koepka as three-time winners in the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season.  McIlroy also won the TOUR Championship at East Lake in 2016 and finished T2 in 2014.  In three TOUR Championship starts, Xander Schauffele has finished first, second and T7.

 The FedExCup Starting Strokes scoring system gives the No. 1 player in the FedExCup standings a 10-under par starting score, descending down to the Nos. 26-30 players at even par.  Rory McIlroy (2016, 2019) joined Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) as the only players to win the FedExCup more than once.

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HOW RORY MCILROY WON Rory McIlroy matched the low round of the day on Sunday, a 66, to win by four strokes over Xander Schauffele. McIlroy began the final round one stroke behind Brooks Koepka and took the lead when he birdied the par-5 sixth with a chip close to the hole and par-4 seventh with a 23-foot putt. McIroy added birdies on 12 and 13 to go ahead by four, then bogeyed 14 and 15. He steadied himself by making a nine-foot par putt on 16 and finished with birdies on the last two holes to shoot a 33 on each nine and win going away. McIlroy began the tournament at five-under in fifth place in the Starting Strokes scoring system based on the FedExCup standings, and he got it to 18-under with an actual score of 13-under that led the field. Koepka had a closing 72 to fall into a tie for third with Justin Thomas, who came in as the FedExCup points leader and started at 10-under.  McIlroy played the eight par 5s in 7-under for the week.  McIlroy led the field in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee at +1.329 per round.  McIlroy was second in Strokes Gained: Around the Green at +.618 per round  McIlroy didn’t have a threeputt all week.

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Runner-up Xander Schauffele had another excellent week at East Lake.

Brooks Koepka tied for third under the new Starting Strokes formula.

Justin Thomas entered the week as the Starting Strokes leader and went on to finish T3.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Rory McIlroy

1

66

67

68

66

-18

-5

$15,000,000.00

Xander Schauffele

2

64

69

67

70

-14

-4

$5,000,000.00

Brooks Koepka

T3

67

67

68

72

-13

-7

$3,500,000.00

Justin Thomas

T3

70

68

71

68

-13

-10

$3,500,000.00

Paul Casey

5

66

67

68

72

-9

-2

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2020 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW Alturas

September 10-13, 2020

Weaverville

Redding

Safeway Open Great Salt Lake

Winnemucca Susanville Red Bluff 80 Elko Chico Paradise Ukiah 5 Lovelock Reno Yuba City Sparks Napa Truckee

Santa Rosa Roseville Carson City Vallejo 80 Sacramento

Nevada

San Oakland Modesto Francisco San Jose Santa Cruz Monterey

Utah

Ely

Tonopah Goldfield

Hollister

Salinas Fresno Reedley

Salt Lake City

Eureka

Pioche Cedar City

Independence

Greenfield Visalia Avenal 5 El Paso de Robles Porterville Morro Bay Wasco Delano Ridgecrest Shafter

Saint George

Location Santa Maria & Course Bakersfield Lompoc California Information

Co

Clarita NAPA, CALIF.Santa Oxnard Pasadena Los Angeles SILVERADO RESORT AND SPA Coachella (NORTH COURSE) Oceanside Escondido

The Tijuana designed by Robert TrentMexicali Jones Ensenada Jr. in 1967 and was extensively redesigned by World Golf Hall of Famer Johnny Miller in 2010 after he and his business partners bought the property. Yardage: 7,166; par 72 1

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Henderson

Santa Barbara

Encinitas Pacific San Diego Santee O c e aCourse n North at SilveradoCalexico was

Kanab

Mesquite

15

10

8

Kingman 40

Prescott Parker Blythe

Prescott Valley 17

Glendale Scottsdale

Phoenix Tempe 2

3

Notable Course Features

2019 Champion

Cameron Champ, U.S.

Quick Facts

Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $6.6 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,188,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

Charity Benefit

The host organization of the Safeway Open, Golf Charities Foundation Inc., supports the Safeway Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations whose missions are aligned with health and human services, hunger, youth and education, veterans, and supporting diversity and inclusion of all abilities.

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

HOW CAMERON CHAMP WON

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Cameron Champ made a four-foot putt for a birdie on the 72nd hole to edge Adam Hadwin by one stroke.  Champ led by three through 54 holes and stayed in front in the final round until he bogeyed the 17th while Hadwin birdied the 18th to tie.  Champ unleashed a 369-yard drive on the par-5 18th, missed the green with his second shot but chipped close for the winning birdie  Champ led the field in Driving Distance at 337.1 yards and Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee.  Champ made only four bogeys all week, none in the first and third rounds.

 Cameron Champ’s 72-hole total of 271 was one stroke above the lowest total since the event moved to Silverado Resort and Spa in 2014 (Brendan Steele, 270/2016).  Champ was the fourth third-round leader/ co-leader to win the event in its 13-year history (Troy Matteson/2009, Rocco Mediate/2010, Sangmoon Bae/2014).  Champ was the second native Californian to win the Safeway Open, joining Brendan Steele, who has won it twice.  Zac Blair played the first five holes of the tournament in three-over, but rallied to finish T4 at 13-under.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Cameron Champ

1

67

68

67

69

271/-17

500.00

$1,188,000.00

Adam Hadwin

2

68

70

67

67

272/-16

300.00

$719,400.00

Marc Leishman

3

70

72

67

65

274/-14

190.00

$445,400.00

Zac Blair

T4

75

66

66

68

275/-13

115.00

$277,750.00

Charles Howell III

T4

73

65

69

68

275/-13

115.00

$277,750.00

Justin Thomas

T4

71

64

71

69

275/-13

115.00

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Drummondville Windsor Maine

Joliette

Montreal

North Bay Deep River

Ottawa

Granby

Cornwall

Huntsville Bracebridge

Sherbrooke

Newport

Vermont

Foxcroft Bangor Machias

Waterville

Ellsworth Belfast

Augusta

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Montpelier Concord

Boston

Niagara Falls

90 Syracuse Albany Rochester 88 Springfield Franklin 90 Ithaca Buffalo Hartford 84

Erie

Meadville Williamsport

Newark

Pennsylvania 81 Youngstown Allentown 80

Harrisburg Greensburg

70

76 68

81

Patchogue

New York New Jersey Trenton Philadelphia Dover

78

Lansdale 76

Wilmington

Baltimore

U.S. Open

Providence

95 Rhode Island Binghamton Meriden Corning Mamaroneck Connecticut Jamestown Scranton New Haven

Dunkirk 86

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Massachusetts Brockton

95

95

Morgantown

Delaware

ashington D.C. Annapolis Maryland 79

Fredericksburg

Harrisonburg

Charlottesville

Virginia Richmond irginia Williamsburg Location Lynchburg Petersburg 64

Virginia Beach & Course

Salem

Roanoke 85 Norfolk Elizabeth City Information Danville 95 Martinsville Eden

High Point 77

Henderson

Greensboro MAMARONECK, N.Y.

Greenville WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB

Cary

Raleigh

North Carolina

Charlotte Designed Havelock by A.W. Tillinghast and

Monroe Spartanburg

40

openedJacksonville in 1923, the West Course at Winged Foot is one of the most challenging courses in the nation. It hosted the U.S. Open in 1929, 1959, 1974, 1984 and 2006 and the PGA Championship in 1997. Yardage: 7,477; par 70

Lumberton 95

Notable Course Features

At 450 yards, the 18th hole no longer requires a long iron approach in today’s game, but with its tight fairway and a small green that is difficult to hit, chip to or putt on, it still ranked as the toughest hole in the 2006 U.S. Open where Phil Mickelson double bogeyed to lose by one.

2019 Champion

Gary Woodland, U.S.

Quick Facts

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

Charity Benefit

The USGA Foundation provides support for programs that target under-served audiences, junior golfers, women and beginners of all ages to develop a passionate and engaged group that will have a long-term commitment to the game. Additionally, the USGA is committed to making the game more accessible for disabled golfers.

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CHECK THIS OUT X Gary Woodland’s 271 total was the best in six U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach, topping Tiger Woods’ 272 in 2000, and matched the second best in U.S. Open history. The record is 268 by Rory McIlroy in 2011; Martin Kaymer had 271 in 2014. X Woodland was the seventh first-time major winner in the last 10 years at the U.S. Open. X Woodland was previously 0-for-7 at converting

a 54-hole lead or co-lead into a victory on the PGA TOUR. The U.S. Open was his fourth career win. X Brooks Koepka came up just short in his bid to become only the second player to win three straight U.S. Opens (Willie Anderson, 1903-05). X The runner-up finish gave Koepka four straight top-two results in major championships: 1-T21-2.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

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HOW GARY WOODLAND WON Gary Woodland led throughout the final round but needed some clutch shots on the back nine to hold off Brooks Koepka, who was shooting for a third straight U.S. Open title. Starting four strokes back, the two-time defending champion birdied four of the first five holes to pull within two as Woodland scored two birdies of his own. When Woodland bogeyed the ninth and 12th holes, his lead was down to one (Koepka had also bogeyed 12). Woodland boldly went for the green with his second shot on the par-5 14th and made a chip-and-putt birdie. Still up by two, he used a wedge for a 90-foot shot on the 17th green because there was too much fringe to putt through, and hit it to within inches to save par. A birdie on 18 gave Woodland a 69 and a three-stroke victory over Koepka as both recorded four rounds in the 60s. Woodland made only four bogeys all week, none in a secondround 65. He ranked first in scrambling, saving par on 16 of the 20 greens he missed. Woodland ranked second in Greens in Regulation (52 of 72) and third in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (2.097 per round). Woodland ranked fourth in Strokes Gained: Putting (1.791 per round.) w w w.p gat our.com

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Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Gary Woodland

1

68

65

69

69

271/-13

600.00

$2,250,000.00

Brooks Koepka

2

69

69

68

68

274/-11

330.00

$1,350,000.00

Jon Rahm

T3

69

70

70

68

277/-7

147.50

$581,872.00

Chez Reavie

T3

68

70

68

71

277/-7

147.50

$581,872.00

Justin Rose

T3

65

70

68

74

277/-7

147.50

$581,872.00

Xander Schauffele

T3

66

73

71

67

277/-7

147.50

$581,872.00

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TPC Boston TPC River Highlands TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm TPC Sugarloaf TPC Danzante Bay

TPC Jasna Polana TPC Louisiana TPC San Antonio TPC Colorado TPC Harding Park TPC

TPC Sawgrass TPC River’s Bend TPC Southwind TPC Deere Run TPC Myrtle Beach TPC Piper Glen

TPC Piper Glen TPC Prestancia TPC Treviso Bay TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas TPC Michigan

TPC Twin Cities TPC Summerlin TPC Las Vegas TPC Scottsdale TPC Tampa Bay TPC Toronto at Osprey

TPC Stonebrae TPC Dorado Beach TPC Kuala Lumpur TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley TPC Cr

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF PGA TOUR-APPROVED GOLF On a 415-acre tract of swampland in northeast Florida, the history of golf would be altered forever. On that site, ground was broken for what would become THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass—and the new home of the PGA TOUR—when it opened in 1980. Not only would this course turn out to be one of the most famous in the world, but more importantly, it would serve as the model of an ever-expanding network of unparalleled clubs—the TPC Network. Now 40 years later, the TPC Network serves to provide the ultimate host venues for TOUR events, while letting amateur golfers truly live the PGA TOUR life.

We invite you to help celebrate this historic milestone with us in 2020 at one of our more than 30 esteemed clubs. Learn more about the Network’s history at TPC.COM/TPC40.

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September 24-27, 2020

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Location & Course Information

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PUNTACANA RESORT & CLUB (CORALES GOLF COURSE) The Corales Course was designed by Tom Fazio in 2010. The layout has six oceanside holes along the cliffs, bays and coves of the Caribbean, and the inland holes are dotted with lakes and coralina quarries. Yardage: 7,620; par 72

Notable Course Features

The last two holes play along the scenic Bay of Corales. The 501yard par-4 18th wraps around the water, enticing players to bite off as much of a carry as they dare on the tee shot. The 214-yard par-3 17th plays along the coast to a narrow green guarded by bunkers on both sides.

Quick Facts

Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $3 million Winner’s Share: $540,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

Charity Benefit

Proceeds benefit the Grupo Puntacana Foundation, which was formed to implement programs that protect the environment and that also improve the well-being of the local communities of Punta Cana in basic areas of human development.

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2019 Champion

Graeme McDowell, N. Ireland

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

HOW GRAEME MCDOWELL WON

CHECK THIS OUT  The winning 72-hole total has been 18-under 270 in both years of the event, Brice Garnett in 2018 and Graeme McDowell in 2019.  Northern Ireland’s McDowell was the fourth European to win in as many weeks on the PGA TOUR, following Francesco Molinari (Arnold Palmer Invitational), Rory McIlroy (THE PLAYERS Championship) and Paul Casey (Valspar Championship).  Runner-up Chris Stroud made a triple bogey on his 13th hole of the first round, then played the next 49 holes without a bogey.

A two-stroke swing on the 17th hole of the final round was the key, as Graeme McDowell won by one stroke over Chris Stroud and Mackenzie Hughes. Stroud birdied 14 and 15 to move into the lead, but McDowell jumped back ahead when he birdied the par-3 17th from seven feet while Stroud bogeyed.  McDowell birdied six of the last seven holes on the front nine to shoot a 30 on the way to a second-round 64.  McDowell had just 20 putts in the third round.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Graeme McDowell

1

73

64

64

69

270/-18

300.00

$540,000.00

Mackenzie Hughes

T2

69

70

66

66

271/-17

135.00

$264,000.00

Golf Channel

Chris Stroud

T2

70

68

64

69

271/-17

135.00

$264,000.00

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Jonathan Byrd

4

68

67

71

66

272/-16

80.00

$144,000.00

Kelly Kraft

T5

70

67

68

68

273/-15

62.50

$114,000.00

Chip McDaniel

T5

72

67

71

63

273/-15

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Little Rock

Corinth

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Decatur HuntsvilleBuford TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW Oxford Cullman 59 Pine Bluff 55 Tupelo Marietta 65 Arkadelphia Grenada Birmingham Oxford Arkansas Atlanta Leeds Griffin Greenville Tuscaloosa Camden Hoover Indianola El Dorado Opelika Georgia Yazoo City 2020 Hot Springs

Gainesville

October 1-4, 2020

Mount Pleasant Minden

Monroe JacksonCanton

Shreveport

Sanderson Farms Championship

Montgomery Selma Meridian

20

Jackson

Alabama

85

Columbus

Eufaula

Troy

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

49

Natchitoches

Baton Rouge 10

10

Gulfport

Location & Course Lafayette Kenner New Orleans Information Morgan City Houma Pasadena Louisiana JACKSON, MISS. Galveston

Tallahassee

Pensacola

COUNTRY CLUB OF JACKSON

Founded in 1914, the Country Club of Jackson is a private club with 27 holes originally designed by Dick Wilson in 1962. John Fought redesigned 18 holes in 2008, the Dogwood and Azalea nines used for the tournament. Yardage: 7,460; par 72

Clearwater Saint Petersburg

Notable Course Features

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

HOW SEBASTIAN MUÑOZ WON

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Quick Facts

Colombia’s Sebastian Muñoz made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole and went on to beat South Korea’s Sungjae Im in a playoff. Muñoz had the 54-hole lead thanks to a third-round 63, but fell behind when Im made birdies on 14, 15 and 16 in the final round. Both missed the green on the first playoff hole, and Munoz saved par from four feet while Im bogeyed.  Muñoz ranked third in Driving Distance (315.4 yards) and fourth in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee.  Muñoz ranked fifth in Strokes Gained: Putting (1.562 per round) and didn’t have a three-putt all week.

 Sebastian Muñoz became the second person from Colombia to win on the PGA TOUR, joining Camilo Villegas.  Muñoz was the sixth consecutive player to make the Sanderson Farms Championship their first PGA TOUR victory, following Nick Taylor (2014), Peter Malnati (2015), Cody Gribble (2016), Ryan Armour (2017) and Cameron Champ (2018).  Muñoz was the third consecutive champion to win the event after leading through 54 holes.  Carlos Ortiz has finished T3 (2018) and T4 (2019) in two career starts at the Sanderson Farms Championship, his best two finishes on the PGA TOUR.

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

Charity Benefit

Primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital, a nonprofit organization benefiting Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. Tournament host organization Century Club Charities also donates to other local charities in Mississippi, raising more than $15 million since 1994.

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Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Sebastian Muñoz

1

70

67

63

70

270/-18

500.00

$1,188,000.00

Golf Channel

Sungjae Im

2

68

69

67

66

270/-18

300.00

$719,400.00

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Byeong Hun An

3

66

66

70

69

271/-17

190.00

$455,400.00

Carlos Ortiz

T4

65

71

65

71

272/-16

122.50

$297,000.00

Kevin Streelman

T4

72

67

69

64

272/-16

122.50

$297,000.00

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Sebastian Muñoz, Colombia

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Signature hole is the 479-yard, par-4 16th (the toughest on the course in 2019). Swampland protects the entire left side and also crosses the fairway about 80 yards short of the largest green on the course. A long approach must avoid swamp on the left and a large bunker on the right.

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Redding

Roseville

Vallejo

Modesto

Santa Cruz Monterey

San Jose

California

Oxnard

Santa Clarita Pasadena

do R.

Farmington

Arizona

Kingman

Flagstaff

40

Coachella

Oceanside Escondido

10

Encinitas

San Diego Santee Tijuana Calexico Mexicali Location 8

Parker Blythe

Winslow

Prescott Valley Payson 17

Glendale Scottsdale

Phoenix Tempe

& Course Information

Ensenada

Tucson

2

1

Baja California

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Cortez

Colora

Prescott

Moab

Monticello

Kanab

Mesquite

Henderson

Los Angeles

LAS VEGAS, NEV. TPC SUMMERLINN Nogales Sierra Vista 3

Gallup

New Mexico

40

Santa Fe

Rio Rancho

Albuquerque Reserve

Clifton Silver City Deming

19

Nogales

Noted architect Bobby Weed designed TPC Summerlin with player consultant Fuzzy Zoeller in 1991. The strategic layout was carved from a swath of rugged desert terrain, meandering through arroyos and canyons. Yardage: 7,255; par 71

Notable Course Features

The four-hole closing stretch features classic risk-reward challenges starting with the drivable par-4 15th. The par-5 16th is reachable in two, guarded in front by a pond. While the last two holes don’t offer as many birdie opportunities, water is very much in play on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th.

2019 Champion

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

Quick Facts

Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $7 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,260,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

Charity Benefit

The tournament supports Shriners Hospitals for Children, a unique health care system that has improved the lives of more than 1.4 million children since its founding in 1922, serving kids with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate.

Media Coverage

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Kevin Na, U.S.

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Pacific Ocean

Beaver

Saint George 15

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Pioche

Las Vegas

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Cedar City

Independence Greenfield Visalia Avenal 5 El Paso de Robles Porterville Morro Bay Wasco Delano Ridgecrest Shafter

Santa Barbara

15

Vernal

Provo

Manti

Goldfield

Hollister

Lompoc

Utah

Tonopah

Salinas Fresno Reedley

Santa Maria

Payson

Ely

S t a t e s

Green Rock Springs River

Sandy Orem

Eureka

San Oakland

U n i t e d

Logan

Ogden Layton

Salt Lake City

Carson City Sacramento Nevada

80

Malad City

Great Salt Lake

Winnemucca Susanville Red Bluff 80 Elko Chico Paradise Ukiah 5 Lovelock Reno Yuba City Truckee Sparks

HOW KEVIN NA WON

CHECK THIS OUT  Kevin Na, who previously won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2011, joined Jim Furyk (1995, ’98, ’99) as the only players to win the event more than once.  Na’s 123 total in the middle two rounds was one off the PGA TOUR record of 122 set by Troy Matteson at the 2009 Frys.com Open.  Na set a tournament record for 54 holes with a 191 total. His 72-hole total of 261 was one off the tournament record of 260 by Ryan Moore (2012) and Webb Simpson (2013).

Kevin Na matched Patrick Cantlay’s birdie on the first playoff hole with a putt from nine feet and then won with a par on the next hole. It completed a wild ride for Na, who triple bogeyed the 10th hole to see his lead cut to one stroke, then recovered with three birdies.  Na set a PGA TOUR record in the ShotLink era (since 2003) for Strokes Gained: Putting with 14.263 for the four rounds.  Na made two eagles in a second-round 62 and 10 birdies in a third-round 61.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Kevin Na

1

68

62

61

70

261/-23

500.00

$1,260,000.00

Patrick Cantlay

2

66

64

63

68

261/-23

300.00

$763,000.00

Golf Channel

Pat Perez

3

69

64

62

68

263/-21

190.00

$483,000.00

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Bryson DeChambeau

T4

66

68

67

63

264/-20

115.00

$294,583.34

Adam Hadwin

T4

67

66

68

63

264/-20

115.00

$294,583.33

Brian Stuard

T4

65

65

67

67

264/-20

115.00

$294,583.33

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“Everybody go get checked!” - Justin Thomas on skin cancer screening

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. And while prevention is key, screenings are just as important — as Justin Thomas learned when a dermatological checkup found an early-stage melanoma on his leg.

“Make sure you’re monitoring your body – no matter how old you are or how much sunscreen you use.”

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2020 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

October 15-18, 2020

THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES Location & Course Information

JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA THE CLUB AT NINE BRIDGES Located near the base of Hallasan Mt., Nine Bridges was designed by Ronald Fream and David Dale and opened in 2001. The architects incorporated natural features, with lakes, streams and rolling topography framed by forests. Yardage: 7,241; par 72

Notable Course Features The 568-yard 18th, which offers a potential shortcut off the tee, gave up 20 eagles in 2019, but with the green and surrounding bunkers situated on an island it also produced its share of trouble with eight double bogeys or worse.

2019 Champion Justin Thomas, U.S.

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Charity Benefit

Proceeds go to the CJ Welfare Foundation and CJ Cultural Foundation, supporting a wide range of projects. The CJ Welfare Foundation implements education subsidies for underprivileged youth and supports food banks and social voluntary services, while CJ Cultural Foundation supports the arts.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

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Quick Facts

Field: 78 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $9,750,000 (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,755,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

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

HOW JUSTIN THOMAS WON

CHECK THIS OUT  Justin Thomas now has two victories in THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, 2017 and 2019, in the three years the event has been played. Four of his 12 PGA TOUR victories have come in Asia, including the 2015 and 2016 CIMB Classic in Malaysia.  Thomas had a round of 63 in each of his two victories at the event. The tournament 18-hole record is a 62 by Ryan Palmer in the final round in 2018.  Gary Woodland has finished second (2018) and T3 (2019) in the last two years.

Justin Thomas and Danny Lee pulled away from the field and staged a tight two-man battle on Sunday, Thomas ultimately prevailing by two strokes with a final-round 67. The 11th career victory for 26-year-old Thomas was his second in the event, having claimed the title in 2017. He shot a 63 in each of his victories.  Thomas birdied the first four holes in the second round on the way to a front-nine 31 and a 63.  Thomas ranked T3 in Greens in Regulation Percentage at 84.72.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Justin Thomas

1

68

Danny Lee

2

67

63

70

67

268/-20

500.00

$1,755,000.00

66

68

69

270/-18

300.00

$1,053,000.00

Hideki Matsuyama

T3

69

70

69

65

273/-15

145.00

$507,000.00

Cameron Smith

T3

67

69

68

69

273/-15

145.00

$507,000.00

Gary Woodland

T3

71

71

65

66

273/-15

145.00

$507,000.00

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2020 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

October 22-25, 2020 Chiba Prefecture

ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

Location & Course Information

CHIBA PREFECTURE, JAPAN ACCORDIA GOLF NARASHINO COUNTRY CLUB Opened in 1965, Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club is a 36-hole facility. The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP is played on an 18-hole composite course. Yardage: 7,041; par 70

Notable Course Features The course has two greens on every hole, generally played in different seasons of the year. At the fourth hole, the two greens were each used on different days during the 2019 tournament, a first for the PGA TOUR. The green to the right is more closely guarded by water, while the green on the left makes the par 4 play its full 505-yard length. Tiger Woods, U.S.

Quick Facts

Field: 78 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $9.75 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,755,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

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Charity Benefit

Proceeds from 2019 were contributed to support the efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society with focus on relief and recovery efforts in Japan and First Tee Japan for its golf and character education programs.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Social Media

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2019 Champion

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

HOW TIGER WOODS WON

CHECK THIS OUT  Japan is the seventh country where Tiger Woods has won a PGA TOUR event. He has also won in the U.S., England, Scotland, Spain, Canada and Ireland.  Woods was the fifth PGA TOUR winner since 2003 who played his first three holes of the tournament in 3-over or worse, most recently Rory McIlroy at the 2016 Dell Technologies Championship.  The victory improved Woods’ record of converting an outright 54-hole lead to victory to 44 out of 46 (95.6 percent) and 25 of 25 when leading by at least three strokes.

Tiger Woods bogeyed his first three holes but recovered to shoot a first-round 64 and went on to lead after every round as he took his 82nd career PGA TOUR victory, tying Sam Snead’s all-time record. The tournament, the first official PGA TOUR event in Japan, finished on Monday after Friday’s play was washed out.  Woods made nine birdies in his last 15 holes of the first round, shooting a 5-under 29 on his second nine (the front nine).  Woods ranked T3 in Greens in Regulation Percentage (76.39) and first in Putts Per Green in Regulation (1.618).

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Tiger Woods

1

64

64

66

67

261/-19

500.00

$1,755,000.00

Hideki Matsuyama

2

65

67

65

67

264/-16

300.00

$1,053,000.00

Sungjae Im

T3

71

64

67

65

267/-13

162.50

$565,500.00

Rory McIlroy

T3

72

65

63

67

267/-13

162.50

$565,500.00

Gary Woodland

5

64

66

68

70

268/-12

110.00

$390,000.00

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2020 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

October 29-November 1, 2020

CHINESE TAIPEI

Location & Course Information

World Golf ChampionshipsHSBC Champions

SHANGHAI, CHINA SHESHAN INTERNATIONAL GOLF CLUB Set in the shadow of the Basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan, Sheshan International is a Nelson & Haworth design that integrates natural forests, existing streams and a quarry with man-made lakes and strategic bunkering. Yardage: 7,264; par 72

Notable Course Features

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

2019 Champion

Rory McIlroy, N. Ireland

Quick Facts

Field: 78 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $10.25 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,745,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner

Charity Benefit

The primary beneficiary of all World Golf Championships events is The First Tee. Proceeds of the HSBC Champions also go to grassroots golf development programs in Asia. HSBC is proud that its investments are helping to accelerate the game’s growth in Asia.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

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HOW RORY MCILROY WON

Rory McIlroy was caught at the end of regulation, but prevailed over Xander Schauffele with a birdie on the first playoff hole. McIlroy began the final round one ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and two ahead of defending champion Schauffele and was pressed by both for most of the day. Oosthuizen took an early lead, but dropped back in the middle of the round while Schauffele and McIlroy both birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to shoot 32 and 33, respectively, on the front nine. McIlroy birdied the par-5 14th to go two ahead, but Schauffele birdied 15 and 18 to force a playoff. McIlroy was fortunate to make a par 5 on the 18th in regulation after his drive nearly ended up in a water hazard. On the same hole in the playoff, McIlroy birdied with a two-putt from 25 feet. Schauffele drove in the rough, had to lay up, and missed a 12foot birdie putt.  McIlroy had four straight birdies on Nos. 2 through 5 in the first round and Nos. 3 through 6 in the second round.  After making five bogeys in the first 36 holes but enough birdies and an eagle to shoot 67-67, McIlroy didn’t make a bogey over the final 36 in shooting 67-68. W W W.P GAT OUR.COM

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

2019-20 season.  In losing a playoff, Xander Schauffele came up just short in his bid to become the first defending champion to win the event.  Schauffele was in a playoff at the WGC-HSBC Champions for the second consecutive year. He defeated Tony Finau in 2018.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Rory McIlroy

1

67

67

67

68

269/-19

550.00

$1,745,000.00

Xander Schauffele

2

66

69

68

66

269/-19

315.00

$1,095,000.00

Louis Oosthuizen

3

68

69

65

69

271/-17

200.00

$602,000.00

Abraham Ancer

T4

68

71

67

67

273/-15

120.00

$370,000.00

Victor Perez

T4

65

71

71

66

273/-15

$370,000.00

Matthias Schwab

T4

67

71

69

66

273/-15

$370,000.00

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Bermuda Championship Location & Course Information

SOUTHAMPTON, BERMUDA PORT ROYAL GOLF COURSE Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1970, Port Royal features ocean views from nearly every hole. The course underwent an extensive 2009 renovation spearheaded by original design team member Roger Rulewich. Yardage; 6,828; par 71

Notable Course Features

The 16th is one of the most visually spectacular holes in golf, and also extremely challenging. The 235yard par 3 plays over an inlet of the ocean to a long but narrow green perched high above the water on a peninsula, with the ocean to the left.

Quick Facts

Field: 120 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $3 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $540,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner

Charity Benefit

The tournament’s primary beneficiaries are the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and junior golf. In 2019, the Bermuda Championship also supported numerous local organizations through their participation in the volunteer program recruitment.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Social Media

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HOW BRENDON TODD WON 2019

CHECK THIS OUT Winner Brendon Todd’s 62 in the final round matched Scottie Scheffler’s opening 62 as the best scores of the week.  Todd lost full status on the PGA TOUR after the 2016 season, regaining it after finishing No. 8 on the Korn Ferry Tour Finals points list in 2019.  Runner-up Harry Higgs was playing in his sixth PGA TOUR event, earning his way to the TOUR by finishing No. 5 on the Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season points list.  The inaugural Bermuda Championship marked the first official annual event to be held on the island of Bermuda.

Brendon Todd, who had been through tough times after his first PGA TOUR victory in 2014, returned to the winner’s circle by firing a final-round 62. Todd trailed by two strokes after 54 holes, but quickly took control with seven straight birdies starting at the second hole for a 29 on the front nine.  Todd had a front-nine 30 in the second round (his second nine of the day), finishing with four straight birdies.  Todd led the field with 27 birdies and had only three bogeys.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

Brendon Todd

1

68

63

67

Harry Higgs

2

66

65

65

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

62

260/-24

300.00

$540,000.00

68

264/-20

165.00

$327,000.00

Brian Gay

T3

69

65

65

67

266/-18

77.50

$146,437.50

Hank Lebioda

T3

66

70

67

63

266/-18

77.50

$146,437.50

Scottie Scheffler

T3

62

69

69

66

266/-18

77.50

$146,437.50

Aaron Wise

T3

67

65

69

65

266/-18

77.50

$146,437.50

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

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Wichita Falls

Ardmore

Paris

Gainesville

Denton

Plano

Fort Worth

Abilene

20

Killeen 35 Round Rock

Austin Uvalde

35

Eagle Pass

Piedras Negras 85

37

Alice

Monroe

Shreveport

65

Birmingham Tuscaloosa

Marietta

Oxford Leeds

Griffin

Hoover Opelika

Canton

Montgomery

20

Selma Meridian

Jackson

Alabama

Monroe

Atlanta

85

Vidalia

Columbus

Albany

Natchitoches

Houston Open

Hinesville Douglas

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Tallahassee

Baton Rouge

Houston Lafayette Kenner New Orleans Baytown Morgan City 10 Houma Sugar Land Pasadena Louisiana El Campo Galveston Victoria Freeport

Gainesville Florida Daytona Beach Deltona Edgewater Kissimmee

Saint Petersburg

Bartow Bradenton

Sarasota

Venice

95

Sebastian

Port Saint Lucie Grand Bahama

North Port

West Palm Beach Coral Springs Boca Raton 75

Naples

Gulf of Mexico

Harlingen

Melbourne

Clearwater Tampa

Ingleside

HOUSTON, TEXAS MEMORIAL PARK GOLF COURSE

Titusville

Orlando

Port Lavaca

John Bredemus redesigned an Brownsville Guadalupe original nine-hole course into 18 holes in 1936. In preparation for Montemorelos the return of the Houston Open San Fernando Tamaulipas Las Animas to the municipal facility in 2020 (it 100˚ hosted from 196195˚ to 1973), Tom Doak did a complete redesign in 2019. Yardage: 7,292; par 72

Abaco

Hialeah Fort Lauderdale Miami New Providence

Homestead

2

90˚

S t a t e s Toll Roads and Bridges Course Features Interstate Highways

85˚

Charity Benefit

The tournament is primarily underwritten by the Astros Golf Foundation, with donations in 2019 to primary beneficiaries the Houston Parks & Recreation Department and The First Tee of Greater Houston, with all other net proceeds distributed throughout the Houston community.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Social Media

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Rum Cay Great Exuma

80˚

250 Miles

75˚

500 Miles 500 KM

“This is going to be a week that I’ll never, never forget—regardless what happens the rest of my career.” – Lanto Griffin 19 20

Quick Facts

Field: 144 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: 7.5 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,350,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

Cat Island

Nassau

Major Rivers Lakes

2019 Champion Lanto Griffin, U.S.

Bahama Islands

Long Island

U n i t e d

The redesign features fewer U.S. Highways bunkers than most layouts and brought a ravine more into play on the front0nine. The stretch of 125 Miles Nos. 13-15, a par 4, par 5 and par 0 125 KM KM 3, are relatively short holes250 with risk/reward characteristics, while the 16th is a longer par 5 with water on three sides of the green.

Eleuthera

Andros

Key West

International Boundaries Notable State Boundaries

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Location & Course Laredo Corpus Christi Information Nuevo Laredo

Monterey

Augusta

Dublin

75

Eufaula

Troy

Macon

Georgia

South Carolina North Charleston Charleston

Aiken Orangeburg

20

Ozark 65 Moultrie Brookhaven Brunswick Enterprise Dothan Natchez Mississippi Hattiesburg Kingsland Valdosta Pineville McComb 59 Mobile Crestview Bogalusa 55 De Ridder 10 Destin Saint Augustine Hammond Biloxi 10 Pensacola Palatka Gulfport 10

49

Lufkin

Station

Taylor

Beeville

Nuevo Leon McAllen

57

Temple College

Tupelo

55

Grenada

Greenville Indianola El Dorado Yazoo City

Mount Pleasant Minden Kilgore

Palestine Nacogdoches

Gatesville

Sonora

30

Tyler

Waco

Arkansas

Texarkana Camden

Rockwall

Burleson 20 Stephenville Corsicana Brownwood

Texas

Arkadelphia

Durant

HOW LANTO GRIFFIN WON

CHECK THIS OUT  Lanto Griffin won after leading through 54 holes, marking the first time since 1990 that a third-round leader/co-leader won each of the first five events of the season.  Griffin’s second-round 74 is the highest score by a winner since the tournament moved to the Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament Course in 2006.  Griffin’s previous career best PGA TOUR finish was T11, but he had finished in the top 20 in all four starts in the 2019-20 season.

Lanto Griffin regained the lead with a 33-foot birdie putt on the 16th and held on to claim his first PGA TOUR victory. The 31-year-old, who lost his card after the 2017-18 season and regained it on the Korn Ferry Tour, led by one through 54 holes thanks to a third-round 65.  Griffin birdied six of the first eight holes on the back nine in the third round and shot a 31 with a bogey on 18.  Griffin ranked seventh in both Strokes Gained: Putting and Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Lanto Griffin

1

66

74

65

69

274/-14

500.00

$1,350,000.00

Scott Harrington

T2

69

67

72

67

275/-13

245.00

$667,500.00

Mark Hubbard

T2

68

69

69

69

275/-13

245.00

$667,500.00

Harris English

T4

70

72

69

66

277/-11

104.00

$286,875.00

Talor Gooch

T4

64

72

72

69

277/-11

104.00

$286,875.00

Carlos Ortiz

T4

70

67

71

69

277/-11

104.00

$286,875.00

Sepp Straka

T4

65

71

72

69

277/-11

104.00

$286,875.00

Xinjun Zhang

T4

67

76

68

66

277/-11

104.00

$286,875.00

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November 12-15, 2020

Masters Tournament Location & Course Information

AUGUSTA, GA. AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB Designed by Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones on the site of a former tree nursery, Augusta National opened in 1932. The course features elevation changes, large undulating greens and relatively few but strategically placed bunkers. The layout has undergone changes throughout its history to continue to provide a strong test for Masters competitors. Yardage: 7,475; par 72

Notable Course Features The stretch of holes from 11 to 13, known as Amen Corner, has provided more than its share of drama over the years. The 505-yard par-4 11th, with a green guarded by water on the left, is one of the toughest on the course. The 155-yard 12th is one of the world’s famous par 3s with its shallow, diagonal green fronted by Rae’s Creek. The 510-yard 13th is a dogleg left that provides birdie or eagle opportunities, but it requires two precise shots.

2019 Champion Tiger Woods, U.S.

Quick Facts

Field: approx. 90 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $11.5 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $2,070,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner

Media Coverage ESPN/CBS

Social Media @TheMasters @TheMasters TheMasters

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HOW TIGER WOODS WON

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Tiger Woods emerged from a crowded pack of contenders to claim his fifth Masters victory, and first in 14 years, with a final-round 70. Opening rounds of 70-68-67 left him in a tie for second, two strokes behind Francesco Molinari. A key moment came at the 12th hole where Molinari made a double bogey to fall into a tie with Woods for the lead. Woods made two-putt birdies on 13 and 15, then a birdie at the 16th to surge two strokes ahead of contenders Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, who were all making moves on the final nine. A bogey on 18 left Woods with a onestroke margin in his first major championship win since 2008. X Woods played the stretch of Nos. 13-16 in 10-under for the week, going 3-under on the 13th and 15th and 2-under on the 14th and 16th. X Woods led the field in Greens in Regulation Percentage, hitting 58 of 72 greens. In the final three rounds, he hit 16, 16 and 15 greens. X Woods ranked second in birdies with 22, making six in each of the last three rounds. X Woods played the par 3s in 4-under for the week, ranking second.

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cHEck THIS OuT X Woods’ 14 years between Masters victories is the longest stretch in tournament history, passing Gary Player (1961-74). X Woods’ victory came 22 years after his first Masters title, one short of Nicklaus’ span between his first and last (1963-86). X It was Woods’ 15th major championship, but the first one when he didn’t lead through 54 holes.

X Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be the first Masters played in the fall. The inaugural tournament was played in March of 1934 and since then it has been in April. X At age 43, Tiger Woods became the second-oldest Masters champion behind Jack Nicklaus (46 in 1986). X With his fifth Masters title, Woods moved past Arnold Palmer and one behind Nicklaus’ record of six.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

Tiger Woods

1

70

68

67

70

275/-13

600.00

$2,070,000.000

Dustin Johnson

T2

68

70

70

68

276/-12

230.00

$858,667.00

Brooks Koepka

T2

66

71

69

70

276/-12

230.00

$858,667.00

Xander Schauffele

T2

73

65

70

68

276/-12

230.00

$858,667.00

Jason Day

T5

70

67

73

67

277/-11

106.00

$403,938.00

Tony Finau

T5

71

70

64

72

277/-11

106.00

$403,938.00

Francesco Molinari

T5

70

67

66

74

277/-11

106.00

$403,938.00

Webb Simpson

T5

72

71

64

70

277/-11

106.00

$403,938.00

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Gastonia

Monroe Spartanburg

Lumberton

Greenville

Dalton Clemson 85 Gainesville Athens Buford

95

Columbia

Jacksonville

Wilmington

Atlantic Ocean

Myrtle Beach

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Monroe

Atlanta

Griffin

Georgia

Macon

Augusta

Statesboro

Dublin

75

Vidalia

Columbus

Eufaula

20

North Charleston Charleston

16

Savannah

Hinesville

St. Simons Island Albany Douglas 95

Dothan

Moultrie

Brunswick

November 19-22, 2020

The RSM Classic

Kingsland

Jacksonville Tallahassee Saint Augustine

Valdosta

10

Palatka

Gainesville Florida Daytona Beach Edgewater Deltona & Location Course Titusville Orlando Information

Kissimmee ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA Melbourne

Sebastian Tampa Clearwater SEA ISLAND RESORT 95 Bartow

Port Saint Lucie Bradenton Saint Petersburg Sea Island’s Seaside Course has Grand Bahama

Port West Palm Beach nine holesNorth designed by Harry Colt Venice 75 Boca and Charles in 1929 andRaton CoralAlison Springs nine by Joe Lee in 1973, with Hialeah FortaLauderdale Naples Tom Fazio redesign in 1999. The New Providence Miami Plantation Course co-hosts the Homestead first two rounds. Yardage: Seaside 7,005; par 70; Plantation, 7,060; Andros par 72 Key West

Notable Course Features

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

Abaco Eleuthera

Nassau

Bahama Islands

Cat Island

San Salvador Rum Cay

Great Exuma Long Island

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

Tyler Duncan, U.S.

Quick Facts

Field: 156 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $6.6 million (2019) Winner’s Share: $1,188,000 (2019) FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

Charity Benefit

Through the Birdies for Love program, The RSM Classic commits to raising funds for local charities that align with the missions of the RSM Foundation and the Davis Love Foundation. Additionally, the Friends of Davis Love Foundation raises money for Coastal Georgia charities via a raffle.

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Social Media

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HOW TYLER DUNCAN WON

CHECK THIS OUT

Third-year PGA TOUR player Tyler Duncan birdied Nos. 15, 17 and 18 in regulation and added another birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Webb Simpson. Duncan holed a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole to complete a back-nine 31 and closing 65. Simpson birdied the 15th and 16th to force the playoff.  Duncan shot a 29 on the front nine in the second round on the way to a 61.  Duncan’s only bogey of the week came on the first hole of the final round.

 Tyler Duncan’s 61 in the second round was one short of Tommy Gainey’s tournament record of 60 in Round 4 of 2012.  Tyler Duncan’s 61 in the second round tied the tournament record, shared with Patrick Rodgers (2018) and Mackenzie Hughes (2016).  Runner-up Webb Simpson also finished second in 2011 and third in 2018. In 30 career rounds at The RSM Classic, he has 26 rounds in the 60s.  Brendon Todd came up short in his bid to win for a third consecutive week, finishing fourth.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

Tyler Duncan

1

67

61

Webb Simpson

2

65

68

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup

Earnings

70

65

63

67

263/-19

500.00

$1,188,000.00

263/-19

300.00

$719,400.00

Sebastian Munoz

3

67

63

66

68

264/-18

190.00

$455,400.00

Brendon Todd

4

66

66

62

72

266/-16

135.00

$323,400.00

K.H. Lee

T5

64

68

66

69

267/-15

100.00

$244,200.00

Henrik Norlander

T5

67

65

67

68

267/-15

100.00

$244,200.00

Scottie Scheffler

T5

70

66

63

68

267/-15

100.00

$244,200.00

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December 3-6, 2020 Playa del Carmen

Mayakoba Golf Classic

Location & Course Information

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO EL CAMELEON GOLF CLUB AT THE MAYAKOBA RESORT Designed by Greg Norman in 2006, El Cameleon is notable for the way it traverses three landscapes: mangrove jungles, limestone canals and an oceanfront stretch. The course has hosted the Mayakoba Golf Classic since its 2007 inception. Yardage: 7,017; par 71

Notable Course Features

El Cameleon has an element that won’t be found elsewhere, a cenote, a naturally formed pit with limestone walls. It is incorporated into the fairway on the seventh hole, a 554-yard par 5. The pit is marked as a water hazard but with an area where it is possible to play out of sand. Brendon Todd, U.S.

Quick Facts

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

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Charity Benefit

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

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Social Media

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

HOW BRENDON TODD WON 2019

Brendon Todd won his second straight tournament start, following the Bermuda Championship, as he prevailed in a tight battle. Todd led by one stroke after 54 holes and ended up winning by one over a trio of players as the leaderboard remained bunched throughout a final round that spanned two days.  Todd didn’t make a bogey in shooting a 63 in the first round and had only four bogeys all week.  Todd ranked third in Greens in Regulation percentage (79.17 percent).

CHECK THIS OUT Brendon Todd became the first player to win twice in the fall since the PGA TOUR went to a wraparound schedule in 2013-14.  Todd was the third straight 54-hole leader to go on and win the Mayakoba Golf Classic (Patton Kizzire/2017, Matt Kuchar/2018).  Carlos Ortiz finished T2 for the best finish ever in the event by a player from Mexico, while Abraham Ancer (T8) made it two Mexican players in the top 10.  Harris English, the 2013 champion, led through 36 holes and finished fifth in his bid to become the first player to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic twice.

LEADERBOARD 2019 Player

Pos

1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Brendon Todd

1

63

68

65

68

264/-20

500.00

$1,296,000.00

Adam Long

T2

63

69

67

66

265/-19

208.33

$544,800.00

Carlos Ortiz

T2

69

65

65

66

265/-19

208.33

$544,800.00

Vaughn Taylor

T2

64

66

67

68

265/-19

208.33

$544,800.00

Harris English

5

65

64

68

70

267/-17

110.00

$295,200.00

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July 31-August 2, 2020

August 13-16, 2020

The Ally Challenge

Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

Tournament Record 200, Jerry Kelly, 2019

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Scott McCarron, 2018

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Course Insight Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club opened in 1957, designed by James Gilmore Harrison on former farmland, with Joe Lee doing a redesign 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 players, Vijay Singh won three times and Kenny Perry two. Before hosting the first Ally Challenge in 2018, more than 100 trees that had overgrown fairways or bunkers were removed. 164

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CHARITY BENEFIT The Ally Challenge raised more than $1.5 million in 2019 for charitable organizations in southeastern Michigan and beyond. The primary beneficiaries were Genesee County Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Genesee County.

Yardage 7,400; par 70 Tournament Record 261, Jack Nicklaus, 1990; Kenny Perry, 2013 Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Olin Browne, 2012; Fred Couples, 2013; Retief Goosen, 2019

Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.pgatour.com/champions/ tournaments/bridgestone-seniorplayers-championship.html 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 4s and for the 667-yard par-5 16th hole, known as “The Monster.” The course has hosted various PGA TOUR events over the years, including a World Golf Championships event in 1999-2001 and 2003-2018 before transitioning to hosting PGA TOUR Champions in 2019.

HOW RETIEF GOOSEN WON

Retief Goosen birdied the last two holes to score a two-stroke victory over Jay Haas and Tim Petrovic with a 72-hole total of 6-under 274. Goosen seemingly took control with a 62 in the second round for a three-stroke lead, but stumbled to a 75 in the third round to fall one behind. “I played great the first two rounds, and then didn’t play all that bad yesterday [in the third round], just let the course get the better of me,” Goosen said after the victory. The PGA TOUR Champions rookie rebounded to claim his first senior victory thanks to a final-round 68 that included an eagle on the second hole and the two closing birdies. Haas shot a 67 and Petrovic a 68 on Sunday to move up the leaderboard.

CHARITY BENEFIT The Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and Ambassador of Golf Event presented by FirstEnergy Foundation generated $825,000 in charitable funds in 2019. Some of the charities included AkronCanton Regional Foodbank, Akron Children’s Hospital, The First Tee of Greater Akron, Summa Health System, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and more.

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Jerry Kelly made only one bogey in 54 holes, that coming on the ninth hole of the first round, as he shot 16-under par 200 for a two-stroke victory. “My driver was great all week, that was putting me in good position,” said Kelly, who hit 27 of 28 fairways over the first two rounds and 11 of 14 in the final round. The 52-year-old birdied the first five holes of the back nine on Saturday on the way to a 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Woody Austin, who won the 1995 Buick Open at Warwick Hills, and Scott McCarron. While McCarron fell out of the picture with a 75, Austin remained close and was one behind through 14 holes. An Austin bogey on 15 and Kelly birdie on 17 settled things, Kelly finishing with a 68 and Austin a 69 with a birdie on the closing hole.

Location FIRESTONE COUNTY CLUB (SOUTH COURSE), AKRON, OHIO

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Location WARWICK HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, GRAND BLANC, MICH.

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September 11-13, 2020

September 18-20, 2020

Sanford International

PURE Insurance Championship

Yardage 6,729; par 70 Tournament Record 197, Steve Stricker, 2018

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Steve Stricker, Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe, 2018

Media Coverage Golf Channel

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Rocco Mediate shot a finalround 64 with birdies on the last two holes to post a 9-under 201 total that ultimately held up for the victory. “It was one of those days when everything went really good,” said Mediate, who began the round three strokes behind. “When I was bad, I got it up and down. When I was good, I made putts.” In the final group, Ken Duke came to the 18th hole at 9-under, but drew a bad lie in the rough and another near the green as he made a double bogey. With a closing 69, Duke tied for second with Colin Montgomerie and Bob Estes. The 56-year-old Mediate opened with rounds of 69-68. He made only one bogey in the second round and none in the final round, with birdies on Nos. 4, 9, 12, 14, 17 and 18 as he scored his fourth PGA TOUR Champions victory and first in three years.

CHARITY BENEFIT The tournament benefits the Sanford Health Foundation, which supports programs in the Dakotas, including Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo and Sioux Falls.

Location PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS AND POPPY HILLS GOLF COURSE, PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF.

Yardage Pebble Beach: 6,864; par 72 Poppy Hills: 6,898; par 71

Tournament Record 198, Bernhard Langer, 2017

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Craig Stadler, 2004; Scott McCarron, Kenny Perry, 2018

Media Coverage Golf Channel

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Course Insight Pebble Beach Golf Links has been the site of major championships and a regular PGA TOUR event as well as host site of the PURE Insurance Championship. The course was designed by California Amateur champion Jack Neville in 1919 and has undergone changes through the years but remains true to the original concept. Poppy Hills, formerly in the rotation of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is a tree-lined layout that Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed in 1986 and underwent an extensive renovation in 2013-14.

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Kirk Triplett defeated Billy Andrade in a playoff to win the PURE Insurance Championship for the third time, adding to his 2012 and 2013 titles. Triplett started the round four strokes out of the lead and said he was more focused on the team aspect of the tournament, which he ended up winning with junior Sam Sommerheiser of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. Triplett finished strong with birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 18 for a 67 and when Andrade bogeyed 14 and 15 behind him, Triplett was in the lead. “The guys came back a little bit, and I made some birdies. It changes fast out here,” said Triplett after his eighth career PGA TOUR Champions victory. Andrade birdied the 18th to force a playoff, which Triplett won with a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole.

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September 24-27, 2020

October 2-4, 2020

Regions Tradition

Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson

Tournament Record 265, Doug Tewell (2001)

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

More Information www.regionstradition.com Course Insight The Founders Course at Greystone Golf & Country Club was designed by Bob Cupp and two-time major champion Hubert Green, opening in 1991. The course hosted the Bruno’s Memorial Classic on PGA TOUR Champions from 1992 to 2005 and has been the site of the Regions Tradition since 2016 after undergoing some changes—nine greens either rebuilt or modified, three new tees and several new fairway bunkers added. 166

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Steve Stricker claimed his first senior major title with a final-round 68 that gave him a six-stroke victory. “My goal was not to make a mistake today, not to make a bogey, and I did that,” said the Wisconsin native. Stricker made only one bogey all week, on the fourth hole of the third round. He started with rounds of 68-6470 to lead by two strokes over two-time Regions Tradition champion Bernhard Langer, Billy Andrade and David Toms. Langer slid to a closing 75 and finished T6 while Andrade and Toms could only match par 72 and tied for second with Paul Goydos (70). Stricker had birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 9 and 13 to pull away from the field. It was the fourth win in 18 PGA TOUR Champions starts for the 52-year-old who has stayed competitive on the PGA TOUR against younger competition.

Ferguson, Florissant and Jennings communities that neighbor the Norwood Hills Country Club. All proceeds will go to charitable organizations in the North County area that are working to build a better community.” Charities named as beneficiaries of the tournament are Maygrove, a residential facility for children and teens; the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. Norwood Hills Country Club opened in 1922 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Its Wayne Stilesdesigned course hosted the 1948 PGA Championship, won by Ben Hogan, and the PGA TOUR’s Greater St. Louis Classic in 1972 and 1973. PGA TOUR Champions held the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship at Boone Valley Golf Club in nearby Augusta, Missouri, from 1996 to 2001.

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

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Location GREYSTONE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB (FOUNDERS COURSE), BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

PGA TOUR Champions returns to St. Louis for an annual event for the first time since 2001 with the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson at Norwood Hills Country Club. “We’re thrilled to bring the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson to St. Louis, and particularly to North County at Norwood Hills,” said PGA TOUR Champions president Miller Brady. “The St. Louis area is one of the great sports regions in the United States, known for its passionate, dedicated fans and history of charitable giving and community engagement.” Nick Ragone, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Ascension said, “We wanted to host the Ascension Charity Classic at Norwood Hills because we know that it can serve as a catalyst to support the revitalization of North St. Louis County, including the

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October 9-11, 2020

October 16-18, 2020

SAS Championship

Dominion Energy Charity Classic

Location

Yardage 7,237; par 72 Tournament Record 194, Bernhard Langer, 2018 Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Tom Kite, 2003 Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.saschampionship.com Course Insight The SAS Championship is played at a hybrid of the Highlands and Meadows courses at the 54-hole Prestonwood Country Club.

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

CHARITY BENEFIT The host charity of the SAS Championship is the YMCA of the Triangle. The tournament annually contributes the single-largest donation to Y Learning, a tutorial program for students in grades K-8.

Location THE COUNTRY CLUB OF VIRGINIA (JAMES RIVER COURSE), RICHMOND, VA.

Yardage 7,025; par 72

Tournament Record 198, Miguel Angel Jiménez (2019)

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

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Course Insight The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course, one of three courses at the club, was designed in 1928 by renowned architect William Flynn. The front nine is more low lying, and the back nine goes into the hills and has more undulation. The course hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1955 and 1975. Architect Lester George oversaw a restoration in 2003-04, 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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Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiménez tied the tournament record with a 63 as he came from three strokes behind to win. “I feel good the whole way on the golf course,” said Jiménez. “All day play for birdie on almost every hole.” The 55-year-old made nine birdies in a bogey-free round, as he took advantage of rain-softened greens (the final round was postponed from Sunday to Monday) to hit approaches close to the hole. Jiménez birdied Nos. 4, 6, 7 and 9 for a 32 on the front nine to pass 36-hole co-leaders Tommy Tolles and Scott Parel, but still trailed Colin Montgomerie. Jiménez continued his surge on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 11, 12, 14, 15 and 18 for a 31. He finished two strokes ahead of Tolles, who eagled the 18th for a 68 to finish second, with Montgomerie another stroke behind.

CHARITY BENEFIT The tournament’s primary beneficiaries are Virginia Values Veterans and the Raymond Fisher House, which serve military members and their families. Other local charities benefit from Birdies for Charity. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2020

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October 30-November 1, 2020

Boca Raton Championship

Santa Rosa Roseville Carson City Vallejo 80 Sacramento

Bakersfield

Santa Barbara

Tournament 18 -hole Record 60, Michael Allen, 2014

Media Coverage Golf Channel More Information www.bocaratonchampionship. com

Course Insight Joe Lee designed The Old Course at Broken Sound in 1978. Gene Bates, with help from World Golf Hall of Fame member Johnny Miller, updated the layout in 2004 to make it more playable and yet more challenging with the addition of water hazards and strategic bunkering along the undulating fairways. The course winds through oaks and pine trees, giving it a “Piney Woods” North Carolina feel that is popular with members and PGA TOUR Champions players alike. It has been home to the event since 2007. 168

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Arizona

Kingman

Flagstaff

Parker Blythe

Winslow

Prescott Valley Payson 17

Phoenix

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

Conejos

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Tucson

3

Estancia

Socorro

Clayton

Deming

Hereford Portales

Alamogordo

Las Cruces

El Paso

Nogales Sierra Vista

Nogales

Ciudad HOW Juarez

Socorro

2

Amarillo

40

JEFF 10

Clovis

Levelland

Roswell Silver City

Cananea

La Junta 25

Carrizozo

Clifton

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Pueblo

Mosquero Las Vegas

Rio Rancho

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Fountain

Taos

Santa Fe

Albuquerque

Aurora

Raton

New Mexico

Reserve

Tempe

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Gallup

Fort Morgan

Castle Rock

Del Norte

Farmington

Henderson

Prescott

Canon City

Durango

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Colorado Springs

Montrose

Cortez

Greeley

Denver

Artesia

Hobbs

Carlsbad

Andrews

Midland

Pecos Van Horn

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Tournament Record 197, Bernhard Langer, 2019

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Yardage 6,807; par 72

Boca Raton resident Bernhard Langer pulled away from the field in the final round and set a tournament scoring record with a 19-under 197 total. The 61-yearold led by one after rounds of 64-68, then birdied five of the first seven holes on Sunday to extend the margin to five. “It was an amazing start. One of my best starts ever, honestly,” said Langer, who claimed his 39th PGA TOUR Champions victory. Langer added two more birdies the rest of the way in shooting a 65 to win by five strokes, a tournamentrecord victory margin. He didn’t have a bogey in the final round, and made only one during the tournament, that coming on the 17th hole of the second round. Langer, who also won in 2010, became the first multiple winner of the 13-year-old event, which this year switches to a fall date and joins the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.

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R.

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Kanab

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Colorado

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Mesquite

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Ensenada

Location THE OLD COURSE AT BROKEN SOUND, BOCA RATON, FLA.

Pioche

Cheyenne

Lakewood

70

Grand Junction

Saint George

Santa Clarita Pasadena

San Diego Santee Tijuana Calexico Mexicali

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Scottsbluff

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Fort Collins Meeker

Nephi

Cedar City

Los Angeles Pacific Ocean

Vernal

Provo

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Wheatland

Laramie

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California

Oxnard

15

Tonopah

Independence Greenfield Visalia Avenal 5 El Paso de Robles Porterville Morro Bay Wasco Delano Ridgecrest Shafter Lompoc

Utah

Ely

Goldfield

Salinas Fresno Reedley

Santa Maria

Payson

80

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Sandy Orem

Eureka

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Hollister

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Logan

Ogden Layton

Salt Lake City

Nevada

San Oakland Modesto Francisco San Jose Santa Cruz Monterey

Malad City

Great Salt Lake

Winnemucca Susanville Red Bluff 80 Elko Chico Paradise Ukiah 5 Lovelock Reno Yuba City Truckee Sparks

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VITAL ENERGY OF THE FANS

Cheering fans have always provided a vital spark of energy and excitement, firing up the players and making for a memorable tournament. their recent absence from tournaments means that fans can look forward a warm welcome back, as soon as current restrictions are lifted.

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18 holes, the shouts of encouragement after a player makes a bogey. All of these things inspire and provide motivation for players as they make their way around the course. One of the great things about golf fans is that they cheer for everybody. They might have their individual favorites, but they appreciate great golf when it’s played by anyone. In a sense, the entire field of players is the home team. The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, of course, are exceptions, but even at those events it’s more a case of rooting for the home side than against the other side. The PGA TOUR looks forward to welcoming back fans to its events as soon as it is considered safe to do so. That will be a satisfying return to normal—the normal energy that a live gallery provides. 

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