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in 2015 with PGA TOUR Champions, each Tour has significant support for continued growth and success. Speaking of growth, we continue to make tremendous strides in our mission to give back through our tournaments, establishing a record for charitable contributions in 2016 of more than $166 million. The impact of those dollars would not be possible without the hard work and selfless efforts of many caring individuals, including more than 100,000 PGA TOUR volunteers who play such a vital role to our tournaments’ successes each year. Among them is Bob Steber, who deserves special mention as someone who has been a tournament volunteer for 50 years and has missed only one day, and that was due to bad weather (see “TOUR volunteers,” pp. 146-48). The landscape of the PGA TOUR is full of “Bobs” who ensure the charitable mission of our events is fulfilled each and every week.

Another focus for the PGA TOUR is to continue to grow the game and our fan base internationally. We have 89 members from outside the United States with a total of 24 countries represented, and our tournaments are broadcast to more than 1.1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 23 languages. But there are always new opportunities to explore. For instance, we’ve established a fan council of 5,000 avid fans that are helping us test concepts and provide feedback; we have a relationship with Twitter that allows you to watch PGA TOUR LIVE coverage on Thursday and Friday; we debuted a virtual reality experience at THE PLAYERS; and we’re exploring augmented reality and how that could enhance the on-site experience. All of these efforts have us excited about our ability to continue to grow the PGA TOUR and the game of golf overall. ■ Jay Monahan, PGA TOUR Commissioner PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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CONTENTS

Essential Guide

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Sergio Garcia

Dustin Johnson

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Commissioner’s Welcome, Jay Monahan

13 Editor’s Welcome, Bill Fields

FEATURES 23 PGA TOUR 2017 Tournament Schedules 28 An Inward Look

Commissioner Jay Monahan discusses the PGA TOUR’s record-breaking donations to charitable causes, the importance of engaging with golf fans around the world and honoring Arnold Palmer’s legacy

32 Talent Show

Building on a major breakthrough, Dustin Johnson rose to the top of the FedExCup standings midway through the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season with several youthful stars in close pursuit

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42 Youth Is Served

Si Woo Kim caps a memorable week at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course by becoming the youngest winner of THE PLAYERS Championship

51 Superhuman Feats

The recent run of sub-60 scores brings admiration for the players who achieved these remarkable scores

55 Team Effort

The Statue of Liberty will be part of a spectacular backdrop

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Henrik Stenson

for the Presidents Cup when the United States hosts the International Team at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J.

61 Digital Focus

The PGA TOUR is intent on fast-tracking tournament and player news to fans by harnessing a variety of platforms

66 Enhancing the Golf Experience

Topgolf, an innovative facility bringing entertainment and golf under one roof, caters to both avid and novice golfers— engaging and attracting new fans to the game

73 More Epic Golf Adventures

Our regular travel section looks at more of the leading resorts and courses that deliver a memorable experience

102 Up for Grabs

No one dominated the early part of the PGA TOUR Champions schedule, but familiar names were among those with victories and in strong position in the Charles Schwab Cup race, which will conclude with Playoffs drama for a second season

107 Avoiding Lower-back Injuries

Some expert advice, with short-term and long-term strategies

111 Summer Sun Protection

With many of us spending hours on the golf course this summer, the smart health advice is to use lots of sunscreen protection and drink plenty of liquids

112 These Guys are Good

Our occasional series continues with a look at some of the PGA TOUR players who make a commitment to the many charities that benefit from their individual support PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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The day after the final round of the 2017 Masters, a friend of mine called to talk about it. She doesn’t spend many Sunday afternoons watching golf on television, but she had been captivated by what she had seen. It wasn’t that Sergio Garcia had finally won a major championship at age 37 in his 74th attempt or that the azaleas looked great in high-definition TV—an early spring actually muted the colors this year—but how Garcia and fellow competitor Justin Rose had gone about their day. With one of golf’s most prestigious titles on the line, Garcia and Rose displayed the best side of themselves even under extreme pressure. They liked being in each other’s company. Each congratulated good shots by the other. There were no tantrums. The genuine sportsmanship, my friend explained, was a wonderful four-hour antidote to a coarsening world that seems increasingly polarized. Fortunately for golf fans, the behavior evident in the final pairing on Masters Sunday is the rule not the exception on the PGA TOUR, the vibe between Garcia and Rose being a recent and prominent example of what happens every week. New PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan references what sets golf apart in an interview in this edition of the PGA TOUR Essential Guide, which looks ahead to the second half of the season while reviewing what has already happened. In another Q & A within these pages, 21-time TOUR winner Davis Love III, one of the game’s true gentleman, provides insight into his outstanding career as he prepares to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Love will be honored in September in New York City, a ferry ride from scenic Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., where the United States and International sides square off in the 11th Presidents Cup captained by two more of the sport’s good guys, Steve Stricker and Nick Price. The International Team could be poised for a long-sought victory after forcing the Americans to the limit in an exciting 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea. The Presidents Cup is a showcase for golf’s growing international feel, but one needn’t wait for the matches to notice this trend. A year after Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland won the FedExCup Playoffs, the top contenders for the 2016-17 FedExCup during the first half of the season included players from the U.S. (Dustin Johnson), Japan (Hideki Matsuyama), Spain (Jon Rahm) and Canada (Adam Hadwin). Young players—those already on TOUR and those working their way up through the three International PGA TOURs and Web.com Tour—get their due within these pages, but we don’t forget the older set either. PGA TOUR Champions is looking forward to the second year of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs with the age-defying Bernhard Langer again in the mix. And what about the events in the second half of the season? Tournament Editor David Barrett does a great job with the overviews, where you can learn about host courses, defending champions, tickets, charities and more. It promises to be an exciting six months.

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The Web.com Tour continues to produce future PGA TOUR success stories, with players like Andrew Putnam, Kyle Thompson and Andrew Landry shining bright during the 2017 season

The three international PGA TOURs—PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China—continue to increase their standing, providing excitement for fans as well as significant opportunities for players

This group of under-30 players is part of an expanding youth movement on the PGA TOUR, where young golfers are proving they have the right stuff to contend and win

The first half of the season wasn’t lacking drama and entertainment as PGA TOUR players showed their skill and dedication—emotions captured in this collection of photographs

Davis Love III, who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this year, gives insight into his stellar 30-year career on the PGA TOUR

Thousands of remarkable volunteers add personality, color and charm to every PGA TOUR event and now they have banded together to give back even more through the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge presented by Myrbetriq

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The final Stretch New sponsorships in the FedExCup Playoffs and two new courses for major championships highlight the second portion of the PGA TOUR season, along with a couple of welcome returns

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U.S. Open

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Travelers Championship

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Quicken Loans National

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Principal Charity Classic

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The Open Championship

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American Family Insurance Championship

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RBC Canadian Open

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U.S. Senior Open Championship

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Barracuda Championship

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Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

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World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational

Erin Hills, Erin, Wisc., June 15-18

TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn., June 22-25

TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md., June 29-July 2

Robert Trent Jones Trail (Grand National Lake Course), Auburn/Opelika, Ala., July 20-23

Royal Birkdale, Southport, England, July 20-23

Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ont., Canada, July 27-30

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Dell Technologies Championship

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BMW Championship

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TOUR Championship

PGA Championship

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Wyndham Championship

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C., August 10-13

Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y., August 24-27

TPC Boston, Norton, Mass., September 1-4

Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, Ill., September 14-17

East Lake GC, Atlanta, Ga., September 21-24

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Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa, June 9-11

University Ridge GC, Madison, Wis., June 23-25

Salem CC, Peabody, Mass., June 29-July 2

Caves Valley GC, Owings Mills, Md., July 13-16

Montrêux G&CC, Reno, Nev., August 3-6

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The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., July 6-9

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TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn., August 4-6

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215 DICK’S Sporting Goods Open

En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y., August 18-20

217 Boeing Classic

TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Wash., August 25-27

217 Shaw Charity Classic

Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 1-3

218 JAPAN AIRLINES Championship Narita Golf Club, Narita-Shi, Chiba, Japan, September 8-10

218 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

Bear Mountain Resort (Mountain Course), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 15-17

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Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C., October 13-15

221 Dominion Energy Charity Classic The CC of Virginia (James River), Richmond, Va., October 20-22

221 Powershares QQQ Championship

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SCHEDULES 2016/2017 2017

PGA TOUR® 2017 TOURNAMENT/TELEVISION

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JUN 1-4

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

Muirfield Village GC

Dublin, OH

8-11

FedEx St. Jude Classic Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

TPC Southwind

Memphis, TN

15-18

U.S. Open FOX, FS1

Erin Hills

Erin, WI

22-25

Travelers Championship Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

TPC River Highlands

Cromwell, CT

JUN 29-JUL 2

Quicken Loans National Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm

Potomac, MD

6-9

The Greenbrier Classic Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

The Old White TPC

White Sulphur Springs, WV

13-16

John Deere Classic Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

TPC Deere Run

Silvis, IL

20-23

Barbasol Championship Golf

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Grand National Lake Course)

Auburn/Opelika, AL

20-23

The Open Championship Golf, NBC

Royal Birkdale GC

Southport, ENGLAND

27-30

RBC Canadian Open Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Glen Abbey GC

Oakville, Ont., CANADA

AUG 3-6

Barracuda Championship Golf

Montreux G&CC

Reno, NV

3-6

World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Firestone CC (South)

Akron, OH

10-13

PGA Championship TNT, CBS

Quail Hollow Club

Charlotte, NC

17-20

Wyndham Championship Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Sedgefield CC

Greensboro, NC

24-27

THE NORTHERN TRUST Golf, CBS, LIVE, Radio

Glen Oaks Club

Old Westbury, NY

SEP 1-4

Dell Technologies Championship Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

TPC Boston

Norton, MA

14-17

BMW Championship Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

Conway Farms GC

Lake Forest, IL

21-24

TOUR Championship Golf, NBC, LIVE, Radio

East Lake GC

Atlanta, GA

SEP 28-OCT 1

Presidents Cup Golf, NBC

Liberty National GC

Jersey City, NJ

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SCHEDULES 2017

PGA TOUR ChAmPiOns® 2017 DATE

TOURNAMENT/TELEVISION

GOLF COURSE

LOCATION

JUN 9-11

Principal Charity Classic Golf

Wakonda Club

Des Moines, IA

23-25

American Family Insurance Championship Golf

University Ridge GC

Madison, WI

JUN 29-JUL 2 U.S. Senior Open Championship FOX, FS1

Salem CC

Peabody, MA

13-16

Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Golf

Caves Valley GC

Baltimore, MD

27-30

The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex Golf, NBC

Royal Porthcawl GC

Bridgend, WALES

AUG 4-6

3M Championship Golf

TPC Twin Cities

Blaine, MN

18-20

DICK’S Sporting Goods Open Golf

En-Joie GC

Endicott, NY

25-27

Boeing Classic Golf

The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge

Snoqualmie, WA

SEP 1-3

Shaw Charity Classic Golf

Canyon Meadows G&CC

Calgary, AB, CANADA

8-10

JAPAN AIRLINES Championship Golf

Narita Golf Club-Accordia Golf

Narita-shi, Chiba, JAPAN

15-17

Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Golf

Bear Mountain Resort

Victoria, BC, CANADA

22-24

PURE Insurance Championship Golf

Pebble Beach GL, Poppy Hills GC

Monterey Peninsula, CA

OCT 13-15

SAS Championship Golf

Prestonwood CC

Cary, NC

20-22

Dominion Energy Charity Classic Golf

The CC of Virginia

Richmond, VA

27-29

PowerShares QQQ Championship Golf

Sherwood CC

Thousand Oaks, CA

NOV 10-12

Charles Schwab Cup Championship Golf

Phoenix CC

Phoenix, AZ

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JUN 1-4

Rex Hospital Open

TPC Wakefield Plantation

Raleigh, NC

8-11

Rust-Oleum Championship Golf

Ivanhoe Club

Ivanhoe, IL

15-18

Air Capital Classic

Crestview CC

Wichita, KS

22-25

Lincoln Land Charity Championship

Panther Creek CC

Springfield, IL

JUN 29-JUL 2

Nashville Golf Open

Nashville Golf & Athletic Club

Nashville, TN

6-9

LECOM Health Challenge Golf

Peek’n Peak Resort (Upper)

Findley Lake, NY

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Q. You worked a number of years with longtime Commissioner Tim Finchem, before succeeding him earlier this year. What is the most valuable lesson you learned from him? A. I learned so many things from Tim. But if I had to pick one, it was that he was so steady in his approach to not only the PGA TOUR, but everything in his life. Whenever you went in to talk with him about an idea or a change that you wanted to make, you had to think through this issue completely. After all, he is a former debate champion.

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A. At the end of this year I want to be able to look back and feel great about what we accomplished and making the game better. Mr. Palmer grew the game like no one else in history. If we as a company are constantly striving towards that, then I think Mr. Palmer will be proud. I wouldn’t restrict our celebration of Mr. Palmer to 2017—I think we will forever honor Mr. Palmer and what he meant to the game.

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and if so, can you give some insight as to what these might be? A. Our goal is to continue to grow the game. I think that impacts all the things that drive our business. It’s going to start with our players and the way we present our product, and the way that we build our business and innovate. The PGA TOUR features 89 members from outside the United States with a total of 24 countries represented. With media today, we’re a world tour. Worldwide, our tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 23 languages. Those are broadcast numbers only. That does not include the impact of social media. We’re in every single market. Our product is everywhere, and that’s global.

Q. In January 2017 the PGA TOUR announced that its tournaments donated a record $166 million to charitable causes in 2016. Would you care to comment on this accomplishment? A. The record-breaking charitable donations are due to the hard work and selfless efforts of many, and will ensure that numerous lives continue to be positively impacted in the communities where our tournaments are played. It all starts with our charity mission statement—Together, Anything’s Possible. We bring together our players, fans, volunteers and sponsors to make a positive

impact on local communities across the country and around the world. The PGA TOUR has now raised $2.46 billion all-time for charity. That is a number that shouldn’t be white noise. It’s impactful and important in our overall mission.

Q. The work of the PGA TOUR’s many volunteers is acknowledged and celebrated in this issue of the Essential Guide (pp. 146148). How integral to the TOUR are the many volunteers and their dedicated support? A. Every week where our tournaments are held, we’re reminded of the uniqueness and I think in many respects the greatness of our business model, and that is all about charity and volunteerism. Our tournaments wouldn’t be possible—and neither would the charitable impact they make—without the tireless efforts of our volunteers. Over 100,000 volunteers contribute countless hours across more than 120 tournaments on our Tours—again, all benefitting thousands of local charities.

Q. I wonder if you would agree that engaging with the fans is fundamentally important for the future of the game and, if so, are there likely to be changes to sustain this dynamic? A. Our fans are the key to everything we do. We are focused on how do we reach, engage and bring our non-core golf fan or someone PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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that doesn’t yet know they’re a golf fan into the sport. We are conducting research that will dictate how we communicate and innovate going forward. It’s very important to showcase our players to new fans in different markets. We are always looking at ways to innovate that may draw new people in, whether it’s physically in that market, or whether it’s through use of our partnership or our various platforms.

Q. What is the biggest challenge facing the TOUR in coming years?

A. I would just say that the world is so dynamic. The rate of acceleration and change is unlike anything that we’ve ever seen before, and we’re not immune to that. So really, for us to grow, it all starts with the fan and really understanding the fan, not just here in the U.S. but throughout the world.

Q. You’ve been reported as saying that a change to the PGA TOUR’s season would have a lot of merit, so that the FedExCup Playoffs would take place before the start of football season. Would the merit you speak of come from potentially more focused fan interest alone or are there other benefits? A. If we were to make any changes, it’s going to take time. We’re always analyzing our schedule

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and thinking about a flow for the season. We’ve heard from a number of people that it would make sense for us to complete the FedExCup Playoffs prior to the start of the football season, and we think there’s a lot of merit to that. But to do that requires some shifting and some movement. If we move forward, we would work very closely with our media partners and our tournaments that would be affected. It has to work for everybody.

Q. Having engaged with golf from a young age, do you still make time to play? And do you have a favorite course? A. I do firmly believe, and you won’t be surprised, that golf is the greatest game ever invented. The game has helped develop me as a person. I will always enjoy playing golf and will always play as part of the job and for fun. I am pretty partial to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Q. When you take time off from the business of golf and the game of golf, what entertainments and relaxation do you enjoy most? A. My wife, Susan, and our two daughters mean the world to me. When I am not working, my passion is spending time with my family.

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Building on a major breakthrough, Dustin Johnson rose to the top of the FedExCup standings midway through the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season with several youthful stars in close pursuit By Bill Fields

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PGA TOUR season. Johnson, who turns 33 in June, won three times through THE PLAYERS Championship in early May en route to taking the lead in the FedExCup standings. Johnson won three consecutive starts— Genesis Open, World Golf ChampionshipsMexico Championship and World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play—and had three additional top-10 finishes to move 349 points in front of 25-year-old Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama,

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14 winners under 30 has accelerated in 2016-17 with Kim becoming the 13th winner in his 20s. Rahm, a 22-year-old from Spain, is part of that bunch, winning the Farmers Insurance Open in dramatic style with a long eagle putt on the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines South Course. Rahm has been consistent as well, compiling five top-10s in addition to his maiden TOUR victory. “That average age continues to come down, and the three wins by Dustin and Justin and two by Hideki have created a lot of excitement,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said at THE PLAYERS Championship. “We’re excited about how the season is developing. We’ve got 29 of the top 30 players in the world playing on the PGA TOUR from nine different countries.” When Johnson won the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, he moved to No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking. He also joined a very select group of players who have won a PGA TOUR tournament in each of

Thanks to three victories, Dustin Johnson moved to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings midway through the season.

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who won the World Golf ChampionshipsHSBC Champions and Waste Management Phoenix Open. Justin Thomas, 24, matched Johnson’s trio of victories by winning the CIMB Classic, SBS Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii and was in third place 10 points behind Matsuyama. Thomas’ ability to go low was on clear display at the Sony Open in Hawaii, where he shot an opening-round 59, and he was a combined 72 under par in his three wins, setting the TOUR 72-hole scoring record at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. The remainder of the top 10 in the points standings through THE PLAYERS—where Si Woo Kim took the title, becoming the event’s youngest champion at 21—was rounded out by Jon Rahm, Pat Perez, Adam Hadwin, 2015 FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Brendan Steele and Brian Harmon. A youth movement evident during the 2015-16 TOUR season when there were

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Si Woo Kim accepted the trophy after winning THE PLAYERS Championship as 2016 winner Jason Day looked on. Hideki Matsuyama won twice early in the 201617 season, including at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, as players in their 20s continued to find success on TOUR.

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their first 10 seasons. Only Jack Nicklaus, who had at least one victory for 17 seasons, and Tiger Woods (14) have accomplished the feat. Johnson’s two World Golf Championships victories give him five career WGC titles, second only to Woods. “Obviously I’ve won my last three. But I’m just going to have to keep working hard,” Johnson told reporters after winning the Dell Technologies Match Play, where he became the first player to win all four World Golf Championships events. “Keep working on the things that I’m working on right now. And just keep trying to get better. Being No. 1, it kind of drives me to work harder and to get better. There’s still a lot of room for improvement in my game. So I’m just going to keep working on it.” Given how well he was playing, Johnson was primed for the Masters but slipped on the stairs in his rental house the day before the first round and had to withdraw with a back injury. In his absence, Spaniard Sergio Garcia scored a popular victory at Augusta National

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Golf Club, defeating Justin Rose in a playoff to win his first major championship at age 37. Fortunately for Johnson, his injury wasn’t serious and he returned to TOUR competition the following month ready for the second half of the season and the pursuit of his first FedExCup title. That won’t be easy though, given who is on his heels. Like Johnson, Thomas is a long hitter who is trying to get better in other areas of the game and it has showed. “A lot of my success was I was confident, driving it well,” Thomas said after winning the Sony Open in Hawaii, where he became the first since Ernie Els in 2003 to win the SBS Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in the same year. “I would say the biggest thing is the short game. I was not making very many bogeys and my stats over the past couple years show that I make a lot of birdies. So if I do that, then I would feel like I have a good chance of being in contention.” Midway through an exciting season, it was an equation that had worked well. 

Justin Thomas’ victory at the CIMB Classic was one of his three wins as he got in strong position to contend for the FedExCup.

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Rory McIlroy is the defending FedExCup Champion, his victory in the TOUR Championship leading to a win in the season-long competition.

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aving celebrated the first decade of the FedExCup last September with Rory McIlroy’s memorable charge to the championship, the PGA TOUR and FedEx Corp. announced in May that the shipping giant will continue to sponsor the season-long competition for another 10 years. “The FedEx relationship has been invaluable to the PGA TOUR on multiple fronts for more than 30 years, beginning with its sponsorship of the FedEx St. Jude Classic,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said. “The FedExCup revolutionized the fan viewing experience and competitive landscape of the PGA TOUR, establishing a cohesive narrative throughout the schedule and a compelling conclusion to the season with the FedExCup Playoffs.” “We are proud to extend our historic sponsorship of the FedExCup, which has dramatically changed the PGA TOUR,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president, Integrated Marketing and Communications for FedEx. “The FedExCup is the ultimate prize on the PGA TOUR, and the season-long competition has delivered some of the most exciting finishes in recent memory.” As part of the sponsorship renewal, FedEx has committed $1 million in annual donations to benefit non-profit organizations. The donations align with FedEx Cares, a global giving initiative, in which FedEx is investing $200 million in over 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities

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and deliver solutions for people around the world. Beyond defining the season champion, the FedExCup has made every tournament more meaningful through the season-long points competition and has created a consistent platform for media partners to tell the PGA TOUR story. The FedExCup Playoffs give fans the opportunity to see golf’s greatest players compete at the highest level in four high-profile events, culminating with the crowning of the FedExCup Champion. “To know that [the FedExCup] is secured through 2027 is a special day and a great statement about our players and a great statement about our tour,” Monahan said. Rory McIlroy emerged as the 10th champion with a dramatic title run last year featuring two FedExCup Playoffs victories, capped by a dramatic Sunday finish at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, where he won a playoff and the FedExCup Champion’s title. “Obviously it’s great for the TOUR, it’s great for the players,” McIlroy said of the sponsorship extension. “I think [the FedExCup] has brought another dimension to the PGA TOUR. I think it’s really gained traction. People are excited about it.” McIlroy joined an impressive list of FedExCup Champions: Tiger Woods (2007, 2009), Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Henrik Stenson (2013), Billy Horschel (2014) and Jordan Spieth (2015).  w w w.pgatour.com

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etween 1970 and 1983, football fans living in Pittsburgh could always count on their football team to play with toughness and always fight through the pain to make the “Steel City” proud. The team’s ethos of grit and determination was driven by its quarterback and leader, Hall-of-Famer Terry Bradshaw, one of the most durable players in the league’s history. Bradshaw had a rocket for a right arm, and his skills, poise, and leadership played a major role in Pittsburgh winning four championships during his legendary tenure. Bradshaw played fourteen professional seasons, and until his final year when he injured his throwing arm, he always managed to avoid major injuries. His hallmark was an innate ability to absorb a lot of punishment but always get back up and keep playing – a trait that was not lost on his teammates or his adopted city. “You can’t dodge them all,” said Bradshaw. “I got pummeled plenty of times through the years, but you just get up and keep playing.” After his retirement, Bradshaw kept active and stayed connected to football, eventually accepting his current role as one of the studio hosts for FOX NFL Sunday, a highly rated weekly program airing during the football season. It wasn’t until long after his football career ended, however, that he started to experience serious and debilitating pain in his right knee. “My knee was causing me all kinds of problems. I couldn’t sleep at night; I couldn’t take the stairs; and worst of all, I had a hard time playing with my granddaughter,” said Bradshaw, now 68 years old. “My knee pain was impacting my daily life, and because I was compensating for it, I started to develop back and ankle pain as well. It kept me from doing so many of the things I love to do.” When his knee pain became unbearable, and he could no longer maintain his weight training, golfing and

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YOUTH IS SERVED Si Woo Kim caps a memorable week at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course by becoming the youngest winner of THE PLAYERS Championship

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pressure of the watery finish and the prestige of becoming the champion of THE PLAYERS, the path was prepared for an experienced player to take home the crystal and $1.89 million first prize. Instead, the youngest golfer on the PGA TOUR, 21-year-old Si Woo Kim of South Korea, was by far the most disciplined player. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder became the youngest winner of THE PLAYERS (two years younger than Adam Scott in 2004) thanks to a bogey-free closing 69, defeating veterans Ian

Si Woo Kim of South Korea shot a final-round 69 to become, at 21, the youngest winner of THE PLAYERS Championship.

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Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen by three strokes. “I feel like I’m still dreaming,” Kim said. “I never expected that I’m going to win this tournament and I wasn’t doing that well at the beginning of this year but I’m just so excited that I could be the champion for this tournament.” Sergio Garcia, making his first start since winning the Masters in April, appeared to have a green-clad hangover in the first round, but he made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole to shoot 73 and was contending until the final round. His Spanish countryman, Rafa Cabrera Bello, was on the outskirts of contention in the final round until finishing with a flurry—a first-ever double eagle on the par-5 16th with an 8-iron, birdie on the par-3 17th and par putt from off the green on 18 after driving in the water. His 2-2-4 finish matched the lowest aggregate for the final three holes as he finished tied for fourth. Some of the other big names in the field needed such drama. With the 17th offering scores from 1 to 9 during the week and 69 balls in the water, the sun-baked course proved extremely difficult. Of the 12 rounds in the 80s, stars Justin Rose, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Jon Rahm were perplexed by

TPC Sawgrass, and third-round co-leader J.B. Holmes limped home with a final-round 84, tied for the highest round of the week. The hole that drew more attention than normal was the reconfigured, drivable par-4 12th hole. For the week, of the 131 players who went for the green from the tee, 25 were successful, including Kim on Saturday, who caromed a drive off a tree onto the green en route to a birdie. The scoring average for the week was 3.83, which ranked 15th in difficulty. Kim was a cool customer, standing up to the considerable rigors of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course with astounding recovery shots—he hit a driver from the rough onto the green on the testy 14th hole during the third round—and a sharp short game. In the final round, he continually got up and down from precarious spots (scrambled for pars 10 times) after birdieing the first hole and took the lead late on the front nine. He never let up in becoming the first PLAYERS champion to play a bogey-free final round since Tim Clark in 2010. The Seoul, South Korea native came to the United States as a 17-year-old high schooler in 2012 and finished tied for 20th in the PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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PGA TOUR Qualifying tournament—the last Q-School with direct access to the PGA TOUR. At age 17 years, 5 months and 6 days, he became the youngest player to earn his card via Q-School, surpassing another 17-year old, Ty Tryon, in 2001. However, TOUR rules require a minimum age of 18 for membership; therefore, he played an abbreviated schedule in 2013 before his 18th birthday on June 28, 2013. The Web.com Tour was his route back to the PGA TOUR over the next two years. Upon his return in 2016, Kim finished strong in August by shooting a second-round 60 en route to winning the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Kim follows in the footsteps of 2011 PLAYERS champion and South Korean golf hero K.J. Choi and counts Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama among his best friends. Taught by his father, Durya Kim, an avid golfer and instructor in South Korea, Si Woo opted earlier this year to start working with instructor Sean Foley. Hampered by back and wrist injuries, Kim was forced to withdraw

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from three tournaments, but with Foley’s guidance and improving health, his game rounded into form. “The last six weeks, every week, he’s gotten better,” said Mark Carens, his American caddie who turned pro at age 18 before becoming a caddie a decade later. “He gained confidence every week. When he has the chance to win, he usually plays his best.” The victory is sure to draw applause in South Korea, which has provided eight PGA TOUR winners, the most prominent being Choi and 2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang, who beat Tiger Woods in a final-round showdown. For two decades, the country has developed oodles of LPGA stars. “I really wish I could be a good example of the Korean men’s player because in Korea, LPGA players, the Korean ladies are dominating the LPGA Tour,” Kim said. “So I was kind of jealous seeing that, and I wanted to be a good—I always wanted to represent Korea very well. I’m just so proud that I won this championship.” 

(Below, left to right) Sergio Garcia had an ace on the 17th hole in the first round; Louis Oosthuizen plays a shot on the seventh hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship.

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Jason Day, who won THE PLAYERS Championship in 2016, and the rest of the field faced a redesigned 12th hole that tempted players to go for the green at the short par 4.

A CHALLENGING REDESIGN The new risk/reward 12th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is only the start of a brand-new look for TPC Sawgrass By Ward Clayton

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ven though it was early March and only a Media Day function with area charities benefiting from where shots landed, it was still a quizzical first look for Jason Day. The reconfigured par-4 12th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass served as the Australian’s introduction to recent, full-scale course changes. With the tee set forward to approximately 300 yards on the newly drivable hole, THE PLAYERS Championship’s defending champion hit 10 drives that formed a spray chart around the green, now set against a pond on the left and with a fairway bunker placed down the left side to challenge tee shots. Some of Day’s drives hooked left into the water, some were short, a couple bounded long and a handful right of the green into difficult lies in three devilish pot bunkers. None found the green. “I know there will be a lot of thinking there,” said Day, “which is exactly what you’re looking for standing on the tee on Sunday.” Pete Dye, the 91-year-old architect of the course, which opened in 1980, said the reworked hole “added excitement and drama” early in the back nine for what he termed “overlooked” holes 11, 12 and 13. A new set of bleachers frame No. 12 on the right, allowing spectators to view the risk/reward hole and its neighboring holes in similar fashion to the famous finishing stretch of 16, 17 and 18. The 12th hole is only the start of a new look for the home course of the PGA TOUR. Begin with a rerouted drive-in to the property that skirts the first fairway and offers a dramatic 46

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view of the clubhouse. There is expanded parking for the facility, a new maintenance complex closer to the middle of the course, an amped-up practice facility and changes to every hole, most notably a lake dividing holes 6 and 7 and a new back tee at the par-4 15th. The greens were also re-grassed with TifEagle bermudagrass. An expanded and upgraded PGA TOUR’s Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass adjacent to the practice facility was slated to reopen following THE PLAYERS. SUMMARY OF MODIFICATIONS • Rebuilt all greens and resurfaced with TifEagle bermudagrass from Mini Verde • Expanded greens for new hole locations on Nos. 1, 4, 9, 11 and 13 • Recaptured original green size on Nos. 3 and 6 • Modified greens contours on No. 8 • Rebuilt all bunkers and re-grassed bunker surrounds with Celebration bermudagrass • Redesigned the 12th hole into a risk/reward drivable par 4 • Redesigned the practice facility to improve visual elements and create a world-class practice area • Redesigned/expanded TOUR member short-game practice area and teeing ground • Leveled many resort tees • Created a lake between Nos. 6 and 7 • Repositioned tee on No. 7 and shifted tee back on No. 15 w w w.pgatour.com

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BARRIER BREAKERS A recent run of sub-60 scores has caused admiration for the players who achieved these remarkable scores

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t’s rarer than a no-hitter in baseball, a perfect passing rating in football, or a shutout in hockey. When a PGA TOUR golfer posts a score in the 50s, it goes beyond just a life memory for the player. It’s a historic occasion, first achieved by Al Geiberger 40 years ago (see The Last Word, page 225.) In the past few years, we’ve seen an uptick in sub-60 scores, a testament to the increased skill level across Tours. Still, breaking 60 requires a certain combination of skill and good fortune, and a 58 or 59 will always be cause for celebration. Commenting on sub-60s at Torrey Pines earlier this year, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said: “Those are superhuman feats. At this point in the year as we’re really getting going and hitting our stride, I think a 59 rises us up and pulls more people into the PGA TOUR, so I look at it as a positive.”

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tephan Jaeger 58, Round 1, 2016 Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae, Web.com Tour

The German native entered the week in the Bay Area well outside the top 75 on the money list, and as the Regular Season wound down, Jaeger was running out of weeks to keep his card—let alone make history. Things changed in a hurry at TPC Stonebrae, as Jaeger made 12 birdies, including one from about 10 feet on the par-5 ninth hole (his last), with his mom in the crowd from Germany. He became the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event. Jaeger went on to win the tournament in record-setting fashion at 30 under par, earning full Web.com Tour status for 2017.

Above [left to right]: Web.com Tour member Stephan Jaeger made history as the first to shoot 58 in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament. Jim Furyk’s 58 happened just a week later at the Travelers Championship.

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im Furyk 58, Round 4, 2016 Travelers Championship, PGA TOUR

The 17-time TOUR winner was no stranger to going low, having shot 59 at the 2013 BMW Championship, and perhaps that history served him well as he chased the lowest score in a PGA TOUR event, just a week after Stephan Jaeger’s 58 on the Web.com Tour. Furyk was well back in the pack entering the final round at TPC River Highlands, but the crowd began to buzz as he rattled off six birdies and an eagle in his first nine holes, making the turn in 8-under 27. He added birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 12, bringing history into the distinct realm of possibility. A 23-foot birdie on the par-3 16th served as a signature moment, and two closing pars made it official: the TOUR’s maiden 58 had been recorded. After starting the day T70, Furyk finished T5.

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ustin Thomas 59, Round 1, 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii, PGA TOUR

It had been a dream start to the 2016-17 season for Thomas, who won the CIMB Classic and SBS Tournament of Champions and entered the week at historic Waialae CC ranked second in the FedExCup standings. By the end of the week, he had moved to the top of the FedExCup with a seven-stroke victory, with an opening-round 59 serving as catalyst. Thomas began and ended his first TOUR sub-60 round with a flourish, as he chipped in for eagle on his opening hole, the par-4 10th, and closed with a 15-foot eagle on the par-5 ninth to cement his spot in golf history.

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Justin Thomas opened with a 59 at the Sony Open in Hawaii en route to a seven-stroke victory.

It was the ninth sub-60 score recorded in TOUR annals, and the first shot by a player without a victory to that point, but Hadwin’s 13-under score resonated nonetheless: it was the first on TOUR by a Canadian-born player and the lowest in relation to par since David Duval’s 59 in the same event 18 years earlier. Playing at La Quinta Country Club in the third round, Hadwin turned in 7-under 29, added birdies on holes 11-15 and 17 and sealed the deal with a 3-foot par putt on the final hole. Hadwin finished solo second, but he didn’t stay winless for long, capturing the Valspar Championship less than two months later.

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evin Sutherland 59, Round 3, 2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, PGA TOUR Champions

No player had ever broken 60 at En-Joie GC (longtime host of the TOUR’s B.C. Open), or on PGA TOUR Champions, but Sutherland changed the record book on an August day in upstate New York. It was a dream start to the day for Sutherland, who made seven birdies and an eagle in his first eight holes. He added three birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn, then birdied Nos. 15-17 to reach No. 18 tee at 14 under. Needing par for 58, Sutherland made bogey, but sealed a spot in the sub-60 club nonetheless. He shot a final-round 74 to finish the week T7. ■ [Left to right]: Kevin Sutherland had the first sub-60 score on PGA TOUR Champions. Adam Hadwin was the first Canadian-born golfer to go that low.

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Team Effort The Statue of Liberty will be part of a spectacular backdrop for the Presidents Cup when the United States hosts the International squad at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. By Dave Shedloski

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t’s been almost 20 years since Paul Fireman decided to purchase nearly 200 acres of prime real estate and turn it into a premier golf course. Liberty National Golf Club, in Jersey City, N.J., hosts the 12th edition of the Presidents Cup this fall, and although it is a young facility, opening in 2003, it has earned a well-deserved spot as the fourth U.S. course to host the biennial competition. Because although the

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land Fireman purchased sits hard by the Hudson River and enjoys a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty rising from New York Harbor a few thousand yards away, it wasn’t quite as “prime” as the location suggests. The former chairman of Reebok International, in fact, saved this property from itself in what he once called a “moment of insanity.” The now-bucolic spot, once

home to a Standard Oil refinery and a World War I munitions storage facility, was shackled with gnarled, broken-down buildings, dumpsters, corroded oil tanks and contaminated soil. “But it had a major attitude about it,” Fireman told PGATOUR.COM. “The location was iconic. How could you not want to do something with this property?” As the late Bob Cupp, who designed Liberty

Captains Steve Stricker of the U.S. (left) and Nick Price of the Internationals will guide their teams in a special setting.

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PRESIDENTS CUP U.S. Captain Jay Haas (center, behind trophy) and his team enjoyed a dramatic 2015 victory in South Korea.

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National with World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Kite, said: “There is a pretty deep history in that little part of the world. We are talking about of one of the heroic coastlines of the American experience.” Thus was born Liberty National, which opened in 2006. It cost an estimated $250 million, but that buys you plenty when you have a stunning clubhouse created by architect Lindsay Newman and you add amenities such as an on-site helistop, yacht services, a spa and a restaurant to the usual top-line golf facilities. The par-72 layout, measuring 7,387 yards from the championship tees, has a considerable touch of w w w.pgatour.com

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Scottish links-style golf in it, with its rolling fairways lined by tall fescue grass. To meet environmental standards, six million cubic feet of soil from the Jersey shore had to be trucked in. But that also gave Cupp and Kite the material to take the onceflat property and create the hills and knolls that add to the shotmaking challenges. Lakes and streams also come into play. “There is nothing on site that was not manufactured,” Kite noted. “This is as far away from the minimalist design philosophy as one can get.” Liberty National has twice hosted the PGA TOUR’s opening FedExCup Playoffs event, now THE NORTHERN

TRUST, with upstart American Heath Slocum beating four household names by a stroke in 2009. His 275 left Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker tied for second. Player reviews were mixed after that debut, so Cupp and Kite undertook extensive renovations in preparation for the 2013 Playoffs. Thirteen fairways were altered, some of the flowing bunkers repositioned, five greens were completely rebuilt while others were tweaked and re-contoured. Adam Scott of Australia, who figures to again be a prominent member of the 2017 International Team, was a one-stroke winner at

The 2015 Presidents Cup in Incheon, South Korea, was one of the most closely contested in the series, filled with searing drama and high emotions. Held at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, the 11th edition of the biennial matches ended with a familiar result, as the United States Team improved to 9-1-1 against the International Team. But while the visiting Americans were able to break out to a 4-1 lead in first-day foursomes, an International comeback ensured that the two sides were never more than a point apart the rest of the way, with America squeaking out a 15½ to 14½ victory. Bill Haas, son of U.S. captain Jay Haas, secured the clinching point in an emotional final singles match. He defeated native son Sang Moon Bae 2 up and then shared a tearful embrace with his father. Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson led the U.S. with 3 ½ points each, while Louis Oosthuizen led the International team with an unbeaten 4-0-1 mark.  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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273. Again there were four second-place finishers— Woods, Justin Rose, Graham DeLaet and Gary Woodland. “They made some very nice changes, especially to the greens,” Scott said after his victory. “It’s a course that presents a lot of opportunities, but there are stretches of tough holes, and you have to get through them, and 15, 16, 17, 18 are pretty strong holes to finish. You know, 15, 17 and 18 require three good drives and three good second shots to create a chance, and easy bogeys [can happen] by driving it into a fairway bunker or missing the green.” Those strong finishing holes, of course, will determine the outcome of most matches during the

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four days of the Presidents Cup competition set for Sept. 28-Oct. 1. The U.S. leads the series 9-1-1, including a one-point victory in 2015 in Korea. In 2014, the PGA TOUR announced a 25-year agreement with Liberty National to host the Presidents Cup and upwards of 10 other tournaments. “I think it’s one of the most stunning settings for professional golf there is on the planet,” former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said—and the world is invited to see it again this September.

TOP PLAYERS While it’s difficult to know what the final rosters of the teams will be, certain standouts will likely be

integral to the hopes of their respective sides. For the host U.S. Team, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth figure to be the leaders. Justin Thomas, who had three wins before the end of January, will be worth watching. Phil Mickelson, who has never missed the Presidents Cup, also should in some way impact the proceedings. The International Team’s best player early in the 2016-17 season has been Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who moved into the world top 5. Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott have been stalwarts on several teams, while South Africa’s Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel are all solid and experienced. 

Dustin Johnson (left) and Jordan Spieth should play key roles for the Americans at Liberty National.

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The PGA TOUR is intent on fast-tracking tournament and player news to fans by harnessing a variety of platforms By Kevin Prise

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he media landscape continues to change exponentially, with technological developments allowing consumers to get closer to up-to-the-minute content than ever before. Sports, and golf in particular, are no exception to these trends, and the PGA TOUR is taking advantage with a variety of social and digital media offerings that keep fans engaged and connected with the latest developments in the sport. And lately, there have been many. Unprecedented access The 2016-17 PGA TOUR season has seen an abundance of young talent flourish in the early portion, with names like Justin Thomas (three times), Dustin Johnson (twice), Hideki Matsuyama (twice), Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm all securing titles before the first day of spring.

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The TOUR’s ramped-up focus on digital and social media coverage has given fans unprecedented access to the competition, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, via platforms such as PGA TOUR LIVE, Facebook Live, Periscope, YouTube Live and Instagram stories, as well as the more “traditional” Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat platforms.

Hosts Mark Immelman (left) and John Swantek on the set of PGA TOUR LIVE, which shows more than 30 events and can be streamed on various devices.

Live coverage PGA TOUR LIVE is a subscription-based service showing more than 30 PGA TOUR events each season that allows fans to stream live coverage that cannot be seen anywhere else. PGA TOUR LIVE programming provides morning-wave, full-round coverage of select Featured Groups on Thursday and Friday mornings, showcasing some of the game’s most prominent names, as well as afternoon coverage of select Featured Holes, where fans can watch the entirety of the afternoon wave play the hole. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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One of the features of PGA TOUR LIVE is that it can be streamed from anywhere because it’s available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, pgatourlive.com, and a recently updated Microsoft Windows 10 app which includes PGA TOUR LIVE. If you’re on the go, you can still watch—and you never know when a historic event might unfold. EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE Case in point, the 2016 Travelers Championship. On what could otherwise be considered a standard Sunday morning of golf, things became anything-but-standard when Jim Furyk shot 27 on the front nine at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. PGA TOUR LIVE was streaming standard Featured Holes coverage on the sixth and 15th holes, but when it became clear that Furyk was on the verge of something special, LIVE producers made a quick decision to cover Furyk. The result was exclusive footage of Furyk’s final few holes, from No. 14 green through to the conclusion of his round, as the veteran completed a 12-under 58, the best single-round score in PGA TOUR history and a story that captured the attention of the entire sporting world, not just the golf world (see also pp. 51-52).

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scenes of Furyk’s two sub-60 scores on TOUR—the historic 58 at TPC River Highlands, as well as his 59 during the 2013 BMW Championship. SOMETHING NEW As new platforms emerge and more TOUR resources are dedicated to live digital coverage, additional opportunities arise for new ways to share content. Each week, fans are treated to something new. It might be a YouTube Live video of a pro giving a bunker lesson. It might be a Snapchat story documenting a player’s warm-up routine or an Instagram story following a winner’s last few holes on Sunday. It could be a Facebook Live walk-and-talk with a defending champion outlining his strategy on how to play a hole, or a Periscope question-and-answer session affording fans the chance to submit questions to a player. LIGHTER MOMENTS The TOUR’s new wave of digital content isn’t limited to its standard brand platforms. SkratchTV, launched in March of 2015, strives to showcase the lighter side of golf with outside-the-ropes content that can resonate with more casual fans that might not be as tuned into the week-to-week competition— such as its “Adventures in Golf” series, where host Erik Anders Lang explores ways to play golf in unconventional places, such as a baseball stadium, a castle and even a prison. Skratch also gives fans the chance to wax nostalgic about Tiger Woods’ era of dominance via its popular “Tiger Tuesdays” feature, documenting some of Woods’ special feats. We might not know what the next content platform will be, but fans can know the PGA TOUR will find ways to utilize it. 

PGA TOUR LIVE as it appears on desktop computers (left) and Apple TV.

“The PGA TOUR’s wide range of digital platforms served to complement coverage of Furyk’s 58”

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Topgolf, an innovative facility bringing entertainment and golf under one roof, caters to both avid and novice golfers—engaging and attracting new fans to the game By Ward Clayton

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o steal an old advertising adage, this ain’t your daddy’s driving range. Approaching by car, an impressive venue slowly appears on the horizon, as if constructed to confine something as massive as King Kong. Disco lights blink rapidly from targets on the outfield where golf balls bounce and accumulate like sleet during a winter storm. Music resonates from the lobby, bar, restaurant and the surroundings as people line up, dance, sing, consume food and drinks and whack golf balls. This is Topgolf, the newage facility for golfers and non-golfers that has been characterized as this generation’s 66

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upscale bowling alley. It’s part driving range, Skee-Ball, darts, bar, restaurant and nightclub all in one footprint. There are 102 hitting bays on three levels and the cost to play varies from $25-$45 per hour. Topgolf is a place for everyone, regardless of your age or skill level. The experience appeals to all because it’s centered around play, food and music. Topgolf brings people together, even people who have never considered playing golf. All of this came about in 2000 when two English brothers got bored hitting balls at a London driving range and conceptualized

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a way to determine the whereabouts of their shots—therefore the current Topgolf method of placing microchips in the golf balls to track their endpoint. With 10.5 million guests annually at 31 current venues, one year ago the PGA TOUR, LPGA and Topgolf announced a strategic alliance to help reach new fans. One of the newest venues opened last October in Jacksonville, Fla., adjacent to a popular outdoor mall and the University of North Florida and 15 miles from PGA TOUR headquarters at TPC Sawgrass. “Topgolf has been very successful in engaging avid and novice golfers alike through its golf and entertainment venues,” said Ty Votaw, Chief Marketing Officer of the PGA TOUR. “We see exciting collaborative opportunities that will benefit not only Topgolf, the PGA TOUR and LPGA, but golf as a whole.” A recent National Golf Foundation study found that more than one third of Topgolf visitors were non-golfers. Of those who have been playing golf less than three years, 24 percent began playing because of Topgolf and 82 percent said Topgolf influenced their decision to play golf.

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One of the first collaborative initiatives took place this March with Topgolf Junior PLAY. The First Tee and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf gathered junior golfers age 6-17 to experience Topgolf at five Topgolf facilities nationwide at no charge for the day. As part of its Topgolf for Good program, Topgolf will offer free game play to any charitable organization whose purpose is aligned with youth leadership, mentorship and empowerment. Free game play is available at any Topgolf location in the United States Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm. Play sessions, which can be requested at Topgolf. com/giving, must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance and are subject to availability. “Topgolf’s innovative and imaginative approach is introducing more people to the game,” LPGA Chief Commercial Officer Jon Podany said. “Through these new initiatives that we are working on with the PGA TOUR and Topgolf, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring that fun experience to more and more kids, particularly young girls. It can only have further positive benefits to the game of golf.” Another tweak is Topgolf Crush, where a sports stadium is set up like a Topgolf venue with targets on the field and participants hitting from spots in the stands, assisted by tracking technology. Topgolf could also host professional tournament activities such as pairing parties or sponsor functions since most venues are located in cities that have professional tour events. 

Topgolf venues feature 102 hitting bays on three levels. The cost to play varies from $25-$45 per hour.

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Our regular travel section looks at more of the leading resorts and courses that deliver a memorable experience

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he spring/summer issue of the Guide focuses on some courses by some of the world’s biggest names in course architecture, along with the many upscale resorts where playing golf in a magnificent setting is the main attraction.

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Whether you’re looking for a long summer break, a long weekend, or perhaps something more permanent such as a time share, we look at all of these options in the following pages.

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CHOOSE YOUR SEASON High: December through April Low: May through November For sun seekers, an average of 300 days of sun a year is guaranteed, with a temperature range of 75 to 85 degrees.

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MEXICO

exico is a land of mystery and inspiration for many. It was here, for example, that John Steinbeck wrote Log from the Sea of Cortez (1941), and earlier D.H. Lawrence wrote The Plumed Serpent while staying in Oaxaca in 1926. Movie directors loved the location, with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and A Fistful of Dollars (1964) being just two of the many classics that Mexico’s rugged terrain has inspired. More than half a century later, Mexico’s unique landscapes presented a new and different creative challenge. It inspired some of the biggest names in golf course design—including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman, Tom Weiskopf, Pete Dye, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Tiger Woods—to turn their attention to a country that clearly offered outstanding opportunities for the development of first-class courses. Today, players of all levels appreciate the skill that has gone into these designers’ often challenging creations.

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For vacationers on the move around the Pacific peninsula of Baja, there are a dozen or more great courses to investigate—six of which bear the Golden Bear’s legacy of being a Jack Nicklaus Signature course.

Arroyo nine, Palmilla Golf Club, Jack Nicklaus’ first Latin America design.

BAJA PENINSULA, CALIFORNIA SUR ONE & ONLY PALMILLA GOLF CLUB Jack Nicklaus’ love of fishing led him to discover the magnificent Baja Peninsula in the 1960s. And in the 1990s Nicklaus returned to design the 27-hole Palmilla Golf Club’s original Arroyo/Mountain nines, launching a golf boom in Mexico that continues today. Palmilla Golf Club is Nicklaus’ first Latin America design, and is recognized as the Grand Dame of golf in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course opened in 1993. Palmilla Golf Club went on to host the 1997 Senior Slam with Hale Irwin— who leads PGA TOUR Champions with 45 career wins—defeating Nicklaus, Ray Floyd and Gil Morgan. Palmilla’s Jack Nicklaus course is masterfully conceived, both challenging and stunningly beautiful. An 18-hole course can be configured from three nines named after the defining features of their landscape (Arroyo/Mountain, 6,939 yards, par 72; Mountain/ PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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Ocean, 7,036 yards, par 72; Ocean/Arroyo, 6,771 yards, par 72)—“arroyo” meaning a dry creek or gully that intermittently has running water at time of sufficient rain. The combinations provide golfers with a different experience on the front and back nines. For example, the Mountain Course, is a diverse layout with holes of varying lengths as well as plenty of sand and water. From all 27 holes, the courses give views of that inspiration for John Steinbeck, the Sea of Cortez. There are five sets of staggered tees and stunning fairways, along with four lakes and intriguing shifts in elevation that provide good challenges for all keen players. For those interested in USGA slope ratings for these courses, they are as follows: Arroyo/Mountain Men’s Championship 74.3/Ladies 69.2 Mountain/Ocean Men’s Championship 74.4/Ladies 71.3 Ocean/Arroyo Men’s Championship 74.8/Ladies 69.3

The Sea of Cortez, an inspiration for John Steinbeck, is a beautiful backdrop.

Palmilla Resort has all the facilities guests expect from a “luxury” destination.

The One & Only Palmilla Resort, Los Cabos, has all the facilities you would expect from its “luxury” rating— driving range, putting green and short game area, along with a golf school and fittingly stylish accommodations and fine dining. Palmilla is in the portfolio of One & Only Resorts which have resorts in some of the world’s most beautiful locations including The Bahamas, Maldives, Mauritius, Cape Town and Hayman Island, Australia, to mention a few. Getting there… Airports near Palmilla Golf Club are: Los Cabos International Airport, distance: 9.5 miles and Manuel Márquez de León International Airport, distance: 83 miles. 76

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THE BEST COMMUNITY TO LIVE IN MEXICO

Yucatan Country was created as the most impressive and exclusive gated community of the Yucatan Peninsula; located in Merida which is currently considered the safest city in Mexico. Distinguished by the f ine architecture of it’s luxurious Clubhouse, which hosts 5 restaurants, as well as tennis, soccer, paddle courts and other f itness academies, pools and breathtaking views of the golf course.

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QUIVIRA GOLF CLUB Travel south (some 18 miles from Palmilla) to the very tip of the Baja peninsula and you’ll reach one of the Nicklaus Design team’s latest courses, Quivira Golf Club, which opened to fanfare in 2014. This location is marked by sheer granite cliffs, huge windswept dunes and rolling desert foothills. Nicklaus has commented: “This property afforded us a rare opportunity because of its topographic diversity and natural environment. Our team worked with the canvas Mother Nature provided to create one of the most spectacular courses in the world.” With views of the Pacific from all 18 holes, Quivira is a well-strategized layout, with four tee placements ranging from 7,139 to 4,763 yards (par 72), starts w w w.pgatour.com

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at sea level, scales cliffs 200 feet above the surf, spans canyons and arroyos, meanders through dunes and desert and returns to the sea at the finish. Quivira Golf Club offers some dry humor in its course tour descriptions: No. 3, for example, “shrugs off indifferent approach shots.” When you tackle No. 6 “the tee shot must find and hold a long narrow green that drops off to a cavernous bunker and oblivion on the left”—Golf Digest commented, “You can lose a lot of balls at Quivira, but you won’t care because of the spectacular setting. The quirky, fun design is like playing golf inside a Salvador Dali painting.” And the club’s advice for No. 13 informs us: “This petite hole calls for a do-or-die shot over an abyss to the most challenging green

on the course.” The risk/ reward element is always a compelling aspect of the game for those with a strong competitive urge—as Tiger Woods said, “Players like risk/reward opportunities and to feel like they’ve been challenged in all aspects of the game.” Green fees at Quivira include use of golf carts, driving range and all food and refreshments at the four comfort stations, with prime-time morning rates of $315 from June through September and $370 from October through May. The clubhouse is a thatched-roof, multi-story property conveniently located between the first tee and the 18th green. This stylish beachfront facility, roughly the height of a palm tree, sits directly above the sandy shore a short distance from the Pacific surf.

No. 5, Quivira Golf Club. No. 4, Quivira Golf Club. A view of Quivira Golf Club’s clubhouse, located between the first tee and the 18th green.

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DIAMANTE, CABO SAN LUCAS If you’re planning frequent vacations in Los Cabos, a timeshare or permanent move, a private member club could be an attractive option. The luxury resort of Diamante, Cabo San Lucas, is highly rated together with an internationally ranked Dunes Course designed by Davis Love III (for an interview with Love, see pp.142-44). The 18-hole Dunes Course sits among some of the most dramatic sand dunes in the world. “You’re either playing toward the ocean, along the ocean or away from the ocean,” says Love. “And then, at times, you’re down in the dunes and you pop up and are surprised all over again by the incredible views of the ocean.” In 2014, Diamante also opened up Tiger Woods’ first design—El Cardonal—adding to both Diamante’s and Los Cabos’ reputation as a world-class golf destination. Woods created a course that brings back the need for strategy—providing players with several shot options to navigate during each hole. The course is long enough to challenge expert players, but open enough to provides options for those with higher handicaps. It truly is a fun test for golfers of all skill levels. No. 12, Dunes Course—a Davis Love III design—at the luxury resort of Diamante. No. 8, Dunes Course.

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“I set up the golf strategy to make golfers think and make choices,” says Woods, “Regardless of your handicap, there are going to be different ways to play every hole. Angles of approach are going to be very important and will dictate the type of shots you should consider. I love this kind of golf.” The property offers three residence clubs: Beach Estates Residence Club is a shared-ownership vacation club for those not wanting a full-time commitment; Dunes Residence Club offering a collection of luxurious two-bedroom condominiums; Golf Villa Residence Club where Golf Villas can be purchased. Getting there… Cabo San Lucas is 23 miles from Los Cabos Airport. Some 30 airlines operate out of Los Cabos Airport. w w w.pgatour.com

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No. 17, Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol.

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CABO DEL SOL There are currently six Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses in the Los Cabos area, some of which—such as the El Dorado Golf & Beach Club—are private clubs and therefore not featured here for that reason. Located at the tip of the Baja peninsula along the 20-mile corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is another Jack Nicklaus Signature design which is hugely popular—and for good reason. The Ocean Course is the centerpiece of the 1,800-acre residential resort community of Cabo del Sol. Stretching for more than a mile along a rocky coastline, this championship w w w.pgatour.com

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No. 6, Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol.

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layout has been praised by Nicklaus himself for having the “three finest finishing holes in all of golf.” And the fifth and signature 17th holes are currently ranked among the best holes in the world. Why? In 2011 some major course changes “heightening the drama on Cabo del Sol’s Ocean Course” were announced. The Nicklaus Design team commented: “The alterations to the Ocean Course fly in the face of conventional thinking. Given the value of prime oceanfront real estate in Los Cabos, most developers have relocated golf away from the ocean. Also, courses seeking to defend par against high-tech equipment tend to lengthen holes, not shorten them. The new back-to-back par 3s at Cabo del Sol go against the grain on both counts. Each newly configured hole is shorter than the original. In addition, each has been edged closer to the sea, heightening the 84

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drama, challenge and sensory experience for players.” Similarly, at No. 5, Nicklaus and his design team shifted the tees and relocated the green complex to the brink of the crashing surf. When completed in mid-2011, the new fifth hole enhanced the already spectacular ocean experience at the recast sixth and seventh holes, both of which skirt the shoreline. Prime time morning rates are currently $375, November through May; $290 in June; $265 July through September and £290 in October. If, heaven forbid, you should choose to take a break from golf, and you share Nicklaus’ love of fishing, it’s worth noting that Los Cabos is considered the world’s No.1 fishing ground for marlin.MidApril to mid-June is considered the key period, with optimistic fisher folk converging to fulfill their dreams of catching the magnificent striped marlin with rod and reel.

(Top) No. 16, Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol. (Above) No. 17 at Cabo del Sol’s Ocean Course is currently ranked among the best holes in the world.

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TRAVEL Gran Meliá Golf Resort in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico has about 300 miles of beaches around the island, plus the islands of Vieques, Culebra, Caja de Muertos and the offshore nature reserves. The island is a popular destination especially for those who love golf. The location has become well established with some outstanding courses, especially since the Coco Beach Golf Club has become home to the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open which takes place annually in March, as mentioned in the previous issue of The Guide, together with the Gran Meliá Golf Resort.

CHOOSE YOUR SEASON The golf season continues year-round, although green fees at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort vary according to season. Mid-April through June is recommended, with the summer months considered “high season.” PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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ST. REGIS BAHIA BEACH RESORT RESORT Golf is such a big deal in Puerto Rico that the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort offers, among other options, a “Deluxe Golf Room”. This room doesn’t actually contain a miniature golf course but it does sleep two guests in luxurious surroundings and provides impressive views of the Bahia Beach Golf Course, a course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., one of the world’s pre-eminent golf course architects. Tee times are available at 10-minute intervals. Resort guests can confirm their tee times through the golf club administrative staff or the St. Regis Concierge. Singles are accepted and may be paired upon request. Group arrangements are coordinated through the Bahia Golf Club representative, and can be booked at the same time as hotel reservations are made.

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Getting there… The closest airport is José Aponte de la Torre Airport (RVR). Travel Distance: Approximately 22 miles. Options for getting to and from the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort include private transportation and first class chauffeurs.

A view from above of Robert Trent Jones’ Jr.’s Bahia Beach Golf Course at St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. No. 8, Bahia Beach Golf Course.

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No. 11 on the Corales Golf Course, designed by Tom Fazio.

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The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s most enticing golf destinations with Punta Cana—which includes Cap Cana, at the island’s eastern edge—as no doubt the island’s jewel. This is a 30,000-acre resort area with no fewer than three Jack Nicklaus signature courses.

An aerial view of No. 18, Corales Golf Course.

PUNTA ESPADA Some consider the Punta Espada course the best course in the whole of Mexico and the Caribbean.

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With beautiful fairways that follow the coastline and a course design that blends into the natural setting, Punta Espada is a Nicklaus masterpiece offering all the challenges you could wish for, placed within an idyllic setting. Eden Roc is a luxury hotel, a secluded property within the exclusive beachfront community of Cap Cana. With access to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada Golf Course, Eden Roc offers luxurious accommodations including “Luxury Pool Junior Suites” as well as family suites and beachfront suites, together with all the amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel. The resort area of Punta Cana has a number of great resort options, as we saw in the last issue of The Guide, including Puntacana Resort & Club, the Corales Golf Club and La Cana Golf Club. The Corales Golf Club hosted a Web.com Tour event the last two years and the event will be on the PGA TOUR schedule in 2018.

No. 3, Punta Espada Golf Course.

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If you consider the climate variations across our great country, you could do as well to choose your golf vacation closer to home. In this travel section of The Guide we frequently review golf resorts within the States and this time we look again at Mississippi, Missouri and Michigan.

MISSISSIPPI Many of the great course designers have fallen for the charms and indeed the potential that Mississippi offers for beautiful and creative courses. It’s a roll call of great names, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Bob Cupp. Their courses are located throughout the state’s five distinct regions: hills, pines, river delta, capital/ river and coastal. 94

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Following gulf coast this time, we reach the highly rated golf course of Shell Landing, a Davis Love III championship design, highly ranked in the “Best New Upscale Public” category. Shell Landing offers a two-round package deal of $119 (May through June); $99 (July through September); $119 (October through November) and $89 (November 27 through December). The rates are per person and exclude a seven percent state sales tax. Shell Landing also has three certified PGA Class A professionals all with extensive teaching/coaching experience. Travel east along the coast and you reach The Preserve Golf Course, which is within the Palace Casino Resort. This course was designed

by U.S. Open champion and awardwinning designer Jerry Pate. The course encompasses 245 acres, surrounded by an additional 1,800 acres of dedicated nature preserve. The native surroundings of pitcher plant bogs, cypress swamps, longleaf pine savannah, live oak groves and native-grass prairies have been integrated into the design of the 18-hole, par-71 layout. The Preserve offers five sets of tees, wonderful course condition and superior guest service. Spring/summer tee times and rates: 7:30 a.m.—2 p.m. 18 Holes $140.00 9 Holes $55.00 2 p.m.—7 p.m. 18 Holes $95.00

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In the Midwest region Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., is America’s premier wilderness resort, ranked as one of the top resorts for families in America. The property also compasses Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge, and the new Gary Player Short Course. Resort founder Johnny Morris, along with Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer have spent 7½ years creating Top of the Rock, one of the most amazing golf experiences ever developed. Top of the Rock, the first Par 3 course to be included in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event, features nature and golf at its finest. Perched high above Table Rock Lake, the peaceful waterfalls, wandering creeks, bass-filled ponds and pristine lakes of Top of the Rock complete a true celebration of nature, the Ozarks and the game of golf. The experience includes Top of the Rock, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, an Arnold Palmer-designed Practice Facility and Arnie’s Barn, a magnificent 150-yearold barn re-located from Arnold Palmer’s backyard in Latrobe, Penn., complete with historic photos and memorabilia from Palmer’s legendary career. w w w.pgatour.com

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Located a few miles from Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio. The course measures 7,036 yards from the back tees to 5,032 yards from the forward tees. Buffalo Ridge Golf Course has been named the No.1 public course in Missouri by Golf Magazine and also given as one of the Top 10 Missouri Courses by Golf Digest since 2001. Buffalo Ridge includes challenging approaches, water features and bunkers while incorporating indigenous natural-like native grasses and free-ranging buffalo from nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Expectations run high with the opening of the Gary Player world-class short course. The new layout will add to the already impressive variety of golf offerings at Big Cedar Lodge, home of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, a popular PGA TOUR Champions tournament. Big Cedar Lodge, Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course. No. 7, Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course. Top of the Rock Golf Course. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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TRAVEL The Loop Course, at Forest Dunes.

CHOOSE YOUR SEASON From May through September high temperatures are in the 70s and 80s—perfect for golf. With an average annual snowfall of 113 inches, the Boyne region is also an extremely popular ski destination.

Michigan boasts an enviable list of great courses, many open to the public. In our last issue of The Guide we added Boyne Highlands to our bucket list. Boyne itself is home to 10 premier courses and is not to be missed if you’re headed to the great state of Michigan for a golf vacation. Also highly rated are Arcadia Bluffs GC and Forest Dunes GC. Arcadia Bluffs was founded in 1999 on the windswept bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan. The club sits on 265 acres that were once a mix of cherry and apple orchards, as well as densely wooded acreage. The course, designed by Warren Henderson, drops approximately 225 feet from its highest point on No.3 tee to the bluff line, then drops an additional 180 feet to the Lake Michigan Shoreline. The course covers 3,100 feet of Lake Michigan frontage and resembles a seaside links course, with rolling terrain and windswept natural fescues throughout. In the summer of 2018 a new course—the South 98

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Course—will be opened, designed by course architect Dana Fry of Fry/Straka. The accommodations at Arcadia Bluffs are comfortable and elegant, with magnificent views of Lake Michigan. Getting there… Manistee County Blacker Airport - MBL (30 min.) Frankfort Dow Memorial Airport - FKS (20 min.) Arcadia Bluffs offers complimentary transportation to and from local airports.

Architect Tom Doak has built a reversible 18-hole golf course at Forest Dunes that opened for public play on June 27, 2016. The Loop at Forest Dunes features two distinct layouts using the same 18 greens but playing clockwise one day (Black routing) and counterclockwise the next (Red routing). The concept brings some of golf’s roots to America, the Old Course at St. Andrews having been built to be played in two different directions. What Doak has done with The

Loop is construct two equally impressive tracks using a special piece of land to the west of Forest Dunes’ current course. The relatively flat, sand-based earth is the perfect location for this concept giving owner Lew Thompson a revolutionary course to go with Forest Dunes’ own Top 25 nationally ranked public course. How to get there… A three-hour drive from Detroit Metro Airport, but worth the effort.

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UP FOR GRABS

No one dominated the early part of the PGA TOUR Champions schedule, but familiar names were among those with victories and in strong position in the Charles Schwab Cup race, which will conclude with Playoffs drama for a second season

By Bill Fields

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hrough the first seven tournaments of 2017 on PGA TOUR Champions, the depth of competition was evident as there were no multiple winners. But while victories were spread around, a milestone was achieved in the year’s first event when the dominant player of the last decade showed he wasn’t going to be easily displaced at the top. With a victory at the weather-shortened Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Bernhard Langer reiterated that he is not only one of the most amazing stories in professional golf but in the broader sports world as he continues to excel closing in on his 60th birthday in August. 102

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With the second edition of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs coming up this fall, the German native will be trying to win the season-long competition for a fifth time. Langer shot 64-65—129 at Hualalai Golf Course in Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii to edge Fred Couples by one shot after wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour created unplayable conditions and forced the cancellation of the final round. The victory was Langer’s 30th on PGA TOUR Champions, moving him out of a tie with Lee Trevino into second place alone in career titles trailing Hale Irwin (45). And it came on he and wife Vikki’s wedding anniversary.

Bernhard Langer’s win at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai was his 30th PGA TOUR Champions title.

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“To start the year off in this fashion, [after] winning the Schwab Cup last year, it can’t be much better,” said Langer. To have won on the day when we celebrate our 33rd anniversary, and I have my kids and my wife with me, that doesn’t happen very often. So it’s quite emotional for me, pretty neat. It was a magical week…and continuing basically where I left off last year is pretty amazing.” Langer has won at least one event 11 consecutive years on PGA TOUR Champions, matching Irwin’s mark from 1995 through 2005. Thanks to top-three finishes in three other events early in 2017, Langer moved to the top of the money list with $750,250 and in position to earn his ninth money title. It won’t be easy for Langer, however, given some of the talent on his heels. This has already been a comeback season for Couples, who was limited to only three starts in 2016 because of his problematic back. Feeling better in 2017, Couples built on his high finish at Hualalai by winning the Chubb Classic a month later for his 12th career PGA TOUR Champions title but first since 2014. Just playing three straight tournaments was a triumph in itself. “I love playing golf, I really do,” Couples said. “I like this tour so to play on it is

always fun. And when you’re not playing on it, for me it’s a struggle because I know my back’s bad. So far this year I’ve felt way better than I did last year. My swing is good enough that when I’m a little stiff I can get around it. And three tournaments for some people is nothing. For me it’s a huge goal because I just don’t last that long, and I feel good.” While Couples rediscovered his winning ways, another Tour mainstay, Colin Montgomerie, missed several weeks of competition because of torn ligaments in his left ankle, returning to action in May. The Scot will hope his return will be as successful as that of Tom Lehman. Coming off elbow surgery last November, the 1996 Open champion posted 20 under par to win the Tucson Conquistadores Classic by a stroke over Steve Stricker. “Since I couldn’t play golf I spent a lot of time just trying to get in better shape and I think that really paid off this week,” said Lehman, a longtime Arizona resident who earned his 10th career PGA TOUR Champions victory. “I feel much better over the golf ball, hit a lot of good shots, made some good putts, had a lot of energy. To win is always special, and I think to win in Arizona feels great. To beat a great

“To start the year off in this fashion [after] winning the Schwab Cup last year, it can’t be much better.” —Bernhard Langer

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His bad back kept Fred Couples from playing much during 2016, but he is feeling better and off to a fast start this season.

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player like Steve Stricker—he played quite well himself and has nothing to be ashamed of—I just made a couple more putts.” Joining Langer, Couples and Lehman as early winners were Scott McCarron (Allianz Championship), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic), Stephen Ames (Mitsubishi Electric Classic) and Carlos Franco/Vijay Singh, who teamed to win the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. For Ames and Singh, it was their first wins on the 50-and-older Tour. After a busy late spring and summer schedule highlighted by five majors, PGA TOUR Champions will feature the second edition of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, a threetournament, season-ending competition. The top 72 players on the money list following the SAS Championship will qualify for the Playoffs. The leading 54 players will advance from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond to the PowerShares QQQ Championship at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. From there, the top 36 players continue to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (which moves to Phoenix Country Club from Desert Mountain, where Paul Goydos won in 2016). Langer will be going for his fourth consecutive Charles Schwab Cup crown. It would be a couple of months late, but what a 60th birthday present that would be.  An eagle on the last hole lifted Scott McCarron to victory at the Allianz Championship.

Bernhard Langer won his fourth season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition in 2016 and is in good position to go for another crown in 2017.

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When carrying a golf bag, certain lifting and moving techniques may cause stress on the lower back.

AVOIDING LOWER-BACK INJURIES Some expert advice, with short-term and long-term strategies

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he lower back is one of the most problematic areas of the body for golfers. Injuries are common, but there are ways to prevent them. Thomas G. Hospel, M.D., PGA TOUR, Medical Advisor, gives us his recommendations on how best to prevent lower-back injuries.

Long-term preventative strategies

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attempt to maintain or improve flexibility. The hamstrings, hips, lumbar spine and torso are an important part of the kinetic chain of the golf swing. If the athlete has limited range of motion (flexibility) of the hamstring, hips and torso, then the back will be required to compensate with additional forces going through the lumbar spine. This will place the athlete at greater risk of developing lower-back injuries.

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maintain or improve core strength. The muscles of the core include the pelvic, abdominal and lumbar muscles. These muscles act to protect the joints during the golf swing. The stronger the core, the greater the ability to generate clubhead speed. This allows greater distance and control during the golf swing. A golfer can prevent injuries and improve performance by maintaining or improving core strength.

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maintain an appropriate body weight. This is the best way to determine the overall fitness of an individual. An appropriate goal for a male golfer is to have a body fat percentage less than 16 percent while an appropriate goal for a female golfer is to have a body fat percentage less than 24 percent.

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address swing mechanic abnormalities. The golf swing applies significant force over the lumbar spine. Common swing faults such as hanging back and reverse spine angle may contribute to lower-back injuries.

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short-term strategies to prevent Lower-back injuries

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plan to warm up prior to playing golf. A dynamic warm-up is best. This includes movement along with stretching. The dynamic warm up activates your muscles and improves range of motion. The dynamic warm up improves body awareness and enhances muscular performance and power. There is less likelihood of injury in muscles that are warm, loose and performing well.

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take practice swings with all categories of clubs. It is important for the back and other joints to have had warm up swings with the driver, irons and wedges prior to the round. A gradual increase in velocity of the swing over a period of 5-10 minutes will allow the joints and muscles to actively engage in the demand that is required in an 18-hole round.

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stay hydrated during the round. Muscles require proper hydration in order to operate effectively and dehydration may lead to dysfunction. This may contribute to abnormal mechanics and subsequent injury.

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recovery. Attempt to reduce inflammation and allow muscle repair through modalities of cold therapy, massage, proper nutrition and sleep. Avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. If an injury occurs, address the injury with a professional sooner rather than later—it is important to seek proper professional advice on injuries prior to participating in another round of golf.  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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SPORT, FITNESS & HEALTH

SUMMER SUN PROTECTION With many of us spending hours on the golf course this summer, the smart health advice is to use lots of sunscreen and drink plenty of liquids

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n the summer months when players and spectators spend many hours of the day in bright sunshine, all are at risk of the effects of sun exposure. The more exposure to the sun, the more important it is to guard against its hazards. UV PROTECTION Here’s a checklist that details just how over exposure to the sun can be harmful. It can lead to: • Eye injuries—UV rays can damage the tissue in your eyes. These harmful rays can burn your outer layer, the cornea. They also can blur your vision. Over time, you can develop cataracts that can cause blindness if left untreated. • Lowered immune system—white blood cells work to protect your body. When your skin gets burned, white blood cells help create new cells. This process can put your immune system at risk in other areas. • Skin cancer—most skin cancer is nonmelanoma. This is very common, but also treatable. Melanoma skin cancer is not as common, but is more severe. Skin cancer can spread to other areas of the body especially if left untreated. • Skin changes—some skin cells with melanin can form a clump. This creates freckles and moles. Over time, these can develop into cancer.

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PREVENTION Be aware—the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cover up—wear clothing and hats to protect your skin from UV rays. Wear sunglasses. Take a break—go inside, get in the shade or use an umbrella. Use sunscreen—the higher the SPF, the more it will protect against UV rays. The FDA suggests using SPF 15 or greater. Apply 30 minutes before going outside. Re-apply every two hours. HYDRATION Whether you’re playing golf or are spectating, it’s important to make sure you get the right amount of water before, during and after time out on the golf course. Water regulates the body temperature and lubricates the joints. It also helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy—if you’re not properly hydrated,

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Sun exposure can be harmful, but there are ways to protect yourself.

your body can’t perform at its highest level. You may experience fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness or more serious symptoms. Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are serious conditions. Learn to recognize the warning signs of these complaints, such as: heavy sweating, pale or cold skin weakness and/or confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, fast heartbeat and dark-colored urine—which indicates dehydration. And learn how to treat these conditions… The American Council on Exercise has suggested the following basic guidelines for drinking water before, during and after exercise: • Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water at least four hours before starting to exercise; • Drink eight ounces of water 20 to 30 minutes before starting exercise or during your warm-up; • Drink seven to 10 ounces of water every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise; • Drink eight ounces of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise. In addition to this advice, sports drinks may also be helpful. The calories, potassium and other nutrients in sports drinks can provide helpful energy and electrolytes.  [Information sources: FDA, American Council on Exercise, American College of Sports Medicine, MD Anderson]

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baptist MD Anderson provide free skin screenings at PGA TOUR tournaments The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center teamed up for the second consecutive year to provide complimentary skin cancer screenings for spectators at the Shell Houston Open. March 30–April 2, and THE PLAYERS Championship, May 11-14, at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and also at the TOUR Championship, East Lake GC, Sept. 20-24. Screenings at these tournaments are free, taking about 10 minutes, with no appointment necessary. For more information visit baptistmdanderson.com or call 1-844-MDA-BAPTIST (1-844-632-2278). PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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THESE GUYS ARE GOOD

Our occasional series continues with a look at some of the PGA TOUR players who make a commitment to the many charities that benefit from their individual support

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he tournaments of the PGA TOUR provide a bulwark for local charities in every community where an event is played. But the contributions of individual players know no boundaries, tournament, state or nation. Our series continues with a look at four more PGA TOUR players who are dedicated to giving back—in the United States and around the world. PAUL CASEY As new parents PGA TOUR player Paul Casey and his wife, Pollyanna, are experiencing all 112

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the joys of a growing family. This incredible experience has made Paul even more passionate about ensuring that children around the world have the basics they need to survive and live healthy lives. During a press event at THE PLAYERS on May 9, 2017, Casey announced the launch of his crowdfunding campaign to support UNICEF, an organization that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Starting now through the end of the PGA TOUR season, fans and supporters can

(Left to right) Ben Crane works with organizations that help improve the lives of young people. Through his support of the Love and Care Ministries of Texas, Bob Estes focuses his charitable efforts on giving back to the community.

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CHARITY INSIGHT (Left to right) Bubba Watson is affiliated with charities such as The First Tee of Northwest Florida and Birdies for the Brave. Brad Faxon focuses his charitable efforts on helping young people.

TOUR PLAYERS’ WIVES ASSOCIATION of young people. H.O.P.E. Farm targets boys from single-parent homes who lack a positive male influence in their lives. The children enter the program between ages five and seven and typically stay through high school. BRAD FAXON Brad focuses his charitable efforts on helping young people through the Billy Andrade-Brad Faxon Charities for Children Foundation. His foundation strives to improve the quality of life for at-risk children in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts by funding projects or programs that directly target their needs.

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join Casey by visiting his campaign page and make a pledge for each birdie he hits this season. The current No. 14 player in the world will personally be donating $100 for every birdie he hits to combat the ongoing famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. To find out more please visit: pledgeit.org BEN CRANE Ben supports the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans. The mission of the St. Bernard Project created housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. The St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit, community-based organization carries out its mission through three primary programs: Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness and Mental Health and Opportunity Housing Program. For more information, please visit stbernardproject.org. Ben also works with organizations such as H.O.P.E Farm in Texas to improve the lives w w w.pgatour.com

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BOB ESTES Bob focuses his charitable pursuits on giving back to the community through his support of the Love and Care Ministries of Texas and his participation in the annual Tom Landry FWC Memorial Golf tournament. Across Abilene, Texas, Love and Care Ministries helps the homeless and poor with the basic needs of life. BUBBA WATSON Bubba Watson’s custom-built 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster raised $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave at the 2015 BarrettJackson’s Charity Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. “One of the privileges of being on the PGA TOUR,” says Bubba, “is that I have the opportunity to contribute to and raise awareness for a variety of charities. My hope in giving back is that others would be inspired to do the same, but in their own way and for causes that they care for deeply. Together we can all make a difference in the lives of others.” Charities Bubba is affiliated with include The First Tee of Northwest Florida, Fresh Start, Birdies for the Brave and the Ronald McDonald House of Pensacola, Florida. 

The Association was incorporated in 1988 by wives of professional golfers on the PGA TOUR. PGA TOUR tournaments are major fundraisers for charities, and the wives recognized that they were in a unique position to be an effective source of funds and support for these charities and the children they benefit. Supporting children and their families is the mission of the PGA TOUR Wives Association. This is done in many different ways by its members in the communities that support PGA TOUR tournaments. The PGA TOUR Wives Association is actively engaged in outreach, volunteer service projects and fundraising initiatives which impact local communities throughout the year. PGA TOUR Wives Association is a Florida not-for-profit, IRS designated 501c(3) corporation, organized to render support and provide assistance to needy children and their families through the means of charitable events. For more information please visit: pgatourwives.org

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A Strong Foundation The Web.com Tour continues to produce future PGA TOUR success stories, with young talent like Andrew Putnam, Kyle Thompson and Andrew Landry shining bright during the 2017 season By Kevin Prise

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ndrew Putnam dove head-first into the 2017 Web.com Tour season. Literally. The 28-year-old Pepperdine alum opened the year by getting his scuba certification, taking his mind off golf for a few days as he geared up for the pursuit of a spot in The 25 on the Regular Season money list. When he returned to the golf course for the start of the 22-event Regular Season, his game was fresh and the results showed it.

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Putnam rattled off four consecutive top-11 finishes to begin the 2017 season, including a victory at the Panama Claro Championship in mid-February, to rise to the top of the money list as the Tour broke for four consecutive off-weeks, before returning to action at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER in late March. Putnam rose to the top in Panama with a birdie on the first playoff hole, edging Chris Baker as darkness crept in, and

Andrew Putnam positioned himself for a spot in The 25 with a good run early in the season, including a win at the Panama Claro Championship in mid-February.

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“I’ve been driving the ball a lot better than the past, and always putted pretty well.” —Andrew Putnam

Dominic Bozzelli can speak to how well the Web.com Tour prepares players. The 2016 graduate had two top-five finishes in his first 10 PGA TOUR starts.

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the native of Tacoma, Wash., credits a sharpened long game for his ability to find the leaderboard time and again to this point in the 2017 season. “I’ve been driving the ball a lot better than the past, and always putted pretty well,” said Putnam after his victory in Panama, his second career Web.com Tour title. “When I’m driving it well, I give myself a lot of opportunities. I haven’t been missing a lot of fairways, and that’s the key. That’s when I’ve been playing the best.” Strong play on the Web.com Tour is becoming a Putnam family tradition. Putnam’s older brother, Michael, earned Web.com Tour Player of the Year honors in 2014, and the younger Putnam is well

Andrew Putnam is trying to follow in the footsteps of his elder brother Michael (left), who was 2014 Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

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positioned to follow suit this season in a bid to regain the PGA TOUR status that he last held in the 2014-15 season. He’ll have no shortage of challengers, though, as the traditional mix of young and veteran talent competes for spots in The 25 on the Regular Season-ending money list, and subsequent PGA TOUR cards for next season, as well as the top spot and fully-exempt status on the 2017-18 TOUR. One rookie quickly asserting himself is Arkansas alum Ethan Tracy, who pulled off the shot of the year so far at the Club Colombia Championship by Servientrega, holing out from 101 yards on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Roberto Diaz en route to winning with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Tracy, 27, was in good shape to earn Web.com Tour status for last season before failing to break 80 in the final round at the 2015 Qualifying Tournament. Undeterred, he spent 2016 on various

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“You’ve definitely got to stay patient out there…it’s something I’ve learned the last few years.” —Dominic Bozzelli

Ethan Tracy got through Q-School then quickly made an impact as a rookie by winning the Club Colombia Championship by Servientrega in dramatic fashion.

smaller Tours—qualifying for the U.S. Open and making the cut along the way—and successfully navigated Q-School last winter. Propelled by his victory in Bogota, Tracy stood second on the money list after four events and is poised to earn a TOUR card for the first time. Other winners so far this season include Tracy’s former Arkansas teammate Andrew Landry, who won The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club, and veteran University of South Carolina alum Kyle Thompson, who survived a windswept challenge at the season-opening The

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Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay (where the cut line was a staggering 11 over par) to emerge with the title at 2-under. “That was definitely one of the top three hardest rounds of my life,” said Thompson of an opening-round 76 in Exuma, in the most demanding of conditions on the seaside Greg Norman layout. “It was just brutal; I can’t even describe how hard it was. I felt like the guy in “Caddyshack” who was having the round of his life, walking straight into the breeze.”

Looking to the future With more rounds like that, Thompson will be poised to walk into a TOUR card for the 2017-18 season with hopes of following recent Web.com Tour graduates like

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Mackenzie Hughes and Cody Gribble, who have already captured TOUR titles in their rookie seasons, winning The RSM Classic and Sanderson Farms Championship respectively. The Web.com Tour continues to assert itself as a premier breeding ground for future PGA TOUR success, as each year more and more graduates step onto the TOUR and make an immediate impact. “You’ve definitely got to stay patient out there…it’s something I’ve learned the last few years,” said TOUR rookie Dominic Bozzelli, who graduated from the Web.com Tour last season and recorded two top-five finishes in his first 10 starts as a TOUR member. One of several lessons acquired on the Web.com Tour. 

Kyle Thompson’s seasonopening victory in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay was hard-earned in windy conditions.

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THE INTERNATIONAL PGA TOURS

THE INTERNATIONAL TOURS The three international PGA TOURs—PGA TOUR China, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada—continue to increase their standing, providing excitement for fans and significant opportunities for players

Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada By Robert Thompson When Mackenzie Hughes won The RSM Classic in a playoff last November on a cold Monday morning, he did more than just elevate his career. Hughes, a rookie on the PGA Tour from Dundas, Ont., was also the latest in a line of players to emerge from the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada, having spent two years honing his game on the Canadian circuit. For Hughes, it was a massive step forward. Only months before he’d been struggling on the Web.com Tour. With the PGA TOUR win he became the latest graduate of the Mackenzie Tour to elevate himself to the next level. He’s the latest headline grabber in a group of players that includes Tony Finau, J.J. Spaun, Nick Taylor and C.T. Pan. All are finding success on the PGA TOUR after spending time on the Mackenzie Tour. They add their names to a growing list 120

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of players—like Adam Hadwin, Steve Stricker, Mike Weir and numerous others—who used the experience to advance their career. “The real story out here is the number of players who are moving on from the Mackenzie Tour to do great things,” says Brian Decker, who runs the tour’s media relations and has a sharp eye for emerging talent. “We’re seeing the process work exactly as we hoped it would.” The Top 5 graduates off the tour have status on the Web.com Tour, with the top money earner having exempt status. That gives the top players on the Mackenzie Tour a strong shot at moving up a level, one rung closer to the PGA TOUR. Last year’s success was American Dan McCarthy, who at 31 had a breakthrough season with four wins and a second-place finish in only 11 events. McCarthy had been a journeyman who found lightning in a bottle and used it to

Mackenzie Hughes’ victory at The RSM Classic was an example of the value of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in preparing players for the PGA TOUR.

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get himself to the Web.com Tour. “I wouldn’t call it unexpected,” he said when asked about his strong play last year. “The goal coming into the year was to finish Top 5 or Top 10. But to expect to finish No. 1, well we all want to, but to put that expectation on yourself is pretty hard. And with expectation comes limitation. Still it has been very satisfying, to say the least.” McCarthy led a group of outstanding young players, including college star Aaron Wise and C anadian A dam C ornelson onto the Web.com Tour. Taylor Moore, another recent college grad, also joined the group with some success already in 2017. For many, the Mackenzie Tour is part of the process of learning to become a professional golfer. “It was a life-changing year for me,” said Tony Finau, who spent a year on the tour. “It taught me how to compete, I learned how to travel and I learned how to play while you’re traveling far distances. I loved my time there.” This year the tour will include 12 tournaments, once again starting in British Columbia and heading east as far as Cape Breton. The list of events includes a new tournament in Montreal, and a return to London, Ont.’s Highland Country Club for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship. With the tour’s numerous qualifying schools filled with anxious golfers looking to use the tour to propel their careers, there are a number

of standouts in the list of newcomers this year. Several interesting names, including former World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski, tried to make the tour. Sadlowski fell short, but others burgeoning stars made the tour this year. That list includes: • Wyndham Clark. Currently the No. 2 player in the Golfweek rankings. He struggled with the death of his mother to become the individual winner of the Pac 12 Championship as a senior at Oregon. • Robby Shelton. A three-time 1st team All-American at Alabama. Finished third as an amateur at Barbasol Championship in 2015. He finished T16 at the Valero Texas Open. • Cameron Davis. Davis reached No. 4 in the world amateur rankings after taking the 2016 World Amateur and 2015 Australian Amateur. • Jordan Niebrugge. Noted for his tie for 6th at The Open Championship in 2015 as an amateur, Niebrugge is a four time All-American at Oklahoma State and a two-time Walker Cup player. Niebrugge is more than just a golfer—he was also named Big 12 men’s scholar-athlete of the year. • Lee McCoy. A former 1st team All-American at University of Georgia finished 4th as an amateur at Valspar Championship. McCoy made the first cut of his pro career late last year only to be sidelined by a wrist fracture suffered in a car accident. He returned to make the cut at the Valspar this year. ■

PGA TOUR Latinoamérica By Kevin Prise Conventional wisdom dictates that golfers who grow up in warm-weather states have an inherent advantage over their northern counterparts, who are forced to put the clubs away for a few months each winter. Not all circumstances need to be dictated by conventional wisdom, though, and in the realm of up-and-coming golf talent, it’s looking like Pennsylvania native Brandon Matthews is suited to become one of the exceptions to the rule. Through five events on the 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica calendar, the Temple University graduate had secured two top-10 finishes: a T9 at the season-opening 70 Avianca Colombia Open, and a victory at the Molino Canuelas Championship, where he finished a stroke ahead of Jared Wolfe and Matias Simaski. Matthews, 22, led the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order of Merit as the Tour broke for three off-weeks in early March, and as far as the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is concerned, he’d like

nothing more than to be back in that position at the end of the season. After all, the Order of Merit leader at season’s end will secure full Web.com Tour status for 2018. “I’m pretty ecstatic,” said Matthews, who graduated from Temple just last spring, after his victory in Buenos Aires. “I’m really happy with the way I played, how things turned out, and I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the year. “I’m going to take it one step at a time, and hopefully I can win another one.” Matthews will have plenty of pursuers in the race for the top spot as a varied mix of young players and veterans will battle for spots in the top five on the Order of Merit, as those in “Los Cinco” at season’s end will earn strong Web.com Tour status for 2018. One player to watch will be 2013 Murray State alum Patrick Newcomb, who emerged with a playoff victory at the Honduras Open presented by Indura Beach & Golf Resort, the final event before the three-week break. Newcomb is playing his second season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; he finished No. 82 on

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Dan McCarthy had a breakthrough season on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada last season, winning four times.

Jose de Jesus Rodriguez of Mexico won the seasonopening 70 Avianca Colombia Open to gain an early edge on “Los Cinco.”

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the 2016 money list, with two top-25 finishes in 12 starts, highlighted by a T10 at the Argentina Classic presentado por NEC. Newcomb’s 2016 season also included an appearance at the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, where he made the cut, and if he can maintain current form for the remainder of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season (he currently stands fifth on Los Cinco), he could be in line for plenty more Web.com Tour appearances in the future. Comprising the top five on the Order of Merit through five events are Argentina’s Nelson Ledesma, American Hank Lebioda, Jose Toledo of Guatemala, Matthews and Newcomb. The mix of nationalities at the top of the money list is reflective of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, as the Tour travels through countries such as Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina and Jamaica, among others, to identify the players best qualified to advance to the Web.com Tour, and eventually to the PGA TOUR. The first step is the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Qualifying Tournament, which was contested in January across four countries: the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. University of Alabama alum Hunter Hamrick earned medalist honors at the United States site; the 27-year-old has played 31 career

Web.com Tour events, making 13 cuts, and will compete this season in hopes of earning a return trip to the Web.com Tour. Georgia Southern alum Blake Olson captured medalist honors at the Mexico site, Oklahoma State alum Ian Davis led the field at the Colombia site and Argentina native Thomas Baik was medalist at the Argentina site. Olson and Davis will attempt to regain Web.com Tour cards this season, while Baik looks to earn Web.com Tour status for the first time. All players on this season’s PGA TOUR Latinoamérica hope to follow in the footsteps of 28-year-old Argentina native Julian Etulain, who won the 2014 Order of Merit to earn full Web.com Tour status, and earned his PGA TOUR card with a 20th-place finish on the 2016 Regular Season money list. Etulain isn’t the only recent PGA TOUR Latinoamérica graduate whom players can draw inspiration from, either. Last year’s Order of Merit winner, University of Arizona alum Nate Lashley, has already recorded a victory in eight Web.com Tour starts this season, and he stands No. 26 on the money list. Who will best navigate the varied landscape throughout 2017 and rise to the top of “Los Cinco”? We’ll find out soon enough. ■

Nicolas Echavarria of Colombia started the 2016 season well and was seventh on “Los Cinco” through five events.

Brandon Matthews’ victory at the 2017 Molino Canuelas Championship put him in good position to contend for 2018 Web.com Tour exemption.

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PGA TOUR China By Laury Livsey While it was a relatively insignificant scene for those attending the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship in April in Evansville, Ind., five players mingled together on the practice putting green at Victoria National Golf Club the day before first-round play began. The quintet shared a common bond. There in the Southern Indiana city, China’s Zecheng Dou, who has adopted the English name of Marty, Americans Charlie Saxon and Alex Kang, South Korea’s Taewoo Kim and China’s Xinjun Zhang—the top-five money winners during the 2016 PGA TOUR China season—were preparing for the tournament that week. It was the first time in the three-year history of PGA TOUR China that the top-five Order of Merit finishers from the previous year played in the same Web.com Tour tournament. This happenstance probably would have occurred earlier, but Saxon, a 24-year-old from Tulsa, Okla., the second-place finisher on the Order of Merit and two-time winner in 2016, had post-season hip surgery that put him out of action early in the year. Prior to 2017, players’ personal decisions, travel issues and schedule vagaries kept the five PGA TOUR China Series’ “graduates” from showing up together for a Web.com Tour event. That changed in Evansville. In the rain and wind that week, the players turned in mixed results, with Saxon, Kang and Zhang all making the cut only to struggle on the weekend. Zhang tied for 38th, Saxon tied for 55th and Kang tied for 68th. In addition, Jamie Arnold (a PGA TOUR China member in 2014 and 2015), Justin Shin (2015 and 2016) and Bryden Macpherson (2014 and 2015) were also playing. Meanwhile, China’s Haotong Li and South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang are mainstays on the European Tour. Both cut their teeth on PGA TOUR China as teenage phenoms. A handful of other players are competing on the Asian Tour, proving this Tour is doing exactly what it intended: identifying players and watching them move onto the global stage. “We have had excellent players since the beginning of the Series. It’s just taken a while to get so many in one place at the same time on the Web.com Tour. Now that they are, they’re playing well,” said PGA TOUR China Executive Director Greg Carlson. Cases in point: • Zhang finished second at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in March. • Dou, barely 20 and a veteran of professional tournaments since he was 16, tied for third at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. • Kang duplicated Dou’s performance, finishing third at the Club Colombia Championship in Bogota. “I love it out here. They have really good golf courses on this Tour,” Dou said of his early 124

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Web.com Tour experiences. “My goal last year [on PGA TOUR China] was to get my Web.com Tour card, which I did. And now I want to get my PGA TOUR card. That’s without a doubt. But I want to think of this as my first-year experience. Everything is new, and it is my first year, so I for sure want to do enough to stay on this Tour if I don’t make it to the PGA TOUR immediately.” On the Web.com Tour today, Dou recognizes what PGA TOUR China meant to him, giving him a place to play and hone his craft while also providing a path to bigger and better opportunities. That was the same enticement that caused Zhang to begin dreaming about playing on the top TOUR in the world—at one time in his mind an entirely impossible proposition. “I grew up in a small village. It was very random that I found a job as a security guard at a golf course in Xian,” Zhang said. “One day my bosses transferred me to work on the driving range. That’s how I started playing golf, and I fell in love with golf immediately.” In his three years on PGA TOUR China, Zhang won twice and finished second a record six times. He’s played in the World Golf ChampionshipsHSBC Champions and represented China in the World Cup of Golf. Added Dou, “From my three-year experience on PGA TOUR China—because I’ve been playing since I was an amateur—I could tell that PGA TOUR China was growing every year. It’s just a really good place.” ■

If not for a work reassignment that put him on a driving range, China’s Xinjun Zhang wouldn’t be on his professional golf journey.

The top five money winners on PGA TOUR China enjoyed a photo opportunity following the final event of the 2016 season.

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MAKING THEIR MOVE

This group of under-30 players is part of an expanding youth movement on the PGA TOUR, where young golfers are proving they have the right stuff to contend and win

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ot that long ago, it seemed that the PGA TOUR was like a lot of other endeavors in which a player had to slowly work his way up the ladder before showing he belonged. An apprenticeship, if you will. In recent years, however, that reality has changed. Young players increasingly

are ready to succeed sooner rather than later. This collection of twentysomethings is an example of the trend, golfers have either won TOUR events or are poised to do so, individuals who believe there is no time like the present to show what they’re made of.

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BYEONG HUN AN Age: 25 Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea Height/Weight: 6-2/209 Best PGA TOUR finish: Second at 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Precocious is a good start when describing An, part of a growing contingent of elite male golfers from the Republic of Korea joining the many long-established females from their country on the world golf stage. In 2009, when An was just 17 years old, he defeated his current PGA TOUR peer, Ben Martin, in the final of the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills to become the youngest winner of the championship, usurping Tiger Woods

for that distinction. It’s not hard to figure out where some of An’s athletic prowess comes from. His parents, Jae-Hyung Ahn and Zhimin Jiao, were medal-winning representatives for South Korea and China, respectively, in table tennis. An, whose English name is Ben, has three international victories to his credit, including the European Tour’s prestigious BMW PGA Championship in 2015 en route to becoming the first Korean to earn European Tour Rookie of the Year honors. He came tantalizingly close to winning on the PGA TOUR in 2016, losing in a playoff at the rain-shortened Zurich Classic of New Orleans in only his 20th TOUR start.

WESLEY BRYAN Age: 27 Birthplace: Columbia, S.C. Height/Weight: 6-0/175 Best PGA TOUR finish: Won 2017 RBC Heritage It hasn’t taken the South Carolina native long to get golf fans to think of him as something other than a trickshot savant. No doubt Wesley, with older brother George, knows how to amaze and entertain, but lately the younger Bryan has been about success. Bryan won three times on the Web.com Tour in 2016, receiving an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR in August. He finished T8 126

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at the John Deere Classic in his first start as a TOUR member and after a slow start to the 2016-17 season began to hit his stride in February with consecutive T4 finishes at the Genesis Open at storied Riviera Country Club and The Honda Classic on the difficult Champion Course at PGA National. Bryan had a 63 in the former and a 64 in the latter, indicative of the kind of explosive golf that he is capable of. Bryan took his game to new heights at the RBC Heritage, rallying from three back on Sunday with a 67 to become the first South Carolinian to win the event in its 49-year history. w w w.pgatour.com

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BRYSON DECHAMBEAU Age: 23 Birthplace: Modesto, Calif. Height/Weight: 6-1/185 Best PGA TOUR finish: T2 at 2017 Puerto Rico Open With his flat, Ben Hogan-style cap the California native would have fit in on the pro circuit of the 1940s or ’50s, but his approach to the game is decidedly modern. A Physics major at Southern Methodist University, DeChambeau is the “Mad Scientist” to many, a golfer who leaves no stone unturned in trying to figure out the optimal way to play. His

irons, for instance, are all the same length (37½ inches). He was in rare air as an amateur, becoming only the fifth player in history to win the U.S. Amateur and NCAA Championship in the same year, doubling up in 2015. DeChambeau made a quick splash as a pro, finishing T4 at the RBC Heritage in his debut, then securing his 2016-17 PGA TOUR card by winning the DAP Championship in his first Web.com Tour start. He got off to a slow start as a TOUR rookie, but found his from with a strong performance at the Puerto Rico Open.

TONY FINAU Age: 27 Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah Height/Weight: 6-4/200 Best PGA TOUR finish: Won 2016 Puerto Rico Open To say that Finau is a highly seasoned professional would be an understatement. The Utah native has been playing for pay for a decade, working his way up through the ranks from the mini-tours to Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada to the Web.com Tour to, beginning with his rookie campaign in 2014-15, the PGA TOUR. Known widely for his power and for being the first TOUR

player of Tongan and American Samoan ancestry, Finau showed he was more than merely a long hitter when he won the 2014 Stonebrae Classic on the Web.com Tour. He broke through on the PGA TOUR last year, making three birdies in a playoff with Steve Marino to win the Puerto Rico Open en route to finishing 45th in the FedExCup. Finau contended a couple of times early in the 2016-17 season, finishing T4 at the Farmers Insurance Open and fifth at the Valspar Championship. Possessing a complete game, Finau has the potential to be a leaderboard fixture for a long time.

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earned his 2016-17 TOUR card by finishing 40th on the 2016 Web.com Tour priority list then had a strong run to finish in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour Finals money list. In just his second start as a TOUR rookie, after a T8 in the Safeway Open, Gribble closed with a 65 to win the Sanderson Farms Championship, becoming the 13th left-hander to win a TOUR event. Gribble loves the golf comedies, “Caddyshack” and “Happy Gilmore,” but off the course he is involved in serious causes, the Clayton Dabney Foundation supporting young cancer patients and their families and the Wounded Warrior Foundation. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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MACKENZIE HUGHES Age: 26 Birthplace: Hamilton, Ont., Canada Height/Weight: 6-1/180 Best PGA TOUR finish: Won 2016 The RSM Classic For the Canadian who now lives in Charlotte, N.C., professional hockey was an early dream but golf eventually supplanted it. Hughes got his first taste of the game at a driving range when he was seven when his parents took him along instead of getting a babysitter. When he was 13, he had an inspiring day inside the ropes at the RBC Canadian Open as a standard bearer in Mike

Weir’s group not long after his fellow Canadian had won the Masters. After stints on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada—he led the Order of Merit in 2013—and Web.com Tour, Hughes wasted little time as a PGA TOUR rookie last fall showing he’s got game. After making three of four cuts to start the 2016-17 season, Hughes, a Kent State University graduate, opened with a 61 at The RSM Classic, then prevailed in a fiveman playoff. He made a bit of history, too, becoming the first golfer to win on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR.

ANDREW “BEEF” JOHNSTON Age: 28 Birthplace: London, England Height/Weight: 5-11/212 Best PGA TOUR finish: Eighth at 2016 The Open Championship It’s easy to root for the stocky Londoner with working-class roots— his late dad was a bus driver and his mom was employed at a school cafeteria—and a love of steak and burgers. Johnston has had his catchy nickname for a long time, but as a golfer has hit his stride more recently. He was very busy last year, spending time on the European Tour, PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, where

he earned his 2016-17 TOUR card via the Web.com Tour Finals. A pro since 2009 and a member of the European Tour since 2012, Johnston got his first European Tour victory in 2016, defeating Joost Luiten by one stroke at the Real Club Valderrama Open de España. The triumph was hard-earned, Johnston’s one-over 285 total the first non-major, over-par winning score on the European Tour in two decades. Another 2016 highlight was Johnston’s T8 in The Open Championship at Royal Troon in only his third major start, further proof that there is game to go with the name.

SMYLIE KAUFMAN Age: 25 Birthplace: Birmingham, Ala. Height/Weight: 6-2/175 Best PGA TOUR finish: Won 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Evidence that Kaufman is a well-rounded fellow has been around for a long time. At Vestavia Hills High School, he not only was student body vice-president but point guard on a state-championship basketball team all the while excelling in his best sport, golf. Kaufman succeeded on and off the course at Louisiana State University, where the Marketing major was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll each year (2011-14). 128

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The wiry-framed long hitter earned his 2015-16 PGA TOUR card through a strong 2015 campaign on the Web.com Tour, where he had a victory and five top-10s. As a TOUR rookie, Kaufman—whose first name comes from his grandmother’s cousin, 1971 Georgia Tech football All-American Smylie Gebhart—won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in just his fifth career TOUR start, his 61 the best final round by a PGA TOUR winner in four years. One of seven rookies to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs last season, Kaufman got off to a slow start in 2016-17 but don’t be surprised if he finds his form soon. w w w.pgatour.com

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YOUNG PLAYERS

ANIRBAN LAHIRI Age: 29 Birthplace: India Height/Weight: 5-9/165 Best PGA TOUR finish: T3 at 2016 CIMB Classic Lahiri made history in 2015 when he became the first player from India to be on the Presidents Cup International squad, and the 2016 Olympian has a strong chance of making a repeat appearance for Captain Nick Price in the 2017 matches at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. A veteran of the Asian Tour who has been playing golf since he was eight, when his father introduced him to

the game, Lahiri showed consistent form in 2015-16 on the PGA TOUR, making 16 cuts in 21 starts while advancing to the FedExCup Playoffs and finishing 119th in the standings. He had one top-10 finish last season (T6 at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational), a result he improved on early in the 2016-17 TOUR schedule when he was T3 in the CIMB Classic. The winner of 16 international titles, Lahiri has two European Tour victories, the most special being the 2015 Hero Indian Open in his homeland, a playoff victory over countryman S.P.P. Chawrasia at Delhi Golf Club.

C.T. PAN Age: 25 Birthplace: Miaoli, Taiwan Height/Weight: 5-6/145 Best PGA TOUR finish: T2 at 2017 Farmers Insurance Open When Pan, a star at the University of Washington, finished T2 at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open early in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR, it was proof of his growing profile in the game. The youngest of six children, Pan’s unlikely golf journey began when he was five and his mother, a caddie at a course in Taiwan, exposed Cheng Tsung to the sport. Against long odds Pan persevered, eventually attending IMG Academies

in Bradenton, Fla., and becoming a four-time All-American for the Huskies with eight collegiate titles. From there he had success on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, winning twice and finishing second on the 2015 Order of Merit to advance to the Web.com Tour. Pan earned his 201617 TOUR card through a 20th-place finish on the 2016 Web.com Tour priority list thanks to seven top-10 finishes in 22 starts. He represented his native Chinese Taipei in golf’s return to the Olympics, finishing T30 in the 60-player field. With his talent, middle of the pack doesn’t figure to be Pan’s long-term destination.

JON RAHM Age: 22 Birthplace: Barrika, Spain Height/Weight: 6-2/220 Best PGA TOUR finish: Won 2017 Farmers Insurance Open In an era when young and talented PGA TOUR players are as plentiful as they have ever been, Rahm stands out as one of the brightest lights. Winning his first TOUR title at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open, Rahm demonstrated the flair and savvy of the player who inspired him, the late Seve Ballesteros. The only two-time winner of the Ben Hogan Award as outstanding collegiate golfer of the year, while at 130

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Arizona State University, Rahm had two eagles in a closing-round 65 at Torrey Pines’ South Course. His furious finish included a dramatic 61-footer for a 3 on the par-5 18th hole to cement a three-stroke victory over C.T. Pan and Charles Howell III. Rahm’s triumph built on an impressive TOUR beginning last season highlighted by a T2 at the RBC Canadian Open and T3 at the Quicken Loans National as he had six top-25 finishes in nine starts. After winning at Torrey Pines, Rahm was T3 at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and runner-up at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. w w w.pgatour.com

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OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS Age: 23 Birthplace: Dallas, Texas Height/Weight: 6-1/190 Best PGA TOUR finish: T3 at 2017 RBC Heritage A relatively late starter (age 12) in golf during an era when many juniors are tournament veterans before they’re out of elementary school, Schniederjans, who played basketball and baseball as a young kid, didn’t take long to catch up. He developed into a top junior and starred at Georgia Tech, whose golf-team alums include David Duval, Matt Kuchar and Stewart Cink and, nearly a century

ago, a Mechanical Engineering major named Bob Jones. Schniederjans was T12 at his final event as an amateur, The Open Championship in 2015 at St. Andrews, and the former World Amateur No. 1 and two-time ACC Player of the Year transitioned smoothly to the pro ranks. With a win (Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna) and a playoff loss on the Web.com Tour in 2016, Schniederjans easily earned his 2016-17 PGA TOUR card. He missed the cut in his first three TOUR events as a member but then enjoyed three top-10 finishes in his next six starts. A TOUR victory is the logical next step.

HUDSON SWAFFORD Age: 29 Birthplace: Tallahassee, Fla. Height/Weight: 6-3/200 Best PGA TOUR finish: Won 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge Although Florida-born, Swafford, a 2011 Consumer Economics graduate of the University of Georgia, is a diehard Bulldog whose allegiance also includes two Peach State pro teams, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves. He and wife Katherine have settled in St. Simons Island, Ga., which a growing cadre of PGA TOUR players call home. Swafford is tall and lean like the most famous of that bunch, Davis Love III, and like

Love, has lots of power. Winner of the 2012 Stadion Classic at UGA in Athens, Ga., on the Web.com Tour, the personable Swafford harnessed his talent at the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge, opening with consecutive 65s and closing with a 67 that included birdies on three of his last four holes to edge Adam Hadwin for his first career victory in his fourth season on TOUR. He became the 11th former Georgia Bulldog to win on the PGA TOUR, a list that includes two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson. Can Swafford scale similar heights? Well, he was two years younger than Watson (31) for his maiden TOUR win.

HAROLD VARNER III Age: 26 Birthplace: Akron, Ohio Height/Weight: 5-8/170 Best PGA TOUR finish: T5 at 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba A 2012 graduate of East Carolina University, Varner loves to read biographies. In his second year on the PGA TOUR, he’s trying to make some history of his own, too. The first African-American to earn a spot on TOUR via the Web.com Tour, Varner first popped up in the golf consciousness when he teamed with PGA TOUR Champions member Morris Hatalsky to win the pro-junior w w w.pgatour.com

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division of The First Tee Open. Buoyed by that achievement, Varner starred at ECU and finished 33rd on the 2015 Web.com Tour final priority-ranking. Varner had a solid rookie TOUR season in 2015-16, finishing 75th in FedExCup points. A year after a T2 in the Australian PGA Championship, he won that event last December on the strength of opening and closing 65s. He wasn’t able to translate that success early in the 2016-17 TOUR season, where his best finish was T15 at the Safeway Open. Look for his game to perk up, though, perhaps at the World Golf ChampionshipsBridgestone Invitational in his birth city. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

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The first half of the season wasn’t lacking drama and entertainment as PGA TOUR players showed their skill and dedication—emotions captured in this collection of photographs

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season highlights We Did It Cameron Smith (left) and Jonas Blixt react after winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana, the first official team event on the PGA TOUR in 36 years.

Blending In Framed by a large leaderboard, Russell Knox plays a shot during the third round of the World Golf ChampionshipsHSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.

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season highlights Stage Spotlight Rickie Fowler stood out on the 17th tee of PGA National’s Champion Course en route to winning The Honda Classic.

Rahm-arkable Jon Rahm had reason to be happy after sinking a long eagle putt to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

Sealed With a Kiss Hudson Swafford celebrates with his wife, Katherine, after winning the CareerBuilder Challenge.

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season highlights Into the Mist Dustin Johnson hits his second shot on No. 9 at a foggy Spyglass Hill during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Reaction Time Hideki Matsuyama and his caddie couldn’t believe this putt didn’t drop on the 72nd hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Coastal Crowd Spectators watch as Jordan Spieth drives on the 14th of Pebble Beach Golf Links during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Putting can Wait Henrik Norlander bridged the gap before putting by taking in the view at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course during The RSM Classic.

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Playing for UNICEF

For every birdie Paul Casey hits in tournament play between now and December 2017, he will donate $100 to UNICEF to fight famine and food crises.

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INTERVIEW

Sitting Down with a Champion Davis Love III, who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this year, gives insight into his stellar 30-year career on the PGA TOUR By Helen Ross

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happen. You have to go to the ceremony and see yourself, put stuff in the Hall of Fame for it to really set in. “When Kurt Busch won the Daytona 500, he’s putting his foot in [the cement] and before he would do it he asked, did the car pass tech inspection? Did I really win the Daytona 500 is what he was asking. It hadn’t really set in.” As Love walked through the museum that day, taking pictures of the exhibits and checking out what fellow Hall of Famers had on display in their permanent “lockers,” it set in. And the 21-time PGA TOUR winner took time to sit down for this Q&A, too.

Enduring talent: Davis Love III won his 21st TOUR event, the 2015 Wyndham Championship, at age 51.

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PGA TOUR Essential Guide: What’s your proudest accomplishment? LOVE: I would say that listening to Bubba Watson at the Ryder Cup say that he wants to be in the Hall of Fame and wants to be Ryder Cup captain, I think he kind of summed it up. I took it all for granted. I’m just playing and doing my job, and I’m enjoying it, and I don’t take myself that seriously. But then all of a sudden you say, wait a minute, I was Ryder Cup captain and I’m in the Hall of Fame. I think the Payne Stewart Award and Bob Jones Award and things like that, I think that I did kind of what my dad asked me to do. It’s great if you play well, but here’s how you have to carry yourself and here’s how you have to act, and go find Tom Kite and that’s how you have to act, and obviously, Arnold Palmer. But I think the Ryder Cup captaincy or Hall of Fame does mean that you did something right in your career. Like Fred [Couples] and I. We don’t have quite the record to be in the Hall of Fame, but there’s a lot of other stuff that went along with it that made you stand out from your peers.

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PGA TOUR Essential Guide: Are you surprised that you’ve been on the PGA TOUR for 30 years? LOVE: I think the longer I’ve been out here, the more surprised I am, how hard it is and how many of my friends didn’t make it, either, because of playing or because of injuries. Billy Andrade and I were sitting with Jay Haas, and we said, how long have you been on TOUR? And he said, 21 years. 21 years? Wow, you are old. How could you play golf for 21 years? Don’t you get tired of it? And he’s still playing. And I’ll play 30, and it just flies by. But I think I did a lot of things during that time to make it work. I could have won more tournaments, but I also could have burned out a lot earlier. But I spread my fun out. I spread my family life out. I remember my mom telling my brother one time, if Davis would just concentrate a little bit more, work a little bit harder, and he wouldn’t go on all these trips and go to horse shows and junior tournaments and do this and do that and go hunting, he would play a lot better, and I’m like, it never worked for Jack Nicklaus, did it? I did everything that I liked to do and handled all my responsibilities and still played. I think if I’d have gone hard core at it and been so focused and driven that I ignored [other things], I think I’d have just quit.

PGA TOUR Essential Guide: I’m sure when you were 20 years old you thought you’d play golf and then play some more golf. But you’ve branched out into a lot of different areas, serving on the Player Advisory Council and Policy Board, as well as hosting The RSM Classic. LOVE: My dad was a great teacher, but he did teaching seminars for other teachers to help them. He would travel and give his time, and then at the club, he [taught] all day every day. And then just the things he did to give back to people that helped him. My mom always used the line, ‘with a servant’s heart.’ She is a strong Christian, and it’s about doing for others, not for yourself. And then you get out on the TOUR, and it’s built on that. You play in pro-ams, and if you don’t do your job in the pro-ams, we’re not going to keep our sponsors. Then, all right, well, I made a lot of money, and then to be on the PAC and run for the board, and then you get on the board, you go, ‘Wait a minute, this is a big job and this is really helping out.’ So I just learned that from my dad. He was on the committee or he was always helping out in the [local PGA] section or nationally or helping grow the game. I think that’s what’s so great about golf. I just always looked at it like I was blessed and I had a chance to give back and help out, and then it’s fun. I’d much rather be on the board and helping PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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out than sitting back and complaining, you know? I’d much rather be the assistant captain of the Presidents Cup team and make sure the carts are plugged in and parked rather than giving the speeches. I want to help, and I want to be on the team. Somebody said the other day, ‘Well, I didn’t know your brother gave golf lessons.’ He never promotes it. He’s not in it for himself. He’s helping people play better golf. And sure, like anything you do, you like to get paid for it. But it’s not about him. He’s taking it to the Harvey Penick level instead of Davis Love level.

PGA TOUR Essential Guide: Do you have any regrets? LOVE: No. I think I’m on balance with everything I’ve been able to do in the game. I don’t have any regrets. Yes, I got 30 second-place finishes. Yeah, I have a lot of disappointments. I always say if you give me all my seconds, I’d still be way behind Tiger. I’d be ahead of Phil. If you give Phil all those seconds, he’d be ahead of Tiger. Would I do anything differently if I could go back and do it again? Yeah, I’d be a lot more organized. I always tell guys, there used to not be a fitness truck. We used to not stretch at all. We used to just roll out of the car and play golf. I would spend a lot more time with [sports psychologist] Bob Rotella and [fitness trainer] Randy Myers than I would on the driving range. Sure, you would do things differently, but I don’t have any regrets. I think I could have worked a lot harder and been more disciplined and committed, and it could have helped or it could have driven me right out of it. Who knows? My dad was really smart. When I was a teenager, he found the guy at the club who was the best fisherman and gave him $100 and said, ‘Take him to the tackle store because I don’t know what to get him.’ And then when I was just coming out on TOUR, he introduced me to the best fishing guy out at Sea Island and told him he’d give him golf lessons if he made sure I didn’t screw up and sink my boat. He didn’t want me to not go. He wanted me to have the opportunity and the distraction.

stay in the game. Do I want to do TV or do I want to teach, build golf courses? Do I want to be a tournament director or do I want to sit back and watch the tournament director? I’m not real sure. I want to play some on the regular TOUR and I want to play some on PGA TOUR Champions... I want to outlast Jay Haas. I thought at 40 I knew what I’d be doing at 50. Now I’m experienced enough—I won’t say smart enough—at 53 to know I don’t really know what I’m going to be doing when I’m 60, but I want to stay in the game.

PGA TOUR Essential Guide: What do you see as your legacy?

LOVE: I hope when somebody sees this that they say, ‘He followed the traditions of the guys that came before him, and he honored his father in everything he did.’ I just remember John Madden saying, ‘Hey, why do those guys take their hats off after they play golf and shake hands? What is that all about?’ The guys before me did it, so that’s why I did it. And now when I see Rickie Fowler do it and how Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy conduct themselves, I would like people to say, ‘Hey, carry that tradition on and pass it on to the next generation.’ If my dad was here, I know he’d be happy. 

Love (left) with Fred Couples and Tiger Woods during a practice round for the 2005 Presidents Cup.

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TOUR InsIghT: The Volunteers Thousands of remarkable volunteers add personality, color and charm to every PGA TOUR event and now they have banded together to give back even more through the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge

Below is one man’s amazing story of volunteering for 50 years at the Farmers Insurance Open By Doug Milne

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volunteers. The volunteer team that finishes with the most votes earns the opportunity to present a $10,000 check on behalf of Astellas Pharma US, Inc., to a tournament charity of its choice. The tournament also has the opportunity to earn up to an additional $65,000 in charitable bonus funds based on the total number of votes received collectively by volunteers and the tournament. The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is being held at 16 tournaments

Robert Steber, an 80-year-old PGA TOUR volunteer, has given 50 years of service to the Farmers Insurance Open.

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this season and draws upon more than $1 million donated by Astellas, the pharmaceutical manufacturer of Myrbetriq® (mirabegron). Considering the thousands of volunteers on the PGA TOUR, the voted winning team truly is a remarkable group. While diligence is certainly pivotal to acquiring votes, people often vote for the volunteers who display the most charm and personality, and who help to elevate the spirits of others. That brings us to San Diego’s Robert Steber, an 80-year-old volunteer who has given 50 consecutive years of unwavering service to the Farmers Insurance Open. When Steber began volunteering in 1968, the PGA TOUR organization as we know it today was just being formed, the Vietnam War raged on and Vince Lombardi had just resigned as coach of the Green Bay Packers. New to the volunteering scene, the Chula Vista, Calif., native got off to a start that would’ve had thin-skinned folks headed for the door. “My first hole as a volunteer was on the second hole of the North Course,” Steber remembered. “I was standing around the green with two other marshals. One of them had set a program down on the seat of his stool. Raymond Floyd was just about to putt when a gust of wind kicked up, causing the program to flutter. I reached down and popped my hand over the top to quiet it down. As it turned out, Floyd missed the putt, w w w.pgatour.com

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looked over at me and said, ‘Thank you. You just cost me a bundle.’” Twenty-five years later Floyd was in the field, and Steber approached him. “I went up to him and said, ‘Ray, do you remember years and years ago here when that young marshal caused you to miss the putt?’ He said, ‘No, too much water has gone under the bridge, too many tournaments have gone by.’ He was very nice, so I really liked him after that.” Steber has made quite a few careers of not just finding the good side of folks, but remaining on the good side of everyone he meets. Steber was a fireman by trade. For 30 years, until his retirement in 1989, Steber regularly put himself in harm’s way to ensure the safety of others. When he retired, he did so as a captain. For the ensuing 15 years after his retirement, he worked home games for the San Diego Padres, as what he called a “Glorified Usher.” When Steber left that position, his solid work ethic had led him to work his way down from the nosebleed section of the stadium to the field level. “When I left, I was on a first-name basis with everyone in every section I had worked in,” Steber said. Through it all, each February, Steber carved out a week of his time to volunteer at the Farmers Insurance Open. Of his previous 49 years volunteering, he has

Above [left to right]: The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge will take place at 16 tournaments this season. From left: Andy Pazder, PGA TOUR Chief Tournament/ Competitions Officer was joined by; Howard Baskin, CFO of Big Cat Rescue; physician and Valspar Championship volunteer Dorothy Christman, M.D.; and Valspar Championship Tournament General Chairman Les Muma as the Valspar Championship received a $50,000 check honoring the tournament as 2016 winner of the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron).

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Challenge, it’s people like him who add the true color, character and charm to every PGA TOUR event. The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge continues at several more PGA TOUR tournaments this year. Help tournaments earn charitable funds today by voting for a tournament volunteer or charity of your choice at pgatour.com/volunteers. 

Ken Hoffman (top, front left), a 35-year volunteer at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. Steve Nix (right), volunteer at THE PLAYERS Championship with 2016 Tournament Chairman Michele McManamon (left) and Rickie Fowler, 2016 tournament winner.

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missed just one day. Severe weather proved to be the only thing that could keep him away, and it was for only a day. Interestingly, Steber first learned of volunteering while taking a class on how to become a better fireman. “One of my teachers became a friend of mine,” Steber said. “As it turned out, he was the Marshal Director for the Farmers Insurance Open. As an avid golfer, I asked him how I could get involved with the tournament as a volunteer. He told me to show up the next year and he would put me to work.” In 1968, at age 30, Steber did just that. Tom Weiskopf won that year. Over the years, Steber has been up close to watch winners such as Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. As a teenager in 1952, Steber caddied in the first TOUR event in his hometown. While volunteering has certainly had its perks, like rubbing elbows with the game’s legendary players, Steber never once lost track of what really drew him into volunteering. “I’m a people person, so I have always loved to be out there helping the fans and golfers,” he said. “My guiding principle has always been to ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’” Steber, whose first wife passed away more than 40 years ago, has been with his current wife for nearly 39 years. They have four children and through their first marriages he is now a proud grandfather to 11 and greatgrandfather to 13. His knack for volunteering is an invaluable commodity. “It’s a non-paying job, but I would have been happy to pay them to let me do it, if that’s what it required,” Steber said. “It has just been so much fun, and I have had so many experiences volunteering out here. It has been so rewarding, but it’s time to end this chapter. It’s too hard for me to chase down the golfers and follow them hole to hole.” Steber initially said his plans for future Farmers Insurance Opens were to be at home and watch them on television. But, after an extended pause, he thought better of that idea. “Actually, I guess I’ll be coming back after this year to watch the tournament as a spectator,” he said. “I just hope I know somebody around here who will give me a ticket.” He certainly won’t have to look far for that. While Steber narrowly missed out on winning the Farmers Insurance Open Volunteer

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New sponsorships in the FedExCup Playoffs and two new courses for major championships highlight the second portion of the PGA TOUR season, along with a couple of welcome returns

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included greats such as Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller and Tom Watson. After a modified schedule last year due to golf’s return to the Olympic Games, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, is back to its spot the week before the PGA Championship. Later in August, the FedExCup Playoffs get underway with the New York area event under new sponsorship and THE NORTHERN TRUST at a new venue, Glen Oaks Club on Long Island. That’s followed by another new sponsor, the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. The third Playoff event, the BMW Championship, returns to its 2013 and 2015 site Conway Farms outside Chicago, and the season reaches its climax as the 11th FedExCup Champion is determined at the TOUR Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake. That’s not quite all, as team play takes center stage with the Presidents Cup on the week ending October 1, where the U.S. takes on an International team at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., with the Statue of Liberty as a striking backdrop. 

TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm will host the 2017 Quicken Loans National. This marks the first PGA TOUR tournament the course has held since 2006.

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June 1-4, 2017

the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Location Dublin, Ohio Muirfield Village Golf Club

Course Information Opened in 1974, Muirfield Village Golf Club is the dream creation of Jack Nicklaus, who wanted to bring a world-class golf tournament to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Working with land planner Desmond Muirhead, Nicklaus designed a strategic course over 240 rolling, wooded acres that places a premium on accuracy as it winds through trees and over bunkers and water hazards. Nicklaus has tweaked nearly every hole over the years to make it a better test.

Yardage 7,392; par 72

2017 Winner Jason Dufner, U.S..

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets For information, go to www.memorialbadges.com. Tickets are sold at the gate only on Monday-Wednesday ($35). Youth 18 and under are admitted free all week when accompanied by a ticketed adult (limit of four children per adult).

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“I always take a lot of pride in kind of being a fighter, trying to come back.” — Jason Dufner

Justin Thomas, a three-time TOUR winner in 2016-17, was T4 after a closing 72.

Matt Kuchar, who has had a strong record at Muirfield Village through the years, was T4.

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After losing a four-stroke 36-hole lead with a third-round 77, Jason Dufner bounced back with a 68 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory. Dufner opened with consecutive 65s, but threw away the advantage with four straight bogeys on the front nine to trigger a poor third round that left him four behind. In the final round, it was 54-hole leader Daniel Summerhays’ turn to struggle as he fell back with a 78 to leave a tightly-bunched leaderboard for most of the back nine. Dufner surged to victory with birdies on 10, 12, 15 and 17, three of them from inside four feet. He clinched it with a 33-foot par putt on 18, where Rickie Fowler needed a two-stroke swing to create a playoff. Instead, Fowler bogeyed and tied for second with Anirban Lahiri, who closed with a 65.

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Rickie Fowler tied for second place after a closing 70.

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Daniel Summerhays held the 54-hole lead.

 Dufner led the field in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green with 2.671 strokes per round, and Greens in Regulation with 54 of 72.  Dufner’s third-round woes were mainly caused by poor putting as he lost 4.80 strokes on the greens that day; for the week, he ranked 47th in Strokes Gained: Putting. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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QUICK FACTS

No. 16, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

 Field:120 players  Format: 72 holes stroke play  Purse: $8.7 million  Winner’s Share: $1,566,000  FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Tournament’s 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.

CHECK THIS OUT on the PGA TOUR since 1983. Kenny Knox had an 80 at The Honda Classic in 1986.  Dufner came from four strokes behind to win in the final round, matching five others for the second-biggest comeback in tournament history. K.J. Choi won from five behind in 2007.

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500.00

$1,566,000.00

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66

72

70

278/-10

245.00

$765,600.00

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279/-9

122.50

$382,800.00

Justin Thomas

T4

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71

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279/-9

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$382,800.00

TOURNAMENT ENHANCEMENTS

In recognition of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide as one of the elite events in professional golf, the PGA TOUR has accorded it enhanced status. The purse, which was $6.2 million in 2015, rose to $8.5 million last year and is $8.7 million in 2017. Moreover, the Tournament winner receives a three-year PGA TOUR exemption instead of the standard two years, and the agreement with Nationwide has been extended through 2021. The Tournament is hosted by Columbus native Jack Nicklaus, one of the greats of the game, and the PGA TOUR has similarly enhanced the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, honoring another of the game’s greats who hosted that event until his death in 2016. The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard also featured an $8.7 million purse when it was held in Orlando in March. In addition to the larger purses, contributions to charity have also been enhanced by the establishment of new foundations in the names of Nicklaus and Palmer. At the Memorial, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has an alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, established in 2010. At the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation was established in 2016 and now serves as the host organization of the tournament. 154

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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 the dogleg right par-4 18th has a new tee stretching the hole to 484 yards.

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Special activities on Wednesday are Military Appreciation Day (active duty, military reserve, National Guard, military retirees, veterans, spouse military receive up to four free tickets), Junior Golf Day (school field trips, treasure maps at the gates and a junior golf clinic), a Jack Nicklaus Golf Clinic and the Memorial Honoree Ceremony. The Patron Village features the Golden Bear Club which requires an upgraded ticket for food and beverage in a sports-bar atmosphere. w w w.pgatour.com

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

June 8-11, 2017

FedEx St. Jude Classic Memphis, Tenn. TPC Southwind

Course Information Ron Prichard, known for his restorations of designs by noted architect Donald Ross, and with help from former major champions Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller, created a challenging course on a former dairy farm outside Memphis that features undulating fairways and natural hazards—streams, ponds, and lakes—to enhance the layout’s beauty and challenge.

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2016 Champion Daniel Berger, U.S.

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Tickets A Week-Long Ticket costs $60 in celebration of 60 years of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, while a One-Day ticket for any day Wednesday to Sunday is $40 (admission is free on Monday and Tuesday) or a Clubhouse Badge for the week is $150. A Youth Ticket good all week for ages 15 and under is $15. Military members, retirees and veterans can purchase up to two discounted tickets ($20) each day.

“I was nervous from the first hole. Good nerves, the type of nerves that you want to feel every single time you play.” —Daniel Berger

Brooks Koepka had a share of the lead early in the final round but finished one shot back.

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Daniel Berger claimed his first PGA TOUR victory as he held off a star-studded field of contenders with a 13-under 267 for a threestroke margin. Berger led by three entering the final round, but had to endure a one-hour rain delay while playing the first hole, which he eventually bogeyed. The 23-year-old was briefly tied by Brooks Koepka on the front nine and had Phil Mickelson pull within one through 10 holes, but Berger pulled away with birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 15 on the way to a 67, holing a 32-foot putt on the 14th and a 22-footer on the 15th. Koepka (66), Mickelson (67) and Steve Stricker (67) tied for second, while Dustin Johnson was a stroke further back after a 63.  Berger made a key birdie on the par-3 14th Sunday after making a double bogey in the third round with a tee shot in the water.  Berger was T1 in Greens in Regulation Percentage (75.00) and first in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green (2.020 per round).  Berger ranked sixth in Driving Distance (309.8 yards) and T11 in Driving Accuracy Percentage (60.71).

Dustin Johnson’s fifth-place finish propelled him to the U.S, Open, where he won his first major.

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quick facts

The tournament’s contributions to charity exceed $35 million.

‹ 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

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis has been the sole beneficiary since 1970, with total contributions from the tournament exceeding $35 million. The tournament has earned the PGA TOUR award for “Best Charity Integration” the past two years, with annual activities including TOUR players visiting the hospital and a FedEx aircraft being named in honor of a St. Jude patient, whose parent is a FedEx team member. X At 23 years, 2 months, 5 days, Daniel Berger became the second youngest player to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic behind Bob Lunn in 1968 (23 years, 1 month, 2 days). X Berger became the third player since 2012 to win in his first time playing in the event, joining Dustin Johnson (2012) and Harris English (2013).

X Berger became the fourth player since 2011 to make the FedEx St. Jude Classic his first victory, joining Harrison Frazar (2011), Harris English (2013) and Fabian Gomez (2015). X After shooting a 63 in the final round to finish fifth, Dustin Johnson went on to win the U.S. Open the following week.

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Phil Mickelson shared second place thanks to three under-par rounds.

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Steve Stricker’s T2 performance included 66s in the first and third rounds.

The two par 3s on the back nine of TPC Southwind are particularly noteworthy. The 162-yard 11th is surrounded by water, reminiscent of the 17th at TPC Sawgrass except there is more fringe area and two bunkers in back of the green as well as a small one in front. The 239-yard 14th, with water front and right, is annually one of the toughest holes on the course.

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2017 CHAMPIONSHIP OVERVIEW

June 15-18, 2017

U.S. Open Location Erin, Wisc. Erin Hills

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Course Information Erin Hills, which opened in 2006, was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten. Set in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine region, formed by glaciers over 20,000 years ago, the landscape features dramatic ridges, contours and vistas. Little earth was moved in the minimalist design. The daily-fee course has hosted two USGA events, the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and 2011 U.S. Amateur.

Yardage 7,693; par 72

2016 Champion Dustin Johnson, U.S.

Media Coverage FS1/FOX

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Tickets General admission tickets through usopen.com cost $50 to $60 for the practice rounds, $110 Thursday, and $125 Friday through Sunday. A three-day practiceround ticket package goes for $100, a four-day championship package for $400, and a seven-day weekly package for $450. Youth tickets are available at the gate, 12-and-under are free and ages 13-17 $20 for the practice rounds and $40 for the championship.

No. 14 (foreground) and No. 15, Erin Hills. Pennsylvania native Jim Furyk tied for second, three strokes behind.

Bogeys on two of the last three holes left Scott Piercy T2.

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“I’ve put myself in this position many times, and to get it done is definitely sweet.”—Dustin Johnson

Spain’s Sergio Garcia picked up his fifth career top-10 finish at the U.S. Open.

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Shane Lowry enjoyed a four-shot lead through 54 holes but closed with 76.

After several close calls in major championships, Dustin Johnson kept his cool in the face of a potential one-stroke penalty that was ultimately enforced at the conclusion of his round and emerged with a three-stroke victory for his long-awaited first major title. Johnson’s ball moved slightly as he was preparing to putt on the fifth hole, and on the 12th tee, holding an apparent one-stroke lead, he was told that he might be penalized. Undaunted, Johnson played even par the rest of the way for a 1-under 69 while the other contenders faltered at demanding Oakmont Country Club. Shane Lowry, who led by four entering the final round, bogeyed 14, 15 and 16 for a 76. Scott Piercy was tied for the lead—factoring in Johnson’s upcoming penalty—with three to play but bogeyed 16 and 18 to tie with Lowry and Jim Furyk (66) for second. And Sergio Garcia was within one stroke before a three-bogey stretch on the back nine.  Johnson was steady with only six over-par holes on the week (five bogeys and one double), while every other player had at least 11.  Johnson was first in Driving Distance at 317.1 yards and T18 in Driving Accuracy Percentage at 64.29 percent.  Johnson led the field in Greens in Regulation with 55 of 72. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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2017 championship overview

quick facts

Dustin Johnson hits his approach shot on the 18th hole fairway during the final round of the U.S. Open.

‹ Field: 156 Players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $12 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $2,160,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner

charity Benefit

The USGA collaborates with a number of national partners who serve the game at the grass-roots level, supporting programs that make golf more welcoming and accessible. These include the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The First Tee and many more.

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4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

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1

67

69

71

69

276/-4

600.00

$1,800,000.00

Jim Furyk

T2

71

68

74

66

279/-1

230.00

$745,270

Shane Lowry

T2

68

70

65

76

279/-1

230.00

$745,270

Scott Piercy

T2

68

70

72

69

279/-1

230.00

$745,270

Sergio Garcia

T5

68

70

72

70

280/E

115.00

$374,395

Branden Grace

T5

73

70

66

71

280/E

115.00

$374,395

X Dustin Johnson became the fourth player since World War II to win the U.S. Open after finishing second the previous year, joining Jack Nicklaus (1972), Payne Stewart (1999) and Tiger Woods (2008). X Johnson led the U.S. Open through 54 holes in 2010 and 2015 before finishing T8 and T2. This time he trailed by four strokes through 54 holes and won. X The final round marked the 12th straight U.S. Open round that Johnson finished in the top six, dating to the first round in 2014. 162

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X Johnson’s winning total of 276 was the best in the nine U.S. Opens held at Oakmont. X By starting with rounds of 67-69, Johnson became only the second player to start a U.S. Open at Oakmont with two rounds in the 60s, joining Hale Irwin (1994). X Shane Lowry lost a four-stroke lead through 54 holes to finish T2, becoming the first player since Payne Stewart (1998) to enter the final round with a lead of four or more strokes and not win (Stewart led by four).

All four of the par 5s at Erin Hills have tee locations that allow them to be played at more than 600 yards, with no plans to set up any of them shorter than 560 as tees will vary each day. The longest is the 18th, which will vary from 622 to 675 yards, a three-shot hole where most players must take a route to the right around fescue rough with the second shot before attacking the green.

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

June 22-25, 2017

Travelers Championship Location

HOW RUSSELL KNOX WON

Course Information Originally built in the 1920s, the course joined the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network in 1984 after a redesign by Pete Dye. In 1989, it was renamed TPC River Highlands after further redesign work by Bobby Weed, with PGA TOUR professionals Howard Twitty and Roger Maltbie as Player Consultants. The course underwent a bunker renovation in 2015-16, with infrastructure improvements and viewingarea enhancements part of the project.

Yardage 6,841; par 70

2016 Champion Russell Knox, Scotland

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Any One Day tickets start at $37 in advance, while day specific tickets are available for a range of prices. Children 15 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Admission is free for all active, reserve and retired military service members, veterans and their dependents.

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“Everybody dreams of making a putt on the last hole to win a tournament, and I kept telling myself, this is your chance.” —Russell Knox

Daniel Berger’s thirdround 62 lifted him to T5.

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Cromwell, Conn. TPC River Highlands

Russell Knox holed a 12-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to claim his second victory of the 2015-16 season by one stroke over Jerry Kelly. Knox, who took the lead with birdies on 13 and 14, hit his drive into the gallery on the right and his approach into a greenside bunker on the par-4 18th before saving par to shoot a final-round 68. The 49-year-old Kelly, a University of Hartford graduate, had finished earlier with a 64. But the round of the day—and year—was turned in by Jim Furyk, who set a PGA TOUR record with a 58 to finish T5. Furyk was 11 under through 12 holes with nine birdies and an eagle, and added a birdie on the 16th for his 12-under round. Justin Thomas had a 62 to finish T3 with Patrick Rodgers.  Knox birdied the first three holes of the third round on his way to a 64.  Knox ranked third in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green with 1.468 per round.  Knox averaged 3.79 on the par 4s to lead in that category.

Jerry Kelly, 49, was runner-up in his bid to become the tournament’s oldest champion.

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Jim Furyk celebrates after shooting a record-setting 58 during the final round of the Travelers Championship.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6.8 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,188,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit In 2016, the Travelers Championship generated a record $2.8 million for more than 160 charities throughout the region. Since Travelers became title sponsor in 2007, nearly $13 million has been distributed. Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford will be the primary beneficiary in 2017.

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X If runner-up Jerry Kelly had won, he would have been the oldest Travelers Championship champion at 49 years, 8 months and 15 days. Peter Jacobsen remains the oldest at 49 years, 4 months, 23 days in 2003. X Furyk’s 27 was two strokes better than anyone had ever shot on the front nine at TPC River Highlands.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Russell Knox

1

67

64

68

266/-14

500.00

$1,188,000.00

67

2

64

70

69

64

267/-13

300.00

$712,800.00

T3

68

66

66

68

268/-12

162.50

$382,800.00

Justin Thomas

T3

68

69

69

62

268/-12

162.50

$382,800.00

Daniel Berger

T5

66

67

62

74

269/-11

96.25

$231,825.00

Jim Furyk

T5

73

66

72

58

269/-11

96.25

$231,825.00

Robert Garrigus

T5

67

67

68

67

269/-11

96.25

$231,825.00

Tyrone Van Aswegen

T5

67

66

65

71

269/-11

96.25

$231,825.00

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Jim Furyk made history by shooting the first 58 on TOUR in the final round.

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Justin Thomas finished T3 at 12-under 268.

The signature stretch at TPC River Highlands is Nos. 15-17, which play around a four-acre lake. The 15th is an enticing, drivable par 4 of 296 yards with the water to the left, while 16 is a par 3 playing over the lake. The 17th is a strong dogleg-right par 4 with the lake to the right on the tee shot and a water carry on the approach.

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X Scotland’s Russell Knox became only the third foreign-born player to win the Travelers Championship since 1996, joining Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson (2011) and Australia’s Marc Leishman (2012). X Jim Furyk’s historic 58 broke the tournament record of 60 shared by Tommy Bolt (1954/round 2) and Patrick Cantlay (2011/round 2).

With more than 30 special events, there are activities for fans of all ages at the Travelers Championship. Family Day on Tuesday includes free 10-minute golf lessons provided by PGA of America pros. The Fan Zone has interactive activities, including the Kids Zone with a mini-golf course, concessions and more. The Patriots’ Outpost has free food and beverage for military, veterans and their dependents. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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June 29-July 2, 2017

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HOW BILLY HURLEY III WON Location Potomac, Md. TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm

Course Information TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm was created in 2009 in a thorough redesign of the former TPC at Avenel course. Architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye collaborated with PGA TOUR pros Fred Funk and Davis Love III. The historic Rock Run Creek, which runs along five of the holes on the back nine, was restored as part of the redesign. The course hosted the 2010 Constellation Energy SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

Yardage 7,139; par 70

2016 Champion Billy Hurley III, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Grounds tickets start at $10 Wednesday, $30 Thursday and Friday, and $35 Saturday and Sunday; youth tickets for ages 13-17 are $10 at the gate and admission is free for ages 12 and under. Active Duty and Retired Military receive complimentary admission, and veterans get 50 percent off for grounds tickets online.

“I couldn’t think of a better tournament for my first PGA TOUR win.” —Billy Hurley III

Ernie Els, who won the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, finished fifth.

Naval Academy grad Billy Hurley III captured his first PGA TOUR victory at an event that honors the military and was played in his home state of Maryland at Bethesda’s Congressional Country Club. Hurley, who served in the Navy for five years after graduation, won at age 34 in his fourth year on the PGA TOUR. He led throughout the final round, but it remained tight until he holed out from 35 yards for a birdie on the 15th and sank a 27-foot birdie putt on the 16th. The late burst gave him a 69 and a threestroke margin over Hall of Famer Vijay Singh, who closed with a 65. Another Hall of Famer, Ernie Els, was second entering the final round and finished fifth after a closing 72.  Hurley was on target with his approach shots, ranking first in Strokes Gained: Approachthe-Green and sixth in Proximity to the Hole.  When he did miss the green, Hurley was adept at scrambling, saving par 77.78 percent of the time to rank fifth.  Hurley was T1 in scoring on par 4s (3.80) and second on par 5s (4.33). Former FedExCup champion Bill Haas broke 70 each day to finish T3.

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No. 16, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

‹ Field: 120 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $7.1 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,278,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

As a TGR Live-managed event, all proceeds from the Quicken Loans National benefit the college access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation. In addition, the Quicken Loans National have been leaders in the community in military appreciation, offering numerous programs and activities which support military members and their families.

X In the 10-year history of the event, the only players to make the Quicken Loans National their first PGA TOUR victory have been the last two winners—Troy Merritt (2015) and Billy Hurley III (2016). X Vijay Singh finished second at age 53 years, 4 months; if he had won he would have set a

record as the oldest to win a PGA TOUR event (Sam Snead, 52 years, 10 months). X Jon Rahm, 21, finished T3 in his first event as a pro. X Ernie Els, 46, finished fifth at Congressional Country Club 19 years after winning the U.S. Open there.

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Billy Hurley III

1

66

65

67

69

267/-17

500.00

$1,242,000.00

Vijay Singh

2

68

66

71

65

270/-14

300.00

$745,200.00

Bill Haas

T3

66

69

68

68

271/-13

162.50

$400,200.00

110.00

$276,000.00

Jon Rahm

T3

64

67

70

70

271/-13

Ernie Els

5

66

69

65

72

272/-12

Jon Rahm had a fine pro debut, opening with a 64 and finishing T3.

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Runner-up Vijay Singh, 53, would have usurped Sam Snead as the oldest winner in PGA TOUR history.

The 14th hole is a 299-yard par 4 that offers the player a chance to drive the green if he is willing to flirt with the creek to the right. The alternative, to lay up left of fairway bunkers and leave a wedge approach, also offers reasonable shot at a birdie.

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July 6-9, 2017

The Greenbrier Classic

Location White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier

Course Information

Yardage 7,286; par 70

2015 Champion* Danny Lee, New Zealand (Severe flooding forced cancellation of the 2016 tournament)

Media Coverage

“After I finished at 13-under, I was just trying to calm down. I was so nervous. My head was blank, and I was just trying to breathe. As soon as I stood on the 18th tee box, the first playoff hole, I felt ready.” —Danny Lee

HOW DANNY LEE WON

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The Old White TPC, the first 18-hole course at The Greenbrier, opened in 1914 with President Woodrow Wilson among the first to play. It is named for the Old White Hotel, which stood on the grounds from 1858 to 1922. Charles Blair Macdonald designed the course and modeled several holes after some of the most famous in Europe. The course underwent a restoration in 2006.

Danny Lee emerged from a crowded leaderboard and a four-way playoff to win his first PGA TOUR title on the second extra hole. The 24-year-old Korea native who plays out of New Zealand was in a group of four players one shot behind a group of four co-leaders entering the final round. None of the co-leaders ended up in the playoff, as Lee and David Hearn shot 67s and Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb came from further back with 64 and 65, respectively, Streb making it despite having to putt with a wedge on the back nine after breaking his putter. Lee and Hearn eliminated the other two with birdies on the first playoff hole, and Lee won with a par 5 on the next hole after Hearn’s drive finished behind a tree.  Lee got off to a strong start with a bogey-free 63 in the first round when he hit 15 Greens in Regulation.  Lee’s ball-striking wasn’t as solid on the weekend, but Strokes Gained: Putting showed him gaining more than two strokes on the greens in each of the final two rounds.

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Canadian David Hearn picked up his second career runner-up TOUR finish.

Kevin Kisner’s closing 64 got him into a playoff.

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An example of the damage on The Old White TPC after floods devastated parts of West Virginia.

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

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Robert Streb shared second after a finalround 65.

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Neighbors Loving Neighbors is now the charity arm of The Greenbrier Classic and is dedicated to providing assistance to those who were impacted by the floods that devastated our communities in June 2016. To date, Neighbors Loving Neighbors has helped rebuild or repair more than 375 homes throughout West Virginia and we are confident we can extend that helping hand further thanks to the impact of the 2017 Greenbrier Classic.

Modeled after No. 15 at North Berwick, in Scotland, the par-3 eighth is a Redan hole measuring up to 234 yards. The preferred shot into the green is right-to-left. A miss short and left brings the course’s deepest bunker and three distinctive “Dragon’s Teeth” mounds into play.

No. 18, The Old White TPC.

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Russell Henley had the best closing round of the contenders (63) to take fifth place.

Patrons Park located near the 17th green has umbrella table seating, food from The Greenbrier’s Dining Collection and live tournament coverage. There is also a Kids Zone interactive area on the 12th hole and kid friendly concessions. Tuesday is Youth Day presented by Polo Golf Ralph Lauren. We also are featuring Med Express “Make your own First Aid Kit” and Kids autograph zone located on the putting green. This year we are featuring Learn with Lee Trevino. This is a golf instructional clinic for junior golfers ages 6-17. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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July 13-16, 2017

John Deere Classic Location Silvis, Ill. TPC Deere Run

Course Information TPC Deere Run, a stadium layout built specifically for spectator viewing as well as championship golf, opened in 2000. Created by Illinois native and former PGA TOUR professional D.A. Weibring and his design partner Steve Wolfard, it is on the site of a former Arabian horse farm by the Rock River. Weibring preserved the natural, rolling landscape to create a par-71 course framed by oak trees and accented with small ponds and deep ravines.

Yardage 7,268; par 71

2016 Champion Ryan Moore, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Anyday grounds tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate; clubhouse tickets are $45/$50. Active duty and retired military receive free admission along with one guest; kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Ages 13 to 18 get half-price gate tickets and college students are admitted for $18.

“I liked how steady it was. This is the kind of golf that I feel like I can play. Just really solid, really steady.”—Ryan Moore

Ben Martin finished second after a closing 68.

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Ryan Moore went without a bogey for the final 46 holes and shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to lock up his fifth career victory. Leading by one over Morgan Hoffmann through 54 holes, Moore birdied four of the first 10 holes of the final round to take a four-stroke lead and parred in from there for a 22-under 262 total. Ben Martin made consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-14 to pull within two, but got no closer as he shot a 68 to finish second at 264. Hoffmann slipped to a 71 in the final round and tied for third at 267 with Whee Kim (67).  Moore made only two bogeys all week, one each in the first and second rounds. He followed the first bogey with a birdie and eagle on the next two holes and the other bogey with birdies on the next three.  Moore ranked T1 in Greens in Regulation, hitting 60 of 72, and second in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green.  Moore was T1 in Scrambling, saving par on 11 of the 12 greens he missed, and eighth in Strokes Gained: Putting. Johnson Wagner broke 70 three times to finish T5.

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Ryan Moore putts on the 18th green during the final round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $5.6 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,008,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

The John Deere Classic raised $10.5 million for 491 local and regional Quad Cities charities in 2016, mostly through the innovative Birdies for Charity program through which charitable organizations solicit pledges based on the number of birdies in the tournament. On top of that, the tournament delivers an additional check to each charity from tournament revenues, direct contributions and the John Deere Foundation.

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X Zach Johnson’s string of consecutive topthree finishes at the John Deere Classic ended at five as he finished T34. X Ben Martin and Morgan Hoffmann both shot 62 in the third round, but that’s three strokes higher than the tournament and course record of 59 by Paul Goydos in 2010.

leaDerBoarD 2016 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Ryan Moore

1

65

65

65

67

262/-22

500.00

$864,000.00

Ben Martin

2

66

68

62

68

264/-20

300.00

$518,400.00

T3

67

67

62

71

267/-17

162.50

$278,400.00

T3

69

67

64

67

267/-17

162.50

$278,400.00

Ricky Barnes

T5

69

68

65

67

269/-15

100.00

$175,200.00

Kelly Kraft

T5

69

64

67

69

269/-15

100.00

$175,200.00

Johnson Wagner

T5

68

64

67

70

269/-15

100.00

$175,200.00

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Kelly Kraft was T5, seven strokes behind the champion.

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Morgan Hoffmann (T3) jumped into the mix by shooting a third-round 62.

The signature hole at TPC Deere Run is the par-3 16th, named “Mother Earth.” The 158-yard hole, one of the prettiest par 3s in the Midwest, plays uphill and toward the Rock River with bunkers protecting its flanks. It offers a chance for birdies as players hit the finishing stretch, playing to a 2.865 average in 2016.

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X Ryan Moore ran his streak of consecutive subpar rounds at the John Deere Classic to 23, with 21 of them in the 60s. X Moore’s winning total of 22-under matched the second lowest in tournament history behind Steve Stricker’s 26-under (2010) and tying J.P. Hayes (2002), Stricker (2011) and Brian Harman (2014).

The air-conditioned John Deere Family Zone has interactive activities for kids all week and on Tuesday hosts McDonald’s Youth Day, which also features a driving-range clinic. An enhanced ticket allows entrance to the Greenside Club and its sports bar with 18th-hole viewing. On Saturday, military guests are invited to the villa behind the 15th green for complimentary food and beverages. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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July 20-23, 2017

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HOW AARON BADDELEY WON

Location Auburn/Opelika, Ala. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Grand National Lake Course)

Course Information Grand National is one of 11 facilities on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1992, the Lake Course is aptly named with 12 holes on Lake Saugahatchee, which adds to its scenic beauty and difficulty.

Yardage 7,302; par 71

2016 Champion Aaron Baddeley, Australia

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets Good-Any-Day tickets are $20 and can be purchased on the website, www.barbasolchampionship. com. Children under 13 are free when accompanying a ticketed adult. Active duty, reserve, retiree military and their dependents are admitted free, and veterans receive discounted tickets.

“I was just telling myself, ‘Let’s end this right here.’” —Aaron Baddeley

Recent Auburn graduate Michael Johnson was third in his pro debut.

Australia’s Aaron Baddeley holed a 28-foot putt on the fourth playoff hole to defeat South Korea’s Si Woo Kim and claim his fourth career victory and first since 2011. Jhonattan Vegas had a six-stroke lead through 36 holes after starting 65-60, with Baddeley 11 behind at that point. There was a big shift in the third round, with Baddeley shooting a 64 to move into a tie for second three strokes back as Vegas shot a 72. Through nine holes of the final round, Baddeley had already moved ahead of Vegas by three. Kim then caught Baddeley with a 31 on the back nine for a closing 63, but a Kim bogey on 18 proved costly as Baddeley birdied 16 and 17 for a 66. Both parred the first three playoff holes before Baddeley’s winning birdie.  After a double bogey on the par-5 fifth in the first round, Baddeley went eagle-birdie-eagle on the hole the rest of the way.  Baddeley had 23 birdies and two eagles to rank second in Par Breakers.  Baddeley was third in Strokes Gained: Aroundthe-Green and eighth in Strokes Gained: Putting.

Andres Gonzales shot in the 60s each round en route to a T4.

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quick facts

The crowd walks to to the fourth hole of the playoff between Aaron Baddeley and Si Woo Kim during the final round.

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

charity Benefit The Barbasol Championship contributes to a variety of local charities through the Robert Trent Jones Golf Foundation, giving back to the community that supports the event through volunteering and sponsorships.

X In addition to winning the 2016 tournament, Aaron Baddeley became the only player to finish in the top 10 in each of the first two years of the event (T10 in 2015). X Michael Johnson finished third, one stroke out of the playoff, in his first professional start after recently graduating from Auburn University.

X Jhonattan Vegas’ 36-hole total of 125 was the lowest on the PGA TOUR in 2016. His second-round 60 is a tournament 18-hole record by three strokes. X Aaron Baddeley’s comeback from 11 strokes behind after two rounds was the best by a winner on the PGA TOUR in 2016.

leaDerBoarD 2016 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Aaron Baddeley

1

70

66

64

66

266/-18

300.00

$630,000.00

Si Woo Kim

2

70

68

65

63

266/-18

165.00

$378,000.00

Michael Johnson

3

67

65

70

65

267/-17

$238,000.00

T4

68

65

69

67

269/-15

65.00

$137,812.50

T4

68

68

68

65

269/-15

65.00

$137,812.50

Michael Thompson

T4

72

64

68

65

269/-15

65.00

$137,812.50

Jhonattan Vegas

T4

65

60

72

72

269/-15

65.00

$137,812.50

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Jhonattan Vegas raced into the 36hole lead thanks to a second-round 60.

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A final-round 65 lifted Richard H. Lee into a tie for fourth.

The Lake Course has a strong collection of par-3 holes; last year all four played over par and three were among the four toughest holes on the course. The 193-yard sixth is the most striking visually with its peninsula green, but the 197-yard 12th was the toughest in 2016. Lake Saugahatchee is in play on the left and short of the green, with a pot bunker and swale guarding the right. The 214-yard eighth and 213-yard 17th have the lake to the left and right, respectively.

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Alabama Power hosts a junior clinic on Tuesday featuring a TOUR pro. Fans who want a premier spot to watch the action during the week can purchase a wristband for either of two areas. The Champions Club on the 18th fairway features a full buffet, beverages and plenty of seating. The Tailgate Club offers a view of the 17th green while enjoying food and beverages. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

July 20-23, 2017

The Open Championship Location Southport, England Royal Birkdale

Course Information Royal Birkdale dates to 1889, but owes its championship course to a thorough redesign in 1932 by architect Fred Hawtree and fivetime Open champion J.H. Taylor. They created a layout that runs between large sand dunes, creating a tough but fair test with the dunes as natural vantage points for spectators. The course has hosted The Open Championship nine times, the last in 2008 when Padraig Harrington won.

Yardage 7,173; par 70

2015 Champion Henrik Stenson, Sweden

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Daily grounds tickets for championship days are £80, with a discount for youth tickets (age 16-24) and free tickets for juniors (under 16). A twilight ticket allows entry for £25 after 4pm on Thursday and Friday. A weekly ticket is £260.

“It seemed like it was going to be a two-horse race, and it was all the way to the end. I knew I had to keep on pushing, keep on giving myself birdie chances.”—Henrik Stenson

Runner-up Phil Mickelson opened with 63 and closed with 65.

A final-round 67 moved Rory McIlroy into T5.

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Champion Henrik Stenson deserved applause after a final-round 63 and major record total of 264.

In pursuit of his first major title, Sergio Garcia was T5.

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Steve Stricker put himself in contention with a first-round 67.

Henrik Stenson prevailed in a spectacular headto-head battle with Phil Mickelson, shooting a final-round 63 at Royal Troon for a majorchampionship record 264 total and a threestroke victory. Mickelson, who closed with a 65, was 11 strokes clear of third-place J.B. Holmes. Mickelson briefly took the lead with a two-stroke swing on the first hole Sunday, Stenson got it back with birdies on the next two, and Mickelson tied it with an eagle to Stenson’s birdie on the fourth as the shootout was underway. They were tied with five holes to play, but Stenson birdied four of those five holes to pull away. While Stenson was hitting his approach shots close most of the day, the big blow was a 50-foot birdie putt he holed from off the green on the 15th hole to go ahead by two for the first time. Mickelson narrowly missed an eagle putt on 16 while Stenson birdied, and a Stenson birdie on 18 wrapped it up. X Stenson had two bogeys in the final round, but 10 birdies. For the week, he led the field in Par Breakers with 25 birdies and an eagle. X Stenson ranked first in Greens in Regulation Percentage at 77.78. X Stenson topped the field in Total Driving, ranking 11th in Driving Distance and fifth in Driving Accuracy Percentage. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $8.5 million (2016) ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,549,490 (2016) ‹ FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner

charity Benefit Each year, The R&A invests more than £5 million in support of golf worldwide. In recent years, through the Working For Golf program, there has been a focus on financing development in countries where golf is a relatively new sport. Grassroots initiatives have been supported in countries across five continents.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Henrik Stenson

1

68

65

68

63

264/-20

600.00

$1,549,490.00

Phil Mickelson

2

63

69

70

65

267/-17

330.00

$890,190.00

J.B. Holmes

3

70

70

69

69

278/-6

210.00

$571,040.40

Steve Stricker

4

67

75

68

69

279/-5

150.00

$444,435.60

Sergio Garcia

T5

68

70

73

69

280/-4

110.00

$310,797.64

110.00

$310,797.64

Tyrell Hatton

T5

70

71

71

68

280/-4

Rory McIlroy

T5

69

71

73

67

280/-4

$310,797.64

X Stenson became the first player from Sweden to win a men’s major championship. Swedes who had previously finished second in majors were Jesper Parnevik (twice), Stenson, Jonas Blixt and Niclas Fasth. X Phil Mickelson’s 63 in the first round and Henrik Stenson’s 63 in the final round tied the major championship 18-hole record done 29 times by 27 players (10 times in The Open Championship). Stenson became only the second player to shoot 63 in the 178

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final round while winning a major, joining Johnny Miller (1973 U.S. Open). X Stenson’s 264 broke The Open Championship record of 267 (Greg Norman, 1993) and his 20-under-par total broke The Open Championship mark of 19-under (Tiger Woods, 2000). X The 40-year-old Stenson became the fourth player in his 40s to win The Open Championship in six years, joining Darren Clarke (2011), Ernie Els (2012) and Mickelson (2013).

In each of the last two Open Championships at Royal Birkdale, in 1998 and 2008, the sixth and first holes ranked 1-2 in difficulty. One of the more difficult opening holes in championship golf, the 450-yard, par-4 first, has a snaky fairway and a green with only a narrow run-up area between bunkers and dunes. The 499-yard, par-4 sixth, which runs uphill to a long but narrow green, was a terror in windy conditions in 2008, playing to a 4.764 average

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The Spectator Village has a number of food and beverage offerings, giant TV screens and a dedicated kids’ play area. Bring headphones to use with the championship’s mobile app, with live video, radio broadcasts and live scoring. An enhanced ticket affords access to the Links Pavilion and reserved 18th-hole grandstand seating.

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No. 18, Royal Birkdale.

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

July 27-30, 2017

RBC Canadian Open Location Oakville, Ont., Canada Glen Abbey Golf Club

Course Information The first solo design of 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus, Glen Abbey is hosting its 29th RBC Canadian Open since opening in 1976. It also serves as home to Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum. Built on a former Harold Watson course, Glen Abbey features numerous mounds and water hazards, including Sixteen Mile Creek.

“Last week, I had a six-shot lead going to the weekend and lost by three. I was five back starting today and won by one. It’s a crazy sport.”—Jhonattan Vegas

Yardage 7,273; par 72

Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS/ Shaw/Global

Tickets A Single Day Ticket costs $67.74 during the tournament; $22.60 on Monday and Wednesday (Tuesday is free). Juniors 17 and under are admitted free. Full Week Entry costs $135.55.

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Entering the final round five strokes off the lead, Jhonattan Vegas started and finished strong for a 64 that gave him a one-stroke victory over three players in a tightly bunched field. Vegas birdied five straight holes starting at the second and closed his round with birdies on the last three holes, then waited as multiple challengers couldn’t quite match his 12-under total, with Dustin Johnson, Martin Laird and Jon Rahm finishing one back, Rahm missing a 10-foot eagle putt that would have forced a playoff. Brandt Snedeker, the 54-hole leader, shot a 71 to finish T5 at 10 under with three others. A week earlier at the Barbasol Championship, Vegas led by six through 36 holes but finished T4.  Vegas had 23 birdies to rank T1, offsetting 11 bogeys.  Three of Vegas’ nine birdies in the final round came on par 5s that he reached in two strokes. Of his six one-putt birdies, the longest putt was 12 feet.  Vegas ranked second on the week in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and T3 in Greens in Regulation Percentage. Alex Cejka had three sub-70 rounds to finish T5.

Brandt Snedeker led after 54 holes and finished T5 after a closing 71.

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quick facts

No. 7, Glen Abbey Golf Club.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $6 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,080,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

charity Benefit

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X Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas was the fifth player born outside the U.S. to win the RBC Canadian Open in the last eight years, joining Nathan Green (Australia, 2009), Carl Pettersson (Sweden, 2010), Tim Clark (South Africa, 2014), and Jason Day (Australia, 2015).

X Vegas’ 64 was one off the record for lowest final round by a winner (Jerry Pate, 63, 1976) and the lowest since Jim Furyk’s 64 in 2007. X Amateur Jared du Toit was one stroke off the lead through 54 holes in an effort to become the first Canadian winner since Pat Fletcher in 1954. Du Toit finished T9 after a closing 71.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points 500.00

1

73

69

70

64

276/-12

T2

67

71

72

67

277/-11

$1,062,000.00 $440,533.34

Dustin Johnson

T2

66

71

71

69

277/-11

208.33

$440,533.33

Martin Laird

T2

73

69

68

67

277/-11

208.33

$440,533.33

Ricky Barnes

T5

71

68

71

68

278/-10

96.25

$207,237.50

Alex Cejka

T5

71

69

69

69

278/-10

96.25

$207,237.50

Brandt Snedeker

T5

68

73

66

71

278/-10

96.25

$207,237.50

Steve Wheatcroft

T5

68

77

64

69

278/-10

96.25

$207,237.50

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Jon Rahm was T2 after a final-round 67.

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Martin Laird’s scores improved each day as he climbed into a share of second.

The most striking and challenging stretch is Nos. 11-15, known as the valley holes, which incorporate Sixteen Mile Creek. The 457yard par-4 14th, which calls for a risk/reward tee shot that flirts with the stream, was the toughest hole on the course in 2016. The 202-yard par-3 12th, playing over water and bunkers to a shallow green, ranked third.

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Fan activities include driving to and from the course in a complimentary BMW shuttle and relaxing with a refreshment in the Coors Light 19th Hole Beer Garden. Following play each day is the WestJet Ball Toss on the 18th green supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada where participants have a chance to win flights anywhere the airline flies. Admission is free Tuesday for a fun, interactive Official Opening Ceremony, and fans are encouraged to wear Canada’s colors for Red and White Day on Friday. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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HOW GREG CHALMERS WON Location Reno, Nev. Montrêux Golf & Country Club

Course Information Opened in 1997, this Jack Nicklaus Signature Design located between Lake Tahoe and Reno flows dramatically through both high desert and pine forests. Tree-lined fairways and natural water hazards make for a demanding traditional test, while strong elevation changes add to the scenic beauty and challenge.

Yardage 7,472; par 72

2016 Champion Greg Chalmers, Australia

Media Coverage Golf Channel

Tickets

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“It’s hard to win and I’m very thrilled and very pleased to get it done.” —Greg Chalmers

A strong second round helped Steve Wheatcroft to a share of fifth place.

Greg Chalmers eagled the final hole for five points in the modified Stableford scoring system to walk away with a six-point victory, claiming his first PGA TOUR title at the age of 42. Just ahead of him, Gary Woodland had three-putted for a bogey on 18 to drop from a tie for the lead to one point behind. That left Chalmers needing only a par to win, but he finished in style with a 7-iron second shot to eight feet on the par 5 to set up his eagle. Chalmers led by six points entering the final round with 39 points. He managed only four points on Sunday, but that was enough in tough conditions as most of the leaders struggled. Woodland also had four points, while Colt Knost came from 14 points back to finish third with a 10-point final round.  Chalmers had two eagles on the week, one on the 13th hole (his fourth) of the first round and one on the 72nd hole.  Chalmers took control of the tournament with five birdies on the last six holes of the third round. Colt Knost scored 10 points in the final round to finish third.

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quick facts

No. 6, Montrêux Golf & Country Club.

‹ Field: 132 players ‹ Format: 72 holes modified Stableford format ‹ Purse: $3.3 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $594,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 300 to the winner

charity Benefit The Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation gave $382,000 to charities in 2016, bringing the total to over $3.6 million since 1999. Additionally, there are the Birdies For Charity Challenge, through which local golf club members contribute per birdie pledges, and the Chip In For Schools voucher program that raises money for local schools.

X The 54-hole leader has gone on to win the last six years of the Barracuda Championship, including all five years it has used the modified Stableford format. X Chalmers became the 12th different left-handed player to win on the PGA TOUR.

X Greg Chalmers became the second international winner of the event and second Australian, joining Geoff Ogilvy (2014). X Before his victory, Chalmers had played the most events of any active player on the PGA TOUR without a win (385).

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Greg Chalmers

1

+14

+10

+15

+4

+43

300.00

$576,000.00

Gary Woodland

2

+14

+8

+11

+4

+37

165.00

$345,600.00

Colt Knost

3

+13

+8

+4

+10

+35

105.00

$217,600.00

Tim Herron

4

+8

+7

+6

+13

+34

80.00

$153,600.00

Brendan Steele

T5

+13

+7

+0

+12

+32

62.50

$121,600.00

Steve Wheatcroft

T5

+5

+13

+9

+5

+32

62.50

$121,600.00

A late three-putt was costly to runner-up Gary Woodland.

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Brendan Steele was T5 despite not scoring any points in the third round.

In honor of course architect Jack Nicklaus, holes 6, 7 and 8 are known as the “Bear Trap,” starting with the tough, leftbending par-4 sixth measuring 477 yards. No. 7 is a tricky par 3 of 183 yards played over water to a shallow green.

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The Discovery at Barracuda presented by Circus Circus Kids STEAM Zone features family activities, including interactive demonstrations, brainteasers, fun giveaways, golf-themed science exhibits and more. The Heroes Hangout is an exclusive viewing area at the ninth green for military members (including veterans) and first responders. Upgraded tickets give access to the Lexus Chalet at the 18th green or Tito’s Terrace at the ninth. w w w.pgatour.com

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

August 3-6, 2017

Location

World Golf ChampionshipsBridgestone Invitational

Akron, Ohio Firestone Country Club (South Course)

Course Information Firestone Country Club, established in 1929 by Harvey Firestone, has been well known to tournament golfers for decades. The club features 54 holes, but the South Course is its jewel. Bert Way designed the South Course when the facility opened and Robert Trent Jones Sr. redesigned it prior to the 1960 PGA Championship—the first of three times Firestone has hosted that event. The layout, which has hosted a series of PGA TOUR events over the years, has a notable collection of long and rugged par 4s.

Yardage 7,400; par 70

2016 Champion Dustin Johnson, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Advance weekly tickets are $145 for grounds, $185 for Championship Club or $425 with a reserved spot in the 18th-hole bleachers. Children 18 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. National Guard and active, Reserve and military retirees and their families get in free.

“This week I definitely drove it better than I have in years past, and around this golf course it’s very important to drive it well.” —Dustin Johnson

Jason Day’s double bogey on No. 16, “The Monster,” was costly.

Kevin Chappell broke 70 on the weekend to share third place.

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Jordan Spieth closed with a 67 to finish T3.

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Scott Piercy shared the 36-hole lead and shot a final-round 70 to finish second.

In his next start after capturing the U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson made it two in a row as he finished with a pair of 66s to win at Firestone. Johnson was six strokes behind after 36 holes and trailed co-leaders Jason Day and Scott Piercy by three entering the final round. Johnson still trailed by three through 12 holes until a big turnaround down the stretch. Johnson birdied 13, 14 and 17, while Day bogeyed 15 and doubled bogeyed the 16th when his third shot on the par 5 went in the water in front of the green after his first two strokes both found tree trouble. Suddenly, it was Johnson with a three-stroke lead. He ended up with a one-stroke margin of victory after he bogeyed 18 and Piercy birdied it for a final-round 70 and second place.  After losing a total of 1.39 strokes on the greens in the first two rounds, Johnson turned it around to gain 4.65 strokes putting in the final two rounds, making four putts of 15 feet or longer on Sunday.  Johnson ranked first in Strokes Gained: Driving with 1.512 strokes per round as he was second in Driving Distance at 341.3 yards and T4 in Driving Accuracy Percentage at 57.14.  Johnson was first in Proximity to Hole on approach shots at 27’11.” PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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‹ Field: Approx. 75 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $9.75 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,660,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner

charity Benefit The tournament’s signature charities are Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, with others including the LeBron James Family Foundation, The First Tee and the Ronald McDonald House. Over the years, professional golf at Firestone has donated more than $26 million to causes in Northeast Ohio.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Dustin Johnson

1

69

73

66

66

274/-6

550.00

$1,620,000.00

Scott Piercy

2

69

69

67

70

275/-5

315.00

$1,018,000.00

Kevin Chappell

T3

71

70

69

67

277/-3

140.00

$449,250.00

Jason Day

T3

67

69

69

72

277/-3

140.00

$449,250.00

Matt Kuchar

T3

69

72

70

66

277/-3

140.00

$449,250.00

Jordan Spieth

T3

68

71

71

67

277/-3

140.00

$449,250.00

X Dustin Johnson’s winning total of 274 was the highest at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational since Tiger Woods won with the same score in 2005. X By capturing his third World Golf Championships title, Johnson joined Woods (18) and Geoff Ogilvy (3) as the only players to win three or more. Johnson previously won the 2013 HSBC Champions and 2015 Cadillac Championship.

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X Johnson had played in the Bridgestone Invitational six times without a top-10 finish until his victory in 2016. His best previous finish was 15th in 2010. X There has been only one multiple winner of the Bridgestone Invitational; Tiger Woods has won it eight times. X Johnson became the second consecutive player to follow a U.S. Open victory with a win in his next start; Jordan Spieth did it in 2015 when he won the John Deere Classic.

The signature hole at Firestone’s South Course is the 667-yard, par-5 16th, known as “The Monster,” which Arnold Palmer nicknamed during the 1960 PGA Championship after making an 8. Guarded by a pond in front of the green, it used to be considered unreachable in two shots, but due to the downhill nature of the hole and firm fairways, long hitters have been able to give it a go in recent years.

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A number of fan features are available, including the 16th Hole Bridgestone Green Monster Challenge, where spectators can hit shots to a replica of the famous 16th hole; the brand new Kids Landing; and local food favorites throughout the course including Swenson’s, Michael Symon’s B Spot Burgers, Barrio Tacos, Lobster Louies, Hatfield’s Goode Grub and more.

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No. 18, Firestone Country Club (South Course).

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

August 10-13, 2017

PGA Championship Location Charlotte, N.C. Quail Hollow Club

Course Information Quail Hollow was originally designed in 1961 by noted architect George Cobb. It underwent a thorough redesign by Tom Fazio in 1997 and 2003 with several new holes including the 18th. Fazio has again done major work in preparation for the PGA Championship, with a new 16th hole in 2014 and new Nos. 1, 4 and 5 in 2017. The course has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship on the PGA TOUR since 2003, with that event making a one-year move to Wilmington, N.C. this year.

Yardage 7,600; par 71

2016 Champion Jimmy Walker, U.S.

Media Coverage TNT/CBS

Tickets Thursday through Sunday tickets are sold out, and so are season ticket packages. Regardless of the sellout, juniors 17 and under are free at the gate with an accompanying ticketed adult (limit of four juniors per adult). Active duty, military retirees, active reserve, National Guard and Department of Defense civilians, along with accompanying guest, receive complimentary daily grounds tickets.

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“I made a lot of good short putts, 4, 5 and 6-footers to keep the round going. You’ve got to do that to win any tournament.” —Jimmy Walker

CHECK THIS OUT  Defending champion Jason Day finished second, missing a chance to be the first to successfully defend a major since Padraig Harrington at The Open Championship in 2008. Day would have become the sixth different player to successfully defend at the PGA Championship; the last was Tiger Woods in 2007.  Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb tied the PGA Championship 36-hole record of 131 now shared by nine players. w w w.pgatour.com

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 Walker’s victory was only the third by an American in a nine-year span, joining Keegan Bradley (2011) and Jason Dufner (2013).  Robert Streb’s 63 in the second round matched the PGA Championship and major championship 18-hole record. A total of 14 players have shot a 63 in the PGA Championship and 28 players have shot 63 in a major championship.  Jimmy Walker’s 72-hole total of 266 matched the second best in tournament history, behind David Toms (265) and equal to Phil Mickelson, both in 2001. w w w.pgatour.com

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Jimmy Walker held at least a share of the lead after every round, but his Sunday at Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course was anything but a walk in the park. Along with the other leaders, he had to play 36 holes after rain prevented them from starting their third rounds on Saturday. Walker ended up needing to make a three-foot par putt in near darkness for a one-stroke victory over Jason Day, who had just eagled the par-5 72nd hole to shrink the three-stroke margin Walker had just earned with a birdie on 17 down to one. Walker put his second shot on 18 into a difficult spot in the rough right of the green leading to a challenging pitch and nervy two-putt. Walker didn’t have a bogey in the final round, with three birdies on the back nine giving him a 3-under 67, the same score as defending champion Day as the two pulled away from the field.  Walker holed a bunker shot for a birdie on the 10th hole of the final round and for the week ranked second in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green.  Walker was 14-under for the championship, and 13-under on the back nine.  Walker went without a bogey on the last 28 holes and had only five for the week. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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quiCk faCts

No. 17, Quail Hollow Club.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $10 million (2016) ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,800,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 600 to the winner

Charity Benefit PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.

Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Jimmy Walker

1

65

66

68

67

266/-14

600.00

$1,800,000.00

Jason Day

2

68

65

67

67

267/-13

330.00

$1,080,000.00

Daniel Summerhays

3

70

67

67

66

270/-10

210.00

$680,000.00

Branden Grace

T4

70

68

66

67

271/-9

126.66

$405,000.00

Brooks Koepka

T4

68

67

66

70

271/-9

126.66

$405,000.00

Hideki Matsuyama

T4

69

67

67

68

271/-9

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In addition to watching the major championship action, all attendees can experience the latest in motor vehicles and exclusive timepieces in displays from MercedesBenz and OMEGA.

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The last three holes at Quail Hollow, known as the “Green Mile,” have formed one of the toughest finishing stretches on the PGA TOUR when the course has annually hosted the Wells Fargo Championship. It has been even tougher since 2014 when the 506-yard par-4 16th got a new green close to a lake and all three holes were lengthened. The 223-yard par-3 17th plays over water, which also guards the left side of the green. The 494-yard par-4 18th features a stream running the length of the left side and ranked as the fifth-toughest hole on the PGA TOUR in 2016 when it played to a 4.481 average.

No. 18, Quail Hollow Club.

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

August 17-20, 2017

Location Greensboro, N.C. Sedgefield Country Club

Course Information Founded in 1926, Sedgefield Country Club’s Donald Ross design features gently rolling fairways leading to the architect’s signature small, undulating greens. The layout first hosted the PGA TOUR in 1938. After a 31-year absence, the Wyndham returned to Sedgefield in 2008. Architect Kris Spence completed a restoration of the course in 2007 while lengthening it to accommodate the modern player. In 2012, the greens were changed from bentgrass to Champion Bermuda.

Yardage 7,127; par 70

2016 Champion Si Woo Kim, S. Korea

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Tickets are available through the tournament website or Ticketmaster.com; the tournament uses tiered pricing with discounts for advance purchase. Active-duty military members, reservists and veterans receive two complimentary tickets each day after online registration, children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult (one youth per adult) and teachers from Piedmont Triad-area K-12 institutions are admitted free with one guest.

“I played aggressively because I already made the top 125 [in the FedExCup standings]. I didn’t have any fear attacking the pin.” —Si Woo Kim

Former Wyndham Championship winner Brandt Snedeker was T3 at 15 under.

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Wyndham Championship

Si Woo Kim set a tournament record with a 60 in the second round and tied the tournament 72-hole record with 259 as he claimed a five-stroke victory. The South Korean took the lead with his 10-under round on Friday and extended it to four strokes with a third-round 64. He moved ahead by six when he shot a 31 on the front nine Sunday. Things tightened up when Kim bogeyed 10, 13 and 14 and the margin was cut to three, but a birdie on 15 got him back on track and a birdie on 18 wrapped up a closing 67. Luke Donald finished second at 264 after also shooting a 67 in the final round. Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello, second heading into the final round, closed with a 70 and finished in a five-way tie for fifth.  Kim started his second round on the back nine, where he shot a 29 and followed with a 31 on the front. He had eight birdies, an eagle and no bogeys.  Kim ranked first in Strokes Gained: Off-theTee and second in Strokes Gained: Approach-theGreen for the week.

Hideki Matsuyama had a strong week going into the FedExCup Playoffs, tying for third place.

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quick facts

No. 18, Sedgefield Country Club.

‹ Field: 156 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $5.8 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,044,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner

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second-youngest winner of the Wyndham Championship, behind Seve Ballesteros in 1978 (20 years, 11 months, 24 days). X Kim became the eighth Korean-born player to win on the PGA TOUR and the second at this event (K.J. Choi 2005). X Kim’s five-stroke victory margin was well short of the tournament record of 10 by Sam Snead in 1950.

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2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Si Woo Kim

1

60

64

67

259/-21

500.00

$1,008,000.00

68

Luke Donald

2

65

68

64

67

264/-16

300.00

$604,800.00

Hideki Matsuyama

T3

66

64

68

67

265/-15

162.50

$324,800.00

Brandt Snedeker

T3

65

68

65

67

265/-15

162.50

$324,800.00

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Si Woo Kim became the eighth Koreanborn player to win on TOUR.

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Luke Donald’s third-round 64 was the highlight in his runner-up performance.

At 235 yards, Sedgefield’s 12th hole is the longest par 3 on the scorecard and because of its undulating two-tiered green, players find it one of the more difficult to putt on the PGA TOUR, with three-putts a frequent occurrence.

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X Si Woo Kim’s 60 in the second round broke the tournament record of 61, shared by five players. His 259 total for 72 holes matched the tournament record set by Carl Pettersson in 2008. X Kim’s 124 total for the second and third rounds was a tournament mark for consecutive rounds and two off the PGA TOUR record of 122 (Troy Matteson, 2009 Frys.com Open). X At 21 years, 1 month, 24 days, Kim was the

The tournament’s official charity partner is the Wyndham Worldwide Charitable Foundation, with the focus to enrich the lives of children around the world. Charities benefited include The First Tee of the Triad, the Kevin Harvick Foundation, the Piedmont Triad Partnership, the American Junior Golf Association and the Crosby Scholars Community Partnership. Additionally, the Birdies Fore Backpacks program supports organizations that provide backpacks of food for children in need.

Attractions for spectators include a chance to win prizes at the Key to Wyn location; to visit local vendors on Expo Row; to enjoy bungee trampoline jumping, rock climbing, slides and more at the Kids Adventure Zone; or take advantage of chairs around the 17th green at Adirondack Alley. Upgraded tickets are available for the Legends Club or for viewing platforms with an open bar located on multiple holes.

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

August 24-27, 2017

THE NORTHERN TRUST Location Old Westbury, N.Y. Glen Oaks Club

Course Information Glen Oaks Club was founded in 1924 and moved in 1971 to its current site, where Joe Finger designed 27 holes. A well-received 2014 redesign by architect Joel Weiman, aided by superintendent Craig Currier, put Glen Oaks and its lush parkland course on the radar to be selected for THE NORTHERN TRUST. The Blue Nine along with seven holes of the White and two of the Red will be used for the tournament.

Yardage 7,300; par 70

2016 Champion Patrick Reed, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/CBS

Tickets Daily grounds tickets are $74-$82, weekly grounds tickets $200-$260. There is a 10 percent discount when using Mastercard.

Social Media

“To build yourself a lead to come down to the last couple [holes] was huge, especially around a place like this because those last holes are just so difficult.”—Patrick Reed

Adam Scott shared fourth place after a closing 71.

Emiliano Grillo was T2, one stroke behind the winner.

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Gary Woodland (T4) was among the long hitters challenging at Bethpage Black.

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Jason Day, the 2015 champion, continued his fine form at the event, finishing T4.

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Patrick Reed built a lead in the middle of the final round and managed to hold on down the stretch at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course to earn a victory that moved him to No. 1 in the FedExCup and clinched a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Reed trailed leader Rickie Fowler by one entering the final round before Reed moved ahead by two strokes with birdies on Nos. 4, 5, 7 and 12. Both members of the final twosome struggled down the stretch, Fowler dropping out of it, ultimately to T7, with a bogey on 15 and double bogey on 16 while Reed bogeyed 16. Reed then made a key seven-foot par putt on 17 to stay two in front of Sean O’Hair and Emiliano Grillo. That enabled Reed to survive a bogey on the closing hole, where his drive finished under the lip of a fairway bunker.  Reed shot a 5-under 31 on the front nine, his second nine, of the first round for a 66 that gave him a share of the lead.  Reed was 9-under par for the week on the two par 5s on the front nine, with an eagle and three birdies on the fourth and four birdies on the seventh.  Reed ranked sixth in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green and eighth in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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‹ Field: 125 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $8.75 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,575,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 2,000 to the winner

charity Benefit The official charity of THE NORTHERN TRUST is Tackle Kids Cancer of the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center. Other beneficiaries include The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, Birdies for the Brave, the National Heritage Trust, PinkTie.org, the Sunrise Association, American Red Cross and the YMCA.

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Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Patrick Reed

1

66

68

71

70

275/-9

2,000.00

$1,530,000.00

Emiliano Grillo

T2

67

69

71

69

276/-8

980.00

$748,000.00

Sean O’Hair

T2

69

69

72

66

276/-8

980.00

$748,000.00

Jason Day

T4

68

70

70

69

277/-7

460.00

$351,333.34

Adam Scott

T4

69

72

65

71

277/-7

460.00

$351,333.34

Gary Woodland

T4

71

69

68

69

277/-7

460.00

$351,333.34

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X Since the FedExCup Playoffs began in 2007, the only player to win THE NORTHERN TRUST and go on to take the FedExCup title was Vijay Singh in 2008. Singh (2004, 2008) is the only multiple winner of the Dell Technologies Championship. X Sean O’Hair entered the event 108th on the FedExCup points list and his T2 finish moved him into the top 100 and thus qualified him for the next two events in the FedExCup Playoffs. He ultimately finished 27th in the FedExCup standings.

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The first five holes make up the most formidable stretch on the course. Players need to have their games on from the outset, with a 500-yard par 4 and 235-yard par 3 on the first two holes, followed by a 625-yard par 5 and a pair of long par 4s. The best chance for birdies come on Nos. 9-15, with the 11th as an interesting hole, set up to play as a 300-yard par 4 with water to the right and left.

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check this out X With Patrick Reed coming from behind in the final round, only one 54-hole leader has won THE NORTHERN TRUST in the last nine years (Jason Day, 2015). X Jason Day has an active streak of 11 straight subpar rounds in THE NORTHERN TRUST, finishing T2, first and T4 the last three years. X Rickie Fowler’s streak of 55 holes without a bogey, ending on the 11th hole of the final round, was the longest at the event since hole information began in 1983.

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Spectators at THE NORTHERN TRUST can enjoy an event that is quintessentially a part of the fabric of New York culture. From fashion to food to do-or-die drama on a world stage, the event encapsulates the spirit of the city and fans can feel that energy onsite.

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quick facts

No. 18, Glen Oaks Club.

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

September 1-4, 2017

Dell Technologies Championship Location Norton, Mass. TPC Boston

Course Information 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 7,297; par 71

2016 Champion Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Daily grounds tickets range from $25-$55, with a weekly grounds ticket priced at $185. Children 15 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. A Weekly Greenside at 17 ticket for $650 gives a guaranteed seat at the 17th green all week.

Social Media

“Things can turn around very quickly in this game.” —Rory McIlroy Adam Scott’s strong final round (65) moved him up to fourth place.

James Hahn shared fifth place after a closing 69.

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Fabian Gomez was T5 as the event had its traditional Labor Day conclusion.

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Jimmy Walker finished third, three strokes behind a charging champion.

Rory McIlroy started the tournament by playing his first three holes in 3-over par and entered the final round six strokes behind. But he ultimately emerged as the winner thanks to a closing 65 while 54-hole leader Paul Casey faltered. McIlroy had recovered for an even-par 71 in the first round and followed with rounds of 67 and 66, but Casey was three clear of the field after three rounds of 66. McIlroy made up the entire six-stroke deficit on the front nine with a 5-under 31, with birdies on Nos. 7, 8 and 9 lifting him into a tie for the lead with Casey, who had a 37. The margin became two when Casey bogeyed the 11th and McIlroy holed a 22-foot birdie putt on 12. A bogey on 17 cut McIlroy’s margin to one, but he got up and down for a birdie on the par-5 18th, while Casey missed a 60-foot eagle try that would have forced a playoff.  McIlroy had three straight birdies on Nos. 7-9 in both the second and fourth rounds and four straight birdies on Nos. 5-8 in the third round.  McIlroy played the 12 par 5s in 12-under for the week, with 10 birdies and an eagle.  McIlroy ranked first in Putts Per Round (26.75) and seventh in Strokes Gained: Putting. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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quick facts

No. 16, TPC Boston.

‹ Field: 100 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $8.75 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,575,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 2,000 to the winner

charity Benefit The Dell Technologies Championship supports several Massachusettsbased charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.

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TPC Boston’s 18th hole is a reachable par 5 of 530 yards that offers possibilities for eagle or birdie, but it’s no 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 a wetlands area fronts the green.

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Earnings

Rory McIlroy

1

71

67

66

65

269/-15

2,000.00

$1,530,000.00

Paul Casey

2

66

66

66

73

271/-13

1,200.00

$918,000.00

Jimmy Walker

3

68

64

70

70

272/-12

760.00

$578,000.00

Adam Scott

4

67

71

70

65

273/-11

540.00

$408,000.00

Fabian Gomez

T5

66

71

68

69

274/-10

400.00

$310,250.00

James Hahn

T5

65

74

66

69

274/-10

400.00

$310,250.00

Patrick Reed

T5

68

67

70

69

274/-10

400.00

$310,250.00

check this out X Rory McIlroy’s comeback from six strokes behind entering the final round was a tournament record, topping Charley Hoffman in 2010 from four back. X The top 70 players in the FedExCup standings after the Dell Technologies Championship advance to the next Playoffs event, the BMW Championship. In the 10 years of the FedExCup Playoffs an average of 6.4 players have played their way into the top 70 who were outside it entering the week. 202

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X A 54-hole leader or co-leader hasn’t won the Dell Technologies Championship since 2009 (Steve Stricker). It has only happened four times in the 14-year history of the event. X Vijay Singh (2004, 2008) and Rory McIlroy (2012, 2016) are the only multiple winners of the Dell Technologies Championship. X Paul Casey’s three-stroke lead through 54 holes matched the tournament record for largest lead also held by Adam Scott (2003), Vijay Singh (2004, 2006) and Louis Oosthuizen (2012).

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Each Labor Day weekend, the Dell Technologies Championship celebrates the best of New England. All spectators receive access to numerous “open to the public” destinations at TPC Boston featuring entertainment, games and signature food and beverage items perfect for a Labor Day getaway. The Kids Village offers interactive activities for families including a ninehole mini golf course, mascot meet-and-greets and trophy visits all week. Other spots include the Fairway Fanzone with its food trucks and interactive activities, the GREY GOOSE Lounge and William Hill Estate Wine Lounge.

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

September 14-17, 2017

BMW Championship Location Lake Forest, Ill. Conway Farms Golf Club

Course Information Conway Farms opened in 1991 with a course designed by Tom Fazio on the site of an old farm. The club is founded on Scottish traditions and the layout has an open feel, lined in many places by native grasses, but trees and water hazards also come into play to add to the challenge. The course hosted the BMW Championship in 2013 and 2015.

Yardage 7,198; par 71

2016 Champion Dustin Johnson, U.S.

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Advance tickets are $55 for a specific day Thursday through Sunday or $65 for Any Day Tournament Round. A weekly badge is $135. Juniors 16 and

“Today I hit a lot of great wedge shots. I had quite a few really short birdie putts and that was the difference.” —Dustin Johnson

under receive complimentary grounds admission when accompanied by an adult (limit four juniors per adult). Military and veterans receive a complimentary ticket each day.

J.B. Holmes closed with a 74 to finish T4.

Adam Scott shot in the 60s the first three rounds en route to T4.

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Matt Kuchar had a final-round 71 to get a share of fourth.

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Paul Casey battled Dustin Johnson in the final round, matching his 67 to finish as runner-up.

Dustin Johnson took a three-stroke lead into the final round at Crooked Stick in Indiana and had a response on both occasions when it got tight on Sunday as he defeated Paul Casey by three. Casey began the day in second place and pulled into a tie for the lead when he birdied Nos. 2 and 3 while Johnson bogeyed those two holes after an opening birdie. Johnson proceeded to birdie four of the next five holes to go ahead by four. Casey came back and, for a moment, pulled within one when he holed a 25-foot eagle putt on the 15th. Johnson rolled in an 18-foot eagle putt right on top of Casey, though, to go back ahead by three. Both parred in from there to finish with 67s. Johnson had shot a 63 in the second round to tie Roberto Castro for the lead, and his 68 in the third round moved Johnson ahead as Castro struggled to a 74 before turning it around on Sunday for a 67 and a third-place finish.  Johnson led the field in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee with 1.562 strokes per round and was first in Driving Distance at 319.3 yards.  Johnson was second in Strokes Gained: Putting at 1.827 strokes per round and first in Putts Per Round with 25.75.  Johnson played the 16 par 5s in 15-under. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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2017 tournament overview

‹ Field: 70 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $8.75 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,575,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 2,000 to the winner

Charity Benefit The Western Golf Association conducts the BMW Championship, with all proceeds going to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which awards full tuition and housing scholarships to caddies from modest means. Since 2007, the event has raised more than $24 million for the program.

leaderboard 2016 Player

Pos 1

2

3

4

Total Score

FedExCup Points

Dustin Johnson

1

63

68

67

265/-23

2,000.00

67

Earnings $1,530,000.00

Paul Casey

2

67

66

68

67

268/-20

1,200.00

$918,000.00

Roberto Castro

3

65

65

74

67

271/-17

760.00

$578,000.00

J.B. Holmes

T4

69

65

68

74

276/-12

416.00

$323,850.00

Matt Kuchar

T4

68

69

68

71

276/-12

416.00

$323,850.00

T4

73

64

69

70

276/-12

416.00

$323,850.00

T4

70

70

72

64

276/-12

416.00

$323,850.00

Adam Scott

T4

69

69

67

71

276/-12

416.00

$323,850.00

CheCk this out X Dustin Johnson’s 23-under-par 265 total for 72 holes broke the tournament record for scoring relative to par of 22-under by Tiger Woods (2007) and Jason Day (2015). Woods and Day both had 262 totals on par-71 courses. X Johnson’s 63 in the second round was a Crooked Stick course record, breaking the mark of 64 held by six players. The BMW Championship record is 59 by Jim Furyk at Conway Farms in 2013.

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X Johnson joined Woods (2007) as the only players to win a major championship, a World Golf Championships event and a FedExCup Playoffs event in the same season. X With his third FedExCup Playoffs victory, Johnson tied Woods and McIlroy for the most in a career. Johnson also won the BMW Championship in 2010 and The Barclays in 2011.

The 334-yard par-4 15th and 575-yard par-5 18th are a pair of intriguing holes down the stretch, both offering birdie opportunities while also serving up danger. Players can drive the green, or come close, on No. 15, but water runs all the way down the left of the hole and bunkers guard the green while still allowing for a run-up area. The 18th features a meandering stream that crosses the fairway twice and runs to the right side of the green.

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The tournament provides perks for BMW owners: the BMW Owners’ lot with a private shuttle service to the main gate, a BMW Concierge to assist with tournament entry and the BMW Owners’ Pavilion, a premier viewing area overlooking the 17th tee with culinary delights and beverages in a stylish, spacious atmosphere. The Owners’ Pavilion is open to BMW owners and a guest.

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No. 18, Conway Farms Golf Club.

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Grenada Indianola

Tuscaloosa

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Roanoke 85 Norfolk Danville 95 Martinsville

Bluefield 81

Virginia Beach

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Monroe Spartanburg

Georgia

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Ozark

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Eden

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Brookhaven Hattiesburg

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Montgomery

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7,385; par 70

2016 Champion Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland

Media Coverage Golf Channel/NBC

Tickets Daily grounds tickets for specific days are $22 to $65 depending on the day, Good Any One Day tickets are $70 and a weekly grounds badge is $150. There is a 10 percent discount when using Mastercard. Admission is free for kids 18 and under.

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“I didn’t think I needed 64 today, but thankfully that’s what I shot.”—Rory McIlroy

Hideki Matsuyama completed a strong season by shooting 69 to finish fifth.

After shooting a final-round 66, Kevin Chappell was part of the longest playoff in TOUR Championship history.

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Paul Casey charged into fourth place with a Sunday 64.

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Ryan Moore went low in the final round, shooting the same score (64) as playing partner Rory McIlroy.

Rory McIlroy holed a 137-yard shot for an eagle-2 on the 16th to highlight a furious finish, then birdied the fourth hole of a playoff (also No. 16) to win the TOUR Championship while taking the FedExCup title. McIlroy and playing partner Ryan Moore shot final-round 64s to tie in regulation with Kevin Chappell, who had a 66. Dustin Johnson, who came into the tournament as the leader in FedExCup points and the final round as co-leader with Chappell, shot a closing 73 to finish T6. McIlroy trailed Chappell by three with three holes remaining when he made the eagle on 16 and added a birdie-4 on 18. McIlroy and Moore both birdied the first playoff hole (No. 18) to eliminate Chappell. On the fourth extra hole, Moore holed a par putt from 20 feet before McIlroy sank a 15-footer for a birdie to win it.  McIlroy was 15-under for the week on the par-35 back nine with scores of 31, 32, 32 and 30.  McIlroy recovered from consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 in the first round with a streak of four birdies on Nos. 12-15.  McIlroy ranked first in Strokes Gained: Off-theTee (1.651 strokes per round) and was second in Greens in Regulation Percentage (77.78). PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2 209

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2017 tournament overview

quick facts ‹ Field: 30 players ‹ Format: 72 holes stroke play ‹ Purse: $8.75 million ‹ Winner’s Share: $1,575,000 ‹ FedExCup Points: 2,000 to the winner

charity Benefit

The primary beneficiaries of the TOUR Championship are the East Lake Foundation, established in 1995 to lead the revitalization of the East Lake neighborhood, and The First Tee. Since 1998, the tournament has donated more than $28 million to charity locally and nationwide.

The reversal of nines instituted for the tournament last year worked out nicely as the par-5 18th hole played a role in the dramatic finish. The hole was listed at 600 yards on the scorecard, but was set up each day between 566 and 587 yards. Rory McIlroy birdied it Sunday to reach a playoff, then on the first extra hole hit a second shot from the rough to set up a seven-foot eagle putt. He missed it, but stayed alive with a birdie on the way to his victory.

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2

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FedExCup Points

Earnings

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70

66

64

268/-12

2,000.00

$1,530,000.00

Kevin Chappell

T2

66

68

68

66

268/-12

1,000.00

$752,250.00

Ryan Moore

T2

70

68

66

64

268/-12

1,000.00

$752,250.00

Paul Casey

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68

70

69

64

271/-9

600.00

$408,000.00

Hideki Matsuyama

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66

71

68

69

274/-6

440.00

$340,000.00

check this out X It was the second year in which McIlroy has won two FedExCup Playoffs events (also 2012). Others to win two FedExCup Playoffs events in a year were Tiger Woods (2007), Vijay Singh (2008), Camilo Villegas (2008), Henrik Stenson (2013), Billy Horschel (2014) and Jason Day (2015). X McIlroy was the seventh international player to win the TOUR Championship and the third to win the FedExCup, joining Fiji’s Vijay Singh (2008) and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (2013). 210

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X The last time the FedExCup points leader entering the TOUR Championship won the FedExCup was Tiger Woods in 2009, as Dustin Johnson didn’t manage to pull it off in 2016. X The four extra holes marked the longest playoff in TOUR Championship history. There have been 10 playoffs since the event began in 1987. X Rory McIlroy became the first player with four career wins in FedExCup Playoffs events, surpassing Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson (three each).

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To honor the legacy of the great amateur Bobby Jones and his home club, the TOUR Championship is partnering with the Atlanta History Center. Fans will enter through a new Welcome Pavilion centered around Jones and the history of East Lake. Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar has advanced to the TOUR Championship each of the last seven years.

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Principal Charity Classic

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Yardage

6,831; par 72

Tournament Record:

197, Gil Morgan, 2006; Jay Haas, 2012

Tournament 18-hole Record

63, John Bland, 2002; Tommy Armour III, 2010; Billy Andrade, 2016

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information

www. principalcharityclassic.com

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The Wakonda Club was founded in 1922 and has been the site of several major amateur events, including the 1963 U.S. Amateur won by Deane Beman. William B. Langford designed the rolling parkland layout that features tree-lined fairways and several water hazards. It underwent a major restoration following a flood in 1994, and a series of upgrades have been made since 2001.

HOW SCOTT MCCARRON WON

“Once I got to 16 I said, ‘You know, if I can birdie the last three I might have a chance to close it out,’” said Scott McCarron of the final round at Wakonda Club, and he did just that to come away with a one-stroke victory over Billy Andrade and Miguel Ángel Jiménez. The surge included a 36-foot putt from the fringe on 17 and a 10-footer on 18 to complete a final-round 65 that included no bogeys and an eagle on the par-5 fifth. McCarron trailed a trio of co-leaders by two strokes entering the final round. That included Andrade, who shot a 63 in the second round and closed with a 68 for a share of second while fellow co-leaders Joe Durant and Todd Hamilton fell back and Jiménez moved up with a 67. It was the first PGA TOUR Champions victory for the 50-year-old McCarron in his 17th start.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Principal Charity Classic benefits local non-profit organizations focused on children’s charities. The tournament raised more than $2 million for charities last year, bringing the total amount since 2007 to nearly $10 million.

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he second half of the PGA TOUR Champions season is highlighted by the second year of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, a three-tournament sequence that closes the season in thrilling fashion culminating in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The portion of the schedule starting in June also features three majors and a new tournament in Japan. The three majors are played consecutively in July starting with the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Massachusetts, where the 2001 championship was won by Bruce Fleisher. Next is the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland. It’s the first time for the event at the course that hosted the 2002 U.S. Senior Open but a return to the Baltimore area, where the SENIOR PLAYERS was held in 2007-10. After a week off comes The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex, which will be played for the second time at Royal Porthcawl in Wales, site of Bernhard Langer’s 13-stroke victory in 2014. The next part of the schedule is highlighted by the JAPAN AIRLINES Championship at Narita Golf Club outside Tokyo, which expands PGA TOUR Champions’ global reach. It’s the first official PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to be held in Japan and is sandwiched between two tournaments in Canada, the Shaw Charity Classic and Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. Returning to the U.S., the event at California’s famed Pebble Beach featuring young golfers from The First Tee as participants has a new sponsor and is now known as the PURE Insurance Championship. The Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs produced three exciting events in 2016, with Bernhard Langer winning the Charles Schwab Cup points race while Paul Goydos captured the season-ending Championship. This year the first two events switch positions, with the Dominion Charity Classic in Virginia and its field of 72 players preceding the PowerShares QQQ Championship in California where the field is down to 54. There’s a week off before the top 36 advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship finale, which this year moves from Desert Mountain in Scottsdale to downtown Phoenix and venerable Phoenix Country Club.

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June 23-25, 2017

June 29-July 2, 2017

U.S. Senior Open Championship

American Family Insurance Championship

Yardage

7,056; par 72

Tournament Record: 199, Kirk Triplett, 2016

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Gene Sauers, 2016

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information

www. amfamchampionship.com

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Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed University Ridge in 1991 on a ridge overlooking the city of Madison, and the course is home to the University of Wisconsin golf teams. The front nine is wide open, rolling through a preserved prairie and marshland, while the first six holes of the back nine are cut out of a dense woodland before opening up again at the par-5 16th, which features three fairways and 16 bunkers. The course hosted the 1998 NCAA Women’s Championship and 2015 Wisconsin State Open. w w w.pgatour.com

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Kirk Triplett birdied four straight holes starting at the 13th to pass Bart Bryant, who made a triple bogey on the 15th, and held on for a two-stroke victory over Bryant and Mike Goodes with pars on the last two holes. The 54-year-old scored his fifth PGA TOUR Champions victory, the first with son Sam as his caddie. “He hasn’t caddied very often,” Triplett said of his son, a member of the golf team at Northwestern. “It was a lot of fun; we’ll remember it for a long time.” Triplett came from three strokes behind with a final-round 65 for a 17-under 199 total, playing the last eight holes in 5 under. Frenchman JeanFrancois Remesy led through two rounds and finished three strokes back after a closing 71, tied with Billy Andrade, Fran Quinn and Gene Sauers. Goodes closed with a 68 and Bryant a 69.

CHARITY BENEFIT

In 2016, its first year, the tournament raised more than $1 million for 34 charities, including the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, the American Family Children’s Hospital and The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin.

Location Salem Country Club, Peabody, Mass.

Yardage 6,815; par 70

Tournament Record: 267, Hale Irwin, 2000; Kenny Perry, 2013

Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Loren Roberts, 2006

Media Coverage FS1/FOX

More Information www.usga.org

Course Insight Salem Country Club was founded in 1895 and moved to its current location in 1925 on a course designed by Donald Ross. The course is set on rolling terrain, leaving few level lies for approaches into crowned greens guarded by strategically placed bunkers. In a 2015 restoration, the greens were returned to the original sizes and shapes as designed by Ross and some 500 trees were removed. The course has hosted five United States Golf Association (USGA) championships, including the 2001 U.S. Senior Open won by Bruce Fleisher and the 1954 and 1984 U.S. Women’s Opens.

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Gene Sauers shot a finalround, 1-under 69 and holed a five-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to emerge with a onestroke victory. Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez bogeyed the last two holes to fall into a tie for second with Billy Mayfair, who closed with a 67. For most of the day it was a twoman battle between Sauers and 54-hole leader Jiménez, who lost the lead early in the final round, regained it with a birdie-bogey swing on the 15th hole, but lost it again at the end. It was the first PGA TOUR Champions victory for the 53-year-old Sauers, who was sidelined in his 40s by a serious skin condition. “It’s unbelievable to not touch a club for seven years and to come out and win a major tournament on a hard golf course,” Sauers said.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The USGA collaborates with a number of national partners who serve the game at the grass-roots level, supporting programs that make golf more welcoming and accessible. These include the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, LPGAUSGA Girls Golf, The First Tee and many more. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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July 27-30, 2017

July 13-16, 2017

The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex

Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

Location

Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Olin Browne, 2012; Fred Couples, 2013

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pgatour.come/ champions/tournaments/ constellation-seniorplayers-championshipl

Course Insight Caves Valley Golf Club is a private club focused solely on golf with an acclaimed course designed by Tom Fazio that opened in 1991. In a setting of rolling hills, pastures, woods and wetlands, Caves Valley has a variety of holes with each one fitting into its natural environment. The course has hosted the 2002 U.S. Senior Open, 2014 International Crown on the LPGA Tour and the NCAA men’s and women’s championships in 2005 and 2009, respectively.

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Bernhard Langer not only became the first three-time winner of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, he won it for the third consecutive year as he claimed the title at Philadelphia Cricket Club. At age 58, he also became the oldest winner of the championship. Langer had a three-stroke lead entering the final round of the 72-hole event after rounds of 71-68-69. With the wind whipping to make for tough conditions on a difficult golf course he earned the victory without making a birdie on Sunday. With 15 pars and three bogeys, Langer’s 3-over 73 gave him a 1-over 281 total, and he sealed the victory by making a six-foot bogey putt on 17 and a 12-foot par putt on 18 to win by one stroke. Joe Durant and Miguel Ángel Jiménez came from six strokes back to tie for second after they each shot 68s, the best rounds of the day.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Proceeds from the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship will benefit several local and statewide charities: Junior Achievement, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Special Olympics, The First Tee and Living Classrooms.

Location Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Rest Bay, Porthcawl, South Wales

Yardage 7,021; par 71

Tournament Record: 263, Tom Watson; Carl Mason, 2003

Tournament 18-hole Record 62, Jim Colbert, 2003

Media Coverage Golf Channel/SKY/NBC

More Information www.europeantour. com/seniortour

Course Insight Royal Porthcawl dates from 1891 with an original nine-hole course replaced by the current 18-hole layout designed by Ramsay Hunter in the late 1890s. The course has been retouched by many top architects through the years, most recently Martin Ebert. Royal Porthcawl has a magnificent setting, sloping down to the shore with sea views from every hole. It has hosted the 1995 Walker Cup; its seventh Amateur Championship in 2016; and the 2014 Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex, which Bernhard Langer won by a record 13 strokes.

HOW PAUL BROADHURST WON

England’s Paul Broadhurst got up and down from bunkers for pars on the last two holes to finish with a bogey-free 68 for the victory in a final round when other contenders ran into trouble at difficult Carnoustie. Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez led by four strokes after a third-round 65, but closed with a 75 including a double bogey on the 72nd hole that left him three back. Scott McCarron played the first 12 holes in 5 under, but bogeyed 16 and 18 to finish second, two strokes behind with a 69. Sweden’s Magnus P. Atlevi was 7 under for the round through 14 holes, but also bogeyed 16 and 18 for a 67 and tied Jiménez for third. The 50-year-old Broadhurst won six times on the European Tour, but said, “This is bigger than all of those wins, I think. It’s absolutely massive. I played some of my best golf this week.”

CHARITY BENEFIT

The R&A, which runs the championship along with the European Tour, invests more than £5 million each year in support of golf worldwide, including grassroots initiatives, coaching, public facilities and more.

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Tournament Record: 261, Jack Nicklaus, 1990; Kenny Perry, 2013

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August 4-6, 2017

August 18-20, 2017

3M Championship

DICK’S Sporting Goods Open

Tournament Record: 191, David Frost, 2010

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, David Frost, 2010; Kenny Perry, 2015

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.3mchampionship.com

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Course Insight Built on a former sod farm, TPC Twin Cities, which opened in 2000, was the 20th course to be built in the TPC Network. World Golf Hall of Fame member Arnold Palmer designed the layout, which is consistently ranked among the top courses in Minnesota. Palmer tapped Minnesota native and 1996 Open champion Tom Lehman to help create a natural rolling layout featuring native prairie grasses, wetlands and 27 bodies of water, all framed by mature trees including oaks, pines and spruce.

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HOW JOE DURANT WON

Joe Durant birdied the 18th hole in regulation and then holed a 10-foot eagle putt on the same green on the first hole of a playoff to defeat Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez. After opening with a 70, Durant followed with rounds of 64 and 63 to finish at 19-under 197 and score his second career PGA TOUR Champions victory, his first as an individual (he teamed with Billy Andrade to win the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge). “I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to win one,” said the 52-year-old Durant. “And after Friday’s round, I didn’t think it was going to be this weekend either, honestly.” Jiménez held the 36-hole lead after a second-round 63. On Sunday, he recovered from a double bogey on the 14th to birdie the last four holes to shoot a 67. Jiménez also birdied the first playoff hole, but it wasn’t enough.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Proceeds from the 3M Championship are donated to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation and United Hospital Foundation, all part of Allina Health.

En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, N.Y.

Yardage

6,957; par 72

Tournament Record:

195, Lonnie Nielsen, 2009

Tournament 18-hole Record

59, Kevin Sutherland, 2014

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.dsgopen.com

Course Insight

En-Joie was created by George F. Johnson, owner of Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company, and designed by Ernie Smith, opening in 1927. Johnson was a huge lover of golf and wanted his employees to enjoy the game, so he built the course as a recreational outlet for them. Veteran course designer Dr. Michael Hurdzan renovated the layout in 1998-99. The course was the longtime host (1971-2006) of the B.C. Open on the PGA TOUR, and has hosted PGA TOUR Champions since 2007.

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Location TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

A year after finishing second at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open, Paul Goydos went one better and claimed the title with a final-round 69 for a 202 total, two strokes better than Wes Short Jr. Goydos, who had opened with 67-66 to share the 36-hole lead with John Riegger, played a bogey-free final round while other contenders had trouble in gusty conditions. It was a performance that came as a surprise to Goydos, who said, “There was no inkling [coming into the tournament] that I was going to play well, other than the mythical law of averages. I hadn’t played well, my attitude was bad, so naturally I won.” Riegger pulled within one with an eagle on the 12th, but bogeys on the last two holes dropped him to T4 with Joe Durant, at 206, a stroke behind qualifier Neal Lancaster.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Open is operated by Broome County Charities Inc., which has donated more than $15.5 million since its founding in 1973. It funds health-care related organizations, particularly the UHS Foundation and Lourdes Hospital Foundation, and various civic organizations. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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THE PATH TO THE PGA TOUR

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August 25-27, 2017

September 1-3, 2017

Boeing Classic

Shaw Charity Classic

Location Location

Tournament Record: 198, Loren Roberts, 2009; Bernhard Langer, 2010

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Scott Simpson, Tom Jenkins, 2006

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.boeingclassic.com

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Course Insight TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, established in 1999, was designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus, and is the only Jack Nicklaus signature course in the Pacific Northwest. The course has dramatic elevation changes and offers panoramic views of mountains and stands of tall pine trees all with Snoqualmie Falls as the backdrop.

Bernhard Langer trailed by five strokes after nine holes of the final round, but he followed a 1-over 37 on the front nine with a 6-under 30 on the back to reach a playoff. He then defeated Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland with a birdie on the first extra hole. “I blew tournaments where I had a lead and I’ve come from seven behind to win, so you just never know,” Langer said. Gene Sauers led through 36 holes and held onto the advantage until he went 1-over on a back nine that included four bogeys for a 72, allowing Langer (67), Austin (67) and Sutherland (64) to finish one stroke ahead of him. One day after his 59th birthday, Langer birdied the first four holes of the back nine, added two more at 15 and 18, then birdied the par-5 18th to win the playoff and capture his 29th career PGA TOUR Champions victory, tying Lee Trevino for second all-time.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The primary beneficiary of the Boeing Classic is the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, an international leader in autoimmune disease research. w w w.pgatour.com

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Yardage 7,086; par 70

Tournament Record: 191, Rocco Mediate, 2013

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Fred Couples, 2014; Miguel Ángel Jiménez, 2015

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www. shawcharityclassic.com

Course Insight Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club was established in 1953, but the course didn’t open until 1957. Otto Anderson designed the parkland layout, and members gradually changed it through the years, mostly through tree plantings. A 2006 renovation included greens improvements, new tees and bunker upgrades.

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Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Jeff Maggert opened the tournament with consecutive 63s, but when he dropped back on Sunday it was Carlos Franco who claimed the victory by shooting 63-63 in the second and third rounds. “I’m so happy I won my first tournament on PGA TOUR Champions, especially here in Canada,” said the 51-yearold from Paraguay who won four times on the PGA TOUR. “I lost my game for a couple years, and it came back again this week.” Franco began the final round three behind and made seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch starting at the fourth hole as he took control to finish at 18-under 192. Michael Allen also had a 63 and Bernhard Langer a 64 as they tied for second at 194, while Maggert finished T6 after a 74.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Shaw Charity Classic’s Birdies for Kids presented by the Alta Link program supports 151 participating charities, which solicit pledges based on the number of birdies in the tournament, supplemented by up to an additional 50 percent from the tournament. Last year the tournament helped to raise more than $5.2 million for charity. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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September 15-17, 2017

September 8-10, 2017

Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

Narita Golf Club, Narita-Shi, Chiba, Japan

Yardage 7,140; par 72

Tournament Record: New event

Tournament 18-hole Record New event

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pgatour.com/ champions/tournaments/ japan-airlineschampionship.html

Course Insight Narita Golf Club opened in 1988 with a course designed by Taizo Kawata. It was the site of the LPGA Tour’s 2002 Cisco World Ladies Match Play Championship and an event on the Japan PGA Senior Tour in 2008 and 2010. Located in suburban Tokyo, the course has a parkland setting with tree-lined holes and strategic bunkering. 218

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The JAPAN AIRLINES Championship is the first official PGA TOUR-sanctioned event to be held in Japan. “We are honored to welcome JAPAN AIRLINES into the PGA TOUR family, as we continue to further globalize PGA TOUR Champions and the legends of the game for golf fans around the world,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Greg McLaughlin. The tournament will feature a $2.5 million purse for a field of 68, including eight local sponsor exemptions. “I am honored to invite 60 PGA TOUR Champions players to ride on the wings of JAL to Japan to participate in this event, and hope that this tournament will develop familiarity with our country around the world and in the United States, in turn creating more opportunities for people to visit,” said Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki. Established in 1951, JAL is the original national airline of Japan, with service to over 51 countries. Said PGA TOUR Champions member and Hall of Famer Tom Watson, “It is important that we continue to develop the next generation of golfers—both in the United States and abroad—and I know first-hand that the passion and love for the game the Japanese fans inherently enjoy will help make this a marquee stop on our schedule.”

Yardage 6,925; par 71

Tournament Record: 197, Paul Goydos, 2014

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Corey Pavin, 2014; Miguel Ángel Jiménez, 2016

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pacificlinksbearmountainchampionship.com

Course Insight Bear Mountain Resort has two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Steve. The Mountain Course, which opened in 2003, is set atop a 1,100foot mountain on southern Vancouver Island. It’s a challenging test featuring dramatic elevation changes and awe-inspiring views of nearby Victoria, the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State.

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Colin Montgomerie birdied the third playoff hole with an 18-foot putt from the fringe to beat Scott McCarron after a tight battle. Montgomerie trailed leader McCarron by three strokes through 36 holes, but birdied three of the first four holes and was tied for the lead by the fifth. The two traded the lead on the back nine, McCarron falling into a tie with a bogey on the par-5 18th after a bad drive. Montgomerie missed birdie chances on the last three holes of regulation and the first two in the playoff before converting. “How many chances can one have? And then eventually, thank God, one finally goes in,” said Montgomerie, who shot a 67 for a 15-under 198 total. Miguel Ángel Jiménez had the low round of the week, a 61, to finish tied for third at 200.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The official charity partner of the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship is the Help Fill A Dream Foundation, which provides hope, help and happiness for children under age 19 with life-threatening conditions by fulfilling their dreams, improving their quality of life and assisting their families with care and financial support.

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

September 22-24, 2017

October 13-15, 2017

PURE Insurance Championship

Location

Pebble Beach: 6,837; par 72 Poppy Hills: 6,879; par 71

Tournament Record: 201, Craig Stadler, 2004

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Craig Stadler, 2004

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pureinsurancechampionship.com

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Course Insight Famed 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 numerous tweaks through the years but remains true to its 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 recently underwent an extensive renovation. w w w.pgatour.com

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Paul Broadhurst birdied the 18th hole at Pebble Beach to win by one stroke over Bernhard Langer and Kevin Sutherland for the 51-year-old Englishman’s second victory of 2016 and his career. “The scoreboards are all around the last four holes, so I was well aware of what was going on and knew I had to birdie the last to avoid a playoff,” Broadhurst said. He reached the par-5 18th in two shots and ran his first putt six feet past before holing the birdie putt. Broadhurst started the tournament with a 30 on the front nine of the first round and finished with rounds of 66-70-68 for an 11-under 204 total. Langer closed with a 66 to tie 36-hole leader Sutherland (70) for second place at 205. Both birdied the final hole to force Broadhurst to do the same.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which also hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, stages the PURE Insurance Championship to benefit The First Tee. A special aspect of the tournament is that First Tee participants from around the country are selected to partner with professionals.

Location Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.

Yardage 7,240; par 72

Tournament Record: 198, Mark Wiebe, 2007

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Tom Kite, 2003

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.saschampionship.com

Course Insight Prestonwood Country Club has three courses designed by Tom Jackson. After being played on the Highlands Course last year, the SAS Championship is back to a composite of the Highlands and Meadows Courses as in prior years. All three Prestonwood courses were renovated in a project completed in 2011 by Jack Nicklaus protégé Rick Robbins, a resident of Prestonwood. Robbins had the greens rebuilt to enable more hole locations, and he replaced selected bunkers with collection areas and grass hollows.

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SAS Championship

Doug Garwood played the first 10 holes in 7-under par on the way to a closing 8-under 64 and a four-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer. It was the first PGA TOUR Champions victory for the 53-year-old making his 44th start. “I never anticipated winning. I’ve never been goal-oriented,” said Garwood. “I like to take it a day at a time, just live in the now.” Garwood trailed 36-hole leader Langer by two strokes entering the final round, but birdied Nos. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 for a 30 on the front nine and added a fourth straight birdie on No. 10. By that time, he had pulled into a four-stroke lead and the margin was at least three the rest of the way as he finished with a 16-under 200 total. Langer, with a finalround 70, was second at 204, followed by Tom Byrum (65), Larry Mize (69) and Jeff Sluman (68) at 205.

CHARITY BENEFIT The host charity of the SAS Championship is the YMCA of the Triangle. The tournament annually contributes the singlelargest donation to the Y Learning Program.

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. . . the only player who holds the title of Honorary Officer of the most Excellent Order of the British empire?

BERNHARD LANGER : LEGEND

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2017 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

October 20-22, 2017

October 27-29, 2017

PowerShares QQQ Championship

Dominion Energy Charity Classic

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Tournament Record: 203, Scott McCarron, Tom Byrum, 2016

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Kevin Sutherland, 2016

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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 up into the hills and has more undulation. The course hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1955 and 1975. Architect Lester George oversaw a restoration in 2003-04, bringing back strategic elements of the original design while building new fourth, sixth and 18th holes. w w w.pgatour.com

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Scott McCarron and Tom Byrum began the final round tied for the lead and ended it in a playoff, McCarron winning with a birdie on the first extra hole. Byrum jumped into a three-stroke lead by playing the first eight holes in 3-under, but he was even par the rest of the way as he and McCarron both shot 69 for 13-under 203 totals. “I felt really good with my game, and I was just trying to stay patient,” said McCarron of recovering from the deficit. He finished the round with three birdies and no bogeys. McCarron missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th, but in the playoff on the same hole made a six-footer for birdie. Brandt Jobe and Kevin Sutherland tied for third at 205, Sutherland after a 63 in the final round.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program is the beneficiary of the Dominion Charity Classic proceeds. V3 uses the donated funds through the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation to create employment opportunities for transitioning military service members. Additionally, the tournament’s Birdies for Charity program gives local charities a chance to generate contributions.

Yardage 7,059; par 72

Tournament Record: 203, Tom Pernice Jr., 2016

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

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

HOW TOM PERNICE JR. WON

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HOW SCOTT MCCARRON WON

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

Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Tom Pernice Jr. got off to a shaky start, but recovered to win the first ever Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs event by one stroke over Colin Montgomerie. “To start off with a bogey and a double bogey on the first two holes of the tournament and be able to come back and shoot 13-under to win was very special,” Pernice said. The 57-year-old UCLA grad rallied on Friday to finish with a 69, then shot a 64 in the second round to share the 36-hole lead with Brandt Jobe. Pernice had one more bad stretch on Sunday, with bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6 to lose the lead to Montgomerie. The two were tied before Pernice birdied 14 and 15 to go ahead for good, ultimately shooting a 70 for a 203 total.

CHARITY BENEFIT The Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation (Sherwood Cares) supports local programs that serve children and families by addressing educational, medical, nutrition and safety needs. Also, for every daily grounds ticket purchased between June 15 and October 15, the PowerShares QQQ Championship will donate a ticket to a local charity. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2017, Part 2

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HOW PAUL GOYDOS WON

Yardage 6,763; par 71

Tournament Record 195, Paul Goydos, 2016

Tournament 18-hole Record 60, Jay Haas, 2012

Media Coverage Golf Channel

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CHARITY BENEFIT Through Tickets Fore Charity, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship gives local charitable organizations the opportunity to sell tickets and retain 100 percent of the net proceeds. The tournament has raised more than $5 million for charities since 2003. 222

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COURSE INSIGHT Phoenix Country Club was founded in 1899 and moved to its current site on a course designed by Harry Collis in 1919. Located near downtown, the course has evolved from its desert roots to an urban oasis with a green landscape and tree-lined fairways. The layout was renovated in 2002 by John Fought and current PGA TOUR Champions player Tom Lehman. This is the first year the course will host the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, but it has a long history as a tournament site. Phoenix Country Club hosted the Phoenix Open on the PGA TOUR 40 times between 1932 and 1986.

Paul Goydos opened with a 62 at Desert Mountain’s Cochise Course and went on to a wire-to-wire victory. After a 67 in the second round, the 52-year-old led a pair of Hall of Famers, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer, by two and four strokes, respectively. “The best place you could be is way ahead, especially with Montgomerie and Langer. If [Langer and I] played a match, he’d have to give me like two a side, so I thought it was like a pretty even spot to be in.” Langer made a move with a final-round 64, but Goydos was able to hold him off with a 66 for a 15-under 195 total and a two-stroke victory. Montgomerie closed with a 68 to finish third at 199. Langer did walk away with a big prize as the Charles Schwab Cup champion after a season when he scored four victories and never finished worse than 13th. Goydos led almost all the way in the final round, but Langer forced a tie with a birdie on No. 14. One group behind, Goydos matched Langer’s birdie on 14 and added a birdie on 15 before finishing in style with a birdie on the finishing hole. The victory was the second of the year and fourth on PGA TOUR Champions for Goydos, who won twice on the PGA TOUR.

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the last word

Waltzing in MeMphis

On a hot June afternoon 40 years ago, Al Geiberger went where no one on the PGA TOUR ever had By Bill Fields

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l Geiberger has a big birthday coming up this year, but a couple of months before turning 80 he will celebrate a milestone of a different sort. June 10 is the 40th anniversary of Geiberger’s 59 in the second round of the 1977 Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic (now the FedEx St. Jude Classic), the first sub-60 score shot on the PGA TOUR. Anyone who appreciates golf history should celebrate with Geiberger, who won 11 times on the PGA TOUR—highlighted by wins at the 1966 PGA Championship and 1975 THE PLAYERS Championship—and 10 times on PGA TOUR Champions despite contending with illness and family tragedies. Consider all the rounds played on TOUR prior to that historic afternoon in Tennessee. Consider that the 18-hole scoring record Geiberger broke, 60, had stood since 1951 when Al Brosch went that low in the third round of the Texas Open at Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio. Consider that the last of the half-dozen 60s after Brosch’s was shot by Sam Snead in the 1957 Dallas Open. Consider that where Geiberger broke 60, Colonial Country Club, was a stout par 72 of 7,193 yards with hard-to-putt, grainy Bermuda greens, one of the last places anyone believed would be the site of such a score. Consider that Geiberger was six strokes lower than the nextbest round (Raymond Floyd, 65) that day. “People go, ‘Oh my god, how did you ever do it there, back then?’ ” Geiberger says. “So many things—golf balls, clubheads, shafts—have changed in the game since.” Fifty-nine was Mount Everest before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the sub-four-minute mile before Roger Bannister, the long jump before Bob Beamon floated forever in Mexico City. Geiberger hadn’t teed off with Dave Stockton and Jerry McGee on that oppressively hot Friday in Memphis with a lot of confidence. He had missed two straight cuts and had an opening 72. His right shoulder was hurting a bit. Over his long, solid TOUR career, Geiberger had been known as a steady, not spectacular, player who tended to be cautious on the course. He made a living, not headlines. With 11 birdies, an eagle and six pars on a day in which he hit every fairway and every green,

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Geiberger achieved something that wouldn’t be matched on the PGA TOUR until 1991, when Chip Beck shot a third-round 59 at Sunrise Golf Club in Las Vegas. Starting his round on the 10th hole Geiberger sank a 40-footer for birdie, but his day didn’t develop into something special until he sank a 15-footer for a 2 on his sixth hole, beginning a birdie-birdie-birdiebirdie-eagle-birdie-birdie stretch to put him 10 under through 12 holes. Geiberger stalled with two pars, but walking to his 15th hole, he remembered how his golf coach at Southern Cal, Stan Wood, always told him he needed to play more aggressively. “I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to be aggressive and if I screw up, it’s your fault,’ ” Geiberger recalls. “That took the pressure off. I hit it down the fairway and on the green and made about a 12-footer for birdie. The gallery started yelling 59. I hadn’t even thought about it. I still had plenty of time to screw up.” He didn’t, making a birdie on the par-5 seventh (his 16th), and coming to his last hole needing to make an eight-footer for birdie to make history. “The grain was at me and left to right,” Geiberger says. “You have to be so positive on those kind of putts.” But the hole seemed as big as his bucket hat, and there was never a doubt. 

Al Geiberger’s record score of 59 was enduring. He was on PGA TOUR Champions before it was matched in 1991, and no one went lower on TOUR until Jim Furyk shot 58 in 2016.

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