Friday, December 09, 2022

Canada One Final Pre-Open Test As Saudi-backed Series Begins

PGA Tour

RBC Canadian Open

Site: Toronto.

Course: St. George Golf & CC. Yardages: 7,014. Cross: 70.

Prize money: $8.7 million. Winner’s share: $1.566 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 pm (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy (2019).

FedEx Cup Leader: Scotty Schaeffler.

Last week: Billy Horschel won the Memorial.

Notes: The world’s fourth oldest National Open resumed after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rory McIlroy defends the title he won in 2019… Title sponsor RBC has ended its endorsement deals with Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell, both of whom signed for the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational out of London this week done up. … This is the sixth time St. George has hosted the Canadian Open and the first since Carl Petersen won in 2010. …the arena includes Justin Thomas, who wants to play a week before the majors this year. It worked the first time. He won the PGA Championship a week after AT&T Byron Nelson. … Former Masters champion Mike Weir is among the Canadians to play in their national Open. … Masters champion Scotty Schaeffler leads a field that includes four of the world’s top 10. … Lee Trevino (1971) and Tiger Woods (2000) are the only players to have won the US Open, Canadian Open and British Open in the same year.

Next week: US Open.



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Liv Golf Invitational-London

Site: Hertfordshire, England.

Course: Centurion GC. Yardages: 7,047. Cross: 70.

Prize Money: $25 million ($20 million individual, $5 million team). Winner’s share: $4 million, $3 million for the winning team.

Television:, Facebook, YouTube.

Defending Champion: Opening Event.

Notes: This is the first in a series of eight tournaments funded by Saudi Arabia through LIV Golf Investments. … five of the eight tournaments are scheduled for the United States, two at courses run by former President Donald Trump. … At number 15, Dustin Johnson is among four of the top 50 players in the world playing for a $20 million purse, with $5 million going to a team event. … Phil Mickelson, 51, was the last player to sign up for the new series. There are 12 four-man teams to be drafted ahead of the tournament. … 13 members of the PGA Tour in the field could face some form of suspension because the tour did not issue them media rights. … the winner receives $4 million, the richest payout in golf based on a 54-hole tournament. … the tournament is a shotgun start. … six players, including Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Louis Osthuizen, Charl Schwartzell and Brandon Grace, have resigned from their PGA Tour memberships ahead of any disciplinary action. … A signing bonus has been given to several players, with The Daily Telegraph reporting that Johnson received $150 million.

Next tournament: LIV Golf Invitational – Portland on July 1-3.




ShopRite LPGA Classic

Site: Galloway, New Jersey.

Course: Seaview (Bay Course). Yardage: Across:

Prize money: $1.75 million. Winner’s share: $262,500.

Television: Fridays, 12:30-3 pm (Golf Channel); Saturdays, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sundays, from 1 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1-3 p.m. (CBS).

Defending Champion: Celine Boutier.

CME Globe Leader Race: Minjie Lee.

Last week: Minjie Lee wins the US Women’s Open.

Notes: Minzy Lee is the third Australian to win at least two LPGA Majors, along with Jen Stephenson and Karrie Webb. … Lee won $1.8 million at the US Women’s Open, more than a full purse at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. … US Women’s Open runner-up Meena Harige, who won more than $1 million to finish second, is in the fray. … The area also includes Jin Young Ko, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, Lydia Ko and Inbee Park. Two-time Women’s Open champion Park decided not to play last week. … Webb, the 41-year-old Hall of Famer, is making a rare debut on the LPGA Tour. … the tournament dates back to 1986, when it was won by Julie Inkster. … Anna Nordquist (2015-16) is the only back-to-back winner of the Shoprite LPGA Classic. … In the 14th tournament of the year, Lee became the first multiple winner on the LPGA Tour this year. … Lee garnered over $11 million in career earnings with her US Women’s Open win. … Lee is the first player after In Ji Chun in 2015 and 2016 to win the Major in consecutive years.

Next week: Meijer LPGA Classic.



PGA Tour Champions

American Family Insurance Championship

Site: Madison, Wisconsin.

Course: University Ridge GC. Yardages: 7,083. Cross: 72.

Prize money: $2.4 million. Winner’s share: $360,000.

Television: Friday, 6:30-8:30 PM (Golf Channel-tape delay); Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Sunday, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Jerry Kelly.

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Steven Alker.

Last week: Jerry Kelly wins the Principal Charity Classic.

Notes: Jerry Kelly now has at least one win over the PGA Tour Champions in each of his five seasons. … The tournament is hosted by Wisconsin native Steve Stricker and the captain who won the Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits last year. … Bernhard Langer finished third last week and now has seven top-10 finishes at nine stars in this year’s PGA Tour Champions. …A week after winning his first Senior Major, Steven Alker finished third in Iowa. It was his sixth consecutive place in the top three and the seventh time he finished third or better in 10 tournaments this year. … Jay Haas, 68, had scored 66 for the sixth time in Iowa to shoot his age or better. He had rounds of 67s three times last year and 65s and 64s two years ago when he was 65. … Kelly, a Wisconsin native, has won the American Family Insurance Championship twice in the past. It was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Next tournament: US Senior Open on June 23-26.



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Site: Tylosand, Sweden.

Course: Halmsted GC. Yardage: 6,909 Par: 72 (Men); Yardages: 6,681. Cross: 72 (Female).

Prize money: $2 million. Winner’s share: $333,333.

Television: Thursdays, 7 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Friday, 7-9:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturdays, 7:30-11 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Jonathan Caldwell.

DP World Tour Point Leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Kalle Samuja wins the Porsche European Open.

Notes: The tournament consists of a 156-player field, divided equally between men and women playing from different tees, competing for a prize money and a trophy. … Alice Hewson finished third among women the most when the format made its debut last year. … Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam serve as the tournament’s hosts. … After missing the cut at the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles last week, Sorenstam will compete for a second straight week. … Alex Noreen is among those in the field playing next week at the US Open outside Boston. … the tournament is the opposite of the LIV Golf Invitational, a reason why European Tour players in the Saudi-funded league were denied release. … The history of the tournament dates back to 1991 when it began as the Scandinavian Masters, which was won by Colin Montgomery with a shot at Sev Ballesteros. … Noreen was a two-time winner of the Scandinavian Masters.

Next week: US Open.

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Korn Ferry Tour

BMW Charity Pro-Am

Site: Greer, South Carolina.

Course: Thornblade Club. Yardage: 7,040. Cross: 71.

Prize Money: $750,000. Winner’s share $135,000.

Television: Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Saturday, 10 p.m. to midnight (Golf Channel-tape delay); Sunday, 8-10 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay).

Previous Winner: Mito Pereira.

Points Leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Davis Thompson wins the Rex Hospital Open.

Next week: Wichita Open.



Other Tours

USGA: Curtis Cup, Marion GC, Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Defending Champion: United States. Television: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Peacock); Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. (Peacock), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel), 4-5 p.m. (Peacock), 5-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, noon to 5 pm (Peacock), 5-7 pm (Golf Channel). Online:

Epson Tour: Carolina Golf Classic, Kinston CC, Kinston, North Carolina. Previous Winner: Sofia Schubert. Online:

Japan Golf Tour: Aso Izuka Challenge, Aso Izuka GC, Fukuoka, Japan. Defending Champion: New event. Online:

Challenge Tour: Emporda Challenge, Emporda Golf, Girona, Spain. Previous Winner: Julian Brun. Online:

Sunshine Tour: KitKat Group Pro-Am, Irene CC, Centurion, South Africa. Defending Champion: Rice Enoch. Online:

PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Bucaramanga Championship, Club Campestre de Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga, Colombia. Defending Champion: New event. Online:

Japan LPGA: Ai Miyazato Suntory Ladies Open, Rokko Kokusai GC, Hyogo, Japan. Defending Champion: Serena Aoki. Online:

Korean LPGA: Celtrion Queens Masters, Seoulhan GC, Gonghang, South Korea. Defending Champion: Min Ji Park. Online:

European Legends Tour: Jersey Legends, La Moye GC, Jersey, England. Defending Champion: New event. Online:


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