Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Stars return to Dallas as second golf major of the year

PGA Tour

AT&T Byron Nelson

Site: McKinney, Texas.

Course: TPC Craig Ranch. Yardages: 7,468. Cross: 72.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 pm (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

Prize money: $9.1 million. Winner’s share: $1.638 million.

Defending Champion: KH Lee.

FedEx Cup Leader: Scotty Schaeffler.

Last week: Max Homa wins the Wells Fargo Championship.

Notes: The PGA Championship holds a spot for the winner of AT&T Byron Nelson if not already qualified. … After two weeks of being only one of the top 10 players in the world, Nelson has four of the top 10 and nine of the top 20. Leading the way is Masters champion Scotty Scheffler, who grew up in Dallas. … Notable Dallas-area players in the field include Jordan Spieth and Will Zalatoris. … Justin Leonard is in the fray, making his first PGA Tour debut since the Texas Open five years ago. Leonard will turn 50 next month and be eligible for the PGA Tour Champions. … Spieth has won the Texas Open and the Colonial. He was the runner-up at the Houston Open. His best performance in Nelson was ninth last year. He was also ranked 16th in 2010 at the age of 16. … Dustin Johnson is playing for the first time since he married Paulina Gretzky two weeks ago. … the tournament is on sale for the first time since 2008.

Next week: PGA Championship.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/



Cognizant Founders Cup

Site: Clifton, New Jersey.

Course: Upper Montclair CC. Yardages: 6,656. Cross: 71.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturdays, 5-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sundays, from 1 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1-3 p.m. (CBS).

Prize Money: $3 million. Winner’s share: $450,000.

Defending Champion: Jin Young Ko.

Race to CME Globe Leader: Danielle Kang.

Previous Tournament: Marina Alex won the Palos Verdes Championship.

Notes: The tournament is a tribute to the 13 women who founded the LPGA Tour. It started in Arizona. This is the second year in New Jersey, the home state of the title sponsor’s headquarters, and the first in Upper Montclair. … Nellie Korda is not on the field as she has recovered from a blood clot in her arm. His last tournament was three months ago in Florida. … Jin Young is going to win the third consecutive title in the Founders Cup. … only Ko and Karrie Web have been the multiple winners since the tournament began in 2011. … ten players have won the first 10 events on the LPGA Tour schedule this year. … Augusta National Women’s Amateur Champion Anna Davis is making her second straight debut on the LPGA Tour. The 16-year-old from San Diego made the cut at the Palos Verdes Championships two weeks ago. …Andrea Lee took the field from her top-10 finish in Los Angeles. …It is the last stroke-play event on the LPGA Tour before the next major at the US Women’s Open.

Next Tournament: Bank of Hope LPGA match will be played on 25-29 May.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/


PGA Tour Champions

field tradition

Site: Birmingham, Alabama.

Course: Greystone Golf & CC. Yardages: 7,249. Cross: 72.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 1:30-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturdays, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Prize Money: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $375,000.

Defending Champion: Alex Sejka.

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Steven Alker.

Last week: Steve Fleiss wins the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

Notes: This is the first of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule. …Steven Elker has won two of his last three tournaments and lost a playoff in the other. He leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings. And he’s playing his first major in the PGA Tour Champions. … Steve Stricker, who missed six months of golf when he was hospitalized late last year, has been playing for the third week in a row since his return. …This is the only major where the winner is not exempt from his or her counterpart on the PGA Tour. … After a week off, the PGA Tour Champions move straight into another Major with the Senior PGA Championship. … David Duvall is making his first Champions big debut since turning 50 at the end of last year. … Fred, who finished one shot from the playoffs last week at TPC Sugarloaf, isn’t playing doubles. … the tournament began in 1989 and was previously played in Arizona and Oregon. Jack Nicklaus was a four-time winner.

Next tournament: Senior PGA Championship on May 26-29.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html


european tour

Soudal Open

Site: Antwerp, Belgium.

Course: Rinkin International GC. Yardages: 6,924. Cross: 71.

Television: Thursday-Saturday, 6-10:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 5:30-10 a.m. (Golf Channel).

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

Defending Champion: Guido Migliozzi (2019).

DP World Tour Point Leader: Victor Hovland.

Last week: Thorbjrn Olesen wins the British Masters.

Note: The tournament was canceled in the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. … six players in the field are at the PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma next week. Among them is Thomas Peters of Belgium, who is the only player in the world’s top 50. This is his National Open. The Belgian Open dates back to 1910 and was won by Arnaud Massey, three years later becoming the only Frenchman to win a Major at the British Open. … the tournament was not played between 2001 and 2017 … Only two players have won a major and the Belgian Open in the same year – Walter Hagen (1924) and Henri Cotton (1934). … Peter and Thomas Detri are the only two Belgian golfers in the world’s top 300. … Nicolas Kolserts, who starred in the 2012 Ryder Cup for Europe, has only one win in the last 10 years.

Next week: PGA Championship.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/


Korn Ferry Tour

Visit the Knoxville Open

Site: Knoxville, Tennessee.

Course: Holston Hills CC. Yardages: 7,163. Cross: 70.

Television: None.

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

Previous Winner: Greyson Sig.

Points Leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Brent Grant won the Simmons Bank Open.

Next week: AdventHealth Championships.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour.html


Other Tours

USGA: US Amateur Four-Ball Championship, Country Club of Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. Defending Champion: Kiko Francisco Coelho and Leopoldo Herrera III. Online: https://www.usga.org/

Asia Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup, Orai GC, Ibaraki, Japan. Defending Champion: Rikuya Hoshino. Online: https://www.jgto.org/en/ and https://www.asiantour.com/

Ladies European Tour: Aramco Team Series – Bangkok, Thai CC, Bangkok, Thailand. Defending Champion: New Tournament. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Sunshine Tour: Lombard Insurance Classic, Arabella CC, Kleinmond, South Africa. Defending Champion: Jake Redmond (2019). Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Hoken no Madoguchi Ladies, Fukuoka CC (Wajiro), Fukuoka, Japan. Defending Champion: Momoko Osato. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korean LPGA: NH Investment and Securities Ladies Championship, Suwon CC, Gyeonggi, South Korea. Defending Champion: Min Ji Park. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/


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