Sunday, October 2, 2022

Strong field moves from seaside course to another as PGA Tour

PGA Tour

World Wide Technology Championships in Mayakoba

Site: Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Course: El Camelion GC in Mayakoba. Yardages: 7,017. Cross: 71.

Prize Money: $7.2 million. Winner’s share: $1.296 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 pm (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Victor Hovland.

FedEx Cup Leader: Sam Burns.

Last week: Lucas Herbert wins the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Notes: Mayakoba has grown enough of a destination that it is by far the strongest field in full-field events. It has the strongest sector since its inception in 2007. … Among the top 15 in the world are Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka. … The field features 10 Ryder Cup players, six of whom are from Europe, including Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter. … it is the third consecutive PGA Tour event to be played outside the United States, after events in Japan and Bermuda. … players of foreign origin have won the last four events on the PGA Tour schedule. … The last four tournaments in Mayakoba have been decided by one shot. … Matt Kutcher is in the fray. He holds a tournament record of 22-under 262. … Justin Thomas finished 12th last year. … Lee Westwood, Daniel Berger, Patrick Kentley and Bryson DeChambeau are the only Ryder Cup players not to play since Whistling Straits.

Next week: Houston Open.

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

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PGA Tour Champions

Timbertech Championship

Site: Boca Raton, Florida.

Course: The Old Course at Broken Sound. Yardages: 6,807. Cross: 72.

Prize Money: $2 million. Winner’s share: $305,000.

Television: Fridays, from 3 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Sunday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay).

Defending Champion: Darren Clarke.

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Bernhard Langer.

Previous Tournament: Bernhard Langer won the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Notes: The top 54 players in the Charles Schwab Cup qualified for the second of three events after the season. Following the Timbertech Championship, the top 36 will advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix next week. … Bernhard Langer’s win in the first postseason event extends his lead in the Schwab Cup as he goes for a record sixth title. He is almost certain to remain on the standings. … Steven Elker made it to the second event later in the season. He had to qualify for his first PGA Tour Champions event on Monday, just two months ago. … Tom Byram took 54th and last place over Kent Jones with $3,868 in 33 events held over the past two years. … Kirk Triplett goes into the tournament in 36th place in the Schwab Cup standings. … Phil Mickelson is at number 26 with just five events, three of them victories. He plans to play in Phoenix next week.

Next week: Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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

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european tour

Portugal Masters

Site: Vilamoura, Portugal.

Course: Dom Pedro Victoria GC. Yardages: 7,191. Cross: 71.

Prize money: 1.5 million euros. Winner’s share: 250,000 euros.

Television: Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: George Coetzee.

The race for the leader of Dubai: Colin Morikawa.

Previous Tournament: Jeff Minther won the Mallorca Golf Open.

Notes: There are two tournaments left before the European Tour season ends at the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai. … is for the Portugal Masters 2007. Past champions have included Lee Westwood and Shane Lowry. … Rasmus Hoggard spent two weeks in Las Vegas on a PGA Tour exemption. He would return to the European Tour and play with his twin brother Nikolai. He won in consecutive weeks this year. … Robert McIntyre was ranked number 49 in the world after finishing 15th at the World Golf Championships in Tennessee. It has not earned any ranking points in its last six tournaments, four of them having been cut. … Matt Wallace won his first European Tour event in 2017 at the Portugal Open. He will play his first European Tour event since the BMW PGA Championship in September.

Next week: Aviv Dubai Championships.

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

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Asia Pacific Golf Confederation

Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship

Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Course: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Yardages: 6,986. Cross: 71.

Format: Stroke play (72 holes) with a 36-hole cut for the top 50 and ties.

Defending Champion: Yuxin Lin (2019).

Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 3-6 a.m. (ESPN2); Friday-Saturday, 5-8 a.m. (ESPN2).

Notes: Yuxin Lin will attempt to be the first three-time winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur. Lin and Hideki Matsuyama are the only players to have won it twice. … this field includes Keita Nakajima, the No. 1 player in the world amateur rankings. … the winner receives an invitation to play at the Masters, the British Open and the British Amateur. The runner-up has been exempted from the Open Qualifying Series and will get a chance to play in the British Open. … Hideki Matsuyama is the first winner to win the Masters. … Players from 29 countries that are members of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation form a 120-player field. … the tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online: https://aacgolf.com/

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LPGA Tour

Previous Tournament: Jin Young Ko won the BMW Ladies Championship.

Next week: Pelicans Women’s Championship.

CME Globe Leader Race: Jin Young Ko.

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

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Other Tours

Japan Golf Tour: Manawi ABC Championship, ABC Golf Club, Hyogo, Japan. Defending Champion: Jung-Gon Hwang. Online: https://www.jgto.org/

Challenge Tour: Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Finale, T-Golf and CC, Mallorca, Spain. Defending Champion: Ondrej Liser. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Ladies European Tour: Aramco Saudi Ladies International, Royal Greens Golf & CC, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Defending Champion: New event. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Sunshine Tour: PGA Championship, St. Francis Lynx, St. Francis Bay, South Africa. Defending Champion: Darren Fetchard. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Toto Japan Classic, Seta GC (North), Shiga, Japan. Defending Champion: Jia Xin. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korean LPGA: S-Oil Championship, Elysian Jeju CC, Jeju, South Korea. Defending Champion: Hye-Jin Choi. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

Legends Tour: Senior Italian Open, San Domenico Golf, Puglia, Italy. Defending Champion: Barry Lane (2019). Online: https://www.legendstour.com/

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