Friday, March 24, 2023

Texas Back for PGA Tour, Seniors Head for Other Majors

PGA Tour

Charles Schwab Challenge

Site: Fort Worth, Texas.

Course: Colonial CC. Yardages: 7,209. Cross: 70.

Prize money: $8.4 million. Winner’s share: $1.512 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 pm (Golf Channel); Saturdays, 2-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 5:30-7 p.m. (CBS); Sundays, 1-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6:30 p.m. (CBS).

Defending Champion: Jason Kokrak.

FedEx Cup Leader: Scotty Schaeffler.

Last week: Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship.

Comments: This field includes six of the top 10 from the world rankings. It also features PGA Champion Justin Thomas, playing for the third week in a row. … Chile’s Mito Pereira is playing in the Southern Hills after his crushing finish, a double bogey on the 18th that cost him the PGA. PGA runner-up Will Zalatoris is also playing. … Scotty Scheffler, world No. 1 and FedEx Cup leader, is coming off a missed cut at the PGA and playing for the third week in a row. … listed in the Bryson DeChambeau area. He was in the Southern Hills last week until he was withdrawn on Wednesday. He is recovering from surgery on his left hand. … CBS has a brief window for Saturday’s round as it is broadcasting the Champions League final that day. Golf Channel will pick up the bulk of the coverage. … Colonial, like the Southern Hills, is a Perry Maxwell design that Gill Swan will be using for a renovation sometime next year.

Next week: Memorial Tournament.



PGA and PGA Tour Champions of America

Senior PGA Championship

Site: Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Course: Golf Club on Harbor Shores. Yardages: 6,852. Cross: 71.

Prize money: $3.25 million. Winner’s share: $585,000.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-4 pm (Golf Channel); Saturdays, 1-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-4:30 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 3-4 pm (Golf Channel), 4-6 pm (NBC).

Defending Champion: Alex Sejka.

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Steven Alker.

Previous Tournament: Steve Stryker won the Region Tradition.

Notes: The oldest of the senior majors returns to Benton Harbor for the fifth time. Past winners at the Michigan resort course are Roger Chapman, Colin Montgomery, Rocco Media and Paul Broadhurst. … Alex Sejka won at Southern Hills last year. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship last week. … the winner earns a spot at PGA Championship Field in Oak Hill the following year. … Steve Stryker won the Tradition two weeks ago, the first of five Majors at this year’s PGA Tour Champions. Senior PGA and Senior British are the two majors they haven’t won. … Steven Alker, runner-up in the Traditions, is playing his second Major. … Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod won the first two editions of the Senior PGA when it was held at Augusta National. He later became the first honorary initiator in the Masters. … won the last two senior PGA champions at Benton Harbor at 19-under 265.

Next week: Principal Charity Classic.

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Site: North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Course: Shadow Creek GC.

Prize money: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.

Television: Wednesdays, 2-5 pm (Golf Channel); Thursday-Friday, 7-10 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Eli Ewing.

CME Globe Leader Race: Minjie Lee.

Previous Tournament: Minjie Lee won the Cognizant Founders Cup.

Notes: The 64-player field has only three of the top 10 in the women’s world rankings. … Minji Lee, who leads the race to the CME Globe after her victory in the Founders Cup, is ranked No. 4, the highest-ranked player in the field. … Nelly Korda is starting to hit the balls again. She hasn’t played since February due to a blood clot. … the tournament falls into a tough part of the schedule, with the US Women’s Open next week nationwide at Pine Needles in North Carolina. A year earlier, the US Women’s Open was in San Francisco at the Olympic Club. … Shadow Creek previously hosted the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour during the pandemic and a made-for-television match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. … Jennifer Kupcho, who won her first LPGA major of the year at the Chevron Championships, is in the field. … sponsor invitations went to Tiffany Chan of Taiwan and Youngin Chun of South Korea.

Next week: US Women’s Open.



european tour

dutch open

Site: Cromvoirt, Netherlands.

Course: Bernardus GC. Yardage: 7,425. Cross: 72.

Prize money: 1.75 million euros (US$1.87 million). Winner’s share: 291,667 euros (US $312,411).

Television: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Christopher Broberg.

DP World Tour Point Leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship.

Notes: The Dutch Open lasts until 1912. It was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and returned last year without KLM as its title sponsor. … the tournament has moved from a September date to a position between the PGA Championship and the US Open. … there were seven players in Oklahoma in the field for the PGA Championship last week. It also includes Thomas Peters, who is ranked 36th and the only player in the top 50 in the world rankings. … also the only Ryder Cup player from Team Europe in 2021 at the PGA was Bernd Weisberger, who is playing this week. … it is the second consecutive year for the Dutch Open to be held at Bernard’s Golf. It is the 13th course to host the Dutch Open. The most frequent stop was Hilversmash Golf Club, which hosted the tournament 23 times, most recently in 2012.

Next week: Porsche European Open.



Korn Ferry Tour

NV5 Invitation

Site: Glenview, Illinois.

Course: The Glen Club. Yardages: 7,257. Cross: 71.

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

Television: None.

Previous Winner: Cameron Young.

Points Leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Trevor Coen won the AdventHealth Championship.

Next week: Rex Hospital open.



Other Tours

NCAA: NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, Greyhawk GC, Scottsdale, Arizona. Defending Champion: Mississippi. Television: Tuesdays, 2:30 pm to 5-9 pm (Golf Channel); Wednesdays, 5-9 p.m. (Golf Channel). Online:

Japan Golf Tour: Mizuno Open, Setonikai GC, Okayama, Japan. Defending Champion: Juvik Pagunson. Online:

Epson Tours: Innova Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship, Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howe-in-the-Hills, Florida. Defending Champion: Min Lee. Online:

Challenge Tour: Farmfoods Scottish Challenge, Newmacher GC, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Previous Winner: David Law (2018). Online:

Ladies European Tour: The Mithra Belgian Ladies Open, Nuxhelet GC, Vanz, Belgium. Defending Champion: New Tournament. Online:

Sunshine Tour: Sishen Classic, Sishen GC, Kathu, South Africa. Defending Champion: Alex Hindle. Online:

PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Jalisco Open, Atlas CC, Guadalajara, Mexico. Previous Winner: New Tournament. Online:

Japan LPGA: Resort Trust Ladies, Maple Point GC, Yamanashi, Japan. Defending Champion: Minami Katsu. Online:

Korean LPGA: E1 Charity Open, South Springs CC, Incheon, South Korea. Defending Champion: Han Sol G. Online:


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