PGA Tour in Las Vegas, Ryder Cup captains meeting in Florida

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Team USA captain Steve Stricker shakes hands with Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington after the Ryder Cup games at Whistling Straits Golf Course Sunday, September 26, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall )

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PGA TOUR

SHRINERS CHILDREN OPEN

Location: Las Vegas.

Course: TPC Summerlin. Mileage: 7,255. Par: 71.

Prize money: $ 7 million. Profit share: $ 1.26 million.

Television: Thursday-Sunday, 5-8pm (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Martin Laird.

FedEx Cup leaders: Max Homa and Sam Burns.

Last week: Sam Burns won the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Notes: The new season started with the victories of Max Homa and Sam Burns, both in the top 50 in the world and both won earlier this year. … Patrick Reed is playing for the first time since he was not selected for the Ryder Cup. He’s been free for the last month. … For the second time in a row there will be back-to-back tournaments in Las Vegas, with the CJ Cup being moved from South Korea due to the pandemic. … Patrick Cantlay doesn’t play. In his four appearances at TPC Summerlin he has one win, two runner-ups and a draw for eighth place. … Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen are the only players in the top 10, even though the field is almost half of the top 50. … six players from the Ryder Cup play, including Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland. … Danny Willett moves from winning in St. Andrews to playing in Las Vegas. … Rasmus Hojgaard from Denmark plays. It’s not his twin brother. Both have won the European Tour for consecutive weeks this year. Hojgaard’s other regular PGA Tour event was the Bermuda Championship last year. He shared 37th place.

Next week: CJ Cup at the Summit.

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

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LPGA TOUR

COGNIZANT FOUNDERS CUP

Location: West Caldwell, New Jersey.

Course: Mountain Ridge CC. Mileage: 6,656. Par: 72.

Prize money: $ 3 million. Winner’s Share: $ 450,000.

TV: Thursday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday-Sunday, 12 pm-3pm (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Jin Young Ko (2019).

Race to CME Globe Leader: Nelly Korda.

Last week: Celine Boutier won the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Notes: The tournament is moving to New Jersey after nine years in the Phoenix area. It was canceled last year because of the pandemic. … Celine Boutier became the third player from France to win at least two LPGA Tour wins. … Nelly Korda, number 1 in the women’s world rankings, is playing for the first time since Europe won the Solheim Cup. … The tournament began in 2011 as a tribute to the LPGA founders. … Cognizant is the title sponsor in its first year. The tournament has the largest wallet of regular LPGA events. Only the five majors and the CME Group Tour Championship offer more prize money. … Lydia Ko is the only top 10 player in the world who isn’t playing this week. Ko and Minjee Lee played at the Korea LPGA last week. Lee is in the field. … Maria Fassi moved up to 89th place in the Race to the CME Globe last week with her fifth place. … The 132-player field includes Jensen Castle, the US women’s amateur champion. … Lexi Thompson has now been without a win for two years.

Next tournament: BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea from October 21st to 24th.

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

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

CONSTELLATION FURYK & FRIENDS INVITATION

Location: Jacksonville, Florida.

Course: Timuquana CC. Mileage: 6,949. Par: 72.

Prize money: $ 2 million. Winner’s Share: $ 300,000.

Television: Friday-Sunday, 3 pm-5pm (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: New tournament.

Charles Schwab Cup front runner: Bernhard Langer.

Notes: Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington compete against each other again, this time with clubs. Both Ryder Cup captains are in the field. Harrington makes his debut as a PGA Tour Champions. He played at the Alfred Dunhill Links in Scotland last week. … Jim Furyk is hosting the tournament. … Phil Mickelson makes his first PGA Tour Champions start since the Cologuard Classic in Arizona in late February. … Stricker and Harrington are among the 10 former Ryder Cup captains in the field. This also includes former Presidents Cup captains Fred Couples and Jay Haas. … Donald Ross design opened in 1923. Bobby Jones often played it while stationed at the neighboring Naval Air Station during World War II. … The tournament plans to take the spectators along the St. Johns River in a water taxi from downtown Jacksonville. … Langer leads just ahead of Furyk in the Charles Schwab Cup. The top 10 players of the Schwab Cup will play against Timuquana. … The nines were swapped for the tournament.

Next week: SAS championship.

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

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EUROPEAN TOUR

ACCIONA SPANISH OPEN

Location: Madrid.

Course: Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. Mileage: 7,112. Par: 71.

Prize money: 1.5 million euros (1.73 million US dollars). Winner’s share: 250,000 euros.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 6: 30-11: 30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 7-11: 30 a.m. (golf channel); Sunday, 6.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Jon Rahm (2019).

Race to Dubai front runner: Collin Morikawa.

Last week: Danny Willett won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Notes: Rahm is back to defend his title at a home tournament that was canceled due to the pandemic last year. The world’s number one player makes his first start since his 3-1 success in the Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits. … The tournament has been part of the European Tour program since 1972. Rahm is the only consecutive champion who won again in 2018. … Billy Horschel couldn’t overtake Collin Morikawa in the Race to Dubai despite the game last week in Scotland. … Bernd Wiesberger from Austria brings another Ryder Cup player to the field. Wiesberger is No. 14 in the Race to Dubai. … Luke Donald is in the field of a career money list. … Nicolai Hojgaard plays in Spain. His twin brother Rasmus plays the PGA Tour in Las Vegas. … This is the first consecutive European Tour event in Spain. Rahm should play both. … Arnold Palmer won the tournament in 1975.

Next week: Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters.

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

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OTHER TOURS

Symetra Tour: Symetra Tour Championship, LPGA International (Jones), Daytona Beach, Florida. Defending champion: Frida Kinhult. Online: https://www.symetratour.com/

Japan Golf Tour: Bridgestone Open, Sodegaura CC (Sodegaura), Chiba, Japan. Defending champion: Shugo Imahira. Online: https://www.jgto.org/

Sunshine Tour: SunBet Challege, Wild Coast Sun CC, Port Edward, South Africa. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Stanley Women’s Golf Tournament, Tomei CC, Shizuoka, Japan. Defending champion: Mone Inami. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/

Korean LPGA: Hite Jinro Championship, Blue Heron GC, Yeoju, South Korea. Defending champion: Jin Young Ko (2019). Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

Legends Tour: Riegler & Partner Legends, Murhof GC, Frohnleiten, Austria. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://www.legendstour.com/


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