Strong field as the PGA Tour switches from one course by the sea to another

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Tony Finau will tee off the 18th hole during the first round of the CJ Cup golf tournament on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Las Vegas. (AP photo / David Becker)

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PGA TOUR

WORLDWIDE TECHNOLOGY CHAMPIONSHIP AT MAYAKOBA

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Course: El Camaleon GC in Mayakoba. Mileage: 7,017. Par: 71.

Prize money: $ 7.2 million. Winner’s Share: $ 1.296 million.

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

Defending champion: Viktor Hovland.

FedEx Cup leader: Sam Burns.

Last week: Lucas Herbert won the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Notes: Mayakoba has developed so far as a travel destination that it has the strongest field of participants among the full field events. It has had its strongest field since it started in 2007. … In the top 15 in the world are Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka. … The field consists of 10 Ryder Cup players, including six from Europe, including Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter. … This is the third consecutive PGA Tour event to be held outside of the United States after events in Japan and Bermuda. … Foreign-born players have won the last four events on the PGA Tour schedule. … The last four tournaments in Mayakoba are decided in one fell swoop. … Matt Kuchar is in the field. He holds the tournament record at 22 under 262 … Justin Thomas was 12th last year. … Lee Westwood, Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau are the only Ryder Cup players who haven’t played since Whistling Straits.

Next week: Houston Open.

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

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

HOLZTECH CHAMPIONSHIP

Location: Boca Raton, Florida.

Course: The Old Course at Broken Sound. Mileage: 6,807. Par: 72.

Prize money: $ 2 million. The winner’s share: $ 305,000.

Television: Friday, 12pm to 3pm (Golf Channel); Saturday, 5.30pm-8pm (Golf Channel tape delay); Sunday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (Golf Channel tape delay).

Defending champion: Darren Clarke.

Charles Schwab Cup front runner: Bernhard Langer.

Last 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 postseason events. The top 36 after the TimberTech Championship will advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix next week. … Bernhard Langer further extended his lead in the Schwab Cup to his sixth record title with his victory in the first postseason. He is almost certain that he will stay at the top of the table. … Steven Alker made it to the second postseason event. Just over two months ago, he had to qualify for his first PGA Tour Champions event on Monday. … Tom Byrum finished 54th and last in the field with $ 3,868 ahead of Kent Jones in 33 events over the past two years. … Kirk Triplett enters the tournament with 36th place in the Schwab Cup ranking. … Phil Mickelson is in 26th place with only five events, including three wins. 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. Mileage: 7,191. Par: 71.

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

Television: Thursday-Saturday, 8 am-1pm (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7-11: 30 a.m. (golf channel).

Defending champion: George Coetzee.

Race to Dubai front runner: Collin Morikawa.

Last tournament: Jeff Minther won the Mallorca Golf Open.

Notes: Two tournaments are still pending before the European Tour finishes its season at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. … The Portugal Masters goes back to 2007. Past masters include Lee Westwood and Shane Lowry. … Rasmus Hoggaard spent two weeks in Las Vegas with the exception of the PGA Tour. He is returning to the European Tour and will play alongside his twin brother Nicolai. You have won for consecutive weeks this year. … Robert MacIntyre was number 49 in the world after his draw for 15th place at the World Golf Championship in Tennessee. In his last six tournaments he has not collected any ranking points, four of which have missed cuts. … Matt Wallace won his first European Tour event at the Portugal Open 2017. He will contest his first European Tour event since the BMW PGA Championship in September.

Next week: Aviv Dubai Championship.

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

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ASIA PACIFIC GOLF CONFEDERATION

ASIA PACIFIC AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Course: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Mileage: 6,986. Par: 71.

Format: impact game (72 holes) with a 36-hole cut for 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 seek to become the first three-time Asia Pacific Amateur winner. Lin and Hideki Matsuyama are the only players to have won twice. … The field includes Keita Nakajima, number 1 in the amateur world rankings. … The winner receives an invitation to the Masters, British Open and British Amateur. The runner-up is excluded from the Open Qualifying Series and has the chance to play in the British Open. … Hideki Matsuyama is the first winner to win the Masters. … players from 29 countries who are members of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation make up the field of 120 players. … The tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online: https://aacgolf.com/

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LPGA TOUR

Last tournament: Jin Young Ko won the BMW Ladies Championship.

Next week: Pelican Women’s Championship.

Race to the CME Globe Leader: Jin Young Ko.

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

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OTHER TOURS

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

Challenge Tour: Grand Finale of the Rolex Challenge Tour, T-Golf & CC, Mallorca, Spain. Defending champion: Ondrej Lieser. 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 Links, St. Francis Bay, South Africa. Defending champion: Darren Fichardt. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Toto Japan Classic, Seta GC (North), Shiga, Japan. Defending champion: Jiyai Shin. 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, Apulia, Italy. Defending champion: Barry Lane (2019). Online: https://www.legendstour.com/

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