Strong ground as the PGA Tour moves from one seaside course to another
By the associated press
WORLD TECHNOLOGY CHAMPIONSHIP IN MAYAKOBA
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Route: El Camaleon GC in Mayakoba. Yardage: 7017. Face value: 71.
Prize money: $ 7.2 million. Winner’s Share: $ 1.296 million.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Viktor Hovland.
FedEx Cup Leader: Sam Burns.
Last week: Lucas Herbert won the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
Notes: Mayakoba has become a big enough destination to feature the strongest field to date among sold out events. It has its strongest estate since its debut in 2007. … Among those in the world top 15 are Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka. … The board features 10 Ryder Cup players, including six from Europe, including Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter. … This is the third consecutive PGA Tour event played outside the United States, following events in Japan and Bermuda. … Foreign-born players have won the last four events on the PGA Tour calendar. … The last four tournaments of Mayakoba have been played in one fell swoop. … Matt Kuchar is in the field. He holds the tournament record at 22-under 262.… Justin Thomas tied for 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.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Site: Boca Raton, Florida.
Course: The Old Course at Broken Sound. Yardage: 6,807. Normal: 72.
Prize money: $ 2 million. Winner’s share: $ 305,000.
Television: Friday from noon to 3 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Golf Channel strip deadline); Sunday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel strip deadline).
Defending champion: Darren Clarke.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.
Last tournament: Bernhard Langer won the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Notes: The top 54 Charles Schwab Cup players qualified for the second of three playoff events. The first 36 after the TimberTech Championship will advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Phoenix. … Bernhard Langer’s victory in the first round of the playoffs increased his Schwab Cup lead as he strives for a record-breaking sixth title. He is virtually certain to stay at the top of the rankings. … Steven Alker went to the second event of the playoffs. He was due to qualify for his first PGA Tour Champions event on Monday just over two months ago. … Tom Byrum has secured the 54th and final place in the field by $ 3,868 over Kent Jones in 33 events held over the past two years. … Kirk Triplett enters the tournament taking 36th place in the Schwab Cup standings. … 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.
MASTERS OF PORTUGAL
Location: Vilamoura, Portugal.
Course: Dom Pedro Victoria GC. Yardage: 7,191. Face value: 71.
Prize money: 1.5 million euros. Winner’s share: 250,000 euros.
Television: Thursday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7 am-11:30am (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: George Coetzee.
Race leader in Dubai: Collin Morikawa.
Last tournament: Jeff Minther won the Mallorca Golf Open.
Notes: There are two tournaments left before the European Tour ends its season at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. … The Portugal Masters dates back to 2007. Former champions include Lee Westwood and Shane Lowry. … Rasmus Hoggaard spent two weeks in Las Vegas on PGA Tour exemptions. He returns to the European Tour and will play alongside his twin brother, Nicolai. They have won in consecutive weeks this year. … Robert MacIntyre was No. 49 in the world after finishing tied for 15th at the World Golf Championships in Tennessee. He hasn’t earned any ranking points in his last six tournaments, four of which have missed cups. … Matt Wallace won his first European Tour event at the Portuguese Open in 2017. He will play his first European Tour event since the BMW PGA Championship in September.
Next week: Aviv Dubai Championship.
ASIA PACIFIC GOLF CONFEDERATION
ASIA-PACIFIC AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Course: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Yardage: 6,986. Face Value: 71.
Format: Stroke play (72 holes) with a 36 hole cut for the top 50 and ties.
Defending champion: Yuxin Lin (2019).
Television: Wednesday to Thursday, 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. (ESPN2); Friday-Saturday, 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. (ESPN2).
Notes: Yuxin Lin will try to become the first three-time Asia-Pacific Amateur winner. Lin and Hideki Matsuyama are the only players to have won it twice. … The field includes Keita Nakajima, the No. 1 player in the world amateur ranking. … The winner receives an invitation to play in the Masters, the British Open and the British Amateur. The finalist is exempted from the Open Qualifying Series with a chance to make his way to the British Open. … Hideki Matsuyama is the first winner to win the Masters. … Players from 29 member countries 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.
Last tournament: Jin Young Ko won the BMW Ladies Championship.
Next week: Pelican Women’s Championship.
Race for the leader of the CME Globe: Jin Young Ko.
Japan Golf Tour: Mynavi ABC Championship, ABC Golf Club, Hyogo, Japan. Defending champion: Jung-Gon Hwang. In line:
Challenge Tour: Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Finale, T-Golf & CC, Mallorca, Spain. Defending champion: Ondrej Lieser. In line:
Ladies European Tour: Aramco Saudi Ladies International, Royal Greens Golf & CC, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Defending champion: New event. In line:
Sunshine Tour: PGA Championship, St. Francis Links, St. Francis Bay, South Africa. Defending champion: Darren Fichardt. In line:
Japan LPGA: Toto Japan Classic, Seta GC (North), Shiga, Japan. Defending champion: Jiyai Shin. In line:
Korean LPGA: S-Oil Championship, Elysian Jeju CC, Jeju, South Korea. Defending champion: Hye-Jin Choi. In line:
Legends Tour: Senior Italian Open, San Domenico Golf, Puglia, Italy. Defending champion: Barry Lane (2019). In line:
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