PGA Tour returns to Japan, LIV Golf heads to Saudi Arabia
Site: Chiba, Japan.
Course: Accordia Golf Narashino CC. Yardage: 7,041. Par: 70.
Prize cash: $11 million. Winner’s share: $1,980,000.
Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 p.m. to three a.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 11 p.m. to three a.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Hideki Matsuyama.
FedEx Cup chief: Max Homa.
Last week: Tom Kim received the Shriners Children’s Open.
Notes: The Zozo Championship is again house in Japan for the second straight yr after the COVID-19 pandemic. For the second straight yr, it’s the one PGA Tour occasion held in Asia. … The subject contains seven of the highest 20 on this planet, lead by former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Xander Schauffele, at No. 6 the highest-ranked participant. Schauffele’s mom was raised in Japan. … The lone Japanese participant within the LIV Golf occasion this week, Hideto Tanihara, was not eligible for the Zozo. … The Japan Golf Tour co-sanctions the occasion. Two of the sponsor exemptions went to Takumi Kanaya and Keita Nakajima, each former No. 1 within the beginner world rating. … Rickie Fowler acquired a sponsor exemption. He tied for sixth within the season opener, however then missed the lower in Las Vegas. … Cameron Young, who reached No. 17 on this planet as a rookie with out successful a match, makes his first begin of the brand new season.
Next week: CJ Cup in South Carolina.
LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL-JEDDAH
Site: King Adbullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.
Course: Royal Greens Golf & CC. Yardage: 7,010. Par: 72.
Prize cash: $25 million ($20 million particular person. Winner’s share: $4 million).
Money chief: Dustin Johnson.
Last week: Eugenio Chacarra received the LIV Golf Invitational-Bangkok.
Notes: This is the seventh and closing LIV Golf Invitational occasion for particular person and crew play. The closing occasion is strictly about groups. … Six gamers have received the six LIV Golf Invitational sequence — Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and Eugenio Chacarra. … Johnson leads the cash checklist with simply over $12.7 million and has clinched the factors title for the $18 million bonus. … LIV Golf is funded by the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund, however that is the primary match held in Saudi Arabia. … The subject contains 27 gamers who have been on the Saudi International in February, together with winner Harold Varner III. … Hudson Swafford has made $860,000, the least of gamers who’ve competed in all six of the LIV Golf Invitational sequence. … Johnson’s streak of being within the high 10 at each LIV Golf occasion resulted in Bangkok when he tied for fifteenth.
Next match: LIV Golf Invitational-Miami Team Championship on Oct. 27-30.
ESTRELLA DAMN ANDALUCIA MASTERS
Site: Sotogrande, Spain.
Course: Real Club Valderrama. Yardage: 7,028. Par: 71.
Prize cash: 3 million euros. Winner’s share: 500,000 euros.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to midday (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Matt Fitzpatrick.
DP World Tour factors chief: Rory McIlroy.
Last week: Jon Rahm received the Spanish Open.
Notes: U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, the defending champion, leads the sphere and at No. 10 is the highest-ranked participant. … Ryan Fox of New Zealand is coming off a win two weeks in the past within the Aflred Dunhill Links Championship that moved him into the highest 25 on this planet. … While the match solely dates to 2010, there’s a lengthy European tour historical past at Valderrama. It’s the place the season-ending Volvo Masters was once held, together with the Ryder Cup in 1997 with Seve Ballesteros because the captain. The membership additionally hosted a World Golf Championship twice. … Sergio Garcia received the Andalucia Masters three straight instances. He is enjoying the LIV Golf Invitational in Saudi Arabian this week. … The match was not performed from 2012 by way of 2016. … Along with cork bushes in some fairways, there are a couple of vistas of the Rock of Gilbraltar from the course. … Two Europeans with PGA Tour playing cards, Thomas Detry and Matti Schmid, are enjoying in Spain. They should not eligible for the Zozo Championship.
Next week: Mallorca Open.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Site: Cary, North Carolina.
Course: Prestonwood CC. Yardage: 7,237. Par: 72.
Prize cash: $2.1 million. Winner’s share: $315,000.
Television: Friday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Lee Janzen.
Charles Schwab Cup chief: Steven Alker.
Last week: Steve Stricker received the Constellation Furyk & Friends.
Notes: This is the ultimate match earlier than the PGA Tour Champions postseason begins. Steven Alker has a $178,712 lead over Padraig Harrington. Both are enjoying. … Steve Stricker leads the tour with 4 victories after his win within the Constellation Furyk & Friends. Stricker plans to take off the following month so he had bow hunt for deer at house in Wisconsin. He stated he would possibly think about enjoying the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix. … Ten gamers have already got crossed the $1 million mark in earnings this season. … Sponsor exemptions have been awarded to Paul Stankowski and John Huston. … Notah Begay III made his PGA Tour Champions debut final week in Florida. He is within the subject for the SAS Championship. … Scott Parel, Ken Tanigawa and Shane Bertsch have performed 23 out of the 25 tournaments on the PGA Tour Champions schedule.
Next week: Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Last week: Jodi Ewart Shadoff received the LPGA Mediheal Championship.
Next week: BMW Ladies Championship.
Race to CME Globe chief: Lydia Ko.
Ladies European Tour: Aramco Team Series-New York, Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, New York, New York. Defending champion: Charley Hull. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/tournaments/
Challenge Tour: English Trophy, Frilford Heath, Abingdon, England. Defending champion: New match. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/
Sunshine Tour: Blue Label Challenge, Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa. Defending champion: Lyle Rowe. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/
Legends Tour: Farmfoods European Senior Masters, La Manga Club, Murcia, Spain. Defending champion: Markus Brier. Online: https://www.legendstour.com/
Japan LPGA: Fujitsu Ladies, Tokyu Seven Hundred, Chiba, Japan. Defending champion: Ayaka Furue. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/
Korea LPGA: Dongbu Construction Championship, Iksan CC, Iksan, South Korea. Defending champion: Jung Min Lee. Online: https://klpga.co.kr/
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