End of the PGA Tour season; Saudi-funded LIV Golf returns to the stage
LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL-BOSTON
Location: Bolton, Massachusetts.
Background: The GC International. Footage: 6,944. By: 70.
Prize money: $25 million ($5 million for the team). Winner’s share: $4 million ($750,000 for each member of the winning team).
Series leader: Branden Grace.
Notes: This is the fourth of seven regular season LIV Golf events before the Tag Team Championship wraps up the inaugural year in Doral, South Florida. Previous winners are Charl Schwartzel outside London, Branden Grace in Oregon and Henrik Stenson at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. …Grace leads the point streak. … Newcomers to the Boston-area event include British Open champion Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman. … Other additions include three players who leave the PGA Tour without ever having won – Cameron Tringale, Harold Varner III and Anirban Lahiri. … The winner takes home $4 million. That’s more than Talor Gooch in 22 PGA Tour starts before his suspension. … This is the first LIV Golf event since a federal judge ruled against three LIV Golf players seeking to play in the PGA Tour playoffs. … LIV Golf has been to major markets where the PGA Tour is not taking place this year – the New York metro area last month, now Boston and Chicago in two weeks.
Next tournament: LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago from September 16 to 18.
KORN FERRY TOUR
KORN FERRY TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Location: Newburgh, Indiana.
Course: Victoria National GC. Footage: 7,265. By: 72.
Prize money: $1 million. Winner’s share: $180,000.
Television: Thursday-Sunday, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Joseph Bramlett.
Final points leader: Will Gordon.
Last week: David Lingmerth won the National Children’s Hospital Championship.
Notes: This is the last of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals events to determine the 25 players who will earn PGA Tour cards for next season. … The winner of the highest points in the final is fully exempted (not subject to reshuffle) and earns a place in the Players Championship. … Former PGA Tour winner Austin Cook was among six players who earned tour cards with their arrival in last week’s tournament. … Harry Higgs, playing his first Masters this year, missed the cut in both Korn Ferry Tour finals. He would still have conditional status on the PGA Tour next year if he didn’t get his card. …Justin Lower is about to win one of the 25 cards and probably won’t need it. He is expected to enter the FedEx Cup top 125 based on the number of players suspended for joining LIV Golf. … Victoria National is the 13th course used for the Korn Ferry Tour Championship dating back to 1993.
Next week: End of season.
Location: Sylvania, Ohio.
Course: Highland Meadows GC. Footage: 6,555. By: 71.
Prize money: $1.75 million. Winner’s share: $262,500.
Television: Thursday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Nasa Hataoka.
CME Globe race leader: Minjee Lee.
Last week: Paula Reto won the CP Women’s Open.
Notes: The tournament has a new title sponsor but has been played at Highland Meadow each time since 1989. …Azahara Munoz of Spain makes his first start since November after dealing with a self-defeating thyroid problem. immune. … The LPGA Tour had only two players from South Africa who won tournaments. That number doubled with Ashleigh Buhai winning the Women’s British Open and Paula Reto winning last week in Canada. … Reto was the fourth straight winner on the LPGA Tour, the longest such streak since 2005. … Last year’s tournament was cut to 54 holes when the final round was won by the rain. Nasa Hataoka had a six-shot lead. … Lucy Li, who already has a card for next year thanks to the Epson circuit, is in the pack after finishing in the top 10 last week in Canada. … The champ misses the top two players in the Women’s World Rankings, Jin Young Ko and Nelly Korda, but has the rest of the top 10.
Next week: Kroger Queen City Championship.
MADE IN HIMMERLAND
Location: Farso, Denmark.
Course: HimmerLand. Footage: 6,686. By: 71.
Grant: 3 million euros. Winner’s share: 500,000 euros.
Television: Thursday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Title holder: Bernd Wiesberger.
DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.
Last week: Thriston Lawrence won the Omega European Masters.
Worth noting: Luke Donald is playing his first European tour since taking over from Henrik Stenson as Ryder Cup captain. … Thriston Lawrence is on the pitch as the South African aims for his third European Tour win of the season. … Bernd Wiesberger has won the last two years. He is participating in the LIV Golf Invitational event outside of Boston this week. … Adri Arnaus at No. 67 is the highest ranked player in the field. … Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia is playing his third consecutive European tour since the end of the PGA Tour season. …Jamie Lovemark is playing on a sponsor invitation. He finished 152nd in the Korn Ferry Tour and was ineligible for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. … Matt Wallace is on the court. He won in Denmark in 2018 and lost in the playoffs last week. Wallace can have full PGA Tour status next year by entering the FedEx Cup top 125 with defections from LIV Golf.
Next week: BMW PGA Championship.
Last week: Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship.
Next tournament: Fortinet Championship from September 15 to 18.
FedEx Cup Champion: Rory McIlroy.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Last week: Steve Stricker won The Ally Challenge.
Next week: Ascension Charity Classic.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.
Epson Tour: Wildhorse Women’s Golf Classic, Wildhorse GC, Pendleton, Oregon. Previous winner: new event. Online: https://www.epsontour.com/
International Golf Federation: Amateur World Team Championship, Le Golf National and Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, Paris. Defending Champion: Denmark. Online: https://www.igfgolf.org/
USGA: American Senior Amateur, The Kittansett Club, Marion, Massachusetts. Defending Champion: Gene Elliott. Online: https://www.usga.org/
Japan Golf Tour: Fujisankei Classic, Fujizakura CC, Yamanashi, Japan. Defending champion: Shuo Imahira. Online: https://www.jgto.org/fr/
Challenge Tour: B-NL Challenge Trophy, Hulencourt GC, Genappe, Belgium. Previous winner: Alfredo Garcia-Heredia. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/
PGA Tour Canada: GolfBC Championship, Canyon Golf & CC, Kelowna, British Columbia. Previous winner: Jake Knapp. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us.html
Ladies European Tour: Aland 100 Ladies Open, Alands GC, Kastelholm, Finland. Previous winner: Matilda Castren. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/
Japan LPGA: Golf5 Ladies, Golf5 Club Oakvillage, Chiba, Japan. Defending champion: Yuri Yoshida. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/
LPGA of Korea: Edaily Ladies Open, Sunning Point CC, Yongsin, South Korea. Defending champion: Su Ji Kim. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/
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