Ohio PGA Tour, U.S. Women’s Open return to Pine Needles

Jon Rahm of Spain misses the 16th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at South Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Friday, May 20, 2022 Reacted after a putt.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Jon Rahm of Spain misses the 16th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at South Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Friday, May 20, 2022 Reacted after a putt. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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PGA Tour

Memorial Tournament

Location: Dublin, Ohio.

Course: Muirfield Village GC. Yardage: 7,533. Par: 72.

Prize money: $12 million. Winner’s share: $2.16 million.

Television: Thurs-Fri, 2-6pm (Golf Channel); Sat-Sun, noon-2:30pm (Golf Channel), 2:30-6pm (CBS).

Defending champion: Patrick Cantlay.

FedExCup leader: Scotty Scheffler.

Last week: Sam Burns won the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Notes: The Memorial, hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is one of the PGA Tour’s three senior events with a $12 million purse and a three-year waiver. …Patrick Cantley is a two-time champion of the Memorial. Last year, he won by missing the final round of Jon Rahm, who had a six-shot lead on Saturday but had to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19. Rahm won in 2020 and is on the field again. … Bryson DeChambeau is in again and wants to play. He was out for the final two weeks while waiting for his left hand to fully heal from hamate surgery. … Collin Morikawa won at Muirfield Village in 2020, when the village hosted a one-time alternative, the Workday Charity Open, during the pandemic. … PGA champion Justin Thomas and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler both played for three straight weeks, neither of them playing. The field has seven of the top 10 in the world, missing Thomas, Scheffler and Colonial champion Sam Burns. … Rickie Fowler and Jason Day had to rely on sponsor exemptions. … Rory McIlroy starts a four-match streak, which means he will skip the Irish Open.

Next week: RBC Canadian Open.

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



U.S. Women’s Open

Location: Southern North Carolina Pines.

Course: Pine Needles Lodge and GC. Yardage: 6,638. Par: 71.

Prize money: $10 million. Winner’s share: $1.8 million.

TV: Thurs-Fri, 1-3pm (Peacock), 3-8pm (US Network); Saturday, noon-2pm (Peacock), 2-3pm (US Network), pm 3-6 pm (NBC); Sunday, 1-3 pm (US Network), 3-7 pm (NBC).

Defending champion: Sasao Yuka.

Last year: Sasso became the first Filipino golfer to win a major by defeating Hataoka in the Olympic Club playoffs. Lexie Thompson was 5 over on the final seven holes and was out in one.

Notes: The prize nearly doubled to $10 million, making it the richest prize in women’s golf history and one of the largest in the women’s sport. … Nelly Korda, who started the year at No. 1 in women’s golf, played for the first time since early February while recovering from a blood clot in her left arm. … Inbee Park has exited the field. … Cristie Kerr last won the Women’s Open at the Pine Needles. Other Pine Needles recipients include Karrie Webb (2001) and Annika Sorenstam (1996). Sorenstam, 51, is playing this year. She didn’t win the U.S. Senior Women’s Open last year. … Michelle Wie West played for the first time since the season-opening championship in January. In 2014, she won her only major at No. 2 at nearby Pinehurst. If she chooses to compete, she can be exempted for another two years. … Eun-Hee Ji won the 2009 Women’s Open. She qualified for the Open by winning the LPGA match play on Sunday.

Next year: Pebble Beach.

Online: https://www.usga.org/


trip to Europe

Porsche European Open

Location: Hamburg, Germany.

Course: Eagle Golf Course. Yards: 7,633. Par: 72.

Prize money: 1.75 million euros ($1.87 million). Winner’s share: 291,667 euros.

Television: Thurs-Fri, 7am-noon (Golf Channel); Sat-Sun, 7:30am-11:30am (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Marcus Armitage.

DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Victor Perez won the Dutch Open.

Note: Spain’s Tommy Fleetwood and Adri Arnaus are the only two players in the world’s top 50. …Paul Casey usually plays, except he’s still out with a back injury. Casey has not played since pulling out of the match play at Dell in Texas in March. … Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson and his two vice-captains Thomas Bjorn and Eduardo Molinari were on the field. … Adrian Meronk becomes the first Polish golfer to break into the world’s top 100. Mellonk, who became the first Polish player at the U.S. Open last year, finished third at the Dutch Open and sixth in Belgium last week. He already has six top 10 finishes on the European Tour this year. … Green Eagle is the ninth course to host the European Open since 1978. It was held in the UK or Ireland before moving to Germany in 2015. … Bobby Wadkins, who has never won on the PGA Tour, won his first major tour victory at the 1978 European Open at Walton Heath.

Next week: Scandinavian mix.

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


PGA Tour Champion

Major Charity Classics

Location: Des Moines, Iowa.

Course: Wakonda Club. Yardage: 6,851. Par: 72.

Prize money: $1.85 million. Winner’s share: $277,500.

Television: Friday, 6-8pm (Golf Channel tape delay), Saturday-Sunday, 2:30-5:30pm (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Stephen Ames.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Last week: Steven Alker won the Senior PGA Championship.

Note: Senior PGA Champion Steven Ark is in the game. He’s already made more than $1.8 million this year and won four of his last 11 games in the playoffs a year ago. Alker leads Miguel Angel Jimenez by about $730,000 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. … Steve Stricker entered the field after having to withdraw from the Senior PGA Championship last week after testing positive for COVID-19. Stricker is the host of next week’s event in Wisconsin. He won his first PGA Tour title in Alabama. … Ark has failed to finish in the top 10 in just three of his 19 PGA Tour Championship appearances since his first Monday qualifier since turning 50. He has finished in the top five of the leaderboard in 35 of the past 60 rounds. … Stricker has played three games this year, while Padraig Harrington has played five. Both are in the top seven in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

Next week: American Home Insurance Championship.

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


Korn Ferry Tour

Rex Hospital opens

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina.

Course: CC at Wakefield Plantation. Yardage: 7,269. Par: 71.

Wallet: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.

TV: No.

Last Champion: Mito Pereira.

Leader of the standings: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Harry Hall won the NV5 Invitational.

Next week: BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour.html



Last week: Eun-Hee Ji won the Bank of Hope LPGA match play.

Next week: ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Competing for CME Globe Leader: Minjee Lee.

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


Other tours

NCAA: NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, Arizona. Defending champion: Pepperdine. Television: Tuesday, 12:30-2:30 pm, 5-9 pm (Golf Channel); Wednesday, 5-9 pm (Golf Channel). Online: https://www.ncaa.com/sports/golf-men/d1

Asian Tour: International Series – England, Sraley Hall Hotel Golf & Spa Resort, Northumberland, England. Defending Champions: New Event. Online: https://www.asiantour.com/

Japan Golf Tour: BMW Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup, Shishido Hills CC (West), Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Defending champion: Kinoshita Ryosuke. Online: https://www.jgto.org/en/

Challenge Tour: D+D Real Czech Challenge, Kunetika Hora Golf & Spa, Dritec, Czech Republic. Defending champion: Santiago Tario. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Women’s European Tour: Italian Women’s Open, Piedmont GC Margara, Piedmont, Italy. Defending champion: Lucy Marchland. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Sunshine Journey: SunBet Challenge, Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa. Last year’s winner: Estien Conradi. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Mackenzie Tour: Royal Beach Victoria Open, Highlands GC, Victoria, BC. Last year’s winner: Paul Baron. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us.html

PGA Tour Latin America: Volvo Golf Championship, El Rincon de Cajica Club, Bogota, Colombia. Previous winner: New Championship. https://www.pgatour.com/la/en/

Japan LPGA: Richard Mille Yonex Ladies, Yonex CC, Niigata, Japan. Defending champion: Liu Luzi. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

LPGA Korea: Lotte Open, Incheon, Korea, Bear’s Best Cheongna. Defending champion: Hana Jang. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/


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