The PGA Tour returns to the U.S. mainland this weekend for the American Express in La Quinta, California. For the first time, Phil Mickelson, a two-time winner of this event, will act as host. The tournament is played in a pro-am format and, and in 2012 became a normal, 72-hole tournament, rather than a 90-hole marathon.
The PGA Tour switches from Maui to Oahu for this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii, which is held at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Unlike last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, this is a full-field event and is played over much flatter terrain. It isn’t the best field we will see, but it will provide a two-year exemption to the winner, provided he isn’t already fully exempt.
The PGA Tour wastes no time getting off to a rousing start in 2020 with the first tournament of the decade – the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort on Maui. It’s restricted to players who have won on the PGA Tour from last year’s edition to the RSM Classic in November. There is no cut and, assuming the player isn’t disqualified, the tournament provides guaranteed money.
U.S. team captain Tiger Woods selected some of the best golfers in America for this year's edition of the 2019 Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbounre Golf Club in Australia, but what would have happened if he could have chosen the best American golfers of all time? We posed that question to golf columnist Tommy Raymond and had him select a 12-man dream team full of legends and luminaries.
The 2019 Presidents Cup commences December 12 at Royal Melbourne in Australia. It will mark the third time that Royal Melbourne has hosted the event. It also hosted in 2011 (a U.S. victory) and to 1998 (still the only International win). There has been one tie (2003, in South Africa) in Presidents Cup history and the rest have been U.S. wins, including a 19-11 thrashing by the Americans at Liberty National in New Jersey two years ago.
The last official PGA Tour event in the calendar year, the RSM Classic, starts Thursday at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
The Mayakoba Golf Classic will guarantee for the winner a trip down Magnolia Lane at Augusta for the Masters, as well as entry into the PGA Championship, the Players Championship and the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in Hawaii.
The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China, will bring an end to the Asian swing on the PGA Tour. Rory McIlroy is favored to win the event, but keep an eye on Patrick Reed, who showed signs of life in the latter stages of the 2018-19 season with a 10th in the Open Championship to go along with a win in the Northern Trust and a tie for ninth in the Tour Championship.
In every sport there are underrated athletes, and golf is no exception. The PGA Tour has numerous players who get the results, qualify for most events and yet receive less than deserved notoriety for doing so. They must play their way into coverage on television but largely wouldn’t be recognized at your average McDonald’s.
The inaugural Zozo Championship begins the PGA Tour's first foray into Japan, as 78 players will take part at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, just east of Tokyo. The tournament also marks the return of Tiger Woods.