The PGA tour moves east to the Sonoran Desert this week for one of the more entertaining events on the calendar.
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.
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.
The third edition of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, played on Jeju Island in South Korea, will begin a three-tournament Asian swing on the PGA Tour.
Keegan Bradley is +4000 to win the tournament, has three top-10 finishes on the Golf Club of Houston course and only one missed cut in seven appearances.
The PGA Tour moves from Napa to Sin City this weekend for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. This year it takes place four weeks earlier than a year ago, and since the Presidents Cup is in the not-too-distant future, it probably has a better field than one might expect at this time of year. Among those making his 2019-20 season bow is world No. 1 Brooks Koepka, who appears here for the first time since finishing second in 2016.
The PGA Tour moves to the West Coast for the Safeway Open, which is now played at the Silverado Resort and Spa North course in beautiful Napa Valley, California. The Tour came to this Johnny Miller-redesigned course back in 2014, and has remained here since after having stops in Scottsdale, Arizona and San Martin, California.
The 2019-20 PGA Tour season kicks off Thursday, September 12 with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, located in scenic White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. It originally was played in August, then moved to July, before taking a hiatus in the last season due to so many changes on the PGA Tour schedule. Though a lot of last season’s main stars will be absent, it will provide numerous opportunities for rookies and other players to get a head start on the competition.