Back to Texas for PGA Tour, seniors head to another major
The PGA Tour heads to Colonial for the Charles Schwab Challenge and it looks as though little has changed from last week. Justin Thomas is in the field fresh off his PGA Championship victory. So is Will Zalatoris, who lost to him in the playoff. Also playing is Mito Pereira of Chile, who looked like he had the PGA Championship won until making double bogey on the final hole. The PGA of America hosts another major championship, this time for the seniors. The Senior PGA Championship returns to Michigan. The LPGA Tour has the Match Play in Las Vegas.
CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE
Site: Fort Worth, Texas.
Course: Colonial CC. Yardage: 7,209. Par: 70.
Prize money: $8.4 million. Winner’s share: $1.512 million.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 2-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 5:30-7 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6:30 p.m. (CBS).
Defending champion: Jason Kokrak.
FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.
Last week: Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship.
Notes: The field features six of the top 10 from the world ranking. That includes PGA champion Justin Thomas, playing for the third straight week. … Mito Pereira of Chile is playing after his crushing finish at Southern Hills, a double bogey on the 18th that cost him the PGA. Also playing is PGA runner-up Will Zalatoris. … Scottie Scheffler, No. 1 in the world and the FedEx Cup leader, is coming off a missed cut at the PGA and is playing for the third straight week. … Bryson DeChambeau withdrew on Tuesday. He was at Southern Hills last week until withdrawing on Wednesday. He is recovering from surgery on his left hand. … CBS has an abbreviated window for Saturday’s round because it is broadcasting the Champions League final that day. Golf Channel will pick up the bulk of the coverage. … Colonial, like Southern Hills, is a Perry Maxwell design that will be using Gil Hanse for a renovation sometime next year.
Next week: Memorial Tournament.
PGA OF AMERICA AND PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Course: The Golf Club at Harbor Shores. Yardage: 6,852. Par: 71.
Prize money: $3.25 million. Winner’s share: $585,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-4:30 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 3-4 p.m. (Golf Channel), 4-6 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Alex Cejka.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.
Last tournament: Steve Stricker won the Regions Tradition.
Notes: The oldest of the senior majors returns to Benton Harbor for the fifth time. Previous winners at the Michigan resort course are Roger Chapman, Colin Montgomerie, Rocco Media and Paul Broadhurst. … Alex Cejka won last year at Southern Hills. He missed the cut in the PGA Championship last week. … The winner earns a spot in the PGA Championship field next year at Oak Hill. … Steve Stricker won two weeks ago at the Tradition, the first of five majors this year on the PGA Tour Champions. The Senior PGA and the Senior British are the two majors he has not won. … Steven Alker, runner-up in the Traditions, is playing his second major. … Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod won the first two editions of the Senior PGA when it was held at Augusta National. They later became the first honorary starters at the Masters. … The last two Senior PGA champions at Benton Harbor won at 19-under 265.
Next week: Principal Charity Classic.
Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html and https://www.pga.com/
BANK OF HOPE MATCH PLAY
Site: North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Course: Shadow Creek GC.
Prize money: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.
Television: Wednesday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel); Thursday-Friday, 7-10 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Ally Ewing.
Race to CME Globe leader: Minjee Lee.
Last tournament: Minjee Lee won the Cognizant Founders Cup.
Notes: The 64-player field features only three of the top 10 in the women’s world ranking. … Minjee Lee, who leads the Race to the CME Globe after her victory in the Founders Cup, at No. 4 is the highest-ranked player in the field. … Nelly Korda is starting to hit balls again. She has not played since February because of a blood clot. … The tournament falls in a tough part of the schedule, with the U.S. Women’s Open next week across the country at Pine Needles in North Carolina. A year ago, the U.S. Women’s Open was in San Francisco at Olympic Club. … Shadow Creek previously hosted the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour during the pandemic and a made-for-TV match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. … Jennifer Kupcho, who won the first LPGA major of the year at the Chevron Championship, is among those in the field. … Sponsor invitations went to Tiffany Chan of Taiwan and Youngin Chun of South Korea.
Next week: U.S. Women’s Open.
Site: Cromvoirt, The Netherlands.
Course: Bernardus GC. Yardage: 7,425. Par: 72.
Prize money: 1.75 million euros (U.S. $1.87 million). Winner’s share: 291,667 euros (U.S. $312,411).
Television: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Kristoffer Broberg.
DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.
Last week: Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship.
Notes: The Dutch Open dates to 1912. It was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic and returned last year without KLM as its title sponsor. … The tournament has moved from its September date to a spot between the PGA Championship and U.S. Open. … Seven players in the field were in Oklahoma last week for the PGA Championship. That includes Thomas Pieters, who at No. 36 is the lone player from the top 50 in the world ranking. … Also at the PGA was Bernd Wiesberger, the lone Ryder Cup player from Team Europe in 2021 who is playing this week. … This is the second straight year for the Dutch Open to be held at Bernardus Golf. It is the 13th course to host the Dutch Open. The most frequent stop was Hilversumsche Golf Club, which hosted the tournament 23 times, most recently in 2012.
Next week: Porsche European Open.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Site: Glenview, Illinois.
Course: The Glen Club. Yardage: 7,257. Par: 71.
Prize money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.
Previous winner: Cameron Young.
Points leader: Carl Yuan.
Last week: Trevor Cone won the AdventHealth Championship.
Next week: Rex Hospital Open.
NCAA: NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, Arizona. Defending champions: Mississippi. Television: Tuesday, noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. (Golf Channel); Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. (Golf Channel). Online: https://www.ncaa.com/sports/golf-women/d1
Japan Golf Tour: Mizuno Open, Setonaikai GC, Okayama, Japan. Defending champion: Juvic Pagunsan. Online: https://www.jgto.org/en/
Epson Tour: Inova Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship, Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. Defending champion: Min Lee. Online: https://www.epsontour.com/
Challenge Tour: Farmfoods Scottish Challenge, Newmachar GC, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Previous winner: David Law (2018). Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/
Ladies European Tour: The Mithra Belgian Ladies Open, Naxhelet GC, Wanze, Belgium. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/
Sunshine Tour: Sishen Classic, Sishen GC, Kathu, South Africa. Defending champion: Alex Haindl. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/
PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Jalisco Open, Atlas CC, Guadalajara, Mexico. Previous winner: New tournament. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/la/en/
Japan LPGA: Resort Trust Ladies, Maple Point GC, Yamanashi, Japan. Defending champion: Minami Katsu. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/
Korean LPGA: E1 Charity Open, South Springs CC, Incheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Han Sol Ji. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/