2011 AJGA Schedule

By Ajga StaffJanuary 8, 2011, 4:59 am
DateTournamentCourseLocation

Jan 14 - 17

Puerto Rico Junior Open

Trump International Golf Club - Championship Course

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Feb 18 - 21 

ANNIKA Invitational

Reunion Resort - Independence (Watson) Course

Reunion, Florida

 

Feb 18 - 21 

HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods

The Club at Carlton Woods - Fazio Championship Course 

The Woodlands, Texas

 

Apr 1 - 3

AJGA Junior at Savannah Quarters 

Savannah Quarters Country Club

Pooler, Georgia

Apr 1 - 3

Preseason Junior at Oak Valley 

Oak Valley Golf Club

Beaumont, California

Apr 1 - 3

Preseason Junior at Ocala
hosted by Ocala-Marion Sports Commission 

Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club

Ocala, Florida

Apr 8 - 10

AJGA Junior at Diablo Grande  

Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club - Ranch Course

Patterson, California

Apr 8 - 10

Preseason Junior at Brookhaven 

Brookhaven Country Club - Masters Course 

Dallas, Texas

Apr 8 - 10

Preseason Junior at St. James Plantation 

St. James Plantation - The Founders Club

Southport, North Carolina

Apr 15 - 17

Exide Technologies Junior Open  

The Country Club of the South

Johns Creek, Georgia

Apr 15 - 17 

Preseason Junior at The Bridges Golf Club  

The Bridges Golf Club 

Gunter, Texas

Apr 15 - 17 

Under Armour® / Hunter Mahan Championship 

Gleneagles Country Club - Queen's Course

Plano, Texas

 

Apr 21 - 24 

AJGA Junior at Innisbrook 

Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club - Copperhead & North Courses

Innisbrook, Florida

Apr 21 - 24

Junior All-Star at Château Élan 

Château Élan - Château Course

Braselton, Georgia

Apr 21 - 24 

Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions 

Traditions Golf Club at Texas A & M

Bryan, Texas

Apr 21 - 24

Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic
hosted by Longbow Golf Club  

Longbow Golf Club

Mesa, Arizona

Apr 29 - May 1

Junior All-Star at Marshallia 

Marshallia Ranch Golf Course

Vandenberg AFB, California

Apr 29 - May 1

Preseason Junior at White Hawk
presented by South Shore Sports  

White Hawk Country Club - Red & Silver Courses

Crown Point, Indiana

Apr 29 - May 1

Under Armour® / Vicky Hurst Championship 

PGA Golf Club - The Ryder Course

Port St. Lucie, Florida

May 6 - 8

Junior All-Star at Stonelick Hills 

The Golf Club at Stonelick Hills

Batavia, Ohio

May 6 - 8

Preseason Junior at Basking Ridge 

Basking Ridge Country Club

Basking Ridge, New Jersey

May 6 - 8

Preseason Junior at Cypress Ridge 

Cypress Ridge Golf Course

San Luis Obispo, California

May 27 - 30

Thunderbird International Junior 

Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course

Scottsdale, Arizona

May 28 - 30 

Preseason Junior at Château Élan  

Château Élan - Château Course

Braselton, Georgia

Jun 6 - 9

AJGA Junior at Quad Cities 

Short Hills Country Club

East Moline, Illinois

Jun 6 - 9

AJGA Junior at Steelwood
presented by AT&T 

Steelwood Country Club

Loxley, Alabama

Jun 6 - 9

Aspen Junior Golf Classic
presented by Jim McLean 

Aspen Golf Club

Aspen, Colorado

Jun 6 - 9

Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star   

WindStone Golf Club

Ringgold, Georgia

Jun 6 - 9

PING Phoenix Junior 

Moon Valley Country Club

Phoenix, Arizona

Jun 6 - 9

Signsational Signs Junior at The Woodlands  

The Woodlands Country Club - Player Course

The Woodlands, Texas

Jun 13 - 16 

Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic 

Coosa Country Club

Rome, Georgia

Jun 13 - 16 

Las Vegas Junior Open 

Anthem Country Club

Henderson, Nevada

Jun 13 - 17

FootJoy Invitational 

Sedgefield Country Club

Greensboro, North Carolina

Jun 13 - 17 

Rolex Girls Junior Championship 

Somerby Golf Club

Rochester, Minnesota

Jun 14 - 17 

Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior 

Bellefonte Country Club

Ashland, Kentucky

Jun 20 - 23 

Junior All-Star at Hilton Head 

Berkeley Hall Club - South Course

Bluffton, South Carolina

Jun 20 - 23

AJGA Franklin Junior 

Westhaven Golf Club 

Franklin, Tennessee

Jun 20 - 23 

Elbit Systems of America Junior Championship  

Southern Oaks Golf Club

Fort Worth, Texas

Jun 20 - 23

Cleveland Junior Open 

Red Tail Golf Club

Avon, Ohio

Jun 20 - 23 

ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior  

Mission Hills Country Club - Dinah Shore Tournament Course

Rancho Mirage, California

Jun 27 - 30

AJGA Florida Junior  

Weston Hills Country Club - Tour Course

Weston, Florida

Jun 27 - 30

Junior All-Star at Eagle Ridge 

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa - Course TBD

Galena, Illinois

Jun 27 - 30 

Junior All-Star at Penn State  

Penn State Golf Course - Blue Course

State College, Pennsylvania

Jun 27 - Jul 1

Rolex Tournament of Champions  

Sunriver Resort - Crosswater Course

Sunriver, Oregon

Jul 4 - 7

Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands 

Boyne Highlands Resort - Moor Course 

Harbor Springs, Michigan

Jul 4 - 7

Golf Pride Junior Classic 

Forest Creek Golf Club - Course TBD

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Jul 4 - 7 

Mexican Golf Federation Junior Open 

El Tigre Golf & Country Club at Riviera Nayarit 

Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico

Jul 4 - 7

W. Duncan MacMillan Classic at Rush Creek 

Rush Creek Golf Club

Maple Grove, Minnesota

Jul 11 - 14

AJGA Huntsville Junior 

The Ledges

Huntsville, Alabama

Jul 11 - 14 

Genesis Shootout
presented by Valero Texas Open  

Site TBA

San Antonio, Texas

Jul 11 - 14

Columbus Junior
presented by the Memorial Tournament  

Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course

Columbus, Ohio

Jul 11 - 14

Killington Junior Golf Championship 

Green Mountain National Golf Course

Killington, Vermont

Jul 11 - 14 

AJGA Junior at Centennial 

Centennial Golf Club

Medford, Oregon

Jul 12 - 15

McArthur Towel and Sports Future Legends  

The Legend at Bristlecone

Hartland, Wisconsin

Jul 18 - 21 

Cleveland HealthCare Foundation Junior  

Deer Brook Golf Club

Shelby, North Carolina

Jul 18 - 21 

Junior All-Star at The Ritz  

The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club

Sarasota, Florida

Jul 18 - 21

Aaron's / Bob Estes Abilene Junior  

Abilene Country Club - Club Course

Abilene, Texas

Jul 18 - 21 

Midwest Junior Players Championship  

Site TBA

Chicago, Illinois

Jul 18 - 21

Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out 

Plymouth Country Club

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Jul 18 - 21

Trader Joe's Junior Championship
hosted by Pat Hurst 

Castlewood Country Club - Hill Course

Pleasanton, California

Jul 25 - 28

AJGA Cup 

Site TBA

Jul 25 - 28

AJGA Junior at Jones Creek  

Jones Creek Golf Club 

Augusta, Georgia

Jul 25 - 28 

AJGA Junior Challenge  

Oak Valley Golf Club 

Beaumont, California

Jul 25 - 28

Genesis Junior at White Beeches 

White Beeches Golf & Country Club

Haworth, New Jersey

Jul 25 - 28

Lockton Kansas City Junior 

Oakwood Country Club

Kansas City, Missouri

Aug 1 - 4

AJGA Junior at Oxmoor Valley 

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Oxmoor Valley

Birmingham, Alabama

Aug 1 - 4

Southeast - Open Championship 

Site TBA

Aug 1 - 4

Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship 

Rivercut Golf Course

Springfield, Missouri

Aug 1 - 4

AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open  

Stonehenge Golf & Country Club

Winona Lake, Indiana

Aug 1 - 4

Rochester Open Championship  

Ravenwood Golf Club

Victor, New York

Aug 1 - 4

Stockton Sports Commission Junior Open 

The Reserve at Spanos Park 

Stockton, California

Aug 8 - 11

AJGA Northern Virginia Junior 

River Creek Club

Leesburg, Virginia

Aug 8 - 11 

AJGA Nebraska Junior at Quarry Oaks   

Quarry Oaks

Ashland, Nebraska

Aug 8 - 11

Stars of Texas Junior All-Star 

Grey Rock Golf Club

Austin, Texas

Aug 8 - 11

AJGA Philadelphia Open Championship  

Huntingdon Valley Golf Club - Course TBD

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Aug 8 - 11

Emerson Junior Golf Classic 

Site TBA

Aug 15 - 18

AccuSport Championship
hosted by Webb Simpson   

Tanglewood Park - Championship Course

Clemmons, North Carolina

Aug 15 - 18 

Junior All-Star at Robinson Ranch 

Robinson Ranch Golf Club - Valley Course 

Santa Clarita, California

Aug 15 - 18 

Lessing's AJGA Classic 

Site TBA

Aug 15 - 18 

Mayakoba Junior Golf Classic 

El Camaleón Golf Club 

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Aug 22 - 25 

CorseMax / Philadelphia Runner Junior 

White Manor Country Club

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Aug 22 - 25 

Randy Wise Junior Open 

Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club

Grand Blanc, Michigan

Aug 22 - 25 

West - Open Championship  

Site TBA

Aug 31 - Sep 4

The Junior PLAYERS Championship 

TPC Sawgrass - Stadium & Dye's Valley Courses

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Sep 2 - 5

AJGA Girls Championship 

Furman Golf Club

Greenville, South Carolina

Sep 2 - 5

Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier  

The Greenbrier - Meadows Course

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Sep 20 - 21

PING Junior Solheim Cup 

Knightsbrook Hotel & Spa Golf Resort

Trim, Ireland

Oct 7 - 10

Montverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational  

Bella Collina

Montverde, Florida

Oct 7 - 10

The PING Invitational 

Karsten Creek

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Nov 19 - 25 

Polo Golf Junior Classic 

PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion & Haig Courses

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

LPGA awards: Ryu, S.H. Park tie for POY

By Randall MellNovember 20, 2017, 1:56 am

NAPLES, Fla. – In the end, the CME Group Tour Championship played out a lot like the entire 2017 season did.

Parity reigned.

Nobody dominated the game’s big season-ending awards, though Lexi Thompson and Sung Hyun Park came close.

Thompson walked away with the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot and the Vare Trophy for low scoring average. If she had made that last 2-foot putt at the 72nd hole Sunday, she might also have walked away with the Rolex Player of the Year Award and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Park shared the Rolex Player of the Year Award with So Yeon Ryu. By doing so, Park joined Nancy Lopez as the only players in LPGA history to win the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year titles in the same season. Lopez did it in 1978. Park also won the LPGA money-winning title.

Here’s a summary of the big prizes:

Rolex Player of the Year
Ryu and Park both ended up with 162 points in the points-based competition. Park started the week five points behind Ryu but made the up the difference with the five points she won for tying for sixth.

It marks the first time the award has been shared since its inception in 1966.

Ryu and Park join Inbee Park as the only South Koreans to win the award. Park won it in 2013.


Vare Trophy
Thompson won the award with a scoring average of 69.114. Sung Hyun Park finished second at 69.247. Park needed to finish at least nine shots ahead of Thompson at the CME Group Tour Championship to win the trophy.

There were a record 12 players with scoring averages under 70.0 this year, besting the previous record of five, set last year.


CME Globe $1 million prize
Thompson entered the week first in the CME points reset, but it played out as a two-woman race on the final day. Park needed to finish ahead of Thompson in the CME Group Tour Championship to overtake her for the big money haul. Thompson tied for second in the tournament while Park tied for sixth.

By winning the CME Group Tour Championship, Jutanugarn had a shot at the $1 million, but she needed Park to finish the tournament eighth or worse and Thompson to finish ninth or worse.


LPGA money-winning title
Park claimed the title with $2,335,883 in earnings. Ryu was second, with $1,981,593 in earnings.

The tour saw a tour-record 17 players win $1 million or more this season, two more than did so last year.

Ryu came into the week as the only player who could pass Park for the title, but Ryu needed to win to do so.


Rolex world No. 1 ranking
The top ranking was up for grabs at CME, with No. 1 Feng, No. 2 Sung Hyun Park and No. 3 So Yeon Ryu all within three hundredths of a ranking point. Even No. 4 Lexi Thompson had a chance to grab the top spot if she won, but in the end nobody could overtake Feng. Her reign will extend to a second straight week.


Rolex Rookie of the Year
Park ran away with the award with her U.S. Women’s Open and Canadian Pacific Women’s Open victories among her 11 top-10 finishes. She had the award locked up long before she arrived for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Ko ends first winless season with T-16 at CME

By Randall MellNovember 20, 2017, 1:07 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko carved a hybrid 3-iron to 15 feet and ended the most intensely scrutinized year of her young career with a birdie Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship.

“Nice to finish the season on a high note,” Ko said after posting a 3-under-par 69, good for a tie for 16th. “Obviously, not a top-10 finish, but I played really solid. I feel like I finished the season off pretty strong.”

Ko posted two second-place finishes, a third-place finish and a tie for fifth in her last eight starts.

“Ever since Indy [in early September], I played really good and put myself in good positions,” Ko said. “I felt like the confidence factor was definitely higher than during the middle of the year. I had some opportunities, looks for wins.”

Sunday marked the end of Ko’s first winless season since she began playing LPGA events at 15 years old.

Let the record show, she left with a smile, eager to travel to South Korea to spend the next month with family after playing a charity event in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday.


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Much was made of Ko beginning the year with sweeping changes, with new equipment (PXG), a new coach (Gary Gilchrist) and a new caddie (Peter Godfrey).

In the final summary, it wasn’t a Ko-like year, not by the crazy high standards she has set.

She saw her run of 85 consecutive weeks at No. 1 end in June. She arrived in Naples holding on to the No. 8 ranking. She ends the year 13th on the LPGA money list with $1,177,450 in earnings. It’s the first time she hasn’t finished among the top three in money in her four full years on tour. She did log 11 top-10 finishes overall, three second-place finishes.

How did she evaluate her season?

“I feel like it was a better year than everyone else thinks, like `Lydia is in a slump,’” Ko said. “I feel like I played solid.

“It's a season that, obviously, I learned a lot from ... the mental aspect of saying, `Hey, get over the bads and kind of move on.’”

Ko said she learned a lot watching Stacy Lewis deal with her run of second-place finishes after winning so much.

“Winning a championship is a huge deal, but, sometimes, it's overrated when you haven't won,” Ko said. “Like, you're still playing well, but just haven't won. I kind of feel like it's been that kind of year.

“I think everybody has little ups and downs.”

For Ariya, Lexi, finish was fabulous, frustrating

By Randall MellNovember 20, 2017, 12:47 am

NAPLES, Fla. – Lexi Thompson can take a punch.

You have to give her that.

So can Ariya Jutanugarn, who beat Thompson in the gut-wrenching conclusion to the CME Group Tour Championship Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

They both distinguished themselves overcoming adversity this season.

The problem for Thompson now is that she’ll have to wait two months to show her resolve again. She will go into the long offseason with the memory of missing a 2-foot putt for par that could have won her the championship, her first Rolex Player of the Year Award and her first Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Thompson took home the CME Globe $1 million jackpot and Vare Trophy for low scoring as nice consolation prizes, but the Sunday finish was a lot like her season.

It was so close to being spectacular.

She was so close to dominating this year.

That last 2-foot putt Sunday would have put Thompson in the clubhouse at 15 under, with a one-shot lead, which would have added so much more pressure to Jutanugarn as she closed out.

Instead of needing to birdie the final two holes to force a playoff, Jutanugarn only needed to birdie one of them to assure extra holes. She went birdie-birdie anyway.

Thompson was on the practice putting green when she heard the day’s last roar, when Jutanugarn rolled in a 15-foot birdie to beat her.

“It wasn’t the way I wanted to end it,” Thompson said of the short miss. “I don’t really know what happened there. It just happens. I guess it’s golf.”


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Thompson was asked if the weight of everything at stake affected her.

“No, honestly, I wasn’t thinking about it,” she said. “I putted great the whole day. I guess, maybe, there was just a little bit of adrenaline.

“We all go through situations we don’t like sometimes.”

Thompson endured more than she wanted this year.

She won twice, but there were six second-place finishes, including Sunday’s. There were three losses in playoffs.

There was the heart-wrenching blow at the ANA Inspiration, the season’s first major, when she looked as if she were going to run away with the title before getting blindsided by a four-shot penalty in the final round. There were two shots when a viewer email led to a penalty for mismarking her ball on a green in the third round, and two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Thompson was in tears finishing that Sunday at Mission Hills, but she won a legion of new fans in the way she fought back before losing in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

There was more heartache later in the spring, when Thompson’s mother, Judy, was diagnosed with uterine cancer, requiring surgery to remove a tumor and then radiation.

For Thompson fans, Sunday’s missed 2-foot putt was a cruel final blow to the year.

This time, there were no tears from Lexi afterward.

“Just going through what I have this whole year, and seeing how strong I am, and how I got through it all and still won two tournaments, got six seconds . . . it didn’t stop me,” Thompson said. “This won’t either.”

After Thompson bounced back from the ANA loss to win the Kingsmill Invitational in May, she acknowledged how the loss motivated her.

“I'm as determined as any other person out here,” Thompson said. “We all want to win. I have a little bit more drive now.”

She was so close this year to elevating herself as the one true rock star in the women’s game. She will have a long offseason to turn Sunday’s disappointment into yet more fuel to get there.

Thompson will prepare for next year knowing Jutanugarn may be ramping her game back up to dominante, too.

Jutanugarn looked as if she were going to become a rock star after winning five times last year to claim the Rolex Player of the Year Award and then rising to No. 1 with a victory at the Manulife Classic back in May, but it didn’t happen.

Jutanugarn struggled through a summer-long slump.

She failed to make a cut in six of seven starts. It wasn’t as miserable a slump as she endured two years ago, when she missed 10 consecutive cuts, but it was troubling.

“Even though I played so badly the last few months, I learned a lot,” Jutanugarn said. “I’m growing up a lot, and I’m really ready to have some fun next year.”

Her surgically repaired shoulder was bothering her again, but it was more than that.

“This time it was more about becoming No. 1,” said Gary Gilchrist, her coach. “I think all of the responsibilities got to her.”

Gilchrist said he could see a different focus in Jutanugarn this week. He credited Vision 54s Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott for helping her deal with all the pressure that has mounted with her growing status.

“It’s been a long process,” Nilsson said. “She’s felt too much expectation from everybody else, where she loses focus on what she can do.”

Marriott said they asked Jutanugarn to come up with something she wanted to do to make herself proud this week, instead of worrying about what would please everyone else.

It worked.

“I told my caddie, Les [Luark], that thinking about the No. 1 ranking wasn’t going to help me be a better golfer,” Jutanugarn said. “I wanted people to say, `Oh this girl, she’s really happy.’ That was my goal, to have fun.”

Late Sunday, hoisting the trophy, Jutanugarn looked like she was having a lot of fun.

Thomas vs. Rose could be Ryder Cup highlight

By Rex HoggardNovember 19, 2017, 11:40 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – For those still digesting the end of 2017 – the European Tour did, after all, just wrap up its season in Dubai on Sunday – consider that the PGA Tour is already nearly one-fifth of the way into a new edition.

The Tour has already crowned eight champions as the game banks into the winter break, and there are some interesting trends that have emerged from the fall.

Dueling Justins: While Justin Thomas picked up where he left off last season, winning the inaugural CJ Cup in October just three weeks after claiming the FedExCup and wrapping up Player of the Year honors; Justin Rose seems poised to challenge for next year’s low Justin honors.

The Englishman hasn’t finished outside the top 10 since August and won back-to-back starts (WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open) before closing his year with a tie for fourth place in Dubai.

Note to U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk: Justin v. Justin next September in Paris could be fun.

Youth served. Just in case anyone was thinking the pendulum might be swinging back in the direction of experience over youthful exuberance – 41-year-old Pat Perez did put the veterans on the board this season with his victory at the CIMB Classic – Patrick Cantlay solidified his spot as genuine phenom.

Following an injury-plagued start to his career, Cantlay got back on track this year, needing just a dozen starts to qualify for the Tour Championship. He went next level earlier this month with his playoff victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.


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They say these trends come and go in professional golf, but as the average age of winners continues to trend lower and lower it’s safe to say 25 is the new 35 on Tour.

A feel for it. For all the science that has become such a big part of the game – from TrackMan analysis to ShotLink statistics – it was refreshing to hear that Patton Kizzire’s breakthrough victory at the OHL Classic came down to a hunch.

With the tournament on the line and Rickie Fowler poised just a stroke back, Kizzire’s tee shot at the 72nd hole came to rest in an awkward spot that forced him to stand close to his approach shot to keep his feet out of the sand. His 8-iron approach shot sailed to 25 feet and he two-putted for par.

And how far did he have for that pivotal approach?

“I have no idea,” he laughed.

Fall facelift. Although the moving parts of the 2018-19 schedule appear to be still in flux, how the changes will impact the fall schedule is coming into focus.

The Tour’s goal is to end the season on Labor Day, which means the fall portion of the schedule will begin a month earlier than it does now. While many see that as a chance for the circuit to embrace a true offseason, it’s becoming increasingly clear that won’t be the case.

The more likely scenario is an earlier finish followed by a possible team competition, either the Ryder or Presidents cup, before the Tour kicks off a new season in mid-September, which means events currently played before the Tour Championship will slide to the fall schedule.

“So if you slide it back, somebody has to jump ahead. The mechanics of it,” said Davis Love III, host of the RSM Classic and a member of the Tour’s policy board. “I’m still going to go complain and beg for my day, but I also understand when they say, this is your date, make it work, then we'll make it work.”

While 2019 promises to bring plenty of change to the Tour, know that the wraparound season and fall golf are here to stay.

Product protection. Speaking of the fall schedule and the likely plan to expand the post-Tour Championship landscape, officials should also use the platform to embrace some protections for these events.

Consider that the RSM Classic featured the third-strongest field last week according to the Official World Golf Ranking, behind the season-ending tournament in Dubai on the European Tour and the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour.

The winner in Dubai received 50 World Ranking points, a marquee event that has historically been deeper than that week’s Tour stop, while the Dunlop Phoenix winner, Brooks Koepka, won 32 points. Austin Cook collected 30 points for his victory at Sea Island Resort.

All told, the Japan event had four players in the field from the top 50 in the world, including world No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama; while the highest-ranked player at the RSM Classic was Matt Kuchar at 15th and there were seven players from the top 50 at Sea Island Resort.

Under Tour rules, Koepka, as well as any other Tour members who competed either in Japan or Dubai, had to be granted conflicting-event releases by the circuit.

Although keeping players from participating in tournaments overseas is not an option, it may be time for the circuit to reconsider the conflicting-event policy if the result is a scenario like last week that relegates a Tour event to third on the international dance card.