PGA Tour Announces 2005 Schedule

By Associated PressOctober 12, 2004, 4:00 pm
PGA TourThe PGA Tour will start the 2005 season along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with the first two stops in Hawaii followed by the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

The tour released its '05 schedule Tuesday, featuring 48 events that begin Jan. 6 on Maui at the winners-only Mercedes Championships and end Nov. 6 in Atlanta at the Tour Championship.

It will be the earliest date for Torrey Pines in 25 years, a change brought on by a later date for the Super Bowl.

The FBR Open in Phoenix traditionally is played opposite the Super Bowl. It was bumped back one week to Feb. 3-6. The Buick Invitational will be played Jan. 20-23, and tournament director Tom Wilson isn't sure what to expect.

'One of the things I'm not real certain on is the course condition,' Wilson said. 'It would be nice to have an extra two to three weeks. We'll have to see.'

Wilson also is curious to see if volunteer support changes because it is so close to the holiday. And while Torrey Pines usually gets some of the highest television ratings of the year -- the strong field typically includes Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson -- it will be going up against the AFC and NFC Championship games.

'We'd prefer to have it later, for all the reasons I just mentioned,' Wilson said.

Otherwise, the schedule is not much different than this year.

There will be five weeks where two tournaments are played -- events opposite the British Open, Presidents Cup and the three World Golf Championships.

The Presidents Cup, which ended in a tie two years ago in South Africa between the International team and the United States, will return to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia on Sept. 22-25.

For the second time in two years, all three WGC events will be held in the United States -- the Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa; the NEC Invitational at Firestone; and the American Express Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco.

The tour waited to release the '05 schedule to finalize two new sponsorship deals. The Barclays Classic will be played June 23-26 at Westchester Country Club, taking over title sponsorship from the Buick Classic; and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will move to the TPC of Louisiana, taking over sponsorship from Hewlett-Packard.

The only other significant course change is the Booz Allen Classic outside Washington, which will move next year to fabled Congressional Country Club and be played June 9-12, the week before the U.S. Open.

The Canadian Open, which rotates courses every year, will be played Sept. 8-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.

The Masters will be played Apr. 7-10 at Augusta National. The other three majors will be played at Pinehurst No. 2 (U.S. Open), St. Andrews (British Open) and Baltusrol (PGA Championship).
 
2005 PGA Tour Schedule
 
Jan. 6-9 -- Mercedes Championships, Plantation Course at Kapalua, 
Kapalua, Hawaii
Jan. 13-16 -- Sony Open, Waialae CC, Honolulu
Jan. 20-23 -- Buick Invitational, Torrey Pines (North and South),
San Diego
Jan. 26-30 -- Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, PGA West-Palmer Private;
Indian Wells; La Quinta; and Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, Calif.
Feb. 3-6 -- FBR Open, TPC of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 10-13 -- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach;
Spyglass Hill; and Poppy Hills, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Feb. 17-20 -- Nissan Open, Riviera CC, Los Angeles
Feb. 23-27 -- WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, La Costa
Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, Calif.
Feb. 24-27 -- Chrysler Classic of Tucson, Omni Tucson National
Golf Resort and Spa, Tucson, Ariz.
March 3-6 -- Ford Championship, Doral Golf Resort and Spa (Blue
Course), Miami
March 10-13 -- Honda Classic, Country Club at Mirasol (Sunrise
Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
March 17-20 -- Bay Hill Invitational, Bay Hill Golf Club and
Lodge, Orlando, Fla.
March 24-27 -- The Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium
Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
March 31-April 3 -- Bellsouth Classic, TPC at Sugarloaf, Duluth,
Ga.
April 7-10 -- The Masters, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga.
April 14-17 -- MCI Heritage, Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island,
S.C.
April 21-24 -- Shell Houston Open, Redstone GC (Jacobsen/Hardy
Course), Houston
April 28-May 1 -- Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC of
Louisiana, Avondale, La.
May 5-8 -- Wachovia Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte,
N.C.
May 12-15 -- EDS Byron Nelson Championship, TPC at Four Seasons
Resort and Cottonwood Valley, Las Colinas, Texas
May 19-22 -- Bank of America Colonial, Colonial CC, Fort Worth,
Texas
May 26-29 -- FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC at Southwind, Memphis,
Tenn.
June 2-5 -- Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin,
Ohio
June 9-12 -- Booz Allen Classic, Congressional CC (Blue Course),
Potomac, Md.
June 17-20 -- U.S. Open, Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C.
June 24-27 -- Barclays Classic, Westchester CC, Harrison, N.Y.
June 30-July 3 -- Western Open, Cog Hill Golf and CC, Lemont,
Ill.
July 7-10 -- John Deere Classic, TPC at Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.
July 14-17 -- British Open, St. Andrews (Old Course), St.
Andrews, Scotland
July 14-17 -- B.C. Open, En-Joie GC, Endicott, N.Y.
July 21-24 -- U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Brown Deer
Park GC, Milwaukee
July 28-31 -- Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and CC, Grand Blanc,
Mich.
Aug. 4-7 -- The International, Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock,
Colo.
Aug. 11-14 -- PGA Championship, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.
Aug. 18-21 -- WGC-NEC Invitational, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio
Aug. 18-21 -- Reno-Tahoe Open, Montreux Golf and CC, Reno, Nev.
Aug. 25-28 -- Buick Championship, TPC at River Highlands,
Cromwell, Conn.
Sept. 2-5 -- Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC of Boston, Norton,
Mass.
Sept. 8-11 -- Bell Canadian Open, Shaughnessy Golf and CC,
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept. 15-18 -- 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania, Nemacolin
Woodlands Resort & Spa (Mystic Rock Course), Farmington, Pa.
Sept. 22-25 -- The Presidents Cup, Robert Trent Jone GC, Lake
Manassas, Va.
Sept. 22-25 -- Valero Texas Open, LaCantera GC, San Antonio
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 -- Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Forest Oaks
CC, Greensboro, N.C.
Oct. 6-9 -- WGC-American Express Championship, Harding Park GC,
San Francisco
Oct. 6-9 -- Southern Farm Bureau Classic, Annandale GC, Madison,
Miss.
Oct. 13-16 -- The Championship at Las Vegas, TPC at Summerlin,
TPC at The Canyons, Bear's Best, Las Vegas
Oct. 20-23 -- Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort
(Magnolia and Palm), Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Oct. 27-30 -- Chrysler Championship, Westin Innisbrook Resort
(Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.
Nov. 3-6 -- Tour Championship, East Lake GC, Atlanta
x-Nov. 7-8 -- Tommy Bahama Challenge, Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale,
Ariz.
x-Nov. 10-13 -- Franklin Templeton Shootout, Tiburon GC, Naples,
Fla.
x-Nov. 17-20 -- WGC-World Cup, TBA
x-Nov. 26-27 -- Merill Lynch Skins Game, Trilogy GC at La Quinta,
La Quinta, Calif.
x-Dec. 8-11 -- Target World Challenge, Sherwood CC, Thousand
Oaks, Calif.

x-unofficial event
 
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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.