2002 European Tour Schedule

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 26, 2001, 4:00 pm
2001 Events
Nov. 22-25 - BMW Asian Open
Westin ResortTa Shee,Taiwan

Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 - Omega Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong GC,Hong Kong

2002 Events
Jan. 10 - 13 -South African Open
The Country Club Durban,South Africa
Jan. 17 - 20 - Alfred Dunhill Championship
Houghton GC Johannesburg,South Africa
Jan. 24 - 27 - Johnnie Walker Classic
Lake Karrinyup CC Perth,Australia
Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 - Heineken Classic
Royal Melbourne GC Victoria,Australia
Feb. 7 - 10 - The ANZ Championship
The Lakes Golf Club Sydney,Australia
Feb. 20 - 24 - WGC - Accenture Match Play
La Costa Resort & Spa Carlsbad, CA,USA
Feb. 21 - 24 - Caltex Singapore Masters
Laguna National G&CC,Singapore
Feb. 28 - Mar. 3 - Carlsberg Malaysian Open
Royal Selangor GC Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

Mar. 7 - 10 - Dubai Desert Classic
Emirates GC,Dubai

Mar. 14 - 17 - Qatar Masters
Doha GC,Qatar
Mar. 21 - 24 - Madeira Island Open
Santo da Serra Madeira,

Mar. 28 - 31 - Open de Canarias
El Cortijo Club de Campo Gran Canarias,
Apr. 4 - 7 - Algarve Open de Portugal
Augusta National Georgia,USA

Apr. 19 - 21 - The Seve Trophy
Druids Glen Wicklow,Ireland
Apr. 25 - 28 - Open de Espaa
May 2 - 5 - Novotel Perrier Open de France
Le Golf National Paris,France
May 9 - 12 - Benson & Hedges International Open
The De Vere Belfry Sutton Coldfield,England
May 16 - 19 - Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe
St. Leon-Rot Heidelberg,Germany
Wentworth Club Surrey,England
May 30 - Jun. 2 - Victor Chandler British Masters
Woburn Milton Keynes,England
Jun. 6 - 9 - The Compass Group English Open
Marriott Forest of Arden Warwickshire,England

Bethpage State Park Farmingdale, NY,USA
Jun. 20 - 23 - The Great North Open
De Vere Slaley Hall Northumberland,England
Jun. 27 - 30 - Murphy's Irish Open
Fota Island Cork,Ireland
Jul. 4 - 7 - Smurfit European Open
The K Club Dublin,Ireland
Jul. 11 - 14 - The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond Glasgow,Scotland
Jul. 18 - 21 - 131st OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Muirfield East Lothian,Scotland

Jul. 25 - 28 - The TNT Open
Hilversumsche GCHilversum,Netherlands

Aug. 1 - 4 - Volvo Scandinavian Masters
Kungsngen Stockholm,Sweden

Aug. 8 - 11 - The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open
The Celtic Manor Resort Newport,Wales

Aug, 15 - 18 - North West of Ireland Open
Ballyliffin GC Co Donegal,Ireland

Hazeltine National GC Chaska, MN,USA

Aug. 22 - 25 - Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship
The Gleneagles Hotel Perthshire,Scotland

Aug. 22 - 25 - WGC - NEC Invitational
Sahalee CC Redmond, WA,USA

Aug 29 - Sep. 1 - BMW International Open
Golfclub Mnchen Nord-Eichenried Munich,Germany

Sep. 5 - 8 - Omega European Masters
Sep. 12 - 15 - Linde German Masters
Gut Lrchenhof Cologne,Germany
Sep. 19 - 22 - WGC - American Express Championship
Mount Juliet Kilkenny,Ireland

Sep. 27 - 29 - The 34th Ryder Cup Matches
The De Vere Belfry Sutton Coldfield,England

Oct. 3 - 6
Oct. 10 - 13 - Trophe Lancme
Saint-Nom-La-Bretche Paris,France
Oct. 17 - 20 - Cisco World Match Play Championship*
Wentworth Club Surrey,England
Oct. 24 - 27 - Telefonica Open de Madrid
Club de Campo Madrid,Spain
Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 - Atlanet Italian Open
Is MolasSardinia,Italy
Nov. 7 - 11 - Volvo Masters Andalucia

Dec. 12-15 - WGC - EMC2 World Cup*
Vista Vallarta Puerto Vallarta,Mexico
* Denotes Approved Special Events
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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x