2002 PGA Tour Schedule
The Plantation Course at Kapalua
Jan. 7 - 13 Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae Country Club
Jan. 14 - 20 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
PGA West-Arnold Palmer Private Course
Jan. 21 - 27 Phoenix Open
Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale
Jan. 28 - Feb. 3 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, CA
Feb 4 - 10 Buick Invitational
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Feb. 11 - 17 Nissan Open
Riviera Country Club
Pacific Palisades, CA
Feb. 18 - 24 WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship
La Costa Resort and Spa
Feb. 18 - 24 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open
Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa
Feb. 25 - March 3 Genuity Championship
Doral Golf Resort and Spa (Blue Course)
Mar. 4 - 10 Honda Classic
Tournament Players Club at Heron Bay
Coral Springs, FL
Mar. 11 - 17 Bay Hill Invitational Presented by Cooper Tires
Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Mar. 18 - 24 The Players Championship
Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mar. 25 - 31 Shell Houston Open
Tournament Players Club at The Woodlands
The Woodlands, TX
Apr. 1 - 7 BellSouth Classic
Tournament Players Club at Sugarloaf
Apr. 8 - 14 Masters Tournament
Augusta National Golf Club
Apr. 15 - 21 Worldcom Classic - The Heritage of Golf
Harbour Town Golf Links
Hilton Head Island, SC
Apr. 22 - 28 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic
Forest Oaks Country Club
Apr. 29 - May 5 Compaq Classic of New Orleans
English Turn Golf and Country Club
New Orleans, LA
May 6 - 12 Verizon Byron Nelson Classic
Tournament Players Club at Four Seasons-Las Colinas
Cottonwood Valley CC
May 13 - 19 MasterCard Colonial
Colonial Country Club
Fort Worth, TX
May 20 - 26 Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village Golf Club
May 27 - June 2 Kemper Insurance Open
Tournament Players Club at Avenel
June 3 - 9 Buick Classic
Westchester Country Club
June 10 - 16 U.S. Open Championship
Bethpage State Park
(The Black Course)
June 17 - 23 Canon Greater Hartford Open
Tournament Players Club at River Highlands
June 24 - 30 FedEx St. Jude Classic
Tournament Players Club at Southwind
July 1 - 7 Advil Western Open
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
July 8 - 14 Greater Milwaukee Open
Brown Deer Park Golf Course
July 15 - 21 British Open
Muirfield Golf Links
East Lothian, Scotland
July 15 - 21 B.C. Open
En-Joie Golf Club
July 22 - 28 John Deere Classic
Tournament Players Club at Deere Run
July 29 - Aug. 4 The International Presented By Qwest
Castle Pines Golf Club
Castle Rock, CO
Aug. 5 - 11 Buick Open
Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club
Grand Blanc, MI
Aug. 12 - 18 PGA Championship
Hazeltine National Golf Club
Aug. 19 - 25 WGC - NEC Invitational
Sahalee Country Club
Aug. 19 - 25 Reno-Tahoe Open
Montreux Golf and Country Club
Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 Air Canada Championship
Northview Golf & Country Club
Surrey, BC, Canada
Sept. 2 - 8 Bell Canadian Open
Angus Glen Golf Club
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Sept. 9 - 15 SEI Pennsylvania Classic
Waynesborough Country Club
Sept. 16 - 22 WGC - American Express Championship
Mount Juliet Estate
Sept. 16 - 22 Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick
Westin Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course)
Palm Harbor, FL
Sept. 23 - 29 Texas Open at LaCantera
LaCantera Golf Club
San Antonio, TX
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill
Kingsmill Golf Club
Oct. 7 - 13 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas
Tournament Players Club at Summerlin
TPC at the Canyons
Southern Highlands Golf Club
Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 14 - 20 National Car Rental Golf Classic
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Oct. 21 - 27 Buick Challenge
Callaway Gardens Resort (Mountain View Course)
Pine Mountain, GA
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 THE TOUR Championship presented by Dynegy
East Lake Golf Club
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 Southern Farm Bureau Classic
Annandale Golf Club
Nov. 4 - 10 The Presidents Cup
Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate
(The Links Golf Course)
George, South Africa
McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi
It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.
Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson.
Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.
“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”
Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.
“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.
This was his first competitive round in four months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.
While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.
He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.
"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."
Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.
"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.
Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.
"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"
The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.
"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.
Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.
"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."
Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.
Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.
"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."
Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.
"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."