LPGA Announces 2005 Schedule

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 18, 2004, 5:00 pm
Ladies Professional Golf AssociationWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Commissioner Ty M. Votaw today announced the 2005 LPGA Tour schedule that will feature 34 events with total prize money totaling $45 million, the highest ever in LPGA history.
 
We are extremely pleased with the strength of the 2005 schedule and look forward to bringing the great play to fans around the world beginning in February, said Votaw. With a total of 34 events and record highs in total prize money, LPGA players will be competing for more money week-in and week-out than ever before.
 
Highlights from the 2005 schedule include:
 
Prize money totaling $45 million, the most ever in LPGA history;
 
The average official purse of $1.39 million reflects a 6.2% increase from 2004;
 
34-events, including 22 full-field events, nine limited-field events, two unofficial money events and The Solheim Cup;
 
A return to Hawaii with the SBS Open at Turtle Bay. The $1 million event will be played at the Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu and is sponsored by SBS, the LPGAs television partner in Korea;
 
Two new events in Mexico ' the MasterCard Classic and the Corona Morelia Championship;
 
The Womens World Cup of Golf in George, South Africa, co-sanctioned with the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour. This event marks the first time the LPGA will compete in South Africa;
 
11 events have increased purses for 2005 for a total of $1.025 million more from the existing sponsor base;
 
Three of the LPGAs four majors -- the Kraft Nabisco Championship, McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola and Weetabix Womens British Open -- each increased their purses by $200,000 to now offer $1.8 million in prize money. The U.S. Womens Open Championship conducted by the USGA offers the highest prize money in womens golf at $3.1 million;
 
The McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola has moved to Bulle Rock Golf Club, in Havre de Grace, Md., considered the top-ranked public course in the state of Maryland and nationally recognized as one of the premier upscale golf courses in the nation;
 
The Office Depot Championship has moved to Trump National Golf Course in Los Angeles; and
 
Safeway, title sponsor of the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola (Phoenix) and the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi (Portland, Ore.) increased each events purse by $200,000 to now offer $1.4 million in prize money.
 
Feb 11-13Womens World Cup of Golf1,000,000The Links, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, George, South Africa
 
Feb 24-26SBS Open at Turtle Bay1,000,000Turtle Bay Resort (Palmer Course) Oahu, Hawaii
 
March 4-6MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta1,200,000Bosque Real Country Club, Mexico City, Mexico
 
March 17-20Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola1,400,000Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, Superstition Mountain, AZ
 
March 24-27Kraft Nabisco Championship1,800,000Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA
 
April 14-16LPGA Takefuji Classic1,100,000The Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas, NV
 
April 21-24Corona Morelia Championship1,000,000Tres Marias Residential Golf Club, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
 
April 28-May 1Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefiting the Monroe Carell, Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt1,000,000Vanderbilt Legends Club (Iron Horse Course), Franklin, TN
 
May 5-8Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill2,200,000Kingsmill Resort & Spa, Williamsburg, VA
 
May 12-15Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez1,600,000Eagles Landing Country Club, Stockbridge, GA
 
May 19-22Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury1,250,000Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle, NY
 
May 26-29LPGA Corning Classic1,100,000Corning Country Club, Corning, NY
 
June 3-5ShopRite LPGA Classic1,400,000Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa (Bay Course), Galloway Twp., NJ
 
June 9-12McDonalds LPGA Championship 1,800,000Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, MD
 
June 16-19Wegmans Rochester LPGA1,500,000Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, NY
 
June 23-26U. S. Womens Open3,100,000Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, CO
 
June 30-July 3TBA2,000,000(TBA)
 
July 7-10Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger1,100,000Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, OH
 
July14-17BMO Financial Group Canadian Womens Open1,400,000Glen Arbour Golf Course, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
 
July 20-23Evian Masters2,500,000Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
 
July 28-31Weetabix Womens British Open1,800,000Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, Merceyside, England
 
August 19-21Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi1,400,000Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, OR
 
Augutst 25-28Wendys Championship for Children1,100,000Tartan Fields Golf Club, Dublin, OH
 
September 1-4State Farm Classic1,300,000The Rail Golf Club, Springfield, IL
 
September 9-11Solheim Cup Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, IN
 
September 16-18John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic1,000,000Cedar Ridge Country Club, Broken Arrow, OK
 
September 30-October 2Office Depot Championship at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles1,300,000Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
 
October 6-9Longs Drugs Challenge1,000,000The Ridge Golf Course, Auburn, CA
 
October 13-16Samsung World Championship850,000BIGHORN Golf Club (CANYONS Course), Palm Desert, CA
 
October 20-23TBD
 
October 27-30Sports Today Classic1,350,000Course TBD, S. Korea
 
November 4-6Mizuno Classic1,000,000Course TBD, Japan
 
November 10-13The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions850,000Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, AL
 
November 17-20ADT Championship1,000,000Trump Intl Golf Club, West Palm Beach, FL
 
December 17-18Wendys 3-Tour Challenge900,000Southshore Golf Club, Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson, NV
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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.