LPGA Announces 2005 Schedule
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 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
What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft
Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff
Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.
While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.
Watching Andrew Landry and Jon Rahm in playoff. Walking off tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me ? Talking at all. ?— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.
0 words— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The issue is I don’t want to make you a bit relaxed or comfortable. High pressure, good.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you watch the end of the NFL games yesterday ? Enough said.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
I didn’t say you couldn’t be friends and competitive. But in a playoff, 1 tiny mistake and you lose, and that devastated me. Friends before and after, competitors during play.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you win ? It’s all about surviving the competition to test yourself.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.
Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over
The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.
As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.
Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.
And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.
And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.
McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.
The Ryder Cup topped his list.
Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.
When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.
“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”
McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.
Or similar assertions from TV analysts.
“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”
European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.
And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.
The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.
Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.
And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.
Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.
The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.
The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.
More bulletin board material, too.
Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.
Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions
Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.
The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.
It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.
The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.
“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”
Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.