Nationwide Tour To Visit Five Countries in 2005
The Nationwide Tours 16th season will begin the week of Jan. 24-30 in Panama City, Panama at the $525,000 BellSouth Panama Championship and will conclude the week of Oct. 24-30 at the $650,000 Nationwide Tour Championship at a site still to be determined.
Four events'the Knoxville Classic presented by Food City, the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open, the Price Cutter Charity Championship and the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health'each will return for the 16th consecutive year.
The Tour will once again play twice in Canada, as well as once each in Australia and New Zealand.
One new tournament, the $550,000 Xerox Classic, will debut in Rochester, NY, the week of Aug. 15-21, while the $625,000 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs will expand to three golf courses.
This schedule reflects the growth and stability of this Tour, said Bill Calfee, COO of the Nationwide Tour. Other the past 15 years we have upgraded our tournaments and courses and with the assistance of Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services, we are taking this Tour to new heights.
The Golf Channel, the exclusive broadcast partner of the Nationwide Tour, will televise 16 of the tournaments this coming season.
2005 Nationwide Tour Schedule
Jan. 24-30 -- BellSouth Panama Championship, Panama GC, Panama City, Panama
Feb. 14-20 -- Jacob's Creek Open, Royal Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Feb. 21-27 -- New Zealand PGA Championship, Clearwater CC, Christchurch, New Zealand
Mar. 21-27 -- Chitimacha Louisiana Open, Le Triomphe CC, Broussard, La.
Apr. 18-24 -- Virginia Beach Open, TPC of Virginia Beach (Va.)
Apr. 25-May 1 -- BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, The Cliffs G&CC, Greenville, S.C.
May 2-8 -- Carolina Classic, TPC at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, N.C.
May 19-25 -- Rheem Classic, Hardscrabble CC, Fort Smith, Ark.
May 16-22 -- Henrico County Open, The Dominion Club, Richmond, Va.
May 23-29 -- Reese's Cup Classic, Hershey (Pa.) GC (East Course)
May 30-June 5 -- Chattanooga Classic, Black Creek Club, Chattanooga, Tenn.
June 6-12 -- LaSalle Bank Open, The Glen Club, Glenview, Ill.
June 13-19 -- Knoxville Open, Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.
June 20-26 -- Northeast Pennsylvania Classic, Glenmaura National GC, Scranton, Pa.
June 27-July 3 -- Lake Erie Charity Classic, Peek'n Peak Resort & Conference Center, Findley Lake, N.Y.
July 4-10 -- Pete Dye West Virginia Classic, Pete Dye Golf Club, Bridgeport, W.Va.
July 11-17 -- Scholarship America Showdown, Troy Burne GC, Hudson, Wis.
July 18-24 -- Canadian PGA Championship, Whistle Bear GC, Ontario, Canada
July 25-31 -- Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open, Crestview CC, Wichita, Kan.
Aug. 1-7 -- Cox Classic, Champions Run, Omaha, Neb.
Aug. 8-14 -- Price Cutter Charity Championship, Highland Springs CC, Springfield, Mo.
Aug. 15-21 -- Xerox Classic, Irondequiot CC, Rochester, N.Y.
Aug. 29-Sept. 4 -- Alberta Classic, TBA, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sept. 5-11 -- Envirocare Utah Classic, Willow Creek CC, Sandy, Utah
Sept. 12-18 -- Mark Christopher Charity Classic, Empire Lakes GC, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Sept. 19-25 -- Albertsons Boise Open, Hillcrest CC, Boise, Idaho
Sept. 26-Oct 2 -- Oregon Classic, Shadow Hills CC, Junction City, Ore.
Oct. 3-9 -- Arizona Desert Championship, TBA, Phoenix
Oct. 10-16 -- Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic, Midland CC, Texas
Oct. 17-23 -- Miccosukee Championship, Miccosukee G&CC, Miami
Oct. 24-30 -- Nationwide Tour Championship, TBA
Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake
Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.
While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.
“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.
Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.<
DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi
Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.
“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”
Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).
“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.”
Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.
Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace).
“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.”
Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi
What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.
Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.
McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.
He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.
McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65).
Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds.
“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”
Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder
Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.
Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.
Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:
Filling in tomorrow for Corey Pavin that WD today @cbgolfchallenge I do things like this a lot to help events and asking for sponsors exemptions here but didn't get any help.— Ken Duke (@DukePGA) January 18, 2018
Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.
Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.