Record Purse 18 Events Set for 2002 Canadian Tour

By Marty HenwoodDecember 20, 2001, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeThe Canadian Tour unveiled its 2002 schedule that will see 18 tournaments in four countries and a record purse of $3,062,500.
The schedule features a second trip to Panama for the Panasonic Panama Open, a first-time event in Mexico with the Michelin Ixtapa Invitational, inaugural visits to Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Virginia as well as a return engagement to South Carolina.
The Canadian leg of the season showcases an event at the new Mark OMeara course at Grandview in Huntsville, ON and a return to the Toronto area after a one-year absence. The course for the Vancouver Open will be announced in mid-January.
One of the highlights of the 2002 American swing will be a tournament honouring the memory of Lewis Chitengwa, a Canadian Tour rookie who passed away last July in Edmonton. The Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship will be staged the week of May 6 ' 12 at Keswick Golf Course in Charlottesville, VA. The Tours ten-year agreement with The Golf Channel will see six of its seven US-based events broadcast live throughout the United States, Canada and Japan beginning with the $225,000 Texas Classic March 7-10 in Houston, TX, with coverage continuing right through early May.
This season marks the first year that the Canadian Tour will see as many events played outside of Canada as in the country. Of the 18 tournaments on the schedule, a combined nine will be held in Panama, Mexico and the United States.
I think it is now apparent that the Canadian Tour has truly become a continental tour, stated commissioner Jacques Burelle. We are extremely gratified by the warm embrace golf fans across North and Central America have extended our Tour. As we continue to grow and showcase our brand of tournament golf throughout this hemisphere, our calling card will now be that we are the haven Where Tomorrows Stars Play Today.
The Canadian Tour is an associate member of the International Federation of PGA Tours and all of its official money tournaments are included in the World Golf Rankings. Its top two players are exempted into second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying tournament. The Tours top 30 players are exempted into the final Qualifying stage for the following years British Open. As of now, 82 of its players have gone on to play on the PGA Tour, winning a total of 45 tournament titles. Among the current multiple winners are Stuart Appleby, Notah Begay III, Chris DiMarco, Tim Herron, Scott McCarron, Steve Stricker and Canadas own Mike Weir.

2002 Canadian Tour Schedule
Jan. 14-20 -- Panasonic Panama Open, Coronado Beach, Panama
Feb. 11 '15 -- Winter Q School, ChampionsGate, Orlando, Fla.
Mar. 4-10 -- Texas Classic, Kingwood G&CC, Houston
Mar. 11-17 -- Texas Challenge, Circle C Ranch, Austin, Texas
Mar. 25-31 -- Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch, McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Apr. 1-7 -- Scottsdale Swing at Eagle Mountain, Eagle Mountain, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Apr. 15-21 -- Michelin Ixtapa Invitational, Palma Real GC, Ixtapa, Guerrero, Mexico
Apr. 22 '28 -- Barefoot Classic, Barefoot Resort (Norman Course), Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Apr. 29-May 5 -- Myrtle Beach Open, Barefoot Resort (Dye Course), Myrtle Beach, S.C.
May 6-12 -- Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship, Keswick GC, Charlottesville, Va.
May 20' 24 -- Spring Q-School, The Dunes at Kamloops, Kamloops, British Columbia
May 20-21 -- Canadian Championship of Golf, Royal Niagara GC, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
June 10-16 -- Ontario Open Heritage Classic, Mark OMeara Course at Grandview GC, Huntsville, Ontario
June 24-30 -- Vancouver Open, TBA, Vancouver, British Columbia
July 1-7 -- Victoria Open, Uplands GC, Victoria, British Columbia
July 8-14 -- TELUS Edmonton Open, Glendale GC, Edmonton, Alberta
July 15-21 -- MTS Classic, PineRidge GC, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Aug. 5 - 11 -- TELUS Quebec Open, Les Quatre Domaines, Mirabel, Quebec
Aug. 12-18 -- Toronto Open, Mandarin G & CC, Markham, Ontario
Aug. 26-31 -- Casino de Charlevoix Cup, Le Manoir Richelieu, Pointe-au-Pic
Sept. 16 - 20 -- Fall Q-School, Royal Ashburn GC, Ashburn, Ontario
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry