European Tour Releases 2005 Schedule
The new season gets underway with the Volvo China Open from Nov. 25-28, 2004 followed by the Omega Hong Kong Open from Dec. 2-5. The dunhill championship in South Africa is next from Dec. 9-12 before a short break over the new year.
The action returns with the South African Airways Open in January. The Holden New Zealand Open will now be co-sanctioned by the European Tour, earning a spot on the schedule from Feb. 10-13. The European Tour heads to the United States from Feb. 23-27 for the WGC-Accenture Match Play where Tiger Woods will defend his title.
The first tournament in Europe is the Madeira Island Open in March followed by the Open de Portugal. The Volvo PGA Championship is scheduled for May 26-29 at the Wentworth Club and the top players in the game will be gathered on the Old Course at St. Andrews for the British Open from July 14-17.
The Seve Trophy returns from Sept. 22-25 and the final official Order of Merit event on the 2005 schedule will once again be the Volvo Masters at Valderrama from Oct. 27-30.
2005 European tour schedule
25-28 Volvo China Open, Shanghai
2-5 Omega Hong Kong Open, Fanling, Hong Kong
9-12 dunhill championship, Leopard Creek, Mpumalanga, South Africa
20-23 South African Airways Open, Durban Country Club, Durban
27-30 Caltex Masters presented by Carlsberg, Laguna National, Singapore
3-6 Heineken Classic, Royal Melbourne, Australia
10-13 Holden New Zealand Open, Gulf Harbour, Auckland
17-20 Carlsberg Malaysian Open, Saujana, Kuala Lumpur
23-27 WGC-Accenture match play, La Costa, Carlsbad, California, USA
3-6 Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates, Dubai
10-13 Qatar Masters, Doha, Qatar
17-20 Madeira Island Open, Santo da Serra, Madeira
31-3 Portuguese Open Caixa Geral de Depositos, venue to be confirmed
7-10 MASTERS, Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia, USA
14-17 Spanish Open, tbc
21-24 Johnnie Walker Classic, tbc
28-1 BMW Asian Open, Tomson Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai, China
5-8 Telecom Italian Open, Castello di Tolcinasco, Milan
12-15 Daily Telegraph British Masters, tbc
19-22 Nissan Irish Open, Carton House, Maynooth, County Kildare
26-29 PGA championship, Wentworth, Surrey, England
2-5 Celtic Manor Wales Open, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
9-12 KLM Open, tbc
16-19 US OPEN, Pinehurst No 2, North Carolina, USA
16-19 Aa St Omer Open, Aa St Omer, Lumbres, France
23-26 French Open, Le Golf National, Paris, France
30-3 Smurfit European Open, K Club, Dublin, Ireland
7-10 Barclays Scottish Open, Loch Lomond, Scotland
14-17 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland
21-24 Deutsche Bank Players' Championship of Europe, Gut Kaden, Hamburg, Germany
28-31 Scandinavian Masters by Carlsberg, Kungsangen, Sweden
4-7 Diageo Championship, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland
11-14 US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, Baltusrol, Springfield, New Jersey, USA
11-14 BMW Russian Open, Le Meridien, Moscow
18-21 WGC-NEC Invitational, Firestone, Akron, Ohio, USA
25-28 BMW International Open, Munchen Nord-Eichenried, Munich, Germany
1-4 Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans Montana, Switzerland
8-11 Linde German Masters, Gut Larchenhof, Cologne, Germany
15-18 HSBC World Match Play, Wentworth, Surrey, England
22-25 Seve Trophy, The Wynyard, Billingham, England
29-2 dunhill links championship, Old Course, St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns
6-9 WGC-American Express championship, Harding Park, San Francisco, USA
20-23 Mallorca Classic, Pula, Majorca, Spain
27-30 Volvo Masters, Valderrama, Spain
17-20 WGC-Algarve World Cup, Vilamoura, Portugal
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.