USGA Announces 2005 Schedule

By Usga News ServicesFebruary 1, 2005, 5:00 pm
USGA logo - 100x41FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Reigning U.S. Open and U.S. Womens Open champions Retief Goosen and Meg Mallon, respectively, will be vying for their third titles in those events during the United States Golf Associations schedule of competitions in 2005.
 
In addition, three historic venues will be hosting USGA championships: Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort for the U.S. Open, Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., for the U.S. Womens Open and Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., for the U.S. Amateur.
 
It will be a record 17th USGA event for Merion, the site of four previous U.S. Opens and five U.S. Amateurs, including Bob Jones historic 1930 victory where he completed the Grand Slam. The Amateur is scheduled for Aug. 22-28.
 
During the course of four months, beginning in June, USGA championships will be played in 13 states. That schedule includes the biennial Walker Cup Match in August at historic Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., and the Mens and Womens State Team competitions to be held in late September at Berkeley Hall in Bluffton, S.C.
 
Chicago Golf Club is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA. The Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup squad will be looking for a record fourth consecutive victory against the USA.
 
The U.S. Open, scheduled for June 16-19, kicks off the USGA championship season. Goosen of South Africa will look to join an elite company of golfers who have won more than two U.S. Opens. Only five players have accomplished the feat: Jones, Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin. This will be the second U.S. Open held at Pinehurst, the first coming in 1999 when the late Payne Stewart holed an 18-foot par putt at the 72nd hole to edge Phil Mickelson by a stroke.
 
Mallon of Ocean Ridge, Fla., whose 14-year span between titles is the longest in Womens Open history, hopes to join a group of five others with three or more Womens Open championships. The others who have won at least three Womens Opens are Susie Maxwell Berning, Betsy Rawls, Hollis Stacy, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias.
 
This will be the first U.S. Womens Open held at Cherry Hills, but the club has hosted seven previous USGA events, including three U.S. Opens, a U.S. Senior Open and a U.S. Amateur. The Womens Open will be held a week after the U.S. Open (June 23-26).
 
Five other venues are also return visits for the USGA. Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club, the host club for the U.S. Junior Amateur (boys 17 and under) in July, previously held the U.S. Girls Junior in 1995. Korean-born Sihwan Kim of Fullerton, Calif., will look to become just the second player in Junior Amateur history to win the championship twice. Tiger Woods captured three consecutive titles from 1990-92.
 
NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, site of the U.S. Senior Open in late-July, will be hosting its third USGA event, following the 1986 Womens Open and 1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Peter Jacobsen of Portland, Ore., is the defending champion.
 
The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn., which hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1991 and the 1994 Curtis Cup Match, is the site for the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Austin Eaton III of New London, N.H., will look to defend his championship.
 
And the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., will host its fourth USGA competition when the USGA Senior Womens Amateur (female players 50 years of age and older) is waged at the 115-year-old club. Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas, Texas, defends her title on a course that previously held the 1911 U.S. Amateur, the 1970 Girls Junior and the 1978 Curtis Cup Match.
 
Two events are scheduled for Georgia, both at venues that have never had a USGA event. The U.S. Womens Amateur, where Jane Park of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will defend her title, is set to be played in early August at Ansley Golf Clubs Settindown Creek Course in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell. A month later, Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., will defend his USGA Senior Amateur (golfers 55 and over) title at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face.
 
Swope Memorial Golf Course, an A.W. Tillinghast layout in Kansas City, Mo., will host the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship in July. Teenager Ya-Ni Tseng of Chinese Taipei is the defending champion. That same week, Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio, will host the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, but defending champion Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Wash., is expected to skip the competition in order to play in the British Open at St. Andrews.
 
Idaho will host its first USGA event when BanBury Golf Club in Eagle welcomes the U.S. Girls Junior (17 and under) in July.
 
Rounding out the USGA venues for 2005 is Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas. The club, which opened in 1999, will host the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur (25 and older) in September. Corey Weworski of Carlsbad, Calif., is the defending champion.
 
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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, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

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


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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

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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.

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    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com 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 Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

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