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FedExCup points list entering third playoff event

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 11, 2017, 11:55 am

The FedExCup Playoffs are halfway through. Here is where things stand after the Dell Technologies Championship, where the field of 100 has been reduced to 70.

RANK THIS WEEK RANK LAST WEEK PLAYER NAME POINTS PTS BEHIND LEAD
1 2 Jordan Spieth 5,071  
2 3 Justin Thomas 5,044 27
3 1 Dustin Johnson 4,650 421
4 4 Hideki Matsuyama 3,021 2,050
5 5 Jon Rahm 2,894 2,177
6 6 Rickie Fowler 2,217 2,854
7 20 Marc Leishman 2,084 2,987
8 12 Paul Casey 2,065 3,006
9 7 Brooks Koepka 1,952 3,119
10 14 Pat Perez 1,894 3,177
11 8 Daniel Berger 1,735 3,336
12 9 Charley Hoffman 1,729 3,342
13 10 Jhonattan Vegas 1,688 3,383
14 11 Kevin Kisner 1,660 3,411
15 13 Brian Harman 1,572 3,499
16 18 Adam Hadwin 1,568 3,503
17 24 Justin Rose 1,534 3,537
18 15 Matt Kuchar 1,531 3,540
19 19 Kyle Stanley 1,467 3,604
20 17 Kevin Chappell 1,446 3,625
21 16 Webb Simpson 1,422 3,649
22 33 Patrick Reed 1,415 3,656
23 23 Russell Henley 1,314 3,757
24 26 Louis Oosthuizen 1,304 3,767
25 21 Jason Dufner 1,302 3,769
26 22 Henrik Stenson 1,275 3,796
27 25 Brendan Steele 1,247 3,824
28 29 Jason Day 1,241 3,830
29 34 Gary Woodland 1,236 3,835
30 39 Bill Haas 1,236 3,835
31 37 Mackenzie Hughes 1,212 3,859
32 27 Xander Schauffele 1,210 3,861
33 38 Hudson Swafford 1,186 3,885
34 30 Sergio Garcia 1,161 3,910
35 28 Charles Howell III 1,120 3,951
36 58 Phil Mickelson 1,112 3,959
37 32 Wesley Bryan 1,080 3,991
38 31 Billy Horschel 1,068 4,003
39 35 Tony Finau 1,061 4,010
40 63 Kevin Na 1,048 4,023
41 50 Patrick Cantlay 1,047 4,024
42 36 Francesco Molinari 1,028 4,043
43 49 Charl Schwartzel 966 4,105
44 48 Bryson DeChambeau 936 4,135
45 41 Si Woo Kim 935 4,136
46 40 Chez Reavie 932 4,139
47 56 Ian Poulter 927 4,144
48 47 Keegan Bradley 914 4,157
49 45 Martin Laird 892 4,179
50 42 Ollie Schniederjans 882 4,189
51 43 Rory McIlroy 881 4,190
52 53 Sung Kang 874 4,197
53 57 Lucas Glover 866 4,205
54 46 Zach Johnson 860 4,211
55 52 Luke List 854 4,217
56 44 Cameron Smith 847 4,224
57 81 Stewart Cink 843 4,228
58 54 Jamie Lovemark 839 4,232
59 51 Robert Streb 836 4,235
60 80 Rafa Cabrera Bello 799 4,272
61 55 Scott Brown 794 4,277
62 77 Emiliano Grillo 791 4,280
63 70 Grayson Murray 785 4,286
64 60 James Hahn 721 4,350
65 59 Sean O'Hair 720 4,351
66 69 Kevin Tway 715 4,356
67 61 Ryan Moore 703 4,368
68 67 Bud Cauley 701 4,370
69 62 Danny Lee 697 4,374
70 66 Anirban Lahiri 689 4,382

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Sources confirm Charles Schwab to sponsor Colonial event

By Rex HoggardApril 19, 2018, 2:42 pm

Multiple sources have confirmed to GolfChannel.com that officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation.

Tournament officials scrambled this year after Dean & DeLuca ended its sponsorship of the event just two years into a six-year agreement, pulling together an assortment of local sponsors and renaming the event the Fort Worth Invitational.

Colonial’s status on the PGA Tour schedule became even more uncertain when the PGA Championship announced it would move from August to May, beginning in 2019 as part of a major overhaul of the circuit’s schedule.

According to the Dallas News, and confirmed by multiple sources at the club, officials plan to announce the new long-term agreement with Charles Schwab on Monday that will begin in 2019.

News of a long-term sponsorship deal would also suggest the event will remain in May in 2019 and beyond. The Tour has indicated it plans to announce the ’19 schedule at next month’s Players Championship.

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PNC Extends Title Sponsorship of PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 19, 2018, 1:00 pm

ORLANDO, Fla., April 19, 2018 – IMG and NBC Sports today announced that The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. has extended its contract as title sponsor of the PNC Father/Son Challenge, the tournament that pairs the games’ legends alongside their sons, daughters and grandchildren.

PNC’s multi-year extension as title sponsor keeps the PGA Tour Challenge Event in Orlando reflecting the bank’s commitment to Central Florida. PNC has served as title sponsor of the tournament since 2012. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes will continue to play host to the PNC Father/Son Challenge. The 2018 PNC Father/Son Challenge will take place Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, with television coverage on Golf Channel and NBC.

“The PNC Father/Son Challenge long ago became one of my family’s favorite golf tournaments,” said 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus. “I have had the pleasure of playing with my sons, and last year, partnering with my 15-year-old grandson GT was a thrill. I am delighted the event—a uniquely special one to us fathers and grandfathers, and perhaps to the many fans out there watching from home or outside the ropes—will continue for many years to come.”

“After our victory in 2016, I said that this win was as good as anything I have done in my career,” said former World No. 1 and major champion David Duval, who alongside his stepson Nick Karavites captured the 2016 title. “I felt blessed to have Nick inside the ropes with me and to have our family surrounding us all week. That’s what makes the PNC Father/Son Challenge so special, and I’m pleased to hear that PNC has extended its support of the event. This golf tournament means so much to all of us who are lucky enough to have the opportunity to play in this event.”

The tournament also holds three events in qualifier markets per year. This year they will be in Dallas, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

“The PNC Father/Son Challenge allows fans to see golf’s legends playing the game they love alongside those they love most,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman, IMG. “We are grateful for PNC’s ongoing support of this unique tournament and we look forward to returning to Orlando to celebrate golf and family for many years to come.”

Community support is a key aspect of the tournament and PNC’s sponsorship. PNC is committed to donating $150,000 annually to local non-profits over the life of its sponsorship. Across six previous years of title sponsorship, PNC has already donated $900,000 to Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation and the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to support the “Healthy Families Orange” program. Over the years, PNC has also had the opportunity through this tournament to co-host events for local women in business, to put on clinics and provide free access to the tournament for active military, and even provide a service dog for a local veteran.

"PNC's long-standing sponsorship of the Father/Son Challenge reflects the philanthropic values we share with the PGA Tour and the golf community, as well as our focus on strong relationships,” said Bill Demchak, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The PNC Financial Services Group. “As PNC Bank continues to expand its footprint, the PNC Father/Son tournament helps us gain visibility with new audiences and to strengthen the relationships we enjoy today with more than 8 million retail, wealth, and corporate and institutional banking customers across the country.”

“NBC Sports is extremely proud of our heritage as co-founder for the Father/Son Challenge, one of golf’s most special events that closes out the calendar year on the golf schedule,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports. “Our relationship with PNC Bank elevates this event each year as a must-attend and must-see event for players and fans alike, and we look forward to our continued relationship with PNC Bank for years to come.”

Past winners of the PNC Father/Son Challenge include some of the biggest names in golf including Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001), Jack Nicklaus (1999), Bernhard Langer (2005-06, 2014), Davis Love III (2012) and David Duval (2016).  Masters champion Angel Cabrera and his son, Angel Cabrera Jr. captured the 2017 title.

To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or THE PLAYERS Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen daughters, grandsons and one father – Justin Leonard’s dad, Larry – participate over the years.

The PNC Father/Son Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.

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Fire damages National Golf Links of America clubhouse

By Will GrayApril 19, 2018, 12:55 pm

A fire broke out Wednesday at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., causing "extensive damage" to a portion of the historic course's clubhouse.

According to a 27East.com report, an initial call was made to the Southampton police department about a fire on the roof of the clubhouse at 11:34 a.m. With the club's gates too narrow to fit a fire truck through, more than 100 firefighters from various departments helped douse the flames by transporting water up a hill to the east side of the clubhouse.

The fire was reportedly extinguished by 2:30 p.m., with no injuries requiring medical attention. According to a Golf Digest report, the club was undergoing construction on its outdoor eating area known as "the Birdcage" and that most of the club's historical documents reside on the opposite end of the clubhouse from where the fire broke out and was contained.

Opened in 1911, National Golf Links of America was designed by C.B. MacDonald and hosted the inaugural Walker Cup in 1922. The biennial matches returned in 2013 to NGLA, which is often rated among the top courses in the U.S. and sits adjacent to Shinnecock Hills, site of this summer's U.S. Open.

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Chappell returns to Valero as defending champ

By Will GrayApril 18, 2018, 9:48 pm

It's impossible for any of the players at this week's Valero Texas Open to forget who captured the trophy last year.

That's because most players stay at the JW Marriott hotel that's a short walk from the first tee at TPC San Antonio, and the defending champion's face is emblazoned on the hotel's room keys. This week, that honor belongs to Kevin Chappell.

"You get some sly comments from players about their room key," Chappell told reporters Wednesday. "'Oh, I'm tired of looking at you.' And I'm saying, 'Believe me, I'm tired of being in everyone's room.'"

The position of defending champ is one Chappell relishes this week as he returns to the site of his maiden PGA Tour victory. A one-shot win over Brooks Koepka led to a euphoric celebration on the 72nd green, and it helped propel Chappell to his first career spot on the Presidents Cup team in October.

Chappell has missed the cut each of the last two weeks, including the Masters, but he also recorded top-10 finishes at the CareerBuilder Challenge, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Arnold Palmer Invitational. It's reason enough for Chappell to feel optimistic heading back to a course where he was a runner-up in 2011 and finished T-4 in 2016.

"This year's been a little bit of a strange year for me. I usually don't find form until about here, usually a slow starter," Chappell said. "But having three top-10s before this event, I've kind of found some form. I'm looking to turn those top-10s into top-5s, and the top-5s into wins. That's the challenge moving forward this year."