Match Play likely moving from February date

By Will GrayMay 7, 2014, 6:47 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – While it remains to be seen who will sponsor the WGC Match Play Championship in 2015 – or where the event will be held – one thing appears certain: It won’t be played in its traditional early-season date next year.

The tournament has been played in February since its inception in 1999, first at La Costa in California and then moving to Arizona from 2007 to the present, with one edition played in Australia (2001) in between. As the Associated Press reports, a tentative 2015 schedule leaves no room for the event in the early months next year.

Jason Day won the event earlier this season at Dove Mountain, which was the last contractual year for both the host site and the title sponsor, Accenture. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday that it has taken “longer than we thought” to find a company to replace Accenture, which has sponsored the event since 1999.

While the Tour will not officially release a full schedule for the 2014-15 season until the fall, many tournaments have 2015 event dates listed on their website, including the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which will be held Jan. 9-12 next year – one week later than its traditional post-New Year’s slot.

Once other early-season tournaments are plugged in, it becomes clear that if it is played at all, the WGC event couldn’t be played until after the Masters.

Here is a look at the early 2015 schedule based on the dates listed on various tournament websites:

Jan. 9-12: Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Jan. 15-18: Sony Open in Hawaii

Jan. 22-25: Humana Challenge

Jan. 29-Feb. 1: Farmers Insurance Open

Feb. 5-8: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Feb. 12-15: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Feb. 19-22: Northern Trust Open

Feb. 26-March 1: Honda Classic

March 5-8: WGC-Cadillac Championship

March 12-15: Valspar Championship

March 19-22: Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 26-29: Valero Texas Open

April 2-5: Shell Houston Open

April 9-12: Masters

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Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.

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Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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Peterson confirms plans to play Finals

By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Tour Finals.

Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.

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But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.