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PGA Tour unveils 2018-19 schedule with major changes

By Will GrayJuly 10, 2018, 12:10 pm

The PGA Tour unveiled its official schedule for the 2018-19 season on Tuesday, ending months of speculation about just how the pieces will fall into place amid a revamped slate of events.

The biggest changes have been known for some time. The Players Championship will move from its spot in May back to the mid-March position it held prior to 2007, while the PGA Championship shifts from August to May. The Tour’s annual trip to Memphis will now occur in late July instead of early June, as TPC Southwind replaces Firestone Country Club as the host of a WGC event.

The FedExCup Playoffs, now down to three events with the elimination of the Boston stop on an annual basis, will conclude in late August as opposed to late September. The top 70 and top 30 players will still advance to the BMW Championship and Tour Championship, respectively, with TPC Boston joining the existing rotation of New York City-area courses for The Northern Trust and hosting the first postseason event in 2020.

“It’s been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish,” said Tour commissioner Jay Monahan in a statement. “And by concluding at the end of August, the FedExCup Playoffs no longer have the challenge of sharing the stage with college and professional football.”

There are two new events in 2019, with Quicken Loans shifting its sponsorship from the now-defunct National to the newly-christened Rocket Mortgage Classic, played in late June in Detroit. The following week will mark the debut of the 3M Open, as Minnesota’s PGA Tour Champions stop receives an upgrade.

Back for 2019 is the Puerto Rico Open, played opposite the WGC-Mexico Championship in March. The event was not held in an official capacity this year following the devastation to Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

With next season’s schedule spanning only 11 months, some events were left off as a technicality. Both the Houston Open and the recently-concluded Military Tribute at The Greenbrier will be played next fall, officially as part of the 2019-20 season.

Other moves include the RBC Canadian Open, which will go from late July to the pre-U.S. Open spot vacated by the Memphis event. The Valero Texas Open will be played the week before the Masters for the first time since 2013, while two Texas events will be sandwiched around the PGA Championship and the WGC-Mexico Championship will bridge the West Coast and Florida swings.

Here’s a look at the full schedule for next season:

Oct. 4-7: Safeway Open (Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa, Calif.)

Oct. 11-14: CIMB Classic (TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Oct. 18-21: CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges (Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, Korea)

Oct. 25-28: WGC-HSBC Champions (Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China)

Oct. 25-28: Sanderson Farms Championship (CC of Jackson, Jackson, Miss.)

Nov. 1-4: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.)

Nov. 8-11: Mayakoba Golf Classic (El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Nov. 15-18: RSM Classic (Sea Island Resort, St. Simons Island, Ga.)

Jan. 3-6: Sentry Tournament of Champions (Kapalua Resort, Kapalua, Hawaii)

Jan. 10-13: Sony Open (Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii)

Jan. 17-20: CareerBuilder Challenge (PGA West and La Quinta CC, La Quinta, Calif.)

Jan. 24-27: Farmers Insurance Open (Torrey Pines GC, La Jolla, Calif.)

Jan 31-Feb. 3: Waste Management Phoenix Open (TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Feb. 7-10: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach, Calif.)

Feb. 14-17: Genesis Open (Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Calif.)

Feb. 21-24: WGC-Mexico Championship (Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico)

Feb. 21-24: Puerto Rico Open (Coco Beach CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)

Feb. 28-March 3: Honda Classic (PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)

March 7-10: Arnold Palmer Invitational (Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla.)

March 14-17: Players Championship (TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)

March 21-24: Valspar Championship (Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, Fla.)

March 28-31: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin CC, Austin, Texas)

April 4-7: Valero Texas Open (TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas)

April 11-14: Masters Tournament (Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga.)

April 18-21: RBC Heritage (Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.)

April 25-28: Zurich Classic (TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.)

May 2-5: Wells Fargo Championship (Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.)

May 9-12: AT&T Byron Nelson (Trinity Forest GC, Dallas)

May 16-19: PGA Championship (Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y.)

May 23-26: Charles Schwab Challenge (Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas)

May 30-June 2: The Memorial Tournament (Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio)

June 6-9: RBC Canadian Open (Hamilton CC, Hamilton, Ontario)

June 13-16: U.S. Open (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.)

June 20-23: Travelers Championship (TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.)

June 27-30: Rocket Mortgage Classic (Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Mich.)

July 4-7: 3M Open (TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.)

July 11-14: John Deere Classic (TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.)

July 18-21: The Open (Royal Portrush GC, Portrush, Northern Ireland)

July 18-21: Barbasol Championship (Keene Trace GC, Nicholasville, Ky.)

July 25-28: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.)

July 25-28: Reno-Tahoe Tournament (Montreux CC, Reno, Nev.)

Aug. 1-4: Wyndham Championship (Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.)

Aug. 8-11: The Northern Trust (Liberty National GC, Jersey City, N.J.)

Aug. 15-18: BMW Championship (Medinah CC, Medinah, Ill.)

Aug. 22-25: Tour Championship (East Lake GC, Atlanta, Ga.)

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”