First Round Matches Set Down Under
Els will face world No. 102 Kevin Sutherland in the first round. Sutherland finished 66th on the 2000 PGA Tour money list notching 4 top-10's in 27 starts. His career best finish was 2nd at the 1997 Shell Houston Open, losing in a playoff to Phil Blackmar.
Here are the first round matches for the 64-man field:
Ernie Els (1) vs. Kevin Sutherland (64)
Franklin Langham (32) vs. Hidemichi Tanaka (33)
Robert Allenby (16) vs. Steve Lowery (49)
Duffy Waldorf (17) vs. Skip Kendall (48)
Justin Leonard (8) vs. Hirofumi Miyase (57)
Phillip Price (25) vs. Paul McGinley (40)
John Huston (9) vs. Steve Stricker (56)
Scott Verplank (24) vs. Craig Parry (41)
Tom Lehman (4) vs. Mark McNulty (61)
Toshi Izawa (29) vs. Bob Estes (36)
Kirk Triplett (13) vs. Kenny Perry (52)
Steve Flesch (20) vs. Fred Funk (45)
Michael Campbell (5) vs. Jarmo Sandelin (60)
Paul Lawrie (28) vs. Jeff Sluman (37)
Bob May (12) vs. Jonathan Kaye (53)
Jose Coceres (21) vs. Scott Dunlap (44)
Hal Sutton (2) vs. Greg Chalmers (63)
Toru Taniguchi (31) vs. Bernhard Langer (34)
Stuart Appleby (15) vs. Jean Van de Velde (50)
Retief Goosen (18) vs. Per-Ulrik Johansson (47)
Stewart Cink (7) vs. Craig Stadler (58)
Dennis Paulson (26) vs. Chris DiMarco (39)
David Toms (10) vs. Tom Scherrer (55)
Shigeki Maruyama (23) vs. Andrew Coltart (42)
Vijay Singh (3) vs. Mathias Gronberg (62)
Joe Ozaki (30) vs. Tim Herron (35)
Chris Perry (14) vs. Nobuhito Sato (51)
Dudley Hart (19) vs. Brad Faxon (46)
Jim Furyk (6) vs. Patrik Sjoland (59)
Gary Orr (27) vs. Steve Pate (38)
Padraig Harrington (11) vs. Glen Day (54)
Pierre Fulke (22) vs. Brent Geiberger (43)
The $5 million events pays $1 million to the winner. Last year Darren Clarke took home the top prize after beating Tiger Woods in the 36-hole final. Clarke will not defend his title, choosing instead to stay at home with his family.
Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys Documentary Series Continues Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Golf Channel
Monday’s third installment in the four-part series focuses on the Big 12 Championships and NCAA Regional Championships
Reigning NCAA National Champion Oklahoma Sooners and Top-Ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys Prepare for Showdown Friday at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships
ORLANDO, Fla., May 21, 2018 – Tonight’s third episode of the critically-acclaimed documentary series Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys (8 p.m. ET) wraps up the conclusion of the 2017-18 regular season and turns to post-season play for the top-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys and reigning NCAA National Champions Oklahoma Sooners.
Drivenwill take viewers behind the scenes with the conclusion of regular season play; the Big 12 Conference Championship, where Oklahoma captured their first conference championship since 2006; and the NCAA Regional Championships, where Oklahoma State and Oklahoma – both No. 1 seeds in their respective regionals – were both victorious and punched tickets to the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships.
The episode also will set up the showdown starting Friday at the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships, where Oklahoma State will attempt to dethrone Oklahoma as national champions, all taking place at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., Oklahoma State’s home course. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be paired together for the first two rounds of individual stroke play Friday and Saturday.
Driven’s fourth and final episode will air on NBC on Saturday, June 16 at 5 p.m. ET, recapping all of the action at the NCAA Golf National Championships and the two programs’ 2017-18 golf seasons.
Golf Channel is airing back-to-back weeks of live tournament coverage of the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships. Golf Channel’s coverage begins today (4-8 p.m. ET) to crown the individual national champion and track the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match play championship. Golf Channel’s coverage on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23 will include all three rounds of team match play, ultimately crowning a team national champion. Next week (May 28-30), the same programming schedule will take place for the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships.
Mann's impact on LPGA felt on and off course
Just a few short hours after winning the U.S. Women’s Open in 1965, Carol Mann was surprised at the turn of emotion within her.
She called her friend and mentor, Marlene Hagge, and asked if they could meet for a glass of wine at the Atlantic City hotel where players were staying.
Hagge was one of the LPGA’s 13 founders.
“I’ll never forget Carol saying, `I don’t mean to sound funny, because winning the U.S. Women’s Open was wonderful, but is that all there is?’” Hagge told GolfChannel.com Monday after hearing news of Mann’s death.
It was one of the many defining moments in Mann’s rich life, because it revealed her relentless search for meaning, within the game, and beyond it.
Mann, an LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer, died at her home in Woodlands, Texas. She was 77.
“Carol was a very good friend, and a really sincere and good person,” Hagge said. “She was intelligent and insightful, the kind of person who always wanted to know the `why’ of things. She wasn’t content to be told this is the way something is. She had to know why.”
Mann’s search for meaning in the sport took her outside the ropes. She was a towering presence, at 6 feet 3, but her stature was more than physical. She won 38 LPGA titles, two of them major championships, but her mark on the game extended to her leadership skills.
From 1973 to ’76, Mann was president of the LPGA, leading the tour in challenging times.
“Carol was a significant player in the growth of the LPGA,” LPGA Hall of Famer Judy Rankin said. “She was involved when some big changes came to the tour. She was a talented woman beyond her golf.”
Mann oversaw the hiring of the tour’s first commissioner, Ray Volpe, a former NFL marketing executive. Their moves helped steer the tour out of the financial problems that threatened it.
“Carol was willing to do something nobody else wanted to do and nobody else had the brains to do,” Hagge said. “She loved the LPGA, and she wanted to make it a better place.”
At the cost of her own career.
Juggling the tour presidency with a playing career wasn’t easy.
“My golf seemed so secondary while I was president in 1975,” Mann once told author Liz Kahn for the book, “The LPGA: The Unauthorized Version.”
That was a pivotal year in tour history, with the LPGA struggling with an ongoing lawsuit, a legal battle Jane Blalock won when the courts ruled the tour violated antitrust laws by suspending her. With the tour appealing its legal defeats, a protracted battle threatened to cripple LPGA finances.
It was also the year Mann led the hiring of Volpe.
“I could barely get to the course in time to tee off,” Mann told Kahn. “There was so much other activity. I burned myself out a bit.”
Still, Mann somehow managed to win four times in ’75, but she wouldn’t again in the years that followed.
“I had launched a ship, and then I had to let it go, which was not easy,” she said of leaving her tour president’s role. “I was depressed thinking that no one on tour would say thank you to me for what I had done. Some would, others never would, and 10 years later players wouldn’t give a damn.”
Mann’s reign as a player and a leader aren’t fully appreciated today.
“A lot of players in the ‘60s haven’t been fully appreciated,” Rankin said.
Mann won 10 LPGA titles in 1968, the same year Kathy Whitworth won 10. Mann won the Vare Trophy for low scoring average that year. She won eight times in ’69 and was the tour’s leading money winner.
“Those were the toughest times to win,” Hagge said. “You had Kathy Whitworth and Mickey Wright, who is the best player I ever saw, and I saw them all. You had so many great players you had to beat in that era.”
Mann’s good humor came out when she was asked about her height.
“I’m 5-foot-15,” she liked to say.
After retiring from the tour at 40, Mann stayed active in golf, working as a TV analyst for NBC, ABC and ESPN. She found meaning in her Christian faith, and she was active supporting female athletes. She was president of the Women’s Sports Foundation for five years. She wrote a guest column for the Houston Post. She devoted herself to the World Golf Hall of Fame, taught at Woodlands Country Club and became the first woman to own and operate a course design and management firm.
“I’ve walked on the moon,” Mann once said. “I enjoy being a person, and getting old and dying are fine. I never think how people will remember Carol Mann. The mark I made is an intimate satisfaction.”
Nelson win moves Wise to 12th in Ryder Cup race
Aaron Wise received plenty of perks with his title Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but the victory also brought with it a healthy bump in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings.
The 21-year-old notched his maiden win at Trinity Forest in impressive fashion, holding off Marc Leishman in near-darkness. After starting the week at No. 46 in the points race for Paris, Wise is now all the way up to 12th with the top eight players after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically for the team.
Jimmy Walker moved from 18th to 15th with a top-10 finish in Dallas, while an idle Tiger Woods dropped one position to No. 32.
Here's a look at the updated standings, as the top 11 names remained in order this week:
1. Patrick Reed
2. Justin Thomas
3. Dustin Johnson
4. Jordan Spieth
5. Bubba Watson
6. Rickie Fowler
7. Brooks Koepka
8. Phil Mickelson
9. Webb Simpson
10. Matt Kuchar
11. Brian Harman
12. Aaron Wise
It was also a quiet week on the European side of the race, where the top four from both the European Points and World Points list in August will join a roster rounded out by four selections from captain Thomas Bjorn.
Here's a look at the latest European standings:
1. Tyrrell Hatton
2. Justin Rose
3. Jon Rahm
4. Ross Fisher
5. Matthew Fitzpatrick
1. Rory McIlroy
2. Tommy Fleetwood
3. Sergio Garcia
4. Alex Noren
5. Ian Poulter
PGA Tour 'career mode' to be featured in video game
Updated 4:15 p.m.
The PGA Tour announced on Monday a licensing agreement with developer HB Studios that will see Tour branding featured in HB's upcoming "The Golf Club 2019" video game.
Per a release, the game's career mode will take players “on an authentic journey through Q-School, the Web.com Tour and a 32-tournament PGA Tour season, including the FedExCup Playoffs, to become the FedExCup champion."
The initial launch will also feature "six precise replicas" of TPC courses played each year on Tour: TPC Summerlin (home of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ The Players Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic and future home of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).
“We are so excited for the launch of 'The Golf Club 2019' featuring the PGA Tour that highlights some of our best tournaments,” said Len Brown, PGA Tour chief legal officer and executive vice president of licensing. “This will allow our fans to take the same path to the PGA Tour by earning their card through the Web.com Tour. Additionally, this will give gamers the opportunity to play under the same tournament conditions that our players face week in and week out. We are thrilled with this partnership.”
The agreement is a large step forward for a franchise which has been focused on virtual architecture, allowing users to design, play and share courses with other members of the TGC community. To date, users have designed more than 170,000 layouts.
“We are absolutely ecstatic and proud to be an official licensee of the PGA Tour, one of the most prestigious sports organizations in the world,” said Alan Bunker, CEO of HB Studios. “This further validates that HB Studios has the No. 1 golf video game on console and PC platforms. With the inclusion of PGA Tour content and the support of this fantastic organization, it will elevate our game even higher and provide our users with an even more authentic video game golfing experience.”
The PGA Tour previously licensed its branding and TPC courses to well-known developer Electronic Arts. The EA game enjoyed its greatest popularity from 1999-2013 under the name "Tiger Woods PGA Tour". Following the 2013 edition, EA's partnership with Woods and a licensing agreement with Augusta National Golf Club reached an end.
The studio developed one edition of the game for current-generation consoles in 2015 under the name "Rory McIlroy PGA Tour". The title received poor initial reviews when it launched with far fewer features than previous incarnations of the game, although EA continued to add downloadable content for up to a year. The game was recently pulled from all digital storefronts when its EA's license to use Tour branding expired.
Speaking with GolfChannel.com on Monday, Matt Iofredo, the senior director of licensing for the Tour, referred to the circuit's previous arragement with EA as a "long-term successful partnership" and said that the two sides parted amicably.
As for why it was important for the Tour to re-emerge in this space, Iofredo cited the ongoing effort to the grow the game.
"Video games are a great platform for us to reach our fans and potentially new fans," Iofredo said. "The hope is that you start playing the video game and it piques your interest in golf in general and then maybe you want to attend an event, maybe you want to tune in on TV or one of the digital platforms, or maybe you want to go out to a driving range and hit balls and eventually go play."
The deal between HB and the Tour is a multi-year agreement aimed at building and expanding the franchise over potentially multiple editions.
While the PGA Tour controls the rights to TPC courses - and may well add more to the game - HB would have come to separate agreements with other clubs were it to try to digitally mirror the rest of the PGA Tour season.
"The Golf Club 2019" edition is the third installment in “The Golf Club” franchise following "The Golf Club" in 2014 and "The Golf Club 2" in 2017. The game is set for an August release on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.