LPGA Announces 2005 Schedule
We are extremely pleased with the strength of the 2005 schedule and look forward to bringing the great play to fans around the world beginning in February, said Votaw. With a total of 34 events and record highs in total prize money, LPGA players will be competing for more money week-in and week-out than ever before.
Highlights from the 2005 schedule include:
Prize money totaling $45 million, the most ever in LPGA history;
The average official purse of $1.39 million reflects a 6.2% increase from 2004;
34-events, including 22 full-field events, nine limited-field events, two unofficial money events and The Solheim Cup;
A return to Hawaii with the SBS Open at Turtle Bay. The $1 million event will be played at the Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu and is sponsored by SBS, the LPGAs television partner in Korea;
Two new events in Mexico ' the MasterCard Classic and the Corona Morelia Championship;
The Womens World Cup of Golf in George, South Africa, co-sanctioned with the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour. This event marks the first time the LPGA will compete in South Africa;
11 events have increased purses for 2005 for a total of $1.025 million more from the existing sponsor base;
Three of the LPGAs four majors -- the Kraft Nabisco Championship, McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola and Weetabix Womens British Open -- each increased their purses by $200,000 to now offer $1.8 million in prize money. The U.S. Womens Open Championship conducted by the USGA offers the highest prize money in womens golf at $3.1 million;
The McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola has moved to Bulle Rock Golf Club, in Havre de Grace, Md., considered the top-ranked public course in the state of Maryland and nationally recognized as one of the premier upscale golf courses in the nation;
The Office Depot Championship has moved to Trump National Golf Course in Los Angeles; and
Safeway, title sponsor of the Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola (Phoenix) and the Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi (Portland, Ore.) increased each events purse by $200,000 to now offer $1.4 million in prize money.
Feb 11-13Womens World Cup of Golf1,000,000The Links, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, George, South Africa
Feb 24-26SBS Open at Turtle Bay1,000,000Turtle Bay Resort (Palmer Course) Oahu, Hawaii
March 4-6MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta1,200,000Bosque Real Country Club, Mexico City, Mexico
March 17-20Safeway International Presented by Coca-Cola1,400,000Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, Superstition Mountain, AZ
March 24-27Kraft Nabisco Championship1,800,000Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA
April 14-16LPGA Takefuji Classic1,100,000The Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas, NV
April 21-24Corona Morelia Championship1,000,000Tres Marias Residential Golf Club, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
April 28-May 1Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefiting the Monroe Carell, Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt1,000,000Vanderbilt Legends Club (Iron Horse Course), Franklin, TN
May 5-8Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill2,200,000Kingsmill Resort & Spa, Williamsburg, VA
May 12-15Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez1,600,000Eagles Landing Country Club, Stockbridge, GA
May 19-22Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury1,250,000Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle, NY
May 26-29LPGA Corning Classic1,100,000Corning Country Club, Corning, NY
June 3-5ShopRite LPGA Classic1,400,000Seaview Marriott Resort & Spa (Bay Course), Galloway Twp., NJ
June 9-12McDonalds LPGA Championship 1,800,000Bulle Rock Golf Course, Havre de Grace, MD
June 16-19Wegmans Rochester LPGA1,500,000Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, NY
June 23-26U. S. Womens Open3,100,000Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, CO
June 30-July 3TBA2,000,000(TBA)
July 7-10Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger1,100,000Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, OH
July14-17BMO Financial Group Canadian Womens Open1,400,000Glen Arbour Golf Course, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 20-23Evian Masters2,500,000Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
July 28-31Weetabix Womens British Open1,800,000Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, Merceyside, England
August 19-21Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi1,400,000Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, OR
Augutst 25-28Wendys Championship for Children1,100,000Tartan Fields Golf Club, Dublin, OH
September 1-4State Farm Classic1,300,000The Rail Golf Club, Springfield, IL
September 9-11Solheim Cup Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, IN
September 16-18John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic1,000,000Cedar Ridge Country Club, Broken Arrow, OK
September 30-October 2Office Depot Championship at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles1,300,000Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
October 6-9Longs Drugs Challenge1,000,000The Ridge Golf Course, Auburn, CA
October 13-16Samsung World Championship850,000BIGHORN Golf Club (CANYONS Course), Palm Desert, CA
October 27-30Sports Today Classic1,350,000Course TBD, S. Korea
November 4-6Mizuno Classic1,000,000Course TBD, Japan
November 10-13The Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions850,000Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, AL
November 17-20ADT Championship1,000,000Trump Intl Golf Club, West Palm Beach, FL
December 17-18Wendys 3-Tour Challenge900,000Southshore Golf Club, Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson, NV
Watch: Moore does impressions of Tiger, Poults, Bubba
Conor Moore is known for his impressions of golfers, and he is back with a new video just in time for The Open.
Moore even got the thumbs up from Ian Poulter.
This is hilarious..— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 16, 2018
Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite
Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.
Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.
Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.
Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:
12/1: Dustin Johnson
16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose
20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm
25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods
30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed
40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton
50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick
60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson
80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele
100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen
Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC
If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.
Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.
Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.
There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.
There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.
Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.
John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.
Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.
Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.
Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.
“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”
Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.
“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”
But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.
“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”