PGA Tour releases 2011 schedule

By Rex HoggardDecember 3, 2010, 2:41 am

PGA TourTHOUSAND OAKS, Calf. – The wait is over.

The PGA Tour released its 2011 schedule, a 41-event lineup that features five new title sponsors and a few tweaks but no dramatic changes.

After the traditional season-opening swing through Hawaii (Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Sony Open) the Tour moves to California for the Bob Hope Classic, one of four events without a title sponsor, and Farmers Insurance Open.

The Waste Management Open moved up three weeks to Feb. 3-6 from the last week in February this year, shifting the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship to the anchor spot on the West Coast swing.

The Byron Nelson Championship and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial flipped weeks to round out March, while FedEx stepped in to title sponsor the Memphis stop the week before the U.S. Open

As earlier reported, the Viking Classic moved into the FedEx Cup portion of the schedule and will be played opposite the Open Championship, a spot formerly held by the Reno-Tahoe Classic which was moved opposite the WGC-Bridgestone Championship (Aug. 4-7) to replace the Turning Stone Resort stop.

The Tour also shifted the “off” week during the playoffs to after the Deutsche Bank Championship. In 2010 the bye week was after the BMW Championship in Chicago.

The entire Fall Series was condensed, down to four events from seven the first year of the playoffs in 2007, and moved ahead in the schedule. The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open follows the Tour Championship Sept. 29-Oct. 2 followed by the Open (Oct. 6-9), McGladrey Classic (Oct. 13-16) and Children’s Miracle Network Classic (Oct. 20-23), which will be played three weeks earlier.

The fall was moved up to avoid a conflict with the Tour’s budding Asian swing – the Asia Pacific Classic (Oct. 27-30) and WGC-HSBC Champions (Nov. 3-6) – and gives players who may have to play Q-School sometime between the season finale and second stage.

“Those Asian events make more sense after Disney since the guys playing them aren’t in Tour school anyway,” said one member of the Tour’s Player Advisory Council.

There is also an “off” week following the HSBC event in China, giving players headed for the Presidents Cup in Australia a break.

Here is the complete 2011 PGA Tour schedule:

Jan. 6-9Hyundai Tournament of ChampionsKapalua, Hawaii
Jan. 13-16Sony Open in HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaii
Jan. 19-23Bob Hope ClassicLa Quinta, Calif.
Jan. 27-30Farmers Insurance OpenLa Jolla, Calif.
Feb. 3-6Waste Management Phoenix OpenScottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 10-13AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AmPebble Beach, Calif.
Feb. 17-20Northern Trust OpenPacific Palisades, Calif.
Feb. 23-27WGC-Accenture Match Play Champ.Marana, Ariz.
Feb. 24-27Mayakoba Golf Classic  Playa del Carmen, Mexico
March 3-6The Honda ClassicPalm Beach Gardens, Fla.
March 10-13WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipDoral, Fla.
March 10-13Puerto Rico OpenRio Grande, Puerto Rico
March 17-20Transitions ChampionshipPalm Harbor, Fla.
March 24-27Arnold Palmer InvitationalOrlando, Fla.
March 31-April 3Shell Houston OpenHumble, Texas
April 7-10The MastersAugusta, Ga.
April 14-17Valero Texas OpenSan Antonio, Texas
April 21-24The HeritageHilton Head Island, S.C.
April 28-May 1Zurich Classic of New OrleansAvondale, La.
May 5-8Wells Fargo ChampionshipCharlotte, N.C.
May 12-15The Players ChampionshipPonte Vedra Beach, Fla.
May 19-22Crowne Plaza InvitationalFort Worth, Texas
May 26-29HP Byron Nelson ChampionshipIrving, Texas
June 2-5The Memorial TournamentDublin, Ohio
June 9-12FedEx St. Jude ClassicMemphis, Tenn.
June 16-19U.S. OpenCongressional C.C.
June 23-26Travelers ChampionshipCromwell, Conn.
June 31-July 3AT&T NationalNewtown Square, Pa.
July 7-10John Deere ClassicSilvis, Ill.
July 14-17The Open ChampionshipRoyal St. George's, England
July 14-17Viking Classic  Madison, Miss.
July 21-24RBC Canadian OpenVancouver, B.C.
July 28-31The Greenbrier ClassicWhite Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
Aug. 4-7WGC-Bridgestone InvitationalAkron, Ohio
Aug. 4-7Reno-Tahoe Open  Reno, Nev.
Aug. 11-14PGA ChampionshipJohns Creek, Ga.
Aug. 18-21Wyndham ChampionshipGreensboro, N.C.
Aug. 25-28The BarclaysEdison, N.J.
Sept. 2-5Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNorton, Mass.
Sept. 15-18BMW ChampionshipLemont, Ill.
Sept. 22-25Tour ChampionshipAtlanta, Ga.
Sept. 29-Oct. 2Justin Timberlake SHC OpenLas Vegas, Nev.
Oct. OpenSan Martin, Calif.
Oct. 13-16The McGladrey ClassicSt. Simons Island, Ga.
Oct. 20-21Children's Miracle Network ClassicLake Buena Vista, Fla.
Oct. 27-30CIMB Asia Pacific ClassicSelangor, Malaysia
Nov. 3-6WGC-HSBC ChampionsShanghai, China
Nov. 17-20The Presidents CupMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nov. 24-27OMEGA Mission Hills World CupHainan Island, China

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Elway to play in U.S. Senior Open qualifier

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 23, 2018, 10:25 pm

Tony Romo is not the only ex-QB teeing it up against the pros.

Denver Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway will try to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open next week, according to the Denver Post.

And why not? The qualifier and the senior major will be held in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor. Elway is scheduled to tee off May 28 at 12:10 p.m. ET. The top two finishers will earn a spot in the U.S. Senior Open, June 27 to July 1.

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Jutanugarn sisters: Different styles, similar results

By Associated PressMay 23, 2018, 10:20 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn play golf and live life differently.

The sisters from Thailand do have the same goal in the LPGA, hoping their shot-to-shot focus leads to titles.

The Jutanugarns are two of six women with a shot at the Volvik Championship to become the circuit's first two-time winner this year. The first round begins Thursday at Travis Pointe Country Club, a course six winners are skipping to prepare elsewhere for next week's U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek in Alabama.

''Everybody has a chance to win every weekend,'' Moriya said. ''That's how hard it is on tour right now.''

Ariya competes with a grip-it-and-rip-it approach, usually hammering a 3-wood off the tee.

Moriya takes a more calculated approach, analyzing each shot patiently.

That's perhaps fitting because she's 16 months older than her sister.

''It's funny because when we think about something, it's always the different,'' she said. ''But we pretty much end up with the same idea.''

Off the course, they're also different.

The 22-year-old Ariya appears careful and guarded when having conversations with people she doesn't know well. The 23-year-old Moriya, meanwhile, enjoys engaging in interesting discussions with those who cross her path.

Their mother, Narumon, was with her daughters Wednesday and the three of them always stay together as a family. They don't cook during tournament weeks and opt to eat out, searching for good places like the sushi restaurant they've discovered near Travis Pointe.

Their father, Somboon, does not watch them play in person. They sisters say he has retired from owning a golf shop in Thailand.

''He doesn't travel anymore,'' Moriya Jutanugarn said.

Even if he is relegating to watching from the other side of the world, Somboon Jutanugarn must be proud of the way his daughters are playing.

Ariya became the first Thai winner in LPGA history in 2016, the same year she went on to win the inaugural Volvik Championship. She earned her eighth career victory last week in Virginia and is one of two players, along with Brooke Henderson, to have LPGA victories this year and the previous two years.

Moriya won for the first time in six years on the circuit last month in Los Angeles, joining Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam as the two pairs of sisters to have LPGA victories.

On the money list, Ariya is No. 1 and her sister is third.

In terms of playing regularly, no one is ahead of them.

Ariya is the only LPGA player to start and make the cut in all 12 events this year. Moriya Jutanugarn has also appeared in each tournament this year and failed to make the cut only once.

Instead of working in breaks to practice without competing or simply relax, they have entered every tournament so far and shrug their shoulders at the feat.

''It's not that bad, like 10 week in a row,'' Moriya said.

The LPGA is hosting an event about five miles from Michigan Stadium for a third straight year and hopes to keep coming back even though it doesn't have a title sponsor secured for 2019. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan told reporters he's confident Ann Arbor will be a long-term home for the circuit.

''I can't tell you the specifics about how we're going to do that,'' Whan acknowledged.

LPGA and tournament officials are hosting some prospective sponsors this week, trying to persuade them to put their name on the tournament.

Volvik, which makes golf balls, is preparing to scale back its support of the tournament.

''We're coming back,'' said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. ''We just don't know in what capacity.''

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Wise: 'No hard feelings' over Nelson missed kiss

By Will GrayMay 23, 2018, 10:18 pm

Aaron Wise left the AT&T Byron Nelson with his first PGA Tour trophy and a seven-figure paycheck. But lost in the shuffle of closing out his breakthrough victory in near-darkness was his failed attempt for a celebratory kiss with his girlfriend on the 18th green.

Wise appeared to go in for a peck after his family joined him on the putting surface, but instead he and his girlfriend simply laughed and hugged. After the moment gained a bit of online notoriety, Wise told reporters at the Fort Worth Invitational that the young couple simply laughed it off.

"Yeah, I have been giving her some s--- about that," Wise said. "A lot has been made about it. It's really nothing. Like I was saying, she was just so excited to surprise me. I was kind of ruining the surprise a little bit that she was shocked, and she didn't even see me going in for the kiss."

At age 21, Wise is now one of the youngest winners on Tour. He explained that while both his girlfriend and mother flew in to watch the final round at Trinity Forest Golf Club, where he shared the 54-hole lead and eventually won by three shots, he took some of the surprise out of their arrival in true millennial fashion - by looking up his girlfriend's location earlier in the day.

Still getting used to his newfound status on Tour, Wise downplayed any controversy surrounding the kiss that wasn't.

"No hard feelings at all," Wise said. "We love each other a ton and we're great. It was a funny moment that I think we'll always be able to look back at, but that's all it really was."

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Giving back: Chun creates education fund at site of Open win

By Randall MellMay 23, 2018, 8:04 pm

South Korea’s In Gee Chun is investing in American youth.

Chun broke through on the largest stage in women’s golf, winning the U.S. Women’s Open three years ago, and she’s making sure Lancaster, Pa., continues to share in what that brought her.

Chun is preparing for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek outside Birmingham, Ala., but she made a special stop this week. She returned to the site of her breakthrough in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Wednesday, launching the In Gee Chun Lancaster Country Club Education Fund. She announced Tuesday that she’s donating $10,000 to seed the fund. She’s expected to raise more than $20,000 for the cause in a fundraising dinner at the club Wednesday evening. The fund will annually award scholarships to Lancaster youth applicants, including Lancaster Country Club caddies and children of club employees.

“I’m excited to be back here,” said Chun, who put on a junior clinic during her stay and also played an outing with club members. “Winning the U.S. Women’s Open here in Lancaster gave me the opportunity to play on the LPGA and make one of my dreams come true.”

Chun also supports a fund in her name at Korea University, where she graduated, a fund for various “social responsibility” projects and for the educational needs of the youth who create them.

“Education is very important to me,” Chun said. “I would like to help others reach their goals.”

Chun made donations to the Lancaster General Health Foundation in 2015 and ’16 and to Pennsylvania’s J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust last year. Lancaster Country Club officials estimate she has now made donations in excess of $40,000 to the community.

“We are grateful In Gee’s made such a wonderful connection to our community and club,” said Rory Connaughton, a member of Lancaster Country Club’s board of governors. “She’s a special person.”