The PGA Tour season is over; Saudi-funded LIV Golf returns to the stage

Leaf golf

Leaf Golf Invitational – Boston

Location: Bolton, Massachusetts.

Course: GC International. Size: 6,944. Value: 70.

Prize money: $25 million ($5 million per team). Winner’s Share: $4 million ($750,000 for each winning team member).

TV: LIVGolf.com.

Series Presenter: Brendan Grace.

Notes: This is the fourth of seven events of a regular season of LIV Golf before the first team championship at Doral in South Florida ends. Previous winners include Charles Schwarzl of London, Brendan Grace of Oregon and Henrik Stenson at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. … mercy leads the standings. … Among the newcomers to the Boston-area event are British Open champion Cameron Smith and Mark Leishman. …other additions include three players leaving the PGA Tour without ever winning – Cameron Tringle, Harold Werner III and Anirban Lahiri. …the winner gets $4 million. That’s more than Taylor Gave made in 22 runs on the PGA Tour before his suspension. …This is the first LIV golf event since a federal judge ruled against three LIV golfers who want to play on the PGA Tour postseason. … LIV Golf has entered major markets where the PGA Tour hasn’t played this year – the New York metropolitan area last month, and now Boston and Chicago in two weeks.

Next tournament: LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago on September 16-18.

Linked: https://www.livgolf.com/

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corn ferry tour

Korn Ferry Tour Championship

Location: Newburgh, Indiana.

Course: Victoria National GC. Size: 7,265. Value: 72.

Prize money: $1 million. Winner’s Share: $180,000.

Television: Thursday-Sunday, 16:00-19:00 (The Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Joseph Bramlett.

Final points leader: Will Gordon.

Last week: David Lingmirth won a national championship in children’s hospitals.

Notes: This is the last of three Korn Shuttle Tour Finals events to determine the 25 players who will win PGA Tour tickets for the upcoming season. … The winner with the highest point in the finals is completely exempt (not subject to redistribution) and wins a spot in the Players Championship. … former PGA Tour winner Austin Cook was among six players who received return tickets to the tournament finals last week. …Harry Higgs, playing in his first Masters of the year, missed the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He will still have conditional status on next year’s PGA Tour if he doesn’t get his ticket. …Justin Lauer is about to win one of his 25 cards and he probably won’t need it. He is expected to move up to the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup, depending on the number of players suspended to join LIV Golf. … the Victoria National is the thirteenth course used in the 1993 Korn Shuttle Tour.

Next week: the end of the season.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour.html

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LPGA Tour

Dana is open

Where: Sylvania, Ohio.

Swimming: Highland Meadows GC. Size: 6,555. Value: 71.

His position price: $1.75 million. Winner’s share: $262,500.

Television: Thursday – Sunday, 13:00 – 16:00 (The Golf Channel).

Defend the Hero: NASA Hatooka.

The Race for CME Globe Leader: Minjee Lee.

Last week: Paula Reto won the Women’s Open.

Notes: The tournament has a new sponsor, but has been played at Highland Meadow every time since 1989. Spaniard Azahara Munoz makes her first start since November after dealing with an autoimmune thyroid problem. …on the LPGA tour only two South African players have won tournaments. That number was doubled when Ashley Buhay won the England Women’s Open and Paula Reto won in Canada last week. …Reto was his fourth consecutive first-time winner on the LPGA Tour, the longest streak since 2005. …Last year’s course was shortened to 54 holes when the final round was flooded with rain. NASA Hatooka led six shots. …Lucy Lee, who already has a ticket for next year’s Epson Tour, rallied from 10th place in Canada last week. … The field is missing the top two players in the women’s world rankings, Jin Young-koo and Nelly Korda, but the rest of the players are in the top 10.

Next week: Kruger Queen City Championship.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

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European tour

Made by HIMMERLAND

Location: Parsaw, Denmark.

Course: HimmerLand. Size: 6,686. Value: 71.

Prize money: 3 million euros. Winner’s share: €500,000.

TV: Thursday to Friday, 07:00 to 12:00 (Golf Channel); Saturday to Sunday, 7:30 am. until noon (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Brand Weissberger.

DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Thurston Lawrence won the Omega Europe Masters.

Notes: Luke Donald is playing his first European Tour event since taking over as captain of the Ryder Cup team, succeeding Henrik Stenson. … Thurston Lawrence on the field as the South African goes to win his third European tour this season. …the Weisberger brand has won the past two years. He is playing at the LIV Golf Invitational outside of Boston this week. … Adri Arenaus at 67th is the highest player in the field. …Slovakia’s Rory Sabatini is competing in his third straight European Tour event since the end of the PGA Tour season. … Jamie Lovemark plays composed. He finished 152nd on the Korn Shuttle Tour and did not qualify for the Korn Shuttle Tour Finals. … Wallace died in the field. He won in Denmark in 2018 and lost in a playoff last week. Wallace can earn a full spot on the PGA Tour next year by breaking into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup with LIV Golf splits.

Next week: BMW PGA Championship.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/

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PGA Tour

Last week: Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship.

Next tournament: The Fortinet Championship from September 15-18.

FedEx Cup Champion: Rory McIlroy.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

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PGA Tour Champions

Last week: Steve Straker won the Alliance Challenge.

Next week: A classic philanthropy at stake.

Charles Schwab Cup Captain: Stephen Alker.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions/

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Other tours

Epson Tour: Wildhorse Ladies Golf Classic, Wildhorse GC, Pendleton, Oregon. Previous winner: New Event. Linked: https://www.epsontour.com/

International Golf Federation: Amateur World Championships, La Golf National and Golf de Saint-Nomm-la-Bretche, Paris. Defending champion: Denmark. Linked: https://www.igfgolf.org/

USGA: A Senior American Amateur, Kittansett Club, Marion, Massachusetts. Defending champion: Jane Elliott. https://www.usga.org/

Tour of Golf in Japan: Fujisanki Classic, Fujizakura CC, Yamanashi, Japan. Defending Champion: The Emhira Show. Online: https://www.jgto.org/en/

Challenge Tournament: B-NL Challenge Cup, Hulencourt GC, Genapé, Belgium. Previous winner: Alfredo Garcia Heredia. Linked: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

PGA Tour of Canada: GolfBC Championship, Canyon Golf & CC, Kelowna, British Columbia. Previous winner: Jake Knapp. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us.html

Women’s European Tour: Aland 100 Ladies Open, Alands GC, Kastelholm, Finland. Previous winner: Matilda Casterne. Linked: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Japan LPGA: Golf5 Ladies, Golf5 Club Oakvillage, Chiba, Japan. Defending Champion: Yuri Yoshida. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korea LPGA: Edaily Ladies Open, Sunning Point CC, Yongsin, South Korea. Defending Champion: Soo Ji Kim. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

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