Stars return in Dallas as 2nd golf major of year looms

May 10, 2022 GMT
Scottie Scheffler hits off the second tee during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Friday, April 22, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Scottie Scheffler hits off the second tee during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Friday, April 22, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Scottie Scheffler hits off the second tee during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Friday, April 22, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Scottie Scheffler hits off the second tee during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Friday, April 22, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Scottie Scheffler hits off the second tee during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Friday, April 22, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PGA TOUR

AT&T BYRON NELSON

Site: McKinney, Texas.

Course: TPC Craig Ranch. Yardage: 7,468. Par: 72.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

Prize money: $9.1 million. Winner’s share: $1.638 million.

Defending champion: K.H. Lee.

FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.

Last week: Max Homa won the Wells Fargo Championship.

Notes: The PGA Championship is holding a spot for the winner of the AT&T Byron Nelson if not already eligible. ... After two weeks of having only one player from the top 10 in the world, the Nelson has four of the top 10 and nine of the top 20. Leading the way is Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who grew up in Dallas. ... Notable Dallas-area players in the field include Jordan Spieth and Will Zalatoris. ... Justin Leonard is in the field, making his first PGA Tour start since the Texas Open five years ago. Leonard turns 50 next month and will be eligible for the PGA Tour Champions. ... Spieth has won the Texas Open and Colonial. He has been a runner-up in the Houston Open. His best at the Nelson was a tie for ninth last year. He also tied for 16th as a 16-year-old in 2010. ... Dustin Johnson is playing for the first time since getting married to Paulina Gretzky two weeks ago. ... The tournament is a sellout for the first time since 2008.

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Next week: PGA Championship.

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

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LPGA TOUR

COGNIZANT FOUNDERS CUP

Site: Clifton, New Jersey.

Course: Upper Montclair CC. Yardage: 6,656. Par: 71.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 5-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, noon to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1-3 p.m. (CBS).

Prize money: $3 million. Winner’s share: $450,000.

Defending champion: Jin Young Ko.

Race to CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang.

Last tournament: Marina Alex won the Palos Verdes Championship.

Notes: The tournament is a tribute to the 13 women who founded the LPGA Tour. It started in Arizona. This is the second year in New Jersey, the home state of the title sponsor’s headquarters, and the first year at Upper Montclair. ... Nelly Korda is not in the field as she recovers from a blood clot in her arm. Her last tournament was three months ago in Florida. ... Jin Young Ko is going for her third straight title in the Founders Cup. ... Ko and Karrie Webb are the only multiple winners since the tournament began in 2011. ... Ten players have won the first 10 events on the LPGA Tour schedule this year. ... Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion Anna Davis is making her second straight start on the LPGA Tour. The 16-year-old from San Diego made the cut two weeks ago in the Palos Verdes Championship. ... Andrea Lee got into the field from her top-10 finish in Los Angeles. ... This is the last stroke-play event on the LPGA Tour before the next major at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Next tournament: Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play on May 25-29.

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

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

REGIONS TRADITION

Site: Birmingham, Alabama.

Course: Greystone Golf & CC. Yardage: 7,249. Par: 72.

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Television: Thursday-Friday, 1:30-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Prize money: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $375,000.

Defending champion: Alex Cejka.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Last week: Steve Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

Notes: This is the first of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule. ... Steven Alker has won two of his last three tournaments and lost a playoff in the other. He leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings. And he is playing his first major on the PGA Tour Champions. ... Steve Stricker, who missed six months of golf when he hospitalized late last year, is playing for the third straight week since his return. ... This is the only major where the winner is not exempt into its counterpart on the PGA Tour. ... After a week off, the PGA Tour Champions goes straight into another major with the Senior PGA Championship. ... David Duval is making his first Champions major start since turning 50 late last year. ... Fred Couples, who finished one shot out of the playoff last week at the TPC Sugarloaf, is not playing. ... The tournament began in 1989 and previously was played in Arizona and Oregon. Jack Nicklaus was a four-time winner.

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Next tournament: Senior PGA Championship on May 26-29.

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

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EUROPEAN TOUR

SOUDAL OPEN

Site: Antwerp, Belgium.

Course: Rinkyen International GC. Yardage: 6,924. Par: 71.

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Television: Thursday-Saturday, 6-10:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 5:30-10 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Prize money: $2 million. Winner’s share: $333,333.

Defending champion: Guido Migliozzi (2019).

DP World Tour points leader: Viktor Hovland.

Last week: Thorbjorn Olesen won the British Masters.

Notes: The tournament was canceled the previous two years because of the coronavirus pandemic. ... Six players in the field are in the PGA Championship next week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That includes Thomas Pieters of Belgium, the only player from the top 50 in the world. This is his national open. The Belgian Open dates to 1910 and was won by Arnaud Massy, three years after he became the only Frenchman to win a major at the British Open. ... The tournament was not played between 2001 and 2017. ... Only two players have won a major and the Belgian Open in the same year — Walter Hagen (1924) and Henry Cotton (1934). ... Pieters and Thomas Detry are the only two Belgian golfers among the top 300 in the world. ... Nicolas Colsaerts, who starred in the 2012 Ryder Cup for Europe, has only one win in the last 10 years.

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Next week: PGA Championship.

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

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KORN FERRY TOUR

VISIT KNOXVILLE OPEN

Site: Knoxville, Tennessee.

Course: Holston Hills CC. Yardage: 7,163. Par: 70.

Television: None.

Prize money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.

Previous winner: Greyson Sigg.

Points leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Brent Grant won the Simmons Bank Open.

Next week: AdventHealth Championship.

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

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OTHER TOURS

USGA: U.S. Amateur Four-ball Championship, Country Club of Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. Defending champions: Kiko Francisco Coelho and Leopoldo Herrera III. Online: https://www.usga.org/

Asia Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup, Oarai GC, Ibaraki, Japan. Defending champion: Rikuya Hoshino. Online: https://www.jgto.org/en/ and https://www.asiantour.com/

Ladies European Tour: Aramco Team Series-Bangkok, Thai CC, Bangkok, Thailand. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Sunshine Tour: Lombard Insurance Classic, Arabella CC, Kleinmond, South Africa. Defending champion: Jake Redmond (2019). Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Hoken no Madoguchi Ladies, Fukuoka CC (Wajiro), Fukuoka, Japan. Defending champion: Momoko Osato. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korean LPGA: NH Investment & Securities Ladies Championship, Suwon CC, Gyeonggi, South Korea. Defending champion: Min Ji Park. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

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