A week after the FedEx Cup decision, a new PGA Tour season begins

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PGA TOUR

FORTINET CHAMPIONSHIP

Location: Napa, California.

Route: Silverado Resort and Spa (North). Yardage: 7 123. Normal: 72.

Prize money: $ 7 million. Winner’s Share: $ 1.26 million.

Television: Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Stewart Cink.

FedEx Cup Champion: Patrick Cantlay.

Last tournament: Patrick Cantlay won the Tour Championship for the FedEx Cup.

Notes: The new season begins 11 days after the end of the last FedEx Cup season. … The tournament has a new title sponsor this year, played on the same course. … World No. 1 player Jon Rahm is the only Ryder Cup player on the pitch. Assistant captain Phil Mickelson also plays. Both are part of the management company that manages the event. … Rahm, defending champion Stewart Cink, Kevin Na and Hideki Matsuyama are the only Silverado players who were in East Lake two weeks ago for the Tour Championship. … Will Zalatoris, the Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour, makes his first start as a full member of the PGA Tour. He played last year as a special temporary member and was not eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. … Kurt Kitayama, a Californian who has been playing in Asia and Europe since college, won his card in the final of the Korn Ferry Tour. He’s playing this week. … The peloton has three of the four great champions of 2021, only Collin Morikawa is missing.

Next week: Ryder Cup.

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

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LPGA TOUR

CLASSIC PORTLAND CAMBIA

Location: West Linn, Oregon.

Course: Oregon GC. Yardage: 6,478. Normal: 72.

Prize money: $ 1.4 million. Winner’s share: $ 210,000.

Television: Thursday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Georgia Hall.

Race to CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda.

Last tournament: Europe won the Solheim Cup.

Notes: In the first LPGA event since Europe won the Solheim Cup, only six of the 24 players who were at Inverness play this week. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda is the only European in the Solheim Cup winning team. … The members of the US Solheim Cup who play are Brittany Altomare, Jennifer Kupcho, Austin Ernst, Yealimi Noh and Mina Harigae. … Georgia Hall of England, the defending champion, does not play. … The tournament dates back to 1972 when Nancy Lopez won the inaugural event. … This is the start of four consecutive national tournaments – in Oregon, Arkansas and two in New Jersey – before the LPGA Tour takes a two-week tour of Asia. … Patty Tavatanakit is the only 2021 Grand Champion in the field. … Brooke Henderson is playing. She won the Portland Classic consecutively in 2015 and 2016. … Ernst won the first of her three LPGA titles in Portland in 2014.

Next week: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

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

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EUROPEAN TOUR

DUTCH OPEN

Location: Cromvoirt, The Netherlands.

Course: Golf Bernardus. Yardage: 7,200. Normal: 72.

Prize money: 1 million euros (1.182 million US dollars). Winner’s share: 166,667 euros.

Television: Thursday to Friday, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Sergio Garcia (2019).

Race leader in Dubai: Collin Morikawa.

Last week: Billy Horschel won the BMW PGA Championship.

Notes: The tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Billy Horschel joined Arnold Palmer (1975) as the only Americans to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. … Horschel moved up to second in the Race to Dubai, approaching British Open champion Collin Morikawa. … Louis Oosthuizen intended to play until he injured his neck at the end of the PGA Tour season and wanted to rest. … Joost Luiten and Wil Besseling of the Netherlands were barred from participating in the Olympics by a Dutch national policy that players had to be in the top 100 in the world to be sent to the Games. The silver medal went to Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia, ranked 204th place at the Olympics. … Sabbatini begins his third European tour this year. … The only member of the Ryder Cup team at the Dutch Open is Graeme McDowell, vice-captain. … The Dutch Open has been on the European Tour calendar since 1972. Seve Ballesteros has been a three-time winner.

Next week: Ryder Cup.

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

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

SANFORD INTERNATIONAL

Site: Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Course: Minnehaha CC. Yardage: 6,729. normal: 70.

Prize money: $ 1.8 million. Winner’s share: $ 270,000.

Television: Friday to Sunday, 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Golf Channel-Tape Delay).

Defending champion: Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.

Last week: David Toms won the Ascension Charity Classic.

Notes: Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker and three PGA Tour Champions eligible assistants – Fred Couples, Jim Furyk and Davis Love III – are on the pitch. … Bernhard Langer remains at the top of the Charles Schwab Cup standings with around $ 2,500 on Jerry Kelly, Furyk just over $ 8,000 in the lead. … David Toms had not won since the US Senior Open at Broadmoor, Colorado in 2018. … Last week was the sixth playoff of the PGA Tour Champions’ season, but only the second 2021. … Jay Haas closed with a 67 and shot his age or better for the fifth time, the last three at 67. … Steven Alker finished tied for ninth in St. Louis to earn a berth in the field in South Dakota. This is the fourth time in a row that he has finished in the top 10 to qualify for the next tournament. … Langer has now shot par or better in his last 18 rounds on the PGA Tour Champions. … Haas has played 334 times on the PGA Tour Champions to accompany his 798 starts on the PGA Tour. That gives him 1,132 combined starts on both tours, fifth on the all-time list. The leader is Miller Barber, who has played 603 times on the senior tour and 711 times on the regular tour.

Next week: Pure Insurance Championship.

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

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OTHER TOURS

Symetra Tour: Guardian Championship, Capitol Hill GC, Prattville, Alabama. Defending champion: Laura Restrepo (2019). Online: https://www.symetratour.com/

Ladies European Tour: Lacoste Ladies Open de France, Golf du Médoc (Châteaux), Le Pian-Medoc, France. Defending champion: Julia Engstrom. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Japan Golf Tour: Open ANA, Sapporo GC (Wattsu), Hokkaido, Japan. Defending champion: Yosuke Asaji. Online: https://www.jgto.org/

Challenge Tour: Hopps Open de Provence, Pont Royal International Golf, Mallemort, France. Defending champion: Lars Van Meijel (2019). Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Sunshine Tour: Vodacom Origins of Golf-Mount Edgecombe, The Woods at Mount Edgecombe, Mount Edgecombe, South Africa. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Ladies Tokai Classic, Shin Minami Aichi CC, Aichi, Japan. Defending champion: Ayaka Furue. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korean LPGA: Sei Ri Pak Invitational, Sejong Silk River CC, Cheongwon, South Korea. Defending champion: A Yean Cho. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

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