World’s Top 3: McIlroy, Rahm, Koepka in Same Group for Tour Restart — Golf Digest
The Memorial to Hold Lottery for 8,000 Fans Allowed to Attend — ESPN Golf
Justin Rose Puts Up Purse Money for British Women’s Golf Series — Golfweek
Chip Shots: Tiger Woods speaks out on George Floyd’s death; Bryson DeChambeau’s intense workouts viewable online; Rising star Jennifer Kupcho wins $50,000 in Colorado tourney; Augusta National buys nearby shopping center for $26 million; Cristie Kerr tends to her wine business and family.
1. McIlroy, Rahm, Koepka in Same Group for This Week’s Tour Restart: There won’t be fans on the grounds when the PGA Tour resumes play this Thursday at Colonial Country Club, but the initial pairings certainly guarantee fireworks. The Tour announced its featured groupings on Sunday for the opening two rounds of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, disclosing that the top three ranked players in the world — Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Brooks Koepka — will play together. They did so on the opening day of the Players in March, which was canceled on Thursday night at the outset of the pandemic. Another juicy grouping features members of the Bro Pack — Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and Jordan Spieth. Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Justin Rose compose another pairing, and major winners Phil Mickelson and Gary Woodland are joined by defending Schwab Challenge champ Kevin Na. Read More . . .
2. The Memorial to Hold Lottery for 8,000 Fans to Attend: After getting state approval to allow a limited number of spectators, the Memorial Tournament has reached out to the fans who had purchased badges to assess their interest in attending and to notify them of options, which include entering a lottery system to determine who will be allowed to attend. The Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament will be the first on the PGA Tour's revised schedule that will allow spectators when the event is played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, July 16-19. According to an email obtained by ESPN, those who purchased the $185 weekly badges are being offered the opportunity to transfer it to the 2021 tournament, donate their $185 to Nationwide Children's Hospital, request a full refund, or enter a lottery to attend this year's event. Read More . . .
3. Justin Rose Puts Up Purse Money for British Women’s Golf Series: Justin Rose and wife Kate are sponsoring a British women’s golf series set to start on June 18. Seven events will comprise the Justin Rose Ladies Series, including a tournament at Royal St. George’s Golf Club, the original host site for this year’s Open Championship before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Telegraph reports that Rose is contributing £35,000 ($44,329.25) for prize money. All seven courses are hosting the events for free. Fans will not be permitted, but Sky Sports is broadcasting.Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Tiger Woods speaks out on George Floyd’s death, urges peaceful protest; Twitch shows Bryson DeChambeau’sgaming sessions and intense workouts; Rising star Jennifer Kupchocaptures $50,000 first prize in Colorado tourney; Augusta National Golf Club buys neighboring shopping center for $26 million; During LPGA Tour hiatus, Cristie Kerr tends to her wine business and family.
David Gould is a journalist, editor and author with 30 years’ experience in categories such as golf, travel, luxury goods and corporate communications. Gould is a contract employee of NBC Sports/GOLF Channel, providing communications support for several business units there. He is also Editorial Advisor and an outside director of OpenRounds, Inc., a vendor to private golf clubs. He has served as Executive Editor of Travel + Leisure Golfmagazine and Chief Editor of LINKS Magazine. Gould has contributed 100-plus articles to leading sports publications on golf-related topics. He is the author of “Q School Confidential” (St. Martins Press, 1999) a history of PGA Tour qualifying, “The Golfers Code (Triumph Books, 2004) and “Real Golf: 120 Tips for Better Golf and Lower Scores” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002). Read David Gould's Reports — More Here.
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