1. World’s Top 5 Players Head to Texas for Charles Schwab Challenge — PGA Tour
2. Possible Back-to-Back Tourneys in Ohio Follow Deere Cancellation — Golf Channel
3. Singh Drops Out of Korn Ferry Tour Over Criticism — Golfweek.USAToday.com
Chip Shots: Forbes list of top-earning athletes shows Tiger at No. 8; Morgan Pressel second among all women in Peloton charity cycling competition; John Daly II is runner-up in junior tourney at Crooked Stick; Brooks Koepka buys lunch for healthcare workers; Tiger Woods HBO documentary in the works
1. World’s Top 5 Will Be in Ft. Worth Next Week for PGA Tour Restart: The Charles Schwab Challenge, the first event in the restart of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season, will welcome a stellar field. The tournament has announced that the top five players in the Official World Golf Ranking are scheduled to appear at Colonial — the first time that’s happened at the Fort Worth, Texas, event since 1986. No. 1 Rory McIlroy, the reigning FedExCup champ, and No. 4 Justin Thomas are playing at Colonial for the first time in their PGA Tour careers. No. 2 Jon Rahm is making his fourth start and No. 3 Brooks Koepka his second. No. 5 Dustin Johnson is making his third Colonial start, but his first since 2014. Thomas and McIlroy are among the top nine players in the FedExCup standings who have committed to play. The tournament was originally slated for May 21-24 but was moved to June 11-14 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced schedule changes for the PGA Tour. This will be the first full event since the season halted after the pandemic took hold during The Players Championship in March, forcing its cancellation after one round. Read More . . .
2. Plans for Back-to-Back Tourneys in Columbus Follow Deere Cancellation: The PGA Tour continues to seek a replacement event following Thursday’s announcement that the John Deere Classic has been canceled for 2020. According to sources, that event will likely be played in Columbus, Ohio. Although sources say the situation is still fluid, the replacement event would be held in Columbus the week before the Tour plays the Memorial at Muirfield Village. Having back-to-back events in one area would reduce travel and make it easier to protect players, caddies, and officials from exposure to COVID-19. The John Deere Classic will not be played as scheduled this summer due to ongoing restrictions tied to coronavirus. The venue for the replacement event remains to be seen, but sources say playing it at Muirfield Village is an option. Read More . . .
3. Vijay Singh Drops Out of Korn Ferry Tour Event After Criticism: Well, so much for that controversy. Vijay Singh has dropped out of the Korn Ferry Challenge at Dye’s Valley at TPC Sawgrass, just a few weeks after drawing heated criticism from Korn Ferry Tour pros for his decision to enter the event. Singh’s withdrawal from the Korn Ferry Challenge comes two weeks before the event is scheduled to mark the resumption of the Korn Ferry Tour season. In early May, Singh’s entrance into the Korn Ferry Challenge drew the ire of some still cutting their teeth on the developmental tour. The event’s $600,000 purse marks a crucial financial opportunity for developmental tour players. In the eyes of some, Singh (who ranks 4th all-time on the PGA Tour’s money list) was taking a spot away from another, less financially secure player. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Forbes list of top-earning athletes has Tiger Woods at No. 8 as best-paid golfer; Morgan Pressel is No. 2 woman in Peloton, charity cycling competition; John Daly II is runner-up in junior tourney at Crooked Stick, where his father won the PGA; Brooks Koepka buys lunch for Florida healthcare workers, greets fans outside hospital; HBO documentary on Tiger Woods could have a November debut coinciding with rescheduled Masters.
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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