PGA Tour takes CJ Cup from South Korea to South Carolina

PGA TOUR

CJ CUP IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Location: Ridgeland, South Carolina.

Course: Congaree Golf Club. Footage: 7,431. By: 72.

Prize money: $10.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.89 million.

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

Defending champion: Rory McIlroy.

FedEx Cup leader: Keegan Bradley.

Last week: Keegan Bradley won the Zozo Championship.

Notes: This is the third year in a row that the CJ Cup South Korea has been held in the United States due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. … The previous two tournaments were held in Las Vegas. … The 78-man field includes 15 of the top 20 in the world rankings. … Twenty-one players from last year’s CJ Cup in Las Vegas are now part of LIV Golf and not eligible to play. … Congaree held a PGA Tour event last year to replace the Canadian Open, which remained subject to travel restrictions. Garrick Higgo won the event. He is not on the field for the CJ Cup. …Rickie Fowler is playing on a sponsor exemption. He has twice top-10 finishes in three starts, including a second-place finish in Japan last week. … Harris English received an exemption. He missed the first half of last year while recovering from hip surgery. … Rory McIlroy has five straight top 10 finishes, including a win, since missing out on the FedEx St. Jude Championship Cup.

Next week: Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

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

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LPGA TOUR

BMW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Location: Gangwon, South Korea.

Route: Oak Valley CC. Footage: 6,726. By: 72.

Prize money: $2 million. Winner’s share: $300,000.

Television: Wednesday to Saturday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Jin Young Ko.

Race to CME Globe leader: Lydia Ko.

Last Tournament: Jodi Ewart Shadoff won the LPGA Mediheal Championship.

Notes: These are the first two stops of the Asian fall swing for the LPGA. Two others were canceled, Shanghai and Taiwan, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …Jin Young Ko returns after taking some time off to rest his ailing left wrist. … Atthaya Thitikul had a chance to replace Ko at world No. 1 for the last two tournaments if she won. … The peloton has six of the top 10 in the Women’s World Rankings. Among those not playing are Lexi Thompson and Brooke Henderson, who contested the Aramco Team Series event in New York last week as part of the Ladies European Tour. … Thompson’s victory in the Aramco Team Series was her world first since the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June 2019. … Ko last year rallied four strokes back with a 64 to win. … The LPGA will shut down next week before turning to Japan. The last two events take place in Florida. … The top 60 after three more tournaments qualify for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Next tournament: Toto Japan Classic from November 3 to 6.

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

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

DOMINION ENERGY CARITY CLASSIC

Location: Richmond, Virginia.

Course: The Country Club of Virginia (James River). Footage: 7,025. By: 72.

Prize money: $2.2 million. Winner’s share: $330,000.

Television: Friday through Sunday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Golf Channel tape delay).

Title holder: Bernhard Langer.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Last week: Fred Couples won the SAS championship.

Note: The top 72 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings qualify for the playoffs. The top 54 players advance to the second post-season event. … Fred Couples finished his season with 12 birdies over his last 14 holes. He said he wouldn’t play the rest of the year. The 68-man field is missing Couples, Steve Stricker, Mike Weir and Brandt Jobe. Stricker said he would skip the first two postseason events to hunt deer, as he often does. By winning two of his last three starts, he said he could return for the Charles Schwab Cup championship in Phoenix. … Steven Alker starts the playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Just 15 months ago, he didn’t have PGA Tour Champions status. … Alker has won or finished second in seven of his 20 PGA Tour Champions starts this year. … The couples’ six-stroke win tied the most this year on the PGA Tour Champions with Alker (Rapiscan System Classic) and Stricker (Regions Tradition).

Next tournament: TimberTech Championship from November 4 to 6.

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

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EUROPEAN TOUR

MALLORCA GOLF OPEN

Location: Majorca, Spain.

Route: Muntaner GC (Palma). Footage: 6,952. By: 71.

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

Television: Thursday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Jeff Winther.

DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Adrian Otaegui won the Andalusian Masters.

Notes: The third consecutive week in Spain has the weakest of the fields. Ryan Fox at No. 25 is the only player in the top 50, and Erik van fdRooyen and Valderrama winner Adrian Otaegui make it three of the top 100. … Spanish players have won the first two events in Spain – Jon Rahm at the Spanish Open and Otaegui at the Andalusian Masters. … The previous two events in Spain were also won by Spaniards – Pablo Larrazabal (ISPS Handa) and Adri Arnaus (Catalonia Championship). … After this week, there are only two tournaments left before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship. … Only two players with LIV Golf are in the top 60 on the DP World Tour points list – Richard Bland (22) and Sam Horsfield (35). Patrick Reed is at No. 80. … Five of the top 10 players on the DP World Tour points list have played in at least 15 European Tour events.

Next tournament: Cyprus Open from November 3 to 6.

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

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OTHER TOURS

Ladies European Tour: Hero Women’s Indian Open, DLF Golf and CC, Gurgaon, India. Defending champion: Christine Wolf (2019). Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Sunshine Tour: SunBet Challenge, Umhlali CC, Ballito, South Africa. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Legends Tour: Italian Senior Open, Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort, Porto Ercole, Italy. Defending champion: James Kingston. Online: https://www.legendstour.com/

Japan LPGA: Nobuta Group Masters, Masters GC, Hyogo, Japan. Defending Champion: Ayaka Furue. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korea LPGA: WEMIX Championship, Alpensia GC, Gangwon, South Korea. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: https://klpga.co.kr/

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