This is the 1 week of the year when the PGA Tour is about 2 players
Event: Zurich Classic from New Orleans
To place: Avondale, Louisiana.
Classes: TPC Louisiana. Yardage: 7.425. By: 72.
Prize money: $ 7.4 million. Winner’s share: to be confirmed.
Television: Thursday to Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (CBS).
Reigning Champions: Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer (2019).
FedEx Cup Leader: Bryson DeChambeau.
Last week: Stewart Cink won the RBC Heritage Award.
Notes: It is the only official team event of the year. FedEx Cup wins and points are split between teams, although no world ranking points are awarded. … The tournament was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … The peloton includes 12 of the top 30 in the world rankings, led by Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Xander Sc Chaudele and Patrick Cantlay of the top 10. ScHotele and Cantlay formed one of the best American teams at the Presidents Cup in 2019. .. Viktor Hovland is a teammate of Kris Ventura, with whom he lived and played in Oklahoma State. … Five countries outside of the United States have partnerships, including three in South Korea. Others include Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Tyrrell Hatton and Danny Willett (England) and Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman (Australia). … Peter Uihlein is on the pitch after winning the Korn Ferry Tour last week. … Billy Horschel is the only player to win individual and tag team titles in New Orleans. He teamed up with Scott Piercy to win in 2018.
Next week: Valspar Championship.
Event: Hugel-Air Premia LA Open
To place: Los Angeles.
Classes: Wilshire CC. Yardage: 6450. By: 71.
Prize money: $ 1.5 million. Winner’s share: $ 225,000.
Television: Thursday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Minjee Lee (2019).
Race for the leader of the CME Globe: Nelly Korda.
Last week: Lydia Ko won the Lotte Championship.
Notes: Patty Tavatanakit plays for the first time since winning ANA Inspiration for her first big and first LPGA Tour victory. … The peloton includes eight of the top 10 players in the women’s world rankings, starting with Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park at No.1 and 2. … Park, finalist last week in Hawaii, is closing in on a chance to return to world No. 1 for the first time since July 2018. … Lydia Ko is on the pitch following her seven-stroke victory last week at the Lotte Championship. … Dating from his last 62 round in the ANA Inspiration, Ko is 38 under par in his last 90 holes on the LPGA Tour. … Ko finished 28 under in Hawaii, the third lowest score in LPGA Tour history. The other two were Sei Young Kim (31 under) and Shanshan Feng (29 under), both at Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic each of the past two years.
Next week: HSBC Women’s World Championship.
Event: Gran Canaria Lopesan Open
To place: Gran Canaria, Spain.
Classes: Golf of Meloneras. Footage: TBA. By: TBA.
Prize money: 1.5 million euros (1.8 million US dollars). Winner’s share: 250,000 euros.
Television: Thursday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday to Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: New event.
Race to Dubai leader: Billy Horschel.
Last week: John Catlin won the Austrian Golf Open.
Notes: The estate includes Rafa Cabrera Bello, who is the tournament host for the new event. Cabrera Bello was born in Las Palmer de Gran Canaria. … John Catlin has won three victories on the European Tour in the past eight months and has risen to 79th in the world. He looks certain to receive an invitation to the PGA Championship next month, who would be the California first major.
Next week: Tenerife Open.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Event: Veritex Bank Championship.
To place: Arlington, Texas.
Classes: Texas Rangers GC. Footage: TBA. By: TBA.
Prize money: $ 600,000. Winner’s share: $ 108,000.
Defending champion: New event.
Leader: Will Zalatoris.
Last week: Peter Uihlein won the MGM Resorts Championship in Paiute.
Next week: Huntsville Championship.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Last week: Steve Stricker won the Chubb Classic.
Next week: Insperity Invitational.
Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Kevin Sutherland.
Symetra visit: Copper Rock Championship, Copper Rock GC, Hurricane, Utah. Defending champion: new event. Online: https://www.symetratour.com/
Golf tour in Japan: Kansai Open, Arima Royal GC (Royal), Hyogo, Japan. Defending champion: Tomoharu Otsuki. Online: https://www.jgto.org/pc/TopPageEng.do
Sunshine Tour and Challenge Tour: Limpopo Championship, Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate, Mookgophong, South Africa. Defending champion: JC Ritchie. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/ and https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/