Weekend Wrap

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LPGA TOUR
CME Group Tour Championship
Venue: Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course), Naples, Fla.

What were you doing when you were 17 years old, around a junior in highschool?  If you were like most, you might have been looking forward to to prom night and perhaps working at a fast food restaurant making minimum wage, scraping up money to go to the movies on the weekend or saving up for your first used car.

LPGA Tour rookie Lydia Ko has a slightly different story.  The 17-year-old polished off a record breaking year in women’s golf, taking home the biggest one day cash prize in LPGA Tour history.  In one swoop, Ko captured the $1,000,000 bonus for winning the inaugural “Race to CME Globe,” similar to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup or the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.  She also snagged another $500,000 for winning the CME Group Tour Championship.

For you math majors, that is $1.5 million in one event.  Probably safe to say she isn’t scraping for movie money and she probably doesn’t need to buy a cheap used car.

EUROPEAN TOUR
DP World Tour Championship
Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rory McIlory did not have to swing a club this week to claim the Race To Dubai championship and the $10,000,000 prize. He’d already closed that out.  McIlory, despite taking several weeks off, shined during the week and tied for 2nd place with Victor Dubuisson and Justin Rose.

The human ATM machine Henrik Stenson made birdie on the final two holes to successfully defend his 2013 DP World Tour Championship.

The DP World Tour Championship is the European Tour’s season-ending event.

Weekend Preview

TPC Four Seasons 18th Green

LPGA TOUR
CME Group Tour Championship
Dates: Nov. 20-23
Venue: Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course), Naples, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: – Race to the CME Globe top-nine (those eligible to win the $1 million prize): 1. Stacy Lewis; 2. Inbee Park; 3. Lydia Ko; 4. Michelle Wie; 5. So Yeon Ryu; 6. Shanshan Feng; 7. Anna Nordqvist; 8. Chella Choi; 9. Karrie Webb.

EUROPEAN TOUR
DP World Tour Championship
Dates: Nov. 20-23
Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 2:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Graeme McDowell and Marcel Siem.

PGA TOUR Australasia
Australian Masters
Dates: Nov. 19-22
Venue: Metropolitan Golf Club, South Oakleigh, Australia

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Thursday 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)

In the field: Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers, Robert Allenby, Daniel Popovic, Michael Sim, Craig Perry, Peter Lonard and Nick O’Hern.

Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_SU_067PGA TOUR
OHL Classic at Mayakoba
El Camaleon, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Sporting a clean and short haircut, the normally long-haired Charley Hoffman recorded his third win on the PGA Tour in Mexico at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Hoffman led Shawn Stefani by one shot on the final hole but made things interesting when he had to hit a left-handed shot from the base of a tree. Stefani couldn’t take advantage though, finding a fairway bunker and eventually making bogey to match Hoffman’s, staying a shot behind

Web.com Tour graduates Andres Gonzales and Danny Lee finished two off the pace at -15.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Turkish Airlines Open
Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey

Believe it or not, 48 year-old John Daly was in the mix this past weekend at the Turkish Airlines Open, until a final round 73 sent him down the leader board.

Coming into the week, Rory McIlory could win the Race To Dubai and it’s huge cash prize, provided that a couple of contenders were knocked out of the running. While on his couch at home in Florida, McIlory won the Race To Dubai, thanks to Turkish Airlines Open winner Brooks Koepka.

Brooks Koepka held off Ian Poulter to win the Turkish Airlines Open, finishing ahead by one shot. Poulter had a chance to tie the lead on the final hole with a 6-foot birdie putt, but failed to convert it.

Koepka’s win following a great final round 65, was his first on the European Tour.

LPGA TOUR
Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex Info
Venue: Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Christina Kim has gone through quite a difficult time.  From financial troubles to injuries and battling depression.  But she stuck with it and persevered through 222 winless starts on the LPGA Tour.

Patience and perseverance paid off finally for Kim, who defeated Shanshan Feng on the par-4 second hold of a sudden-death playoff.

Weekend Preview

HPBNC_2011_SU_067PGA TOUR
OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Dates: Nov. 13-16
Venue: El Camaleon, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Thursday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: Big Break Mexico winner Jay Woodson, returning champion Harris English, Angel Cabrera, Erik Compton, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, Billy Hurley, Nick Taylor, Robert Streb, Will MacKenzie, Ben Martin and long hitting Tony Finau.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Turkish Airlines Open
Dates: Nov. 13-16
Venue: Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 4-9 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-9 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-9 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 3:30-8:30 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: Returning champion Victor Dubuisson, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Jamie Donaldson and Marcel Siem.

LPGA TOUR
Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex Info
Dates: Nov. 13-16
Venue: Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-7 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Friday 5-7 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 5-7 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday 5-7 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 3-5 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)

In the field: returning champion Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Suzann Pettersen, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Lydia Ko, Anna Nordqvist and Cristie Kerr.

Weekend Wrap

PGA TOUR / European Tour
WGC-HSBC Champions
Dates: Nov. 5-8
Sheshan International Golf Club
Shanghai, China

The World Golf Championships (WGC) HSBC Champions is an international competition drawing players from the two biggest professional golf tours on the planet, the PGA Tour and European Tour.

The HSBC featured some big names in golf this past weekend including Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, and Jordan Spieth.

The tournament finish was quite exciting.  Bubba Watson found himself two shots behind Tim Clark on the final hole of regulation.  From the left greenside, Watson holed an improbable shot for eagle to force a playoff with Clark.

On the first playoff hole Watson drained a 25-foot birdie putt to claim the win, the 7th win of his golf career.

PGA TOUR
Sanderson Farms Championship
Dates: Nov. 6-9
Country Club of Jackson
Jackson, Mississippi

What’s the prize for winning the Sanderson Farms Championship?  A large bronze rooster.  More importantly, a check for $720,000 and exemptions to major championships like the Masters.  A huge benefit as well includes exempt status on the PGA Tour until the 2016-2017 season.

In just his 16th start on the PGA Tour, Canadian golfer Nick Taylor claimed the win and vaulted his career to the next level, guaranteeing his presence on tour until at least 2017.  Taylor had been struggling with his putting previously, but this week’s putting, especially in the final round, made the difference.

Said Taylor following his victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship, “I like roosters now.  It’s my favorite animal.”

Weekend Preview

TPC Four Seasons 18th Green

PGA TOUR / European Tour
WGC-HSBC Champions
Dates: Nov. 5-8
Sheshan International Golf Club
Shanghai, China

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 3-7 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Headlining the field: Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama and Ernie Els.

PGA TOUR
Sanderson Farms Championship
Dates: Nov. 6-9
Country Club of Jackson
Jackson, Mississippi

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 2-5 p.m. (Live) 8-11 p.m. (Replay)

The Country Club of Jackson hosts the event this week for the first time, after being held at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss. since 1994. This also is the first time since 2005 that the event will be played in the month of November, after recently being held as an opposite-field event during the British Open.

Headlining the field: Returning champion Woody Austin, Peter Uihlein, David Toms, Tony Finau, David Duval, John Daly, Padraig Harrington, Scott McCarron, Scott Piercy, Chris DiMarco, Lee Janzen and Robert Streb.

Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_SU_067PGA Tour
CIMB Classic
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is an interesting segment in the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season.  The Tour is an international entity, and this leg branches out to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic.  Due to the location, some Tour players choose not to participate in this event, but still the field had some very well known players like Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore, Gary Woodland, Lee Westwood, 2014 FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel, and K.J. Choi.

This tournament was significant in that one other big name not mentioned above made his return to golf.  That big name is Jason Dufner, who had been out due to injury since the PGA Championship.  Dufner finished the event at 6-under par, tied for 26th place.

The 2013 CIMB Classic winner Ryan Moore started his 2014-2015 campaign at the 2014 CIMB Classic.  There must be something about this event for Moore, who carded rounds of 68-69-67-67 to claim the victory once again, defending his title.  The last player to defend a title on tour was Tiger Woods in 2013.

More beat out fellow American and big hitter Gary Woodland by three shots.   Woodland was tied for second place at -14 with Kevin Na and Sergio Garcia.

European Tour
BMW Masters
Shanghai, China

The biggest story at the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China was not the winner, German Golfer Marcel Siem.  Siem dramatically chipped in for the win during a three-player playoff over Alexander Levy and Ross Fisher.

Golf’s “Most Interesting Man” Miguel Angel Jimenez had some interesting troubles.  On the ninth hole Jimenez hit four shots into a water hazard and would eventually card a 13 on that hole.  He would end up shooting a total of 88 for the round, finishing in second-to-last place.  No doubt, there has never been a more interesting 13 scored on the European Tour.

LPGA Tour
LPGA Taiwan Championship
Miramar
Taipei, Taiwan

The week prior to the LPGA Taiwan Championship Inbee Park snatched the world #1 ranking from Stacy Lewis.

When the final putt was holed, Park also snatched the LPGA Taiwan Championship trophy and winner’s check from Lewis, who finished four shots back.

Park’s final score was an impressive 22-under par.

Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_068PGA Tour
The McGladrey Classic
Seaside Course
Sea Island, GA

A duck-hook on the first hole of the tournament meant that Robert Streb was more worried about making the cut than winning the tournament. But Streb kept his cool and finished the first round with a 1-under par 69. Streb followed the 69 with three more rounds in the 60’s, capped off with a final round 63. But he was not the only player playing well and finishing atop the leader board at 14-under par.

Three players entered a playoff at the Seaside Course, Brendon de Jonge, Will MacKenzie, and Robert Streb. Streb and de Jone made par to continue the playoff. MacKenzie’s bogey on the first playoff hole eliminated him.

On the par-3 17th Robert Streb carded a birdie two to claim the victory by hitting a fabulous 8-iron to four feet. The spoils of his first PGA Tour victory include the winner’s share of $1,0008,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points. Even more valuable for Streb is the now pending invitation to the Masters Tournament, as well at the Tournament of Champions.

LPGA Tour
Blue Bay LPGA
Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course
Hainan Island, China

The three-round Blue Bay LPGA is one of the last few events on the 2014 LPGA Tour’s season.

South African golfer Lee-Anne Pace came into the Blue Bay LPGA on a high note. The previous week she had won her ninth career Ladies European Tour (LET) event. With three rounds of 67 or better, she claimed victory at the Blue Bay LPGA by three shots over 2nd place finisher Caroline Masson and two 3rd place finishers Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda.

Though not necessary, Pace rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish in style.

2015 PGA Tour Schedule – Schedule Page Updated

Below you will find the full 2015 PGA Tour season schedule, complete with locations and TV networks as available on 10/23/14.  This useful information is also always available on the Frogger Blogger PGA Tour Schedule page.  The PGA Tour schedule page can be found by clicking the link in the previous line, or by clicking on on the “Tours” menun in the blog, and the PGA Tour Schedule sub-menu item.

2015 PGA TOUR SCHEDULE
DATE TOURNAMENT LOCATION COURSE PURSE NETWORK
Oct 9-12 Frys.com Open Napa, California Silverado Resort and Spa – North Course $6,000,000 The Golf Channel
Oct 16-19 Shriners Las Vegas, Nevada TPC Summerlin $6,200,000 The Golf Channel
Oct 23-26 McGladrey Classic Sea Island, Georgia Sea Island Golf Club – Seaside Course $5,600,000
Oct 30-Nov 2 CIMB Classic Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur G & CC $7,000,000
Nov 6-9 WGC-HSBC Champ Shanghai, China Sheshan International $8,500,000
Nov 6-9 Sanderson Farms Jackson, Mississippi Country Club of Jackson $4,000,000 The Golf Channel
Nov 13-16 OHL Classic Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo El Camaleon Golf Club $6,100,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 9-12 Hyundai Tourn Kapalua, Hawaii Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course $5,700,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 15-18 Sony Open Honolulu, Hawaii Waialae Golf Course $5,600,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 22-25 Humana Challenge La Quinta, California Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West, Jack Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West, La Quinta CC $5,700,000 The Golf Channel
Jan 29-Feb 1 Phoenix Open Scottsdale, Arizona TPC Scottsdale – Stadium Course $6,300,000 The Golf Channel
Feb 5-8 Farmers Insurance La Jolla, California Torrey Pines – South Course, Torrey Pines – North Course $6,300,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 12-15 Pebble Beach Pebble Beach, California Pebble Beach, MPCC – Shore Course, Spyglass Hill $6,800,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 19-22 Northern Trust Pacific Palisades, California Riviera Country Club $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Feb 26-Mar 1 Honda Classic Palm Beach Gardens, Florida PGA National Resort & Spa – The Champion Course $6,100,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 5-8 Puerto Rico Open Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Trump International – Puerto Rico $3,000,000 The Golf Channel
Mar 5-8 WGC-Cadillac Doral, Florida TPC Blue Monster at Doral $9,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 12-15 Valspar Champ Palm Harbor, Florida Innisbrook – Copperhead Course $5,900,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 19-22 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard , Bay Hill Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Mar 26-29 Texas Open San Antonio, Texas AT&T Oaks Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Apr 2-5 Houston Open Humble, Texas Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course $6,600,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Apr 9-12 The Masters Augusta, Georgia Augusta National $9,000,000 ESPN/CBS
Apr 16-19 RBC Heritage Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Harbour Town Golf Links $5,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Apr 23-26 Zurich Classic Avondale, Louisiana TPC Louisiana $6,900,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Apr 29-May 3 WGC Match Play San Francisco, California TPC Harding Park $9,250,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 7-10 PLAYERS Champ Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida THE PLAYERS Stadium Course $10,000,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
May 14-17 Wells Fargo Charlotte, North Carolina Quail Hollow Club $7,100,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 21-24 Crowne Plaza Fort Worth, Texas Colonial Country Club Course $6,500,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
May 28-31 Byron Nelson Irving, Texas TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas $7,100,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 4-7 Memorial Tourn Dublin, Ohio Muirfield Village Golf Course $6,200,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 11-14 St. Jude Classic Memphis, Tennessee TPC Southwind $6,000,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jun 18-21 US Open University Place, Washington Chambers Bay $9,000,000 ESPN/NBC
Jun 25-28 Travelers Champ Cromwell, Connecticut TPC River Highlands $6,400,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 2-5 Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia The Old White TPC $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 9-12 J Deere Classic Silvis, Illinois TPC Deere Run $4,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 16-19 Barbasol Champ Opelika, Alabama Robert Trent Jones at Grand National – Lake Course $3,500,000
Jul 16-19 British Open Gullane, St. Andrews – The Old Course $9,200,000 ESPN
Jul 23-26 RBC Canadian Open Oakville, Ontario Glen Abbey $5,800,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Jul 30-Aug 2 QuickLoans Nat Gainesville, Virginia Robert Trent Jones Golf Club $6,700,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 6-9 Barracuda Champ Reno, Nevada Montreux Golf and Country Club $3,100,000 The Golf Channel
Aug 6-9 World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational Akron, OH Firestone Country Club $9,250,000 CBS – HD National/The Golf Channel
Aug 13-16 PGA Champ Kohler, Wisconsin Whistling Straits-Straits Course $10,000,000 TNT/CBS – HD National
Aug 20-23 Wyndham Champ Greensboro, North Carolina Sedgefield Country Club $5,400,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Aug 27-30 The Barclays Edison, New Jersey Plainfield Country Club $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/CBS – HD National
Sep 4-7 Deutsche Bank Norton, Massachusetts TPC Boston $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 17-20 BMW Champ Lake Forest, Illinois Conway Farms Golf Club $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Sep 24-27 THE TOUR Champ Atlanta, Georgia East Lake Golf Course $8,250,000 The Golf Channel/NBC
Oct 9-11 Presidents Cup Incheon City, South Korea Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea TBA The Golf Channel/NBC

Weekend Wrap

HPBNC_2011_068PGA Tour
Shriners Hospital for Children Open
TPC Summerlin
Las Vegas, Nevada

During this part of the new PGA Tour season, aspiring pros and unknowns have big opportunities to secure victories, FedEx Cup points, and exemptions, as many of the bigger names are taking the time off for fall and winter.

Now is the time to cash in and take advantage.

That’s just what Ben Martin did this past weekend. The young Clemson graduate and 2010 built up a four shot lead by the 10th hole on Sunday. But nerves caused an errant shot U.S. Amateur runner-up on the 11th tee, resulting in a stuck position behind a tree. Combined with Martin’s bogey at #11, Kevin Streelman rattled off five birdies to overtake Martin and capture the lead.

In an “awesome way to finish,” according to Martin, he finished the final four holes in four-under-par to secure a two-shot margin of victory.

Win the win Martin punched his ticket to the Masters for the first time as a professional. He had played in the Masters as an amateur in 2010. Marin also takes the very early FedEx Cup points race lead, but the playoffs will not start for nearly a year from now so much can happen between now and then.

Three players tied for fourth place, four shots back: Brooks Koepka, Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson.

European Tour
World Match Play Championship
Ash, England

In 2012 Mikko Ilonen was ranked 334th in the world. On Sunday, he defeated the #1 seed and top five player Henrik Stenson in the World Match Play Championship.

Ilonen was one down after four holes, but eventually won the match 3&1 (three up with one to play).

I didn’t make any mistakes this afternoon against Henrik,” said Ilonen. “(I) felt like I had a good chance to beat him and I did.”