Monthly Archives: May 2017

Featured Courses

By Chance Meeting

Hampton, VA and surrounding areas have always been home to top quality yet affordable golf courses. Featured with The Hampton Roads Golf Guide are two of these quality courses: The Hamptons and The Woodlands.

The Hamptons is located on 320 Butler Farm Road and is in close proximity to Hampton Hotels located in Coliseum Central, the Hampton Roads Convention Center, and HUPTI. With expansive fairways, gentle Bentgrass greens and meticulously maintained grounds this course provides a relaxing and unique experience. Complete with a driving range, putting greens, and not 9, not 18, but 27 holes that can be played separately or altogether. Incorporated in the course are lakes, wildflowers and waterfalls, making for beautiful scenery on a course that is enticing to play. To contact them for information or tee time call: 757-766-9148

The Woodlands, located on 9 Woodland Road, is a public golf course with four different tee markers for all levels of play. 11 of it’s eighteen holes feature water thanks to the Hampton River which winds through the 54,00-yard course. Chris Artist, a regular at the Woodlands golf course stated that: “it’s a short course that’s easy to walk. In the wintertime I like to walk it and in the summertime I like to ride it.” In close proximity of Downtown Hampton and Hampton University this course is perfect for men, women, and children of all ages. To contact them for information or tee time call: 757-727-1195

Players Learn to Adapt Fast in ‘Season of New’ on TOUR

The fifth hole at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C. (Scott Kunath/PGA TOUR)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – No learning.

Seinfeld fans remember that as one of only two guiding principles for the show’s creators. (No hugging was the other.) But on the ever-changing PGA TOUR in 2017, players are learning as fast as they can.

“It looks stunning,” Rafa Cabrera-Bello said of Eagle Point Golf Club, the little-known host for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship, after he arrived at the course Tuesday morning. “But I haven’t played a single hole yet.”

That was a popular sentiment among the wide-eyed best players in the world as they prepared to play in the first Wells Fargo Championship held away from Quail Hollow Golf Club since the tournament’s inception in 2003. Eagle Point is hosting while Charlotte’s Quail Hollow — 220 miles to the west — preps for the PGA Championship in August.

Who knows what to expect this week? Hoping to soak up some course knowledge, Davis Love III asked to play in the Monday pro-am and had the club set him up with its best caddie for the round. William McGirt, who grew up 90 minutes from here but hadn’t played Eagle Point, said he planned to see nine holes Tuesday, “and the rest of ’em before the sun comes up Wednesday.”

At least players and caddies are used to adapting on the fly, what with this being the Season of New on TOUR. It’s not just that we have a new No. 1 (Dustin Johnson), or that we’ve had to come up with new expert analysis (“Sergio Garcia will never win a major”) and with it a new Best Player Never to Win a Major (insert your favorite player here). It’s not just that we’ve had to come up with a new Best Player Never to Win on TOUR. (Congratulations, Kevin Chappell, now go to the back of the line.) More than all that, it’s new countries. New courses. New formats.


Then again, maybe they’re not the real favorites. Eagle Point, a 2000 Tom Fazio design, is being compared to Augusta National. Will Masters winners like three-time champion Phil Mickelson have an advantage this week?

“I feel like I’m in Augusta, North Carolina,” said Damon Green, who caddies for Zach Johnson, another Masters winner.

Steven Bowditch was so struck by the Eagle Point/Augusta National similarities he went on Twitter with the mashup hashtag #augustapoint.

More than anything, Eagle Point demands to be seen, so defending Wells Fargo champion James Hahn was trying to play as many practice holes as he could. He said seeing a course anew can be helpful on some courses, but this isn’t one of them.

“I’ve played golf courses that I have seen for the first time and played well,” he said. “It’s target golf. You see the fairway, hit the fairway; you see the green, hit the green. And then it’s just trust your eyes on the green.

“But a course like this,” Hahn continued, “I feel like the more knowledge you have about the golf course and the more times you play it, that you will play better. It’s the kind of golf course that you can play it a hundred times and still not know every little intricacy of the greens, fairway, the wind, and how to play certain holes.”


The seventh hole at Eagle Point Golf Club. (Scott Kunath/PGA TOUR)

Ignorance is bliss? See no evil, score no evil? Forget it. Not this week.

“It’s like the Masters in that you can’t spend too much time on and around these greens,” Bob Estes said as he worked on his putting. “Especially with as windy as it’s supposed to be Thursday and Friday.”

“I just hope it doesn’t blow too much,” Pettersson said. As for the course record holder’s two cents on Eagle Point, Pettersson added: “The greens are slopey, and if you miss them it’s very difficult to get it up and down. It’s a pure place.”

Hahn went even further, calling Eagle Point one of the top five courses he’s seen on TOUR.

Now comes the hard or at least time-consuming part of getting to know it.

“We’re all afraid of a bit of change, aren’t we?” said Colin Byrne, Cabrera-Bello’s caddie. “Golf has to reinvent itself, and a new venue is like a reinvention. The thing about the PGA TOUR is the standard is so high, you really have to do something special to stand out.”

The early reviews are in, and in this, the 2017 Season of New, the Wells Fargo Championship and Eagle Point are the latest to do exactly that.

Blixt Helps Smith Get His First TOUR Win

Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt got it done in the new team format. (Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

May 01, 2017
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

AVONDALE, La. – It was during a practice round on Tuesday that Cameron Smith had a feeling. More like a hunch. Feeling good about his swing, and noticing that partner Jonas Blixt was also on his game, the young Aussie’s confidence started to swell.

Smith told himself, “We’re going to win this thing.” But then he added a disclaimer.

“Never really thought it would happen.”

It did, although it took four best-ball playoff holes and a Monday morning finish at TPC Louisiana before Smith’s hunch became a reality. His birdie after a terrific pitch shot on the par-5 18th decided the PGA TOUR’s first team event in 36 years, as Smith and Blixt beat the South Carolina duo of Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Each player gets credit for an official TOUR win. For the 23-year-old Smith – who’s now eligible to play in next week’s THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, his home practice facility — it’s the first of his young career and it left him emotionally spent on the 18th green, finding it difficult to put into words what it meant.

For the 33-year-old Blixt, who’s already qualified for THE PLAYERS, it was the third of his career – and this one, he said, was the most fun. The Swede had joined forces with the Aussie – they both live in the Jacksonville, Florida, area, and Blixt is roommates with Smith’s caddie – but certainly didn’t enter the week as favorites in this tournament’s strongest-ever field. In fact, they haven’t really known each other that long.

In the end, though, they found the kind of chemistry needed to win as a team.

“I felt like we’re kind of similar,” Blixt said. “We joke around at times but we also get extremely serious and into it at times, too. I felt like we gave each other a lot of space to play our own game and I felt like our games fit each other very well on the golf course, especially when you have alternate shots. I mean, I felt like I could hit it anywhere and he would get it up-and-down, and I hope he felt the same way.”

Blixt and Smith each had gorgeous opportunities in the earlier playoff holes Monday, with four birdies putts from inside 11 feet. Though they failed to convert, they felt in control with their aggressive play, setting the tone against Brown and Kisner.

During the trip from the 18th green to the ninth teebox for the third playoff hole, Smith turned to Blixt and said, “Let’s just stuff it in there.” Smith then took an aggressive line and found the green near the water guarding the left side. Blixt followed with an even better shot to inside 9 feet.

Both missed the putts, but then Smith left nothing to chance on his decisive pitch shot from 57 yards on the fourth playoff hole back at the 18th. It was the culmination of some extensive short-game work since the start of 2017.

“Inside a 100 [yards], I thought that it was my strong point in my game, and kind of because it was a strong point in my game, I just kind of let it go a little bit,” Smith admitted. “Really started working hard on that again this year, and yeah, to hit a shot like that under the pump, especially when you know you’ve got it, was pretty cool.”

His shot set up the short winning putt. It was a putt he had practiced many, many times back home in his native Brisbane, Australia, dreaming that it would win him a PGA TOUR event. Now it was a reality … and nothing like he imagined.

“To have a put to win on the PGA TOUR when you’ve been working towards it your whole life, is a completely different feeling,” Smith said. “It felt like the longest 2-1/2-foot putt I’ve ever hit.”

As well as Kisner and Brown played to start Sunday’s final round – 10 birdies in their first 11 holes to jump into the lead – they fell into a lull after that, one that extended into Monday.

In their last 11 holes, including the four playoff holes, they made 10 pars. The only hole in red numbers was Kisner’s miracle chip-in for eagle on the 72nd hole in the looming darkness Sunday that forced the playoff.

Both had birdies opportunities that could’ve won the playoff – Brown missing from 15 feet on the first hole, Kisner missing from 7-1/2 feet on the second. And both missed birdie putts inside 20 feet on the final hole that could’ve extended the playoff.

“The greens have just slowed down so much,” Brown said. “They are just hard to putt, and we just didn’t adapt well, unfortunately, coming down the stretch yesterday. And then this morning, we just couldn’t get anything to go.”

Still, the South Carolina duo – friends since they were 10 years old – welcomed the opportunity to team up together and contend.

“We had a great time, man, that was a great format,” Kisner said. “Fun to play with him in the heat. Having a chance to win is always fun. Didn’t get it done, but we’ll be back next year.”

So will Smith and Blixt – although Smith jokingly wasn’t ready to commit just yet during their last press conference together this week.

Smith: “Jonas isn’t my partner next year.”

Blixt: “Who are you going to play with?”

Smith: “I don’t know yet.”

Blixt: “We’ll see.”

Then a couple of bottles of celebratory champagne were opened, Blixt pouring some into the Zurich trophy. They each then took a big swig. It was still mid-morning on Monday, but here in New Orleans, that seemed rather appropriate.

“A bit dusty in the morning,” Smith said.

“That was good,” Blixt added. “I’ll have a refill.”

Live VR, 360 video to debut at THE PLAYERS Championship

Live virtual reality and 360 video coverage begins Thursday, May 11th. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

May 02, 2017

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship announced Tuesday that fans will be able to experience the iconic 17th hole’s island green at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass through live 360 video and virtual reality (VR) during all four days of THE PLAYERS Championship from May 11-14.

The live VR experience can be viewed on Samsung Gear VR headsets on a global basis through the “PGA TOUR VR Live” app available on the Oculus store. For fans who don’t have a Gear VR headset, the 360 video stream will be available exclusively on Twitter and Periscope during all four days of the event. Using any smartphone, fans will be able to watch live, 360 video from the 17th hole during THE PLAYERS. Fans can find the coverage starting on May 11 at or by following @PGATOUR on Twitter and Periscope.

The live VR experience is done in collaboration with Intel and will be produced with Intel True VR technology, bringing fans closer to the action than ever before with three concurrent VR camera positions during competition. One camera will be placed on the 17th tee, one camera on the walkway from tee box to the green, and one camera mounted in the water next to the island green.

“We are excited that THE PLAYERS Championship will host the PGA TOUR’s first live virtual reality production,” said Rick Anderson, PGA TOUR Chief Media Officer. “The PGA TOUR has experimented with virtual reality content for nearly two years. We tested Intel’s True VR technology on a live basis at the Genesis Open in February, and were very pleased with the quality. We decided that executing a live VR experience on one of the most dramatic holes in golf was something that our fans would love, and the fact that we are partnering with Twitter to deliver 360 video will offer tremendous scale.”

“The Intel True VR platform will provide golf fans with a new, immersive experience using our end-to-end solution. From our stereoscopic cameras at the iconic 17th hole to creating a PGA TOUR VR application for THE PLAYERS Championship, we work with our partners to create the best fan experience,” said David Aufhauser, managing director, Intel Sports Group. “Working with the PGA TOUR, as well as global distribution via Twitter and Periscope, gives us the ability to expand the Intel True VR experience to more fans.”

“The PGA TOUR continues to innovate for their highly-engaged fan base on both Twitter and Periscope,” said Laura Froelich, Twitter’s global head of sports partnerships. “Thanks to this collaboration, golf fans around the world will have exclusive and unique live access to the renowned 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.”

THE PLAYERS Championship marks the first time Twitter has distributed live 360 video during a major sports event. The announcement of this collaboration between the PGA TOUR and Twitter follows the live streaming relationship announced earlier this year. Twitter’s early round distribution of PGA TOUR LIVE coverage, viewable weekly at, has averaged almost half a million unique viewers each day, more than 70% of which are under 35 years old.

Wells Fargo Championship Standings

Fantasy Insider: Wells Fargo Championship



    With many unknowns about Eagle Point Golf Club, Wesley Bryan fits the mold for a player to consider in fantasy this week at the Wells Fargo Championship. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    May 02, 2017
    By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM

    As it concerns the six-man roster game, since Dustin Johnson sat out the Masters, we have the flexibility to get as aggressive as we want with him for two reasons. First, for just about all intents and purposes, TPC Sawgrass will win next week’s PLAYERS. We’ll analyze it more at the time, but it’s a terrific week to invest in a certain kind of golfer and not necessarily a household name. The other motivating factor to dangle DJ is that the U.S. Open, which he’ll be defending at Erin Hills, is a scoring-only fantasy contest. Johnson unquestionably will be at or near the top of our choices, but savvy gamers may want to swing around it for more points elsewhere.

    Segment 3 has eight events remaining, but they’re going to go by fast. It makes sense to chart ahead now so that you’re positioned to survive during what’s certain to be a challenging Segment 4.

    PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf presented by SERVPRO

    My roster for the Wells Fargo Championship (in alphabetical order):

    Paul Casey
    Dustin Johnson
    Phil Mickelson
    Jon Rahm
    Adam Scott
    Webb Simpson

    You’ll find my starters in Expert Picks.

    Others to consider for each category (in alphabetical order):

    Scoring: Wesley Bryan; Brian Harman; J.B. Holmes; Shane Lowry; Graeme McDowell; Francesco Molinari; Pat Perez
    Driving: Lucas Glover; Emiliano Grillo; Shane Lowry; William McGirt; Francesco Molinari; Louis Oosthuizen; Hudson Swafford; Harold Varner III
    Approach: Wesley Bryan; Lucas Glover; Kevin Kisner; Shane Lowry; William McGirt; Nick Watney
    Short: Wesley Bryan; Stewart Cink; Brian Harman; Kevin Kisner; Graeme McDowell; Sebastian Muñoz; Pat Perez

    Power Ranking Wild Card

    Kevin Tway … Co-authored a strong week at TPC Louisiana with Kelly Kraft. The duo finished four strokes outside the playoff, but it was still good enough for outright third place. However, on his own ball at TPC San Antonio the week prior, Tway tied for third for what went in the books as his first career top 25 on the PGA TOUR. Everything was clicking for him that week, so he’s sizzling.


    Carl Pettersson … Giving the Eagle Point member the benefit of the doubt. While he owns the course record (62), he’s been far from appealing in our world for too long. Just 39 years of age, the Raleigh resident is burning a career earnings exemption this season, but he hasn’t capitalized beyond the certainty of a full schedule. However, as the old saying goes, it takes only one week to make a season and he ranked fourth in strokes gained: putting en route to a T16 at the Valero Texas Open two weeks ago. The anchoring ban didn’t do him any favors, so that’s a more positive sign than what appears at face value. Now he can apply that confidence on greens he knows better than an extremely high percentage of the field.

    Lucas Glover … One of the more polarizing values on the board, but that’s a good thing because he’s been a regular conversation piece. The 37-year-old has set up nicely often since solving some troubles on the greens, but he’s still logged only one top-15 finish in his last 10 starts. This explains the omission from the Power Rankings, but no one is sleeping on him, either. With a new track where crisp ball-striking with a punch of power should be rewarded, you need to make room in every format.

    Pat Perez … Flying under the radar but shouldn’t be. If you can overlook the untimely sore shoulder at TPC Scottsdale, he hasn’t missed a beat since returning to action in October. The 41-year-old is 13-for-14 on the season with four top 10s and another four top 20s. Slots 24th in adjusted scoring and T7 in par-5 scoring. Toss in the fact that he’s ninth in scoring average before the cut and first in second-round scoring, and he’s a cornerstone in DFS.

    J.B. Holmes … The format in New Orleans was apparently just what he and teammate Bubba Watson needed. They tied for fifth. Holmes entered with better form, so he sets up as a hedge at Eagle Point. Currently 23rd in strokes gained: tee-to-green and capable of overpowering the track.

    Emiliano Grillo … He’s only 24 years of age and just a PGA TOUR sophomore, but we can trust that the 2015-16 Rookie of the Year is rumbling. Obviously, we want to latch on ahead of something special. Enough stars are aligned to warrant the risk at Eagle Point. He’s 11-for-12 on the season that was front-loaded with three top 20s but he also placed T7 at Bay Hill in March. Sits 24th in strokes gained: tee-to-green as well.

    Graeme McDowell … Tough to dismiss generally above-average consistency even if we might expect more. Nine top-30 finishes in his last 11 starts worldwide. Baseline accuracy off the tee could carry additional value in the wind this week. Already owns the mettle to withstand that kind of challenge, too.

    Stewart Cink … Along the same lines as G-Mac, the American has been a steady reservoir of support for months with seven top 30s in his last nine starts. Ranks 30th in both strokes gained: tee-to-green and greens hit as well as 19th in adjusted scoring. It’s the empirical evidence underscoring that he’s in a good place in his life, just as he’s said he is in the wake of his wife’s health scare.

    Harold Varner III … Checks two boxes. He’s back in relatively familiar climes as a product of East Carolina University just up the road and east of Interstate 95, and his aggressive game off the tee plays at Eagle Point. Hasn’t made much noise since capturing the Australian PGA Championship five months ago, but he’s 7-for-10 upon arrival with a pair of top 25 sprinkled in.


    James Hahn … While he’s poised to defend his second PGA TOUR title with better form than the 0-for-8 skid prior to prevailing at Quail Hollow last year, he hasn’t recorded a top-25 finish in a full-field event in 2017. Stick with full-season investments here.

    Patrick Reed … Cited solving an issue with the specs on a wedge in San Antonio before missing the cut, but perhaps a taste of the hunt last week is what he needed. Partnered with Patrick Cantlay, they tied for 14th at the Zurich Classic after positioning themselves one stroke off the lead at the midpoint. Because of such a strong start to his career, it’s easy to forget that Reed is only 26 years old. We should always expect greatness, but it would be narrow-minded to overlook that there are going to be hiccups along the way. Simply continue to abstain until he reconnects.

    Jim Furyk … I’ve written about it before and it bears repeating. If he’s not distracted by the attention of his role as Ryder Cup captain, it’s not evident in his execution inside the ropes. Zero top-35 finishes in all six stroke-play starts this year. It’s a mild concerning trend developing after he opened his return from wrist surgery in similar form a year ago before a co-runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.

    Zach Johnson … Arrived at Eagle Point with six consecutive rounds over par in stroke-play competition and having missed consecutive cuts for the first time in six years. His recent form is reason enough to look elsewhere, but the 41-year-old hasn’t been his usual self on approach. He’s giving away over two-and-a-half strokes per every four rounds versus his clip last season.

    Luke List … Eagle Point figures to highlight his strengths, but that’s a theme we’ve visited too often in the face of some adversity. Statistically a beast but tilts toward long-term ownership until he finds a comfortable place on the mountain that he’s scaling rapidly. All that said, I’d endorse a strategy to just toss him out there every week and deal with the pitfalls. He’s just so electric.

    Kevin Na … No worries long-term for the 33-year-old, but there’s been an excess of inconsistency of late. When reviewing his record over the last year or so, you wouldn’t know that he became a first-time father in August of 2016 – that’s a good thing for gamers because of his cachet – but he hasn’t played up to the usual expectations in weeks when he’s made sense. For now, he’s best left to the belly of full-season investors who aren’t complaining.

    Chris Kirk … Will turn 32 years old on Monday, May 8, but it would be a surprise party if he found form. At some point, the Georgian will right the ship, but we don’t need to reach. He’s gone eight starts with only three cuts made, none of which for a top 30. Now 100th in the Official World Golf Ranking, he’s at his worst spot in four years.

    Brian Gay … With all due respect to him and his form, I’m endorsing the possibility of him looking ahead to next week’s PLAYERS for which he’s now exempt after the PGA TOUR reviewed and adjusted the value of FedExCup points for golfers on medical extensions. With a pair of T6s in his last two starts, he’s ripe to carry that form into TPC Sawgrass, so we’ll give him another look next week.

    Alex Noren … Time and again, the PGA TOUR has acted as a cooler for international non-members attempting to sustain momentum from success abroad. The Swede is among recent victims save a quarterfinals run at the Match Play. If you’re still curious and hopeful, all of the previous four events in which he’s appeared featured deeper fields than his competition at Eagle Point.

    Returning to Competition

    Dustin Johnson … Just in case you weren’t aware, he’s No. 1 in my Power Rankings. For the paranoid, understand that he risks more by returning too soon from his back injury. Now that four weeks have elapsed, you can invest with confidence. Furthermore, when it happened, he cited that he’d be ready to compete a few days later.

    Notable WDs

    Louis Oosthuizen and Bud Cauley … Both were in my Power Rankings. Only the South African is exempt into THE PLAYERS at this time.

    Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith … Both punched tickets into next week’s PLAYERS when they won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

    Ben Crane, Freddie Jacobson, Kyle Stanley … All expected to compete in THE PLAYERS.

    Kelly Kraft … Taking the week off after a third-place performance (with Kevin Tway) at TPC Louisiana. Kraft is 41st in the FedExCup standings, so he can legitimately exhale and embrace the value of fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR for the foreseeable future. However, a short-range goal is to qualify for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, site of his U.S. Amateur title in 2011.

    Steve Marino … Fourth early WD of the season. Just five cuts made in 15 starts and sits 193rd in the FedExCup standings. He is not eligible for THE PLAYERS.

    Power Rankings Recap – Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Power Ranking  Golfers  Result

    1  Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson  MC
    2  Jason Day-Rickie Fowler  MC
    3  Branden Grace-Louis Oosthuizen  T24
    4  Daniel Berger-Thomas Pieters  MC
    5  Ryan Palmer-Jordan Spieth  4th
    6  Bud Cauley-Justin Thomas  T5
    7  Hideki Matsuyama-Hideto Tanihara  T32
    8  Patrick Cantlay-Patrick Reed  T14
    9  Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele  MC
    10  Kevin Chappell-Gary Woodland  MC

    Sleepers Recap – Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Golfers  Result

    Andrew Loupe-John Peterson  T39/MDF
    Lucas Glover-Chez Reavie  T39/MDF
    Dominic Bozzelli-J.T. Poston  T32

    Birthdays among active golfers on the PGA TOUR

    May 2 … none
    May 3 … Brooks Koepka (27)
    May 4 … Rory McIlroy (28)
    May 5 … Cameron Percy (43)
    May 6 … none
    May 7 … none
    May 8 … Andres Romero (36); Chris Kirk (32)

Featured Groups: Wells Fargo Championship

Phil Mickelson will be in a group with James Hahn and J.B. Holmes during the first two rounds. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

May 02, 2017
By Cameron Morfit, PGATOUR.COM

This week we head to Wilmington, North Carolina, and the sumptuous Eagle Point Golf Club, which is serving a one-year stand-in for Quail Hollow Golf Club as the host course. (Quail Hollow, in Charlotte, 220 miles to the west, will host the PGA Championship on Aug. 10-13.) Designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2000, Eagle Point is characterized by rolling terrain, massive oak trees, hundreds of pines, meandering streams, and bright white sand—these qualities, plus its impeccable condition, have drawn early comparisons to Augusta National.

Eagle Point is one of Golf Digest’s top 100 courses, and while it has never hosted a PGA TOUR event, the Port City is no stranger to professional golf. The Azalea Open at nearby Cape Fear Country Club regularly drew star-studded fields, and 60 years ago was won by Arnold Palmer.

PGA TOUR LIVE is scheduled to air from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Thursday and Friday. After Featured Groups, the coverage will switch to Featured Holes at 3 p.m. ET. The Featured Holes are the 223-yard 15th, the longest par-3 on the course—which generally plays into the wind—and the signature hole, the 442-yard 17th, where a creek runs up the left side and the second shot plays uphill to a large, two-tiered green.

PGA TOUR LIVE can also be viewed on Twitter ( from approximately 7 a.m. to approximately 8:15 a.m. ET Thursday and Friday.

(Note: All times Eastern; FedExCup ranking in parentheses.)

Adam Scott (78), Jim Furyk (138), Patrick Reed (97):
All three players are looking to jump-start seasons that have been good but not great. Scott, a 13-time TOUR winner, is coming off an encouraging T9 at the Masters and would seem to be a good fit for the Augusta-like Eagle Point. Furyk, the winner of the 2006 Wells Fargo and runner-up in 2005 and 2014, will look to transfer his success from Quail Hollow to Eagle Point. And Reed’s T14 with partner Patrick Cantlay at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans broke a streak of three straight missed cuts. This threesome also offers a Presidents Cup preview. Reed ranks 11th in the U.S. Team’s point standings, while Scott is third in the International Team’s rankings. Furyk already has been named one of Steve Stricker’s Captain’s Assistants.
Tee time: 7:45 a.m. off 10th tee

Dustin Johnson (1), Davis Love (213), Bill Haas (23): Almost no one in the field has played Eagle Point, but the top-ranked Johnson, returning from a freak back injury that knocked him out of the Masters, has won in his last three starts and would seem to be a good fit for any course that has 18 holes. Love, 53, also is looking to bounce back from injuries, his most recent being a broken collarbone. Haas has been a model of consistency so far this season with seven top-20 finishes.
Tee time: 7:56 a.m. off 10th tee

Paul Casey (29), Jon Rahm (4), Wesley Bryan (15):
All three players are riding hot streaks, with recent first-time winner Bryan (RBC Heritage) the latest to hoist a trophy three weeks ago at Harbour Town. Rahm also notched his first win earlier this season, at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines—one of five top-10 finishes this season, the second-most on TOUR—while Casey is clearly knocking on the door after a solo sixth at the Masters.
Tee time: 7:45 a.m. off 10th tee

Phil Mickelson (45), James Hahn (98), J.B. Holmes (91): Defending champion Hahn is grouped here with 2014 Wells Fargo winner Holmes, plus Hall of Famer Mickelson, who is still looking for his first TOUR win since the 2013 Open Championship. Runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the 2010 Wells Fargo, Mickelson seemed like a perennial contender at Quail Hollow. But given the numerous similarities between Augusta National and this week’s host venue, the three-time Masters winner might like Eagle Point even better. Mickelson has nine top-10s in 13 starts at this event, including four consecutive finishes of 11th or better.
Tee time: 7:56 a.m. off 10th tee