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How to Watch the Wyndham Championship, Round 2: Featured Groups, live scores, tee times, TV times

By: PGA Tour

The PGA TOUR Regular Season comes to a close with the Wyndham Championship at familiar Sedgefield Country Club. Defending champ Kevin Kisner returns to take on the likes of Will Zalatoris, past FedExCup champs Billy Horschel and Justin Rose as well as former college standouts Chris Gotterup and Cole Hammer.

Round 2 gets underway Friday as John Huh leads after posting a first-round 61.

Here’s everything you need to know to follow the action, including Featured Groups for PGA TOUR LIVE and newly expanded and extended coverage on ESPN+Click here for more details.

Leaderboard

Full tee times


HOW TO FOLLOW (All times ET)

Television: Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS)

Radio: Friday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. ET. Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio)

For outside of the U.S., click here for GOLFTV powered by the PGA TOUR

PGA TOUR LIVE

Friday Saturday Sunday
Stream 1 Main Feed: 6:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Main Feed: 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Main Feed: 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featured Group: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Group: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Group: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Stream 2 Marquee: 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Marquee: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Marquee: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featured Group: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Group: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Group: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Stream 3 Featured Groups: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Featured Groups: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Featured Groups: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featured Hole: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Hole: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Hole: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Stream 4 Featured Holes: 7:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Featured Holes: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Featured Holes: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Featured Hole: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Hole: 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Featured Hole: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

PGA TOUR Live is available exclusively on ESPN+

• Main Feed: primary tournament-coverage featuring the best action from across the course
• Marquee Group: new “marquee group” showcasing every shot from each player in the group
• Featured Groups: traditional PGA TOUR LIVE coverage of two concurrent featured groups
• Featured Holes: a combination of par-3s and iconic or pivotal holes

FEATURED GROUPS

FRIDAY

Marquee Group
Si Woo Kim, Adam Scott (10th tee)

Featured Groups
Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover, Rickie Fowler (10th tee)
Billy Horschel, Shane Lowry, Sepp Straka (10th tee)

Featured Holes: No. 5 (par 3), No. 11 (par 3), No. 15 (par 3), No. 17 (par 5)

Can Rafael Campos finally get it done

Byline: Xavier Williams

Rafael Campos is now 33 years old. He will be making his 13th start at the Puerto Rico Open this week, missing it just one time in his career a couple of years ago. Since Rafael turned pro there has been immense pressure on him to win as he is the only professional golfer from Puerto Rico on the PGA Tour, especially on a course that is an hour from where he grew up.  “I know they’ve been waiting for this for 13 years. Obviously it’s a dream of mine to hold this trophy, especially here in my home, where I live. For me, hopefully it’s a one-day celebration and I get back to work. But I know they’ll be ecstatic…” Last year Campos almost made this dream a reality. He had a share of the lead going into the final round on Sunday of the Tournament. He would finish T-3 after a sizzling 66 on Sunday by Branden Grace saw him lose his home tournament by three strokes. There’s no doubting how much pride Rafael has for playing for his country but he has even admitted at times that he can get ahead of himself and try too hard. He spoke to this fact last year before the final round on how dependent he was on his caddy to “keep me focused.” Rafael Campos’ focus and mental fortitude would be tested once again when he teed it up on Thursday in front of a home crowd. The question isn’t whether Rafael can get it done as he has proven he can win on the professional level with a win on the Korn Ferry Tour. The question is can he handle the pressure of Puerto Rico sitting on his shoulders as he tries to break through for the first time on the PGA Tour.

Winner’s Bag: Xander Schauffele, Olympic Games

By GolfWRX, PGATOUR.COM

Xander Schauffele takes home the gold medal with a one-shot win at the Olympic Games. Check out the clubs he used to close out the victory in Tokyo.

SANDRA GAL CELEBRATES FIRST FOURTH OF JULY AS AMERICAN CITIZEN

By LPGA Communications.

As Americans prepare for a return-to-normal celebration this Independence Day, it is good to reflect on those who, like many of our ancestors, came to America as immigrants, unsure about their futures but resolute in their quest for freedom and a better life. This past spring, the United States welcomed one new citizen that almost every fan of women’s golf will recognize. On Thursday, May 20, Sandra Gal raised her right hand and swore the oath of citizenship to become an American.

“For me, it was a natural, evolutionary process,” Gal told LPGA.com. “I played in college here [at the University of Florida] and when you come over from Europe, you get a visa. Then you can apply for a green card, which I did. After you’ve had your green card for five years, you are allowed to apply for citizenship. I did that a couple of years ago.

“It has been a bit of a slow process. But now, here I am.”

A native of Germany, Gal has been one of the most popular members of the LPGA Tour since becoming a member in 2008. A winner at the 2011 Kia Classic, she also represented Europe on the 2015 Solheim Cup team in her homeland.

“It has been 16 years that I’ve been here [in the United States] and it has felt like a second home for some time,” Gal said. “And now, to be able to call it my home officially is great.

“The green card [given to legal foreign residents] is pretty restrictive in terms of how much time you can spend in the U.S. and how much you can spend abroad, which was difficult to manage given Tour life and how much we travel. Being a citizen is definitely easier for me in terms of deciding where I want to live and how much time I want to spend here.

“I think in the beginning, America was the only country where I could get an education and continue to play golf at the same time,” Gal said. “I wasn’t sure, at the time, if I wanted to turn pro, so it made sense [to come here]. I only spent two weeks here prior to going to college [in Florida]. It was a dream, obviously. You start writing to coaches and applying to colleges early in high school. So, before I set foot here, it all seemed exciting and far away.”

Like most first-time visitors, there was a transition period.

“The first year was difficult for me,” Gal said. “But I found friends and I have obviously made my career here. I love the freedom and that I was able to pursue so many different things apart from golf. Meditation retreats, being a part of nature, staying with different families during tournaments, it all just opened my eyes to a lot of different things. I love Europe and I love the States. Every country has its benefits, its pros and cons, and I am very grateful that I can choose. There are a lot of people who don’t have that choice or that freedom.”

Those are among the things that many native-born citizens take for granted, along with the history and government questions those earning their status as Americans must answer.

“The test was not that difficult for me,” Gal said. “You have a set of 100 questions. And you have to get six out of 10 correct. I think now the pool is 200 questions. But a lot of it is stuff I learned in college in my history classes.”

The most difficult aspect of the process for Gal was getting to the swearing-in ceremony. The day before she was to become a U.S. citizen, she was on the course at Kingsmill Resort, waving to Anne van Dam as the latter played in the pro-am.

“I had planned my trip to Kingsmill to do some sponsor obligations,” Gal said. “So, I arrived on Sunday night [before the event] and then first thing on Monday morning, I received an email telling me to be at the immigration office in Tampa at 7:30 on Thursday to take my oath.

“I had driven with my boyfriend to Virginia and I had plans to shoot a few things until Wednesday afternoon. So, we drove up to Washington on Wednesday night and I caught a direct flight to Tampa. And then after taking the oath, I flew back up and we drove home.”

It was a whirlwind experience but one that she wouldn’t trade for anything. As difficult as the logistics might have been, they presented Gal with an opportunity she will never forget.

“On the day I took my citizenship oath, after I flew back up [to Reagan National airport in Washington], I got to walk around the [outside of the] White House,” she said. “That was really cool.”

Topgolf Entertainment Group Announces First-of-its-Kind 9-Shot Challenge with Toptracer Range and World Golf Tour

Global tournament connects Toptracer Range and World Golf Tour players in combined competition

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DALLAS, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Since its inception, Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment company, has worked to grow the game of golf by making it more accessible and connect communities across the globe through meaningful, tech-driven experiences. As a culmination of this commitment, Topgolf announces a first-of-its-kind 9-Shot Challenge Global Tournament, an innovative global competition that allows players to compete – from virtually anywhere.  This experience will deliver a cross-platform golf competition that connects in-person players from around the world at participating Toptracer Range locations and gamers of the leading World Golf Tour (WGT) online game as they vie for the top spot on global leaderboards.

The 9-Shot Challenge allows players to compete on virtual courses in a series of nine approach shots, testing their iron play skills, with the first tournament ranging in distances from 94 – 186 yards.  Whether playing online on WGT or in person at participating Toptracer Range locations, players can see where they stand in real time as global leaderboards track progress throughout the tournament.  Leaderboard standings will include country flags representing each player, providing visual representation to the true connection of communities around the globe through this competition.
“Introducing innovative ways to access the game of golf and connecting communities through fun and technology-driven experiences is at the core of who we are as a brand. This is why we are thrilled to see the 9-Shot Challenge come to life across multiple Topgolf-enabled platforms,” said Topgolf CEO Dolf Berle. “The ability to bring this competition to people in all corners of the world in a real-time, immersive event is a monumental milestone on our journey to connect people at the intersection of sports and technology, and we can’t wait to see this competition unfold.”
The first event of the 9-Shot Challenge kicks off Feb. 6 – 14 on the virtual Pebble Beach Golf Links coursewhich players can access any time at Toptracer Range locations and on WGT.  Competitors can join the challenge and put their skills to the test on the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course by visiting participating Toptracer Range locations  across the world or by downloading the free WGT by Topgolf mobile golf game, loved by over 30 million users. The top contenders in each tournament will be awarded unique prizes, including Callaway Golf Clubs, golf balls, WGT memberships and more.
Future tournaments will provide access to other notable courses that golf fans know and love including Kiawah Island (Ocean Course), Torrey Pines and The Royal St. George’s Golf Club, among others. Additionally, future 9-Shot Challenge Global Tournament events will be available not only at Toptracer Range locations and via the WGT online game, but also at select Topgolf entertainment venues.
To follow the tournament and see tournament rules, visit Topgolf’s 9-Shot Challenge site.
About Topgolf Entertainment Group
Topgolf Entertainment Group is a technology-enabled global sports and entertainment community that connects people in meaningful ways through the experiences we create, the innovation we champion and the good that we do. What started as a simple idea to enhance the game of golf has grown into a movement where people from all walks of life connect at the intersection of technology and sports entertainment. Topgolf Entertainment Group’s platforms include Topgolf venues, Topgolf Media, Topgolf International, Toptracer and Topgolf Swing Suite. Follow @topgolf on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or visit the Topgolf press page for the latest news.
About Toptracer
Toptracer, an innovative technology from Topgolf Entertainment Group, is the most-used and most-trusted advanced ball-tracing technology. The first of its kind to be introduced to the game of golf, Toptracer has revolutionized the way viewers experience the game at select Topgolf venues, driving ranges and while watching major golf tournaments. Today, Toptracer technology powers over 8,500 Toptracer Range driving ranges in 31 countries.
About WGT
WGT by Topgolf, an esports experience from Topgolf Entertainment Group and part of Topgolf Media, has become the leading online golf game designed to connect sports fans through a free, realistic, virtual golf gaming experience. Acquired by Topgolf in 2016, WGT now has more than 30 million downloads worldwide and brings gamers, golf enthusiasts and professional golfers together from around the world to play championship courses and iconic holes in photorealistic quality. To download WGT, visit m.wgt.com.

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Nassau Exuma: This Is Not Your Mama’s Bahamas

By A.J. Jones

Photo by A. Willis, Baha Mar Royal Blue Golf Course in Nassau, Bahamas

If you are ever looking for a great place to vacation during the Christmas holidays, I cannot think of a better place to go than the Bahamas. As a matter of fact, I spent this Christmas holiday in Nassau and Exuma, Bahamas. The water was turquoise, the weather was warm and the people were even warmer.

I must admit that when my daughter said that she wanted to go to the Bahamas and see the swimming pigs, I told her, ‘as much as I love pigs, I have already been to the Bahamas and there are too many other exciting new places where I have not visited yet.’ Since she had her heart set on going to the Bahamas and seeing the swimming pigs, and she worked hard to graduate

from Stanford, recently, with a master’s degree in Computer Science focused on Artificial Intelligence, I promised her earlier in 2019 that I would take her. Of course I had to wait until the weather was just right. I thought it would be too hot in the summer and too stormy in the fall, during hurricane season. I believed the Christmas holidays would be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Caribbean weather and it was. When my mother and I visited the Bahamas previously, after my graduation from college, we stayed in Freeport. This time we chose the Nassau airport to fly into because it is closer to the swimming pigs and I am glad we did.

If you have not been to the Bahamas ever or lately, you need to go

and you need to stay at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. I almost do not want to recommend it because it is so beautiful, so relaxing and so accommodating that it is difficult to leave and explore all of the wonderful people and places we discovered while in the Bahamas. The Grand Hyatt has 10 swimming pools/water features, 10 restaurants and a 100,000 square foot casino in the lobby. It is located on Cable Beach and it offers numerous shows and other entertainment options. The hotel was decorated exquisitely for the holiday season. There is a night club off the lobby and live music in the bar area. An ice skating rink with live shows is located near the convention center area outside of the hotel. Another good reason to travel to the Bahamas during the Christmas season, is because of the Junkanoo Parade. The parade is an African celebration in honor of a man named John Canoe (Junkanoo), who upon hearing that the Germans were going to sell Fort Fredericksburg to the Dutch in the early 18th Century, mounted a resistance that lasted almost 20 years. Fort Fredericksburg was in present day Ghana.

I do not know what it is like in other parts of the Caribbean but in Nassau, Junkanoo is celebrated on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and lasts for about 12 hours each day. Can you imagine a 12 hour parade? I went to the portion that occurred from 9 a.m. until noon. It was amazing. The dancing, the music and the costumes were all creative and breathtaking. The locals told me that I “missed the whole thing.” I replied, ‘I was there for three hours, how could I have missed the whole thing?’ They said that the best costumes are at night and they have lights. If it is so much better than what I saw, I’m glad I missed it. I do not think I could have handled that much more greatness. After celebrating Junkanoo, it was time to see the swimming pigs although the tour organizers tried to cancel at the last minute. They said there was a tropical storm brewing and the water would be too rough for the boat. Knowing how disappointed my daughter would be if she did not get to see the swimming pigs, I scoured the internet until I found a tour that was still planning to proceed. This tour, led by 3N, involved taking a flight from Nassau to Exuma. After they assured us they would not cancel for any reason, we booked that tour and left early the next morning. We set our alarms on our phones and counted pigs until we fell asleep. The next morning I was surprised to see the smallest plane I had ever had the pleasure or disdain to book. While sitting in the last row of seats, I could almost touch the pilot on the shoulder. A whole lot of prayers later, we landed in Staniel Cay, Exuma, one of the most beautiful places on earth. The tour guides led us to the boat from the airport, it could not have been much more than 200 yards. The boat was adequate, if one does not mind not having cover from the rain. It was

definitely fast and there were times that I was not sure if I might be thrown from it. I kept a smile on my face the whole time. Who does not love being on a boat, in the middle of beautiful island scenery, no matter how likely it may be that you may get thrown into the shark infested water?

I did not really think about the danger of sharks the whole time I was swimming on the tour. When we were actually swimming with the kind of sharks that are not dangerous, nurse sharks, I did for a moment think, ‘how would I know if the dangerous kind slipped in here with these tame ones?’

When we arrived at the island with the swimming pigs I have never seen so many grown folks lose their minds over some animals. Okay, I did it too. The pigs were so cute when they swam out to meet our boat. They knew we were going to have something to feed them. The boat captain, yes, the same one who I was sure was trying to dump me out of the boat during most of the tour, gave us bread to feed the swimming pigs. There were huge pigs, baby pigs and every size in between, on this island. They are feral pigs who somehow learned to swim and people will pay crazy money and risk life and limb to see these floating balls of fat.

After swimming with the pigs we went to lunch and some of those same people who were going gaga over the pigs ordered BLT sandwiches for lunch. I just gasped as I heard them belt out their orders, shamelessly. Three of the four people at my table were vegan

and the other person ordered fish (I do not believe it was shark meat). There were approximately 15 people on our boat including the captain and another person who worked for the tour company. After lunch, we went to a cool sand bar in the middle of the water. It looks like you are walking on water from a distance. We also went to a grotto that was featured in the James Bond film Thunderball. We donned snorkeling equipment to see the fish in the cave but with the current and all of the swimming I had done earlier, my arms and legs were too tired to go inside. I did see some beautiful fish just outside the cave. The tour guides also took us to the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the ‘70s, which is not something I wanted to see knowing I had to ride that Barbie plane back to Nassau soon. I would definitely go on that tour again if someone else was paying. I did not even mention that our first stop was Iguana Island. I was not that excited about seeing iguanas because I saw so many in Puerto Rico, earlier in the year; however, everyone else seemed to enjoy watching them.

Tired, cold, wet and just plain scared, I headed back to the airport and thought, this is one of the best days of my life. We made it back to Nassau in the Barbie plane and tried to get the city bus back to our hotel. Since it was a Saturday evening, I do not believe the buses run that late on the weekend.

We did discover, however, that instead of a $25 taxi, we could catch a bus for about $1.50, to downtown from our hotel. And earlier on Saturday, we rode the bus to the airport for approximately $2.00 each. On our last day in the Bahamas, we planned to visit the golf course that is part of Baha Mar. We did not have enough time to actually play. The Royal Blue Golf Club just happened to be hosting a professional golf tournament, as we arrived. We were given a tour of the course by the two very knowledgeable and delightful assistant golf pros, Georgette and JR. The course was immaculate, without a blade of grass out of place. I cannot wait to return to Baha Mar to actually play a round of golf at the Royal Blue Golf Club.

I met so many kind and thoughtful people while I was in the Bahamas. Even downtown, where we visited the Pompey and Pirate Museums. The history lessons were nice but the lessons in humility that the Bahamian people teach while going about their daily lives are priceless. I met a kind gentleman who owned a Jamaican Restaurant a couple of blocks from the Pompey Museum that put his heart and soul in the food he serves and his customer service. The staff at the Grand Hyatt always greeted us with smiles. I would challenge anyone to find someone there who is having a bad day.

Although we intended to go, we never made it to Atlantis or Paradise Island. I felt like I was already in paradise at the Grand Hyatt. Actually, the entire country feels like paradise. I will be back in the Bahamas soon.

LPGA Announces Q-Series for 2018

What is the Brand New Q-Series Coming in 2018?

One of the biggest changes coming to the LPGA in 2018 is the revamping of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, the process whereby players from the United States and all over the world compete to earn membership onto the LPGA. This year, a record 361 players started Stage I in California.

It’s currently a three-step process where non-members generally start at Stage I in California. This year, exactly 90 players advanced from Stage I to Stage II, which takes place in Venice, Florida. The top 80 and ties advance from Stage II to Final Stage, where the top 20 earn what is considered “full” LPGA membership while finishers 21 through 45 earn “partial” or “conditional” LPGA membership.

What’s Staying the Same?

Stage I and Stage II of LPGA Qualifying Tournament are not going anywhere. Recent college graduates, those testing the waters early and the influx of players around the world hoping to reach the LPGA will still have to grind through the five-round gauntlet that is Stage I, which some consider the hardest because of the pressure and the 115–degree summer temps in the dessert.

What’s Changing?

Instead of Stage II feeding into Final Stage, it will feed into the Symetra Tour, for the most part. There will be some exceptions where top finishers at Stage II will qualify for the Q-Series.

Final Stage in Daytona Beach will be replaced by this new concept called the Q-Series, which will take place in October. It will be two, four-day tournaments on two separate golf courses in the same market and scores will be cumulative over the eight rounds of competition.

Who Qualifies for the Q-Series?

The major goal of the Q-Series is to identify the most LPGA-ready talent. In the past, Final Stage was at one golf club, played over five rounds. Someone could have a bad week or catch the flu or experience the yips on the greens. It’s a roll of the dice. One tournament over five rounds doesn’t adequately provide the best glimpse at who should be on the LPGA.

That’s where Q-Series helps to find the top performers. Players that finish No. 101 to 150 on the LPGA money list during the current season will qualify along with those that finish No. 11 through 30 on the Symetra Tour money list. Players in the top 75 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will also qualify for Q-Series.

Additionally, the top five players according to Golfweek’s Collegiate Rankings will also skip Stages I and II and right into the Q-Series.

Finally, the top finishers from Stage II will round out the field.

The field will be 108 players and there will be approximately 45 spots up for grabs for the 2019 season.

Jhonattan Vegas successfully defends RBC Canadian Open title

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title Sunday at Glen Abbey, beating Charley Hoffman with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Vegas’ approach from the left bunker in the playoff on the par-5 18th hit the grass just above the sand lip and went through the green. The 32-year-old Venezuelan chipped to a foot — after racing a chip past the hole in regulation from the same area en route to a par — and won when Hoffman’s birdie try from the back bunker slid past the hole.

Vegas closed with a 7-under 65 to match Hoffman at 21-under 267. Hoffman, the third-round leader, birdied the 18th for a 68.

Vegas has three PGA Tour titles, also winning the 2011 Bob Hope Classic.

Ian Poulter was a stroke back after a 64, the best round of the day.

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