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A stacked field with 10 of the top 20 in the world amongst a field of 156 players and their amateur partners are vying to rack up the most birdies in the first event on the mainland this season. For more details of the courses keep reading past the rankings but let’s see who runs well in the desert! It’s a slight hike from the Los Angeles Rams SoFi Stadium but those blue and yellow fans would know signs point to Coachella being Rahm’s house! Horses for Courses High Five -Players listed only if they are in the field for 2022- Jon Rahm (Win: +600; Top 5: +125; Top 10: -160; Top 20: -350) Won in his second visit in 2018 in a playoff over Andrew Landry as they posted 22-under. Solo sixth (-21) in 2019 as he looked to join Johnny Miller as the only winners to defend. Returned in 2022 for T14 on 14-under. All 16 rounds are par or better. Posted 62 at La Quinta in 2018 for his best in the rotation. Never MC in four starts. Patrick Cantlay (Win: +1100; Top 5: +225; Top 10: +110; Top 20: -190) Holds the Stadium Course record by two shots as he closed with 61 in 2021 for second place. Opened with 62 at La Quinta last year and led after 36 holes before settling for ninth. Posted T9 in 2019 in his first visit since racking up nine-under yet missing the cut in 2013. Of his 15 rounds all are 72 or better and six have resulted in 66 or better. Streak is three consecutive top 10s. Si Woo Kim (Win: +4000; Top 5: +700; Top 10: +333; Top 20: +140) The 2021 champ had to navigate three of the four rounds on the Stadium Course (23-under). Co-led the field in Par-5 Scoring and GIR while not making a bogey on the Stadium Course. T11 in defense last season but was second with 26 birdies. T9 debut in 2016. Cashed in four of five visits. Sits 39-under in his last two starts. Brian Harman (Win: +4000; Top 5: +650; Top 10: +320; Top 20: +150) Played all seven events since the new rotation started and has made six cuts. All six paydays are T21 or better with T3 and T8 the last two seasons. T3 in 2022 and 2017. Sits 49-under over the last three editions. Closed with a Sunday co-best 64 last year. Adam Hadwin (Win: +6600; Top 5: +1000; Top 10: +450; Top 20: +220) Streak of T6-2nd-T3-T2 from 2016 thru 2019. Never MC in seven visits. T32 or better in six visits in the new rotation. Shot 59 at La Quinta in 2017 in Round 3. Sits sixth on the all-time money list minus a victory. T25-T32 in his last two visits. Odds sourced on Tuesday, January 17th at 3 p.m. ET. For live odds visit betmgm. Pipped at the Post Tom Hoge (Win: +4000; Top 5: +700; Top 10: +333; Top 20: +160): Played in final group last year for 2nd place (-21). Sat one back after 36 and 54 holes. Picked up T6 in 2020 (-19) in just his second weekend in five starts. MC 2021. Andrew Landry (Win: +??00; Top 5: +6600; Top 10: +2800; Top 20: +1200): 2020 winner made 31 birdies to claim title. Lost playoff to Rahm in 2018. Run of four straight was busted with MC 2022. T28 or better in three of six. Sungjae Im (Win: +2200; Top 5: +350; Top 10: +188; Top 20: -110): Cashed T11, T12, T10 and T12 in four visits the last four years. Of 12 rounds 11 are in the red with 86 birdies. Michael Thompson (Win: +??00; Top 5: +2800; Top 10: +1200; Top 20: +550): Cashed in half of six visits to this rotation with T5 (2021) and T9 (2019) the highlights. T28 in 2016. MC in 2022 and 2020. Tony Finau (Win: +1400; Top 5: +275; Top 10: +138; Top 20: -160): Cashed three straight as T14 was followed by T4 before T40 last season. Did not start between 2017 and 2019. Owns 62 on NT and 18 of 19 rounds career in the red. Bookies Bonus (starts/made cuts) Lee Hodges: 1/1 (Win: +12500; Top 20: +400) Led after 54 holes last year on the back of 62 and 64 before finishing T3. Will Zalatoris: 1/1 (Win: +2000; To Make Cut: -600) T6 on debut included 61 at NT. Cam Davis: 3/3 (Win: +5000; To Make Cut: -250): T3 in 2021 came after T29 and T28 the previous two seasons. DNS last year. Scottie Scheffler: 2/3 (Win: +1000; Top 5: +188; Top 10: -110; Top 20: -225): Played in final group on debut in 2020 but shot 70 to finish third. MC in 2021 before T25 last year. All 10 rounds in the red. Andrew Putnam: 5/6 (Win: +5000; To Make Cut: -190): T34 or better in five appearances in this rotation with T14-T21-T10 the last three seasons. All 20 rounds in the red. David Lingmerth: 6/6 (Win: +25000; Top 20: +700): Lost a playoff in 2016 and in 2013. First visit since 2018. Bill Haas: 12/18 (Win: +75000; Top 20: +1600): Only two-time winner in the field but MC the last five. Caution. Jason Dufner: 10/13 (Win: +100000; Top 20: +1600): Inaugural winner on this rotation has cashed five of seven here but nothing better than T25 after his win. With three Par-72 resort courses sitting not even 7,200 yards from the tips it’s easy to see why everyone in the field this week is licking their chops. For those players mired in a slump The American Express should provide an excellent elixir to getting back on form. For the in-form players there’s nothing better than not having to judge wind, elevation or tricky greens. Ready, aim, fire and make the putt. The rough barely is noticeable and the greens are pure and perfect. Weather won’t factor so stick those wedges close and roll the Par-5 holes over. After a round on each course the top 65 and ties return to Pete Dye’s Stadium Course for the final round. It provides the biggest challenge, relatively speaking but is more difficult when the wind blows. But if that’s not the case, scores should sparkle in the mid 20’s again. The forecast suggests that to be the case again this year. Adam Long (2019) and Jhonattan Vegas (2011) are the only rookie winners. Jon Rahm and Jack Nicklaus were both 23 when they won, the two youngest to do so. Brian Gay was 41 in 2013 when he became the oldest winner. On the line is 500 FedExCup points plus $1.440 million of the $8 million purse for the first winner on the West Coast swing. Need more details about the course, the weather or what it took for previous winners? Read Statistically Speaking, and Adam Stanley’s The First Look.

By: LPGA

Professional golf tours can be a lot like the traveling circus. Players and officials whisk into town, the tents go up, the tournament goes live for about a week, and the tents, gallery ropes and leaderboards then get packed away, bound for the next stop somewhere up the road.

Sometimes, nothing gets left behind outside of worn fairways. And other times, as is the case at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions at Orlando’s beautiful Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, something very significant remains, promoting a trail of positivity across the community.

Hilton Grand Vacations’ HGV Serves program is a generous give-back initiative that will bolster Orlando-area charities in robust ways. HGV Serves is focused on helping communities in four key areas: disaster relief, veterans, homelessness and youth development. This year’s tournament focuses on youth, benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the ANNIKA Foundation, two groups that are making a major difference in the lives of young people.

“This year, we’re excited to work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida during tournament week to give local youth an opportunity to experience the game of golf,” said Mark Wang, president and CEO of Hilton Grand Vacations.

There are 40 area clubs affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, reaching about 8,000 youths annually. Nic Freeman, associate director of volunteer engagement and corporate citizenship for Central Florida, said the goal is to take young people from disadvantaged circumstances and help them realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

“We really try to have an approach for not letting our kids settle for being average,” Freeman said.

In addition to watching top golfers and world-class athletes compete at Lake Nona, youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida will learn about many of the behind-the-scenes operations that make a tournament go, giving them exposure to something they previously have not seen.

“We are really grateful to HGV for the opportunity, as a partner of the HGV Serves program, to really give our kids exposure,” Freeman said. “The research backs this up. It’s not always about talent and ability, it’s about exposure. … Our kids will get a chance to learn from the best of the best, to see what they do. Not just the players, but they’ll meet people behind the scenes.”

On Saturday of tournament week, the youth will spend time and meet people who work for the LPGA, Hilton Grand Vacations and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (they’ll even get to meet the head chef), as well as tour the media center and spend time with the professionals putting together the broadcast for Golf Channel.

“It’s the ripple effect,” Freeman said of the opportunity, “and you just don’t even know where it is going to end.” In the past, Freeman said he has watched students learn about careers as engineers and lawyers, and then successfully set out to work in those fields.

Annika Sörenstam is generally regarded as the best golfer in the history of the women’s game, having won 72 LPGA titles and 10 major championships. She will compete at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (where she, her husband and two children reside and play) in the tournament’s celebrity division, having lost in a playoff to Derek Lowe last year. But playing is now a hobby; her biggest mission is in helping young female golfers chase their dreams.

Her ANNIKA Foundation has been an effective vehicle in promoting golf and good health to young girls not only here in the United States, but around the world. The ANNIKA Foundation has seven global tournaments (the winner of her Orlando junior invitational gets a spot into the HGV TOC field) and she also takes part in a “Share My Passion” platform that helps introduce younger players to the game.

She is seeing the fruits of her efforts, as several players that her foundation has nurtured are now playing and winning on the LPGA Tour. HGV Serves will donate $100,000 to the ANNIKA Foundation, which goes a long way.

“This is a newer partnership,” Sörenstam said, “and for HGV to do this, and to see the value in it, it’s one more reason that I’m playing.”

It’s one more way for Sörenstam, who has received so much from the game of golf, and for Hilton Grand Vacations to give something back, leaving things better than they found them.

Adds Wang, “The ANNIKA Foundation really fits well with the youth development pillar of HGV Serves since it focuses on giving back and helping young people. We’re really excited to continue our partnership this year.”

Hawaii club pro battling cancer makes Sony Open debut at age 60

By: PGA

Michael Castillo earned spot via Aloha Section PGA Championship, underwent radiation in November

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Michael Castillo comes from a rich heritage of golf in Hawaii, now the head pro at Kapalua and formerly president of the Aloha Section PGA. He had reason to believe his hope of ever playing the Sony Open in Hawaii was long gone.

But his assistants at Kapalua talked him into playing this year, mainly because the Aloha Section PGA Championship was at Poipu Bay, where he spent 12 years as the head pro.

Never mind that he faced radiation in November for cancer that returned to his liver. Or that he was 60 and mostly competed in senior divisions. He can still putt great, and Castillo birdied the last hole to win by one.

Now he’s at the Sony Open, the oldest player in a field that includes 20-year-old Tom Kim and three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, who upon finishing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions (at Kapalua) thanked Castillo for last week and wished him the best this week at Waialae.

“It is really cool,” Castillo said. “And it’s the first time our family will all be together in 10 years. So that’s exciting to get together as a family.”

The patriarch is longtime club pro Ron Castillo, who played 10 times in the Sony Open. His five children all became golf professionals. His daughter, Lori, won the U.S. Junior Girls in 1979 and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in 1980 and is in the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame along with her father.

Castillo’s father and two brothers have played the Sony Open, which like several PGA TOUR stops, reserves a spot for the PGA professional in that section.

“I thought that opportunity had passed many years ago,” Castillo said. “I only played in the section championship because it was at Poipu. The guys said, ‘You’ve got to play.’ I played well, putted good, it was 25 mph wind and I birdied 18 to win.”

If that wasn’t enough of a challenge, Castillo was diagnosed with colon cancer nearly five years ago. It moved to his liver, his lung and back to his liver. He has gone through chemotherapy and radiation two times each.

The Aloha Section championship was in September.

“I knew in September I needed radiation for cancer on my liver,” he said. “I waited until that tournament, went to New Mexico for the Senior PNC (Professional National Championship) with my sister, Lori, on the bag, and then did treatments.”

He said it was a small bit of cancer, and his options were having radiation or doing nothing.

“I went with radiation and I’ll know next month if it was successful,” he said. “In December, it cleaned my body out and I feel pretty good. I’m ready for the Sony.”

His father and two brothers never made the cut. Castillo was hosting 39 players at the Sentry Tournament of Champions last week, and his assistants kept on him by asking, “Did you putt today?” He found time.

But it’s not entirely about his performance at Waialae. Castillo finally made it, a tribute to his family, and they’ll all be there watching. That’s enough.

Sleeper Picks: Sony Open in Hawaii

By: PGA

Greyson Sigg (+300 for a Top 20) … While nothing ever is guaranteed, it’s still not too surprising when a PGA TOUR sophomore with pedigree figures it out. His rookie season of 2021-22 was solid but unspectacular, but the 27-year-old already has made quick work of this season with a trio of top 15s among six paydays in as many starts. It includes a T15 at Sea Island that can comp to Waialae. Finished T42 in his debut here last year. He was in position to strike for a top 25 or better but got upended by a closing 70. If he turns that lesson into lemonade, then we’ll witness that this week. Oh, and it can’t hurt that his Georgia Bulldogs just defended their national title on the gridiron on Monday night.

Andrew Putnam (+175 for a Top 20) … As a former runner-up at Waialae (2019), he already was in our crosshairs, but it’s his only top 25 in six attempts. That speaks to what can happen in a shootout no matter the level of comfort. So, his experience and one-time podium finish serve as supportive evidence to continue to elevate expectations for the 33-year-old. After trotting through the tape of the 2021-22 season, he’s opened the new campaign 8-for-8 with a T2 at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP punctuating three top 25s.

Robby Shelton (+350 for a Top 20) … The 27-year-old went to work in the fall and already has proven that he won’t squander his return to the PGA TOUR. With a T10 at The RSM Classic to highlight four top 25s contributing to his 6-for-7 record, he’s 45th in FedExCup points on arrival for his third appearance at Waialae. Finished T25 with four steady red numbers in his last trip in 2021. The last time he appeared as a Sleeper, he placed T15 at the Shriners three months ago.

Kramer Hickok (+800 for a Top 20) … Yes, he’s in a slump, so, yes, this is an aggressive send, but it’s all about the fit over form. It’s one of those opportunities to trust in the professional athlete to overcome what, on paper, screams for us to run in the other direction, or at least abstain. Since 2020, he’s 3-for-3 at Waialae with a T19 in 2021 and a T20 last year. All nine of his most recent loops of the course are in the 60s. Another driver of the nod is that he’s had a break to reflect and reset without giving away any positioning in the FedExCup standings.

Kazuki Higa … There’s no argument that all competition is relative, but when we’re exploring potentially hidden value, he’s a fantastic find. Fresh off a four-win season on his native Japan Golf Tour where he ran away with the money title. His most recent victory was by three strokes at the prestigious Dunlop Phoenix in mid-November that included notables such as Mito Pereira (2nd), Tom Kim (T4) and Corey Conners (T11). At 67th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Higa is the only Japanese talent inside the top 100 other than Sony Open in Hawaii defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (21st). Oh, and he’s also on the bounce after receiving an invitation to compete in his first Masters this year.

SAHALEE COUNTRY CLUB NAMED SITE OF THE 2024 KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

By: LPGA

Prestigious Washington State Club to Host its Second KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 15, 2022) – The PGA of America announced today that Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, has been selected as the site of the 2024 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Sahalee Country Club hosted the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship as well as the 1998 PGA Championship. In 2016 at Sahalee, Brooke Henderson defeated then-No. 1 Lydia Ko with a birdie in a one-hole playoff to win her first major championship. In 1998, Vijay Singh recorded a final-round 2-under par 68 to finish at 9-under.

“The PGA of America is ecstatic to bring the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the best women players in the world back to a premier venue in the Pacific

Northwest,” said PGA President John Lindert. “Sahalee Country Club was an outstanding host for the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and has an excellent record in hosting major championships. We are excited to return to Washington in 2024.”

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be conducted in Summer 2024. The Championship is a collaboration between the PGA of America, the LPGA and KPMG, which focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, connects a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit (KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit) and an ongoing charitable initiative (KPMG Future Leaders Program) to inspire and develop new generations of female leaders.

“We are thrilled that the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will once again be hosted at Sahalee Country Club and look forward to coming together for this historic event in 2024,” said Amy Banovich, KPMG Seattle Office Managing Partner. “The Championship has had a major impact on women’s golf in Washington and continues to elevate women on and off the golf course through the Championship, KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, and KPMG Future Leaders Program.”

Designed by Ted Robinson in 1969 and renovated by Rees Jones in 1996, Sahalee Country Club takes its name after the Chinook phrase “High Heavenly Ground.” The par-72 layout was carved out of the tall, majestic Cedar and Douglas Fir native to the Pacific Northwest and is consistently ranked among America’s greatest courses.

“Sahalee is excited to add to our rich history of hosting major championship golf,” said Sahalee Country Club Director of Golf, Bryan Nicholson, PGA. “We look forward to welcoming back the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and working with the PGA of America to showcase the greatest women golfers in the world at our High Heavenly Ground.”

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship annually features one of the strongest fields in women’s golf. The 156-player field includes the top eight finishers from the previous year’s LPGA Professionals National Championship, including PGA of America women members if they rank among the eight positions, plus the winner of the PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship.

The Championship, which is operated by the PGA of America in close collaboration with the LPGA, has built on the history and tradition of the LPGA Championship, which began in 1955 and is the second-oldest major in women’s golf.

The 2023 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be held June 21-25 on the Lower Course at historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.

For more information about KPMG, visit www.KPMG.com/WomensLeadership

For more information about the Ladies Professional Golf Association, visit www.LPGA.com

For more information about the PGA of America, visit www.pga.com

For more about the Championship, visit www.kpmgwomenspgachampionship.com

Tiger Woods’ new normal a balancing act of rehab, rest

By: PGA

  • Tiger Woods on his intentions to play golf in 2023

NASSAU, Bahamas – Tiger Woods, who will miss this week’s Hero World Challenge because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, got a new question at his press conference Tuesday:

“There are 206 bones in the body. Do you know each one of them by now?”

Woods, who will be 47 on Dec. 30, laughed and shook his head.

“No,” he said. “But I know each one that hurts, OK?”

The unofficial Hero, which benefits Woods’ foundation and which he has won five times, has always served as a de facto State of the Tiger get-together. Before we turn the page on the calendar, it’s a time for Woods to sit before the press and answer questions about his win streaks, major titles, swing changes, dominance.

Now, though, the main topic is human frailty.

“Well, it was a tough decision just because I want to play,” Woods said. “… Unfortunately, I can hit the golf ball and hit whatever shot you want, I just can’t walk.”

Would he have considered taking a cart this week if he’d been allowed?

“On the PGA TOUR, no,” he said. “I think walking is an integral part of the game at our level.”

The only fix, he added, is to receive treatment and, most crucially, stay off his feet.

He will ride in “The Match,” a 12-hole tilt under the lights at Pelican Golf Club in Belleaire, Florida on Dec. 10 (TNT, 6 p.m.). He and Rory McIlroy will take on unbeaten Presidents Cup duo Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

Woods will also ride, and not hit every shot, as he plays with son Charlie at the father-son PNC Championship at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes, Dec. 15-18.

Almost as an aside Tuesday, Woods said his year has been more eventful on the medical front than anyone knew. “I had a couple surgeries, yes,” he said, but he would not elaborate.

He said the plantar fasciitis is a residual effect of the severe injuries he suffered in a single-car accident in Los Angeles in early 2021. He has teed it up three times this year, making the cut at the Masters Tournament (47th), making the cut but withdrawing at the PGA Championship, and missing the cut at The Open Championship.

He went into The Open, he said Tuesday, thinking he could win. “I was doing everything right” he said, “and then, all of a sudden … my leg just wasn’t working properly.”

Although his health has improved since July, he said, it’s still not where it needs to be. And so he continues to toe the line between working his way back to health and working so hard that he inadvertently makes himself worse.

“It’s a balancing act, right?” he said. “How hard do you push it to make progress while not pushing it too hard to go off the edge and you set yourself back two, three days, and that’s been the balancing act the whole year. And trying to do that, get ready for this event, I did a lot of beach walks trying to simulate the sand out here and my foot just did not like that very much.”

For Woods, the winner of 82 PGA TOUR events, including 15 majors, this is the new normal.

“The goal is to play just the major championships and maybe one or two more,” he said. “That’s it. I mean, physically that’s all I can do. … I don’t have much left in this leg.”

When he does play, he continued, he’ll just hope to catch lightning in a bottle and remember how to close. It will be hard, he added, relegating himself to tournament hosting duties this week.

“When I was at home,” he said, “I was shooting 4, 5, 6, 7 under par like it was nothing, but I was in a cart. Now you add in walking and that goes away.”

When it returns, so will Woods, but for now the wait continues.

Men’s Golf Finishes Ninth at ODU/OBX Intercollegiate

By: Old Dominion University

POWELLS POINT, N.C. – The Old Dominion men’s golf team couldn’t make up much ground after a disappointing second round as the Monarchs finished ninth Tuesday at the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate at Kilmarlic Golf Course.

“We were hoping to be in contention for the title in our own tournament at Kilmarlic this week,” said head coach Murray Rudisill. “We did not play well, and our youth and inexperience showed up, especially in the second round. Hopefully our team will be able to get some great practice in before the spring season starts in February.”

The Monarchs were tied for third at 10-over par 294 following Sunday’s opening round that saw the 16-team field battle rain and wind throughout the day. While the conditions improved on Monday, a round of 302 saw the team fall to 11th. A final round of 289 was enough for the Monarchs to make a slight jump up into ninth with a 54-hole total of 33-over 885.

North Dakota State led the Intercollegiate from wire-to-wire as the Bison ended up at 14-under with an 838. Additionally, NDSU’s Nate Adams was the tournament champion at 10-under 203. A 10-under 274 on Monday and an 11-under 273 on Tuesday helped SIU Edwardsville grab runner-up accolades. The Cougars were seven strokes behind the Bison at 845 (-7). Drexel rounded out the top three with a one-under 851, and the Dragons’ Drue Nicholas came in second place at seven-under 206.

This was NDSU’s second victory in the past three iterations of the Intercollegiate after the Bison won the team title in 2019 with a final of 26-under par 826. The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate wasn’t played in 2020 due to COVID and Delaware won last year’s tournament. This was also the second year in a row that Nicholas received a trophy as he shot a 12-under 201 to win in 2021.

Kaijun Ma was the top finisher for ODU, tying for 14th at two-over 215. The freshman from Macau, China started off the tournament with a one-over 72 before posting a three-under 68 and four-over 75 in rounds two and three. Jakob Henriksson had his best round on Tuesday with a one-under 70. He carded a six-over 219 to tie for 27th. Philip Minnehan was one stroke behind Henriksson and tied for 33rd at seven-over 220.

Kazuki Yamauchi turned in scores of 77, 75 and 72 to tie for 48th at 224 (+11). Aleksander Bjorge was next as his three-round tally of 225 (+12) tied him for 51st. Jakob Chicoyne started off with an even 71 but couldn’t repeat the effort as he tied for 55th at 226 (+13). Jacob Gunther’s total of 231 (+18) tied for 65th. Competing in his first tournament after missing last year due to injury, Michael Minnehan fired a round of 83 for his first trip around the course, but was forced to withdraw after that.

The Intercollegiate marked the final tournament of the fall season for the Monarchs. ODU had three Top-10 finishes through four tournaments played.

Team Results
1. North Dakota State (282-278-278 – 838) -14
2. SIU Edwardsville (298-274-273 – 845) -7
3. Drexel (295-284-272 – 851) -1
4. Longwood (296-287-284 – 867) +15
5. Georgetown (294-284-292 – 870) +18
6. Navy (297-294-289 – 880) +28
7. Saint Joseph’s (Pa.) (302-285-294 – 881) +29
8. Radford (311-278-294 – 883) +31
9. Old Dominion (294-302-289 – 885) +33
T10. Omaha (306-295-285 – 886) +34
T10. Villanova (302-293-291 – 886) +34
12. North Dakota (311-284-293 – 888) +36
13. Drake (293-310-286 – 889) +37
14. St. Francis (Pa.) (304-293-296 – 893) +41
15. Hartford (295-304-300 – 899) +47
16. St. Bonaventure (312-299-301 – 912) +60

ODU Lineup
T14. Kaijun Ma* (72-68-75 – 215) +2
T27. Jakob Henriksson (77-72-70 – 219) +6
T33. Philip Minnehan (73-74-73 – 220) +7
T48. Kazuki Yamauchi (77-75-72 – 224 +11
T51. Aleksander Bjorge* (74-73-78 – 225) +12
T55. Jakob Chicoyne (71-81-74 – 226) +13
T65. Jacob Gunther (73-81-77 – 231) +18
83. Michael Minnehan* (83-WD-WD – 83) +12

*Competed as individuals

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PLAYERS MENTIONED

Michael Minnehan

5′ 8″ Junior

Kazuki Yamauchi

5′ 7″ Freshman

Jakob Henriksson

Freshman

Jakob Chicoyne

5′ 7″ Junior

Kaijun Ma

Freshman

Aleksander Bjorge

Freshman

Philip Minnehan

Sophomore

Jacob Gunther

Sophomore

A look back at Tiger Woods’ five Hero victories

By: PGA

  • Tiger Woods’ final two birdies to win 2011 Hero World Challenge

Before his son Charlie became his co-star in Decembers, the Hero World Challenge offered the golf world one last glimpse of Tiger Woods before hitting pause for the holidays.

Woods started the tournament around the turn of the century to benefit his foundation. In more than two decades of existence, the small, but star-studded, gathering has offered many memorable moments. Woods has been the host with the most five times, winning the Hero to cap off some of the best years of his career. More recently, the tournament has offered us a rare glimpse of Woods while he has been sidelined by injuries, becoming a de facto “State of Tiger” gathering as he’s conducted candid press conferences about his health, launched comeback attempts or even just hit balls before curious observers, as he did last year.

He is back in this year’s field, his first Hero start since 2019, when he was the reigning Masters champion and preparing for a successful stint as the U.S. Presidents Cup Team’s playing captain.

Woods is coming off a year that saw him make an unexpected return to competitive golf at the Masters but also saw him play just three times as his surgically-repaired right leg struggled with the rigors of tournament golf.

To get you ready for Woods’ return to the Hero – and his first competitive appearance since July – here’s a look at his five victories in the Hero World Challenge.

2001
Venue:
 Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Final round: 64, 273 (-15)
Margin of victory: Three shots over Vijay Singh (71)

Tiger Woods used a trademark comeback to win his Hero World Challenge for the first time. He was four down to Vijay Singh when he sprayed his tee shot on Sherwood Country Club’s ninth hole over a creek and onto the thick brush on the side of a hill. He took a penalty drop, hit his next shot under the bleachers behind the green and then watched his chip off a hardpan lie roll 45 feet past the cup. Woods holed the lengthy bogey putt, however. Singh failed to capitalize on Woods’ miscues, making a bogey of his own to stay just four ahead.

“It was a huge momentum swing,” said Woods, who shot 30, including five birdies in a row, to beat Singh by seven over the final nine holes.

It completed an eventful year that saw Woods complete the Tiger Slam and win his first PLAYERS Championship. He’d go on to win five more times in 2002, including the Masters and U.S. Open.

Woods’ final-round 64 at Sherwood tied the course record. He donated his $1 million winner’s check to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

“With a field like this, it feels great to win,” Woods said. “Winning this tournament gives me the same feeling as winning any tournament.”

2004
Venue
: Sherwood Country Club
Final round: 66, 268 (-16)
Margin of victory: Two shots over Padraig Harrington (66)

Woods was a ball-striking machine, missing just two fairways and two greens, as he collected his second Hero World Challenge victory. His final-round 66 was good enough for a two-shot win over Padraig Harrington, which would have been more had Woods putted well.

This one was especially gratifying as Woods was still solidifying swing changes and had just come off an odd year of close calls: 10 top-10 finishes without a victory after his lone win that year, at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

“Probably ’98 was more difficult,” Woods said of his 2004 swing overhaul, “but certainly this one I got a lot more badgering from you guys. I got a lot more questions, ‘What are you doing?’ Because I had a great run for like five years, back in ’97. Yeah, I was dismantling my golf swing and … people thought I was crazy there.”

Also gratifying: His father, Earl Woods, whose health problems had limited his activity, was on site to see him win.

2006
Venue:
 Sherwood Country Club
Final round: 66, 272 (-16)
Margin of victory: Four shots over Geoff Ogilvy (71)

It was a bittersweet year for Woods, whose father, Earl, passed away in the spring.

Tiger missed the cut in his first event back, the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, but won The Open Championship a month later, crying on caddie Steve Williams’ shoulder. It was the first of six wins in six starts for Woods, including two majors (The Open, PGA Championship) and two WGCs (Bridgestone Invitational, American Express Championship).

By the time he got to Sherwood, he hadn’t lost in five months. He started the final round one behind Geoff Ogilvy, the winner earlier in the year at Winged Foot, but erased that deficit with two early birdies, including a chip-in at the third hole, and an Ogilvy bogey at the second. It was all Woods the rest of the way.

Although he had been distracted by Earl’s poor health for the first part of the season, he’d still managed early wins at Torrey Pines and Doral, and racked up six more after his father’s passing. The gaudy totals: 15 official PGA TOUR starts, eight wins, one second, one third, 11 top-10s.

And another victory in what would become the Hero World Challenge.

“It’s been a year of two halves, really,” he said.

2007
Venue:
 Sherwood Country Club
Final round: 68, 266 (-22)
Margin of victory: Seven shots over Zach Johnson (68)

Woods had concluded his 2007 season with four wins in five starts, along with winning the inaugural FedExCup. He would win his first three starts of 2008, as well.

In between, Woods, then 31, took a lengthy competitive hiatus after the Presidents Cup in September. It didn’t show at Sherwood. He dusted off the clubs 10 days before the event, carded a second-round 62 to jump ahead of the pack and cruised to the event’s largest margin of victory at the time (Jordan Spieth won by 10 shots in 2014).

Woods’ daughter Sam, 6 months old at the time, was on the scene for congratulations, as he punctuated a campaign that featured seven TOUR titles including the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

That season, Woods ranked No. 1 on TOUR in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and No. 2 in Strokes Gained: Putting. Seemingly his form had never been better. But he wasn’t convinced.

“Obviously, I’ve got a lot of room for improvement, which is a great sign,” he said. “Just imagine if I could hit the ball the way I wanted.”

Even Woods had to be pleased with what awaited in 2008, which was on pace to be one of his best years before it was interrupted by knee surgery. He won four of his six starts and finished second at the Masters. His worst showing was a fifth-place finish in the World Golf Championship at Doral. His campaign ended with one of his most famous victories, the 2008 U.S. Open.

2011
Venue:
 Sherwood Country Club
Final round: 69, 278 (-10)
Margin of victory: One shot over Zach Johnson (71)

Woods hadn’t won worldwide since the Australian Masters in November 2009. For a player who had accrued 71 PGA TOUR titles by age 33, it was a monumental drought brought on by the prolonged effects of personal scandal.

Woods, then 35, trailed Zach Johnson by one stroke with two holes to play. Then came a vintage Tiger finish. He drew even with a curling 15-foot birdie at the par-3 17th, and after Johnson missed a 15-foot birdie at the finishing hole, Woods made birdie from 6 feet to secure a one-stroke victory.

The emotion was palpable as Woods released a fist to the sky amidst a southern Californian roar.

“It feels awesome, whatever it is,” said Woods of the winning emotion. “I had the lead at the Masters on the back nine, and had a chance at the Aussie Open. So this is my third time with a chance to win; I pulled it off this time.”

The following March, Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard for his first TOUR win since the 2009 BMW Championship. It was his first of three 2012 TOUR wins, before winning five times in 2013.

LYDIA KO WINS FINAL TITLE OF THE SEASON AND $2 MILLION AT CME GROUP TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

By: LPGA

The biggest winner’s check in the history of women’s golf belongs to Lydia Ko after her wire-to-wire victory at the 2022 season-finale CME Group Tour Championship. Ko, who is now a 19-time LPGA champion, shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to finish at -17 overall and two strokes ahead of third-round co-leader Leona Maguire. With her win, the Kiwi also clinched the 2022 Player of the Year award for the second time in her career and the Vare Trophy for the second consecutive season.

“To be the Player of the Year and to win the Vare Trophy again and to win the CME Group Tour Championship, it’s a dream come true. To be able to do it in front of family and my team, you know, it’s a very special one,” said Ko, who is also now only two points shy of the necessary 27 for induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame. “As much as I’m excited that I have won, I’m also excited for some time off and get ready to become a bride soon.”

It took just one round for Ko to set herself apart as she led from day one, managing the gusty conditions that plagued the field throughout the week better than anyone. It looked like the Kiwi could easily run away with it after shooting 65-66 in the first two days, until Maguire made the most of Moving Day with a 9-under 63, the best score of the week.

Tied at the top heading into the final day, Ko’s bogey on No. 1 on Sunday gave Maguire an early lead, but the Kiwi made up for it with two birdies on the front while the Irishwoman kept it level. With Ko just one stroke ahead at the turn, both players made pars until they ran into trouble on the par-5 14th, each making bogey after hitting their second shots into the water and taking drops. Ko made two final birdies on 16 and 17 to edge out Maguire for her third title of the season.

“I think internally I was excited, but I tried to stay calm. Even down to the last hole, I just wanted to play my golf and make sure that it gets handled in my hands and not, like, somebody else’s,” said Ko.

Anna Nordqvist landed herself a solo third finish after a 5-under 67 to close out her 11th appearance in the Tour’s season finale. After making just one birdie on No. 7 on the front nine, the Swede posted six birdies, one par and two bogeys in her season-closing nine holes to get best result on Tour since her win at the 2021 AIG Women’s Open.

“I’m not going to lie, this year has been a hard year on the greens. I feel like ball striking-wise it’s probably been the most consistent year I’ve had in my career. But, the last couple of weeks wasn’t really going a good direction,” said Nordqvist. “So my husband helped me a little bit earlier in the week and just focusing on speed. I think it slowed down the greens a little bit today because of the wind. I left myself a little bit short on a few of those, but I feel like I just put myself in good positions into the greens, so I had some good looks.”

Georgia Hall’s Sunday 67 was enough to close out the CME Group Tour Championship in a tie for fourth with fellow major champion, Jeongeun Lee6. LPGA Tour winner Pajaree Anannarukarn finished with a 2-under 70 in the final round to reach double digits at -10 overall, while Hyo Joo Kim, Brooke Henderson and Gemma Dryburgh each finished in a tie for seventh at -9, while Rolex Rankings No. 1 Nelly Korda tied for 10th at -8 along with the reigning Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Atthaya Thitikul and Tour winner Celine Boutier. Defending champion Jin Young Ko finished in a tie for 33rd at -1, after carding rounds of 72-75-69-71 throughout the final week of the season.

Nationally-Ranked Captains Men’s Golf Closes Fall Season With O’Briant Jensen Memorial Victory

By: Christopher Newport University

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The nationally-ranked Christopher Newport men’s golf program put an emphatic stamp on the excellent fall season with the team’s second win of the semester, topping the 18-team field at the O’Briant Jensen Memorial by eight strokes. The Captains finished Even par as a team after firing a one-under 283 as a group to cruise to the win over No. 2 Methodist University by eight strokes.

Two Captains finished in the top-ten on the individual leaderboard and three CNU players finished the second round at the event under par. Senior Robb Kinder fired a career-best four-under 67 on Tuesday to lead an impressive overall team performance at The Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro, N.C. as he was joined by classmate Alex Price and junior Aidan Baron with under par rounds.

The 283 showing was the first time since April 6, 2019 that three or more CNU golfers finished under par in the same round. In that tournament, the Captains scored a 275 at the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate when Davis Topping, David Rabil, and Kevin Quinto all fired sub-70 scorecards.

This week, it was all CNU at The Cardinal, as Christopher Newport held a first-round lead and carried that dominance into the second round with two of only three total rounds scored under 290 in the event. The Captains led the field in Par 3 scoring (3.15), ranked second in Par 5 scoring (4.63) and tied for third in Par 4 scoring (4.24) with a well-rounded showing. The Captains finished one-under par, tying for the fifth-best individual round in relation to par in program history.

For the tournament, the Captains shattered the previous 36-hole low tournament score (total score) by seven strokes. It marks only the third time in program history the Captains have finished an event at Par or better for an entire tournament as a team and the second ever in a multi-round tournament. CNU bested the previous 36-hole mark in relation to par by one stroke, re-setting a record that has stood since October 14, 2001 when the Captains were one-over par at the VSGA Championship.

On the individual scorecards, Kinder was on fire Tuesday and blitzed nearly 50 spots up the individual leaderboard with a four-under 67. The New Kent, Va. native sank two Eagles, including dropping one in from the fairway on the 427-yard Par 4 fourteenth late in the round. Powered by that and three more birdies, Kinder finished four-under on his last six holes of the tournament to tie for 17th overall with a 147 (80-67).

The CNU veteran added an Eagle three on the 542-yard Par 5 fourth while sinking seven pars on the front as well. It stands as the finest round of the year and a top-ten single round performance all-time in CNU Men’s Golf history. It also stands as the fourth-best round by a senior and the finest individual performance by a fourth-year player since October 18, 2011 when CNU Hall of Famer Joseph Evans fired a 66 in the Oglethorpe Invitational.

While Kinder was going low, junior teammate Aidan Baron collected his second career top-ten finish after finishing ninth with a one-over par 143 (74-69). Like Kinder, Baron also set a personal low with his two-under second round with a 69. The third-year player birdied three of his first six holes and added one more under par hole on the back.

Alex Price (-4) finished a team-best third place on the individual leaderboard. After a strong opening round performance with a 68, Price added another round under par with a 70 on day two. His 138 (68-70) ranks tied for fourth all-time in a 36-hole tournament in total strokes and tied for fifth in relation to par. Dominant on the long holes this week, Price led the 102-player field with a 3.83 average on Par 5’s, firing a -7 with five birdies and an eagle on the six total holes.

Rookie Austin Smith tied for 20th at six-over par with another very clean round. After just one hole over par on Monday, Smith only had three on Tuesday while adding 15 pars for the second straight day. He led the tournament with 30 pars in 36 holes played and scored for the Captains on Tuesday with a six-over 77.

Jack Gessman also finished in the top-half of the tournament with a 13-over 155 (72-83) and tied Baron and Kinder with 20 pars in the two-day event.

Christopher Newport will close the book on a successful fall season with two wins and a third top-five performance in four tournaments played. The Captains, ranked No. 5 in the Bushnell/Golfweek Top 25 poll and No. 7 in the GolfStat Team Rankings, will next play on March 5-7 at the Savannah Invitational.

‘Inactive’ Posting Season: What You Need to Know

By: USGA

As cooler fall weather establishes itself across much of the country, golfers in some states will find their golf season move from “active” to “inactive” as it pertains to their Handicap Index®. What does that mean, what’s the purpose and what if you play a round in a state that is active but reside in a state that isn’t? The USGA Handicapping Department covers your questions below.

What is the inactive season?

Simply put, the inactive season is the period on the calendar during which any round you play in your home state or region does not count toward your Handicap Index.

But my course is still open during the inactive season, why doesn’t my score count?

The inactive season exists to address how seasonal weather can impact the conditions of a golf course. When an Allied Golf Association (AGA) issues a Course Rating™ and Slope Rating® for each set of tees at a golf course, both are based on effective playing length and difficulty under “normal” conditions. In many parts of the country, there are certain months when facilities remain open but are unable to maintain regular course conditions because of weather. If scores were acceptable for handicap purposes during these times, the Handicap Index of players could be unfairly distorted.

What if I reside in a state that’s inactive but play in a state that’s active?

Let’s say you live in New York but play golf in Florida in January – in that case, your score does count toward your Handicap Index. Just remember that, as in all cases, any rounds played on a course other than your home course should receive an Away or “A” score designation when posting the score.

Who determines the inactive season?

Your local AGA! Note that the duration varies by region with some states (like California and Florida, for example) always staying active due to a favorable year-round climate. To see where your state falls, check out the full Handicap active and inactive season schedule on USGA.org.

How can I learn more about what a Handicap Index is and how it can be used?

The USGA Handicapping Department has a comprehensive series of resources available free for all golfers, complete with FAQs, videos, articles and more. And you can always reach out to your local AGA directly with a question.