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The First Look: Palmetto Championship at Congaree

The Palmetto Championship at Congaree is a one-time replacement for the RBC Canadian Open, as lingering concerns tied to the U.S.-Canada border and ongoing COVID-19 challenges made it too difficult to host Canada’s national open for the second year in a row.

This is the third PGA TOUR event contested in South Carolina this season (RBC Heritage and PGA Championship) while the Korn Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be hosted in South Carolina the same week as the Palmetto Championship.

FIELD NOTES: Reigning FedExCup champion and South Carolina native Dustin Johnson leads the field… The recently announced Ben Hogan Award winner, John Pak, is making his professional debut. Pak, who also won the Fred Haskins Award as the nation’s top men’s collegiate golfer this year, is the top-ranked played in the inaugural PGA TOUR University Class… Former No.1-ranked amateur in the world, Davis Thompson, is also making his first professional TOUR start. Thompson, a University of Georgia product, finished T23 as an amateur at The RSM Classic… Former PGA TOUR Player of the Year Brooks Koepka is making his first start since the PGA Championship where he was runner up… Fellow major winners Danny Willett, Jason Dufner, and Padraig Harrington (fresh off his T4 at the PGA Championship) are teeing it up… Also amongst the Sponsor Exemptions is Bluffton, South Carolina native Bryson Nimmer. The Clemson University product is playing his third TOUR event of the season and grew up less than an hour from Congaree.

FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 FedExCup points.

COURSECongaree Golf Club, par 71, 7,655 yards. The 2017 Tom Fazio design in South Carolina’s Lowcountry (about 30 minutes north of Savannah, Georgia) is built on a 3,200-acre property with holes routed between trees that are up to 300 years old. It was built with the sandbelt courses of Australia in mind and will challenge the TOUR’s best with its length (the par-5 4th, for example, measures 645 yards while there are two par-4’s on the front nine longer than 520 yards) and natural hazard areas.

STORYLINES: The RBC Canadian Open will return to the PGA TOUR’s schedule in 2022, hosted by Toronto’s St. George’s Golf and Country Club which last hosted the event in 2010. Oakdale Golf and Country Club will host in 2023, while Hamilton Golf and Country Club will host in 2024… Other high-profile names who are choosing to play in South Carolina prior to heading to Torrey Pines for the U.S. Open include world No.10 Tyrrell Hatton, fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, and former PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Sungjae Im.

72-HOLE RECORD: N/A (first-time event)

18-HOLE RECORD: N/A (first-time event)

LAST TIME: In the spot on the PGA Tour schedule normally occupied by the RBC Canadian Open, the Palmetto Championship is a one-off replacement event as COVID-19 challenges were too great to overcome for the second year in a row in Canada. Rory McIlroy captured the 2019 RBC Canadian Open by seven shots – even flirting with a 59 in the final round – but will not be in the field in South Carolina. The previous years’ Canadian Open winner, Dustin Johnson, will be teeing it up at the Palmetto Championship, however, along with 2016-17 champion Jhonattan Vegas.     


Television: Thursday-Friday, 3 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)

PGA TOUR LIVEThursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups). Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)

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

TOURCast: Get shot-by-shot info in real time with shot tracks and video with TOURCast.

TOUR Pulse: Get the PGA TOUR app to utilize TOUR Pulse, which provides users the ability to experience a mix of content, such as video highlights, written hole summaries and stat graphics on every player after every hole they complete.

PGA Professional Corey McAlarney Makes Two Holes-in-One on Same Day


The odds of the same person making two holes-in-one on the same day are astronomical.
67-million to 1 to be exact.
And while Edgartown Golf Club PGA Professional Corey McAlarney was just trying to lend a helping hand to his members during the 66th Annual Reading Room Golf Tournament, he ended up pulling off the near impossible.

McAlarney was stationed at the Par-3, 157-yard eighth hole during the event and was available to be used for a mulligan should a member be unhappy with their own attempt.
With a light rain falling and wind gusts of 20-25 miles per hour, the hole played upwards of 190 yards and created quite the challenge for the golfers.
With a 5-iron in hand, McAlarney put on a show. And not only did he make a pair of aces — the third & fourth of his career — he did so within three shots for members.
“I made the first hole and in one and got back to the tee box just as another group was coming up,” McAlarney recalled. “They asked if I had hit any good shots and I told them I just had a hole-in-one. They didn’t really react because I was so nonchalant about it.”
The group didn’t have to wait long to witness a hole-in-one of their own. McAlarney took a shot for a member & landed it on the green just five feet from the pin only to jar his second ace of the day just moments later. In total, the two holes-in-one came just 12 minutes apart.
“Everyone went nuts,” McAlarney said. “I called my GM after the second one and was just laughing. I could hardly tell him what happened. Then I finally said, I just made another one.”

Patriot Golf Day, PGA HOPE and Folds of Honor Come Together over Labor Day Weekend to Serve Military Families


Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled Veterans, and PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) will host Patriot Golf Day over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-7.

Beginning this year, the two organizations have joined together to expand and grow annual fundraising efforts for both Folds of Honor and PGA HOPE to better serve the needs of Veterans and their families through the game of golf. PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of the PGA of America’s 501(c)(3) foundation, PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH.

Patriot Golf Day, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness and scholarship funds for the families of fallen and wounded Veterans, will take place over Labor Day Weekend to honor the sacrifice of America’s heroes.

“We are so impressed by the outpouring of support that the golf community has consistently shown for Folds of Honor over the last 13 years,” said Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, CEO and Founder of Folds of Honor and a PGA Member. “Working closer with PGA REACH, we can now offer opportunities and service that benefit both our Veterans through PGA HOPE and their families through educational scholarships funded by Folds on Patriot Golf Day. I am very proud to stand with my fellow PGA Professionals and take this next step together with PGA HOPE, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

Patriot Golf Day began as a grassroots fundraising initiative over Labor Day Weekend in 2007, with golfers nationwide encouraged to add an extra dollar to their green fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. Over the last 13 years, the effort has grown to encompass onsite donation boxes, a variety of fundraising events, tournaments and golf marathons led by PGA Professionals and golfers across America, resulting in over 28,000 scholarships to benefit Folds of Honor—in all 50 states and 41 PGA Sections. If you can’t locate a participating course near you, you can still play golf during Patriot Golf Day Weekend and donate at FoldsofHonor.org or Venmo @PariotGolfDay.

PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program includes a developmental six-to-eight-week curriculum, taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. In 2019, PGA HOPE programming impacted 2,500 Veterans nationwide.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the work that PGA Professionals have done through PGA HOPE, utilizing the game of golf as a form of therapy and rehabilitation for Veterans,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “By partnering with Folds of Honor on Patriot Golf Day, we can expand our footprint within the families of those we serve through golf. This partnership is a natural extension of our long-standing mission to support our nation’s heroes.”

The Patriot Golf Day campaign is led by Jack Nicklaus, who annually serves as honorary chair of the event and is also a strong supporter of PGA HOPE. Mr. Nicklaus will continue to stay involved in both causes through this new partnership.

“I never had the privilege to serve our great nation, but I am passionate and committed to any initiative that allows us to recognize, assist and support the men and women of our military, who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Nicklaus. “When we can use the game of golf as the vehicle to give back, it becomes even more meaningful to me. That’s why I feel blessed and honored to partner with great organizations like Folds of Honor and PGA REACH.”

For more information on Patriot Golf Day, visit FoldsofHonor.org. For more information on PGA HOPE, visit PGAREACH.org

In 2021, Patriot Golf Day will move to Memorial Day Weekend.

Jason and Liz Caron Are the Dynamic Duo Running Mill River Club


What do you get when you combine a former PGA Tour player with a former LPGA Tour player? Probably the one couple you wouldn’t want to meet on the tee at you next 9 & Dine!
No really, Team of 20 member Jason Caron and his wife Liz are the dynamic duo who manage the golf operation at the Mill River Club in Oyster Bay, NY. Together they take their tournament experiences and give their membership a wonderful golf program.
Jason played in his second straight PGA Championship last week at TPC Harding Park. He joined PGA Professional Keith Stewart on Fox Sports to discuss his major championship week and his life as a day-to-day PGA Head Professional. Together with his wife they have created a wonderful work-life balance that supports their careers as well as their family. With two beautiful girls and a successful golf operation, you may wonder where they both get the time to compete in multiple majors.
Take a couple of minutes and listen to this entertaining interview. Keith gets all the goods from this amazing PGA Professional, father, and world-class player.

2020 PGA Championship to Deliver Unprecedented Live Wire-to-Wire Coverage For First Time In the Event’s History



The 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, from Aug. 3-9, will deliver unprecedented live, wire-to-wire 72-hole coverage to viewers via CBS, ESPN, ESPN+ and PGAChampionship.com.
The 102nd PGA Championship will be the first Championship in the landmark new 11-year agreement between CBS, ESPN and the PGA of America, combining to deliver more than 170 cumulative hours of live coverage – the most in PGA Championship history – from the first tee shot to the final putt across their broadcast, cable and digital platforms.  As of today, 97 of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are scheduled to compete.
This year’s Championship will be broadcast in primetime on both ESPN and CBS, with the champion being awarded the Wanamaker Trophy on CBS Sunday night, August 9. This year’s Championship on the West Coast provides an opportunity to reach a prime-time audience in the Eastern and Central Time Zones for the first time since 1998.
“This year’s PGA Championship will be unlike any of the previous 101 that have come before,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We are grateful to Gov. Newsom and the State of California, and Mayor Breed and the City and County of San Francisco – they have been terrific partners in helping us navigate the many challenges to make it possible to responsibly conduct the first Major Championship of 2020, the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, our second-straight year at a public course.
“Our hope is that watching the world’s best players compete alongside the Team of 20 PGA Professionals in the field for the first major championship of the year will lift people’s spirits and showcase what PGA Members do everyday to inspire the future of the game. It’s the perfect time to introduce the PGA Championship’s first wire-to-wire broadcast coverage with CBS and our new partner ESPN. We’re excited about what’s in store for fans on CBS, ESPN and ESPN+. While the local community cannot be with us physically onsite, we will certainly carry their spirit of resilience and unity with us next week.”
CBS Sports is set to broadcast the PGA Championship for the 30th consecutive year, as the network will showcase the 102nd PGA Championship in primetime on Saturday, Aug. 8 (4 p.m.-10 p.m. ET) and Sunday, Aug. 9 (3 p.m.-9 p.m. ET).
CBS Sports will serve as the lead production entity producing all of the traditional 72-hole coverage for the entire Championship. CBS, working closely with ESPN, will offer a distinct and innovative presentation of the PGA Championship, while delivering the highest-quality and industry-leading production, technology and announcers.
Additionally, leading into the Championship, CBS, in conjunction with the PGA of America, will broadcast a special PGA Championship Preview on Saturday, Aug. 1 (1 p.m. ET), hosted by CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis. 
For more information regarding CBS Sports’ broadcast, cable and digital plans for the 102nd PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, click here.
The PGA Championship returns to ESPN for the first time in 30 years, as ESPN and ESPN+ begin a new, 11-year relationship with the Championship, and will bring viewers more options than ever before available for the event. SportsCenter will have reports from the PGA Championship for seven days beginning Monday, Aug. 3.
ESPN and ESPN+ will have a combined 12 hours of live coverage each day of the first and second rounds of the Championship on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 6-7, beginning with the first tee shot each day at 10 a.m. ET.  ESPN+, the sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN, will stream live play from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET each day, while live broadcast coverage will continue on ESPN from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.
Golf fans also will have expanded weekend viewing available, with five hours of morning and early afternoon play on both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9. ESPN+ will stream live play in the third round from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. ET on Saturday, with ESPN continuing from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. ET on Sunday. ESPN+ will stream final round action from 10 a.m. until noon ET, followed by three hours on ESPN from noon until 3 p.m. ET. Saturday and Sunday start times will be dependent upon tee times and the cut size. In addition, ESPN+ will offer fans exclusive Featured Group coverage on all four days, as well as Featured Hole coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information regarding ESPN’s digital and television plans, click here.
PGAChampionship.com will take a comprehensive approach with highlights and coverage that brings to life the passion and excitement of the 2020 PGA Championship. With this being the first-ever spectator less major in history, fans will have the feel of what it is like to be at TPC Harding Park, with an all-access pass to virtually experience the PGA Championship through technology and social engagement.
The user experience will be robust and state-of-the-art, as the recently redesigned PGAChampionship.com showcases the greatest players in the world throughout their journey to win a major Championship.
The PGAChampionship.com website and apps will present comprehensive live coverage, with engaging content for all golf and sports fans including: LIVE scoring and leaderboard updates, PGA Championship LIVE on the Range, a LIVE Minute-by-Minute blog that recaps and highlights breaking news and player updates from the course, more than 1,000 automated video shot-by-shot recaps of play from throughout the field, wall-to-wall social media highlights and coverage, and a new virtual Media Hub for credentialed media.
And in parallel, PGA.com will offer a complementary mix of content and features to showcase the journey and experience of the Team of 20 PGA Members playing in a Major Championship, along with a menu of Coaching content that is designed to help golfers of all skill levels improve their own golf journey and relationship with the game.
Below is the Comprehensive Television and Digital Schedule for Coverage of the
2020 PGA Championship across ESPN, ESPN+ and CBS:
Saturday, Aug. 1
PGA Championship Preview: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. ET, CBS
Thursday, Aug. 6 — 1st Round    
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET, ESPN+
4 p.m.-10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Friday, Aug. 7 — 2nd Round
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET, ESPN+
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Saturday, Aug. 8 — 3rd Round
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET, ESPN
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET, CBS
Sunday, Aug. 9 — Final Round
10 a.m. – Noon ET, ESPN+
Noon – 3 p.m. ET, ESPN
3 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET, CBS
Many of golf’s greatest champions, from Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan, to Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, have had their names inscribed on the famed Wanamaker Trophy, one of the most iconic trophies in sports.
Seven of the past 10 winners of the PGA Championship went on to become No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including Koepka, who won his second consecutive PGA Championship in May 2019 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. The two-time defending PGA Champion will use the season’s initial major championship to bid for history, as he’ll seek to become the first player to win the same major three consecutive times since Australia’s Peter Thomson claimed three straight Open Championships from 1954-’56.

“PGA HOPE: Helping Our Patriots Everywhere” to Air on CBS on Saturday, July 25


Military Veterans with physical challenges, and PGA Professionals passionate about developing golf programming for our nation’s heroes will be featured in a nationwide, one-hour special on CBS Television network, “PGA HOPE: Helping Our Patriots Everywhere,” airing on Saturday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. ET. The program will be hosted by CBS Sports’ James Brown, and includes a guest appearance and introduction from six-time major champion and United States Marine Corps Veteran Lee Trevino.


PGA HOPE is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The national program introduces golf to military Veterans with service-related disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Each year, PGA HOPE helps thousands of Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game provides.
“Golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many Veterans, and it’s fantastic that we have an opportunity to showcase these remarkable and inspirational stories to a national audience through our partnership with CBS Sports,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley.
Headlining the segments are Veterans who participated at the 2019 PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week at Congressional Country Club and are now serving as PGA HOPE Ambassadors in their respective PGA Sections. They include: Josh Swindle (PGA HOPE Ambassador for the Carolinas PGA Section); Janus “Jae Pea” Persaud (Metropolitan PGA Section); Mary Anderson-Kokell (South Florida PGA Section); Randy Shack (Northern Texas PGA Section); and William Stockholm (Northern California PGA Section).
In addition, Judy Alvarez, PGA/LPGA, South Florida PGA Section Member, PGA HOPE National Trainer and 2019 Patriot Award recipient is showcased. She conducts training seminars for PGA Members on teaching the game to military Veterans. The simulated training sessions are designed to ensure that all PGA HOPE sessions offer a safe environment for Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges. This includes making sure they are comfortable using adaptive equipment, especially for Veterans who have endured Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), amputation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and more.
The special highlights the North Florida PGA Section, which found a fitting way to honor the memory of the 2018 Patriot Award recipient Ken Juhn, PGA. The Section has renamed its Veterans program the Ken Juhn Tampa Bay PGA HOPE Chapter. Juhn, a PGA Member for 34 years, passed away on July 20, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Also featured is 2017 Patriot Award recipient Kevin McKinley, PGA of the Michigan PGA Section. Since the inception of the Folds of Honor Foundation, McKinley has been instrumental in fundraising efforts at Treetops Resort for Patriot Golf Day, which will be celebrated once again over Labor Day Weekend.
Swindle, a U.S. Army Veteran who spent years coping with a life-changing injury, started with PGA HOPE in 2016. He earned a spot on the 2017 PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup team in North Carolina and is now a PGA HOPE Ambassador, helping other Veterans find passion and purpose for the game.
Persaud, a PGA HOPE Ambassador, served as a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant. He began with PGA HOPE in 2016, and has been involved in his Section’s PGA HOPE Programming. He also competed on the Metropolitan PGA Section’s 2018 PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup Team.
Anderson-Kokell will share her inspiring story of helping the PGA HOPE program grow in South Florida through Veteran recruitment at both The Honda Classic and a local VA Hospital. She also played a key role in growing female Veteran participation. Anderson-Kokell received several honors as a U.S. Army Specialist, including the National Service Award, Outstanding Trainee Award and Good Conduct Medal.
Shack, who served as an U.S. Army Corporal, was named as a PGA HOPE Ambassador for the Northern Texas PGA Section last year. He is featured for his inspiring story of using PGA HOPE for rehabilitation. Shack was honored with the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Campaign Star AR, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
PGA HOPE Ambassador Stockholm is a mentor to other Veterans, using PGA HOPE Play Days to foster camaraderie among them. As a U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, Stockholm received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 3-Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2-Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
CBS Sports, ESPN and ESPN+ will also broadcast the 2020 PGA Championship from Harding Park in San Francisco, Aug. 6-9.

Joanna Coe, PGA Set to Be First Female to Compete in the State Open of Virginia

The State Open of Virginia is one of the biggest golf tournaments played in Virginia year-in and year-out. Some of golf’s biggest names have won the event including Sam Snead, Chandler Harper, Bobby Cruickshank, Keith Decker, Vinny Giles, and Lanny and Bobby Wadkins. With such a storied past, it is not often history is made in this event anymore. That will change this year as Joanna Coe, PGA will be the first female to compete in the tournament in its 96-year history.
Joanna Coe is originally from Mays Landing, New Jersey and boasts an impressive playing career. She attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where she was a four-time All-American, winning the 2008 Division II Individual and Team National Championships as a Freshman. After a decorated college career, she played professionally on the Symetra Tour before becoming a PGA Professional. She has continued her great play as a PGA Professional as she was named the 2019 PGA National Women’s Player of the Year, played on the U.S. Women’s PGA Cup Team, and is a 4-time winner of the MAPGA Women’s Player of the Year. She is currently the Assistant Director of Instruction at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD.
Her illustrious playing career has led her to be the first female to compete in the State Open of Virginia and she is no stranger when it comes to playing with the guys.
“It [the longer yardages] is a more comfortable yardage for me anyway. It frees me up to hit driver and hit it hard and that’s more of the player I am rather than laying up and being conservative,” says Coe. She will look to hold her own in this historic event as she tees off in Round 1 on Thursday at 1:30. “I’m just looking forward to playing competitive golf again. I like to challenge myself in a new place and I love seeing how I can manage and shoot some good scores at a place I’m not familiar with.”
She qualified for the event as an exempt player by being in the Top-10 of the 2019 MAPGA Player of the Year Points and also for making the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship field. The Middle Atlantic PGA and Virginia State Golf Association are excited to have her in this year’s field. The tournament will take place at Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, VA on July 16-18.

‘Chip Shot Challenge’ Helping Raise Money for Golf Emergency Relief Fund


Vie, Inc., a new sports and entertainment philanthropy company, today invited golfers of all ages and skill levels to participate in the “Chip Shot Challenge” (www.giveforgolf.com) to support the Golf Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) and provide assistance to thousands of golf industry workers impacted physically or financially by COVID-19.

PGA of America President Suzy Whaley helped launch the campaign with a trick shot of her own by successfully chipping a shot into a floating flamingo in her pool.

Participation includes four easy steps.

Donate: at www.giveforgolf.com

Capture Your Chip: golfers set the challenge and take the shot, while capturing it on video. Creativity and trick shots are encouraged.

Challenge: someone to match or beat your shot and your donation.

Tag/Share: your video and challenge with #ChipShotChallenge and giveforgolf.com The best shots will be posted at giveforgolf.com/gallery.

Participation automatically provides an entry for prizes including Titleist golf equipment and apparel. The Grand Prize includes a private dinner and a round of golf for two with 2018 Ryder Cup Captain and PGA Legend Jim Furyk at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

The PGA of America has established a $2.5MM matching pool for the GERF. To the extent that funds are still available, donations will be matched dollar for dollar. Vie’s proprietary platform technology also enables automated corporate employee matching. To date, the PGA of America has already raised more than $5 million for GERF.

Visit www.giveforgolf.com now to learn more and donate to the Golf Emergency Relief Fund.

2020 PGA Professional Championship Cancelled



We are disappointed to announce that the 2020 PGA Professional Championship, July 19-22 at the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, has been cancelled. Despite a deep desire to stage our signature Member Championship on behalf of its talented field, it became apparent after consultation with local health authorities in Austin last week that this could not be done responsibly.
With the health and well-being of our PGA Members, volunteers, rules officials and staff serving as our guiding principles throughout this effort, recent COVID-19 surges in the area and various travel restrictions made our collective pursuit prohibitive.
As previously communicated at the time of the event’s postponement in March, those placing in the top 20 of our 2019 PGA Player of the Year list will be eligible to represent the PGA of America in the 2020 PGA Championship, August 3-9, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco:

Top 3 From 2020 PGA Professional Championship to Earn Exemption into 2020 U.S. Open



The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the exemption categories for the 120th U.S. Open Championship, which will be contested Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), in Mamaroneck, N.Y. As previously announced, the 2020 U.S. Open field will be comprised entirely of exempt players due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time, the top-three finishers from the PGA Professional Championship will earn an exemption into the major championship.
The 2020 PPC presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA will be held July 19-22 in the heart of Texas Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin.
“The decision to cancel local and final qualifying for this year’s U.S. Open was deeply disappointing, but we are pleased to still provide the world’s best professional and amateur players the opportunity to compete for this historic and coveted championship,” John Bodenhamer, senior managing director, Championships said in a press release. “The exemption categories for this year’s championship at Winged Foot Golf Club were carefully developed to mirror a representative U.S. Open field, and we are excited that players will still have an opportunity to earn a place in the field through a variety of categories.”
In addition to the customary U.S. Open exemptions, the 2020 field will include the top 70 point leaders and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), as of March 15, instead of the usual top 60. Players who are not already exempt can earn places by their performances in the following events on the PGA Tour schedule: The Memorial, 3M Championship, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Barracuda Championship and Wyndham Championship, as well as the PGA Championship (Aug. 6-9).

In addition to the PGA Professional Championship (top 3), this year’s exemption categories will include the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup final points list (top 5), the Korn Ferry Tour’s regular-season points and finals (top 5 in each), and the European Tour’s United Kingdom Swing (top 10 in aggregate points for first five events). Final 2019 Order of Merit categories for the Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and Australasia Tour will help to round out the field of 144 players.

An average of 15 amateurs have competed in the last five U.S. Opens and at least 10 amateurs have competed in 12 of the past 13, including 2018 U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland, who tied for 12th last year at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. The World Amateur Golf Ranking® will be utilized to round out the amateur contingent at Winged Foot, as the top seven point leaders who are not otherwise exempt as of Aug. 19 will be added to the six amateurs who are currently exempt.

Exemptions for finishes in recent USGA championships, including the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Senior Open, will remain unchanged, as will exemptions for winners of the Masters Tournament, The Open Championship conducted by The R&A, PGA Championship, Players Championship and BMW PGA Championship.

Remaining spots in the championship will be filled using the OWGR, as of Aug. 23.

Exemption categories for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, to be played Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club, in Houston, Texas, will be announced next week.