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Kevin Kisner wins 2021 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro

The Wyndham Championship took place last month at the iconic Sedgefield Country Club in
Greensboro, North Carolina as the final event of the PGA Tours regular season which ended in
spectacular fashion.
The course designed by Donald Ross, which the Wyndham Championship had taken place at 26
times from 1938 to 1976 only to move Forest Oaks Country Club, underwent a $3 million renovation in
2007 by Kris Spence to incorporate golf technology, turf-grass, and other changes bringing the
championship back to the course in 2008 where it has been played every year since.
Kevin Kisner took the win at the championship after he eagled the second sudden death play-off
hole with a three-foot putt, ending a six-man playoff that tied the two-time record for most players in a
PGA playoff with the 2001 Nissan Open and the 1994 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic.
Kisner made birdie on two of his last three holes in regulation to end under 15 to be joined in the
playoff by Adam Scott, Si Woo Kim, Roger Sloan, Kevin Na, and Branden Grace. He was trailing behind
the rest when entering the playoff but his ending putt made it the 13th
straight PGA Tour event where a
player won after entering the final round behind.
After Kisner sunk the match-winning putt he proceeded to shake the hands of every player and
caddie in triumphant excitement. He has finished in the top 10 in three of his last five PGA tour events
marking a stellar regular season for the golfer after winning the biggest playoff event since 2001 which
also ties for the biggest playoff event in history. This victory now makes him a four-time PGA tour
winner having won in 2015, 2017, 2019 and now 2021. He is being eyed as a potential for the U.S. Ryder
Cup team which many argue he should be apart of.

 

Top 10 equipment stories of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR season

The TOUR Championship has wrapped, concluding the 2020-2021 PGA TOUR season. Patrick Cantlay hoisted the FedExCup trophy thanks in no small part to a putter switch he made late in the season.

We may be slightly biased here at the Equipment Report, but we think it’s the perfect time to look back on some of the most significant PGA TOUR equipment stories of the year — and we had some good ones!

Harris’ HoHum

In January, Harris English won the Sentry Tournament of Champions with the same putter — a Ping Scottsdale HoHum — he used for his 2013 Mayakoba Golf Classic victory. Unique-looking putter, and a unique equipment tale here as we got the story from Ping TOUR Rep Tony Serrano about what English loves about his HoHum.

Hideki’s Scotty switch

Eternally in pursuit of the perfect putter, Hideki Matsuyama made a switch two weeks prior to the Masters, putting a 2012 Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Tour Prototype in the bag that was outfitted with a different grip than his Cameron Timeless.

Rory returns to old Protos

Rory McIlroy made a number of equipment changes in 2021. Most significant among the switches, certainly, was his return to his 2017 TaylorMade Rors Prototype irons prior to winning the Wells Fargo Championship.

Phil’s PGA Championship-winning driver

En route to his incredible PGA Championship victory, Phil Mickelson wielded a Callaway Epic Speed driver with a 47.9-inch shaft (right up against the USGA limit of 48 inches). We got the inside story of Phil’s build.

Morikawa finds a putter that performs

Struggling with alignment, Collin Morikawa built himself a custom TaylorMade TP Juno putter using the same MyTP custom putter builder that’s available to the public. While his gamer was ultimately slightly different, it was a wild “they’re just like us” tale.

Rahm’s U.S. Open-winning wand

Jon Rahm switched to an Odyssey Rossie S the tournament prior to his epic U.S. Open triumph. We got the full story of what happened at the Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad and why Rahmbo made the move away from the 2-Ball Ten putter he had been using.

Rory calls a Cameron into Olympic duty

Full-bag TaylorMade staffer captured the full attention of the golf equipment world when he arrived in Tokyo not with his TaylorMade Spider putter but with a Scotty Cameron 009M flatstick. We went in search of the story, and even though Rory has now made a return to the TaylorMade mallet, it was a fun feature to fill out.

Phil takes the armlock plunge

Always willing to experiment with his equipment, Phil Mickelson tried his hand (and arm) at armlock putting. Additionally, he used a prototype putter that featured an interesting backstory. And while the experiment is over, the story is well worth digging back into.

JT takes a teen’s advice

A question from a 15-year-old junior golfer prompted Justin Thomas to reconsider benching the Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 with which he won 14 of his 15 PGA TOUR titles.

Little changes, big playoff payoff for Cantlay

Most recently on the “significant equipment storylines” front, Patrick Cantlay switched to a Scotty Cameron X 5 putter with a sightline (from an alignment aid-free version) and had the best performance in strokes gained: putting history. He then rode the red-hot putter to a FedExCup victory at East Lake. Sometimes the smaller adjustments pay the biggest dividends!

TOPGOLF HEALTHCARE WORKERS & TEACHERS DISCOUNT

We want to extend a special thank you to all healthcare workers and teachers. To show our gratitude, Topgolf is offering 10% off Topgolf game play, a 20% discount on select Platinum Memberships, and a 10% discount on event game play and/or room rental when you book an event with a Topgolf Sales Associate.

 

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KEVIN KISNER WINS WILD 6-MAN PLAYOFF AT THE WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Kisner made birdie on the second extra hole to win a record-tying six-man playoff at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.

Kisner struck his approach to 3 feet on the 18th hole at Sedgefield and made the putt for his first PGA Tour win since 2019 and fourth of his career.

Not that it was easy. Kisner began four shots off the lead and shot 66, making birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to reach 15 under and the playoff. His birdie bested Adam Scott, Roger Sloan, Kevin Na, Si Woo Kim and Branden Grace after all had made pars on the first additional hole.

“My first playoff win,” said Kisner, who had been 0-5 in playoffs. “To be standing here is pretty sweet.”

With Scott looking at a 4-footer for birdie on the first extra hole, Kisner thought he would have to hole a pitch from short of the 18th green just to stay in the playoff, and he nearly did it. Kisner grimaced as his ball settled just right of the cup.

But Scott’s short putt missed badly and all six players went back to the 18th tee. This time, only Kisner stuffed his approach close on the 505-yard closing hole.

Kim shot 64 in the final round. Scott had a 65 while Grace, Na and Sloan each closed with 66.

It was the third six-man playoff on the PGA Tour and the first since Robert Allenby won at Riviera in 2001.

It didn’t look like a playoff would be necessary after Russell Henley, who led after the first three rounds, recovered from a slow start to reach 17-under after a birdie on the 10th hole. But Henley bogeyed three of the next four and came to the 72nd hole needing par to stay at 15 under.

But Henley missed a 6-footer to go 0-for-3 this season with the 54-hole lead. He was in front after three rounds at Las Vegas last October and at the U.S. Open in June.

“I knew I had to shoot under par today, so just disappointed,” Henley after his 1-over 71. “It stings pretty bad.”

There was drama through the final round of the tour’s last regular-season event as players outside the postseason sought to get in.

It looked like former FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose, who started the week 138th, had done enough to make the 125-man field for The Northern Trust. But the Englishman missed a 5-footer for par on the final hole that dropped him to 126th — first outside the playoff field.

“Obviously it was in my hands up 18,” Rose said. “I didn’t do a very good job of that.”

Rose’s loss was Chesson Hadley’s gain. The veteran who finished second at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree in June made a hole-in one on the par-3 16th — complete with an awkward, leg-kicking celebration — and shot 62.

That was enough to sneak him into next week’s field at No. 125. And unlike Rose, Hadley needed to make the playoffs to secure full playing privileges for next season.

Three players who missed the cut this week fell from the top 125 after starting the week playoff-bound. Ryan Armour went from 122nd to 127th, Bo Hoag from 125th to 129th and Patrick Rodgers from 123rd to 128th.

Threatening weather for later Sunday led tour officials to move up tee times. They didn’t count on a mash-up at the top leading to the 12th playoff on the PGA Tour this season.

EMMA TALLEY LETS THE AIR OUT OF THE BALLOON

LPGA Communications.

At times on Saturday, there was awkward tension for Emma Talley with her boyfriend Patrick Smith, the caddie for Jennifer Kupcho. For the couple, competing in the same grouping with Talley as the 36-hole leader was unchartered territory.

Nonetheless, Talley maintained on moving day to shoot even par and share the 54-hole lead in the ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management at -13 overall.

“It was weird,” Talley said with a wide smile. “I honestly didn’t like it. Now I know what to expect, so I feel a lot better about doing it. Today honestly threw me off and I was also very nervous. I haven’t been in this position in a long time. I didn’t play the way I wanted, but I’m still leading the thing.

“I realized that I just need to block him out of view. As soon as I did that on the back nine, I started to play much better. When you’ve dated someone for almost five years, you look over and you want to talk about what was going on. But, obviously, we’re kind of working.”

The third member of the grouping, Chella Choi, also chimed in on the situation.

“I told them when we started, ‘No date here. I miss my boyfriend, so no date,’” Choi said laughingly.

On Friday, Talley recorded two three-putts and proclaimed after the round that the second instance was enough to create an “angry Emma.” Today, a double bogey on the par-5 9th created the exact opposite reaction.

“I didn’t get mad on nine. It was almost like a relief once I hit the bad shot. I haven’t missed any shots this week and today I missed a lot, so I think that kind of relaxed me on nine,” said Talley. “Then once I got to No. 10, I was like, ‘No way, this can’t go on. I’m not just going to give it to the field.’ That is when I started playing really well. I made one more bad swing and a bogey, but other than that, I think today in general taught me a lot about myself.”

From the nerves she felt in the third round to the adjustments made, Talley is eager to continue learning and taking every moment as it comes with the capacity for growth.

“I’m really excited where my game is,” Talley said. “The last couple holes, I think I learned a lot about my swing when I’m nervous. I got a little long for 15 holes, and the last few holes I decided to shorten it up then started hitting it great. I’m really excited for tomorrow because I feel like I have a better idea of how I’m going to feel and what the emotions are going to be like out there

“I’m just trying to embrace everything I’m feeling and right now, anger — I’ve learned how to embrace anger. I haven’t completely figured out how to embrace nerves, but got better as the day went on.”

The First Look: World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM

After a week off for the men’s Olympic competition, the PGA TOUR schedule resumes with the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Olympian Justin Thomas will look to defend his title from 2020 while 2019 winner, Brooks Koepka, is coming into the week with four top-6 finishes in his last five TOUR events.

FIELD NOTES: World No. 1 Jon Rahm will not be in the field after testing positive for COVID-19 and withdrawing from the Olympic competition… FedExCup leader and recent Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa will look to add another WGC to his trophy case. He won the WGC-Workday Championship earlier this year to become the only player other than Tiger Woods to win a major and WGC before turning 25… There will be 66 players competing in Memphis, including 48 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking… There are two spots open for a golfer who wins the gold medal at the Olympics (if not already in the field) and if they move inside the top 50 in the OWGR when the next edition of the ranking is released on Aug. 2… Fifteen countries will be represented… The only other golfer inside the top 50 in the world who is not teeing it up in Memphis is Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

FEDEXCUPWinner receives 550 FedExCup points

COURSETPC Southwind, par 70, 7,233 yards. The long-time PGA TOUR host club was elevated to WGC status for 2019. Designed by Ron Prichard (with TOUR players Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green as consultants) the most recent update came in 2004 under the eye of TOUR winner Loren Roberts. The course is a solid test with nearly 100 bunkers and 10 water hazards and undulating zoysia fairways.

STORYLINES: With some of golf’s top names, including the defending champion Justin Thomas, competing in the Olympics, one thing to keep an eye on will be the fatigue factor of those who played in Tokyo and then traveled back to the United States… This is the final WGC event of the season. The previous winners included Collin Morikawa (WGC-Workday) and Billy Horschel (WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play)… Previous success at TPC Southwind has already been an indicator of comfort at the WGC contested at the same course. Daniel Berger, a two-time winner of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, finished T2 last year, while Dustin Johnson (a two-time FedEx St. Jude Classic winner and six-time WGC winner) finished T12… Nine of the top 10 golfers in the FedExCup standings are teeing it up in Memphis, with the notable exception being Rahm. Bryson DeChambeau, who also tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from the Olympic competition, is back in action.

72-HOLE RECORD: 264, Brooks Koepka (2019)

18-HOLE RECORD: 61, Tom Lewis (third round, 2020)

LAST TIME: Justin Thomas won by three shots – the same margin of victory as Brooks Koepka the year prior – over Koepka, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis, and Phil Mickelson. Thomas fired a final-round 65 that included two birdies in his final four holes en route to winning his third PGA TOUR title of the season. This marked Thomas’ 13th career TOUR title and he became the third-youngest to ever reach that mark – the others being Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Lewis’ T2 was his best-career TOUR result and came thanks to shooting a 9-under 61 on Saturday, which matched the course record at TPC Southwind.


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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort to Host 13 USGA Championships

USGA Comunnication.

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (July 20, 2021) – The USGA and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort today announced an agreement that will bring 13 USGA amateur championships to the resort over 23 years. The relationship will begin with the 74th U.S. Junior Amateur in 2022 and run through the 2045 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships, with eight different championships being played at the resort, including the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur, the Walker Cup Match and the Curtis Cup Match.

The 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur will be conducted from July 25-30, with Bandon Dunes serving as the host course for both stroke play and match play, and Bandon Trails serving as the second stroke-play course. Dates and courses for the other championships will be announced in the future.

The resort will host both the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Amateur in 2032 and again in 2041, marking the first time those two original USGA championships will be contested on the same site in the same calendar year. The resort will also host the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior in 2045, which will mark the fourth time those championships will be conducted at the same facility in the same year. The agreement also includes the 2029 Walker Cup Match and the 2038 Curtis Cup Match.

“With five championship-caliber courses and incredible support from the resort’s ownership, Bandon Dunes is the perfect location for these USGA championships,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “Mike Keiser has been an incredible advocate for amateur golf and his ongoing support for the USGA and our mission served as the vision for this partnership. We are excited to work together for years to come.”

The 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be the first U.S. Junior Amateur and eighth USGA championship hosted by the resort, making Bandon Dunes the first site to host eight different USGA championships. It will be the 39th USGA championship held in Oregon.

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort previously hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match (Pacific Dunes), the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur (Bandon Dunes), the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (Old Macdonald and Bandon Trails), the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball (Pacific Dunes), 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (Old Macdonald and Pacific Dunes), and the 2020 U.S. Amateur (Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails).

“I love amateur golf. What the USGA does for amateur golf and to grow the game is exceptional. I built Bandon Dunes for all amateurs to enjoy the great experiences and spirited competition that golf provides, and we are thrilled to be hosting the USGA’s signature amateur championships for years to come,” said Mike Keiser, the owner of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. “We are particularly grateful to Mike Davis, who has been an advocate for Bandon Dunes since the resort’s earliest days. Amateur golf will always have a place at Bandon Dunes, and this commitment from the USGA is significant. We welcome all the great championships that the USGA will bring to the resort as Bandon Dunes is the home of amateur golf.”

The 73rd U.S. Junior Amateur Championship is being played this week at the Country Club of North Carolina in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

Future USGA Championships at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort:

2022     U.S. Junior Amateur

2025     U.S. Women’s Amateur

2029     Walker Cup Match

2032     U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur

2035     U.S. Girls’ Junior

2037     U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

2038     Curtis Cup Match

2041     U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur

2045     U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior

About the USGA

The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org.

About Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Bandon Dunes is golf as it was meant to be. Located on Oregon’s rugged southern coast, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort offers six distinct golf courses modeled after the great links courses of Scotland, England and Ireland. Players immerse themselves in the traditions of a timeless game and the grandeur of Oregon’s breathtaking coastline. The soul of the game resides here with classic concepts of golf course design. Players walk and gracious hospitality comforts each guest like a warm, friendly embrace. The resort features secluded accommodations and six restaurants to serve guests. Founded in 1999, Bandon Dunes is owned by Mike Keiser and managed by KemperSports.

For further information: Jeff Altstadter, USGA Communications, jaltstadter@usga.org

ROUND 2 NOTES – LPGA PROFESSIONALS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY VOICE CADDIE

Written By:LPGA Communications

After the second round of the 2021 LPGA Professionals National Championship presented by Voice Caddie, Alisa Rodriguez (Austin, Texas) leads the way at -4. Four players sit tied for second at -2: first-round leader Allie Knight (Knoxville, Tenn.), Ashley Grier (Villanova, Pa.), defending champion Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth (Fleming Island, Fla.), and Sandra Changkija (Kissimmee, Fla.). A total of 33 players made the cut at 17-over par.

Rodriguez, a PGA Professional who works as the lead instructor at Balcones Country Club, came into day two in a tie for third. She recorded two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine but fired a 3-under 32 on the back to take the lead. “I was hitting the ball really well,” said Rodriguez. “I’ve been hitting my irons really good the past couple of weeks. Today I finally hit my driver in the fairway, and I was able to make a couple putts coming in for a solid score today. [Playing Kingsmill is] incredible. The greens are rolling really well, and it’s just nice to play at another place where they play an LPGA event.”

The top-eight finishers in the Championship division will earn exemptions into the 2022 KPMG PGA Women’s Championship, to be held June 21-26 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Rodriguez, Knight, Grier, Connelly Eiswerth and Changkija all competed in the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Atlantic Athletic Club after finishing in the top eight at last year’s PGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 2020 LPGA Professionals National Championship was canceled due to COVID-19.

“To go back would be incredible. I had two juniors come and watch me play at the KPMG and to show them that I can do it, it’s really cool for them to keep pushing themselves and hopefully they’ll be able to play professionally one day too,” said Rodriguez, who made her first LPGA start at the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. “I’m just trying to take it one shot at a time and one hole at a time, and to get myself in the position to have a chance tomorrow, that’s exactly where I wanted to be coming in.”

HIRST MAINTAINS ONE-STROKE LEAD IN CHALLENGE DIVISION

First-round Challenge division leader Charlaine Hirst (Pinehurst, N.C.) continued to sit atop the leaderboard after the second day at the LPGA Professionals National Championship presented by Voice Caddie. Hirst, who is vying for her fourth-straight title, said she is having a wonderful experience at Kingsmill Resort despite some up-and-down golf. The bonding time with her daughter, her caddie for the week, remains the cherry on top.

“Day two was a struggle from the get-go. I hit the driver really well, but I could not get the fairway clubs going, which I had really good shots with yesterday. And the putting was good today, but I missed a lot of makeable birdies and putts,” said Hirst. “[But being with my daughter] was just as good, if not better. I just had a good time and a good group, so it was a nice relaxing day. And my pro-am team stayed one more day, so I was more relaxed today versus yesterday where I was a little tighter.”

For Monday’s round, Charlaine and Allie Hirst prepped with some evening shopping. As the mother-daughter duo set the sights on the final day, Charlaine said they’ll stick to a similar gameplan.

“I’m going to go shopping again, that’s my instructions,” said Hirst. “And we have to hit a thrift store today in addition. But I’m just going to do what I did [yesterday] – go sit in the hot tub, go down the lazy river, and then go roll some putts tomorrow. Just got to make them when they need to be made.”

Louise Ball (Knoxville, Tenn.), Stephanie Peareth (Homestead, Fla.) and Lieschen Wienke (Bloomington, Ill.) sit tied for second. Peareth, an LPGA Professional and Site Director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf – Miami, has Girls Golf eLeader Sara Matos on her bag. Originally from England, Peareth was channeling a bit of Solheim Cup spirit on the course as she and Sara donned Team Europe and Team USA outfits.

“We decided to go Team Steph and Sara Solheim Cup theme today, so we’re Team Europe and Team USA. I tried to get some Europe luck out there on the golf course,” said Peareth. “I couldn’t scare the hole if I tried, but other than that I’m solid. I’m really happy with how my game showed up the last couple of days. I got tired a little bit on the back nine, but no disasters so that’s a new one for me. I’m very excited to be in this position.”

SECOND-ROUND PLAY SUSPENDED FOR SENIOR DIVISION

The second round of the LPGA Professionals National Championship presented by Voice Caddie was suspended at 3:48 p.m. due to inclement weather moving into the area. Play was officially called at 6:28 p.m. as conditions did not improve.

Play will resume Tuesday at 8 a.m. The final round for the Championship and Challenge divisions will begin off No. 1 and No. 10 at 10 a.m. Once the Senior division completes the second round of play, the cut will be determined and players re-paired for the final round beginning at 11:00 a.m. of No. 1 and No. 10.

The 2016 Championship division winner Lisa Grimes (Gold Canyon, Ariz.) holds a two-shot lead over 2018 Senior division winner Barbara Moxness (Rio Verde, Ariz.) through 27 holes.

The top-eight finishers in the Senior division will qualify for the 2022 Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank as well as any competitors over age 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division. Additionally, the top-five finishers in the Championship division and top-three finishers in the Senior division at least 50 years of age will qualify for the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

NOTABLE QUOTES

Ashley Grier (T2, -2) on her putting during the second round:

“My putting saved me today, which was nice. I had played with my dad a week or so ago and I hadn’t played with him in years. He was putting so good, so I stole a tip from him, and it’s been saving me this week for sure.”

Allie Knight (T2, -2) on the opportunity for LPGA and PGA Professionals to compete at this level:

“It’s awesome. It’s just a great opportunity to get into an LPGA major. That’s huge and you can’t beat that.”

Stephanie Peareth (T2, +9) on competing at Kingsmill Resort

“Oh, it’s absolutely beautiful. The golf course is great, I had an incredible playing group and it’s an absolutely gorgeous golf course. It’s a nice little breeze, but it’s in great condition. It’s been a pleasure.”

SOLHEIM CUP ADDS BMW CELEBRITY MATCH TO EVENT WEEK

Written By:LPGA Communications

Written By:LPGA Communications

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 27, 2021 – Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced today the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio. The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown.

“We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell. “The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events.”

The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.

One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker.

“The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker. “I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”

The BMW Celebrity Match is open to anyone attending the Solheim Cup on September 2. Tickets can be found at www.solheimcupusa.com, with additional participants to be announced in the coming weeks. Along with the celebrity match, BMW becomes an official partner of the Solheim Cup as the official vehicle for the event.

With a full week of action set to take place at the 2021 Solheim Cup, fans can also purchase various ticket and hospitality packages to enjoy every activity in Toledo at Inverness Club. New in 2021 is the Meijer Pavilion, which will give ticketholders a 300-degree view of the surrounding holes and upgraded food and beverage options, with local bands playing everyday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The 2021 Solheim Cup event will take place Sept. 4-6 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. U.S. Captain Pat Hurst, along with Assistant Captains Angela Stanford and Michelle Wie West will lead the best players from the United States as they look to reclaim the Solheim Cup on home soil. Europe will once again be helmed by Captain Catriona Matthew, with Vice Captains Laura Davies, Kathryn Imrie and Suzann Pettersen by her side. The U.S. and European teams will be finalized following the 2021 AIG Women’s Open.

USGA’s $45M GOLF COURSE SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH PROGRAM RENAMED TO HONOR OUTGOING CEO MIKE DAVIS

By USGA Communications.

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (June 9, 2021) – To celebrate the legacy of its outgoing CEO, the USGA has renamed its most impactful sustainability initiative as the Mike Davis Program for Advancing Golf Course Management.

Formerly the Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program (TERP), the longstanding initiative represents the single largest private grant program in golf dedicated to advancing innovation in sustainability and improving the on-course experience. The USGA annually invests nearly $2 million in the program ($45 million to date), which has resulted in better playing conditions, dramatic cost savings and a more environmentally friendly game.

The new title will honor Davis, who joined the USGA in 1990 and has made a consistent, positive impact on the game in his 31 years of service while positioning it for long-term success.

“Throughout his time at the USGA, Mike Davis’ vision to lead the game forward through golf course sustainability has propelled the success of this program, ensuring that every golfer has a great playing experience and every owner has access to the latest innovations to manage their course,” said Stu Francis, USGA president. “With his passion for golf courses and data-driven decision-making, we could not find a better program to share his name and inspire a sustainable future for golf.”

Founded in 1920, the USGA Green Section has initiated and fostered sustainable practices that have benefited the entire game. Through it, the USGA has dedicated golf’s largest investment toward research focusing on science-based management practices, turfgrass innovation and environmental stewardship. Land-grant universities and researchers from California to New Jersey, and from New Zealand to the United Kingdom are among the primary recipients of the 50-70 Davis Grants dispersed annually.

The research program has significantly contributed to the development of sustainable golf maintenance practices that have driven a 20+-percent decrease in water usage and a nearly 40-percent decrease in nutrient usage in the last decade. They have also led to an estimated $1.86 billion in savings each year by incorporating more natural areas on golf courses, effectively managing water, developing best practices that reduce pesticide use, and standardizing putting green construction, among others.

Widely used golf turfgrasses such as bentgrass and bermudagrass were first selected and improved through the USGA program, in an effort to improve drought resistance, promote recycled water and smart irrigation use and improve playing conditions on golf courses and playing fields worldwide.

The published research is directly shared through the free USGA Green Section Recordas well as through Course Consulting Service visits by USGA agronomists and at regional and national industry conferences.

Mike Davis joined the USGA as the assistant manager of championship relations in 1990, and he assumed the role of senior director of USGA Rules and Competitions in 2005. He became the USGA’s seventh executive director in 2011 and was named CEO of the association in 2016.

A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Davis was the 1982 Pennsylvania State Junior golf champion and played NCAA Division I golf at Georgia Southern University. In September 2020, he announced his intent to leave the organization’s top post to pursue a personal career goal in golf architecture and design, with plans to depart the organization at the end of June 2021.

Those who apply for a USGA Davis Grant must demonstrate how their work will achieve one of the three main USGA strategic program objectives: 1 – optimizing sustainable golf course management and playing conditions; 2 – protecting and conserving water resources; or 3 – identifying and developing novel plant materials. The program is managed by Cole Thompson, Ph.D., director of USGA turfgrass and environmental research. The current deadline for grant funding is June 25, 2021. More information can be found here: Grant Application

Through the USGA Green Section, the USGA brings to life its mission to champion and advance the game of golf and realizes its vision for a more welcoming, sustainable and thriving game.

For more information: Janeen Driscoll (jdriscoll@usga.org)