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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.

 

Annual Invitational Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Registration is now open for our Annual Invitational Golf Tournament, August 28. 2021. Registration closes 8/27/21 9:00 pm.

Choose from individual ticket to Title Sponsor.

1) Make Payment

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3) Questions contact Ms. Cathy Wysong @ crwysong@yahoo.com

Individual ticket– $100 (Includes cart, breakfast, lunch and range balls)

Foursome– $380 (Includes cart, breakfast, lunch, and range balls)

Challenge Sponsor– $100 (Corporations/Associations/Individuals unable to participate, but would like to be listed in event program as Challenge Sponsor)

Hole Sponsor– $500 (Signage at a hole, one foursome included, cart, range balls, breakfast and lunch, recognition at awards’ luncheon)

Snack, Beverage or Player Cart Sponsor – $650 (Signage on respective cart, opportunity to add promo materials to player bags, opportunity to donate prize to event raffle, one Foursome included)

Breakfast Sponsor – $1000 (Corporate banner displayed at breakfast, CRWS sponsor plaque, Opportunity to add promo materials to player bags, opportunity to donate a prize to the event raffle, one Foursome included)

Lunch Sponsor– $1500 (Corporate banner displayed at lunch, CRWS sponsor plaque, Opportunity to add promo materials to player bags, opportunity to donate a prize to the event raffle, one Foursome included)

Title Sponsor– $2000 ( Name/Logo on all promotional material mailed to businesses and friends, Name and logo on advertisements, Corporate banner displayed at entrance, CRWS sponsor plaque, Opportunity to add promo materials to player bags, opportunity to donate a prize to the event raffle, two Foursomes included)

21st Annual Lawerence E. Anderson, Jr. Education Assistance Golf Tournament by Tidewater Chapter – Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

The Tidewater Chapter of TAI, inc. is a non-profit organization formed to promote historical, scientific, and social research; fund educational programs; and to grant scholarships to local high school seniors wishing to enter college. We also mentor students and support our flying and drone training programs.

For additional information please visit our web site  www.tai-tidewaterchapter.com.

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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.

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.”

Reigning Olympic Gold Medalist Inbee Park’s Advice for Amateur Golfers

By Brendon Elliott, PGA

Australian golfer Minjee Lee won in an exciting sudden-death playoff to clinch the Amundi Evian Championship on Sunday for her first major title. Week in and week out, the LPGA Tour is clearly showing what a strong, and growing brand it has become and doing so on a dynamically global scale.
This success has had a major impact on female participation in golf on an amateur and recreational level over the past few years. As a fan of the LPGA Tour, I love seeing the amazing play that comes from the best female players in the world…as a PGA Professional and Coach, I also love the great example that the women are for all golfers, male, female, young and old.
I had the opportunity to catch up with LPGA Tour star Inbee Park, the third-ranked woman in the world, who also happens to be the reigning gold medalist from the last Olympic Games in 2016.
Park has a deep history with the PGA of America, having won a pair of Girls Junior PGA Championships and three KPMG Women’s PGA Championships. Despite all her success, she knows the most important step to success for players of any skill level is to enjoy the game…

In Bee’s Advice for Amateur Golfers…

“Just try to enjoy the game above all else! Obviously, good results always help make you enjoy the game even more, so try to do some range work and practice before you go out to play. This warms you up and loosen the swing up before you start the round. Other than that, enjoy it and don’t try to do too much work…just enjoy and have fun above all else!”
I wanted to ask her how she prepares for tournament weeks, Major Championships like last week’s Amundi Evian Championship, and big-time events like the Olympic Games…

What may change in your preparation during a major championship week like this past week?

“I try to not change anything. I always try to do the same routine I do with other weeks. When I try to do something extra for a Major it just puts extra pressure on me, and the results don’t always follow as good. I try to just keep the same mind set as if it were just any other week, and the same prep as any other week.”

What does your preparation look like for Tokyo?

“I just came off playing 3 events and will now have a little bit of time off at home before heading to Tokyo. I have been playing so I’m feeling good about my game rather than feeling rusty. I’d take feeling a little tired from playing rather than being rusty, so that’s why I decided to play tournaments in advance to prepare.”

Former teammates Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes team up for Canada in Tokyo

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

They were early in their careers. The pressure of trying to win a trophy meant there was less conversation than at your local library. The 12-13 age division of a provincial competition hardly compares to the tournaments that Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes play now, but try explaining that to them back in 2004.

“It was pretty much impossible to get a word out of him,” Hughes recalled recently. Conners’ stone-faced approach worked, as he beat the older Hughes that day.

Seventeen years later, they still remember that day. They’re still competing against each other but the years spent together on Golf Canada’s national team, at Kent State University and now the PGA TOUR have forged a strong friendship.

And now, the two kids who grew up about 90 miles apart in Ontario are representing Canada in the Olympics.

Conners, 29, is still the quiet type, but his ball-striking speaks for itself. There are only three players who rank inside the top 10 of both Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and Approach-the-Green on the PGA TOUR this season. They are Conners, World No. 1 Jon Rahm and four-time major winner Brooks Koepka. Conners is the only player to rank in the top 15 of both statistics in each of the past three seasons.

“His rhythm doesn’t change from the first swing Thursday to the last one on Sunday,” Hughes said.

Hughes, on the other hand, shows a bit more emotion and his short game is his specialty, just as it was when he first met Conners.

“He seemed like a fierce competitor, really a grinder,” Conners said about their first meeting. “I’d still give him those grades.”

Hughes, 30, was the only player to rank inside the top 10 in both Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green and Putting last season. He’s so confident in his prowess on the greens that he’s used the same putter for almost his entire pro career.

Conners and Hughes would seemingly make a perfect team for alternate shot. “If Corey hit it and Mackenzie chipped and putted, they’d never lose,” said their college coach, Herb Page. That is a conversation that can be tabled until next year’s Presidents Cup in Hughes’ adopted hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, however. Having both cracked the top 50 in the world ranking this year and contended in major championships, they’re strong candidates to represent the International Team for the first time in 2022.

This week, they’re playing for their country. There is no team format in the Olympics but there are still benefits to having a friend at Kasumigaseki Country Club; it provides some comfort to a week where COVID protocols limit social interaction, especially outside of competition.

“We’re both pretty structured and pretty disciplined,” Hughes said. “Our approach to how we get better, and doing the little stuff right, there’s a lot of similarities between us and I think that has helped us in getting along.”

Conners comes from the small town of Listowel, Ontario, with a population of approximately 7,500 people. He started playing golf at the Listowel Golf Club, where he worked in the cart barn and pro shop. Hughes grew up in Hamilton and took up the game at age 7, after his parents decided to give it a try. He used to spend hours on a par-3 course, which may explain the short-game skills.

Hughes was the first to Kent State. Conners followed two years later. Both players saw dramatic improvement in their four years at the Ohio school. Page, who’s also from Canada, lettered in golf, hockey and football for the Golden Flashes and became the school’s golf coach at just 26 years old. He held the job for four decades, and former Open Championship winner Ben Curtis also is among his former players.

“Coach was great about taking the things you do well and refining them,” Hughes said. “And he’s very big on keeping you accountable off the golf course. His overall style of coaching just tends to make guys better.”

It worked for both Hughes and Conners, who each had scoring averages over 75 in his freshman year.

“They just got better and better every year,” Page said. Conners added length to his tee shots after barely carrying them 240 yards when he arrived on campus, Hughes recalled. Page didn’t mess with the bent left elbow on Conners’ backswing that is unconventional but contributes to his accuracy. Page convinced Hughes to be easier on himself on the course, an attitude change that paid big dividends.

Hughes graduated in 2012 as a two-time Canadian Amateur champion. Conners earned his degree two years later after making the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur and finishing runner-up a year later. He also won the prestigious Jones Cup in 2014, an event also won by U.S. Olympians Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed.

Both Hughes and Conners continued their progression as pros, working their way through PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, PGA TOUR Canada and the Korn Ferry Tour before earning their PGA TOUR card. Hughes won the 2016 RSM Classic in his fifth start of his first TOUR season, just months after he was playing Monday qualifiers for Korn Ferry Tour events.

Conners had conditional TOUR status when he won the 2019 Valero Texas Open. He was the first Monday qualifier to win on TOUR in nine years.

Now they’ve taken the next step in their career by contending in majors. Conners has finished in the top 10 at the past two Masters. Hughes played in the final group of this year’s U.S. Open, eventually finishing 15th. Hughes and Conners both started the final round of the last major, The Open, in the top six. Hughes went on to record his best finish in a major (T6) while Conners finished T15.

“We have a lot in common, both humble beginnings, working hard at kind of a local golf course, developing our games, playing in junior tournaments and being on the national team together,” Conners said. “We’re very similar in our work ethic, in our preparation, our thinking about the game. We’ve just shared so many experiences together, have so much in common with our progress through the game.”

This won’t be the first time they’ve represented Canada together in a foreign land. They led Canada to a sixth-place finish in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey.

Hughes will be playing in Japan for the first time. Conners was medalist in the 2010 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan, a victory that he described as a “big momentum boost” for his career. Conners also helped Canada to a second-place finish in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. More recently, he was sixth in the PGA TOUR’S ZOZO Championship, where Tiger Woods won his record-tying 82nd PGA TOUR title.

Now Conners and Hughes will make their Olympic debut. They’ve come a long way from their first meeting.

USGA Announces Tee Times for 121st U.S. Open Championship

By USGA Communications.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 15, 2021) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 2021 U.S. Open Championship, Thursday (June 17) and Friday (June 18), at 7,652-yard, par-71 Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), in San Diego, Calif.

The U.S. Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on June 17 and 18, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. Those players making the cut will play 18 holes on June 19 and 20. If there is a tie upon the completion of 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff will immediately follow. If this playoff results in a tie, the tied players will immediately continue to play off hole-by-hole until the winner is determined.

All Times PDT

Thursday (June 17), Hole #1 / Friday (June 18), Hole #10

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif.; Edoardo Molinari, Italy; Greyson Sigg, Augusta, Ga.

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Chris Baker, Brownstown, Ind.; J.J. Spaun, Los Angeles, Calif.; Fabian Gomez, Argentina

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Patrick Rodgers, Jupiter, Fla.; Robby Shelton, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Pierceson Coody, Plano, Texas

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Russell Henley, Columbus, Ga.; Mackenzie Hughes, Canada; Harris English, Sea Island, Ga.

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Francesco Molinari, Italy; Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Shane Lowry, Ireland

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Matt Fitzpatrick, England; Tyrrell Hatton, England; Viktor Hovland, Norway

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Tony Finau, Salt Lake City, Utah; Abraham Ancer, Mexico; Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Si Woo Kim, Republic of Korea; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Jimmy Walker, San Antonio, Texas; Ian Poulter, England; Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – J.T. Poston, Sea Island, Ga.; Adam Hadwin, Canada; (a) Joe Long, England

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Luis Fernando Barco, Peru; Dylan Meyer, Evansville, Ind.; (a) Matthew Sharpstene, Charlotte, N.C.

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Mario Carmona, Mexico; Wilson Furr, Jackson, Miss.; Davis Shore, Knoxville, Tenn.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #10 / Friday (June 18), Hole #1

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Andy Pope, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Brad Kennedy, Australia; Thomas Aiken, South Africa

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Yosuke Asaji, Japan; Marcus Armitage, England; Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Cameron Young, Jupiter, Fla.; Wilco Nienaber, South Africa; Guido Migliozzi, Italy

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Brian Harman, Sea Island, Ga.; Tommy Fleetwood, England; Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, Calif.

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Collin Morikawa, La Canada, Calif.; Justin Thomas, Louisville, Ky.; Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Max Homa, Valencia, Calif.; Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif.; Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Jason Kokrak, Hudson, Ohio; Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.; Corey Conners, Canada

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Paul Barjon, France; Sam Ryder, Atlantic Beach, Fla.; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Dylan Frittelli, South Africa; Martin Laird, Scotland; K.H. Lee, Republic of Korea

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; Adrian Meronk, Poland; Sung Kang, Republic of Korea

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C.; (a) Andrew Kozan, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Alvaro Ortiz, Mexico

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – James Hervol, Hopkinton, Mass.; Hayden Springer, Trophy Club, Texas; Roy Cootes, Rolling Hills, Calif.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #1 / Friday (June 18), Hole #10

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Zach Zaback, Farmington, Conn.; Steve Allan, Australia; Eric Cole, Delray Beach, Fla.

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Hayden Buckley, Tupelo, Miss.; Taylor Montgomery, Las Vegas, Nev.; Jordan Smith, England

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Richard Bland, England; Troy Merritt, Meridian, Idaho

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Robert MacIntyre, Scotland; Victor Perez, France; Matt Wallace, England

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Tyler Strafaci, Davie, Fla.; Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Dustin Johnson, North Palm Beach, Fla.; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Justin Rose, England

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Matt Jones, Australia; Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.; Cameron Smith, Australia

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Carlos Ortiz, Mexico; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lanto Griffin, Blacksburg, Va.

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.; Chan Kim, Gilbert, Ariz.; Thomas Detry, Belgium

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – (a) Ollie Osborne, Reno, Nev.; Peter Malnati, Knoxville, Tenn.; Brian Stuard, Jackson, Mich.

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – John Huh, Dallas, Texas; Johannes Veerman, Houston, Texas; Zack Sucher, Birmingham, Ala.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Rick Lamb, Nashville, Tenn.; Michael Johnson, Birmingham, Ala.; Carson Schaake, Omaha, Neb.

Thursday (June 17), Hole #10 / Friday (June 18), Hole #1

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – David Coupland, England; Taylor Pendrith, Canada; Wade Ormsby, Australia

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Tom Hoge, Fargo, N.D.; Bo Hoag, Columbus, Ohio; (a) Joe Highsmith, Lakewood, Wash.

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Erik van Rooyen, South Africa; Christiaan Bezuidenhout, South Africa; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Garrick Higgo, South Africa; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas; Joaquin Niemann, Chile

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Lee Westwood, England; Stewart Cink, Atlanta, Ga.; Paul Casey, England

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Will Zalatoris, Dallas, Texas; Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas; Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Marc Leishman, Australia; Jon Rahm, Spain; Patrick Reed, The Woodlands, Texas

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Patrick Cantlay, Jupiter, Fla.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Sungjae Im, Republic of Korea

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Kevin Streelman, Wheaton, Ill.; Branden Grace, South Africa; Charley Hoffman, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Sebastian Munoz, Colombia; Rikuya Hoshino, Japan; Brendon Todd, Athens, Ga.

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Wyndham Clark, Denver, Colo.; (a) Matthias Schmid, Germany; Matthew Southgate, England

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – (a) Spencer Ralston, Gainesville, Ga.; Dylan Wu, Medford, Ore.; Justin Suh, Las Vegas, Nev.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Luis Gagne, Costa Rica; Kyle Westmoreland, Daniel Island, S.C.; Christopher Crawford, Bensalem, Pa.

(a): amateur

2021 U.S. Open Championship – Par & Yardage
Torrey Pines Golf Course’s South Course will be set up at 7,652 yards and will play to a par of 35-36—71. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.

Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) Hole By Hole
Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Total

Par

4

4

3

4

4

4

4

3

5

35

Yardage

446

387

195

486

452

515

460

173

609

3,723

Hole

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Total

Par

4

3

4

5

4

4

3

4

5

36

Yardage

449

222

501

612

434

480/

223

440

568

3,929

513

About the U.S. Open
The U.S. Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Since 1895, the world’s top players have been identified in the most challenging major played on America’s greatest courses. Open to all, the U.S. Open annually provides thousands of golfers of all backgrounds the opportunity to qualify through a rigorous two-stage process. Ultimately From Many, One will triumph and be crowned champion. Past champions of the U.S. Open include Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka.

In September 2020, Bryson DeChambeau shot a final-round 67 at Winged Foot Golf Club to capture the championship’s 120th edition.

Generating upwards of $165 million in revenue annually, the U.S. Open drives nearly 75 percent of the USGA’s revenue and directly impacts the work we do to support millions of golfers who enjoy the game.

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.

For further information: Brian DePasquale, bdepasquale@usga.org

SANDRA GAL CELEBRATES FIRST FOURTH OF JULY AS AMERICAN CITIZEN

By LPGA Communications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KPMG BRINGS ANALYTICS TO THE LPGA TOUR AT THE WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

The watchword in virtually all sports right now is “analytics.” The statistical breakthrough by Bill James in baseball decades ago now governs decision-making by owners, general managers, coaches and players, no matter what game they play. But when it comes to women’s golf, there was one major obstacle: The absence of data on which to make analytical decisions. Thanks to KPMG, that problem is no more.

The third major of the LPGA Tour season – the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – will usher in a major addition to the women’s game this week. A bold, new platform will use data gathered by caddies at Atlanta Athletic Club this week to help bridge the gap between the statistical analysis available to LPGA Tour players and those on the PGA Tour.

“As part of our long-term commitment to elevate the game of golf for women, we’re really pleased and proud to announce a new solution, a new data and analytics solution for the women’s golf game,” Paul Knopp, KPMG U.S. Chair and CEO, said Tuesday at Atlanta Athletic Club.

“It’s called KPMG Performance Insights,” Knopp said. “What’s really powerful about this tool is that it’s going to give the women that play this game the kind of data that they need to improve and diagnose their performance, and it’s going to be the same type of data that the men have on the men’s tour.”

The KPMG program will have caddies recording shots, club selections and the lie of every shot. They’ll turn in a special scorecard after every round and receive a stipend paid by KPMG.

“So for the first time ever, we’re going to bring our business leadership to bear to capture this data, to process the data, put it in the hands of the women golfers so that they can improve their game,” Knopp said.

On the PGA Tour, ShotLink technology gathers data that allows for such analysis as strokes-gained in various areas of the game, like off the tee, from the fairway and on the green. Similar information will now be available to LPGA Tour players, thanks to KPMG, a company that is all about data.

“We were surprised at that disparity,” said Knopp about the data gap between the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour. “And we very much wanted to be a partner in wanting to do something about it.”

There will also be data on how players perform from 25-yard increments and on proximity to the pin from certain distances. Also available will be shot dispersion charts, average birdie putt length and performance indexing over time against the field.

Since KPMG and the PGA of America partnered with the LPGA Tour in 2015 to elevate the LPGA Championship, the event has grown in prize money, the quality of venues and the television exposure available on the various NBC platforms, including Golf Channel and Peacock.

Now, thanks to the ingenuity and financial support of KPMG, the event first created in 1955 has taken another major step forward for the LPGA Tour. The data gathered through the KPMG initiative will bring analytics to the women’s game, narrowing even more yet another gender gap.