LPGA has 1st major in Palm Springs for the final time

March 31, 2022 GMT
Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand watches her shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the LPGA Honda Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Kittinun Rodsupan)
Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand watches her shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the LPGA Honda Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Kittinun Rodsupan)
Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand watches her shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the LPGA Honda Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Kittinun Rodsupan)
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Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand watches her shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the LPGA Honda Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Kittinun Rodsupan)
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Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand watches her shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the LPGA Honda Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya, southern Thailand, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Kittinun Rodsupan)

LPGA TOUR

CHEVRON CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Rancho Mirage, California.

Course: Mission Hills CC (Dinah Shore). Yardage: 6,763. Par: 72.

Prize money: $5 million. Winner’s share: $750,000.

Television: Thursday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m., 7-9 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Patty Tavatanakit.

Race to CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang.

Last week: Atthaya Thitikul won the JTBC Classic.

Notes: This is the final year for the LPGA’s first major to be played at Mission Hills. Chevron kept the tournament alive by becoming the title sponsor and plans to move it to Houston next year. ... Nelly Korda, the No. 2 player in women’s golf, did not enter the first major of the year as she recovers from a blood clot in her arm. ... Atthaya Thitikul is the sixth player from Thailand to win on the LPGA Tour. She moved to No. 5 in the women’s world ranking. ... The leading five players in the world ranking are from five countries. ... The LPGA’s first major was co-founded in 1972 by Dinah Shore, and it became a major in 1983. ... Dottie Pepper holds the tournament record at 19-under 269 in 1999. Karrie Webb set the record for largest margin a year later when she won by 10 shots. ... Brittany Lincicome in 2015 is the last American winner of the tournament. She also is the only player to have won it twice in the last 20 years.

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Next tournament: Lotte Championship on April 13-16.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

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PGA TOUR

VALERO TEXAS OPEN

Site: San Antonio.

Course: TPC San Antonio (Oaks). Yardage: 7,494. Par: 72.

Prize money: $8.6 million. Winner’s share: $1.548 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3:30-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 1-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Jordan Spieth.

FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.

Last week: Scottie Scheffler won the Dell Technologies Match Play and Chad Ramey won the Corales Puntacana Championship.

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Notes: This is the last chance for someone to earn a spot in the Masters by winning. ... Richard Bland, who came one match victory away from getting into the top 50, is in the tournament as a sponsor exemption. ... Jordan Spieth’s victory last year was his first since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale. ... Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama, both of whom chose not to play in the Match Play, are in the field. McIlroy wanted this as a tune-up for the Masters. Matsuyama is recovering from neck and shoulder soreness he first felt at Bay Hill. ... Only 23 players in the field already are eligible for the Masters. That includes Robert MacIntyre of Scotland, who was top 12 at Augusta last year, and Guido Migliozzi of Italy, who qualified by being in the top four at the U.S. Open last year. ... Bryson DeChambeau is playing back-to-back PGA Tour events for the first time since the FedEx Cup playoffs last year.

Next week: Masters.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

RAPISCAN SYSTEMS CLASSIC

Site: Biloxi, Mississippi.

Course: Grand Bear GC. Yardage: 7,140. Par: 72.

Prize money: $1.6 million. Winner’s share: $240,000.

Television: Friday, 10 p.m. to midnight (Golf Channel-tape delay); Saturday, 3:30-5 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Kevin Sutherland.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Last tournament: Retief Goosen won the Hoag Classic.

Notes: The field features three players who will be in the Masters next week — Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh and Padraig Harrington, who qualified by finishing among the top four last year in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. ... Gary Nicklaus, the son of Jack Nicklaus, is playing on a sponsor exemption. ... Steve Stricker is hopeful of returning as early as the ClubCorp Classic in a month. His ultimate target is the first Champions Tour major of the year. ... The defending champion is Kevin Sutherland. This is the 20th anniversary of his only PGA Tour victory in the Match Play. ... Miguel Angel Jimenez has won two of the four tournaments played so far on the schedule. The other winners were Langer and Retief Goosen. ... Langer has finished in the top 10 in all four tournaments this year. ... K.J. Choi has gone 101 holes without a three-putt on the PGA Tour Champions.

Next tournament: ClubCorp Classic on April 22-24.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html

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KORN FERRY TOUR

CLUB CAR CHAMPIONHIP AT THE LANDINGS CLUB

Site: Savannah, Georgia.

Course: The Landings Club (Deer Creek). Yardage: 7,165. Par: 72.

Prize money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.

Television: None.

Previous winner: Adam Svensson.

Points leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Trevor Werbylo won the Lake Charles Championship.

Next tournament: Veritex Bank Championship on April 13-16.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour.html

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Last week: Scottie Scheffler won the Dell Technologies Match Play and Ewen Ferguson won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Next week: Masters.

DP World Tour points leader: Viktor Hovland.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/

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OTHER TOURS

Augusta National: Augusta National Women’s Amateur, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia. Previous winner: Tsubasa Kajitani. Television: Saturday, noon to 3:30 p.m. (NBC). Online: https://www.anwagolf.com/index.html

Epson Tour: Casino del Sol Golf Classic, Sewailo GC, Tucson, Arizona. Previous winner: Ruixin Liu. Online: https://www.epsontour.com/

Challenge Tour and Sunshine Tour: Limpopo Championship, Euphoria GC, Limpopo, South Africa. Defending champion: Brandon Stone. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/ and https://sunshinetour.com/

Ladies European Tour: Investec South African Women’s Open, Steenberg GC, Cape Town, South Africa. Defending champion: Lee Ann Pace. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

PGA Tour Latinoamerica: 90 Abierto del Centro, Cordoba GC, Cordoba, Argentina. Previous winner (2019): Tom Whitney. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/la/en.html

Japan LPGA: Yamaha Ladies Open, Katsuragi GC (Yamana), Shizuoka, Japan. Defending champion: Mone Inami. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

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