1-stop Asia trips for PGA in Japan, LPGA in South Korea

October 21, 2021 GMT



Site: Chiba, Japan.

Course: Accordia Golf Narashino CC. Yardage: 7,041. Par: 70.

Prize money: $9.75 million. Winner’s share: $1.791 million.

Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Golf Channel); Friday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Patrick Cantlay.

FedEx Cup leader: Sam Burns.

Last week: Rory McIlroy won the CJ Cup at Summit.

Notes: The tournament returns to Japan after being played last year at Sherwood Country Club in California. The field isn’t nearly as strong because it is the only PGA Tour event on the Asia swing. ... Only three of the top 20 in the world are playing. ... The field features 17 players who were in Tokyo this summer for the Olympics, including Xander Schauffele (gold medal) and C.T. Pan (bronze). ... British Open champion Collin Morikawa and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama also are playing. ... Defending champion Patrick Cantlay is not playing. He has said he is not playing another PGA Tour event the rest of the year. ... Ryo Ishikawa turned down his spot in the field to take part in the second stage of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying ... Tiger Woods won his 82nd career PGA Tour title at Accordia Golf Narashino in 2019. ... Rickie Fowler is playing on a sponsor’s exemption for the second straight year. ... Among the Japan Golf Tour players in the field is Takumi Kanaya, a former world No. 1 amateur.


Next week: Bermuda Championship.

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




Site: Busan, South Korea.

Course: LPGA International Busan. Yardage: 6,726. Par: 72.

Prize money: $2 million. Winner’s share: $300,000.

Television: Thursday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Friday-Sunday, 5:30-10 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay).

Defending champion: Ha Na Jang (2019).

Race to CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda.

Last tournament: Jin Young Ko won the Cognizant Founders Cup.

Notes: Ko has won three of her last six starts on the LPGA Tour and now trails Nelly Korda by 20 points in the Race to CME Globe. Ko is playing the tournament. Korda is not. ... The tournament was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. ... The BMW Ladies Championship is the only Asia event in the fall. The LPGA started out with a four-tournament Asia swing until tournaments in Shanghai, Japan and Taiwan were either canceled or removed from the schedule. ... There are two tournaments left before the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Florida. ... The field features six of the top 10 in the women’s world ranking. Korda, Yuka Saso, Nasa Hataoka and Brooke Henderson are not playing. ... This is only the second year of the tournament. ... Sei Young Kim is the only player from the top 10 in the world ranking who has not won on the LPGA Tour this year.


Next tournament: Pelican Women’s Championship on Nov. 11-14.

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




Site: Richmond, Virginia.

Course: The Country Club of Virginia (James River). Yardage: 7,025. Par: 72.

Prize money: $2 million. Winner’s share: $300,000.

Television: Friday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Phil Mickelson.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.

Last week: Lee Janzen won the SAS Championship.

Notes: Phil Mickelson has won three of the four times he has played on the PGA Tour Champions. He also plans to play the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix. ... This starts the Charles Schwab Cup postseason. After the second postseason event in Florida, the leading 36 players make it to the final event. The Schwab Cup has been extended over two years because of the pandemic. ... The last four winners of the tournament are in the field — Miguel Angel Jimenez, Woody Austin and Bernhard Langer ... Jim Furyk is playing for the second straight week after hosting his own PGA Tour Champions event in Jacksonville, Florida. ... Langer leads the Schwab Cup by a little more than $71,000 over Furyk. ... Langer has gone over $31 million for his career on the PGA Tour Champions. He has won or finished second 80 times ... Retief Goosen leads the tour in driving distance at 298.1 yards.

Next tournament: TimberTech Championship on Nov. 5-7.

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




Site: Balearic Islands, Spain.

Course: Golf Santa Ponsa. Yardage: 7,200. Par: 72.

Prize money: 1 million euros. Winner’s share: 166,667 euros.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: New event.

Race to Dubai leader: Collin Morikawa.

Last week: Matt Fitzpatrick won the Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters.

Notes: This is the third straight week the European Tour is in Spain. After a week off, it has one more week as part of its Iberian swing. ... The field features only two players from the top 100 in the world ranking — Laurie Canter of England (No. 97) and Santiago Torrio of Spain (No. 100). ... Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer is in the field. He fell out of the top 100 last week. ... With only three tournaments remaining until the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Collin Morikawa has a slim lead over Billy Horschel in the Race to Dubai, followed by Jon Rahm. Matt Fitzpatrick moved to No. 5 in the standings with his win at Valderrama. ... Americans have combined to win eight times on the European Tour schedule, including majors and World Golf Championships. England is next with seven victories, followed by South Africa with five.

Next tournament: Portugal Masters on Nov. 4-7.

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



Challenge Tour: Challenge Costa Brava. Empordà GC, Girona, Spain. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge/

Sunshine Tour: Blair Atholl Championship, Balir Atholl Golf Estate, Centurion, South Africa. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Nobuta Group Masters, Masters GC, Hyogo, Japan. Defending champion: Asuka Kashiwabara. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/


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