Champions Tour Update – November 9, 2017
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCES 2018 SCHEDULE
This week, the PGA TOUR Champions announced the 2018 tournament schedule, featuring 27 official tournaments and two “Challenge Season” events. The 24-event Regular Season will again give way to the third annual Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, which will be used to determine the season-long Charles Schwab Cup champion. The Tour will contest events in three countries and 20 states, with total prize money of $56.6 million.
The 2018 season will feature two new events, with The Ally Challenge marking the PGA TOUR’s return to Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., the week of September 10-16, and the Sanford International contested the following week (September 17-23) at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D.
In addition to the new tournaments and title sponsors, seven PGA TOUR winners will turn 50 in 2018 and begin play on PGA TOUR Champions, highlighted by 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke. Clarke, who competed in five Ryder Cups and captained the 2016 European Team, will turn 50 on August 14. The three-time TOUR winner headlines a rookie class that also includes Chris DiMarco, Dudley Hart, Robert Gamez and Brent Geiberger.
The season will begin with the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, set for the week of January 15-20 in Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii. The Toshiba Classic returns to the Tour’s calendar next year with a move from October back to March. The event, which will again be held at Newport Beach Country Club, will be played March 5-11.
GENE SAUERS NAMED RECIPIENT OF PGA TOUR COURAGE AWARD
PGA TOUR Champions member Gene Sauers, who overcame Stevens-Johnson syndrome to resume a full playing career before winning the 2016 U.S. Senior Open, has been named the recipient of the PGA TOUR Courage Award.
The PGA TOUR Courage Award is presented to a player who, through courage and perseverance, has overcome extraordinary adversity, such as personal tragedy or debilitating injury or illness, to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf. Sauers is the third-ever recipient of the Courage Award, joining Erik Compton and Jarrod Lyle, who received the award in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
“Gene’s determination in defeating Stevens-Johnson syndrome and resuming a successful PGA TOUR Champions career serves as inspiration for anyone suffering through a life-threatening condition,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “It required tremendous fortitude for him to overcome nearly insurmountable odds, and we are thrilled to present him with the 2017 PGA TOUR Courage Award.”
The Courage Award includes a $25,000 charitable contribution to be distributed to a charity of the award recipient’s choice; this year’s contribution will be given to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a non-profit international center for treatment and research and a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Clinician scientists at the Infirmary conduct research that aims to improve diagnostic tests, treatment option and prevention strategies for patients with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
“It’s truly an honor to receive the Courage Award, and it is my hope it sheds positive light on the tremendous work being done by doctors and researchers around the country to find a cure for this debilitating disease,” said Sauers. “Through perseverance and determination, I was able to overcome Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and return to competition, and I cannot thank my family, friends and fellow PGA TOUR players enough for their tireless support along the way.”
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS’ SEASON FINALE
The Charles Schwab Cup Championship will be contested at Phoenix Country Club for the first time beginning this weekend.
Will Bernhard Langer win his record fifth Charles Schwab Cup? Or will we see an upset from No. 2 seed Scott McCarron, No. 3 Kenny Perry, No. 4 Miguel Angel Jimenez or No. 5 Kevin Sutherland?
CURRENT MONEY LIST RANKINGS
- Bernhard Langer – $3,622,359
- Scott McCarron – $2,606,695
- Kenny Perry – $1,673,070
- Miguel Angel Jiménez – $1,523,678
- Kevin Sutherland – $1,521,732
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