Tuesday, September 29

Bermuda Championship Set to be First PGA Tour Event Since Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic to Welcome Spectators

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SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Next month's Bermuda Championship will be the first PGA TOUR event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to welcome general admission spectators on-site at a tournament venue, event officials and the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) announced today.

The PGA TOUR and the Bermuda Government have jointly granted permission for a limited number of general admission spectators per day for the second annual event at Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, October 26–November 1. The daily allowance, whose number will be determined under the island's public-gatherings regulations, follows a review by Bermuda's health authorities and means Bermuda residents as well as visitors will be able to attend the event in person.

Bermuda Championship tickets went on sale yesterday, September 28, and spectators can purchase tickets online (while quantities last) through the tournament website at bermudachampionship.com. Gates are open to the public Thursday, October 28 to Sunday, November 1; daily general admission tickets are available online only for $35.

"We are grateful to Bermuda's government, health officials, the PGA TOUR and Bruno Event Team, whom we've worked jointly with throughout the process of planning for this year's event," said Victoria Isley, BTA Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. "The second Bermuda Championship is a testament to the island's successful health and safety record which has enabled an event of this scope to go ahead. As title sponsor, the Bermuda Tourism Authority is thrilled to make this possible for Bermuda visitors and our local community. Through four days of live coverage on The Golf Channel, the Bermuda Championship will showcase the island's wide-open spaces, pristine beauty and the naturally physically-distanced sport of golf."

Spectator protocols will include temperature checks, wearing of face masks upon entry and around the golf course, social distancing with six feet of separation, and the use of hand sanitiser, with units placed throughout the venue, including entrances, restrooms and concession locations. For the safety of spectators and players, autographs will not be permitted.

ESPN VIDEO: Bryson DeChambeau, Golf Scientist

FOR THOSE STILL GETTING acquainted with new U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, or as a refresher for those who've known about him longer, this ESPN SC Featured piece from 2016 is a solid primer on the golf maverick.

It explains a lot. It holds up well. Bryson breaks the mold.

Here's the introducton:

"Gene Wojciechowski detailed some of Bryson DeChambeau's unconventional methods four years ago when the physics major burst on the golf scene."

Thursday, September 24

European Tour Reverses Course on Allowing Spectators at the Scottish Open

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THE EUROPEAN TOUR ABANDONED its plan to allow 650 spectators per day at the Scottish Open.

Here's the tour's statement:

In light of the recent update to the Scottish Government's Covid-19 guidelines, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will now be played without spectators.

A robust and thorough plan had been put in place, in close collaboration with the Scottish Government, to welcome a limited number of spectators over the weekend at the Renaissance Club as part of a series of pilot sporting and cultural events being considered in Scotland to help support the return of spectators to events. However, in line with the consistent approach now being taken in Scotland and across the UK to pause pilot events, the tournament will now return to a closed-door model and all ticket holders have been contacted separately with details of the refund process.

We thank our tournament partners Aberdeen Standard Investments, VisitScotland and the Scottish Government for their collaboration. We also thank the Scottish golf fans who had purchased tickets for the event and look forward to welcoming them back in future years.

Wednesday, September 23

USGA CEO Mike Davis Announces Departure in 2021

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LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The USGA announced that CEO Mike Davis will leave the organization by the end of 2021 to pursue a life-long passion for golf course design and construction. 

In the next step of his professional journey, Davis will team with accomplished golf course designer Tom Fazio II in a new business venture, where together they have formed Fazio & Davis Golf Design.

Davis, who joined the USGA in 1990, became the Association's seventh executive director in 2011 and its first Chief Executive Officer in 2016. In the CEO role, Davis is responsible for managing all aspects of the association's day-to-day operations, including its core functions, essential programs and human and financial resources. He serves as a member of several golf-related boards, including the International Golf Federation, World Golf Foundation, World Golf Hall of Fame and Official World Golf Rankings.

"Leading the USGA has been such an honor, and I'm grateful for the many wonderful years I have had with this great organization," said Davis. "While I am excited for my next chapter, my work here is not done, and I look forward to furthering our mission to better the game over the next 15 months."

Until his departure, Davis will continue to focus on leading the organization through the impacts of COVID-19, advancing the USGA's commitment to create Golf House Pinehurst; driving USGA strategy (including, importantly, the outcomes of the Distance Insights project); and on-boarding and supporting his successor to ensure a smooth transition for the next CEO.

The USGA Executive Committee will soon initiate a search for the next CEO, with the goal of having a candidate in place prior to the 2021 U.S. Open in June. Davis will support the onboarding of the new CEO over the subsequent months with the intent of formally departing the organization by the end of 2021.

Tuesday, September 22

Visit Talamore: Fall Golf Packages You Want to Book Now

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Golfworld: How 'the Course Setup at Winged Foot Played Into the Bombers' Hands'

BRYSON DECHAMBEAU IS NOW A BULKY GUY. But the new U.S. Open champion is a smart guy, too. This isn't a recent development. He figured out a few things before blasting his first tee shot at Winged Foot last Thursday.

Golfworld highlighted this and other points in its "18 Parting Thoughts From a Wild Week at Winged Foot."

Here's one of their takeaways:

2. In hindsight, the course setup at Winged Foot played into the bombers' hands. Length is always an advantage, and there's a temptation to combat it by making the fairways super narrow and the rough super long. The problem is, when fairways are that narrow, everyone's going to miss their share. The field only hit 39.6 percent of fairways this week—that's the lowest percentage of any PGA Tour event over the last 30 years, per stats oracle Jason Ray. (DeChambeau might have hit only 23 fairways, but he ranked a respectable T-26 in the category.) And when everyone is missing fairways, the guys closer to the green are going to fare so much better than the guys further away.

DeChambeau was well aware of this, maybe more so than anyone in the field. Here's what he said in his post-round presser: "[Statistician] Mark Broadie was talking to [coach] Chris Como, and they were talking about how they just made the fairways too small this week to have it be an advantage for guys hitting the fairway. So what I mean by that—let's take an example of you going like a yard wide. Nobody's hitting the fairway. OK, length's going to win. You make the fairways too wide, lengths going to win."

The takeaway: length is always going to win.

Sunday, September 20

Bryson DeChambeau Overpowers Field to Win U.S. Open by 6 Shots

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A BOLD EXPERIMENT TO EXPLOIT POWER in championship golf has turned Bryson DeChambeau into a hulking, long-hitting, rough-conquering U.S. Open champion.

Today, DeChambeau shot a closing 3-under 67 on storied Winged Foot to separate himself from the field. No one else broke par in the final round. He finished at 6-under 274 for the tournament, the only player in red numbers after 72 holes on the brutal layout. DeChambeau is the first player to shoot par or better in all four rounds in six U.S. Opens played at Winged Foot dating back to 1929.

"It's just an honor," DeChambeau said about joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win an NCAA championship, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. "It's been a lot of hard work."

Third-round leader Matthew Wolff shot a 5-over 75 in the final round to finish second at even par. Louis Oosthuizen was third at 2-over 282.

DeChambeau only hit 23 of 56 fairways at Winged Foot. It didn't matter. He blasted drives an average of 325 yards, the longest by a U.S. Open champion. And he slashed smart approach shots from the thick rough and displayed a delicate touch on and around the slick, sloping greens.

It's a new day in golf when a sinister U.S. Open setup can't crush every man in the field.

Thursday, September 17

U.S. Open at Winged Foot: Justin Thomas Is the First-Round Leader After a 65

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JUSTIN THOMAS LIKES WINGED FOOT. Actually, it's more like a love affair, especially after an opening 65 alongside Masters champion Tiger Woods and PGA champion Colin Morikawa.

"I loved it," Thomas said about Winged Foot, site of many U.S. Opens and other major events. "It's one of my favorite, if not my favorite, courses I've ever played."

That's high praise.

Thomas hit nine of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens en route to his 65. Fairways and greens, as they say. More of that could earn him his second major victory and first U.S. Open.

Thomas added, "It's one of the best rounds I've played in a while tee to green. There are a couple things here and there that definitely could have been better, but I made sure all of my misses were in the right spot, and that's what you have to do at a U.S. Open."

Meanwhile, his playing partners struggled on the unforgiving layout. Woods finished with a 3-over 73. Morikawa had a 76.

Patrick Reed, Thomas Pieters and Mathhew Wolff are one off Thomas's lead after 66s. Rory McIlroy shot a 67.

Phil Mickelson struggled mightily, finding only two fairways off the tee. He finished with a 79, besting only one player in the field.

Wednesday, September 16

U.S. Open at Winged Foot: Complete Broadcast Schedule

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The U.S. Open returns to NBC Sports, with domestic (U.S.) coverage airing exclusively across NBC, Golf Channel and Peacock, NBCUniversal's new streaming service.

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Round One – Thursday, Sept. 17

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Golf Channel

2-5 p.m.: NBC Sports

5-7 p.m.: Peacock (Streaming App)

Round Two – Friday, Sept. 18

7:30-9:30 a.m.: Peacock (Streaming App)

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Golf Channel

4-7 p.m.: NBC Sports

Round Three – Saturday, Sept. 19

9-11 a.m.: Peacock (Streaming App)

11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: NBC Sports

Round Four – Sunday, Sept. 20

8-10 a.m.: Peacock (Streaming App)

10 a.m.-Noon: Golf Channel

Noon-6 p.m.: NBC Sports

Coverage of the U.S. Open on Peacock

Across each of the four rounds, Peacock will exclusively stream two hours of live U.S. Open coverage for free. U.S. Open content on Peacock will also include coverage of featured groups and featured holes in all four rounds.

Tournament Production and Broadcast Team

Led by 29-time Emmy Award-winning producer Tommy Roy – along with NBC Sports’ producer Brandt Packer – the network’s U.S. Open production will utilize the deepest roster of broadcasters in golf, including five USGA champions: Kay Cockerill (1986, ’87 U.S. Women’s Amateur), Trevor Immelman (1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links), Peter Jacobsen (2004 U.S. Senior Open), Gary Koch (1970 U.S. Junior Amateur) and Justin Leonard (1992 U.S. Amateur).

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U.S. Open at Winged Foot: Thursday and Friday Tee Times and Tournament Notes

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 2020 U.S. Open Championship, Thursday (Sept. 17) and Friday (Sept. 18), at 7,477-yard, par-70 Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
The U.S. Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 144 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Sept. 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 Sept. 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 EDT
Thursday (Sept. 17), Hole #1 / Friday (Sept. 18), Hole #10
6:50 a.m. / 12:10 p.m. – Brandon Wu, Scarsdale, N.Y.; Curtis Luck, Australia; Ryan Fox, New Zealand
7:01 a.m. / 12:21 p.m. – Joel Dahmen, Clarkston, Wash.; Rasmus Hojgaard, Denmark; J.T. Poston, Hickory, N.C.
7:12 a.m. / 12:32 p.m. – Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Sung Kang, Republic of Korea; Kevin Streelman, Wheaton, Ill.
7:23 a.m. / 12:43 p.m. – Jazz Janewattananond, Thailand; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.; Matt Wallace, England
7:34 a.m. / 12:54 p.m. – Brendon Todd, Watkinsville, Ga.; Harris English, Moultrie, Ga.; (a) Davis Thompson, St. Simons Island, Ga.
7:45 a.m. / 1:05 p.m. – Paul Waring, England; Victor Perez, France; Christiaan Bezuidenhout, South Africa
7:56 a.m. / 1:16 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas; Jordan Spieth, Dallas,Texas
8:07 a.m. / 1:27 p.m. – Collin Morikawa, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.; Justin Thomas, Louisville, Ky.; Tiger Woods, Jupiter, Fla.
8:18 a.m. / 1:38 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.; Lucas Glover, Jupiter, Fla.; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland
8:29 a.m. / 1:49 p.m. – Charles Howell III, Orlando, Fla.; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Max Homa, Valencia, Calif.
8:40 a.m. / 2 p.m. – Kurt Kitayama, Chico, Calif.; Robert MacIntyre, Scotland; (a) Sandy Scott, Scotland
8:51 a.m. / 2:11 p.m. – Eddie Pepperell, England; Troy Merritt, Eagle, Idaho; Sami Valimaki, Finland
Thursday (Sept. 17), Hole #10 / Friday (Sept. 18), Hole #1
6:50 a.m. / 12:10 p.m. – Daniel Balin, White Plains, N.Y.; Greyson Sigg, Augusta, Ga.; J.C. Ritchie, South Africa
7:01 a.m. / 12:21 p.m. – (a) Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda, Calif.; Brian Harman, Sea Island, Ga.; Andy Sullivan, England
7:12 a.m. / 12:32 p.m. – Tom Lewis, England; (a) Preston Summerhays, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jason Kokrak, Hudson, Ohio
7:23 a.m. / 12:43 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; (a) John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky.
7:34 a.m. / 12:54 p.m. – Tyler Duncan, Columbus, Ind.; Thomas Detry, Belgium; Erik van Rooyen, South Africa
7:45 a.m. / 1:05 p.m. – Tyrrell Hatton, England; Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Danny Willett, England
7:56 a.m. / 1:16 p.m. – Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Jason Day, Australia
8:07 a.m. / 1:27 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Adam Scott, Australia; Justin Rose, England
8:18 a.m. / 1:38 p.m. – Ian Poulter, England; Patrick Cantlay, Jupiter, Fla.; Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.
8:29 a.m. / 1:49 p.m. – Adam Hadwin, Canada; Mackenzie Hughes, Canada; Corey Conners, Canada
8:40 a.m. / 2 p.m. – Sebastian Munoz, Colombia; (a) Chun An Yu, Chinese Taipei; Justin Harding, South Africa
8:51 a.m. / 2:11 p.m. – Scott Hend, Australia; Dan McCarthy, Syracuse, N.Y.; Ryan Vermeer, Omaha, Neb.
Thursday (Sept. 17), Hole #1 / Friday (Sept. 18), Hole #10
12:10 p.m. / 6:50 a.m. – Shaun Norris, South Africa; Rory Sabbatini, Slovakia; Chan Kim, Gilbert, Ariz.
12:21 p.m. / 7:01 a.m. – Adam Long, St. Louis, Mo.; (a) Eduard Rousaud, Spain; Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France
12:32 p.m. / 7:12 a.m. – (a) Lukas Michel, Australia; Lucas Herbert, Australia; Matt Jones, Australia
12:43 p.m. / 7:23 a.m. – Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas; Si Woo Kim, Republic of Korea; Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain
12:54 p.m. / 7:34 a.m. – Joaquin Niemann, Chile; Sungjae Im, Republic of Korea; Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.
1:05 p.m. / 7:45 a.m. – Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; (a) Andy Ogletree, Little Rock, Miss.; Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland
1:16 p.m. / 7:56 a.m. – Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.; Dustin Johnson, Jupiter, Fla.; Tony Finau, Salt Lake City, Utah
1:27 p.m. / 8:07 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Paul Casey, England; Jon Rahm, Spain
1:38 p.m. / 8:18 a.m. – Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Matthew Wolff, Agoura Hills, Calif.; Viktor Hovland, Norway
1:49 p.m. / 8:29 a.m. – Romain Langasque, France; Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Will Zalatoris, Plano, Texas
2 p.m. / 8:40 a.m. – Matthias Schwab, Austria; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas; Alex Noren, Sweden
2:11 p.m. / 8:51 a.m. – Connor Syme, Scotland; Paul Barjon, France; Marty Jertson, Phoenix, Ariz.
Thursday (Sept. 17), Hole #10 / Friday (Sept. 18), Hole #1
12:10 p.m. / 6:50 a.m. – Richy Werenski, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Taylor Pendrith, Canada; Renato Paratore, Italy
12:21 p.m. / 7:01 a.m. – Jim Herman, Palm City, Fla.; (a) John Pak, Scotch Plains, N.J.; Thomas Pieters, Belgium
12:32 p.m. / 7:12 a.m. – Michael Thompson, Sea Island, Ga.; Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash.; Chesson Hadley, Raleigh, N.C.
12:43 p.m. / 7:23 a.m. – Bernd Wiesberger, Austria; Marc Leishman, Australia; Cameron Smith, Australia
12:54 p.m. / 7:34 a.m. – Lee Westwood, England; (a) James Sugrue, Republic of Ireland; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.
1:05 p.m. / 7:45 a.m. – Matt Fitzpatrick, England; Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.; Branden Grace, South Africa
1:16 p.m. / 7:56 a.m. – Tommy Fleetwood, England; Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Abraham Ancer, Mexico
1:27 p.m. / 8:07 a.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Keegan Bradley, Woodstock, Vt.
1:38 p.m. / 8:18 a.m. – Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif.; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.
1:49 p.m. / 8:29 a.m. – Shugo Imahira, Japan; Byeong Hun An, Republic of Korea; (a) Takumi Kanaya, Japan
2 p.m. / 8:40 a.m. – Danny Lee, New Zealand; Mark Hubbard, Denver, Colo.; Lanto Griffin, Blacksburg, Va.
2:11 p.m. / 8:51 a.m. – Stephan Jaeger, Germany; Lee Hodges, Elkmont, Ala.; Adrian Otaegui, Spain
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2020 U.S. Open Championship – Par & Yardage
Winged Foot Golf Club’s West Course will be set up at 7,477 yards and will play to a par of 35-35—70. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) Hole By Hole

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Thursday, September 10

ANA Inspiration Broadcast Schedule and Tournament Notes

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THE ANA INSPIRATION BEGAN TODAY at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. It's the 49th edition of the tournament, one of five majors on the LPGA Tour.

The 104-player field includes 17 players in the top 25 of the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. They're competing for a $3.1 million purse and the opportunity to win the Dinah Shore Trophy.

Golf Channel Coverage
All times Eastern.

Thursday, September 10
12-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m.

Friday, September 11
12-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m

Saturday, September 12
2-6 p.m.

Sunday, September 13
2-6 p.m.

U.S. Open at Winged Foot: Two-Time Champion Brooks Koepka Withdraws


It has been an injury-ridden year for the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open champion.

Brooks last played at the Wyndham Championship in August. He missed the cut.

"I know how to do it...," Koepka said in Greensboro. "I just physically can't do it."