The PGA Tour playoffs have ended, with Xander Schauffele winning the Tour Championship, and Justin Thomas winning the FedEx Cup. Now it’s time to look ahead to another exciting year of gold, and, thankfully, there’s not much time to wait.The 2017 – 18 PGA Tour season begins in October, and we’ll see a total of ten more tournaments this year, before the SBS Tournament of Champions in 2018. Here are all of the upcoming tournaments, the previous winners, and all the info you’ll need about each of the courses.
Oct 5 – Safeway Open
There’s little rest to be had after the regular season. PGA Tour members who want to get right back into things, can take part in the $6,200,000 purse tournament at the Silverado Resort and Spa North in Napa, California. This tournament is worth 500 FedExCup points, and the most recent winner was Brendan Steele, who is currently ranked 59th in the world rankings.The 18-hole North Course is 6900 yards in total and has a 72 par rating.
Oct 12 – CIMB Classic
Malaysia’s premier golf event is held at TPC Kuala Lumpur, and offers a total purse of $7,000,000. Justin Thomas won this tournament last year, before going on to win the FedEx Cup at the end of the season. Considered to be one of the prestigious events on the Asian calendar, this tournament could reveal some familiar and unfamiliar faces, making it one of the more interesting ones to watch as we head towards the end of this year.
Oct 19 – The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges
For the players who are going with the international tournaments at the early stage of the season, the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea represents a unique opportunity. This will be the first time that Nine Bridges Golf Club hosts an event on the PGA Tour, and there’s a total purse of $9,250,000 available. This will be a stroke play tournament on a course that covers 7,265 yards. The par for the course is 72, and the field will be open for the top 60 finishers from the FedEx Cup playoffs, along with 18 additional players made up from select Korean players and members of the Asian Tour.
Oct 26 – Sanderson Farms Championship
The Sanderson Farms Championship has the unenviable task of competing with the more prestigious World Golf Championships in Shanghai, China. This tournament will be held at the Country Club of Jackson, where there’s a large flowing golf course, made up of closely manicured rolling lawns. The course here is arguably the best to be found in Mississippi, and will offer a challenge to PGA Tour card holders who will not be making the journey to Shanghai.This event is not typical for producing winners from the higher rankings, and the last champion was Cody Gribble, currently ranked 268th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Oct 26 – World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions
Held at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, the World Golf Championships is the most valuable stop left on the tour in 2017. The total Purse is $9,750,000, making this the more competitive of the two tournaments held over this weekend. Hideki Matsuyama, currently ranked 3rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, is the defending champion of the WGC.Shanghai offers a challenging course, as well as a unique atmosphere in world golf.
Nov 2 – Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Held at TPC at Summerlin in Las Vegas, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open brings us back to North America for a 71 par course that offers a prize find of $6,600,000. Last year’s winner was Rod Pampling, who claimed a prize of over $1 million after beating Brooks Koepka by two strokes. This tournament is unique by the fact that only one player has won more than one tournament here since 1983. That makes this one of the most unpredictable events at the beginning of the 2017 – 18 PGA Tour season.
Nov 9 – OHL Classic at Mayakoba
This event takes the tour to Playa del Carmen in Mexico, at the El Camaleon Golf Club. This is a 6,987 yard course with a 71 par. The purse is relatively high, with $7,000,000 in total prize fund available. This tournament doesn’t always attract the biggest names on the PGA Tour. Last year, Pat Perez won the tournament, at a time where he was outside of the Top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Since that win, Pat has climbed the ranks up to 31st position in the ranking.
Nov 16 – The RSM Classic
Sea Island in Georgia is the home to the RSM Classic, a 7,005 yard course that has a par of 70. One of the younger courses on the PGA Tour, the RSM Classic has been held since 2010. Mackenzie Hughes won the tournament with -17 to par, beating a number of runners up in a playoff. He beat highly ranked golfers like Henrik Norlander, Billy Horschel, and Camilo Villegas. The purse at this course has steadily increased in recent years, and this season there will be $6,200,000 of total prize money available.
Nov 30 – Hero World Challenge
This unofficial tour event is hosted by Tiger Woods, and features the best players in the Official World Golf Ranking. The field is made up of the Top 11 in the ranking, along with four sponsor exemptions, and the defending champion. The compact field of 16 makes this a highly competitive tournament. There are no FedEx Cup points available from this tournament.
Dec 8 – QBE Shootout
Like the Hero World Challenge, there are no FedEx Cup points available from this tournament. This unofficial money event is a team golf event played at the Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course) in Naples, Florida. The course is par 72 and covers 7,288 yards. The team play format can make this an exciting tournament to follow, and it has produced a number of different winners in recent years. Jason Dufner, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Harris English, and Matt Kuchar are just some of the names of players who have been victorious at the QBE Shootout.
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