2016-2017 PGA Tour Schedule #PGATour

DATES TOURNAMENT

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PGA TOUR
DEFENDING CHAMPION
OCT 13 – 16 Safeway Open  Brendan Steele
Silverado Resort and Spa North, Napa, CA • Purse: $6,000,000 $1,080,000
OCT 20 – 23 CIMB Classic  Justin Thomas
TPC Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, MAS • Purse: $7,000,000 $1,260,000
OCT 27 – 30 Sanderson Farms Championship  Cody Gribble
CC of Jackson, Jackson, MS • Purse: $4,200,000 $756,000
OCT 27 – 30 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions  Hideki Matsuyama
Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, CHN • Purse: $9,500,000 $1,620,000
NOV 3 – 6 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open  Smylie Kaufman
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV • Purse: $6,600,000 $1,152,000
NOV 10 – 13 OHL Classic at Mayakoba  Graeme McDowell
El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mex • Purse: $7,000,000 $1,116,000
NOV 17 – 20 The RSM Classic  Kevin Kisner
Sea Island Resort (Seaside), Sea Island, GA • Purse: $6,000,000 $1,026,000
NOV 24 – 27 World Cup of Golf   Australia
Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, AUS • Purse: $8,000,000 $1,200,000
DEC 1 – 4 Hero World Challenge  Bubba Watson
Albany, New Providence, BAH • Purse: $3,500,000 $1,000,000
DEC 8 – 10 Franklin Templeton Shootout  Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker
Tiburon GC, Naples, FL • Purse: $3,100,000 $385,000
JAN 5 – 8 Tournament of Champions  Jordan Spieth
Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui, HI • Purse: $6,000,000 $1,180,000
JAN 12 – 15 Sony Open in Hawaii  Fabian Gomez
Waialae CC, Honolulu, HI • Purse: $6,000,000 $1,044,000
JAN 19 – 22 CareerBuilder Challenge  Jason Dufner
PGA WEST TPC Stadium Course, La Quinta, CA • Purse: $5,800,000 $1,044,000
JAN 26 – 29 Farmers Insurance Open  Brandt Snedeker
Torrey Pines GC (South), San Diego, CA • Purse: $6,700,000 $1,170,000
FEB 2 – 5 Waste Management Phoenix Open  Hideki Matsuyama
TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ • Purse: $6,700,000 $1,170,000
FEB 9 – 12 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am  Vaughn Taylor
Pebble Beach GL, Pebble Beach, CA • Purse: $7,200,000 $1,260,000
FEB 16 – 19 Genesis Open  Bubba Watson
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, CA • Purse: $7,000,000 $1,224,000
FEB 23 – 26 The Honda Classic  Adam Scott
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, FL • Purse: $6,400,000 $1,098,000
MAR 2 – 5 World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship  Adam Scott
Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, MEX • Purse: $9,750,000 $1,620,000
MAR 9 – 12 Valspar Championship  Charl Schwartzel
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, FL • Purse: $6,300,000 $1,098,000
MAR 16 – 19 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard  Jason Day
Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, FL • Purse: $8,700,000 $1,134,000
MAR 22 – 26 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play  Jason Day
Austin Country Club, Austin, TX • Purse: $9,750,000 $1,620,000
MAR 23 – 26 Puerto Rico Open  Tony Finau
Coco Beach Golf & CC, Rio Grande, PUR • Purse: $3,000,000 $540,000
MAR 30 – APR 2 Shell Houston Open  Jim Herman
GC of Houston, Humble, TX • Purse: $7,000,000 $1,224,000
APR 6 – 9 Masters Tournament  Danny Willett
Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA • Purse: $10,000,000 $1,800,000
APR 13 – 16 RBC Heritage  Branden Grace
Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head, SC • Purse: $6,500,000 $1,062,000
APR 20 – 23 Valero Texas Open  Charley Hoffman
TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks, San Antonio, TX • Purse: $6,200,000 $1,116,000
APR 27 – 30 Zurich Classic of New Orleans  Brian Stuard
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, LA • Purse: $7,100,000 $1,260,000
MAY 4 – 7 Wells Fargo Championship  James Hahn
Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington, NC • Purse: $7,500,000 $1,314,000
MAY 11 – 14 THE PLAYERS Championship  Jason Day
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL • Purse: $10,500,000 $1,890,000
MAY 18 – 21 AT&T Byron Nelson  Sergio Garcia
TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, TX • Purse: $7,500,000 $1,314,000
MAY 25 – 28 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational  Jordan Spieth
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, TX • Purse: $6,900,000 $1,206,000
JUN 1 – 4 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide  William McGirt
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, OH • Purse: $8,700,000 $1,530,000
JUN 8 – 11 FedEx St. Jude Classic  Daniel Berger
TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN • Purse: $6,400,000 $1,116,000
JUN 15 – 18 U.S. Open  Dustin Johnson
Erin Hills, Erin, WI • Purse: $10,000,000 $1,800,000
JUN 19 – 20 CVS Health Charity Classic Keegan Bradley, Jon Curran
Rhode Island CC, Barrington, RI $150,000
JUN 22 – 25 Travelers Championship  Russell Knox
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT • Purse: $6,800,000 $1,188,000
JUN 29 – JUL 2 Quicken Loans National  Billy Hurley III
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, MD • Purse: $7,100,000 $1,242,000
JUL 6 – 9 The Greenbrier Classic  Danny Lee
The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, WV • Purse: $7,100,000 $1,206,000
JUL 13 – 16 John Deere Classic  Ryan Moore
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL • Purse: $5,600,000 $864,000
JUL 20 – 23 The Open Championship  Henrik Stenson
Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, ENG • Purse: $8,450,000 $1,549,590
JUL 20 – 23 Barbasol Championship  Aaron Baddeley
RTJ Trail (Grand National), Auburn/Opelika, AL • Purse: $3,500,000 $630,000
JUL 27 – 30 RBC Canadian Open  Jhonattan Vegas
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville,Ontario, Can • Purse: $6,000,000 $1,062,000
AUG 3 – 6 Barracuda Championship  Greg Chalmers
Montreux G&CC, Reno, NV • Purse: $3,300,000 $576,000
AUG 3 – 6 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational  Dustin Johnson
Firestone CC (South), Akron, OH • Purse: $9,750,000 $1,620,000
AUG 10 – 13 PGA Championship  Jimmy Walker
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC • Purse: $10,500,000 $1,800,000
AUG 17 – 20 Wyndham Championship  Si Woo Kim
Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC • Purse: $5,800,000 $1,008,000
AUG 24 – 27 THE NORTHERN TRUST  Patrick Reed
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, NY • Purse: $8,750,000 $1,530,000
SEP 1 – 4 Dell Technologies Championship  Rory McIlroy
TPC Boston, Norton, MA • Purse: $8,750,000 $1,530,000
SEP 14 – 17 BMW Championship  Dustin Johnson
Conway Farms GC, Lake Forest, IL • Purse: $8,750,000 $1,530,000
SEP 21 – 24 TOUR Championship  Rory McIlroy
East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA • Purse: $8,750,000 $1,530,000
SEP 28 – OCT 1 The Presidents Cup   United States

 

 

Liberty National GC, Jersey City, NJ

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open #PGATour

The Field

Steven Alker Tony Finau Marc Leishman Webb Simpson
Stuart Appleby Martin Flores Spencer Levin Vijay Singh
Aaron Baddeley Robert Garrigus Nicholas Lindheim Cameron Smith
Blayne Barber Brian Gay Luke List J.J. Spaun
Ricky Barnes Lucas Glover Davis Love III Scott Stallings
Zac Blair Fabian Gomez Jamie Lovemark Kyle Stanley
Ryan Blaum Andres Gonzales Will MacKenzie Brendan Steele
Jonas Blixt Cody Gribble Hunter Mahan Shawn Stefani
Jason Bohn Adam Hadwin Peter Malnati Brett Stegmaier
Steven Bowditch James Hahn Steve Marino Robert Streb
Dominic Bozzelli Brian Harman Ben Martin Kevin Streelman
Keegan Bradley David Hearn Lee McCoy Brian Stuard
Ryan Brehm Russell Henley Graeme McDowell Zack Sucher
Scott Brown J.J. Henry William McGirt Daniel Summerhays
Wesley Bryan Jim Herman Troy Merritt Hudson Swafford
Jonathan Byrd Charley Hoffman Bryce Molder Nick Taylor
Chad Campbell Morgan Hoffmann Francesco Molinari Vaughn Taylor
Miguel Angel Carballo J.B. Holmes Ryan Moore Michael Thompson
Roberto Castro Billy Horschel Trey Mullinax Cameron Tringale
Bud Cauley Charles Howell III Grayson Murray Kevin Tway
Alex Cejka Mark Hubbard Kevin Na Tyrone Van Aswegen
Greg Chalmers Mackenzie Hughes Seung-Yul Noh Harold Varner III
Stewart Cink John Huh Sean O’Hair Jhonattan Vegas
Chad Collins Billy Hurley III Rod Pampling Johnson Wagner
Ben Crane Ryo Ishikawa Cheng Tsung Pan Jimmy Walker
Jon Curran Marty Jertson Pat Perez Nick Watney
Bryson DeChambeau Sung Kang John Peterson Boo Weekley
Graham DeLaet Smylie Kaufman Carl Pettersson Richy Werenski
Ken Duke Michael Kim Scott Piercy Aaron Wise
Ernie Els Chris Kirk J.T. Poston
Harris English Patton Kizzire Seamus Power
Bob Estes Colt Knost Jon Rahm
Julian Etulain Brooks Koepka Chez Reavie
Matt Every Jason Kokrak Kyle Reifers
Derek Fathauer Martin Laird Ollie Schniederjans
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano Danny Lee John Senden

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Past Champions

2015 Smylie Kaufman

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2014 Ben Martin

2013 Webb Simpson

2012 Ryan Moore

2011 Kevin Na

2010 Jonathan Byrd

2009 Martin Laird

2008 Marc Turnesa

2007 George McNeil

2006 Troy Matteson

2005 Wes Short, Jr.

2004 Andre Stolz

2003 Stuart Appleby

2002 Phil Tataurangi

2001 Bob Estes

2000 Billy Andrade

1999 Jim Furyk

1998 Jim Furyk

1997 Bill Glasson

1996 Tiger Woods

1995 Jim Furyk

1994 Bruce Lietzke

1993 Davis Love III

1992 John Cook

1991 Andrew Magee

1990 Bob Tway

1989 Scott Hoch

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PGA TOUR

1988 Gary Koch

1987 Paul Azinger

1986 Greg Norman

1985 Curtis Strange

1984 Denis Watson

1983 Fuzzy Zoeller

 

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This Week on the PGA Tour

The WGC-HSBC Champions in China

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson headline the field that includes 16 of the top-20 players in the world.

Dates: Oct. 27-30

Venue: Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)

  • Wednesday     11 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Thursday         11 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Friday              11 p.m.-4 a.m.
  • Saturday          11 p.m.-4 a.m.

 

Defending Champion Russell Knox

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Sanderson Farms Championship

Dates: Oct. 27-30

Venue: Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)

  • Thursday       2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday            2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday         2:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday           2:30-5:30 p.m.

Defending Champion Peter Malnati

 

Common Mistakes and the High Handicapper

1. Not Warming up Before a Round

On golf day your round should not start at the number one tee, get to the golf p6iydKMcncourse as least a half hour before your tee time, 45 minutes if you like to chat. This will give you plenty of time to warm up and also give you time to calm down. Because we all still get excited about playing golf the adrenaline kicks in and the gut churns making it hard to keep things smooth. A proper warm up will make a big difference on that first drive if you are not in a rush to get things started.

Loosen Up

Always start with a small bag of range balls before your start time to help stretch out the body and smooth out the mind.

At the Practice Green

First send some time at the practice green with your putter, this will give you an ki8kEjBiridea of the speed of the greens on the golf course. If your playing partners skip the putting warm you will have the advantage for the first few holes at the least. Before heading to the driving range, make some green side chip shots to help loosen up and get a feel for you shot game.

At the Driving Range

Remember to keep a smooth pace as you make your way to the driving range. Don’t start with the driver, get your pitching wedge instead. Hit eight or ten balls starting with a 3/4 swing and working your way up to a full swing. After you have hit a couple of clean full shots with the PW, move to a mid-iron, say 7 iron. Hit a number of full clean shots with a high finish. Keep in mind to not get in to a rush, keep in mind to keep it smooth.

Range BucketNext up the hybrid, please have hybrids. Hybrids are used for different types of shots including from the fairway and from the tee. Hit from the turf on a few shots and if you use a hybrid on any par 3 holes tee up a couple. Now take a few shots with a fairway wood always having a target to shoot at. Tee up a 3 or 4 range rocks with the 3 wood and two with the driver. Finish off by hitting your last few balls with the one club that you always hit the best. This will help give you confidence before making your way to the #1 tee box.

Have Fun Playing Golf

Spending this short time warming up will help get your body ready for golf and more importantly, it will get your mind ready for golf. Now when you step up on the first tee your buddies will be dealing with butterflies and you will be smooth and put your drive right down the middle of the short grass.

-The Golf Ball Guy

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2. Swinging the Club to Hard

The last thing we want to hear is do not swing so hard, but it may be killing you Chi Chi Rodriguezgame. Once I read an article where Chi Chi Rodriguez said something to likes of “Golf is a game of long and straight, with straight being the most important.” That statement has stayed with me over the years and to this day keeps me from trying to out drive the others in my group.

Bad Things Can Happen

We all want more distance and it can be almost imposable to stand on the tee box with the big stick in hand and not give our all. Bad things can happen when step up and swing as hard as you can, your ball will end up in the piney woods more often than not. Worse than that your buddy tees up, takes a smooth swing sending his ball down the middle.

Don’t Crank It Out There

When you try to crank it out there, you will tend to tighten up on the grip notrcnKG54oi allowing the clubface to square up at impact, sending the ball way off of the target line. As the grip tightens up so does the lower body keeping the hips and legs from shifting as the club is swung causing a huge loss of the distance.

Test It

Test yourself, the next time you are at the driving range hit four balls with the driver using a smooth slower stroke and take note of the ball flight. Afterwards hit four more with your hardest swing ever and compare the results.

Keep this in mind three strokes to get out the wilderness will do far more damage to your score than two strokes to the green.

3. Spending too Much Time over the Ball

Don’t you just it hate when you duff the first drive of the round? Just as bad is when you hit your approach shot fat after make the drive of your life.

Don’t Just Stand There

Dont Just Stand ThereSo many times high handicappers will stand over the ball far too long, allowing numerous swing thoughts enter their mind making it impossible for them to make clean golf stroke. The more time swing cues spend going through a golfer’s mind will tend to increase tension. Tension, particularly in the arms and shoulders, when at address can ruin the golf swing before it gets started.

Take Control of the Tension

Often times when a golfers rest the clubhead on the ground for a length of time, they freeze over the ball, which allows muscle tension to creep in. One simple way to keep loose while over the ball is to keep a little movement going with the clubhead just off the ground. Many professional golfers use the waggle to keep the tension at bay, give it a try the next time you feel things getting tight.

Learn from Better Players

Better Players BTake a moment to watch better players and note that most of them will spend more time standing behind the ball visualizing the shot the than they do at address. If you take a moment, stand behind the ball finding a target line, and picture the ball in flight to that target this will help keep you clam before addressing the ball.

At the Driving Range

The next time you are at the driving range tee up a ball and stand behind it. Find yourself a target to aim at then address the ball and hit it with little hesitation. Make sure swing with a smooth tempo and them repeat this with four or five golf balls. Make some notes on each shot and compare the results to the first drive of your last round of golf. Many high handicappers will quickly see a notable difference in the contact they make with the ball.

Golf is mental so don’t psych yourself out by standing over the golf ball for too long. Like John Daly says, “Grip it and Rip it.”

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  1. Not Taking Enough Club

We all hate that feeling when we make our approach shot and flies nicely toward the green only to end up 10 yards shot.

Range Rock 1One of the best ways to make a significant improvement in your game is to know how far you hit each club in your bag. Unfortunately using the rocks at your local driving range to find distance is a fruitless endeavor unless you are a tour pro using the same ball on the range as you do on the course.

The most accurate way, that I have found, to get distance for each club is on the golf course, using the same golf ball with every shot. Golf ball models have varying characteristics so using a different model of golf ball from round to round or hole to hole will make getting the numbers right somewhat difficult.

Dial in on your real yardage by simply hit your approach shot from the fairway Note Padand mark the results in a note pad. Use a GPS smartphone app, a GPS golf watch, or the yardage markers on the golf course to find the distance to the center of the green. Take the club you feel is right for the shot, make your swing, and note the findings in your notepad. Carry the note pad with you on every round keeping it up to date as play and your club selection will be more reliable, making golf more fun.

#5 Chipping from the Green Side Fringe

There are many different greenside shot types that depending on the lie, the Pin and Flagdistances to the hole, the height of the fringe, etcetera. Finding the proper club is the key to avoiding costly mistakes like blading the ball past the hole or landing short with no roll.

Think, “Keep it low”

When choosing a club to use from the greenside fringes do not make the mistake the golf ball guy Bag 2of trying a high lofted wedge. Rather, think about keeping the ball as low as possible. Start with the least lofted club in the bag the putter. Any time you can keep the ball on the ground, you have better control and much less chance of hitting a bad shot off of the back of the green. Jack Nicklaus has always used his putter from greenside when possible and Martin Kaymer used his putter from off of the green in his 2014 U.S. Open win at Pinehurst.

When the Fringe is High

Many golf courses keep the fringe high around the greens requiring the shot to go over rather than through the grass. The bump and run shot will get you over the obstacle and roll toward the hole with a minimum of air time. Club selection is critical so keep the loft low, try a 7 or 8 iron for the safest shot.

Like it’s a Putter

When hitting the bump and run grip the club, address the ball as if you are putting and keep the stroke compact. The ball will “bump” over the fringe and “run” to the hole. Learn this easy shot and you will never blade the ball past the hole again.

Before Each Round

At the practice green before your round of golf , hit a few of these different shots and you save strokes each and every time.

-TheGolfBallGuy

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