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Folks, the AIG Women’s British Open is on the schedule! The R&A announced on Tuesday that the fan-less event will be held August 20-23 at Royal Troon. It will be the first women’s major championship played in 2020. Also, the Ladies European Tour confirmed that the Ladies Scottish Open will take place at Renaissance Golf Club the week prior. So we have two big-time women’s events, along with the LPGA Tour’s planned restart, to look forward to next month.
This is very exciting. Women’s pro golf has really suffered during the Covid-19 shutdown, and the players must be chomping at the bit to get back out there. Plus, from an American fan’s perspective, watching golf in the wee hours of the morning is always a highlight. Set your alarms: major-championship coffee golf is on the way.
The PGA Tour has made the relatively short trek from Detroit to Columbus, Ohio, and plans to stick around for two weeks. Both the Workday Charity Open and the Memorial Tournament will take place at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The Workday will feature 156 players, while next weekend’s Memorial Tournament will have a more limited field. Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas headline this week’s crew. Workday Charity Open Tee Times
While the events will be played at the same venue, the Tour says the two tournaments will be set up differently. See, the Workday will have modestly slower green speeds, rough half an inch shorter, and a drivable par 4 on the weekend.
If you just thought, “That’s it?”, you’re not alone. The PGA Tour had a chance to experiment with a fun format for the Workday but instead opted for 72 holes of stroke play with slightly modified course conditions. They could have done a 54-hole event or a 10-club event. They could have flipped the nines or, as Geoff Shackelford suggested, played Stableford. Hell, they could have moved up to the members’ tees at 6,700 yards. Anything to distinguish one event from the other.
Don’t get us wrong. Muirfield Village is a good course; there are definitely more depressing places to hold two events in a row. Still, the Tour missed an opportunity to do something inventive this week. The beat goes on.
The milkshakes will bring no boys to the yard
One previously scheduled difference between the Workday Charity Open and the Memorial Tournament was that the Memorial was supposed to have fans in attendance. But on Monday, the PGA Tour announced that the Memorial would go fan-less.
It had to be done. Positive tests continue to surge around the U.S., and multiple players have tested positive recently on tour. Allowing fans at Muirfield Village would have been irresponsible and a bad look. But now a new question arises: will we see golf galleries at all this year? We know that state regulations will keep fans away from the 3M Open and PGA Championship, but the Tour hasn’t announced a blanket policy. From a TV viewer’s perspective, the initial fan-free events have been fun to watch. So don’t rush things on our behalf, Commish!
Thomas Detry, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, and Nicolai Højgaard headline the Austrian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Challenge Tour. Euro golf is back! Tee Times
The Korn Ferry Tour swings down south for the inaugural TPC San Antonio Challenge at the Canyons. Marty Dou is set to break his missed cut streak in Texas. Tee Times
As previously reported, the PGA of American and European Tour have agreed to delay the 2020 Ryder Cup until 2021. The event will take place on odd years from now on, and the Presidents Cup will switch to even years. Full Story from Bob Harig
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