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We normally decompress from the Masters with the casual affair that is the Heritage tournament at Harbour Town. Somehow, this unconventional year has left us with an even more subdued event, the RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club.

The RSM has been around for the past decade but has never attracted much in the way of star power. That will change a bit this week. Webb Simpson, Jason Day, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Sungjae Im, Shane Lowry, and Louis Oosthuizen are among the Masters participants making the three-hour drive from Augusta to Sea Island. RSM Classic Tee Times

While the attention will certainly be on the big names, the RSM Classic and next week’s Mayakoba Golf Classic remain opportunities for low-priority players to rack up FedEx Cup points. The points restart for the 2020-21 season gives young guys like Doug Ghim, Will Gordon, Beau Hossler, Hank Lebioda, and Maverick McNealy a chance to improve their standing. Strong finishes this week and in Mexico could provide much-needed security next fall.

Solheim changes

Because of the Ryder Cup’s move to odd years, the Solheim Cup has made adjustments of its own. Starting in 2024, the biannual battle between U.S. and European women will take place on even years. The 2021 and 2023 Solheim Cups, however, will be played as scheduled. Press Release

This announcement doesn’t mean much long term, but in the short term, we will have two years in which the Ryder and Solheim Cups will be played in the same season, something that has happened only once (in 2002). We’ll also get three Solheim Cups in four years: ’21, ’23, and ’24. It’s all about making lemonade out of lemons in 2020!

Quick Hooks

It’s an exciting week on the LPGA Tour, as top-ranked Jin Young Ko makes her 2020 LPGA debut at the Pelican Women’s Championship outside of Tampa, Florida. No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, Ko decided to play it safe when the pandemic hit, and she hasn’t traveled outside of South Korea until now. Also in the field are Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, and Brooke Henderson. Full Field

Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the lone Masters participant to make the trek to South Africa for this weekend’s Joburg Open. Alexander Levy, Joost Luiten, Andrea Pavan, and Adrián Otaegui are also in attendance. Full Field

The Korn Ferry Tour released its 2021 schedule on Tuesday. All points from 2020 events will roll into next year’s point race, with the top 25 players earning PGA Tour cards at the end of the 2021 KFT regular season. Another 25 cards will be granted via the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals. 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Schedule

We have one major left in 2020! This week, the USGA announced the final field for the U.S. Women’s Open. Among those to earn late spots are Women’s Open champion Sophia Popov, rising European star Anne van Dam, and veteran Cristie Kerr. Past champions Paula Creamer, Na Yeon Choi, and Michelle Wie elected not to play. Full field breakdown from Beth Ann Nichols

A new Ben Cowan-Dewar and Mike Keiser project is in the works in Western Canada. Following successful ventures at Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, the duo announced Cabot Revelstoke, a resort in the eastern mountains of British Columbia. Full Story from Derek Duncan

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This is a Wednesday episode full of vim and vigor following a brief post-Masters respite. Brendan and Andy begin by cleaning up a few Masters items, apologizing to Paulie, delighting in DJ’S Tequila Tour, finding a truly interesting Tyler Duncan fact, and re-hashing Tiger’s rally after the 10 for further appreciation. Then they turn to new days and new opportunities for Courier Cup points. Andy shares his “three things” to watch at the RSM, focusing on the distinctly Euro flavor in the field. They share some scoop on the origins of Frittelli’s sun sleeves and they also nominate candidates for the DL3 Phenomenon, which they explain. The “notables” of the Euro Tour event present a real challenge for Brendan’s already limited pronunciation abilities. The LPGA is back this week after a lengthy hiatus and Brendan puts Andy in a bad mood by spotlighting some of the sketchy conflicts of interest surrounding the changes and development of this week’s host venue, a formerly public Donald Ross. It’s enough to make it lose Andy’s event of the week honors. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

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