• The R&A And European Tour To Help Drive New LPGA-LET Joint Venture

    Courtesy Golf Canada (Written by LPGA Tour Communications)

    The R&A and the men’s European Tour have committed to help the newly formed joint venture between the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Ladies European Tour (LET) in its efforts to significantly grow playing opportunities, financial incentives and television exposure for women’s professional golf in Europe and around the world.

    As well as providing financial support and leveraging other assets they manage, the bodies will each have one seat on the new LPGA-LET Joint Venture Board of Directors.

  • Here’s Everyone Who’s Already Qualified For The 2020 Masters, Including B.C.'s Adam Hadwin

    By RYAN HERRINGTON, Golf Digest

    (December 30,2019) The 2020 Masters begins in 101 days … but who’s counting, right? With the last men’s pro tournaments of 2019 wrapped up, the final Official World Golf Ranking is about to come out. All golfers ranked in the top 50 at the end of 2019 receive invites to Augusta National, which means 12 golfers not previously eligible for the Masters are about to secure their place in the field.

    Adding these dozen players brings the current expected field to 88 when you discount past champions who no longer compete in the tournament.

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  • LPGA & LET Join Forces To Drive Growth Of Women’s Professional Golf In Europe

    LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan And Ladies European Tour's Board Chair Marta Figueras-Dotti Shake Hands Following The LET's Annual Membership Meeting in Spain - Photo Credit: Ladies European Tour

    The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Ladies European Tour (LET) announced that they will unite in a joint venture partnership to push women’s professional golf to new heights in Europe and around the world.

    The combination of the LET’s European expertise and relationships in the region, with the LPGA’s global strength and worldwide exposure, and their shared vision for the future of women’s professional golf and growth of the game, provides the core ingredients to ignite a tour loaded with upside potential.

    LET players voted their support for the joint venture partnership during the LET’s Annual Membership Meeting in Spain.

  • Shots That Defined The Year In Golf

    20129 U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland - Share Alike 4.0 International

    By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

    Every club in the bag had a story to tell this year.

    Some of them were breathtaking, such as Gary Woodland boldly going for the green on the 14th hole at Pebble Beach in the U.S. Open. Some of them were devastating, such as Francesco Molinari going into Rae’s Creek at the Masters.

    What follows are 14 shots from every club in the bag of those who won majors, those who didn’t and some who didn’t win at all.

  • 2019 CP Women’s Open Earns Gold Driver Awards At Season Ending Award Ceremony

    As Part Of The Best Community, Charity Engagement And Best Sponsor Activation Program, $2.2 million Was Presented From The CP Women's Open Fundraising To The SickKids Foundation - Golf Canada Image

    By Terry Lenyk/Golf Canada

    NAPLES, FLA. (Golf Canada) – ​The success of the 2019 CP Women’s Open at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., was recently recognized as the Tournament Partners of the LPGA presented Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific (CP) with two Gold Driver Awards for delivering best-in-class elements among all LPGA Tour events.

    The annual Gold Driver Awards were hosted in conjunction with the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. The Tournament Partners of the LPGA (formally Tournament Owners Association) have a long standing tradition of recognizing best in class tournaments with Gold Driver Awards at the season ending event on the LPGA Tour calendar.

    At the formal ceremony, the CP Women’s Open received Gold Driver Awards for Best Community and Charity Engagement and Best Sponsor Activation.

  • 2020 CP Women’s Open At Vancouver's Shaughnessy - Tickets Now On Sale

    VANCOUVER (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor Canadian Pacific (CP), are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the 2020 CP Women’s Open, taking place August 31 to September 6 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.

    One of Canada’s premier annual sporting events, the CP Women’s Open features miles of front row seating for golf fans to experience Canada’s lone stop on the LPGA Tour.

    Cheer on Canadian sensation and CP Ambassador Brooke Henderson as she leads the stars of the LPGA Tour back to Vancouver alongside defending champion and world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, past champions Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu and rising stars Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda, Danielle Kang and Minjee Lee.

  • Presidents Cup Provides Bonding Experience For Canada's Hadwin, Weir

    Canada Is Well Represented At The 2019 Presidents Cup By Vice Captain Mike Weir (L) And BC's Adam Hadwin Playing For The International Team For The 2nd Tme - Golf Canada Image

    By Adam Stanley/PGA TOUR

    The first time Adam Hadwin met Mike Weir was not at a junior clinic or Canadian amateur event – when an up-and-coming star would usually connect with a country’s legend – but while they were sitting out a fog delay.

    It was 2013 at the Farmers Insurance Open and Hadwin had Monday-qualified. It was just the eighth PGA TOUR start of his fledgling pro career, and the first of three that season. By shooting 66-74 in the first two rounds at Torrey Pines, he was one shot ahead of Weir. Both made the cut but were well off the lead, as they were in the first two groups on Saturday.

    Due to the weather, the pair of Canadians had to keep retreating off the course. It was the perfect opportunity for them to finally meet and chat.

  • LPGA Announces 2020 Schedule With Record-Breaking Purse Levels And Television Coverage

    LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan Has Been Instrumental In Orchestrating The Growth And Popularity Of The Professional Women's Golf Tour - Image Courtesy LPGA

    NAPLES, Florida — In 2020, for the first time in the history of the LPGA Tour, the world’s best female athletes will compete for a combined prize fund of US$75.1 million, which includes the fourth playing of the UL International Crown, and air on more than 500 hours of television, both true signs of the continued growth for the game’s global tour.

    The 2020 LPGA Tour schedule will feature 33 official events across 11 countries and regions, with the most hours of television production in LPGA history, and at least seven tournaments that will air on network television.

    Additionally, the UL International Crown, a unique biennial team event, will feature a US$1.6 million unofficial purse and showcase the best female golfers from the top eight countries across the globe. 2020 will also see the world’s top players head to Japan for the Summer Olympics, bringing the game into even more households around the world.

  • Victoria's Uplands GC Home To Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Players’ Choice for Tournament of the Year

    TORONTO, Ontario / PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (November 21)—The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced today that Mackenzie Tour players voted the Bayview Place DCBank Open as the 2019 Tournament of the Year.

    Officials handed out the inaugural award on November 20 during the PGA TOUR’s annual Tournament Meetings in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

    The Players Choice award was voted on exclusively by Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada members and included a number of criteria, including personal experience, tournament volunteers, hospitality, community support and attendance and the golf course among other considerations.

  • World Handicap System To Roll Out In 2020

    For Immediate Release

    (4 November 2019, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA): The World Handicap System (WHS) is ready to be launched from January 2020 and will provide golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time.

    Though many countries are planning to adopt the new system in January, the system will go live in other parts of the world throughout the year to accommodate different implementation plans and variations in the golfing calendar.

  • Twenty Years After Payne Stewart’s Death, Questions Linger About His Legacy, Both As A Player And A Man

    Perhaps The Most Iconic Pose Of Payne Stewart's Career And One Of The Best In Golf's Modern History After He Drained The Winning Putt In The 1999 U.S. Open - Images Used With Permission

    By John Hawkins/Golf.com

    News traveled swiftly that Monday, none of it good, not all of it accurate. CNN was the first to report of a Learjet flying aimlessly toward the Great Plains after departing Orlando at 9:19 that morning.

    Both pilots had been unresponsive to radio contact for hours, and when F-16s were dispatched on three separate occasions to assess the situation — there were also four passengers on board — they detected an ice-covered cockpit windshield and a lack of flight control.

    The identity of those on the flight, however, remained unconfirmed well into the afternoon. Officials revealed only that a professional golfer was on board. Perhaps the information was being withheld until next of kin could be notified; at least one network reported the aircraft would be shot down by the U.S. military, which the Pentagon firmly denied.

    It was a tragic and eerie way for Payne Stewart to die. On Oct. 25, 1999, one of the most colorful and popular players of his generation perished in real time, with the world looking on, before there was any official acknowledgement.

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  • Ten 59s On TOUR – Here’s How They Rank

    BC's Adam Hadwin's 59 Ranks 8th Best According To PGA TOUR's Cameron Morfit - Image Courtesy adamhadwin.com

    By Cameron Morfit, PGATOUR.COM

    There are no bad sub-60 rounds, but some stand out more than others

    Kevin Chappell was the most recent PGA TOUR pro to record a 59. It was the 10th such score on TOUR, 42-plus years after Al Geiberger authored the first. Blame David Letterman, Bo Derek, or the decimal system, but those 10 59s are just begging to be ranked. Call them the Terrific 10.

    (There’s also been a 58, shot by Jim Furyk, which naturally tops every 59 and will not be ranked here. For more on the 58, click here.)

    Criteria include whether or not the player won; the quality of the 59th shot; whether the round was shot on a par 70, 71 or 72; Strokes Gained; and intangibles. For example, the intangible that Chappell hit the magic number in his first TOUR start since undergoing major back surgery.

    To be clear, there’s never been a bad one, and because finding fault with a 59 would be like finding fault with a rainbow, there are no losers here. Every 59 is beautiful, and golf’s most sacred number must be respected, hence the three-way tie for eighth place.

    Click Here to see the top 10...

     

     

  • Another Week, Another Rules Controversy As Euro Tour Player’s Preferred Lies 10-Shot Penalty Leads To DQ

    By JOEL BEALL, Golf Digest

    It's a good thing professional golf does not have a "Number of Days Since Last Rules Controversy" sign placed at tournament sites. Because it would never crack double digits.

    [In a span of one week], the sport has seen Lee Ann Walker assessed 58 penalty strokes for having her caddie improperly line her up on putts and Jesper Parnevik dinged for not taking a mulligan.

    Joining those ill-famed ranks is Marcel Siem.

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  • Harold Varner III Makes Big Donation To First All-Black Golf Team To Win State Championships

    By KEVIN CUNNINGHAM, Golf.com

    Back in the spring, the Drew Charter men’s golf team from Atlanta won the Class A Public State Championship in golf, lapping their competition to take home the trophy.

    Their win was especially notable for two reasons. First, they are the first Atlanta Public School to capture the state title. Second, they’re the first all-black team and coaching staff to earn top honors in the state of Georgia.

    Now, a PGA Tour veteran who took notice of their triumph is jumping in to support their continued success. Harold Varner III tweeted to congratulate the team and call attention to their accomplishment. In addition, Varner announced a donation of US$5,000 to the school’s golf program.

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  • Video: Lefty The 'Bushwhacker'

    Phil Mickelson is a 5-time Major winner and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. And that's just for what he does when he keeps his ball in the same time zone as the golf course he's playing.

    Actually, he's a lot more fun when he's trying to get his ball back into the vicinity from whence he started.

    His recovery shots easily match and often outdistance - both literally and figuratively - his regular highlights. For our most recent exhibit we present Phil hitting his ball from out of a bush... somewhere off to the side of the 9th hole it appears (see Shot Tracker screenshot below) in the recent Shriners Open.

    Suffice to say there were no TV cameras set up to capture this shot. Probably not too many hit from this particular area. But thanks to today's social media there was of course a fan with a phone handy. 

    Oh, and Lefty will hit this shot for you using his driver. Over trees. Approximately 200 yards.

    And make par

    You're welcome. 

     

  • Team Canada’s Pendrith Wins Mackenzie Tour Canadian Player Of The Year

    Taylor Pendrith Was A Two-Time Winner On The Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada This Year - Image Credit Claus Andersen (Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada)

    Written by Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada/Courtesy Golf Canada

    LONDON, Ont. – For the second time in four years, Taylor Pendrith earned Canada Life Canadian Player of the Year honours on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada.

    The native of Richmond Hill, Ont., came the final round at the Canada Life Championship with a chance to top the Order of the Merit, but after 1-under-par 69 Pendrith ended second, just $2,700 behind Paul Barjon

    Pendrith won twice in 2019 – at the 1932byBateman Open and the Mackenzie Investments Open – and had seven top-10 finishes, including a tie for 10th at the Canada Life Championship en route to winning his second Dan Halldorson Trophy (he won the award in 2015, as well).

  • PGA TOUR Developmental Tours Moving To Point System For 2020

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    PONTE VEDRA, Fla. – The PGA TOUR’s three international tours—PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China—will use a points-based system for its Orders of Merit, starting in 2020, the three Tours announced September 11.

    This will align these three Tours with the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour, which are both using points to measure players’ success.

  • Volunteers Needed For 2020 CP Women’s Open At Shaughnessy

    The stars of the LPGA are heading back West to Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in 2020 for the CP Women’s OpenAugust 31st through September 6th.

    Each year over 1,200 people contribute their time and energy to volunteer at the CP Women’s Open. We are so thankful and fortunate to work with such a hardworking group of people each and every year. Registration fills up quickly, so be sure to get your volunteer registration in early.

  • Twenty Years Later, Mike Weir Reflects On His Breakthrough PGA TOUR Win At Northview Golf Club

    Back In 1999 Inside Golf Magazine Was There To Cover The Historic First Victory By Mike Weir On The PGA TOUR In The Air Canada Championship - Images Courtesy Jeff Sutherland/Inside Golf

    Former Masters Champ Mike Weir Is Counting The Days Until His PGA Tour Champions Debut

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Mike Weir is too excited about the future to spend a lot of time dwelling on the past, but he’s more than happy to do a little reminiscing about his first PGA TOUR win 20 years ago.

    Yes, it really has been two decades since Weir thrilled golf fans with his Air Canada Championship victory at Northview Golf Club in Surrey. If you were there, you will never forget it. Weir certainly hasn’t, although he has a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that it has been 20 years.

    It was Sept. 5, 1999 when Weir recorded his second straight seven-under 64 to beat American Fred Funk by two shots and get that elusive first PGA TOUR win.

  • Steven Lecuyer Takes VGT's Johnson Meier Vancouver Open Title

    Steven Lecuyer Holds The Big Winner's Cheque From The VGT Johnson Meier Vancouver Open - Photos Credit/VGT

    Courtesy VGT

    Congratulations to Steven Lecuyer of Bear Mountain Golf Resort, who won the 2019 Johnston Meier Vancouver Open with a score of 11-under par. Steven had three very consistent rounds, shooting 66 at McCleery, 69 at Langara and 68 at Fraserview to claim the $10,000 first place professional purse. Steven came from behind in Sunday's final round.

    After round one, which the professionals played at McCleery, former two-time BC Golf Women's Champion Christine Wong lead the entire field after shooting 7-under par.