The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines had an ideal spot on the West Coast Swing as a weekend between NFL conference championship games and the Super Bowl. That changed when the NFL added a game to its regular season.
This led the tour to adapt by starting the tournament a day earlier, Wednesday, and giving CBS a prime-time arrival for most of the country on Saturday, a day before games for the NFC and AFC titles. .
The Farmers Insurance Open will now take place January 26-29.
CBS will host the AFC Championship on January 30. The tour said the Golf Channel would broadcast the rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, while CBS would broadcast the tournament on Friday and Saturday, with both rounds scheduled to end at 8 p.m. EST.
The last PGA Tour scheduled to arrive on Saturday was the 1996 Phoenix Open, the year the Super Bowl was played in Tempe, Arizona.
Now the Waste Management Phoenix Open is embracing Super Bowl weekend, even when the NFL Championship is played down the road to TPC Scottsdale.
The 17-game NFL schedule has already resulted in a change. The West Coast Swing typically runs from Phoenix to Pebble Beach in Los Angeles. The extra clearance means the tour will go from Torrey Pines to Pebble Beach in Phoenix in Los Angeles.
“We appreciate the collaboration and innovation of Farmers Insurance with this change in competition days,” said Tyler Dennis, President of the PGA Tour. “The first PGA Tour 2022 network event that ends on Saturday, combined with soccer games the next day, will create an action-packed weekend for sports fans. “
There will be more golf in Torrey on Sunday.
The diversity-focused Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour will be extended to 36 holes. The first round will take place on the north course on Saturday, while the final round will move on the south course on Sunday and will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.
This will be the first time that an APGA event will be broadcast live on television.
THE REIGN OF THE ENGRAVER
One of the most important conversations Steve Stricker had with Paul Azinger was about creating a good environment. Azinger, who reshaped Ryder Cup qualifying for the Americans and won the captain’s title in 2008, told him it was important to find the vibe that works best.
Stricker is more about preparation than inspiration. In fact, too much inspiration can lead to too much pressure.
Whatever he does, it works. Stricker was the head of the Presidents Cup squad in 2017 which played so well they almost won the cup before the last session. And then he got the best players to deliver top performances in a record-breaking Ryder Cup win over Europe.
If the Americans cared about winning, they would consider bringing him back to Italy in 2023.
“It was a very similar position when it comes to dominance,” said Jordan Spieth, comparing Stricker both times as the United States captain.
The Ryder Cup is the only team event that does not have repeat captains.
Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples, Gary Player and Nick Price, they have all been Presidents Cup captains for successive years. Juli Inkster has done it three times in a row in the Solheim Cup (passing 2-1) and Catriona Matthew is coming off her second straight win.
At the amateur level, the Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup have a history of captains serving back-to-back.
The Ryder Cup hasn’t had this since Bernhard Gallacher in 1995. Davis Love III has done it twice in three Ryder Cups.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen. It’s all laid out and there are guys in position to be the next captains, ”said Stricker. “It was an amazing experience, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad it’s over.
FILL THE GROUND
Olympic gold medalists Xander ScHotele and Collin Morikawa, who narrowly missed out on bronze, return to Japan next month.
ScHotele, Morikawa and Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan are among five players who have pledged to play the Zozo Championship from October 21-24 at Accordia Golf Narashino outside Tokyo.
Rickie Fowler and Tommy Fleetwood are also playing on sponsor exemptions.
The PGA Tour wanted to know that the tournament was taking place.
COVID-19 forced two events on the Asia Swing to relocate last year – the Zozo Championship went to Sherwood Country Club in California and the South Korean CJ Cup went to Shadow Creek north of Las Vegas.
The Zozo Championship returns to Japan – defending champion Patrick Cantlay has not indicated if he will participate – while the CJ Cup returns to another golf club in Las Vegas.
The difficulty in Japan is that the PGA Tour has back-to-back tournaments in Las Vegas before going to Japan, and the following week it’s in Bermuda.
Matsuyama would always go to play in his native country. He was in the final group at the Olympics and missed the qualifiers 7-1 for the bronze medal.
ScHotele’s return was not a surprise either.
“Everyone knows the close affinity that my family and I have with Japan because of our heritage and the fact that my grandparents live there,” he said. “Winning the gold medal in Tokyo in July only strengthened my love for Japan and I can’t wait to come back.
The Zozo Championship has a field of 78 players and a purse of $ 9.95 million.
Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia walked away with individual honors in the Ryder Cup Ultimate Team Event. They were selected to receive the first Nicklaus-Jacklin Prize.
The award is given to players who best embody the spirit of Jack Nicklaus who conceded a short putt to Tony Jacklin to conclude the 1969 Ryder Cup in a tie (the Americans retained the cup as the defending champions).
Johnson teamed up with Collin Morikawa three times and Xander Sc Chaudele once, then won his singles match to go 5-0, the first American to win all five games since Larry Nelson in 1979.
Garcia won three games with Jon Rahm and lost in singles to Bryson DeChambeau. He was selected as much for his teamwork and sportsmanship, two attributes identified by sponsor Aon, for cheering on Rory McIlroy after the four-time major champion went 0-3 as a team.
“I love the Ryder Cup,” Garcia said. “We all know the beautiful moment that happened over 50 years ago between Nicklaus and Jacklin. I am proud to be the first to win this award and I thank Aon. I enjoyed this week and I think that we played with good energy, which is important to show the young players that you can play with respect and have fun, even in defeat. I love my team. I am so proud of each of them. .
The seven-member selection committee included Nicklaus and Jacklin, as well as former winning captains Paul McGinley and Paul Azinger.
Rocket Mortgage is extending its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour in Detroit until 2027. Cam Davis of Australia won the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club this year. … Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington next duel as players when Harrington makes his PGA Tour Champions debut next week at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. … The Americans haven’t lost a Ryder Cup session for the first time since 1967.… Ian Poulter has joined Colin Montgomerie as the only player to never lose in Ryder Cup singles in at least seven appearances.
STAT OF THE WEEK
The Ryder Cup featured the top seven players in the world rankings. They combined for a 21-3-4 record at Whistling Straits.
“If you want to live these glorious times, you have to put your mind to it, and sometimes it just doesn’t go. You get your head ripped off. It’s just the reality of sport. – European captain Padraig Harrington after a 19-9 Ryder Cup loss.