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Auburn’s Andrew Kozan moves into top 50 of PGA TOUR University Ranking https://www.pgatour.com/university/news/2021/02/17/auburn-s-andrew-kozan-moves-into-top-50-of-pga-tour-university-ranking.html
After earning co-medalist honors at the Gators Invitational, Auburn’s Andrew Kozan improved 58 spots and is now 49th in the PGA TOUR University Ranking released Wednesday. Kozan’s teammate Jovan Rebula dropped two spots to 12th after finishing T28 in Gainesville, which bumped up Hunter Eichhorn (10th/Marquette) and Kyle Hogan (11th/Texas Tech) one spot each. Baylor’s Cooper Dossey returned to the top-15 despite not competing last week, as San Francisco’s Tim Widing dropped seven spots to 20th following a T9 finish at the Orange County Collegiate Classic. However, the Swede has an opportunity to regain ground this week, as he was added to The Genesis Invitational field as a sponsor exemption after Andy Ogletree withdrew Tuesday. Widing joins 35th-ranked Angus Flanagan at Riviera, as the Minnesota senior earned a sponsor exemption after he won the Collegiate Showcase in a playoff over Widing on Monday. “I’m going to take everything as a learning experience,” Flanagan said Monday after he secured his spot with a birdie on the third extra hole. “Today was a learning experience and I’ve come out on the good end. Even if I didn’t, it’s still a good learning experience.” The Genesis Invitational will be Flanagan’s second start on TOUR, as he made his debut last summer at the 3M Open (MC, 73-73). The Golden Gopher tees off Thursday at 8:19 a.m. PST with Willie Mack III and John Augenstein. “I could be 70 years old and say to my grandkids I’ve played in a PGA TOUR event,” Flanagan said. “That’s a pretty surreal thing, and to get the opportunity to do it again really makes the goal of trying to be on TOUR even greater.” The top-15 will look different next week, as the February 24 Ranking update will include results from The Genesis Invitational (Feb. 18-21), The Prestige (Feb. 15-17), Seminole Intercollegiate (Feb. 19-21), and the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Feb. 14-16), which was won by 16th-ranked Michael Feagles (Illinois). In partnership with the World Amateur Golf Ranking, the PGA TOUR University Ranking is updated weekly and announced Wednesdays on Golf Channel’s “Golf Today”. The Ranking includes the final two years of competition in NCAA Division I Men’s Golf events and PGA TOUR events. The Ranking will be finalized after the NCAA Division I Championship, where the top five finishers will earn membership on Korn Ferry Tour, and players finishing 6th through 15th will earn membership on Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada or PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Chris Richards Wed, 17 Feb 2021 13:04:00 -0500 https://www.pgatour.com/university/news/2021/02/17/auburn-s-andrew-kozan-moves-into-top-50-of-pga-tour-university-ranking.html
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Q&A with TaylorMade’s Adrien Rietveld on Collin Morikawa https://www.pgatour.com/equipmentreport/2021/02/17/q-and-a-taylormade-adrien-rietveld-collin-morikawa-irons.html
Thoughtfulness and precision. They make Collin Morikawa who he is as a player and also keep him in the hunt despite being just above average in length. The point is, he may not be a bomber but he will rip your eyes out with the rest of it. Case in point: Morikawa is 104th in Strokes Gained: Off-the-tee and seventh in Strokes Gained: approach. Every inch of Morikawa’s bag is curated around trust. It’s not enough to win the TrackMan war—that is, longer distance, higher apex, less spin, etc. in testing. To make it in the bag a club has to win the trust contest, and that is a huge hurdle to clear. Morikawa has been testing irons for the past six months, going from the TaylorMade P750/P730 combo he’s head since college into the ever-popular P7MC (full set). This week at Riviera, he’s dialing it in even further with input from Adrien Rietveld, TaylorMade’s Senior Manager – Tour. Herewith, a conversation with Rietveld about Morikawa’s approach to his irons. GolfWRX: The set itself looks quite familiar, but Collin has an interesting loft package in his irons. Can you explain his preferences around his iron makeup? AR: Collin’s iron play is world-class and is the foundation of what makes him one of the best in the world. His lofts are definitely unique, if you compare them to what you might see as standard, but it all fulfills exactly the flight and spin that Collin is looking for. For example, in the transition from his P7MC 6-iron into his P730 7-iron there is only a 3-degree gap from 29 degrees to a strong 7-iron at 32 degrees. That is to get the launch/spin/carry dialed exactly. For the general golfer, there is a lot to be learned here – don’t get attached to the loft of the club, get attached to the job you need it to do and work off of that. Collin will trade distance and some potential launch to get the ball to do exactly what he sees in his mind. Golf clubs are built to do a job, that’s how Collin sees it, and that’s how all golfers should look at it. GolfWRX: How did switching into the new TaylorMade TP5 golf ball ’21 enhance his iron play? AR: This ball continues to teach and impress me every time I test it. In this case, it only enhanced Collins’s flight with all of his clubs (he gained 1.5 mph of ball speed with the driver with zero sacrifice anywhere else) and allowed him to dial in his spin and flight even more with the short irons. That’s what is so exciting with this ball, players are getting the driver performance required to play out here but more importantly the shotmaking from 175 and in has improved quite a bit, and at this level, that’s where all the money is made. You have to control it from 8-iron into lob wedge. TP5/X ’ 21 has elevated already high expectations every step of the way. Collin Morikawa WITB Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8 degrees @9.5) Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX 3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium “Rocket” (14 degrees @ 13.5) Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited D+ 80 TX Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM2 Max Rescue (19 degrees) Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (4-6), TaylorMade P730 (7-PW) Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (52-12F, 56-14F) TaylorMade Hi Toe2 (60-07LB) Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 Putter: TaylorMade Spider FCG Ball: TaylorMade TP5 21′
GolfWRX Wed, 17 Feb 2021 10:15:00 -0500 https://www.pgatour.com/equipmentreport/2021/02/17/q-and-a-taylormade-adrien-rietveld-collin-morikawa-irons.html
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Cameron Champ, his foundation supporting Black-owned small businesses https://www.pgatour.com/impact/2021/02/17/cameron-champ–his-foundation-supporting-black-owned-small-businesses.html
For Cameron Champ, if it felt personal, it’s because it was. After all, it was a place where he’d been going for as long as he could remember. There were photos of him up as a 10-year-old there. Someplace where an hour, sometimes two, could pass by just like that. It was home. So, when Champ, the Cameron Champ Foundation, and his partners at SAP made the decision to support Black-owned small businesses as part of a new initiative, who got the first call was an easy decision – it’d be to Chris Cannon, owner of Prostyle Barber Shop, in Champ’s hometown of Sacramento, California. “During Black History Month this year, I wanted to do something a little different,” Champ said. “For me, with the COVID situation, it’s really hurting the small business owners all around the nation. …I’m excited to be able to do it, especially with the first one hitting home to me.” During each week of the month of February, in collaboration with the SAP Spotlight Black Businesses program, the two-time PGA TOUR winner will be supporting a select Black-owned small business by displaying their logo on his golf bag and golf ball, and bringing awareness to their business via his social media channels. SAP and SRS Distribution have given up their logo space on Champ’s golf bag to help amplify these small businesses, and Srixon and PING have contributed the custom golf balls and golf bags. Additionally, for each tournament that Champ, 25, betters his 320-yard driving distance average during the month, SAP and the Cameron Champ Foundation will make a $10,000 donation to that week’s featured business. The first to receive a $10,000 donation, you ask? Chris Cannon, of course. “Cameron and SAP’s Spotlight Black Business initiative has been a blessing to me and Prostyle,” Cannon said. “The hard work I’ve put into my business went unnoticed for a long time, but the initiative has shined a new light on me and my small business. “The pandemic almost closed our doors for good. The recognition and donation gave a well needed boost to the shop. It got the word out that we’re open and ready for work.” Three of Champ’s four selections have been shared publicly thus far, each with a nod to his California roots. RÊVE Bistro in Lafayette, California – about an hour outside Champ’s hometown – followed Prostyle Barber Shop. At The Genesis Invitational this week, the former Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption recipient – since 2009, awarded by the tournament to a golfer representing a minority background and honoring the memory of Charlie Sifford, the first African American to compete on the modern-day PGA TOUR – went with the local flavor, choosing Jackfruit Café in Los Angeles. “This last year has been one of immense challenges for us personally and as restaurant owners,” said Paul Magu-Lecugy, owner of RÊVE Bistro. “Keeping a positive attitude for our family, our guests, and our team as well as finding ways we could give back regardless of what we are dealing with has been the highest priority for us and kept us going. To be chosen by Cameron Champ…is humbling and such a huge blessing.” For Champ, the blessings will continue on for another week. His impact on the racial equity and inclusion conversation, however, will last long beyond. “I’m super excited to be able to do this,” Champ said, “just to show the support and love.” To learn more about the Cameron Champ Foundation and its collaboration with the SAP Spotlight Black Businesses program, please click here.
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Featured Groups roundtable: The Genesis Invitational https://www.pgatour.com/news/2021/02/16/featured-groups-roundtable-2021-genesis-invitational-dustin-johnson-adam-scott-rory-mcilroy-bryson-dechambeau-brooks-koepka-jon-rahm.html
Defending FedExCup champion, world No. 1 and 2017 Riviera winner Dustin Johnson returns to action as a stacked field takes on famed Riviera Country Club at The Genesis Invitational. The tournament, an L.A. staple, has drawn 16 of the top 20 in the FedExCup standings and eight of the top 10 players in the world, plus three-time champion Bubba Watson, two-time winner Adam Scott and more. RELATED: Full tee times PGA TOUR LIVE will offer exclusive early-round coverage of the action in L.A. Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau are among the names that will appear in this week’s Featured Groups. To get you ready for LIVE’s coverage, we convened our experts for a roundtable discussion on each group. Enjoy. HOW TO FOLLOW Television: Thursday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. (Golf Channel, PGA TOUR Live Freeview), 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel), 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (Golf Channel, PGA TOUR Live Freeview). Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (CBS). PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 9:45 a.m.-8 p.m. (Featured Groups), Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes). Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Featured Holes). Radio: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio). TOURCast: Get shot-by-shot info in real time with shot tracks and video with TOURCast. TOUR Pulse: Get the PGA TOUR app to utilize TOUR Pulse, which provides users the ability to experience a mix of content, such as video highlights, written hole summaries and stat graphics on every player after every hole they complete. FEATURED GROUPS THURSDAY Patrick Cantlay, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm Tee time: 10:13 a.m. ET Morikawa hasn’t played since a pair of T7s in Hawaii but ranks in the top two in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green – ideal for a course where the greens are notoriously hard to hit. FedExCup No. 1 Cantlay is contending every time he tees it up. Rahm has two top-20s in two starts at Riviera. Who will be the low man in this super group? CAMERON MORFIT: Cantlay said he had found something after barely making the cut and finishing second at The American Express, and I am not going to doubt him in the wake of his T3 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. If the putts fall at Riviera, look out. BEN EVERILL: I have to go with Cantlay just based off recent form. The only thing that has stopped him winning at The American Express and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is the odd mistake here and there. In my view he is less likely to make as many errors as the other two over the four days. Plus – Riviera is a venue that often rewards the best strikers rather than best putters so he only needs a half decent week on the greens. ROB BOLTON: All three rightfully are in my Power Rankings – Rahm at 4, Cantlay at 8 and Morikawa at 12 – so it’s a three-way pick’em. Cantlay has played more stressful golf of late, so he could be a little fatigued, and Morikawa could be a bit rusty (and he’s still gliding along the learning curve), so those are reasons why Rahm slots highest among the trio. The timing is best for the Spaniard to shine. JEFF BABINEAU: Cantlay is looking awfully strong right now. He had a blistering finish at The American Express (closing 61), tied a course record at Pebble Beach (62) and led the field at AT&T in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green. He was right there until the final holes despite not having played well in his middle two rounds (73-70). He’s a little more likely to be sharper than Morikawa and Rahm, and with a solid putting week, Cantlay should be there again with a chance at Riviera. Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson Tee time: 10:24 a.m. These three have racked up six victories at Riviera, Watson leading the way with three, Scott two and Johnson one. All three could be considered Riviera specialists, but DJ just won in his most recent start on the European Tour, is hitting his prime at 36, and has nine top-10s in 13 starts at this storied SoCal gem. Can anything or anyone stop the DJ express this week? CAMERON MORFIT: Depends on whether the right guy gets hot with the putter. Cantlay could be hard to stop if it happens for him, and JT. And don’t forget about Rory. After shooting a final-round 64 (T13) in his last start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he said he had gone back to using a line on the ball as opposed to the yardage book to help him with aim. But if I had to pick THE favorite? Yeah, it’s DJ. BEN EVERILL: Biggest threat to DJ is the man himself but I’m confident in Adam Scott ahead of his title defense. He has worked out a plan to peak one week of each month and this week is his February slot. He knows Riviera like the back of his hand and will be right up there come Sunday afternoon. ROB BOLTON: Only one thing – L.A. traffic. He’s easily the No. 1 in my Power Rankings in a field jammed with 1a’s. JEFF BABINEAU: Cantlay and Justin Thomas come to mind (and even Jordan Spieth again, because he loves the place), but really, DJ might be the only one who can stop the DJ Express. He shows up, checks in, and his good golf always seems to be with him. His record since 2009 at the Riv: 12 starts, one victory (2017), three top-3s, nine top-10s and only two missed cuts. In Hollywood parlance, at Riviera this week, among a star-studded cast, there is no questioning who secured the role as leading man. FRIDAY Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Cameron Champ Tee time: 10:13 a.m. McIlroy, T5 and T4 the last two years here, is a beast off the tee. But he could be the short guy in the group with DeChambeau (also T5 last year) and Champ (three MCs in three starts at Riv). What’s the best way to cope when a guy is outdriving you on every hole? CAMERON MORFIT: The best way to deal with the indignity of being outdriven is also the best way to deal with playing an away game in front of a hostile crowd: get ahead early on the scoreboard. Sports law: He who leads generates the most swagger, which tends to be expressed on the scoreboard. Driving distance numbers don’t matter so much after that. BEN EVERILL: Best way? Make more birdies. Ha, sorry for the dad joke. But the reality is just not to care what he’s doing and focus on your own game. There is always a glass half full answer and it is similar to when you play match play. Rather than be concerned the guy is banging it past you – see it as an opportunity to be the guy in control of the pressure. You get to hit into the green first. If you execute that the pressure shifts and the bomber starts to get annoyed. ROB BOLTON: If you’re concerned about your playing partner as a touring professional, you need to reset your priorities and strap on blinders. If you can understand that that can be easier said than done with egos fueled by an endless stream of inner conceit at the highest level of the sport, then you also can understand that you know what to expect before any emotion emerges. Simplify and attack. JEFF BABINEAU: I can remember a tournament at Bay Hill years ago in which Ernie Els was paired with Tiger Woods and Davis Love III for 36 holes on a Sunday. Woods and Love were smashing it past him all day, and it bothered Els, but he answered by winning. DeChambeau and Champ are so off-the-charts long that it shouldn’t be that distracting for McIlroy. He’ll be fine! Riviera is a place that demands much more than sheer brawn. Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka Tee time: 10:24 a.m. Byron Nelson said “Winners are a different breed of cat.” Now that Koepka, one of the best closers in the game, is healthy and hoisting trophies again, we have to ask: What exactly does that quote mean? What’s the secret sauce? CAMERON MORFIT: A lot of guys have all the shots, but patience and the ability to slow things down under pressure are huge. After playing with Koepka in the final round at Waste Management a few weeks ago, Steve Stricker said, “He just hung around.” What he meant was Koepka made nine straight pars in the middle of the round before going 5 under for his last six. Winning on TOUR is about having otherworldly talent, yes, but also knowing where you stand and waiting patiently to find that 60-90 minutes when you absolutely can’t miss. BEN EVERILL: For me this is signified but what Koepka did on the par-5 15th hole on Sunday in Phoenix. James Hahn, the man who had been leading, was in a meltdown and found the water. Koepka followed that shot with a laser to inside 20-feet for eagle. Winners know when the winning moments have arrived, and they nail them more often than not. Using the cat reference… they’re like the lioness going for the kill. They’re stealth like Cam says above and then pounce at the right time. Almost every time. ROB BOLTON: Far be it from me to put words into the mouth of Lord Byron, so I will interpret his assessment on the spectrum of makeup. Playing to win is one endpoint. Playing not to lose is the other. In real time, third-party observers know where a competitor slots on the spectrum. In consideration of Koepka, there’s zero question about where he is positioned. JEFF BABINEAU: Lord Byron once won in 18 consecutive starts, so certainly he was a rare cat. As were Jack, and Tiger. You know the motto: Winning isn’t easy. It takes great play, some patience, and a measure of luck in a bounce or two. Thomas has shown he’s very capable of winning anywhere, anytime. Koepka knows how to win the big ones (four majors), but is seeking consistency to win more often. He needs more late runs like the one he had at Waste Management. And Schauffele has all the tools, but is seeking that little sauce, or extra confidence, to push him across the finish line again.
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PGA TOUR Champions announces TimberTech, an AZEK brand, will Return as title sponsor of the TimberTech Championship https://www.pgatour.com/champions/news/2021/02/17/timbertech-returns-title-sponsor-timebertech-championship.html
BOCA RATON, Fla. – PGA TOUR Champions and The AZEK Company Inc. (NYSE: AZEK) (“AZEK”) announced today an agreement for TimberTech, an AZEK brand and leader in beautiful, low-maintenance and sustainable decking, to serve as the title sponsor of the Tour’s longstanding event in Boca Raton, Florida, for the next three years through 2023. The TimberTech Championship will return to The Old Course at Broken Sound the week of November 1-7, 2021, and it will retain its slot as the second event in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. “After the success of last year’s TimberTech Championship, we’re excited to be back and extend our partnership with PGA TOUR Champions,” said Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company, the parent company of TimberTech. “With a shared commitment to high-performance, environmental sustainability, and creating amazing outdoor experiences that bring people together, there is a natural alignment of the AZEK brand with the PGA TOUR. We are also grateful to know that this sponsorship will have a positive and lasting impact on the local community, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.” The PGA TOUR Champions tournament has been contested in Boca Raton since 2007, and last year was the first with TimberTech as title sponsor of the event. Darren Clarke won the 2020 TimberTech Championship, his first PGA TOUR Champions title, with a Sunday birdie on the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk and two-time champion Bernhard Langer. “We are honored to have TimberTech as part of the PGA TOUR Champions family,” said PGA TOUR Champions President Miller Brady. “The Boca Raton community is an integral part of our Tour’s history, and this tournament has been a favorite amongst our players over the last 14 years. Through our partnership with AZEK, the TimberTech Championship will continue to make a significant impact in the community for years to come.” Since its inception, the TimberTech Championship has generated more than $2 million for local charities through the Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC), with the Boca Raton Regional Hospital serving as the primary charitable beneficiary. “Thanks to the support of AZEK, the TimberTech Championship will continue to be a staple in the Boca Raton community in the coming years,” said Tournament Director Eddie Carbone. “We look forward to positively impacting Palm Beach County and providing a great product to our players, fans and sponsors. Boca Raton and The Palm Beaches will be on full display for the TimberTech Championship, the second event of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, as the legends of the game battle it out for the PGA TOUR Champions season-long title.” “We are very fortunate to have this world-class golf tournament in our backyard, benefiting our community and more specifically our hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, President & CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “Our partnership with the TimberTech Championship has grown over the last 14 years, and we are excited to see the impact with this renewed title sponsorship.” The TimberTech Championship is the second of three events in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, where 72 players qualify for the three-tournament series to determine the season-long champion. Following the onset of COVID-19 and event cancelations stemming from the global pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 seasons were combined to form a singular 2020-21 season. The Playoffs will begin with the sixth-annual Dominion Energy Charity Classic (October 18-24) at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, followed by the TimberTech Championship in Boca Raton (November 1-7), and the “Super Season” will conclude with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (November 8-14) at Phoenix Country Club. The Charles Schwab Cup is presented to the winner of the PGA TOUR Champions season-long, points-based competition. Langer is a five-time winner of the Cup, while Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Tom Lehman, Loren Roberts and Tom Watson have each won twice. Because no champion was crowned in 2020, Scott McCarron will retain the trophy for an additional year, as he won three tournaments in 2019 en route to the Charles Schwab Cup title. World Golf Hall of Fame members Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, as well as 2010 FedExCup Champion Jim Furyk, all won on Tour in 2020 as rookies. The 2021 rookie class will be highlighted by three-time major champion Padraig Harrington (turns 50 on August 31, 2021), nine-time PGA TOUR winner Stuart Appleby (May 1), and four-time PGA TOUR winner Robert Allenby (July 12).
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How to Watch The Genesis Invitational, Round 1: Live scores, tee times, TV times https://www.pgatour.com/news/2021/02/17/how-to-watch-the-genesis-invitational-round-1-riviera-live-scores-tee-times-tv-times-rory-mcilroy-dustin-johnson-justin-thomas-brooks-koepka-jordan-spieth.html
The opening round of The Genesis Invitational takes place Thursday from storied Riviera. The strong field includes reigning FedExCup champion Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and defending champion Adam Scott. Here’s everything you need to know to follow the action. Leaderboard Full tee times HOW TO FOLLOW Television: Thursday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. (Golf Channel, PGA TOUR Live Freeview), 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel), 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (Golf Channel, PGA TOUR Live Freeview). Friday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (CBS). PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 9:45 a.m.-8 p.m. (Featured Groups), Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes). Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Featured Holes). Radio: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio). TOURCast: Get shot-by-shot info in real time with shot tracks and video with TOURCast. TOUR Pulse: Get the PGA TOUR app to utilize TOUR Pulse, which provides users the ability to experience a mix of content, such as video highlights, written hole summaries and stat graphics on every player after every hole they complete. FEATURED GROUPS Patrick Cantlay, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Cameron Champ Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka Click here for the Featured Groups roundtable. MUST READS Power Rankings Expert Picks Willie Mack III set for start at Riviera Revisit Tiger Woods’ pro debut and the 25 years since Look back on the classic six-man playoff at Riviera in 2001 Bubba Watson opens up about mental health struggles Adam Scott ready to defend title
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Former LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan hired as next CEO of USGA https://www.pgatour.com/news/2021/02/17/former-lpga-commissioner-mike-whan-hired-as-ceo-usga.html
Mike Whan spent 11 years rebuilding the LPGA Tour to be strong enough to survive a pandemic. His next job is to keep the USGA at the forefront of golf in rapidly changing times. The USGA announced Wednesday it has hired Whan as its next CEO, making him the eighth top executive in its 127-year history. USGA President Stu Francis said the ruling body of golf in America wanted a leader who was well-versed in golf and loved the game, along with someone with a business perspective that “allowed you to think about where is golf is going, where is the USGA going and how do we position ourselves the best?” “We kept coming back to the perfect person as Mike Whan,” he said. Whan announced in January that he was leaving as LPGA commissioner. It was a surprising decision coming off a year in which the LPGA Tour, without guaranteed TV contracts, shut down for nearly five months and managed to play 16 tournaments and four majors. That was followed by a 34-tournament schedule this year with record prize money. He replaces Mike Davis, who is leaving this year to start a golf architecture firm. Whan is expected to start his new job sometime this summer. Whan, 56, began his career in marketing for Proctor & Gamble before leaving for management jobs at Wilson Golf and then TaylorMade. After eight years as CEO of equipment company Mission Hockey, he was hired as commissioner of an LPGA Tour that was losing tournaments. During his 11 years, tournaments increased from 24 to 34, and total prize money increased from $41.4 million to $76.5 million. “I love this game, I love this country and I love the process of getting better,” Whan said. “The USGA gives me an opportunity to do all three and leave a real mark. It’s a chance to make a real difference in a sport that’s made a difference in my life.” The hiring showed a change in what the USGA is looking for in its leadership. Its top executives have been deeply entrenched in the heritage, history and the rules of the game. Davis has been with the USGA for just over 30 years and set up the courses for U.S. Opens. Before him was David Fay, who spent 32 years at the USGA and interpreted rules during U.S. Open broadcasts. Whan brings a dynamic style, with a history of caring more about collaboration than control without ever professing to have all the answers. “If you put yourself in a situation where you’re not the smartest person in the room, listening is all you’ve got,” he said. “There’s not any specific USGA topic where somebody will go, ‘Mike Whan, he’s the expert in that.’ I’m going to have to listen and figure out how to lead from the other side of it. “I’ll walk into this thing with just enough love of the game and history of the game to feel I can be a perfect ingredient mixed in to what’s already a pretty good stew.” From a tournament perspective, Francis mentioned how much habits have changed in viewing and buying tickets. The professionals from both the men’s and women’s tours have a louder voice. Away from championship golf, the USGA is studying the impact of distance and technology on the game, along with the reduction in water and the cost of land for golf courses. “We need a group of skills that in our view allows us to keep the USGA in a position where it’s leading the game, but also to be in a position to think where are things going in the next decade,” Francis said. “We felt like we needed somebody who could think about all those things.” Whan knew his work at the LPGA Tour was close to the end at about the same time Davis, whom he considers a close friend, began contemplating his departure from the USGA. This was toward the end of 2019. A year later, Davis announced his departure and Whan began a conversation with the USGA that led to his hiring. Among the issues he will face is the “Distance Insights Project,” in which the USGA and R&A have determined that ever-increasing distance is not good for the game. That puts the governing bodies at odds with equipment manufacturers, and even some tour players who are opposed to scaling back. Rory McIlroy referred to the project as a waste of time and money and said the USGA and R&A should concentrate on getting more people into the game. Whan brings six years of experience at equipment companies, along with 11 years as LPGA commissioner. “I feel comfortable with the people we’re going to need to get engaged with, whether they’re tour commissioners, CEOs of equipment companies and the like,” he said. “Whate

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