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October means final group at Women’s PGA won’t have leaders

So a lot for that notion of a 54-hole lead giving gamers extra time to sleep in.

The PGA of America needed to get artistic with an October date for the Women’s PGA Championship at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, not solely with about three fewer hours of daylight however with NBC having different programming commitments on the weekend.

Kerry Haigh, the chief championships officer for the PGA, says the tee instances might be adjusted Sunday in order that the final 4 teams might be at the underside of the pack. Provided there are not any climate delays or incomplete rounds, the main threesome will tee off on No. 1 at 8:43 a.m. The final group will tee off at 9:27 a.m.

The TV window for the Women’s PGA on Sunday is 10 a.m. to midday on Golf Channel, and midday to 2 p.m. on NBC. The community has a NASCAR race within the afternoon.

“If you have the opportunity to see a three-hour telecast and see the leaders all through that three hours, to me as a spectator, that is a lot more appealing than watching everyone but the leaders tee off and you never get to the leaders to see a shot,” Haigh stated Tuesday.

Saturday’s TV schedule is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Golf Channel, with NBC choosing up the remainder of the protection till 3 p.m. There isn’t any want to regulate the beginning instances for the third spherical as a result of the final group is to begin at 9:32 a.m. and may end forward of the TV window.

That, too, is topic to vary.

The 132-player subject means that tee instances on Thursday and Friday begin at 7:10 a.m., roughly 4 minutes after dawn. Haigh is just not sure the second spherical might be accomplished by sundown (6:32 p.m.) on Friday, during which case the minimize couldn’t be made till Saturday morning. If that have been the case, the PGA of America is ready to rearrange beginning instances for the third spherical so the leaders are proven within the TV window.

“In some ways, we could be making history this week because we will have the leaders not teeing off at the end of the wave on Sunday,” Haigh stated. “And if we don’t finish on Friday, they will not be teeing off last on Saturday, either. … And although it’s a little different and out of the box, we as partners with the LPGA and KPMG are prepared to make those changes for what we think will be a greater and a better championship for everyone to observe.”

RACE TO DUBAI

Collin Morikawa signed up as an affiliate European Tour member understanding he can be within the majors and World Golf Championships. Based largely on his PGA Championship victory, and the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down a half-dozen prime European occasions, he’s second within the Race to Dubai behind one other American, Patrick Reed.

Morikawa has but to play a daily European Tour occasion. That may change if he has an opportunity to win the title, which might imply going to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

“It possibly could be added to my schedule,” he stated Tuesday. “That’s the reason why I signed up for the membership, is to try and win it. I wouldn’t just sign up just to sign up. I’ve got the Masters ahead of me. If I play well at the Masters, then we can make a good run for it and we’ll be out there in Dubai.”

Reed received the WGC in Mexico. He missed the minimize within the Saudi International at the beginning of the 12 months, and is taking part in this week at the BMW PGA Championship in England.

AUSSIE (HOUSE) RULES

Hannah Green left winter in Australia to renew the LPGA Tour schedule following the COVID-19 pandemic. The worst half about her 12 months is she in all probability received’t get residence till Christmas, the longest she has been away.

But she does have a house away from residence.

Green stated Golf Australia final 12 months determined to hire a home in Orlando, Florida, for gamers to remain in.

“There is a couple that lives there full-time, but there’s three or four other beds that we can stay in,” she stated. “So myself and Sue (Oh) have been using that this year. I’ve been there once this year, but with the little breaks in the schedule, I’ll be going there next week.”

She performs at Orange Country National. And she has pals. Two extra Aussies, Curtis Luck and Ryan Ruffels, are at Isleworth.

“It’s like five minutes, so we’ve been very fortunate to get on to there,” Green stated.

SNEAK PEAK

Sebastián Muñoz is so excited to play the Masters for the primary time that he didn’t wish to waste a possibility to see Augusta National.

And then he unwittingly wasted a possibility.

Muñoz certified a 12 months in the past in September by profitable the Sanderson Farms Championship. So when he performed his final tour occasion of 2019 the final week in November, he drove over from Sea Island and spent two days at Augusta National.

“The first day it was gorgeous,” he stated.

Muñoz felt the course was taking part in lengthy, however he was advised it could be totally different in April. The subsequent day, he awoke for an 8 a.m. tee time and the temperatures have been within the higher 40s.

“And I’m like, ‘Ugh, I’m not going to play since it’s not going to be this cold that time of the year.’ So I didn’t play,” he stated.

Little may he have identified final November that his Masters debut can be this November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not to fret. Muñoz, a Colombian who performed at North Texas, at least had some thought what to anticipate. He was shocked to hit 3-iron into the inexperienced at the par-4 eleventh, and 5-iron into No. 10. It was taking part in lengthy sufficient that his drive on the 18th didn’t attain the primary bunker on the left aspect of the golf green.

What figures to be comparable is the quiet. The Masters is just not permitting spectators. That will have to attend till subsequent April. Muñoz reached the Tour Championship, making him eligible for the Masters subsequent 12 months, too.

“The good thing is that I’m going to play that one and then in April,” he stated. “So hopefully, I’ll get the best of both worlds.”

DIVOTS

The Latin America Amateur Championship scheduled for Jan. 14-17 at Lima Golf Club in Peru has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Future plans for the occasion might be introduced later. The event started in 2014 and is run by the Masters, R&A; and USGA. … Titleist is touting a brand new technology of its Pro V1 golf ball at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, noteworthy solely as a result of it was 20 years in the past in Las Vegas when the corporate first unveiled its multi-component golf ball. According to a press launch that 12 months, the brand new golf ball had “the interim stamp of Pro V1.” The title by no means modified. Billy Andrade, who received the event in 2000, was amongst 47 gamers who switched to the brand new Pro V1. … Georgia Hall and Mel Reid received consecutive begins on the LPGA Tour, the primary time since 1996 two ladies from England, Trish Johnson and Caroline Pierce, received consecutive LPGA occasions. … Parker Coody, the grandson of 1972 Masters champion Charles Coody, received the Southern Highlands Collegiate to earn a spot within the PGA Tour occasion in Las Vegas.

STAT OF THE WEEK

With six tournaments left within the LPGA Tour season, American gamers have essentially the most victories (4) of any nation.

FINAL WORD

“It’s not going to be as weird as a U.S. Open in December.” – Lydia Ko, on whether or not it felt unusual taking part in a significant in October.

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