Masters Decompression at Hilton Head, LPGA to Honolulu

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PGA TOUR

RBC HERITAGE

Location: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Course: Harbourtown GL. Mileage: 7,121. Score: 71.

Prize money: $8 million. Winner’s Share: $1,440,000.

TV: Thursday-Friday, 3pm-6pm (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1pm-3pm (Golf Channel), 3pm-6pm (CBS).

Defending champion: Stewart Cink.

FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.

Last week: Scottie Scheffler won the Masters.

Notes: This is a winner’s first chance to secure a spot at next year’s Masters. … Hilton Head is known as an ideal place to recover from the pressure of the Masters. There are 42 players in the field who were at Augusta National. This includes the US amateur champion James Piot from the state of Michigan. … The starting field includes five of the top 10 in the world rankings. … Jim Furyk plays on sponsorship leave. The RBC Heritage in 2015 was the last of his 17 official wins on the PGA Tour. … Morgan Hoffmann, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and lives in Costa Rica, has received a sponsorship ban. It will be his first PGA Tour start since Las Vegas in fall 2019. … Webb Simpson set the 2020 tournament record with 22 under 262 when it was held in June because of the pandemic. … The last nine winners of the RBC Heritage play. … the Ryder Cup captains Zach Johnson and Henrik Stenson are in the field.

Next week: Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

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LPGA TOUR

LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP

Location: Honolulu.

Place: Hoakalei GC. Mileage: 6,397. Score: 72.

Prize money: 2 million dollars. Winner’s share: $300,000.

TV: Wednesday-Saturday, 7pm-11pm (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Lydia Ko.

Race for CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang.

Last Tournament: Jennifer Kupcho won the Chevron Championship.

Notes: The tournament starts on Wednesday and ends on Saturday to accommodate Korean TV. … Jennifer Kupcho is making her first start after becoming a major champion at the Chevron Championship two weeks ago. … The Lotte Championship is moving to the Ernie Els-designed Hoakalei Country Club this year. … The field includes five of the top 10 in the world women’s rankings, led by defending champion Lydia Ko in third place. … Nelly Korda is still recovering from treatment for a blood clot in her arm. … Brooke Henderson won back-to-back before Ko won last year. … This is an extension of the LPGA Tour’s West Coast Swing, which began in San Diego County and spans five consecutive weeks in California or Hawaii. The Los Angeles tournaments follow the Lotte Championship.

Next week: DIO Implant LA Open.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

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GRAIN FERRY TOUR

VERITEX BANK CHAMPIONSHIP

Location: Arlington, Texas.

Course: Texas Rangers GC. Mileage: 7,010. Score: 71.

Prize money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.

TV: No.

Defending champion: Tyson Alexander.

Leader: Carl Yuan.

Last Tournament: TJ Vogel won the Club Car Championship at The Landings Club.

Next tournament: Huntsville Championship from April 28th to May 1st.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour/

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Last week: Scottie Scheffler won the Masters.

Next week: ISPS Handa Championship in Spain from April 14th to 17th.

DP World Tour points leader: Viktor Hovland.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Last tournament: Steven Alker won the Rapiscan Systems Classic.

Next week: Club Corp Classic.

Leader in the Charles Schwab Cup: Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html

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OTHER TOURS

Japan Golf Tour: Kansai Open, Yomiuri CC, Hyogo, Japan. Defending champion: Rikuya Hoshino. Online: https://www.jgto.org/

Asia Tour: Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge, Siam CC (Waterside), Pattaya, Thailand. Defending Champion: New Event. Online: https://www.asiantour.com/

Japan LPGA: KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open, Kumamoto Kuko CC, Kumamoto, Japan. Defending champion: Miyuu Yamashita. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korean LPGA: Mediheal Hankook Ilbo Championship, Ferrum Club, Gyeonggi, South Korea. Defending Champion: New Event. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

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