The Associated Press
Oct. 03, 2017
Site: Napa, Calif.
Course: Silverado Resort and Spa (North Course). Yardage: 7,166. Par: 72.
Purse: $6.2 million. Winner's share: $1,116,000.
Television: Thursday-Sunday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Brendan Steele.
Last week: The United States won the Presidents Cup.
Notes: The new season starts with a quick turnaround, just four days after 50 players earned PGA Tour cards through the Web.com Tour Finals. ... Phil Mickelson, whose management company runs the event, is playing for the second straight year. ... Mickelson is among three players from the Presidents Cup who will be at Silverado. The others are Emiliano Grillo and Adam Hadwin. Grillo won his only PGA Tour event at Silverado. ... Sang-moon Bae, who won at Silverado in 2014, is making his first PGA Tour start since his mandatory military service in South Korea ended a few months ago. He has not played a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since the 2015 Presidents Cup. ... The exemptions include John Daly and Long Drive specialist Jamie Sadlowski. ... This will be the last domestic event on the PGA Tour that offers full FedEx Cup points until Las Vegas the first week in November. The tour goes to Malaysia, South Korea and China over the next three weeks ... Ryder Cup points are available only at the World Golf Championship in Shanghai until next year.
Next week: CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
ALFRED DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: St. Andrews, Scotland.
Courses: St. Andrews (Old Course), Carnoustie, Kingsbarns.
Purse: $5 million.
Television: Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Tyrrell Hatton.
Last week: Paul Dunne won the British Masters.
Race to Dubai leader: Tommy Fleetwood.
Notes: Rory McIlroy is making his last start of the year. He has not gone a year without winning since his first full year on the European Tour in 2008. ... McIlroy finished third in the Dunhill Links in 2007 in his second start as a pro, locking up his European Tour card. Since then, he has been runner-up three times without ever winning. ... McIlroy has history on two of the courses. He shot 63 at St. Andrews in first round of the 2010 British Open (followed by 80 the next round in the wind), and he opened with a 68 at Carnoustie in his first major at the 2007 British Open as an amateur. ... The field includes Branden Grace, who competed in the Presidents Cup last week, and Ernie Els, an assistant captain for the International team. ... J.B. Holmes is playing on a sponsor's exemption. ... Padraig Harrington is the only two-time winner of the Dunhill Links since it began in 2001.
Next week: Italian Open.
Last week: Brooke Henderson won the New Zealand Women's Open.
Next week: LPGA KEB-Hana Bank Championship in South Korea.
LPGA money leader: Sung Hyun Park.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Last tournament: Bernhard Langer won the Pure Insurance Open at Pebble Beach.
Next week: SAS Championship on Oct. 13-15.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.
Last week: Jonathan Byrd won the Web.com Tour Championship.
Next tournament: The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on Jan. 13-16.
USGA: U.S. Mid-Amateur (Oct. 7-12), Capital City Club (Crabapple Course), Woodstock, Ga. Defending champion: Stewart Hagestad. Online: www.usga.org
Asian Tour: Yeangder Tournament Players Championship, Linkou International Golf and CC, Taipei, Tawain. Defending champion: Carlos Pigem. Online: www.asiantour.com
Japan Golf Tour: Honma Tour World Cup, Kyowa CC, Aichia, Japan. Defending champion: Yuta Ikeda. Online: www.jgto.org
European Senior Tour: Dutch Senior Masters, The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: www.europeantour.com/seniortour
Symetra Tour: Symetra Tour Championship, LPGA International (Jones), Daytona Beach, Fla. Defending champion: Nicole Broch Larsen. Online: www.symetratour.com
Ladies European Tour: Lacoste Ladies French Open, Golf de Chantaco, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France. Defending champion: Beth Allen. Online: www.ladieseuropeantour.com
Japan LPGA: Stanley Ladies Golf Tournament, Tomei CC, Shizuoka, Japan. Defending champion: Sun-ju Ahn. Online: www.lpga.or.jp