A look around the major professional golf tours, and what’s on tap for the week of October 25-28, 2018.
LAST: WGC-Bridgestone (Justin Thomas)
THIS WEEK: WGC-HSBC Champions
DEFENDING: Justin Rose
COURSE: Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China
VITALS: Par 72, 7261 yards
PURSE: $10 million (Winner: $1.8 million)
TV: GOLF (Wed-Thu: 10:00 pm-2:00 am; Fri-Sat: 11:00 pm-4:00 am)
FIELD: The final stop on the PGA TOUR’s three-event Asian Swing heads to Shanghai, China for the 10th annual WGC HSBC Champions… World No. 3 Justin Rose defends his 2017 title in the first World Golf Championships event of the 2018-19 season. He will be joined by new world No. 1 Brooks Koepka, who enters off a win at last week’s CJ Cup, along with top-ranked stars Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood, and Francesco Molinari.
LAST WEEK: The CJ Cup (Brooks Koepka)
THIS WEEK: Sanderson Farms Championship
DEFENDING: Ryan Armour
COURSE: CC of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
VITALS: Par 72, 7,354 yards
PURSE: $4.4 million (Winner: $792k)
TV: GOLF (Thu-Sun: 2:30-5:30 pm)
FIELD: Ryan Armour returns to defend his 2017 title in Mississippi… As an event opposite the WGC-HSBC, the field at the CC of Jackson is not exactly loaded with top-tier talent, instead it includes mostly veterans and young guns seeking a decent payday and some FedExCup points. Bigger names include Bill Haas, Stuart Appleby, Wesley Bryan, Retief Goosen, Chris Kirk, Hunter Mahan, Rory Sabbatini, Sam Saunders, Kevin Streelman, and Jhonattan Vegas.
LAST WEEK: Buick LPGA Shanghai (Danielle Kang)
THIS WEEK: Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship
DEFENDING: Eun-Hee Ji
COURSE: Ta Shee Golf & CC, Taoyuan, Taiwan
VITALS: Par 72, 6,425 yards
PURSE: $2.2 million (Winner: $330k)
TV: GOLF (Thu: 6-9:30 pm; Fri-Sat: 8-12:30 pm; Sun: 9 pm-12 am) *Tape Delay
FIELD: Eun-Hee Ji, who held off a charging Lydia Ko to pick up her first win of the 2017 season and third career LPGA Tour victory, returns to defend against the likes of Chinese Taipei native Teresa Lu, along with major winners Pernilla Lindberg, Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko, Danielle Kang, and Sung Hyun Park.
LAST WEEK: Dominion Energy Charity Classic (Woody Austin)
THIS WEEK: Invesco QQQ Championship
DEFENDING: Bernhard Langer
COURSE: Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, CA
VITALS: Par 72, 7,059 yards
PURSE: $2 million (Winner: $305k)
TV: GOLF (Fri-Sun: 5:30-8:00 pm)
FIELD: The second of the three-event Charles Schwab Cup playoffs with a field of the top 54 in the standings… Defending champion Bernhard Langer enters off a win (SAS) and runner-up (Dominion) in his last two starts. The 61-year old German star will be joined in Thousand Oaks, California by top Champions Tour stars such as Scott McCarron, David Toms, Vijay Singh, and Jerry Kelly, among others.