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On Tour This Week: WGC-HSBC, Sanderson Farms, Invesco QQQ, Swinging Skirts

A look around the major professional golf tours, and what’s on tap for the week of October 25-28, 2018.


WGC EVENT

LAST: WGC-Bridgestone (Justin Thomas)

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Justin Rose on the 18th hole during the final round of the WGC – HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC on Oct 29, 2017 in Shanghai, China. Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

THIS WEEK: WGC-HSBC Champions

DEFENDING: Justin Rose

COURSE: Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China

VITALS: Par 72, 7261 yards

PURSE: $9.75 million (Winner: $1.65 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.


PGA TOUR

LAST WEEK: The CJ Cup (Brooks Koepka)

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Jonathan Byrd during day one of the Sanderson Farms Championship at The CC of Jackson on November 5, 2015 in Jackson, MS. Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images

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.


LPGA TOUR

LAST WEEK: Buick LPGA Shanghai (Danielle Kang)

Eun-Hee Ji and Lydia Ko Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship
Eun-Hee Ji and Lydia Ko walk the 18th fairway during the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship on October 22, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images

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.


CHAMPIONS TOUR

LAST WEEK: Dominion Energy Charity Classic (Woody Austin)

Bernhard Langer Invesco QQQ Championship at Sherwood CC
Bernhard Langer on the 18th hole during the final round of the PowerShares QQQ Championship at Sherwood CC on October 29, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, CA. Photo by Ryan Young/PGA TOUR
via Getty Images

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.

Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid is a Pro Golf Weekly producer and contributor.

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DATES 11/15-18, 2018
TOUR PGA
EVENT RSM Classic
COURSE Sea Island Resort (Seaside and Plantation)
LOCALE St. Simons Island, Georgia
TV GOLF
PURSE $6,400,000
WIN SHARE $1,152,000
OWGR PTS 24
DEFENDING Austin Cook
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EVENT DP World Tour Championship
COURSE Jumeirah Golf Estates
LOCALE Dubai, United Arab Emirates
TV GOLF
PURSE $8,000,000
WIN SHARE $1,141,745
OWGR PTS 52
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