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Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview

Event Name:   Arnold Palmer Invitational
Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Where: Orlando, FL
Dates of the event: March 19-22
Course Yardage: 7,381
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Matt Every
Purse:  $6,200,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

NBC (Saturday & Sunday)


Last season, Matt Every was able to shoot a 70 in the final round to claim his first PGA title at Bay Hill. He will return to Orlando to attempt to repeat.

Tiger not teeing it up at Bay Hill. 

Players in the field:

Rory McIlroy Sang-Moon Bae Matt Every
Adam Scott John Senden Davis Love III
Webb Simpson Keegan Bradley Vijay Singh
Scott Stallings Hideki Matsuyama Angel Cabrera
Padraig Harrington Graeme McDowell Paul Casey
Kevin Streelman K.J. Choi Billy Horschel
Francesco Molinari Charles Howell III Kevin Na
Ryo Ishikawa Camilo Villegas Zach Johnson
Jason Day Matt Jones Bubba Watson
Ernie Els Harris English Gonzalo Fernandez- Castano
Rickie Fowler Martin Laird Ian Poulter
Gary Woodland Seung-Yul Noh Brandt Snedeker

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Matt Every -13
2 Keegan Bradley -12
3 Adam Scott -11
4 Jason Kokrak -10
T5 Henrik Stenson -9
  Erik Compton
  Francesco Molinari

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T10 Graeme McDowell -6
T20 Gary Woodland -4
T26 Chesson Hadley -3
T35 Aaron Baddeley -1
T52 Patrick Reed +1
Cut Stuart Appleby
  Justin Rose
  Lee Westwood
  Jeff Overton

Photo by: John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports

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Puerto Rico Open Preview

Event Name:   Puerto Rico Open
Course: Trump International GC (PR)
Where: Rio Grande. PUR
Dates of the event: March 5 – 8
Course Yardage: 7,569
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Chesson Hadley
Purse:  $3,000,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Chesson Hadley was able to get his first PGA Tour victory last season at the Puerto Rico Open at -21. He was able to cruise to victory in paradise as he shot all four rounds in the 60s.

The Puerto Rico open is the B tournament this week, as all of the world’s finest will be playing in the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship.

Players in the field: 

Chesson Hadley Ryo Ishikawa John Daly
Mark Calcavecchia Alex Cejka Daniel Chopra
Ben Curtis Brendon de Jonge David Duval
Gonzalo Fernandez- Castano Steve Flesch Paul Goydos
J.J. Henry Jason Gore Chris DiMarco
Jerry Kelly Troy Matteson Jeff Overton
Alvaro Quiros Bo Van Pelt Boo Weekly

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Chesson Hadley -21
2 Danny Lee -19
3 Ben Martin -17
T4 Carl Pettersson -16
  Jason Gore
  David Toms
  Wes Roach
  Richard H. Lee
T9 Jerry Kelly -15
  Ricky Barnes
  Chris Stroud

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T19 Ryo Ishikawa -11
T29 Nicolas Colsaerts -9
T37 Y.E. Yang -8
T43 Ryuji Imada -7
69 Jhonattan Vegas -1
CUT Miguel Angel Carballo
  Nathan Green
  David Duval
  Chad Campbell
  Matt Jones
DQ J.J. Henry

Photo by: Allan Henry/USA TODAY Sports

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Honda Classic Preview

Event Name:   Honda Classic
Course: PGA National
Where: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Dates of the event: February 26- March 1
Course Yardage: 7,241
Par:      70
Defending Champ: Russell Henley
Purse:  6,100,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

NBC (Saturday & Sunday)


Russell Henley will return to PGA National defend the title that he won last season in a four man playoff. One of the players, Rory McIlroy, will be making his first PGA Tour start of the 2015 season. He has been on the European Tour where he picked up a win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this season.

Players in the field:

Rory McIlroy Phil Mickelson Justin Rose
Charl Schwartzel Martin Kaymer Brooks Koepka
Ernie Els Matt Every Stewart Cink
Keegan Bradley Luke Donald Rickie Fowler
Sergio Garcia Lucas Glover Ryo Ishikawa
Zach Johnson Hideki Matsuyama Francesco Molinari
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Mark Wilson
Lee Westwood Jhonattan Vegas Vijay Singh
Patrick Reed Ian Poulter Billy Horschel
Russell Henley Harris English Paul Casey
Sang- Moon Bae Robert Allenby Jason Dufner

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Russell Henley -8
T2 Rory McIlroy
  Ryan Palmer
  Russell Knox
5 Billy Hurley -7

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T8 Sergio Garcia -5
T12 Adam Scott -4
T33 Zach Johnson -2
T46 Lee Westwood E
CUT Phil Mickelson
CUT Martin Kaymer

Photo: Reuters

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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Preview

Event Name:   AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Course: Pebble Beach

Monterey Peninsula CC

Spyglass Hill

Where: Pebble Beach, CA
Dates of the event: February 12-15
Course Yardage: PB 6,816

MPCC 6,838

SH 6,858

Par:      PB & SH 72

MPCC 70

Defending Champ: Jimmy Walker
Purse:  6,800,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

CBS (Saturday & Sunday)


The PGA Tour returns to three of the most beautiful courses on the tour as they travel to Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Monterey Peninsula CC.

Last season, Jimmy Walker nearly squandered a six-stroke lead in the final round. He was able to scramble and make par on the par-5 18th hole of Pebble Beach.

“I made it a little more dramatic than it needed to be,” Walker said.

Players in the field:

Jimmy Walker Jordan Spieth Brandt Snedeker
Kevin Stadler Patrick Reed Vijay Singh
Ian Poulter Nick Watney Sung Joon Park
Ryan Palmer K.J. Choi Jason Day
John Daly Sang-Moon Bae Ernie Els
David Duval Billy Horschel Jim Furyk
Fred Funk Seung-Yol Noh Davis Love III
Dustin Johnson Charles Howell III Matt Jones

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T19 Phil Mickelson -3
T35 Jim Furyk E
T52 Russell Henley +2
MDF Jason Day
Cut Chad Campbell
Cut Brandt Snedeker
Cut Charley Hoffman
DQ D.A. Points

Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

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Farmers Insurance Open Preview

Event Name:   Farmers Insurance Open
Course: Torrey Pines South
Where: San Diego, CA
Dates of the event: February 5-8
Course Yardage: 7,569
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Scott Stallings
Purse:  6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday/Friday)                                   CBS (Saturday/Sunday)

One of my favorite tournaments on the PGA Tour is the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The course is beautiful and quite challenging.

Dustin Johnson returns to the PGA Tour after taking the last five months off because he wanted to seek professional help for personal challenges. He has won at least one event each year since 2008. You may expect him to come out hot but he may some rust to knock off.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Dustin Johnson Paul Casey
Phil Mickelson Jimmy Walker Hideki Matsuyama
Rickie Fowler Camilo Villegas Davis Love III
Jordan Spieth Luke Donald Ryo Ishikawa
Justin Rose Ryo Ishikawa Angel Cabrera
J. B. Holmes K.J. Choi Stewart Cink
Jason Day Jeff Overton Seung Yul Noh
Marc Leishman Padraig Harrington Bill Haas
Charley Hoffman Sung Joon Park Rory Sabbatini
John Senden Harris English Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings Nick Watney Mike Weir

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Scott Stallings -9
T2 K.J. Choi -8
Graham DeLaet
Jason Day
Pat Perez
Marc Leishman
T7 Charley Hoffman -7
Ryo Ishikawa
Will MacKenzie
T10 Seung-Yul Noh -6
Russell Knox
Justin Thomas
Brad Fritsch
Gary Woodland

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T16 Keegan Bradley -5
T19 Jordan Spieth -4
T43 Bill Haas E
T47 Hunter Mahan +1
MDF Tiger Woods
CUT Jimmy Walker
CUT Rickie Fowler
CUT Vijay Singh
WD Phil Mickelson

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview

Event Name:   Waste Management Phoenix Open
Course: TPC Scottsdale
Where: Scottsdale, AZ
Dates of the event: 1/29-2/1
Course Yardage: 7,216
Par:      71
Defending Champ: Kevin Stadler
Purse:  $6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Tiger Woods will make his season debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is his first time playing the course since 2001 when happened to ace the par-3 16th in the third round. The last time Tiger played in a competitive tournament was his Hero World Challenge where he came in tied for 17th. He has a new swing consultant and it will be very interesting to see how he performs in his first outing of 2015. Rickie Fowler is making his first start on the PGA Tour in Scottsdale. He played at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier this month. He finished T66 2-under. Darius Rucker will be performing at the Coors Light Birds Nest He will both be performing on January 29th in Scottsdale. You can view the top 10 Darius Rucker songs here.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Jason Dufner Bill Haas
Jordan Spieth Keegan Bradley Brandt Snedeker
Phil Mickelson Bubba Watson Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar Patrick Reed Billy Horschel
Kevin Stadler Hunter Mahan Kevin Na
Geoff Ogilvy Hideki Matsuyama Zach Johnson
Gary Woodland John Senden Kyle Stanley
Robert Streb Kyle Stanley Mark Wilson
Kenny Perry J.B. Holmes Angel Cabrera
Retief Goosen David Toms Mike Weir
Padraig Harrington Ryan Moore Ryan Palmer
Sang-Moon Bae Aaron Baddeley Kevin Streelman
Martin Laird K.J. Choi Ben Crane
Matt Every Charley Hoffman Russell Henley
Carl Pettersson Scott Verplank Bo Van Pelt
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Camilo Villegas
Seung-Yul Noh Ryo Ishikawa Charles Howell III
Stewart Cink Jhonattan Vegas Nick Watney

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Kevin Stadler 1 -16
Graham Delaet T2 -15
Bubba Watson
Hunter Mahan T4 -14
Hideki Matsuyama
Charles Howell III T6 -13
Brandon Steele
Harris English 9 -12
Webb Simpson 10 -11

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Matt Jones T12 -9
Kevin Na T19 -7
Gary Woodland T37 -4
Phil Mickelson T42 -3
Martin Kaymer T53 -1
Vijay Singh 77 8
Lee Westwood CUT
Rickie Fowler CUT
Keegan Bradley CUT

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Humana Challenge Preview

Event Name:   Humana Challenge
Courses: Arnold Palmer at PGA West- Host Course

Jack Nicklaus at PGA West

La Quinta Country Club

Where: La Quinta, CA
Dates of the event: 1/22-1/25
Course Yardage: Palmer: 6,950

Nicklaus: 6,924

La Quinta: 7,060

Par:      All three courses are par 72
Defending Champ: Patrick Reed
Purse:  $5,700,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Welcome back Lefty! Phil Mickelson is making his first appearance of the season at the Humana Challenge. This is his first start since the Ryder Cup. He will be looking to get off to a hot start in 2015 because his 2014 season was awful. Lefty had twelve top 25 finishes. The highest finish he had was second at the PGA Championship to Rory McIlory.

Defending champ, Patrick Reed will look to become the first repeat champion since Johnny Miller did it in 1975-76. At this event last season he became the third player to win this event wire-to-wire.

Players in the field:

Phil Mickelson

Patrick Reed

JJ Henry

Kevin Streelman

Keegan Bradley

Jason Dufner

Billy Horschel

Matt Kutcher

Francesco Molinari

Tim Clark

Ben Crane

Charley Hoffman

Kevin Na

Jhonattan Vegas

Scott Stallings

Luke Donald

D.J. Trahan

Paul Casey

Chad Campbell

Stewart Cink

John Daly

Ryo Ishikawa

Ryan Moore

Sung Joon Park

Rory Sabbatini

Mark Wilson

Scott Piercy

Ryan Palmer

Retief Goosen

Lucas Glover

Mike Weir

Scott Verplank

Brandt Snedeker

David Toms

Bo Van Pelt

Nick Watney

Jerry Kelly

Charles Howell III

Bill Haas

Jeff Overton

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño


Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Patrick Reed 1 -28
Ryan Palmer 2 -26
Zach Johnson T3 -25
Justin Leonard T3
Brian Stuard 5 -24
Bill Haas T6 -23
Brendon Todd T6
Chad Collins 8 -22
Stuart Appleby T9 -21
Charlie Beljan
Ben Crane
Charley Hoffman

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Jerry Kelly T13 -20
Keegan Bradley T18 -19
Webb Simpson T23 -18
Ryo Ishikawa T25 -17
Rickie Fowler T44 -16
Kevin Na T48 -14
J.J Henry T82 -7

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Sony Open in Hawaii Preview

Event Name:   Sony Open in Hawaii
Course: Waialae CC
Where: Honolulu, HI
Dates of the event: January 15-18, 2015
Course Yardage: 7044
Par:      70
Defending Champ: Jimmy Walker
Purse:  $5,600,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

The PGA Tour hula dances into the capital of Hawaii to partake in the Sony Open. This is the first full field in 2015. Jimmy Walker returns to the place where he shot a -7 63 on Sunday en route to the victory. It was his second career win. Nine of the last ten winners will return to Waialae CC. The last person to win back-to-back titles was “The Big Easy” Ernie Els in 2003 and 2004.

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 -17
Chris Kirk 2 -16
Jerry Kelly 3 -15
Harris English 4 -14
Marc Leishman 5 -13
Brian Stuard 6 -12
Jeff Overton 7 -11
Charles Howell III T8 -10
Adam Scott
Matt Kuchar
Kevin Na
Matt Every
Hudson Swafford
Ryan Palmer
Zach Johnson
Hideto Tanihara
Retief Goosen
Pat Perez
Will Wilcox

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Stewart Cink T20 -9
K.J. Choi T20 -9
Jason Dufner T32 -8
Sang-Moon Bae T32 -7
Mark Wilson T51 -4
Jordan Spieth CUT

Players in the field:

Jimmy Walker

Jason Day

Angel Cabrera

Tim Clark

Luke Donald

Zach Johnson

Webb Simpson

Kevin Streelman

Sang-Moon Bae

Paul Casey

Stewart Cink

K.J. Choi

Fred Funk

Lucas Glover

Matt Every

J.J. Henry

Davis Love III

Hideki Matsuyama

Kevin Na

Geoff Ogilvy

Chris Kirk

Jerry Kelly

Francesco Molinari

Carl Pettersson

Vijay Singh

Brendon Todd

Camilo Villegas

Jhonattan Vegas

Mark Wilson

Boo Weekly

JB Holmes

Scott Piercy

Yusaku Miyazato

Gary Woodland

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Hyundai Tournament of Champions Preview

Event Name:   Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Course: The Plantation Course in Kapalua
Where: Maui, HI
Dates of the event: January 8-12
Course Yardage: 7,411
Par:      73
Defending Champ: Zach Johnson
Purse:  $5,700,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

The 2015 portion of the PGA Tour season begins once again at The Plantation Course in Kapalua. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a selective event that only allows winners from the previous season to participate in the event. Last year, Zach Johnson was able to shoot a 33 4-under to steal a victory from Jordan Spieth.

Notable players in the field:

Zach Johnson

Jason Day

Billy Horschel

Kevin Streelman

Bubba Watson

Angel Cabrera

Hunter Mahan

Matt Kutchar

Hideki Matsuyama

Tim Clark

Ryan Moore

Last Year’s Top 10 Finishers:

Player Place Score
Zach Johnson 1 -19
Jordan Spieth 2 -18
Webb Simpson T3 -17
Kevin Streelman
Jason Dufner 5 -15
Billy Horschel T6 -14
Matt Kuchar
Adam Scott
Dustin Johnson
Ryan Moore 10 -13

Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Brandt Snedeker T11 -12
Gary Woodland T13 -11
Patrick Reed T16 -10
Jimmy Walker T21 -7
Bill Haas T24 -5

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