The PGA Tour has announced the revised, tentative schedule for the remaining 2020 season, as well as the fall start for the wrap-around 2020-2021 campaign. 47% of sporting events have been cancelled in 2020, so this step, whether it happens or not, is promising good news. But what will these events look like and how will they function, especially the early ones? Will there be galleries? How many volunteers? Will they play in twosomes? Double tee each day? I don’t know but I’m sure the right people will make the correct decisions and get golf on tv here in a little over a month. Let’s take a look at what the long awaited remainder of the season will look like!
June 8-14, Charles Schwab Challenge, Colonial CC – Fort Worth, TX
June 15-21, RBC Heritage, Harbour Town GL – Hilton Head, SC
June 22-28, Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands – Cromwell, CT
July 2-5, Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit GC – Detroit, MI
July 6-12, John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run – Silvis, IL
July 13-19, The Memorial, Muirfield Village GC – Dublin, OH
July 20-26, 3M Open, TPC Twin Cities – Blaine, MN
July 27-Aug 2, WGC FedEx St. Jude, TPC Southwind – Memphis, TN
July 27-Aug 2, Barracuda Championship, Tahoe Mountain Club – Truckee, CA
Aug 3-9, PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park – San Francisco, CA
Aug 10-16, Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield CC – Greensboro, NC
*Aug 17-23, The Northern Trust, TPC Boston – Norton, MA
*Aug 24-30, BMW Championship, Olympia Fields CC – Olympia Fields, IL
*Aug 31-Sept 7, Tour Championship, East Lake GC – Atlanta GA
*Denotes FedEx Cup Playoffs
Sept 7-13, Safeway Open, Silverado Resort & Spa – Napa, CA
Sept 14-20, U.S. Open, Winged Foot GC – Mamaroneck, NY
Sept 21-27, Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits – Kohler, WI
Sept 28-Oct 4, Sanderson Farms Championship, CC of Jackson – Jackson, MS
Oct 5-11, Shriners Hospitals For Children Open, TPC Summerlin – Las Vegas, NV
Oct 12-18, The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, Nine Bridges GC – Jeju Island, Korea
Oct 19-25, ZOZO Championship, Accordia Golf Narashino CC – Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Oct 26-Nov 1, WGC HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC – Shanghai, China
Oct 26-Nov 1, Bermuda Championship, Port Royal GC – Southampton, Bermuda
Nov 2-8, Houston Open, Memorial Park GC – Houston, TX
Nov 9-15, The Masters, Augusta National GC – Augusta, GA
Nov 16-22, The RSM Classic, Sea Island Resort – Sea Island, GA
Nov 30-Dec 6, Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon GC – Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Nov 30-Dec 6, Hero World Challenge, Albany CC – New Providence, Bahamas
Dec 7-13, QBE Shootout, Tiburon GC – Naples, FL
Dec 14-20, PNC Father-Son Challenge, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes – Orlando, FL
The Last Dance The one bright spot from this pandemic is that there’s been some incredible television. Tiger King, Ozark, and Better Call Saul filled the entertainment void nicely, and Sunday was the debut of the first 2 parts of the highly anticipated ESPN documentary “The Last Dance.” This doc follows the 97-98 Chicago Bulls during their last season as a dynasty, and all the years and events prior that lead up to it. Watching this gave me an idea. No, I will not be debating on who the GOAT is, Lebron or Michael. That’s as tired as Tiger vs. Jack, and while I need 3 hands to count the pairs of Jordan sneakers in my collection, I was born and raised an hour south of Cleveland and cried in the street outside Quicken Loans Arena when the Cavs finally won my city a championship in 2016. So you can probably guess which way I lean. All bias aside of course. Instead I put together a list of some of the best Michael Jordan golf stories that are out there. All fact-checked, not once, but twice. To say he is obsessed with golf is an understatement. He has been present in U.S Ryder and Presidents’ Cup team rooms for years and he just opened his first golf course. MJ has often been quoted as saying these days he plays every day and sometimes 36 holes per day. Man, the life of the second greatest basketball player to ever live…
Game 2 1986 – Jordan played golf with Danny Ainge the morning of game 2 of the Bulls-Celtics playoff series in 1986. MJ didn’t play well and lost some coins to Ainge. After the round his airness vowed revenge and told Danny, “Tell DJ I got something for him” knowing that Celtics guard Dennis Johnson would be guarding him that night. That something was 63 points and a Bulls win. No word on what Jordan shot on the links that day, but I bet it wasn’t 63.
U.S. Open Challenge – At the U.S. Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods (remember he won on a broken leg?) was quoted in saying that a 10 handicap would not break 100 on that golf course. Thus the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge was born. This made for tv and charity event no longer takes place, but in 2009 Michael Jordan got to take his crack at Bethpage Black. A course so difficult it famously contains a warning sign at the first tee. Michael being Michael, took the challenge one step further and bet his pal Tiger a disclosed amount that not only would he break 100, that he would break 92. This is no surprise as he is known as a notorious gambler and Tiger is not. But the biggest surprise is he did indeed break 92 and won the bet.
Dream Team – At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, if the U.S. Dream Team had a late game, Michael would often play 36 holes of golf beforehand. #machine
Lake Tahoe – The celebrity golf event at Lake Tahoe is a fun, entertaining, star-studded affair and I always enjoy watching it when it airs. One year a fan from the gallery yelled to Jordan that $500 says he won’t hit the green. Well you’re safer poking a bear with a stick and this guy obviously had more money than brains, or consumed more booze than both, but of course MJ accepted. He hit the green, walked over, and collected.
Ouch – Michael himself has confirmed that he once lost $1.25 million on the golf course to the same buddy over a span of 10 days. That makes my stomach hurt. It’s not just good to be MJ, it’s good to be his friend too.
Enjoy the game and each other
Written by Seth Zipay Head Golf Professional
Design and Published by Craig Walton