Breaking: PGA Tour releases 2021-2022 schedule — WGC sliced, Euro partnership strengthens

The PGA Tour released its schedule — it included the first co-sanctioned European Tour event and only two WGCs.

Breaking: PGA Tour releases 2021-2022 schedule — WGC sliced, Euro partnership strengthens

The PGA Tour announced its slate of 48 tournaments that will make up the 2021-22 season, and it included a few new wrinkles.

The World Golf Championships will be sliced in half from four to two, with the WGC FedEx St. Jude Championship being promoted to the first of three FedEx Cup Playoff events and replacing the Northern Trust, which alternated between New York metropolitan area and Boston the last two years, and the Mexico Championship being demoted to a full-field regular season Tour event.

For the first time, the PGA Tour is co-sanctioning a European Tour event, the Scottish Open. The player field will be a split between members of both Tours and competitors will earn FedEx Cup points — a first for a European Tour event. Likewise, competitors in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship opposite-field events will earn points in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai for the first time.

“Adding an existing, strong title sponsor in Genesis to our Strategic Alliance in the form of the Genesis Scottish Open – to be sanctioned by both Tours – is a significant step for the global game,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.

As part of the “Strategic Alliance” and collaboration between the two Tours, the Irish Open will nearly double the purse to $6 million for its annual European Tour event starting in 2022.

The 2022 portion of the schedule will kick off the PGA Tour’s new, nine-year domestic media rights agreements with ViacomCBS, Comcast/NBC and ESPN. There will be a one-week off season between the Tour Championship, September 2-5, and the kick off to the 2021-22 season in Napa, California at the Fortinet Championship.

The CJ Cup, which was held in Korea prior to COVID-19, will be held in the U.S. for a second straight year and be staged at The Summit Club in Las Vegas. The Zozo Championship, which was also held in the U.S. last year, is scheduled to return to Japan and the WGC HSBC Championship, which was canceled due to the global pandemic a year ago, is slated to be played in China.

The only remaining World Golf Championship events, which debuted in 1997, are the Dell Match Play Championship and the HSBC Championship in China.

Among the other notable changes to the schedule are:

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (January 31-February 6) and the Waste Management Phoenix Open (February 7-13) trade spots in the schedule, as the Tour’s event at TPC Scottsdale remains in its traditional date of Super Bowl week.

The Puerto Rico Open (February 28-March 6) will be played as an opposite-field event alongside the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

With the biennial Presidents Cup being held at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte in 2022, the Wells Fargo Championship (May 2-8) will be contested for one year at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Maryland.

The John Deere Classic (June 27-July 3), traditionally played the week prior to The Open Championship, moves one week earlier.

The European Tour will announce the initial portion of its 2022 schedule later this month, with the full season announcement to follow in due course.

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Ranked 468th, Suthavee Chanachai shoots a 69 to claim solo lead at U.S. Women's Amateur

Suthavee Chanachai had never tried to qualify for a USGA event before. After 18 holes, she holds the solo lead.

Ranked 468th, Suthavee Chanachai shoots a 69 to claim solo lead at U.S. Women's Amateur

Suthavee Chanachai, ranked 468th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, shot the low round of the opening round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Chanachai, a recent graduate of New Mexico State, carded a 3-under 69 on Monday to lead after the first day of the 36-hole stroke-play portion of the championship. This is her USGA debut, and, as a matter of fact, she had never even tried to qualify for a USGA event before this one.

After her round, she was asked if she had any pre-championship expectations.

“The goal is basically focusing on the process. I don’t want to put expectations out there. If I play good, I play good. If I play bad, I play bad. It’s golf,” she said.

Chanachai, who is from Thailand, had five birdies in her round, thanks to some precise approach shots. She said all five putts were holed from within 15 feet.

U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR: Leaderboard

There are five Americans at 2 under and tied for second: Aneka Seumanutafa, Anna Morgan, Bridget Ma, Hailey Borja and Brooke Seay.

The world’s top-ranked amateur and the 2021 U.S. Junior Girls’ champ Rose Zhang shot a 1-over 73 and is tied for 20th. Zhang is also the defending champion of this event.

Kennedy Swann, who helped Ole Miss win its first NCAA Championship in May, is also 1 over. Bailey Davis, who lost to Zhang in the final of the Girls Junior, is 1 over. Rachel Heck, the individual national champion at the 2021 NCAAs, shot a 2-over 74. Megha Ganne, the darling of the U.S. Women’s Open in San Francisco in June, opened with a 7-over 79.

The field of 156 will play 18 holes of stroke play again on Tuesday at Westchester Country Club in  Rye, New York. The low 64 will then advance to match play.

Schedule and TV/streaming info

Wednesday: Round of 64, 2 to 5 p.m., Golf Channel

Thursday: Rounds of 32 and 16, 2 to 5 p.m., Peacock

Friday: Quarterfinals, 2 to 5 p.m., Peacock

Saturday: Semifinals, 2 to 5 p.m., Golf Channel

Sunday: Championship match, 2 to 5 p.m., Golf Channel

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