Evans Scholars Invitational hits year two with a temporary Chicago venue

The Evans Scholars Invitational has a new home. For now. After schedule conflicts at the fledgling tournament’s previous home, The (...)

Evans Scholars Invitational hits year two with a temporary Chicago venue

The Evans Scholars Invitational has a new home. For now.

After schedule conflicts at the fledgling tournament’s previous home, The Glen Club, this week’s Korn Ferry Tour event will take place at the Chicago Highlands Club, a par-72 course that opened in 2010 in nearby Westchester. The second-ever edition of the Evans Scholars Invitational was originally scheduled for May, but due to COVID-19, it will take place this week — on a links-style course that occupies 270 acres and features over 80 feet of elevation changes against the backdrop of the Chicago skyline. The tournament is slated to return to The Glen Club in 2021.

Last year’s inaugural event featured plenty of drama. Scottie Scheffler carded a final-round 63 to overcome a six-stroke deficit before defeating Colombia’s Marcelo Rozo with a second-hole birdie in a playoff. As many fans know, Scheffler has since become one of golf’s brightest young stars. The 24-year old is a favorite for this year’s PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award and finished the season ranked fifth in the FedExCup standings.

Rozo is surely hoping that his past performances in the Windy City will be indicative of his efforts this weekend. So far, the 30-year old has made just four of 17 cuts, missing 10 in a row en route to a T-59 finish last week. Brett Drewitt, meanwhile, is coming off his first-ever Korn Ferry Tour win at the Lincoln Land Championship, and the 29-year old Australian will look to add a second straight victory to his season.

Other notable competitors include Chicago native Vince India, who has made 10 of his last 12 cuts. The 31-year old earned a career-best T-3 finish two weeks ago at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Charlie Saxon of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been inside the top 10 after 13 of his last 17 rounds, and the 27-year old will try to break into the winner’s circle for the first time this season. Also expected to be in the hunt is England’s Harry Hall. At just 23 years of age, Hall achieved a career-best T-2 finish last week in just his fifth career start.

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The sky at the Safeway Open was a sight to see

NAPA, Calif. – Based on the weather forecast, you might not want to “bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun.” PGA (...)

The sky at the Safeway Open was a sight to see

NAPA, Calif. – Based on the weather forecast, you might not want to “bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun.”

PGA Tour pros woke up to one of the strangest skies in recent memory, a heavy marine-layer mixed with smoke and ash that was straight out of “Apocalypse Now.” The bright lights still were shining at the driving range at 10 a.m., as the sky turned brilliant shades of yellow and orange.

“Just strange. I mean, waking up and it was like the sun just wouldn’t come up today it felt like. It was dark for a long time,” Jim Furyk said. “When there was a touch of light, the sky’s just been a really awkward yellowish-grayish color. There was about a 20-minute window this morning where it was quite red, where you couldn’t really grab a picture of it on your phone, but I saw one of the photographers show me and a couple players the camera work that he got out of it and it was stunning actually. The picture was quite impressive. But it’s been — it just hasn’t felt real, that’s the best — a little bit like you’re on a movie set, to be honest with you.”

It felt like the movie set for a re-make of “Mars Attacks.” The iPhone forecast called the weather here “smoke,” and ash floated in the air and left a thin film in the Silverado Resort swimming pool. The air smelled like a campfire, and the temperature dropped more than 30 degrees from triple digits to barely cracking 70 degrees.

Wildfires are raging throughout Northern California in parts of Fresno and Big Sur as well as parts of Oregon and Washington. It was just a few weeks ago that destructive blazes near populated areas of wine country threatened the viability of hosting the tournament.

Sergio Garcia compared the sky to playing in the Australian Open in December, when bushfires near Sydney caused havoc and complaints of burning eyes and coughing fits.

“It’s very similar to that. I guess it was a little bit dark throughout the day today, but it’s kind of like a combination of clouds and smoke and, you know, a little bit of ash and stuff,” Garcia said. “But, you know, they’re saying that the winds are supposed to kind of change, start from the south and it should blow all of these away and then it will be fine. But today was definitely a little bit cooler than it’s been and a little bit darker throughout the practice round.”

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Bo Hoag just sent me this incredible photo from the Safeway PGA tour event in Napa 10:15 am. California is literally on fire. This is the Silverado CC

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Kevin Chappell, who hails from Fresno, had similar fires on his mind, although they’re burning southeast of Napa. He pledged to pony up $250 for every birdie and $500 for any eagle made this week to the Red Cross Creek Fire fund, which he announced via social media.

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I look forward to having a great week @safewayopen and raising some money while doing it. #redcross #LFG

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