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PGA of America issues update on Ryder Cup Points

 

 

43rd Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup Points through the 3M Open

July 27, 2020

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Date

September 21 – September 26, 2021

Location

Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Kohler, Wis.

The Ryder Cup is one of the most spirited, exciting and compelling events in sports. It spans nearly 90 years, involves the greatest players in the world and produces some of the greatest moments in the game. The competition officially began in 1927 when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder presented a gold cup that bears his name. The U.S. team defeated Great Britain, 9 ½ to 2 ½, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Since then, the Ryder Cup has expanded to involve the finest players of Europe. Except for a span (1939-45) during World War II and following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks upon America, the Ryder Cup has been held biennially with the U.S. and Europe alternating as host.

The 43rd Ryder Cup will be held at the historic Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin—the site of the 2007 U.S. Senior Open and the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships.

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Ryan Vermeer, 2019 OMEGA PGA Professional Player of the Year, headlines 20 PGA Club Professionals at the 2020 PGA Championship

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Date

August 3 – August 9, 2020

Location

Harding Park, San Francisco, Calif.

Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka

The PGA of America announced on April 6 that the 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco, California, has been rescheduled for August 3-9. It was originally slated for May 11-17, but was postponed due to concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19.

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Ryan Vermeer (courtesy PGA of America)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (July 13, 2020) – Ryan Vermeer of Omaha, Nebraska, the 2019 OMEGA PGA Professional Player of the Year, will lead a contingent of 20 PGA Professionals in the 2020 PGA Championship, August 3-9, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Vermeer, a 42-year-old PGA Director of Instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, will be playing in his fourth consecutive PGA Championship after claiming the top spot on the PGA of America’s 2019 Professional Player of the Year Standings.
Vermeer collected 962.975 total points last year, while Marty Jertson of Phoenix, was runner-up with 816. Danny Balin of Irvington, New York, (800) finished third.
The 2020 PGA Professional Championship — which had been scheduled for July 19-22 at the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas — was canceled on June 29 due to COVID-19. That meant the top 20 on the 2019 PGA Player of the Year list were eligible for the 2020 PGA Championship. Among those expecting to play:
Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett, New Hampshire, will participate in his fifth straight PGA Championship, the longest active streak among PGA Club Professionals. Vermeer is second with four. Berberian (2016) and Vermeer (2018) are both past winners of the PGA Professional Championship.
PGA Life Member Jeff Hart of Solana Beach, California, is one of four PGA Club Professionals making his PGA Championship debut next month. He is the lone PGA Club Professional in the field from the state of California.
Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, will participate in his 11th career PGA Championship, first since 2018. Sowards’ 11 career PGA Championship starts are tied for second all-time among PGA Club Professionals (Steve Schneiter, 12).
Jeff Roth of Farmington, New Mexico, will be making his sixth career PGA Championship appearance, but his first in 16 years. The 62-year-old Roth’s initial PGA Championship came in 1988 at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, while his most recent start came in 2004 at Whistling Straits.
The Metropolitan PGA Section leads the way with four players in the field — Balin, Alex Beach of Rye, New York; Jason Caron of Oyster Bay, New York; and Rob Labritz of Pound Ridge, New York — who,  combined, have played in 15 PGAs. The Michigan, New England and Southern Ohio PGA Sections are represented by two players apiece.
Vermeer, Jertson and Balin also are assured of spots in the 120th U.S. Open Championship, Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), in Mamaroneck, New York. They were granted exemptions by the United States Golf Association (USGA) for finishing top-three in the 2019 Professional Player of the Year Standings.
Click here for the complete roster of PGA Club Professionals in the field for the 2020 PGA Championship.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY John Dever; COURTESY PGA of AMERICA MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Legends Luncheon presented by American Electric Power Foundation, Virtual event raises $1.45 million for alliance, bringing 10-year total to more than $9 million

10th annual Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award Recipient honored

 

Dublin, Ohio – The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide hosted the 10th annual Legends Luncheon presented by American Electric Power Foundation today, a unique, award-winning fundraiser that brings to life the alliance between the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year’s event was hosted virtually from Muirfield Village Golf Club due to COVID-19 protocols. All proceeds of the Legends Luncheon directly benefit the young patients and families that Nationwide Children’s compassionately serves each day.

 

The goal of the Luncheon is to support advances in pediatric care and research throughout the areas of most need at Nationwide Children’s. To that end, this year’s Luncheon raised a record $1,450,000 for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital alliance. The 2020 amount equals the largest single-year donation in the event’s history and brings the Luncheon’s nine-year total to more than $9 million.

 

Executive Chairs of the Legends Luncheon presented by American Electric Power Foundation were Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, together with Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker and his wife Cindy, Nationwide Children’s CEO, Tim Robinson and his wife Jane and American Electric Power Chairman, President and CEO, Nick Akins and his wife Donna. Luncheon supporters experienced a charity event that is unique to Columbus, Ohio. Held this year during Memorial Tournament week, virtual guests enjoyed a special conversation with Memorial Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus, and major championship winners Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland.

 

A highlight of the Legends Luncheon presented by American Electric Power Foundation was the presentation of the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award, which is given annually to a patient or family who in some way has demonstrated a strong, driving spirit in facing obstacles, an unwavering optimistic outlook, and a strong conviction for their connection to Nationwide Children’s.

 

The Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award honors the courage within that inspires volunteerism and community outreach, which has a positive influence on others. This year Jack and Barbara Nicklaus presented the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award to Nationwide Children’s patient Anna Earl, 15, from Vienna, West Virginia.

 

Anna was born prematurely at just 29 weeks and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy early on in life. This makes any sort of physical activity difficult for her, but she is always up for the challenge.

 

Anna’s love for golf first kindled when she participated in the national Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, a junior skills competition. When eight-year-old Anna decided she wanted to play, her father, Micheal, told her he did not know how it was going to work out. Anna replied, “Dad, it’s okay. I am used to finishing last.”

 

“To this day, it breaks our hearts thinking about hearing those words come out of our eight-year-old daughter’s mouth,” said Micheal.

 

As it turned out, Anna won the first round – albeit the only entrant. Regardless, she held her first place ribbon excitedly, having never finished first in anything before. She finished second in the next round, which advanced her to regionals. Although she did not win regionals, she had finally found the sport that would allow her to compete with her peers.

 

A few years later, Anna was named a starter on her coed middle school golf team. She weighed just 70 pounds and was barely four and a half feet tall but was beating boys twice her size. Despite her condition making it physically difficult for her to keep up with friends in everyday life, she continued to excel in her niche, golf.

 

In the winter of 2017, Anna began to have such tremendous pain in her lower body that it was difficult for her to walk. The spasticity – a condition that causes stiff, tight muscles – in her legs created misalignments in her feet, knees, hips and back. She had to resort to use a wheelchair for any long distances and worst of all was unable to play golf as her left foot was unable to be flat. After discussing various surgical options with her medical team, Anna underwent Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery in May 2018, a spinal procedure to help reduce spasticity that only a few pediatric hospitals offer.

 

Though her first few days in recovery were extremely difficult, Anna’s determination persevered over the pain and she worked every day to meet that goal. She made it known to everyone who would listen that she would walk out of the hospital without assistance, and that she needed to be ready for fall golf which started three months post operatively.

 

Nineteen days later, Anna independently walked out of the hospital, with that notable smile on her face. Her neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Leonard, a golfer himself, said he would clear her to play if she beat him putting at her follow up appointment. Determined, Anna attended physical therapy, the gym and pool multiple times weekly. In addition, she volunteered at a summer reading and nutrition program for at risk kids, and as a counselor at a junior golf camp. Anna was unable to golf herself while recovering but wanted to be on the golf course.

 

In August 2018, at her 3-month checkup, Dr. Leonard put a paper cup down for Anna to putt into, as promised. She made it. Before he even putted, he told her she was cleared. Then, he putted himself, and missed. Anna left her appointment and had one mission that day – to swing a club. She and her Mom and Dad went to the driving range, where she swung that club until her hands bled. Though she was a bit disappointed in her swing, she was determined to improve. In the following days, she would be on the course every day. Anna rejoined the golf team that season and went on to make the all-county team. For a Mom and Dad who were not sure their child would ever be able to enjoy her one passion again, they say it was humbling to see their child shine. If you ask Anna though, she never once had a doubt that she would return post-surgery.

 

The past 18 months have been amazing for Anna and her family. Anna still plays golf and has had a successful year. At her first tournament, they were told she was not allowed to ride in a cart due to an issue involving paperwork. Her coach told Anna that she should do what she could walking and if she needed to withdraw, then she would be proud of what she had accomplished. Anna did not blink as she said, “I will finish my round.” She walked that match and every subsequent match after, even once the paperwork to allow her accommodation of riding in the golf cart was received. She lettered on her high school golf team, finished 12th in the WV State High School Girls Championship – walking an extremely hilly terrain. Anna said her greatest accomplishment on the golf course, was not finishing in the top 12 out of 69, but the fact she walked that course with every other girl.

 

Anna’s story does not stop there. At the end of the year, her golf coach told her that she needed to get stronger and recommended she swim with the swim team. Anna is not comfortable with swimming, but to everyone’s surprise, she said she wanted to join the crew team. Anna works out five days a week with her crew team, and when the coach has offered her accommodations to these workouts, Anna says she wants to do what everyone else is doing, when she can do it. Additionally, she attends a non-mandatory practice at 6am on Fridays because she “just wants to get better.” She has already decreased her time in rowing, though her goal is to be a coxswain.

 

“My wife and I cannot say enough how the miracle of having Anna back on her own two feet has meant to us. We must admit we are probably the only parents in the world that has a slight smile in their heart when their teenage daughter stomps away to her room.  We will forever appreciate Dr. Leonard and his team for the miracle they performed,” said Micheal.

 

Though Anna has never had a goal to be an inspiration to anyone, she is to everyone who meets her.

 

True to the hearts of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide includes as one of its primary objectives a genuine, philanthropic vision. It is through the Tournament’s partnership with Nationwide Children’s that this vision comes to life in the form of pediatric care for children, not only in central Ohio, but from all 50 states and more than 50 countries each year.

 

Ten-year Tournament sponsor Nationwide shares a similar tradition of support for Nationwide Children’s. Nationwide is committed to broadening the impact of its presenting sponsorship of the Memorial Tournament to bring greater awareness and increased funding to Nationwide Children’s and to those who benefit the most – families and children in need of care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

2020 Memorial Tournament 3rd Round Pairings, Start Times

(courtesy Memorial Tournament)

COURTESY OF THE PGA TOUR & MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

2020 Memorial Tournament First Round Notes

Tony Finau

 

Milton Pouha Finau, known on the PGA Tour as Tony Finau, took the first round lead at the 45th Memorial Tournament by carding 9 birdies and 3 bogeys for a 66 and the outright lead.

The 30-year-old native of Utah had a rollercoaster first round but was able to endure.

Ryan Palmer sat second at 5-under 67 and Brendan Steele and Gary Woodland were third.

Carding 69′s to tie for fifth are Jon Rahm, Charles Howell III and Lucas Glover.

Tiger Woods, in his return to the PGA Tour in months, shot a 1-under 71.

In his first tour activity since February, the 44-year-old Woods, got off to a decent start with 4 birdies and 3 bogeys.

Always a fan favorite, Woods, the 5-time winner of the Memorial Tournament, birdies on two of his first three holes.

Brendan Steele

 

37-year-old Brendan Steele has 3 wins on the PGA Tour. In eight previous Memorial Tournament appearances, he has finished higher than tied for 20th.

In Thursday’s first round action, he shot a 4-under par 68 to take the early lead.

This year, he has best tournament of finishing tied for sixth at The Travelers.

 

 

 

Vijay Singh

 

Known as “The Big Fijian”, Vijay Singh, a native of the Fiji, which is located in the South Pacific Ocean.

He is one of the oldest members on the PGA Tour. He turned professional back in 1982.

The 2006 World Gold Hall of Fame member, has earned 34 PGA Tour wins, which is 14th all-time and has a total of 64 total wins as a professional golfer.

At age 57, he is the oldest golfer in the current Memorial Tournament field. In Thursday’s first round, he carded a 1-under 71. But arrived there are a very weird round.

He birdied three of the last four holes to salvage the day.

Signh’s scorecard:

#4 Birdie

#5 Birdie

#6 Birdie which put him at 3 under par.

He was able to par the next five holes.

#12 Double bogey

#14 Triple bogey put him 2 over par before saving the day in the final four holes.

Singh has not made a cut this year on the PGA Tour in seven tournaments.

Memorial Tournament Leaderboard First Round

1. Tony Finau (-6)

2. Ryan Palmer (-5)

T3. Brendan Steele (-4)

T3. Gary Woodland (-4)

T5. Charles Howell III (-3)

T5. Lucas Glover (-3)

T5. Jon Rahm (-3)

T8. Luke List (-2)

T8. Mark Hubbard (-2)

T8. Ryan Moore (-2)

T8. Max Homa (-2)

T8. Jordan Spieth (-2)

T8. Patrick Cantlay (-2)

T8. Patrick Rodgers (-2)

T8. Jimmy Walker (-2)

T8. Rory McIlroy (-2)

T8. Harris English (-2)

 

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