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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Pros Fore Patients event on Tuesday


Columbus, Ohio – The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Pros Fore Patients returns to tournament week on Tuesday, August 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This special program is designed to celebrate the tournament’s support of Nationwide Children’s and the more than $7.3 million that has been raised for pediatric cancer treatment and research since the tournament began in 2007. Pros Fore Patients will highlight children who are battling, or have battled, pediatric cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Pros Fore Patients campaign will feature a special event on Tuesday at The Ohio State University Golf Club that will provide young cancer patients and survivors from Nationwide Children’s an opportunity to meet and interact with Tour and PGA TOUR players from the tournament’s field of competitors in a number of special activities, including a putting challenge, hitting stations, interactive games, face painting and more. Participants and their families will also create care packages to be delivered to inpatients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during tournament week.


Before the fun starts for these special Hospital guests, the tournament will make an important announcement regarding the future of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship while joined by representatives from the Tour, The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The announcement will take place at 4 p.m., immediately preceding the Pros Fore Patients event.



WHO: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announcement

Tournament officials, Tour President Dan Glod, and representatives from The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Pros fore Patients Event

10 Patient Champions (young cancer patients and survivors) and their families from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The Patient Champions for 2017 are:  Brayden Griess, Dominic Granata, Blake Hames, Griffin Hayden, Ian Straight, Jack Willis, Jackson Fickes, Jillian Ripley, Meilin Wilson and Moci Wilson.


Tour Professionals Tour and PGA TOUR professionals




Nationwide Children’s Championship announces annual ceremonial first tee shot for Thursday morning at 7:15 am

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament Officials announced today the 11th annual ceremonial first tee shot, named First Shot to Fight Cancer. The shot will mark the beginning of tournament competition for the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course. TheFirst Shot to Fight Cancer ceremony will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, immediately prior to the tournament’s first starting time. Professional tee times for Thursday and Friday start at 7:30 a.m. on tee Nos. 1 and 10.


Hitting the First Shot to Fight Cancer at the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be, “Patient Champion”, 14-year-old Jack Willis of Lewis Center, Ohio. Jack’s story began when he was 13 years old, shortly after having his tonsils removed. Normally an athletic, lively kid, Jack wasn’t eating or drinking and lacked any energy to walk or move. All he ever wanted to do was sleep for hours and hours. Something was wrong.


After a blood test, Jack was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he received his diagnosis; Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).


The Willis family’s worst fear was confirmed. Jack had cancer.


He began his first round of chemotherapy right away and struggled with sickness. The first three weeks Jack wasn’t allowed out of his room at all due to fevers and couldn’t leave the inpatient floor with his weakened immune system. It was during this time that Jack really got to know the nursing staff, therapists and doctors at Nationwide Children’s who would become his second family.


After enduring six long months of treatment, Jack was released from the hospital in August 2015.


“Nationwide Children’s Hospital will always have a special place in my heart. The people mean so much to me. Everyone is very honest and caring. It was a safe place. I’ve made so many friends there, the staff and other families going through the same thing. Even to this day, I look forward to going to the hospital for checkups just to see my doctors, nurses and therapists,” says Jack.


This month, Jack celebrates his second year out of the hospital with no signs of disease.


Today, Jack is thriving. He just started the 9th grade at Olentangy High School. He loves playing lacrosse and golf and watching OSU football and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jack enjoys spending time with his family, friends and dog, Brutus.



WHO: Jack Willis and family, Tour and PGA TOUR Professionals, Nationwide Children’s Hospital representatives, tournament officials, volunteers and fans.

WHAT: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s First Shot to Fight Cancer is the manner by which the tournament annually begins its professional competition. It is a tradition that helps boost the spirits of all patients being treated for cancer and brings hope to the countless families affected by the disease. It also serves as a reminder of the most important reason the tournament is staged.


WHERE: The first tee box at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course

3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH  43221

WHEN: Thursday, August 31, 2017 / 7:15 a.m.




Field is set for 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at OSU’s Scarlet Golf Course

Columbus, Ohio – At 6:00 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the 133 player blended field of PGA TOUR and Tour players who are eligible and have committed to compete in the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The following players finished 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list or within the top-75 money winners on the Tour and will play in the first of four Tour Finals events being hosted August 31 – September 3 at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, OH.

The current field of competitors for Columbus is highlighted by a number of past winners on the PGA TOUR, Tour and internationally, collectively representing 52 TOUR victories, 100 Tour wins and 117 international titles.

The field includes the following players:

Adams, Blake
Albertson, Anders

Alker, Steven
Ancer, Abraham
Anderson, Mark
Appleby, Stuart
Armour, Ryan
Arnold, Jamie
Atkins, Matt
Axley, Eric
Baker, Chris

Barnes, Ricky
Beljan, Charlie (Med)
Blaauw, Jacques
Blair, Zac
Brehm, Ryan
Burgoon, Bronson (Med)
Byrd, Jonathan
Campbell, Brian
Campos, Rafael
Castro, Roberto
Cejka, Alex
Chin, John
Collins, Chad
Conners, Corey
Cook, Austin
Covello, Vince

Crane, Ben
Curran, Jon (Med)
Dahmen, Joel
Davis, Brian (Med)
Díaz, Roberto
Drewitt, Brett
Duke, Ken
Duncan, Tyler
Ernst, Derek

Etulain, Julián
Fdez-Castaño, Gonzalo
Garnett, Brice
Gibson, Rhein

Gonzales, Andres
Gooch, Talor
Gore, Jason
Griffin, Lanto
Gunn, Jimmy
Guthrie, Luke
Gutschewski, Scott
Hadley, Chesson
Harkins, Brandon
Harmon, Matt
Harrington, Scott

Hend, Scott (N-M)
Hodge, Jonathan
Hoge, Tom
Hossler, Beau
Hubbard, Mark
Hueber, Justin
Ishikawa, Ryo
Jaeger, Stephan
Johnson, Michael

Jones, Matt
Kennerly, Billy
Kohles, Ben

Lamb, Rick
Landry, Andrew
Langley, Scott
Lashley, Nate
Lee, D.H.
Lee, Kyoung-Hoon

Levin, Spencer
Lindheim, Nicholas
Long, Adam
Loupe, Andrew
Lovelady, Tom
Luck, Curtis (N-M)
Lunde, Bill
MacKenzie, Will
Mahan, Hunter
McCarthy, Denny
Merritt, Troy
Mitchell, Keith
Moore, Taylor

Mullinax, Trey
Muñoz, Sebastián
Norlander, Henrik (N-M)
Núñez, Augusto
Oppenheim, Rob
Ortiz, Carlos

Owen, Greg
Park, Jin
Park, S.J. (Med)
Percy, Cameron
Pereira, Mito
Peterson, John
Piller, Martin
Poston, J.T.
Potter, Jr., Ted
Power, Seamus
Pride, Dicky
Prugh, Alex
Putnam, Andrew
Randolph, Jonathan
Reeves, Seth
Reifers, Kyle
Ridings, Tag
Roach, Wes
Romero, Andres
Ryder, Sam
Saunders, Sam
Schenk, Adam
Shindler, Conrad
Silverman, Ben
Skinns, David
Sloan, Roger
Southgate, Matthew (N-M)
Stefani, Shawn
Stegmaier, Brett
Straka, Sepp
Summerhays, Daniel
Svensson, Adam
Teater, Josh
Thompson, Kyle
Thompson, Michael
Thompson, Nicholas
Tracy, Ethan
Tringale, Cameron
Uihlein, Peter (N-M)
Wagner, Johnson
Wheatcroft, Steve
Wilcox, Willy (Med)
Wilkinson, Tim
Wittenberg, Casey
Yun, Andrew

1) Tour players Nos. 1-75 are in bold. PGA TOUR players Nos. 126-200 are unbolded. Those in italics are either non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish 126-200 (N-M) or PGA TOUR players with medical exemptions (Med) as noted.

2) Field size is 133 players as of 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, August 28, 2017.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2017-2018 season. At the end of the four Finals events, a second set of PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.

The top-25 from the Tour Regular Season have already secured their TOUR cards and will carry their earnings into the Finals. The order of priority for all 50 cards will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

The exempt players from the Tour Regular Season top 25 will be identified at the conclusion of the four Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals money. Therefore, any top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the four Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the four Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.

The ordering of all 50 players after the Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, beginning with the No. 1 player from the combined Regular Season and Finals money list and followed by the leading money winner from the four Tour Finals. The sequence then alternates between the combined Regular Season and Finals money list (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and the Tour Finals money list (4, 6, 8, 10, etc.) through the 25th player on both lists.

Since 2013, all 50 PGA TOUR cards have come through the Tour. Previously, 25 cards were awarded to the leading money winners on the Tour at season’s end and 25 more cards via the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in December. The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-65 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship raised a total of $1,723,105 for charitable organizations last year, including $1,604,500 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marked the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament for the hospital in the history of the Tour Finals event. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $7.3 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

General admission for this award winning stop on the Tour is free. For details and to print free tickets the public may visit

For Tournament information please visit or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter (@NCHC_Golf), Instagram (@NCHCGolf) and Facebook (




“Pretty Pathetic” as Jason Dufner describes his 3rd round collapse from 5-shot leader to 3rd place 4-shots off pace

Jason Dufner


Jason Dufner


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61,821 Jason Dufner 3rd round collapse From 5 shots up in first to 4 shots behind in tie for 3rd 6 3 2017


All during Jason Dufner’s short press conference with the media after Saturday’s third round of the Memorial, you got the feeling that he was startled, frustrated, angry and beleagured.

The above photos and audio from the press conference can verify what I just said.

The Cleveland, Ohio native was cruising along after posting back-to-back scores of 7-under 65 in the first two rounds at The Memorial on the Muirfield Village Golf Course.

Dufner, who is seeking his fifth PGA TOUR win, was the five-stroke leader until the wheels fell off the apple cart during Saturday’s play. He came out and struggled from the get-go in round three, making four-straight bogeys on numbers 2-5. He then went on to double-bogey the par-5 11th hole and take additional bogeys at numbers 16 and 18 to end the day with a 5-under 77.

He still has a chance to win the tournament. He is tied for third at -9 under 207 with Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson. That trio trails the two leaders, Daniel Summerhays at -13 under 203 and Matt Kuchar at -10 under 206.

Dufner is making his sixth Memorial Tournament, where his best finish has been a tie for 19th in 2014.

Summerhays battles back from five down to lead Memorial with 3-shot lead after scorching 3rd round

After Friday’s second round at the Memorial Tournament, Jason Dufner looked unbeatable. But everyone who knows the course at Muirfield, knows that it is too tough to conquer every round. That is why there has never been a wire-to-wire winner at the Dublin, Ohio course.

Cleveland, Ohio native Jason Dufner, after carding back-to-back scores of 7-under 65 in the first two rounds, faltered early in round three, making four straight bogeys to lose the 5-shot lead he had gained.

Daniel Summerhays 2 (courtesy PGA Tour)

Entering the Saturday third round spotlight BYU graduate, Daniel Summerhays.

Making his seventh start at the Memorial Tournament, the 33-year-old Summerhays made five birdies against just one bogey to post a 4-under 68 and take control with a three-stroke lead at 13-under 203. His best finish at Muirfield Village Golf Club is a 4th place tie in 2012.

Summerhays, a Farmington, Utah native, is seeking his first PGA TOUR  win in his 185th start this week. Should he hold on for the win on Sunday, he would become the eighth player to make the Memorial Tournament his first PGA TOUR victory and the fourth consecutive player to do so. His best finishes on TOUR have been a pair of second place ties: 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship and the 2014 Valero Texas Open.

He has always played well at Columbus, Ohio tournaments. As an amateur on the Tour, Summerhays won the 2007 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at the Ohio State University’s Scarlet course.


61,809 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader His round today best of year for him 6 3 2017


61,810 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader His career has taken off in the past year he reflects 6 3 2017


61,811 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader How tough is it to win at Muirfield Village GC 6 3 2017


61,812 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader Has always played good in Columbus Ohio area tournaments 6 3 2017


61,813 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader Putting is a strength for him 6 3 2017


61,816 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader Juggling 4 kids on tour as a dad 6 3 2017


61,817 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader If he wins on Sunday will it more satisfying with how he has juggled family & career 6 3 2017


61,818 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader Went on a BYU mission for two years to Santiago Chile and never played golf while there 6 3 2017


61,820 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader His brother Boyd is here with him this week a big helper 6 3 2017


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