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    2018 Travelers Championship (Hartford)

    Travelers Championship (Greater Hartford Open) ... June 20-23 2018 TPC River Highlands ... Par-70, 6844-yds ... Cromwell CT Purse: $ 7,000,000 / 1st Prize: $ 1,260,000 The Field ... Inside The Field ... Monday Qualifiers Top names in field .. Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Russell Knox, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Daniel Berger, Patton Kizzire, Chesson Hadley Current OWGR Field Strength Rating (SoF) : 446 -- could change if certain players withdraw prior to start of play To compare the Traveler's SoF of 446 with other events, go to the OWGR's Events Page and toggle "SoF" until the listing shows this order -- U.S. Open (855) as highest ranked event; Players Championship (854) as 2nd highest; Masters Tournament (794) as 3rd highest; and so on.
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    2018 Travelers Championship (Hartford)

    Casey is the man to catch on Sunday. BTW -- Someone at CBSSPORTS-dot-COM made an interesting typo on Casey's Saturday round just now. Take a look at the attached screenshot then do the math. Casey's true aggregate for three rounds is 16-under-194, including Saturday's 8-under-62. But if you were to believe the typo error, then after an 8-under-60, Casey's 3-round aggregate would be 16-under-188 !!! C'Mon guys, he's good, but not THAT good.
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    2018 Travelers Championship (Hartford)

    Koepka got as low as 5-under, then gave some strokes back and wound up with a 2-under-68. He says he needs a nap!
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    2018 Travelers Championship (Hartford)

    Personal OOPS! The 2018 Travelers-Hartford playing dates should be June 21-24. If the admins here can correct my original post above, then afterwards delete this one I'd be most thankful.
  5. The PGA Tour announced today (June 18 2018) that the 3M Open, to be played at TPC Twin Cities (near Minneapolis MN), will debut on the Tour's 2018-19 "wrap" season, with the exact dates to be announced at a later time. Here's the announcement as reported by Golf Channel Some other major online sites are also reporting on the new event, but are mistakenly saying that it is the first regular (non-major) PGA Tour stop in the state of Minnesota -- not so!! Turns out that there was an event called the St. Paul Open Invitational (aka at times as the St. Paul Open or Minnesota Golf Classic) that was played annually (with some exceptions) from 1930 thru 1969. That tournament boasted winners such as Sam Snead, Jimmy Demaret,Cary Middlecoff, Don January, Ray Floyd and Ken Venturi. The older St Paul event was played at Keller Golf Course in St. Paul from 1930 to 1966, as well as 1968. In 1967, Hazeltine GC in Chaska MN was the host, and then in 1969, Braemar Golf Course in Edina MN was the host. .
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    That I knew -- It was still obscene. The day overall has been crazy, and now DJ has surrendered his lead, allowing Berger and Finau (congrats on a great Saturday, fellows) to be the last two out on Sunday.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    Phil -- an obscene 10 on one hole !! Berger and Finau go 4-under on the day. Dustin gives back 5 shots and no longer leads. What in the Henrik is going on? It's the U.S. Open, of course!
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    OUCH! Oh, the scores so far -- Are we perhaps looking at another sequel to the 1974 massacre at Winged Foot ???
  9. The avatar image I currently have for my profile (A Commodore 2001 PET Computer) dates back almost to when I originally signed up to the SandTrap Forums (2005). Now I wish to change the image, but can't find the protocols/procedures to do that. Please advise. Thank You
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    2018 Fed Ex St. Jude Classic

    2018 marks the last edition of this tournament in its current format, and in its current calendar spot on the PGA Tour. In 2019, the St Jude Classic becomes a WGC event, replacing Firestone's WGC Bridgestone Invitational two months later in early August. The particulars for this week are ... Purse: $6.6 Million -- 1st Prize: $1.188 million | See also (click-on each) The-Field and Monday Qualifiers At the beginning of this week, the St Jude's Official World Golf Ranking field-strength (SoF) rating was 208. Now, after the withdrawal of several players who gained entry into the US Open via the sectional qualifiers, the SoF rating has come down to 191. The St Jude winner will still qualify for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, which invites winners of International Federation of Tours events that have a minimum field-strength (SoF) of 115 !! If you go to the OWGR web-site's Events Page, you can adjust the TOUR Filter to PGA Tour, then toggle "SoF" until the tournament ranking order shown is as follows -- Players Championship (854) 1st highest, Masters Tournament (794) 2nd highest, WGC Match Play (733) 3rd highest, and so on. As it stands now, the St. Jude (191) would be down near the bottom, between Valero Texas (212) and AT&T Byron Nelson (178).
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    Check It Out -- PDF of PGA Tour's 2017-18 Player Handbook

    True, but there are always those who are not aware of publications such as these, or where to find them online. For a while I couldn't find the current one for the main Tour, but finally did by putting in the right search terms.
  12. A gold mine of a find -- a PDF version of the 2017-18 PGA Tour Player Handbook and Tournament Regulations This book covers many of the do's and dont's for players, as well as many of the ways tournaments are to be conducted. Of particular interest (to me, anyways) are the individual tournament exemptions (beginning page 28) and a greatly detailed PGA Tour Exemption Category section (beginning page 105). Happy Reading!
  13. The Memorial Tournament, presented by Nationwide May 31-June 3 2018 Muirfield Village GC in Dublin Ohio Purse: $ 8,900,000 / 1st Prize: $ 1,602,000 Winner receives 3-season PGA Tour exemption. LINK: Inside The Field (PGATOUR.COM) Check out the "Inside The Field" link, and see how Tiger Woods qualified for the event, then figure out why that particular category and not one of the others!. A word of explanation about Adam Scott's qualification -- It's actually his 2016 WGC Doral-Cadillac win (before event moved to Mexico) that earned Scott an entry into the 2018 Memorial.
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    2018 Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide

    In any given PGA Tour season, a non-member player with no status of any kind is limited to seven sponsor invitations and five Top-10 and Ties exemptions. Those restrictions are removed when the non-member achieves Special Temporary Member status. This is done by earning at least as many Fed Ex Cup points as earned by the 150th player on the previous season's (2016-17) Regular Members points list. Here's an update (June 3 2018) on Joaquin Niemann's 2017-18 status from GolfChannel
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    2018 Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide

    Joaquin Niemann finished tied sixth (with Justin Rose) and has picked up enough Fed Ex Cup points to achieve Special Temporary Member status. This will allow him to receive unlimited sponsor invites, and to use an unlimited number of Top-10 exemptions. His next goal is to earn enough points for Top 125 Equivilancy, and thereby earn a PGA Tour card for 2018-19. 2018 Memorial -- Final Scores, money and points (ESPN) -- This will show zero points for Niemann because he is a non-member, but he did earn 95 points, six more than he needed going into the Memorial.
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    Changing Avatar Image -- How to Do it?

    Thank You -- It worked! BTW -- Like Your Cat!
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    2018 Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide

    The 2018 Memorial looks as if it will have the 5th strongest field of the year, according to the Official World Golf Rankings web-site. The tournament's Strength of Field (SoF) is currently listed as 652 (subject to change), following The Players (854), The Masters (794), WGC Match Play (733) and WGC Mexico City (679). To see for yourself, go to the OWGR Events Page, then toggle "SoF" a couple of times until the highest ranking event is at the top, followed by 2nd highest, 3rd highest, etc.
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    2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

    Does that tie or break the course record? Even so, Rose (pardon pun) has yet to wilt.
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    2018 Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide

    So, how is it that Tiger Woods qualifies by being among the Top 70 Fed Ex Cup Points Leaders in the current season (2017-18), and not some other way? For starters, the Memorial Tournament is an invitational event, rather than an "open" one, and as such its invitation categories differ a bit from the regular PGA Tour exemptions, Winners of the Memorial Tournament itself prior to 1997 are exempt for life (Tiger didn't win his first until 1999) while 2000-after Memorial winners are exempt for only five years (Tiger last won in 2012). What about Tiger's 2013 Players Championship win? Only winners of the Players or of one of the four majors within the last five playings of the Memorial Tournament are exempt in that manner. Since Tiger's 2013 Players win was one month before the 2013 Memorial, it meant that he would be exempt only thru 2017. What about the PGA Tour's Life Membership category (20-plus career wins)? That category is not used at the Memorial, and even if it was there's a scoring requirement that has to be achieved in the prior Tour season to make the exemption active. Since Tiger didn't play the 2016-17 season, his Life Member exemption was not active. That leaves being among the Fed Top 70 during the last season (2016-17) or the current one (2017-18) -OR- receiving a sponsor invitation. There you go!
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    2018 AT&T Byron Nelson

    Monday, Monday -- We may just have to wait for that day!. Did some reports early on say that Trinity Forest wouldn't be a pushover? Much of the scoring up to now would seem to say otherwise. Maybe it just caught Matt Kuchar in a bad hair moment!
  22. Greetings ... While the PGA Tour's 2018-19 season schedule is not yet available, there are indications that some events are getting moved, revamped or else put on the chopping block. Small hints of what may be coming are given in the following articles 2019 Schedule Could End Before Football - Rex Hoggard Golf Channel (2017) WGC-Bridgestone could leave Firestone after 2018 -- GolfNewsNet (2017) RE WGC Bridgestone leaving Firestone -- The word here is that as part renewing sponsorship of the FedEx Cup race, the FedEx company wants to upgrade the Memphis-St. Jude event to a WGC. Meanwhile, it is suggested that Bridgestone would give up the event at Firestone to sponsor an official PGA Tour event in Asia. In return, Firestone would get a Champions Tour event. If someone has more recent information about any 2018-19 schedule changes, please post here and include source links. Thanx-A-Lot
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    What Will the 2018-19 PGA Tour Schedule Look Like?

    LINK: The latest projection (January to August 2019 only) by Rex Hoggard
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    2018 The PLAYERS Championship

    Hmmm -- Just visited the Events Page at the Official World Golf Rankings site. It shows the current (as of May 13 2018 at 7pm ET) Players Championship SoF (Strength of Field) rating as 854. Earlier in the week, the rating was 871. As I am not well versed on all the fine details of how the OWGR works, perhaps someone can enlighten on the reason for the 17-point difference!
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    2018 The PLAYERS Championship

    SPOILER! Brooks Koepka -- Yowzer! Nuff Ced, McGreevey!

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