6 – 9 LPGA, LPGA Mediheal Championship, The Saticoy Club, Somis, California. Prize Money: $1,800,000 Leaderboard
6 – 9 DP World Tour, Open de España, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid. Prize money: €1,750,000 Leaderboard
6 – 9 PGA Tour, Shriners Children’s Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada. Prize Money: $8,000,000 Leaderboard
7 – 9 LIV Golf, LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, The Stonehill Golf Club, Bangkok, Thailand. Prize Money: $25,000,000 Leaderboard
6 – 8 Alps Tour, Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final, Modena Golf & Country Club, Colombaro di Formigine, Italy. Prize money: €50,000 Leaderboard
6 – 9 Challenge Tour, British Challenge, St Mellion Estate, Cornwall, England. Prize money: £230,000 Leaderboard
6 – 8 EASY Access, Santander Golf Tour Burgos, Golf Lerma, Burgos, Spain. Prize money: €40,000 Leaderboard
7 – 9 Amateurs, French International Women’s Amateur Stroke Championship, Golf International de Roissy, Roissy-en-France, France. leader board
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6 – 9 LPGA, LPGA Mediheal Championship, The Saticoy Club, Somis, California. Prize money: $1,800,000
The question is whether she actually sleeps in her own bed, but Dewi Weber is playing another home game this week. The LPGA Mediheal Championship was previously played in San Francisco and now travels 600 kilometers down to Southern California. This will be the first professional tournament in the more than 100-year history of The Saticoy Club located above Los Angeles. Some ‘research’ shows us that this course, set in a hilly landscape, is a real gem with elevation differences, lots of trees and strategically placed bunkers.
So Weber lives in Los Angeles, where she is joined by Anne van Dam. The Dutch number 1 celebrated his 27th birthday last weekend. On Instagram, we saw her kitesurfing in the far eastern United States. Now Van Dam is flying all the way to the west coast again, because if she still has her sights set on the top 100 in the annual ranking, there are still many points to gain. Maybe she can give herself a belated birthday present in LA. Many top players are absent this week, so that opens up opportunities at The Saticoy Club.
The last LPGA Mediheal Championship was played last June. On a foggy Sunday, Matilda Castren was the best under the smoke of San Francisco. Now the tournament has changed track and season. In the field we see the necessary players who have ties to ‘SoCal’. Danielle Kang, Alison Lee, Bronte Law, Ryann O’Tolle and Lizette Salas, among others, grew up, studied in the area or currently live there. The presence of Thai guns Patty Tavitanakit, Atthaya Thitikul and the Jutanugarn sisters also stand out in the starting list.
6 – 9 DP World Tour, Open de España, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid. Prize money: €1,750,000
The DP World Tour spends almost the entire month of October on the Iberian Peninsula. It’s still nice to live there and we’re starting a real ‘Spanish Swing’. With trips to Valderrama and Mallorca on the program, but first the Spanish Open in the capital. With many thousands of members, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid is one of the largest sports clubs in Europe. You can play hockey here, the orange ladies became world champions here in 2006, horse riding, tennis and much more. And of course also golf, on the Negro or Amarillo course. This week we primarily see the first runway, a challenging design by Javier Arana. You can look out over Madrid from a few high tees.
Rahm chases Seve
If you say Spanish Open, you will soon end up with Severiano Ballesteros. The wizard, who passed away in 2011 and is also responsible for the Amarillo course we’re not playing this week, won his national championship a total of three times. The counter for the nation’s best golfer at the moment, Jon Rahm, is currently number two, so his mission is clear. Other Spaniards to keep in mind are Pablo Larrazábal, Adri Arnaus and Rafa Cabrera Bello – el campéon defender, or the defending champion. The Netherlands are also sending a strong ‘armada’ to Madrid with Joost Luiten (runner-up in 2016), Wil Besseling, Darius van Driel and Daan Huizing.
— Acciona Open de España presented by Madrid (@accionaopen) 3 October 2022
6 – 9 PGA Tour, Shriners Children’s Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada. Prize money: $8,000,000
The third tournament of the new season can bring PGA Tour golfers a lot of money, but it can also cost them. We’re actually at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, a fixture on the American schedule for years. Making greens is the order here, as Sungjae Im demonstrated last year en route to the scoring record (-24). Besides the Korean, we have a lot of ‘Presidents Cuppers’ at the start, including sensations Tom Kim, Max Homa, Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay. The world number 14 has found his niche in recent years at TPC Summerlin, where he won in 2017 and then finished second twice.
Detry like a fish in water
Another player to keep an eye on, and also from a little closer to home, is Thomas Detry. He collected enough non-members in a pair of starts last season to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals and then secure his PGA Tour card. He also opened this season very well with a T12 in California and a T9 last week in Mississippi. Perhaps no surprise that Detry feels like a fish in American water because he studied at Illinois and was already asserting himself.
7 – 9 LIV Golf, LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, The Stonehill Golf Club, Bangkok, Thailand. Prize money: $25,000,000
LIV Golf on a billionaire course…where have we heard that before? The Saudis will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the Asian Tour in the coming years, so an Asian ‘Invitational’ could not be missed either. Greg Norman called it a “significant step” for golf in Asia, a “huge market with many passionate golfers”. Sarath Ratanavadi is the second richest Thai and offers his newly opened Stonehill Golf Club. It was designed by Kyle Phillips, the man behind, among others, Bernardus Golf and Kingsbarns in Scotland.
The famous players’ strict and nailed down LIV contracts will no doubt include the need to make the trip to Thailand. After this, the circuit goes on to Saudi Arabia itself, for the even bigger closure in Miami. Cameron Smith won the tournament in Chicago three weeks ago, while the ‘4 Aces GC’ of Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez continued to dominate the team competition with a fourth consecutive triumph.
Cam Smith won by 4 shots in Chicago.
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv) 3 October 2022
6 – 8 Alps Tour, Emilia Romagna Alps Tour Grand Final, Modena Golf & Country Club, Colombaro di Formigine, Italy. Prize money: €50,000
A very important week for the Dutch on the Alps Tour! Because compatriots insure themselves for a year’s Challenge Tour, and if so, how much? The goal is clear: Top-5 in the Order of Merit. That ‘limit’ could move a little further if one or more golfers from the top-5 secure a better ‘exemption category’ at Q School. That’s until next month, now it’s all about the grand final south of Modena, Italy.
Let Vince van Veen be the player to catch there. After his second place last week, he is in fifth place with a total of 23,579 points. Koen Kouwenaar (8th with 21,826) and Davey Porsius (10th with 19,884 points) still have plenty of chances. These figures are important, because if you look at last year’s results, the winner takes 9,500 points – enough for all three compatriots to be sure of promotion. For example, if you finish third, it drops somewhat by 3,660. Lars Keunen (13th) and Floris de Haas (29th) are also in, but they seem to have lost sight of the top-5 and will also have the next phase of Q School in mind.
6 – 9 Challenge Tour, British Challenge, St Mellion Estate, Cornwall, England. Prize money: £230,000
If one or more Dutchmen force promotion to the Challenge Tour, they will know in advance that the ‘grinding’ will continue very hard here. The road to the top of the European wave ladder is not easy, just ask Lars van Meijel and Robbie van West. For them, it will be a very big task to finish in the top-20, because a victory alone is probably no longer enough (unless it happens in the Grand Final in a month’s time). Perhaps Lars or Robbie will be able to start a final sprint in Cornwall, on a track that comes from the pen of ‘The Golden Bear’ Jack Nicklaus.
— Challenge Tour (@Challenge_Tour) 2 October 2022
6 – 8 EASY Access, Santander Golf Tour Burgos, Golf Lerma, Burgos, Spain. Prize money: €40,000
There is also not much time left for the girls and ladies at the LET Access Series. Two tournaments in Spain and the final in France are all that remain. Here, too, the top 5 is sacred. If you are here at the end of the tour, you can go to the big Ladies European Tour. Lauren Holmey, who turned pro last week, has been in fifth place for a long time and the 500 points the winner collects on Saturday would give her a lot of security. A win alone would not be enough for Zhen Bontan (17th) anymore. Nikki Hofstede, Anouk Sohier and Marit Harryvan also play this co-sanctioned event with the Santander Golf Tour.