Democrat and Chronicle http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Thu, 25 Apr 2019 09:52:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.13 Tiger Woods to play PGA Tour event in Japan this fall http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/25/tiger-woods-to-play-pga-tour-event-in-japan-this-fall/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/25/tiger-woods-to-play-pga-tour-event-in-japan-this-fall/#respond Thu, 25 Apr 2019 01:08:03 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/25/tiger-woods-to-play-pga-tour-event-in-japan-this-fall/ Tiger Woods Schedule Update: Tiger will play in the PGA Tour's first Japan event this fall.

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Japan’s first official PGA Tour event, the ZOZO Championship, will feature Tiger Woods for its debut.

The ZOZO Championship will be held at Accordia Golf Chiba Narashino Country Club on Oct. 24-27 outside Tokyo.

The event features a $9.75 million purse and will replace the CIMB Classic that was held in Malaysia. It is part of a three-tournament Asia swing in the fall that also features the CJ Cup in South Korea and the HSBC Champions World Golf Championship in China. The events all boast larger-than-normal Tour purses.

“I’m excited to play in the inaugural ZOZO Championship in October, and return to Japan, one of my favorite countries. It’s going to be a fun fall,” Woods posted on Twitter.

Woods will be the U.S. Presidents Cup captain when the event is held at Royal Melbourne in Australia on Dec. 12-15. His annual Hero World Challenge takes place the previous week in the Bahamas. And, there’s always the potential of a rematch of sorts with Phil Mickelson.

He last played in Japan in 2006 at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour, where Woods lost to Padraig Harrington in a playoff. It’s an event he won the previous two years. In 2001, he played the World Cup of Golf in Japan.

Woods last played in Asia at the 2012 CIMB Classic in Malaysia, where he tied for fourth after a final-round 63.

Woods is coming off his triumphant performance at the Masters two weeks ago. He has not publicly committed to any PGA Tour events between now and the PGA Championship, set for May 16-19 at Bethpage Black on Long Island in New York.

He has pared back his 2019 schedule and has been open about focusing on the majors.  It’s widely believed Woods will play in the Wells Fargo Championship next week in Charlotte, N.C. Woods played in that event last year, finishing T55. The final stop on the PGA Tour before the PGA Championship is the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas, from May 9-12. Woods last played in that event in 2005.

ZOZO is a Japanese custom clothing company.

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Japan’s first official PGA Tour event, the ZOZO Championship, will feature Tiger Woods for its debut.

The ZOZO Championship will be held at Accordia Golf Chiba Narashino Country Club on Oct. 24-27 outside Tokyo.

The event features a $9.75 million purse and will replace the CIMB Classic that was held in Malaysia. It is part of a three-tournament Asia swing in the fall that also features the CJ Cup in South Korea and the HSBC Champions World Golf Championship in China. The events all boast larger-than-normal Tour purses.

“I’m excited to play in the inaugural ZOZO Championship in October, and return to Japan, one of my favorite countries. It’s going to be a fun fall,” Woods posted on Twitter.

Woods will be the U.S. Presidents Cup captain when the event is held at Royal Melbourne in Australia on Dec. 12-15. His annual Hero World Challenge takes place the previous week in the Bahamas. And, there’s always the potential of a rematch of sorts with Phil Mickelson.

He last played in Japan in 2006 at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour, where Woods lost to Padraig Harrington in a playoff. It’s an event he won the previous two years. In 2001, he played the World Cup of Golf in Japan.

Woods last played in Asia at the 2012 CIMB Classic in Malaysia, where he tied for fourth after a final-round 63.

Woods is coming off his triumphant performance at the Masters two weeks ago. He has not publicly committed to any PGA Tour events between now and the PGA Championship, set for May 16-19 at Bethpage Black on Long Island in New York.

He has pared back his 2019 schedule and has been open about focusing on the majors.  It’s widely believed Woods will play in the Wells Fargo Championship next week in Charlotte, N.C. Woods played in that event last year, finishing T55. The final stop on the PGA Tour before the PGA Championship is the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas, from May 9-12. Woods last played in that event in 2005.

ZOZO is a Japanese custom clothing company.

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Alligator devours snake in winner-take-all clash before Zurich Classic http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/alligator-devours-snake-in-winner-take-all-clash-before-zurich-classic/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/alligator-devours-snake-in-winner-take-all-clash-before-zurich-classic/#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:31:07 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/alligator-devours-snake-in-winner-take-all-clash-before-zurich-classic/ The PGA Tour shared a video Wednesday of an alligator devouring a snake in winner-take-all battle before Zurich Classic

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The PGA Tour’s annual stop in the Bayou comes complete with a public display by nature rarely seen anywhere else in North American sports.

It is estimated that Louisiana, like Florida, has about 1.5 million alligators living within and around its borders. There is rarely a shortage of the prehistoric reptiles visible during the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and around the TPC Louisiana track at Avondale.

These gators are often a bit more active than their Florida counterparts in March since we’re in the midst of spring mating season.

On Wednesday, the PGA Tour social media feed shared this clip of a small gator grabbing a snack in the form of a snake.

This battle was over in a few seconds and the snake was no more.

Call it a “quick snack.”

We’ve already seen other gator clips from the Zurich Classic environs.

Earlier Wednesday, Chris Kirk had a Louisiana gator – not to be confused with a Florida Gator – behind him in the gallery lurking at the water’s edge.

And early Wednesday, the Tour moved several images of gators seeking warmth and sustenance at the TPC Louisiana course.

Danger lurks around the corner at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 🐊

Posted by PGA TOUR on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says male alligators can grow up to approximately 13-feet and weigh more than 500 pounds. Females can grow to approximately 9 feet in length and 200-plus pounds. Alligator hunting season runs for 30 days from the last Wednesday in August or September, depending on the part of the state.

American alligators have been around for 160 million years and have about 4.5 million acres of available habitat in Louisiana.

With four days starting early Thursday, we offer three words of advice to the pros and spectators on site: “Watch your step.”

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Sabbatini and Gay play Would You Rather? http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/sabbatini-and-gay-play-would-you-rather/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/sabbatini-and-gay-play-would-you-rather/#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:06:01 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/sabbatini-and-gay-play-would-you-rather/ Before the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Gay play a game of Would You Rather?

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Before the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Gay play a game of Would You Rather?

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Prior to the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, K.J. Choi returned to St. Michael Special School – the same school he visited in 2003 and 2004.

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Zurich Classic: Top gambling picks and betting odds http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/zurich-classic-top-gambling-picks-and-betting-odds/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/zurich-classic-top-gambling-picks-and-betting-odds/#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:11:28 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/zurich-classic-top-gambling-picks-and-betting-odds/ Top gambling matchup picks and betting odds for the team-format 2019 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans.

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AVONDALE, La. – Greetings from New Orleans, where gambling and pretty much every vice imaginable are accepted if not outright welcomed.

The PGA Tour throws a big curveball from a wagering perspective on the golf course this week, where your formulas and habits for 72-hole stroke play are worthless at the team-format Zurich Classic.

We enter TPC Louisiana with our heads held high after a 5-token loss at the RBC Heritage, with our season total now at +633 tokens. Our scouting report on Charles Howell III’s Harbour Town struggles proved accurate – he missed the cut as Branden Grace squeaked out a matchup victory. We were misinformed on Si Woo Kim and Justin Harding’s chances, with Kim losing his matchup against Marc Leishman and Harding missing the cut to squander our top-10 wager.

The challenge this week is predicting team success from a tiny sample size and oftentimes no prior history at all. But it’s called gambling for a reason, and we’re going to have to search for all potential clues however small they might be.

Here are my top bets for the 2019 Zurich Classic. All odds courtesy of OddsShark and Points Bet.

Patton Kizzire/Brian Harman (-105) over Brian Gay/Rory Sabbatini

105 tokens

Risking 105 to win 100 on Kizzire/Harman. We like that these guys already know the team works because the two of them won the QBE Shootout in December. That’s obviously not a  secret in Vegas, where it seems Harman’s run of five missed cuts in his last six events is influencing the line. He did finish T-8 at the Players Championship in that time and he finished T-14 at the 2017 Zurich Classic. Gay and Sabbatini are teaming up for the first time in New Orleans and while Sabbatini is playing well these days, he missed the cut here in 2018 and 2017. Here’s hoping Kizzire/Harman can channel those QBE vibes for another week.

Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay (+115) over Sergio Garcia/Tommy Fleetwood

100 tokens

Risking 100 to win 115 on Reed/Cantlay. This is their third straight year playing the Zurich together after a T-14 finish in 2017 and a T-7 last year. Fleetwood/Garcia look great on paper and Fleetwood finished T-4 last year with fellow Englishman Chris Paisley. Garcia missed the cut with Rafa Cabrera Bello. You just never know how the new pairings will turn out, so we’re gonna go with the proven squad over the new all-star experiment.

Jason Kokrak/Chris Stroud to finish top-10 (+400)

25 tokens

Risking 25 to win 200 on the Kokrak/Stroud duo. Kokrak has been playing stellar golf with four top-10s in his last six starts. Stroud enters off back-to-back missed cuts but has taken to the new team format, with a T-28 last year and T-11 in 2017. Worth taking a shot on a couple guys who generally aren’t on anyone’s radar.

Last week: -5

Season total: +633

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International Team Captain Ernie Els is ready to take on the U.S. Team at Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the 2019 Presidents Cup.

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Australian players in contention for Presidents Cup International Team http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/australian-players-in-contention-for-presidents-cup-international-team/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/australian-players-in-contention-for-presidents-cup-international-team/#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:06:04 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/australian-players-in-contention-for-presidents-cup-international-team/ 8 months out from the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia, we take a look at four major Aussie contenders who look set to join the International Team at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

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8 months out from the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia, we take a look at four major Aussie contenders who look set to join the International Team at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

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Presidents Cup captain Ernie Els shakes things up for potential International players http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/presidents-cup-captain-ernie-els-shakes-things-up-for-potential-international-players/ http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/presidents-cup-captain-ernie-els-shakes-things-up-for-potential-international-players/#respond Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:57:53 +0000 http://democratandchronicle.sportstonews.com/2019/04/24/presidents-cup-captain-ernie-els-shakes-things-up-for-potential-international-players/ Ernie Els will lead a group of players from all parts of the world against a more practiced group of Americans and their captain Tiger Woods

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AVONDALE, La. – International Presidents Cup team captain Ernie Els knows how difficult a task he’s been assigned.

Come December, he’ll lead a group of players from all parts of the world against a more practiced, close-knit group of Americans and their captain Tiger Woods at Royal Melbourne.

Words tend to ring hollow amid a 21-year winless streak, so Els is taking action and trying to gain an edge at this week’s team-format Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

With action comes a message, clearly intended most for the players who will ultimately tee it up months from now in Australia.

“There is something different going on,” Els said. “Let me put it that way.”

Els jumped on the chance to create a defacto Presidents Cup training grounds at TPC Louisiana, where potential team members far outnumber their U.S. counterparts. Seven of the top 10 International points-leaders are in the field this week compared to just two on the American side.

Duos like Jason Day and Adam Scott are teaming up for the first time, with other International pairings including Justin Harding/Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel. But that’s only part of the deal.

The most important part of Els’ plan is taking place off the golf course, at bars and restaurants near a French Quarter hotel where almost all potential International players are staying.

The bulk of them had dinner together Tuesday night at Arnaud’s, forming a team environment for a group that spans multiple religious and cultural backgrounds.

“We were sitting around with people from Latin America and Asia and you talk about what’s going on in everybody’s lives,” Els said. “That’s how you learn. You just spend time. It’s not like you can pinpoint exactly what you need to do. It’s not like a scientific project. It’s just coming together and having a drop of wine and relaxing and talking.”

This is a team-building week according to Els, who’s playing the Zurich Classic with assistant captain Trevor Immelman. It’s a chance to get players comfortable in different formats, with best-ball Thursday and Saturday and alternate-shot Friday and Sunday.

It’s also a chance to test potential pairings like the Aussie duo of Day and Scott.

“I’ve sat through a lot of Presidents Cup beatdowns over the years, and I’ve kind of had enough of it,” Scott said. “So I’m prepared to do whatever it takes, whatever Ernie thinks it takes, to kind of change the culture in our team. Certainly an effort has been made by a lot of guys here this week that want to do that, that (also) feel the frustrations.”

The International team won its only Presidents Cup in 1998, with its latest defeat the most lopsided yet – a 19-11 trouncing in 2017 at Liberty National. That dropped the Internationals to 1-10-1 all-time and helps explain why Els and his captains would want to try something different.

They also need to change the narrative for new team members, show them that mindset matters and can have an effect on the actual golf.

“Hopefully this is the start of a new kind of feeling,” Scott said. “The younger guys that are coming through need to see our team win and how much we can all care about this.”

Twenty-five-year-old Australian Cam Smith won the 2017 Zurich Classic with partner Jonas Blixt, and he’s all-in on the team approach. He tossed back beers with the crew Tuesday night despite a 7 a.m. tee time for Wednesday’s pro-am, describing a relaxed, informal gathering.

“It would be quite cool to be on the Presidents Cup team that finally beats the U.S.,” Smith said.

There’s no telling if Els’ relationship-first approach will actually work. Past captains surely tried their best to switch it up and failed to change the tide. But if the Internationals do manage to end their losing streak this year at Royal Melbourne, it will be thanks in part to a foundation laid across New Orleans’ rickety streets and booze-soaked alleys months in advance on the opposite side of the globe.

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If you’re a golf fan thirsty for action, there’s plenty to quench your thirst this week.

For the third consecutive year, the PGA Tour’s stop in New Orleans for the Zurich Classic is a team event featuring a few key groups to watch. The LPGA Tour heads to the City of Angels for the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, while the European Tour’s Race to Dubai continues in Morocco with the 10th playing of the Trophee Hassan II.

Here’s what you need to know for all the events (all times listed are ET):

PGA TOUR

Zurich Classic

Site: Avondale, La.
Course: TPC Louisiana. Yardage: 7,425. Par: 72.
Purse: $7.5 million. Winner’s share: $1,051,200 per player.
TV: Thursday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (GolfChannel.com); Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS Sports).
Defending champions: Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy.
Last week: C.T. Pan won the RBC Heritage.
Next week: Wells Fargo Championship.

LPGA TOUR

Hugel-Air Premia LA Open

Site: Los Angeles.
Course: Wilshire CC. Yardage: 6,450. Par: 71.
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Moriya Jutanugarn.
Last week: Brooke Henderson won the Lotte Championship.
Next week: LPGA Mediheal Championship.

European Tour

Trophee Hassan II

Site: Rabat, Morocco.
Course: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. Yardage: 7,632. Par: 72.
Purse: 2.5 million euros. Winner’s share: 417,000 euros.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 6:30-8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-noon (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Alexander Levy.
Next week: Volvo China Open.

PGA Tour Champions

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Site: Ridgedale, Mo.
Course: Top of the Rock Par 3 (Yardage: 2,840. Par: 27) and Ozarks National (Yardage: 7,036. Par: 71).
Purse: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $171,000 each.
Television: Friday, noon to 3 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champions: Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett.
Last week: Scott McCarron won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.
Next week: Insperity Invitational.

Web.com Tour

Dormie Network Classic

Site: San Antonio.
Course: Briggs Ranch GC. Yardage: 7,247. Par: 72.
Purse: $550,000. Winner’s share: $99,000.
Television: None.
Defending champion: New tournament.
Last week: Lanto Griffin won the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship.
Next week: Nashville Golf Open.

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