In the week of October 17 to 23, here are the golf events not to be missed:
DP World Tour – Mallorca Golf Open
The DP World Tour remains in Spain and from October 20-23 the DP World Ranking champions will be at the Mallorca Golf Open.
The tournament, in its second edition, makes its first visit to Son Muntaner Golf Club, which this week replaces Golf Santa Ponsa as the venue for the event. The course is located near Palma, the capital of the Balearic Islands and is a PAR 71 of 6,357 meters.
The island of Mallorca is hosting a Tour event for the eighth time this year. The defending champion is Jeff Winther, who in the 2021 edition had returned two scores of 62 shots to win, for the first time, a DP World Tour event.
A last lap in PAR (70) proved enough to allow the Dane to win with the advantage of a single shot over the Swede Sebastian Söderberg and the Spanish couple Jorge Campillo and Pep Angles. Winther became the 14th and final “first time on the Tour” winner of the 2021 season.
In the current, however, 12 winners have won an event for the first time on the Tour. Only two more tournaments before the season calendar ends with the last competition of the year: the DP World Tour Championship, which is part of the Rolex Series.
Who knows if a new Mallorca Golf Open venue might also bring forth a new champion… Surely the defending champion will try to repeat the feat even on the new path. The players on the pitch will try to match the great Seve Ballesteros, winner in Mallorca no less than three times, including the first event played on the island in 1988.
This victory was followed by those of 1990 and 1992. Seve is not the only Spanish winner in his native country. The same goes for Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who won twice “at home” in 1998 and 2003, while José María Olazábal took his 23rd and last victory on the DP World Tour in 2005.
Two-time Tour winner Jorge Campillo was among three Spaniards who finished in the top five of the final standings at the Mallorca Golf Open last year. Ryder Cup player Rafa Cabrera Bello, winner of the 2021 Spanish Open Presented by Acciona Madrid, leads a large group of Spanish players this week, including recent Estrella winner Damm NA
Masters of Andalusia, Adrian Otaegui. The Mallorca Golf Open closes the fifth and final event of the DP World Tour season on Spanish soil. The Tour, in fact, will move to Portugal next week. Legend Tour – Italian Senior Open The Italian Senior Open, played for the first time in 2004, returns this year to the Golf Club Argentario, in Tuscany.
James Kingston is the most recent winner of the event (2021). The South African completed a flawless final round to overtake Swede Joakim Haeggman at San Domenico Golf in 2021. The Italian Senior Open, in the Italian Pro Tour calendar, is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated and the most important of the “Legend Tour” calendar.
Past winners include former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance and Clark Dennis, who won the title twice in 2017 and 2018. Argentario Golf Club’s PAR 71, 6,179-metre course will be a great challenge for players, with narrow, tree-lined fairways, small greens and various water hazards that increase the technical difficulty.
The precision of the players will be essential to obtain a good result. PGA Tour – THE CJ CUP in South Carolina
From Thursday October 20 to Sunday October 23, the PGA Tour champions will be in South Carolina for the CJ CUP. It’s not since the days of the East Lake Tour Championship that such a large plateau has been seen on the major circuit.
Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Justin Thomas will meet at Ridgeland’s Congaree Golf Club. Jordan Spieth, Matt Fitzpatrick, Sungjae Im, Sam Burns and Viktor Hovland will also be on the pitch. The first (and only previous) stage of the Tour on this route was the Palmetto Championship at Congaree in June 2021.
The winner was Garrick Higgo, who however failed to qualify on the 2022-23 PGA Tour schedule and will therefore not be on the field. The competition marked a return to golf at the time after three months of closure due to the pandemic, but this year the event in South Carolina is very different: the field is reduced to 78 players and there will be no of cuts.
The Congaree Golf Club, PAR 71 (with three PAR 5) of 7,000 meters, was designed by Tom Fazio. He and his team tried to reproduce a typical Australian scenario (Melbourne style). The rough comes out of the sand and, what little there is, is more than 10 centimeters high.
Bermuda’s greens are medium in size and have been prepared to reach 13 feet at the Stimpmeter (just under 4 meters). Given its total length, the Congaree will reward “long” players thanks to the wide fairways, but it will also be necessary to be precise and precise on the second shots as the terrain is less generous (and narrower) when approaching the greens.
LET – Hero Women’s Indian Open
This week, from October 20-23, the Ladies European Tour returns to India for the first time in three years. 114 players are preparing to participate in the Hero Women’s Indian Open. After the last two editions, postponed due to the pandemic, the welcome return will be celebrated at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, on the outskirts of New Delhi.
Among the players on the court, vying for a prize pool of $400,000, there will also be defending winner Christine Wolf, who will try to defend her title. The Austrian champion will not be the only former champion to enter the field this week: Camille Chevalier, winner in 2017, will be looking for another good performance on this path, just like Caroline Hedwall, winner in 2011.
They will also be with them. Aditi Ashok, the first Indian player to win the title on home soil in 2016, aged just 18. In India, there will also be some of the winners of the 2022 Ladies European Tour season: Anne-Charlotte Mora, Tiia Koivisto, Meghan MacLaren and Ana Peláez Trivino, as well as two of the top five in the Race to Costa Del Sol, including Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson, currently in third place after a series of excellent performances.
With only three events remaining on the 2022 calendar, the race to finish in the top 10 of the Order of Merit promises to be very tight. Tiia Koivisto (11th) and Whitney Hillier (12th) will be on the field this week trying to score valuable points.
Many local talents will also be exhibiting at the DLF Golf and Country Club from October 20-23, with 35 players from the Women’s Golf Association of India hoping to win the Hero Women’s Indian Open trophy.
LPGA – BMW Women’s Championship
The BMW Ladies Championship, an LPGA Tour event reserved for the best players in the world, who have earned a place in the field, will begin on Thursday 20 October. On the field, for 2 million dollars there will be 78 players, who hope to win the Money Title during the CME Group Tour Championship, which closes the current season.
The event, from October 20-23, does not include cups, so all players on the field will have the opportunity to win a share of the prize pool. The Tour returns to Oak Valley Country Club for the second time since 2019, with the 2020 event having been cancelled.
Ha Na Jang won the 2019 edition and Jin Young Ko won the second, contested in 2021, in a playoff match against Hee Jeong Lim. Ko returns, eagerly awaited, to defend his title in Korea. This is the first return to the field for player no.
1 of the Rolex Ranking from August to today. The Korean champion, in fact, is recovering from a annoying wrist injury that has persisted since last season. The defending champion will be joined by a truly stellar field, which includes seven of the top 10 finishers in the Race to the CME Globe standings.
Lydia Ko, currently at the top of the rankings, returns to Korea after earning a third place finish last season and remains one of the favorites. Also on the field will be Minjee Lee, number 2 in the standings, Atthaya Thittikul (3rd) and Jennifer Kupcho (5th).
Na Yeon Choi, a major champion who announced her retirement from the LPGA Tour on October 5, will compete in her home country for the last time in the BMW Ladies Championship. The 2012 US Women’s Open champion, she won it nine times in her career.
Danielle Kang, Leona Maguire, Paula Reto, Andrea Lee and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are among the 14 winners this season who will take part in the exclusive event, looking for a second victory.