In the week from 9 to 15 October there will be many golf events to follow. Here are the ones we can't miss.
PGA Tour – Shriners Children's Open
From October 12-15, the PGA Tour champions will play the Shriners Children's Open.
The race will take place at TPC Summerlin Las Vegas in the state of Nevada, United States. The Shriners is the third of seven events on the fall FedEx Cup calendar, which will have players competing for key spots in the FedEx Cup standings.
The tournament began in 1983 as a 90-hole event played at multiple venues, but the Las Vegas stop has become a fixture on the PGA Tour calendar, as has its current home at TPC Summerlin. The course is a par 71 full of water and bunkers.
Tom Kim is preparing to defend a title on the PGA Tour for the first time. Although he won the Wyndham Championship last year, he was unable to play in North Carolina after suffering a sprained ankle during the Open Championship.
Four of the Tour Championship qualifiers who will compete in Las Vegas are Nick Taylor, Si Woo Kim, Adam Schenk and Emiliano Grillo. Ludvig Åberg also returns to the field on the PGA Tour, with the hope of improving his position in the FedEx Cup rankings.
Åberg, in fact, has an exemption until 2024 for having reached first place in the 2023 PGA Tour university rankings. Also competing in Las Vegas will be Lexi Thompson, who will become the seventh woman to play on the PGA Tour.
Thompson, an 11-time LPGA winner, went 3-1-0 for the United States at the recent Solheim Cup. The 28-year-old is a Major winner who rose to prominence at a very young age, qualifying for the U.S. for the first time. Women's Open when she was just 12 years old.
The only woman to make the cut in a PGA Tour event was Babe Zaharias in 1945. Nicolai Højgaard will also be in action on the PGA Tour, having been part of the victorious European Ryder Cup team. Højgaard, who was one of Luke Donald's picks, has two top-10s on the PGA Tour in 2023, including a second place at the Corales Puntacana Championship.
Players will compete for an $8,400,000 prize pool and 500 FedEx Cup points. DP World Tour – acciona Open de España presented by Madrid
From 12 to 15 October, the DP World Tour returns to Spain for the exciting Open de España presented by Madrid.
The match will take place at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. Although the event has changed names over the years, its birth dates back to 1912 and it has been a stop on the European Tour since 1972. The Club de Campo Villa de Madrid was officially inaugurated in 1931.
In 1990 it hosted the first event of the DP World Tour, then the European Tour. Ballesteros' victory in 1995 was his 50th and final victory on the Tour and he is joined in the roll of honor by Ryder Cup captains Colin Montgomerie and Pádraig Harrington.
Among the players in the field, the big favorite will be the reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm who returns to the field to defend his title. After back-to-back wins in 2018 and 2019, Rahm shot the lowest score in Open de España history in front of home fans in 2022, shooting a stunning 62 in the final round to win by six shots, with a total of -25.
Players will compete for a prize pool of $3,250,000 and 4,250 points in the R2DR. Representing the blue colors will be Edoardo Molinari and Guido Migliozzi. Challenge Tour – Hainan Open
This week, the Challenge Tour champions head to China where the Hainan Open will take place from 13 to 16 October.
The competition will be played at the Danzhou Ancient Saltern Golf Club on Hainan Island. This will be the last stop before the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by the R&A, which will take place from 2 to 5 November.
The Danzhou Ancient Saltern Golf Club, designed by ten-time DP World Tour winner Graham Marsh, is located along the coast in the northwest of Hainan Island and offers spectacular ocean views. The tournament is co-sanctioned with the China Golf Association and 72 players from the Challenge Tour will have one last chance to earn a place in the Rolex Challenge Tour final. The champions in the field will compete for a prize pool of Euro 500,000 and 2750 points in the R2M.