First time on PGA calendar for Myrtle Beach

One hole at The Dunes stands out above the rest: the thirteenth, aptly named Waterloo

by Andrea Gussoni
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First time on PGA calendar for Myrtle Beach
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This week, the PGA Tour splits its focus between two events: while the sport’s top players head to the prestigious Wells Fargo Championship, an excellent opportunity arises for those not eligible for the 'elevated' tournaments with the debut of the Myrtle Beach Classic.

The event is set at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, a South Carolina course located in a prime golf tourism spot marked on every American map. The field is not of the highest caliber, with Europeans seen as likely to dominate on American soil.

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One hole at The Dunes stands out above the rest: the thirteenth, aptly named Waterloo. This challenging par 4 wraps around Singleton Lake, forming a sharp ninety-degree dogleg right around the water. Overall, the course will present a formidable test for PGA Tour golfers, a venue that has previously hosted the 1962 U.S.

Women's Open, the PGA TOUR Champions’ Tour Championship, the PGA TOUR Q-School, and the 2017 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball. The technical favorite of the day is Ryan Fox. The New Zealander is currently the highest-ranked player in the field, sitting at number 66 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Alongside him, attention is also on South African Erik Van Rooyen, a PGA Tour winner, and Europeans Thorbjorn Olesen and Victor Perez. Both the Dane and the Frenchman are in pursuit of their first wins on American soil after successes on the DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour.

Leading the American contingent is four-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Berger, with Patrick Fishburn recently making waves. The PGA Tour is an organization responsible for overseeing the main professional golf tours in the United States.

It is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida. The organization is officially spelled in all uppercase letters as "PGA TOUR". The PGA Tour became an independent entity in 1968, following its split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals such as instructors and club managers.

Initially, tournament players formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Later that year, they dissolved the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA "Tournament Players Division," a completely autonomous division of the PGA under the oversight of a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board.

The name was officially changed to "PGA Tour" in 1975. In 1981, the PGA Tour had a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and decided to officially change its name. From the end of August that year, it became known as the "TPA Tour," which stands for "Tournament Players Association." The dispute was resolved within seven months, and the tour's name reverted to "PGA Tour" in March 1982.

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