Golf, times and tournaments for the week

Formerly known as the Colonial, the Charles Schwab Challenge is back at the Colonial Country Club in Texas from May 23rd to 26th.

by Andrea Gussoni
Golf, times and tournaments for the week
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PGA Tour Returns to Colonial for the Charles Schwab Challenge Formerly known as the Colonial, the Charles Schwab Challenge is back at the Colonial Country Club in Texas from May 23rd to 26th. This iconic event, associated with its historic venue, boasts a prize purse of $9,100,000 with 500 FedEx points up for grabs for the winner, along with a first-place prize of $1,638,000.

Over the past year, the course has undergone a remarkable transformation thanks to the work of renowned architect Gil Hanse. Hanse and his team embarked on a $20 million renovation project aimed at revitalizing Perry Maxwell's classic 1936 design.

This extensive endeavor aimed to maintain the Colonial's reputation as one of the country's premier golf clubs. While the most challenging aspects of the course renovation are complete, including the restoration of the famous Ben Hogan statue and the "Wall of Champions," work on the clubhouse renovation is ongoing and is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2025 Charles Schwab Challenge.

Last year, Argentinean golfer Emiliano Grillo emerged victorious, edging out Adam Schenk in a playoff. However, this year's tournament presents a different dynamic, especially with the presence of world number one Scottie Scheffler.

Scheffler is poised to resume his campaign after recent legal issues at the PGA Championship. Currently, he leads by a significant margin over second-placed Xander Schauffele, who claimed victory at Valhalla. Rory McIlroy will be absent from the event, but eyes will be on players like Collin Morikawa, Chris Kirk, Max Homa, Brian Harman, and others.

Golf, events

DP World Tour - Soudal Open The DP World Tour heads to Belgium for the Soudal Open, the opening event of the European Swing taking place from May 23rd to 26th at Rinkven International GC. With three of the five "Global Swings" completed, the Race to Dubai continues with the European Swing.

The Swing will conclude in early July with the BMW International Open in Germany, just after the Open d'Italia in Cervia. The Swing comprises six events across five countries, with 3,000 Race to Dubai points up for grabs in each event.

Defending champion Simon Forsström returns, aiming for his third victory in five weeks to secure automatic promotion to the DP World Tour. Notable players include Marcel Siem, Adrian Otaegui, and Jordan Smith. Challenge Tour - Danish Golf Challenge The Challenge Tour returns to Odense Eventyr Golf for the Danish Golf Challenge, the first event since 2000.

The picturesque course presents challenges with its undulating terrain and numerous water hazards. Local talents like Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen and Nicolai Kristensen will lead the Danish contingent, joined by players like David Horsey, Chris Wood, Lucas Bjerregaard, and others.

LET - Jabra Ladies Open The Ladies European Tour moves to France for the Jabra Ladies Open at the Evian Resort Golf Club from May 23rd to 25th. Trichat Cheenglab leads a field of 132 players from 34 nations competing for a €300,000 prize purse.

The tournament will feature past champions and rising stars like Chiara Tamburlini and Shannon Tan. Notable absentees include Linn Grant, but former winners Tiia Koivisto, Pia Babnik, and Annabel Dimmock will be in action.

Virginia Elena Carta and Alessandra Fanali return to the field, alongside rookies and seasoned LET winners, promising an exciting competition.