In 2020 it marked the restart of the PGA Tour after 12 weeks of stoppage due to Covid. And now the Charles Schwab Challenge, scheduled from 27 to 30 May in Fort Worth, Texas, will be the first event of the top American circuit in which fully vaccinated players and professionals will no longer be forced to wear a mask to limit diffusion. of the virus.
Phil Mickelson, Charles Schwab Challenge
After the record triumph (the oldest golfer to win a Major at almost 51 years old) in the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson returns immediately to the field. The spotlight, at the Colonial Country Club, will also and above all be on the Californian, winner of the Charles Schwab in 2000 and 2008. The southpaw from San Diego dreams of a new exploit to emulate Tiger Woods the last player (in 2006 at WGC FedEx St . Jude Invitational) to have won immediately after winning a Grand Slam tournament.
He will defend the title Daniel Berger who, last year, made him the all-American derby with Collin Morikawa (world number 5), now on the hunt for a rematch. Field not of the highest level but still at the height in Texas where Jordan Spieth (born in Dallas) dreams of another success after the one obtained in 2016. Chance also for Justin Thomas (second in the world ranking and called to redeem the elimination by the cut at the PGA Championship), Patrick Reed (eighth) and Justin Rose (champion in 2018). The Mexican Abraham Ancer (eighth at the PGA Championship), the Canadian Corey Conners, the Chilean Joaquin Niemann and the Americans Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler are also aiming for a leading role. The Charles Schwab Challenge will offer a prize pool of $ 7,500,000.
The European Tour’s drive for inclusivity in golf continues with the announcement of the 2021 EDGA European Tour, which will take in four new tournaments for Golfers with Disability during the UK Swing, before the top eight players qualify for the EDGA Dubai Finale to be staged at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates in November.
In conjunction with the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) and as part of Golf For Good – the European Tour’s overarching Corporate Social Responsibility programme – 20 golfers taken from the World Rankings for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD) as of May 16, 2021, will have the opportunity to tackle the same course set-up as the European Tour professionals, with the new 36-hole tournaments taking place over the weekends of successive events in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Each player will be invited to participate in two back-to-back tournaments – those ten players with even-numbered rankings will tee it up at the EDGA Wales Open at The Celtic Manor Resort from July 24-25, and the ISPS HANDA World Disability Invitational presented by Brendan Lawlor from July 31 – August 1 hosted at Massereene (Saturday) and Galgorm Castle (Sunday).
Lawlor, the first professional golfer with a disability to play a European Tour event, has made a huge impact globally on the disabled golfers’ circuit, including winning the inaugural EDGA Scottish Open in 2019, and now the Irishman will host this year’s EDGA tournament in Northern Ireland.