West Coast Swing tees off as The American Express returns to La Quinta
The party once known as the Bob Hope Classic will be considerably tamer this year, as the PGA Tour’s annual visit to the Coachella Valley will be held without fans in attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions. But that doesn’t mean The American Express – the event is in its second year being sponsored by the credit card company – will be any less exciting.
Fans can tune in on Golf Channel from January 21-24, and with homes lining all three courses in the rotation, plenty of homeowners will likely set up in their backyards for a closer look. When they do, they’ll watch a field of 156 of the world’s top players plying their trade with a $6.7 million purse on the line, a group that already includes nine of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Top amateurs from around the country will play Shadow Hills December 18-21.
Agave Amateur returns to Indio’s Shadow Hills Golf Club in December
Southern California has long been a region that develops some of the top golfers in the world, thanks in part to the favorable year-round weather and bevy of incredible courses from the coast to the desert. And many of the best collegiate players from SoCal and surrounding areas will tee it up in December at one of the most competitive amateur events in the region.
From December 18-21, a field of 112 players will compete at Indio’s Shadow Hills Golf Club in the fourth annual Agave Amateur, part of the prestigious Troon Saguaro Amateur Series.
Pick the winner for your chance to win a free foursome and a $100 gift card
You may not be able to win a green jacket at the Masters in mid-November, but you can be victorious at SoCalGolfInsider.com.
We’re putting on a Masters contest and the winner will take home a golf package that includes a foursome to the newest golf course in Southern California – Rancho Del Sol Golf Club in Moreno Valley – as well as a $100 gift card that can be used at Roger Dunn Golf Shops or The Golf Mart.
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Tiger Woods returns to SoCal in search of record-breaking victory at Sherwood
The PGA Tour returns to Southern California this week and all eyes will be on native son Tiger Woods as he chases history.
Due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zozo Championship has been moved from Japan to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks for this year only and will be held without fans. The 78-player, no-cut tournament will be televised on Golf Channel from 2-5 p.m. local time Thursday-Sunday.
And while many of the world’s best players will be battling for an $8 million purse and the $1.44 million winner’s check, Woods returns on a mission to defend his Zozo title and to break a tie with Sam Snead for all-time PGA Tour wins by capturing his 83rd victory.
Meet three-time SCGA Senior Amateur champion Craig Davis
Chula Vista resident Craig Davis made history in the summer of 2019, becoming only the second player ever to win three consecutive SCGA Senior Amateur Championship with his victory at El Niguel Country Club.
The 2020 event is slated for October 20-22 at Red Hill Country Club. We spoke to the current champ about his special feat, his golf game, and what he likes to do when he’s not on the golf course:
Defending ZOZO champion looks to break all-time wins record at Sherwood
Southern California golf fans looking to get a glimpse of Tiger Woods playing in our backyard won’t have to wait until January like usual, as the SoCal native and 15-time major championship winner has committed to play in the ZOZO Championship @ Sherwood on October 22-25.
The inaugural ZOZO Championship was held in Japan last year and featured Woods’ record-tying 82nd career PGA Tour victory. Due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament will be held temporarily this year at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.
And that’s not a bad thing for Woods.
Matthew Wolff, who grew up in Agoura Hills, made a run for the title in his first U.S. Open appearance.
Here’s a look at how SoCal hometown pros fared in our national championship
Bryson DeChambeau stole the show with this runaway victory at the U.S. Open last week. For nine SoCal hometown pros who teed it up at Winged Foot, it was more a mixed bag of success and snafu.
Storylines were not lacking. From rising stars destined for major championship glory such as Matthew Wolff and Xander Schauffele to aging warriors Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods with 20 majors between them, the 120th playing of our national championship reminds us of the immense talent spawned from our neck of the woods.
What follows is a report card for nine SoCal tour pros who gave it their all in this year’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot, some of whom soared, while others, at least this time, stumbled.
How The Farms’ Kyle Mendoza captured the SCPGA Section Championship
A little family time, a healthy back, and more confidence in his swing all helped play a role in Kyle Mendoza winning the biggest golf tournament of his life.
A resident of South Oceanside, Mendoza captured the 2020 Southern California PGA Section Championship September 14-16 by beating Brian Smock and two-time winner Michael Block by two shots.
Mendoza, a golf professional at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, fired rounds of 66 and 69 on the Players Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort to mount a two-shot lead going into the final round at Ironwood Country Club, where he shot an even-par 72 (207 total) to secure the $12,000 winner’s check.
How one of SoCal's most legendary pros putted his way to victory at Winged Foot
When the 120th U.S. Open tees off at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York on Thursday, it will mark the 12th time the fabled A.W. Tillinghast venue has hosted a major.
And while there’s no shortage of lore associated with the club’s championship history -- including Pasadena native and longtime Coachella Valley resident Susie Berning’s epic comeback in 1972 and the historic collapse of Rancho Santa Fe's Phil Mickelson on the 72nd hole in 2006 -- it is especially notable that its ties to one of SoCal's most legendary tour players dates back more than 60 years and adds greatly to the club's colorful past.
With that, here is a look at San Diego native Billy Casper’s breakthrough major championship victory at Winged Foot in 1959 that opened the door to one of the most successful -- and underrated -- careers in PGA Tour history:
Greyson Leach comes from behind to capture Inland Empire Championship
The only thing hotter than the weather over this past Labor Day weekend was Greyson Leach’s play in the final round of the 54-hole Inland Empire Amateur Championship, where temperatures reached as high as 117 degrees during the September 5-7 tournament.
Starting the day two shots back of the lead, Leach fired a tournament-low round of 8-under-par 64 at Victoria Club in Riverside to win the title by a shot over Chanachon Chokprajakchat of Anaheim.
Leach, who plays out of Rolling Hills Country Club near the Palos Verdes Peninsula, opened with a 69 at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont and followed it up with a 66 at Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma, culminating a three-day total of 16-under-par, 199.
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