World Championship (AC)
Played as the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf (Jan 3/4; four-player final event that followed four regional qualifiers played in 1997; replaced in 1999 by the inaugural WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play). Montgomerie (Scot) beat Davis Love III (USA) 2-up in the 36-hole final. Previous day's semi-finals: Love bt Hajime Meshiai (Jpn) 1-up; "Monty" bt Ernie Els (RSA) 3 and 2. [Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, AZ].
Played as the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf (Jan 3/4; four-player final event that followed four regional qualifiers played in 1996). Norman (Aus) beat Scott Hoch (USA) 1-up in the 36-hole final. Previous day's semi-finals: Norman bt Hisayuki Sasaki (Jpn) 5 and 4; Hoch bt Sam Torrance (Scot) 4 and 2. [Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, AZ].
The Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf was not played in 1996; although regional qualifiers were played to produce four contestants for the semi-final and final stage on Jan 3/4, 1997 at Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, AZ.
Played as the inaugural Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf (Dec 30/31; four-player final event that followed four regional qualifiers played earlier in the season). Lane (Eng) beat David Frost (RSA) by 2 holes in the 36-hole final. Previous day's semi-finals: Lane bt Massy Kuramoto (Jpn) 2-up; Frost bt Mark McCumber (USA) 2 and 1. [Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, AZ].
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...
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