Ally Challenge and PGA Tour Updates

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Fenton, MI — August 5, 2020

Ally Challenge Sets Dates for 2021

The Ally Challenge has announced the 2021 tournament will be played at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club on August 23-29, 2021. This year’s Ally Challenge concluded with Jim Furyk winning in his PGA Tour Champions debut after turning 50 and qualifying for the tour earlier this year.

2020 Ally Challenge Winner, Jim Furyk

Of course, this year’s event was played without fans. Everyone is eager for the great crowds that accompany the Ally Challenge to come back next year, especially the players. Furyk noted after his victory, “I guess the one thing I did miss all week was the fans. I remember this place would — it’s a tight, small piece of property and — they would pack a lot of fans in here from the Flint, Grand Blanc area. Miss the rowdiness at 17, but we’ll see it in the future and I’m anxious to be back and see that firsthand.”

Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and public relations officer, Ally, echoed Furyk’s comments.“We can’t wait for the greatest fans in golf to join us again at Warwick Hills in 2021.”

PGA Tour To Hold First Major of the Year This Weekend

The 102nd edition of the PGA Championship will be contested this Thursday thru Sunday, August 6-9. Originally scheduled for May 14-17, then postponed due to the pandemic, the tournament will be played at TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA. It will be the first of 3 of professional golf’s major championships to be played in 2020. And it will be played without fans in attendance.

TPC Harding Park hosts the PGA Championship for the first time. / Photo Credit: Keyur Khamar / PGA TOUR

The British Open was canceled as the R&A chose to cash their pandemic insurance policy rather than stage the tournament that only canceled previously during World War II. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20, at Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The Masters will be played Thursday, November 12 to
Sunday, November 15 at Augusta National Golf Club, GA.

Interesting storylines to follow this weekend. Can Tiger Woods add his 16th major title in his chase to tie or surpass Jack Nicklaus at 18 majors? Is Justin Thomas able to string back-to-back wins after his victory in last weekend’s World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational? Will Jordan Spieth finally capture the elusive PGA Championship title to close out his career Grand Slam of all the majors? Stay tuned to The Lasco Press for all the action from the weekend.

Television coverage is on the channels of ESPN and CBS, provided here courtesy of pgatour.com with times for the Eastern Time Zone: Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN+), 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (ESPN). Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (ESPN+), 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN), 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (ESPN+), 12 p.m.-3 p.m. (ESPN), 3 p.m.-9 p.m. (CBS).

Also thanks to the PGA, here are key groups to watch during Thursday’s opening round coverage.

Here’s a look at the groups to watch (Note: All times Pacific; FedExCup ranking in parentheses):

Thursday, 8:11 a.m. PT: Gary Woodland (30)-Shane Lowry (130)-Brooks Koepka (96)
This group comprises the winners of the past three majors. Koepka is going for the PGA three-peat after his runner-up at last week’s World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Woodland won last year’s U.S. Open just down the California coast in Pebble Beach. He was runner-up in the 2015 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Harding Park. And Lowry is the last man to win a major, with his emotional win in The Open Championship.

Gary Woodland / Lasco Press Photo

Thursday, 8:22 a.m. PT: Jordan Spieth (90)-Dustin Johnson (25)-Justin Rose (135)
Two former FedExCup champions, Spieth and Rose, are in this group. All three players are former World No. 1s, as well. It’s been three years since Spieth’s last win, but he could still complete the Career Grand Slam this week. All three are former U.S. Open champions, as well.

Justin Rose / Lasco Press Photo

Thursday, 8:33 a.m. PT: Justin Thomas (1)-Tiger Woods (48)-Rory McIlroy (5)
A combined five FedExCups are in this group. McIlroy and Woods are the only two-time winners of the FedExCup and Thomas is in good position to join them. He took a large lead in this season’s standings with his win at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Woods is seeking his record-setting 83rd PGA TOUR victory. Woods and McIlroy have already hoisted trophies at Harding Park. Woods won the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship here, while McIlroy claimed the 2015 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Thursday, 1:47 p.m. PT: Rickie Fowler (79)-Bryson DeChambeau (4)-Adam Scott (35)
DeChambeau’s revamped game takes on a major for the first time. He has a win and seven other top-10s this season. Fowler is trying to win his first Grand Slam event. Scott is making his first start since the season resumed. He won early this year at the Genesis Invitational down in Southern California.

Thursday, 1:58 p.m. PT: Jon Rahm (10)-Phil Mickelson (62)-Sergio Garcia (132)
Jon Rahm is the youngest player in this group, but he’s also the only one to hold the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. He lost that mantle after Thomas’ win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, but he still is one of the favorites. Rahm won recently at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He’ll be in a comfortable group. Garcia is his Spanish countryman, while Mickelson is a fellow Arizona State alum. Mickelson is coming off a runner-up finish at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, his best showing of the year. Garcia is third in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee this season, which will be handy at Harding Park.