13 – 16 LPGA, LOTTE Championship, Hoakalei GC, Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Prize Money: $2,000,000 Leader Board
14 – 16 PGA Tour, RBC Heritage, Harbor Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina. Prize Money: $8,000,000 Leader Board
13 – 16 Ladies European Tour/Asian Tour, Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge, Siam CC, Pattaya, Thailand. Prize Money: $750,000 Qualifying
12 – 14 Pro Golf Tour, Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic 2022, Sokhna GC, Ain Sokhna, Egypt. Prize money: €30,000 Classification
13 – 15 Alps Tour, Abruzzo Alps Open 2022, Miglianico G&CC, Pescara, Italy. Prize money: €40,000 Classification
15 – 16 Amateurs, Men’s and Women’s Spring Match, Stempelberg Golf Course, Bakel. Leaderboards
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13 – 16 LPGA, LOTTE Championship, Hoakalei GC, Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Prize Money: $2,000,000
For the tenth edition of the LOTTE Championship, the LPGA is taking on a new track this week. Hoakalei Golf Club is located on Oahu, the third largest island in Hawaii. The course is located on a former sugar plantation and is designed by Ernie Els. According to the South African big winner, the way the course is played depends largely on which way the wind is blowing. The total prize money is two million dollars and the winner awaits the winner on Saturday: the tournament starts a day earlier than usual.
—Jason Kaneshiro (@jasonkaneshiro) April 10, 2022
Weber and Vandam
How nice it would be if Dewi Weber or Anne van Dam gave each other that winner’s check. That’s right, the Dutch No.1 may also go dark again this week after losing her LPGA card at the end of 2021. The last we saw of Anne was a ninth-place finish at last month’s LET in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, she has also been announced as a regular at the Aramco Team Series, which starts in Bangkok in a month. Rookie Weber, in turn, has played three tournaments so far as a member of the LPGA. He made the cut twice, but there were no big results for Groningen so far.
Guarantee of a good season
A victory in the LOTTE Championship often sets the tone for a good season. Since 2012, all winners have been able to celebrate again later in the year. Last year it was Lydia Ko who cut the competition in another job. The acclaimed New Zealander, who is still just 24 years old, has breathed new life into her career and is now ranked third in the world rankings, her highest position since 2017. Other first attendees include new top winner Jennifer Kupcho, Inbee Park , Brooke Henderson, Nasa Hataoka, Danielle Kang, Atthaya Thitikul, and Leona Maguire.
Good morning from Hawaii!
— LPGA (@LPGA) April 11, 2022
14 – 16 PGA Tour, RBC Heritage, Harbor Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina. Prize Money: $8,000,000
After the battle for the famous green blazer, the plaid jacket remains as usual. RBC Heritage doesn’t have to worry about a lack of stars, because there are plenty of big names on the starting list. Collin Morikawa, Cameron Smith and Justin Thomas will adopt Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus designs in South Carolina, as will Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Shane Lowry and Patrick Cantlay. Stewart Cink won for the third time last year (2000, 2004 and 2021) and made headlines at Augusta by making a hole-in-one on his/caddy Reagan’s son’s birthday.
But the most special news this week is already that of Morgan Hoffmann. Since 2019 he has been ‘off the grid’ to fight a muscle disease called facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. The doctors told him that the ailment was incurable and difficult to treat, but Hoffmann did not accept this. He went to investigate and ended up in the jungle of Costa Rica, where he found salvation for himself in alternative medicines and methods. He drank his own urine, hallucinated and said that he felt the disease leave his body. He thus he told it in an interview as special as sometimes remarkable with golf digest†
three more chances
In Costa Rica, the floating Hoffmann liked to go barefoot. Now it’s time to tie his golf shoe laces. He has three starts left on a major medical exemption and he must rack up 238 FedEx Cup points to retain the right to play. A difficult task, realized Hoffman, who is nonetheless motivated because he has a foundation and plans to build a sanctuary in Costa Rica for people who are also on a ‘healing journey’. In any case, it won’t be the talent: Hoffman is a former No. 1 in fans and at Oklahoma State he played alongside Rickie Fowler, among others. He has already grossed more than $6 million on the PGA Tour.
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—Joe Balmer (@jbalmer08) April 10, 2022
13 – 16 Ladies European Tour/Asian Tour, Trust Golf Asian Mixed Stableford Challenge, Siam CC, Pattaya, Thailand. Prize Money: $750,000
While the eyes of the golf world were on Augusta last weekend, in Thailand it was a 15-year-old golfer who caused a sensation. Ratchanon “TK” Chantananuwat, a 15-year-old amateur, impressively won the Asian Tour and Ladies European Tour mixed event and became the youngest winner on the major circuits. At least among men, because a compatriot, now world number 5 Atthaya Thitikul, was only 14 years old when she won the LET five years ago. And amateur phenom Chantananuwat has no plans to turn pro just yet, because school comes first. “This has been my plan for a long time. I like to go to university and learn many things. I’ve talked to a lot of players and they all advised me to finish school first.”
This week there is another tournament on the show where the men and women compete against each other. Of other shirts, yes. The game format is Modified Stableford and the main objective is to accumulate as many points as possible. A birdie gets 2, an eagle 5, and bogeys or worse mean golfers lose points. They are 60 from the LET, 60 from the Asian Tour and 24 more invitations. Pasqualle Coffa will once again compete with the likes of Sanna Nuutinen, Marianne Skarpnord, Chantananuwat, Scott Hend and SSP Chawrasia starting on Wednesday.
thailand’s got talent
Atthaya Thitikul (14 years, 4 months and 19 days)
Thailand Women’s European Championship
Youngest player to win on a pro tour
— Women’s European Tour (@LETgolf) April 11, 2022
12 – 14 Pro Golf Tour, Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic 2022, Sokhna GC, Ain Sokhna, Egypt. Prize money: €30,000
Egypt remains a popular destination for European golf satellite circuits. Next week, the Pro Golf Tour will be there again for two three-day tournaments. Both are played at the Sokhna Golf Club. The Alps Tour was already here earlier this year, but none of the Dutch who participated then are also present. It might be an idea to call in Koen Kouwenaar as he managed to finish in the top 5 twice here.
But other compatriots who are present also know the terrain well, an hour’s drive from Cairo. For example, Mike Toorop came second here a year ago in the Red Sea Egyptian Classic, which will be played from Sunday. Also on the starting list: Philip Bootsma, Max Albertus, Stan Kraai, Mats Markovits, Nordin van Tilburg, Aydan Verdonk, Ricardo Veldman (am), Peter Melching, Dario Antonisse and Rodi Vlasveld. Preferably eleven Dutch!
13 – 15 Alps Tour, Abruzzo Alps Open 2022, Miglianico G&CC, Pescara, Italy. Prize money: €40,000
The Dutch on the Alps Tour, where the level is generally a bit higher than on the Pro Golf Tour, are off to a good start to the season. Three of them (Koen Kouwenaar, Davey Porsius and Lars Keunen) are in the top 15 and Floris de Haas (ranked 24th) and Vince van Veen (26th) are also in good form. On the Adriatic coast, it’s important to keep your foot on the gas this week at the Abruzzo Alps Open. Perhaps one or more compatriots can take the next step towards the all-important top-5.
Main tournament dates
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† Dutch Open: May 26-29
† The Open: July 14-17
† Big Green Egg Open: July 14-17
† Presidents Cup: September 22-25