This month in international golf:
As ever, July is a huge month for golf fans with ‘the biggest golf tournament in the world‘ taking place at Carnoustie, as well as a number of other mid-range tourneys which are sure to pull a few cashless pros out for a hole or two.
Here are our thoughts on the upcoming comps:
The Greenbrier Classic
The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, WV
Only in its 8th edition, The Greenbrier Classic has been played on The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier since 2010 (in 2016 the competition was cancelled due to flooding) and serves as a neat warm up and quick-entry for the Open Championship later in the month. Last year, young buck Xander Schauffele took home the winner’s share of $1,278,000 after winning by a single stroke under Robert Streb with a 14 under par score. Taking place over the Independence Day weekend, it’ll be a hotly attended event that should play host to some of the best pros in the country.
What’s the Purse? $7,300,000 When? July 5th-8th 2018
John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, IL
For decades the John Deere Classic was held in high esteem but hadn’t quite entered into the public consciousness, that all changed when a teenage Michelle Wie was given a sponsor’s exemption to play in the men’s event in 2005 and 2006. Although Wie failed to make the cut on both occasions, the media storm that this cause propelled the John Deere Classic (as well as professional golf) back into mainstream sports coverage. This year you can expect to see Jordan Speith (who became the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931) return to potentially take his third victory at the Deere Run.
What’s the Purse? $5,800,000 When? July 12th-15th 2018
Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, KY
Although it’s unlikely to receive the same kind of coverage that a certain British Tournament will get, this alternate tournament is still worth keeping your eye out for as it will no doubt highlight some of the upcoming players and wily pros who will no doubt be looking to secure a sneaky pass into the PGA Championship, as well as a valuable two-year PGA Tour exemption. Last year’s winner Grayson Murray failed to make much of an impression in 2017’s Championship, but it’s unwise to discount any underdogs in this game of ours…
What the Purse? $3,500,000 When? July 19th-22nd 2018
The Open Championship
Carnoustie GV, Angus, Scotland
No discussion of July’s golfing events is complete without at least a mention of The Open Championship. Last year’s champ Jordan Spieth, who has remained a consistent threat since winning last year, will return to defend his title although he’ll need to watch his back as the likes of Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler will be looking to provide some fierce contest; not to mention Rory McIlroy and a potentially ascendant Tiger Woods. Needless to say, it’s sure to be an enjoyable tournament!
What’s the Purse? $10,250,000 When? July 19th-22nd 2018
RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Finally, the RBC Canadian Open will be on hand at the end of the month to give us a last dose of golfing action. Although the status of the Canadian Open is somewhat diminished today (it’s widely regarded as ‘the fifth major’) it has enough heritage behind it with the inaugural competition taking place in 1904. This year you can expect to see Jhonattan Vegas returning to attempt to defend his title for the second consecutive year, Venezuela’s most celebrated golfer is sure to have his work cut for him, considering his spotty recent form.
What’s the Purse? $6,200,000 When? July 26th-29th 2018