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Plus, five more winners qualify for the winners-only event on Maui
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii – A victory on the PGA TOUR is the only way to qualify for the TOUR’s champions-only event. With their recent wins, Shane Lowry, Jim Herman, Dylan Frittelli, Matthew Wolff, Nate Lashley and Chez Reavie became the latest players to punch their ticket to the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions when the event returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua on Maui from January 1-5, 2020.
The Open Championship
Ireland’s Shane Lowry captured his first career major victory, and second PGA TOUR win, at The Open Championship with a six-shot win over England’s Tommy Fleetwood. With the win, Lowry moved from No. 67 to No. 18 in the FedExCup standings. He also became the fifthh player to win a major by five or more strokes since 2000, joining Tiger Woods (four times), Rory McIlroy (twice), Martin Kaymer (2014 U.S. Open), and Louis Oosthuizen (2020 Open Championship). The victory qualified Lowry to make his first trip to the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Maui.
Jim Herman collected his second PGA TOUR victory at the Barbasol Championship when he closed with a two-under 70 in the rain-delayed final round to finish 26-under 262 and defeat Kelly Kraft. Kraft led by one with three holes left to play, but bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes, while Herman made a six-footer for par on No. 17 to take the lead. He won with a two-putt par on No. 18. The victory qualified the 41-year-old for a return trip to The Plantation Course at Kapalua, where he finished T12 in 2017.
John Deere Classic
In his first start at the John Deere Classic, South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli collected his first career PGA TOUR win when he posted a bogey-free, 7-under 63 to finish at 21-under 263 and defeat Russell Henley by two strokes. The 29-year-old began the final round two strokes back from the co-leaders Andrew Landry and Cameron Tringale. Henley took the clubhouse lead at 19 under with a bogeyless 10-under 61. Frittelli was four under on the front nine and made back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 to take the lead over Henley, which he kept for good. The victory qualified Frittelli for his first trip to the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
In just his third professional start and fourth overall on the PGA TOUR, Matthew Wolff captured his first career TOUR victory at the inaugural 3M Open when he drained a 26-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole at TPC Twin Cities to defeat Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa with a six-under 65, 21-under overall. The 20-year-old became the youngest TOUR winner since Jordan Spieth (2013 John Deere Classic) and joined Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods as the only men to win the NCAA individual title and a TOUR event in the same year. With the win, Wolff secured the opportunity to make his first trip to the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Maui.
Rocket Mortgage Classic
Nate Lashley captured his first career PGA TOUR victory at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic when he closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 25-under 263 and defeat Monday qualifier Doc Redman by six strokes. The 36-year-old, who was the last player to get into the field, became the first alternate to win on TOUR since Vaughn Taylor at the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Lashley took advantage of the opportunity, shooting 63-67-63-70 and joined Charles Howell III (The RSM Classic) and Brooks Koepka (PGA Championship) as wire-to-wire winners during the 2018-19 season. The victory secured Lashley’s opportunity to make his first trip to Maui and the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Chez Reavie returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in over a decade with his victory at the Travelers Championship when he closed with a 1-under 69 to defeat Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher. Reavie began the final round with a six-shot lead over Bradley and Sucher and fended off a late round surge from Bradley, who made four birdies to cut the lead to one with three holes to play. After pars on 16, Bradley double-bogeyed No. 17 while Reavie birdied for a four-shot advantage, which he kept for good. With his second career PGA TOUR victory, the 37-year-old qualified to return to The Plantation Course at Kapalua, where he finished T12 in 2009.
Currently, 32 players have qualified for the Sentry Tournament of Champions courtesy of their PGA TOUR victories this calendar year, including 10 first timers. The top-10 in the FedExCup standings – Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm – are all qualified after recording victories on the PGA TOUR this calendar year.
Kapalua Plantation Course Update
Work and grow-in continue on Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course ahead of the course’s scheduled November 2019 reopening. As of mid-July, course shaping and the installation of irrigation equipment have been completed. All 107 acres have been grassed with Celebration Bermudagrass, with 15 of the 18 fairways being mown daily. All 18 greens are growing-in with TifEagle Bermudagrass and are also being cut daily. A capillary concrete liner system has been installed in all 92 course bunkers, allowing the bunkers to better weather heavy rain events. Sand has been added and spread into bunkers on 14 of the 18 holes. The Plantation Course’s practice green and chipping green areas have also been rebuilt and TifEagle Bermudagrass is currently growing-in. The practice range tee area has been laser leveled and was recently sprigged with Celebration Bermudagrass. Crews are now installing new concrete cart paths throughout the course. The project is being led by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw; Troon’s Design, Development and Agronomy team; as well as long-time Maui resident and GOLF Channel personality Mark Rolfing. For more information, visit golfatkapalua.com.
The first PGA TOUR event of the calendar year, the Sentry Tournament of Champions is the only event on the schedule that features all winners from the previous calendar year. A variety of ticket packages will go on sale in the coming months at sentrytournamentofchampions.com. Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
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