September has witnessed some significant golfing results with the conclusion of the FedExCup Cup which saw Patrick Cantlay take home the trophy and the title of PGA TOUR champion, and the delayed Ryder Cup which saw Team USA crush Team Europe at Whistling Straits, but the tournaments keep on coming. As we near the start of October, here is a schedule of some of the key golfing tournaments that are scheduled to take place around the world.
Sanderson Farm Championship (30th September – 3rd October)
The month of October kicks off with the Sanderson Farms Championship. This is the second event that is part of the 2021-2022 PGA TOUR wraparound season and takes place at the Country Club of Jackson. Current defending champion Spaniard Sergio Garcia will be looking to bounce back from defeat in the Ryder cup and defend his title and gain some important points on the board. The winner will take home $1,188,000.
Shriner’s Children’s Open (7th October – 10th October)
As part of the PGA TOUR, the Shriner’s Children Open will also see the best of the best compete to earn key FedExCup points. This is a charitable tournament which aids the work done by Shriners Hospitals for Children. Every year, many Shriners Hospitals for Children patients attend the competition and stand and walk alongside the professional golfers interacting with them and helping them keep score. Reigning champion Martin Laird will seek to defend his title against the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Na and Patrick Cantlay.
The CJ Cup @ Summit (14th October – 17th October)
For the second year running, the CJ Cup will return to Las Vegas, Nevada. The tournament, which usually takes place in South Korea, was moved to Las Vegas last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was held at Shadow Creek however this year’s event will take place at The Summit Club. Jason Kokrak secured his maiden PGA TOUR win by winning the CJ Cup title last year beating Xander Schauffele by two shots.
ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP (21st October – 24th October)
The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP will return to Japan in 2021 after it was moved to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament, part of the PGA TOUR schedule, saw Patrick Cantlay cement a one-shot victory at the Sherwood County Club in Thousand Oaks, California. Cantlay will seek to regain his crown but will face stiff competition from the likes of Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa. The total prize money comes to $9.95m with the winner securing $1,440,000.
BMW Ladies Championship (21st – 24th October)
With the men battling it out in the ZOZO CHMPIONSHIP, at the same time some of the world’s best female golfers will be taking part in the BMW Ladies Championship. The event will be played in LPGA International Busan, South Korea and see some of the world top player compete for the $300,000 cash prize. In 2019, South Korean Ha Na Jang fought off Danielle Kang to secure her fifth LPGA victory.
Bermuda Championship (28th October – 31st October)
This year’s Bermuda Championship will take place at Port Royal Golf Club in Southampton Bermuda. Last year’s competition saw Brain Gay claim his fifth PGA TOUR victory fighting away competition from Wyndham Clark and earned himself a cash prize of $720,000. This year’s tournament has been expanded from 120 players to 132 which means more exciting golfers will be able to exhibit their skills on the golf course.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still an issue across the world, there have been important tournaments that have been cancelled. The Buick LPGA Shanghai which was scheduled to be held between 14th – 17th October was cancelled due to the on-going travel restrictions in China. Also scheduled to take place in China was the WGC-HSBC Championship between 28th – 31st October however, for the second year in a row, the competition, which was due to occur at Sheshan International Golf Club, has been cancelled because of the pandemic. The PGA TOUR commissioner, Jay Monahan told the media ahead of the Tour Championship that “following discussions with HSBC, we can confirm the cancellation of the 2021 WGC-HSBC Champions.”
The Hero Indian Open, part of the Asian Tour, has also been cancelled for the second year running. The competition was scheduled to take place from 28th – 31st October. The European Tour has had to cancel all its events in southern, eastern and south-east Asia, although it has managed to stage events in the Middle East.