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First Look: Barbasol Championship

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The Barbasol Championship debuts as a co-sanctioned event with the DP World Tour, with a field made up of players from the PGA TOUR and European Tour.

FIELD REMARKS: Former Barbasol champions Jim Herman, Grayson Murray and Aaron Baddeley play at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky… Matti Schmid, a German who won the Henry Cotton Award last year as the DP’s Rookie of the Year World Tour, returns to familiar territory. He played college golf at the University of Louisville. His amateur career included back-to-back wins in European amateur and amateur honors at last year’s Open Championship. … Local legend Josh Teater, a Kentucky native who is about 40 minutes from Keene Trace, is on the court with a sponsor exemption. Teater, the pride of Morehead State, is one of many golfers with Kentucky ties—whether in high school or otherwise—on the course…There will be 50 spots available for DP World Tour members to go to Kentucky. Those spots go to the top 50 available players on the DP World Tour Tier 17 Tier Rankings… Chase Hanna, a 2016 All-American at Kansas, will be making his PGA TOUR debut. He is currently ranked 35th on the DP World Tour… If Taylor Pendrith had no bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all. After landing a solid T13 at THE PLAYERS Championship, it was discovered that he had broken a rib. Pendrith was preparing to return to the John Deere Classic last week but tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to pull out. He’s ready to (finally) make his return to Keene Trace. … Other DP World Tour representatives include Lucas Bjerregaard, who upset Tiger Woods in the quarterfinals of the 2019 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play; Oliver Wilson, a member of the European team that played in the 2008 Ryder Cup in Kentucky; George Coetzee, who has won 10 times around the world and is a former world top 50 player, and Julian Suri, a Floridian who played at Duke before winning both the European Challenge Tour and the DP World Tour.

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FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 300 FedExCup points.

CLASSES: Keene Trace Golf Club (Champions), 7,328 yards, par-72. The 1987 Arthur Hills layout will host the PGA TOUR for the fourth time. Located just south of Lexington, Kentucky, Keene Trace is one of the highest ranked courses in the state. Laid out across the rolling hills of central Kentucky, Keene Trace’s drama reaches its climax on the par-4 finisher, a spectacular closer built on the edge of a lake. Seventy-six bunkers will challenge some of the TOUR’s best, while the large greens could leave long putts for players who aren’t precise with their iron game.

STORY LINES: The winner of the Barbasol Championship, if not already qualified, will earn the final spot in the Open Championship… For the first time, the Barbasol Championship will be played as a co-sanctioned event with the DP World Tour. While many TOUR winners – including two former FedExCup champions in Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas – will be at the start, keep an eye out for the international star power who crossed the pond to play the PGA TOUR this week… With only With four weeks left in the PGA TOUR season after the Barbasol Championship, it’s a key moment for the guys in the FedExCup bubble earning valuable FedExCup points. Max McGreevy is one such golfer – he was 126th in the FedExCup standings, just one point off No. 125, entering the Deere.

RECORD 72 HOLES: 262, Jim Herman (2019)

RECORD 18 HOLES: 61, Kelly Kraft (3rd round, 2019)

LAST TIME: Seamus Power won his first PGA TOUR title in a six-hole playoff. Poston was in charge for most of Sunday’s final in Kentucky until he double-bogeyed on the par-5 15th and followed that up with a three-putt bogey on the very next hole. Power shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to Poston’s 2-under 70. The pair played No. 18 four times and No. 9 twice in the playoffs, but Poston launched their drive on the extra sixth hole in the water and couldn’t help but tie Power’s par. Anirban Lahiri and Sam Ryder shot the day’s rounds Sunday, 7-under 65, and missed just one shot heading into the playoffs. They finished tied for third place. Six golfers finished tied for fifth, including Mito Pereira in his third TOUR start since earning PGA TOUR status via a three-win Korn Ferry Tour promotion. Power now sits comfortably in the top 50 worldwide after ranking outside the top 400 until May 2021.


HOW TO FOLLOW

Television: Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).

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