Nicklaus: Fall Masters should favor Rory McIlroy

World No. 1 Rory McIlory should benefit from a November Masters Tournament, legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday.

Speaking with Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” on Wednesday, the 18-time major champion said fall is McIlroy’s season.

“He seems to play better in the fall,” Nicklaus said. “As you know, he’s won the Tour Championship a couple times. Played in Atlanta, very similar conditions. I think this scheduling will be to Rory’s favor.”

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Immelman to captain Internationals in ’21 Presidents Cup

South Africa’s Trevor Immelman was officially named as the International Team captain for the 2021 Presidents Cup on Tuesday.

The 2008 Masters champion served as an assistant under countryman Ernie Els last year, when the International Team held a 10-8 lead entering Sunday’s singles at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia before falling 16-14 to the United States team led by captain Tiger Woods.

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R&A refutes report The Open Championship canceled

The fate of The Open Championship has not been determined.

The Royal & Ancient, which organizes and oversees the event, said Thursday all options remain on the table for one of golf’s four major tournaments as the sports world continues to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 Open is scheduled for July 16-19.

“We are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement,” R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said in a statement Thursday. “Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve. We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can.”

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Mickelson ‘working on’ rematch vs. Tiger

Phil Mickelson says he is “working on” a rematch with Tiger Woods.

The two PGA titans tangled in “The Match: Tiger vs. Phil,” a made-for-TV clash on Nov. 23, 2018, at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Mickelson edged Woods on the fourth playoff hole.

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Evian Championship pushed back to August

The Evian Championship, one of the five major tournaments on the LPGA Tour, is moving to Aug. 6-9.

It was originally set for July 23-26 in Evian-les-Bains, France.

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have been postponed to 2021 and were scheduled from July 24-Aug. 9. With those dates now available, the LPGA and organizers rescheduled the Evian.

It now is set to take place the week before the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which is planned for Aug. 13-16 in North Berwick, Scotland.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said the new Evian dates will ease a schedule crunch that has arisen because of the postponement of events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events during a crowded summer and fall timeframe,” he said.

The LPGA suspended play on tour through at least May 3.

The first of five majors on the women’s Tour, the ANA Inspiration was scheduled to be held April 2-5 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It now will be played Sept. 10-13, with the Cambia Portland Classic moving back a week to Sept. 17-20.

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LPGA postpones 3 more events; ANA moved to Sept.

The LPGA confirmed the postponement of three additional events on Friday while announcing that the previously postponed ANA Inspiration has been rescheduled for September.

The first of five majors on the women’s Tour, the ANA was originally scheduled to be held April 2-5 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It will now be contested Sept. 10-13, with the Cambia Portland Classic moving back a week to Sept. 17-20.

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Rory McIlroy: Masters in fall ‘would be pretty cool’

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Rory McIlroy put a positive spin on the current upheaval in the golf calendar, saying that playing the Masters in the fall “would be pretty cool.”

Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley announced last week that the 2020 tournament scheduled for April 9-12 had been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, citing October as a possible target date.

“It gives us some room for maneuvering, depending on what happens over the next few weeks,” McIlroy told SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Thursday. “A Masters in the fall, October time, I think it would be pretty cool. It would be a very different look than what you usually see at Augusta.”

McIlroy, 30, is a four-time major winner, but is still looking for his first victory at the Masters. His best finish was fourth place in 2015.

“I think it’s definitely a possibility if they want to get the 2020 Masters in, I think that could definitely be a possibility. I’m sure they can make it happen if they want it to happen,” McIlroy said.

“I like to think that we can get a handle on this over the next sort of couple of months, and things can return to some sort of normality. But I don’t think anyone knows, really.”

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Padraig Harrington expects Ryder Cup to go ahead

European captain Padraig Harrington doesn’t expect any delays for September’s Ryder Cup despite the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“September is a long way off so there’s no change to the situation at all at this stage,” he told The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM. “I know there’s been some rumors and they had to put out a statement to say there’s been no change, but there’s definitely no change.”

The European team has won four of the last five Ryder Cups, including a 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 victory in Paris in 2018.

Steve Stricker is the captain of the 2020 United States team.

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PGA Championship postponed, next four events off

The PGA Tour on Tuesday announced the cancellation of four more events and the postponement of the PGA Championship, making it the second major pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The events canceled Tuesday are:

–RBC Heritage (April 16-19)

–Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 23-26)

–Wells Fargo Championship (April 30-May 3)

–AT&T Byron Nelson (May 7-10)

The $11 million PGA Championship was scheduled to be held May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, but was postponed by the PGA of America. It will now be played at a date to be announced later.

“As we receive more clarity in the coming weeks, the Tour will be working with our tournament organizations and title sponsors, in collaboration with golf’s governing bodies, to build a PGA Tour schedule for 2020 that ensures the health and safety for all associated with our sport and a meaningful conclusion to the season,” the PGA Tour said in a statement. “We will provide further updates when those plans come into focus.”

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The Masters Tournament postponed to later date

The first major on the PGA Tour calendar and one of the sport’s most iconic, The Masters Tournament, has been postponed.

Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, made the announcement in a statement Friday morning.

“Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision,” Ridley said. “We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.”

Scheduled to begin in 27 days — April 9 — at Augusta National with Tiger Woods defending his green jacket, the tournament was not canceled and is expected to be played at a later date.

All PGA events through the weekend of that event have now been canceled or postponed.

The Players Championship was called off after the first round on Thursday, shifting away from the PGA’s initial plan to play the next three events without fans in the gallery.

Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, the WGC-Dell Technologies Championship in Austin, Texas, and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

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