Gary Woodland wins 2019 U.S. Open, qualifies for the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions
Winners-only field continues to take shape for January event
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii – The qualification process for the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions is simple: win and you’re in. Courtesy of their recent PGA TOUR victories. Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay and Kevin Na became the latest players to qualify for the winners-only event, while Rory McIlroy picked up his second win of the season. The group joins the 23 other TOUR winners this season on Maui when the Sentry Tournament of Champions returns to The Plantation Course at Kapalua in January.
Gary Woodland captured his first career major victory, and fourth TOUR win, at the U.S. Open with a three-shot win over Brooks Koepka. With the win, Woodland moved from No. 9 to No. 5 in the FedExCup standings. He also had never previously converted a 54-hole lead/co-lead to victory in seven attempts at stroke-play events. The victory qualified Woodland for a return trip to the Sentry Tournament Champions in January, where he finished runner-up in 2019.
RBC Canadian Open
THE PLAYERS 2019 champion Rory McIlroy earned his second TOUR win of the season at the RBC Canadian Open with a seven-shot victory over Shane Lowry and Webb Simpson. The 16-time TOUR winner began the final round tied for the lead with Simpson and Matt Kuchar, but quickly surged ahead and blew away the field with a final-round 61 and set the tournament 72-hole scoring record with 22-under 258. McIlroy has already qualified for his second appearance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions by virtue of his THE PLAYERS Championship victory in March and looks to improve upon his T4 finish in 2019.
the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
In his third start at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, Patrick Cantlay collected his second TOUR career victory with a four-shot win over Adam Scott to finish 19-under 269. The 27-year-old started the final round four strokes back of 54-hole leader Martin Kaymer. Cantlay shot five under on the front nine and added birdies on 11, 14 and 15 on his way to a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Cantlay has eight top-10s in 15 starts and is currently No. 7 in the FedExCup standings. The victory qualified Cantlay for a return trip to the Sentry Tournament of Champions as he looks to improve on his T15 finish in 2018.
Charles Schwab Challenge
Kevin Na returned to the winner’s circle with his third PGA TOUR victory at the Charles Schwab Challenge when he closed with a 4-under 68 to finish 13-under 267 and defeat Tony Finau by four strokes. The 35-year-old opened the day with a two-shot lead over Finau, Jim Furyk, Jordan Spieth, C.T. Pan and Mackenzie Hughes. Na played the front nine in 3-under to make the turn leading Finau by three. A bogey on No. 10 cut his lead to two, but Na birdied No. 14 while Finau bogeyed No. 16 which moved his lead to four and put him on top for good. With the win, Na punched his ticket for a return trip to Maui and the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he looks to improve on a career-best finish T12 in 2012.
Currently, 26 players have qualified for the Sentry Tournament of Champions courtesy of their PGA TOUR victories this calendar year, including seven first-timers. The top 10 in the FedExCup standings – Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler – are all qualified after recording victories on the PGA TOUR this calendar year.
Kapalua Plantation Course Update
Crews are making incredible progress on Kapalua’s Plantation Course refinement project. All bunker shaping and drainage has been completed and all greens have been shaped. All 100 acres of the golf course have been sprigged with Celebration Bermuda grass and 14 greens have been grassed with TifEagle Bermuda grass. The remaining four greens will be grassed the week of June 24th. The Kapalua Golf team is planning on a soft opening in November with the course in pristine condition by the Sentry Tournament of Champions. 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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