PGA Tour January Schedule
With the Christmas festivities around the corner PGA Tour’s 2018 calendar-year season starts off with Sentry Tournament of Champions and includes more interesting events in the first month of the new year.
PGA Tour’s Schedule for January 2018 looks like this:
- Sentry Tournament of Champions – Jan 4 – 7
- Sony Open in Hawaii – Jan 11 – 14
- Career Builder Challenge – Jan 18 – 21
- Farmers Insurance Open – Jan 25 – 28
Sentry Tournament of Champions
Sentry Tournament of Champions is the calendar-year opening tournament on the PGA Tour, played in Hawaii, on the island of Maui. The event was founded in 1953, the field is restricted to golfers who have won a tournament on the PGA Tour during the previous calendar year.
The event is scheduled for Jan 4 – 7, 2018 at a par 73, Kapalua Resort Plantation Course, with a prize fund of $6.1 million.
Justin Thomas will be defending his 2017’s title on here, which he won over Hideki Matsuyama by three strokes.
Sony Open in Hawaii
Sony Open in Hawaii is an annual event on the men’s professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour and is part of The FedEx Cup Series. The event is conducted at the Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, since its inception in 1965.
Not surprisingly enough Justin Thomas will be defending his title here too, which he had won after defeating Justin Rose by seven strokes.
Career Builder Challenge
Career Builder Challenge is an annual event on the PGA Tour and earlier known as Bob Hope Classic and the Humana Challenge. Founded in 1960 as Palm Springs Desert Classic, the tournament evolved from the Thunderbird Invitational that was held in Palm Springs the previous six years, from 1954 to 1959, but with a much smaller purse.
The professional field consists of 156 players selected using (slightly reordered) standard eligibility rankings except that the following are also eligible:
- The Players Championship winners prior to 1996
- Playing member of last named U.S. Ryder Cup team; current PGA Tour members who were playing members on last named European Ryder Cup team, U.S. Presidents Cup team, and International Presidents Cup team
- Career Builder Challenge winners prior to 1999 and in the last ten seasons
There is no open qualifying for the tournament.
Defending champion for the event is Hudson Swafford who defeated Canadian Adam Hadwin by a stroke to win it this year.
Farmers Insurance Open
Farmers Insurance Open is played in the San Diego, California area in the early part of the season, known as the “West Coast Swing.”
The tournament was noted for having singer-actor Andy Williams as a celebrity host from 1968 to 1988. It originated as the San Diego Open in 1952 and used that name in its title through 1985. Title sponsors were added in 1981, first with Wickes for two years, then three with Isuzu. Shearson Lehman Brothers became the title sponsors in 1986, replaced by Buick in 1992 and Farmers Insurance in 2010. The event is organized by The Century Club of San Diego.
Although the San Diego Open began in 1952, the PGA Tour recognizes two earlier events of the same name: Leo Diegel won both events, in 1927 and 1929.
The event is played at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, a 36-hole public facility owned by the City of San Diego.
The 2017 edition was won by Jon Rahm over Charles Howell III and Pan Cheng-Tsung.