Here’s what’s at stake as the PGA, DP World and LPGA Tours approach the end of 2022

The PGA, DP World and LPGA Tours end on Sunday 2022.

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It’s supposed to be the offseason, but for real, really, we’re not kidding, the offseason starts on Monday.


Before we get to what’s next (and seriously, don’t worry, golf will still be on TV if you really want to see it), there’s still a lot to be decided on Sunday about what will be the final day of the season for the three. the world’s biggest tour.

RSM Classic Final Round

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The final round of the RSM Classic from Sea Island in St. Simons Island, Georgia will be the final official round of the 2022 PGA Tour season, and anything can happen on Sunday.

There are 16 players three shots off the lead, shared by Ben Martin and Patrick Rodgers. If one of the leaders won, it would be for a long time.

Rodgers turned pro in 2014 after a standout college career at Stanford, where he tied Tiger Woods’ program record for wins and surpassed his program record for scoring average. That hype has yet to be lived up to and he’s still looking for his first win, but he’s only managed to keep his PGA Tour card for one season since turning pro.

Martin, meanwhile, is looking for his first win since the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, but his form hasn’t been the last few years as he’s dealt with back problems and hasn’t made more cuts than he’s missed since 2017 – 18. He likened Sunday to his last school day.

“Like final exams. I’ve played 16 of the last 21 weeks,” Martin said Saturday night. “I didn’t come into this week fresh. Kind of ready for that break, that summer or winter, to use a school analogy.

“One of the thoughts in my head is, ‘Okay, let’s finish the season well.’ Not necessarily what my score was, but the effort I put into that week.”

With a crowded leaderboard, there are a few more story lines waiting to be written, perhaps from Harry Higgs, who was co-leader in the second round and battled back after a rough front nine to shoot a 70 on Saturday to stay within two.

Also lurking is 2013 US Open winner Justin Rose, just four back after shooting a second-round 67 on Saturday. Rose hasn’t won on Tour since 2019.

DP World Tour Championship Final Round

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Jon Rahm leads at 15 under and US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick is a shot back. Rory McIlroy is three back after a 65 on Saturday and is tied with Tyrrell Hatton.

Rahm is trying to silence some doubters after what was seen as an extraordinary season compared to his sizzling 2021, when he won the US Open. It certainly hasn’t been a bad year for the world No. 5, but he’s won just once on the PGA Tour and faded after holding a third-round lead at the US Open.

On Friday, he said it was not an apology, but reminded reporters that he became a father this year and last year. He now heads into the final round of the DP World Tour’s biggest event with a chance to claim his second DP World Tour win of the year.

McIlroy, meanwhile, has the chance to complete a rare double and finish atop both the season-long points races on the PGA and DP World Tours, a feat only accomplished by Henrik Stenson in 2013.

“I’ve gotten to this stage of the game over 15 years as a professional and I’m still trying to do things for the first time,” McIlroy, who won his third career FedEx Cup in August, said on Saturday. “I’ve never won the FedExCup and this tour ranking in the same year, so that would be really nice.

“It’s been an amazing year. I played really, really great golf and really consistent golf. If I can go out there tomorrow, shoot a good score and get the job done, it would be a really nice way to end a great year.”

The final round of the CME Group Tour Championship

The PGA, DP World and LPGA Tours will play their final official round of 2022 on Sunday.

Here’s what’s at stake as the PGA, DP World and LPGA Tours approach the end of 2022

Lydia Ko may have regained her 36-hole lead in five strokes, but she still has a great chance to claim her third win of the season for the first time since 2016.

Her 2-under 70 in the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship was solid, but not on par with her opening 65 and 66, enough to keep the surging Leona Maguire at arm’s length.

Maguire put together a bogey-free 63 on Saturday to pull even with Ko at 15 under, but the pair are five shots clear of the next best players, Jeongeun Lee6 and Gemma Dryburgh at 10 under.

A win for Ko would be the South Korean-born Kiwi’s second in a row and would cap off a bounce-back year with her second Rolex Player of the Year award, second consecutive Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and the 2 million winner’s prize dollars. the greatest ever in women’s golf.

“This is a top 60 LPGA Tour player here, so you know it’s not going to be easy,” Ko said. “I want to play good golf and golf that I won’t regret. And whatever happens at the end of tomorrow, you know, I hope it changes, but if it doesn’t, I’m going to try my best and enjoy it.”

What about the rest of 2022?

But we’ll still see a few of the tour’s stars hit it off before Kapalua and the Sentry Tournament of Champions the first week of January.

There are two unofficial events coming up in December, the QBE Shootout and the Hero World Challenge. There’s also an unofficial PGA Tour Champions event, the PNC Father/Son Challenge, where many regular tour pros get to play with their fathers or sons.

That also doesn’t count Match VII, with McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth teeing off the same weekend as the QBE Shootout.

For those on the DP World Tour, Sunday will only mark the end of the 2022 DP World Tour Championship season. The 2023 season begins next week with four events over two weeks.

The Australian PGA Championship and Australian Open will be DP World Tour events this season, running concurrently with the Joburg Open and South African Open over the next two weeks.

There will be two more DP World Tour events in December in South Africa and Mauritius before the official golf tournament closes for good for 2022.

The LPGA Tour tournament runs until January 19.

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