Golf Glance: Champions battle for Cup

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: WGC-HSBC Champions (Rory McIlroy); Bermuda Championship (Brendon Todd)
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Nov. 14-17

LPGA TOUR
Nelly Korda
Nelly Korda. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

LAST WEEK: Taiwan Swinging Skirts (Nelly Korda)

THIS WEEK: TOTO Japan Classic, Nov. 8-10
Seta Golf Course, Otsu-shi, Shiga, Japan (Par 72, 6,659 yards)
Purse: $1.5M (Winner: $225,000)
Defending Champion: Nasa Hataoka
Race to the CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko
TV: Friday, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. ET; Saturday, 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. ET; Sunday 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET (Golf Channel)

NOTES: This is the final of four events on the Tour’s Asia swing. … Jin Young Ko has clinched Player of the Year honors. She leads the Tour in official money ($2.714 million), scoring average (69.052) and greens in regulation (79.1%). … Jeongeun Lee6, who has secured Rookie of the Year honors, is also in the field, along with fellow rookies Kristen Gillman and Jennifer Kupcho. … Annika Sorenstam still holds the tournament scoring record of 192 set in 2003. … Players from South Korea have won 14 of the 30 events on Tour in 2019. … Ko and Brooke Henderson are tied for the Tour lead with 12 top-10 finishes this year.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: CME Group Tour Championship, Nov. 21-24


CHAMPIONS TOUR
Scott McCarron
Scott McCarron. (Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK)

LAST TOURNAMENT: Invesco QQQ Championship (Colin Montgomerie)

THIS WEEK: Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Nov. 7-10
Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix (Par 71, 6,763 yards)
Purse: $2M (Winner: $440,000)
Defending champion: Vijay Singh
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron
TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET; Saturday, 3:30-7 p.m. ET; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

NOTES: The season-ending event features 34 players, with the top five in the standings mathematically eligible to win the championship. McCarron and Jerry Kelly can win the Cup with a victory this week, while Bernhard Langer, Montgomerie and Retief Goosen need a victory and some help from McCarron and Kelly. … Singh will not defend his title after finishing 44th in the standings after last week’s event and failing to qualify for the Championship. … Langer is seeking his sixth Cup championship. … The top five players in the standings at the end of the tournament will share the $2.1 million purse of bonus annuities: 1st – $1 million, 2nd – $500,000, 3rd – $300,000, 4th – $200,000, 5th – $100,000. … Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Tommy Tolles are tied with a 29-under par cumulative score through the first two playoff events.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: PNC Father Son Challenge, Dec. 5-8

–Derek Harper (@DerekAHarper), Field Level Media