It’s midsummer in northern Colorado, and one of our new sporting traditions is back as the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes returns for its third annual edition Thursday through Sunday July 8-11. .
And he’s doing it this year with returning fans after the 2020 version was held without them due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That didn’t stop a memorable final round and champion, as Will Zalatoris won the title in 2020 with a total of 273 under par which barely stood up to Chase Johnson, who shot a final round, a record-breaking. route 63 to complete one. retaliated at minus-14.
This follows Nelson Ledesma’s one-stroke victory in 2019, as he sank a birdie putt on the last hole to hold back five players who finished with two strokes.
The tournament quickly became a stepping stone to the PGA Tour. Ledesma has since achieved PGA Tour status alongside Zalatoris, who has finished in the top 10 in three major championships since winning the 2020 TPC Colorado Championship, including a runner-up at the 2021 Masters.
With such a track record, you can expect fireworks even after the 4th of July weekend.
Here’s something fans should know about the 2021 TPC Colorado Championship
Tournament schedule, format
The tournament consists of four rounds of 18 holes, one per day from Thursday to Sunday. The field of 156 will be reduced to the 65 lowest scores, including ties, for the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday. The Korn Ferry Tour was off last week for the holiday weekend, which means this week’s field will be packed with pros.
The purse for the tournament this year is $ 600,000.
The Colorado TPC Championship Field
There are six players in this week’s field who have totaled 22 career PGA Tour wins and four more with multiple wins this season on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The most famous participant is David Duval, the former world number 1 and winner of the Major Championship (2001 British Open) who now lives in Cherry Creek Village just south of Denver. Robert Allenby, Jonathan Kaye, Derek Ernst and Tommy Gainey are the other former PGA Tour champions on the field.
Players with Colorado ties include:
- Tom Whitney, Air Force graduate and former Fort Collins resident
- Former University of Denver golfer Chris Korte makes his debut on the Korn Ferry Tour
- Kaye, originally from Denver who still lives part-time in Boulder
- Andrew Svoboda, ex-Golden resident
- George Cunningham, native of Louisville, CO and grandson of Colorado Cup player Chuck Melvin
- Josh Creel, a Cheyenne native who played golf at the University of Colorado
Ledesma, the inaugural winner of the TPC Colorado Championship, competes in this week’s PGA Tour stage, the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Zalatoris left before the Open Championship 2021 next weekend.
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Fan FAQs, what to know
Tickets can still be purchased for the event, with a day pass at $ 19 and week passes at $ 46.
There are several prohibited items for fans attending the tournament, including: lawn chairs, posters and signs, outside drinks, video cameras, and pets.
Bags can be used in the field but must be clear or smaller than 6 “x 6” x 6 “.
There will also be several places dedicated to the fan experience, with cooling zones (high temperatures are expected in the 90s and 80s), a Junior / Kids activity area and an interactive “Birdie Ball” area where you will be able to test your own skills.
And while there will be fans returning to the course lot, the 2020 event also showed that many will flock to the courtyards and lawns of the houses that line the TPC Colorado course.
The TPC Colorado course
The TPC Colorado course at Heron Lakes opened three years ago this summer and is an 18-hole course just northwest of Berthoud. The course is played like a links style, with many deep bunkers and picturesque holes bordered by lakes. The course was designed by Arthur Schaupeter and will again run at 7,991 meters, tying its own record as the longest ever on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The 13th par 5, which will be played at 773 yards for the week, is the course’s signature hole and had Zalatoris say, “I hit a 410 yard drive, 330 yard wood, and still failed, ”after one of his 2020 heats. The hole is the longest in a PGA Tour sanctioned event.
Johnson delivered the fastest lap of 2020, setting the course record with a 63 on Sunday before falling to Zalatoris. Johnson is also back on the pitch this year.
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How to watch, follow the TPC Colorado Championship
An updated leaderboard will be available online throughout the tournament at PGAtour.com/korn-ferry-tour/leaderboard.html. For the first time, there will also be a live broadcast on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can watch on PGA Tour Live and GolfChannel.com.
The first few hours of each day will be devoted to featured hole coverage before moving on to featured group coverage as the leaders leave. The hole featured on Saturday is the 16th par-3, while on Sunday it will go to the aforementioned 13th hole.
About the Korn Ferry Tour
The Korn Ferry Tour is just below the PGA Tour and one of the main routes taken by professional golfers hoping to reach the PGA Tour.
At the end of this 2020-21 season, the top 25 players of the Korn Ferry Tour will receive their PGA Tour cards for the 2021-22 season.
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