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Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Champions Tour Gets Their Phil of the Rookies

The Champions Tour leaves my home state, North Carolina, and heads to Virginia this week. But they're gonna be packing a load of rookies when they get there.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jiménez

The Dominion Energy Charity Classic is played in Richmond VA at The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course. The River Course was designed by William Flynn, whose name might not be familiar to you but you might know a couple of his designs -- Cherry Hills Country Club and Shinnecock Hills. I don't know how it will be set up but the scorecard lists it as a par-72 at 7025 yards.

Miguel Ángel Jiménez is the defending champion and, so far as I know, is still planning to defend this week. But he'll get to tee it up against a lot of the Tour's rookies -- Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Mike Weir and K.J. Choi are all scheduled to compete.

Phil's appearance interests me because he originally talked like he might not play with the older set all that often. Perhaps that record-setting win in his first appearance whetted his appetite for a few more wins. (This is his first start in Virginia since 1993.) But how does this fit into his Masters prep? My best guess is that he's playing East Coast courses and, after this event, will take the next two weeks off and play the Houston Open the week before the Masters.

At any rate, the Dominion is going to have a solid field despite not being the kickoff for the Schwab Cup Playoffs this year. (We get the events, just not the Playoffs.)

GC's live coverage begins Friday at 2pm ET. (Remember, it's only a 54-hole event.)

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