Workday Charity Open Preview 2020

Workday Charity Open Preview 2020

Key Facts

  • Dates: July 6-12, 2020
  • Where: Dublin, Ohio
  • Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club (36-36—72/7,456)
  • Field size: 157
  • Defending champion: N/A
  • Purse: $6,200,000 ($1,116,000/winner)
  • FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
  • Format: 72-hole stroke play

Things to Know

  • Workday Charity Open is a one-year, full-field FedExCup event during the week vacated by 2020 John Deere Classic cancellation
  • Marks the third first-year event of the season (ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, Bermuda Championship)
  • 12th time in TOUR history, and first time since 1957, that events will be held back-to-back at same venue
  • Patrick Cantlay, defending champion at next week’s the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, is the most recent of eight players in the field who have won at Muirfield Village
  • 32 players in the field will compete for the first time in a tournament at Muirfield Village
  • Field includes 13 participants and one assistant captain from 2013 Presidents Cup hosted by Muirfield Village

Newest PGA TOUR events

  • The Workday Charity Open is a one-year, full-field FedExCup event contested at Muirfield Village Golf Club the week immediately preceding the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
  • Thanks to title sponsor Workday, and the support of Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament   host, Jack Nicklaus, the tournament fills the week vacated by the cancellation of the John Deere Classic, which will return to the PGA TOUR schedule in 2021
  • The following events on the 2019-20 PGA TOUR schedule made their debut since the start of the 2017-18 season:
TournamentFirst seasonFirst winner
Workday Charity Open2019-20TBD
Bermuda Championship2019-20Brendon Todd
3M Open2018-19Matthew Wolff
Rocket Mortgage Classic2018-19Nate Lashley
Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship2017-18Brice Garnett
THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES2017-18Justin Thomas

Notes on the field

  • Seven FedExCup champions: Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010), Brandt Snedeker (2012), Billy Horschel (2014), Jordan Spieth (2015), Justin Thomas (2017) and Justin Rose (2018)
  • 17 of the top 30 in the FedExCup standings are in the field, including No. 2 Justin Thomas
  • Five of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking; John Rahm (No. 2), Justin Thomas (No. 5), Brooks Koepka (No. 6), Patrick Cantlay (No. 8), Patrick Reed (No. 9)
  • Winners at Muirfield Village (the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide): Vijay Singh (1997), Jim Furyk (2002), Justin Rose (2010), Steve Stricker (2011), Matt Kuchar (2013), Hideki Matsuyama (2014), Jason Dufner (2017), Patrick Cantlay (2019)
  • 13 participants and one assistant captain (*) from the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village; eight participants and one assistant captain from the United States (Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar,    Davis Love III*, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker) and five from the International Team (Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel)

Current FedExCup standings:

The top 10 in the FedExCup at the conclusion of the PGA TOUR Regular Season will share a $10 million bonus pool through the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 program. Updated standings are below:

PositionPlayerPointsWinsTop-10sPoints BehindStartsProjected Bonus
1Webb Simpson1,66026 8$2 million
2Justin Thomas1,5432711711$1.5 million
3Sungjae Im1,5371612318$1.2 million
4Bryson DeChambeau1,5141814611$1.1 million
5Rory McIlroy1,270163909$1.0 million
6Patrick Reed1,1961546412$850,000
7Brendon Todd1,1712348918$700,000
8Lanto Griffin1,0941356620$600,000
9Daniel Berger1,0911556911$550,000
10Marc Leishman1,0641359611$500,000
  • Webb Simpson and Rory McIlroy are the only two players from the final Wyndham Rewards Top 10 in 2018-19 who are currently inside the top 10
  • Only six weeks and seven events remain before the start of the FedExCup Playoffs
  • Eight of the final top 10 in the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 in 2018-19 were inside the top 10 of the standings with six weeks remaining in the FedExCup Regular Season
  • Since 2009, only two players have been outside the top 50 of the FedExCup standings with six weeks to go and went on to finish the Regular Season inside the Wyndham Rewards Top 10: Jordan Spieth (2013, 56th to 8th), Henrik Stenson (2013, 53rd to 9th)

Player notes

Jon Rahm (No. 24 FedExCup, No. 2 OWGR)

  • Seeks a victory to continue his streak of at least one win per season on TOUR since 2017
  • Has made eight starts on the season with two top-three finishes (2nd/Farmers Insurance Open, T3/WGC-Mexico Championship)
  • With 36 top-10s in 83 career starts on TOUR, owns highest top-10 finish percentage (43.37%) of players currently 30 and younger on PGA TOUR (minimum five starts)
  • Missed the cut in lone appearance at Muirfield Village in 2017 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

Justin Thomas (No. 2 FedExCup, No. 5 OWGR)

  • Owns seven top-10s in 11 starts during the 2019-20 season, including two wins (THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, Sentry Tournament of Champions)
  • One of three multiple winners on the season but only player in the field seeking third win (Brendon Todd, Webb Simpson are not in the field)
  • With 12, owns the most PGA TOUR victories among players under the age of 30
  • Has made six starts at Muirfield Village for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide with two top-10s (T4/2017, T8/2018)

Patrick Cantlay (No. 34 FedExCup, No. 8 OWGR)

  • Won the 2019 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in his most recent start at Muirfield Village and finished fourth in 2018
  • Two-time TOUR winner (2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 2019 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide)
  • Owns 24 top-10s in 91 career starts on TOUR
  • Lost in a playoff to Kevin Na to earn a runner-up at the 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, his best result  of the season to date
  • Has made 15 consecutive cuts, tied for the longest active streak on TOUR with Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey

Phil Mickelson (No. 90 FedExCup, No. 67 OWGR)

  • Workday ambassador and 44-time winner makes his 626th career start on TOUR
  • Most recent victory: 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • Best finish this season: 3rd/AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (11 starts)
  • Career-best finish in 19 starts at Muirfield Village in the Memorial Tournament is T4 in 2006
  • In 65 tournament rounds at Muirfield Village, owns two rounds better than 67 (66/R2/2002, 66/R2/2018)
  • Of the six new events introduced since the 2017-18 season, the only time he competed in inaugural year was the 3M Open (2019/MC); Note: Finished T31 at 2019 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, his first appearance at the event which began in 2017

Additional Player Notes

  • Former World No. 1 Brooks Koepka has notched all eight rounds in the 60s since Return to Golf (T32/Charles Schwab Challenge, 7th/RBC Heritage); Koepka enters the week No. 155 in the FedExCup standings with six weeks remaining in the season
  • Patrick Reed has played 16 tournament rounds at Muirfield Village with 68 his best 18-hole score (six times)
  • Justin Rose, winner of the 2010 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, has 99 career top-10s on the PGA TOUR, with his most recent coming at the Charles Schwab Challenge (T3)
  • Workday ambassador and 2013 Memorial Tournament champion Matt Kuchar has seven top-10s in 14 tournament starts at Muirfield Village
  • Runner-up finish by Matthew Wolff at last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic marked his first top-10 finish since winning the 2019 3M Open
  • Former Ohio State Buckeye Ryan Armour enters week with back-to-back top-10 results (T6/Travelers Championship, T4/Rocket Mortgage Classic) for first time in his PGA TOUR career
  • Canada’s Nick Taylor, winner of the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, makes first start since THE PLAYERS Championship, which was canceled after the opening round due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Workday ambassador Brandt Snedeker has made six starts at Muirfield Village with five missed cuts and a WD (2012) in his appearances at the Memorial Tournament
  • Since securing PGA TOUR Special Temporary Membership with a T6 finish at Muirfield Village in 2018 in his eighth start on TOUR (fifth as a professional), Chile’s Joaquin Niemann won his first TOUR event at 2019 A Military    Tribute at The Greenbrier and represented the International Team at the 2019 Presidents Cup
  • Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell is included among 32 players set to compete in a tournament at Muirfield Village for the first time
  • Chase Koepka is an addition to the Workday Charity Open, increasing the field to 157 players. Koepka successfully Monday qualified for the recent Travelers Championship but withdrew prior to the start of the event out of an abundance of caution, after having close contact with two caddies who subsequently tested positive
  • Scottie Scheffler, at No. 23, is the highest-ranked rookie in the FedExCup standings
  • Sponsor exemption Brandon Wu has made five cuts in six starts on TOUR, with his best result coming at the 2019 Houston Open (T17)
  • Workday ambassador Matthew Fitzpatrick is scheduled to have Phil Mickelson’s former caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay on the bag this week

Miscellaneous Notes

  • This marks the eleventh time in TOUR history, and first since 1957, that events will be held back-to-back at the  same venue; In 1957, the All American Open and the World Championship of Golf were held in consecutive weeks  at Tam O’Shanter Club in Niles, Illinois
  • In four events since Return to Golf, average winning score is 19.75-under par (-15, -22, -19, -23)
  • Only three players in the field have made the cut in each of the first four tournaments since the Return to Golf: Viktor Hovland, Mark Hubbard, Brian Stuard
  • Contestants at the Workday Charity Open can expect to see a variation in the course set-up at Muirfield Village, with slightly shorter rough to start the week, lower green speeds to enable more hole locations and a greater- than-normal variety in tee locations (especially on par-3s) in order to preserve teeing areas typically used for the Memorial Tournament the following week

Charitable Impact

  • Workday, Inc. is a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources
  • Workday is committing $1 million in support of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Workday is donating $500,000 to the Oakland-based Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation founded by three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and entrepreneur, host and The New   York Times bestselling author Ayesha Curry

Muirfield Village Golf Club

  • Muirfield Village Golf Club was named after Muirfield, Scotland, where Jack Nicklaus won the first of his three Open Championship titles in 1966.
  • Along with hosting the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide every year since its inception in 1976, Muirfield Village has also hosted several national championships and international team competitions, including the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup, the 1992 U.S. Amateur, the 1998 Solheim Cup and the 2013 Presidents Cup.
  • Muirfield Village is the only venue to have hosted the Ryder Cup, the Solheim Cup and the Presidents Cup

The Workday Charity Open Preview 2020 is via PGA TOUR.

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