2017 in golf
This article summarizes the highlights of professional and amateur golf in the year 2017.
- 1 Men's professional golf
- 2 Women's professional golf
- 3 Senior men's professional golf
- 4 Amateur golf
- 5 Golf in multi-sport events
- 6 Other headlines
- 7 Deaths
- 8 Table of results
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Men's professional golf
- 6–9 April: The Masters – Sergio García won in a playoff over Justin Rose. It was his first major championship.
- 15–18 June: U.S. Open – Brooks Koepka won by four strokes over Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama. It was his first major championship victory. He tied the U.S. Open record of 16 strokes under par.
- 20–23 July: The Open Championship – Jordan Spieth won by three strokes over Matt Kuchar. It was his first Open Championship victory, and his third major championship. It is also the third different major he has won, having previously won the Masters and the U.S. Open.
- 10–13 August: PGA Championship – Justin Thomas won by two strokes over Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, and Patrick Reed. It was his first major championship.
- 2–5 March WGC-Mexico Championship – Dustin Johnson won by one stroke over Tommy Fleetwood. It was the second time he won this particular WGC event, and the fourth time he won any WGC event.
- 22–26 March: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play – Dustin Johnson defeated Jon Rahm, 1 up, in the championship match. It was the first time he won the Match Play event, and the fifth time he has won any WGC event. He became the first player to win all four active WGC events.
- 3–6 August: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – Hideki Matsuyama won by five strokes over Zach Johnson. It was his first WGC-Bridgestone Invitational championship, and his second WGC championship overall.
- 26–29 October: WGC-HSBC Champions – Justin Rose won by two strokes over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Henrik Stenson. It was his first WGC-HSBC Champions victory, and his second WGC victory overall.
- 24–27 August: The Northern Trust – Dustin Johnson won in a playoff over Jordan Spieth.
- 1–4 September: Dell Technologies Championship – Justin Thomas won by three strokes over Spieth.
- 14–17 September: BMW Championship – Marc Leishman won by five strokes over Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose.
- 21–24 September: Tour Championship – Xander Schauffele won by one shot over Justin Thomas, whose second-place finish gave him the FedEx Cup.
Other leading PGA Tour events
- 11–14 May: The Players Championship – Kim Si-woo won by three strokes over Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter.
For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2017 PGA Tour.
Leading European Tour events
- 25–28 May: BMW PGA Championship – Alex Norén shot a final-round 62 to win by two strokes.
- 16–19 November: DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – Jon Rahm won the tournament by one shot, while Tommy Fleetwood won his first Race to Dubai title.
For a complete list of European Tour results see 2017 European Tour.
- 28 September – 1 October: Presidents Cup – The U.S. team won, 19–11, for the seventh straight time.
- PGA Tour - Justin Thomas (US$9,921,560)
- This total does not include FedEx Cup bonuses.
- European Tour – Tommy Fleetwood (5,420,530 points)
- Japan Golf Tour – Yusaku Miyazato (¥182,831,982)
- Asian Tour – Gavin Green (US$585,813)
- Korean Tour – Kim Seung-hyuk (₩631,779,810)
- PGA Tour of Australasia – Brett Rumford (A$313,094)
- Sunshine Tour – George Coetzee (R 2,937,226) – 2017–18 season
- OneAsia Tour – Chang Yi-keun (US$270,303)
- PGA Tour Latinoamérica – José de Jesús Rodríguez (US$119,001)
- PGA Tour
- FedEx Cup – Justin Thomas
- PGA Player of the Year – Justin Thomas
- Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) – Justin Thomas
- Leading money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) – Justin Thomas
- Vardon Trophy – Jordan Spieth
- Byron Nelson Award – Jordan Spieth
- Rookie of the Year – Xander Schauffele
- Payne Stewart Award – Stewart Cink
- European Tour
- Web.com Tour
Results from other tours
- 2017 Asian Tour
- 2017 PGA Tour of Australasia
- 2017 PGA Tour Canada
- 2017 Challenge Tour
- 2017 Japan Golf Tour
- 2017 OneAsia Tour
- 2017 PGA Tour Latinoamérica
- 2017–18 Sunshine Tour
- 2017 Web.com Tour
- 19 February: Dustin Johnson became the number one golfer in the world.
- 14 March: The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, owners and operators of Muirfield, voted overwhelmingly to admit women to the club for the first time. The R&A responded by reinstating Muirfield as a venue for The Open Championship. The club had been removed from the rotation in 2016 after voting against admitting women.
- 8 August: The PGA of America and the PGA Tour jointly announced that beginning in 2019, the PGA Championship would move from August to May, and The Players Championship would move from May to March.
- 23 August: Augusta National Golf Club, operator of the Masters Tournament, announced that Billy Payne, who had served as club chairman since October 2006, would retire effective with the start of the club's next season on October 16. Payne's replacement is Fred Ridley, a past president of the USGA.
Women's professional golf
- 30 March – 2 April: ANA Inspiration – Ryu So-yeon won in a playoff over Lexi Thompson. It was her first ANA Inspiration championship, and her second major championship.
- 29 June – 2 July: KPMG Women's PGA Championship – Danielle Kang won her first professional tournament by one stoke over defending champion Brooke Henderson.
- 13–16 July: U.S. Women's Open – Park Sung-hyun won the tournament by two strokes over amateur Choi Hye-jin. It was her first major victory.
- 3–6 August: Women's British Open – In-Kyung Kim won her first major, beating Jodi Ewart Shadoff by two strokes.
- 14–17 September: The Evian Championship – Anna Nordqvist beat Brittany Altomare in a sudden-death playoff, for her second major. The event was reduced to 54 holes after the first day's play was abandoned because of bad weather.
For a complete list of LPGA Tour results, see 2017 LPGA Tour.
Additional LPGA Tour events
- 16–19 November: CME Group Tour Championship – Ariya Jutanugarn won the tournament by one stroke, while Lexi Thompson clinched Race to the CME Globe title.
Ladies European Tour event
- 6–9 December: Omega Dubai Ladies Masters – Angel Yin won in a playoff over Céline Herbin and In-Kyung Kim.
For a complete list of Ladies European Tour results see 2017 Ladies European Tour.
Legends Tour event
Money list leaders
- LPGA Tour – Park Sung-hyun (US$2,335,883)
- LPGA of Japan Tour – Ai Suzuki (¥140,122,631)
- Ladies European Tour – Georgia Hall (€368,935)
- LPGA of Korea Tour – Lee Jeong-eun (₩1,149,052,534)
- Ladies Asian Golf Tour – Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras (US$13,216)
- ALPG Tour – Sarah Jane Smith (A$97,245, 2016/17 season)
- Symetra Tour – Benyapa Niphatsophon (US$124,492)
- LPGA Tour Player of the Year – Ryu So-yeon and Park Sung-hyun
- LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year – Park Sung-hyun
- LPGA Tour Vare Trophy – Lexi Thompson
- LET Player of the Year – Georgia Hall
- LET Rookie of the Year – Camille Chevalier
Other tour results
- 2017 ALPG Tour
- 2017 China LPGA Tour
- 2017 Ladies Asian Golf Tour
- 2017 Legends Tour
- 2017 LPGA of Japan Tour
- 2017 LPGA of Korea Tour
- 2017 Symetra Tour
- 12 June: Ariya Jutanugarn rises to number one in the Women's World Golf Rankings after winning the Manulife LPGA Classic, ending Lydia Ko's run of 85 weeks at number one.
- 26 June: Ryu So-yeon rises to number one in the Women's World Golf Rankings after winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, ending Jutanugarn's two weeks at number one.
- 6 November: Park Sung-hyun rises to number one in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
- 13 November: Shanshan Feng rises to number one in the Women's World Golf Rankings after winning the Blue Bay LPGA.
Senior men's professional golf
- 18–21 May: Regions Tradition – Bernhard Langer won his second consecutive Tradition and eighth senior major, tying Jack Nicklaus for most senior major victories.
- 25–28 May: Senior PGA Championship – Langer won, completing the senior grand slam and passing Nicklaus with his ninth senior major victory.
- 29 June – 2 July: U.S. Senior Open – Kenny Perry won his second U.S. Senior Open and fourth senior major.
- 13–16 July: Senior Players Championship – Scott McCarron won his first senor major by one stroke over Brandt Jobe and Langer.
- 27–30 July: The Senior Open Championship – Langer won his third Senior Open by three strokes over Corey Pavin.
Charles Schwab Cup playoff events
- 20–22 October: Dominion Charity Classic – Bernhard Langer won by one stroke over Scott Verplank.
- 27–29 October: PowerShares QQQ Championship – Bernhard Langer won on the second playoff hole over Miguel Ángel Jiménez.
- 9–12 November: Charles Schwab Cup Championship – Kevin Sutherland won by one stroke over Vijay Singh and Lee Janzen, also winning the Charles Schwab Cup.
Money list leaders
- PGA Tour Champions
- 19–24 May: NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships – Arizona State won its eighth team title and Monica Vaughn (Arizona State) took the individual title.
- 26–31 May: NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships – Oklahoma defeated defending champion Oregon for its second team title and Braden Thornberry (Ole Miss) won the individual title.
- 13−17 June: British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship – Leona Maguire defeated Ainhoa Olarra, 3 and 2, in the final.
- 19–24 June: The Amateur Championship – Harry Ellis defeated Dylan Perry on the 38th hole.
- 7–13 August: U.S. Women's Amateur – Sophia Schubert defeated Albane Valenzuela 6 & 5 in the championship match.
- 14–20 August: U.S. Amateur – Doc Redman defeated Doug Ghim in 37 holes, in the final.
- 9–10 September: Walker Cup – The United States team won, 19–7.
- 26–29 October: Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship – Lin Yuxin of China defeated countryman Andy Zhang by three strokes.
- 15 March: Curtis Luck takes over the men's World Amateur Golf Ranking from Maverick McNealy, they swap the title over the next two months.
- 17 May: Joaquín Niemann takes over the men's World Amateur Golf Ranking from McNealy.
Golf in multi-sport events
- 27–30 June: Island Games – Isle of Man took the men's team and individual golds while Åland Islands took the women's individual and Gotland took the women's team.
- 22–26 August: Southeast Asian Games – Kosuke Hamamoto and Atthaya Thitikul, both of Thailand, took the individual gold medals in the men's and women's events, respectively. Singapore won the men's team gold medal and Thailand took the women's.
- 24–27 August: Summer Universiade – Raul Pereda de la Huerta of Mexico and Mariel Galdiano of the United States took the individual men's and women's gold medals, respectively. Japan and the United States took the team men's and women's gold medals, respectively.
- 11 December: The USGA and R&A jointly announced two significant changes to the Rules of Golf:
- From 1 January 2018, video review protocols would be changed by means of a "Local Rule" to be followed by all major golf tours. All televised tournaments would dedicate at least one official to monitor the event's TV coverage to handle rules issues. Viewer feedback on potential rules violations would no longer be accepted, and the only acceptable source of video evidence of rules violations would be the event's broadcast partner(s).
- Also from 1 January 2018, another Local Rule removes the 2-stroke penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard in cases when the golfer was not notified of a rules violation at the time of signing. From 1 January 2019, the penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard will be completely removed from the Rules of Golf.
- 4 January – Wayne Westner (born 1961), South African golfer who won twice on the European Tour.
- 13 January – John Jacobs (born 1925), Ryder Cup player and captain, founder of European Tour, and World Golf Hall of Fame member.
- 27 January – Betty Stanhope-Cole (born 1937), Canadian amateur golf and member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
- 2 March – Simon Hobday (born 1940), South African golfer who won the 1994 U.S. Senior Open.
- 15 March – Jackie Pung (born 1921), American golfer who won the 1952 U.S. Women's Amateur and five times on the LPGA Tour.
- 19 March – Ken Still (born 1935), American golfer who won three times on the PGA Tour.
- 20 March – John Paul Cain (born 1936), American golfer who won twice on the Senior PGA Tour.
- 1 June – Roberto De Vicenzo (born 1923), Argentine golfer who won the 1967 Open Championship and World Golf Hall of Fame member.
- 3 June – Vincent Tshabalala (born 1942), South African golfer who won the 1976 French Open.
- 22 June – Sandy Tatum (born 1920), American amateur golfer and former United States Golf Association president.
- 7 September – Charles Owens (born 1932), American golfer who won two Senior PGA Tour events.
- 9 September – Doug Sewell (born 1929), English professional golfer.
- 7 December – Tommy Horton (born 1941), English golfer who won four times on the European Tour and 23 times on the European Seniors Tour.
- 17 December – Al Kelley (born 1935), American golfer who won one Senior PGA Tour event.
Table of results
This table summarizes all the results referred to above in date order.
- "Sergio Garcia outlasts Justin Rose to claim Masters, first major". ESPN. Associated Press. 9 April 2017.
- "Brooks Koepka wins U.S. Open, ties Rory McIlroy's scoring mark". ESPN. Associated Press. 18 June 2017.
- "Jordan Spieth wins Open for 3rd major title, finishes 3 shots ahead of Matt Kuchar". ESPN. 23 July 2017.
- "Justin Thomas closes with 3-under 68 to win PGA Championship". ESPN. Associated Press. 13 August 2017.
- DiMeglio, Steve (5 March 2017). "Dustin Johnson wins WGC-Mexico Championship in his debut as No. 1". USA Today.
- DiMeglio, Steve (26 March 2017). "Dustin Johnson stays hot, holds on to edge Jon Rahm for Match Play triumph". USA Today.
- Crouse, Karen (6 August 2017). "Hideki Matsuyama Ties a Course Record to Win the Bridgestone Invitational". The New York Times.
- "Justin Rose wins WGC-HSBC with comeback over Dustin Johnson". ESPN. Associated Press. 29 October 2017.
- "Dustin Johnson's comeback ends with playoff victory over Jordan Spieth". ESPN. Associated Press. 27 August 2017.
- "Justin Thomas holds on in Boston to earn fifth win of the season". ESPN. Asscoiated Press. 4 September 2017.
- "Marc Leishman breaks tournament record, eyes FedEx Cup title". ESPN. Associated Press. 17 September 2017.
- "Xander Schauffele is first rookie to win Tour Championship; Justin Thomas takes FedEx Cup". ESPN. Associated Press. 25 September 2017.
- "Players Championship: Kim Si-woo holds off Ian Poulter to become youngest winner". BBC Sport. 15 May 2017.
- "PGA Championship: Alexander Noren shoots record 62 to win at Wentworth". BBC Sport. 28 May 2017.
- "Tommy Fleetwood wins European Tour's Race to Dubai". ESPN. PA Sport. 19 November 2017.
- "Presidents Cup: United States win seventh successive title". BBC Sport. 1 October 2017.
- "Dustin Johnson wins Genesis Open to claim world No. 1 ranking". ESPN. Associated Press. 19 February 2017.
- "Muirfield golf club overturns men-only policy". BBC. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Porter, Kyle (8 August 2017). "PGA Championship will move to May beginning in 2019 at Bethpage Black". CBS Sports. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
- Harig, Bob (23 August 2017). "Billy Payne retires as Augusta National chairman, replaced by Fred Ridley". ESPN. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- "Ryu wins ANA Inspiration in playoff after Thompson's penalty". USA Today. Associated Press. 3 April 2017.
- "Danielle Kang edges defending champion Brooke Henderson to win KPMG Championship". ESPN. Associated Press. 2 July 2017.
- "Sung Hyun Park wins U.S. Women's Open in front of President Trump". ESPN. Associated Press. 16 July 2017.
- "IK Kim holds off Jodi Ewart Shadoff challenge to win women's British Open". ESPN. PA Sport. 6 August 2017.
- "Evian Championship: Anna Nordqvist wins at first play-off hole". BBC Sport. 17 September 2017.
- "Ariya Jutanugarn rallies for CME win after Lexi Thompson misses 2-foot putt". ESPN. Associated Press. 20 November 2017.
- "Angel Yin wins Omega Dubai Ladies Classic in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. 11 December 2017.
- "Trish Johnson wins inaugural Senior LPGA Championship in wire-to-wire fashion". Golfweek. Associated Press. 12 July 2017.
- "Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer help U.S. to Solheim Cup win in Iowa". ESPN. Associated Press. 20 August 2017.
- "Ariya Jutanugarn beats Lexi in playoff, grabs No. 1 ranking from Lydia Ko". Golf.com. Associated Press. 11 June 2017.
- "So Yeon Ryu Becomes No. 1 Player in Rolex Rankings". LPGA. 26 June 2017.
- "Sung Hyun Park Becomes Top Player in Rolex Rankings". LPGA. 6 November 2017.
- "Shanshan Feng Goes Back-to-back with Win in China". LPGA. 11 November 2017.
- "Bernhard Langer's eighth PGA Tour Champions win ties Jack Nicklaus". ESPN. Associated Press. 22 May 2017.
- "Bernhard Langer wins Senior PGA for record 9th senior major victory". ESPN. Associated Press. 29 May 2017.
- "Kenny Perry wins U.S. Senior Open by 2 strokes over Kirk Triplett". ESPN. Associated Press. 2 July 2017.
- "Scott McCarron makes up 6-shot deficit to win Senior Players major". ESPN. Associated Press. 16 July 2017.
- "Two-time Masters champion Langer claims Senior Open Championship". ESPN. Associated Press. 30 July 2017.
- "Eagle on last hole gives Bernhard Langer Richmond win". ESPN. Associated Press. 23 October 2017.
- "Bernhard Langer wins PowerShares QQQ with 30-footer in playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. 29 October 2017.
- "Kevin Sutherland wins Champions finale, season title". ESPN. Associated Press. 13 November 2017.
- "Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women's golf title". ESPN. Associated Press. 24 May 2017.
- "Oklahoma wins NCAA golf title, beating Oregon 3-1-1". ESPN. Associated Press. 31 May 2017.
- Wiseman, Steve (17 June 2017). "Duke's Leona Maguire wins British Open Am, qualifies for U.S. Women's Open". The Charlotte Observer.
- Tait, Alistair (24 June 2017). "Florida State's Harry Ellis overcomes 4-hole deficit to win British Amateur". Golfweek.
- "Schubert wins US Women's Amateur 6 and 5 over Valenzuela". USA Today. Associated Press. 13 August 2017.
- "Clemson's Doc Redman makes big late rally to win US Amateur". USA Today. Associated Press. 20 August 2017.
- "U.S. wins back Walker Cup behind 3 Southern Californians, NCAA champ". ESPN. Associated Press. 12 September 2017.
- "China's Lin too good in Asia-Pacific golf". ESPN. Australian Associated Press. 29 October 2017.
- "Luck takes over as world number one". World Amateur Golf Ranking.
- "Niemann on top of the world". World Amateur Golf Ranking.
- "Local Rule, New Video Review Protocols Introduced for 2018" (Press release). United States Golf Association. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
- "Wayne Westner dies in hostage drama". sport24.co.za. 4 January 2017.
- "John Jacobs: Former Ryder Cup captain and European Tour founder dies". BBC Sport. 13 January 2017.
- Stock, Curtis (30 January 2017). "Canadian golfing great Betty Stanhope-Cole, who 'hated to lose more than she liked to win,' dead at 79". Edmonton Journal.
- "Simon Hobday, former US Senior Open champion, passes away aged 76". Sky Sports. 2 March 2017.
- Burnett, John (22 March 2017). "Jackie Pung dies at 95: 'Hawaii's First Lady of Golf' an LPGA pioneer". Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
- Milles, Todd (20 March 2017). "Affable golfing icon Ken Still, Tacoma's first PGA Tour champion, dies at 82". The News Tribune.
- Williams, Don (24 March 2017). "John Paul Cain, Tech golf great, PGA Senior player, dies at 81". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
- Harig, Bob (1 June 2017). "Argentine golfing legend Roberto De Vicenzo dies at age 94". ESPN.
- "Former SA golfer Vincent Tshabalala dies". SABC. 4 June 2017.
- "Former USGA President Sandy Tatum dies at 96". USAToday. Associated Press. 22 June 2017.
- Fuoco, Roy (8 September 2017). "Winter Haven native, golfing pioneer Charlie Owens dies at 85". The Ledger.
- "Tributes paid to the late Douglas Sewell". The Professional Golfers' Association. 13 September 2017.
- Jackson, Keith (8 December 2017). "European Senior Tour legend Tommy Horton dies aged 76". Sky Sports.
- "Deaths in Central Florida: 12/22". Orlando Sentinel. 22 December 2017.
Men's tours' official sites
- PGA Tour and portal to Champions and Web.com Tours
- European Tour and portal to European Senior and Challenge Tours
- Japan Golf Tour (English version)
- Asian Tour
- PGA Tour of Australasia
- Sunshine Tour
- OneAsia Tour
Women's tours' official sites
- Official World Golf Ranking – updated each Monday
- Women's World Rankings – updated each Monday
- World Amateur Golf Rankings – updated each Wednesday
Golf news sites