The seven-year-wait: Michael Thompson poses with the trophy after winning the 3M Open on July 26, 2020 at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. The win was the 35-year-old’s second PGA Tour event victory, 2,702 days after his first.
World No. 1: Jon Rahm of Spain plays his shot from the first tee during the final round of The Memorial Tournament on July 19, 2020 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Rahm’s victory at the competition ensured the Spaniard replaced Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings. Seve Ballesteros and Rahm are the only Spaniards to hold the top ranking.
Pecking order: Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who was world No. 1 before Rahm took top spot, looks on during a practice round prior to the Players Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 10, 2020 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Tiger Woods holds the record for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (281), as well as the most total weeks in the position with 683. McIlroy is in third place on 106 weeks.
Muscle man: Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 05, 2020 at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Michigan. DeChambeau’s victory comes off the back of a productive period with golf on pause during the coronavirus outbreak, which has seen him pile on muscle and reshape his entire game. He’s now powered by 40 pounds of additional muscle.
Pandemic: A sign telling players about social distancing and other advice against Covid-19 is seen during practice prior to the Austrian Open at Diamond Country Club on July 08, 2020 in Atzenbrugg, Austria. Golf’s European Tour had been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, before its resumption at the British Masters on July 22.
Behind closed doors: Tiger Woods walks past fans looking on from a nearby house on the 17th hole during the second round of the Memorial tournament on July 17, 2020 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Since the PGA Tour returned to action in June, there have been spectator-free tournaments in Texas, South Carolina, Connecticut and Michigan. The Memorial event was also closed to the general public.
‘Very fortunate’: Jon Rahm of Spain celebrates with Jack Nicklaus, Barbara Nicklaus and son Jack Nicklaus II after winning in the final round of The Memorial Tournament on July 19, 2020 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Golf legend Nicklaus announced at the tournament that he and his wife, Barbara, both tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in March. The 80-year-old, who hosted the competition, told Jim Nantz during a CBS telecast that he had dealt with a sore throat and a cough and that his wife was asymptomatic. The 18-time major champion said: “It didn’t last very long, and we were very, very fortunate, very lucky. Barbara and I are both of the age that is an at-risk age.”
‘The Match’: In May at the Medalist Golf Club in Florida, Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning faced off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in “The Match: Champions for Charity.” The goal was to raise more than $10 million for Covid-19-related causes which provide relief for frontline workers, small businesses, and those in desperate need of food as a result of the pandemic. Woods and Manning stopped a late comeback effort by Mickelson and Brady to win by one shot.
Black Lives Matter: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka take part in a moment of silence held in place of the 8:46 tee time to remember George Floyd during the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 12, 2020 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Competitive return: Fast forward to July and after struggling to make the cut and troubled by persistent back problems at the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, Tiger Woods showed promise of better things to come with a battling one-under-par 71 in the third round, though he then hit a 76 in the tournament’s final round.
Autumnal Augusta: The famed Masters golf tournament has earmarked November 12-15 to hold its 2020 championship. The Masters was originally slated to tee off in early April but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Majors: In April, the R&A canceled the British Open at Royal St George’s due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Open will next be played at Royal St George’s in 2021. A general view of play on the sixth green during day 6 of The Amateur Championship at Royal St. George on June 24, 2017 in Sandwich, England.
Surviving majors: TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, will host the PGA Championship August 6-9, while the the US Open will be held at the Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York, September 17-20. Phil Mickelson stands on the 18th green after his last putt in the final round of the 2006 US Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club on June 18, 2006 in Mamaroneck, New York. Geoff Ogilvy won the championship by one stroke.
LPGA: The LPGA Tour’s last event was the Women’s Australian Open in February, but it plans to resume its schedule July 31 at the Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio. However, the LPGA of Korea Tour did get going in May. World No. 1 Jin-young Ko of South Korea is pictured looking over a green on the 18th hole during the final round of the KIA Motors Korea Women’s Open at the Bears Best CheongNa on June 21, 2020 in Incheon, South Korea.
Royal Troon: The first women’s major golf championship of 2020 is the Women’s British Open, which will be held — without spectators — at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland between August 20-23. The 123 yards par 3 eighth hole on the Old Course at Royal Troon is pictured.
Women’s majors: Usually the first women’s major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, was postponed until September 10-13 in Rancho Mirage, California. Jin-young Ko won the tournament in 2019. The Women’s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for October 8-11 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, while the US Women’s Open will be held December 10-13 in Houston.