You have to feel a bit sorry for the lads on the Korn Ferry Tour — the last time they had an event was October 8-11 of 2020.
By the time they tee it up this week at Lakewood National Golf Club outside Sarasota, it will have been 129 days of hibernation for the PGA Tour’s main feeder circuit.
The Lecom Suncoast Classic is a new event that gets underway on Thursday with a Sunday finish. But just as they get going, they’ll have to wait another full month for the next event. The schedule’s next stop is in Lafayette, Louisiana for the Chitimacha Louisiana Open at Le Triomphe Country Club.
The 2020 season ended with the Orange County National Championship, won by Trey Mullinax.
The Lecom Suncoast Classic is a new event on the tour.
LPGA Tour Takes A Month Between Events:
Speaking of long layoffs, the LPGA Tour is finally back in action next week at the Gainbridge, a first-time event that will be played at ritzy Lake Nona outside Orlando.
First round is Thursday, February 25, and it will make Annika Sorenstam’s foray out of retirement to tee it up on her home course — literally, as she lives on the 16th hole at Lake Nona.
Jessica Korda won the first event of 2021 last month at the Tournament of Champions.
Three Years Later — Joel Dahmen Paired with Sung Kang:
It has been a long three years since Joel Dahmen accused fellow Tour player Sung Kang of taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans event, basically accusing Kang of cheating.
The two were paired for Sunday’s final round at Pebble Beach.
Dahmen Tweeted a worried emoji on Saturday evening after receiving a text from the PGA Tour that he’d be teeing off No. 10 at the 9:56 a.m. alongside C.T. Pan and Kang.
Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, tweeted afterward that Kang came with the icebreaker early.
“My friends told me I should push you off a cliff,” Kang reportedly joked on the opening tee box.
Bonnalie added: “Joel laughed. It was all good.”
It was the first time the two have spoken since the incident.