18 key events for golf in 2022: From Hawaii to the DP World Tour Championship

A look at some of the biggest tournaments of the year in men’s and women’s golf and where and when they take place.

Sony Open - January 13-16

Where: Sony Open, Honolulu, Hawaii

Purse: $7,500,000

Storyline: The first full-field event of the calendar year on the PGA Tour takes place in Hawaii. A number of those who contested last week's Sentry Tournament of Champions will make the short hop from Maui to Honolulu where Waialae CC hosts again. Kevin Na headed home with the trophy last year.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship - January 20-23

Where: Yas Links Abu Dhabi, UAE

Purse: USD 8,000,000

Storyline: Rip up those course form books because the European Tour's first tournament (and opening Rolex Series event) of the calendar year moves to Yas Links. It's a Kyle Phillips design that was recently ranked 48th in Golf Digest's Top 100 courses. Tyrrell Hatton defends.

Slynic.io Dubai Desert Classic - January 27-30

Where: Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE

Purse: USD 8,000,000

Storyline: A new sponsor but a very familiar venue. This is the second of the European Tour's five Rolex Series events. Paul Casey took the title last year while Rory McIlroy will be seeking to win it for the third time.

THE PLAYERS Championship - March 10-13

Where: TPC Sawgrass, Florida

Purse: $20,000,000

Storyline: Still regarded by many as the "fifth major", the world's best will battle it out for a monster $20million purse, up $5million from last year. The PGA Tour's flagship event has been won by Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy since switching back to a March slot in 2019.

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play - March 23-27

Where: Austin Country Club, Texas

Purse: $12,000,000

Storyline: A chance for some of Europe's Ryder Cup stars to gain revenge for the Ryder Cup hammering last September? It will be tough; the last three finals at Austin have been all-American affairs. Billy Horschel beat Scottie Scheffler in last year's championship match.

The Masters - April 7-10

Where: Augusta National, Georgia

Purse: $11,500,000

Storyline: The first men's major of the year and the highlight of the calendar for many golf fans. Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese player to win the famed Green Jacket last year, ending a run of three straight American victories which included Tiger Woods' incredible triumph in 2019.

PGA Championship - May 19-22

Where: Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Purse: $12,000,000

Storyline: Southern Hills has hosted this event on four previous occasions, the last time in 2007 when Tiger won by two to claim his 12th Major. Phil Mickelson will defend after becoming the oldest Major winner in history when landing last year's edition at Kiawah Island, aged 50.

US Women's Open - June 2-5

Where: Pine Needles Golf Course, North Carolina

Purse: $10,000,000

Storyline: The first US Women's Open to have a partner (healthcare organisation ProMedica) and with it comes a prize fund of $10 million, almost double last year's purse. Asian golfers have absolutely dominated the premier prize in the women's game, winning it 11 times in the last 14 editions. Yuka Saso, whose swing is a self-confessed YouTube-inspired celebration of Rory McIlroy, defends the trophy after she hunted down Lexi Thompson last year.

US Open - June 16-19

Where: The Country Club, Brookline

Purse: $12,500,000

Storyline: Perhaps best known for the 1999 Ryder Cup when Ben Crenshaw's Americans produced a dramatic final-day comeback, Brookline last staged the US Open in 1988 when Curtis Strange edged out Nick Faldo in a play-off. It was also the scene of Matt Fitzpatrick's US Amateur win in 2013.

Genesis Scottish Open - July 7-10

Where: The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

Purse: $8,000,000

Storyline: New for 2022, the Scottish Open also appears on the PGA Tour schedule for the first time and has a fresh sponsor. With FedEx Cup points available, expect more American stars to make the journey, especially as the following week's event is the Open Championship at St. Andrews!

The 150th Open Championship - July 14-17

Where: St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Purse: $11,500,000

Storyline: To coincide with the 150th edition, St Andrews was scheduled for 2021 instead of 2020 but Covid delayed it further. Finally we get back to the Old Course in 2022, seven years on from when Zach Johnson won a play-off in 2015. Collin Morikawa will be going for back-to-back Claret Jugs after his brilliant win at Royal St. George's last summer.

AIG Women's Open - August 4-7

Where: Muirfield, Scotland

Purse: $6,800,000

Storyline: The tournament's first visit to Muirfield which, when it hosted the 2013 Open, proved controversial for the club's refusal to permit female members. That changed when the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers invited 12 women to join in 2019 and, with it, got themselves back on-side with the R&A. It promises to be a remarkable week of breakthrough activity on and off the course, with England's Georgia Hall likely to feature on the leaderboard: she's got a win, a second and a third in her last five tournament starts.

FedEx St. Jude Championship - August 4-7

Where: TPC Southwind, Memphis

Purse: $15,000,000

Storyline: The St. Jude loses its WGC status but instead marks the opening event of the three-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs - hence the enormous prize pool of $15m. The top 125 players on the season-ending FedEx Cup qualify, the top 70 at the end of the event going on to contest the following week's BMW Championship at Wilmington CC in Delaware.

Tour Championship - August 25-28

Where: East Lake, Atlanta, Georgia

Purse: $46,000,000 (2021 amount)

Storyline: Once more, East Lake plays host as the huge FedEx Cup jackpot is shared between the final 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings. This will be year four of the Starting Strokes format which sees players start between 10-under and even par depending on their position in the top 30. Patrick Cantlay took glory last year.

BMW PGA Championship - September 8-11

Where: Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey, England

Purse: $8,000,000

Storyline: The European Tour's flagship event is the fourth of the five Rolex Series events. It keeps its September/October slot having been contested in May up until the 2018 edition won by Danny Willett. American Billy Horschel lifted the trophy last year after edging out Kiradech Aphibarnra, Laurie Canter and Jamie Donaldson.

The Presidents Cup - September 22-25

Where: Quail Hollow, North Carolina, USA

Purse: N/A

Storyline: Another chance for America's young bucks to show their collective prowess following the hammering of Europe in the Ryder Cup. The Americans have won 11 of the 13 editions, including each of the last eight. The Internationals' sole win came at Royal Melbourne way back in 1998.

WGC-HSBC Champions - October 27-30

Where: Sheshan International, Shanghai, China

Purse: TBC

Storyline: After being cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the event heads back to Sheshan for the 16th running. It usually produces a classy winner, with Rory McIlroy (2019), Xander Schauffele (2018), Justin Rose (2017) and Hideki Matsuyama (2016) capturing the last four (all at Sheshan).

DP World Tour Championship - November 17-20

Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course, Dubai, UAE

Purse: $10,000,000

Storyline: The final big event of 2022 takes us back to the United Arab Emirates as the cream of the European Tour battle it out for glory. Open hero Collin Morikawa won it all last year, scoring a three-shot victory to become the first American to win both the event itself and the season-long Race to Dubai crown.

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