Where it stops, everybody knows: GOLF’s official 2021 season calendar

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The year ahead in golf is a drama still unwritten, but we know that every major scene will play out on a spectacular stage (like Kiawah Island in May).

Gary Kellner | The PGA of America

From storied British links to majestic West Coast munis and every style of architecture in between, the venues for the top events of 2021 stand unsurpassed in their variety and beauty, a showcase for the game in all its glorious forms. So let the fireworks begin.

In May, the Ocean Course at Kiawah, a modernist marvel and seaside monster, will welcome the PGA Championship for the second time.

Torrey Pines is on the docket, too. The site of Tiger Woods’ broken legged heroics at the 2008 U.S. Open, San Diego’s prized city-run track has been tapped for our national championship again.

Patrick Koenig

The Olympic Club and Southern Hills are no strangers to majors. Both will enjoy another 15 minutes when the women and the seniors take a crack at them. And we haven’t even made it across the pond yet.

Better late than never, Royal St. George’s will reclaim its place in the Open Championship rota before ceding the spotlight, later in the summer, to enchanting Sunningdale.

How the plots will play out remain open questions. What isn’t a mystery? The magnificence of their settings. Take a look.

To check out and download the full 2021 schedule, click the attached PDF.

The Majors

Mission Hills Country Club
Rancho Mirage, CA
GOLF Top 100 Courses in the World Ranking: NR

APRIL 8–11
Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta, GA
GOLF Top 100 Courses in the World Ranking: No. 9

MAY 20–23
Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Ocean Course)
Kiawah Island, S.C.
Last major hosted: 2012 PGA Championship
GOLF Top 100 Courses in the World Ranking: No. 58

MAY 27–30
Southern Hills Country Club
Tulsa, OK
Last major hosted: 2009 U.S. Amateur
GOLF Top 100 Courses in the World Ranking: No. 49

JUNE 3–6
The Olympic Club (Lake Course)
Daly City, CA
Last major hosted: 2012 U.S. Open
World Ranking: No. 79

The Olympic Club’s Lake Course plays host to this year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Patrick Koenig

JUNE 17–20
Torrey Pines (South Course)
San Diego, CA
Last major hosted: 2008 U.S. Open
World Ranking: NR

JUNE 24-27
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Atlanta Athletic Club
Johns Creek, GA
World Ranking: NR

JULY 15–18
Royal St. George’s Golf Club
Sandwich, Kent, England
Last major hosted: 2011 Open Championship
World Ranking: 33

The Open Championship makes its return in 2021 to Royal St. George’s Golf Club.

Paul Severn

JULY 22–25
Sunningdale Golf Club (Old Course)
Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
Last major hosted: 2015 Senior Open Championship
World Ranking: 73

JULY 22-25
Evian Resort Golf Club
Evian les-Bains, France
World Ranking: NR

AUGUST 19-22
Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship Course)
Carnoustie, Scotland
World Ranking: 32

Whistling Straits (Straits Course)
Haven, WI
Last major hosted: 2015 PGA Championship
World Ranking: 69

The Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits is one of the year’s most anticipated events after being postponed for a year due to the virus.

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The 2021 PGA Tour Season

January 7-10
Sentry Tournament of Champions
Kapalua Bay Plantation Course
Kapalua, Maui, HI
Defending Champion: Justin Thomas
Current Champion: Harris English

January 14-17
Sony Open
Waialae Country Club
Honolulu, HI
Defending Champion: Cameron Smith

January 21-24
The American Express
PGA West; La Quinta Country Club
La Quinta, CA
Defending Champion: Andrew Landry

January 28-31
Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines
San Diego, CA
Defending Champion: March Leishman

February 4-7
Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ
Defending Champ: Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson will contend in “the greatest show on the grass” in 2021 in front of *slightly* fewer fans than witnessed his winning performance in 2020.

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February 11-14
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill CC, Monterey Peninsula CC
Pebble Beach, CA
Defending Champ: Nick Taylor

February 18-21
The Genesis Invitational
Riviera Country Club
Pacific Palisades, CA
Defending Champ: Adam Scott

February 25-28
WGC-Mexico Championship
Club de Golf Chapultepec
Mexico City, Mexico
Defending Champ: Patrick Reed

February 25-28
Puerto Rico Open
Grand Reserve Country Club
Rio Grande, P.R.
Defending Champ: Viktor Hovland

March 4-7
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Bay Hill Club & Lodge
Orlando, FL
Defending Champ: Tyrrell Hatton

March 11-14
The Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Course)
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Defending Champ: Rory McIlroy (2019)

The famed island green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

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March 18-21
The Honda Classic
PGA National
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Defending Champ: Sungjae Im

March 24-28
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Austin Country Club
Austin, TX
Defending Champ: Kevin Kisner (2019)

March 25-28
Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Course)
Punta Cana, D.R.
Defending Champ: Hudson Swafford

April 1-4
Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Defending Champ: Corey Conners (2019)

April 8-11
Masters Tournament
Augusta National Golf Club
Augusta, GA
Defending Champ: Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson returns to Augusta National less than six months after his triumph in the first-ever fall Masters.

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April 15-18
RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Defending Champ: Webb Simpson

April 22-25
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
TPC Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
Defending Champs: Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm (2019)

April 29-May 2
Valspar Championship
Palm Harbor, FL
Defending Champ: Paul Casey (2019)

May 6-9
Wells Fargo Championship
Quail Hollow Club
Charlotte, N.C.
Defending Champ: Max Homa (2019)

May 13-16
AT&T Byron Nelson
TPC Craig Ranch
McKinney, TX
Defending Champ: Sung Kang (2019)

May 20-23
PGA Championship
Kiawah Island (Ocean Course)
Kiawah Island, S.C.
Defending Champ: Collin Morikawa

Collin Morikawa returns to the PGA Championship in 2021 a 24-year-old defending champion.

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May 27-30
Charles Schwab Challenge
Colonial Country Club
Fort Worth, TX
Defending Champ: Daniel Berger

June 3-6
The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Dublin, OH
Defending Champ: Jon Rahm

June 10-13
RBC Canadian Open
ST George’s Golf and Country Club
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Defending Champ: Rory McIlroy (2019)

June 17-20
U.S. Open
Torrey Pines (South Course)
San Diego, CA
Defending Champ: Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau will look to repeat at this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

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June 24-27
Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands
Cromwell, CT
Defending Champ: Dustin Johnson

July 1-4
Rocket Mortgage Classic
Detroit Golf Club
Detroit, MI
Defending Champ: Bryson DeChambeau

July 8-11
John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run
Silvis, IL
Defending Champ: Dylan Frittelli (2019)

July 15-18
The Open Championship
Royal St. George’s (Champions Course)
Sandwich, Kent, England
Defending Champ: Shane Lowry (2019)

Royal St. George’s will host the first Open Championship in two full years in July.

Kevin Murray

July 15-18
Barbasol Championship
Keene Trace Golf Club
Nicholasville, KY
Defending Champ: Jim Herman (2019)

July 22-25
3M Open
TPC Twin Cities
Blaine, MN
Defending Champ: Michael Thompson

August 5-8
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
TPC Southwind
Memphis, TN
Defending Champ: Justin Thomas

August 5-8
Barracuda Championship
Old Greenwood Golf Course
Truckee, CA
Defending Champ: Richy Werenski

August 12-15
Wyndham Championship
Sedgefield Country Club
Greensboro, N.C.
Defending Champ: Jim Herman

August 19-22
The Northern Trust
Liberty National Golf Club
Jersey City, N.J.
Defending Champ: Dustin Johnson

The FedEx Cup Playoffs produced many of Dustin Johnson’s finest moments in 2020.

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August 26-29
BMW Championship
Caves Valley Golf Club
Owings Mills, MD
Defending Champ: Jon Rahm

September 2-5
The Tour Championship
East Lake Golf Club
Atlanta, GA
Defending Champ (& FedEx Cup winner): Dustin Johnson

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