At least 30 pros with ties to Las Vegas are playing on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Champions, European PGA Tour or LPGA Tour. Several are in terrific form now that the golf season is in full swing.
Former UNLV standout Adam Scott is 32nd in the FedEx Cup standings to lead players with local ties. Scott was among the early leaders at the Masters two weeks ago, but a balky putter sealed his fate and he finished tied for 18th. He was 12th at the Players Championship in March.
Scott Piercy, a Las Vegas native and former Bonanza High product, is 33rd in the FedEx Cup standings, jumping 12 spots from last week after a tie for third at the RBC Heritage. Piercy has four top-10 finishes this season and has made 11 of 14 cuts.
After a slow start, former UNLV standout Charley Hoffman is racking up terrific finishes. He is 55th in the FedEx Cup standings and has made four consecutive cuts after missing four of the previous six.
On the European Tour, former UNLV player Kurt Kitayama is ninth in the Race to Dubai standings, and Las Vegas resident David Lipsky is 14th . Both have won tournaments this season.
Las Vegas resident Bob May turned 50 in October and has Monday qualified for three PGA Tour Champions tournaments. He has converted his opportunities into $34,109 and is 70th on the money list.
On the LPGA Tour, Las Vegas residents Danielle Kang (12), Jenny Shin (23) and Inbee Park (27) are among the top 30 money leaders. Kang has finished in the top 10 in four of her past five tournaments.
Shriners champs making moves
Some previous Shriners Hospitals for Children Open champions are putting together solid seasons.
Patrick Cantlay, the 2017 winner, is 13th in the FedEx Cup standings and finished tied with Piercy last week. Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau is 19th after a hot start to the season.
An underrated story is 48-year-old Jim Furyk, a three-time Shriners champ and all-time tournament money leader. Furyk captained the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team and came to the Shriners in November rusty after not playing for a long stretch. After a missed Shriners cut, Fuyrk has made eight of nine cuts with three top-10 finishes and is 27th in the standings.
Ed Knott won the Legacy club gross championship, and Ted Brickner won net.
At Wildhorse, buy one lunch and get the second half off with a paid green fee.
Stars on, off course
Jerome Bettis, Blair O’Neal and Jorge Posada are among those expected to play in the Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational on Thursday and Friday at Shadow Creek.
The golf notebook appears Wednesdays. Freelance writer Brian Hurlburt is a two-time author who has covered golf in Las Vegas for more than two decades. He can be reached at email@example.com or @LVGolfInsider.
Wednesday: SNGA Rules Seminar, Siena
Thursday-Saturday: Derek Jeter Celebrity Invitational, Shadow Creek
Saturday: Pima Medical Occupation Therapy tournament, Rhodes Ranch
Sunday, Monday: Nevada State Women’s Partners, Mountain Falls
May 4: Jonathan Ogden Celebrity Classic, Reflection Bay
May 4, 5: SNGA Boulder City Amateur, Boulder Creek
May 7: Women’s SNGA Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Eagle Crest
May 13: U.S. Open qualifier, Las Vegas Paiute
May 13: Speedway Children’s Charities event, Bear’s Best
May 16, 17: ParaLong Drive Championship, Mesquite Event Center
May 19-21: Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic, Topgolf, Southern Highlands, Shadow Creek
May 21, 22: Women’s SNGA Senior Amateur, Las Vegas National
May 23: SNGA Tour (state amateur qualifier), Chimera
May 24, 25: Tiger Jam, Shadow Creek, MGM, Topgolf
June 3: Nevada Energy United Way tournament, Red Rock Mountain
June 3: SNGA Social Series, DragonRidge
June 3: AJGA Junior/Amateur, Reflection Bay
June 3: Discovery Children’s Museum Classic, Red Rock
June 4-6: AJGA Lake Las Vegas Junior hosted by Danielle Kang, Reflection Bay
June 8, 9: SNGA Reflection Bay Amateur, Reflection Bay
June 9: SNGA Parent-Child tournament, Las Vegas National
June 11, 12: WSNGA Southern Nevada Amateur/Silver Cup qualifier, Boulder Creek
June 12: HELP of Southern Nevada Round Up, Cascata
June 13: Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, Las Vegas National
What: Zurich Classic.
When: Thursday, Friday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, Sunday, 10-11:45 a.m. (Golf Channel), noon-3 p.m. (KLAS-8).
Where: TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.
Defending champion: Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy.
What: Hugel-Air Premia LA Open.
When: Thursday, Friday, 3:30-6 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday, Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Where: Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles.
Defending champion: Moriya Jutanugarn.
PGA Tour Champions
What: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.
When: Friday, 9 a.m.-noon (Golf Channel). Saturday, Sunday, noon-3 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Where: Top of the Rock Par 3, Ridgedale, Mo.
Defending champions: Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett.