Announced: By Kevin Chappell, that he will undergo microdiscectomy surgery this week to alleviate ongoing back pain. In a posting on Instagram, Chappell, 32, acknowledged that “2018 has been a tough year for me physically.” Chappell, a one-time winner on the PGA Tour who played for the U.S. in the 2017 Presidents Cup, had four top-10 results in 23 starts in 2017-18 and finished 83rd in the season standings. Chappell offered no timetable for a return to competition.
Selected: Geoff Ogilvy, as an assistant captain on the International team for the 2019 Presidents Cup, captain Ernie Els announced. Ogilvy compiled a 7-6-1 record in three Presidents Cups and served as an assistant captain in the 2017 match, which the Americans won, 19-11, to stretch their lead in the biennial series to 10-1-1. The 2019 Presidents Cup will be played Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.
Agreed: By Golf Australia, that men and women will compete concurrently for an equal purse of AUD$1.5 million (about $1.085 million) each at the 2019 Vic Open. The tournament will be played Feb. 7-10 at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Australia, near Melbourne. The women’s Vic Open, to be co-sanctioned by the LPGA, will be the first of a two-week Australian Swing which will wrap up with the Women’s Australian Open on Feb. 14-17 at Grange Golf Club in Adelaide.