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2024 PDGA Champions Cup: Top Storylines + How to Watch

By Charles McCracken
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In the Know: Your Guide to Watching the 2024 PDGA Champions Cup with Top Storylines & Stats

The 2024 PDGA Champions Cup at Northwood Park brings together top disc golf talents in a gripping contest of skill and determination. In the MPO division, veterans like Ricky Wysocki and Paul McBeth vie for major redemption and a record-tying win, while rising stars Anthony Barela and Gannon Buhr aim to upset the status quo. On the FPO side, Kristin Tattar seeks to extend her major win streak, with challengers like Missy Gannon and Ohn Scoggins not far behind. The shift to Northwood Park (that’s right, don’t call it Northwood Black – it’s a new layout) adds unpredictability, promising a thrilling event where legends are tested and new stars may rise.

FPO LOOKAHEAD – 5 Storylines to Watch This Weekend

FPO round 1 feature card: Kristin Tattar, Paige Pierce, Missy Gannon, & Ohn Scoggins FPO round 1 feature card: Eveliina Salonen, Holyn Handley, Jennifer Allen, & Eliezra Midtlyng
FPO round 1 feature card: Kristin Tattar, Paige Pierce, Missy Gannon, & Ohn Scoggins
FPO round 1 feature card: Eveliina Salonen, Holyn Handley, Jennifer Allen, & Eliezra Midtlyng

1. Kristin Tattar’s Dominance on Display

Kristin Tattar enters the 2024 PDGA Champions Cup as the player to beat. With back-to-back Elite wins this season and a record of five straight FPO Major victories from 2022-2023, Tattar’s form is impeccable. Notably, Tattar hasn’t missed the top 10 at a Major in her career, and her event ratings have been on a steady climb, peaking at 1017 during the Music City Open last weekend, signaling her readiness to extend her streak. Will the Champions Cup be the event to put Tattar into the long-awaited 1000-rated club? 

2. Missy Gannon’s Mastery in Peoria

Missy Gannon has proven nearly unbeatable at Northwood Park, capturing the Ledgestone title two years running. With a recent major win at the 2024 US Women’s Disc Golf Championships last month, Gannon’s high average rating of 986 at this course under Major/Elite conditions makes her a top contender. A win here would make Gannon the first player to win their first two FPO Majors back-to-back since Sarah Cunningham, ‘09 USW – ‘10 Worlds. 

3. Ohn Scoggins Chases Maiden Major Win

Veteran disc golfer Ohn Scoggins is eyeing her first FPO Major win, having secured five FP40 Major titles previously. Her consistent performance, with back-to-back second-place finishes at Ledgestone and a never-miss record in top 10 Major/Elite Series finishes since this time last year (minus a DNF at Worlds last year) positions her as a dark horse in this championship.

4. The Shift to Northwood Park

The relocation of this PDGA Pro Major event to Northwood Park due to a beetle infestation at the WR Jackson course adds an element of unpredictability. Players will need to quickly adapt to the new layout. 

5. Paige Pierce’s Major Drought

Paige Pierce, a dominant force with the second-most FPO Major podiums and wins, faces her longest major win drought of 644 days (her last win was the 2022 European Open). As she gears up for the Champions Cup, all eyes will be on Pierce to see if she can reclaim her top form and end the dry spell. A win this weekend would put Pierce at 18 PDGA Pro Major wins.

MPO LOOKAHEAD – 5 Storylines to Watch This Weekend

MPO round 1 feature card: Isaac Robinson, Paul McBeth, Eagle McMahon, & Anthony Barela MPO round 1 feature card: Chris Dickerson, Ricky Wysocki, Niklas Antilla, & Calvin Heimburg
MPO round 1 feature card: Isaac Robinson, Paul McBeth, Eagle McMahon, & Anthony Barela
MPO round 1 feature card: Chris Dickerson, Ricky Wysocki, Niklas Antilla, & Calvin Heimburg

1. The Quest for Redemption and Records

Ricky Wysocki, a veteran seeking to end a major drought that dates back to 2017, boasts the highest career average rating at a Northwood layout (1048 on Black). With a reputation as a three-time Ledgestone champion and a strong past performance at the course, Wysocki’s pursuit of major redemption remains a top storyline. Meanwhile, Paul McBeth eyes history, sitting just one major win away from tying Ken Climo’s record of 18 MPO Major wins. McBeth, known for his high win rate, could achieve a historic tie at the Champions Cup. After a solid weekend in Nashville, Paul just might do it. 

2. The Rising Stars

Anthony Barela, who is currently leading the DGPT World Standings, and Gannon Buhr, right behind him, represent the new wave in professional disc golf. Despite their strong seasonal performances, both have shown vulnerabilities in past majors, adding intrigue to their potential breakthroughs at Northwood Park.

3. International Challengers

Niklas Anttila, third in DGPT points, will be playing in Illinois for the first time, introducing an unknown element among top contenders. His performance could either shake up the leaderboard or expose the challenges newcomers face at such a prestigious event.

4. Calvin Heimburgh: Consistency vs. Major Victory

Calvin Heimburg, despite holding nine Elite Series wins and sharing the course record at the previously played Northwood Black, has yet to secure a Major win. Actually, he’s tied for most E-wins without a Major to accompany them. The monkey very much remains on his back, and this weekend is his first opportunity to shake it off this season. Heimburg’s consistent performances have kept him in the conversation, but converting this into a major victory remains his next big hurdle.

5. Return from Recovery

Eagle McMahon returns to Major competition this weekend after a shoulder injury. His past successes following recovery periods hint at the potential for a strong comeback. Given his history of strong returns, this storyline will be closely watched by fans and competitors alike. How will the Young Bird handle a new bag at a newly designed layout? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

All the action starts on Friday, April 19th! Tune in to the Disc Golf Network and catch post-pro coverage from JomezPro all weekend. 

Spectator tickets are still available »

HOW TO WATCH

Here’s everything you need to know to catch the action this weekend:

TEE TIMES & ROUND RATINGS
2024 PDGA Champions Cup presented by Bushnell  | PDGA Event PageOfficial scores, tee times, PDGA Live scoring, and round ratings can be found on the official event page on PDGA.com.

DISC GOLF NETWORK BROADCAST TIMES

Updated Saturday Broadcast Times: 2024 PDGA Champions Cup

Projected Sunday broadcast times (weather permitting)

  • FPO | Coverage begins at 8:30 AM CT / 6:30 AM PT with Tournament Central – lead card tees at 9:00 AM CT / 7:00 AM PT
  • MPO | Coverage begins at 1:45 PM CT / 11:45 AM PT with Tournament Central – lead card tees at 2:15 PM CT / 12:15 PM PT

LIVE SCORES AND STATS

Live scores and stats will be available on both the DGPT website and on PDGA Live all weekend! 

PRESS CONFERENCE

Wednesday – April 24. Watch on the Disc Golf Network or on the DGPT YouTube Channel.

TIME NAME
1:00 PM CT Nate Heinold (TD)
1:10 PM CT Kristin Tattar
1:20 PM CT Isaac Robinson
1:30 PM CT Holyn Handley
1:40 PM CT Paul McBeth
1:50 PM CT Anthony Barela
2:00 PM CT Missy Gannon
2:10 PM CT Cole Redalen
2:20 PM CT DGPT Representative
2:30 PM CT Doug Bjerkaas (PDGA)

LIVE COVERAGE

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In addition to the DGN, the live broadcast for both divisions will be simulcast free on the DGPT YouTube channel for the first round only on Thursday, April 25th.

POST-PRODUCTION COVERAGE

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