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The course is primed. The field is stacked. The pressure is amplified.

It’s time to crown a PDGA Major champion.

For the first time since 2019, elite professional disc golf returns to the revered W.R. Jackson course at the International Disc Golf Center for the inaugural PDGA Champions Cup presented by Bushnell.

The four-round event debuts Thursday and runs through Sunday, giving the elite field the opportunity to secure their legacy on the course as a Major champion in the spring.

Players from around the globe, from California’s Paul McBeth to Norway’s Anniken Steen, earned invitations to the inaugural, limited event through their play on the course in 2021.

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Sarah Hokom took down the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic, the last time there was elite professional disc golf at the IDGC. Photo: PDGA Media

Those invitees included the winners of the five PDGA National Tour events, 11 Disc Golf Pro Tour stops, Pro Worlds, USDGC, USWDGC, the MP40 and FP40 Masters World Champions, MA1 and FA1 Amateur World Champions and select high-level international competitions.

There are 100 players in the MPO field and 40 in FPO, including Paige Pierce, who is aiming for her 16th PDGA Major, which would tie Valerie Jenkins-Doss for most all-time in FPO.

“I think it’s going to be the tightest battle that we may see on tour,” Estonia’s Albert Tamm said. “As we have Worlds coming later this year, I think this will be a glimpse of what the biggest showdown of the season will be.”

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Adam Hammes had a breakout performance at W.R. Jackson in 2019. Photo: PDGA Media

The praise has rolled in for W.R. Jackson, the elite-level track of the three courses at the IDGC, the headquarters of the PDGA. The course (Par 68, 10,485 feet for MPO; Par 68, 9,299 feet for FPO) demands precision and power and provides a true mental test of how to recover from when things go wrong.

“You’ve got to know your limits,” said Gregg Barsby, who co-owns the W.R. Jackson course record of 57 with McBeth and Isaac Robinson. “You’ve got to know your discs and the way they finish. There are a lot of landing zone and placement shots out here.

“You’ve got to come back to yourself and play your strengths.”

Those strengths will be tested time and time again, both against their fellow competitors and the woods of the IDGC.

It’s spring in Appling, Georgia and it’s time to crown a PDGA Major champion.

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

Tee Time & Round Ratings

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Official scores, tee times, live scoring and round ratings can be found at the official event page on PDGA.com.

Live Video Coverage

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The Disc Golf Network (DGN) is the home of live disc golf. Built by the Disc Golf Pro Tour, the DGN is a subscription streaming and on-demand platform much like Netflix or Disney+. Covering the world’s best players competing in the sport’s most elite tournaments, a subscription includes post-produced coverage of select disc golf tournaments as well as exclusive disc golf shows, touring pro interview series, podcasts, and other segments only available on the Disc Golf Network.

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Thursday’s FPO Feature Card (Live coverage of FPO begins at 9:30 a.m. ET)

  • Kona Panis
  • Paige Pierce
  • Catrina Allen
  • Kristin Tattar

Thursday’s FPO2 Live Card

  • Sarah Hokom
  • Jennifer Allen
  • Ali Smith
  • Hailey King

Thursday’s FPO3 Live Card

  • Valerie Mandujano
  • Keite Tatte
  • Henna Blomroos
  • Kat Mertsch

Thursday’s MPO Feature Card (Live coverage of MPO begins at 2:30 p.m. ET)

  • Paul McBeth
  • James Conrad
  • Gregg Barsby
  • Chris Dickerson

Thursday’s MPO2 Live Card

  • Ricky Wysocki
  • Linus Carllson
  • Paul Ulibarri
  • Adam Hammes

Thursday’s MPO3 Live Card

  • Drew Gibson
  • Emerson Keith
  • Mason Ford
  • Matt Orum

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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 final round only on Sunday, April 17.

DGN Press Conference | Watch

Hear from some of the players before the action gets going during a press conference from 2-4 p.m. EST on Thursday, live on the DGPT’s YouTube channel. Here is the tentative schedule for the press conference (all times EST):

  • 2:00 p.m.: Mike Downes, PDGA
  • 2:10 p.m.: Sarah Hokom
  • 2:20 p.m.: Calvin Heimburg
  • 2:30 p.m.: Paige Pierce
  • 2:40 p.m.: Ricky Wysocki
  • 2:50 p.m.: Catrina Allen
  • 3:00 p.m.: Paul McBeth
  • 3:10 p.m.: Kristin Tattar
  • 3:20 p.m.: James Conrad
  • 3:30 p.m.: Hailey King
  • 3:40 p.m.: Chris Dickerson
  • 3:50 p.m.: Valerie Mandujano
  • 4:00 p.m.: Brian Graham, PDGA

Post Production Video Coverage

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Open Lead Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Ricky Wysocki
  • Linus Carllson
  • Paul Ulibarri
  • Adam Hammes

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FPO Lead Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Kona Panis
  • Paige Pierce
  • Catrina Allen
  • Kristin Tattar

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Open Chase Card / Round 1 MPO Feature Card

  • Calvin Heimburg
  • Albert Tamm
  • Eagle McMahon
  • Simon Lizotte

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FPO Chase Card / Round 1 FPO Feature Card

  • Sarah Hokom
  • Jennifer Allen
  • Ali Smith
  • Hailey King

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