This week in the world of golf . . .

Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson ( Associated Press )

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


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Site: Norton, Mass.

Schedule: Friday-Monday.

Course: TPC Boston (7,214 yards, par 71).

Purse: $8 million. Winner's share: $1.44 million.

Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 2-6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Saturday, 1:30-15:30 a.m., 2-6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1:30-5:30 a.m., 1-5 p.m., 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; Monday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) and NBC (Sunday, 3-6 p.m.; Monday, 2-6 p.m.).

Last year: Webb Simpson won for the second time in three weeks, beating Chez Reavie with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff. Simpson made a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole, and got into the playoff when Reavie closed with a bogey. Simpson won the U.S. Open this year.

Last week: Nick Watney won The Barclays at Bethpage Black on Long Island, beating Brandt Snedeker by three strokes in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener. Watney took the lead in the points race for the $10 million prize, and Snedeker moved into second place.

Notes: The top 100 in the FedEx Cup points qualified for the event. The field will be cut to 70 for the BMW Championship next week at Crooked Stick in Indianapolis, and to 30 for the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. ... Regular-season leader Tiger Woods tied for 38th last week to drop to third. He won the 2006 tournament. ... U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will make his four wild-card selections after the tournament. Steve Stricker, the 2009 winner at TPC Boston, and Jim Furyk are expected to two of the picks. Watney, Snedeker, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Bo Van Pelt and Bill Haas are in the running for the final spots in the Sept. 28-30 matches against Europe at Medinah. ... Vijay Singh won in 2004 and 2008, setting the tournament record of 22 under in 2008. Charley Hoffman won in 2010, closing with a 9-under 62 to also finish at 22 under.

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Site: Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club (6,822 yards, par 71).

Purse: $2.62 million. Winner's share: $437,080.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7-11 a.m.).

Last year: Denmark's Thomas Bjorn won the last of his three 2011 European Tour titles, closing with a 9-under 62 for a four-stroke victory.

Last week: Scotland's Paul Lawrie won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles for his second European Tour victory of the year and eighth overall. Australia's Brett Rumford finished second, four strokes back.

Notes: Jose Maria Olazabal completed the European Ryder Cup team Monday, selecting England's Ian Poulter and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts as captain's picks. Lawrie, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer earned automatic spots for the Sept. 28-30 matches against the United States at Medinah. ... Lawrie is in the field along with Hanson, Olazabal, Bjorn, Greg Norman, John Daly, Darren Clarke, Branden Grace and Miguel-Angel Jimenez. Grace has a tour-high three victories this year. ... The KLM Open is next week in the Netherlands, followed by the Italian Open.

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Site: Canonsburg, Pa.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Southpointe Golf Club (6,951 yards, par 71).

Purse: $600,000. Winner's share: $108,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7-9 p.m.).

Last year: England's Gary Christian beat John Mallinger by a stroke.

Last week: Darron Stiles won the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn., for his fifth career Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory. He also won the event in 2002.

Notes: Luke List leads the money list with $309,196, followed by two-time winners Casey Wittenberg ($304,628) and Ben Kohles ($262,875). The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. List is skipping the event. Wittenberg and Kohles are in the field. They would earn an immediate PGA Tour promotion with a third victory this season. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume Sept. 13-16 with the Boise Open.

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Next event: Kingsmill Championship, Sept. 6-9, Kingsmill Resort, River Course, Williamsburg, Va.

Last week: Lydia Ko won the Canadian Women's Open in British Columbia to become the LPGA Tour's youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic.

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Next event: Hawaii Championship, Sept. 14-16, Kapolei Golf Course, Kapolei, Hawaii.

Last week: Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash., for his third career Champions Tour title, beating Mark O'Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.


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JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Fujisankei Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Fujizakura Country Club, Yamanashi, Japan.

NGA TOUR: Woodcreek Classic, Thursday-Sunday, The Members Club at Woodcreek, Elgin, S.C.

SUNSHINE TOUR: Wild Waves Golf Challenge, Wednesday-Friday, Wild Coast Country Club, Port Edward, South Africa.

EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters, Friday-Sunday, Woburn Golf Club, Duke's Course, Woburn, England.


JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Golf 5 Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Mizunami Country Club, Gifu, Japan. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.