This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
All Times EDT
U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION: U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
Site: Kohler, Wis.
Course: Blackwolf Run, Championship Course (6,954 yards, par 72).
Purse: TBA ($3.25 million in 2011). Winner’s share: TBA ($585,000 in 2011).
Television: ESPN2 (Thursday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: So Yeon Ryu won the rain-delayed tournament in a Monday finish at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., beating South Korean rival Hee Kyung Seo by three shots in a three-hole playoff. Ryu birdied the final hole of regulation to tie Seo.
Last week: Japan’s Ai Miyazato won the NW Arkansas Championship for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year and ninth overall. She closed with a 6-under 65 to overcome a five-shot deficit and beat Mika Miyazato and Azahara Munoz by a stroke.
Notes: South Korea’s Se Ri Pak won the 1998 tournament at Pete Dye-designed Blackwolf Run, beating Jenny Chuasiriporn in a Monday playoff. Pak made an 18-foot birdie putt on the second hole of sudden death. Pak and Chuasiriporn shot 73 in the playoff after finishing regulation at 6-over 290. ... Top-ranked Yani Tseng leads the tour with three victories. She missed the cut last week in Arkansas. ... South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo won the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco in April. China’s Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship last month. ... Paula Creamer won the 2010 tournament at Oakmont. ... The Championship Course is a composite of the Meadow Valleys Course (Nos. 10-18) and River Course (Nos. 1-4 and 14-18). The layout also was used in 1998. ... The 2013 tournament will be played at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y. ... The LPGA Tour is off the next two weeks. Play will resume July 26-29 with the Evian Masters in France.
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PGA TOUR: GREENBRIER CLASSIC
Site: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
Course: The Greenbrier Resort, The Old White TPC (7,274 yards, par 70).
Purse: $6.1 million. Winner’s share: $1,098,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-7 p.m., 7:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: PGA Tour rookie Scott Stallings won his first title, beating Bob Estes and Bill Haas with a birdie on the first hole off a playoff.
Last week: Tiger Woods won the AT&T National at Congressional for his tour-best third victory of the season, rallying to beat Bo Van Pelt by two strokes.
Notes: Woods is playing the tournament for the first time. He’s second on the PGA Tour victory list with 74, one more than Jack Nicklaus and eight behind Sam Snead. Snead was The Greenbrier’s professional for 29 years and served as professional emeritus from 1993 until his death in 2002. ... Phil Mickelson is making his first start since the U.S. Open. He won at Pebble Beach in February for his 40th PGA Tour title. ... U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson is in the field. ... In the inaugural event in 2010, Stuart Appleby shot the fifth 59 in PGA Tour history to win by a stroke. Appleby birdied the final three holes and finished the 11-under round with nine birdies and an eagle. ... The John Deere Classic is next week in Silvis, Ill., followed by the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: FIRST TEE OPEN
Site: Pebble Beach, Calif.
Courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links (6,837 yards, par 72) and Del Monte Golf Course (6,357 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.7 million. Winner’s share: $255,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, midnight-3 a.m., 7-9:30 p.m.; Monday, midnight-3 a.m.).
Last year: Jeff Sluman won the event for the third time, finishing with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory. He also won in 2008 and 2009.
Last week: Joe Daley won the Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh for his first Champions Tour title. Tom Lehman was second, two strokes back.
Notes: The U.S. Senior Open is next week at Indianwood in Lake Orion, Mich. ... Tom Kite won the 1983 Crosby and 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. ... The final round will be played at Pebble Beach. ... Junior players will play alongside the professionals. ... Ted Schulz won the 2010 tournament.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: FRENCH OPEN
Site: Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.
Course: Le Golf National, Albatross Course (7,331 yards, par 71).
Purse: $3.97 million. Winner’s share: $661,835.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon).
Last week: France’s Thomas Levet closed with a 1-under 70 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and England’s Mark Foster.
Last week: Wales’ Jamie Donaldson won the Irish Open for his first European Tour title, finishing with a 6-under 66 for a four-stroke victory at Royal Portrush.
Notes: First played in 1906, the tournament is the oldest in continental Europe. ... Third-ranked Lee Westwood and No. 11 Graeme McDowell top the field along with Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Levet, fellow Frenchman Jean François Remesy, the 2004 and 2005 winner, and past champions Martin Kaymer (2009), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2010) and Retief Goosen (1997 and 1999). ... The Scottish Open is next week at Castle Stuart, followed by the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
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Next event: Utah Championship, July 12-15, Willow Creek Country Club, Sandy, Utah.
Last week: Peter Tomasulo won the United Leasing Championship at Victoria National in Newburgh, Ind., for his third Web.com Tour victory. He beat David Lingmerth with a par on the fourth hole of a playoff.
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JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Nagashima Shigeo Invitational SEGA Sammy Cup, Thursday-Sunday, The North Country Golf Club, Hokkaido, Japan.
CANADIAN TOUR: Dakota Dunes Casino Open, Thursday-Sunday, Dakota Dunes Golf Links, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open, Friday-Sunday, Golf Club Bad Ragaz, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.