This week in professional golf . . .
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
PGA TOUR: CANADIAN OPEN
Site: Ancaster, Ontario.
Course: Hamilton Golf and Country Club (7,101 yards, par 71).
Purse: $5.2 million. Winner’s share: $918,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Sean O’Hair won at Shaughnessy in Vancouver, British Columbia, beating Kris Blanks with a bogey on the first hole of a playoff.
Last week: Ernie Els won the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his second victory in the event and fourth major championship. The 42-year-old South African made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to reach 7 under, and won when Australia’s Adam Scott missed a 7-footer on No. 18 for his fourth straight bogey. ... Scott Stallings won the True South Classic in Mississippi, shooting 68-64-64-68 to finish at 24 under. Jason Bohn was second, two strokes back.
Notes: Els is in the field along with Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen in Markham, Ontario. ... The Harry S. Colt-designed course also was the tournament site in 1930 (Tommy Armour) and 2003 (Bob Tway). ... Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913. ... The 2013 tournament will be played at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario. ... The World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is next week at Firestone in Akron, Ohio, opposite the Reno-Tahoe Open. The PGA Championship is the following week at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
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LPGA TOUR/LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: EVIAN MASTERS
Site: Evian-Les-Bains, France.
Course: Evian Masters Golf Club (6,344 yards, par 72).
Purse: $3.25 million. Winner’s share: $$487,500.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 1-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6-11 a.m., 1-6 p.m., 9-11:30 p.m.).
Last year: Japan’s Ai Miyazato won the event for the second time in three years, closing with 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Stacy Lewis.
Last event: South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi won the U.S. Women’s Open on July 8 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis., for her first major title. She finished at 8 under for a four-stroke victory, closing with a 73 after shooting 65 in the second round.
Notes: The tournament will become a major championship next year and will be called The Evian. The 2013 event will be played in September. ... Miyazato has nine LPGA Tour victories, winning the LPGA LOTTE Championship in April and the NW Arkansas Championship in June. ... Natalie Gulbis won the 2007 tournament for her lone LPGA Tour title. ... Sweden’s Helen Alfredsson won in 1994, 1998 and 2008. ... Top-ranked Yani Tseng leads the LPGA Tour with three victories. ... Michelle Wie and Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, also are in the field. ... The LPGA Tour is off next week. Play will resume Aug. 9-12 with the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
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CHAMPIONS TOUR/EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
Site: Turnberry, Scotland.
Course: Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course (7,105 yards, par 70).
Purse: $2 million. Winner’s share: $315,000.
Television: ESPN2 (Thursday, noon-1 p.m.; Friday, noon-2 p.m., Sunday, noon-2 p.m.) and ESPN (Saturday, noon-2 p.m.).
Last year: Russ Cochran won at Walton Heath, shooting his second straight 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Mark Calcavecchia.
Last event: England’s Roger Chapman won the U.S. Senior Open on July 15 to join Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin as the only players to win the tournament and Senior PGA Championship in the same season. Chapman finished at 10 under at Indianwood in Lake Orion, Mich., for a two-stroke victory.
Notes: Tom Watson lost a playoff to Stewart Cink in the 2009 British Open at Turnberry. He won the 1977 British Open and 2003 Senior British Open at the course. The 62-year-old American, a five-time British Open winner and three-time Senior British Open champion, made the cut last week in the British Open. ... Chapman is trying to tie Jack Nicklaus’ record of three senior major victories in a season. Nicklaus accomplished the feat in 1991, winning The Tradition, Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open. ... Fred Couples in making his first appearance in the event. He won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March. ... Calcavecchia tied for ninth last week at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He won the Montreal Championship in June. ... Cochran is sidelined by a back injury. ... The 3M Championship is next week in Blaine, Minn.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: LYONESS OPEN
Site: Atzenbrugg, Austria.
Course: Diamond Country Club (7,386 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.21 million. Winner’s share: $201,810.
Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 9 a.m.-noon; Thursday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7-11 a.m.).
Last year: England’s Kenneth Ferrie won the September event, beating countryman Simon Wakefield with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Last week: Ernie Els won the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his second victory in the event and fourth major championship. The 42-year-old South African made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to reach 7 under, and won when Australia’s Adam Scott missed a 7-footer on No. 18 for his fourth straight bogey.
Notes: In 2006 at Fontana Golf Club, Markus Brier won the tournament for the third time to become the first Austrian champion in European Tour history. The event was part of the second-tier Challenge Tour when Brier won in 2002 and 2004. ... Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger won the Ballantine’s Championship in April in South Korea for his first European Tour title.
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WEB.COM TOUR: NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL INVITATIONAL
Site: Columbus, Ohio.
Course: Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course (7,455 yards, par 71).
Purse: $800,000. Winner’s share: $144,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7-9 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2 a.m.).
Last year: Former Georgia star Harris English won as an amateur, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Kyle Reifers and amateur John Peterson.
Last event: Doug LaBelle II won the Utah Championship on July 15, making a 5-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory.
Notes: Jordan Spieth, coming off his freshman season at Texas, tops the college stars in the field. He tied for 21st in the U.S. Open. ... The Cox Classic is next week in Omaha, Neb., followed by the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo.
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OTHER TOURNAMENTS: MEN
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Sun Chlorella Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Otaru Country Club, Hokkaido, Japan.
NGA TOUR: TimberCreek Golf Classic, Thursday-Sunday, TimberCreek Golf Club, Daphne, Ala.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Vodacom Origins of Golf, Wednesday-Friday, De Zalze Golf Club, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: English Challenge, Thursday-Sunday, Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa, Stoke by Nayland, England.
SYMETRA TOUR: Credit Union Classic, Friday-Sunday, Drumlins Country Club, Syracuse, N.Y.