This week in the world of golf . . .
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
All Times EDT
PGA TOUR: ST. JUDE CLASSIC
Site: Memphis, Tenn.
Course: TPC Southwind (7,239 yards, par 70).
Purse: $5.6 million. Winner’s share: $1,008,000.
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: Harrison Frazar won his first PGA Tour title, beating Robert Karlsson with a par on the third hole of a playoff.
Last week: Tiger Woods rallied to win the Memorial to match tournament host Jack Nicklaus for second place on the PGA Tour career victory list with 73. Woods birdied three of the final four holes, holing a 50-foot flop shot on the par-3 16th, for a two-stroke victory over Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero. Woods also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
Notes: The U.S. Open is next week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. ... Second-ranked Rory McIlroy is in the field. The U.S. Open champion has missed three straight cuts worldwide, shooting 71-79 in the Memorial. He won the Honda Classic in March. ... Dustin Johnson is making his second straight start after missing 11 weeks because of a back injury. He tied for the 19th in the Memorial. ... Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, also is in the field. ... Lee Westwood, the 2010 winner, is skipping the tournament to play in the European Tour’s Nordea Masters. ... Al Geiberger shot the first 59 in PGA Tour history in his 1977 victory at Colonial Country Club. ... John Cook had a tournament-record 26-under 258 total in 1996, shooting 64-62-63-69.
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LPGA TOUR: LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Pittsford, N.Y.
Course: Locust Hill Country Club (6,506 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $375,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, noon-2:30 p.m.; Friday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., noon-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 2-7 p.m., 9:30-12:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2-7 p.m., 9:30-12:30 a.m.).
Last year: Yani Tseng won by 10 strokes, finishing at 19-under 269 to match the lowest score in an LPGA Tour major. At 22, she became the youngest player to win four LPGA majors. The victory was the third of her seven 2011 LPGA Tour titles, including another major win in the Women’s British Open. The Taiwanese star also won the 2008 event at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md.
Last week: Stacy Lewis won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, N.J., for her second victory in her last three starts. The former Arkansas star jumped from seventh to third in the world to replace Cristie Kerr as the top-ranked U.S. player. Katherine Hull was second, four strokes back.
Notes: The major tournament moved to Locust Hill, a longtime regular LPGA Tour stop, in 2010 after five years at Bulle Rock. ... The top-ranked Tseng has three victories this year. ... Kerr won the 2010 tournament by 12 strokes for the last of her 14 LPGA Tour victories. She finished at 19 under. ... Sun Young Yoo won the first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco in early April. ... The tour is off next week. The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic is June 21-24 in Waterloo, Ontario.
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: REGIONS TRADITION
Site: Birmingham, Ala.
Course: Shoal Creek (7,197 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.2 million. Winner’s share: $330,000.
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., 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 a.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Monday, 1-3 a.m.).
Last year: Tom Lehman won the last of his three 2011 titles, beating Peter Senior with a par on the second hole of a playoff.
Last week: Jay Haas won the Principal Charity Classic for the third time, matching the tournament record at 16 under for a five-stroke victory. Haas also won the Iowa event in 2007 and 2008.
Notes: The tournament, the second of the Champion Tour’s five major championships is in its second season at Jack Nicklaus-designed Shoal Creek after four years at The Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Ore. ... Shoal Creek was the site of the PGA Championship in 1984 and 1990. In 1990, Shoal Creek’s all-white membership and remarks club founder Hall Thompson made that the club wouldn’t be pressured into accepting black members sparked a controversy. The club now has black members, including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. ... In the first major of the season, England’s Roger Chapman won the Senior PGA Championship two weeks ago at Harbor Shores in Michigan. ... Fred Funk won in 2008 and 2010 in Sunriver. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume June 22-24 with the Montreal Championship.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: NORDEA MASTERS
Course: Bro Hof Slott Golf Club (7,607 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.87 million. Winner’s share: $311,875.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon; Saturday-Sunday, 7:30-11:30 a.m.).
Last year: Alexander Noren became the fifth Swedish player to win the event, finishing with a 5-over 77 in windy conditions for a seven-stroke victory. He shot a course-record 63 in the third round to take an 11-stroke lead.
Last week: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee won the Wales Open for his fifth European Tour title, finishing at 6 under for a one-stroke victory.
Notes: Third-ranked Lee Westwood tops the field along with Sergio Garcia, Noren and fellow Swedes Peter Hanson and Richard S. Johnson. Hanson won the 2008 event, and Johnson took the 2010 title. Noren withdrew from the Wales Open because of a back injury after opening his title defense with an 81. ... The tournament, called the Scandinavian Masters from 1991 to 2010, is in its fourth year at Bro Hof Slott. ... Jesper Parnevik won in 1995 at Barseback to become the first Swede to win a European Tour event in Sweden. He also won in 1998 at Kungsangen. ... The Saint Omer Open is next week in France, opposite the U.S. Open.
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NATIONWIDE TOUR: MEXICO OPEN
Site: Leon, Mexico.
Course: El Bosque Country Club (7,701 yards, par 72).
Purse: $625,000. Winner’s share: $112,500.
Last year: Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton won his first professional title, closing with a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke victory. He went on to finish 13th on the money list to earn a PGA Tour card.
Last week: James Hahn won the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C., for his first tour title, beating Scott Parel with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Notes: South Georgia Classic winner Luke List leads the money list with $223,848. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume June 21-24 with the Wichita Open.
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CANADIAN TOUR: Times Colonist Island Savings Open, Thursday-Sunday, Uplands Golf Club, Victoria, British Columbia.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Vodacom Origins of Golf, Wednesday-Friday, Zebula Country Club, Limpopo, South Africa.
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: PGA Seniors Championship, Thursday-Sunday, De Vere Slaley Hall, Hexham, England.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Karnten Golf Open, Thursday-Sunday, Klagenfurt-Seltenheim Golf Club, Klagenfurt, Austria.
SYMETRA TOUR: Ladies Titan Tire Challenge, Friday-Sunday, Hunters Ridge Golf Course, Marion, Iowa.
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Ladies Slovak Open, Friday-Sunday, Golf Resort Tale, Brezno, Slovakia.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Suntory Ladies Open, Thursday-Sunday, Rokko International Golf Club, Hyogo, Japan.