This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
All Times EDT
U.S GOLF ASSOCIATION: U.S. OPEN
Site: San Francisco.
Course: The Olympic Club, Lake Course (7,170 yards, par 70).
Purse: TBA ($7.85 million in 2011). Winner’s share: TBA ($1.44 million in 2011).
Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 1-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Monday playoff, if necessary, noon-2 p.m.), NBC (Thursday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 4-10 p.m.; Monday playoff, if necessary, 2 p.m.-conclusion).
Last year: Rory McIlroy won at Congressional in Bethesda, Md., shattering the tournament scoring records at 16-under 268. He shot 65-66-68-69 for an eight-stroke victory. McIlroy became the second player from Northern Ireland to win the event in three years, following Graeme McDowell in 2010 at Pebble Beach.
Last week: Dustin Johnson won the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., in his second event following a back injury that sidelined him nearly three months. John Merrick finished second, a stroke back. ... Lee Westwood won the Nordea Masters in Sweden for his 22nd European Tour title. The Englishman also won the event in 1996 and 2000.
Notes: Tiger Woods won the 2008 tournament at Torrey Pines for the last of his 14 major victories. He also won in 2000 at Pebble Beach and 2002 at Bethpage. Woods won the Memorial two weeks ago in his last start to match Jack Nicklaus for second place on the PGA Tour career victory list with 73. Woods also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. ... McIlroy tied for seventh in Memphis after missing the cuts in three straight worldwide starts. He won the Honda Classic in March. ... Bubba Watson won the Masters in April for his first major title. ... Lee Janzen won the 1998 tournament at Olympic. Jack Fleck (1955), Billy Casper (1966) and Scott Simpson (1987) also won the event at the course. ... The 2013 tournament will be played at Merion in Ardmore, Pa. ... The Travelers Championship is next week in Cromwell, Conn.
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EUROPEAN TOUR/EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: SAINT OMER OPEN
Site: Lumbres, France.
Course: Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club (6,835 yards, par 71).
Purse: $624,580. Winner’s share: $104,105.
Last year: Australia’s Matthew Zions won his first European Tour title, finishing at 8 under for a seven-stroke victory.
Last week: Lee Westwood won the Nordea Masters in Sweden for his 22nd European Tour title. The Englishman also won the event in 1996 and 2000.
Notes: Dutch architect Johan Frederik Dudok van Heel designed the course. ... The BMW International Open is next week in Germany, followed by the Irish Open.
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Next event: Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, June 21-24, Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo, Ontario.
Last week: Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y., to become the first Chinese player to win an LPGA Tour title and a major event. She closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.
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Next event: Montreal Championship, June 22-24, Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club, Vercheres Course, Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
Last week: Tom Lehman successfully defended his title in the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala., beating Bernhard Langer and Chien Soon Lu by two strokes.
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Next event: Wichita Open, June 21-24, Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kan.
Last week: Lee Williams won the Mexico Open for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Paul Haley II.
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ASIAN TOUR: Queen’s Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Santiburi Samui Country Club, Koh Samui, Thailand. Online: http://www.asiantour.com
SUNSHINE TOUR: Zambia Open, Thursday-Sunday, Lusaka Golf Club, Lusaka, Zambia. Online: http://www.pgatour.co.za
CANADIAN TOUR: Sun Rivers Resort Pro-Am, Wednesday-Friday, Sun Rivers Golf Resort, Kamloops, British Columbia. Online: http://www.cantour.com
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Bolle Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, Sapona Country Club, Lexington, N.C., and Colonial Country Club, Thomasville, N.C. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com
SYMETRA TOUR: Tate & Lyle Players Championship, Friday-Sunday, Hickory Point Golf Club, Decatur, Ill. Online: http://www.symetratour.com
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Ladies Swiss Open, Thursday-Sunday, Golf Gerre Losone, Ticino, Switzerland. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Nichirei Ladies, Thursday-Saturday, Miho Golf Club, Ibaraki, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp