This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
All Times EDT
PGA TOUR: TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Cromwell, Conn.
Course: TPC River Highlands (6,841 yards, par 70).
Purse: $6.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.17 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30-5:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., midnight-2 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson won his first PGA Tour title, beating Ryan Moore and John Rollins by a stroke. Jacobson had one bogey in 72 holes.
Last week: Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco for his first major title. He finished at 1 over for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson. Tiger Woods tied for 21st, six strokes back.
Notes: Simpson is in the field. ... Masters champion Bubba Watson won the 2010 tournament for his first PGA Tour title, overcoming a six-stroke deficit and beating Scott Verplank on the second hole of playoff. Watson missed the cut last week at Olympic with rounds of 78 and 71. ... Kenny Perry won in 2009, shooting 61-68-66-63 for a tournament-record 258 total. The Champions Tour player is in the field. ... UCLA star Patrick Cantlay received a sponsor exemption. Last year, Cantlay shot a 60 in the second round and tied for 24th. He also will play the next two weeks in the AT&T National and Greenbrier Classic. ... J.J. Henry won in 2006 to become the first Connecticut winner in tournament history.
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LPGA TOUR: MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
Site: Waterloo, Ontario.
Course: Grey Silo Golf Course (6,532 yards, par 71).
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner’s share: $195,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.)
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last event: Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship on June 10 in Pittsford, N.Y., to become the first Chinese winner in LPGA Tour history. Also the first Chinese player to win a golf major, she closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.
Notes: Michelle Wie is trying to break out of a season-long slump. The recent Stanford graduate, the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open winner in Manitoba, has failed to advance to weekend play in all five events she has played that had a cut and lost in the first round of the Sybase Match Play. She has broken par only once in 18 rounds, and is 104th on the money list ($16,401), 141st in scoring average (76.06), 153rd in driving accuracy (42 percent) and 149th in putting average (32.4 per round). She shot 74-82 in the LPGA Championship. ... Top-ranked Yani Tseng is skipping the tournament. ... The tour will return to Canada in August for the Canadian Women’s Open in British Columbia. ... The NW Arkansas Championship is next week, followed by the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: MONTREAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
Course: Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club, Vercheres Course (6,894 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $270,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 6:30-9:30 a.m.; Sunday, midnight-2 a.m., 7-9:30 p.m.; Monday, 2-4 a.m.).
Last year: John Cook won at Fontainebleu for the last of three 2011 tour titles, shooting 63-66-66 for a tournament-record 21-under 195 total. Taiwan’s Lu Chien-soon was second, three strokes back.
Last event: Tom Lehman successfully defended his Regions Tradition title June 10 in Birmingham, Ala., beating Lu and Bernhard Langer by two strokes.
Notes: The tournament is in its first year at Vallee du Richelieu after two years at Fontainebleu. ... Michael Allen leads the tour with two victories and earnings of $1,071,282. ... The Senior Players Championship is next week at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh, followed by the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood in Lake Orion, Mich.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Site: Pulheim, Germany.
Course: Gut Larchenhof Golf Club (7,228 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.52 million. Winner’s share: $419,460.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; Sunday, 7-11 a.m.).
Last year: Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal won at Munich Nord-Eichenried, beating countryman Sergio Garcia with a birdie on the fifth hole of a playoff.
Last week: Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco for his first major title. He finished at 1 over for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson. ... South Africa’s Darren Fichardt won the Saint-Omer Open in France for his third European Tour title.
Notes: German star Martin Kaymer is from Dusseldorf, about 20 miles from Jack Nicklaus-designed Gut Larchenhof. Kaymer won the 2008 tournament at Munich Nord-Eichenried. Gut Larchenhof was the site of the German Masters from 1998-2009. ... German senior star Bernhard Langer, the 2001 German Masters winner at Gut Larchenhof, also is in the field along with Larrazabal, Garcia, Retief Goosen, Paul Casey, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Henrik Stenson, Thomas Bjorn, John Daly and Rich Beem. ... The Irish Open is next week at Royal Portrush, followed by the French Open at Le Golf National.
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NATIONWIDE TOUR: WICHITA OPEN
Site: Wichita, Kan.
Course: Crestview Country Club (6,951 yards, par 71).
Purse: $600,000. Winner’s share: $108,000.
Last year: Australia’s Mathew Goggin won the second of his two 2011 titles, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Kyle Thompson.
Last event: Lee Williams won the Mexico Open on June for his first Nationwide Tour title. Paul Haley II was second, a stroke back.
Notes: The tournament is in its 22nd season. It is one of four remaining events from the tour’s inaugural 1990 season. ... Haley, the Chile Classic winner in March, leads the money list with $229,834. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. ... The United Leasing Championship is next week in Newburgh, Ind.
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PGA OF AMERICA: PGA Professional National Championship, Sunday-Wednesday, June 27, Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses, Seaside, Calif. Television: Golf Channel (Sunday, 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Monday, 3:30-6 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.).
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Mizuno Open, Thursday-Sunday, JFE Setonaikai Golf Club, Okayama, Japan.
ASIAN TOUR: Hildesheim Open, Thursday-Sunday, Hildesheim Country Club, Je Cheon, South Korea.
CANADIAN TOUR: ATB Financial Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Windermere Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, Alberta.
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Van Lanschot Senior Open, Friday-Sunday, The Royal Haagsche Golf and Country Club, The Hague, Netherlands.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Scottish Hydro Challenge, Thursday-Sunday, Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Club, Aviemore, Scotland.
NGA TOUR: Texas Honing Open, Thursday-Sunday, Sterling Country Club, Houston.
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Spring Creek Classic, Wednesday-Friday, Spring Creek Golf Club, Gordonsville, Va.
U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION: U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, through Saturday, Neshanic Valley Golf Course, Neshanic, N.J.
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Prague Golf Masters, Friday-Sunday, Albatross Golf Resort, Prague.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Earth Mondahmin Cup, Friday-Sunday, Camellia Hills Country Club, Chiba, Japan.
THE LEGENDS TOUR: Hannaford Community Challenge, Saturday-Sunday, Falmouth Country Club, Portland, Maine.