This week in the world of golf. . .
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
PGA TOUR: AT&T NATIONAL
Site: Bethesda, Md.
Course: Congressional Country Club, Blue Course (7,569 yards, par 71).
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, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Last year: Nick Watney won at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pa., shooting 62-66 in the final two rounds for the second of his two 2011 victories. K.J. Choi was second, two strokes back.
Notes: Tournament host Tiger Woods, the 2009 winner at Congressional, is coming off a 21st-place tie two weeks ago in the U.S. Open. He won the Memorial on June 3 to match Jack Nicklaus for second place on the PGA Tour victory list with 73. Woods also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. ... The fourth-ranked Woods and No. 10 Hunter Mahan are the only top-10 players in the field. ... Rory McIlroy, the U.S. Open winner last year at Congressional, is skipping the tournament to play in the Irish Open. ... Former UCLA star Patrick Cantlay is making his second pro start. He missed the cut last week in Connecticut. ... The Greenbrier Classic is next week in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., followed by the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Course: Fox Chapel Golf Club (6,710 yards, par 70).
Purse: $2.7 million. Winner’s share: $405,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 1-3 p.m., Friday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 2:30-5 p.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 a.m., 2:30-5 p.m.; Monday, 1-3 a.m.).
Last year: Fred Couples won at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., beating John Cook with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.
Notes: Greg Norman is making his first Champions Tour start since 2009. ... Tom Watson is returning from a wrist injury that has sidelined him since April. ... Couples won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour. ... Michael Allen leads the tour with two victories and earnings of $1,150,032. ... The tournament is the third of the tour’s five major championships. Roger Chapman won the Senior PGA Championship, and Tom Lehman successfully defended his title in the Regions Tradition. ... The First Tee Open is next week at Pebble Beach, followed by the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood in Lake Orion, Mich.
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LPGA TOUR: NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Rogers, Ark.
Course: Pinnacle Country Club (6,274 yards, par 71).
Purse: $2 million. Winner’s share: $300,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 5-7 p.m.; Sunday, 5-7 p.m.; Monday, 3-5 a.m.).
Last year: Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title, beating Amy Yang with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. The tournament was played in September.
Notes: The U.S. Women’s Open is next week at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. ... Former University of Arkansas star Stacy Lewis has two victories this year. She won the inaugural tournament in 2007, an unofficial victory after the event was cut to 18 holes because of rain. The then-college player shot a 65. ... Tseng leads the tour with three victories. In the 2010 tournament, she beat Michelle Wie by a stroke. ... Juli Inkster is returning to tour play following surgery on her right elbow. The Hall of Famer turned 52 on Sunday.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: IRISH OPEN
Site: Portrush, Northern Ireland.
Course: Royal Portrush Golf Club, Dunluce Links (7,143 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $417,250.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
Last year: England’s Simon Dyson won at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. Australia’s Richard Green was second, a stroke back.
Notes: The tournament was last played in Northern Ireland in 1953 and at Portrush in 1947. The course was the site of the 1951 British Open. ... Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell top the Irish contingent along with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, the 2007 winner at Adare Manor. ... PGA champion Keegan Bradley also is in the field along with fellow Americans John Daly and Rich Beem. ... The French Open is next week at Le Golf National, followed by the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
WEB.COM TOUR: UNITED LEASING CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Newburgh, Ind.
Course: Victoria National Golf Club (7,239 yards, par 720).
Purse: $550,000. Winner’s share: $99,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:30-1 a.m.; Saturday, 4:30-6 a.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.).
Last year: Inaugural event.
Notes: Wittenberg earned $108,000 last week to jump from 10th to second on the money list with $240,019. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards, and he would earn an immediate promotion with a third victory. ... Paul Haley II, the Chile Classic winner, leads the money list with $244,234. He’s skipping the tournament. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume July 12-15 with the Utah Championship.
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PGA OF AMERICA: PGA Professional National Championship, through-Wednesday, Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses, Seaside, Calif. Television: Golf Channel (Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.; Wednesday, 3-5 a.m., 4-7 p.m.; Thursday, 3-5 a.m.).
CANADIAN TOUR: Syncrude Boreal Open, Thursday-Sunday, Fort McMurray Golf Club, Fort McMurray, Alberta.
NGA TOUR: GolfCrest Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Golfcrest Country Club, Pearland, Texas.
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: The Championship at Wintergreen Resort, Wednesday-Saturday, Stoney Creek at Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, Va.
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Berenberg Bank Masters, Friday-Sunday, Worthsee Golf Club, Munich.
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Challenge Provincia di Varese, Wednesday-Saturday, Golf Club Varese, Luvinate, Italy.
SYMETRA TOUR: Island Resort Championship, Friday-Sunday, Sweetgrass Golf Club, Harris, Mich.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Nichi-Iko Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Yatsuo Country Club, Toyama, Japan.