LPGA TOUR AND PGA OF AMERICA
KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Location: Bethesda, Maryland.
Course: CC of Congress (blue). Footage: 6,831. By: 72.
Prize money: $9 million. Winner’s share: $1,350,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Nelly Korda.
CME Globe race leader: Minjee Lee.
Last week: Jennifer Kupcho won the Meijer LPGA Classic.
Notes: The LPGA Tour has its second major tournament in three weeks. … The first two major tournaments were won by Jennifer Kupcho (Chevron Championship) and Minjee Lee (US Women’s Open). They are the only players to have multiple wins on the LPGA Tour this season. … Congress last hosted a major tournament when Rory McIlroy won the US Open in 2011 by eight strokes. … The PGA of America last visited Congress for a main event in 1976 when Dave Stockton won the PGA Championship at 1 in 281. It was the last time a champion of the PGA was above par. … Korda finished tied for eighth and finished second in both of his events since returning from a blood clot. … Korda won last year at the Atlanta Athletic Club for his first major. The win propelled her to No. 1 in the Women’s World Rankings for the first time. … Six women have already surpassed more than $1 million in earnings this year with five months remaining in the season. Lee leads to more than $2.6 million of her $1.8 million winning the Women’s Open. … Jin Young Ko in 2018 was the last woman to win multiple majors in the same season.
Next tournament: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational from July 13-16.
Location: Cromwell, Connecticut.
Course: TPC River Highlands. Footage: 6,852. By: 70.
Prize money: $8.3 million. Winner’s share: $1,494,000.
Television: Thursday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
Defending Champion: Harris English.
FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.
Last week: Matt Fitzpatrick won the US Open.
Notes: The field no longer includes Will Zalatoris, who retired after his second-place finish at the US Open. It also no longer includes Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, who pulled out after deciding to sign up for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. … Harris English will be looking to defend his title in his third round since returning from hip surgery which kept him out of golf for four months. The Englishman made the cut at the US Open last week to extend his streak to 15 consecutive majors without missing a cut. … Rory McIlroy has moved up to world No. 2 and joins world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler on the pitch at TPC River Highlands. … McIlroy and Zalatoris are the only players to finish in the top 10 at all three majors this year. … In addition to four wins, Scheffler has four second-place finishes this season. One of them was in the unofficial Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. … The Traveler field includes five of the top 10 players in the world – Scheffler, McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Sam Burns.
Next week: John Deere Classic.
AMERICAN GOLF ASSOCIATION AND PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
US SENIOR OPEN
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Course: Saucon Valley CC (Old Course). Footage: 7,028. By: 71.
Prize money: $4 million. Winner’s share: $720,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. (Peacock); Saturday-Sunday, 2-3 p.m. (Peacock), 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Jim Furyk.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.
Last Tournament: Thongchai Jaidee won the American Family Insurance Championship.
Note: The US Senior Open returns to Saucon Valley for the third time. Hale Irwin won in 2000 and Larry Laoretti in 1992. … Steve Stricker (Tradition) and Steven Alker (Senior PGA) won the first two majors of the season. … It’s the 100th anniversary of the Old Course, which opened two years after the club was founded in 1920. … Saucon Valley has hosted seven USGA championships. Previous winners include Billy Maxwell at the 1951 US Amateur and Eun-Hee Ji at the 2009 US Women’s Open. … The winner will be exempted from the US Open next year at the Los Angeles Country Club. … Alker needs $64,000 to cross the $2 million in season earnings on the PGA Tour Champions. He has a $713,249 lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez in the Schwab Cup standings. … The US Senior Open hasn’t had a playoff since Colin Montgomerie beat Gene Sauers in 2014 at Oak Tree, Oklahoma. … Next year’s championship moves to SentryWorld in Wisconsin.
Next tournament: Bridgestone Senior Players Championship from July 7 to 10.
Online: https://www.usga.org/ and https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html
BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Course: Munchen Eichenried GC. Footage: 7,284. By: 72.
Grant: 2 million euros. Winner’s share: 333,333 euros.
Television: Thursday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Viktor Hovland.
DP World Tour points leader: Will Zalatoris.
Last week: Matt Fitzpatrick won the US Open.
Notes: Viktor Hovland is not on the pitch as defending champion. He was announced as playing the Travelers Championship last week on the PGA Tour, then was a late withdrawal. … Billy Horschel is playing his first regular European tour this year. He won the BMW PGA Championship last year at Wentworth. …Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen are among 11 players on the pitch who also appeared at the Saudi-backed LIV Golf event outside London two weeks ago without being released . The European tour has not announced any sanctions it may impose. … The tournament dates back to 1989 when David Feherty won the inaugural event. … Paul Azinger won the BMW International Open in 1990 and 1992, while John Daly in 2001 was the last American winner. … This is the second and last European tour in Germany, both in June.
Next week: Horizon Irish Open.
KORN FERRY TOUR
LIVE AND WORK IN OPEN MAINE
Location: Falmouth, Maine.
Route: Falmouth CC. Footage: 7,299. By: 71.
Prize money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.
Previous winner: Chad Ramey.
Points leader: Carl Yuan.
Last week: Norman Xiong won the Wichita Open.
Next week: The Ascendant.
Epson Visit: Island Resort, Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Michigan. Previous winner: Morgane Métraux. Online: https://www.epsontour.com/
Asian Tour: Korea Open, Woo Jeong Hills CC, Cheonan, South Korea. Defending champion: Junseok Lee. Online: https://www.asiantour.com/
Royal & Ancient: British Women’s Amateur, Hunstanton GC, Hunstanton, England. Defending champion: Louise Duncan. Television: Friday to Saturday, 2:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Golf Channel). Online: https://www.randa.org/
Japan Golf Tour: Japan Players Championship, Nishi Nasuno CC, Tochigi, Japan. Defending Champion: Naoyuki Kataoka. Online: https://www.jgto.org/fr/
Challenge Tour: Blot Open de Bretagne, Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André, Pléneuf, France. Previous winner: Julien Brun. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/
Ladies European Tour: Tipsport Czech Ladies Open, Beroun GC. Beroun, Czech Republic. Defending champion: Atthaya Thitikul. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/
PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Shell Championship, PGA Riviera Maya, Tulum, Mexico. Previous winner: Augusto Nunez. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/la/en.html
Mackenzie Tour: Elk Ridge Open, Elk Ridge Resort (Tournament), Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. Defending Champion: New event. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us.html
Japan LPGA: Earth Mondahmin Cup, Camellia Hills CC, Chiba, Japan. Defending champion: Erika Kikuchi. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/
Korean LPGA: BC Card Hankyung Ladies Cup, Fortune Hills GC, Pocheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Jin-hee Im. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/
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