Golf’s toughest test goes to Brookline at the Country Club

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A grounds crew worker hoses down an 18th green bunker during a practice round before the U.S. Open golf tournament, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION

US OPEN

Location: Brookline, Massachusetts.

Route: The Country Club. Footage: 7,264. By: 70.

Prize money: TBA ($12.5 million in 2001).

Television: Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (USA Network), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (USA Network); Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (USA Network), 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (NBC); Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Jon Rahm.

Last year: Jon Rahm won his first major tournament at Torrey Pines and became the first player to birdie the last two holes to win the US Open in one shot. The victory came two weeks after Rahm had a six-shot 54-hole lead at the Memorial and had to retire due to a positive COVID-19 test. Louis Oosthuizen was a finalist for the sixth time in a major.

Notes: The US Open returns to the Country Club for the fourth time and the first time since Curtis Strange beat Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff match in 1988. …Tiger Woods opted out to secure that his right leg is healing and getting stronger in time for the British Open at St. Andrews. … Phil Mickelson only misses the US Open for the career Grand Slam. He is playing for the first time on American soil since the end of January. Mickelson opted out for four months and returned to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series last week. … Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau are among 12 players on the pitch who took part in the LIV golf tournament last week outside London. … The US Open hasn’t had a playoff since 2008, the longest streak of the four major tournaments. The previous three US Opens at Brookline have all been decided in an 18-hole playoff. … The last four great champions were all in their twenties. … Players in the world’s top 10 have won the last four major tournaments.

Next year: Los Angeles Country Club.

Online: https://www.usga.org/

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LPGA TOUR

LPGA MEIJER CLASSIC

Location: Belmont, Michigan.

Course: Blythefield CC. Footage: 6,638. By: 72.

Prize money: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $375,000.

Television: Thursday to Sunday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Nelly Korda.

Last week: Brooke Henderson won the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

CME Globe race leader: Minjee Lee.

Notes: Brooke Henderson went over a year without winning at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. She is twice winner of the Meijer Classic. … Defending champion Nelly Korda is making her second start since returning from a four-month hiatus with a blood clot in her left arm. Korda will also defend next week in the KPGA Congressional Women’s PGA Championship. … Inbee Park is on the grounds. She missed the US Women’s Open, then returned to the ShopRite LPGA Classic the following week and tied for 15th. … The field has nine of the top 10 in the Women’s World Rankings. Top-ranked Jin Young Ko is not playing. … Cristie Kerr is playing from her top-20 status in LPGA career earnings. … The tournament takes place two weeks after the US Women’s Open and one week before the next major tournament in Congress. … The tournament dates back to 2014. Every previous winner has won a major championship, starting with Mirim Lee (2020 ANA Inspiration) in 2014.

Next week: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

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KORN FERRY TOUR

WICHITA OPEN

Location: Wichita, Kansas.

Route: Crestview CC. Footage: 6,910. By: 70.

Prize money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.

Television: None.

Previous winner: Harry Hall.

Points leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Robby Shelton won the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Next week: Live and Work in Maine Open.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour.html

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PGA TOUR

Last week: Rory McIlroy won the RBC Canadian Open.

Next week: Voyageurs Championship.

FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Last week: Linn Grant won the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed.

Next week: BMW International Open.

DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Last week: Thongchai Jaidee won the American Family Insurance Championship.

Next week: US Senior Open.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html

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OTHER TOURS

Royal & Ancient: British Amateur, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Lytham-St. Anns, England. Defending Champion: Laird Shepherd. Television: Friday to Saturday, 2:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Golf Channel). Online: https://www.randa.org/

Epson Tour: Ann Arbor’s Road to the LPGA, Travis Pointe CC, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: https://www.epsontour.com/tournaments

Ladies European Tour: Aramco Team Series-London, Centurion GC, St. Albans, England. Defending champion: Marianne Skarpnord. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Challenge Tour: Kaskáda Golf Challenge, Kaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic. Previous winner: Marcel Schneider. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Mackenzie Tour: ATB Classic, Edmonton Petroleum Golf & CC, Edmonton, Alberta. Previous winner: Hayden Buckley. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us.html

LPGA Korea: Korea Women’s Open, Rainbow Hills CC, Chungcheongbuk, South Korea. Defending Champion: Min Ji Park. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

Japan LPGA: Nichirei Ladies, Sodegaura CC (Shinsode), Chiba, Japan. Defending champion: Jiyai Shin. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

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