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PGA TOUR

QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL

Site: Bethesda, Md.

Course: Congressional Country Club (Blue Course). Yards: 7,569. Par: 71.

Purse: $6.9 million (First Prize: $1,242,000).

Television: CBS Sports (Saturday, 3-6 p.m., Sunday (3-6:30 p.m.); Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m.)

Defending Champion: Troy Merritt.

Last Week: Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open for his first major.

Notes: Tournament host Tiger Woods is still recovering from two back surgeries late last year and will not play. He has played six out of the 10 years since the tournament began. ... Troy Merritt has finished in the top 10 just one time since he won the Quicken Loans National last year, a tie for third at Bay Hill. ... Rickie Fowler, who has missed the cut in four of his last six tournaments, is the highest-ranked player at Congressional. He has a corporate deal with Quicken Loans. ... The winner receives a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour. ... Merritt is the only player to make the Quicken Loans National his first PGA Tour victory. ... Congressional has hosted the U.S. Open three times. Ernie Els, who won his second Open at Congressional in 1997, is in the field. ... Jon Rahm of Arizona State and Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State make their pro debuts. Rahm was low amateur at the U.S. Open, and Niebrugge was low amateur at the British Open last year.

Next Week: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, and Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev.

Online: www.pgatour.com

Walmart NW Arkansas ChampionshipLPGA TOUR

WALMART NORTHWEST ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Rogers, Ark.

Course: Pinnacle Country Club. Yards: 6,386. Par: 71.

Purse: $2 million (First Prize: $300,000).

Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5:30-8 p.m.).

Defending Champion: Na Yeon Choi.

Last Week: Sei Young Kim won the Meijer LPGA Classic for her second victory of the year.

Notes: The tournament is 54 holes and starts on Friday. ... Stacy Lewis earned her college degree at Arkansas and won the event in 2014. She was poised to win last year until Na Yeon Choi holed out for eagle on the 16th and made birdie on the 17th for a two-shot victory. ... Sei Young Kim became the fifth multiple winner on the LPGA Tour this year. Eleven players have won the 17 events to date. ... Lewis, Brittany Lang, and Brittany Lincicome are among nine players who have competed every year since the tournament began in 2007. ... Maria Fassi is playing on a sponsor exemption awarded to an Arkansas player. ... Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko, who have won both majors this year and are No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, are in the field. ... Juli Inkster, who spent last week as a course reporter for Fox Sports at the U.S. Open, is playing this week.

Next Week: Cambia Portland Classic.

Online: www.lpga.com

BMW International OpenEUROPEAN TOUR

BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN

Site: Pulheim, Germany.

Course: Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof. Yards: 7,229. Par: 72.

Purse: 2 million euros.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 5:30-7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30-11:30 a.m.; Sunday, 6:30-11 a.m.).

Defending Champion: Pablo Larrazabal.

Last Week: Dustin Johnson won the U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Notes: Two of Pablo Larrazabal's four European Tour victories have been at the BMW International Open. ... Henrik Stenson, 10 over for his second round at the U.S. Open when he did not return the next morning to finish because of "minor neck and knee issues," is in the field, along with Masters champion Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia. ... Lee McCoy, who finished fourth in the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour in March, is playing on a sponsor exemption. ... This starts the heart of the European Tour schedule in Europe with national Opens in Germany, France and Scotland before The Open Championship of the Royal & Ancient at Royal Troon. ... Willett won his first European Tour title at the BMW International Open in 2012 in a playoff over Marcus Fraser.

Next Week: French Open.

Online: www.europeantour.com

American Family Insurance ChampionshipPGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Madison, Wis.

Course: University Ridge Golf Club.

Purse: $2 million (First Prize: $300,000).

Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m.).

Defending Champion: New event.

Last Week: Both PGA Tour Champions players at the U.S. Open missed the cut. Wes Short Jr. shot 78-76, while Jeff Maggert shot 79-79.

Notes: Bernhard Langer's victory in the Senior Players Championship made him the first PGA Tour Champions player to win multiple majors in three seasons — 2010, 2014 and 2016. The others to achieve that were Gary Player (1987-88) and Jack Nicklaus (1990-91). ... Steve Stricker helped to launch the American Family Insurance Championship and is the tournament host, even though he isn't eligible to play. He doesn't turn 50 until February. ... Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre and offensive lineman Mark Tauscher will partner with Stricker and two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North in a nine-hole celebrity scramble event during the second round. It will start after the leaders make the turn. ... Bernhard Langer leads the tour with a 68.6 scoring average, which is 1. 57 strokes ahead of Jeff Maggert.

Next Tournament: Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., on July 8-10.

Online: www.pgatour.com/champions

Air Capital ClassicWEB.COM TOUR

AIR CAPITAL CLASSIC

Site: Wichita, Kan.

Course: Crestview Country Club.

Purse: $625,000 (First Prize: $112,500).

Defending Champion: Rob Oppenheim.

Last Week: James Driscoll won the Nashville Golf Open.

Next Tournament: Lecom Health Challenge in New York on July 7-10.

Online: www.pgatour.com/webcom

SIGA Dakota Dunes OpenOTHER TOURS

MEN

Japan Golf Tour: ISPS Handa Global Cup, Tokinodai CC, Ishikawa, Japan. Defending champion: Toshinori Muto. Online: www.jgto.org

PGA of America: PGA Professional Championship, Turning Stone Resort, Verona, N.Y. Defending champion: Matt Dobyns. Online: www.pga.com/professionalchampionship

Challenge Tour: Scottish Hydro Challenge, Macdonald Spey Valley GC, Aviemore, Scotland. Defending champion: Jack Senior. Online: www.europeantour.com/challengetour

Mackenzie Tour Canada: Dakota Dunes Open, Dakota Dunes GL, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Defending champion: Michael Letzig. Online: www.pgatour.com/canada

PGA Tour China Series: Nanjing Open, Zhongzhan GC, Nanjing, China. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: www.pgatour.com/pga-tour-china.html

WOMEN

Symetra Tour: Island Resort Championship, Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Mich. Defending champion: Dani Holmqvist. Online: www.symetratour.com

Japan LPGA: Earth Mondamin Cup, Camellia Hills CC, Chiba, Japan. Defending champion: Lee Bomi. Online: www.lpga.jp.or/tournament/lpgatour

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