Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 01:00
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 20:44
A Look At This Week's Golf Tournaments Around The World:
Wegmans LPGA Championship
Site: Pittsford, N.Y.
Course: Locust Hill Country Club (6,534 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $375,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-2 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-2 a.m., 4-7 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4-7 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.).
Last year: Cristie Kerr cruised to a 12-stroke victory to become the first American to top the world ranking. Kerr, also the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open champion, closed with a 6-under 66 for a 19-under 269 total. She led wire-to-wire en route to her second victory of the year and 14th overall.
Last event: Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the LPGA State Farm Classic on June 12 for her second victory of the year and seventh tour title in four years. Kerr, three strokes back, finished second for the third straight event.
Notes: The major tournament moved to Locust Hill, a longtime regular LPGA Tour stop, last season after five years at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, Md. ... Tseng won the 2008 event at Bulle Rock. ... Stacy Lewis won the first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco in early April. ... The tour is off next week. The U.S. Women’s Open is July 7-10 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. Canadians In The Field: Lorie Kane, Alena Sharp, Jessica Shepley, Stephanie Sherlock, Lisa Meldrum, Samantha Richdale
Bubba Watson Is Taking Time Off From Making Music Videos With His Buds To Defend His Title In The Travelers Championship
Site: Cromwell, Conn.
Course: TPC River Highlands (6,841 yards, par 70).
Purse: $6 million. Winner’s share: $1.08 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Bubba Watson won his first PGA Tour title, overcoming a six-stroke deficit and beating Scott Verplank with a par on the second hole of playoff. Corey Pavin was eliminated on the first extra hole.
Last week: Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open at Congressional for his first major title, smashing the tournament scoring records at 16-under 268. The 22-year-old star from Northern Ireland shot 65-66-68-69 for an eight-stroke victory over Jason Day.
Notes: Watson won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January and the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in May. ... Kenny Perry won the 2009 tournament, shooting 61-68-66-63 for a tournament-record 258 total. The Champions Tour player is in the field. ... J.J. Henry won in 2006 to become the first Connecticut winner in tournament history. ... The AT&T National is next week at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pa. Canadians In Field: Graham DeLaet, Chris Baryla, Matt McQuillan, Stephen Ames, David Hearn
Dick's Sporting Goods Open
Tom Watson As He Looked 35 Years Ago, The Last Time He Played En-Joie And As He Looks Today
Site: Endicott, N.Y.
Course: En-Joie Golf Course (6,974 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.75 million. Winner’s share: $262,500.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-4 a.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, midnight-2 a.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2 a.m.).
Last year: Loren Roberts birdied the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Fred Funk.
Last event: Mark Wiebe won the Greater Hickory Classic on June 12, beating James Mason with a par on the third hole of a playoff.
Notes: Tom Watson is coming off a playoff victory May 29 in the Senior PGA Championship. ... En-Joie was the site of the PGA Tour’s now-defunct B.C. Open from 1971-2005. Craig Stadler, in the field this week, won the 2003 B.C. Open to become the first player to win a PGA Tour event while a member of the Champions Tour. He closed with a 63 to overcome an eight-stroke deficit and win by a stroke. ... Joey Sindelar (1985 and 1987), Jeff Sluman (2001) and Wayne Levi (1984) also are B.C. Open winners. They grew up in upstate New York. ... The Montreal Championship is next week.