Another women’s major on a major course at Congressional
LPGA TOUR AND PGA OF AMERICA
KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Bethesda, Maryland.
Course: Congressional CC (Blue). Yardage: 6,831. Par: 72.
Prize money: $9 million. Winner’s share: $1,350,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Golf Channel), Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Nelly Korda.
Race to CME Globe leader: Minjee Lee.
Last week: Jennifer Kupcho won the Meijer LPGA Classic.
Notes: The LPGA Tour has its second major in three weeks. ... The first two majors were won by Jennifer Kupcho (Chevron Championship) and Minjee Lee (U.S. Women’s Open). They are the only players with multiple wins on the LPGA Tour this season. ... Congressional last hosted a major when Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open in 2011 by eight shots. ... The PGA of America last went to Congressional for a main event in 1976 when Dave Stockton won the PGA Championship at 1-over 281. It was the last time a PGA champion was over par. ... Korda tied for eighth and was runner-up in her two events since returning from a blood clot. ... Korda won last year at Atlanta Athletic Club for her first major. The victory sent her to No. 1 in the women’s world ranking for the first time. ... Six women already have surpassed more than $1 million in earnings this year with five months left in the season. Lee leads at over $2.6 million from her $1.8 million by 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 on July 13-16.
Site: Cromwell, Connecticut.
Course: TPC River Highlands. Yardage: 6,852. Par: 70.
Prize money: $8.3 million. Winner’s share: $1,494,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 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 U.S. Open.
Notes: The field no longer includes Will Zalatoris, who withdrew after his runner-up finish in the U.S. Open. It also no longer includes Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, who withdrew after deciding to sign up for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. ... Harris English will try to defend his title in just his third event since he returned from hip surgery that kept him out of golf for four months. English made the cut in the U.S. Open last week to extend to his streak to 15 consecutive majors without missing a cut. ... Rory McIlroy moved to No. 2 in the world and joins world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler in the field at the TPC River Highlands. ... McIlroy and Zalatoris are the only players to have finished in the top 10 in all three majors this year. ... Along with four victories, Scheffler has four runner-up finishes this season. One of them was in the unofficial Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. ... The Travelers field features five of the top 10 players in the world — Scheffler, McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Sam Burns.
Next week: John Deere Classic.
U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION AND PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Site: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Course: Saucon Valley CC (Old Course). Yardage: 7,028. Par: 71.
Prize money: $4 million. Winner’s share: $720,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-7 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.
Notes: The U.S. Senior Open returns to Saucon Valley for the third time. Hale Irwin won in 2000 and Larry Laoretti won in 1992. ... Steve Stricker (Tradition) and Steven Alker (Senior PGA) have won the first two majors of the season. ... This is the 100-year 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 in the 1951 U.S. Amateur and Eun-Hee Ji in the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open. ... The winner will be exempt into the U.S. Open next year at Los Angeles Country Club. ... Alker needs $64,000 to cross $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 U.S. Senior Open has not had a playoff since Colin Montgomerie beat Gene Sauers in 2014 at Oak Tree in Oklahoma. ... The championship next year moves to SentryWorld in Wisconsin.
Next tournament: Bridgestone Senior Players Championship on July 7-10.
BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Course: Munchen Eichenried GC. Yardage: 7,284. Par: 72.
Prize money: 2 million euros. Winner’s share: 333,333 euros.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 6:30-10 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Viktor Hovland.
DP World Tour points leader: Will Zalatoris.
Last week: Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Open.
Notes: Viktor Hovland is not in the field as defending champion. He was announced as playing the Travelers Championship last week on the PGA Tour, and then was a late withdrawal. ... Billy Horschel is playing his first regular European tour event this year. He won the BMW PGA Championship last year at Wentworth. ... Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Louis Oosthuizen are among 11 players in the field who also played the Saudi-backed LIV Golf event outside London two weeks ago without getting releases. The European tour has not announced what sanctions it might impose. ... The tournament dates 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 final European tour event in Germany, both in June.
Next week: Horizon Irish Open.
KORN FERRY TOUR
LIVE AND WORK IN MAINE OPEN
Site: Falmouth, Maine.
Course: Falmouth CC. Yardage: 7,299. Par: 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 Tour: Island Resort, Sweetgrass GC, Harris, Michigan. Previous winner: Morgane Metraux. 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: Women’s British Amateur, Hunstanton GC, Hunstanton, England. Defending champion: Louise Duncan. Television: Friday-Saturday, 2:30-11 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/en/
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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