LPGA, PGA Tour Champions major stages in France and Scotland
LPGA TOUR AND LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR
AMUNDI EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Location: Evian-les-Bains, France.
Route: Evian Resort GC. Footage: 6,523. By: 71.
Prize money: $6.5 million. Winner’s share: $1 million.
Television: Thursday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday through Sunday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Golf Channel), 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (CNBC).
Defending champion: Minjee Lee.
CME Globe race leader: Minjee Lee.
Last week: Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.
Notes: This is the fourth of five majors on the LPGA Tour schedule. … Title sponsor Amundi raised the price by $2 million to $6.5 million. This will be the third time this year that the winner of a women’s major has won $1 million or more. … Minjee Lee won her first major a year ago in Evian. She is now aiming for her third major, having won the US Women’s Open. … The Evian Championship began as a Ladies European Tour event in 1994. It became part of the LPGA Tour schedule in 2000 and was elevated to a major in 2013. … Inbee Park won the Evian as a touring event. It’s the only major he misses for the “Super Slam” to capture all five majors. Karrie Webb did it when the du Maurier Classic in Canada was of age. … Lee closed the gap on No. 1 Jin Young Ko. … With her tag team title at Michigan, Jennifer Kupcho has three LPGA Tour titles this year to lead the Tour. She pulled away with 292 points from Lee on the Race to CME Globe. … The LPGA travels to Scotland for two weeks after France to conclude the European part of its programme.
Next week: Trust Golf Ladies Scottish Open.
Online: https://www.lpga.com/ and https://ladieseuropeantour.com/
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
BRITISH OPEN SENIORS
Location: Gleneagles, Scotland.
Course: Gleneagles Hotel (Kings Course) Yardage: 6,859. Par: 70.
Prize money: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $275,000.
Television: Thursday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel), noon to 2 p.m. (NBC).
Defending Champion: Stephen Dodd.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.
Last tournament: Padraig Harrington won the US Senior Open.
Notes: The senior British Open dates back to 1987, with the inaugural event won by Neil Coles at Turnberry. … Gleneagles is best known for hosting the Ryder Cup in 2014, but that was on the Centennial course. … Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open four times in a decade, from 2010 to 2019. All of his victories have come on links courses, including two at Royal Porthcawl. … The senior majors this year were won by Steve Stricker (Tradition), Steven Alker (Senior PGA), Padraig Harrington (Senior US Open) and Jerry Kelly (Senior Players Championship). … Since 2011, the five senior majors have not been won by five players – Tom Lehman, Tom Watson, Olin Browne, Fred Couples and Russ Cochran. … The winner secures a place at the British Open next year at Royal Liverpool. … By winning the US Senior Open, Harrington became the fifth player to top $1 million for the year on the PGA Tour Champions. …Alker tops the money list by over $800,000 on Stricker.
Next tournament: Shaw Charity Classic from August 5-7.
Location: Blaine, Minnesota.
Route: TPC Twin Cities. Footage: 7,431. By: 71.
Prize money: $7.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.35 million.
Television: Thursday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
Defending champion: Cameron Champ.
FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.
Last week: Cameron Smith won the British Open and Chez Reavie won the Barracuda Championship.
Notes: The tournament falls after consecutive weeks in Scotland, which has led to a weaker field than usual. … Ten players who made the cut at the British Open are on the court for Minnesota, including Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama and Sungjae Im. … The field has no one in the top 10 in the world. Matsuyama and Finau are the only top 20 players to participate in the 3M Open. … The inaugural year of the 3M Open was 2019, when Matthew Wolff eagled on the final hole to finish a stroke ahead of Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau. Since then, Wolff and DeChambeau have joined rival Saudi-funded league LIV Golf. … Two of last year’s finalists, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, are also part of LIV Golf. … After this week, there are only two PGA Tour events left – in Detroit and North Carolina – to break into the top 125 and qualify for the PGA Tour playoffs.
Next week: Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Location: Southport, England.
Course: Hillside GC. Footage: 7,109. By: 72.
Prize money: €1.75 million (US$1.79 million). Winner’s share: TBA.
Television: Thursday to Friday, 3:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Calum Hill.
DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.
Last week: Cameron Smith won the British Open.
Notes: Hillside is adjacent to Royal Birkdale and is considered to have one of the best links course back nines that have not hosted the British Open. …According to one story, the club asked to host the Open for a year and was told there was not enough space for the tent village, to which club officials replied: ” Can’t we use the course next door? … Fewer than 10 British Open players from St. Andrews make the trip to the English coast of Lancashire. … The tournament was played at the London Golf Club in Kent last year. … Thriston Lawrence is on the course after playing 72 holes at St. Andrews. He is the only top 10 DP World Tour player on the pitch at Hillside. … The European tour next week returns to St. Andrews (Fairmont) for the Hero Open. The tour lasts six weeks in the UK and will include Northern Ireland and Wales at the end.
Next week: Hero Open.
KORN FERRY TOUR
PRICE CUTTER CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Location: Springfield, Missouri.
Course: Highland Springs CC. Footage: 7,115. By: 72.
Prize money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.
Previous winner: Dylan Wu.
Points leader: Carl Yuan.
Last week: Paul Haley II won the Memorial Health Championship.
Next tournament: Utah Championship from August 4 to 7.
USGA: US Girls’ Junior, The Club at Olde Stone, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Previous winner: Rose Zhang. Television: Friday, 6-8 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel). Online: https://www.usga.org/
USGA: US Adaptive Open, Pinehurst No. 6, Pinehurst, NC. Defending champion: inaugural event. Online: https://www.usga.org/
Challenge Tour: German Big Green Egg Challenge, Wittelsbacher GC, Neuburg an der Donau, Germany. Title holder: Angel Hidalgo. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/
Mackenzie Tour: Osprey Valley Open, TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley (Heathlands), Caledon, Ontario. Previous winner: Paul Barjon. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us.html
Japan LPGA: Daito Kentaku Eheyanet Ladies, Takino CC, Hokkaido, Japan. Defending champion: Jiyai Shin. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/
Korean LPGA: Hoban Women’s Classic, H1 Club, Icheon, South Korea. Defending Champion: New event. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/
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