The Associated Press
Aug. 21, 2018
THE NORTHERN TRUST
Site: Paramus, N.J.
Course: Ridgewood CC. Yardage: 7,385. Par: 71.
Purse: $9 million. Winner's share: $1,620,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel); 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, noon-1:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (CBS).
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson.
FedEx Cup leader: Dustin Johnson.
Last week: Brandt Snedeker won the Wyndham Championship.
Notes: This is the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events that conclude with the Tour Championship at East Lake. Points count quadruple for the opening three events and then are reset for the Tour Championship. ... Tiger Woods returns to the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in five years. He starts at No. 20. ... Harris English and Nick Taylor moved into the top 125 to qualify for the playoffs and keep full cards for next year. Seamus Power, who missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship, finished at No. 125. ... Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Bud Cauley and Patrick Rodgers are not playing, leaving the field at 120 players. ... The top 100 in the FedEx Cup advance to next week at the TPC Boston. ... U.S. Open and PGA champion Brooks Koepka will have his first shot at reaching No. 1 in the world. ... The field includes Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, both just outside qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team with two weeks remaining. ... Matt Kuchar won at Ridgewood in 2010. ... The tournament returns next year to Liberty National. After that, it will alternate with the TPC Boston. ... Snedeker moved to No. 30 with his victory at the Wyndham Championship.
Next week: Dell Technologies Championship.
CP WOMEN'S CANADIAN OPEN
Site: Regina, Saskatchewan.
Course: Wascana CC. Yardage: 6,675. Par: 71.
Purse: $2,250,000. Winner's share: $337,500.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel.
Defending champion: Sung Hyun Park.
Race to CME Globe leader: Ariya Jutanugarn.
Last week: Sung Hyun Park won the Indy Women in Tech Championship.
Notes: Sung Hyun Park joined Ariya Jutanugarn as the only three-time winners on the LPGA Tour this year. No one else has won more than once. ... Lydia Ko has won three times at the Women's Canadian Open, the first one in 2012 when she was 15, making her the youngest winner in LPGA history. ... Americans won three of the opening four events on the LPGA Tour schedule. Since then, the only American to win was Annie Park on June 10 at the ShopRite Classic. ... Sung Hyun Park became the third player to go over $1 million in earnings, joining Ariya Jutanugarn and So Yeon Ryu. ... Lexi Thompson returned last week after taking three weeks off for emotional and mental fatigue. She tied for 12th. Thompson has gone more than a year without winning. ... The Canadian Women's Open joined the LPGA schedule in 2001, when Annika Sorenstam won. ... Ariya Jutanugarn, Ryu and Ko share the tournament record score of 265.
Next week: Cambia Portland Classic.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Site: Snoqualmie, Wash.
Course: The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Yardage: 7,172. Par: 72.
Purse: $2.1 million. Winner's share: $315,000.
Television: Friday-Saturday, 6-8 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Jerry Kelly.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Jerry Kelly.
Last week: Bart Bryant won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
Notes: Former British Open and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke makes his PGA Tour Champions debut this week at the Boeing Classic, as does Chris DiMarco. ... Kelly won his first PGA Tour Champions event last year at the Boeing Classic. ... Kelly leads the Schwab Cup race by $47,041 over Miguel Angel Jimenez, the only double major winner on the senior circuit this year. ... Bryant became the first back-to-back winner of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open and moved to No. 15 in the Schwab Cup. He credits his turnaround this year to a new putter he bought in June — at Dick's Sporting Goods, of all places. ... Kenny Perry is leading the PGA Tour Champions in driving distance (300.2 yards) and greens in regulation (78.4 percent). But he is No. 6 in scoring average. ... Bernhard Langer has a streak of nine consecutive rounds under par at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.
Next week: Shaw Charity Classic.
D+D REAL CZECH MASTERS
Course: Albatross Golf Resort. Yardage: 7,467. Par: 72.
Purse: 1 million euros. Winner's share: 166,667 euros.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 5-7 a.m.; 9 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Haydn Porteous.
Race to Dubai leader: Francesco Molinari.
Last week: Paul Waring won the Nordea Masters.
Notes: John Daly, Padraig Harrington and Danny Willett are among those in the field this week at Albatross Golf Resort. ... Qualifying for the European Ryder Cup team began a year ago at the Czech Masters. It ends next week in Denmark. ... This is the fifth straight year for the Czech Masters. It first was part of the European Tour schedule in 1994 when Per-Ulrik Johansson won. It was held from 1995-97, and then 2009-11 before returning in 2014. ... David Howell made his 600th start on the European Tour last week. Howell won his first European Tour event at the Dubai Desert Classic in 1999. ... Dru Love, the son of Davis Love III, is playing on a sponsor's exemption. ... The field includes three players from Europe's last Ryder Cup team — Willett, Thomas Pieters and Lee Westwood.
Next week: Made in Denmark.
NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Columbus, Ohio.
Course: The Ohio State University GC (Scarlett). Yardage: 7,455. Par: 71.
Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $180,000.
Television: Thursday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Friday-Saturday, 8-10 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay). Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Peter Uihlein.
Money leader: Sungjae Im.
Last week: Sungjae Im won the Winco Portland Open.
Notes: This is the first of four Web.com Tour Finals events, featuring a separate money list from which an additional 25 players will earn PGA Tour cards. The top 25 from the regular season already have earned cards, and many will be playing to improve their priority status for the PGA Tour next year. ... The field includes Chad Campbell, who was No. 126 in the FedEx Cup before missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship. ... Also playing is Erik Compton, who got into the Web.com Finals with his third-place finish last week in Portland.
Next week: DAP Championship.
USGA: U.S. Senior Amateur, Eugene CC, Eugene, Ore. Defending champion: Sean Knapp. Online: www.usga.org
Japan Golf Tour: RIZAP KBC Augus, Keya GC, Fukuoka, Japan. Defending champion: Yuta Ikeda. Online: www.jgto.org
Sunshine Tour: Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge, Wild Coast Sun CC, Port Edward, South Africa. Defending champion: Oliver Bekker. Online: www.sunshinetour.com
Korean LPGA Tour: High1 Resort Ladies Open, High One Resort, Jeongseon, South Korea. Defending champion: Jeong-eun Lee. Online: www.klpga.co.kr
Japan LPGA Tour: Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament, Defending champion: Jiyai Shin. Online: www.lpga.or.jp