WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

Site: Akron, Ohio.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Firestone Country Club, South Course (7,400 yards, 6,765 metres, par 70).

Purse: $9 million. Winner's share: $1.53 million.

Last year: Tiger Woods won for eighth time to match the US PGA Tour record he shares with Sam Snead for victories in an event. Woods matched the course record with a second-round 61 en route to a seven-stroke victory — the last of his 79 tour titles.

Last week: South Africa's Tim Clark won the Canadian Open at Royal Montreal, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. ... England's David Horsey won the European Tour's Russian Open, beating Ireland's Damien McGrane with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Notes: The US PGA Championship is next week at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky. ... Woods is making his third start since returning from back surgery. He missed the cut at Congressional in late June and tied for 69th two weeks ago in the British Open. In 2000, Woods won by 11 strokes at a tournament-record 21-under 259. In 2001, he beat Furyk with a birdie on the seventh extra hole. ... Rory McIlroy is making his first start since winning the British Open. ... The Wyndham Championship, the last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs, is next week at Sedgefield in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Online: http://www.worldgolfchampionships.com

US PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com

European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com

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US PGA TOUR

BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Reno, Nevada.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Montreux Golf and Country Club (7,472 yards, 6,832 metres, par 72).

Purse: $3 million. Winner's share: $540,000.

Last year: Gary Woodland won with 44 points in the modified Stableford format.

Last week: Tim Clark won the Canadian Open at Royal Montreal, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.

Notes: Under the modified Stableford format, players receive 8 points for double eagle, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, 0 for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse. ... Woodland is playing in the Bridgestone Invitational. ... Jack Nicklaus designed the Montreux course.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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US LPGA TOUR

Next event: Meijer Classic, Aug. 7-10, Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Last week: Spain won the inaugural International Crown at Caves Valley in Owings Mills, Maryland, beating Sweden by four points. Spain swept in four singles matches, with Belen Mozo secured the winning points with a 3-and-2 victory over Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn. Mozo teamed with Carlota Ciganda, Beatriz Recari and Azahara Munoz.

Online: http://www.lpga.com

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

MEN

CHAMPIONS TOUR: 3M Championship, Friday-Sunday, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota. Online: http://www.pgatour.com

WEB.COM TOUR: Stonebrae Classic, Thursday-Sunday, TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, California. Online: http://www.pgatour.com

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Fukushima Open, Thursday-Sunday, Grandee Nasushirakawa Golf Club, Fukushima, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org

PGA TOUR CANADA: ATB Financial Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Sirocco Golf Club, Calgary, Alberta. Online: http://www.pgatourcanada.com

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Azerbaijan Challenge Open, Thursday-Sunday, The National Azerbaijan Golf Club, Quba, Azerbaijan. Online: http://www.europeantour.com

eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Spring Creek Classic, Wednesday-Friday, Spring Creek Golf Club, Gordonsville, Virginia. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com

PGA OF AMERICA: Junior PGA Championship, through Friday, Miramont Country Club, Bryan, Texas. Online: http://www.pga.com

WOMEN

SYMETRA TOUR: Credit Union Classic, Friday-Sunday, Drumlins Country Club, East Course, Syracuse, New York. Online: http://www.symetratour.com

PGA OF AMERICA: Junior PGA Championship, through Friday, Miramont Country Club, Bryan, Texas. Online: http://www.pga.com