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Golf Glance

May 17, 2016

All Times Eastern



Site: Irving, Texas.

Course: TPC Four Seasons Resort. Yards: 7,166. Par: 70.

Purse: $7.3 million (First prize: $1.314 million)

Television: CBS Sports (Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT). Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.).

Defending champion: Steven Bowditch.

Last week: Jason Day went wire-to-wire in a four-shot victory at The Players Championship.

Notes: The top 60 in the world after this week are exempt into the U.S. Open, and the top 50 get in the British Open. ... Day won his first PGA Tour event at the Byron Nelson in 2010. He is taking the week off. ... Jordan Spieth has been a runner-up at every PGA Tour stroke-play event in Texas except the Byron Nelson. ... Steven Bowditch began the year with a tie for 10th in Kapalua, and his game has gone the other direction since then. He has eight rounds in the 80s, including five in a row at one point, and has played all four rounds only once in a full field (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am). ... Spieth made his PGA Tour debut in the Byron Nelson six years ago. As a 16-year-old, he had three straight rounds in the 60s and tied for 16th. He hasn’t finished in the top 20 as a pro. ... Bryson DeChambeau received a sponsor’s exemption. ... Charl Schwartzel, who missed The Players Championship last week, is in the field. ... Spieth’s roommate, Alex Moon, makes his PGA Tour debut.

Next week: Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial.

Online: www.pgatour.com




Site: Kingsmill, Va.

Course: Kingsmill Resort (River Course).

Purse: $1.3 million (First prize: $195,000).

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Defending champion: Minjee Lee.

Notes: The field features eight of the top 10 in the women’s world ranking and 15 of the top 20. ... Stacy Lewis, who tied for second in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic two weeks ago, now has 10 runner-up finishes since her last victory. ... Lydia Ko tops the field after taking off the last two tournaments. She already has gone over $1 million for the season. ... Inbee Park is playing for the first time since Hawaii in March. She took off three tournaments because of a left thumb injury. ... Ariya Jutanugarn (20) became the 12th winner in 12 events who were younger than 23. The average age of winners is 21. ... Cristie Kerr has won three times at Kingsmill.

Next week: Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Online: www.lpga.com




Site: Kildare, Ireland.

Course: The K Club (Palmer Course). Yards: 7,350. Par: 72.

Purse: 4 million euros.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Defending champion: Soren Kjeldsen.

Last week: Jeunghun Wang won the AfrAsia Mauritius Open.

Notes: Rory McIlroy is the host of the tournament. ... The K Club is hosting a big event for the first time since Europe routed the United States in the 2006 Ryder Cup. ... Masters champion Danny Willett is in the field. He missed the cut in his first event since winning his first major. ... Russell Knox of Scotland is playing the Irish Open for the first time. He also will play the Scottish Open to fulfill requirements for his first European Tour season. ... Past champions include Sergio Garcia, who won in 1999 when he was 19, and Shane Lowry, who won in 2009 as an amateur. ... Jeunghun Wang, who has won the last two weeks, is trying to join Nick Faldo (1983) and Seve Ballesteros (1986) as the only European Tour players to win three consecutive events.

Next week: BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Online: www.europeantour.com




Site: Birmingham, Ala.

Course: Greystone Golf and CC. Yards:

Purse: $2.3 million (First prize: $345,000).

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Defending champion: Jeff Maggert.

Notes: The Regions Traditions is the start of “major” season for the seniors. The Senior PGA Championship is next week, and this begins a stretch of four majors over the next seven tournaments. ... Greystone previously held the Bruno’s Memorial Classic from 1992 to 2005. ... Bernhard Langer, who has not finished worse than 11th this year, is first or second in seven statistical categories. He leads the PGA Tour Champions in scoring average and (68.61) and greens in regulation (80 percent). ... John Daly is playing the first of what is expected to be seven majors this year — five on the PGA Tour Champions, along with the British Open and PGA Championship.

Next week: Senior PGA Championship.

Online: www.pgatour.com/champions




Site: Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Schedule: Saturday-Wednesday (May 21-25)

Course: Winged Foot GC (East and West courses).

Television: FS1 (May 24-25, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Defending champions: Nathan Smith and Todd White.

Last year: Smith and White defeated Greg Earnhardt and Sherrill Britt, 7 and 5, at The Olympic Club.

Notes: This is the second year of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, which replaced the U.S. Amateur Public Links on the USGA championship schedule. ... Geoff Ogilvy won the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, the last time the course held a USGA event. ... Among the teams are Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall, teammates at the University of Texas, along with Cameron Young and Will Zalatoris, teammates at Wake Forest. ... Stroke play qualifying is Saturday and Sunday on the East and West Course at Winged Foot. The top 64 teams advance to match play starting Monday. The round of 16 and quarterfinals are Tuesday, with the semifinals and championship on Wednesday.

Next year: Pinehurst No. 2.

Online: www.usga.org




Site: Bowling Green, Fla.

Schedule: Saturday-Wednesday (May 21-25)

Course: Streamsong Resort (Blue Course).

Television: None.

Defending champions: Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga.

Last year: Liu and Mitsunaga beat Hannah O’Sullivan and Robynn Ree, 4 and 3, at Bandon Dunes.

Next year: The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.




Site: Greer, S.C.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Thornblade Club.

Purse: $675,000 (First place: $121,500)

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Defending champion: Rod Pampling.

Last week: Trey Mullinax won the Rex Hospital Open.

Next tournament: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, Dominican Republic, on June 2-5.

Online: www.pgatour.com/webcom




Japan Golf Tour: Kansai Open, Hashimoto CC, Wakayma, Japan. Defending champion: Daisuke Kataoka. Online: www.jgto.org

Sunshine Tour: Lombard Insurance Classic, Royal Swazi Spa CC, Mbabane, Swaziland. Defending champion: Dean Burmester. Online: www.sunshinetour.com

PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Mexican Open, Aguascalientes CC, Aguascalientes, Mexico. Defending champion: Justin Hueber. Online: www.pgatour.com/la/en

Korea PGA Tour: SK Telecom Open, Sky 72 GC, Seoul. Defending champion: Jinho Choi. Online: http://eng.koreapga.com


Symetra Tour: Gosling’s Dark & Stormy Classic, Atlanta National GC, Milton, Ga. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: www.symetratour.com

Japan LPGA: Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open, Chykyo GC (Ishino Course), Aichi, Japan. Defending champion: Yoshida YumiYoshiko. Online: www.lpga.or.jp