Focus on: Golf this week

July 10, 2013 

Focus on: Golf this week

U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION

U.S. SENIOR OPEN

Where: Omaha, Neb

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Omaha Country Club (6,711 yards, par 70)

Purse: TBA ($2.75 million in 2012; $500,000 to the winner in 2012)

TV: ESPN2 (4-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday) and NBC (3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday)

Last year: England's Roger Chapman won at Indianwood in Lake Orion, Mich., to join Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin as the only players to win the tournament and Senior PGA in the same season.

Last event: Kenny Perry won the Senior Players Championship June 30 at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh for his first major title. He closed with rounds of 63, 63 and 64 to beat Fred Couples and Duffy Waldorf by two strokes.

Notes: The tournament is the fourth of five Champions Tour majors. Kohki Idoki won the Senior PGA in May at Bellerive in St. Louis, and David Frost took the Regions Tradition last month at Shoal Creek in Alabama. ... Perry and Tom Watson played last week in the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic. Watson tied for 38th, and Perry tied for 41st. ... The Champions Tour is off next week. Play will resume July 25-28 with the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale.

PGA TOUR

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

Where: Silvis, Ill

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: TPC Deere Run (7,268 yards, par 71)

Purse: $4.6 million ($828,000 to the winner)

TV: Golf (3-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday; 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday) and CBS (3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday)

Last year: Zach Johnson won the second of his two 2012 titles, beating Troy Matteson with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Notes: The British Open is next week at Muirfield. The tournament winner, if not otherwise exempt, will earn a spot at Muirfield. ... Keegan Bradley, making his first appearance in the tournament, tops the field along with Johnson, three-time winner Steve Stricker and Louis Oosthuizen. ... The Sanderson Farms Championship also is next week in Madison, Miss.

LPGA TOUR

MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC

Where: Waterloo, Ontario

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Grey Silo Golf Course (6,330 yards, par 71)

Purse: $1.3 million ($195,000 to the winner)

TV: Golf (12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday; 12:30-2:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday)

Last year: Brittany Lang won the inaugural event for her first LPGA Tour title, birdieing the par-5 18th three straight times in a playoff.

Last event: Park won the U.S. Women's Open on June 30 at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y.

Notes: Park is trying to become the first player to win in four straight starts since Lorena Ochoa in 2008. ... The Marathon Classic is next week in Sylvania, Ohio.

EUROPEAN TOUR

SCOTTISH OPEN

Where: Inverness, Scotland

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Castle Stuart Golf Links (7,193 yards, par 72)

Purse: $4.48 million. ($746,350 to the winner)

TV: Golf (5:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday-Sunday)

Last year: India's Jeev Milkha Singh beat Italy's Francesco Molinari with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Notes: The British Open is next week at Muirfield. The tournament winner, if not otherwise exempt, will earn a spot at Muirfield. ... Ernie Els, the British Open winner last year at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, is in the field along with Phil Mickelson, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington.

WEB.COM TOUR

UTAH CHAMPIONSHIP

Where: Sandy, Utah

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Willow Creek Country Club (6,953 yards, par 71)

Purse: $625,000 ($112,500 to the winner)

TV: Golf (6-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday; 7-9 p.m. Sunday).

Last year: Doug LaBelle II closed with 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory.

Notes: Michael Putnam leads the money list with $386,634. ... The Midwest Classic is next week in Overland Park, Kan., followed by the Boise Open.

Associated Press

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