Focus on: Golf this week

Focus on: Golf this week


Women's British Open

Where: Southport, England

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Royal Birkdale Golf Club (6,465 yards, par 72)

Purse: $2.5 million ($398,254 to the winner)

TV: ESPN (9 a.m.-noon Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday) and ABC-36 (2-3 p.m. Sunday)

Last year: Scotland's Catriona Matthew won her first major title, beating Karrie Webb by three strokes 10 weeks after giving birth to her second child.

Notes: The tournament became an official LPGA Tour event in 1994 and was elevated to major status in 2001, replacing the du Maurier in Canada. ... South Korea's Jiyai Shin won the 2008 tournament at Sunningdale for the first of her seven LPGA Tour titles. ... Sherri Steinhauer won the 1998, 1999 and 2006 titles. ... Webb won in 1995, 1997 and 2002.


U.S. Senior Open

Where: Sammanish, Wash.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Sahalee Country Club (6,866 yards, par 70)

Purse: TBA ($2.6 million in 2009)

Winner's share: TBA ($470,000 in 2009)

TV: ESPN2 (5-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday) and NBC-18 (4-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday)

Last year: Fred Funk won by six strokes, closing with a 7-under 65 at Crooked Stick for a tournament-record 20-under total. Funk broke the event mark of 17 under set by Hale Irwin in 2000 at Saucon Valley.

Notes: Fred Couples, a three-time winner in his first season on the Champions Tour, is the tournament's honorary chairman. He's from Seattle. ... If there is a tie after 72 holes, a three-hole playoff will immediately follow the fourth round. If still tied after three holes, the players will go to sudden death.


Greenbrier Classic

Where: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: The Greenbrier, Old White Course (7,041 yards, par 70)

Purse: $6 million ($1.09 million to the winner)

TV: Golf (3-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday) and CBS-27 (3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday)

Last year: Inaugural event


Irish Open

Where: Killarney, Ireland

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (7,161 yards, par 71)

Purse: $3.9 million ($637,250 to the winner)

TV: Golf (10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday)

Last year: Irish amateur Shane Lowry won in his first tour start, beating England's Robert Rock with a par on the third hole of a playoff at County Louth.

Notes: U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, both from Northern Ireland, top the field along with Irish star Padraig Harrington and Lowry.


Cox Classic

Where: Omaha, Neb.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Champions Run (7,165 yards, par 71)

Purse: $725,000 ($130,500 to the winner)

TV: none

Last year: Rich Barcelo won his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Tom Gillis.

Associated Press