PGA Tour in Ohio, US Women’s Open returns to Pine Needles

By The Associated Press



Location: Dublin, Ohio.

Route: Muirfield Village GC. Footage: 7,533. By: 72.

Prize money: $12 million. Winner’s share: $2.16 million.

Television: Thursday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday to Sunday, noon to 2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (CBS).

Title holder: Patrick Cantlay.

FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.

Last week: Sam Burns won the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Notes: The Memorial, with Jack Nicklaus as host, is one of the PGA Tour’s three high tournaments with a $12 million purse and a three-year exemption. … Patrick Cantlay is twice a laureate of the Memorial. He won last year in a final round missed by Jon Rahm, who had a six-stroke lead on Saturday and had to forfeit due to a positive COVID-19 test. Rahm won in 2020 and is back on the court again. … Bryson DeChambeau is signed up again and hopes to play. He has retired for the past two weeks waiting for his left hand to fully recover from hamate surgery. … Collin Morikawa won at Muirfield Village in 2020 when he hosted a unique replacement event, the Workday Charity Open, during the pandemic. … PGA champion Justin Thomas and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, both out three straight weeks, are not playing. The field includes seven of the top 10 in the world, minus Thomas, Scheffler and Colonial winner Sam Burns. …Rickie Fowler and Jason Day had to rely on sponsorship exemptions. … Rory McIlroy is starting a streak of four consecutive tournaments, which means he will skip the Irish Open.

Next week: RBC Canadian Open.

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Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Course: Pine Needles Lodge and GC. Footage: 6,638. By: 71.

Prize money: $10 million. Winner’s share: $1.8 million.

Television: Thursday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Peacock), 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (USA Network); Saturday, noon-2 p.m. (Peacock), 2-3 p.m. (USA Network), 3-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (USA Network), 3-7 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Yuka Saso.

Last year: Saso became the first Filipina golfer to win a major tournament when she defeated Nasa Hataoka in the playoffs at the Olympic Club. Lexi Thompson played the last seven holes in a par-5 and finished one shot out of the playoffs.

Notes: The purse nearly doubled to $10 million, the richest in women’s golf history and one of the biggest prize pools in women’s sports. … Nelly Korda, who started the year at No. 1 in women’s golf, is playing for the first time since early February as she recovers from a blood clot in her left arm. … Inbee Park withdrew from the field. … Cristie Kerr won the Women’s Open when it was last held at Pine Needles. Other Pine Needles winners include Karrie Webb (2001) and Annika Sorenstam (1996). Sorenstam, 51, is playing this year. She is exempt from winning the US Senior Women’s Open last year. … Michelle Wie West is playing for the first time since the Tournament of Champions which opened the season in January. She won her only major at nearby No. 2 Pinehurst in 2014. She is exempt for two more years if she chooses to play. … Eun-Hee Ji won the Women’s Open in 2009. She qualified for this Open by winning the LPGA Match Play on Sunday.

Next year: Pebble Beach.

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Location: Hamburg, Germany.

Course: Eagle Golf Course. Footage: 7,633. By: 72.

Prize money: €1.75 million (US$1.87 million). Winner’s share: 291,667 euros.

Television: Thursday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Marcus Armitage.

DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Victor Perez won the Dutch Open.

Notes: Tommy Fleetwood and Adri Arnaus of Spain are the only two players in the top 50 in the world rankings. … Paul Casey usually plays the tournament, except that he is always absent with a back injury. Casey hasn’t played since withdrawing from games at Texas at Dell Match Play in March. … Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson and two of his vice-captains, Thomas Bjorn and Edoardo Molinari, are on the court. … Adrian Meronk became the first Polish golfer to break into the top 100 of the world rankings. Meronk, who last year became the first Polish player at the US Open, is coming off a third-place finish at the Dutch Open and a sixth-place finish in Belgium the week before. He already has six top 10s this year on the European tour. … Green Eagle is the ninth course to host the European Open since its debut in 1978. It was in the UK or Ireland until it moved to Germany in 2015. … Bobby Wadkins, who never won on the PGA Tour, earned his first major tour win at the 1978 European Open at Walton Heath.

Next week: Mixed Scandinavian.

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Location: Des Moines, Iowa.

Course: Wakonda Club. Footage: 6,851. By: 72.

Prize money: $1.85 million. Winner’s share: $277,500.

Television: Friday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (Golf Channel-Tape Delay), Saturday-Sunday, 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Stephen Ames.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Last week: Steven Alker won the Senior PGA Championship.

Notes: Steven Alker, Senior PGA Champion, plays. He already has more than $1.8 million in earnings this year and has won four of his last 11 tournaments dating back to the playoffs a year ago. Alker leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings about $730,000 ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez. … Steve Stricker is on the field after having to withdraw from the Senior PGA Championship last week due to a positive COVID-19 test result. Stricker is hosting the tournament next week in Wisconsin. He was coming off a victory at the first major of the PGA Tour Champions in Alabama. … Since first qualifying on Monday after turning 50, Alker has finished outside the top 10 in just three of his 19 PGA Tour Champions starts. He’s been in the top five in the standings in 35 of his last 60 rounds. … Stricker has played three times this year while Padraig Harrington has played five times. Both are in the top seven in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

Next week: American Family Insurance Championship.

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Location: Raleigh, North Carolina.

Route: The CC at Wakefield Plantation. Footage: 7,269. By: 71.

Scholarship: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.

Television: None.

Previous winner: Mito Pereira.

Points leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Harry Hall won the NV5 Invitational.

Next week: BMW Charity Pro-Am.

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Last week: Eun-Hee Ji won the Bank of Hope LPGA match-play.

Next week: ShopRite LPGA Classic.

CME Globe race leader: Minjee Lee.

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NCAA: NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, Grayhawk GC, Scottsdale, Arizona. Defending Champions: Pepperdine. Television: Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (Golf Channel); Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. (Golf Channel). On line:

Asian Tour: International-England Series, Slaley Hall Hotel Golf & Spa Resort, Northumberland, England. Defending champion: New tournament. On line:

Japan Golf Tour: BMW Japan Golf Tour Mori Building Cup Championship, Shishido Hills CC (West), Ibaraki, Japan. Defending champion: Ryosuke Kinoshita. On line:

Challenge Tour: D+D Real Czech Challenge, Kuneticka Hora Golf & Spa, Dritec, Czech Republic. Defending champion: Santiago Tarrio. On line:

Ladies European Tour: Ladies Italian Open, Piemonte GC Margara, Piemonte, Italy. Defending champion: Lucie Malchirand. On line:

Sunshine Tour: SunBet Challenge, Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa. Previous winner: Estiaan Conradie. On line:

Mackenzie Tour: Royal Beach Victoria Open, Uplands GC, Victoria, British Columbia. Previous winner: Paul Barjon. On line:

PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Volvo Golf Championship, Club El Rincon de Cajica, Bogota, Colombia. Previous winner: New tournament.

Japan LPGA: Richard Mille Yonex Ladies, Yonex CC, Niigata, Japan. Defending Champion: Ritsuko Ryu. On line:

Korean LPGA: Lotte Open, Bear’s Best Cheongna, Incheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Hana Jang. On line:


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