PGA Tour starts postseason, LPGA Tour ends majors season
THE NORTHERN TRUST
Site: Jersey City, New Jersey.
Course: Liberty National. Yardage: 7,410. Par: 71.
Prize money: $9.5 million. Winner’s share: $1,170,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (CBS).
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson.
FedEx Cup leader: Collin Morikawa.
Last week: Kevin Kisner won the Wyndham Championship.
Notes: The PGA Tour postseason starts with the top 125 from the FedEx Cup standings. Louis Oosthuizen at No. 8 is the only player not in the field. ... Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedekr, Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman are the only players who have reached the postseason every year since the FedEx Cup began in 2007. ... Justin Rose missed a short par putt on the final hole in the Wyndham Championship that kept him out of the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time. He missed by one point. ... Johnson won last year at the TPC Boston by 11 shots. Johnson has yet to win on the PGA Tour this year. ... Jon Rahm plays for the first time since the British Open. He missed the Olympics because of a positive COVID-19 test. ... The top 70 after this week advance to the BMW Championship at Caves Valley outside Baltimore. ... This is the last year with Northern Trust as the title sponsor. The postseason will start next year as the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Patrick Reed won the last time at Liberty National. ... Two more events remain for Americans to earn one of six automatic spots in the Ryder Cup.
Next week: BMW Championship.
AIG WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN
Site: Carnoustie, Scotland.
Course: Carnoustie GL. Yardage: 6,649. Par: 71.
Prize money: $4.5 million. Winner’s share: $675,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel), noon to 2 p.m. (CNBC); Sunday, 7 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel), noon to 2 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Sophia Popov.
Race to CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda.
Last week: Ryann O’Toole won the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.
Notes: This is the final major of the year on the LPGA Tour. ... South Koreans have yet to win a major this year. They have won at least one major every season since 2011. ... Yani Tseng in 2011 won the last time the Women’s British Open was played at Carnoustie. The last major at Carnoustie was the British Open in 2018 won by Francesco Molinari. ... Nelly Korda plays for the first time since winning an Olympic gold medal. She already has won a major this year at the Women’s PGA Championship. ... With Ryann O’Toole winning the Women’s Scottish Open, Americans have won seven LPGA events this year, the most of any country. Thailand has four wins, followed by South Korea with three. ... Twelve different players have won the last 12 majors on the LPGA Tour. ... This is the final event for Americans to qualify for the Solheim Cup at Inverness Club in Ohio.
Next tournament: Solheim Cup on Sept. 4-6.
D+D REAL CZECH MASTERS
Site: Prague, Czech Republic.
Course: Albatross Golf Resort. Yardage: 7,468. Par: 72.
Prize money: 1 million euros. Winner’s share: 166,667 euros.
Television: Friday-Sunday, 4-6 a.m. (Golf Channel-Tape Delay); Monday, 3-5 a.m. (Golf Channel-Tape Delay).
Defending champion: Thomas Pieters (2019).
Race to Dubai leader: Collin Morikawa.
Last week: Calum Hill won the Cazoo Classic.
Notes: The tournament was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... The field includes former British Open champion Henrik Stenson and former Masters champion Danny Willett. ... Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington is in the field after playing last week on the PGA Tour in North Carolina. ... Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini, the silver medalist in the Olympics, failed to finish among the top 125 in the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour. He is playing the Czech Masters. This is his first regular European Tour event in two years. ... This was the first European Tour victory for four of the last six winners of the Czech Masters. ... Thomas Pieters is not back to defend his title. ... Europe still has four tournaments remaining before nine players qualifying for the Ryder Cup.
Next week: Omega European Masters.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Site: Snoqualmie, Washington.
Course: The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Yardage: 7,217. Par: 72.
Prize money: $2.1 million. Winner’s share: $315,000.
Television: Friday, 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Golf Channel-Tape Delay); Saturday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Brandt Jobe (2019).
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Jerry Kelly.
Last week: Doug Barron won the Shaw Charity Classic.
Notes: Doug Barron matched his low score on the PGA Tour Champions (64) three consecutive days to win the Shaw Charity Classic. It also was the first time he had posted scores in the 60s for an entire tournament. ... The Boeing Classic was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Jerry Kelly has finished in the top 10 in eight of his last nine starts. He won at Snoqualmie Ridge in 2017. ... Fred Couples is in the field for what amounts to his only hometown tournament. He comes into the tournament with five consecutive top 10s. ... Bernhard Langer is a two-time winner of the Boeing Classic, but his last win was five years ago. He has finished out of the top 10 at Snoqualmie Ridge only once in 11 starts.
Next week: The Ally Challenge.
KORN FERRY TOUR
ALBERTSONS BOISE OPEN
Site: Boise, Idaho.
Course: Hillcrest CC. Yardage: 6,880. Par: 71.
Prize money: $1 million. Winner’s share: $180,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 6-8 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 7-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Stephan Jaeger.
Points leader: Stephan Jaeger.
Last week: David Skinns won the Pinnacle Bank Championship.
Next week: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Open.
Japan Golf Tour: Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup, The North Country GC, Hokkaido, Japan. Defending champion: Ryo Ishiakawa. Online: https://www.jgto.org/
Challenge Tour: Sydbank Esbjerg Challenge, Esbjerg GC, Esbjerg, Denmark. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/
Sunshine Tour: SunBet Challenge, Wingate Park CC, Pretoria, South Africa. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/
Japan LPGA: CAT Ladies, Daihakone CC, Kanagawa, Japan. Defending champion: Saki Asai. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp/
Korean LPGA: HighOne Resort Ladies Open, High1 Resort, Jeongseon, South Korea. Defending champion: Hee Jeong Lim. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/
Legends Tour: Irish Legends, Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort, Donegal, Ireland. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://www.legendstour.com/