PGA Tour goes to Detroit, LPGA gets summer heat in Texas
ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSIC
Course: Detroit GC. Yardage: 7,370. Par: 72.
Prize money: $7.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.35 million.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
Defending champion: Bryson DeChambeau.
FedEx Cup leader: Patrick Cantlay.
Last week: Harris English won the Travelers Championship.
Notes: Tim O’Neal earned a spot in the field by winning The John Shippen for Black golfers on Monday at Detroit Golf Club. The 48-year-old O’Neal will be making his second regular PGA Tour start since 2007 at Mayakoba. ... The field features only two of the top 10 in the world, defending champion Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, and four of the top 20 in the world. ... Harris English became the first player to win twice this year. He is the third player to win twice this season on the PGA Tour. Patrick Cantlay and DeChambeau won their other events last fall. ... Phil Mickelson is playing for the first time. He will have played both new events on the summer schedule, going to Minnesota two years ago. ... Will Zalatoris is No. 29 in the world ranking and will not be part of the PGA Tour postseason without a victory because he is not a full member. ... The field features 12 players who plan to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, including DeChambeau, Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia.
Next week: John Deere Classic.
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA CLASSIC
Site: The Colony, Texas.
Course: Old American GC. Yardage: 6,475. Par: 71.
Prize money: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.
Television: Thursday-Sunday, 5-8 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Angela Stanford.
Race to CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda.
Last week: Nelly Korda won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Notes: Nelly Korda originally was part of the field until winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, her second straight victory. ... There already have been six American winners on the LPGA Tour this year, more than any other country. Thailand and South Korea are next with two victories each. ... Lizette Salas with her runner-up finish moved up 24 spots to No. 21 in the women’s world ranking. She moved past four players and is in the top spot for the two Solheim Cup picks that come off the ranking. ... Angela Stanford, the defending champion, is an assistant Solheim Cup captain. She currently is No. 10 in the standings, with the top seven automatically qualifying after the Women’s British Open. ... The tournament was played in early December last year when the schedule was reconfigured because of the pandemic. Now it ends on the Fourth of July. ... South Korea has four of the top six players in the world ranking. Three of them, all except Inbee Park, are playing this week. ... Maria Fassi is in the field. She missed the cut by one shot in the Women’s PGA after getting a two-shot penalty for slow play.
Next week: Marathon LPGA Classic.
DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN
Site: Thomastown, Ireland.
Course: Mount Juliet Estates. Yardage: 7,250. Par: 72.
Prize money: 3 million euros (U.S. $3.568 million). Winner’s share: 500,000 euros (U.S. $594,000).
Television: Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: John Catlin.
Race to Dubai leader: Jon Rahm.
Last week: Viktor Hovland won the BMW International Open.
Notes: Rory McIlroy is in the field, his first time playing the Irish Open since 2018. He is the only player from the top 10 in the field. But it’s enough to give a regular European Tour event more than the minimum 24 points for the winner for the first time since the Saudi International in February. ... The Irish contingent includes Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, British Open champion Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell. ... Mount Juliet is a Jack Nicklaus design that previously hosted two World Golf Championships. Tiger Woods won in 2002 when he didn’t make a bogey until the 72nd hole. Ernie Els won in 2004 and became the first player to top $4 million in a season on the European Tour. ... This is part of a continental European stretch of Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales on the European Tour. ... The leading three players not already exempt earn spots in the British Open. The R&A previously allotted such exemptions to the leading players from the top 10. Now they only have to make the cut.
Next week: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS OPEN
Site: Endicott, New York.
Course: En-Joie GC. Yardage: 6,994. Par: 72.
Prize money: $2,050,000. Winner’s share: $307,500.
Television: Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Doug Barron (2019).
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Jerry Kelly.
Last week: Steve Stricker won the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.
Notes: Steve Stricker now has won three majors on the PGA Tour Champions. He is not in the field this week. ... Seven players have gone past $1.5 million in earnings for the year. Jerry Kelly leads the Schwab Cup money list with nearly $2.2 million. ... The field features Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh and David Toms. ... Of the 81 players in the field, five are former U.S. Open champions, the greatest representation of any major. ... The field also includes Colin Montgomerie. ... The tournament was canceled last year because of the pandemic. ... The U.S. Senior Open is next week in Omaha, Nebraska. That will be followed two weeks later by the final major of the year at Sunningdale for the Senior British Open. ... Stricker will skip the U.S. Senior Open next week to play the John Deere Classic.
Next week: U.S. Senior Open.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Last week: Chad Ramey won the Live and Work in Maine Open.
Next week: TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes.
Points leader: Mito Pereira.
Japan Golf Tour: Japan PGA Championship, Nikko CC, Tochigi, Japan. Defending champion: Ryo Ishikawa (2019). Online: https://www.jgto.org/pc/TopPageEng.do
Challenge Tour: Kaskada Golf Challenge, Kaskada Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic. Defending champion: Antoine Rozner (2019). Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour
Ladies European Tour: Big Green Egg Open, Rosendaelsche GC, Netherlands. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/
Japan LPGA: Shiseido Ladies Open, Totsuka CC. Kanagawa, Japan. Defending champion: Hinako Shibuno. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/
Korean LPGA: McCol Mona Park Open, Yongpsyong Resort (BirchHill), Pyeongchang, South Korea. Defending champion: Min Sun Kim. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/
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