US PGA TOUR
Site: Dublin, Ohio.
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Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,352 yards, 6,723 meters, par 72).
Purse: $6.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,116,000.
Last year: England’s Justin Rose won the first of his two 2010 US PGA Tourtitles, overcoming a four-shot deficit. Rickie Fowler was second, three strokesback.
Last week: Keegan Bradley won the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving,Texas, for his first U.S. tour victory, parring the first hole of a playoff withRyan Palmer .
Notes: Jack Nicklaus founded the event in 1976 and won the 1977 and 1984titles. He made his last competitive appearance in the tournament in 2005. …Tiger Woods , sidelined by left leg injuries, has a record four victories in theevent, winning in 1999-2001 and 2009. … Luke Donald is in the field. He tookthe No. 1 spot in the world ranking on Sunday with a playoff victory over LeeWestwood in the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship. … Phil Mickelson ismaking his first start since tying for 33rd in The Players Championship. He wonthe Houston Open in early April for his 39th US PGA Tour victory, and firstsince the 2010 Masters. … The St. Jude Classic is next week in Memphis, Tenn.,followed by the U.S. Open at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland.
Site: Newport, Wales.
Course: Celtic Manor Resort, The Twenty Ten Course (7,378 yards, 6,746meters, par 71).
Purse: $2.97 million. Winner’s share: $494,730.
Last year: Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell closed with an 8-under 63 fora three-stroke victory over Rhys Davies . McDowell won the U.S. Open two weekslater.
Last week: Luke Donald won a duel for No. 1 with a playoff victory over LeeWestwood in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Donald, second behindWestwood entering the tournament, birdied the par-5 18th in the playoff, hittinghis approach within 5 feet before Westwood’s wedge shot spun into the water.
Notes: Last October at Celtic Manor, Europe won the Ryder Cup, beating theUnited States 14 1/2 -13 1/2 when McDowell held off Hunter Mahan in the final singlesmatch. … McDowell is in the field along with Ryder Cup teammates Miguel AngelJimenez , Ross Fisher and Peter Hanson and captain Colin Montgomerie . … JohnDaly is making his second straight European Tour start. He withdrew during thesecond round at Wentworth because of a hip injury. … The Italian Open is nextweek in Turin.
US LPGA TOUR
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Site: Galloway, New Jersey.
Course: Seaview Dolce Seaview Resort, Bay Course (6,155 yards, 5,628 meters,par 71).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.
Last year: Ai Miyazato took the top spot in the world, winning the fourth ofher five 2010 titles. The Japanese star closed with a 64 to beat M.J. Hur by twostrokes.
Last week: Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe won the Brazil Cup, finishing with a6-under 66 in rainy conditions for a one-stroke victory in the 36-holeexhibition event.
Notes: The tournament returned to the tour last year. First played in 1986,it folded in 2006 after the previous organizers accused then-US LPGA Tourcommissioner Carolyn Bivens of providing three unsuitable dates for the 2007event. Bivens resigned in July 2009 after a group of players wrote a letter tothe tour’s board of directors calling for her to quit. She was replaced byMichael Whan. … Suzann Pettersen won the last official event, beating CristieKerr 1-up on May 22 in the Sybase Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm. …Michelle Wie has four top-10 finishes in six starts this year. … AlexisThompson received a sponsor exemption. The 16-year-old pro tied for 19th in theMobile, Alabama, event after taking a share of the lead into the final round.… The LPGA State Farm Classic is next week in Springfield, Illinois.
Principal Charity Classic
Site: West Des Moines, Iowa.
Course: Glen Oaks Country Club (6,879 yards, 6,290 meters, par 71).
Purse: $1,725,000. Winner’s share: $258,750.
Last year: Nick Price won the second of his two 2010 titles, finishing witha 4-under 67 to beat Tommy Armour III by four strokes.
Last week: Tom Watson won the Senior PGA at Valhalla, blasting out of abunker to 3 feet to set up a birdie on the first hole off a playoff with DavidEger . The 61-year-old Watson became the oldest major winner since the seniortour was created in 1980.
Notes: Tom Lehman has three victories in eight tour starts this year. Hetied for 22nd at Valhalla, closing with a 77. … Price won the Toshiba Classicin March in California for his fourth Champions Tour title. … The GreaterHickory Classic is next week at Rock Barn in Conover, North Carolina.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Melwood Prince George’s County Open, Thursday-Sunday,University of Maryland Golf Course, College Park, Maryland. Online:http://www.pgatour.com
COLLEGE: NCAA Division I Golf Championships, through Sunday, Karsten Creek,Stillwater, Oklahoma. Online: http://www.ncaa.com
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: River Hills Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, RiverHills Country Club, The Palisades Country Club, Lake Wylie, South Carolina.Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com
CANADIAN TOUR: Times Colonist Island Savings Open, Thursday-Sunday, UplandsGolf Club, Victoria, British Columbia. Online: http://www.cantour.com
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Japan Golf Tour Championship Citibank Cup, Thursday-Sunday,Shishido Hills Country Club, Ibaraki, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org
SUNSHINE TOUR: Lombard Insurance Classic, Friday-Sunday, Royal Swazi SunCountry Club, Mbabane, South Africa. Online: http://www.sunshinetour.com
EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR: ISPS Handa Senior Masters, Friday-Sunday, StaplefordPark, Melton Mowbray, England. Online: http://www.europeantour.com
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Karnten Golf Open, Thursday-Sunday,Klagenfurt-Seltenheim Golf Club, Klagenfurt, Austria. Online:http://www.europeantour.com
LPGA FUTURES TOUR: Ladies Titan Tire Challenge, Friday-Sunday, Hunters RidgeGolf Course, Marion, Iowa. Online: http://www.lpgafuturestour.com
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Deloitte Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Broekpolder GolfClub, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Resort Trust Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Grandee Golf Club,Nishigo, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp