US goes for 9 in a row in Presidents Cup, seniors to Pebble

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina.

Course: Quail Hollow Club. Footage: 7,047. By: 71.

Television: Thursday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 a.m. (Golf Channel), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: United States.

Series: USA leads International, 11-1-1.

Last time out: USA rallied in the singles on Sunday to win at Royal Melbourne, 16-14, with Tiger Woods as captain.

Captains: Davis Love III (USA), Trevor Immelman (International).

Notes: The Americans have won the last eight times and their only loss was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne in Australia. … Davis Love III is USA captain for the third time in the last 10 years, the previous two at the Ryder Cup. … The international team has lost at least four eligible players in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. … Only three of the 12 players on the international team have won this year – Hideki Matsuyama (Sony Open), KH Lee (AT&T Byron Nelson) and Tom Kim (Singapore, Wyndham Championship). … The 12 American players are among the top 25 in the world rankings. … Quail Hollow usually hosts the Wells Fargo Championship. It also hosted the PGA Championship in 2017 won by Justin Thomas. … Adam Scott is playing on his ninth consecutive team. He needs to earn two points to set the international team record. … Jordan Spieth is playing the Presidents Cup for the fourth time, the most of any American on this team.

Next time: Royal Montreal in 2024.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

WALMART NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP

Course: Pinnacle CC. Footage: 6,438. By: 71.

Prize money: $2.3 million. Winner’s share: $345,000.

Television: Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Golf Channel-delayed tape); Saturday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Nasa Hataoka.

CME Globe race leader: Minjee Lee.

Last week: Andrea Lee won the AmazingCre Portland Classic.

Notes: Andrea Lee became the ninth first-time winner on the LPGA Tour this season. She started the year on the Epson Tower development. … Maria Fassi knows the course well from her four years in Arkansas. She is No. 67 in the race for the CME Globe. The top 60 reach the CME Group Tour Championship at the end of the year. Weiwei Zhang of China birdied his final hole in Portland to finish in the top 10, earning him a spot on the court this week. …Nelly Korda is the highest-ranked player in the peloton at No. 2 as she attempts to regain the No. 1 ranking from Jin Young Ko, who is out for a month to rest her left wrist. … The field includes eight of the top 10 players in the Women’s World Rankings, missing only Jin Young Ko and Brooke Henderson. … There are three tournaments left in the United States before the LPGA begins its two-tournament momentum in Asia. …Ecuardo’s Daniela Darquea finished second last week and moved up 48 places to finish 59th in the Race to CME Globe. She is in the field this week.

Next week: Volunteers of America Classic.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

Site: Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France.

Course: Le Golf National. Footage: 7,247. By: 71.

Grant: 3 million euros. Winner’s share: 500,000 euros.

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

Title holder: Nicolas Colsaerts.

DP World Tour points leader: Rory McIlroy.

Last week: Robert MacIntyre won the Italian Open.

Notes: The tournament has been canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Patrick Reed is playing his second European tour in three weeks, having starred in the LIV Golf series last week. It’s his fourth consecutive week of play, a schedule that has taken him from Boston to London, Chicago to Paris. … Another LIV Golf player, Laurie Canter, is also on the course. … Three players in the top 50 of the world ranking play – Reed (No. 50), Ryan Fox (No. 47) and Thomas Pieters (No. 34). Fox was overlooked as the captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup this week. … Le Golf National, where Europe won the Ryder Cup in 2018, first hosted the French Open in 1991. It has been the site every year since 2002. … For years, the tournament was played in the summer as part of the schedule leading up to the British Open. It was a Rolex Series event in 2017 and 2018 leading up to the Ryder Cup. … The tournament dates back to 1906.

Next week: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/

PURE INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Location: Pebble Beach, California.

Course: Pebble Beach GL (yardage: 6,864. Par: 72.) and Spyglass Hill GC (yardage: 7,035. Par: 72.)

Prize money: $2.2 million. Winner’s share: $330,000.

Television: Friday, 10 p.m. to midnight (Golf Channel tape deadline); Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: KJ Choi.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Last week: Steve Stricker won the Sanford International.

Notes: The tournament pairs PGA Tour Champions players with The First Tee program participants. … Steve Stricker last week became the fifth player to win the PGA Tour Champions three times this year. The others are Steven Alker, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly and Padraig Harrington. … Alker’s lead in the Charles Schwab Cup fell to $97,378 over Harrington. Alker is on the court this week, while Harrington is taking his week off. The Irishman will play next week in Scotland at the Dunhill Links Championship. … Mark O’Meara is on the pitch. He was a five-time winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA Tour. … Vijay Singh also won the PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach and is playing this week. … Spyglass Hill is considered the more difficult of the two courses, except in windy weather.

Next tournament: Constellation Furyk & Friends from October 7 to 9.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html

Last week: Max Homa won the Fortinet Championship.

Next week: Sanderson Farms Championship.

FedEx Cup leader: Max Homa.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

Epson Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Arkansas. Defending Champion: Kum-Kang Park. Online: https://www.epsontour.com/

Japan Golf Tour: Panasonic Open, Onotoyo GC, Hyogo, Japan. Defending champion: Keita Nakajima. Online: https://www.jgto.org/en/

Challenge Tour: Swiss Challenge, Golf Saint Apollinaire, Folgensbourg, France. Previous winner: Marcus Helligkilde. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Ladies European Tour: KPMG Women’s Irish Open, Dromoland Castle, County Clare, Ireland. Defending Champion: New event. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Asian Tour: Yeangder TPC, Linkous International Golf and CC, Linkou, Taiwan. Defending champion: Chieh-po Lee. Online: https://asiantour.com/

USGA: US Women’s Mid Amateur, Fiddlesticks Country Club (Long Mean), Fort Myers, Florida. Defending champion: Blakesly Brock. Online: https://www.usga.org/

Sunshine Tour: SunBet Challenge, Wild Coast Sun CC, Port Edward, South Africa. Defending champion: Merrick Bremner. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/

Japan LPGA: Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open, Rifu CC, Miyagi, Japan. Defending Champion: Yuna Nishimura. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korea LPGA: OK Financial Group Se Ri Pak Invitational, Serenity CC, Cheongju, South Korea. Defending champion: Hyo Joo Kim. Online: https://klpga.co.kr/

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