British Open tuneups return to John Deere, Scottish Open

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EUROPEAN TOUR

OPEN SCOTTISH

Location: North Berwick, Scotland.

Route: The Renaissance Club. Yardage: 7,293. Face value: 71.

Prize money: $ 8 million. Winner’s Share: $ 1,333,333.

Television: Thursday to Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel), 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Aaron Rai.

Race leader in Dubai: Jon Rahm.

Last week: Lucas Herbert won the Irish Open.

Notes: Jon Rahm is playing for the first time as the US Open champion in the strongest peloton of the year on the European Tour. … The field features four of the top five players in the world with Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Sc Chaudele also playing. … The Scottish Open usually precedes the British Open, but was moved to early October last year when the British Open was canceled by the pandemic. … The first three players selected will be exempted for the British Open if they are not already eligible. There are 51 players on the pitch already exempted for the British Open. … Among those playing on a sponsor exemption is former PGA Champion Jimmy Walker. … Thomas was ninth at the Renaissance Club when he played the Scottish Open two years ago. … Phil Mickelson in 2013 is the only player to have won the Scottish Open and the British Open in the same year. Mickelson is not on the field this year. This will be the third consecutive major that Mickelson has not played in the previous week.

Next week: British Open.

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

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PGA TOUR

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

Location: Silvis, Illinois.

Course: TPC Deere Run. Yardage: 7,268. Face Value: 71.

Prize money: $ 6.2 million. Winner’s Share: $ 1.116 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (CBS).

Defending champion: Dylan Frittelli (2019).

Leader of the FedEx Cup: Patrick Cantlay.

Last week: Cam Davis won the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Notes: This is the 50th performance of the John Deere Classic, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic. … The first top five player who is not yet exempt wins a place in the British Open at Royal St. George’s. There are 13 players on the pitch already exempted for the British Open. … Last year’s tournament was replaced by a one-off event at Muirfield Village won by Collin Morikawa against Justin Thomas. Both are at the Scottish Open this week. … Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker plays John Deere instead of defending his title at the US Senior Open. He is a three-time winner at Deere. … Jordan Spieth, double winner of Deere, does not play. Spieth takes three weeks off between the US Open and the British Open. … Zach Johnson is one of the three former great champions in the field. The others are Lucas Glover and Jason Dufner. … Willie Mack III, who made his first PGA Tour Cup last week in Detroit, is playing on a sponsor exemption.

Next week: British Open and Barbasol Championship.

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

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

US SENIOR OPEN

Location: Omaha, Nebraska.

Course: Omaha CC. Yardage: 6,891. Normal: 70.

Prize money: $ 4 million. Winner’s share: $ 720,000.

Television: Thursday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Peacock), 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. (Paon), 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Steve Stricker (2019).

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Jerry Kelly.

Last week: Cameron Beckman won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Notes: Stricker broke the scoring record in 2019 with a score of 261 under 19 to win by six. … Kenny Perry won the US Senior Open in 2013 the last time it was held at the Omaha Country Club. … The winner is exempt from the 2022 US Open at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. … The Senior Open will be played next year in Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania. … Cameron Beckman has carved out a place for himself on the field by winning the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for his first PGA Tour title. … Miller Barber is the only three-time winner of the US Senior Open, which dates back to 1980. Five players, including Jack Nicklaus, have won it twice. … Jerry Kelly was a finalist the last two times the US Senior Open was held. … Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Hale Irwin, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino and Orville Moody are the only players to have won the US Open and US Senior Open.

Next tournament: Senior British Open from July 22 to 25.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html and https://www.usga.org/

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LPGA TOUR

CLASSIC LPGA MARATHON

Location: Sylvanie, Ohio.

Course: Highland Meadows GC. Yardage: 6,555. Face value: 71.

Prize money: $ 2 million. Winner’s share: $ 300,000.

Television: Thursday to Friday, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Golf Channel-Tape Delay); Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Danielle Kang.

Race to CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda.

Last week: Jin Young Ko won the Volunteers of America Classic.

Notes: This is the last individual event in the United States until after the Solheim Cup. … The tournament was the second held last year when the LPGA Tour came back from the shutdown caused by the pandemic. Danielle Kang won for the second week in a row. … Nelly Korda is taking a second week off after winning her first major and rising to number one in the world. Her older sister, Jessica, is in the field. They plan to be teammates next week at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Michigan. … Lexi Thompson, the fourth American to qualify for the Olympics, is not playing this week. … Jin Young Ko won for the first time this year and moved up to 5th place in the Race to CME Globe ranking. … The tournament dates back to 1984. It was not played in 1986 as the PGA Championship was held that year in nearby Inverness. … The LPGA Tour returns to Northwest Ohio the first week of September for the Solheim Cup. … Se Ri Pak has won the tournament five times. She set the tournament record of 261 wins by nine shots in 1998, her rookie year.

Next week: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

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

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KORN FERRY TOUR

TPC COLORADO CHAMPIONSHIP AT HERON LAKES

Location: Berthoud, Colorado.

Course: TPC Colorado. Yardage: 7,991. Normal: 72.

Prize money: $ 600,000. Winner’s share: $ 108,000.

Television: none.

Leader in points: Mito Pereira.

Last tournament: Chad Ramey won the Live and Work in Maine Open.

Next week: Memorial Health Championship.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour.html

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OTHER CIRCUITS

NBC: American Century Championship, Edgewood Tahoe GC, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Defending champion: Mardy Fish. Television: Saturday-Sunday, 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Online: https://americancenturychampionship.com/

Symetra Tour: Donald Ross Classic at French Lick Resort, The Donald Ross Course at French Lick, French Lick, Indiana. Defending champion: Patty Tavatanakit. Online: https://www.symetratour.com/

Challenge Tour: Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge, Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil, Le Vaudreuil, France. Defending champion: Steven Tiley. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Ladies European Tour: Aramco Team Series-London, Centurion Club, St. Albans, England. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Japan Golf Tour: Golf Partner Pro-Am, Toride Kokusai GC, Ibaraki, Japan. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://www.jgto.org/pc/TopPageEng.do

Japan LPGA: Nipponham Ladies Classic, Katsura GC, Hokkaido, Japan. Defending champion: S. Langkul. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en

Korean LPGA: Daebo hausD Open, Seowon Valley GC, Paju, South Korea. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr

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