Weekend Preview

Brandt SnedekerPGA Tour
The Greenbrier
July 2-July 5, 2015
Old White TPC
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Ah it is a great week on the PGA Tour with one of the most liked resorts and venues on tap, Old White TPC.  Old White TPC is one of four courses on the property at “America’s Resort.”  The other three would be the Meadows, Greenbrier, and Oakhurst Links.  The Greenbrier resort is host to many activites other than golf, such as tennis, gaming, spa, fine dining, and of course luxury relaxation on the finely manicured grounds.

Defending champion for this weeks event is “El Gato,” Angel Cabrera, also 2009 Masters champion.

The field this week at The Greenbrier is stellar, including Tiger Woods who is coming off missing the cut at the U.S. Open.  Many wonder if Tiger can find his game again and we will see if Woods has made any progress in his game in the two weeks since the Open at Chambers Bay.

Other notables in the field: Keegan Bradley, John Daly, J.B. Holmes, Davis Love III, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson.

TV Times

Thursday, July 2 Golf Channel 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. (ET) Live First Round Coverage
Golf Channel 7:30 – 10:30 P.M. (ET) First Round Replay
Golf Channel 10:30 P.M. – 1:30 A.M. (ET) First Round Replay

Friday, July 3 Golf Channel 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. (ET) Live Second Round Coverage
Golf Channel 7:30 – 10:30 P.M. (ET) Second Round Replay
Golf Channel 10:30 P.M. – 1:30 A.M. (ET) Second Round Replay

Saturday, July 4 Golf Channel 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. (ET) Live Bonus Coverage
CBS 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. (ET) Live Third Round Coverage
Golf Channel 6:30 – 11:30 P.M. (ET) Third Round Replay

Sunday, July 5 Golf Channel 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. (ET) Live Bonus Coverage
CBS 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. (ET) Live Final Round Coverage
Golf Channel 7:00 – 11:30 P.M. (ET) Final Round Replay

Graeme McDowell - photo credit www.tourprogolfclubs.com

Graeme McDowell – photo credit www.tourprogolfclubs.com

European Tour
Alstom Open de France
Le Golf National
Paris, France
July 2-5, 2015

This week’s European Tour event is hosted at Le Golf National, a course which will be hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup. “Albatros” was built in 1990 by Hubert Chesneau who intended the course to be tough but fair, and host large international events.

Last year’s champion of the Alstom Open de France is Graeme McDowell, who has won the event two consecutive years and bids to become only the second player in the history of the event to win it three consecutive times.

In the field: Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Francesco Molinari, Darren Clarke, Robert Karlsson, Y.E. Yang, Alex Noren, Alexander Levy, Brendan Steele.

TV Times TBA

LPGA Tour

The LPGA Tour is off this week.  Next week they contest the U.S. Women’s Open.

Weekend Preview

Patrick Reed in the field this week

Patrick Reed in the field this week

PGA Tour
Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands
Cromwell, Connecticut

TPC River Highlands dates back to 1928 and has been tweaked several times in it’s 90 year history, most notably by Pete Dye in 1982. The course is a parkland style course well suited for golf spectating and produces some fine golf drama.

Last year’s champion was Kevin Streelman who blistered the final nine of the championship, coming from five shots back. His final nine holes in 28 shots “made some noise” as he said, helping him to a 64 which included seven consecutive birdies.

Notables in the field: Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia.

TV Times

Thursday June 25: 3-6 p.m. ET Golf Channel
Friday June 26: 3-6 p.m. ET Golf Channel
Saturday June 27: 1-2:30 p.m. ET Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m. ET CBS
Sunday June 28: 1-2:30 p.m. ET Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m. ET CBS

lydiako

Lydia Ko

LPGA Tour
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Pinnace Country Club
Rogers, Arkansas
June 26-28, 2015

The LPGA Tour is in Rogers Arkansas this week for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. 500 Race to the CME Globe points are in play this week.

Defending champion is Stacy Lewis who closed out last year’s event with a stellar 65 to finish at -12 for the event.

In the field: Brittany Lincicome, Mallory Blackwelder, Paula Creamer, Sandra Gal, Suzann Pettersen, Jane Park, Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Jessica Korda, Yani Tseng.

TV Times – Golf Channel

Friday June 26 11:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Saturday June 27 3:00 – 6:00 P.M.
Sunday June 28 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Darren Clarke

Darren Clarke

European Tour
BMW International Open
Golfclub München Eichenried
Eichenried, Munich,Germany

The Championship course, host of this week’s European Tour event, is a hybrid combination of holes from the three courses on property at Golfclub München Eichenried.

The defending champion this week at the BMW International Open is from Paraguay. Fabrizio Zanotti’s first European Tour title came at this event in 2014, a tear inducing win for him.

Hole in one prize this week is a BMW 7-series. Will anyone win it?

In the field: Camilo Villegas, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Darren Clarke, Y.E. Yang, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn, Retief Goosen, Niclas Fasth, Shane Lowry.

Air times TBA.

Weekend Wrap – 2015 U.S. Open

U.S. Open
Chambers Bay
University Place, Washington

What a fantastic weekend of golf entertainment we had in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The event, as usual, was full of great stories, sad stories, and course setup controversy.

Chambers Bay is a very new course, not even a decade old. The course was built in the site of an old gravel pit, with the hopes of hosting a major championship. Robert Trent Jones II moved massive amounts of earth to create the artificial dunes, slopes, and elevation changes the course presented the players. Those dunes, slopes, and elevation changes, combined with hard conditions, meant players had to be very creative and accurate with their shots. Drives which landed in the middle of the fairway would not necessarily stay there. Approach shots which hit near the flag or in the center of the green would not necessarily stay there either. Players had to pick landing target areas and play the hard ground and slopes, similar to shotmaking requirements in the British Open.

Chambers Bay - Photo courtesy of HookedOnGolfBlog.com

Chambers Bay – Photo courtesy of HookedOnGolfBlog.com

The course played extremely long with many record breaking holes for a U.S. Open. Several par-4 holes were over 500 yards and par-5’s over 600 yards.

Lastly, the brown putting surfaces were full of Poa annua, an invasive grass which causes the putts to be bumpy. There was a ton of controversy over the greens and how poorly the rolled.

The course layout combined with the U.S. Open conditions provided hugely debated stage for the Open, but did in the end provide great drama whether you liked the setup or not.

Jordan Spieth came into the Open as one of the favorites, having impressed all golf watchers with his resounding win at the Masters a few weeks ago. Spieth was at or near the lead for much of the four days, ending up tied for the lead coming into Sunday. Despite a double bogey on the 17th hole, Spieth closed the event with an eagle opportunity on the 72nd hole. The eagle just missed but an easy birdie gave Spieth a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson in the group behind.

Johnson made a fantastic birdie on the par-3 17th to reach -4, one shot behind Spieth who had finished his round. After a massive drive in the middle of the fairway, Johnson had only a 5-iron (Spieth hit 3-wood) to reach the par-5 finishing hole in two. His 12-foot eagle putt would vault him over Spieth and give him his first major championship.

The putt was very quick and rolled by about three feet. At that point Johnson needed to make birdie to force a Monday playoff. The pressure of the Open got the best of him and he pulled the putt left of the hole, leaving a tap-in for 2nd place. What heartbreak having a putt to win and not being able to even force a playoff.

Other stories were quite intriguing in the Open this year. Tiger Woods opened with an 80 and followed that opening round with a +6 76. At one point Woods was 17 shots behind the lead. His final hole produced a horrid shot, a duffed 3-wood which ended up in the massive pot bunker “Chambers Basement,” which we mentioned last week.  At 16-over-par Woods missed the cut badly, leaving fans and media to wonder if he will ever get his game back.

Rory McIlory wasn’t much of a factor until late in the event when he heated up, but it was too little, too late for the Irishman.

Jason Day, tied for the lead a many points in the event, collapsed on Saturday on the final hole due to vertigo.  After seeking medical attention Day finished the event Sunday, but didn’t have enough in the gas tank to pull off what would have been a great story.

Branden Grace was in the second to last group with Spieth on Sunday and sat tied with him at -5, two shots ahead of the field on the 16th tee.  Pressure caused Grace to block a 3-wood right, out of bounds.  The double bogey would knock him out of contention.

Despite the quirks and issues with the golf course, Sunday’s final round was dramatic and entertaining, worthy of a major championship.  Spieth’s victory was his 2nd major win of 2015 and his career.  The “Spieth slam” is now the talk of golf.  Can he win the next major, the British Open at the Old Course in a few weeks?  Can’t wait to find out.

Chambers Basement

When enjoying the U.S. Open this weekend be sure to keep an eye out for the unique 18th hole at Chambers Bay.  The USGA has designed this hole to play as either a par-4 or par-5.

One very interesting part of the 18th is the giant 10-12 foot bunker about 2/3 of the way to the green. This is the deepest bunker in U.S. Open history. The name is “Chambers Basement.”

Check out this photo of golf writer Jay Flemma testing out Chambers Basement.

It will be fun to watch the best golfers in the world deal with Chambers Basement, and see how they are able to navigate it.

2015 U.S. Open Preview

Chambers Bay - Photo courtesy of HookedOnGolfBlog.com

Chambers Bay – Photo courtesy of HookedOnGolfBlog.com

U.S. Open
Chambers Bay
University Place, Washington

What a weekend this is going to be with the U.S. Open taking place at a course which is only eight years old, Chambers Bay. The star this week may be a big name golfer, but it just might be the golf course. Chambers Bay has quickly become the talk of the golf world, for good and bad reasons. Some Tour players are critical of Robert Trent Jones II’s design, while others are embracing the links-style architecture. The course will play hard and fast, with all sorts of unpredictable bounces. In typical U.S. Open fashion, the player who hits the most fairways and greens will likely take home America’s championship.

There are many storylines to watch as naturally every big name in the world of golf will be in action, from Tiger Woods to Rory McIlory to Jordan Spieth. Who has the game to conquer Chambers Bay? Perhaps nobody. It might end up being a war of attrition. There are several par-4 holes over 500 yards and par-5’s over 600 yards. Bombers will have an advantage, but only if they can hit it straight.

One storyline is that of Phil Mickelson, who yesterday celebrated a birthday. Mickelson holds the record for most 2nd place finishes in the U.S. Open. More than Jack Nicklaus. More than anyone. With a win at Chambers Bay Mickelson, already a Hall of Fame member, will cement his place in history with a career grand slam.

Then there’s the story of the darkhorse players who come in under the radar. Will a no-name golfer have the nerve and the game to last four days under the highest pressure in golf?

TV Coverage

Thursday – 9:00 AM PDT to 5:00 PM PDT Fox Sports 1, 5:00 PM PDT to 8:00 PM PDT FOX

Friday – 9:00 AM PDT to 5:00 PM PDT Fox Sports 1, 5:00 PM PDT to 8:00 PM PDT FOX

Saturday – 11:00 AM PDT to 7:00 PM PDT Fox Sports 1, 4:00 PM PDT to 7:00 PM PDT FOX

Sunday – 11:00 AM PDT to 7:30 PM PDT Fox Sports 1, 4:30 PM PDT to 7:30 PM PDT FOX

Weekend Wrap

Inbee ParkLPGA TOUR
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: Westchester Country Club (West Course), Harrison, N.Y.

Last week we mentioned that Inbee Park was the defending champion at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and she happened to be the defending champion the previous year as well. Park once again defended her championship by separating from the field by four shots. Park is only the second player to ever win the event three consecutive times.

Inbee Park moves to #1 in the world after the win and also became the most winning Korean in LPGA Tour history.

CHAMPIONS TOUR
Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: Belmont Country Club, Belmont, Mass.

Bernhard Langer reminded the world why he is one of the best players in Champions Tour history by lapping the field at the Constellation Senior Players Championship. On a tight course which require high accuracy, one of golf’s most accurate players ever was right at home. Langer posted a four round score of 19-under-par, besting the next player on the leaderboard, Kirk Triplett, by six shots.

PGA TOUR
FedEx St. Jude Classic
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.

Argentina’s Fabian Gomez captured his first PGA Tour victory in Memphis, Tennessee at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, after recording a final round 4-under 66. The 36-year-old’s worst round of the week was a -2 68. Gomez outlasted the nearest competitor Greg Owen, by four shots. Owen and Gomez were tied for the lead going into the final round Sunday.

The secret to Gomez’s success? Barbeque:

“I slept well last night, had a nice barbecue at the hotel.”

EUROPEAN TOUR
Lyoness Open
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: Diamond Country Club (Diamond Course), Atzenbrugg, Austria

England’s Chris Wood captured his second European Tour victory in Atzenbrugg, Austria and the Lyoness Open. His final round 67 produced a great come-from-behind win. In what seems to be the trend this week on all the pro tours, Wood’s victory was by a sizeable margin.

Weekend Preview

lydiakoLPGA TOUR
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: Westchester Country Club (West Course), Harrison, N.Y.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1-4 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 1-4 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

With so many tours and now two of them with five instead of four major championships (LPGA and Champions Tour), it seems like every week there’s a major going on somewhere.

This week it is the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. There are a lot of new twists this year. First, the event is now being operated by the PGA of America, partnering with the LPGA Tour. Second, the purse has been increased substantially from $2.25 million last year to $3.5 million this year. Finally, this is the first time Westchester Country Club has hosted this event, though it has hosted PGA and Champions Tour events in the past.

Inbee Park is the defending champion this week.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Hyo Joo Kim, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Anna Nordqvist, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome.

Jesper_ParnevikCHAMPIONS TOUR
Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: Belmont Country Club, Belmont, Mass.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

The Champions Tour is in Belmont, Massachusetts this week where Bernhard Langer is defending after knocking off Jeff Sluman in a two-hole playoff last year.

Headlining the field: Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, Jesper Parnevik, Rocco Mediate, Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman, Mark O’Meara, Kirk Triplett and Mark Calcavecchia.

dustinjohnsonPGA TOUR
FedEx St. Jude Classic
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-3 a.m. (Monday replay)

This week is one of the last tune-up competitive rounds for many PGA Tour players before they take on Chambers Bay and the U.S. Open.

PGA Tour prankster and silly man Ben Crane is defending champion this week having closed out the round one shot ahead of Troy Merritt last year.

A nice addition to the field this week is the NCAA Individual National Champion Bryson DeChambeau from Southern Methodist University.

Headlining the field: Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Billy Horschel, Brooks Koepka, Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Patrick Rodgers and Ben Crane.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Lyoness Open
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: Diamond Country Club (Diamond Course), Atzenbrugg, Austria

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-7 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Friday 5-7 a.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-Noon (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 7-11 (Live)
Sunday 6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Mikael Lundberg is defending champion this week at the Lyoness OPen. Last year Lundberg topped Bern Wiesberger on the first playoff hole with a birdie.

Headlining the Field: Bernd Wiesberger, Gary Stal, Richie Ramsay, Matteo Manassero, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jeev Milka Singh and Sepp Straka.

WEB.COM TOUR
Rust-Oleum Championship
Dates: June 11-14
Venue: Lakewood Country Club, Westlake, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Friday 7-9 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 6-8 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday 6-8 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Streaming on Golf Live Extra)

Headlining the Field: Tyler Aldridge, Matthew Goggin, Oliver Goss, Todd Hamilton, Tim Herron, Smylie Kaufman, Patton Kizzire, Kelly Kraft, Andrew Landry and Peter Malnati.

Weekend Wrap

TigerWoodsPGA TOUR
the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance
Dates: June 4-7
Venue: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

What an interesting weekend it was at the Memorial Tournament this weekend.  The Memorial is hosted by golf’s greatest ever player, Jack Nicklaus.

In the spotlight this week was the man who has been trying to overtake Jack Nicklaus as golf’s best ever, Tiger Woods.  Woods would tie one of Jack’s records this week, but not a good one to tie.  The tied record?  Worst score as a professional.  After barely making the cut by one shot on Friday, Woods carded his worst round as a professional golfer, a 13-over 85.  Jack’s worst round as a pro was also an 85, but not at the age of 39 like Woods.  Jack was 63 years old and playing in the Masters Tournament.  Not good for Woods, who ended up dead last on the leaderboard at the end of the third round.

Because of an odd number of players who made the cut, Woods was first out and playing by himself on Sunday.  This is referred to as “dew sweeper” in the golf world.  Despite playing alone and at his own pace, Woods fired a 2-over 74 on Sunday to finish 29 shots behind the eventual winner David Lingmerth.  The next to last player on the leaderboard was eight shots ahead of Woods.

These numbers and struggles do not reflect well on the former world #1 with two weeks before the U.S. Open.

LPGA TOUR
Manulife LPGA Classic
Dates: June 4-7
Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge, Ont., Canada

On the ladies circuit Norwegian native Suzann Pettersen brought a one-shot lead into the final round of the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club. She sealed the victory by carding two birdies in the last three holes.

This win marks the 15th in the LPGA career of Suzann Pettersen.

CHAMPIONS TOUR
Principal Charity Classic
Dates: June 5-7
Venue: Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

What is Mark Calcavecchia’s secret? How did he pull off the victory at the Principal Charity Classic this past week?

Bacon.

Calcavechia wore bacon-themed pants which helped him to a one-shot victory over Joe Durant and Brian Henninger.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Nordea Masters
Dates: June 4-7
Venue: PGA Sweden National (Lakes Course), Malmo, Sweden

How Swede it is. Sweden’s Alex Noren blew out the field this past week at the Nordea Masters in Malmo, Sweden. Noren’s final round 71 extended his margin to four shots.

Noren’s win was the second in this event.

Weekend Preview

TigerWoodsPGA TOUR
the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance
Dates: June 4-7
Venue: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday Noon-2 p.m. (Live) / 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

BIG week this week. Most of the biggest names in golf are in action at The Memorial Tournament. Tiger Woods is in the field this week having made it to Ohio in his private jet after playing two practice rounds at Chambers Bay in preparation for the U.S. Open.

The only big named player not in action is Rory McIlory, fresh off missing the cut last week at the Irish Open.

The defending champion is Hideki Matsuyama, who defeated Kevin Na on the first playoff hole to earn his first career PGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na and Steve Stricker.

lydiakoLPGA TOUR
Manulife LPGA Classic
Dates: June 4-7
Venue: Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge, Ont., Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-2 p.m. (Live)
Friday Noon-2 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

The Manulife LPGA Classic is being held at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada for the first time.

Inbee park is the defending champion having finished three shots ahead of Cristie Kerr last year.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Hyo Joo Kim, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Anna Nordqvist, Brittany Lincicome, Brooke Henderson and Cristie Kerr.

CHAMPIONS TOUR
Principal Charity Classic
Dates: June 5-7
Venue: Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 3-5 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 5-7 p.m. (Live) / 1:30-3:30 a.m. (Monday replay)

Four-time PGA TOUR winner Carlos Franco will make his Champions Tour debut this week after turning 50 on May 24. 2016 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III also is in the field this week, making just his fourth career Champions Tour start.

Tom Pernice Jr. is the defending champion. Pernice defeated Doug Garwood on the second playoff hole for his third career win on the 50-and-over tour.

Headlining the field: Davis Love III, Bernhard Langer, Carlos Franco, Jesper Parnevik, Rocco Mediate, John Cook, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Jeff Maggert, Jeff Sluman and Tom Pernice Jr.

miguelangeljimenezEUROPEAN TOUR
Nordea Masters
Dates: June 4-7
Venue: PGA Sweden National (Lakes Course), Malmo, Sweden

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-7 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Friday 5-7 a.m. / 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Saturday 7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Thongchai Jaidee is the defending champion this week having knocked off Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher on the first playoff hole of the event last season.

Headlining the Field: Henrik Stenson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, Jonas Blixt, Thomas Bjorn, Peter Uihlein, Joost Luiten, Mikko Ilonen and Alexander Levy.

Weekend Wrap

EUROPEAN TOUR
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation
Dates: May 28-31
Venue: Royal County Down Golf Club (Championship Links) Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Rory McIlory was the week’s host at the Irish Open, and the tournament’s charity recipient was the Rory Foundation. McIlroy was charitable, to his competitors. The world’s #1 golfer started the event with a first round 80. Despite bettering his first round by nine shots in the second round, the world #1 and tournament host missed the cut.

McIlory wasn’t the only player who struggled and the conditions were tough, with only five players finishing under par.

At the end of regulation three players were tied at -2: Søren Kjeldsen, Bernd Wiesberger and Eddie Pepperell. Kjeldsen birdied the first playoff hole to end a six year winless streak and capture the Irish Open trophy, presented by Rory McIlory.

PGA TOUR
AT&T Byron Nelson
Dates: May 28-31
Venue: TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, Irving, Texas

What a great weekend for Dallas-area resident Steven Bowditch in front of a home crowd. Bowditch put on a birdie fest at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas with a total of 27 for the week. Bowditch’s final round smoking hot 64 sealed the wire-to-wire win, his second on the PGA Tour.  The Texas resident held off some great players in the field, including local and world #2 Jordan Spieth.

Bowditch had great memories of the 18th green at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas. He was married there four years ago:

“You know, taking photos on the green today was probably, wasn’t probably, it’s definitely the second best time I’ve had on that green since we got married.”

LPGA TOUR
ShopRite LPGA Classic
Dates: May 29-31
Venue: Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club (Bay Course), Galloway, N.J.

With her mom in the gallery watching, Swedish Anna Nordqvist carded her fifth career LPGA Tour title.  Nordqvist broke from the pack late in the final round by making birdie on the 16th and 17th holes.

Nordqvist finished the event at 8-under, one shot ahead of the nearest competitor Christel Boeljon.