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ST. JUDE CLASSIC
Site: Memphis, Tennessee.
Course: TPC Southwind (7,239 yards, par 70).
Purse: $5.8 million. Winner's share: $1,044,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Today, 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight; Friday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Harris English won his first tour title, beating Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes. English also won in Mexico in November at the start of this season.
Last week: Japan's Hideki Matsuyama won the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, for his first PGA Tour title. He beat Kevin Na with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Notes: The U.S. Open is next week at Pinehurst in North Carolina. ... Mickelson is making his fourth start in the tournament. Winless in 19 events since the British Open in July, he tied for 49th in the Memorial after a visit from FBI agents and lingering questions about an insider-trading investigation. ... Europeans Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Paul Casey are in the field. ... Al Geiberger shot the first 59 in PGA Tour history in his 1977 victory at Colonial Country Club. ... John Cook had a tournament-record 26-under 258 total in 1996, shooting 64-62-63-69.
MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
Site: Waterloo, Ontario.
Course: Grey Silo Golf Course (6,330 yards, par 71).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's share: $225,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Today, noon-2:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m.).
Last year: Hee Young Park beat Angela Stanford with a birdie on the third playoff hole. They finished at 26-under 258 to match the tour record for lowest total score.
Last week: Stacy Lewis won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey to take the top spot in the world ranking from Inbee Park, finishing with a 6-stroke victory.
Notes: Lewis is in the field along with Park, 17-year-old Lydia Ko, Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist and Michelle Wie. ... Brooke Henderson, the 16-year-old Canadian who is third in the world amateur ranking, received a sponsor exemption. ... Brittany Lang won the inaugural event in 2012. ... Manulife has extended its sponsorship deal through 2016. ... The tour will return to Ontario in August for the Canadian Women's Open at London Hunt. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume June 19-22 with the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst.
BIG CEDAR LODGE LEGENDS OF GOLF
Site: Ridgedale, Missouri.
Courses: Big Cedar Lodge Resort, Top of the Rock (1,470 yards, par 27) and Buffalo Ridge (7,002 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.75 million. Winners' shares: $230,000 per player.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 4:30-6:30 a.m., 9-11 p.m.).
Last year: Jeff Sluman and Brad Faxon teamed to win in Savannah, Georgia, edging Fred Funk-Mike Goodes and Kenny Perry-Gene Sauers by a stroke in better-ball play.
Last week: Tom Pernice Jr. won the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa for his third senior title, beating Doug Garwood with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Notes: The final round will be played at Jack Nicklaus-designed Top of the Rock, the first par-3 course to be used in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event. The Champions division will play 18 holes on the course Sunday, the first nine under foursomes and the second at four-ball. The Legends division for players 65 and older will play nine holes of four-ball. The opening 36 holes for both divisions will consist of a better-ball round on the regulation course and two nine-hole rounds (foursomes and fourball) on the par-3 course. ... Nicklaus and Gary Player are teaming in the Legends Division. ... Sluman is playing alongside Funk, with Faxon unable to play because of a prior commitment. ... Bernhard Langer is paired with Tom Lehman. ... Sam Snead and Gardner Dickinson won the inaugural event in 1978 in Austin, Texas, sparking interest that led to the creation of the senior tour.
U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION/LADIES GOLF UNION
Site: St. Louis.
Course: St. Louis Country Club (6,245 yards, par 71).
Television: Saturday, midnight-2 a.m., 2:30-4:30 a.m., 5-7 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 5-7 p.m.; Monday, 2:30-4 a.m.).
Format: United States vs. Britain and Ireland in team match play. Friday and Saturday, three morning foursomes matches and three afternoon four-ball matches; Sunday, eight singles matches.
United States: Kyung Kim, 20, of Chandler, Arizona (Southern California); Alison Lee, 19, Valencia, California (UCLA); Erynne Lee, 21, Silverdale, Washington (UCLA); Ally McDonald, 21, Fulton, Mississippi (Mississippi State); Annie Park, 19, Levittown, New York (Southern California); Ashlan Ramsey, 18, Milledgeville, Georgia (Clemson); Mariah Stackhouse, 20, Riverdale, Georgia (Stanford); Emma Talley, 20, Princeton, Kentucky (Alabama). Captain: Ellen Port, St. Louis.
Britain and Ireland: Eilidh Briggs, 21, Scotland; Gabriella Cowley, 18, England; Annabel Dimmock, 17, England; Gemma Dryburgh, 20, Scotland (Tulane); Georgia Hall, 18, England; Bronte Law, 19, England (UCLA); Stephanie Meadow, 22, Northern Ireland (Alabama); Charlotte Thomas, 21, England (Washington). Captain: Tegwen Matthews, Wales.
Last matches: Britain-Ireland won the biennial competition for the first time since 1996, rallying for a 10½-9½ victory at Nairn in Scotland.
Notes: The United States leads the series 27-7-3. ... Stackhouse is the first black U.S. Curtis Cup player. ... Talley won the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur. ... Charles Blair Macdonald-designed St. Louis Country Club. ... The 2016 matches will be played at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.
Ladies' Golf Union site: http://www.lgu.org
Site: Atzenbrugg, Austria.
Course: Diamond Country Club (7,410 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.36 million. Winner's share: $226,710.
Television: Golf Channel (Today, 5-7 a.m., 9 a.m.-noon; Friday, 5-7 a.m., 9-10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 7-11 a.m.; Sunday, 6:30-11 a.m.).
Last year: Dutchman Joost Luiten closed with a 1-under 71 for a 2-stroke victory.
Last week: Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee won the Nordea Masters in Sweden, beating Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and France's Victor Dubuisson with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Notes: Miguel Angel Jimenez recently moved to Vienna. The Spaniard won the Spanish Open three weeks ago at 50 years, 133 days to break his own record as the oldest European Tour champion. ... Austria's Bernd Wiesberger won the 2012 tournament. ... In 2006 at Fontana, Markus Brier won the tournament for the third time to become the first Austrian champion in European Tour history. The event was part of the second-tier Challenge Tour when Brier won in 2002 and 2004.
Site: Westlake, Ohio.
Course: Lakewood Country Club (7,022 yards, par 71).
Purse: $600,000. Winner's share: $108,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Today-Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7-9 p.m.).
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last event: Byron Smith won the Rex Hospital Open on May 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina, for his first tour title. He closed with a 5-under 66 for a 4-stroke victory.
Notes: Carlos Ortiz is trying to earn an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour as a 3-time winner this season. The 23-year-old Mexican player leads the money list with $365,469. He tied for 65th last week in the PGA Tour's Memorial. ... A.W. Tillinghast-designed Lakewood opened in 1921. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume June 19-22 with the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kansas.
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup, Today-Sunday, Golden Valley Golf Club, Hyogo, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org
ASIAN TOUR: Queen's Cup, Today-Sunday, Santiburi Samui Country Club, Koh Samui, Thailand. Online: http://www.asiantour.com
PGA TOUR CANADA: Bayview Place Island Savings Open, Today-Sunday, Uplands Golf Club, Victoria, British Columbia. Online: http://www.pgatourcanada.com
SUNSHINE TOUR: Zambia Sugar Open, Today-Sunday, Lusaka Golf Club, Lusaka, Zambia. Online: http://www.pgatour.co.za
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship, Today-Sunday, The Stoke Golf and Spa, Colchester, England. Online: http://www.europeantour.com
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Fred Olsen Challenge, Today-Sunday, Tecina Golf, La Gomera, Canary Islands. Online: http://www.europeantour.com
NGA TOUR: Milton Martin Honda Classic, Today-Sunday, Chattahoochee Country Club, Gainesville, Georgia. Online: http://www.ngatour.com
SYMETRA TOUR: FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, Friday-Sunday, Battle Creek Country Club, Battle Creek, Michigan. Online: http://www.symetratour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Yonex Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Yonex Country Club, Niigita, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp
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