Golf Glance: DeChambeau defends at John Deere

LAST WEEK: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier (Kevin Na)
THIS WEEK: John Deere Classic, July 12-15
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill. (Par 71, 7,268 yards)
Purse: $5.8 million (Winner: $1.044 million)
Defending Champion: Bryson DeChambeau
Television: Thursday-Friday 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (CBS)

The highest finisher in the top five (and ties) who is not already qualified will earn a spot in next week’s British Open. … Italy’s Francesco Molinari has two wins and a runner-up finish in his past four worldwide starts. He is playing the John Deere rather than the Scottish Open this week to fulfill his strength-of-field requirement on the PGA Tour. … Eight of the past 10 winners of the event have gone on to qualify for the season-ending TOUR Championship. … DeChambeau birdied six of his final nine holes last year to claim a one-shot victory over Patrick Rodgers, his first on the PGA Tour. … 2012 champion Zach Johnson will make his 17th consecutive start at the John Deere Classic. Johnson, who serves on the event board, is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and also has three runner-up finishes. … Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, 19, earned his full status for the PGA Tour next season with his top-5 finish last week and has risen from 1,486 to 171 in the world rankings this year. … Three-time event champion Steve Stricker is skipping a major on the Champions tour to play at TPC Deere Run.
NEXT WEEK: The British Open (Carnoustie, Scotland); Barbasol Championship (Nicholasville, Ky.)


LAST WEEK: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic (Sei Young Kim)
THIS WEEK: Marathon Classic, July 12-15
Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio (Par 71, 6,541 yards)
Purse: $1.6 million (Winner: $240,000)
Television: Thursday-Friday, 9-11 p.m. ET (Golf Channel – tape delay); Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Defending Champion: I.K. Kim

This is the final of a nine-week stretch of consecutive tournaments before the LPGA Tour takes a one-week break before heading to Europe for a pair of events. … This is the final event for players to earn a spot in the Women’s British Open Aug. 2-5. … Five-time event winner Se Ri Pak holds the tournament scoring record of 261 set in 1998. … Only four of 19 winners on the LPGA Tour this season are in the field. … Toledo native Stacy Lewis will be playing in her final tournament of 2018 as she prepares to give birth to her first child due in November. Lewis husband, Gerrod Chadwell, will be on her bag. … I.K. Kim shot a personal-best 21-under 263 to win by four shots over Lexi Thompson last year.

Champions Tour
THIS WEEK: SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, July 12-15
Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park, Ill. (Par 72, 7,149 yards)
Purse: $2.8 million (Winner: $420,000)
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1:30-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Defending Champion: Scott McCarron

McCarron came from six-shots behind to beat three-time defending champion Bernhard Langer and Brandt Jobe at Caves Valley Golf Club last year. Langer lipped out on the final hole to miss out on a playoff. … Steve Stricker, who is competing in the John Deere Classic, is the only player among the top 50 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings not in the field. … Langer has nine top-10 finishes in his last 10 starts at the Senior Players, and remains the only player to win all five majors on the Champions tour. … Toms leads the Charles Schwab Cup following his victory at the U.S. Senior Open. … Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jerry Kelly are the only players with top-10 finishes in each of the first three majors of the year.

–Field Level Media

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