LPGA preps for soggy final major; Champions hits Michigan

News and notes from this week’s events on all three major North American golf tours:


LAST WEEK: BMW Championship (Keegan Bradley)
NEXT WEEK: Tour Championship, East Lake, Atlanta.



THIS WEEK: The Evian Championship, Sept. 13-16
Evian Resort Club, Evian-les-Bains, France (Par 71, 6,523 yards)
Purse: $3.85 million (Winner: $577,500)
Defending Champion: Anna Nordqvist

Television: Thursday-Friday, 5-8 a.m., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 6-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 4:30-10 a.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-4:30 p.m. (NBC)
This is the fifth and final major championship on the LPGA Tour in 2018. Last year’s event was controversially cut to 54 holes due to inclement weather. The Evian will move to July next year. … Nordqvist became the first Swede to win The Evian and claimed her second career major title by beating Brittany Altomare on the first playoff hole. … Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Pernilla Lindberg, Georgia Hall, So Yeon Ryu and Inbee Park enter the week eligible to win the 2018 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award. … 2016 champion In Gee Chun holds the 36-hole (129), 54-hole (194) and 72-hole (263) tournament scoring records since the event became a major in 2013. … Jutanugarn leads the Tour in official money ($2.24 million), scoring average (69.337), birdies (368) and top-10 finishes (13). She also leads the Rolex Player of the Year standings (198 points) along with the Race to the CME Globe (3,468) … The average age of winners on Tour this season is 24.4.


Champions Tour


THIS WEEK: The Ally Challenge, Sept. 14-16
Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, Mich. (Par 72, 7,127 yards)
Purse: $2 million (Winner: $300,500)
Defending Champion: Inaugural event
Television: Friday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

Warwick Hills played host to 51 PGA Tour events from 1958-2009. Sixty-nine of the 74 players in this week’s field played in what was known as the Buick Open. Vijay Singh was a three-time winner of the PGA Tour stop, while Kenny Perry won it twice. In all, 10 players in this week’s event combined to win the Buick Open 13 times. They are vying to become just the 17th players to win a PGA Tour and Champions event on the same course. The last player to accomplish the feat was John Cook at Pebble Beach (2014 PURE Insurance Championship, 1981 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am). … The field features 27 of the top 30 players in the Charles Schwab Cup. … In 42 rounds at Warwick Hills, Singh owns a 68.88 scoring average, best among those in this week’s field. … Miguel Angel Jimenez leads the Charles Schwab Cup with $1,746,868, followed by Scott McCarron ($1,647,908) and Jerry Kelly ($1,619,368).

NEXT WEEK: Sanford International, Sioux Falls, S.D.

–Field Level Media

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