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Golf Glance: Rose defends HSBC title; LPGA in Taipei

FLM previews the tournaments on all three major North American golf tours, including a split schedule on the PGA Tour this week.

PGA TOUR

LAST WEEK: CJ Cup (Brooks Koepka)

THIS WEEK: WGC-HSBC Champions, Oct. 25-28
Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China (Par 72, 7,261 yards)
Purse: $10 million (Winner: $1.8M and 550 FedEx Cup points)
Defending champion: Justin Rose
FedEx Cup leader: Marc Leishman

The 78-player field includes Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson, whom Koepka surpassed for the No. 1 spot in the official world golf rankings this week. … One of four WGC events that includes the Mexico Championship, the Dell Technologies Match Play and the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. … Rose, who came from eight shots back to win last year’s HSBC, makes his first PGA Tour start since winning the FedEx Cup title at the Tour Championship last month. … Brandt Snedeker (60, third round in 2012) holds the 18-hole tournament scoring record, while Johnson (264, 2014) holds the 72-hole record. … The 603-yard eighth hole played as the second-most difficult par-5 (5.113) on the PGA Tour last season.
Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 11- p.m.-4 a.m. (All times on Golf Channel)

THIS WEEK: Sanderson Farms Championship, Oct. 25-28
Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss. (Par 72, 7,421 yards)
Purse: $4.4 million (Winner: $792,000 and 300 FedEx Cup points)
Defending champion: Ryan Armour
Television: Thursday-Sunday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. ET (All times on Golf Channel)

This is the fifth of eight events during the PGA Tour’s fall wraparound schedule before a seven-week break. … Armour earned his first PGA Tour title in last year’s event with a five-shot victory over Chesson Hadley. He was the fourth consecutive Sanderson Farms champion to make the event his first career victory (Cody Gribble, 2016; Peter Malnati, ’15; and Nick Taylor, ’14) … The 132-player field includes 21 members of the 2018-19 rookie class. The youngest is 20-year-old Sungjae Im, who led the Web.com Tour money list with $534,326 last year.

NEXT WEEK: Shriners Hospital for Children Open, Las Vegas, Nev.

LPGA TOUR

Eun-Hee Ji
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LAST WEEK: Buick LPGA Shanghai (Danielle Kang)

THIS WEEK: Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, Oct. 25-28
Ta Shee Golf & Country Club, Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei (Par 72, 6,582 yards)
Purse: $2.2 million (Winner: $330,000)
Defending champion: Eun-Hee Ji
Race to CME Globe leader: Ariya Jutanugarn
Television: Thursday, 6-9:30 p.m. ET; Friday-Saturday, 8-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. (All times on Golf Channel)

Ta Shee plays host to the event after three years at Miramar Resort & Country Club. … Co-sanctioned by the LPGA and the Taiwan LPGA, it is an 81-player, no-cut event. … Former No. 1 Yani Tseng is one of four Taiwanese players in the field, while Teresa Lu (No. 46) is the top-ranked player from Chinese Taipei. … Thialand’s Jutanugarn continues to lead the official money list ($2.46 million) and leads the LPGA Tour in scoring average (69.379) this season. … The average age of winners on the LPGA Tour this year is 25.0.

NEXT WEEK: TOTO Japan Classic, Shiga, Japan

Champions Tour

LAST WEEK: Dominion Energy Classic (Woody Austin)

THIS WEEK: Invesco QQQ Championship, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Oct. 26-28
Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Par 72, 7,025 yards)
Purse: $2 million (Winner: $305,000)
Defending Champion: Bernhard Langer
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Austin

This is the second leg of the three-event Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, with each dollar earned worth two points in the standings. The top 36 players after this week will qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship Nov. 8-11 at the Phoenix Country Club.
Television: Friday-Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)

NEXT WEEK: OFF

–Field Level Media

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