Golf Glance: Tiger on prowl; LPGA, Champions on major hunt

PGA TOUR
LAST WEEK: Travelers Championship (Bubba Watson)
THIS WEEK: Quicken Loans National, June 28-July 1
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md. (Par 70, 7,107 yards)
Purse: $7.1 million (Winner: $1.278 million)
Defending Champion: Kyle Stanley
Television: Thursday-Friday 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday 3-6:30 p.m.
In its first year hosting the event, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm ranked as the fourth-hardest on Tour in 2017 with a scoring average of 1.458-over par, behind only three majors: Quail Hollow (PGA Championship), Augusta National (Masters) and Royal Birkdale (Open Championship). This is the final year of the tournament, which will be replaced in 2019 by an event in Detroit sponsored by Quicken Loans. … No. 8 Rickie Fowler is the highest-ranked of the eight players in the top 50 of the world golf rankings in the field. He is also the highest-ranked player (No. 16) in the FedExCup standings. … Tiger Woods went on to win his second FedExCup title after winning the Quicken Loans National in 2009. Woods is making his first start in the event since tying for 18th in 2015. He also won it in 2012. … Other FedExCup champions in the field are Bill Haas (2011) and Billy Horschel (’14). … Stanley beat Charles Howell III on the first playoff hole last season. … Troy Merritt (2015) holds the tournament scoring record of 266. … The top four players to finish in the top 12 who are not otherwise exempt will qualify for the Open Championship.
NEXT WEEK: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WVa.

LPGA TOUR
LAST WEEK: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (Nasa Hataoka)
THIS WEEK: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 28-July 1
Kempur Lakes Golf Club, Kildeer, Ill. (Par 72, 6,741 yards)
Purse: $3.65 million (Winner: $547,500)
Television: Thursday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC)
Defending Champion: Danielle Kang
The field features the top 100 players on the LPGA Tour money list. … Ariya Jutanugarn leads the 2018 money list ($1.75 million), the Rolex Player of the Year standings (150 points) and the Race to CME Globe (2,559). She also leads the Tour in scoring average (69.407) and is the only two-time winner in 2018. … Betsy King holds the tournament scoring record of 17-under 267 set in 2992. … Top-ranked Inbee Park is the only three-time Women’s PGA Championship winner (2013-15). … Jutanugarn, Park and England’s Charley Hull are the only three players to post top-10 finishes in each of this year’s first two majors. … This is the final event for players to qualify for the eight teams that will compete for the 2018 UL International Crown in Korea. The qualifying teams were determined after the U.S. Women’s Open: Republic of Korea, United States, Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden and Chinese Taipei. Defending champion Kang (No. 22) is currently fifth among U.S. players in the Rolex Rankings, behind Lexi Thompson (No. 3), Jessica Korda (11), Cristie Kerr (12) and Michelle Wie (17). The top four players in Monday’s rankings will qualify for their respective teams.
NEXT WEEK: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, Oneida, Wis.

Champions Tour
LAST WEEK: American Family Insurance Championship (Scott McCarron)
THIS WEEK: U.S. Senior Open Championship, June 28-July 1
The Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Par 72, 7,056 yards)
Purse: $4 million (Winner: $720,000)
Television: Thursday, 2-7 p.m. ET (FS1); Friday, 1:30-6:30 (FS1); Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m. ET (FS1)
Defending Champion: Kenny Perry
Davis Love III is among 47 players making their U.S. Senior Open debuts. Another is former MLB pitcher John Smoltz. The 51-year old earned the final spot after emerging from a three-man playoff. … Perry is a two-time U.S. Senior Open winner (2013), with last year’s 16-under-par 264 setting a new tournament scoring record. He is one of six two-time winners of the event. … The 156-player field features eight members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. … Jerry Kelly leads the Charles Schwab Cup race with $1.067 million in winnings after finishing second at last week’s American Family Insurance Championship. … Bernhard Langer holds the all-time Champions record with 10 major title victories and has finished in the top-25 in all 10 of his starts at the U.S. Senior Open. He won the event in 2010 and is the only player to earn the “senior slam,” having won each of the tour’s five major titles. … Fred Funk, who won the 2009 U.S. Senior Open after a runner-up finish the year before, has not missed a cut in 10 previous event starts.
NEXT WEEK: OFF.

–Field Level Media

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