Golf Glance: DeChambeau back in action; major time for LPGA

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.


LAST TOURNAMENT: Sanderson Farms Championship (Sergio Garcia)

Kevin Na
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THIS WEEK: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Oct. 8-11
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas (Par 71, 7,255 yards)
Purse: $7 million (Winner: $1.26 million)
Defending Champion: Kevin Na
FedEx Cup leader: Bryson DeChambeau
TV: Thursday-Friday, 4-8 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-8 p.m. (GC)

NOTES: The 144-player field includes both major champions this year, Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau. Webb Simpson is also in the field, giving the event three top-10 players along with fellow former major champions including Garcia, Jason Day and Francesco Molinari. … Molinari, 37, will be making his first start in seven months as he relocated his family from London to California during the coronavirus pandemic. … Garcia is coming off his first victory since the 2017 Masters and is making his first start in the event since 2003. … Na made 558’11” of putts last year, a PGA Tour-record in the ShotLink era. … Chip Beck shot a 59 during the third round in 1991 and holds the 18-hole scoring record, while Simpson (2013) and Las Vegas resident Ryan Moore (2012) share the 73-hole tournament scoring record of 260. … Cameron Champ is making his second start of the 2020-21 season. He has won in his second start each of the past two seasons (2018 Sanderson Farms Championship, 2019 Safeway Open). … Rickie Fowler has not missed a cut in four previous starts at TPC Summerlin.

BEST BETS: DeChambeau (+750 at DraftKings) makes his first start since the U.S. Open. He won in 2018 among three consecutive top-10s at TPC Summerlin. … Simpson (+1000) shares the event scoring record and finished T8 at the U.S. Open in his most recent start. … In three previous event starts, Patrick Cantlay (+2000) won in 2017 and has finished runner-up each of the past two years. … Morikawa (+2000) is a Las Vegas resident who finished T42 in his event debut last year…. Matthew Wolff (+2800) is paired for the first two rounds with DeChambeau, who passed him on Sunday to win the U.S. Open. … Na (+7000) is also a Las Vegas resident and two-time event winner (2011, ’19).

NEXT WEEK: The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek, Las Vegas


LAST TOURNAMENT: ShopRite LPGA Classic (Mel Reid)

Danielle Kang
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THIS WEEK: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Oct. 8-11
Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pa. (Par 70, 6,577 yards)
Purse: $4.3 million (Winner: $645,000)
Defending Champion: Hannah Green
Race to the CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang
TV: Thursday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (GC), 12-3 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (GC), 12-2 p.m. (NBC)

NOTES: This is the third major of the 2020 season, following the AIG Women’s Open (Sophia Popov) and the ANA Inspiration (Mirim Lee). It was rescheduled from June 25-28 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made last month to hold the event without spectators. … Sei Young Kim leads the LPGA Tour with a 68.789 scoring average in 2020. … Brooke Henderson leads in greens in regulation (78.6 percent), while Bianca Pagdanganan leads in driving distance average (287.462). … Kang is the only multiple time winner in 2020. … Betsy King (17 under in 1992) holds the tournament scoring record.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: LPGA Drive On Championship – Reynolds Lake Oconee, Oct. 22-25

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: PURE Insurance Championship (Jim Furyk)

Jim Furyk
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THIS WEEK: SAS Championship, Oct. 9-11
Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C. (Par 72, 7,237 yards)
Purse: $2.1 million (Winner: $315,000)
Defending Champion: Jerry Kelly
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer
TV: Friday, 9-11 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m. (All times Golf Channel).

NOTES: Furyk has never played at Prestonwood CC but does have a pair of wins and a 67.50 scoring average through his first six rounds on the Champions tour. … Kelly has a win, a third and a sixth in his past three starts in the event, averaging 67.67 in nine career rounds. … Langer is a two-time winner of the SAS (2012, ’18). … Ernie Els is second on the Charles Schwab Cup money list after five consecutive top-10 finishes. … Wake Forest coach Jerry Haas, the younger brother of Jay Haas, Monday qualified along with Paul Stankowski, Dicky Pride and Craig Kanada.

NEXT WEEK: Dominion Energy Charity Classic, Richmond, Va.

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