Golf Glance: Strong field for Shriners Children’s Open

10/6/2021 7:49:55 PM EST

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PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: Sanderson Farms Championship (Sam Burns)
THIS WEEK: Shriners Children's Open, Las Vegas, Oct. 7-10
Course: TPC Summerlin (Par 71, 7,255 yards)
Purse: $7M (Winner: $1.26M)
Defending Champion: Martin Laird
FedEx Cup Leader: Sam Burns & Max Homa
TV: Thursday-Sunday, 5-8 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
NOTES: The field includes 26 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, led by No. 8 Louis Oosthuizen and No. 9 Brooks Koepka. ... Six players will tee it up for the first time since competing in the Ryder Cup last month: Koepka, Harris English and Scottie Scheffler from Team USA and Paul Casey, Viktor Hovland and Ian Poulter from Team Europe. ... This week marks the 25th anniversary of Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour victory, which came in Las Vegas in a playoff against Davis Love III. ... The Shriners Children's Open leads the PGA Tour with three sudden-death playoffs in the past four years. Laird beat Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff in last year's playoff.
BEST BETS: Koepka (+1600 at DraftKings) has two top-5s in five previous starts at TPC Summerlin as he makes his season debut. ... Oosthuizen (+1800) finished 19th in his first event appearance last year. He's competing for the first time since the Tour Championship. ... Abraham Ancer (+1800), also making his season debut, finished fourth in the event last year. ... Sam Burns (+2500) is coming off his second career victory on tour. He led the field in strokes gained off the tee and tee-to-green. ... English (+2500) is already a two-time winner in 2021. ... Si Woo Kim (+4500) won The American Express earlier this year and is coming off a T11 and T8 in the first two events this season.
NEXT WEEK: The CJ Cup @ Summit

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: ShopRite LPGA Classic (Celine Boutier)
THIS WEEK: Cognizant Founders Cup, West Caldwell, N.J., Oct. 7-10
Course: Mountain Ridge Country Club (Par 72, 6,656 yards)
Purse: $3 million ($450,000)
Defending Champion: Jin Young Ko
Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda
HOW TO WATCH
TV: Thursday, 2-5 p.m. ET; Friday-Sunday, 12-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
NOTES: Korda is playing for the first time since the Solheim Cup early last month and said she used the three-week break to help heal a slight shoulder injury. ... The event was played for the first nine years at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, where it was sponsored by the Bank of Hope. It was not played last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Mountain Ridge is a Donald Ross design. ... Marina Alex grew up less than 10 miles from the course in Wayne, N.J. ... Second-ranked Ko enters with 10 consecutive rounds in the 60s, tied for the third-longest streak in tour history. Annika Sorenstam holds the all-time record of 14 set in 2005. ... The tournament is a celebration of the 13 Founding Members of the LPGA Tour.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: BMW Ladies Championship, Busan, Republic of Korea, Oct. 21-24

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: Pure Insurance Championship (K.J. Choi)
THIS WEEK: Constellation Furyk & Friends, Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 8-10
Course: Timuquana Country Club (Par 72, 6,949 yards)
Purse: $2M (Winner: $300,000)
Defending Champion: Inaugural event
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer
TV: Friday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
NOTES: Two events remain before the start of the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs. This week's field features 35 of the top 40 players in the standings, including tournament host Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples. ... Mickelson has won two of his first three Champions starts. ... Team USA captain Steve Stricker and Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington will also tee it up for the first time since last month's Ryder Cup. Harrington will be making his Champions debut after turning 50 on Aug. 31. ... Timuquana is Furyk's home course. His three wins are tied with Darren Clarke for the most in tour in the combined 2020-21 season.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: SAS Championship, Cary, N.C., Oct. 15-17.

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NFL

Sun, 17 Oct 2021 18:17:31 EST Odell Beckham Jr. returns after getting shoulder examined
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 15:47:13 EST Report: Raiders, Jon Gruden expected to reach contract settlement
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:04:48 EST Kirk Cousins, Vikings down Panthers in overtime
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:18:58 EST Ravens shut down Justin Herbert, zap Chargers 34-6
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:27:46 EST Rodgers again leads Packers by Bears
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:55:50 EST Jonathan Taylor posts big second half as Colts thwart Texans
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:16:03 EST Rams flatten Giants with huge second quarter
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:12:26 EST Joe Burrow throws 3 TDs as Bengals beat hapless Lions
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:25:52 EST Chiefs dominate second half to win at Washington
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 14:13:38 EST Report: Texans RT Marcus Cannon to miss rest of season

MLB

Sun, 17 Oct 2021 18:50:53 EST Red Sox bring hot bats home for ALCS Game 3 vs. Astros
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 18:22:24 EST Red Sox tab LHP Eduardo Rodriguez to start Game 3 of ALCS
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:27:21 EST Dodgers 3B Justin Turner (neck) not in Game 2 lineup
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 12:09:12 EST Dodgers, Max Scherzer favored to even NLCS at Braves in Game 2
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 02:46:28 EST Max Scherzer looking to pull Dodgers even with Braves in NLCS
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 01:32:04 EST Braves take NLCS opener over Dodgers in walk-off win
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 22:09:01 EST Red Sox belt two grand slams, even up ALCS with Astros
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:02:05 EST Dodgers turn to Corey Knebel to start Game 1 vs. Braves
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 20:05:08 EST Braves RHP Chris Martin added to NLCS roster
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 02:31:34 EST Red Sox turn to Nathan Eovaldi in Game 2 vs. Astros

NBA

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Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:01:44 EST Reports: Celtics waive F Jabari Parker
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 15:18:24 EST Suns' Mikal Bridges agrees to 4-year, $90 million extension
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 14:42:51 EST Doc Rivers: 76ers' Ben Simmons not in 'game shape'
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 12:29:51 EST Grizzlies exercise rookie option for Ja Morant, two others
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 22:32:17 EST Rockets release G Dante Exum
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:54:01 EST Veteran G Avery Bradley among six players cut by Warriors
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 16:46:35 EST Mavericks waive 2020 draft pick Tyrell Terry
Sat, 16 Oct 2021 14:50:18 EST Knicks sign G Brandon Knight to contract

NHL

Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:42:46 EST Coyotes hoping for spark on home ice vs. Blues
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:56:38 EST Avs star Nathan MacKinnon remains in COVID-19 protocol
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 16:53:12 EST Fentanyl, cocaine involved in former Bruin Jimmy Hayes' death
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 15:15:26 EST Banged-up Leafs, Rangers each looking for second straight W
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 11:13:56 EST Flames look for power-play turnaround vs. Ducks
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 14:15:04 EST Auston Matthews to return for Leafs; G Petr Mrazek (groin) out 2 weeks
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 02:26:37 EST NHL roundup: Connor McDavid’s hat trick powers Oilers
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 02:19:27 EST Stars, Senators face off in search of bounce-back win
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 01:19:56 EST Cam Talbot, Wild fend off Kings, 3-2
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 01:21:55 EST Connor McDavid’s hat trick powers Oilers past Flames