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LAST TOURNAMENT: 3M Open (Matthew Wolff)
THIS WEEK: John Deere Classic, July 11-14
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill. (Par 71, 7,268 yards)
Purse: $6 million (Winner: $1.08 million)
Defending champion: Michael Kim
FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar
Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
NOTES: The event holds the final available spot into the field for next week's Open Championship, which would go to the top player not otherwise exempt who finishes inside the top five and ties. The JDC provides a charter flight to players traveling to The Open on Sunday night. ... Kim was ranked 215th after winning by eight shots last year. He enters this week having missed all 17 cuts in 2019 since the year-opening Tournament of Champions, where tied for last in the no-cut event. He has not made a full-field cut since finishing 76th at The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in October. ... Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native Zach Johnson makes his 18th consecutive start in the event. ... Tour rookie Viktor Hovland will play on a sponsor's exemption, as will Justin Suh. ... Wolff earned a two-year full Tour exemption with his victory last week, while Collin Morikawa earned a special temporary membership with his T2. ... Ho Sung Choi, a 45-year-old South Korean whose swing has been nicknamed "The Fisherman Swing," will make his second career PGA Tour start. He missed the cut at this year's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
BEST BETS: The youth movement could well continue with no top 10 players in the field. Hovland (+1600 by PointsBet) is playing for the fifth consecutive week, but he has also made strong Sunday runs in each of the past two tournaments. ... Johnson (+2800) doesn't bring great odds for a player with one top 20 in 2019, but he has also played 41 consecutive rounds at TPC Deere Run at par or better and is on the event's board of directors. Sitting at 138th in the FedEx Cup standings, he needs a strong week with only four events remaining before the playoffs. ... Joel Dahmen (+5000) is in the midst of a career season and could enjoy a breakthrough against a modest field. He has moved from 527th to 81st in the world rankings since April 2018, highlighted by a solo second at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.
NEXT WEEK: The Open Championship, Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, July 18-21; Barbasol Championship, Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Ky., July 18-21
LAST TOURNAMENT: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic (Shanshan Feng)
THIS WEEK: Marathon Classic, July 11-14
Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio (Par 71, 6,561 yards)
Purse: $1.75 million (Winner: $262,500)
Defending champion: Jasmine Suwannapura
Race to the CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko
Television: Thursday-Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
NOTES: Suwannapura claimed her first LPGA Tour title with a birdie on the first playoff hole against Brittany Lincicome last year. ... Ko leads the Tour in scoring average (69.255) and greens in regulation (79.1 percent). ... Ko, Brooke Henderson and Sung Hyun Park are the only multiple winners on Tour this year, with Henderson the only one of the three in this week's field. ... South Korea's Se Ri Pak still holds the tournament scoring record of 261, 23-under par set in 1998. ... The average age of winners on Tour this season is 24.06. ... Nelly Korda and Danielle Kang are tied for the Tour lead with eight top-10 finishes in 2019. ... Lexi Thompson, who is in the field this week, leads the U.S. Solheim Cup team standings with 517 points. She has qualified for the team along with Kang, Korda and Jessica Korda.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Midland, Mich., July 17-20
LAST TOURNAMENT: U.S. Senior Open Championship (Steve Stricker)
THIS WEEK: Senior Players Championship, July 11-14
Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio (Par 70, 7,400 yards)
Purse: $2.8 million (winner: $420,000)
Defending champion: Vijay Singh
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1:30-4 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
NOTES: The event is being played for the first time at Firestone, which previously hosted the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Firestone will host the Senior Players through 2022. ... Stricker, who has already won two senior majors this year, opted to compete at Firestone this week rather than the John Deere Classic. Stricker trails McCarron by $479,878 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. ... Singh beat Jeff Maggert on the second playoff hole last year to claim his first senior major championship. ... Fred Couples will make his first start since a T17 at the Rapiscan Systems Classic in March. The 2011 Senior Players champion will be honored as the 2019 Ambassador of Golf, honoring a person who has fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: DICK'S Sporting Goods Open, Endicott, N.Y., Aug. 16-18.
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