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Saudi-funded LIV Golf comes to US for Portland event

Saudi-funded LIV Golf comes to US for Portland event

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Live Golf Invitational – Portland

Site: Northern Plains, Oregon.

Course: Pumpkin Ridge GC.

Prize Money: $25 million (5 million for teams). Winner’s share: $4 million ($750,000 for each winning team member).

Television:, Facebook, YouTube.

Defending Champion: New event.

Point Leader: Charl Schwartzell.

Last time: Charl Schwartzell won the LIV Golf Invitational – London.

Notes: This is the first of five LIV golf events to be held in the United States. The PGA Tour does not grant members releases for tournaments held in North America. … The Saudi-backed series has added four players from the world’s top 50 – Brooks Koepka, Abraham Anser, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed – since the opening ceremony outside London. It has eight of the top 50 in the world. … Pumpkin Ridge is where Tiger Woods won his third straight US Amateur in 1996, and Alison Nichols (1997) and Hilary Lunke (2003) won the US Women’s Open. They were on the Witch Hollow course. The LIV event will use six holes from Witch Hollow and 12 holes from the Ghost Creek course. … the region comprises eight of the world’s top 50, more than the PGA Tour and European Tour combined. … Dustin Johnson remains the highest ranked player in the LIV Golf Group at No. 17. … The last PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament at Pumpkin Ridge was the Korn Ferry Tour event from 2014 to 2020.

Next event: LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster on 29-31 July.



PGA Tour

John Deere Classic

Site: Woodland, Illinois.

Course: TPC Deere Run. Yardages: 7,289. Cross: 71.

Prize money: $8.3 million. Winner’s share: $1.494 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 pm (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

Defending Champion: Lucas Glover.

FedEx Cup Leader: Scotty Schaeffler.

Last week: Xander Schöfel won the Travelers Championship.

Notes: The tournament is held the same week that Saudi-funded LIV Golf is holding its first event in North America. … two weeks after the US Open and two weeks before the British Open, the region does not include any of the top 50 in the world rankings. … Steve Stricker made his first PGA Tour debut since the 3M Open in Minnesota last summer. He was the runner-up at the US Senior Open. The striker is a three-time winner of the John Deere Classic, with three straight titles (2009–11). … Mark Hensby, who finished third at the US Senior Open last week, won his only PGA Tour event in 2004 at the John Deere Classic. … Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson playing at his hometown event. He won in 2012 and lost in a playoff each of the next two years. … Sahit Thegala was the runner-up in the Travelers Championship by making a double bogey on the last hole. … runner-up in the Kevin and John Deere Classic. He is playing a Saudi-backed LIV event this week.

Next week: Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championships.



european tour

Horizon Irish Open

Site: Thomastown, Ireland.

Course: Mount Juliet Estate. Yardage: 7,264. Cross: 72.

Prize money: $6 million. Winner’s share: $1 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending Champion: Lucas Herbert.

DP World Tour Point Leader: Will Zalatoris.

Last week: Haotong Li wins the BMW International Open.

Notes: The region includes five of the top 50 in the world rankings, led by former British Open champion Shane Lowry at No. 24. … Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington is playing his National Open a week after capturing the US. Senior open. He won the Irish Open in 2007. … Lowry won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009. … Rory McIlroy chose not to play in the US after four consecutive weeks. He played the Irish Open for the first 10 years of his professional career. … the top three players in the top 10 who haven’t already qualified could earn a spot at next month’s British Open in St Andrews. … American Troy Merritt is playing on a sponsor invitation. … Mount Juliet is a Jack Nicklaus design that hosted the World Golf Championships won by Tiger Woods in 2002 and Ernie Els in 2004. … The tournament dates back to 1927 and was won by George Duncan at Portmarnock. … Alex Fitzpatrick, younger brother of US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, is playing at the invitation of the sponsor.

Next week: Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championships.



Korn Ferry Tour


Site: Berthoud, Colorado.

Course: TPC Colorado. Yardages: 7,995. cross: 72

Prize Money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.

Television: None.

Defending Champion: Tag Riding.

Points Leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Pearson Cudi wins Live and Work at the Maine Open.

Next tournament: Memorial Health Championships on July 14-17.




Last week: Won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Ji Chun.

Next tournament: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on July 13-16.

CME Globe Leader Race: Minjie Lee.



PGA Tour Champions

Last week: Padraig Harrington wins the US Senior Open.

Next week: Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.

Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Steven Alker.



Other Tours

Challenge Tour: Italian Challenge Open, Golf Nazionale, Viterbo, Italy. Previous Winner: Ricardo Gouvia. Online:

Ladies European Tour: See Amundi German Masters, Sediner Golf & CC, Berlin. Defending Champion: New event. Online:

Mackenzie Tour: Prince Edward Island Open, Dandareve GC, Cardigan, Prince Edward Island. Previous Winner: New Event. Online:

Japan LPGA: Shiseido Ladies Open, Totsuka CC, Kanagawa, Japan. Defending Champion: AI Suzuki. Online:

Korean LPGA: McCall Mona Park Open, Birch Hill GC, Pyeongchang, South Korea. Defending Champion: Hee Rin Kim. Online:


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