ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB OF ST. ANDREWS
Site: Gullane, Scotland
Course: Muirfield Golf Club (7,192 yards, par 71)
Purse: 5.25 million pounds ($7.95 million). Winner's share: 945,000 pounds ($1.43 million).
TV: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 1 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, 4-11:30 a.m.; Sunday, 3-10:30 a.m.) and ABC (Saturday-Sunday, noon-3 p.m.)
Last year: Ernie Els won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his second victory in the event and fourth major title. He made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to reach 7 under and won when Adam Scott missed a 7-footer on No. 18 for his fourth straight bogey.
Last week: Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic to become the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931, beating Zach Johnson and David Hearn with a par on the fifth hole of a playoff. The 19-year-old earned a spot at Muirfield. ... Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, edging Branden Grace with a birdie on the first extra hole.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the winner at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and Royal Liverpool in 2006, is coming off a four-week break because of soreness in his left elbow. He won the last of his 14 major titles in the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods has a PGA Tour-high four victories this year to push his career total to 78, four short of Sam Snead's tour record. ... The tournament is the third major of the year. Scott won the Masters, and Justin Rose took the U.S. Open. ... The tournament will be played next year at Royal Liverpool.
Site: Sylvania, Ohio
Course: Highland Meadows Golf Club (6,428 yards, par 71)
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Last year: South Korea's So Yeon Ryu made six straight birdies in a final-round 62 en route to a seven-stroke victory.
Last week: South Korea's Hee Young Park won the Manulife Financial Classic in Waterloo, Ontario, beating Angela Stanford with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. They finished at 26-under 258 to match the tour record for lowest total score.
Note: Pleasanton native Paula Creamer won in 2008, opening with a 60.
SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Madison, Miss.
Course: Annandale Golf Club (7,202 yards, par 72).
Purse: $3 million. Winner's share: $540,000
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m.)
Last year: Scott Stallings shot 68-64-64-68 to finish at 24 under. Jason Bohn was second, two strokes back.
Note: Davis Love III is in the field. He failed to qualify for the British Open, ending his start streak in the event at 26.
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