Royal and Ancient Golf Club
Event: British Open
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, 4 a.m.-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and Ch. 7 (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.)
Last year: Ernie Els won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his second victory in the event and fourth major championship. The South African made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to reach 7 under and won when Australia’s 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 Spieth earned a spot at Muirfield. ... Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, edging South Africa’s Branden Grace with a birdie on the first extra hole.
Chip shots: 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. ... Els won the 2002 tournament at Muirfield. ... Nick Faldo, the 1987 and 1992 winner at Muirfield, is in the field. ... The tournament will be played at Royal Liverpool next year.
PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com
Event: 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, 4-7 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, midnight-3 a.m., 4-7 p.m.; Monday, midnight-3 a.m.)
Last year: Scott Stallings won his second tour title, shooting 68-64-64-68 to finish at 24 under. Jason Bohn was second, two strokes back.
Last week: Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic.
Chip shots: Davis Love III is in the field. He failed to qualify for the British Open, ending his start streak in the event at 26. … Jack Nicklaus designed the Annandale course. … The Canadian Open is next week at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario.
Event: Marathon Classic
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, 2-4 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 9-11 a.m., 2-4 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 LPGA 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 LPGA Tour record for lowest total score.
Chip shots: Inbee Park won the first three major championships of the season — the Kraft Nabisco, LPGA Championship and U.S. Women’s Open — and has six victories this year. The top-ranked South Korean star tied for 14th last week in Canada, ending her victory streak at three. … Se Ri Pak has won the event five times. … Paula Creamer won in 2008, opening with a 60. … The tour is off next week. Play will resume Aug. 1-4 with the Women’s British Open at St. Andrews.
Next event: Senior British Open, July 25-28, Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, England
Last week: Kenny Perry won the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club for his second straight major victory. He closed with rounds of 64 and 63 to finish at 13-under 267, matching the event record for total score. Fred Funk was second, five strokes back.
Area holes in one
John Coogan, on the 140-yard eighth hole at Westwood, with a 9-iron.
Michael Donovan, on the 162-yard second hole at Seneca Hickory Stick, with a 7-iron.
Roy Hennessey, on the 165-yard 11th hole at Brierwood, with a 22-degree Hybrid.
Joe Militello, on the 144-yard 18th hole at Tan Tara, with an 8-iron.
Bob Phillips, on the 143-yard fourth hole at Wanakah, with a 9-iron.
Paul Scully, on the 130-yard second hole at Deerwood, with a 9-iron.
Ron Wells, on the 164-yard 16th hole at Concord Crest, using a 9-wood.
Fred Zagskorn, on the 173-yard first hole at Tan Tara, with a 5-iron.