Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
Event: British Open.
Site: Hoylake, England.
Course: Royal Liverpool Golf Club (7,312 yards, par 72).
Purse: $9.24 million. Winner’s share: $1.67 million.
Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 4 a.m.-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 7-10 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Phil Mickelson won at Muirfield for his fifth major title, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 5-under 66. He finished at 3 under for a three-stroke victory.
Last week: Justin Rose won the European Tour’s Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen for his second straight victory, holding off Kristoffer Broberg by two strokes. Rose won the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National at Congressional in his previous start. … Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., for his first PGA Tour title, beating Zach Johnson by a stroke. Harmon earned a spot at Hoylake.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the winner at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and Royal Liverpool in 2006, is making his second start since having back surgery March 31. He missed the cut three weeks ago at Congressional in his first event since Doral in early March. Woods won the last of his 14 major titles in the 2008 U.S. Open. Immediately following that victory, Woods had season-ending surgery. “This is a different golf course than what we played in ’06,” Woods said after playing a practice round at Royal Liverpool. “It was hot, ball was flying. It was very dusty. Now we’re making ball marks on the greens, which we weren’t doing then.” … Mickelson is winless since his victory last year at Muirfield. … The tournament is the third major of the year. Bubba Watson won the Masters, and Martin Kaymer took the U.S. Open. … Adam Scott went to No. 1 in the world in May, and then won his next tournament at Colonial. He has been atop the world ranking for two months now, though that position is up for grabs at a major. Early projections suggest that Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson and Jason Day have a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 by winning the British Open. ... Founded in 1869, Royal Liverpool is the second-oldest course in England. … The 2015 event will be played at St. Andrews. … The Canadian Open is next week at Royal Montreal.
PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com.
European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com.
Event: Marathon Classic.
Site: Sylvania, Ohio.
Course: Highland Meadows Golf Club (6,512 yards, par 71).
Purse: $1.4 million. Winner’s share: $210,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-5 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 7-9 a.m., 3-5 p.m.).
Last year: Spain’s Beatriz Recari won the second of her two 2013 LPGA Tour titles, shooting 69-65-67-66 to beat Paula Creamer by a stroke.
Last week: Mo Martin won the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale for her first LPGA Tour title. She closed with an eagle, holing a 6-foot putt after her 3-wood approach hit the pin. Suzann Pettersen and Shanshan Feng tied for second.
Notes: Martin is in the field along with Recari, Creamer, top-ranked Stacy Lewis, U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie, Kraft Nabisco winner Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, 2012 winner So Yeon Ryu and 2010 champion Na Yeon Choi. … Creamer won in 2008, opening with a 60. … In 2012, Ryu made six straight birdies in a final-round 62 en route to a seven-stroke victory. … The International Crown is next week at Caves Valley in Owings Mills, Md.
Next event: Senior British Open, July 24-27, Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Bridgend, Wales.
Last week: Colin Montgomerie won the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree in Edmond, Okla., for his second major victory of the year. The Scot beat Gene Sauers in a three-hole aggregate playoff. Montgomerie won the Senior PGA in May.
Susan Brzostowski, on the 132-yard second hole at East Aurora, with a 6-Hybrid.
Dennis Curtain, on the 174-yard sixth hole at Greenwood (Pa.), with a 5-iron,
John Diebold, on the 160-yard 12th hole at Glen Oak with a 6-iron.
Billy Gaffney, on the 158-yard 12th hole at Brookfield with a 9-iron.
Ryan Harrington, on the 115-yard 12th hole at Harvest Hill, with a pitching wedge.
Jack Kolbas, on the 165-yard second hole at Beechwood Country Club in Niagara Falls, Ont., with a 4-hybrid.
Carlo LaMancuso, on the 120-yard ninth hole at Oakwood, with a 7-iron.
Jake Maley, on the 138-yard 17th hole at Chestnut Hill CC with an 8-iron.
Dave Pokigo, on the 145-yard fifth hole at Harvest Hill, with a 9-iron.
Jim Pufal, on the 125-yard seventh hole at Harvest Hill, with a pitching wedge.
Jerry Reo, on the 150-yard 8th hole at Sheridan, with a 7-wood.
Donald Timkey, on the 182-yard 12th hole at The Links at Ivy Ridge, with a 3-wood.