This Week in Golf -- June 5-8
06/02/2014 3:21 PM
06/03/2014 11:17 AM
The 24-year-old English won again later last year, and he had five top-11 finishes in his first six events of 2014. In his last eight events, he has two top-20s and three missed cuts, including a missed cut at the Masters.
Phil Mickelson headlines the field in Memphis, and he is one of seven ranked in the top-25 in the world that are playing this week. Patrick Reed will return to action three weeks after the birth of his first child.
No one has won on the PGA Tour the week before the season's second major, then gone on to win the U.S. Open the following week.
Golf Channel will have television coverage of the first two days and early action on the weekend before handing off to CBS.
The PGA Tour moves to Pinehurst, North Carolina for the U.S. Open next week. Justin Rose will defend the title that he won at Merion last year. Michael Campbell won the title the last time the U.S. Open was at Pinehurst.
LYONESS OPEN, Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, Austria - The European Tour is in Austria this week for the Lyoness Open, where Joost Luiten will defend his title.
Luiten owned a 3-stroke lead with 18 holes to play and cruised to victory last year. The win was his second on the European Tour.
Thomas Bjorn and Wen-Chong Liang rallied to put pressure on Luiten, but they couldn't get ahead of him. Bjorn shot 68 to take second place, while Liang fired a 6-under 66 to end in a tie for third.
Many of the big names are preparing for next week's U.S. Open and aren't in the field this week. Luiten and Miguel Angel Jimenez are among the top names playing at Diamond Country Club.
Including Luiten, the last four winners -- Bernd Wiesberger, Kenneth Ferrie and Jose Manuel Lara -- of this event are in the field this week.
Former tennis star Yevgeny Kafelnikov is in the field this week.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds.
With the biggest names playing the U.S. Open next week, the European Tour is off until the following week when Paul Casey defends his title at the Irish Open.
MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC, Grey Silo Golf Course, Waterloo, Ontario -- The LPGA Tour heads north of the border this week for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Hee Young Park needed three extra holes last year to fend off Angela Stanford and win the Manulife Financial LPGA in a playoff. The win was Park's second on the LPGA Tour.
Park has had an average season so far in 2014, with her best finish being a tie for 16th at the Kia Classic.
Park will face a field that includes eight of the top-10 players in the world this week. Newly minted No. 1 Stacy Lewis headlines that group, while Nos. 5 and 6, Karrie Webb and Lexi Thompson, are taking the week off.
Golf Channel has live coverage all four days this weekend.
The LPGA is off next week and will return in two weeks with the U.S. Women's Open, which Inbee Park won by four strokes last year. Park won the first three majors of the season last year.
BIG CEDAR LODGE LEGENDS OF GOLF, Buffalo Ridge Golf Club's Springs Course and Top of the Rock Course, Branson, Missouri - The Champions Tour travels to Missouri this week for the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf.
Last year, Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman captured this two-man team event by one shot over Fred Funk and Mike Goodes.
This year's tournament will be the first PGA Tour-sanctioned golf tournament to be contested on a par-3 course, the Jack Nicklaus designed Top of the Rock.
Along with that course, the tournament will also be played at Buffalo Ridge over the first two days, with Sunday's final round to be played solely at the nine-hole Top of the Rock.
The event will be played with a total of 42 teams in two divisions, the Champions Division (ages 50-65) consists of 31 teams and the Legends Division (65 and older) has 11 teams.
The competition will consist of four-ball and alternate shot formats.
The Champions Tour will return in two weeks for the Encompass Championship in Illinois, where Craig Stadler earned his second straight win and third victory of the season last year.
CLEVELAND OPEN, Lakewood Country Club, Westlake, Ohio -- The Web.com Tour returns to Ohio for a new event this week, the Cleveland Open.
Cleveland first hosted a PGA Tour event in 1938, and that event returned from 1962-73. The Web.com previously was in Cleveland for 14 years. On two different courses, events were held from 1990-2001 and then from 2005-07.
The field this week has nine of the top-10 leading money winners from this season. Only No. 7 Justin Thomas is skipping the event.
Michael Weaver and Talor Gooch will both be making their professional debuts this week. Both enjoyed decorated collegiate careers at the University of California-Berkeley and Oklahoma State, respectively.
Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of all four rounds.
The Web.com Tour is also off next week, but returns in two weeks with the Air Capital Classic, where Scott Parel won by three last year.
PGA TOUR CANADA
BAYVIEW PLACE ISLAND SAVINGS OPEN, Uplands Golf Club, Victoria, British Columbia -- The PGA Tour Canada remains in British Columbia this week for the Bayview Place Island Savings Open.
Stephen Gangluff closed with back-to-back 66s last year as he rallied past Tyler Aldridge to win the title. The win for Gangluff was his third on the PGA Tour Canada.
Gangluff shared 39th in the season-opener last week.
After a week off, the tour heads to Alberta for the Syncrude Boreal Open, where Riley Wheeldon beat Lucas Lee by one shot last year.
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