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PGA TOUR — JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
Site: Silvis, Ill.
Course: TPC Deere Run. Yardage: 7,268. Par: 71.
Purse: $6 million. Winner's share: $1,080,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
Defending champion: Michael Kim.
FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar.
Last week: Matthew Wolff won the 3M Open.
Notes: A spot in the British Open is available to leading player from the top five not already exempt. ... Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson are among 13 players in the field who will be playing the British Open next week at Royal Portrush. ... Jordan Spieth has not played the John Deere Classic since he won in 2015 for the second time. ... Collin Morikawa, a runner-up in Minnesota last week, is playing on a sponsor exemption. His tie for second was enough for him to become a special temporary member and receive unlimited sponsor exemption. Matthew Wolff, coming off his victory at the 3M Open, and Viktor Hovland also are in the field. ... Steve Stricker, a three-time winner of the John Deere, chose to play the Senior Players Championship at Firestone this week. ... Since his victory last year, Michael Kim has missed the cut in 22 of his 27 events on the PGA Tour. His best finish was a tie for 32nd in the 33-man field at Kapalua.
Next week: British Open and Barbasol Championship.
EUROPEAN TOUR — ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS SCOTTISH OPEN
Site: North Berwick, Scotland.
Course: The Renaissance Club. Yardage: 7,136. Par: 71.
Purse: $7 million. Winner's share: $1,166,667.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p .m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 12:30-3 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Brandon Stone.
Race to Dubai leader: Jon Rahm.
Last week: Jon Rahm won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Notes: Phil Mickelson is the only player to win the Scottish Open and the British Open in consecutive weeks. ... The field features four of the top 15 in the world with Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler. ... Mickelson is not playing. He has gone against his normal routine this year by not playing the week before any of the four majors. ... The top three players from the top 10 not already exempt will earn a spot into the British Open next week. ... Jimmy Walker, C.T. Pan and Si Woo Kim are PGA Tour members given an exemption to play a week before the British Open. ... Rahm took over the lead in the Race to Dubai from Matt Wallace with the Spaniard's victory last week in the Irish Open. ... Kevin Kisner has slipped to No. 4 in the Race to Dubai. He is playing the Scottish Open, his first regular European Tour event.
Next week: British Open.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS — BRIDGESTONE SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Akron, Ohio.
Course: Firestone CC. Yardage: 7,400. Par: 70.
Purse: $2.8 million. Winner's share: $420,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1:30-4 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Vijay Singh.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron.
Last tournament: Steve Stricker won the U.S. Senior Open.
Notes: Firestone previously held the World Golf Championships, and previously the World Series of Golf, every year but one (2002) dating to 1976. ... Steve Stricker, coming off his U.S. Senior Open victory, is playing the Senior Players instead of going for a fourth victory at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour. ... Vijay Singh (2008) and David Frost (1989) are the only players in the field who also won the World Series of Golf or Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. ... The winner gets a spot in The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass next year. ... Bernhard Langer won the tournament three straight times from 2014 through 2016. ... Miguel Angel Jimenez, Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia and John Daly are in the field. All but Daly is in the British Open next week in Northern Ireland. He withdrew after being told he can't use a cart.
Next tournament: Senior British Open on July 25-28.
LPGA TOUR — MARATHON CLASSIC
Site: Sylvania, Ohio.
Course: Highland Meadows GC. Yardage: 6,550. Par: 71.
Purse: $1.75 million. Winner's share: $262,500.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Jasmine Suwannapura.
Race to CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko.
Last week: Shanshan Feng won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.
Notes: With her victory in Wisconsin, Shanshan Feng became the 12th player in LPGA Tour history to surpass $11 million in career earnings. ... Yealimi Noh, who went through Monday qualifying at Thornberry Creek last week and tied for sixth, was given a sponsor's exemption to the Marathon Classic. The 17-year-old from California chose not to go to UCLA and instead turned pro without status on any tour. Last week was her first LPGA Tour event as a pro. ... Ariya Jutanugarn now has gone 25 starts on the LPGA Tour without winning. She had a 260 at Thornberry Creek, breaking by five shots her previous low 72-hole score. ... The field includes Stacy Lewis, a corporate partner with Marathon Oil. ... Paula Creamer won the tournament in 2008. She is the last American winner of the Marathon Classic.
Next week: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.
KORN FERRY TOUR — TPC COLORADO CHAMPIONSHIP AT HERON LAKE
Site: Berthoud, Colo. Yardage: 7,991. Par: 72.
Course: TPC Colorado.
Purse: $600,000. Winner's share: $108,000.
Defending champion: New event.
Points leader: Xinjun Zhang.
Last week: Ryan Brehm won the Lecom Health Challenge.
Next week: Pinnacle Bank Championship.