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This week's pro golf events | Aug. 17-23, 2015

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PGA TOUR
WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Site: Greensboro, North Carolina.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Sedgefield Country Club (7,127 yards, par 70).
Purse: $5.4 million. Winner's share: $972,000.
 
Last year: Camilo Villegas closed with a 7-under 63 for a one-stroke victory.
 
Last week: Australia's Jason Day won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for his first major title. He finished at 20 under to break the record for major championships. Jordan Spieth was second, three strokes back. He took the No. 1 spot in the world.
 
Notes: Tiger Woods is making his first start in the tournament. He's 187th in the FedExCup standings, with the top 125 qualifying for The Barclays next week in New Jersey. Woods would get into the playoff opener with a victory and could possibly advance by finishing alone in second. He missed the cut in the PGA Championship, shooting 75-73. ... Luke Donald is 124th in the FedExCup standings, followed by Charl Schwartzel, Scott Langley, Seung-Yul Noh, S.J. Park and Villegas. The top 125 in the standings also will earn 2015-16 tour cards. ... Sam Snead won the tournament a tour-record eight times from 1938-65. His 1965 victory made him the tour's oldest winner at 52 years, 10 months, 8 days.
 
 
LPGA TOUR
CANADIAN PAFICIC WOMEN'S OPEN
 
Site: Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Vancouver Golf Club (6,681 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2,225,000. Winner's share: $333,750.
 
Last year: South Korea's So Yeon Ryu won at London Hunt in Ontario, breaking the tournament record at 23 under. Na Yeon Choi was second, two strokes back.
 
Last week: Brooke Henderson won the Cambia Portland Classic by eight strokes to become the third-youngest champion in LPGA Tour history at 17 years, 11 months, 6 days. The Canadian became the second Monday qualifier to win on the tour.
 
Notes: Lydia Ko won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA Tour's youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. She successfully defended her title in 2013 as an amateur, winning by five strokes in Edmonton, Alberta. Ko has two victories this year. ... The final three automatic spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup team will be set after the event. Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Angela Stanford have wrapped up positions for the Sept. 18-20 matches against Europe in Germany. Gerina Piller is in position to take the last spot from the money list, and Lizette Salas and Alison Lee lead the race for the two positions from the world ranking. Juli Inkster will complete the 12-player team Monday with two captain's picks. ... Henderson is the first Canadian to win on the tour since Lorie Kane in 2001. ... Top-ranked Inbee Park won the Women's British Open in her last start for her second major victory of the year. She has a tour-high four victories. ... The Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic is next week in Alabama.
 
CHAMPIONS TOUR
BOEING CLASSIC
 
Site: Snoqualmie, Washington.
Schedule: Friday-Sunday.
Course: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge (7,172 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2 million. Winner's share: $300,000.
 
Last year: Scott Dunlap won his first Champions Tour title, beating Mark Brooks with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
 
Last event: Jeff Maggert won the Shaw Charity Classic on Aug. 9 in Calgary, Alberta, for his third victory of the year. He beat Colin Montgomerie by four strokes.
 
Notes: Fred Couples, from Seattle, is making his fourth start since returning from back problems that sidelined him since the Masters. ... Dunlap is coming off a second-place tie in Minnesota and a tie for third in Alberta. ... The Dick's Sporting Goods Open is next week in Endicott, New York.
 
EUROPEAN TOUR
MADE IN DENMARK
 
Site: Farso, Denmark. 
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort (7,033 yards, par 71).
Purse: $1.66 million. Winner's share: $276,425.
 
Last year: Scotland's Marc Warren beat Wales' Bradley Dredge by two strokes.
 
Last week: Australia's Jason Day won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin for his first major title. He finished at 20 under to break the record for major championships. Jordan Spieth was second, three strokes back. He took the No. 1 spot in the world.
 
Notes: Thomas Bjorn tops the Danish contingent along with Thorbjorn Olesen, Anders Hansen, Soren Hansen, Soren Kjeldsen, Morten Orum Madsen and Steen Tinning. Bjorn has 15 European Tour victories. ... The Czech Masters is next week, followed by the Russian Open.
 
WEB.COM TOUR
NEWS SENTINEL OPEN
 
Site: Knoxville, Tennessee.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Fox Den Country Club (7,071 yards, par 71).
Purse: $550,000. Winner's share: $99,000.
 
Last year: Martin Piller finished with an 8-under 63 for a two-stroke victory.
 
Last week: Dawie van der Walt won the Price Cutter Charity Championship by two strokes in Springfield, Missouri. The South African also win the Chile Classic in March.
 
Notes: The 21-event regular season will end next week with the Portland Open. The top 25 on the money list will earn 2015-16 PGA Tour cards. The four-event Web.com Tour Finals — also offering 25 PGA Tour cards — starts Sept. 10-13 with the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana. ... Patton Kizzire leads the money list with $413,553, followed by Piller ($343,649) and van der Walt ($286,827). Piller has two victories this year. ... The tournament is one of four remaining events from the tour's first season in 1990.
 
U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION
U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Site: Olympia Fields, Illinois.
Schedule: through Sunday.
Course: Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course (7,234 yards, par 70).
 
Last year: South Korea's Gunn Yang won at Atlanta Athletic Club, beating Canada's Corey Conners 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final.
 
Notes: The top 64 in stroke-play qualifying advanced to match play. ... Jim Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields. ... The 2016 tournament will be played at Oakland Hills in Michigan, and the 2017 event is set for Riviera in Angeles.
 
 
OTHER TOURNAMENTS
MEN
 
MACKENZIE TOUR-PGA TOUR CANADA: National Capital Open, Thursday-Sunday, Hylands Golf Club, Ottawa, Ontario.
 
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Rolex Trophy, Wednesday-Saturday, Geneva Golf Club, Geneva.
 
SWING THOUGHT TOUR: Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, The River Golf Club, North Augusta, South Carolina.
 
WOMEN
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Caterpillar Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Hakone Country Club, Kanagawa, Japan.
 
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