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Site: Hoylake, England.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Royal Liverpool Golf Club (6,657 yards, par 72).

Purse: $2.75 million. Winner's share: $418,825.

Last year: Taiwan's Yani Tseng successfully defended her title for her second major victory of the year and fifth overall, beating Brittany Lang by four strokes at Carnoustie. Tseng won in 2010 at Royal Birkdale.

Last week: Jiyai Shin won the Kingsmill Championship in the longest playoff between two players in LPGA Tour history, beating Paula Creamer with a par Monday on the ninth extra hole. They played the par-4 18th eight times Sunday in an attempt to break the tie before darkness suspended play. The playoff was decided on the par-4 16th. ... Sweden's Caroline Hedwall won the UNIQA Ladies in Austria for the second straight year, winning the Ladies European Tour event by four strokes.

Notes: Royal Liverpool, also known as Hoylake, is hosting the tournament for the first time. Tiger Woods won the 2006 British Open on the course. ... Lydia Ko is coming off a victory three weeks ago in the Canadian Women's Open. The 15-year-old Ko became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and only the fifth amateur champion. The South Korean-born New Zealander won the New South Wales Open in Australia in January and took the U.S. Women's Amateur last month. ... The top-ranked Tseng has struggled after winning three times in her first LPGA Tour starts this year, missing three cuts in her last six events. Last year, she led the tour with seven victories and finished with 12 worldwide titles. ... The event is the final major of the year. South Korea's Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco, China's Shanshan Feng took the LPGA Championship, and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi won the U.S. Women's Open. ... The tournament became an official LPGA Tour event in 1994 and was elevated to major status in 2001, replacing the du Maurier. ... Shin won in 2008 at Sunningdale. ... The 2013 tournament will be played at the Old Course at St. Andrews, and the 2014 event is set for Royal Birkdale. ... The Navistar LPGA Classic is next week in Prattville, Ala.


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Site: Kapolei, Hawaii.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Kapolei Golf Course (6,972 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.8 million. Winner's share: $270,000.

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last event: Jay Don Blake won the Boeing Classic on Aug. 26 in Snoqualmie, Washington, beating Mark O'Meara with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Notes: Hale Irwin has eight official Champions Tour victories in Hawaii, winning the Turtle Bay Championship six times and the Mitsubishi Electric twice. He also has three victories in the Senior Skins and won the PGA Tour's Sony Open. The 67-year-old Irwin leads the 50-and-over tour with 45 career victories. ... Tom Lehman tops the Charles Schwab Cup points race. ... The tour is off the next two weeks. Play will resume Oct. 5-7 with the SAS Championship in Cary, North Carolina.





Site: Fiano, Italy.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Royal Park I Roveri (7,272 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.91 million. Winner's share: $319,040.

Last year: England's Robert Rock won his first European Tour title, beating Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and England's Gary Boyd by a stroke.

Last week: Sweden's Peter Hanson won the KLM Open in the Netherlands, holing a 35-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a two-stroke victory.

Notes: Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari tops the Italian contingent along with brother Edoardo Molinari, Matteo Manassero and Costantino Rocca. Fellow European Ryder Cup players Martin Kaymer and Nicolas Colsaserts also are in the field along with captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Rock, Robert Karlsson, Colin Montgomerie, Rich Beem and Todd Hamilton. ... Francesco Molinari won the 2006 tournament. He won the Spanish Open in May. ... Rock won the Abu Dhabi Championship in January. ... The tour is off next week. The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah in Illinois.





Site: Boise, Idaho.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Hillcrest Country Club (6,807 yards, par 71).

Purse: $725,000. Winner's share: $130,500.

Last year: Jason Kokrak won the first of his two 2011 tour titles, beating John Mallinger by two strokes. Kokrak also won the Miccosukee Championship in Miami.

Last event: Robert Streb won the Mylan Classic on Sept. 2 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, for his first tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 for a four-stroke victory.

Notes: Kokrak is making his first Tour start of the year. He's 168th on the PGA Tour money list. ... The tournament is one of four events remaining from the tour's first season in 1990. ... The WNB Golf Classic is next week in Midland, Texas, followed by the Chiquita Classic in Weddington, North Carolina.




Next event: Tour Championship, Sept. 20-23, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta.

Last week: Rory McIlroy won the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick for his second straight FedEx Cup victory and fourth PGA Tour win of the year. He closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood.




U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION: U.S. Mid-Amateur, through Thursday, Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Illinois. Online:

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: ANA Open, Thursday-Sunday, Sapporo Golf Club, Wattsu Course, Hokkaido, Japan. Online:

ASIAN TOUR: Yeangder Tournament Players Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Linkou International Golf and Country Club, Taiwan. Online:

PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Transamerican Power Products Open, Thursday-Sunday, La Herradura Golf Club, Monterrey, Mexico. Online:

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Kazakhstan Open, Thursday-Sunday, Zhailjau Golf Resort, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Online:

eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Championship at Star Fort, Wednesday-Friday, The Golf Club at Star Fort, Ninety-Six, South Carolina. Online:


U.S. GOLF ASSOCIATION: USGA Senior Women's Amateur, through Thursday, Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Online:

SYMETRA TOUR: Symetra Classic, Friday-Sunday, Raintree Country Club, Charlotte, North Carolina. Online:

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Munsingwear Tokai Classic, Friday-Sunday, Aichi Country Club, South Course, Aichi, Japan. Online:

Tagged: Robert Streb, Jason Kokrak, Edoardo Molinari, Robert Rock, Francesco Molinari, Robert Karlsson

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