First tee: The upcoming weekend in golf


John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill, Thursday
through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m. EDT on the Golf
Channel; Saturday and Sunday 3-6 p.m. on CBS.

LAST YEAR: Steve Stricker opened with an
11-under-par 60 and shot 62 in the third round but still had to
hold on down the stretch to win the tournament for the second
consecutive year, by two strokes over Paul Goydos. The 46-year-old
Goydos, who in round one became the fourth player in PGA Tour
history to shoot 59, was six strokes behind Stricker entering the
final round. He was within two strokes after a five-foot birdie
putt on No. 17 but hit his approach into the water on the final
hole and carded a bogey. That made it easy for Stricker, who holed
an eight-foot birdie putt on the penultimate hole to make his bogey
on the final hole inconsequential.


Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach at Del Monte Golf
Course in Monterey, Calif., and Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble
Beach, Calif., Friday through Sunday.

TV: Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT; Saturday,
6:30-9:30 p.m. EDT, and Sunday, 7-9:30 p.m. EDT, on the Golf
Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Ted Schulz holed a 12-foot birdie putt
on the 17th hole to claim the first victory of his Champions Tour
career by one stroke over Tom Pernice Jr. Schulz, in the 12th start
of his rookie year on the senior circuit, won for the first time
since his second victory on the PGA Tour, the 1991 Nissan Los
Angeles Open. The 50-year-old Schulz, who quit as a touring pro in
2000 and is director of golf at the University of Louisville,
claimed the lead by opening with 68-64, then held on while closing
with a 70.


U.S. Women’s Open on the East Course at The Broadmoor in
Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 5-9 p.m. EDT on ESPN 2;
Saturday and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. EDT on NBC.

LAST YEAR: Paula Creamer, only four months removed
from surgery on her left thumb, shot a steady 2-under-par 69 in the
final round to claim the first major title of her career, by four
strokes over Na Yeon Choi of South Korea and Suzann Pettersen of
Norway at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. The 23-year-old
Creamer, playing with her thumb bandaged and limited to 40 practice
shots per day because the injury was not yet healed, had to play 52
holes in the last two days after heavy rain halted play in round
two. With her three-stroke lead after 54 holes down to two, Creamer
holed long par-saving putts on the seventh and eighth holes before
virtually putting the title away when she sank birdie putts of 10
feet on the 14th hole and four feet on the 15th.