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ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB OF ST. ANDREWS

BRITISH OPEN

TEE IT UP

Stay on course with this season's pro golf schedules.

Site: Gullane, Scotland
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Muirfield Golf Club (7,192 yards, par 71)
Purse: $7.95 million. Winner's share: $1.43 million
Last year: Ernie Els won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his second victory in the event and fourth major championship. The South African made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to reach 7 under par and won when Australia's Adam Scott missed a 7-footer on No. 18 for his fourth straight bogey.
Last week: Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic to become the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931, beating Zach Johnson and David Hearn with a par on the fifth hole of a playoff. The 19-year-old Spieth earned a spot at Muirfield. . . . Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, edging South Africa's Branden Grace with a birdie on the first extra hole.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the winner at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and Royal Liverpool in 2006, is coming off a four-week break because of soreness in his left elbow. He won the last of his 14 major titles in the 2008 US Open. Woods has a PGA Tour-high four victories this year to push his career total to 78, four short of Sam Snead's tour record. . . .The tournament is the third major of the year. Scott won the Masters, and Justin Rose took the US Open. . . . Els won the 2002 tournament at Muirfield. . . . Nick Faldo, the 1987 and 1992 winner at Muirfield, is in the field. . . . The tournament will be played next year at Royal Liverpool, and the 2015 event is set for St. Andrews.

PGA TOUR

SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP

Site:
Madison, Miss.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Annandale Golf Club (7,202 yards, par 72)
Purse: $3 million. Winner's share: $540,000
Last year: Scott Stallings won his second tour title, shooting 68-64-64-68 to finish at 24 under. Jason Bohn was second, two strokes back.
Last week: Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic to become the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931, beating Zach Johnson and David Hearn with a par on the fifth hole of a playoff. The 19-year-old Spieth earned a spot in the British Open.
Notes: Davis Love III is in the field. He failed to qualify for the British Open, ending his start streak in the event at 26. . . . Jack Nicklaus designed the Annandale course. . . . The Canadian Open is next week at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario.

LPGA TOUR

NEW-LOOK LPGA

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MARATHON CLASSIC

Site: Sylvania, Ohio
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Highland Meadows Golf Club (6,428 yards, par 71)
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
Last year: South Korea's So Yeon Ryu made six straight birdies in a final-round 62 en route to a seven-stroke victory.
Last week: South Korea's Hee Young Park won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario, beating Angela Stanford with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. They finished at 26-under 258 to match the LPGA Tour record for lowest total score.
Notes: Inbee Park won the first three major championships of the season — the Kraft Nabisco, LPGA Championship and US Women's Open — and has six victories this year. The top-ranked South Korean star tied for 14th last week in Canada, ending her victory streak at three. . . . Se Ri Pak has won the event five times. . . . Paula Creamer won in 2008, opening with a 60. . . . The tour is off next week. Play will resume Aug. 1-4 with the Women's British Open at St. Andrews.

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

MEN

Web.com Tour: Midwest Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.
USGA: US Amateur Public Links, through Saturday, Laurel Hill Golf Club, Lorton, Va.
PGA Tour Canada: The Players Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Pine Ridge Golf Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
European Challenge Tour: Tuscany Open, Thursday-Sunday, UNA Poggio dei Medici Golf Club, Florence, Italy.
eGolf Professional Tour: HGM Hotels Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, Rock Barn Golf Club, Robert Trent Jones Course, Conover, NC.

WOMEN

Symetra Tour: Northeast Delta Dental International, Friday-Sunday, Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Concord, NH.
Ladies European Tour: Spanish Women's Open, Thursday-Sunday, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid.
Japan LPGA Tour: Samantha Thavasa Girls Collections Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Eagle Point Golf Club, Ibaraki, Japan.

Tagged: Tiger Woods, David Toms, Ernie Els, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Chien-Soon Lu, Jordan Spieth, Scott Brown, Ashley Hall, Scott Stallings, Jason Dufner, Al Geiberger, John Merrick, Luke Donald, Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Joost Luiten, Michael Putnam, Michael Allen, Ian Poulter, Jeev Milkha Singh, Brett Rumford, Adam Scott, David Hearn, Nick Faldo, David Frost, Jay Don Blake, John Cook, Ian Woosnam, Bo Van Pelt, Arnold Palmer, Mikko Ilonen, Tom Pernice, Jr., Lee Westwood, Gary Player, Andy North, Roberto De Vicenzo

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