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.