Golf Glance: PGA kicks off new season; Solheim Cup in Scotland
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LAST TOURNAMENT: Tour Championship (Rory McIlroy)
THIS WEEK: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, Sept. 12-15
The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (Par 70, 7,286 yards)
Purse: $7.5 million (Winner: $1.35 million)
Defending champion: Kevin Na
TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
NOTES: The event moves from its traditional July spot to September and kicks off the fall schedule for the 2019-20 season. ... The new cut rule will be in place, with the top 65 and ties advancing to the weekend with no MDFs. ... Sam Burns, Kevin Chappell and Jamie Lovemark are making their returns from injury. ... Jason Dufner is in the field after finishing last season No. 136 in the FedEx Cup standings, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. ... Zach Johnson is making his event debut after also missing the playoffs for the first time in the FedEx Cup era. ... Scottie Scheffler was the lone golfer to earn fully exempt status on the PGA Tour solely through his play on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019. ... KFT Championship winner Tom Lewis will make his PGA Tour debut.
BEST BETS: Bryson DeChambeau (12/1 by PointsBet) is the only top 10 player in the field and tied for 14th in 2017. The downside is the course is 2,000 feet above sea level and DeChambeau struggled in Mexico last year (T56). ... Viktor Hovland (13/1) might have the best all-around game out of the slew of young guns swarming the Tour. After failing to qualify for the playoffs, he kept his game sharp with a T2 and T11 on the Korn Ferry Tour. He also has four consecutive T20s on the PGA Tour. ... Marc Leishman (25/1) enters at No. 24 in the world and posted T20s in each of the final two playoff events. ... Sungjae Im (22/1) has yet to claim a breakthrough win on Tour, but was the lone rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship (T15). ... Bubba Watson (25/1) is coming off a disappointing 2018-19 season but is a property owner at The Greenbrier. He has three T20s while making the cut in all five previous appearances.
NEXT WEEK: Sanderson Farms Championship, Jackson, Miss.
LAST TOURNAMENT: Cambia Portland Classic (Hannah Green)
THIS WEEK: The Solheim Cup, Sept. 13-15
The Gleneagles Hotel, PGA Centenary Course, Perthshire, Scotland (Par 72, 6,434 yards)
Defending champion: United States
TV: Friday-Saturday, 3 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
NOTES: Team USA captain Juli Inkster is trying to become the first captain in Solheim Cup history to lead three teams to victory (2015, '17). ... First alternate Ally McDonald will replace Stacy Lewis, a four-time Solheim Cup team member who withdrew due to a back injury suffered in Portland. McDonald finished ninth in the USA team point standings, one spot from automatically qualifying. ... McDonald is one of nine Solheim Cup rookies - six for Team USA and three for Team Europe. ... The host country has won 11 of the past 15 Solheim Cups, with the average margin of victory on home soil being 4.5 points, according to the LPGA. ... Team USA has won three previous times on European soil: 1996 (Wales), 2007 (Sweden) and 2015 (Germany). ... This will be the third Solheim Cup contested in Scotland, and the first time since 2000 (Loch Lomond Golf Club). ... Europe's Suzann Pettersen will make her ninth Solheim Cup appearance.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Indy Women in Tech Championship, Indianapolis, Sept. 26-29.
LAST TOURNAMENT: Shaw Charity Classic (Wes Short Jr.)
THIS WEEK: The Ally Challenge, Sept. 13-15
Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Mich. (Par 72, 7,101 yards)
Purse: $2 million (Winner: $300,000)
Defending champion: Paul Broadhurst
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron
TV: Friday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
NOTES: Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera makes his Champions debut a day after celebrating his 50th birthday. ... Four-time Champions winner Esteban Toledo was one of four Monday qualifiers, joining Mark Walker, Dennis Hendershott and Todd Fischer. Fischer, who made 150 career starts on the PGA Tour, will make his Champions debut after turning 50 on Aug. 23. ... Broadhurst seeks his third consecutive victory in Michigan after also winning the Senior PGA championship. ... Vijay Singh was a three-time winner of the former PGA Tour stop at Warwick Hills.
NEXT WEEK: Sanford International, Sioux Falls, S.D., Sept. 20-22
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