PGA Golf Glance: PGA at 3M Open; Major time for LPGA, Champions


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PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Open Championship (Cam Smith)
THIS WEEK: 3M Open, Blaine, Minn., July 21-24
Course: TPC Twin Cities (Par 71, 7,431 yards)
Purse: $7.5M (Winner: $1.35M)
Defending Champion: Cameron Champ
FedExCup Leader: Scottie Scheffler
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).
Streaming: Four daily stream feeds on ESPN+
Twitter: @3MOpen
NOTES: Only three events remain before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. … Champ is seeking to join Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas as the fourth player to record at least one win in each of the past four seasons on tour. He’s also attempting to become the fifth player to successfully defend a title this season. … Former professional tennis player Mardy Fish is making his PGA Tour debut on a sponsors exemption. The last professional athlete from another sport to receive a sponsors exemption on tour was former Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo at the 2019 Fortinet Championship. … Former Players Championship winners Jason Day and Rickie Fowler are in the field.
BEST BETS: Tony Finau (+1400 at BetMGM) finished T3 in the event in 2020 and is coming off a T28 at The Open Championship. … No. 14 Hideki Matsuyama (+1600) is the highest-ranked player in the field and has already won twice this season. … Sungjae Im (+1600) has six top-10s this season, one shy of his career high. … Rookie Davis Riley (+2000) has six top-10s among 24 starts this season and is 23rd in the FedEx Cup standings. … Sahith Theegala (+2500), another rookie, has five top-10s during a streak of eight consecutive made cuts.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit, July 28-31

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Jennifer Kupcho, Lizette Salas)
THIS WEEK: Evian Championship, Evian-les-Bains, France, July 21-24
Course: Evian Resort Golf Club (Par 71, 6,523 yards)
Purse: $6.5M (Winner: $1M)
Defending Champion: Minjee Lee
Race to the CME Globe leader: Lee
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 5-7 a.m., 9:30-11:30 a.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5:30-9 a.m. (GC), 9-11 a.m. (CNBC).
Streaming: Thursday-Friday, 7-8 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ET (NBCSPORTS app)
Twitter: @EvianChamp
NOTES: This is the fourth major of the year and kicks off a month-long stretch for the LPGA Tour in Europe. It is the ninth playing of the Evian Championship as a major. … The 132-player field represents 39 different countries and will be cut to the top 70 and ties after 36 holes. … Lee overcame a seven-shot deficit with a 64 on Sunday and defeated Jeongeun Lee on the first playoff hole last year. … In Gee Chun holds the tournament scoring record of 263 set in 2016. … Lee leads the tour in official money ($3.3M), scoring average (69.025) and total strokes gained (2.610). … Kupcho is the first three-time winner on tour this year. … The average age of winners on tour this year is 26.44. … Lexi Thompson leads the Team USA Solheim Cup standings with 220 points, followed by Kupcho (187) and Nelly Korda (135). Danielle Kang, who is fourth with 134 points, is the only winner on tour this year not in the field as she continues to recover from a tumor on her spine.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Women’s Scottish Open, Ayrshire, Scotland, July 28-31.

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: Senior Players Championship (Jerry Kelly)
THIS WEEK: The Senior Open Championship, Auchterarder, Scotland, July 21-24
Course: Gleneagles Hotel, Kings Course (Par 70, 6,859 yards)
Purse: $2.5M
Defending Champion: Stephen Dodd
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 7-9:30 a.m. ET, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (GC), 12-2 p.m. (NBC)
Twitter: #USSeniorOpen
NOTES: This is the final major of the season. … The 144-player field includes Barry Lane (1988), Peter O’Malley (1992) and Ian Woosnam (1987, 1990), all of whom won at the course when it played host to the Scottish Open on the European Tour from 1986-94. … Bernhard Langer has won a record four Senior Open titles. … Steve Stricker has finished runner-up in each of the past two majors, which have also been his two most recent starts. … Padraig Harrington won the U.S. Senior Open in his last start.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 5-7

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