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Golf Glance: The Open returns; LPGA in Michigan

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Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: John Deere Classic (Lucas Glover)
THIS WEEK: The Open Championship, Sandwich, England, July 15-18
Course: Royal St. George’s Golf Club (Par 70, 7,189 yards)
Purse: $11.5M (Winner: $2.07M)
Defending Champion: Shane Lowry (2019)
FedEx Cup leader: Patrick Cantlay
HOW TO WATCH
TV: Thursday-Friday, 1:30 a.m.-4 a.m. ET (Peacock), 4 a.m.-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-4 p.m. (Peacock); Saturday, 5 a.m.-7 a.m. (Golf Channel), 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 4-7 a.m. (Golf Channel), 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (NBC)
PGA Tour Live: None, the R&A owns all streaming rights. Visit https://www.theopen.com/latest/how-to-follow-the-149th-open
NOTES: The Open returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the only one of the four majors not contested last year. It was the first time The Open was not played since 1940-45 due to World War II. … Royal St. George’s will host The Open for the 15th time and for the first time since Darren Clarke won in 2011. … U.S. Open winner Jon Rahm is looking to become the first back-to-back major champion since Jordan Spieth in 2015 and the first to win the U.S. Open and The Open in the same year since Tiger Woods in 2000. … World No. 4 Collin Morikawa is the highest-ranked player in the field making his debut in The Open. … The highest-ranked player in the field to have previously won The Open is No. 11 Rory McIlroy. … Only four weeks remain until the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. No player has ever won The Open and the FedEx Cup in the same season. … Lowry looks to become the first player since Padraig Harrington (2007-08) to successfully defend at The Open. … The Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson were among several players who withdrew due to COVID-19. … Former PGA Tour rookie of the year Sungjae Im opted not to play in order to focus on the Olympics. … The next three courses in The Open rotation are St. Andrews (2022), Royal Liverpool (2023) and Royal Troon (2024).
BEST BETS: Rahm (+800) at DraftKings would have a pair of wins and a solo seventh in his past three starts if not for his COVID-19-forced withdrawal at the Memorial. … Brooks Koepka (+1700) finished fourth at The Open two years ago and the four-time major champion has a T2 and T4 in the most recent two majors. … Jordan Spieth (+1900) has 11 top-20s and eight top-10s in his past 13 starts. … McIlroy (+2200) continues his search for his first major title since 2015. He has won three of his previous nine events following a missed cut. … Dustin Johnson (+2250) “reclaimed” the No. 1 spot this week but has had middling results for the past several months. He did T2 the last time St. George’s hosted The Open. … Xander Schauffele (+1800) seeks his first major title — and his first win of any kind since 2019. He enters with five top-15s in his past six starts and finished T2 at The Open in 2018. … Louis Oosthuizen (+2800) won his lone major at The Open in 2010 and has consecutive runner-ups in the past two majors. … Branden Grace’s (+6000) best previous finish at The Open was a T6 in 2017 when he set the 18-hole scoring record of 62 in the third round. The South African won the Puerto Rico Open in February, finished fourth at the Memorial ahead of a T7 at the U.S. Open and is accustomed to playing in all types of conditions.

THIS WEEK: Barbasol Championship, Nicholasville, Ky., July 15-18
Course: Keene Trace Golf Club (Par 72, 7,328 yards)
Purse: $3.5M (Winner: $630,000)
Defending Champion: Jim Herman (2019)
HOW TO WATCH
TV: Thursday-Friday, 5-7:30 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
PGA Tour Live: None
NOTES: The event returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The field was expanded to 132 players to offer additional spots to players who were in the top 10 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list in September 2020. … The winner will earn 300 FedEx Cup points and a two-year PGA Tour exemption. … Preston Summerhays, the son of former PGA Tour player Boyd Summerhays, won the Barbasol Junior Championship earlier this month to earn a sponsors exemption.
NEXT WEEK: 3M Open, Blaine, Minn.

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: Marathon LPGA Classic (Nasa Hataoka)
THIS WEEK: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Midland, Mich., July 14-17
Course: Midland Country Club (Par 70, 6,277 yards)
Purse: $2.3M (Winners: $279,505 each)
Defending Champions: Cydney Clanton, Jasmine Suwannapura
Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda
HOW TO WATCH
TV: Wednesday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel, live); Thursday-Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Golf Channel, tape delayed); Saturday, 4-6 p.m. (CBS, live)
Streaming: Wednesday, 3-6 p.m. ET; Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m.; Friday, 3-6 p.m. (All times NBC Sports app); Saturday, 4-6 p.m. (Paramount+)
NOTES: The team event debuted in 2019 before being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Seventy-two teams will compete in foursomes on Wednesday and Friday, and four-ball on Thursday and Saturday. … The field includes 13 of 15 winners this year, including the tandem of world No. 1 Nelly Korda and sister Jessica. … Winners of the event receive the standard two-year LPGA Tour exemption along with Race to the CME Globe points.
NEXT WEEK: Evian Championship, Evian-les-Bains, France

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: U.S. Senior Open Championship (Jim Furyk)
THIS WEEK: OFF
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Jerry Kelly
NEXT TOURNAMENT: The Senior Open Championship, Berkshire, England, July 22-25

–Field Level Media

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