Saudi-funded LIV Golf comes to America for Portland event

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LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL-PORTLAND

Location: Northern Plains, Oregon.

Course: Pumpkin Ridge GC.

Prize money: $25 million ($5 million for teams). Winner’s share: $4 million ($750,000 for each member of the winning team).

Television: LIVgolf.com, Facebook, YouTube.

Defending Champion: New event.

Points leader: Charl Schwartzel.

Last time: Charl Schwartzel won the LIV Golf Invitational-London.

Notes: This is the first of five LIV Golf events to be held in the United States. The PGA Tour does not release members for tournaments held in North America. … The Saudi-backed series has added four players to the world’s top 50 since the inaugural event outside London – Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. She has eight of the top 50 in the world. … It was at Pumpkin Ridge that Tiger Woods won his third consecutive US Amateur in 1996, and where Alison Nicholas (1997) and Hilary Lunke (2003) won the US Women’s Open. It was on the Witch Hollow course. The LIV event will use six holes from Witch Hollow and 12 holes from the Ghost Creek course. … The field includes eight of the top 50 in the world, more than the PGA Tour and European Tour combined. … Dustin Johnson remains the highest-ranked player in the LIV Golf group at No. 17. … The last PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament at Pumpkin Ridge was a Korn Ferry Tour event from 2014-2020.

Next event: LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster from July 29-31.

Online: https://www.livgolf.com/

Route: TPC Deere Run. Footage: 7,289. By: 71.

Prize money: $8.3 million. Winner’s share: $1.494 million.

Television: Thursday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

Defending champion: Lucas Glover.

FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.

Last week: Xander Schauffele won the Travelers Championship.

Notes: The tournament takes place the same week that Saudi-funded LIV Golf hosts its first event in North America. … Two weeks after the US Open and two weeks before the British Open, the field has no one in the top 50 in the world rankings. … Steve Stricker is making his first PGA Tour start since the 3M Open in Minnesota last summer. He just finished second in the US Senior Open. Stricker is a three-time winner of the John Deere Classic, with three consecutive titles (2009-11). … Mark Hensby, who finished third at the US Senior Open last week, won his only PGA Tour event at the John Deere Classic in 2004. … Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson plays in what he considers his local event. He won in 2012 and lost in the playoffs each of the next two years. … Sahith Theegala plays after being runner-up at the Travelers Championship by hitting a double bogey on the last hole. … Kevin Na was a finalist at the John Deere Classic. He is playing this week at the Saudi-backed LIV event.

Next week: Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

Location: Thomastown, Ireland.

Route: Mount Juliet Estate. Footage: 7,264. By: 72.

Prize money: $6 million. Winner’s share: $1 million.

Television: Thursday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Lucas Herbert.

DP World Tour points leader: Will Zalatoris.

Last week: Haotong Li won the BMW International Open.

Notes: The field includes five of the world’s top 50, led by former British Open champion Shane Lowry at No. 24. … Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington is playing his National Open a week after winning the US Open Seniors. He won the Irish Open in 2007. … Lowry won the Irish Open in 2009 as an amateur. … Rory McIlroy has elected not to play after four straight weeks in the United States. He played at the Irish Open for the first 10 years of his professional career. … The top three players in the top 10 who are not yet eligible can earn a place at the British Open at St. Andrews next month. … American Troy Merritt is playing at the invitation of a sponsor. …Mount Juliet is a design by Jack Nicklaus which hosted a World Golf Championship won by Tiger Woods in 2002 and Ernie Els in 2004. … The tournament dates from 1927 and was won by George Duncan at Portmarnock. … Alex Fitzpatrick, the younger brother of US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, is playing on a sponsor invitation.

Next week: Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/

Location: Burgdorf, Colorado.

Course: TPC Colorado. Footage: 7,995. By: 72

Prize money: $750,000. Winner’s share: $135,000.

Defending Champion: Tag Ridings.

Points leader: Carl Yuan.

Last week: Pierceson Coody won the Live and Work in Maine Open.

Next tournament: Memorial Health Championship from July 14-17.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour.html

Last week: In Gee Chun won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Next tournament: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational from July 13-16.

CME Globe race leader: Minjee Lee.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

Last week: Padraig Harrington won the US Senior Open.

Next week: Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html

Challenge Tour: Italian Challenge Open, Golf Nazionale, Viterbo, Italy. Previous winner: Ricardo Gouveia. Online: https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Ladies European Tour: Amundi German Masters, Seddiner See Golf & CC, Berlin. Defending Champion: New event. Online: https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Mackenzie Tour: Prince Edward Island Open, Dundarave GC, Cardigan, Prince Edward Island. Previous winner: new event. Online: https://www.pgatour.com/canada/en_us.html

Japan LPGA: Shiseido Ladies Open, Totsuka CC, Kanagawa, Japan. Defending champion: Ai Suzuki. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

Korean LPGA: McCall Mona Park Open, Birch Hill GC, Pyeongchang, South Korea. Defending champion: Hae Rin Kim. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

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