TV: Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT on ESPN, 3-5 p.m. EDT
on NBC and 5-7 p.m. EDT on ESPN; Saturday and Sunday, noon-7:30 p.m.
EDT on NBC.
LAST YEAR: Justin Rose became the first Englishman in 43 years to
capture the second major of the year when he closed with an even-par
70 to win by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day of
Australia at Merion. Rose led by one shot heading to the 72nd hole,
where he made a solid par. He then watched as Mickelson, with a
chance to force a playoff with a birdie, made a bogey instead. Lefty
took a one-stroke lead into the final round, but he closed with a 74
and finished second for a record sixth time in the national
championship without winning. This week, he takes his first shot at
completing the career Grand Slam. He finished second at Pinehurst
behind Payne Stewart in 1999. Rose was the first Englishman to win
the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin at Hazeltine in 1970 and the first
to claim a major title since Nick Faldo in the 1996 Masters.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club
Glenview, Ill., June 20-22.
TV: Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. EDT; Saturday, 3-6 p.m. EDT; and Sunday,
3-5 p.m. EDT; on the Golf Channel each day.
LAST YEAR: Craig Stadler ended a nearly nine-year victory drought on
the Champions Tour by holing a 12-foot putt for par on the final
hole to win by one stroke over Fred Couples. The 60-year-old
Stadler, the 1982 Masters champion, claimed his ninth title on the
senior circuit, but his first since the 2004 SAS Championship.
Stadler's eight years and nine months between victories, covering
170 tournaments, is the longest stretch in Champions Tour history.
J.C. Snead held the previous mark of nearly seven years, from
1995-2002. Couples made a charge by closing with a 6-under-par 66,
but Stadler's 71 was barely enough.
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LPGA TOUR: The 69th U.S. Women's Open Championship on the No. 2
course at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C., June 19-22.
TV: Thursday and Friday, 3-7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2; Saturday and Sunday,
3-6 p.m. EDT, on NBC.
LAST YEAR: Inbee Park of South Korea became the second player in
LPGA Tour history to capture the first three majors of the season,
earning a four-stroke victory over I.K. Kim, also of South Korea, at
Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Park, the No. 1 player in
the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings at the time, earlier won the
Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She
equaled the record of Babe Didrickson Zaharias, who captured the
only three women's majors played in 1950. Park, who also won the
2008 U.S. Women's Open at the age of 19 for the first of her 10 LPGA
Tour victories, closed with a 2-over-par 74 in difficult conditions
at Sebonak. The U.S. Women's Open will be played on the same course
as the men's tournament for the first time, only a week later.
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