Course: East Lake Golf Club (7,319 yards, par 70).
Purse: $8 million. Winner’s share: $1.44 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3-8 a.m., 9-11 a.m., 4:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4-8 a.m., 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 4-8:30 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Last year: Bill Haas won the playoff finale and the FedEx Cup to take home $11.44 million, beating Hunter Mahan on the third hole of a playoff. Haas saved par on the second extra hole by splashing a half-submerged ball from a lake to 3 feet. Haas failed to qualify this year.
Last event: Rory McIlroy won the BMW Championship on Sept. 9 at Crooked Stick in Indiana for his second straight FedEx Cup victory and fourth PGA Tour win of the year. He closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood.
Notes: The top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for the event. The top five — McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker — can take the $10 million FedEx Cup prize with a victory. The other 25 players have a chance to win the playoff title with a victory, but would need help from the players at the top of the standings. ... Watney opened the four-event playoffs with a victory in The Barclays at Bethpage Black. ... East Lake, the course where Bobby Jones learned to play, was designed by Donald Ross and renovated by Rees Jones. ... The Ryder Cup is next week at Medinah in Illinois.
NAVISTAR LPGA CLASSIC
Site: Prattville, Ala.
Course: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, The Senator (6,460 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner’s share: $195,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Last year: Lexi Thompson became the youngest champion in LPGA Tour history at age 16, winning by five strokes. Last month, 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko broke the record in the Canadian Women’s Open.
Last week: Jiyai Shin won the Women’s British Open by a record nine strokes, shooting 71-73 in miserable weather in the 36-hole finale Sunday at Royal Liverpool. The 24-year-old South Korean player won the major championship for the second time in five years. Six days earlier, she finished off Paula Creamer on the ninth hole of a playoff in the Kingsmill Championship. Shin has 10 LPGA Tour victories.
Notes: Shin is skipping the tournament. Top-ranked Yani Tseng is in the field along with Thompson, second-ranked Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, So Yeon Ryu, Brittany Lincicome and Michelle Wie. ... In 2009, Lorena Ochoa successfully defended her title for the last of her 27 LPGA Tour victories. ... The links-style Senator is part of a 54-hole facility. ... The tour is off the next two weeks. Play will resume Oct. 11-14 with the LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
WNB GOLF CLASSIC
Site: Midland, Texas.
Course: Midland Country Club (7,380 yards, par 72).
Purse: $550,000. Winner’s share: $99,000.
Last year: New Zealand’s Danny Lee beat Harris English with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Last week: Luke Guthrie wrapped up a PGA Tour card for next season, winning the Boise Open for his first Web.com Tour title. Guthrie closed with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory. He opened with rounds of 64, 71 and 62 and finished with a tournament-record 22-under 262 total. The 22-year-old former Illinois player turned professional after the NCAA tournament.
Notes: Guthrie earned $130,500 last week to jump from 22nd to fourth on the money list with $283,463, more than enough to earn a PGA Tour spot as a top-25 finisher. He has five top-10 finishes in six starts on the developmental tour, losing a playoff to Ben Kohles in Columbus, Ohio, and tying for third in Omaha, Neb. The two-time Big Ten champion also has earned $284,672 in three PGA Tour starts, all top-20 finishes. He tied for fifth in the John Deere Classic in July.
Next event: SAS Championship, Oct. 5-7, Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.
Last week: Willie Wood won the Hawaii Championship for his second victory in the past three events, taking advantage of Bill Glasson’s back-nine collapse. Five strokes back in the final round, Wood birdied the last two holes for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Glasson. Wood won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open last month in New York, beating Michael Allen in a playoff.
Next event: Ryder Cup, Sept. 28-30, Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Ill.
Last week: Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the Italian Open for the second time, closing with an 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over South Africa’s Garth Mulroy. Fernandez-Castano, the 2007 winner at Castello di Tolcinasco, also won the Singapore Open this year.
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