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PGA TOUR

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Medinah, Ill.

Course: Medinah CC. Yardage: 7,613. Par: 72.

Purse: $9.25 million. Winner's share: $1,665,000.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, noon-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, noon-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Keegan Bradley.

FedEx Cup leader: Brooks Koepka.

Last week: Patrick Reed won The Northern Trust.

Notes: This is the final event to get into the top 30 and qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake. ... Medinah has not held a big event since the 2012 Ryder Cup, where Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit to win. Among the top 70 who advanced to the BMW Championship is Ian Poulter, who birdied the last five holes that turned the momentum to Europe. ... Four players moved into the top 70 after the opening FedEx Cup playoffs event — Harold Varner III, Wyndham Clark, Joaquin Niemann and Troy Merritt. ... Hideki Matsuyama goes into the week at No. 30. He has made the Tour Championship every year since his rookie season in 2014. ... Kevin Na, No. 55 in the FedEx Cup, has withdrawn from the BMW Championship. ... Fifteen players who won PGA Tour events that offer full FedEx Cup points are outside the top 30. That includes Collin Morikawa, who only turned pro two months ago. ... Tiger Woods, who withdrew last week and is No. 38 in the FedEx Cup, won the PGA Championship twice at Medinah.

Next week: Tour Championship.

Online: www.pgatour.com

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USGA

U.S. AMATEUR

Site: Pinehurst, N.C.

Course: Pinehurst No. 2.

Television: Wednesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (FS1); Saturday, 3-6 p.m. (FOX); Sunday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. (FOX).

Defending champion: Viktor Hovland.

Last year: Hovland tied the U.S. Amateur record by playing just 102 holes for the week, culminating with a 6-and-5 victory over Devon Bling at Pebble Beach.

Notes: Qualifying for match play will take place on Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 courses. ... The winner and runner-up receive exemptions to the Masters and U.S. Open. The USGA will allow the winner to play the U.S. Open even if he turns pro. ... The field includes Brandon Wu, the Stanford graduate who made it through qualifiers to play in the U.S. Open and British Open this summer. ... Bling will try to become the first player since Sam Randolph in 1984-85 to win a year after he was runner-up. ... Danny Lee won the U.S. Amateur in 2008 the last time it was held at Pinehurst No. 2. The only other time the Donald Ross design held the U.S. Amateur was in 1962, won by Labron Harris Jr.

Next year: Bandon Dunes.

Online: www.usga.org

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

DICK'S SPORTING GOODS OPEN

Site: Endicott, N.Y.

Course: En Joie GC. Yardage: 6,974. Par: 72.

Purse: $2,050,000. Winner's share: $307,500.

Television: Friday, 7-9 p.m. (Golf Channel-Tape); Saturday, 5-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 4:30-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Bart Bryant.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron.

Last tournament: Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open.

Notes: Fred Couples is in the field, returning to En Joie for the first time in 24 years. He won the B.C. Open in 1991 when it was a PGA Tour event. ... Bart Bryant is the only two-time winner of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. ... John Daly leads the PGA Tour Champions in driving distance at 295.8 yards. That would rank 83rd, tied with Roger Sloan of Canada, on the PGA Tour. ... McCarron, who has a comfortable lead in the Schwab Cup, won at En Joie two years ago. ... Bernhard Langer moved up to No. 5 in the Schwab Cup standings with his victory in the Senior British Open. ... Langer has won $27.9 million on the PGA Tour Champions. ... Kevin Sutherland shot a 59 in the tournament five years ago.

Next week: Boeing Classic.

Online: www.pgatour.com/champions

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KORN FERRY TOUR

NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Columbus, Ohio.

Course: The Ohio State University GC (Scarlet). Yardage: 7,444. Par: 71.

Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $180,000.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday: 2-4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Robert Streb.

Points leader: Xinjun Zhang.

Last week: Bo Hoag won the Winco Foods Portland Open.

Next week: Albertsons Boise Open.

Online: www.pgatour.com/kornferry

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EUROPEAN TOUR

D+D REAL CZECH MASTERS

Site: Prague, Czech Republic

Course: Albatross Golf Resort. Yardage: 7,467. Par: 72.

Purse: 1 million euros. Winner's share: 166,667 euros.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 5-7 a.m., 9 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Andrea Pavan.

Race to Dubai leader: Shane Lowry.

Last tournament: Brooks Koepka won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Notes: This begins a stretch of 11 consecutive weeks of tournaments played in European countries. Until now, 10 of the first 33 events on the European Tour schedule have been on European soil. ... All five winners of the Czech Masters are in the field. ... Lee Westwood and Ernie Els give the field a pair of former No. 1 players, along with the addition of three-time major champion and Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington. ... Jamie Donaldson won in 2014 when it was the final qualifying event for the Ryder Cup, and then he hit the cup-clinching shot for Europe at Gleneagles.

Next week: Scandinavian Invitation.

Online: www.europeantour.com

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LPGA TOUR

Last week: Mi Jung Hur won the Ladies Scottish Open.

Next week: CP Women's Open.

Race to CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko.

Online: www.lpga.com

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OTHER TOURS

Symetra Tour: Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship, Battle Creek CC, Battle Creek, Mich. Defending champion: Marta Sanz Barrio. Online: www.symetratour.com

Challenge Tour: ISPS Handa World Invitational Men & Women, Galgorm Spa & Golf (Galgorm Cast, Massereene), Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Defending champion: New event. Online: www.europeantour.com/challengetour

Asian Tour: Sarawak Championship, Damai Golf and CC, Malaysia. Defending champion: John Catlin. Online: www.asiantour.com

Mackenzie Tour: Players Cup, Southwood Golf & CC, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Defending champion: Tyler McCumber. Online: www.pgatour.com/canada

Staysure Tour: Scottish Senior Open, Craigielaw GC, Longniddry, Scotland. Defending champion: Gary Orr. Online: www.europeantour.com/staysuretour

Korean LPGA: Bogner-MBN Ladies Open, The Star Hue, Yangpyeong, South Korea. Defending champion: Bo-Ah Kim. Online: www.klpga.co.kr

Japan LPGA: NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament, Karuizawa 72 Golf (North), Nagano, Japan. Defending champion: Ah-reum Hwang. Online: www.lpga.or.jp

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