This Week in Golf -- Sept. 19-22

PGA TOUR - TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia - The FedExCup playoffs conclude this week with the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

Brandt Snedeker shot a 2-under 68 on Sunday and finished at 10-under 270 last year to win by three shots over fellow overnight leader Justin Rose, capturing the FedExCup in process.

Snedeker will be back in an effort to defend his title, which makes him the first FedExCup champion to make it back to East Lake the following year.

The field consists of top 30 players on the FedExCup points list. The points were reset entering the tournament to allow all 30 players a mathematical chance to win the overall title.

Those in the top five of the list can earn the $10 million prize with a victory, while the remaining 25 will need a win plus some help.

The top five players on the FedExCup points list entering the event are Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, BMW Championship winner Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Golf Channel has coverage on Thursday and Friday, then early coverage on the weekend before handing off to NBC.

The tour heads to Ohio next week for the Presidents Cup. Woods sealed the cup for the Americans with a 4 & 3 victory over Aaron Baddeley in the penultimate match in 2011. The American team won by a final margin of 19-15.

It was the fourth straight victory for the Americans, who own a 7-1-1 record all time in the event against the International team.


ITALIAN OPEN - Golf Club Torino, Turin, Italy - The European Tour heads to Italy this week for the Italian Open.

Last year, Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano fired an 8-under 64 on Sunday to come from behind and capture the Italian Open for a second time.

Fernandez-Castano and Garth Mulroy were tied for the lead entering the 17th hole, where Mulroy tripped to a bogey before Fernandez-Castano sealed his sixth win on tour with a birdie at the last.

Fernandez-Castano will return to defend his title against a field that includes Italians Matteo Manassero and Francesco Molinari.

Major winners David Duval, Retief Goosen and Jose Maria Olazabal will also be a part of the field that includes 75 European Tour champions.

Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds.

The tour moves to Scotland next week for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where Branden Grace shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday at St. Andrews to wrap up a wire-to-wire victory.


PACIFIC LINKS HAWAII CHAMPIONSHIP - Kapolei Golf Club, Kapolei, Hawaii - The Champions Tour returns this week with the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.

Willie Wood birdied the final two holes at this event last year to come from behind and edge second-round leader Bill Glasson by a stroke. It was Wood's second win in three weeks.

Wood, who is coming off his lone top-10 finish of the season a tie for ninth at the Montreal Championship, will return to defend his title.

World Golf Hall of Fame member and 34-time PGA Tour winner Vijay Singh will make his Champions Tour debut in Hawaii. The three-time major winner turned 50 in February.

In 19 starts on the PGA Tour this season, Singh's best finish was a tie for 20th at the Sony Open. He failed to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs by finishing ranked 146th.

The top three players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings -- Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer and David Frost -- are also scheduled to play this week.

Golf Channel will have coverage of all three rounds.

The Champions Tour heads to California next week for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where Kirk Triplett closed with a 6-under 66 to come from behind and win by two strokes.