This Week in Golf -- Aug. 15-18

PGA TOUR - WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP - Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina - The PGA Tour heads south to North Carolina this week for the Wyndham Championship.

Last year, Sergio Garcia birdied his final three holes to close out a 4-under 66 and earn a 2-stroke victory over Tim Clark. The win was Garcia's eighth on the PGA Tour, but first since The Players in 2008.

The tournament had to be finished on Monday after a heavy rain storm washed away Sunday's round.

Garcia will be back in the field to defend his title this week against a group that consists of just five of the top 20 players in the FedExCup rankings, including former champions Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas.

This week's tournament is the final chance for those players outside the top 125 in the rankings to earn a spot in the FedExCup playoffs.

Among those in the field that currently sit outside the top 125 are Nicolas Colsaerts (126th), Padraig Harrington (128th), Woody Austin (134th) and Vijay Singh (141st).

Golf Channel will have full television coverage of the first two rounds and early on Sunday, while CBS will cover Saturday's third round and the tournament's conclusion on Sunday.

The PGA Tour heads back north to New Jersey next week for the Barclays, where Nick Watney overcame a 2-stroke deficit during the final round to earn a 3- stroke victory.


THE SOLHEIM CUP - Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colorado - The LPGA moves to Colorado this week for the 13th edition of the Solheim Cup.

This biannual event consists of 24 of the world's best female golfers from Europe and the United States.

The European Team won the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003 in the event's last edition to snap the United States' streak of three straight titles.

The event entered Sunday's singles matches tied at 8-8, but the Europeans rallied with two victories and a halve in the final three matches to capture the title at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland.

This year's event will be held at Colorado Golf Club, however, and the Europeans will have to win for the first time on American soil to retain the title.

The American team will consist of captain Meg Mallon and veteran Solheim Cup players Stacy Lewis, who is ranked second in the world and recently won the Women's British Open, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie.

Also on the team will be Solheim rookies Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas and Gerina Piller.

The European team is also a mix of veterans and rookies. Joining captain Liselotte Neumann will be veterans Suzann Pettersen, Caroline Hedwall, Catriona Matthew, Anna Nordqvist, Azahara Munoz and Karine Icher and rookies Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Giulia Sergas, Carlota Ciganda, Carolina Masson, Beatriz Recari and Charley Hull.

Pettersen, Hedwall, Matthew, Nordqvist and Munoz were all a part of the 2011 winning squad, while Icher is making her first Solheim Cup appearance since 2003. Hull is the youngest player to make a Solheim Cup Team at 17 years old.

The U.S. Team holds the all-time lead in wins at this event by an 8-4 margin.

The event consists of four foursome and four-ball matches on both Friday and Saturday before Sunday's 12 singles matches conclude the tournament.

Golf Channel will have exclusive television coverage of the event.

The LPGA moves to Alberta, Canada next week for the CN Canadian Women's Open, where Lydia Ko made history last year by becoming the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at 15 years old and the first amateur to earn a victory in more than 40 years.


DICK'S SPORTING GOODS OPEN - En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, New York - The Champions Tour returns from a week absence this week for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York.

Last year, Willie Wood parred the first playoff hole to defeat Michael Allen and earn his first victory in 16 years.

Wood, who qualified for the tournament on Monday, collected his first win on the Champions Tour and first victory overall since the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf.

Wood will be back to defend his title against a field that also includes Senior British Open Championship winner Mark Wiebe and two-time 2013 major winner Kenny Perry.

Two other multiple winners this season, Bernhard Langer and David Frost, will also be in action this week.

Golf Channel will have television coverage of all three rounds.

The Champions Tour heads across the United States next week to Washington for the Boeing Classic, where Jay Don Blake birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Mark O'Meara last year.


NEWS SENTINEL OPEN - Fox Den Country Club, Knoxville, Tennessee - The Tour moves to Tennessee this week for the News Sentinel Open, where Darron Stiles hung on for a 1-stroke victory last year.

That win was Stiles' fifth Tour title, but first since the 2006 Rheem Classic. It was also his second career victory at this event.

Stiles will not be in the field to defend his title this week, as he has moved on the PGA Tour.

Two-time winner this season and current tour money leader Michael Putnam will be in the field, however. If he is to collect his third victory of the season at this event, he will earn an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour.

Putnam is the lone member of the top-six money leaders participating this week.

There will be no television coverage of this event.

The Tour heads to Nebraska next week for the Cox Classic. Ben Kohles fired a 9-under 62 during the final round last year to win by three strokes. It was his second victory in as many weeks.