This Week in Golf -- July 31-August 3

Philadelphia, PA ( - EUROPEAN TOUR - WGC-BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL, Firestone Country Club (South), Akron, Ohio - The European Tour and PGA Tour join up this week for another installment of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Tiger Woods emerged victorious for the eighth time at this event last year, cruising to a 7-shot win over Henrik Stenson and 2012 champion Keegan Bradley.

Woods finished his final round at even-par 70, but it was more than enough as he ended his week at 15-under 265, while Stenson and Bradley both finished at 8-under 272. Stenson also shot a final-round 70 and Bradley carded a 3-under 67.

After a disappointing finish at the Open Championship, where he ended at 6- over two weeks ago, Woods will be back in action to defend his title at the Bridgestone Invitational. He will be joined by a lot of big names, including British Open champion Rory McIlroy, world No. 1 Adam Scott, Stenson and all of the other top-20 players in the world.

Including Woods' eight victories here in the past 15 years, Bradley (2012), Scott (2011) and Hunter Mahan (2010) will all be playing this week as past champions at this event.

Golf Channel will have coverage all four days and will hand things off to CBS at 2 p.m. ET on the weekend.

Next week, the European Tour and PGA Tour both head to Louisville, Kentucky for the fifth and final major championship of the season, the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, where Jason Dufner will defend his title.


BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP, Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nevada - The PGA Tour heads to Reno, Nevada for this week's Barracuda Championship, formerly named the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Under the Modified Stableford scoring system, Gary Woodland earned his second win on the PGA Tour here last year, finishing with a record 44 points for the week, nine points ahead of Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero.

Byrd vaulted up the leaderboard with an 18-hole record 18 points on the final day last year, but Woodland's seven points on Sunday were still more than enough. Woodland ended with seven points in rounds two and four, but his big days came in rounds one and three, ending with 14 and 16 points, respectively.

While Woodland will not be playing in the event this time around, last year's runners-up Byrd and Romero will be in attendance along with three-time major winner Padraig Harrington. A total of 14 major champions will also be at this event, including Retief Goosen, John Daly and Davis Love III.

Golf Channel will have coverage all four days.

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Louisville, Kentucky for the fifth and final major championship of the season, the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, where Jason Dufner will defend his title.


3M CHAMPIONSHIP, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota - After playing three straight major championships, the Champions Tour is in Blaine, Minnesota this week for the 3M Championship.

Tom Pernice, Jr. birdied his final two holes on Sunday to finish 1-shot ahead of Corey Pavin and Jeff Sluman and capture his second career victory on the Champions Tour at this event last year.

Pernice fired a final-round, 4-under 68 and finished the week at 17-under-par 199. Sluman shot up the leaderboard with a 10-under 62 on Sunday to finish tied for second with Pavin (66) at 16-under 200.

Already with a win this year at the Principal Charity Classic, Pernice will be back to defend his title at the 3M Championship this week as he looks to win his fourth event on tour.

Also playing this week are winners of all five major championships this season. Coming off his dominant win at last week's Senior British Open Championship, which was his second major title of the year, Bernhard Langer will be in attendance this week. Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open Championship winner Colin Montgomerie will also be playing along with Regions Tradition champion Kenny Perry.

Golf Channel will have coverage all three days of this event, which begins on Friday.

Following this event, the Champions Tour will take a week off and will return for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, where Bart Bryant won last year.


STONEBRAE CLASSIC, TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, California - The Stonebrae Classic is back on the Tour schedule after taking a year off. It was previously played from 2009 to 2012.

Alex Aragon took home the title the last time this event was played in 2012. Aragon carded a final-round 66 to finish his week at 10-under-par 270. At the time it was Aragon's first win on tour. He also won the WNB Golf Classic in 2013.

Aragon has since made the jump up to the PGA Tour and will not be playing in the event this year.

This week's field includes seven players in the top 10 on the Tour money list, including Carlos Ortiz, who is in the No. 1 slot. Coming off his first career win on tour at the Midwest Classic, Zack Sucher is also in the field.

There will be no television coverage of this event.

The Tour will head to Springfield, Missouri next week for the Price Cutter Charity Championship, where Andrew Svoboda won last year.


ATB FINANCIAL CLASSIC, Sirocco Golf Club, Calgary, Alberta - The PGA Tour Canada returns to the ATB Financial Classic, where Joe Panzeri is back to defend his title.

Panzeri fired a 2-under 70 on Sunday last year and that was good enough to secure his second win on tour. Panzeri finished the week at 17-under 271, two shots better than Kyle Stough, Chris Epperson and Kevin Tucker.

Joel Dahmen, a two-time winner this year and the No. 1 player on the Order of Merit, will also be playing along with eight other players in the top 10. Only Robert Karlsson will not be playing among those in the top 10.

The PGA Tour Canada will be back in action next week for the Forces and Families Open in Ottawa.