Published May 03, 2016
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - PGA TOUR - MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio - After a two-week stint in Texas, the PGA Tour heads to Ohio this week for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield.
Last year, Hideki Matsuyama parred the first playoff hole to defeat Kevin Na and win for the first time on the PGA Tour. While Matsuyama has proven his worth since, he is still seeking his second victory.
Matsuyama fired a 3-under 69 in the final round, while Na came from way back with an 8-under 64 to tie Matsuyama at 13-under-par 275 at the end of regulation play. Third-round leader Bubba Watson managed an even-par 72 and finished a shot back in third at minus-12.
Na's fate was sealed when he found water to the left of the fairway on the extra hole. While Matsuyama hit into a bunker with his first shot and came up short with his second, he was able to get up and down for par, making a 10- foot putt for the win.
Matsuyama and Na are both back in the field this week as they look to create more fireworks. Watson will not be playing this week.
Masters champion and world No. 2 Jordan Spieth is the highest ranked player in the field, while Rickie Fowler is making his first appearance on the PGA Tour since winning the Players three weeks ago.
Also making his first start since the Players is five-time Memorial champion Tiger Woods, who tied for 69th at TPC Sawgrass in early May. This will be Woods' fifth start of the season as he looks to win this event for a sixth time.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds of this event and will hand things off to CBS in the afternoon on the weekend.
The PGA Tour is in Memphis, Tennessee next week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where Ben Crane won by one shot to pick up his fifth tour victory and his first since 2011.
NORDEA MASTERS, PGA Sweden National (Lake Course), Malmo, Sweden - The European Tour is back in Sweden this week for another installment of the Nordea Masters.
Thongchai Jaidee made birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat 2014 European Ryder Cup team members Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher. The win was Jaidee's sixth on the European Tour.
Jaidee came from behind with a final-round, 7-under 65 to tie Dubuisson (67) and Gallacher (68) at 16-under-par 272. On the par-5 18th for the playoff, all three laid up with their second shots and Jaidee stuck his approach to within four feet, while the other two were still far from the hole.
Dubuisson and Gallacher missed their ensuing birdie putts and Jaidee drained his for his first win since 2012.
Jaidee, Dubuisson and Gallacher are all back in the field again this week. Sweden's Henrik Stenson will certainly be a fan favorite as he too will be in attendance. Stenson serves as the highest ranked player in the field at No. 4.
Golf Channel will have extensive coverage of all four rounds.
The European Tour travels to Austria next week for the Lyoness Open, where Mikael Lundberg won for the third time on tour with a playoff victory over Bernd Wiesberger last season.
PRINCIPAL CHARITY CLASSIC, Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa - After a week off following the first two major championships of the season at the Regions Tradition and Senior PGA Championship, the Champions Tour travels to Iowa for the Principal Charity Classic.
Tom Pernice, Jr. was able to make birdie on the second playoff hole last year to beat Doug Garwood and win for the third time on the Champions Tour. Pernice has since picked up his fourth win at last year's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Pernice shot a 3-under 69 in the final round, while Garwood managed a 1-under 71 and the duo headed to a playoff after finishing regulation tied at 12-under 204. After trading pars at the first playoff hole, Pernice's approach on the next hole came to rest about eight feet from the pin and he made that for a winning birdie.
The defending champion will be back in the field this week, while Garwood will not. Also missing from the field will be Charles Schwab Cup leader and Senior PGA Championship winner Colin Montgomerie.
However, Regions Tradition champion Jeff Maggert as well as five-time 2014 winner Bernhard Langer will be playing.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds of this event.
The Champions Tour is back next week for the third major championship of the season, the Constellation Senior Players, where Langer topped Jeff Sluman in a playoff last year
MANULIFE LPGA CLASSIC, Grey Silo Golf Course, Ontario, Canada - The LPGA Tour heads north of the border this week for the Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada.
Inbee Park used a huge 10-under 61 in the final round to cruise to a 3-shot victory over Cristie Kerr at 23-under 261. Park's 61 tied the course record held by Hee Young Park, who set the mark in 2013.
Last year's victory was the first of three wins for Inbee Park in 2014. She also won the LPGA Championship and the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Park is already a two-time winner on tour this season and has 14 career victories.
Park, the No. 2 player in the world, will be joined by world No. 1 Lydia Ko and world No. 3 Stacy Lewis this week. The field features 17 of the top-20 players in the world.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds.
Park will get a chance to defend another title next week at the Women's PGA Championship, where she defeated Brittany Lincicome in a playoff.
GREATER DALLAS OPEN, The Lakes at Castle Hills, Lewisville, Texas - The Web.com Tour is in Texas this week for the inaugural Greater Dallas Open.
Nine of the 10 winners on the 2015 season are set to play this week, including last week's victor Kyle Thompson, who defeated Miguel Angel Carballo and Patton Kizzire in a playoff.
The only player who has won this season that will not be playing is Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship winner Patrick Rodgers, who will be playing in the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament.
There will be no television coverage of this event.
The Web.com Tour is back again next week for the Rust-Oleum Championship, formerly called the Cleveland Open. Steven Alker took down Dawie van der Walt last year in a tour-record 11-hole playoff.
PGA TOUR CANADA
BAYVIEW PLACE ISLAND SAVINGS OPEN, Uplands Golf Club, Victoria, British Columbia - The PGA Tour Canada is set for its second event of the season, the Bayview Place Island Savings Open.
Last year, Josh Persons closed with an even-par 70 and was able to hold on to win by one shot over Brock Mackenzie and Timothy Madigan. Persons finish the week at 12-under-par 268.
Persons, who has played in seven events on the Web.com Tour this season, will not be back to defend his title. Persons has tied for 69th twice to go along with a tie for 75th. He has also missed four cuts on the Web.com Tour.
Drew Weaver, who beat out Adam Svensson, Riley Wheeldon, Ross Beal and Taylor Pendrith in a playoff last week at the PC Financial Open, will be back playing.
There will be no television coverage of this event.
The PGA Tour Canada will be off after this week until June 25 for the Syncrude Boreal Open.