This week in golf: Who is playing, how to watch, updates

By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange   |   May 15, 2017 at 10:43 AM
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This week in professional golf:

PGA TOUR
AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 4-7 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. on the Golf Channel and 3-6 p.m. ET on CBS.

LAST YEAR: Sergio Garcia tied his idol, Seve Ballesteros, for the most victories on the PGA Tour by a player from Spain, winning with a par on the first playoff hole after Brooks Koepka hit his tee shot into the water. Garcia, who won for the ninth time on the U.S. tour, added a 10th victory last month with his first major title in the Masters to break Ballesteros' record. Garcia, who has finished second 15 times on the PGA Tour, was three shots behind Koepka midway through the back nine and seemed headed for another runner-up result. However, Koepka made bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes before the Spaniard pulled even with a tap-in birdie on the 16th hole en route to a second straight 2-under-par 68. Koepka finished with a 71. Garcia also won the tournament in 2004 and made his first start on the PGA Tour in this event when he was 19 in 1999, tying for third.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, noon-2 p.m.; on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Bernhard Langer of Germany claimed one of his four titles on the senior circuit in 2016, taking the lead with a 6-under-par 66 in the opening round and never letting up, following with scores of 69-69-67 to win by six strokes over Olin Browne. Langer, a two-time Masters champion, collected his sixth major title on the PGA Tour Champions and made it seven a month later by winning the Constellation Senior Players Championship to pull within one of Jack Nicklaus' record of eight. The Regions also was Langer's 27th title on the senior circuit, and he has since stretched that total to 30, giving him a total of 104 over the course of his Hall of Fame career.

LPGA TOUR
Kingsmill Championship on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 9-11 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, 5-7 p.m. EDT; on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand captured her second straight event on the LPGA Tour, closing with a 4-under-par 67 to win by one stroke over Su Oh of Australia. The then-20-year-old Jutanugarn, who won the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic two weeks earlier, also took the LPGA Volvik Championship the following week to become the first player in LPGA history to claim her first three victories on the circuit in consecutive starts. Jutanugarn took the lead with a third-round 65. She made her only bogey of the final round on the second hole, but she followed with four birdies on the next seven holes and added another at No. 15 before finishing with three pars. Oh birdied two of the last four holes to shoot 65, but her only bogey at No. 12 proved to be costly.

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