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

By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange  |  April 24, 2017 at 12:33 PM
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Coming up in professional golf:

PGA TOUR
Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday through Sunday.

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

LAST YEAR: Brian Stuard claimed his first PGA Tour victory in his 120th start, hitting a brilliant approach shot to within 2 feet of the pin on the second playoff hole for a birdie to defeat Jamie Lovemark. Stuard made a two-putt birdie on the final hole of regulation to close out a 3-under-par 69, while Lovemark missed a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him the victory. Lovemark finished at 68. Byeong Hun An of South Korea also birdied the final hole to shoot 65 and get into the playoff, but he dropped out with a bogey on the first extra hole in the tournament that was shortened to 54 holes because of rain. The event format has been changed this year to two-man teams competing in match play.

LPGA TOUR
Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, noon-3 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. EDT; on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Jenny Shin of South Korea earned her first victory in her 133rd start on the LPGA Tour, shooting 65-67 on the weekend to win by two strokes over American Gerina Piller and two South Koreans, Amy Yang and M.J. Hur. Shin, who attended high school in Torrance, Calif., and captured the 2006 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, took the lead with birdies on the first three holes, added another at No. 10 and closed with eight straight pars. Piller, the gallery favorite who lives about 20 miles from Las Colinas in Plano, Texas, and was seeking her first LPGA Tour victory, struggled to a final-round 73, while Hur and Yang each posted 71s.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club, May 5-7.

TV: May 5, 6-8 p.m. EDT; May 6, 3-6 p.m. EDT and May 7, 3-5:30 p.m. EDT; on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Jesper Parnevik of Sweden carded a 5-under-par 67 in the final round and earned his first victory on the senior circuit by four strokes over Jeff Maggert, Mike Goodes and David Frost of South Africa. Parnevik won five times on the PGA Tour and had four victories on the European Tour, but this was his first title since the 2001 Honda Classic because his career was short-circuited by a series of injuries. The Swede took control in the final round with five birdies in eight holes through No. 12. Maggert, who was tied for the lead with Parnevik through 36 holes, closed with a 71, while Frost shot 69 and Goodes had a 70.

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