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

By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange
Daniel Berger was the winner of the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic. @db_straitvibin/Instagram
Daniel Berger was the winner of the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic. @db_straitvibin/Instagram

Coming up this week in professional golf:

FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., 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. EDT on CBS.


LAST YEAR: Daniel Berger shrugged off a three-hour rain delay and claimed his first PGA Tour victory, shooting 3-under-par 67 to beat Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Brooks Koepka by three strokes. Berger, the 2015 Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour after finishing in the top 10 on six occasions, didn't blink when 42-time PGA Tour winner Mickelson pulled to within one stroke early on the back nine in the final round. Berger responded with birdies on three of the next four holes, including a 32-foot putt on the 14th hole and a 22-footer on the 15th, before closing out the victory with four straight pars. Koepka had two late birdies to post a 66, while Mickelson and Stricker both wound up at 67. Dustin Johnson was another shot back in third after a 63, including a 17-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the 16th hole while shooting 7-under 29 on the back nine.


Principal Charity Classic at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday through Sunday.

TV: 7-9 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Scott McCarron won for the first time on the PGA Tour Champions, and for the first time anywhere since the 2001 BellSouth Classic on the PGA Tour, by making birdies on the last three holes to beat Billy Andrade by one stroke. The then-50-year-old McCarron, who closed with a 7-under-par 65, tied Andrade for the lead with a birdie on the 16th hole, sank a 36-footer from the fringe for birdie on No. 17 and dropped in a winning 10-footer for birdie on the last hole. Andrade shot 68 after taking the lead with a 63 a day earlier. McCarron, who played the last 47 holes without a bogey, has won twice more on the senior circuit, equaling the three victories he had on the PGA Tour.

Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, 3-5 p.m.; on the Golf Channel each day.


LAST YEAR: Caroline Masson of Germany captured her first LPGA Tour victory by shooting 5-under-par 67 to hold off Karine Icher of France, Minjee Lee of Australia and Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea by one stroke. Masson, whose only pro victory came in the 2012 Women's South African Open on the Ladies European Tour, trailed by three strokes entering the final round and fell further behind by stumbling to a double bogey on the first hole. However, the German star birdied the next three holes and had nine birdies in all during the final round, but had to sweat out Lee's finish before claiming victory. Masson was putting on the practice green when the South Korean missed a 12-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff.

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