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

By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange  |  June 12, 2017 at 3:03 PM
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PGA TOUR: 117th United States Open at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wis., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports 1 and 6-9 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. EDT-conclusion, on Fox Sports.

LAST YEAR: Dustin Johnson finally claimed his first major title after several disappointments, overcoming a controversial one-stroke penalty on the fifth hole to win by three shots over Jim Furyk, Scott Piercy and Shane Lowry of Ireland at Oakmont Golf Club in Oakmont, Pa. DJ closed with a 1-under-par 69 to capture the title one year after he three-putted on the final green, including a 12-footer for eagle that would have won the title, to lose to Jordan Spieth by one stroke at Chambers Bay. Johnson, who has finished in the top 10 seven times in majors the last three seasons, capped his victory with a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. He is playing in his first major this year, having missed the Masters in April after sustaining a back injury the day before the first round when he fell down a flight of stairs.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS: American Family Insurance Championship at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis., Friday through Sunday.

TV: Friday, 12:30-3 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. EDT; on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Kirk Triplett collected his fifth title on the Champions Tour, shooting 7-under-par 65 to win by two strokes over Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes on a course softened by two inches from overnight rain. Triplett, who won three times on the PGA Tour, took charge by carding four straight birdies through No. 16 in the final round before sinking a clutch six-foot putt for par on the 17th hole and closing with a routine par. Bryant took a one-stroke lead with a birdie on the 14th hole, but hit a wild drive on the next hole and was unable to find his ball in the woods, taking a triple bogey 7 on his way to a 69. Goodes closed with a 68 playing alongside Triplett.

LPGA TOUR: Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 4-7 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. EDT; on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Sei Young Kim of South Korea sank a three-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Carlota Ciganda of Spain and earn her fifth LPGA Tour title after also winning five times on the LPGA of Korea Tour. Kim, the 2015 LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year, hit a brilliant approach shot from 124 yards out of the rough to set up her winning birdie after making a bogey on the final hole of closing a 3-under-par 68 to fall into a tie with Ciganda. The Spaniard finished the final round with five straight pars for a 67 in search of her first LPGA Tour victory, but won twice later in 2016. Kim is 3-0 in playoffs on the LPGA Tour, also having won the 2015 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic and the 2015 LPGA Lotte Championship in extra holes for her first two titles on the circuit.

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