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

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Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange
Vijay Singh (L) and Freddie Couples (R) play a practice round together on Tuesday at the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on April 4, 2017. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Vijay Singh (L) and Freddie Couples (R) play a practice round together on Tuesday at the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on April 4, 2017. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

COMING UP:

PGA TOUR: Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Md., Thursday through Sunday.

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TV: Thursday and Friday, 3:30-6:30 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: Billy Hurley III claimed his first victory on the PGA Tour by three strokes over Vijay Singh, posting four scores in the 60s at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., to win by three strokes over Vijay Singh of Fiji. Hurley, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who lives near the campus in Annapolis, Md., was nursing a one-stroke lead when he chipped in for a birdie from 35 yards on the 15th hole in the final round. He added a 27-foot birdie putt on the next hole while closing with a 2-under-par 69. Singh, a three-time major champion and former No. 1 player in the world who also plays on the PGA Tour Champions, birdied two of the last three holes to post a 65.

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS: U.S. Senior Open Championship at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass., Thursday through Sunday.

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TV: Thursday and Friday, 2-7 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports 1; Saturday and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. EDT on Fox.

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LAST YEAR: Gene Sauers sank a 5-foot par putt on the last hole to make his first title on the PGA Tour Champions a major, beating Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and Billy Mayfair by one stroke at Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Sauers, who won three times in his PGA Tour career, trailed by one shot before finishing with three straight pars for a 1-under-par 69. He wound up on top when Jimenez blew a one-stroke lead with bogeys on the last two holes to shoot 71. Mayfair, seeking his first victory on the senior circuit after winning five times on the PGA Tour, bounced back from a 75 in round three with a 69 but came up one stroke short.

LPGA TOUR: KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill., Thursday through Sunday.

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TV: Thursday and Friday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. EDT, on NBC.

LAST YEAR: Brooke Henderson of Canada captured her first LPGA Tour major at the age of 18, draining a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. Henderson, who became the youngest winner in 62-year history of the event, started the day two shots behind Ko, then closed with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 65 that was the low round of the tournament. Ko, who posted a bogey-free 67 while trying to win a third straight major, missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. Henderson, who made a hole-in-one in the first round and an eagle in the last, became the second-youngest winner of an LPGA major, behind Ko, who was five months younger when she captured to 2015 Evian Championship.

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