PGA OF AMERICA
THE RYDER CUP
Site: Chaska, Minn.
Course: Hazeltine National. Yardage: 7,628. Par: 72
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.); NBC Sports (Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.).
Defending champion: Europe.
Notes: Europe is going for its fourth straight victory, which would be its longest streak. … The United States has won the Ryder Cup only twice dating to 1995. … Phil Mickelson is playing in his 11th consecutive Ryder Cup, an American record. He has qualified for every team. … Hazeltine has hosted two U.S. Opens (1970 and 1991) and two PGA Championships (2002 and 2009). … The routing has been changed for the Ryder Cup. The front nine will be Nos. 1-4 and 14-18, while the back nine will be Nos. 10-13 and Nos. 5-9. … Europe needs only 14 points from the 28 matches to retain the cup. … The United States has a 25-13-2 lead, but Europe leads 10-7-1 dating to 1979, when the format switched to 28 matches and brought in continental Europe. … Davis Love III returns as U.S. captain for a second time. Darren Clarke leads Europe. … Europe has rookies, its most since there were six Ryder Cup rookies on their winning 2010 team in Wales. … Mickelson and J.B. Holmes are the only American players at Hazeltine who have played on a winning Ryder Cup team.
Next time: The Ryder Cup will be played in France in 2018.
REIGNWOOD LPGA CLASSIC
Course: Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club. Yardage: 6,596. Par: 73.
Purse: $2.1 million (First prize: $315,000).
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 1-4 a.m.; Friday, 2-4 a.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2-6 p.m.).
Defending champion: Mirim Lee (2014).
Notes: This starts six weeks in a row in Asia for the LPGA Tour. It will travel to Taiwan, South Korea, China, Malaysia and Japan over the next five weeks. … The tournament was not played last year. The LPGA Tour did not say why, except that it did not affect the contract through 2017. … Lydia Ko had a $196,454 lead on the money list over Ariya Jutanugarn. Each has won a major this year. … Ko also has a slim lead in the Vare Trophy for the lowest adjust scoring average. She is at 69.32. Next is Evian winner In Gee Chun at 69.53. … Stacy Lewis, who each of the last two times at the tournament, is not playing. … Jutanugarn is the highest-ranked player in the field. Brooke Henderson of Canada also is playing. Ko and Chun are taking the week off. … Mo Martin, who won the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale in 2014, is at No. 17 on the LPGA Tour money list, the highest of any American in the field.
Next week: Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Last week: Rory McIlroy won the Tour Championship and ended the season as the FedEx Cup champion.
Next tournament: The Safeway Open begins the 2016-017 season on Oct. 10-13.
Last week: Alex Levy won the Porsche European Open,.
Next week: Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Last week: Colin Montgomerie won the Pacific Links Championship.
Next week: Toshiba Classic.
Last week: Grayson Murray won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
Next week: Web.com Tour Championship.
Japan Golf Tour: Top Cup Tokai Classic, Miyoshi CC (West Course), Aichi, Japan. Defending champion: Hyung-sung Kim. Online: www.jgto.org
Asian Tour: Mercuries Taiwan Masters, Taiwan Golf and CC, Taipei, Taiwan. Defending champion: Jeunghan Wang. Online: www.asiantour.com
Sunshine Tour: Vodacom Origins of Golf, Simola Golf & Country Estate, Knysna, South Africa. Defending champion: Christiaan Basson. Online: www.sunshinetour.com
Challenge Tour: Kazakhstan Open, Zhailjau Golf Resort, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Defending champion: Sébastien Gros. Online: www.europeantour.com/challengetour
Korean PGA: Shinshan Donghae Open, Bear’s Best Cheongna GC, Incheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Byeong Hun An. Online: www.eng.koreapga.com
Symetra Tour: Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, Mystic Creek GC, El Dorado, Ark. Defending champion: Jackie Stoelting. Online: www.symetratour.comKorea LPGA: OK Savings Bank Se Ri Pak Invitational, Solmoro Country Club, Yeoju, South Korea. Defending champion: Sung-Hyun Park. Online: www.klpa.com