Last year: Thomas won his first World Golf Championships event at Firestone with a four-shot victory over Kyle Stanley.
Last week: Shane Lowry won the British Open.
Last WGC: Kevin Kisner won the Dell Match Play.
Notes: Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler are among those skipping the World Golf Championship, which comes a week after the final major in Northern Ireland. … This takes the place of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, which previously had been a regular PGA Tour event a week before the U.S. Open. … The WGC previously was held at Firestone Country Club since 1999, except for one year at Sahalee. … Dustin Johnson won last year at the St. Jude Classic; Thomas is the defending champion of the tournament, winning his first WGC title. … Memphis is one of the few PGA Tour stops that Woods never played. … Johnson is the only player in the field who has won at the TPC Southwind when it was a regular PGA Tour event. … Memphis had only nine of the top 50 in the world ranking last year. … Fowler already missed one WGC this year when he did not play the Dell Match Play. … There are two tournaments left before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin.
Last week: Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.
Notes: The LPGA Tour hits an important stretch with consecutive weeks of majors in England and France, and the Solheim Cup in Scotland the second week in September. … Jin Young Ko, Jeungeun Lee6 and Hannah Green have won the first three majors of the season. … Stanford captured her first LPGA major last year at age 40 when she won the Evian Championship. … The tournament previously was held in September and moved to late July. … The Evian Championship began in 1994, then became part of the LPGA Tour schedule in 2000, and the LPGA designated it a major in 2013. … Inbee Park is a past winner, but not since it was declared a major. It is the only major she has not won. … Helen Alfredsson won the inaugural Evian. Annika Sorenstam won the first Evian when it was an LPGA event. Suzann Pettersen won the first Evian that was played as a major championship. … Swedish players have won the Evian seven times, the most of any country.
Last week: Shane Lowry won the British Open and Jim Herman won the Barbasol Championship.
Notes: The field includes six players who were at the British Open last week. Branden Grace and Doc Redman made the cut at Royal Portrush. … Redman is the equivalent of No. 116 in the FedEx Cup as he tries to earn a full PGA Tour card for next year. … This is the only PGA Tour event that uses the modified Stableford scoring system, with five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie, loss of one point for a bogey and loss of two points for a double bogey or worse. … The winner gets into the PGA Championship next year, but not the Masters. … Andrea Pavan has been given an exemption. The Italian won the BMW International Open in Germany and missed the cut last week at the British Open. … John Daly is in the field and has permission to ride a cart. He rode last week in Kentucky and missed the cut.
Last tournament: Retief Goosen won the Senior Players Championship.
Notes: The winner is exempt into the British Open next year at Royal St. George’s. … This is the last of five major championships on the PGA Tour Champions. … Tom Lehman, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke played last week at Royal Portrush. None made the cut. … Lehman won his only major at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1996 over Ernie Els, then won at Lytham 16 years later. … Steve Stricker has won two of the four majors played this year. He trails Scott McCarron in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. … McCarron is the only three-time winner on the PGA Tour champions this year. His only major was the Senior Players Championship two years ago. … Goosen is coming off a victory at Firestone in the Senior Players Championship.
Next tournament: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on Aug. 16-18.
Online: www.pgatour.com/champions and www.staysuretour.com/europeantour
KORN FERRY TOUR
PRICE CUTTER CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Springfield, Mo.
Course: Highland Springs CC.
Purse: $675,000. Winner’s share: $121,500.
Defending champion: Martin Trainer.
Points leader: Xinjun Zhang.
Last week: Kristoffer Ventura won the Pinnacle Bank Championship.
Next week: Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae.
Last week: Shane Lowry won the British Open.
Next tournament: D+D Real Czech Masters on Aug. 15-18.
Race to Dubai leader: Shane Lowry.
Symetra Tour: The CDPHP Open, Capital Hills at Albany, Albany, N.Y. Defending champion: Kendall Dye. Online: www.symetratour.com
PGA Tour China: Dongguan Open, Mission Hills Dongguan GC (Norman Course), Dongguan, China. Defending champion: New event. Online: www.pgatour.com/china
Japan LPGA: Century 21 Ladies Golf Tournament, Ishizaka GC, Saitama, Japan. Defending champion: Kristen Gillman. Online: www.lpga.or.jp