Last tournament: Nelly Korda won the Meijer LPGA Classic.
Notes: Ten players have won the past 10 majors on the LPGA Tour, and Jin Young Ko is the only multiple major champion in the past 22 majors. … Nelly Korda is the first player to win twice on the LPGA Tour this season. … In the past seven majors, the winners were first-time major champions. … Atlanta Athletic Club hosted the PGA Championship in 2011 (won by Keegan Bradley) and 2001 (won by David Toms). … Yuka Saso is playing for the first time since the 19-year-old Filipino won the U.S. Women’s Open at Olympic Club. … Saso, who accepted LPGA membership by winning the Women’s Open, leads the LPGA Tour money list with $1 million. … This is the final week for women to qualify for the 60-player field in the Olympics. Gold medalist Inbee Park is assured of her return, as is silver medalist Lydia Ko. … Jessica Korda must stay in the top 15 for the Americans to have four players in Tokyo. … Maria Fassi of Mexico, who has an endorsement with KPMG, has been given a sponsor exemption. … Michelle Wie West is playing under a maternity exemption.
Notes: Dustin Johnson returns to defend his title. Johnson held the No. 1 ranking for 43 weeks until U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm replaced him at the top this week. … Johnson has not won on the PGA Tour this year. … Phil Mickelson is playing for the third straight year at the Travelers, after going 16 years without playing. He won back-to-back in 2001 and 2002. … The tournament has a history of inviting young players. On the list for this year is Austin Eckroat, John Pak and Davis Thompson. … Patrick Cantlay shot 60 when he was an amateur. He has played every year since returning from his back injury. … Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed are in the field. … Chase Koepka received a sponsor exemption. He earned a spot in Monday qualifying last year, and then chose to withdraw because he had come in close contact with someone who had a positive COVID-19 test. … The Travelers was the third tournament back last year in the return from the pandemic. Seven players withdrew because of COVID-19, two with positive tests and five out of caution because of contact. … Of recent champions at the Travelers, Jordan Spieth is the only one not playing.
Next week: Rocket Mortgage Classic.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
BRIDGESTONE SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Akron, Ohio.
Course: Firestone CC (South). Yardage: 7,400. Par: 70.
Last tournament: Jerry Kelly won the American Family Insurance Championship.
Notes: This is the third of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule. … The winner gets a spot in The Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass next March. … This is the third straight year the tournament is held at Firestone. The course for years hosted the World Series of Golf, and then a World Golf Championship before it moved to Tennessee. … The 81-man field features 28 of the top 30 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. … Jim Furyk is making his Senior Players Championship debut. He had two close calls at Firestone in the World Golf Championship. Furyk lost a seven-hole playoff to Tiger Woods in 2001, and he made double bogey from the 18th fairway to lose by one to Keegan Bradley in 2012. … Vijay Singh and Darren Clarke are among those who won at Firestone in the World Golf Championship.
Notes: This starts the meat of the European Tour schedule in Europe, to be followed by the Irish Open, Scottish Open and then the British Open. … The tournament was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. … The field includes Viktor Hovland, who had to withdraw from the U.S. Open in the second round because of sand that got into his eye while warming up out of the bunker. … Among the two-time winners of the BMW International Open is Paul Azinger. …. Among the Germans invited to play are amateur Matthias Schmid, who played in the U.S. Open, and Stephan Jaeger, who has been atop the Korn Ferry Tour points list the past few months. … The field includes Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Richard Bland, the 36-hole leader at the U.S. Open. Jon Rahm’s victory over Oosthuizen moved them to No. 1 and 2 in the Race to Dubai.