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PGA: U.S. Open - Final Round
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Golf Glance: Scottish Open boasts strongest field in event history

July 6, 2022, 5:25 PM

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Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: John Deere Classic (J.T. Poston)

THIS WEEK: Scottish Open, North Berwick, Scotland, July 7-10

Course: The Renaissance Club (Par 70, 7,237 yards)

Purse: $8M (Winner: $1.44M)

Defending Champion: Min Woo Lee

FedExCup Leader: Scottie Scheffler

HOW TO FOLLOW

TV: Thursday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (GC), 12-3 p.m. (CBS)

Streaming: ESPN+: Thursday-Friday, 2:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 4:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Twitter: @ScottishOpen

NOTES: The event is co-sanctioned for the first time as part of the Strategic Alliance between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. The winner will receive benefits from both tours. ... The 160-player field includes 14 of the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking along with four LIV Golf participants who were granted spots through a temporary court stay on a DP World Tour ban: South Africa's Branden Grace and Justin Harding, England's Ian Poulter and Spain's Adrian Otaegui. ... The top three finishers within the top 10 who are not otherwise already exempt will receive spots in The Open Championship next week. ... The Renaissance Club plays host to the event for the fourth time. The average winning score from the previous three has been 17-under par, with each decided in a playoff. ... Former Wake Forest teammates Will Zalatoris (No. 13) and Cameron Young (No. 31) are the two highest-ranked players in the world who have not won in their PGA Tour careers. ... Rickie Fowler is in the field as he attempts to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs after missing out last year. He is currently No. 123 and needs to stay within the top 125. ... Robert MacIntyre (No. 102) is the highest-ranked Scotsman in the field. The last Scotsman to win the event was Colin Montgomerie in 1999.

BEST BETS: Jon Rahm (+1200 at BetMGM) finished solo seventh last year and leads the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained off the tee. ... Justin Thomas (+1400) tied for eighth last year and has nine top-10s in 16 starts on the PGA Tour this season. ... Scheffler (+1400) tied for 12th last year and has a pair of runner ups in his past four starts. He leads the PGA Tour in greens in regulation. ... Xander Schauffele (+1800) is making his first start since winning the Travelers Championship and he won the JP McManus Pro-Am on Tuesday. ... Matthew Fitzpatrick (+2000) tees it up for the first time since claiming his first major title at the U.S. Open. He lost to Lee in a playoff last year and has four top-10s in his past five starts. ... Zalatoris (+2500) leads the DP World Tour Ranking courtesy of his runner-up finishes in each of the past two majors. ... Collin Morikawa (+2800) won The Open last year the week following a T71 at the Scottish Open.

THIS WEEK: Barbasol Championship, Nicholasville, Kent., July 7-10

Course: Keene Trace Golf Club, July 7-10

Purse: $3.7M (Winner: $666,000)

Defending Champion: Seamus Power

HOW TO FOLLOW

TV: Thursday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m. ET; Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

Twitter: BarbasolChamp

NOTES: There are 50 spots available in the field for DP World Tour players as part of the Strategic Alliance. ... The field includes past champions Jim Herman, Grayson Murray and Aaron Baddeley. ... Kentucky native and former Morehead State star Josh Teater is in the field on a sponsors exemption. ... One spot is available for The Open to the top finisher within the top five who is not otherwise already exempt. ... Brandt Snedeker is one of six players who have qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs in each season since its inception in 2007. He is currently No. 173 and needs to get inside the top 125 to qualify again.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: The Open Championship, Fife, Scotland, July 14-17

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: KPMG Women's PGA Championship (In Gee Chun)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Midland, Mich., July 13-16

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: U.S. Senior Open Championship (Padraig Harrington)

THIS WEEK: Senior Players Championship, Akron, Ohio, July 4-10

Course: Firestone Country Club (Par 70, 7,248 yards)

Purse: $3M (Winner: $450,000

Defending Champion: Steve Stricker

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Steven Alker

HOW TO FOLLOW

TV: 1:30-4 p.m. ET; Saturday, 12-4 p.m.; Sunday, 12-3 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

Twitter: @BridgestoneSP

NOTES: This is the fourth of five majors on the Champions Tour this season. ... This is the 40th edition of the event and the 69th consecutive year that Firestone has played host to a professional golf event. ... Bernhard Langer is a three-time winner of the event and the most recent to successfully defend a title at the Senior Players (2014-16). ... Justin Leonard will be making his Champions debut, while Davis Love III will make his Senior Players debut. Love III won the Players Championship 30 years ago. Love III is one of six World Golf Hall of Fame members in the field along with Langer, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Colin Montgomerie and Vijay Singh.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: The Senior Open Championship, Auchterader, Scotland, July 21-24

--Field Level Media

PGA: Travelers Championship - Final Round
News

WGC-HSBC Champions in China canceled due to COVID restrictions

July 6, 2022, 2:06 PM

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COVID-19 restrictions in China caused the PGA Tour to cancel the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament scheduled for Oct. 27-30.

The event began in 2005 but was last contested in 2019 due to the pandemic.

"We have worked with all Tours, as well as the China Golf Association, on the viability of hosting the WGC-HSBC Champions this fall, but unfortunately the logistical implications forced the difficult decision to cancel the event," PGA Tour international senior vice president Christian Hardy said in a statement. "We are thankful for HSBC's partnership during these trying times as we continue to navigate the changing COVID-19 climate."

Rory McIlroy won the event in 2019. The total purse of $10.5 million is part of the reason it's viewed as Asia's major tournament on the Tour.

Already scheduled for the same dates in October 2022, the Butterfield Bermuda Championship will be the Tour's stand-alone event with full FedEx Cup points. The total purse has been raised to $6.5 million.

The World Golf Championship was created with four events each year. The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, WGC-Workday Championship and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational remain active tour events.

--Field Level Media

PGA: U.S. Open - Final Round
Betting

Genesis Scottish Open: Odds, Preview & Expert Predictions

July 6, 2022, 1:45 PM

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Our PGA Tour betting expert is here to offer his predictions and picks for the Genesis Scottish Open, which begins Thursday at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland.

Fourteen of the top 15 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are set to play this week at the Scottish Open, the first time the pre-Open Championship tune-up is being co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour. Despite that fact, it is hardly the first time American players like Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Sam Burns have gone there to better serve their Open preparations. Min Woo Lee of Australia is defending champion.

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Genesis Scottish Open predictions

--Padraig Harrington to finish in the top 10 @ +1200 with BetMGM

--Matt Fitzpatrick to finish in the top 5 @ +350 with BetMGM

--Victor Perez to win @ +8000 with BetMGM

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Plaudits for Paddy

Tiger Woods' appearance at the JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland earlier this week drew far more attention to the humble charitable event than it usually receives. But while you were scanning that leaderboard, you might have noticed Harrington in the top five. A day after Xander Schauffele set the course record at Adare Manor with a 64, Harrington -- at 50 years old, mind you -- matched it with seven birdies, an eagle and just one bogey.

The two-time Open champion is clearly in top form. He won the U.S. Senior Open last month and looked far superior to the field over the first three rounds. Could Paddy keep it up in Scotland? He was T18 here just last year and T9 the year before. We can't pass this one up, for the nostalgia as much as the value.

Our pick: Padraig Harrington to crack the top 10 @ +1200 with BetMGM.

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From U.S. victory to Scottish soil

Fitzpatrick will be teeing it up for the first time since his breakthrough win at the U.S. Open. Don't doubt his form: He's finished in the top 10 four times in his last five starts and never lower than 18th every time he's made the cut this year.

The last three Scottish Opens have been decided by playoffs, including last year's, when Lee beat Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry on the first playoff hole. Fitzpatrick is comfortable at this course and on the DP World Tour in general, where his first seven professional victories came before Brookline last month.

Our pick: Matt Fitzpatrick to crack the top 5 @ +350 with BetMGM.

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A victory for Victor?

A few trends illustrate why betting the Scottish Open isn't as easy as picking Scheffler and calling it a day. No American has won this event since Rickie Fowler in 2015, and of the past six winners, five were ranked 83rd in the world or lower entering the week. DP World Tour grinders often find their way to the top while the game's elite focus on working the kinks out ahead of the Open.

Frenchman Victor Perez, No. 101 in the world, won his second DP World Tour title earlier this year in the Netherlands and tied for third the very next week. He's made three straight cuts at the Scottish, including a tie for 14th in 2020 when it was played in unusual (and windier) circumstances in October due to the pandemic. Perez averages 308 yards off the tee and ranks seventh on the DP World Tour in Strokes Gained: Approach. He's the sleeper we like the most this week.

Our pick: Victor Perez to win @ +8000 with BetMGM.

--Field Level Media

Golf: Masters Tournament - Practice Round
News

Tiger Woods: 'No physical way to play U.S. Open'

July 5, 2022, 7:45 PM

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Tiger Woods skipped the physical grind of playing last month's U.S. Open because he did not want to risk his chances of playing in next week's 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday at the JP McManus Pro-Am at Ireland's Adare Manor Golf Club, Woods said that problems with his surgically repaired right leg kept him out of the June 16-19 major at Brookline, Mass.

"The plan was to play the U.S. Open, but physically I was not able to do that," he said. "There's no way physically I could have done that. I had some issues with my leg and it would have put this tournament in jeopardy, and so there's no reason to do that."

Woods, 46, has three wins at The Open among his 15 major championships, including victories at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland in 2000 and 2005.

"This is a pretty historic Open that we are going to be playing," Woods said Tuesday. "I'm lucky enough to be part of the past champions that have won there, and want to play there again, and I don't know when they are ever going to go back while I'm still able to play at a high level. I want to be able to give it at least one more run at a high level."

Woods has not played in an official event since the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in May. He withdrew from that tournament after carding a 9-over 79 in the third round.

Since recovering from a single-car rollover accident near Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2021, Woods has played in just two official tournaments. He placed 47th at the Masters in April.

Woods carded a 5-over 77 in the first round of the 36-hole pro-am Monday and showed some improvement with a 2-over 74 in Tuesday's final round. He made back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th holes, along with four bogeys. He tied for 39th at 7 over.

Woods said he has good days and "some very difficult days ... (when) moving off the couch is a hell of a task, and that's just the way it is."

The 82-time PGA Tour winner and former World No. 1 admitted he doesn't know how much longer he will be able to play competitive golf.

"I don't know. I really don't," Woods said. "If you asked me last year whether I would play golf again, all of my surgeons would have said no. But here I am playing two major championships this year. I will always be able to play golf, whether it's this leg or someone else's leg or false leg or different body pieces that have been placed or fused. I'll always be able to play. Now if you say play at a championship level, well, that window is definitely not as long as I would like it to be."

--Field Level Media

PGA: U.S. Open - First Round
News

Billy Horschel on LIV players: 'Hyprocrites ... lying about some things'

July 5, 2022, 5:47 PM

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Add Billy Horschel to the list of PGA Tour golfers who are tired of hearing the reasons why some peers have jumped to the LIV Golf Series.

Speaking Tuesday in advance of the Scottish Open, Horschel said he isn't angry at the players who have jumped to the Saudi-backed LIV Tour. He just wants them to be honest about why, strongly implying they were driven by money and not beefs with the tour.

His comments came the same day word spread that Bryson DeChambeau said on a recent podcast that the deal he signed with LIV through 2026 exceeds the reported $125 million.

"There's a lot of guys that are hypocrites, that aren't telling truth, that are lying about some things that I just I can't stand to sit here anymore and be diplomatic about it as I have been in the past," said Horschel, 35, a seven-time winner on the PGA Tour. "I don't fault anyone for going to play the LIV Tour. I don't have any ill will for anyone going to play LIV Tour. I have ill will toward the comments that they make."

Horschel called out players who say that commissioner Jay Monahan "'doesn't listen to the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour doesn't listen to us.' Jay Monahan and everyone at headquarters is the PGA Tour. They work tirelessly for us to reap the financial rewards and have all the opportunities we have. At the same time, I am one of 200 plus members of the PGA Tour. I am the PGA Tour. ... So when you are taking shots at the PGA Tour and Jay Monahan, you're just not taking shots at them, you're taking shots at us. And to say that they don't listen is a complete farce. It really is."

The LIV Golf Series is playing an eight-event schedule this year. Two tournaments are in the books, with the next one set for July 29-31 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

"It's ridiculous to hear some of these comments some of these guys made saying, ‘Well, you know you know this allows me to play less tournaments. I played 30, 35 weeks a year.' No one's forced you to play that many events. The PGA Tour says 15 events minimum."

Among the players to have bolted the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Series are Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garica. They have been suspended by the PGA Tour.

--Field Level Media

PGA: John Deere Classic - Final Round
Recap

J.T. Poston holds on for wire-to-wire victory at John Deere

July 4, 2022, 1:11 AM

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J.T. Poston's 2-under-par 69 in Sunday's final round was enough to secure a three-shot win at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.

Poston led wire to wire at TPC Deere Run after opening the week with a 9-under 62. He finished at 21-under 263, three better than Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa and Emiliano Grillo of Argentina.

Poston not only won his second career PGA Tour title and the accompanying $1.278 million prize, but also qualified for this month's Open Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. Both Bezuidenhout and Grillo also qualified for the Open with their top-three finishes.

"I can't wait. I've always wanted to play in an Open Championship, and this will be my first one," Poston said. "So for it to be at St. Andrews and the 150th is pretty special, and pretty hard to draw it up any better than that."

Poston slept on a three-shot lead and got off to a hot start with three straight birdies, including a long putt from the fringe at the par-3 third. He left the door cracked open, though, when he posted consecutive bogeys at the par-4 fifth and sixth holes.

He held firm at 20 under by saving 10 straight pars before adding a birdie at the par-5 17th. It marked just the third wire-to-wire win at the John Deere.

"Any time you have the lead it's just tough to play with the lead," Poston said. "There is just a little bit of added pressure. Wire to wire, pretty much having the lead from Thursday on, I told all the media after every round that I was just trying to stick to my game plan and I wasn't going to think about it. The truth is it's hard not to think about the finish line and what comes with it, all that comes with getting a win out here."

Grillo got as low as 19 under before bogeying the 12th and 14th holes to drop further back. He matched Poston's 69.

Bezuidenhout birdied three of his final five holes to finish off a bogey-free 66 and grab the other qualifying position.

"Definitely a confidence booster," Bezuidenhout said of the T2, his best career finish. "I've put in a lot of hard work over the last week, especially my golf swing and just overall my game, my fitness. My trainer is here as well. We've been doing a lot of good things over the last few months, so it's nice to see the results coming through and the hard work is paying off."

Christopher Gotterup (bogey-free 66) and Scott Stallings (70) tied for fourth at 17 under. Gotterup, a rookie making his fourth start as a professional, birdied each of his final three holes.

"Yeah, just more validation that I do belong out here," Gotterup said. "And honestly, I didn't have my greatest stuff this week. Hit it amazing, but just putted pretty poorly until coming down the stretch. So, yeah, you pick up things along the way."

--Field Level Media

PGA: John Deere Classic - Third Round
Recap

J.T. Poston maintains advantage at John Deere Classic

July 2, 2022, 11:53 PM

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J.T. Poston continued his quest for a wire-to-wire victory with a 4-under-par 67 during Saturday's third round at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Poston sits at 19-under 194, three shots ahead of Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (third-round 65), Denny McCarthy (66) and Scott Stallings (64).

Poston is chasing his second career victory on the PGA Tour after taking the 2019 Wyndham Championship.

Callum Tarren (65) of England sits alone in third at 15 under while Chris Naegel (67) and Bo Hoag (63) are tied for sixth at 14 under, five shots back. Hoag shot the best round of the day to vault 18 spots up the leaderboard on moving day.

Poston opened with three birdies on the front nine before posting a birdie, two bogeys and an eagle on the back.

"Obviously the first two days I had everything working great," Poston said. "And today wasn't as sharp tee to green and didn't putt it as well. To be able to still shoot 4-under, which is still very solid today, that gives me some confidence going into tomorrow.

"Hopefully hit it better, but if I don't, I still got the ability to shoot a decent number."

Grillo birdied four of his last five holes in a bid for his second career PGA Tour title and first since 2015. Grillo has shot 64-65 the past two rounds after opening with a 68.

"If you're shooting 68, 69 you're falling behind," Grillo said. "You got to look at that 67, 66 range, especially out here with soft greens and perfect conditions. I mean, there is barely any wind and the guys who are shooting lower than 3-under par on the front, they're playing really well; the opportunities are mostly on the back nine."

Hoag opened birdie-eagle en route to a round of seven birdies against one bogey.

"I've got nothing to lose. I haven't been playing that well coming in here, and just trying to, yeah, shoot a couple good rounds and prove to myself I can play well for a week," Hoag said. "I would love to shoot 63 again. I don't really have a number. Just maybe try to make the most birdies of anybody tomorrow and the rest will take care of itself."

--Field Level Media

PGA: John Deere Classic - Second Round
Recap

J.T. Poston opens four-shot lead at John Deere Classic

July 2, 2022, 1:18 AM

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J.T. Poston followed his opening-round 62 with a 6-under-par 65 Friday to establish a healthy lead after two rounds of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Poston racked up four early birdies at the second through fifth holes on his way to reaching 15-under 127 through two rounds. He leads Denny McCarthy by four strokes after McCarthy shot his own 65 to move to 11 under.

PGA Tour rookie Christopher Gotterup (67), Monday qualifier Chris Naegel (66), Austria's Matthias Schwab (65) and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (64) are tied for third at 10 under.

Poston's approach game and putting were equally dialed in Friday. Three of his birdie putts were inside 3 feet, and another was just under 5 feet. But he also knocked in a 42 1/2-footer, uphill and left to right, for birdie at the par-4 ninth.

Poston tied for second at last week's Travelers Championship, but he is still in search of his first win on tour since August 2019.

"Any time you're in contention, whether you've been leading since Thursday or the back nine on Sunday for the first time, any time you get up, there are some nerves," he said. "There is some pressure. So thankfully I've put myself in that position a few times in my career and I know that I can do it."

McCarthy rolled in six birdies without a bogey to take sole possession of second. The 29-year-old has never won on the PGA Tour.

Gotterup is making his fourth start since turning pro. He nabbed the Fred Haskins and Jack Nicklaus awards as college golf's player of the year while playing for Oklahoma, then made two of three cuts in his first three starts, including a tie for 43rd at the U.S. Open.

After opening with a career-low 65 on Thursday, Gotterup posted a Friday card that featured four birdies, two bogeys and an eagle 2 at the par-4 14th. He reached the green with a 351-yard drive and made a 41-foot putt for eagle.

"Obviously we still got a long ways to go here, but I do think that ... coming out of college I did think my game would translate really well to pro golf," Gotterup said. "You look at guys that hit it pretty far, and I really improved my wedge game over the last couple years, so if I'm hitting the fairway, I got a lot of wedges coming into the greens.

"So I'm comfortable, and if I'm hitting it good, I don't see why I shouldn't play well."

Eight players are tied for seventh at 9 under, including Maverick McNealy and Kelly Kraft, who shot 63s for the low rounds of the day.

Defending champion Lucas Glover rebounded from a first-round 74 with a 66 on Friday to get to 2 under, but he missed the cut by one stroke.

--Field Level Media

PGA: Travelers Championship - Final Round
Recap

J.T. Poston shoots 62 to grab John Deere Classic lead

July 1, 2022, 1:42 AM

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J.T. Poston used an eagle and seven birdies to fire a 9-under-par 62 on Thursday and take the first-round lead at the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.

Poston holds a two-shot lead over Canada's Michael Gligic, who shot a career-low 64 to get to 7 under.

Vaughn Taylor and PGA Tour rookie Christopher Gotterup are tied for third at 6-under 65.

It was Poston's second straight week shooting a 62, his career low, to open a tournament. He also shared the first-round lead at last week's Travelers Championship before eventually tying for second. However, Poston is still looking for his first win on tour since August 2019.

Poston started his bogey-free round on the back nine and made five birdies over his first 10 holes, including three straight at Nos. 17, 18 and 1.

He already had the lead when he stepped to the tee at the par-5 second hole. After reaching the green in two shots, he drained a 26-foot putt for eagle.

If that weren't enough, he escaped some trouble at the par-4 fourth by holing out from a bunker for another birdie.

"I looked at (caddie Aaron) Flener like, 'Did that really happen?'" Poston said. "I mean, it's kind of one of those -- I think it was the first green that I missed, and to hole it out and make birdie is just kind of -- you're not really thinking you're going to make it, but when you do, you just realize it could be one of those days."

Gligic, ranked No. 508 in the Official World Golf Ranking, rang up seven birdies without a bogey Thursday, including three straight at Nos. 7-9. He has just one top-10 finish in his PGA Tour career.

"I never really got into trouble," Gligic said. "Hit a lot of fairways. Hit I think maybe 17 or 16 greens and just never really got into too much trouble. Yeah, just giving myself a lot looks. Some of them fell, and hopefully we can do that tomorrow."

Ricky Barnes, Denny McCarthy, Chris Naegel and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli were tied for fifth after rounds of 5-under 66. U.S. Ryder Cup captain and two-time major winner Zach Johnson opened with a 2-under 69. Defending champion Lucas Glover had a 3-over 74.

Former world No. 1 Jason Day of Australia withdrew before the first round due to a back injury.

--Field Level Media

PGA: the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday - Final Round
News

Jason Day (back) withdraws from John Deere Classic

June 30, 2022, 3:08 PM

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Former world No. 1 golfer Jason Day of Australia withdrew from the John Deere Classic with a back injury on Thursday.

Day, who is now 137th in the Official World Golf Ranking, was replaced in the field by Ted Potter at the tournament based in Silvis, Ill.

The 34-year-old Day has 12 PGA Tour victories, including the 2015 PGA Championship. He also finished tied for second in the 2011 Masters in addition to posting second-place finishes at the 2011 and 2013 U.S. Opens.

--Field Level Media

PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge - Third Round
News

U.S. captain Zach Johnson not looking to LIV for Ryder Cup picks

June 30, 2022, 2:32 PM

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When it comes time for captain Zach Johnson to round out the United States Ryder Cup roster in 2023, the LIV Golf Series is unlikely to receive consideration.

That would include two-time major winner Dustin Johnson, who resigned membership from the PGA Tour, and other Americans with Ryder Cup experience, including Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

"So what I know is this: In order to play on the Ryder Cup team whether you're top six or a pick, you must garner Ryder Cup points through the PGA of America," Johnson said ahead of the John Deere Classic. "In order to garner Ryder Cup points through the PGA of America, you have to be a member of the PGA of America. The way that we're members of the PGA of America is through the PGA Tour. I'll let you connect the dots from there."

In short, the dots don't currently connect for players in the LIV Golf Series targeting Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup events. Team Europe captain Henrik Stenson would not comment on whether LIV Golf Series players are eligible to play for Team Europe, including international competition mainstay Sergio Garcia.

The status of players on the LIV could change ahead of the 2023 Ryder Cup in Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, Italy.

Zach Johnson said his status on the PGA Tour will not change, but he understands the rationale of some of the players he called "my guys" who have defected.

"I got some friends that have decided to go that route," Zach Johnson said. "A lot of individuals that I'm for. I mean these are my friends. I'm for them. I want them to do well. I want them to, you know, find contentment or happiness in whatever it may be. It's not for me to say how that develops or how they find that. I will say I have the utmost respect for them individually."

--Field Level Media

PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans - First Round
Betting

2022 John Deere Classic: Preview, Odds & Best Bets

June 29, 2022, 8:06 PM

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The final PGA Tour stop before The Open Championship is the John Deere Classic, which begins Thursday in Silvis, Ill.

The event is one of five included in The Open Championship qualifying series. The top three finishers within the top 10 who are not already in the field will score a spot at St. Andrews in two weeks.

Field Level Media's golf experts break down the John Deere Classic and provide their best bets.

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

Silvis, Ill., June 30-July 3

Course: TPC Deere Run (Par 71, 7,289 yards)

Purse: $7.2M (Winner: $1.278M)

Defending Champion: Lucas Glover

FedExCup Leader: Scottie Scheffler

HOW TO FOLLOW

TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)

PGA Tour Live: Daily feeds on ESPN+

Social Media: @JDClassic (Twitter)

NOTES

--Only 49 of the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are in the field this week.

--Zach Johnson, the 2012 winner who also serves on the tournament's board of directors, will make his 20th consecutive start in the event.

--Daniel Berger (injury) and three-time champion Steve Stricker withdrew this week. Stricker's unrestricted sponsor exemption went to Morgan Hoffman, who lost his PGA Tour status after exhausting his major medical exemption.

--Five of the past 10 event champions were first-time winners on Tour.

BEST BETS

--Webb Simpson (+1400 at BetMGM) is among the top-ranked players in the field at No. 58. He has only one top-10 in 15 starts this season and returns to the event for the first time since 2010. Simpson is second at the sportsbook with 5.8 percent of the winning tickets and 8.7 percent of the handle backing him. He's second at DraftKings with 9 and 8 percent of the action, respectively, at +1200.

--Adam Hadwin (+1800) was the 18-hole leader at the U.S. Open earlier this month and his T7 there was his fifth top-10 this season. He's third at BetMGM with 5.1 percent of the bets and 6.0 percent of the handle backing him.

--Sahith Theegala (+2500) is coming off a T2 last week - his fifth top-10 of his rookie season. After opening at +3300, he is the biggest liability at BetMGM as he has drawn 9.9 percent of the winning bets and 12.0 percent of the handle. He also leads at DraftKings with 9 and 10 percent, respectively, at +2500.

--Denny McCarthy (+2800) has four top-10s this season. He is also fifth on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting this season and fifth with 303 birdies made.

--Maverick McNealy (+3000) is No. 42 in the FedEx standings - second-highest in the field. He's seeking his first victory on tour. He is the third-biggest liability for BetMGM after opening at +4000 and drawing 5.2 percent of the handle.

--Jason Day (+3300) has also seen his odds shorten dramatically after opening at +3300 at BetMGM. The former major champion has been supported by 3.9 percent of the bets and 4.5 percent of the handle.

--J.T. Poston is being offered at +4500 at DraftKings, where he is third in the field with 4 percent of the bets and 5 percent of the handle backing him. That is the same level of action that Nick Hardy has drawn at +4000.

--Field Level Media

PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge - Second Round
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Golf Glance: The Open spots on line at John Deere Classic

June 29, 2022, 7:00 PM

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Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Travelers Championship (Xander Schauffele)

THIS WEEK: John Deere Classic, Silvis, Ill., June 30-July 3

Course: TPC Deere Run (Par 71, 7,289 yards)

Purse: $7.2M (Winner: $1.278M)

Defending Champion: Lucas Glover

FedExCup Leader: Scottie Scheffler

HOW TO FOLLOW

TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)

PGA Tour Live: Daily feeds on ESPN+

Social Media: @JDClassic (Twitter)

NOTES: Only 49 of the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings are in the field this week. ... This is one of five events included in The Open Championship qualifying series. The top three finishers within the top 10 who are not otherwise exempt will qualify for the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews. ... Zach Johnson, the 2012 winner who also serves on the tournament's board of directors, will make his 20th consecutive start in the event. ... Daniel Berger (injury) and three-time champion Steve Stricker withdrew this week. Stricker's unrestricted sponsor exemption went to Morgan Hoffman, who lost his PGA Tour status after exhausting his major medical exemption. ... Five of the past 10 event champions were first-time winners on Tour.

BEST BETS: Webb Simpson (+1400 at BetMGM) is among the top-ranked players in the field at No. 58. He has only one top-10 in 15 starts this season and is in the event for the first time since 2010. ... Adam Hadwin (+1800) was the 18-hole leader at the U.S. Open earlier this month and his T7 there was his fifth top-10 this season. ... Sahith Theegala (+2500) is coming off a T2 last week - his fifth top-10 of his rookie season. ... Denny McCarthy (+2800) has four top-10s this season. He is also fifth on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting this season and fifth with 303 birdies made. ... Maverick McNealy (+3000) is No. 42 in the FedEx standings - second-highest in the field. He's seeking his first victory on tour.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Scottish Open, North Berwick, Scotland; Barbasol Championship, Nicholasville, Kent. (Both July 7-10)

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: KPMG Women's PGA Championship (In Gee Chun)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Midland, Mich., July 13-16

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: U.S. Senior Open Championship (Padraig Harrington)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Senior Players Championship, Akron, Ohio, July 4-10

--Field Level Media

PGA: THE CJ CUP at SUMMIT - Final Round
News

The CJ Cup moving from Nevada to South Carolina

June 29, 2022, 5:29 PM

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The CJ Cup is moving to Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, S.C., this October, the PGA Tour announced Wednesday.

The limited-field tournament took place in Nevada in 2020 and 2021 after being held on South Korea's Jeju Island for the first three years of the event from 2017-19.

The CJ Cup in South Carolina will feature a 78-man field that includes five players designated by the Korea PGA and the top three available Korean players from the world rankings. Most of the field is based on the previous season's FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy is the defending champion. Prior winners were Jason Kokrak (2020), Justin Thomas (2017, 2019) and Brooks Koepka (2018).

--Field Level Media

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News

3-time champ Steve Stricker WDs from John Deere Classic

June 29, 2022, 4:03 PM

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Three-time John Deere Classic champion Steve Stricker has withdrawn from this week's tournament.

PGA Tour officials announced the news Tuesday but did not provide a reason for his absence.

The tournament begins Thursday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. Lucas Glover was the winner in 2021.

Stricker won the tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and had played in 11 of the last 12 editions. He is the John Deere Classic's all-time leading money winner with nearly $3.3 million in 18 starts.

Stricker, 55, finished second to Padraig Harrington at last week's U.S. Senior Open Championship in Pennsylvania.

He was replaced in the John Deere Classic field by Morgan Hoffman.

--Field Level Media