Golf Glance: Dustin Johnson returns for U.S. Open tune-up

PUBLISHED: Tue, 08 Jun 2021 19:25:18 GMT
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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: The Memorial Tournament (Patrick Cantlay)

THIS WEEK: Palmetto Championship at Congaree, Ridgeland, S.C., June 10-13

Course: Congaree Golf Club (Par 71, 7,655 yards)

Purse: $7M (Winner: $1.314M)

Defending Champion: Inaugural event

FedEx Cup leader: Cantlay

HOW TO WATCH

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: Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes)

NOTES: The event replaces the RBC Canadian Open, which was canceled for the second consecutive year due to COVID-19 travel and safety restrictions in Canada. It is the third event of the season to be held in South Carolina (RBC Heritage, PGA Championship). … The RBC Canadian Open is scheduled to return in 2022 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. … World No. 1 and South Carolina resident Dustin Johnson is teeing it up for the first time since the PGA Championship. He has yet to win in his home state. … John Pak and Davis Thompson will make their professional debuts on sponsors exemptions. Both competed on the victorious Unites States team in this year’s Walker Cup. … South Africa’s Garrick Higgo, who has won two of his past three starts on the European Tour and made the cut at the PGA Championship, is also in the field on a sponsors exemption.

BEST BETS: Johnson (+775 at DraftKings) tied for second at the Houston Open ahead of winning the Masters in November. It was the most recent time he played the week before a major. Johnson does not have a top 10 finish in his past seven starts. … Brooks Koepka (+850) is also playing for the first time since a T2 at the PGA Championship. He has three runner-up finishes in his past six starts. … Tyrrell Hatton (+1200) has three top-10s in 14 starts this season but only one top-20 in his past five starts. … Matthew Fitzpatrick (+1300) has missed two of three cuts since finishing T4 at the RBC Heritage. … Sungjae Im (+1700) is coming off consecutive missed cuts for the first time since 2019 and has failed to reach the weekend in three of his past four events. He did T8 at the Honda Classic and T13 at the RBC Heritage. … Ian Poulter (+2800) is coming at T3 at Colonial and his ball-striking should suit Congaree. … Lucas Glover (+2900) has significant course knowledge as a Professional Ambassador at Congaree.

NEXT WEEK: U.S. Open, San Diego, Calif., June 17-20

LPGA Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: U.S. Women’s Open (Yuka Saso)

THIS WEEK: LPGA MediHeal Championship, Daly City, Calif., June 10-13

Course: Lake Merced Golf Club (Par 72, 6,589 yards)

Purse: $1.5M

Defending Champion: Sei Young Kim (2019)

Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda

TV/Streaming: Thursday-Friday, 6-9 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 7-10 p.m. (All times Golf Channel or NBC Sports app)

NOTES: The 144-player field will be cut to the top 70 and ties after 36 holes. … The event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Saso is not in the field after claiming her first career major title last week. She leads the tour’s money list with $1M in 2021 earnings. … Inbee Park leads the tour with a 68.958 scoring average. … Danielle Kang leads the Team USA Solheim Cup standings with 399.50 points. Korda is second with 390.50, followed by Ally Ewing (266.00), Lexi Thompson (257.50) and Jessica Korda (235.50).

NEXT WEEK: Meijer LPGA Classic, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Principal Charity Classic (Stephen Ames)

THIS WEEK: American Family Insurance Championship, Madison, Wis., June 11-13

Course: University Ridge Golf Course (Par 72, 7,083 yards)

Purse: $2.4M (Winner: $360,000)

Defending Champion: Jerry Kelly (2019)

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer

TV: Thursday, 12-2:30 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

NOTES: The event returns after being canceled in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Madison native Kelly is the defending champion with Wisconsin native Steve Stricker serving as tournament host. … Stricker’s caddie and brother-in-law, Mario Tiziani, is in the field, as is Wisconsin native and former PGA Tour pro Andy North. … Champions rookie Alex Cejka, who won the Senior PGA Championship, has played 17 of his 20 rounds on tour this season under par.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Senior Players Championship, Akron, Ohio

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