It’s a big week in golf as LPGA and Champions Tour players compete in majors and PGA Tour prepare for next week’s British Open.
The women are at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, for the Women’s British Open and Champions Tour players are in Edmond, Okla., for the U.S. Senior Open.
The Women’s British Open field includes defending champion Stacy Lewis, who also won the last LPGA Tour event last month in Arkansas, and Michelle Wie, who gained her first major title last month in the U.S. Women’s Open.
Kansas City’s Tom Watson is skipping the U.S. Senior Open as he continues preparations as captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team for that event this fall in Scotland. The field includes pros Tom Pernice, Jr. of Kansas City and Woody Austin of Derby, Kan., and amateurs Bryan Norton and Joe Palmer, who advanced through sectional qualifying at Indian Hills Country Club
While the women and seniors have a major this week, others are preparing for next week’s British Open. The PGA Tour is in Silvis, Ill., for the John Deere Classic, but many players, including Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, are getting used to play on a links course by playing in the European Tour’s Scottish Open in Aberdeen, Scotland.
PGA TOUR: John Deere Classic. Thursday through Sunday in Silvis, Ill. TV: Golf Channel (Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon) and CBS (Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.).
LPGA TOUR: Women’s British Open. Thursday through Sunday in Southport, England. TV: ESPN2 (Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.).
CHAMPIONS TOUR: U.S. Senior Open. Thursday through Sunday in Edmond, Okla. TV: ESPN2 (Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.).
WEB.COM TOUR: Utah Championship. Thursday through Sunday in Sandy, Utah. TV: Golf Channel (Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.).
Players to watch
Tseng is seeking her third Women’s British Open title. She won at Royal Birkdale in 2010 and at Carnoustie in 2011.
Spieth won the John Deere Classic last year at age 19, becoming the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931.
Verplank, a former Oklahoma State player, won the 1984 U.S. Amateur on same course he is making his Champions Tour debut.