Women’s PGA Championship in Atlanta starts today with a very impressive field of international stars.



Site: Johns Creek, Georgia.

Course: Atlanta Athletic Club. Yardage: 6,831. Par: 72.

Prize money: $4.5 million. Winner’s share: $675,000.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-4 p.m. (NBC). Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Sei Young Kim.

Race to CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda.

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.

Next week: Volunteers of America Classic.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/




Site: Cromwell, Connecticut.

Course: TPC River Highlands. Yardage: 6,841. Par: 70.

Prize money: $7.4 million. Winner’s share: $1,332,000.

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

Defending champion: Dustin Johnson.

FedEx Cup leader: Patrick Cantlay.

Last week: Jon Rahm won the U.S. Open.

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.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/

Round 1: Thursday, June 24
11:00 – 3:00 PM ET on GOLF
5:00 – 7:00 PM ET on Peacock

Round 2: Friday, June 25
11:00 – 3:00 PM ET on GOLF
5:00 – 7:00 PM ET on Peacock

Round 3: Saturday, June 26
10:00 – 1:00 PM ET on Peacock
1:00 – 4:00 PM ET on NBC

Final Round: Sunday, June 27
12:00 – 3:00 PM ET on Peacock
3:00 – 6:00 PM ET on NBC