Golf look: Dustin Johnson seeks Travelers repeat; LPGA achieves third major | Sports exchange

  Golf look: Dustin Johnson seeks Travelers repeat;  LPGA achieves third major |  Sports exchange

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance features weekly news and storylines from each of the great North American golf trips.


THIS WEEK: Travelers Championship, Cromwell, Connecticut, March 24-27 June June

Course: TPC River Highlands (Par 70, 6,841 yards)

Prize money: $ 7.4 million (winners: $ 1.332 million)

Defending champion: Dustin Johnson

FedEx Cup leader: Patrick Cantlay

TV: Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3:00 p.m.-6: 00 p.m. (CBS)

PGA Tour Live: Thursday-Friday 6:45 am-6pm ET (featured groups); Saturday-Sunday 8 am-3pm (recommended groups); Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET (Featured Holes).

NOTES: Stephen Stallings Jr. shot a 9-under 63 to qualify on Monday for the lowest round of his professional career. Other qualifiers on Monday are Seamus Power, Lucas Herbert and Andrew Svoboda. … The field includes five of the top 10 players in the official golf rankings plus 2001-02 champion Phil Mickelson. … The three-time master Bubba Watson is one of 10 former masters in the field. … Sponsor exceptions include Brooks Koepka’s brother Chase, College Player of the Year John Pak, former No. 1 amateur Davis Thompson, and four-time All-American Austin Eckroat. … Rickie Fowler will make it after failing to qualify for the US Open last week. … Jim Furyk set the PGA Tour record with 58 in the final round in 2016, even though TPC River Highlands is a par 70. … After being played without fans in 2020, the Travelers will be playing around 10,000 a day this year.

BEST BETS: Bryson DeChambeau (+1200 at DraftKings) led the final round of the US Open before melting down to second nine. He finished T6 in the Travelers last year. … Johnson (+1300) shot 61 in the third round last year when he defeated Kevin Streelman (+3000) with one shot. … Patrick Cantlay (+1600) is aiming for his third win of the season. His 60 at TPC River Highlands in 2011 remains the lowest score in the history of the PGA Tour by an amateur. Cantlay finished on a 65 last year to finish T11. … Scottie Scheffler (+2500) and Abraham Ancer (+2800) are among several young players who are aiming for their first career victory on the PGA Tour. … Watson (+4500) tries to support Billy Casper as the only four-time event champion. … Harris English (+4500) rose to 19th place in the world with his solo third at the US Open. He was also in the race the week before before finishing with a 74. … Mackenzie Hughes (+11000) offers Longshot odds after the game in the last group at Torrey Pines. His T15 broke a streak of five consecutive missed cuts, but Hughes finished third in the Travelers last year.

NEXT WEEK: Rocket Mortgage Classic, Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 1-4 July

LAST TOURNAMENT: Meijer LPGA Classic (Nelly Korda)

THIS WEEK: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Johns Creek, Georgia, June 24-27

Course: Atlanta Athletic Club (Par 72, 6,740 yards)

Prize money: $ 4.5 million (winners: $ 675,000)

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Defending champion: Be Young Kim

Race to the CME Globe Leader: Korda

TV: Thursday-Friday, 11 am-3pm ET (Golf Channel), 5-7pm (Peacock); Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Pfau), 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Pfau), 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (NBC)

Streaming: (All Times NBC Sports App)

NOTES: The 156 player field is cut to the top 60 and a tie after 36 holes. … This is the third of five majors in 2021. Patty Tavatanakit (ANA Inspiration) and Yuka Saso (US Women’s Open) are major winners for the first time this year. The last 10 majors were won by 10 different players. … Kim set the tournament record of 266 goals last year and beat runner-up Inbee Park by five strokes. … all 13 winners of the LPGA Tour 2021 are in the field. … Korda ($ 1.118 million) topped Saso’s ($ 1 million) money list with last week’s win. She also took the lead on average ratings (69.03) and birdies (180) and is the only two-time winner on the tour this year. … Korda leads the Team USA Solheim Cup ranking with 450.50 points, followed by Danielle Kang (425.00), Ally Ewing (290.00), Lexi Thompson (260.50) and Jessica Korda (235, 50). Emily Kristine Pedersen leads Team Europe, followed by Alice Hewson, Sophia Popov, Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid.

NEXT WEEK: Volunteers of America Classic, The Colony, Texas, Jan. 1-4 July

LAST TOURNAMENT: American Family Insurance Championship (Jerry Kelly)

THIS WEEK: Senior Players Championship, Akron, Ohio, March 24-27 June

Course: Firestone Country Club, South Course (Par 70, 7,400 yards)

Prize Money: $ 3M (Winner: $ 450,000)

Defending champion: Kelly

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Kelly

TV: Thursday-Friday, 7-9pm ET (golf channel, tape delay); Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (GC, live)

NOTES: The third major of the Champions Tour plan for 2021 includes 81 players. … Jim Furyk will make his tournament debut 20 years after losing the seven-hole playoff against Tiger Woods in Firestone in the former WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. … Kelly wants to become the first player who can successfully defend his Senior Players title since Bernhard Langer played three times from 2014-16. … US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has retired from the Travelers Championship and is aiming for his third victory in 10 career starts in Champions Majors.

NEXT WEEK: Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Endicott, NY, Sept 2-4 July


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