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Teeing it up for September 18

PGA Tour

Event: Tour Championship

Site: Atlanta.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: East Lake Golf Club (7,307 yards, par 70).

Purse: $8 million. Winner’s share: $1.44 million.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 1-6 p.m., 6:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 1-6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sunday, noon-1 p.m., 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday, noon-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.).

Last year: Brandt Snedeker won the event and the FedEx Cup. He earned $11.44 million, receiving $1.44 for the tournament victory and $10 million for the FedEx Cup title.

Last week: Zach Johnson won the rain-delayed BMW Championship on Monday at Conway Farms, closing with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Nick Watney. Jim Furyk became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59, accomplishing the feat in the second round.

Chip shots: The top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for the season-ending event. ... The top five — Tiger Woods is No. 1, followed by Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Johnson and Matt Kuchar — can take the $10 million FedEx Cup prize with a victory. The other 25 players have a chance to win the playoff title with a victory, but would need help from the players at the top of the standings. ... Scott opened the four-event playoffs with a victory in The Barclays at Liberty National, and Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. ... Snedeker, 10th in the standings, is the first FedEx Cup champion to return to East Lake the year after winning the points race. ... East Lake, the course where Bobby Jones learned to play, was designed by Donald Ross and renovated by Rees Jones. ... The Presidents Cup is Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

Champions Tour

Event: Hawaii Championship

Site: Kapolei, Hawaii.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Kapolei Golf Course (7,001 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $270,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 6:30-9 p.m.; Sunday, 3-5 a.m., 7-9 p.m.).

Last year: Willie Wood won the second of his two 2012 titles, taking advantage of Bill Glasson’s back-nine collapse. Five strokes back in the final round, Wood birdied the last two holes for a one-stroke victory over Glasson.

Last event: Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship on Sept. 8 for his second victory of the season, chipping in for birdie to beat Kenny Perry on the third extra hole.

Chip shots: Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner, leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings — 857 points ahead of Bernhard Langer with six events left. ... Hale Irwin has eight official Champions Tour victories in Hawaii, winning the Turtle Bay Championship six times and the Mitsubishi Electric twice. He also has three victories in the Senior Skins and won the PGA Tour’s Sony Open. The 68-year-old Irwin leads the 50-and-over tour with 45 career victories. ... The First Tee Open is next week at Pebble Beach.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com


Next event: Reignwood LPGA Classic, Oct. 3-6, Pine Valley Golf Club, Beijing.

Last week: Norway’s Suzann Pettersen won the rain-shortened Evian Championship in France for her second straight victory and second major title, beating 16-year-old amateur Lydia Ko by two strokes.

Online: http://www.lpga.com.

Area Holes-In-One

Brian Carter, on the 136-yard fifth hole at Brookfield, with a 7-iron.

Richard DiGiacomo, on the 181-yard second hole at Westwood with a 3-wood.

Michael Golden, on the 136-yard, 14th hole at Fox Valley, with a 6-iron.

Cassey Kacprowicz, 170-yard third hole at Tri-County, with a hybrid.

Fred Minter, on the 138-yard fifth hole at Brookfield, with a 7-iron.

Bob Philips, on the 199-yard 18th hole at Cardinal Hills, with a 6-iron.

Ron Schwartz, on the 179-yard 11th hole at Concord Crest, with a 7-wood.

Kyle Walsh, on the 180-yard fourth hole at 18-Mile Creek, with a pitching wedge.

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