Event: U.S. Bank Championship
Course: Brown Deer Park Golf Course (6,759 yards, par 70).
Purse: $3.5 million. Winner's share: $630,000.
TV: USA (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.) and Ch. 4 (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Kenny Perry won for the third time in four starts, beating Steve Allan and Heath Slocum by a stroke.
Last week: Todd Hamilton won the British Open for his first major title, beating Ernie Els by a stroke in a four-hole playoff. They finished regulation at 10-under 274, one stroke ahead of Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon. . . . Jonathan Byrd won the B.C. Open for his second tour title, beating Ted Purdy by a stroke in Endicott.
Chip shots: Loren Roberts won in 1996 and 2000, setting records in 2000 with a 24-under 260 total and eight-stroke margin. . . . Ryder Cup hopeful Scott Verplank is the top money winner in the field at No. 18 ($1,727,827), and K.J. Choi (21st), Perry (27th) and Wisconsin player Jerry Kelley (30th) are the only other top-30 players. Skip Kendall, Steve Stricker and J.P. Hayes also grew up in Wisconsin. . . . Shigeki Maruyama, skipping the tournament, won in 2001 to become the first Japanese player to win a PGA Tour event on the mainland. . . . The Buick Open is next week in Grand Blanc, Mich.
On the Net: www.pgatour.com
Event: Evian Masters
Site: Evian, France.
Course: Evian Masters Golf Club (6,171 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner's share: $375,000.
TV: The Golf Channel (Today, 5-7 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m.; Thursday, 5-7 p.m., 9-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-7 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.).
Last year: Juli Inkster won her 30th LPGA Tour title, finishing with a tournament-record 21-under 267 total for a six-stroke victory over Hee-Won Han.
Last week: Moira Dunn won her first LPGA Tour title in her 245th event, closing with a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke victory over Young-A Yang in the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in Vienna, Ohio.
Chip shots: Meg Mallon, coming off consecutive victories in the U.S. Women's Open and Canadian Women's Open, is in the strong field along with 2000 and 2002 winner Annika Sorenstam and 14-year-old Michelle Wie. Wie is skipping the U.S. Girls Junior to make her first appearance in a professional event in Europe. . . . Tournament officials put Sorenstam and Wie in consecutive groups. Sorenstam will play with Mallon and Se Ri Pak, and Wie will join Grace Park and Lorena Ochoa. . . . The tournament became an official LPGA event in 2000. . . . The Women's British Open, the final major championship of the season, is next week at Sunningdale.
On the Net: www.lpga.com
Senior PGA Tour
Event: Senior British Open
Site: Portrush, Northern Ireland.
Course: Royal Portrush Golf Club, Dunluce Course (6,822 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1,620,600. Winner's share: $255,730.
TV: TNT (Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Ch. 7 (Saturday-Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m.)
Last year: Five-time British Open champion Tom Watson won at Turnberry in Scotland, beating England's Carl Mason on the second hole of a playoff. Watson closed with a 64 and got into the playoff when Mason finished regulation with a double bogey.
Last event: England's Mark James became the first European to win a Champions Tour major, beating Spain's Jose Maria Canizares by a stroke in the Senior Players Championship on July 11 in Dearborn, Mich.
Chip shots: The tournament, first played in 1992, became an official Champions Tour event last season, giving the tour five majors. . . . Watson is playing a week after withdrawing from the British Open because of a shoulder injury. . . . Eduardo Romero, Mike Reid and Ron Streck are making their Champions Tour debuts. Peter Jacobsen, Ben Crenshaw, Jerry Pate and Andy Bean are making their first appearances in the event. . . . Royal Portrush also was the tournament site from 1995 to '99. Scotland's Brian Barnes won in 1995 and 1996, followed by Gary Player in 1997, Wales' Brian Huggett in 1998 and Ireland's Christy O'Connor Jr. in 1999. . . . The U.S. Senior Open is next week at Bellerive in St. Louis.
On the Net: www.pgatour.com
Upcoming charity events
Easter Seals New York will benefit from the Central New York Golf Tournament at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the Corning Country Club. A fee of $185 per golfer or $680 a foursome includes dinner. Contact Bill Perkins at (607) 275-0647.
The Depew Wildcats Football/Athletic Alumni will hold its annual tournament at noon Aug. 2 at Glen Oaks Golf Course in Amherst. Entry fee of $100 for the shotgun start event includes drinks on the course and a buffet dinner. Proceeds benefit the Coach Frank Constantino Football Alumni Scholarship Fund, Depew athletic programs and the Hunter's Hope Foundation. Call 864-3912.