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Teeing it up for July 8

PGA Tour

Event: John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 4-7 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 3-6 p.m. on CBS.

Last Year: Brian Harman claimed his first PGA Tour victory by closing with a 5-under-par 66 to beat Zach Johnson by one stroke. The left-handed Harman started with scores of 63-68-65 to carry the lead into the final round and admittedly fought off nerves to get to the finish line. Johnson, who closed with a 64, tied for the lead with a birdie on the 14th hole, but Harman played the same hole a few minutes later and got up and down for a birdie from a greenside bunker by sinking a 14-foot putt. That was the first of three consecutive birdies that allowed him to take a two-stroke lead to the final hole, where he made a harmless bogey.


Event: 70th U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 2-7 p.m., on Fox Sports 1; Saturday and Sunday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Fox Sports.

Last Year: Michelle Wie captured her first major championship, surviving a double-bogey 6 on the 16th hole to win by two strokes over Stacy Lewis at Pinehurst No. 2. Wie made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th, giving her a cushion heading to the final hole, where she two-putted from 20 feet for a par to finish at even-par 70. Using her table-top putting stance, Wie did not have a three-putt over the 72 holes on the tricky Pinehurst greens and had 25 one-putts. Lewis, a two-time major champion who started the final round six shots back, closed the gap with a 66 that included costly bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes. Her birdies on the last two holes were simply a little late.

Champions Tour

Event: Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill., Friday through Sunday.

TV: Friday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3-6 p.m.; on the Golf Channel each day.

Last Year: Tom Lehman holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by one stroke over Michael Allen and Kirk Triplett. Lehman, who closed with a 2-under-par 70, claimed his eighth victory on the Champions Tour after winning five times on the PGA Tour, including the 1996 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He bounced back from bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes with birdies on three of the last four. Allen finished with a 67, also making birdies on three of his last four holes. His approach shot on the final hole hit the flagstick and stopped 4 inches from the cup. Triplett had a bogey-free 68, but he missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.

Area holes-in-one

Wayne Conrad, on the 210-yard second hole at Eden Valley, with a 4-iron.

David Hamilton, on the 135-yard 12th hole at Crag Burn, with a 7-iron.

Kathy Hubbard, on the 125-yard 13th hole at Gowanda, with a 4-hybrid.

Peter Labaki, on the 124-yard 12th hole at Crag Burn, with a 8-iron.

Mark O’Donnell, on the 112-yard fourth hole at Arrowhead, with a pitching wedge.

Dennis Seeley, on the 137-yard 13th hole at East Aurora CC, with a 4-hybrid.

Janet Trinkwalder, on the 108-yard 12th hole at Byrncliff, with a 7-iron.

Luke Zlotek, on the 134-yard sixth hole at Orchard Park CC, with a driver.