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                  ***** This Week in Golf -- Aug. 22-25 *****
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - THE BARCLAYS, Liberty National
 Golf  Club,  Jersey City, New  Jersey - The  FedExCup Playoffs start this week
 with 123 of the top 125 on the points list set to tee it up.
 
 Last year, The Barclays was contested at Bethpage Black, but the event rotates
 to Liberty National this year.
 
 Nick  Watney fired a  6-under 65 in the first round last year and cruised to a
 3-stroke  win  over Brandt Snedeker, who  went on to win the Tour Championship
 and the FedExCup.
 
 The  two players  skipping  the event  are Steve  Stricker  and Zach  Johnson.
 Stricker  is  playing a limited  schedule this year  and did not commit, while
 Johnson is skipping the tournament to be in his brother's wedding.
 
 This  is the seventh  year of the FedExCup Playoffs, and five of the first six
 champions  have qualified  for this  year's playoffs.  The only  past FedExCup
 winner that didn't qualify was 2008 champ Vijay Singh.
 
 Only three of the last six winners of The Barclays are in the field this week.
 Watney, 2011 winner Dustin Johnson and 2010 champ Matt Kuchar all made it into
 the  Playoffs  this year, while  2007 winner  Stricker, 2008 titlist Singh and
 2009 champ Heath Slocum failed to qualify.
 
 Tour  rookie Jordan  Spieth, who started the  year with no status on tour, has
 played  his way  to eighth on the  FedExCup points list, thanks in part to his
 win  at  the John  Deere Classic.  Spieth is the  third rookie  to go into the
 Playoffs ranked in the top 10 in the standings.
 
 Snedeker,  the  reigning FedExCup  champion, enters the  Playoffs third on the
 points list. That gives him the inside track on becoming the first champion to
 qualify for the next years Tour Championship.
 
 Golf  Channel will have full coverage of the first two rounds and early action
 on  Saturday  and Sunday  before handing off  to CBS for  the remainder of the
 coverage.
 
 The  PGA  Tour  heads  to  Massachusetts  next  week  for  the  Deutsche  Bank
 Championship,  where Rory  McIlroy rallied with a final-round 67 to beat Louis
 Oosthuizen by a shot last year.
 
 
 EUROPEAN TOUR
 
 JOHNNIE  WALKER  CHAMPIONSHIP AT GLENEAGLES, The Gleneagles Hotel, 
Perthshire,
 Scotland - The European Tour returns to action after a one-month layoff.
 
 Since  the  last official event  in Russia,  the third World Golf Championship
 event  and final major (PGA Championship) of the season have been played. With
 the  FedExCup  Playoffs starting this  week for the PGA  Tour, many of the top
 players are still in the United States this week.
 
 Last  year, Paul Lawrie  opened and closed with 68s en route to a 4-stroke win
 over  Brett Rumford. Lawrie was five strokes better than Rumford in the middle
 two rounds, and that was what carried him to victory.
 
 The  victory was  Lawrie's second of the  year, and eighth of is career on the
 European Tour. It also solidify his spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
 
 Gleneagles,  the host venue this week, will not host the event next year as it
 prepares  for the  2014 Ryder Cup. Europeans will start earning points towards
 the next Ryder Cup next week in Wales.
 
 Lawrie,  whose  lone top-10 this year  was in January, will headline the field
 with  Scott  Jamieson and Stephen Gallacher,  who have both won this year, and
 Francesco  Molinari,  who teamed with Lawrie  on last year's winning Ryder Cup
 team.
 
 Golf Channel has coverage of all four rounds this week.
 
 The  tour heads  to Wales  next  week for  the  ISPS Handa  Wales Open,  where
 Thongchai Jaidee hung on for a 1-stroke win last year.
 
 
 LPGA TOUR
 
 CN  CANADIAN  WOMEN'S OPEN - Royal  Mayfair Golf Club, Edmonton, Alberta - The
 LPGA  Tour  returns to  action in  Canada this week  with the Canadian Women's
 Open.
 
 Amateur  Lydia Ko made  history last year as she became the youngest winner in
 LPGA Tour history and the first amateur winner since 1969.
 
 Ko  led by one  entering the final round last year, then fired a 5-under 67 to
 win by three over Inbee Park.
 
 The  16-year-old has  played nine  LPGA  Tour events  this year,  and she  has
 collected  four top-10 finishes.  She opened the season with a 63 in the first
 round in Australia, but closed with a 76 to finish in third place.
 
 Despite her age, Ko already has won three professional titles, one each on the
 LPGA, Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf.
 
 The  event shifts  from Vancouver  Golf  Club to  Royal Mayfair  Golf Club  in
 Edmonton this year.
 
 Golf Channel will cover all four rounds of action.
 
 The  LPGA heads  to Portland  next week  for the  Safeway Classic,  where Mika
 Miyazato won by two strokes over Park and Lincicome last year.
 
 
 CHAMPIONS TOUR
 
 BOEING  CLASSIC, TPC  Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Washington - The Champions
 Tour heads to Washington this week for the Boeing Classic.
 
 Jay  Don  Blake and  Mark O'Meara  needed extra  holes last  year as they both
 closed  with 68s  to end at 10-under.  O'Meara missed a birdie try from inside
 seven feet after Blake missed a 12-footer on the first extra hole.
 
 They  head back  to the 18th again,  and this time Blake made sure they didn't
 return. Blake rolled his eagle effort to tap-in range. After O'Meara failed to
 convert from 15 feet out, Blake knocked in his birdie attempt for the win.
 
 The  victory was Blake's third of his Champions Tour career. He doesn't have a
 win this year, but he does have two second-place finishes.
 
 Golf Channel will have television coverage of all three rounds.
 
 The  Champions Tour  heads north of the  border next week for the Shaw Charity
 Classic, a new event on the schedule.
 
 
 WEB.COM
 
 COX  CLASSIC, Champions Run, Omaha, Nebraska - The Web.com Tour is in Nebraska
 this week for the Cox Classic.
 
 Ben Kohles made it 2-for-2 last year as he won his second straight tour start.
 In  fact, it was his second ever tour start, and he became the first player in
 tour history to win his first two starts.
 
 With  the changes in the qualification system for the PGA Tour this year, this
 the final regular season event for players battling for position to earn their
 PGA Tour card.
 
 The  top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list after this week, will receive their
 PGA  Tour.  The last four Web.com  Tour events will  include the top 75 on the
 tour money list and Nos. 126 to 200 on the FedExCup points list.
 
 The  top 25  money earners, not already qualified, from those four events will
 also  earn their  PGA  Tour cards  for  the 2013-14  season,  which starts  in
 October.
 
 The busy Golf Channel will cover all four rounds this week.
 
 The  Web.com Tour  finals start next week  with a new event, the Hotel Fitness
 Championship.
 
 
 PGA TOUR CANADA
 
 GREAT  WATERWAY CLASSIC, Upper Canada Golf Course, Morrisburg, Ontario - After
 a  short break,  the Canadian Tour returns  to action this week with the Great
 Waterway Classic.
 
 Last  year, Eugene Wong fired a 65 in the final round to hold off Daniel Im by
 a single stroke. Im matched Wong's 65 to grab second place.
 
 The  victory was the  second straight on the PGA Tour Canada for Wong. In five
 events  this  year, Wong's  best finish was  a share of  sixth at the Syncrude
 Boreal Open.
 
 The   PGA  Tour   Canada  remains  in  Ontario  next  week  for  The  Wildfire
 Invitational.
 
 
 
 08/19 18:13:58 ET

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