Golf Glance

Golf Glance

PGA TOURLAST WEEK: Travelers Championship (Bubba Watson)THIS WEEK: Quicken Loans National, June 28-July 1TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md. (Par 70, 7,107 yards)Purse: $7.1 million (Winner: $1.278 million)Defending Champion: Kyle StanleyTelevision: Thursday-Friday 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday 3-6:30 p.m.In its first year hosting the event, TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm ranked as the fourth-hardest on Tour in 2017 with a scoring average of 1.458-over par, behind only three majors: Quail Hollow (PGA Championship), Augusta National (Masters) and Royal Birkdale (Open Championship). This is the final year of the tournament, which will be replaced in 2019 by an event in Detroit sponsored by Quicken Loans. … No. 8 Rickie Fowler is the highest-ranked of the eight players in the top 50 of the world golf rankings in the field. He is also the highest-ranked player (No. 16) in the FedExCup standings. … Tiger Woods went on to win his second FedExCup title after winning the Quicken Loans National in 2009. Woods is making his first start in the event since tying for 18th in 2015. He also won it in 2012. … Other FedExCup champions in the field are Bill Haas (2011) and Billy Horschel (’14). … Stanley beat Charles Howell III on the first playoff hole last season. … Troy Merritt (2015) holds the tournament scoring record of 266. … The top four players to finish in the top 12 who are not otherwise exempt will qualify for the Open Championship.NEXT WEEK: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WVa.LPGA TOURLAST WEEK: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (Nasa Hataoka)THIS WEEK: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 28-July 1Kempur Lakes Golf Club, Kildeer, Ill. (Par 72, 6,741 yards)Purse: $3.65 million (Winner: $547,500)Television: Thursday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC)Defending Champion: Danielle KangThe field features the top 100 players on the LPGA Tour money list. … Ariya Jutanugarn leads the 2018 money list ($1.75 million), the Rolex Player of the Year standings (150 points) and the Race to CME Globe (2,559). She also leads the Tour in scoring average (69.407) and is the only two-time winner in 2018. … Betsy King holds the tournament scoring record of 17-under 267 set in 2992. … Top-ranked Inbee Park is the only three-time Women’s PGA Championship winner (2013-15). … Jutanugarn, Park and England’s Charley Hull are the only three players to post top-10 finishes in each of this year’s first two majors. … This is the final event for players to qualify for the eight teams that will compete for the 2018 UL International Crown in Korea. The qualifying teams were determined after the U.S. Women’s Open: Republic of Korea, United States, Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden and Chinese Taipei. Defending champion Kang (No. 22) is currently fifth among U.S. players in the Rolex Rankings, behind Lexi Thompson (No. 3), Jessica Korda (11), Cristie Kerr (12) and Michelle Wie (17). The top four players in Monday’s rankings will qualify for their respective teams.