NOTES: Welshman Jamie Donaldson won his first European Tour title, finishing with a 6-under 66 for a four-stroke victory at Royal Portrush last year. ...Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell top the Irish contingent along with Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, the 2007 winner at Adare Manor, and Shane Lowry, the 2009 champion as an amateur at County Louth.
CHAMPIONS TOUR - SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
COURSE: Fox Chapel Golf Club (6,996 yards, par 70).
PURSE: $2.7 million. Winner’s share: $405,000.
TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 2:30-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-4:30 a.m., 2:30-6 p.m.; Monday, 2-5 a.m.).
CANADIAN CONTINGENT: Jim Rutledge, Rod Spittle
NOTES: Colin Montgomerie is making his Champions Tour debut. The eight-time European Tour money champion, who was enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year, turned 50 on Sunday. His last professional victory came at the 2007 European Open at the K Club in Ireland. ... The tournament is the third of the tour’s five major championships. Kohki Idoki won the Senior PGA in May at Bellerive in St. Louis, and David Frost took the Regions Tradition three weeks ago at Shoal Creek in Alabama. ...Fred Couples won the 2011 tournament at Westchester Country Club in New York. ... Rocco Mediate, from nearby Greensburg, won the Allianz Championship in February in his first senior start.
WEB.COM TOUR - UNITED LEASING CHAMPIONSHIP
COURSE: Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh, Indiana
PURSE: $600,000. Winner's share: $99,000
TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.)
CANADIAN CONTINGENT: Adam Hadwin, Matt Hill, Roger Sloan, Richard Scott
NOTES: The thermometer topped 100 degrees on all four days of last year’s inaugural edition, including a final day in which four extra holes were needed before Peter Tomasulo outlasted Sweden’s David Lingmerth. Forecasts call for Thursday’s high in the low 90s, with the rest of the week about 10 degrees cooler. ...Chesson Hadley, the Tour’s newest winner, may also have the hottest hand with four top-6 finishes in his past five starts. Biggest question for Hadley is how much he has left in the tank after a hometown win last week.
SYMETRA TOUR - ISLAND RESORT CHAMPIONSHIP
COURSE: Sweetgrass Golf Club, Harris, Michigan
PURSE: $115,000. Winner's share: $17,000
CANADIAN CONTINGENT: Angela Buzminski, Sue Kim, Danielle Mills, Samantha Richdale, Ashley Sholer, Nicole Vandermade, Jessica Wallace, Natalie Gleadall (alternate), Melissa Mabanta (alternate)
NOTES: Sue Kim, currently No. 1 in the Volvik Race for the Card standings, recorded her first career Symetra Tour victory at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic earlier this month and grabbed the No. 1 spot after her win. She has recorded six top-10 finishes in her three-year Symetra Tour campaign. Eight of the Tour’s top-10 players on the money list are slated to be in the field. ...Also scheduled to compete are a trio of current cast members on Golf Channel’s reality series, Big Break Mexico - Taylor Collins, Stefanie Kenoyer and Emily Talley.
ALL-AMERICAN GATEWAY TOUR - EVENT #9
COURSE: Grayhawk Golf Club, Raptor Course, Scottsdale, AZ
CANADIAN CONTINGENT: Scott McNeil, Jordan Krantz