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U.S. Women's Open

Site: Oakmont, Pa.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Oakmont Golf Club (6,598 yards, par 71).

Purse: TBA ($3.1 million in 2009). Winner's share: TBA ($585,000 in 2009).

Television: ESPN2 (Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.).

Last year: South Korea's Eun Hee Ji won at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa., holing a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Candie Kung.

Ji closed with an even-par 71 for an even-par 284 total. Third-round leader Cristie Kerr shot a 75 to tie for third with In-Kyung Kim at 2 over.

Last week: Na Yeon Choi won the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic for her third LPGA Tour victory, beating Christina Kim, In-Kyung Kim and Song-Hee Kim with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

Notes: Kerr is coming off a 12-stroke victory two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship that made her the first American to top the world ranking. The 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion at Pine Needles, Kerr has two victories this year and 14 overall. ...

In 1992 at Oakmont, Patty Sheehan beat Juli Inkster in an 18-hole playoff for the first of her two Women's Open titles. ...

If tied after 72 holes, a three-hole playoff will take place immediately following the fourth round. If still tied after three holes, the players will go to sudden death. ... The 2011 tournament will be played at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.


John Deere Classic

Site: Silvis, Ill. Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC Deere Run (7,268 yards, par 71).

Purse: $4.4 million. Winner's share: $792,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.).

Last year: Steve Stricker won the second of his three 2009 titles, matching the course record with a second-round 61 and shooting 68-64 in the 36-hole Sunday finish. Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Brett Quigley tied for second, three strokes back.

Last week: Justin Rose won the AT&T National for his second PGA Tour title in his past three starts, holding off Ryan Moore by a stroke at Aronimink.

Notes: The British Open is next week at St. Andrews, opposite the Reno-Tahoe Open. The leading player, not otherwise exempt for the British Open, among the top five and ties will earn a spot. ... Stricker and Kenny Perry, the 2008 winner, are in the field. Stricker won at Riviera in February. ... Three-time winner D.A. Weibring teamed with Chris Gray to design Deere Run. ... J.P. Hayes won in 2002, shooting a course-record 61 in the second round and finishing at 22-under 262 - the lowest score in relation to par in tournament history.


Next event: Senior British Open, July 22-25, Carnoustie Golf Links, Carnoustie, Scotland.

Last week: Larry Mize won the Montreal Championship for his first Champions Tour victory, closing with an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over John Cook. Associated Press