This Week in Golf -- June 26-29

Bill Haas, who won here last year to secure his fifth victory on the PGA Tour, is set to defend his title. Last year's victory at Congressional Country Club was Haas' last win on tour.

Haas poured in six birdies to just one bogey on his way to a final-round 66 last year, which secured him a 3-shot victory over Roberto Castro. Haas finished his week at 12-under-par 272.

Despite having no wins on tour this year, Haas has still been quite successful with three top-10 finishes, including tie for sixth place at both the Humana Challenge and the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Haas did not play at last week's Travelers Championship and he finished tied for 35th at the U.S. Open the week before. He has yet to miss a cut this year.

Woods is one of four top-10 players in the world who will be competing in this week's event. Joining Woods will be No. 6 Jason Day, No. 9 Jordan Spieth and No. 10 Justin Rose.

Of the four, only Day competed in last week's Travelers Championship, while the others took the week off. Rose is seeking his first win since earning his first major championship at the U.S. Open last year. Rose also won this event in 2010, when it was held at Aronimink Golf Club.

Golf Channel has coverage on Thursday and Friday and early coverage on the weekend before CBS takes over for the remainder of the action.

The PGA Tour will be in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia next week for the Greenbrier Classic. Sweden's Jonas Blixt fired a final-round 67 to earn his second career victory on tour at 13-under 267. Blixt has not won since.


BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN, Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, Cologne, Germany - The European Tour heads to Germany this week for the BMW International Open, a tournament Ernie Els won last year.

Els birdied his final hole on Sunday, giving him a 1-shot victory over Thomas Bjorn. Els shot a final-round, 3-under 69 and finished at 18-under-par 270 to secure his 28th career win on the European Tour. Els is not scheduled to take part in this week's event.

Bjorn matched Els' final-round 69 last year, but it was not quite enough. Bjorn, a 15-time winner on the European Tour, will look to win his third ever BMW International Open after taking home the title in 2000 and 2002. His last win came earlier this year at the 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge, where he shot a 20-under 268.

Fresh off his second career major at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, Martin Kaymer is back in action as he looks to win his 12th event on the European Tour. He also won the BMW International Open back in 2008.

Kaymer, who finished tied for fourth at 15-under at this event last year, will be joined by the world's No. 2 golfer Henrik Stenson. Stenson finished tied for 10th here last year and he is looking for his ninth win on the European Tour. Stenson won this tournament in 2006.

Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds.

The tour will be in Paris, France next week for the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National, where Graeme McDowell ran away with the title last year after a 4-under 67 in the final round. McDowell was 9-under 275 for the tournament and he beat out Richard Sterne by four strokes.


CONSTELLATION SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - The Champions Tour will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week for their third major of the year, where Kenny Perry will defend his title at the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

Perry, who won the first major of the year at the Regions Tradition, is seeking his seventh career victory on the Champions Tour and his fourth major title. He also took home the U.S. Senior Open Championship to go along with the Constellation Senior Players Championship in 2013.

With Fred Couples out in front entering the final round last year, Perry needed to have a big day to earn his first ever major. He did just that, shooting a final-round, 6-under 64, finishing the tournament at 19-under 261, two shots clear of Couples and Duffy Waldorf.

Perry also had 14 career victories on the PGA Tour, but he never won a major championship.

So far this year, Perry has the one win at the Regions Tradition, with his next-best finish coming at the Toshiba Classic, where he tied for fifth. He also finished tied for sixth at last week's Encompass Championship.

Golf Channel will have extensive coverage all four days.

After a week off, the Champions Tour will be in Edmond, Oklahoma at the Oak Tree National for the U.S. Senior Open Championship, the tour's fourth major championship this year. Perry will also be defending his title after beating out Fred Funk by five strokes last year.


WALMART NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP, Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Arkansas - Inbee Park birdied the first playoff hole to defeat So Yeon Ryu and take home her eighth career LPGA Tour victory last year.

Park shot a 4-under 67 in the final round, while Ryu could only manage a 2- under 69 and the two finished tied atop the leaderboard at 12-under 201 for the week. Park birdied No. 18, which was the first playoff hole, at Pinnacle Country Club to seize the title. It was Park's fifth win of the year.

Since that victory, Park has also won the U.S. Women's Open, her fourth career major and third of the year, and the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic two weeks ago.

Coming off her first career major championship at last week's U.S. Women's Open, Michelle Wie will look for her third victory on tour this year and fifth of her career.

At last year's NW Arkansas Championship, Wie failed to make the cut and finished her two rounds at 2-over 144. She has revamped her game, however, and has yet to miss a cut this year, while finishing in the top 10 in nine of her 13 events.

Golf Channel will have coverage of this event Friday through Sunday.

After a week off, the LPGA Tour will be overseas for the third major of the year, the Ricoh Women's British Open, where Stacy Lewis won by two last year.


UNITED LEASING CHAMPIONSHIP, Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh, Indiana - Ben Martin 2-putted for par on the first hole of a 4-man playoff to secure his first career win on the Tour.

Martin, who finished the tournament at 11-under-par 277 after a final-round, 5-under 67, outlasted Joe Affrunti, Billy Hurley III and Ashley Hall in the playoff.

Martin, the 2009 U.S. Amateur runner-up, is now playing on the PGA Tour and has had his ups and downs so far this year. While he has missed the cut in nine of 19 events, he also has two top 10 finishes. Martin finished in sole possession of third place at the Puerto Rico Open and he also tied for third at RBC Heritage.

Sebastian Cappelen will headline the field coming off his first career victory in his first professional event at the Air Capital Classic last week. Cappelen parred his final hole to clinch a 1-shot victory over Matt Weibring.

The Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of this event all four days.

The tour will head north of the border for the Nova Scotia Open in Halifax, Canada. It is the first time the Tour will be playing a tournament in Nova Scotia.

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