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Jeff Shain, PGATour.com contributor, will analyze the latest results and debate the leading headlines around the world in golf each week including a preview of the top events in professional golf.

 

LPGA Hall of Fame golfer, Jan Stephenson, will also give analysis during the season on the top headlines and events from the LPGA Tour.

 

 

2015SEASON

2014 SEASON SHOWS BELOW

 

 

10/29: CIMB CLASSIC PREVIEW

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10/22: MCGLADREY CLASSIC PREVIEW

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10/15: SHRINER'S OPEN PREVIEW

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10/8: FRYS.COM OPEN PREVIEW

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Jeff Shain's connection with PSN goes back to the network's 2007 inception, offering analysis on both golf and college football. He covered both sports for a decade at The Miami Herald, later heading north to become the Orlando Sentinel's golf writer for three seasons.

 

Jeff also counts six years as UPI's college sports editor, coordinating its football and basketball polls and All-America selections, and was their Olympics coordinator for the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

 

These days, he serves as a contributor for both PGATour.com and the Back 9 Network.

 

His Twitter musings can be found under @JeffShain.

 

WEEKLY TOUR CAPSULES

 

PGA TOUR

CIMB Classic, Kuala Lumpur G&CC (West), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Defending champion

Ryan Moore made short work of a storm-delayed Monday playoff, dispatching Gary Woodland with a birdie on the first extra hole. Moore forced the playoff by salvaging par to end regulation in the fourth round’s fading light, then returned the next day set up a 5-foot birdie for the win.

 

Last week

Robert Streb overcame a five-shot deficit to force a McGladrey Classic playoff, then claimed his first victory with a birdie on the second extra hole. Streb’s final-round 63 drew him even with Will MacKenzie and Brendon de Jonge, ending it at the par-3 17th with an 8-iron to 4 feet.

 

Tour talk

FedExCup champion Billy Horschel, making his second visit to Malaysia, and Rookie of the Year Chesson Hadley top a limited field of just 78 players. Seven placed among the FedExCup’s top 30 last month. … No Asian Tour pro has won the Classic, though Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat put himself in position last year until finishing one shot out of the playoff.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Wednesday-Saturday, 11 p.m.-3 a.m. ET).

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Desert Mountain Club (Cochise), Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

Defending champion

Fred Couples cruised to a six-stroke romp at TPC Harding Park, ending a 16-event winless streak, while Kenny Perry’s tie for fifth left him atop the final Charles Schwab Cup standings. Bernhard Langer finished behind Perry in the points race, with Couples finishing third.

 

Last week

Michael Allen captured the AT&T Championship with birdies on three of his last four holes, overtaing a fading Marco Dawson to become the sixth man to record multiple wins this year. Bernhard Langer tied for sixth, locking up the Charles Schwab Cup season points title.

 

Tour talk

Points title aside, Langer still has work ahead to break Hale Irwin’s record for single-season money. Fourth place would lift him past Irwin’s mark of $3,028,304. … Esteban Toledo birdied his last three holes to claim the final spot in the 30-man field, bumping Mark Calcavecchia. … Jay Haas has gone par or better in his past 36 rounds, one off Loren Roberts’ all-time mark.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Saturday, 4:30-7 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-6 p.m.). 

 

LPGA TOUR

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, Miramar GC, Taipei, Taiwan.

 

Defending champion

Suzann Pettersen won for the third time in a five-start stretch, successfully defending her title by pulling away for a five-shot romp over Spain’s Azahara Munoz. Pettersen closed with a 3-under-par 69, seeing her lead shrink to one at the turn before Munoz stumbled on the back.

 

Last week

Lee-Anne Pace became just the second South African winner in LPGA history, capturing the rain-shortened Blue Bay LPGA by three shots for her second victory in nine days. One weekend earlier, Pace won the South African Women’s Open before hopping a plane to China.

 

Tour talk

Inbee Park is once again No.1 in the world rankings, leapfrogging Stacy Lewis after a week in which neither one teed it up in China. Both are in the lineup this week. … Another victory by Pettersen would be just the 12th three-peat in LPGA history, and first since Lorena Ochoa won three straight Sybase Classics from 2006-08. … Fifteen Taiwan LPGA pros are part of the field.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 3-6 a.m.). 

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

BMW Masters, Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai.

 

Defending champion

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano scrambled for a one-shot triumph, enduring some closing drama until he finally tapped home a putt for double bogey at No.18. The Spaniard still shot a final-day 68, extending Spain’s run to 20 consecutive years with at least one European Tour win.

 

Last week

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen made the ISPS Handa Perth International his second career victory, using two birdies in his final five holes to surge past France’s Victor Dubuisson. Olesen finished three shots clear by the end, despite no better than a closing 71.

 

Tour talk

The event kicks off the European Tour’s Final Series, comprised of four events to finish off that circuit’s season-long points race. Rory McIlroy tops the table, but will sit out until the finale in Dubai as he deals with legal issues back home. No.2 Sergio Garcia and No.3 Henrik Stenson aren’t in this week’s field, either, leaving Jamie Donaldson as the highest seed.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 6-11 a. m.).

 

 

PICKS OF THE WEEK

 

2015 Record: 0 for 3

Total: - 900

 

2014 Record: 8 for 41 (+ 1 alternate)

Total: + 1900

 

 

#4-CIMB Classic (Malaysia)

1st…H Matsuyama (14-1)…

2nd...L Westwood (14-1)…

3rd…S-Y Noh (33-1)…

4th…J Senden (33-1)…

5th…D Lingmerth (66-1)…

1A…R Allenby (150-1)…

2A…A Que (150-1)…

 

#3-McGladrey Classic (Georgia)

1st…M Kuchar (12-1)…22nd  

2nd...B Haas (16-1)…22nd  

3rd…R Knox (33-1)…MC

4th…T Finau (40-1)…14th  

5th…H Swafford (66-1)…12th  

1A…C Howell III (40-1)…MDF

2A…G McNeil (80-1)…MC

Winner: Robert Streb

Current Balance: -900

 

 

#2-Shriner’s Open (Nevada)

1st…H Matsuyama (18-1)…10th  

2nd...R Moore (22-1)…MC

3rd…C Hoffman (40-1)…MC

4th…K Na (28-1)…WD

5th…R Goosen (66-1)…MC

1A…S Piercy (80-1)…7th

2A…R Allenby (125-1)…MC

Winner: Ben Martin

Current Balance: -600

 

 

#1-Frys.com Open (Napa, CA)

1st…B Koepka (22-1)…8th  

2nd...M Leishman (40-1)…46th  

3rd…J Kokrak (50-1)…46th  

4th…J Thomas (66-1)…MC

5th…A Hadwin (66-1)…53rd  

1A…D Fathauer (75-1)…12th  

2A…P Rodgers (175-1)…MC

Winner: Sang-Moon Bae

Current Balance: -300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 SEASON-ARCHIVES

 

 

9/24: RYDER CUP PREVIEW

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9/10: TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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9/3: BMW CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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8/27: DEUTSCHE BANK PREVIEW

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8/20: THE BARCLAYS PREVIEW

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8/13: WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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8/5: PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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7/30: WGC-BRIDGESTONE PREVIEW

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7/22: RBC CANADIAN OPEN PREVIEW

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7/15: OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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7/9: J DEERE/SCOTTISH OPEN PREVIEW

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7/2: GREENBRIER CLASSIC PREVIEW

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6/24: QUICKEN LOANS PREVIEW

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6/18: WOMEN'S U.S. OPEN PREVIEW

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6/18: TRAVELERS PREVIEW

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6/10: U.S. OPEN PREVIEW

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6/4: ST. JUDE CLASSIC PREVIEW

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5/28: MEMORIAL PREVIEW

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5/14: HP BYRON NELSON PREVIEW

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5/7: TPC PREVIEW

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4/30: WELLS FARGO PREVIEW

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4/23: ZURICH CLASSIC PREVIEW

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4/16: RBC HERITAGE PREVIEW

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4/12: MASTERS UPDATE; J STEPHENSON

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4/8: MASTERS PREVIEW

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4/2: SHELL HOUSTON OPEN PREVIEW

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3/26: VALERO TEXAS OPEN PREVIEW

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3/19: ARNOLD PALMER INV. PREVIEW

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3/11: VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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3/5: WGC-CADILLAC PREVIEW

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2/25: HONDA CLASSIC PREVIEW

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2/18: WGC - MATCH PLAY PREVIEW

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2/12: NORTHERN TRUST PREVIEW

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2/5: PEBBLE BEACH PREVIEW

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1/29: PHOENIX OPEN PREVIEW

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1/22: FARMERS INSURANCE PREVIEW

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1/15: HUMANA CHALLENGE PREVIEW

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1/8: 2014 PREVIEW; SONY OPEN PREVIEW

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1/2: HYUNDAI PREVIEW

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11/13: OHL CLASSIC PREVIEW

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11/5: McGLADREY CLASSIC PREVIEW

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10/29: WGC-HSBC PREVIEW

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10/23: CIMB CLASSIC PREVIEW

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