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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

 

 

10/15: 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

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas.

 

Defending champion

Webb Simpson cruised to his fourth PGA Tour victory, jumping to a four-shot lead after two days and eventually winning by six. Simpson wound up tying Ryan Moore’s 72-hole scoring mark, extending his run to eight consecutive rounds at TPC Summerlin of 68 or better.

 

Last week

Sang-Moon Bae had enough cushion to survive a shaky final round at the Frys.com Open, emerging with a two-shot victory despite a 1-over-par 73 on the final day. The Korean pro led by six at the turn, then gave shots back with a trio of three-putt bogeys over the final nine.

 

Tour talk

Billy Horschel makes his first start as the new FedExCup champ, one of five players currently among the top 35 in the world rankings. … Jarrod Lyle, back in action after a second bout with leukemia, tees it up on a sponsor exemption. The Aussie tied for 31st at the Frys.com Open after getting in as a Monday qualifier. … A dozen players in the field have Las Vegas ties.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 5-8 p.m. ET).

 

LPGA TOUR

KEB HanaBank Championship, Sky 72 GC (Ocean), Incheon, South Korea.

 

Defending champion

Amy Yang ended a four-year wait for her first LPGA title, beating fellow Korean Hee Kyung Seo in a playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole. Yang eagled the par-4 15th, then birdied No.18 to force extra holes. Michelle Wie fell one shot out of the playoff despite a closing 66.

 

Last week

China’s Shanshan Feng put on a finishing kick on the final nine of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, turning a four-shot deficit into a three-shot win over Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum. Feng’s closing 8-under-par 63 included a six-hole stretch that tallied four birdies and an eagle.

 

Tour talk

World No.2 Inbee Park tees it up for the first time as a newlywed, three days after marrying her coach Gi Hyeob Nam at nuptials in Seoul. A dozen LPGA pros made the trip to attend. … Stacy Lewis is sitting out just her third event of the year, recharging batteries for the stretch run. … Laura Davies finally is bound for the Hall of Fame, one of four additions unveiled Wednesday.

 

TV

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

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Greater Hickory Kia Classic, Rock Barn Golf & Spa (Champions), Conover, N.C.

 

Defending champion

Michael Allen birdied two of his last three holes in regulation, then added another on the first hole of a playoff to outlast Olin Browne for his second title of 2013. Bernhard Langer also had a chance to get into the playoff until a three-putt bogey at the par-3 17th.

 

Last week

Kirk Triplett notched his second win of the year by capturing the SAS Championship, closing with a 3-under-par 69 to beat Tom Lehman by three. Combined with his win at the ACE Group Classic, Triplett became the fifth Champions Tour pro to post multiple victories in 2014.

 

Tour talk

Bernhard Langer tied for third, staying on pace to break Hale Irwin’s record for single-season earnings. Langer needs just $186,215 to surpass Irwin’s mark of $3,028,304. … Irwin’s first-round 68 last week bettered his age for the seventh time in 2014. … Sandy Lyle won the World Hickory Open, in which players use hickory-shafted clubs and balls made before 1935.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Friday-Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m.). 

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Volvo World Match Play, London GC, Kent, England.

 

Defending champion

Graeme McDowell captured the title that escaped him one year earlier, battling back from a 2-down deficit after four holes to emerge with a 2&1 victory over Thongchai Jaidee in Bulgaria. McDowell also reached the final of the 2012 event, where he was upended by Nicolas Colsaerts.

 

Last week

France’s Alexander Levy started fast at the Portugal Masters and endured a two-day wait for the reward, taking his second European title when the final 36 holes were washed out by rain. Levy fired rounds of 63-61 over the first two days, leaving him three shots ahead of Colsaerts.

 

Tour talk

McDowell and European Ryder Cup teammates Henrik Stenson, Jamie Donaldson and Victor Dubuisson are the top seeds in the four round-robin brackets that determine the semifinals. … Patrick Reed, who had a hand in 3 ½ U.S. points at Gleneagles, is the lone American in the field. He was drawn into Donaldson’s bracket, along with Jonas Blixt and Paul Casey.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Saturday, 6:30-11:30 a.m.; Sunday, 7:30-11:30 a. m.). 

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong.

 

Defending champion

Miguel Angel Jiménez became the oldest man to win a European Tour event, using an 18-foot birdie to capture a one-hole playoff over Thailand’ Prom Meesawat and Stewart Manley of Wales. The final result also gave Jiménez back-to-back Hong Kong victories and four in all.

 

Tour talk

Ernie Els joins Jiménez in headlining the field, making his Hong Kong debut as the schedule reaches its next-to-last event before the Road to Dubai Finals series begins. … Jiménez has since extended his oldest-champion mark, winning in Spain back in the summer. … Hong Kong is Asia’s only national championship to remain at the same venue since its 1959 start.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.).

 

 

 

PICKS OF THE WEEK

 

2015 Record: 0 for 1

Total: - 300

 

2014 Record: 8 for 41 (+ 1 alternate)

Total: + 1900

 

#2-Shriner’s Open (Nevada)

1st…H Matsuyama (18-1)…

2nd...R Moore (22-1)…

3rd…C Hoffman (40-1)…

4th…K Na (28-1)…

5th…R Goosen (66-1)…

1A…S Piercy (80-1)…

2A…R Allenby (125-1)…

 

#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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