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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

 

 

10/22: 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

McGladrey Classic, Sea Island GC (Seaside), St. Simon’s Island, Ga.

 

Defending champion

Chris Kirk became the first Sea Island member to win the event, taking the safe play to win after Briny Baird stunningly faltered on the final hole. The duo shared the lead as they reached the 18th tee, only to see Baird top a 4-iron out of a fairway bunker that rolled into a hazard.

 

Last week

Ben Martin ran the table at the finish to win the Shriners Hospitals Open, playing the final four holes in 4-under par for his first PGA Tour victory. Martin drained a 46-foot eagle at No.16 to leapfrog Kevin Streelman into the lead, after which Streelman missed a 5-foot birdie at No.18.

 

Tour talk

Kirk gets his season underway just 7 ½ weeks removed from winning the Deutsche Bank Championship, which had him atop the FedExCup chart until Billy Horschel won the final two stops. ... Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson top a list of at least seven other Sea Island pros to enter. … All four previous McGladrey editions have been decided by no more than one shot.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. ET).

 

LPGA TOUR

Blue Bay LPGA Classic, Jian Lake Blue Bay GC, Hainan Island, China.

 

Defending champion

The LPGA inaugurates a new event with its second visit to China in October.

 

Last week

Kyu Jung Baek became the fourth teen to win an LPGA event this season, taking the KEB HanaBank Championship on the first hole of a playoff over Brittany Lincicome and fellow Korean In Gee Chun. Lincicome missed a 5-foot birdie in the playoff before Baek drained hers.

 

Tour talk

China’s Shanshan Feng, a winner two weeks ago in Malaysia, heads the field along with three of 2014’s major winners – Lexi Thompson (Kraft Nabisco), Michelle Wie (U.S. Women’s Open) and Mo Martin (Women’s British Open). … The LPGA has visited Hainan Island once before, when Helen Alfredsson won the short-lived Grand China Air LPGA in 2008.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.). 

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

AT&T Championship, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons), San Antonio.

 

Defending champion

Kenny Perry forced a playoff with an 18-foot par save, then dispatched Bernhard Langer with a 10-foot birdie on the first extra hole. It was Perry’s third victory of the year, setting him up to clinch the Charles Schwab Cup points title a week later in the season finale.

 

Last week

Jay Haas became the 18th Champions Tour pro to win at age 60 or older, setting a tournament record on the way to his third Greater Hickory Kia Classic title. Haas finished at 17-under-par 196, ending a 51-event winless drought dating back to the 2012 Principal Charity Classic.

 

Tour talk

Bernhard Langer needs just $186,215 to break Hale Irwin’s record for single-season earnings this week, but can only do that by winning. Langer lost playoffs in each of the past two editions – to David Frost in 2012 and Perry last year. ... It’s the last chance for anyone outside the top 30 in earnings to play their way in, securing a spot in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Friday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m.). 

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

ISPS Handa Perth International, Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, Australia.

 

Defending champion

Jin Jeong battled back from a four-putt to start his final round, outlasting Ross Fisher in a playoff for his first European Tour crown. Fisher caught a flyer with his approach shot on the first playoff hole, going through the green to leave Jeong two putts to walk away with the title.

 

Last week

Finland’s Mikko Ilonen knocked off world No.5 Henrik Stenson to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship, carding four birdies on the way to a 3 & 1 triumph at The London GC. … Scott Hend captured the Hong Kong Open in a one-hole playoff over Filipino pro Angelo Que.

 

Tour talk

Jason Dufner, out since the PGA Championship with neck woes, heads to the opposite side of the world to end his 11-week layoff. Dufner was runner-up in Perth two years ago. ... The top 111 players in Race to Dubai points after Sunday will retain full European Tour cards for 2015. … Next week brings the tour’s season-ending Final Series, starting with two stops in China.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 6:30-10:30 a.m.).

 

 

PICKS OF THE WEEK

 

2015 Record: 0 for 2

Total: - 600

 

2014 Record: 8 for 41 (+ 1 alternate)

Total: + 1900

 

 

#3-McGladrey Classic (Georgia)

1st…M Kuchar (12-1)…

2nd...B Haas (16-1)…

3rd…R Knox (33-1)…

4th…T Finau (40-1)…

5th…H Swafford (66-1)…

1A…C Howell III (40-1)…

2A…G McNeil (80-1)…

 

#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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