This Week in Golf -- September 4-7
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With the Deutsche Bank Championship coming to a close on Monday, the field for this week's event is cut down to the top 70 players left in the FedExCup playoffs.
Chris Kirk will look to keep things rolling after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and jumping to No. 1 in the FedExCup playoffs on Monday. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will also be in action after finishing tied for fifth and he remained No. 2 in the standings for the second straight week.
The Barclays winner Hunter Mahan will also be in this week's field after falling to No. 3 in the standings following a 64th-place finish on Monday. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell will also be back after skipping the Deutsche Bank Championship for various reasons.
Golf Channel will cover Thursday and Friday's action along with Saturday and Sunday's rounds. NBC will also have coverage on Saturday and Sunday starting in the afternoon.
The PGA Tour season and FedExCup playoffs come to a close next week at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Henrik Stenson clinched his FedExCup title with a 3-shot victory over Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth at last year's event.
OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS, Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans Montana, Switzerland - The European Tour is in Switzerland this week for the Omega European Masters, where Thomas Bjorn looks to defend his title.
Bjorn birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Craig Lee and earn his first victory on tour since winning this event back in 2011. Bjorn, a 15-time tour winner who has now won the European Masters twice, closed with a 6-under 65 to force a playoff against Lee (67). The duo ended regulation at 20-under 264.
In action again this week, Bjorn will look to continue his success at this event, which he has also finished runner-up in twice. Bjorn will be joined by a plethora of past winners, including Richie Ramsay (2012), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2010), Jean-Francois Lucquin (2008), Brett Rumford (2007), Bradley Dredge (2006), Robert Karlsson (2002), Ricardo Gonzalez (2001), Sven Struver (1998), Mathias Gronberg (1995) and Jose Maria Olazabal.
Bjorn is playing well yet again this season, finishing in the top 10 seven times, including a victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in December. Bjorn ended tied for fourth in his last event at the Made in Denmark.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds of this event.
Next week, the European Tour will be in The Netherlands for the KLM Open, where Joost Luiten edged out Miguel Angel Jimenez on the first playoff hole to emerge victorious.
QUEBEC CITY CHAMPIONSHIP, La Tempete Golf Course, Quebec City, Quebec - The Champions Tour remains in Canada this week for the Quebec City Championship.
Esteban Toledo won for the second time on the Champions Tour when he defeated Kenny Perry on the third playoff hole last year. Toledo closed his week with a 3-under 69 to end tied with Perry (70) at 5-under 211 at the end of regulation.
With the first two playoff holes played on the 18th hole, Toledo and Perry traded a pair of pars and forced a third hole, which was played on the par-3 10th.
Perry's tee shot was about 20 feet from the hole, while Toledo missed the green entirely. Toledo made an incredible chip shot, however, and Perry could not hole his putt, giving Toledo the title.
Toledo will attempt to defend his title as he is in this week's field, but Perry, this year's Regions Tradition champion, will not participate. Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie, each of whom won two of the other four major championships this season, will also be taking the week off.
Golf Channel will have delayed coverage of all three days of this event, which begins on Friday.
The Champions Tour takes a week off next week before heading to Hawaii for the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, where Mark Wiebe defeated Corey Pavin in a playoff last year.
CHIQUITA CLASSIC, River Run Country Club, Davidson, North Carolina - The Chiquita Classic is set to host the second leg of the Web.com Tour Finals this week.
This is the second of four events at the end of which 25 players will earn, or keep, their PGA Tour cards for the 2014-15 season.
Andrew Svoboda parred the first playoff hole last year to defeat Will MacKenzie. Svoboda fired a final-round 70, while MacKenzie vaulted up the leaderboard to finish tied at the end of regulation following his 5-under 67. The two ended at 12-under 276.
Bud Cauley, last week's winner at the Hotel Fitness Championship, sits atop the priority rankings and he headlines this week's field along with Andrew Putnam, who is No. 2 on the tour's money list. Money list leader Carlos Ortiz is not in the field.
The field also includes 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman along with other PGA Tour winners Jonathan Byrd, Chad Campbell, Ben Curtis, Tim Herron, J.J. Henry, Sean O'Hair and John Rollins.
A busy Golf Channel will have coverage of all four days of this event.
The Web.com Tour will play in its third playoff event next week at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in Ohio, where Seung-Yul Noh won last year.
PGA TOUR CANADA
CAPE BRETON CELTIC CLASSIC, The Lakes Golf Club, Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia - The PGA Tour Canada is in Nova Scotia this week as it gets set to play the Cape Breton Celtic Classic.
Mackenzie Hughes shot his third round in the 60s on Sunday with a final-round, 6-under 66 to come away with a 1-shot victory over Ryan Williams (71) at this event last year. Hughes finished the week at 14-under-par 274.
Hughes will be back again this week as he looks to defend his title. Hughes, who's only win on tour came at this event, struggled on the Web.com Tour this year. He missed 13 cuts with his best finish coming at his last event, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, where he ended tied for 46th.
After this week, there is only one more event left on tour this year. At the end of the season, the top five on the Order of Merit will earn their Web.com Tour cards for next season.
The season wraps up next week at the Tour Championship of Canada, where Max Gilbert edged out Trevor Murphy to earn a victory last year.
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