Golf

Golf Glance

PGA TOUR

HOUSTON OPEN

Site: Humble, Texas.

Course: Golf Club of Houston. Yardage: 7,441. Par: 72.

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

Purse: $7 million. Winner's share: $1.26 million.

Defending champion: Ian Poulter.

FedEx Cup leader: Sebastian Munoz.

Last week: Kevin Na won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Notes: The tournament has moved from the first week in April, when it was the final event before the Masters, to a fall date. ... Ian Poulter won in a playoff in 2018 to get into the Masters. He is not defending this week because he is playing the Italian Open on the European Tour. ... Henrik Stenson at No. 37 is the highest-ranked player in the field. ... This is the final year at the Golf Club of Houston. It is scheduled to move next year to Memorial Park. ... Sebastian Munoz is playing for the fourth straight week. Munoz, from Colombia, played college golf at North Texas. ... Cole Hammer, who plays at Texas and is No. 2 in the world amateur ranking, is playing on a sponsor exemption. ... Six former Houston Open champions are in the field, including Hunter Mahan. ... The tournament is run by the Houston Astros Foundation. ... Akshay Bhatia, the 17-year-old who played the last three weeks on sponsor exemption, failed to make it through Monday qualifying.

Next week: CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

Online: www.pgatour.com

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EUROPEAN TOUR

ITALIAN OPEN

Site: Rome.

Course: Olgiata GC. Yardage: 7,523. Par: 71.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 4 a.m. to noon (Golf Channel); Saturday, 6:30-11:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-11 a.m. (Golf Channel).

Purse: $7 million. Winner's share: $1.66 million.

Defending champion: Thorbjorn Olesen.

Race to Dubai leader: Jon Rahm.

Last week: Jon Rahm won the Spanish Open.

Notes: Francesco Molinari is playing before a home crowd for the first time since he won the British Open at Carnoustie in 2018. The Italian Open was held before the Open that year. ... This is the fifth Rolex Series event on the European Tour. ... Ian Poulter won his first tournament at the Italian Open in 2000, and he won in 2002 the last time it was held at Olgiata Golf Club. ... Justin Rose is playing for the third time in four weeks. He is No. 5 in the world, the leading player of four from the top 20. The others are Molinari, Paul Casey and British Open champion Shane Lowry. ... Defending champion Thorbjorn Olesen is suspended by the European Tour pending the outcome of charges of sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft. ... The only American to win the Italian Open was Billy Casper in 1975. ... The Ryder Cup will be played in Italy in 2022 at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.

Next week: French Open.

Online: www.europeantour.com

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

SAS CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Cary, N.C.

Course: Prestonwood CC. Yardage: 7,237. Par: 72.

Television: Friday, 12:30-3 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Purse: $2.1 million. Winner's share: $315,000.

Defending champion: Bernhard Langer.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron.

Last tournament: Kirk Triplett won the Pure Insurance Championship.

Notes: This is the final tournament before the top 72 players advance to the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs. One player who finishes in the top 10 this week but remains outside the top 72 on the money list also will advance to the playoffs. ... Scott McCarron leads Jerry Kelly in the Schwab Cup standings by $478,680 and is assured of holding the top spot when the playoffs begin. ... Sandy Lyle is holding down the 72nd spot on the money list by $4,688 over Joey Sindelar. ... Steve Stricker is not in the field and has not played since the Senior Players Championship in July. He is third in the Schwab Cup and has played nine fewer events than McCarron. ... Steve Flesch has four consecutive top 10s. ... Bernhard Langer won last year to join the late Bruce Lietzke and Russ Cochran as multiple winners since the event began in 2001.

Next week: Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Online: www.pgatour.com/champions

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LPGA TOUR

Last week: Cheyenne Knight won the Volunteers of America Classic.

Next tournament: Buick LPGA Shanghai on Oct. 17-20.

Race to CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko.

Online: www.lpga.com

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OTHER TOURS

Japan Golf Tour: Bridgeston Open, Sodegaura CC (Sodegaura), Chiba, Japan. Defending champion: Shugo Imahira. Online: www.jgto.org

Challenge Tour: Stone Irish Challenge, Headfort GC, Meath, Ireland. Defending champion: Oliver Wilson. Online: www.europeantour.com/challengetour

Sunshine Tour: Sun Wild Coast Challenge, Wild Coast Sun CC, Port Edward, South Africa. Defending champion: Vaughn Groenewald. Online: www.sunshinetour.com

PGA Tour of Australasia: TX Civil & Logistics WA PGA Championship, Kalgoorlie GC, Kalgoorlie, Australia. Defending champion: Michael Long. Online: www.pga.org.au

PGA Tour China: Macau Open, Caesars Golf Macau, Cotai, Macau. Defending champion: Nick Voke. Online: www.pgatour.com/china

Korean Tour: Genesis Open, Jack Nicklaus GC Korea, Incheon, South Korea. Defending champion: Tae Hee Lee. Online: www.kpga.co.kr

Korean LPGA: Hite Jinro Championship, Blue Heron GC, Yeoju, South Korea. Defending champion: Seon-Woo Bae. Online: www.klpga.co.kr

Japan LPGA: Stanley Ladies Golf Tournament, Tomei CC, Shizuoka, Japan. Defending champion: Shoko Sasaki. Online: www.lpga.or.jp

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