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Chris Kirk
Chris Kirk carded four rounds in the 60s last year to earn a 1-stroke win.

PGA TOUR

MCGLADREY CLASSIC, Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course), Sea Island, Georgia - The PGA Tour moves to Georgia this week for the McGladrey Classic, the third of seven official events being played this fall as the start of the 2014-15 wrap-around schedule.

Chris Kirk carded four rounds in the 60s last year to earn a 1-stroke win over Tim Clark and Briny Baird. The victory was Kirk's second on the PGA Tour.

Kirk and Baird were tied at 10-under par entering the final round before Kirk closed with his third 66 of the week to fend off Baird, who shot 67. Clark rallied with an 8-under 62 to share second.

Sea Island residents Lucas Glover, Jonathan Byrd, Brian Harman and tournament host Davis Love III are among the headliners this week. Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, who live on nearby St. Simons Island, are also competing.

Kuchar, Kirk and Harman are among nine former University of Georgia players in the field as well. Joining them at Sea Island this week are Erik Compton, Harris English, Russell Henley, Kevin Kisner, Hudson Swafford and Brendon Todd.

This is the fifth playing of this event. The first four have been decided by no more than one stroke.

Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds of this event.

The PGA Tour heads to Malaysia next week for the CIMB Classic, where Ryan Moore birdied the first playoff hole on Monday morning to beat Gary Woodland. There had been a pair of weather delays during the final round that pushed the completion of the event into Monday morning.

EUROPEAN TOUR

ISPS HANDA PERTH INTERNATIONAL, Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia - The European Tour is in Perth this week for the final regular season event before the season-ending finals series kicks off next week.

Jin Jeong and Ross Fisher headed to a playoff last year at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. Jeong made par on the first extra hole to beat Fisher and collect his first European Tour victory.

Jeong carded a 3-under 69 in the final round, while Fisher posted a 4-under 68. Jeong has struggled this year as he has missed the cut in 15 of his last 16 European Tour starts.

The field this week includes three former major champions -- Charl Schwartzel, Geoff Ogilvy and Jason Dufner, who will be making his first start since the PGA Championship. Dufner, who was the runner-up at this event two years ago, has battled a pair of bulging discs in his neck.

After this event, the top 111 players in the Race to Dubai standings will move to China for the BMW Masters, the first event of the finals series. They will also retain their tour cards for the 2015 season.

Ernie Els set the European Tour scoring record at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in 2003, when the course hosted the Johnnie Walker Classic. Els posted a total of 29-under 259 that week giving him the lowest score in relation to par in tour history.

Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of all four days this week.

The European Tour is in China next week for the BMW Masters, the first of the finals series events. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano closed with a 68 last year to fend off Thongchai Jaidee and Francesco Molinari.

LPGA TOUR

BLUE BAY LPGA, Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course, Hainan Island, China - The LPGA Tour returns to China for the second time in four weeks with the Blue Bay LPGA.

This new event has a strong field headlined by three of this year's major champions -- Mo Martin, Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie -- along with Lydia Ko, Jessica Korda, Mirim Lee and Anna Nordqvist, all of whom won twice this season on the LPGA Tour.

Shanshan Feng will lead the Chinese contingent. Feng claimed her fourth LPGA Tour title two weeks ago at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The 81-player field will also include 19 players that are either sponsor invites or Chinese LPGA Tour members.

Golf Channel will have overnight coverage of all four days of this event.

The LPGA Tour continues its Asian swing next week with the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, where Suzann Pettersen cruised to a 5-stroke win last year.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

AT&T CHAMPIONSHIP, TPC San Antonio (ATT Canyons Course), San Antonio, Texas - The Champions Tour is in Texas this week for the penultimate event on the schedule.

Kenny Perry returns to defend his title. He birdied the first playoff hole last year to beat Bernhard Langer and win for the fifth time on the Champions Tour. The victory also helped Perry win the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race.

Langer returns to action after a week off. The field will include 21 of the 22 winners from this season, with just Miguel Angel Jimenez not playing.

Golf Channel will have three days of coverage of this event, which begins on Friday.

The Champions Tour heads to Scottsdale next week for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, where Fred Couples rolled to a 6-stroke win last year.


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