FORE! Examiner Weekend Golf Guide – June 21

A day after celebrating the birth of his first child, Tiger Woods told Buick golf marketing manager Larry Peck that he intends to play in next week’s Buick Open. “He has told us all along that he intends to play here. I have nothing but optimism that he’ll spend a great week at home with the baby and Elin, then he’ll come defend his title,” Peck said.

GOLF STORYLINES

Justin Rose is coming off of his fourth top-10 of the year at the U.S. Open and seems to have rid himself of those nagging back problems. Rose looks to keep it going at the Travelers Championship, where he was the 54-hole leader in 2005. The Englishman, who’s been somewhat under the radar this season because of his up-and-down season, could be among the top European players to challenge the American elite. But can he stay healthy and play consistently enough to be a contender in the end?

Angel Cabrera’s dramatic victory at the U.S. Open was more than just a dream come true. With the win, Cabrera, who celebrated with his countrymen back home in Argentina this week, also moved up nine spots from No. 17 to No. 8 in the Presidents Cup world team standings. Cabrera’s surge has pushed K.J. Choi down to No. 9 and Nick O’Hern out of the top 10 completely.

The Wegmans LPGA has 47 of the top 50 money winners. And defending champion Jeong Jang is one of 45 South Koreans playing in the tournament, starting today. Jang’s career got a boost two years ago when she beat Annika Sorenstam in the British Open after going winless the five previous years. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen and two-time champion Karrie Webb will also be trying to dethrone Jang. But Sorenstam, whose best finish in four tries was second in 1996, won’t be playing.

THIS WEEK’S TEE TIMES

PGA

EVENT: Travelers Championship

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Cromwell, Conn.

COURSE: TPC River Highlands

DEFENDING CHAMP: J.J. Henry

LPGA

EVENT: Wegmans LPGA

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Pittsford, N.Y.

COURSE: Locust Hill Country Club

DEFENDING CHAMP: Jeong Jang

CHAMPIONS

EVENT: Bank of America Championship

WHEN: Friday-Sunday

WHERE: Concord, Mass.

COURSE: Nashawtuc Country Club

DEFENDING CHAMP: Mark McNulty (won in 2005, tournament was canceled last year)

NATIONWIDE

EVENT: Knoxville Open

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Knoxville, Tenn.

COURSE: Fox Den Country Club

DEFENDING CHAMP: Hunter Haas

EURO PGA

EVENT: BMW International Open

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Nord-Eichenried, Germany

COURSE: Munich Nord-Eichenried

DEFENDING CHAMP: Henrik Stenson

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