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EUROPEAN TOUR

ALFRED DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: St. Andrews and Carnoustie, Scotland.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Courses: St. Andrews, Old Course (7,279 yards, par 72), Carnoustie, Championship Course (7,412 yards, par 72) and Kingsbarns Golf Links (7,160 yards, par 72).

Purse: $5 million. Winner's share: $795,620.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

Last year: Martin Kaymer became the first European Tour player in 21 years to win three straight starts. The German star began the streak with a playoff victory in the PGA Championship and won the Dutch Open.

Last week: England's Kenneth Ferrie won the Austrian Open, beating countryman Simon Wakefield with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Notes: Kaymer is in the field along with top-ranked Luke Donald, U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, British Open winner Darren Clarke, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. ... The final round will be played on the Old Course. ... The Madrid Masters is next week, followed by the Portugal Masters.

Online: http://www.europeantour.com

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PGA TOUR

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN OPEN

Site: Las Vegas.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC Summerlin (7,243 yards, par 71).

Purse: $4.4 million. Winner's share: $792,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m.).

Last year: Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the fourth extra hole to beat Martin Laird and Cameron Percy.

Last week: Bill Haas won the Tour Championship and the FedExCup, beating Hunter Mahan on the third hole of a playoff at East Lake in Atlanta. Haas saved par on the second extra hole by splashing a half-submerged ball from a lake to 3 feet. He earned $11.44 million, including $10 million for the FedExCup title.

Notes: The tournament is the first of four Fall Series events. ... In 2008, Marc Turnesa shot 62-64-69-68 for a tournament-record 25-under 263 total in the event that switched from 90 to 72 holes in 2004. ... Tiger Woods will return to the tour next week in the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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CHAMPIONS TOUR

SAS CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Cary, N.C.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Prestonwood Country Club (7,212 yards, par 72).

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

Television: Golf Channel (Friday-Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.).

Last year: Russ Cochran won his second straight title, beating Tom Pernice Jr. by two strokes. Cochran won the Songdo IBD in his previous start.

Last event: Jay Don Blake won the Songdo IBD on Sept. 18 in South Korea for his first Champions Tour title, topping John Cook on the fifth hole of a playoff.

Notes: Fred Couples is making his seventh Champions Tour start of the year. He won the Senior Players Championship on Aug. 21 at Westchester for his first senior major title. ... The tour will be in Texas the next two weeks for the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands and the AT&T Championship at TPC San Antonio.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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NATIONWIDE TOUR

WNB GOLF CLASSIC

Site: Midland, Texas.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Midland Country Club (7,380 yards, par 72).

Purse: $525,000. Winner's share: $94,500.

Television: None.

Last year: Nate Smith closed with a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Alistair Presnell, Fabian Gomez and Brandt Jobe.

Last week: Ted Potter Jr. won the Soboba Golf Classic for his second victory of the year, beating Andres Gonzales and Miguel Carballo on the second hole of a playoff.

Notes: J.J. Killeen and Mathew Goggin also are two-time winners this year. Killeen is in the field, while Potter and Goggin are taking the week off. ... Killeen leads the money list with $407,554. The final top 25 will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards. ... The Chattanooga Classic is next week, followed by the Miccosukee Championship in Miami.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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LPGA TOUR

Next event: LPGA Hana Bank Championship, Oct. 7-9, Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course, Incheon, South Korea.

Last week: Europe won the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2003, beating the United States 15-13 at Killeen Castle in Ireland.

Online: http://www.lpga.com

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

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eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Bushnell Classic, Wednesday-Friday, Spring Creek Golf Club, Gordonsville, Va. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Coca-Cola Tokai Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Miyoshi Country Club West Course, Aichi, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org

SUNSHINE TOUR: Platinum Classic, Thursday-Saturday, Mooinooi Golf Club, Rustenburg, South Africa. Online: http://www.sunshinetour.com

EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Portugal Senior Open, Thursday-Saturday, Belas Club de Campo, Lisbon, Portugal. Online: http://www.europeantour.com

PGA EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Fred Olsen Challenge, Thursday-Sunday, Tecina Golf, La Gomera, Canary Islands. Online: http://www.europeantour.com

WOMEN

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Ladies French Open, Thursday-Sunday, Paris International Golf Club, Baillet-en-France, France. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Japan Women's Open, Thursday-Sunday, Nagoya Golf Club, Wago Course, Aichi, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp

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