The Sports Xchange

By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange

Golf glance


PGA TOUR: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 1:30-6:30 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel and 3-6 p.m. EDT on CBS.

LAST YEAR: Tiger Woods tied a career record by shooting 9-under-par 61 in the second round and coasted to a seven-stroke victory over Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson of Sweden. Woods claimed his fifth victory of the season and 79th of his career, three behind the PGA Tour record held by Sam Snead. He won the tournament of the eighth time, again equaling Snead's record of winning that many times on the same course. Woods also has won eight times at Torrey Pines and Bay Hill, and claimed his 18th victory in the World Golf Championships, with Geoff Ogilvy of Australia second at three. Tiger's other Firestone titles came in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

PGA TOUR: Barracuda Championship at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nev., Thursday through Sunday.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel; Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. EDT, and Sunday, 7-9:30 p.m. EDT, on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Gary Woodland claimed his second victory on the PGA Tour by winning what was then the Reno-Tahoe Open under the tournament's Modified Stableford scoring system. Players are awarded eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse. Woodland, who also won the 2011 Transitions Championship, finished with 44 points, nine more than runners-up Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero of Argentina. Woodland took control on the 14th hole, where he nearly lost his ball in pine needles and sagebrush before clipping in from 58 feet out of a horrible lie for a birdie.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn., Friday through Sunday.

TV: Friday, noon-1:30 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. EDT; on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Tom Pernice Jr. made birdies on the last two holes to claim his second victory on the Champions Tour by one stroke over Jeff Sluman and Corey Pavin. Pernice, who added a third title this season in the Principal Charity Classic, holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and two-putted from 8 feet for his winning birdie to close with a 4-under-par 68. Sluman fell short despite shooting 62 in the final round, making birdies on the first seven holes, while Pavin came in with a 66. Sluman missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that would have forced a playoff.

LPGA TOUR: Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich., Aug. 7-10.

TV: Thursday through Sunday, 5-7 p.m. EDT, on the Golf Channel each day.

LAST YEAR: Inaugural event.