Brittany Lincicome, twice an LPGA major winner, becomes the first woman in a decade to test her skills against PGA TOUR competition as the fourth-year event makes its debut in its new Kentucky home. Hall of Famer Davis Love III, joined by son Dru, also tops the field along with 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and nine-time TOUR winner Stuart Appleby. The roster also includes six-time winner Hunter Mahan, making his second start since his wifeâ€™s sister died of leukemia. FIELD NOTES: Paul Goydos, who tied for fifth at the U.S. Senior Open earlier this month, crosses over during an open week on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule. â€¦ With most of the worldâ€™s top players at Carnoustie this week, James Hahn is 62nd in the FedExCup standings and owns the highest world ranking in the field at No. 89. â€¦ Dudley Hart, twice a TOUR winner, makes just his second TOUR start of 2018 and fourth in the past 24 months. He briefly led the Web.com Tourâ€™s LECOM Health Challenge two weeks ago after opening rounds of 68-65. â€¦ Derek Fathauer, who twice reached the U.S. Amateur quarterfinals while attending Louisville, is among at least a half-dozen golfers with Kentucky ties. That also includes Lexington native Josh Teater and recent University of Kentucky teammates Chip McDaniel and Cooper Musselman. FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 300 points. STORYLINES: Lincicome, offered a sponsor invite after twice winning the Barbasolâ€™s sister event Pure Silk LPGA Bahamas, becomes the fourth woman to tee it up in a TOUR event and first since Michelle Wie in 2008. Only Babe Zaharias has made the 36-hole cut, coming at the 1945 Los Angeles Open. â€¦ Mahan continues to press on after sister-in-law Katie Enloe â€“ wife of SMU menâ€™s golf coach Jason Enloe â€“ passed away July 3 after a six-month leukemia battle. Mahan made the John Deere Classic cut in his first start back. â€¦ Davis Love III and Dru arrive as a tandem for the fifth time since March, though neither survived the John Deere Classicâ€™s cut. Itâ€™s Dru Loveâ€™s 12th start vs. PGA TOUR competition; heâ€™s made the weekend twice. â€¦ With five weeks left in the regular season, time is drawing short for pros to pick up crucial FedExCup points. More than half the field â€“ including Appleby, Mahan, Jonathan Byrd and Chad Campbell â€“ currently sits below 125th on the points list. COURSE: Keene Trace GC (Champions), 7,328 yards, par 72. Located about 20 minutes southwest of Lexington, the Arthur Hills design celebrates its 30th year by landing Kentuckyâ€™s first regular PGA TOUR event since 1959. Champions is a top-five mainstay among the stateâ€™s course rankings and has served as site for such events as the 1994 U.S. Senior Amateur, 1990 Womenâ€™s Western Amateur and Southeastern Conference championships. The course is one of just two on TOUR that end on a par-3, this one requiring a carry of some 200 yards over water to a large but shallow green. 72-HOLE RECORD: 263, Grayson Murray (2017 at RTJ Golf Trail/Grand National). 18-HOLE RECORD: 60, Jhonattan Vegas (2nd round, 2016 at Grand National), Chad Collins (2nd round, 2017 at Grand National), Scott Stallings (3rd round, 2017 at Grand National). LAST YEAR: Murray made the tournamentâ€™s final edition in Alabama his first PGA TOUR win, using a 3-under-par 68 on the final day to overtake Scott Stallings and hold off Chad Collinsâ€™ late threat. Collins, who tied the Barbasolâ€™s 18-hole record with a 60 in Round 2, had a chance to tie for the lead with a 6-foot birdie chance at No.18 but couldnâ€™t convert. That left it to Murray, who successfully negotiated a two-putt from 50 feet to lock up the victory. Murray won in the 24th start of his rookie season, with only one previous top-10 coming at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Stallings shot 71, falling to a share of third with Brian Gay (65) and Tag Ridings (69). HOW TO FOLLOW TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 5-8 p.m. (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. (GC).
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|Race to Dubai 2018|
|Type: Race to Dubai 2018 - Status: OPEN|
|LPGA Money List 2018|
|Type: LPGA Money List 2018 - Status: OPEN|
|PGA Money List 2017/18|
|Type: PGA Money List 2017/18 - Status: OPEN|
|Champions Tour Money List 2018|
|Type: Champions Tour Money List 2018 - Status: OPEN|
|USPGA Championship 2018|
|Type: USPGA Championship 2018 - Status: OPEN|
|Ryder Cup 2018|
|Type: Ryder Cup 2018 - Status: OPEN|
|US Masters 2019|
|Type: US Masters 2019 - Status: OPEN|