Labor Day Weekend Golf Rundown of PGA LPGA Champions European and Tours

Fred AltvaterContributor IIAugust 28, 2013

Rory McIlroy won the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Rory McIlroy won the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship.Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The golf season is winding down on all of the major professional golf tours, but there is plenty of action for golf fans this Labor Day weekend.

The FedEx Cup playoffs are in full swing on the PGA Tour, and the top 100 players will compete at TPC Boston in the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Rory McIlroy has not had a stellar 2013 campaign, but he is the defending champion at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

A total purse of $8 million is up for grabs in Boston, with $1.4 million going to the winner. They are all playing for the $10 million that will be awarded after the Tour Championship.

Only the top 70 after Monday’s final round will continue in the FedEx Cup playoffs to the BMW Championship in Chicago.

Adam Scott won the first FedEx Cup playoff event last week at The Barclays. That win, coupled with his 2013 Masters win, has put him squarely in the Player of the Year discussion.

Set those DVRs for the first two rounds of the Deutsche Bank on Friday and Saturday. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson will be grouped together and should make for must-see TV.

Remember: The Deutsche Bank begins Friday and finishes Monday, Labor Day. While CBS switches its focus to football, Golf Channel and NBC will provide the golf coverage.

The LPGA Tour is in Portland, Ore. for the Portland Classic presented by Safeway. It is the oldest continuous event on the LPGA Tour and has contributed over $15 million to Portland-area charities.

Inbee Park has been forced to withdraw due to illness, but Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng will offer plenty of star power.

Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr are former winners of the Portland Classic and will also be in the field.

This will be the final tuneup for the ladies prior to the Evian Championship, their last major tournament of the year.

All four rounds of the Portland Classic can be viewed on Golf Channel.

The Champions Tour visits Calgary, Alberta, Canada for the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic. Canyon Meadows Golf Club will offer fantastic views of the Rocky Mountains and will challenge the veteran golfers.

Golf Channel is providing the television coverage for all three rounds of the Shaw Charity Classic.

The European Tour is at Celtic Manor for the ISPS Handa Wales Open. Celtic Manor was the site of the 2010 Ryder Cup, and it will be interesting to see how the players handle the difficult course.

If you need some golf to go with your morning coffee over the weekend, Golf Channel will air the ISPS Handa Wales Open beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.

Some of the most intriguing golf action will occur on the Tour this weekend. PGA Tour players who did not qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs and finished the regular season between Nos. 126-200 will join the top 75 finishers on the Tour for the Tour Finals.

The Hotel Fitness Championship will be held in Ft. Wayne, Ind. It is the first of four tournaments that will award 25 PGA Tour cards for 2014.

Twenty-five cards were given to The 25 after the Cox Classic last week.

The Tour Finals is the last chance to earn 2014 PGA Tour playing privileges.

Golf Channel will be providing all the exciting coverage of the 72-hole tournament.