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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Three Players to Watch This Week

There are three players who are back in action after a short absence, and you might want to check in on them.

Of course, you'd have to be dead not to realize that Patrick Reed is the only American invited to the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the ET. As this photo indicates, Patrick gets along quite well with the Euros. (They're mimicking his shushing to the crowd at the Ryder Cup, of course.)

Patrick Reed and European Ryder Cuppers at the Volvo World Match Play

Patrick told that his wife was the first to suggest that he go over and play. (And no, she won't be caddying for him this week. Patrick says "She's going to probably lay low and stay as the wife for a period of time.")

Of course, he's not the favorite to win -- defending champ Graeme McDowell is -- but I think Patrick is used to those kind of expectations by now. GC starts broadcasting this morning at 9am ET. (Remember, this is a 5-day event with 3 days of round-robin play before the first players are eliminated.)

On the PGA Tour, Billy Horschel will be teeing it up at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, his first foray into competition since destroying the field at the Tour Championship and winning the FedExCup. It's been four weeks, but if he's still on his streak this could be a rough week for the competition. TPC Summerlin is known for low scores -- the last four winners have shot -21 or lower. That sounds like it's right up Billy's alley!
GC will broadcast some of the pro-am tonight at 9pm ET, then repeat it Thursday at 2:30pm, followed by the Pre-Game Show at 3:30pm. The actual tournament coverage begins Thursday at 5pm ET.

Finally, Michelle Wie is back on the LPGA at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship over in South Korea. Let's face it -- nobody knows what to expect from Michelle. She's not 100% recovered from her hand injury but she's back hitting balls like normal and wants to play, so why not? There are only six tournaments left on the schedule this season. GC's coverage of the event starts at 11pm ET tonight. (And Tony Jesselli's weekly LPGA preview is available at this link.)

How will these three players fare in their much-anticipated returns to golf? I guess we're about to find out. This should be a good week for golf!

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