Course: Sheshan International Golf Club (7,143 yards, 6,532 meters, par 72).
Purse: $7 million. Winner's share: $1.2 million.
Last year: Phil Mickelson won the event for the second time in three years, beating Ernie Els by a stroke. Tiger Woods tied for sixth, five strokes back.
Last week: Ben Crane won the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia, eagling the par-4 15th and birdieing the final hole to beat Brian Davis by a stroke. ... U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell won the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, beating three players by two strokes.
Notes: Lee Westwood took the top spot from Woods in the world ranking on Sunday after U.S. PGA champion Martin Kaymer failed to finish in the top two at Valderrama. Westwood is the first European to hold the position since Nick Faldo in 1994. Woods, winless this year, had been No. 1 since the week before the 2005 U.S. Open. ... In 2007 at Sheshan, Mickelson blew a late three-shot lead, then beat Westwood and Ross Fisher with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Fisher made a double-bogey 7 on the 72nd hole. ... The U.S. PGA Tour's Fall Series will conclude next week with the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The European and Asian tours will team the next two weeks for events in Singapore and Hong Kong.
LPGA TOUR/JAPAN LPGA TOUR
Site: Shima, Japan.
Course: Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club (6,506 yards, 5,949 meters, par 72).
Purse: $1.2 million. Winner's share: $180,000.
Last year: South Korea's Bo Bae Song won her first U.S. LPGA Tour title, shooting 68-65-68 to beat Lorena Ochoa, Brittany Lang and Hee Young Park by three strokes.
Last week: South Korea's Na Yeon Choi successfully defended her title in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, beating Vicky Hurst by two strokes.
Notes: Japanese star Ai Miyazato leads the U.S. LPGA Tour with five victories this year. ... Choi, a two-time winner this year, leads the money list with $1,742,028 with three events left. ... Annika Sorenstam swept the 2001-05 titles to become the U.S. first LPGA Tour player to win an event five straight times. ... Forty-three U.S. LPGA Tour players and 35 JLPGA members are in the field. ... The tour will be in Mexico next week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara Country Club.
Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Site: San Francisco.
Course: Harding Park Golf Course (6,743 yards, 6,166 meters, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner's share: $440,000.
Last year: John Cook won the season-ending tournament by five strokes at Sonoma Golf Club, and Loren Roberts held on to win the season points title.
Last week: Monday qualifier Rod Spittle won the AT&T Championship in San Antonio for his first Champions Tour victory, beating Jeff Sluman on the first playoff hole.
Notes: The top 30 on the money list qualified for the tournament. ... Bernhard Langer leads the tour with five victories and $2,454,439 and has a 582-point advantage over Fred Couples in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. The winner in the points race will receive a $1 million annuity, and the second-place finisher will get a $500,000 annuity. Couples, coming off a victory two weeks ago at The Woodlands, needs to win to catch Langer. Even if Couples wins, Langer would take the top prize with a two-way tie for fourth or better. Couples has four victories and is second on the money list with $2,271,894. He captained the winning U.S. Presidents Cup team last year at Harding Park.