Site: Doral, Florida.
Course: Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Blue Course (7,266 yards, 6,644 meters, par 72).
Purse: $8.5 million. Winner's share: $1.4 million.
Last year: Australia's Geoff Ogilvy won in a Monday finish to end Tiger Woods' US PGA Tour winning streak at five and overall run at seven. Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh tied for second, a stroke back. Woods was another stroke behind.
Last week: South Korea's Y.E. Yang won the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens for his first US PGA Tour title. Yang, the 2006 HSBC Champions winner in Shanghai, closed with a 2-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over John Rollins.
Notes: Woods is making his second start in his return from a left knee injury that sidelined him for eight months. He opened two weeks ago in the Accenture Match Play, beating Brendan Jones in the first round and losing to Tim Clark in the second. Woods has won the WGC event six times, the last at Doral in 2007, and has a record 15 WGC victories overall in 28 starts. He also won Doral's former US PGA Tour event in 2005 and 2006. ... Ogilvy, second on the WGC career victory list with three, won the Match Play title. He also took the season-opening Mercedes-Benz. ... Stuart Appleby is making his 31st WGC start. The Australian is the only player to appear in every event since the series started in 1999.
US PGA TOUR
Puerto Rico Open
Site: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Course: Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico (7,526 yards, 6,882 meters, par 72).
Purse: $3.5 million. Winner's share: $630,000.
Last year: Greg Kraft won the inaugural event for his first official US PGA Tour victory, beating Bo Van Pelt and Jerry Kelly by a stroke.
Last week: South Korea's Y.E. Yang won the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens for his first US PGA Tour title. John Rollins finished second, a stroke back.
Notes: U.S. Open playoff loser Rocco Mediate, winless since 2002, is in the field along with Kraft, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III and Tadd Fujikawa. ... Manuel Villegas, US PGA Tour star Camilo Villegas' brother, and other select Tour de las Americas winners received spots in the field. Manuel Villegas won national opens in Colombia and Argentina. ... Local players Max Alverio and Rafael Campos also are in the field. Alverio won the qualifier at Trump International last month, and Campos received a sponsor exemption for his Puerto Rico Amateur Open win. ... The tour will be in Florida for the next two weeks for the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor and Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA/NATIONWIDE TOUR
New Zealand Open
Site: Queenstown, New Zealand.
Course: The Hills Golf Club (7,243 yards, 6,623 meters, par 72).
Purse: $600,000. Winner's share: $108,000.
Last playing: England's Richard Finch won his first pro title in the December 2007 event at The Hills, beating Australians Steven Bowditch and Paul Sheehan by three strokes. The event was sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours.
Last week: New Zealand's Steve Alker won the New Zealand PGA Championship at Clearwater, closing with his second straight 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over countrymen Josh Geary and David Smail.
Notes: New Zealand amateur Danny Lee, the Johnnie Walker Classic winner last month, tied for seventh at Clearwater. Also the U.S. Amateur champion, the 18-year-old Lee plans to turn pro after the Masters. Born in South Korea, he moved to New Zealand at age 8. ... New Zealand's Bob Charles, back in the field after tying for 23rd in 2007 at The Hills, will be 73 on Saturday. The first left-hander to win a major championship when he took the 1963 British Open, Charles won the New Zealand Open as an amateur in 1954 and added titles as a pro in 1966, 1970 and 1973.
AT&T Champions Classic
Site: Santa Clarita, California.
Course: Valencia Country Club (6,959 yards, 6,363 meters, par 72).
Purse: $1.6 million. Winner's share: $240,000.
Last year: Zimbabwe's Denis Watson won the first of his two 2008 Champions Tour titles, beating Loren Roberts with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. Brad Bryant was eliminated on the second extra hole.
Last week: Argentina's Eduardo Romero won the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach for his fifth tour victory. Joey Sindelar and Mark O'Meara finished second, a stroke back.
Notes: Watson tied for fourth at Newport Beach. ... Gil Morgan won in 1996, 1997 and 2004. He also won the US PGA Tour's Los Angeles event in 1978 and 1983. ... Former 49ers quarterback John Brodie won the 1991 event. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume March 27-29 with the Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic.
US LPGA TOUR
Next event: MasterCard Classic, March 20-22, Bosque Real Country Club, Huixquilucan, Mexico.
Last week: South Korean star Jiyai Shin won the HSBC Women's Champions for her fourth US LPGA Tour title in eight months, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Australia's Katherine Hull. The 20-year-old Shin, five strokes behind Hull at the start of the round and four back with nine holes to play, won for the first time as a member of the US LPGA Tour.
Site: Doral, Florida.