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World Golf Glance

World Golf Glance

Site: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Players Stadium Course (7,215 yards, 6,597 meters, par 72).
Purse: TBA ($9.5 million in 2008). Winner's share: TBA ($1.71 million in 2008).
Last year: Sergio Garcia won his seventh US PGA Tour title, making a clutch par putt to force a playoff and hitting the island green 17th on the first extra hole to beat Paul Goydos. After Goydos hit into the water in the playoff, Garcia hit to 4 feet.
Last week: Sean O'Hair won the Quail Hollow Championship for his third US PGA Tour victory. O'Hair closed with a 3-under 69 in blustery conditions to beat Bubba Watson and Lucas Glover by a stroke. Tiger Woods was fourth, two strokes back.
Notes: Woods won the 2001 tournament, his last top-10 finish at TPC Sawgrass. He won the first of his record three straight U.S. Amateur titles in 1994 on the Stadium Course. ... Phil Mickelson won in 2007, beating Garcia by two strokes. ... Twenty-four of the top 25 players in the world ranking are in the field, with only No. 16 Lee Westwood missing. ... Fred Funk won in 2005 to become the oldest champion at 48. In 2004, Adam Scott became the youngest winner at 23. ... Greg Norman set the tournament record in 1994, opening with a 63 and adding three 67s for a 24-under 264 total. ... Jack Nicklaus is the only three-time champion, winning in 1974 at Atlanta Country Club, 1976 at Inverrary and 1978 at Sawgrass Country Club. ... The Pete Dye-designed course was renovated after the March 2006 event. ... The tour will be in Texas for the next three weeks for the Texas Open, Byron Nelson Championship and Colonial.
http://www.pgatour.com
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PGA EUROPEAN TOUR
Italian Open
Site: Turin, Italy.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Royal Park I Roveri (7,222 yards, 6,604 meters, par 71).
Purse: $1.74 million. Winner's share: $290,155.
Last year: South Africa's Hennie Otto won his first European Tour title, holding off England's Oliver Wilson by a stroke at Castello di Tolcinasco.
Last week: Thomas Levet won the Spanish Open to become the first Frenchman to win five European Tour titles. Levet closed with a 4-under 68 at Catalunya for a two-stroke victory over Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti.
Notes: John Daly is in the field along with Otto, Levet, Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie. Daly, serving a US PGA Tour suspension, tied for 31st in Spain in his first event of the year. ... Italy's Francesco Molinari won in 2006. ... The Irish Open is next week at County Louth, followed by the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
http://www.europeantour.com
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US LPGA TOUR
Michelob Ultra Open
Site: Williamsburg, Virginia.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Kingsmill Resort & Spa, River Course (6,315 yards, 5,774 meters, par 71).
Purse: $2.2 million. Winner's share: $330,000.
Last year: Annika Sorenstam won her 72nd and last US LPGA Tour title. The Swedish star shot 64-66-69-66 for a tournament-record 19-under 265 total and seven-stroke victory. She retired at the end of the season.
Last event: Lorena Ochoa won the Corona Championship in Mexico for the second straight year and third time in four years, beating Norway's Suzann Pettersen by a stroke April 26. Ochoa shot 65-65-69-68 to finish at 25 under. She has two victories in six starts this year to push her career total to 26.
Notes: The top-ranked Ochoa is in the field along with No. 2 Yani Tseng, No. 3 Jiyai Shin, No. 5 Pettersen, No. 6 Cristie Kerr, No. 7 Angela Stanford, No. 8 Helen Alfredsson, No. 9 Karrie Webb, No. 10 Katherine Hull, Michelle Wie and Kraft Nabisco winner Brittany Lincicome. Wie is 70th in the world. ... Pettersen won the 2007 event for her first US LPGA Tour title. ... Anheuser-Busch started the tournament after dropping its US PGA Tour event at Kingsmill in a cost-cutting move. ... The Sybase Classic is next week at Upper Montclair in Clifton, New Jersey, followed by the final LPGA Corning Classic.
http://www.lpga.com
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CHAMPIONS TOUR
Next event: Regions Charity Classic, May 15-17, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge, Hoover, Alabama.
Last event: Tom Lehman made a par putt on the second playoff hole to become the 13th player to win Champions Tour debut, teaming with Bernhard Langer to beat Craig Stadler and Jeff Sluman on April 26 in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
http://www.pgatour.com
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OTHER TOURNAMENTS
Men
http://www.sunshinetour.com
http://www.europeantour.com
Women
http://www.lpga.or.jp


Updated : 2021-05-16 15:21 GMT+08:00