This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
PGA TOUR: CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS CLASSIC
Site: Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Courses: Walt Disney World Resort, Magnolia Course (7,516 yards, par 72) and Palm Course (6,957 yards, par 72).
Purse: $4.7 million. Winner's share: $846,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m.).
Last year: Robert Garrigus won the season-ending tournament to keep his PGA Tour card, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke victory.
Last week: Ben Crane won the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia, beating Webb Simpson with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Seven strokes behind with 11 holes to play, Crane finished with a 7-under 63. Simpson missed a 3-foot par putt the final hole of the playoff.
Notes: Simpson earned $432,000 last week to top the money list with $6,200,243 — $363,029 more than second-place Luke Donald. Both have entered the season finale, and at the very least, the top-ranked Donald would have to finish no worse than a two-way tie for second to have any chance to move past Simpson and become the first player to sweep money titles on the PGA Tour and European Tour. Donald already has a comfortable lead in Europe. ... The final top 125 on the money list will earn full 2012 exemptions, and the next 25 will receive conditional status. D.J. Trahan is 123rd with $655,596, followed by Bobby Gates ($654,166), James Driscoll ($645,835), Bill Lunde ($639,548), Billy Mayfair ($633,468), Angel Cabrera ($628,079), Matt Jones ($602,392), Steve Flesch ($594,622) and Paul Casey ($590,386). ... In 2008, Davis Love III won the last of his 20 PGA Tour titles, finishing with a 64 for a one-stroke victory. ... The final two rounds will be played on the Magnolia Course. ... The Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia is next week, followed by the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China.
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LPGA TOUR: LPGA TAIWAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Yang Mei, Taiwan.
Course: Sunrise Golf and Country Club (6,390 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2 million. Winner's share: $300,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.).
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last week: South Korea's Na Yeon Choi won the LPGA Malaysia for her first LPGA Tour victory of the season and fifth in three years, beating top-ranked Yani Tseng by a stroke. Choi became the second South Korean winner on the LPGA Tour this year, joining U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu. The victory also was the 100th LPGA Tour win by players of Korean descent.
Notes: Tseng, from Taiwan, won the season-opening LPGA Thailand in February at Siam Country Club for the first of her tour-high six victories. She has nine worldwide victories this year, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open. The 22-year-old star leads the money list with $2,563,629. ... Twenty-seven of the top 30 players on the money list are in the field. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume Nov. 4-6 with the Mizuno Classic in Japan.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: CASTELLO MASTERS
Site: Castellon, Spain.
Course: Club de Campo del Mediterraneo (7,111 yards, par 71).
Purse: $2.77 million. Winner's share: $461,790.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.).
Last year: Italy's Matteo Manassero became the youngest champion in European Tour history, winning at 17 years, 188 days. Manassero broke the record of 18 years, 133 days set by Danny Lee in the 2008 Johnnie Walker.
Last week: England's Tom Lewis rallied to win the Portugal Masters, birdieing five of the last seven holes for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke victory over Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello. The 20-year-old Lewis was making his third tour start as a pro.
Notes: Spanish stars Sergio Garcia and Jose Marie Olazabal top the field along with Manassero and Lewis. Garcia, the tournament host, won the 2008 event on his home course. ... The tour will remain in Spain next week for the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.
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NATIONWIDE TOUR: JACKSONVILLE OPEN
Site: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Dye's Valley Course (6,864 yards, par 70).
Purse: $600,000. Winner's share: $108,000.
Last year: David Mathis beat Won Joon Lee, Jeff Curl and Kyle Reifers by a stroke. Mathis jumped from 35th to 12th on the money list to lock up a 2011 PGA Tour spot.
Last week: Jason Kokrak won the Miccosukee Championship in Miami for his second victory in five weeks, beating Mark Anderson by seven strokes. Kokrak, the Boise Open winner Sept. 18, had a tournament-record 20-under 264 total. He earned $108,000 to jump from 15th to fourth on the money list with $301,592.
Notes: The tournament is the final full-field event of the year. The top 60 on the money list will qualify for the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship next week at Daniel Island Club in South Carolina. The final top 25 will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.
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Next event: Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Nov. 3-6, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco.
Last week: Fred Couples ran away with the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, shooting 62-62-66 for a seven-stroke victory — the largest margin on tour this year. Couples has two victories this year and six in two seasons on the tour.
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JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Bridgestone Open, Thursday-Sunday, Sodegaura Country Club, Sodegaura Course, Chiba, Japan.
ASIAN TOUR: C.J. Invitational, Thursday-Sunday, Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea. South Korea.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA: Brunel WA PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club, Perth, Australia.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Suncoast Classic, Thursday-Saturday, Durban Country Club, Durban, South Africa.
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Sanya Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Yalong Bay Golf Club, Sanya, China.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Masters Golf Club Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Masters Golf Club, Hyogo, Japan.