This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
PGA TOUR/ASIAN TOUR: ASIA PACIFIC CLASSIC MALAYSIA
Site: Selangor, Malaysia.
Course: The Mines Resort and Golf Club (6,966 yards, par 71).
Purse: $6.1 million. Winner's share: $1.3 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 a.m., 5-7 p.m.).
Last year: American Ben Crane won the inaugural tournament, eagling the par-4 15th and birdieing the final hole to beat England's Brian Davis by a stroke.
Last week: Top-ranked Luke Donald won the season-ending event at Disney to win the PGA Tour money title. He had six straight birdies on the back nine and shot an 8-under 64 to come from five shots off the lead. Justin Leonard was second, two strokes back. ... Tournament host K.J. Choi won the Asian Tour's C.J. Invitational, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory in South Korea.
Notes: Crane won the McGladrey Classic two weeks ago in Georgia, beating Webb Simpson with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Crane tops the 48-man field along with Jonathan Byrd, Stewart Cink, Lucas Glover, Vijay Singh, Jason Dufner, Angel Cabrera, Camillo Villegas and Jhonattan Vegas. ... Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the course. ... The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions is next week in Shanghai.
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CHINA GOLF ASSOCIATION: SHANGHAI MASTERS
Course: Lake Malaren Golf Club, The Masters Course (7,585 yards, par 72).
Purse: $5 million. Winner's share: $2 million.
Last year: Inaugural event.
Notes: The 30-man field includes 2011 major champions Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley along with Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, Geoff Ogilvy, Hunter Mahan, Anthony Kim, K.J. Choi, Louis Oosthuizen, Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Y.E. Yang. All are getting appearance money, and last place pays $25,000. John Daly and Colin Montgomerie also are in the field. ... The International Management Group-run event isn't sanctioned by a major tour and doesn't have world-ranking points. The $2 million first-place price in the biggest in golf. ... Choi hosted and won the Asian Tour's C.J. Invitational last week in South Korea. ... Jack Nicklaus designed the course. ... The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions is next week, also in Shanghai.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: ANDALUCIA MASTERS
Site: Sotogrande, Spain.
Course: Valderrama Golf Club (6,988 yards, par 71).
Purse: $4.17 million. Winner's share: $695,450.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon, 9:30-11:30 p.m.).
Last year: Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell beat three players by two strokes.
Last week: Sergio Garcia won the Castello Masters for his first title in almost three years, dominating on his home course for an 11-stroke victory — matching the third-largest winning margin in European Tour history. He shot 67-63-64-63 at Club de Campo del Meditarraneo to finish at 27 under.
Notes: McDowell, winless this season, is in the field along with Germany's Martin Kaymer, Spanish stars Garica, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Alvaro Quiros and Jose Maria Olazabal, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Italy's Matteo Manassero and Edoardo and Francesco Molinari. Bjorn has three victories this season. ... Europe won the 1997 Ryder Cup on the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course, also the site of the European Tour's season-ending event from 1988-96 and 2002-08 and the 1999 and 2000 WGC-American Express. ... The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions is next week in Shanghai.
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NATIONWIDE TOUR: NATIONWIDE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Charleston, S.C.
Course: Daniel Island Club, Ralston Creek (7,446 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $180,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 2:30-5 p.m., 7:30-9:30 p.m.).
Last year: Brendan Steele won the season-ending tournament, beating Colt Knost with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff. Both players earned 2011 PGA Tour cards as top-25 finishers on the money list. Steele jumped from 30th to sixth on the money list, and Knost from 36th to 15th.
Last week: Australia's Gavin Coles won the Jacksonville Open to wrap up a 2012 PGA Tour card, beating Sweden's Jason Blixt by a stroke. Coles earned $108,000 to jump from 45th to 15th on the money list.
Notes: The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending tournament. The final top 25 will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards. J.J. Killeen leads the money list with $409,473, followed by fellow two-time winners Ted Potter Jr. ($382,870), Mathew Goggin ($365,452) and Jason Kokrak ($301,592). In the race for PGA Tour spots, Roberto Castro is No. 22nd at $170,563, followed by James Nitties ($169,250), Daniel Chopra ($167,637), Billy Hurley III ($167,151), Brett Wetterich ($164,000), Josh Broadaway ($162,760), Tommy Biershenk ($156,413), Marco Dawson ($147,587) and Darron Stiles ($146,956).
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Next event: Mizuno Classic, Nov. 4-6, Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club, Shima, Japan.
Last week: Yani Tseng won the LPGA Taiwan Championship for her 10th worldwide victory of the year and third in front of her home fans. The 22-year-old Taiwanese star has seven LPGA Tour wins this season.
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Next event: Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Nov. 3-6, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco.
Last event: Fred Couples won the AT&T Championship on Oct. 16 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: Mynavi ABC Championship, Thursday-Sunday, ABC Golf Club, Hyogo, China.
• PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA: Western Australia Open, Thursday-Sunday, Royal Fremantle Golf Club, Perth, Australia.
• SUNSHINE TOUR: BMG Classic, Friday-Sunday, Glendower Golf Club, Johannesburg.
• TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Nordeste Open, Thursday-Sunday, Chaco Golf Club, Resistencia, Argentina.
• LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Suzhou International Golf Club, Suzhou, China.
• JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Hisako Higuchi Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Musashigaoka Golf Club, Saitama, Japan.