This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
PGA TOUR: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Site: Kapalua, Hawaii.
Course: Kapalua Resort, The Plantation Course (7,411 yards, par 73).
Purse: $5.6 million. Winner's share: $1.12 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 5:30-10 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m., Monday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-1 a.m.).
Last year: Jonathan Byrd won the season-opening tournament for his fifth PGA Tour title, beating Robert Garrigus with a par on the second hole of a playoff.
Notes: Twenty-eight of the 39 qualifiers are entered in the event limited to 2011 PGA Tour winners. PGA champion Keegan Bradley is the lone 2011 major winner in the field. U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and British Open champion Darren Clarke are skipping the tournament, along with top-ranked Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson. ... Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed The Plantation Course on a pineapple plantation in the foothills of the West Maui Mountains. ... The Sony Open in Hawaii is next week at Waialae.
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EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOUR: AFRICA OPEN
Site: East London, South Africa.
Course: East London Golf Club (6,770 yards, par 73).
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $205,800.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.).
Last year: South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen won with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff with Chris Wood and Manuel Quiros.
Notes: Oosthuizen and 2009 winner Retief Goosen top the field in the season-opening event. ... The tours will team again next week for the Joburg Open.
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PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: Victorian Open, Thursday-Sunday, Spring Valley Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia.
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