This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
PGA TOUR: PHOENIX OPEN
Site: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Course: TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course (7,216 yards, par 71).
Purse: $6.1 million. Winner’s share: $1,098,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 4-7 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 4-7 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 8-10 p.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Mark Wilson won the frost-delayed event in a Monday finish for the second of his two 2001 titles. He beat Jason Dufner with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Last week: Brandt Snedeker won the Farmers Insurance Open in a playoff at Torrey Pines, beating Kyle Stanley with a par on the second extra hole. Stanley had a triple-bogey 8 on the final hole of regulation.
Notes: Wilson and Phil Mickelson top the field along with Snedeker, Stanley, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas, PGA champion Keegan Bradley, Nick Watney, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and past champions Mark Calcavecchia, Vijay Singh, J.B. Holmes, Aaron Baddeley and Kenny Perry. ... Mickelson won in 1996 and 2005. In 2005, the former Arizona State star shot a 60 in the second round en route to a five-stroke victory. He missed the cut at Torrey Pines after opening the season with a tie for 49th in the Humana Challenge. ... Wilson is coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Humana Challenge. ... Holmes won in 2006 and 2008. ... Calcavecchia won in 1989, 1992 and 2001, shooting 65-60-64-67 in 2001 for a 28-under 256 total — at the time a PGA Tour record. ... Hunter Mahan, the 2010 winner, is skipping the tournament to play in the European Tour’s Qatar Masters. ... Fred Couples received a sponsor exemption. ... Tiger Woods will play his first PGA Tour event of the season next week at Pebble Beach.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: QATAR MASTERS
Site: Doha, Qatar.
Course: Doha Golf Club (7,388 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $416,660.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
Last year: Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn won the first of his three 2011 titles, beating Spain’s Alvaro Quiros by four strokes. Bjorn shot 74-65-66-69.
Last week: England’s Robert Rock won the Abu Dhabi Championship, holding off Rory McIlroy by a stroke. Tiger Woods tied for third, two strokes back.
Notes: Third-ranked Lee Westwood is in the field along with No. 4 Martin Kaymer, No. 10 Jason Day, Bjorn, Graeme McDowell, Retief Goosen, K.J. Choi, Hunter Mahan, Sergio Garcia, John Daly, Todd Hamilton, Shaun Micheel, Ben Curtis and former Oklahoma State star Peter Uihlein. ... Qatar is on an oil-rich Persian Gulf peninsula off eastern Saudi Arabia. ... The Dubai Desert Classic is next week, followed by the Avantha Masters in India.
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AUSTRALIAN LADIES PROFESSIONAL GOLF/LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: AUSTRALIAN LADIES MASTERS
Site: Gold Coast, Australia.
Course: Royal Pines Resort (6,511 yards, par 72).
Purse: $529,600. Winner’s share: $88,270.
Last year: Taiwan’s Yani Tseng completed an Australian sweep to take the No. 1 spot in the world, winning by four strokes a week after taking the Women’s Australian Open. Tseng shot 67-66-63-68. She went on to win 11 worldwide titles, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open.
Last week: Fourteen-year-old New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko won the New South Wales Open to become the youngest winner of a professional tour event.
Notes: Tseng and seven-time champion Karrie Webb are skipping the tournament. They will open the LPGA Tour season next week in the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne. ... U.S. Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu and Kraft Nabisco winner Stacy Lewis are in the field along with Ko, U.S. teen star Lexi Thompson, three-time winner Laura Davies, Sophie Gustafson, Amanda Blumenherst and 2009 champion Katherine Hull. ... Thompson became the youngest LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour winner last year, taking the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama in September and the Dubai Ladies Masters in December.
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ASIAN TOUR: Myanmar Open, Thursday-Sunday, Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club, Yangon, Myanmar.