This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Course: The Lakes Golf Club (6,879 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.55 million. Winner's share: $278,475.
Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon).
Last year: Australia's Geoff Ogilvy won at The Lakes, finishing with a 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory.
Last week: Germany's Martin Kaymer rallied to win the World Golf Championships' HSBC Champions in China, birdieing nine of the last 12 holes for a 9-under 63 and a three-stroke victory over Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson. ... Australia's Matthew Guyatt won the New South Wales PGA Championship by a stroke, shooting 67-68-62.
Notes: Tiger Woods, preparing for the Presidents Cup next week at Royal Melbourne, is making his first start since tying for 30th in the Frys.com Open on Oct. 9 in California. He's winless since the Australian Masters in November 2009. ... U.S. Presidents Cup captain also is in the field along with team members Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, David Toms and Bill Haas and assistant captain John Cook. The Australian contingent includes International captain Greg Norman and team members Ogilvy, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby. John Daly also is playing. ... Scott won in 2009 at New South Wales. ... Baddeley won as an amateur in 1999 at Royal Sydney and 2000 as a pro at Kingston Heath. ... The 18th hole is a 209-yard par 3. ... Gary Player won the national championship a record seven times, one more than Jack Nicklaus. ... Brad Faxon was the last American winner, taking the 1993 title at Metropolitan in Melbourne.
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EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR: SINGAPORE OPEN
Course: Sentosa Golf Club, Serapong Course (7,357 yards, par 71) and Tanjong Course (6,625 yards, par 71).
Purse: $6 million. Winner's share: $990,520.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 1-5 a.m., noon-3 p.m.; Saturday, 1-5 a.m., noon-2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 a.m., noon-3:30 p.m.).
Last year: Australia's Adam Scott won the tournament for the third time, completing a 3-under 68 in a Monday finish for a three-stroke victory over Denmark's Anders Hansen. Scott also won in 2005 and 2006.
Last week: Germany's Martin Kaymer rallied to win the World Golf Championships' HSBC Champions in China, birdieing nine of the last 12 holes for a 9-under 63 and a three-stroke victory over Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson.
Notes: U.S. Presidents Cup players Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk are in the field along with International team members Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Y.E. Yang. The team event is next week at Royal Melbourne in Australia. ... Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington also are in the field along with Thomas Bjorn, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Louis Oosthuizen, Anthony Kim, Jeff Overton, Camilo Villegas and Jhonattan Vegas. ... Scott is skipping his title defense to play in the Australian Open. ... The final two rounds will be played on the Serapong Course. ... The European Tour has two events next week, the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa and Johor Open in Malaysia.
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LPGA TOUR: LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
Site: Guadalajara, Mexico.
Course: Guadalajara Country Club (6,626 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $200,000.
Television: Thursday-Saturday, 4-6 p.m., 6:30-8 p.m.; Sunday, 4-6 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.).
Last year: South Korea's In-Kyung Kim won her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over Norway's Suzann Pettersen. Kim had a tournament-record 19-under total.
Last week: Japan's Momoko Ueda won the Mizuno Classic in Japan, beating China's Shanshan Feng with a birdie on the third extra hole.
Notes: Tournament host Ochoa, expecting her first child next month, won 27 LPGA Tour titles. She retired last year. ... Top-ranked Yani Tseng is coming off victories in the LPGA Tour's Taiwan Championship and Ladies European Tour's Suzhou Taihu Ladies in China. The Taiwanese star has seven LPGA Tour wins this season, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open, and four other worldwide wins. ... Michelle Wie won the 2009 tournament for the first of her two LPGA Tour victories. ... The season-ending CME Group Titleholders is next week at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.
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JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Taiheiyo Masters, Thursday-Sunday, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba Course, Shizuoka, Japan.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Gary Player Invitational, Friday-Sunday, Zimbali Country Club, Umhlali, South Africa.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Ito-En Ladies Classic, Friday-Sunday, Great Island Club, Chiba, Japan.