This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Site: Melbourne, Australia.
Schedule: Thursday, six alternate-shot matches; Friday, six better-ball matches; Saturday, five morning alternate-shot matches, five afternoon better-ball matches; Sunday, 12 singles matches.
Course: Royal Melbourne Golf Club (6,998 yards, par 71).
Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 9 p.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon- 6 p.m.).
United States (c-captain’s pick): Jim Furyk, c-Bill Haas, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, c-Tiger Woods. Captain: Fred Couples.
International: c-Robert Allenby, Australia; c-Aaron Baddeley, Australia; K.J. Choi, South Korea; Jason Day, Australia; Ernie Els, South Africa; Retief Goosen, South Africa; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; K.T. Kim, South Korea; Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Adam Scott, Australia; Y.E. Yang, South Korea. Captain: Greg Norman, Australia.
Series: United States leads 6-1-1.
Last matches: The Americans never lost a session in a 19 1/2-14 1/2 victory in 2009 at Harding Park in San Francisco. Woods became only the third player in the Presidents Cup to win all five of his matches, while Woods and Stricker became the first partnership in 30 years of any team competition to go 4-0.
Notes: In the 1998 matches at Royal Melbourne, the International team rallied behind the Australian crowd for a 20 1/2-11 1/2 victory. ... Last year in the Ryder Cup in Wales, Europe beat the United States 14 1/2-13 1/2. ... Woods finished third Sunday in the Australian Open in Sydney, two strokes behind Greg Chalmers. ... Mickelson is making his record ninth appearance in the event. ... Stricker is coming off a neck injury that affected the strength in his left arm. He has been sidelined since the Tour Championship in late September. ... The American team has a record six Presidents Cup rookies, while the International team has seven players who have failed to win a tournament this year. ... Couples and Norman also captained the 2009 teams. ... Alister MacKenzie and Alex Russell designed Royal Melbourne. The composite layout is made up of 12 holes from the West Course and six from the East Course. ... The 2013 event will be played at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
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LPGA TOUR: CME GROUP TITLEHOLDERS
Site: Orlando, Fla.
Course: Grand Cypress Golf Club (6,518 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1 million. Winner’s share: $500,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 1:30-4 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m.).
Last year: Sweden’s Maria Hjorth won the season-ending tournament, finishing with an even-par 72 for a one-stroke victory over South Korea’s Amy Yang. Hjorth had a 5-under 283 total.
Last week: Scotland’s Catriona Matthew won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico for her fourth career LPGA Tour victory. She beat Anna Nordqvist and I.K. Kim by four strokes in the 36-player event.
Notes: Top-ranked Yani Tseng, coming of a 19th-place tie last week in Mexico, has seven LPGA Tour wins this season — including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open — and four other worldwide wins. The Taiwanese star leads the money list with $2,886,656 — $1,450,734 more than second-place Cristie Kerr — and has already won the player of the year award. ... Sixty players are in the field. Juli Inkster, Natalie Gulbis and Beatriz Recari earned the final spots last week as the top three finishers in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational who had yet to qualify for the season finale.
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EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR: JOHOR OPEN
Site: Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Course: Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club (6,945 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2 million. Winner’s share: $329,970.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 4-7 a.m.; Friday, 4-6 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).
Last year: Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won for the first time two years, beating South Korea’s Noh Seung-yul by two strokes in the Asian Tour event.
Last week: Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the rain-delayed Singapore Open on Monday, beating Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Notes: Harrington is in the field along with Louis Oosthuizen, Anthony Kim, Henrik Stenson, Camilo Villegas, Colin Montgomerie and Thongchai Jaidee. ... The Mission Hills World Cup is next week in China, followed by the Hong Kong Open and European Tour’s season-ending Dubai World Championship.
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EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOUR: ALFRED DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Malelane, South Africa.
Course: Leopard Creek Golf Club (7,249 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.36 million. Winner’s share: $226,700.
Last year: Spain’s Pablo Martin successfully defended his title, edging Charl Schwartzel, Thorbjorn Olesen and Anthony Michael by two strokes. The tournament opened the European Tour’s "2011" season.
Last week: Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the rain-delayed Singapore Open on Monday, beating Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff. The tournament was sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Notes: In 2008, England’s John Bickerton won when South Africa’s Ernie Els blew a two-stroke lead with a triple bogey on the par-5 18th hole, hitting two balls into the water. ... The South African Open is next week at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate.
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JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix, Thursday-Sunday, Phoenix Country Club, Miyazaki, Japan.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: New South Wales Open Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Newcastle Golf Club, Fern Bay, Australia.
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Fubon Senior Open, Friday-Sunday, Miramar Golf and Country Club, Taipei, Taiwan.
TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Roberto de Vicenzo Classic, Thursday-Sunday, San Eliseo Golf and Country Club, San Vicente, Argentina.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Daio Paper Open, Friday-Sunday, Elleair Golf Club, Ehime, Japan.