This week in the world of golf . . .
Friday, December 2, 2011
All Times EST
PGA TOUR: CHEVRON WORLD CHALLENGE
Site: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Course: Sherwood Country Club (7,052 yards, par 72).
Purse: $5 million. Winner's share: $1.2 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Field: Keegan Bradley, Paul Casey, K.J. Choi, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker, Bo Van Pelt, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Gary Woodland, Tiger Woods.
Last year: Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff, then made another birdie putt from a little longer away to deny Woods a victory in his own event.
Notes: Woods, the 2001, '04, '06 and '07 champ, received an exemption into the unofficial event. He was 49th in the world ranking at the cutoff, two spots from failing to qualify. ... Kuchar and Woodland won the World Cup on Sunday in China, giving the United States its first victory since 2000. ... World ranking points are awarded in the tournament. ... Solo last place in the 18-player event is worth $140,000. ... Jack Nicklaus-designed Sherwood is at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. Douglas Fairbanks' 1922 silent "Robin Hood" was shot on the scenic property, leading to the Sherwood name.
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SUNSHINE TOUR: NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE
Site: Sun City, South Africa.
Course: Gary Player Country Club (7,590 yards, par 72).
Purse: $5 million. Winner's share: $1.25 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
Field: Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Simon Dyson, Anders Hansen, Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer, K.T. Kim, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood.
Last year: Westwood won by eight strokes, shooting 68-64-71-68.
Notes: The top-ranked Donald is making his first start since the birth of daughter Sophia Ann on Nov. 11. ... Schwartzel, the Masters champion, is the only South African player in the field. ... Solo last place in the 12-player event is worth $250,000.
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EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR: HONG KONG OPEN
Site: Hong Kong.
Course: Hong Kong Golf Club (6,702 yards, par 70).
Purse: $2.75 million. Winner's share: $456,800.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, midnight-4 a.m.).
Last year: England's Ian Poulter shot 67-60-64-67 for a one-stroke victory over 17-year-old Matteo Manassero and Simon Dyson.
Last week: South Africa's Hennie Otto won the South African Open, closing with an even-par 72 for a one-stroke victory over Austria's Bernd Wiesberger. The event was sanctioned by the European and Sunshine tours.
Notes: U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy is in the field along with Poulter, Manassero, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Justin Rose, Edoardo Molinari and John Daly. ... The European Tour's season-ending Dubai World Championship is next week.
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• PGA TOUR: PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, Wednesday-Monday, PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course, TPC Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif. Television: Golf Channel (Saturday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m.; Monday, 3:30-7 p.m.).
• JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Golf Nippon Series JT Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club, Tokyo.
• PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: New Zealand Open, Thursday-Sunday, Clearwater Golf Club, Christchurch, New Zealand.
• TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Argentine Masters, Thursday-Sunday, Olivos Golf Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• LPGA TOUR: LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Wednesday-Sunday, LPGA International, Legends Course, Champions Course, Daytona Beach, Fla.