This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A look at this week's golf tournaments around the world:
PGA TOUR: McGLADREY CLASSIC
Site: St. Simons Island, Ga.
Course: Sea Island Resort, Seaside Course (7,005 yards, par 70).
Purse: $4 million. Winner's share: $720,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m.).
Last year: Heath Slocum won the inaugural tournament, holding off Bill Haas by a stroke.
Last week: Bryce Molder won the Frys.com Open for his first PGA Tour title, beating Briny Baird with a birdie on the sixth extra hole — the longest playoff of the year.
Notes: The tournament is the third of four Falls Series events. ... Rickie Fowler is coming off a victory Sunday in the OneAsia Tour's Korea Open, his first pro title. ... Bud Cauley, the 21-year-old former Alabama star who turned pro this summer, is in position to become the sixth player since 1980 — and first since Ryan Moore in 2005 — to earn a full PGA Tour card without ever going to Q-school. Cauley was third in the Frys.com Open and has earned $671,150 in seven starts, the equivalent of 114th on the money list with two tournaments left. ... The Children's Miracle Network Classic, the final official event of the year, is next week in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., followed by the Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia.
Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Course: Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (6,208 yards, par 71).
Purse: $1.9 million. Winner's share: $285,000.
Television: GolfChannel (Thursday-Sunday, 9:30-11:30 p.m.).
Last year: South Korea's Jimin Kang won the inaugural event, beating Juli Inkster by a stroke when the 50-year-old Hall of Famer bogeyed the final hole.
Last week: Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in South Korea for her sixth LPGA Tour victory of the season and ninth overall title of the year. She beat two-time defending champion Na Yeon Choi by a stroke.
Notes: Tseng is in the field along with Kang, Choi, Inkster, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie, Karrie Webb, Jiyai Shin, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Ai Miyazato and Morgan Pressel. ... Tseng, the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open winner, earned $270,000 last week to push her tour-leading total to $2,396,838. She has 11 victories in four seasons on the LPGA Tour. ... The LPGA Taiwan Championship is next week.
Site: San Antonio.
Course: TPC San Antonio, Canyons Course (6,923 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.8 million. Winner's share: $270,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday-Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.).
Last year: Monday qualifier Rod Spittle won at Oak Hills, beating Jeff Sluman with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Last week: Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands for his first Champions Tour title when rain washed out the final round. Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who turned 50 on Aug. 1, shot a 7-under 65 in the second round to take a one-stroke lead over Tommy Armour III.
Notes: The tournament is the final full-field event of the year. The top 30 on the money list will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Nov. 3-6 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. ... The tournament is in its first year at Pete Dye-designed TPC San Antonio after nine years at Oak Hills. Bruce Lietzke served as the player consultant on the Canyons Course. ... John Cook won the 2007 and 2008 tournaments.
EUROPEAN TOUR: PORTUGAL MASTERS
Site: Vilamoura, Portugal.
Course: Oceanico Victoria Golf Course (7,231 yards, par 72).
Purse: $3.41 million. Winner's share: $568,135.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.).
Last year: Australia's Richard Green closed with a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke victory.
Last week: England's Lee Slattery won the Madrid Masters for his first European Tour title, beating Italy's Lorenzo Gagli by a stroke.
Notes: Martin Kaymer and Padraig Harrington are in the field along with Green, 2008 winner Alvaro Quiros, Thomas Bjorn, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Francesco Molinari, Colin Montgomerie and John Daly. ... The tour will be in Spain the next two weeks for the Castello Masters and Andalucia Masters.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: MICCOSUKEE CHAMPIONSHIP
Course: Miccosukee Golf and Country Club (7,200 yards, par 71).
Purse: $600,000. Winner's share: $108,000.
Last year: Jason Gore won his record seventh Nationwide Tour title, beating Kevin Kisner and Scott Gutschewski by four strokes. Gore, also the 2005 84 Lumber Classic winner on the PGA Tour, broke a tie with Sean Murphy, Matt Gogel and Kevin Johnson for the developmental tour's victory record.
Last week: Argentina's Miguel Carballo won the Children's Hospital Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., making three eagles in an 8-under 64 en route to a two-stroke victory. He earned $90,000 to jump from 21st to fifth on the money list with $248,971.
Notes: The Miccosukee Tribe bought the 27-hole complex, previously known as Kendall Lakes and Miami National, in 2001. ... The Jacksonville Open is next week, followed by the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island Club in South Carolina. The top 60 on the money list will qualify for the season finale and the final top 25 will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.
• JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Taiheiyo Masters, Thursday-Sunday, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba Course, Shizuoka, Japan.
• ASIAN TOUR: Indian Open, Thursday-Sunday, Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi.
• SUNSHINE TOUR: Zambia Open, Thursday-Sunday, Nchanga Golf Club, Chingola, Zambia.
• EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Benahavis Senior Masters, Friday-Sunday, La Quinta Golf and Country Club, Marbella, Spain.
• EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Roma Golf Open, Thursday-Sunday, Olgiata Golf Club, Rome.
• eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Salisbury Classic, through Thursday, Country Club of Salisbury, Salisbury, N.C.
• TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Hacienda Chicureo International, Thursday-Sunday, Club Hacienda Chicureo, Santiago, Chile.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Fujitsu Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Tokyu Seven Hundred Club, Chiba, Japan.