The week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
All Times EDT
PGA TOUR: TEXAS OPEN
Site: San Antonio.
Course: TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course (7,435 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6.2 million. Winner's share: $1,116,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Brendan Steele won his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 1-under 71 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Chappell.
Last week: Carl Pettersson won the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town for his fifth PGA Tour title, tying Jesper Parnevik for most by Swedish players. Zach Johnson finished second, five strokes back.
Notes: The tournament, played in San Antonio since 1922, is in its third season at the Greg Norman-designed Oaks after 15 years at La Cantera. Sergio Garcia served as a design consult. The layout has three par 5s of more than 600 yards. ... Tommy Armour III set the PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record in 2003, finishing at 26-under 254. He shot 64-62-63-66. ... Mike Souchak won in 1955 at Brackenridge Park at 27-under 257. ... Former University of Texas player Justin Leonard won in 2000, 2001 and 2007. ... Title sponsor Valero Energy recently agreed to a six-year extension through 2018. ... The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is next week, followed by the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
• • •
LPGA TOUR: LPGA LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Kapolei, Hawaii.
Course: Ko Olina Golf Club (6,421 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.7 million. Winner's share: $255,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday-Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-3 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, midnight-3 a.m., 1-4 p.m.).
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last event: Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 1 with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, earning her first major title after I.K. Kim missed a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation. Yoo and Kim finished at 9 under, a stroke ahead of top-ranked Yani Tseng.
Notes: Tseng has won three of the first six events this year. The Taiwanese star led the tour last season with seven victories — including major wins in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open — and finished the year with 12 worldwide titles. She has 15 career LPGA Tour titles. ... Michelle Wie, from Hawaii, has missed the cuts in her last two starts. ... Ko Olina was the site of LPGA Tour events in 1990-95 and 2006-08. Paula Creamer in 2008. ... The Mobile Bay LPGA Classic is next week in Alabama.
• • •
CHAMPIONS TOUR: LEGENDS OF GOLF
Site: Savannah, Ga.
Course: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa (7,087 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.7 million. Winners' shares: $230,000 each.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m.).
Last year: David Eger and Mark McNulty won the better-ball event when Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch missed short par putts on the second hole of a playoff. Eger and McNulty closed with an 11-under 61 to match Perry and Hoch at 27 under.
Last week: Michael Allen won the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am in Lutz, Fla., for his second Champions Tour title, beating Perry by three strokes.
Notes: Sam Snead and Gardner Dickinson won the inaugural event in 1978 at Onion Creek in Austin, Texas, sparking interest that led to the creation of the senior tour. ... Eger and McNulty are playing together again, and Allen is teaming with David Frost. Other top pairings include Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman, Fred Couples and Jay Haas, Perry and Russ Cochran, former Ohio State teammates John Cook and Joey Sindelar, Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman, and Jim Gallagher Jr. and John Huston. ... The event also includes the 13-team Raphael Division and 22-team Demaret Division. The Demaret Division is limited to players 70 and over. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume May 4-6 with the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands in Texas.
• • •
EUROPEAN TOUR/ONEASIA TOUR; CHINA OPEN
Site: Tianjin, China.
Course: Binhai Lake Golf Club (7,667 yards, par 72).
Purse: $3.16 million. Winner's share: $526,675.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 4-6 p.m.).
Last year: Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts won by four strokes at Luxehills. He shot 65-67-66-66 for a tournament-record 24-under 264 total.
Last week: Louis Oosthuizen won the Malaysian Open a week after a playoff loss to Bubba Watson in the Masters. The South African beat Scotland's Stephen Gallacher by three strokes.
Notes: Colsaerts is in the field along with England's Ian Poulter and Paul Casey and Sweden's Peter Hanson, coming off a third-place finish in the Masters. ... The event also is sanctioned by the China Golf Association. ... The Ballantine's Championship is next week in South Korea.
• • •
Next event: South Georgia Classic, April 26-29, Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta, Ga.
Last week: Former Stanford player Alex Aragon won the TPC Stonebrae Championship in Hayward, Calif., for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Matt Harmon, Duffy Waldorf and Paul Haley II.
• • •
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Tsuruya Open, Thursday-Sunday, Yamanohara Golf Club, Yamanohara Course, Hyogo, Japan.
ASIAN TOUR: Indonesian Masters, Thursday-Sunday, Royal Jakarta Golf Club, Jakarta, Indonesia.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Zimbabwe Open, Thursday-Sunday, Royal Harare Golf Club, Harare, Zimbabwe.
NGA TOUR: Mountain Lakes Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Cross Creek Plantation, Seneca, S.C.
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Forest Oaks Classic, Wednesday-Friday, Forest Oaks Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.
SYMETRA TOUR: Sara Bay Classic, Friday-Sunday, Sara Bay Country Club, Sarasota, Fla.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Fujisankei Ladies Classic, Friday-Sunday, Kawana Hotel Golf Club, Fuji Course, Shizuoka, Japan.
Golfweek.com readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.