This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
PGA TOUR: NORTHERN TRUST OPEN
Site: Los Angeles.
Course: Riviera Country Club (7,349 yards, par 71).
Purse: $6.6 million. Winner’s share: $1,188,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-5:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m. Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Last year: Australia’s Aaron Baddeley won third PGA Tour title and first since 2007. Vijay Singh was second, two strokes back.
Last week: Phil Mickelson rallied from six shots behind to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the fourth time. Paired with Tiger Woods in the final round, Mickelson closed with an 8-under 64 to beat Woods by 11 strokes. Woods finished with a 75. Mickelson became the ninth player in PGA Tour history to reach 40 victories. Charlie Wi finished second, two strokes back.
Notes: Mickelson, the 2008 and 2009 winner, is playing for the fifth straight week. He’s skipping the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship next week in Marana, Ariz. ... Woods is taking the week off. He last played his hometown event in 2006. ... Top-ranked Luke Donald is making his first PGA Tour start of the season. He tied for 48th three weeks ago in Abu Dhabi in his lone tournament of the year. ... In 2010, Steve Stricker beat Donald by two strokes. ... Ben Hogan stamped the course as “Hogan’s Alley” with three victories in 17 months — the 1947 and ‘48 Los Angeles Opens and ‘48 U.S. Open. ... Steve Elkington won the 1995 PGA at Riviera, beating Colin Montgomerie in a playoff. ... The Mayakoba Golf Classic also is next week in Mexico.
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LPGA TOUR: LPGA THAILAND
Site: Pattaya, Thailand.
Course: Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course (6,477 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the season-opening event, beating Michelle Wie by five strokes for the third of her dozen 2011 worldwide titles. The Taiwanese star went on to win seven LPGA Tour titles last season, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open.
Last week: Jessica Korda won the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne for her first LPGA Tour title, winning a six-player playoff with a birdie on the second extra hole. The 18-year-old Korda beat Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Julieta Granada, So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo in the playoff.
NOTES: Tseng tied for eighth Sunday in Australia. ... Wie is making her first start of the year. ... Korda jumped 203 spots to 82nd in the world. ... The tournament also is sanctioned by the Thailand Ladies Golf Association. ... The HSBC Women’s Champions is next week in Singapore. The tour will open its U.S. schedule March 15-18 with the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: ACE GROUP CLASSIC
Site: Naples, Fla.
Course: The TwinEagles Club, Talon Course (7,193 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.6 million. Winner’s share: $240,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, midnight-2 a.m., 7-9:30 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2 a.m.).
Last year: Bernhard Langer won at The Quarry for the last of the German star’s 14 Champions Tour titles. He had a tournament-record 20-under total to beat Fred Funk by four strokes.
Last week: Corey Pavin won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour. He beat Peter Senior with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Notes: The tournament, in its 25th year, was last played at TwinEagles in 2006. Loren Roberts won that year to become the first Champions Tour player to open a season with three straight victories. Roberts also won in 2009 at TPC Treviso Bay. ... The tour is off the next three weeks. Play will resume March 16-18 with the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.
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EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR: AVANTHA MASTERS
Site: New Delhi.
Course: DLF Golf & Country Club (7,156 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.37 million. Winner’s share: $394,710.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
Last year: India’s Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia closed with a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over England’s Robert Coles. Chowrasia also won the European Tour’s 2008 Indian Masters at Delhi Golf Club.
Last week: Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello won the Dubai Desert Classic for his second European Tour title, beating England’s Lee Westwood and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher by a stroke. Cabrera-Bello jumped to 60th in the world to earn a spot next week in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz.
Notes: Indian star Jeev Milkha Singh is a three-time winner on the European Tour. ... John Daly and Todd Hamilton are in the field along with former Oklahoma State star Peter Uihlein. ... Australia’s Andrew Dodt won the inaugural event in 2010. ... New Zealand’s Mark Brown won the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic on the Arnold Palmer-designed course. ... The event also is sanctioned by the Professional Golf Tour of India. ... The Asian Tour will remain in India next week for the SAIL-SBI Open at Delhi Golf Club.
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NATIONWIDE TOUR: BOGOTA OPEN
Site: Bogota, Colombia.
Course: Bogota Country Club (7,237 yards, par 71).
Purse: $600,000. Winner’s share: $108,000.
Last year: Brenden Pappas won when lightning wiped out the third round, reducing the event to 36 holes. The South African had rounds of 67 and 66 to finish at 9 under. He was credited with an unofficial victory because the players failed to complete 54 holes in the scheduled 72-hole tournament. Matt Every was second, a stroke back.
Notes: The tournament opens the Nationwide Tour’s 23rd season. ... Steve Pate won the inaugural event in 2010 to become the oldest champion in Nationwide Tour history. He was 48 years, 9 months, 11 days. ... The tour is off next week. The Panama Championship is March 1-4, followed by the Chile Classic on March 8-11. The tour will open its U.S. schedule with the Louisiana Open on March 22-25.
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SUNSHINE TOUR: Dimension Data Pro-Am, Thursday-Sunday, Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate, The Links, Montagu and Outeniqua courses, George, South Africa.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: Victorian PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Forest Resort, Creswick, Australia.
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Palmetto Hall Championship, Wednesday-Saturday, Palmetto Hall Golf Club, Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills courses, Hilton Head, S.C.
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR/AUSTRALIAN LADIES PROFESSIONAL GOLF: New Zealand Women’s Open, Friday-Sunday, Pegasus Golf Club, Christchurch, New Zealand.