This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS-ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Marana, Ariz.
Course: Dove Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club (7,791 yards, par 72).
Purse: $8.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.4 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, noon-6 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Thursday, 2-6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Friday, 2-6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Saturday, noon-2 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m.).
Last year: England’s Luke Donald won his first WGC title without playing the 18th hole, topping Germany’s Martin Kaymer 3 and 2 in the final. Donald also beat Charley Hoffman, Edoardo Molinari, Matteo Manassero, Ryan Moore and Matt Kuchar.
Last week: Bill Haas won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, beating Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley with a 45-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff. Mickelson and Bradley birdied the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. ... South Africa’s Jbe Kruger won the Avantha Masters in India for his first European Tour title, beating Spain’s Jorge Campillo and Germany’s Marcel Siem by two strokes.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the 2003, 2004 and 2008 winner, will open against Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Woods is making his third start of the year. He tied for third in Abu Dhabi and tied for 15th two weeks ago at Pebble Beach. He also will play next week in the Honda Classic. ... The top-ranked Donald will face Ernie Els in the first round. ... Mickelson is skipping the tournament. ... The tournament is in its fourth year at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. ... Ian Poulter won in 2010. ... The first-round losers will receive $45,000.
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PGA TOUR: MAYAKOBA GOLF CLASSIC
Site: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Course: Mayakoba Resort, El Camaleon Golf Club (6,923 yards, par 70).
Purse: $3.7 million. Winner’s share: $660,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 1:30-3:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Monday, 1-3 a.m.).
Last year: Johnson Wagner beat Spencer Levin with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Last week: Bill Haas won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera, beating Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley with a 45-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.
Notes: Wagner, the Sony Open winner in Hawaii in January, is in the field after failing to qualify for the Match Play Championship. ... Greg Norman designed the El Camaleon course. ... Mayakoba is 35 miles south of Cancun on the Caribbean coast. ... The Honda Classic is next week at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
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LPGA TOUR: HSBC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
Course: Tanah Merah Country Club, Garden Course (6,547 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.4 million. Winner’s share: $210,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-6 p.m.).
Last Year: Australia’s Karrie Webb rallied to beat Japan’s Chie Arimura by a stroke. The Hall of Famer won the LPGA Founders Cup in her next start.
Last week: Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title for her 13th LPGA Tour victory, birdieing the final two holes to hold off playing partner Ai Miyazato by a stroke. The 23-year-old Tseng, a seven-time winner last year on the LPGA Tour, has 33 career worldwide professional victories.
Notes: Tseng and Miyazato, the 2010 winner, are in the field. ... Michelle Wie is coming off a 38th-place tie in Thailand. ... In 2008, Lorena Ochoa beat Annika Sorenstam by 11 strokes, finishing at 20-under 268. ... The tour will open its U.S. schedule March 15-18 with the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.
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Next event: Toshiba Classic, March 16-18, Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.
Last week: Kenny Perry won the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla., for his second Champions Tour title, beating 2011 winner Bernhard Langer by five strokes. Perry closed with a 70 after opening with rounds of 64 and 62 to break the tour’s 36-hole record at 18-under 126.
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Next event: Panama Championship, March 1-4, Panama Golf Club, Panama City.
Last week: Skip Kendall holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the season-opening Colombia Championship in Bogota. At 47 years, 5 months, 10 days, Kendall became the fourth-oldest winner in Nationwide history.
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SUNSHINE TOUR: Telkom PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Country Club Johannesburg, Johannesburg.
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Oldfield Open, Wednesday-Saturday, Oldfield Country Club and Chechessee Creek Club, Okatie, S.C.
NGA TOUR: Members Only Shootout, Wednesday-Friday, Black Bear Golf Club, Eustis, Fla.
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