This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
All Times EST
PGA TOUR: HONDA CLASSIC
Site: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Course: PGA National Resort and Spa, The Champion (7,110 yards, par 70).
Purse: $5.7 million. Winner’s share: $1,026,000.
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, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 1-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini won his sixth PGA Tour title, holding off South Korea’s Y.E. Yang by a stroke.
Last week: Hunter Mahan won the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., for his second World Golf Championship victory, beating Rory McIlroy 2 and 1 in the final. Mahan beat Zach Johnson in the first round, Yang in the second, Steve Stricker in the third, Matt Kuchar in the quarterfinals, and Mark Wilson in the semifinals. McIlroy needed to win the final to take the top spot in the world ranking from Luke Donald. ... John Huh won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico for his first PGA Tour title, parring the eighth hole of a playoff with Robert Allenby. The 21-year-old Huh, making his fifth tour start, closed with a 63. The playoff matched the second-longest in PGA Tour history. Allenby had a double bogey on the final hole of regulation.
Notes: Tiger Woods is making his first appearance in the event since missing the cut as a 17-year-old amateur in 1993. Last week in the Match Play event, he beat Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the first round and lost to Nick Watney in the second. In Woods’ two stroke-play tournaments this season, he tied for third in Abu Dhabi and tied for 15th at Pebble Beach. ... The second-ranked McIlroy is again in position to take the top spot in the world from Donald with a victory. Donald, the 2006 winner, is skipping the tournament. ... Wilson and Lee Westwood, fourth last week in Arizona, also are in the field along with Huh and Allenby. ... The Champion course was the site of the 1983 Ryder Cup and 1987 PGA Championship. ... The WGC-Cadillac Championship is next week at Doral, opposite the Puerto Rico Open.
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NATIONWIDE TOUR: PANAMA CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Panama City.
Course: Panama Golf Club (7,163 yards, par 70).
Purse: $550,000. Winner’s share: $99,000.
Last year: Mathew Goggin won the season-opening tournament, beating Australian countryman Alistair Presnell and American Darron Stiles by two strokes.
Last event: Skip Kendall won the season-opening Colombia Championship on Feb. 19, holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory. At 47 years, 5 months, 10 days, Kendall became the fourth-oldest winner in Nationwide history.
Notes: The Chile Classic is next week. The tour will open its U.S. schedule with the Louisiana Open on March 22-25.
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Next event: LPGA Founders Cup, March 15-18, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix.
Last week: Angela Stanford won the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore for her fifth LPGA Tour victory, beating Jenny Shin with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. Shanshan Feng was eliminated on the first extra hole, and Na Yeon Choi dropped out on the second.
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Next event: Toshiba Classic, March 16-18, Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.
Last event: Kenny Perry won the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 19 in Naples, Fla., 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: Andalucia Open, March 15-18, Aloha Golf Club, Puerto Banus, Spain.
Last event: South Africa’s Jbe Kruger won the Avantha Masters in India on Feb. 19 for his first European Tour title.
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NGA TOUR: Killearn Country Club Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Killearn Country Club, Tallahassee, Fla.
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: World Ladies Championship, Friday-Sunday, Mission Hills Hainan, Vintage Course, Haikou, China.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Daikin Orchid Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Ryukyu Country Club, Okinawa, Japan.