This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
PGA TOUR: SONY OPEN IN HAWAII
Course: Waialae Country Club (7,044 yards, par 70).
Purse: $5.5 million. Winner's share: $990,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 7-10:30 p.m., 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m.; 7-10:30 p.m., 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.; 7-10 p.m., 11 p.m.-2 a.m.)
Last year: Mark Wilson won the first of his two 2011 PGA Tour titles, shooting 65-67 in the 36-hole Sunday finale for a two-stroke victory over Tim Clark and Steve Marino. Wilson also won the Phoenix Open.
Last week: Steve Stricker won the season-opening Tournament of Champions at Kapalua for his 12th PGA Tour title and eighth in his last 50 events. The 44-year-old Stricker shot 68-63-69-69 to finish at 23 under. He moved up to No. 5 in the world. Scotland's Martin Laird was second, three strokes back.
Notes: The tournament is the first full-field event of the season. Stricker and Wilson are in the field along with PGA champion Keegan Bradley. ... The Humana Challenge is next week at La Quinta, Calif., followed by the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego and the Phoenix Open. ... Tiger Woods will open play Jan. 26-29 in Abu Dhabi, then make his first PGA Tour start of the season Feb. 9-12 at Pebble Beach.
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EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOUR: JOBURG OPEN
Course: Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, East Course (7,592 yards, par 71), West Course (7,237 yards, par 71).
Purse: $1.66 million. Winner's share: $263,640.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.).
Last year: South Africa's Charl Schwartzel won for the second straight year, closing with a 4-under 67 for a four-stroke victory.
Last week: Louis Oosthuizen successfully defended his Africa Open title, shooting 69-62-67-67 for a two-stroke victory over fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt.
Notes: Schwartzel, the Masters champion, tops the field along with Retief Goosen. Rich Beem also is entered. ... The tournament is sponsored by the City of Johannesburg. ... The final two rounds will be played on the East Course. ... The European Tour will remain in South Africa next week for the Volvo Golf Champions at The Links at Fancourt.