This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
All Times EST
PGA TOUR: HUMANA CHALLENGE
Site: La Quinta, Calif.
Courses: PGA West, Arnold Palmer Private Course (6,930 yards, par 72); PGA West, Jack Nicklaus Private Course (6,951 yards, par 72); La Quinta Country Club (7,060 yards, par 72).
Purse: $5.6 million. Winner's share: $1,008,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m., 10 p.m.-1 a.m.).
Last year: Jhonattan Vegas became the first Venezuelan winner in PGA Tour history, beating Gary Woodland with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Bill Haas, the 2010 winner, was eliminated on the first extra hole.
Last week: Johnson Wagner won the Sony Open in Hawaii for his third PGA Tour title. Carl Pettersson, Sean O'Hair, Harrison Frazar and Charles Howell III tied for second, two strokes back.
Notes: The tournament, long known as the Bob Hope Classic, has been shortened from 90 to 72 holes. The field has been increased from 124 to 144 players. ... Phil Mickelson is making his first start of the year. ... Greg Norman is making his first PGA Tour start since the 2009 British Open. ... David Duval shot a 59 on the Palmer Course at PGA West in the final round of his 1999 victory. ... Arnold Palmer won the inaugural event in 1960 and added victories in 1962, '68, '71 and '73. ... The final round will be played on the Palmer Course at PGA West. ... The Farmers Insurance Open is next week in San Diego, followed by the Phoenix Open. ... Tiger Woods will open his season next week in Abu Dhabi, then make his first PGA Tour start Feb. 9-12 at Pebble Beach.
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CHAMPIONS TOUR: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
Course: Hualalai Resort Golf Club (7,107 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.8 million. Winner's share: $305,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-3 a.m., 7:30-10 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-4 a.m., 7:30-10 p.m.; Monday, 1:30-4 a.m.).
Last year: John Cook won the season-opening tournament for the first of his three 2011 titles, closing with consecutive 64s for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman.
Notes: The 41-player field features major champions from the last five years, other tournament winners in the last two seasons and seven sponsor invitees. ... Fred Couples is opening his third season on the 50-and-over tour. He won the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship last year for his first season major and has six career senior titles. ... Jack Nicklaus designed the Hualalai course. ... The Champions Skins Game is next week at Royal Kaanapali.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: VOLVO GOLF CHAMPIONS
Site: George, South Africa.
Course: The Links at Fancourt (7,271 yards, par 73).
Purse: $2.53 million. Winner's share: $442,540.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
Last year: England's Paul Casey won the inaugural event in Bahrain, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Last week: South Africa's Branden Grace won the Joburg Open for his first European Tour title, beating England's Jamie Elson by a stroke.
Notes: South African major champions Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel, Retief Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen top the field along with Jimenez, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Robert Karlsson, Thomas Bjorn and Matteo Manassero. ... Casey is sidelined after dislocating his right shoulder snowboarding. ... The tournament, moved from Bahrain because of security concerns, is limited to 2011 European Tour winners and 10-time tour champions. ... Fancourt was the site of the 2003 Presidents Cup. ... Tiger Woods will make his first start of the year next week in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. The Qatar Masters is the following week in Doha.