The week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
PGA TOUR: FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
All Times EST
Site: San Diego.
Courses: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,698 yards, par 72) and North Course (7,045 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6 million. Winner's share: $1,044,000.
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., 1-2:30 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: Bubba Watson won the first of his two 2011 titles, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson.
Last week: Mark Wilson won the Humana Challenge in La Quinta for his fifth tour title, beating Robert Garrigus, John Mallinger and Johnson Wagner by two strokes.
Notes: Woods, the six-time tournament winner who also won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, is skipping the event to play in the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He will make his first PGA Tour start Feb. 9-12 at Pebble Beach. ... Mickelson, the 1993, 2000 and 2001 winner, is making his 22nd consecutive appearance in his hometown event. ... Watson also is in the field along with Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, 2010 champion Ben Crane, 2009 winner Nick Watney, Geoff Ogilvy, Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler and Anthony Kim. Johnson, coming off arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in November, withdrew last week during the second round of the Humana Challenge, citing back pain. ... J.B. Holmes is making his first start since having brain surgery in September. He had structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. ... The final two rounds will be played on the South Course. ... The Phoenix Open is next week.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: ABU DHABI HSBC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Course: Abu Dhabi Golf Club (7,510 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.7 million. Winner's share: $450,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 4-8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4 a.m.-noon, 3-7 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 a.m.-noon, 3-7 p.m., 7-9:30 p.m.).
Last year: Martin Kaymer successfully defended his title, winning the event for the third time in four years. The German star shot 67-65-66-66 for an eight-stroke victory over Rory McIlroy.
Last week: South Africa's Branden Grace won the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt in George, South Africa, for his second straight European Tour victory, beating star countrymen Ernie Els and Retief Goosen with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Grace won the Joburg Open the previous week.
Notes: Tiger Woods is making his first start of the season. He's coming off a victory Dec. 4 in his own 18-man Chevron World Challenge. ... Top-ranked Luke Donald also is in the field along with No. 2 Lee Westwood, No. 3 McIlroy, No. 4 Kaymer, No. 8 Charl Schwartzel, No. 10 Jason Day, Darren Clarke, K.J. Choi, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Matteo Manassero, Ben Curtis and Grace. ... The Qatar Masters is next week in Doha, followed by the Dubai Desert Classic.
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Next event: Allianz Championship, Feb. 10-12, The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
Last week: Dan Forsman won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, beating Jay Don Blake by two strokes.
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EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: The Gujarat Kensville Challenge, Thursday-Sunday, Kensville Golf and Country Club, Ahmedabad, India.