This week in the world of golf . . .
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
All Times EDT
PGA TOUR: BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Irving, Texas.
Course: TPC Four Seasons Resort (7,166 yards, par 70).
Purse: $6.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.17 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Keegan Bradley won his first PGA Tour title, parring the first hole of a playoff with Ryan Palmer. Bradley also won the PGA Championship in August.
Last week: Matt Kuchar won The Players Championship for his fourth PGA Tour title, closing with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Ben Curtis and Martin Laird.
Notes: Phil Mickelson, the 1996 winner, is making his 14th appearance in the event and first since 2007. He won at Pebble Beach in February for his 40th PGA Tour title and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame last week. ... Kuchar is in the field. ... Byron Nelson died in 2006 at 94. He won a record 11 consecutive events in 1945. ... Rory Sabbatini won in 2009, closing with a 6-under 64 for a tournament-record 19-under 261 total. ... The Crowne Plaza Invitational is next week at Colonial in Fort Worth, followed by the Memorial at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
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LPGA TOUR: SYBASE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Gladstone, N.J.
Course: Hamilton Farm Golf Club (6,553 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $375,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 5-6 p.m., 9-10 p.m.; Thursday, midnight-1 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4-6 p.m.; 9:30-11:30 p.m.).
Last year: Norway’s Suzann Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr 1-up in the final. Pettersen also won the LPGA Safeway Classic in August in Oregon.
Last event: Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum won the Brazil Cup on May 6, beating Taiwan’s Amy Hung by four strokes in the 36-hole event.
Notes: Top-ranked Yani Tseng, a three-time winner this year, will open against Jang Jeong. Pettersen will face Jodi Ewart, and Michelle Wie will play Mina Harigae. ... After single rounds Thursday and Friday, the third round and quarterfinals will be played Saturday and the semifinals and final are Sunday. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume June 1-3 with the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, N.J.
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EUROPEAN TOUR: VOLVO WORLD MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Casares, Spain.
Course: Finca Cortesin Golf Club (7,290 yards, par 72).
Purse: $3.53 million. Winner’s share: $899,400.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon; Saturday, 6:30-11:30 a.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 a.m.-noon, 7-9:30 p.m.).
Last year: Ian Poulter beat fellow Englishman Luke Donald 2 and 1 in the final.
Last week: Ricardo Santos won the Madeira Islands Open to become the first Portuguese-born player to win a European Tour event in his home country. He closed with a 9-under 63 for a four-stroke victory.
Notes: England’s Paul Casey withdrew Sunday because of a right shoulder injury. Sweden’s Robert Karlsson took his spot in the 24-man field. ... The event was played at Wentworth in England from its inception in 1964 to 2007. ... After round-robin play in eight three-man groups, the top two in each group will advance to the round of 16. ...
The BMW PGA Championship is next week at Wentworth, followed by the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.
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NATIONWIDE TOUR: BMW CHARITY PRO-AM
Site: Greer, S.C.
Courses: Thornblade Club (7,024 yards, par 71), Greenville Country Club (6,864 yards, par 72) and The Carolina Country Club (6,951 yards, par 72).
Purse: $600,000. Winner’s share: $108,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-3 p.m.; Sunday, 2-4 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2 a.m.).
Last year: South Africa’s Garth Mulroy beat Sunghoon Kang on the first hole of a playoff when the South Korean missed a 3-foot par putt.
Last event: Former University of Georgia player Hudson Swafford won the Stadion Classic on May 6 on his old college course, closing with a 9-under 62 for a one-stroke victory. The tour rookie holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the final hole, then waited 90 minutes for the rest of the players to complete the round. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen and Luke List tied for second.
Notes: The final round will be played at Thornblade Club. The Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Greenville course replaced Bright’s Creek in the rotation. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume with The Rex Hospital Open on May 31-June 3 in Raleigh, N.C.
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Next event: Senior PGA Championship, May 24-27, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Mich.
Last event: Fred Funk won the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands on May 6, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Tom Lehman. Funk also won the 1992 Houston Open on the course.
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JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Totoumi Hamamatsu Open, Thursday-Sunday, Grandee Hamanako Golf Club, Shizuoka, Japan.
ONEASIA TOUR: SK Telecom Open, Thursday-Sunday, Pinx Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea.
NGA TOUR: Cherry Blossom Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Cherry Blossom Golf and Country Club, Georgetown, Ky.
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Willow Creek Open, Wednesday-Friday, High Point Country Club, High Point, N.C.
TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Nordeste Open, Wednesday-Saturday, Chaco Golf Club, Resistencia, Argentina.
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Chukyo Golf Club, Aichi, Japan.