|Published:||Oct 18, 2011 10:19 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 19, 2011 6:30 AM EDT|
US PGA TOUR
CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS CLASSIC
Site: Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Courses: Walt Disney World Resort, Magnolia Course (7,516 yards, 6,873 meters, par 72) and Palm Course (6,957 yards, 6,361 meters, par 72).
Purse: $4.7 million. Winner's share: $846,000.
Last year: Robert Garrigus won the season-ending tournament to keep his US PGA Tour card, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke victory.
Last week: Ben Crane won the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia, beating Webb Simpson with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Seven strokes behind with 11 holes to play, Crane finished with a 7-under 63. Simpson missed a 3-foot par putt the final hole of the playoff.
Notes: Simpson earned $432,000 last week to top the money list with $6,200,243 - $363,029 more than second-place Luke Donald. Both have entered the season finale, and at the very least, the top-ranked Donald would have to finish no worse than a two-way tie for second to have any chance to move past Simpson and become the first player to sweep money titles on the US PGA Tour and European Tour. Donald already has a comfortable lead in Europe. ... The final top 125 on the money list will earn full 2012 exemptions, and the next 25 will receive conditional status. D.J. Trahan is 123rd with $655,596, followed by Bobby Gates ($654,166), James Driscoll ($645,835), Bill Lunde ($639,548), Billy Mayfair ($633,468), Angel Cabrera ($628,079), Matt Jones ($602,392), Steve Flesch ($594,622) and Paul Casey ($590,386). ... In 2008, Davis Love III won the last of his 20 US PGA Tour titles, finishing with a 64 for a one-stroke victory. ... The final two rounds will be played on the Magnolia Course. ... The Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia is next week, followed by the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China.
Site: Castellon, Spain.
Course: Club de Campo del Mediterraneo (7,111 yards, 6,502 meters, par 71).
Purse: $2.77 million. Winner's share: $461,790.
Last year: Italy's Matteo Manassero became the youngest champion in European Tour history, winning at 17 years, 188 days. Manassero broke the record of 18 years, 133 days set by Danny Lee in the 2008 Johnnie Walker.
Last week: England's Tom Lewis rallied to win the Portugal Masters, birdieing five of the last seven holes for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke victory over Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello. The 20-year-old Lewis was making his third tour start as a pro.
Notes: Spanish stars Sergio Garcia and Jose Marie Olazabal top the field along with Manassero and Lewis. Garcia, the tournament host, won the 2008 event on his home course. ... The tour will remain in Spain next week for the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.
US LPGA TOUR
Site: Yang Mei, Taiwan.
Course: Sunrise Golf and Country Club (6,390 yards, 5,843 meters, par 72).
Purse: $2 million. Winner's share: $300,000.
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last week: South Korea's Na Yeon Choi won the LPGA Malaysia for her first US LPGA Tour victory of the season and fifth in three years, beating top-ranked Yani Tseng by a stroke. Choi became the second South Korean winner on the US LPGA Tour this year, joining U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu. The victory also was the 100th US LPGA Tour win by players of South Korean descent.
Notes: Tseng, from Taiwan, won the season-opening LPGA Thailand in February at Siam Country Club for the first of her tour-high six victories. She has nine worldwide victories this year, including major victories in the US LPGA Championship and Women's British Open. The 22-year-old star leads the money list with $2,563,629. ... Twenty-seven of the top 30 players on the money list are in the field. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume Nov. 4-6 with the Mizuno Classic in Japan.
Next event: Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Nov. 3-6, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco.
Last week: Fred Couples ran away with the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, shooting 62-62-66 for a seven-stroke victory - the largest margin on tour this year. Couples has two victories this year and six in two seasons on the tour.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Jacksonville Open, Thursday-Sunday, TPC Sawgrass, Dye's Valley Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Online: http://www.pgatour.com
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Bridgestone Open, Thursday-Sunday, Sodegaura Country Club, Sodegaura Course, Chiba, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org
ASIAN TOUR: C.J. Invitational, Thursday-Sunday, Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club, Jeju Island, South Korea. South Korea. Online: http://www.asiantour.com
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA: Brunel WA PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club, Perth, Australia. Online: http://pgatour.com.au
SUNSHINE TOUR: Suncoast Classic, Thursday-Saturday, Durban Country Club, Durban, South Africa. Online: http://www.sunshinetour.com
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Sanya Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Yalong Bay Golf Club, Sanya, China. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Masters Golf Club Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Masters Golf Club, Hyogo, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp