Golf Glance



Site: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC Sawgrass, Players Stadium Course (7,215 yards, par


Purse: $9.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.71 million.

Last year: K.J. Choi beat David Toms with a par on the first

hole of a playoff. Toms missed a 3 1/2-foot comeback putt for par

in the playoff on the island-green 17th.

Last week: Rickie Fowler won the Wells Fargo Championship at

Quail Hollow for his first PGA Tour title, beating Rory McIlroy and

D.A. Points with a birdie on the first playoff hole. McIlroy

regained the top spot in the world ranking from Luke Donald.

Notes: Tiger Woods, the 2001 winner, has struggled after winning

the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first PGA Tour title since

September 2009. He tied for 40th in the Masters – his worst

performance as a pro at Augusta National – and missed the cut last

week in North Carolina. … Phil Mickelson, the 2007 champion, won

at Pebble Beach in February for his 40th PGA Tour title. He was

inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday. … Masters

champion Bubba Watson is skipping the tournament to spend time with

wife Angie and their adopted infant son. … McIlroy and Lee

Westwood are in the field after skipping the event last year. …

Greg Norman set the tournament record in 1994, shooting 63-67-67-67

for a 24-under 264 total. … Jack Nicklaus is the only three-time

champion, winning in 1974 at Atlanta Country Club, 1976 at

Inverrary and 1978 at Sawgrass Country Club. … The tour will be

in Texas the next two weeks for the Byron Nelson Championship in

Irving and Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth.




Site: Porto Santo, Madeira Islands.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Santo da Serra Golf Club (6,825 yards, par 72).

Purse: $875,960. Winner’s share: $145,990.

Last year: Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey won at Porto Santo,

beating English pair Chris Gane and Jamie Elson by two strokes.

Last week: Italy’s Francesco Molinari won the Spanish Open for

his third career European Tour title, finishing with a 7-under 65

for a three-stroke victory.

Notes: Santo da Serra, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., also

was the tournament site from 1997 to 2008. … Madeira is a

Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles west

of Morocco. … Ireland’s Des Smyth won in 2001 at 48 years, 34

days to become the oldest winner in European Tour history. … The

Volvo World Match Play Championship is next week at Finca Cortesin

in Spain, followed by the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in




Next event: Sybase Match Play Championship, May 17-20, Hamilton

Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, New Jersey.

Last week: Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum won the Brazil Cup,

finishing with a 6-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over Taiwan’s

Amy Hung in the 36-hole exhibition event.



Next event: Senior PGA Championship, May 24-27, The Golf Club at

Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Last week: Fred Funk won the Insperity Championship at The

Woodlands outside Houston, birdieing the final hole for a

one-stroke victory over Tom Lehman. Funk also won the 1992 Houston

Open on the course.



Next event: BMW Charity Pro-Am, May 17-20, Thornblade Club,

Greer, South Carolina; Greenville Country Club, Greenville, South

Carolina; and The Carolina Country Club, Spartanburg, South


Last week: Former University of Georgia player Hudson Swafford

won the Stadion Classic 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.




JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Japan PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday,

Karasuyamajo Country Club, Tochigi, Japan. Online:

ONEASIA TOUR: Maekyung Open Golf Championship, Thursday-Sunday,

Namseoul Golf and Country Club, Seoul, South Korea. Online:

SUNSHINE TOUR: Vodacom Origins of Golf, Wednesday-Friday, Simola

Golf Estate, Kysna, South Africa. Online:

EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Mallorca Open Senior, Friday-Sunday, Pula

Golf Club, Son Servera, Spain. Online:


LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Turkish Airlines Ladies Open,

Thursday-Sunday, National Golf Club, Antalya, Turkey. Online:

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Fundokin Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Fukuoka Century

Golf Club, Fukuoka, Japan. Online: