THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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.
EUROPEAN TOUR/EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR
MADEIRA ISLANDS OPEN
Site: Porto Santo, Madeira Islands.
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: http://www.lpga.or.jp