Dubai World Championship
Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (7,675 yards, 7,018 meters, par72).
Purse: $7.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.25 million.
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last week: Tiger Woods won the Australian Masters for his seventh victory ofthe year, closing with a 4-under 68 at Kingston Heath. Paid a $3 millionappearance fee to make his first Australian start in 11 years, Woods has 82official worldwide victories. Greg Chalmers finished second, two strokes back.… France’s Gregory Bourdy won the Hong Kong Open for his third European Tourtitle, beating Rory McIlroy by two strokes. Bourdy jumped to 47th on the moneylist to earn a spot in Dubai.
Notes: The top 60 on The Race to Dubai money list qualified for theseason-ending event, with only Paul Casey (rib injury) and Anthony Kim missing.The 20-year-old McIlroy tops the standings with $3,778,016. Second-place LeeWestwood ($3,587,256), third-place Martin Kaymer ($3,471,564) and fourth-placeRoss Fisher ($3,132,976) are the only player in contention for the $1.5 milliontop prize from the $7.5 million bonus pool. McIlroy, Westwood or Kaymer wouldwin with a tournament victory, regardless of where the others finished. The Raceto Dubai money winner also will receive a seven-year European tour exemption.The tournament winner will get a five-year exemption. … Citing the economicdownturn, the event purse and bonus pool were cut 25 percent in September—from$20 million to $15 million. … Padraig Harrington , Geoff Ogilvy , Ernie Els ,Retief Goosen , Camilo Villegas and Sergio Garcia are in the field. … The OmegaMission Hills World Cup is next week in China.
On the Net: http://www.europeantour.com
US LPGA TOUR
LPGA Tour Championship
Site: Richmond, Texas.
Course: The Houstonian Golf and Country Club (6,650 yards, 6,080 meters, par72).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last week: Michelle Wie won her first US LPGA Tour title, beating PaulaCreamer by two strokes in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The 20-year-old Wieshot 70-66-70-69 at Guadalajara Country Club, Ochoa’s home course. Wie wasmaking her 65th US LPGA Tour start.
Notes: The top 120 on the money list after the Mizuno Classic two weeks agoqualified for the season-ending tournament. The event replaced the ADTChampionship, the limited-field Trump International finale that had a $1 milliontop prize. Jiyai Shin won that event last year, beating Karrie Webb by a strokein the eight-player Sunday shootout. … Wie is making her 19th US LPGA Tourstart of the season. She also will play the European Tour’s Dubai Ladies Mastersin December. … Shin has an eight-point lead over Ochoa in the player of theyear race. Cristie Kerr is third, 29 points behind Shin. Points are awarded tothe top 10 finishers, with the tournament winner getting 30, second place 12 andthird nine. If Shin ends Ochoa’s three-year reign, the 21-year-old South Koreanwill sweep the rookie and player awards. Nancy Lopez is the only player to winboth in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 1978. Tied with Ochoa for thetour victory lead with three, Shin wrapped up the money title last week. She hasmade $1,775,104—$279,292 more than second-place Kerr. … Ochoa leads Shin inthe Vare Trophy scoring average race, 70.2250 to 70.2674.
On the Net: http://www.lpga.com
PEBBLE BEACH RESORTS: Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational,Thursday-Sunday, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and DelMonte Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California. On the Net:http://www.pebblebeach.com
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Dunlop Phoenix, Thursday-Sunday, Phoenix Country Club,Miyazaki, Japan. On the Net: http://www.jgto.org
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament,Tuesday-Friday, TPC Scottsdale, Champions Course, Scottsdale, Arizona. On theNet: http://www.pgatour.com
ASIAN TOUR: Cambodian Open, Thursday-Sunday, Phokeethra Country Club, SiemReap, Cambodia. On the Net: http://www.asiantour.com
TOUR OF THE AMERICAS: Roberto de Vicenzo Classic, Thursday-Sunday, SanEliseo Golf and Country Club, San Eliseo, Argentina. On the Net:http://www.tourdelasamericas.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Daio Paper Open, Friday-Sunday, Elleair Golf Club, Ehime,Japan. On the Net: http://www.lpga.or.jp