WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Site: Doral, Florida.
Course: TPC Blue Monster at Doral (7,334 yards, 6,706 meters, par 72).
Purse: $8.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.4 million.
Last year: Ernie Els won the first of his two 2010 US PGA Tour titles,closing with a 6-under 66 for a four-stroke victory over South African protegeCharl Schwartzel .
Last week: South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini won the Honda Classic in Palm BeachGardens, holding off Y.E. Yang by a stroke.
Notes: Tiger Woods has won the event six times—in 1999 at Valderrama inSpain, 2002 at Mount Juliet in Ireland, 2003 at Capital City in Atlanta, 2005 atHarding Park in San Francisco, 2006 at The Grove in England and 2007 at Doral. Athree-time winner at Doral, he’s coming off a first-round loss to Thomas Bjorn two weeks ago in the Match Play Championship in Arizona. In Woods’ twostroke-play starts this year, he tied for 44th at Torrey Pines and tied for 20thin Dubai. He won the last of his 71 US PGA Tour titles in September 2009. …Phil Mickelson won the 2009 tournament. Taken to a hospital on the eve of thefinal round because of heat exhaustion and dehydration, he parred the finalseven holes to beat Nick Watney by a stroke. … Luke Donald won the first WGCevent of the year, beating Martin Kaymer in the Match Play final. … TheTransitions Championship is next week at Innisbrook, followed by the ArnoldPalmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com
US PGA TOUR
Puerto Rico Open
Site: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Course: Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico (7,526 yards, 6,882meters, par 72).
Purse: $3.5 million. Winner’s share: $630,000.
Last year: Derek Lamely won the rain-delayed tournament in a Monday finishfor his first US PGA Tour title. Kris Blanks was second, two strokes back.
Last week: South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini won the Honda Classic in Palm BeachGardens, Florida, holding off Y.E. Yang by a stroke. Sabbatini has six US PGATour titles.
Notes: Sabbatini and Lamely are in the field along with Stewart Cink , AngelCabrera and Pebble Beach winner D.A. Points . … Mike Weir is coming off acareer-worst 85 on Friday in the Honda Classic. He opened with a 77 aftershooting two 77s in the Northern Trust Open to miss the cut at Riviera. …Michael Bradley won the 2009 title, holing an 11-foot birdie putt for aone-stroke victory.
Site: Newport Beach, California.
Course: Newport Beach Country Club (6,584 yards, 6,020 meters, par 71).
Purse: $1.7 million. Winner’s share: $255,000.
Last year: Fred Couples won the second of his three straight Champions Tourtitles, shooting 66-64-65 for a four-stroke victory over Ronnie Black .
Last event: Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 20 in Naples,Florida, for his 14th Champions Tour victory, finishing with a tournament-record20-under total. Fred Funk was second, four strokes back.
Notes: Couples and John Cook are coming off strong performances on the USPGA Tour. Couples had the lead early in the final round of the Northern TrustOpen three weeks ago at Riviera and ended up tying for seventh. Cook, the winnerof the season-opening senior event in Hawaii, finished third two weeks ago inthe Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico. … Langer, the 2008 winner, has 14victories in 71 Champions Tour starts. … Ian Baker-Finch is making hisChampions Tour debut. … The tour is off the next two weeks. Play will resumeApril 1-3 with the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
US LPGA TOUR
Next event: LPGA Founders Cup, March 18-20, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort& Spa, Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix.
Last event: Australia’s Karrie Webb won the HSBC Women’s Champions inSingapore on Feb. 27 for her 37th US LPGA Tour victory, rallying to beat ChieArimura by a stroke.
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: El Jadida Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Pullman RoyalGolf Club, El Jadida, Morocco. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com
NGA HOOTERS TOUR: Ocala Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Golden Hills Golf and TurfClub, Ocala, Florida. Online: http://www.ngahooterstour.com
PGA EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR: ISPS Handa Senior World Championship,Friday-Sunday, Mission Hills Golf Club, World Cup Course, Shenzhen, China.Online: http://www.europeantour.com
TOUR OF THE AMERICAS/PGA EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Copa AntioquiaInternational, Thursday-Sunday, Club Deportivo El Rodeo, Medellin, Colombia.Online: http://www.tourdelasamericas.com http://www.europeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Yokohama PRGR Ladies Cup, Friday-Sunday, Tosa Country Club,Kochi, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp