World Golf Glance

By Associated PressFebruary 3, 2010, 12:21 am


Northern Trust Open

Site: Los Angeles.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Riviera Country Club (7,325 yards, 6,698 meters, par 71).

Purse: $6.4 million. Winner’s share: $1,152,000.

Last year: Phil Mickelson successfully defended his title, beating SteveStricker by a stroke. Mickelson went from a four-shot lead at the start of thefinal round to a two-shot deficit with three holes to play. He birdied 16 and 17and wrapped up the victory with a 6-foot par putt on 18.

Last week: Ben Crane won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines for histhird tour title, beating Michael Sim , Brandt Snedeker and Marc Leishman by astroke.

Notes: Tiger Woods , winless in his hometown event, is taking an indefiniteleave to sort out his personal life. … Mickelson finished 19th last week inSan Diego in his season debut. … Young Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa is in thefield. He missed the cut last year at Riviera in his US PGA Tour debut. … BenHogan stamped the course as “Hogan’s Alley” with three victories in 17 months— the 1947 and ’48 Los Angeles Opens and ’48 U.S. Open. … Steve Elkington wonthe 1995 US PGA at Riviera, beating Colin Montgomerie in a playoff. … NBAgreat Jerry West is in his first year as the tournament’s executive director.… The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is next week, followed by theAccenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona, which is opposite theMayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

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Dubai Desert Classic

Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Emirates Golf Club, Majlis Course (7,301 yards, 6,676 meters, par72).

Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $416,660.

Last year: Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won his first European Tourtitle, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over England’s JustinRose .

Last week: Sweden’s Robert Karlsson won the Qatar Masters for his 10thEuropean Tour title, finishing with a 7-under 65 for a three-stroke victory.

Notes: Tom Watson is in the field along with Lee Westwood and 16-year-oldMatteo Manassero . … The 60-year-old Watson, a playoff loser to Stewart Cink last year in the British Open, is coming off consecutive senior victories inHawaii. He teamed with Jack Nicklaus to win the Champions Skins, then took theChampions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. … InNovember at Jumeirah Estates, Westwood won the Dubai World Championship and Raceto Dubai money title—taking home $2.75 million. … Manassero, from Italy, wonthe British Amateur last year to become the youngest champion in tournamenthistory. … The Avantha Masters is next week in India.

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Moonah Classic

Site: Fingal, Australia.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Moonah Links (7,469 yards, 6,830 meters, par 72).

Purse: $700,000. Winner’s share: $126,000.

Last year: Australia’s Alistair Presnell birdied the final hole for aone-stroke victory over countryman Peter O’Malley .

Last week: Robert Gates became the 13th player to win in his Nationwide Tourdebut, beating Australia’s Andrew Dodt by a stroke in the season-opening NewZealand Open.

Notes: US PGA Tour winner Peter Lonard is in the field. He won the 2003Australian Open at Moonah Links. … Five-time British Open winner Peter Thomsondesigned the course. … In 2008, Australia’s Ewan Porter won the inauguralevent by seven strokes.

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Next event: ACE Group Classic, Feb. 12-14, The Quarry, Naples, Florida.

Last event: Tom Watson won the season-opening Mitsubishi ElectricChampionship in Hawaii on Jan. 24, birdieing the final two holes for aone-stroke victory over senior newcomer Fred Couples . The 60-year-old Watson,the Champions Skins winner with Jack Nicklaus the previous week, has 13victories on the 50-and-older tour.

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ASIAN TOUR: Asian Tour International, Thursday-Sunday, Suwan Golf andCountry Club, Bangkok. On the Net:

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:28 am

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 3:18 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.

The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.

Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.

She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.

Their match-play spot wasn’t yet secure, but Ianello still broke down in tears.

NCAA Women’s DI Championship: Team scoring

NCAA Women’s DI Championship: Individual scoring

“Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”

Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.

Though the finish had plenty of drama, no teams played their way into the coveted top 8 on the final day of stroke-play qualifying.

Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.

On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.

Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.