US PGA TOUR
Farmers Insurance Open
Site: San Diego.
Courses: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,568 yards, 6,920 meters, par 72) andNorth Course (6,874 yards, 6,286 meters, par 72).
Purse: $5.3 million. Winner’s share: $954,000.
Last year: Nick Watney won his second tour title, with birdies on two of thefinal three holes for a one-stroke victory over John Rollins .
Last week: Bill Haas won the rain-delayed Bob Hope Classic for his first USPGA Tour title, birdieing the final hole for an 8-under 64 and a one-strokevictory over Matt Kuchar , Tim Clark and Bubba Watson . Haas’ father, Jay, won the1988 tournament.
Notes: Six-time winner Tiger Woods —taking an indefinite leave to sort outhis personal life—is absent for the second straight year. Last year, Woods wasrecovering from a knee injury that sidelined him after his June 1998 U.S. Openplayoff victory at Torrey Pines. … Phil Mickelson , the 1993, 2000 and 2001winner, is making his 20th consecutive appearance in his hometown event. He took10 weeks off after winning the HSBC Champions in November in Shanghai. … Onlythree players in the field—No. 2 Mickelson, No. 15 Robert Allenby and No. 20Ernie Els —are in the top 20 in the world. … Farmers Insurance agreed lastweek to be the title sponsor for at least this year, with a long-term option.Buick sponsored the event from 1992-2009. … High wind in December knocked downa landmark cypress tree behind the par-3 sixth hole on the South Course. … Thefinal two rounds will be played on the South Course. … The tour will remain inCalifornia for the next two weeks for stops at Riviera and Pebble Beach.
On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com
Site: Doha, Qatar.
Course: Doha Country Club (7,388 yards, 6,756 meters, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $416,720.
Last year: Spain’s Alvaro Quiros won his third career European Tour title,beating Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen by three strokes.
Last week: Germany’s Martin Kaymer won the Abu Dhabi Championship for thesecond time in three years, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victoryover Ian Poulter . Kaymer has five career European Tour victories.
Notes: Quiros and Kaymer are in the field along with Poulter, 2006 winnerStenson, 2007 champion Retief Goosen , Kenny Perry , Paul Casey , Sergio Garcia ,Camilo Villegas , Lee Westwood , Shaun Micheel and Todd Hamilton . … The DubaiDesert Classic is next week, followed by the Avantha Masters in India.
Ruropean Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com
NATIONWIDE TOUR/PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA
New Zealand Open.
Site: Queenstown, New Zealand.
Course: The Hills Golf Course (7,243 yards, 6,623 meters, par 72).
Purse: $600,000. Winner’s share: $108,000.
Last year: Alex Prugh won his first Nationwide Tour title, making two eaglesin a final-round 64. Fellow American Martin Piller was second, three strokesback.
Last week: Australia’s Mitchell Brown won the Australasian tour’s NewZealand PGA for his first pro title. Brown beat compatriot Ashley Hall with apar on the first hole of a playoff at Clearwater Resort.
Notes: The tournament opens the Nationwide Tour’s 21st season. The top 25players on the money list at the end of the season will earn 2011 US PGA Tourcards. Three-time winners will receive immediate promotions to the US PGA Tour.… The tours will team again next week for the Moonah Classic in Australia.
Nationwide Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com
PGA Tour of Australasia site: http://pgatour.com.au
Next event: ACE Group Classic, Feb. 12-14, The Quarry, Brooksville, Florida.
Last week: Tom Watson won the season-opening Mitsubishi ElectricChampionship in Hawaii, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victoryover senior newcomer Fred Couples . The 60-year-old Watson, coming off a win withJack Nicklaus in the Champions Skins, has 13 career victories on the50-and-older tour.
On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com