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Quail Hollow Championship

Site: Charlotte, N.C.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Quail Hollow Club (7,469 yards, par 72).

Purse: $6.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.17 million.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-3 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-5 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Sean O’Hair won his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 in blustery conditions to beat Bubba Watson and Lucas Glover by a stroke. Tiger Woods was fourth, two strokes back.

Last week: Jason Bohn won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for second PGA Tour title, birdieing three of the final four holes for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Jeff Overton. The 37-year-old Bohn also won the 2005 B.C. Open.

Notes: Tiger Woods, the 2007 winner, tops the strong field along with Masters champion Phil Mickelson. Woods tied for fourth three weeks ago in the Masters in his return from a humiliating sex scandal. … Anthony Kim, the 2008 winner, tied for 16th last week in South Korea in the weather-shortened Ballantine’s Championship. In his last two PGA Tour starts, he won the Houston Open and tied for third in the Masters. … Lee Westwood is making his first start since finishing second in the Masters. … Jim Furyk, a two-time winner this year, won the 2006 tournament. … The Players Championship is next week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., followed by the Texas Open.

On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com


Tres Marias Championship

Site: Morelia, Mexico.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Tres Marias Country Club (6,539 yards, par 73).

Purse: $1.3 million. Winner’s share: $195,000.

Television: None.

Last year: Top-ranked Mexican star Lorena Ochoa won the event for the second straight year and third time in four seasons, beating Suzann Pettersen by a stroke. Ochoa shot 65-65-69-68 to finish at 25 under for the second straight year.

Last week: Anna Nordqvist won the inaugural Mojo 6 Jamaica LPGA Invitational on April 16, beating Amanda Blumenherst 1-up in the six-hole championship match.

Notes: Ochoa is retiring after the tournament. The 28-year-old star has two major victories and 27 overall LPGA Tour titles. In 2008 at Tres Marias, Ochoa won by 11 strokes _ shooting 66-66-66-69. She is expected to continue to play her own Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara. … Michelle Wie is coming off a 27th-place tie in the Kraft Nabisco. She won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last year for her lone tour victory. … Yani Tseng won the Kraft Nabisco on April 4 for her second major title. … Paula Creamer is making her first start since injuring her left thumb in the season-opening LPGA Thailand. … The tour is off next week. Play will resume May 13-16 with the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.

On the Net: http://www.lpga.com


Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Site: Saucier, Miss.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Fallen Oak (7,054 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.6 million. Winner’s share: $240,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-2 a.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 7-9:30 p.m.; Monday, 2:30-4:30 a.m.).

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last week: Mark O’Meara won for the first time on the Champions Tour, teaming with Nick Price to beat Joey Sindelar and John Cook on the second hole of a playoff in the better-ball Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Notes: The tournament is one of three new events this year, joining stops in Montreal and South Korea. … Bernhard Langer, a two-time winner this year, is in the field along with O’Meara and Price. … Jodie Mudd and Bobby Clampett are making their first Champions Tour starts. … Fred Couples, a three-time winner this year, is playing in the PGA Tour’s Quail Hollow Championship. … The Tom Fazio-designed course opened in 2006. … The tour is off next week. Play will resume May 14-16 with the Regions Charity Classic in Birmingham, Ala.

On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com


Spanish Open

Site: Seville, Spain.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Real Club de Golf de Sevilla (7,134 yards, par 72).

Purse: $2.68 million. Winner’s share: $445,866.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.).

Last year: Thomas Levet became the first Frenchman to win five PGA European Tour titles, beating Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti by two strokes at Catalunya.

Last week: Australia’s Marcus Fraser broke a seven-year title drought, leading wire-to-wire in the weather-shortened Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea. Brett Rumford and Gareth Maybin tied for second, four strokes back.

Notes: Miguel Angel Jimenez tops the Spanish contingent along with long-hitting Alvaro Quiros, Pablo Martin, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Pablo Larrazabal, Ignacio Garrido and Rafael Cabrera-Bello. Sergio Garcia was last Spanish winner, taking the 2002 event at El Cortijo. … European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, the 1994 winner at Club de Campo in Madrid, is in the field. … Ireland’s Peter Lawrie won in 2008 on the Jose Maria Olazabal-designed course, beating Garrido in a playoff. … The Italian Open is next week in Turin.

On the Net: http://www.europeantour.com


Athens Classic

Site: Athens, Ga.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: University of Georgia Golf Course (7,240 yards, par 71).

Purse: $550,000. Winner’s share: $99,000.

Television: None.

Last year: Patrick Sheehan won at Jennings Mill, holing a 22-foot birdie putt from the fringe to beat Michael Sim on the first hole of a playoff.

Last week: Ewan Porter won the South Georgia Classic for his second Nationwide Tour title, parring the last four holes to hold off Jhonattan Vegas by a stroke.

Notes: The tournament is operated by the University of Georgia. Robert Trent Jones _ a close friend of Dr. O.C. Aderhold, the university president from 1950-67 _ designed the course. It opened in 1968 and was renovated in 2006 with help from Davis Love III. … Former Georgia players Paul Claxton, Kevin Kisner, Chris Kirk and Brendon Todd are in the field. Kisner, Kirk and Todd played on the Bulldogs’ 2005 national championship team. … Porter and Sheehan also are in the field. … The tour is off next week. Play will resume May 13-16 with the a BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, S.C.

On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com



NGA HOOTERS TOUR: Savannah Lakes Village Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Monticello Golf Club, McCormick, S.C. On the Net: http://www.ngahooterstour.com

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: The Crowns, Thursday-Sunday, Nagoya Golf Club, Wago Course, Aichi, Japan. On the Net: http://www.jgto.org

ASIAN TOUR: SAIL Open, Thursday-Sunday, Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi, India. On the Net: http://www.asiantour.com

SUNSHINE TOUR: Vodacom Business Origins of Golf Tour, Thursday-Saturday, Sishen Golf Club, Kathu, South Africa. On the Net: http://www.sunshinetour.com

PGA EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Turkish Airlines Challenge, Thursday-Sunday, Carya Golf Club, Antalya, Turkey. On the Net: http://www.europeantour.com


DURAMED FUTURES TOUR: Texas Hill Country Classic, Friday-Sunday, The Dominion Country Club, San Antonio. On the Net: http://www.duramedfuturestour.com

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Cyber Agent Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Tsurumai Country Club, Chiba, Japan. On the Net: http://www.lpga.or.jp

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