The Associated Press
Mar. 05, 2013
All Times Eastern
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Site: Doral, Fla.
Course: TPC Blue Monster at Doral (7,334 yards, par 72).
Purse: $8.75 million. Winner's share: $1,575,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday, 2-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-7 p.m.).
Last year: England's Justin Rose won his first World Golf Championships title, beating Bubba Watson by a stroke. Tiger Woods withdrew after 11 holes in the final round because of soreness in his left Achilles tendon.
Last week: Michael Thompson won the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens for his first PGA Tour title. Geoff Ogilvy was second, two strokes back. ... Dawie Van Der Walt won the Tshwane Open in his native South Africa for his first European Tour title.
Notes: Woods has won the event six times — in 1999 at Valderrama in Spain, 2002 at Mount Juliet in Ireland, 2003 at Capital City in Atlanta, 2005 at Harding Park in San Francisco, 2006 at The Grove in England and 2007 at Doral. He also won regular tour events at Doral in 2004 and 2006. Woods tied for 37th last week in the Honda Classic, closing with a 74. He won the Farmers Insurance Open in January for his 75th PGA Tour title. ... Top-ranked Rory McIlroy walked off the course in the middle of his second round at the Honda Classic. He told three reporters who followed him that he was "not in a good place mentally." An hour later, his management company said he couldn't concentrate because of a sore wisdom tooth. In his only other events this year, he missed the cut in Abu Dhabi and lost in the first round of the Match Play Championship. ... Phil Mickelson won in 2009. He won the Phoenix Open last month for his 41st PGA Tour title. ... Matt Kuchar won the first WGC event of the season, beating Hunter Mahan two weeks ago in the final of the Match Play Championship. ... The Tampa Bay Championship is next week, followed by the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Houston Open and the Masters. ... The European Tour will be in India next week for the Avantha Masters.
PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com
European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com
PUERTO RICO OPEN
Site: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Course: Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico (7,506 yards, par 72).
Purse: $3.5 million. Winner's share: $630,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 1:30-3:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30-3:30 a.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3-5 a.m., 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Monday, 3-5 a.m.).
Last year: George McNeill birdied the last three holes for a two-stroke victory over Japan's Ryo Ishikawa.
Last week: Michael Thompson won the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for his first PGA Tour title. Geoff Ogilvy was second, two strokes back.
Notes: Patrick Cantlay is coming off a victory Sunday in the Web.com Tour's Colombia Championship. The 20-year-old former UCLA player became the second-youngest winner in Web.com Tour history. ... Michael Bradley won the tournament in 2009 and 2011. ... South Korea's Si Woo Kim is playing on a sponsor exemption. The 17-year-old Kim earned a tour card at the qualifying tournament, but won't become a full tour member until he turns 18 in June. He missed the cut at Pebble Beach in his lone start of the year. ... Three-time tour winner Camilo Villegas is making his first appearance in the event.
Site: Santiago, Chile.
Course: Prince of Wales Country Club (6,903 yards, par 72).
Purse: $650,000. Winner's share: $117,000.
Last year: Paul Haley II won the inaugural event in his third tour start.
Last week: Patrick Cantlay won the Colombia Championship, finishing at a tournament-record 18 under for a four-stroke victory. The 20-year-old former UCLA player became the second-youngest winner in Web.com Tour history.
Notes: The tournament is the third of the season. Kevin Foley won the Panama Claro Championship two weeks ago. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume March 21-24 with the Louisiana Open.
Next event: LPGA Founders Cup, March 14-17, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix.
Last week: Stacy Lewis won the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore for her sixth LPGA Tour title. South Korea's Na Yeon Choi was second, a stroke back.
Next event: Toshiba Classic, March 15-17, Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.
Last event: Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 17 in Naples, Fla.
ASIAN TOUR: SAIL-SBI Open, Wednesday-Saturday, Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi. Online: http://www.asiantour.com
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Irish Creek Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, N.C. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Mission Hills World Ladies Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Mission Hills Haikou, Sandbelt Trails Course, Haikou, China. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Daikin Orchid Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Ryukyu Country Club, Okinawa, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp
THE LEGENDS TOUR: Fry's Desert Golf Classic, Saturday, Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club, Tucson, Ariz. Online: http://www.thelegendstour.com