World Golf Glance
AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
Site: Augusta, Georgia.
Course: Augusta National Golf Club (7,435 yards, 6,799 metres, par 72).
Purse: TBA ($9 million in 2014). Winner’s share: TBA ($1.62 million in 2014).
Last year: Bubba Watson won for the second time in three years, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three strokes.
Last week: J.B. Holmes won the Houston Open, closing with an 8-under 64 and beating Johnson Wagner with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Spieth dropped out on the first extra hole.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the winner in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005, is returning from a two-month leave. In his only two events this year, he shot a career-worst 82 and missed the cut by nine strokes in the Phoenix Open and withdrew during the first round at Torrey Pines because of tightness in his lower back. He missed the Masters last year following back surgery. ... Top-ranked Rory McIlroy is trying to become the sixth player to complete a career Grand Slam. ... Phil Mickelson, the 2004, 2006 and 2010 winner, tied for 17th in Houston. ... The RBC Heritage is next week at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
US PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com
European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com
Next event: Shenzhen International, April 16-19, Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen, China.
Last event: Scotland’s Richie Ramsay won the Trophee Hassan II on March 29 in Morocco. France’s Romain Wattel was second, a stroke back.
US LPGA TOUR
Next event: LOTTE Championship, April 15-18, Ko Olina Golf Club, Kapolei, Hawaii.
Last week: Brittany Lincicome won the ANA Inspiration for the second time, beating Stacy Lewis with a par on the third hole of a playoff. Lincicome eagled the final hole of regulation to pull even with Lewis in the major championship.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Zimbabwe Open, Thursday-Sunday, Royal Harare Golf Club, Harare, Zimbabwe. Online: http://www.pgatour.co.za
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Kenya Open, Thursday-Sunday, Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya. Online: http://www.europeantour.com
NGA TOUR: Ocala/Marion County Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, Ocala National Golf Club, Ocala, Florida. Online: http://www.ngatour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Studio Alice Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Hanayashiki Golf Club, Miki, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp