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World Golf Glance

March 17, 2015

US PGA TOUR

ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL

Site: Orlando, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge (7,419 yards, 6,784 metres, par 72).

Purse: $6.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,116,000.

Last year: Matt Every won his first US PGA Tour title, rallying to beat Keegan Bradley by a stroke.

Last week: Jordan Spieth won the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, beating Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair with a 30-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff. The 21-year-old Spieth has two tour titles and four worldwide victories.

Notes: Top-ranked Rory McIlroy is playing the tournament for the first time. He has made two tour starts this year, missing the cut in the Honda Classic and tying for ninth two weeks ago in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He also has played two European Tour events, winning in Dubai after finishing second in Abu Dhabi. ... Eight-time winner Tiger Woods is skipping the tournament, the second event he has missed since saying he would not return to competition until his game was ready. ... Tournament host Arnold Palmer is 85. ... The Texas Open is next week, followed by the Houston Open and the Masters.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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EUROPEAN TOUR/EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR

MADEIRA ISLANDS OPEN

Site: Santo da Serra, Madeira Islands.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Santo da Serra Golf Club (6,826 yards, 6,242 metres, par 72).

Purse: $634,140. Winner’s share: $105,690.

Television: None.

Last year: England’s Daniel Brooks won a playoff in the fog-shortened event overshadowed by the death of caddie Ian MacGregor. MacGregor, working for Alastair Forsyth, collapsed and died of a heart attack on the ninth fairway.

Last week: George Coetzee won the Tshwane Open in South Africa on his home Pretoria Country Club course. He beat countryman Jacques Blaauw by a stroke.

Notes: Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles west of Morocco. ... Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed the Santo da Serra course. ... The Trophee Hassan II is next week in Morocco.

Online: http://www.europeantour.com

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US LPGA TOUR

JTBC FOUNDERS CUP

Site: Phoenix.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Wildfire Golf Club (6,583 yards, 6,019 metres, par 72).

Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.

Last year: Karrie Webb won for the event for the second time in four years. She matched the course record with a 9-under 63 to beat five players by a stroke.

Last event: South Korea’s Inbee Park won the HSBC Women’s Champions on March 8 in Singapore for her 13th US LPGA Tour title. Top-ranked Lydia Ko was second, two strokes back.

Notes: Ko has two worldwide victories this year, winning the tour’s Women’s Australian Open and the Ladies European Tour’s New Zealand Women’s Open in consecutive weeks. The 17-year-old New Zealander has six US LPGA Tour victories and 10 worldwide victories in professional events. ... South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu won the LET’s World Ladies Championship in China on Sunday, beating Park by a stroke. ... Stacy Lewis won the 2013 tournament. ... Judy Rankin, Sandra Palmer and Donna Caponi are the Pioneers honorees. ... The tour will be in California the next two weeks for the Kia Classic in Carlsbad and the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage.

Online: http://www.lpga.com

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

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CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tucson Conquistadores Classic: Friday-Sunday, Omni Tucson National, Catalina Course, Tucson, Arizona. Online: http://www.pgatour.com

WEB.COM TOUR: Chile Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Mapocho Golf Club, Santiago, Chile. Online: http://www.pgatour.com

PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Colombia Open, Thursday-Sunday, Lagartos Club, Bogota, Colombia, Online: http://www.pgatourla.com

SUNSHINE TOUR: Investec Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Millvale Private Retreat, Lost City Golf Course, Sun City, South Africa. South Africa. Online: http://www.pgatour.co.za

NGA TOUR: Pine Classic at Diamondhead, through Wednesday, Diamondhead Country Club, Pine Course, Diamondhead, Mississippi. Online: http://www.ngatour.com

eGOLF GATEWAY TOUR: Nova Tax Group Open, through Friday, North Stone Country Club, Huntersville, North Carolina. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com

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