World Golf Glance
US PGA TOUR
SHELL HOUSTON OPEN
Site: Humble, Texas.
Course: Golf Club of Houston, The Tournament (7,441 yards, 6,804 metres, par 72).
Purse: $5.9 million. Winner’s share: $1,062,000,
Last year: Matt Jones won with a 42-yard birdie chip on the first hole of a playoff with Matt Kuchar. Jones made a 46-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation.
Last week: Jimmy Walker won his hometown Texas Open for his fifth victory in the last two seasons. Fellow Texan Jordan Spieth was second, four strokes back.
Notes: The Masters is next week at Augusta National. ... Walker, Spieth, Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Lee Westwood and Ernie Els are in the field. Spieth won three weeks ago at Innisbrook.
US LPGA TOUR
Site: Rancho Mirage, California.
Course: Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course (6,769 yards, 6,190 metres, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $375,000.
Last year: Lexi Thompson won her first major title and fourth tour victory, beating Michelle Wie by three strokes. The 19-year-old Thompson became the second youngest major champion in US LPGA Tour history.
Last week: Cristie Kerr won the Kia Classic at Aviara in Carlsbad for her 17th tour title. Mirim Lee was second, two strokes back.
Notes: The event, first played in 1972 as the Colgate Dinah Shore, became a major in 1983. ... Top-ranked Lydia 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 10 straight top-10 finishes and has broken par in her last 28 US LPGA Tour rounds, one short of the record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2004. ... Morgan Pressel won in 2007 to become the youngest major champion in tour history at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days.
Next event: Shenzhen International, April 16-19, Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen, China.
Last week: Scotland’s Richie Ramsay won the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco, beating France’s Romain Wattel by a stroke.
NGA TOUR: Lake County Classic, Wednesday-Saturday, Harbor Hills Country Club, Lady Lake, Florida, Online: http://www.ngatour.com
eGOLF GATEWAY TOUR: The Championship at St. James Plantation, Wednesday-Saturday, Reserve Club at St. James, Southport, North Carolina. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Yamaha Ladies Open, Thursday-Sunday, Katsuragi Golf Club, Shizuoka, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp