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World Golf Glance

April 15, 2014

US PGA TOUR

RBC HERITAGE

Site: Hilton Head, South Carolina

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Harbour Town Golf Links (7,101 yards, 6,493 metres, par 71).

Purse: $5.8 million. Winner’s share: $1,044,000.

Last year: Graeme McDowell beat Webb Simpson with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Last week: Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three strokes. Watson also won at Riviera in February.

Notes: The 20-year-old Spieth is in the field. ... Nick Faldo and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson are entered. Watson won at Harbour Town in 1979 and 1982, and Faldo took the 1984 title. Faldo tied for 53rd last month in the Champions Tour’s Mississippi event. ... Brandt Snedeker won in 2011, overcoming a six-stroke deficit with a 64 and beating Luke Donald with a par on the third extra hole. ... Jim Furyk won in 2010 on the first playoff hole after Brian Davis called a two-stroke penalty on himself for moving a loose impediment in a hazard during his backswing. ... In 2009, Brian Gay finished with a 64 for a tournament-record 10-stroke victory. Gay also broke the event scoring record, finishing at 20-under 264. ... The Zurich Classic is next week in Avondale, Louisiana.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR:

MALAYSIAN OPEN

Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (6,967 yards, 6,371 metres, par 72).

Purse: $2.75 million. Winner’s share: $458,330.

Last year: Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the rain-shortened tournament, beating Italy’s Eduardo Molinari by a stroke.

Last week: Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three strokes.

Notes: England’s Lee Westwood, seventh in the Masters, is in the field along with 2012 winner Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 champion Matteo Manassero, Aphibarnrat and fellow Thai player Thongchai Jaidee. ... Last month in Kuala Lumpur, Asia rallied to tie Europe 10-10 in the inaugural EurAsia Cup at Glenmarie. ... The Volvo China Open is next in Shenzhen.

Online: http://www.europeantour.com

Asian Tour site http://www.asiantour.com

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US LPGA TOUR

LPGA LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Kapolei, Hawaii.

Schedule: Wednesday-Saturday.

Course: Ko Olina Golf Club (6,383 yards, 5,837 metres, par 72).

Purse: $1.7 million. Winner’s share: $255,000.

Last year: Suzann Pettersen beat Lizette Salas with a par on the first playoff hole after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water. Salas closed with a tournament-record 62.

Last event: Lexi Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 6 for 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 U.S. LPGA Tour history.

Notes: Thompson is skipping the tournament. ... Pettersen is sidelined by an aggravated disk in her back. ... Top-ranked Inbee Park is winless in five tours starts this season after sweeping the first three majors and winning six times last season. She won a Ladies European Tour event last month in China. ... Wie, from Hawaii, won the last of her two U.S. LPGA Tour titles in 2010. ... The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic is next week at Lake Merced in San Francisco.

Online: http://www.lpga.com

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

MEN

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Greater Gwinnett Championship, Friday-Sunday, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia. Online: http://www.pgatour.com

JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Token Homemate Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Token Tado Country Club, Mie, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org

PGA OF AMERICA: Senior PGA Professional National Championship, through Friday, PGA Golf Club, Wanamaker Course and Ryder Course, Port St. Lucie, Florida. Online: http://www.pga.com

PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: OSDE del Centro Open, Thursday-Sunday, Cordoba Golf Club, Cordoba, Argentina. Online: http://www.pgatourla.com

WOMEN

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: KKT Cup Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Kumamoto Airport Country Club, Kumamoto, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp

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