World Golf Glance
The Associated Press
Apr. 29, 2014
US PGA TOUR
WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Charlotte, North Carolina
Course: Quail Hollow Club (7,562 yards, 6,915 metres, par 72).
Purse: $6.9 million. Winner's share: $1,242,000.
Last year: Derek Ernst won his first tour title, birdieing the final hole to force a playoff and beating David Lynn with a par on the first extra hole.
Last week: South Korea's Seung-Yul Noh won the Zurich Classic in Avondale, Louisiana, for his first U.S. PGA Tour victory. Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb tied for second, two strokes back.
Notes: Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are making their first starts since the Masters. McIlroy won in 2010, finishing with a 10-under 62 to beat Mickelson by four strokes. ... Rickie Fowler won in 2012 for his lone tour title. He beat McIlroy and D.A. Points with a birdie on the first playoff hole. ... In 2017 when Quail Hollow hosts the U.S. PGA Championship, the Wells Fargo Championship will be played at Eagle Point in Wilmington, North Carolina. ... The Players Championship is next week at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR
THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT LAGUNA NATIONAL
Course: Laguna National Golf and Country Club, Masters Course (7,109 yards, 6,500 metres, par 72).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's share: $250,000.
Last year: Australia's Brett Rumford won at Blackstone in South Korea, eagling the first hole of a playoff with countryman Marcus Fraser and Scotland's Peter Whiteford. Rumford won the China Open the following week.
Last week: France's Alexander Levy won the China Open for his first European Tour title, beating England's Tommy Fleetwood by four strokes. ... India's Anirban Lahiri eagled the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the Asian Tour's Indonesian Masters.
Notes: The tournament was played the last six years in South Korea as the Ballantine's Championship.
Asian Tour site: http://www.asiantour.com
US LPGA TOUR
NORTH TEXAS LPGA SHOOTOUT
Site: Irving, Texas.
Course: Las Colinas Country Club (6,410 yards, 5,861 metres, par 71).
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
Last year: Top-ranked Inbee Park won the inaugural event for the third of her six 2013 victories.
Last week: Lydia Ko won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in Daly City, California, for her third U.S. LPGA Tour victory and first as a professional. The 17-year-old Ko beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.
Notes: Lexi Thompson is making her first start since winning the Kraft Nabisco for her first major title. ... Park is winless in seven tours starts this season. She won a Ladies European Tour event in March in China. ... Lewis has six runner-up finishes since winning the Women's British Open in August. ... Ko is taking the week off. ... The 144-player field will be cut to the top 70 and ties after the second round and to the top 50 and ties after third. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume May 15-18 with the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Insperity Invitational, Friday-Sunday, The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas. Online: http://www.pgatour.com
WEB.COM TOUR: South Georgia Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta, Georgia. Online: http://www.pgatour.com
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: The Crowns, Thursday-Sunday, Nagoya Golf Club, West Course, Aichi, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org
NGA TOUR: Savannah Lakes Village Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Monticello Course, McCormick, South Carolina. Online: http://www.ngatour.com
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Columbia Open, Wednesday-Saturday, Columbia Country Club, Blythewood, South Carolina. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com
SYMETRA TOUR: Patty Berg Memorial, Friday-Sunday, Cypress Lake Country Club, Fort Myers, Florida. Online: http://www.symetratour.com
THE LEGENDS TOUR: Walgreens Charity Classic, Saturday-Sunday, Grandview Golf Course, Sun City West, Arizona. Online: http://www.thelegendstour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Cyber Agent Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Tsurumai Country Club, Chiba, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp