World Golf Glance
WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Course: Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (7,675 yards, 7,018 meters, par 72).
Purse: $8 million. Winner’s share: $1,333,300.
Last year: Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won the season-ending event, capping a historic year in which he won the US PGA Championship and the US PGA Tour and European Tour money titles.
Last week: France’s Victor Dubuisson won the Turkish Airlines Open for his first European Tour title, beating Wales’ Jamie Donaldson by two strokes. Tiger Woods tied for third.
Notes: Fifty-six players are in the field limited to the top 60 in the money-based Race to Dubai standings. Players were required to play two of three Final Series events leading to the finale to enter. Players who played all three events received a 20 percent points bonus on earnings in those events. ... Henrik Stenson leads the standings with 2,379,194 points, followed by Justin Rose (2,165,726), Graeme McDowell (2,057,394) and Ian Poulter (2,035,288). The points champion will receive $1 million from a $3.75 million bonus pool that counts on the final money list. ... In September, Stenson won the US PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship to take the FedEx Cup title and $10 million bonus. ... Greg Norman designed the Earth Course.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA
Site: Melbourne, Australia.
Course: Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Composite Course (7,024 yards, 6,423 meters, par 71).
Purse: $1 million. Winner’s share: $180,000.
Last year: Australia’s Adam Scott won at Kingston Heath, closing with a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over England’s Ian Poulter.
Last week: Scott won the Australian PGA at Royal Pines in his first home event since winning the Masters at Augusta National. He beat American Rickie Fowler by four strokes.
Notes: Scott is in the field. He will team with Jason Day for Australia next week in the World Cup, also at Royal Melbourne, then play the Australian Open the following week at Royal Sydney. ... Australia’s Jarrod Lyle is returning to play after his second bout with leukemia. ... Matt Kuchar is in the field. He will team with Gary Woodland for the United States in the World Cup. ... Alister MacKenzie and Alex Russell designed Royal Melbourne, the site of the United States’ 2011 Presidents Cup victory.
US PGA TOUR
Site: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Course: Mayakoba Resort, El Camaleon Golf Club (6,987 yards, 6,389 meters, par 71).
Purse: $6 million. Winner’s share: $1.08 million.
Last year: John Huh won the February event for his first US PGA Tour title, parring the eighth hole of a playoff with Robert Allenby. The playoff matched the second-longest in tour history. Huh closed with a 63. Allenby had a double bogey on the final hole of regulation.
Last week: Chris Kirk won the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia for his second US PGA Tour title. He beat Briny Baird and Tim Clark by a stroke.
Notes: The event was previously played opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play. The tournament offers full FedEx Cup points for the first time and the winner will get a spot in the Masters. ... Davis Love III and Darren Clarke are in the field. ... Greg Norman designed the El Camaleon course. ... Mayakoba is 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Cancun on the Caribbean coast. ... The World Cup of Golf is next week at Royal Melbourne in Australia.
US LPGA TOUR
LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
Site: Guadalajara, Mexico.
Course: Guadalajara Country Club (6,626 yards, 6,059 meters, par 72).
Purse: $1 million. Winner’s share: $150,000.
Last year: Cristie Kerr beat Inbee Park and Angela Stanford by a stroke.
Last week: Taiwan’s Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic in Japan, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke victory.
Notes: Tournament host Lorena Ochoa won 27 US LPGA Tour titles before retiring in 2010. ... The top-ranked Park swept the first three major championships of the season and has three other US LPGA Tour wins this season. The South Korean is winless in eight starts since the U.S. Women’s Open in late June. ... Second-ranked Suzann Pettersen is coming off a successful title defense in the LPGA Taiwan, her third victory in her last five starts. She has four US tour victories this season and won a Ladies European Tour event in China. ... Michelle Wie won the 2009 tournament for the first of her two US LPGA Tour victories. ... The season-ending CME Group Titleholders is next week in Naples, Florida.
JAPAN GOLF TOUR: Taiheiyo Masters, Thursday-Sunday, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba Course, Shizuoka, Japan. Online: http://www.jgto.org
ASIAN TOUR: Manila Masters, Thursday-Sunday, Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Manila, Philippines. Online: http://www.asiantour.com
EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Fubon Senior Open, Friday-Sunday, Miramar Golf and Country Club, Taipei, Taiwan. Online: http://www.europeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Ito-En Ladies Classic, Friday-Sunday, Great Island Club, Chiba, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp