ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
Site: Orlando, Fla.
Course: Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Yardage: 7,419. Par: 72.
Purse: $9.1 million. Winner’s share: $1,638,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Rory McIlroy.
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele.
Last week: Keith Mitchell won the Honda Classic.
Notes: Tiger Woods withdrew from the tournament with a neck strain he says has been bothering him for a few weeks. Woods is an eight-time winner at Bay Hill. He says he hopes to be ready for The Players Championship next week. ... The field includes six of the top 10 in the world, and 12 of the top 20. ... Dustin Johnson, who returned to No. 1 this week, is not playing. Justin Rose (No. 2) and Brooks Koepka (No. 3) will have a chance to replace him. ... Steve Stricker received a sponsor exemption and will make his first PGA Tour start since he was appointed Ryder Cup captain. ... The late Payne Stewart still holds the 72-hole record at Bay Hill of 264 in 1987. ... Keith Mitchell was the fifth first-time PGA Tour winner this season. ... Bay Hill has gone 20 consecutive years since its last playoff, in 1999 when Tim Herron defeated Tom Lehman. ... Three players share the 18-hole record at Bay Hill of 62 — Adam Scott (2014), Greg Norman (1984) and Andy Bean (1981). Only Bean went on to win.
Next week: The Players Championship.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Site: Newport Beach, Calif.
Course: Newport Beach CC. Yardage: 6,584. Par: 71.
Purse: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $270,000.
Television: Friday, 6-8 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5:30-8 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Vijay Singh.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.
Last week: Mark O’Meara won the Cologuard Classic.
Notes: Bernhard Langer has withdrawn for the second straight week with an injury to his rib and stomach area. That will give him a full month off before the next PGA Tour Champions event. ... Mark O’Meara’s victory was his first since the Senior Players Championship in 2010. ... John Daly is playing on a sponsor exemption. ... The field includes Fred Couples, making his second start in southern California. He also played the PGA Tour event at Riviera. ... Through four tournaments on the PGA Tour Champions this year, the youngest winner was 55-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Chubb Classic. ... Willie Wood tied for second in the Cologuard Classic last week, earning him a spot in the field. ... Langer has earned $27,324,504 in 236 career starts on the PGA Tour Champions. He made $10,643,244 in 319 starts on the PGA Tour.
Next tournament: Rapiscan Systems Classic on March 29-31.
Site: Doha, Qatar.
Course: Doha GC. Yardage: 7,400. Par: 72.
Purse: $1.75 million. Winner’s share: $291,667.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 6-9 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 4-8:30 a.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 5-9:30 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Eddie Pepperell.
Race to Dubai leader: Shane Lowry.
Last week: Kurt Kitiyama won the Oman Open.
Notes: Defending champion Eddie Pepperell is playing his first regular PGA Tour event this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational ... The field does not include anyone from the top 50 in the world ranking. ... The Qatar Masters dates to 1998, making it the second oldest of the six tournaments help on the Arabian peninsula. ... Past champions in the field include Jeunghun Wang, Chris Wood, Paul Lawrie, Robert Karlsson and Thomas Bjorn. ... Two-time winners of the Qatar Masters are Lawrie, Adam Scott and Branden Grace. ... Qatar last year was the same week as the Honda Classic, one week before the World Golf Championship in Mexico. This year it is the same week as Bay Hill, one week before The Players Championship.
Next week: Kenya Open.
Last week: Sung Hyun Park won the HSBC Women’s World Championship.
Next tournament: Bank of Hope Founders Cup on March 21-24.
Race to CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda.
Last tournament: Mark Hubbard won the Lecom Suncoast Classic.
Next tournament: Chitimacha Louisiana Open on March 21-24.
Money leader: Mark Anderson.
PGA Tour of Australasia: New Zealand PGA Championship, Pegasus Golf & Sports Club, Pegasus, New Zealand. Defending champion: Ben Campbell. Online: www.pga.au.org
Sunshine Tour: Limpopo Championship, Euphoria Golf Estate & Hydro, Modimolle, South Africa. Defending champion: New event. Online: www.sunshinetour.com
Symetra Tour: SKYiGOLF Championship, Charlotte Harbor National GC, North Port, Fla. Defending champion: New event. Online: www.symetratour.com
Ladies European Tour: Women’s NSW Open, Queanbeyan GC, New South Wales, Australia. Defending champion: Meghan Maclaren. Online: www.ladieseuropeantour.com
Japan LPGA: Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament, Ryukyu GC, Okinawa, Japan. Defending champion: Min-young Lee. Online: www.lpga.or.jp