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Golf Glance

May 2, 2017



Site: Wilmington, N.C.

Course: Eagle Point GC. Yardage: 7,396. Par: 72.

Purse: $7.5 million (First prize: $1,350,000).

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); 3-6 p.m. (CBS Sports).

Defending champion: James Hahn.

Last week: Jonax Blixt and Cameron Smith won the Zurich Classic.

Notes: The tournament is being held at Eagle Point this year because Quail Hollow in Charlotte, the host course since the tournament began in 2003, is holding the PGA Championship in August. ... Dustin Johnson makes his first start since he injured his lower back slipping on a staircase, which forced him to withdraw from the Masters. Johnson is going for his fourth straight victory, which would be the longest streak on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods won five straight from the 2007 BMW Championship through the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational. ... The tournament, for years one of the strongest of the spring, has only two of the top 10 in the world. Adam Scott (No. 10) also is playing. ... Phil Mickelson makes his first start since he tied for 22nd at the Masters. ... Among past champions of the Wells Fargo who are not playing this week are Rickie Fowler, David Toms, Sean O’Hair and Rory McIlroy, who got married a week ago.

Next week: The Players Championship.

Online: www.pgatour.com




Site: Mexico City.

Course: Club de Golf Mexico. Yardage: 6,804. Par: 72.

Purse: $1.2 million (First prize: $200,000).

Television: None.

Defending champion: Carlota Ciganda.

Last tournament: Hara Nomura won the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

Notes: The tournament moves to May from November and changes format from stroke play to match play in an effort to attract more players. Top players had been skipping the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in the fall because it was after the Asian swing and one week before the season-ending CME Globe Tour Championship in Florida. ... ANA Inspiration champion So Yeon Ryu, who would have had a chance to go to No. 1 in the world, is not playing. ... The LPGA Tour previously had a match play event from 2005-07 (HSBC Women’s Match Play) and from 2010-12 (Sybase Match Play). The most recent winner was Azahara Munoz of Spain in 2012. ... With her six-hole playoff loss in Texas, Cristie Kerr has gone to No. 2 on the LPGA Tour money list ahead of Lexi Thompson. Kerr still trails Ryu by nearly $300,000.

Next tournament: Kingsmill Championship on May 18-21.

Online: www.lpga.com




Site: The Woodlands, Texas.

Course: The Woodlands CC (Tournament Course). Yardage: 7,018. Par: 72.

Purse: $2.15 million (First prize: $322,500).

Television: Friday, 6-8 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 3-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: Jesper Parnevik.

Last tournament: Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco won the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Notes: Singh, coming off his first PGA Tour Championship victory (that he shares with Carlos Franco), is playing the Wells Fargo Championship this week on the PGA Tour. ... John Daly made his PGA Tour Champions debut a year ago by tying for 17th at the Insperity Invitational. The two-time major champion has yet to finish in the top 10 on the 50-and-older circuit. ... Steve Elkington, the former PGA champion from Australia who has lived in Houston most of his career, is in the field. He has not played a PGA Tour Champions event since August 2015. ... Bernhard Langer is a three-time winner of the Insperity Invitational. His first one was an eight-shot victory over Mark O’Meara in 2007 during Langer’s rookie season on the PGA Tour Champions when the tournament was played in October.

Next tournament: Regions Tradition on May 18-21.

Online: www.pgatour.com/champions




Site: St. Albans, England.

Course: Centurion Club (six holes). Yardage: 2,276. Par: 24.

Purse: 1 million euros.

Television: Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Golf Channel).

Defending champion: New tournament.

Last week: Alex Levy won the Volvo China Open.

Notes: This is the second tournament with a radical new format geared on a quicker game. Two-man teams from 16 countries compete over six holes that wind through areas that have plenty of fan activity. ... The teams play a greensomes format, in which both players tee off and they alternate shots after that. ... The tournament starts Saturday with four teams in four groups. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stages (quarterfinals, semifinals, consolation and championship matches) all on Sunday. ... The tournament has a digital shot clock of 40 seconds, with players receiving a stroke penalty for going over. ... No one from the top 60 in the world ranking is playing the Golfsixes. Chris Wood of England (No. 61) is the highest-ranked player.

Next week: Portugal Open.

Online: www.europeantour.com




Site: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Course: Corales GC. Yardage: 7,668. Par: 72.

Purse: $625,000 (First prize: $112,500).

Television: None.

Defending champion: Dominic Bozelli.

Last week: Matt Atkins won El Bosque Mexico Championship.

Next tournament: BMW Charity Pro-Am on May 18-21.

Online: www.pgatour.com/webcom




PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Essential Costa Rica Classic, Reserva Conchal GC, Cuanacaste, Costa Rica. Defending champion: New tournament. Online: www.pgatour.com/la/en

Sunshine Tour: Investec Royal Swazi Open, Royal Swazi Spa CC, Swaziland, South Africa. Defending champion: Titch Moore. Online: www.sunshinetour.com

Korean PGA: GS Caltax Maekyung Open, NamSeoul CC, Gyeonggi, South Korea. Defending champion: Sang-hyun Park. Online: www.eng.koreapga.com


Japan LPGA: World Ladies Championship Salon Pass Cup, Ibaraki GC, Ibaraki, Japan. Defending champion: Lexi Thompson. Online: www.lpga.or.jp

Korean LPGA: Kyochon Honey Ladies Open, Dongchong GC, Gunsan, South Korea. Defending champion: Hae Rym Kim. Online: www.klpga.co.kr

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