World Golf Glance
US PGA TOUR
ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
Site: Orlando, Florida
Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge (7,419 yards, 6,784 metres, par 72).
Purse: $6.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,116,000.
Last year: Tiger Woods matched Sam Snead’s record for victories in an event with eight and returned to No. 1 in the world for the first time since October 2010. Snead set the record in the Greater Greensboro Open.
Last week: Australia’s John Senden won the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor for his second tour title. Kevin Na was second, a stroke back.
Notes: Woods fought back problems in his last two events. He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic after 13 holes, and his back flared up after an awkward shot two weeks ago in the final round of the Honda Classic. He wound up with a 78, his highest score ever in a final round. Woods also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for the eighth time last year. ... Tournament host Arnold Palmer is 84. ... Scotland’s Martin Laird won in 2011 to become the first European winner at Bay Hill. ... The Texas Open is next week, followed by the Houston Open and the Masters.
US LPGA TOUR
JTBC FOUNDERS CUP
Course: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Wildfire Golf Club (6,583 yards, 6.020 metres, par 72).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner’s share: $225,000.
Last year: Stacy Lewis won to move from third to first in the world. She closed with an 8-under 64 to beat Ai Miyazato by three strokes.
Last event: Paula Creamer made a 75-foot eagle putt on the second hole of a playoff with Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women’s Champions on March 2 in Singapore.
Notes: The tournament is the fifth of the year and first in the United States. ... Top-ranked Inbee Park is coming off a victory two weeks ago in China in the Ladies European Tour’s World Ladies Championship. ... Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, received a sponsor exemption. The Phoenix player won the LET’s Australian Ladies Masters last month. ... Teen star Lydia Ko of New Zealand is in the field. ... Juli Inkster will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team at St. Leon-Rot in Germany. ... JTBC is a broadcasting company in South Korea. ... The tour will be in California the next two weeks for the Kia Classic in Carlsbad and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage.
Next event: Eurasia Cup, March 27-29, Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Last week: Spain’s Alejandro Canizares won the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco, leading from start to finish for a five-stroke victory.
WEB.COM TOUR: Panama Claro Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Panama Golf Club, Panama City. Online: http://www.pgatour.com
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Friday-Sunday, Fallen Oak Country Club, Saucier, Mississippi. Online: http://www.pgatour.com
SUNSHINE TOUR: Investec Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Millvale Private Retreat, Lost City Golf Course, Sun City South Africa. Online: http://www.pgatour.co.za
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open, Thursday-Sunday, Las Lomas Golf Club, Guadalajara, Mexico. Online: http://www.pgatourla.com
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: NorthStone Open, through Friday, NorthStone Country Club, Huntersville, North Carolina. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com
SYMETRA TOUR: Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, Friday-Sunday, Lake Wales Country Club, Lake Wales, Florida. Online: http://www.symetratour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: T-Point Lades, Friday-Sunday, Wakagi Golf Club, Takeo, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp