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AT&T PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM

SITE: Pebble Beach, Calif.

SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday

COURSES: Pebble Beach Golf Links (6,816 yards, par 72), Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Shore Course (6,900 yards, par 72) and Spyglass Hill Golf Club (6,833 yards, par 72)

PURSE: $6.2 million

WINNER'S SHARE: $1,116,000

TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-3 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-5 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 a.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS-Ch. 12 (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.).

LAST YEAR: Dustin Johnson won the rain-shortened tournament, finishing 54 holes at 15- under for a four-stroke victory over Mike Weir.

LAST WEEK: Steve Stricker won the Northern Trust Open to jump to No. 2 in the world, beating Luke Donald by two strokes at Riviera. The 42-year-old Stricker has eight PGA Tour victories, four in his past 15 starts.

NOTES: Phil Mickelson won by five strokes in 2007, matching the tournament record of 20-under 268 set by Mark O'Meara in 1997. Mickelson also won in 1998 and 2005. He's coming off a 45th-place tie at Riviera. ... Monterey Peninsula's Shore Course also was used in 1965-66 and 1977. ... O'Meara, making his first appearance in the event since 2006, won in 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1997, and also won the 1979 California State Amateur at Pebble Beach. He has eight second-place finishes in 53 winless Champions Tour starts. ... Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk, John Daly, Sergio Garcia and 2004 winner Vijay Singh are in the field. ... Mark Brooks won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational in November, his record third victory in the unofficial event.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

ACE GROUP CLASSIC

SITE: Naples, Fla.

SCHEDULE: Friday-Sunday

COURSE: The Quarry (7,094 yards, par 72)

PURSE: $1.6 million

WINNER'S SHARE: $240,000

TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-2 a.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, midnight-2 a.m., 7-9:30 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2 a.m.)

LAST YEAR: Loren Roberts won the event for the second time in four years, making birdie on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Gene Jones at TPC Treviso Bay.

LAST EVENT: Tom Watson won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii on Jan. 24, making birdies on the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over senior newcomer Fred Couples. The 60-year-old Watson, the Champions Skins winner with Jack Nicklaus the previous week, has 13 victories on the 50-and-older tour.

Notes: Paul Azinger is making his Champions Tour debut. He turned 50 on Jan. 6. ... Couples is coming off a 37th-place tie last week in the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open. ... The tournament is the first full-field event of the year. ... Roberts won in 2006 at TwinEagles to become the first Champions Tour player to open a season with three consecutive victories.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR/

ASIAN TOUR

AVANTHA MASTERS

SITE: New Delhi, India

SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday

COURSE: DLF Golf and Country Club (7,156 yards, par 72)

PURSE: $2.05 million

WINNER'S SHARE: $341,065

TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday,

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

LAST YEAR: Inaugural event

LAST WEEK: Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Dubai Desert Classic for his 16th European tour title, beating England's Lee Westwood with a 4-foot par putt on the third hole of a playoff.

Notes: India's Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal top the field along with Northern Ireland's Darren Clark, England's David Howell, China's Liang Wen-chong and Thai stars Thaworn Wiratchant and Chapchai Nirat.

NATIONWIDE TOUR

NEXT EVENT: Panama Championship, Feb. 25-28, Golf Club of Panama, Panama City

LAST WEEK: Jim Herman won the Moonah Classic in Australia, making birdie on the first hole of a playoff with former Georgia golfer Chris Kirk. The tournament also was sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia.


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