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PGA TOUR


SHELL HOUSTON OPEN

SITE: Humble, Texas

SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday

COURSE: Redstone Golf Club, Tournament Course (7,457 yards, par 72)

PURSE: $5.8 million

WINNER'S SHARE: $1,044,000

TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday, 4-7 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-3 a.m., 4-7 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-3 a.m.) and NBC-Ch. 26 (Saturday, 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6 p.m.)

LAST YEAR: Paul Casey won his first PGA Tour title, beating J.B. Holmes with a bogey on the first hole of a playoff.

LAST WEEK: Ernie Els won the rain-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational in a Monday finish at Bay Hill for his second consecutive victory and 18th PGA Tour title.

LPGA TOUR

KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP

SITE: Rancho Mirage, Calif.

SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday

COURSE: Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course (6,702 yards, par 72)

PURSE: $2 million

WINNER'S SHARE: $300,000

TELEVISION: ESPN2 (Thursday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 6-8 p.m.) and CBS-Ch. 12 (Sunday, 3-6 p.m.)

LAST YEAR: Brittany Lincicome won her first major title, hitting a hybrid from 210 yards to 4 feet to set up a winning eagle on the par-5 18th. Lincicome finished with 69 for a one-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr and Kristy McPherson.

LAST WEEK: Hee Kyung Seo won the inaugural Kia Classic at La Costa for her first LPGA Tour title, beating Inbee Park by six strokes.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE PRO-AM

SITE: TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, Fla.

SCHEDULE: April 16-18

LAST WEEK: Fred Couples won his third consecutive Champions Tour start, closing with a course-record 10-under-par 62 for a two-stroke victory over Corey Pavin in the Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic. The 50-year-old Couples is the first player in Champions Tour history to win three of his first four career tournaments.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR

MASTERS TOURNAMENT

SITE: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta

SCHEDULE: April 8-11

LAST WEEK: Louis Oosthuizen earned his second consecutive trip to the Masters, winning the Andalucia Open for his first European Tour title. Oosthuizen finished at 17-under for a three-stroke victory over Peter Whiteford and Richard Finch.

NATIONWIDE TOUR

FRESH EXPRESS CLASSIC

SITE: TPC San Francisco Bay at Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.

SCHEDULE: April 15-18

LAST WEEK: Fabian Gomez won the Louisiana Open for first Nationwide Tour title, closing with 7-under-par 64 in windy conditions for a tournament-record six-stroke victory over three players.

NGA HOOTERS TOUR

GEORGIA SPORTS ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS CLASSIC

SITE: Chattahoochee Golf Club, Gainesville, Ga.

SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday

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