PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-AM
SITE: Pebble Beach, Calif.
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)
TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-7 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 3-7 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.) and CBS-Ch. 12 (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.)
LAST YEAR: D.A. Points won his first PGA Tour title and teamed with Bill Murray to win the pro-am competition. Hunter Mahan was second, two strokes back.
LAST WEEK: Kyle Stanley rebounded from a devastating loss at Torrey Pines with a victory in the Phoenix Open. He beat Ben Crane by a stroke, overcoming an eight-stroke deficit with his final-round 65. The previous week in San Diego, Stanley made a triple-bogey 8 on the final hole and lost a playoff to Brandt Snedeker. Spencer Levin, six strokes ahead entering play Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, had 75 to finish third, two strokes back.
NOTES: Ninth-ranked Dustin Johnson, the 2009 and 2010 winner, is the only player in the top 10 in the world in the field. … Phil Mickelson is playing for the fourth consecutive week. He won in 1998, 2005 and 2007. In 2007, he matched the tournament record of 20-under 268 set by Mark O’Meara in 1997. ... Stanley is taking the week off. Levin is in the field.
LPGA TOUR/AUSTRALIAN LADIES PROFESSIONAL GOLF/LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR
WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
SITE: Melbourne, Australia
COURSE: Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Composite Course (6,505 yards, par 73)
TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
LAST YEAR: Yani Tseng defended her title, winning by seven strokes at Commonwealth Golf Club. She won the Australian Ladies Masters the following week and went on to win 11 worldwide titles, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open.
LAST WEEK: Christel Boeljon won the Australian Ladies Masters, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory.
NOTES: The tournament opens the LPGA Tour season. … The top-ranked Tseng tops the field along with No. 2 Suzann Pettersen, No. 4 Cristie Kerr, No. 7 Jiyai Shin, No. 9 Brittany Lincicome, No. 10 Stacy Lewis, four-time winner Karrie Webb and 16-year-old Lexi Thompson. … Fourteen-year-old New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko also is in the field. She won the New South Wales Open two weeks ago to become the youngest winner of a sanctioned professional tour event.
SITE: Boca Raton, Fla.
COURSE: The Old Course at Broken Sound Club (6,807 yards, par 72)
TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 a.m., 7-9:30 p.m.; Monday, 1-3 a.m.)
LAST YEAR: Tom Lehman won the first of his three 2011 titles, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman and Rod Spittle.
LAST EVENT: Dan Forsman won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii on Jan. 22, beating Jay Don Blake by two strokes.
DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC
SITE: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
COURSE: Emirates Golf Club, Majlis Course (7,301 yards, par 72)
TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 4:30-8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4-8 a.m., 3-5 p.m.; Sunday, 4-8 a.m., 3-6:30 p.m.)
LAST YEAR: Alvaro Quiros won by a stroke, making a hole-in-one in a final-round 68.
LAST WEEK: Paul Lawrie won the wind-shortened Qatar Open, beating Jason Day and Peter Hanson by four strokes.
NOTES: Rory McIlroy, the 2009 winner, is in the field along with Quiros, Lawrie, Daly, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara, 2010 champion Miguel Angel Jimenez and former Oklahoma State star Peter Uihlein.