Originally created 03/16/05

Golf Glance



Upcoming events and tournaments:

PGA TOUR

Bay Hill Invitational

Site: Orlando, Fla.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge (7,239 yards, par 72)

Purse: $5 million

Winner's share: $900,000

Television: USA (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.) and NBC-Ch. 26 (Saturday-Sunday, 2:30-6 p.m.)

Last year: Chad Campbell ended Tiger Woods' Bay Hill winning streak at four, taking advantage of Stuart Appleby's final-round collapse to beat the Australian by six strokes. Woods tied for 46th at even par ñ 18 strokes behind Campbell.

Last week: Ireland's Padraig Harrington shot 9-under-par 63 to erase a seven-shot deficit, then won the Honda Classic for his first PGA Tour title when Vijay Singh missed a 2½-foot par putt on the second hole of a playoff. Joe Ogilvie was eliminated on the first extra hole.

LPGA TOUR

Safeway International

Site: Superstition Mountain, Ariz.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, Prospector Course (6,620 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.4 million

Winner's share: $210,000

Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday, 8-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 1:30-3 a.m., 8-10 p.m.; Monday, 1:30-3 a.m.)

Last year: Annika Sorenstam won in her first LPGA Tour start of the year, beating Cristie Kerr by four strokes.

Last event: Sorenstam rallied to win her first event of the year, closing with 4-under-par 68 in windy conditions for a three-stroke victory in the inaugural MasterCard Classic on March 6 in Mexico. Sorenstam has 57 LPGA Tour titles.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Toshiba Senior Classic

Site: Newport Beach, Calif.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday

Course: Newport Beach Country Club (6,571 yards, par 71)

Purse: $1.65 million

Winner's share: $247,500

Television: The Golf Channel (Friday-Sunday, 5-7:30 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight)

Last year: Tom Purtzer matched the tour record with an opening 11-under-par 60 en route to a one-stroke victory over Morris Hatalsky.

Last week: Ireland's Des Smyth won his first Champions Tour title, closing with 68 for a one-stroke victory over D.A. Weibring and Mark McNulty in the SBC Classic in Santa Clarita.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR

TCL Classic

Site: Sanya, China

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday

Course: Yalong Bay Golf Club (7,097 yards, par 72)

Purse: $742,666

Winner's share: $123,772

Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 6-8 a.m)

Last year: No tournament

Last week: Ernie Els overcame a five-stroke deficit in the final round to win his second straight tournament, shooting 65 for a one-stroke victory in the Qatar Masters. Els won the Dubai Desert Classic the previous week.

NATIONWIDE TOUR

Next event: Louisiana Open, March 24-27, Le Triomphe Country Club, Broussard, La.

Last week: Australia's Peter O'Malley made a 25-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole of a playoff with countryman Steven Bowditch to win the New Zealand PGA on Feb. 27. The tournament was co-sanctioned by the Australasian PGA.

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

NGA HOOTERS TOUR: Michelob Ultra Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Royal Lakes Golf and Country Club, Flowery Branch, Ga.

CANADIAN TOUR: Barton Creek Austin Canadian Tour Challenge, Thursday-Sunday, Barton Creek Resort, Crenshaw Cliffside Course, Austin, Texas.