Originally created 01/04/06

Golf Glance



PGA TOUR

MERCEDES CHAMPIONSHIPS

SITE: Kapalua, Hawaii

SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday

COURSE: Kapalua Resort, The Plantation Course (7,411 yards, par 73)

PURSE: $5.4 million

WINNER'S SHARE: $1.08 million

TELEVISION: ESPN (Thursday-Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7-10 p.m.)

FIELD (2005 PGA TOUR WINNERS): Stuart Appleby, Jason Bohn, Olin Browne, Bart Bryant, Mark Calcavecchia, Michael Campbell, K.J. Choi, Ben Crane, Brad Faxon, Fred Funk, Jim Furyk, Robert Gamez, Sergio Garcia, Lucas Glover, Jason Gore, Justin Leonard, Peter Lonard, Sean O'Hair, Geoff Ogilvy, Kenny Perry, Tim Petrovic, Carl Pettersson, Ted Purdy, Wes Short Jr., Vijay Singh, Heath Slocum, Vaughn Taylor and David Toms.

LAST YEAR: Appleby won the season-opening tournament, playing the final 55 holes without a bogey en route to a one-stroke victory over Singh.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR/JAPAN GOLF TOUR/ASIAN TOUR

ROYAL TROPHY

SITE: Bangkok, Thailand

SCHEDULE: Saturday-Sunday

COURSE: Amata Spring Country Club (7,322 yards, par 72)

PURSE: $1.5 million

WINNERS' SHARES: $125,000 per player

TELEVISION: The Golf Channel (Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon)

LAST YEAR: Inaugural event

FORMAT: Team match play Saturday, four morning best-ball matches, four afternoon alternate-shot matches; Sunday, eight singles matches

EUROPE: Thomas Bjorn, Denmark; Nick Faldo, England; Kenneth Ferrie, England; David Howell, England; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Paul McGinley, Ireland; Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Ian Woosnam, Wales. Captain: Seve Ballesteros, Spain

ASIA: Arjun Atwal, India; Keiichiro Fukabori, Japan; S.K. Ho, South Korea; Yasuharo Imano, Japan; Thaworn Wiratchant, Thailand; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand; Jyoti Randhawa, India; and Zhang Lian-Wei, China. Captain: Massy Kuramoto, Japan.