BOB HOPE CHRYSLER CLASSIC
SITE: Palm Desert, Calif.
COURSES: The Classic Club at Northstar (7,305 yards, par 72), Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West (6,930 yards, par 72), LaQuinta Country Club (7,060 yards, par 72) and Bermuda Dunes Country Club (6,927 yards, par 72).
PURSE: $5 million.
WINNER'S SHARE: $900,000.
TELEVISION: USA (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday 3:30-6:30 p.m.).
LAST YEAR: Justin Leonard won the first of his two 2005 titles, beating Joe Ogilvie and Tim Clark by three strokes. Leonard had a 28-under-par 332 total.
LAST WEEK: David Toms won the Sony Open in Hawaii for his 12th PGA Tour title, shooting a course-record 61 in the third round and closing with 65 for a five-stroke victory.
NOTES: Phil Mickelson, the 2002 and 2004 winner, is making his first start of the year.
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP OF GOLF
SITE: Sun City, South Africa.
COURSE: Gary Player Country Club (6,384 yards, par 73).
PURSE: $1.1 million.
WINNERS' SHARES: $110,000 per player.
TELEVISION: The Golf Channel (Friday, 1:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 4-5:30 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m.; Sunday, 4-6 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m.; and Monday, 4-6 a.m.).
FORMAT: Two-player teams representing 20 countries. Friday, alternate shot; Saturday, best ball; Sunday, stroke play.
TEAMS OF NOTE: Australia, Shani Waugh and Rachel Hetherington; Canada, Lorie Kane and A.J. Eathorne; England, Kirsty Taylor and Laura Davies; Sweden, Annika Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann; United States, Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis.
LAST YEAR: Japan's Miyazato and Rui Kitada won on Fancourt's Links Course in George, South Africa.
MASTERCARD CHAMPIONSHIP AT HUALALAI
SITE: Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
COURSE: Hualalai Resort Golf Club (7,097 yards, par 72).
PURSE: $1.7 million.
WINNER'S SHARE: $287,000.
TELEVISION: The Golf Channel (Friday, 7:30-10 p.m.; Saturday, 1-3:30 a.m., 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3:30 a.m., 7:30- 10 p.m.; Monday, 1-3:30 a.m.).
LAST YEAR: Dana Quigley won the season-opening event for the second time in three years.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR
ABU DHABI GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
SITE: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Course: Abu Dhabi Golf Club (7,348 yards, par 72).
PURSE: $2 million.
WINNER'S SHARE: $334,000.
TELEVISION: The Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon; 10:30 p.m.-midnight).
LAST YEAR: Inaugural event.
Notes: Second-ranked Vijay Singh tops the field along with Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Chris DiMarco, John Daly, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ian Poulter.
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