The week ahead in golf

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

LPGA TOUR

ADT Championship

Site: West Palm Beach, Fla.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Trump International Golf Club (6,506 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $215,000.

Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 2-4 p.m.), ESPN2 (Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.) and ABC (2-4 p.m.).

Last year: Karrie Webb won the season-ending tournament for the second time in six years, edging Sweden's Annika Sorenstam by two strokes. Sorenstam closed with a 65 to break Webb's 1999 season scoring record with a stroke to spare, finishing at 69.42.

Last week: Lorie Kane and Janice Moodie successfully defended their Hyundai Team Matches title, beating four-time champions Juli Inkster and Dottie Pepper 3 and 2.

Notes: Sorenstam, the 1997 winner in Las Vegas, won her second straight Mizuno Classic title two weeks ago in Japan to become the LPGA Tour's first 10-time winner in 34 years. The 32-year-old Swede also won events in Australia and Sweden, giving her 12 worldwide victories in 24 starts. She has broken her tour earnings record with $2,648,904 and is on pace to shatter her scoring average mark at 68.69. ... Se Ri Pak, the 1999 winner, has five victories this year and is second on the money list with $1,689,281. ... South Korea's Hee-Won Han, No. 14 on the money list, is skipping the tournament, giving No. 31 Dorothy Delasin the final spot in the 30-player field.

On the Net: http://www.lpga.com


EXHIBITION

Franklin Templeton Shootout

Site: Naples, Fla.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Tiburon Golf Club (7,193 yards, par 72).

Purse: $2.25 million. Winner's shares: $250,000 each.

Television: The Golf Channel (Friday, 12:30-3 p.m., 7-9:30 p.m.), Fox Sports Net (Friday, 12:30-3 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 12-2:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-2 p.m.).

Format: Friday, alternate shot; Saturday, best ball; Sunday, scramble.

Pairings: Greg Norman-Fred Couples, Scott McCarron-Brad Faxon, David Toms-Stewart Cink, Mark O'Meara-John Cook, Rocco Mediate-Lee Janzen, Mark Calcavecchia-Andrew Magee, Dudley Hart-Jeff Sluman, Steve Elkington-Peter Jacobsen, Matt Kuchar-David Gossett, Jerry Kelly-Scott Hoch, John Huston-Jeff Maggert, Fred Funk-Len Mattiace

Last year: Faxon and McCarron successfully defended their title, closing with an eagle and birdie to beat John Daly and Frank Lickliter by two strokes.

Last week: Rich Beem and Peter Lonard won the Hyundai Team Matches, beating 2001 winners Couples and Calcavecchia 2 and 1. ... Tom Lehman was 3-0 in the United States' 14 1/2-9 1/2 victory over the Rest of the World in the UBS Warburg Cup.

Notes: Norman, the tournament host, designed the 36-hole Tiburon ("shark" in Spanish) facility. The event is in its second year at Tiburon after a year in Miami and 11 at Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, Calif. ... Faxon and McCarron also have victories with other partners. Faxon and Couples won the 1994 tournament, and McCarron teamed with Bruce Lietzke to win the 1997 title.

On the Net: http://www.shark.com/fts

PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com


JAPAN GOLF TOUR

Dunlop Phoenix

Site: Miyazaki, Japan.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Phoenix Country Club (6,917 yards, par 71).

Purse: $1.6 million. Winner's share: $320,000.

Television: None.

Last year: David Duval beat Japan's Taichi Teshima on the first hole of a playoff after losing a six-stroke lead on the final six holes of regulation.

Last week: Japan's Tommy Nakajima won the Taiheiyo Masters for his 47th Japanese tour title, beating countryman Hidemichi Tanaka by a stroke.

Notes: Tiger Woods is playing the first of three events in 11 days. He will join Rich Beem, Justin Leonard and Davis Love III next Tuesday and Wednesday in the PGA Grand Slam in Hawaii, and face Phil Mickelson, Mark O'Meara and Fred Couples in the weekend Skins Game in Indio, Calif. ... Duval also is in the field along with European Ryder Cup players Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn. Westwood won the 1998 tournament, and Bjorn beat Garcia in a playoff in 1999. ... The Casio World Open is next week in Kaimon.

On the Net: http://www.dpt.gr.jp/en

Japan Golf Tour site: http://www.jgto.org


AUSTRALASIAN PGA TOUR

Australian Open

Site: Melbourne, Australia

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Victoria Golf Club (6,799 yards, par 70).

Purse: $577,000. Winner: $148,500.

Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday, 11 p.m.-5 a.m., 10 p.m.-3 a.m.; Friday, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.).

Last year: Australia's Stuart Appleby won at The Grand on the Gold Coast, beating countryman Scott Laycock by three strokes.

Last week: Australia's Stephen Leaney won the WA Open-Nedlands Masters for the fourth time, beating Scott Strange on the third hole of a playoff. Jarrod Moseley and Steve Collins were eliminated on the first extra hole.

Notes: PGA champion Rich Beem tops the field along with fellow American Charles Howell III, Australian stars Appleby, Robert Allenby, Craig Parry, Peter Lonard and Aaron Baddeley and New Zealand's Craig Perks. ... Beem and Lonard won the PGA Tour division of the Hyundai Team Matches last week in California. ... Baddeley won the 1999 tournament an amateur and successfully defended his title as a pro in 2000. The 21-year-old star finished 10th on the Buy.com Tour money list to earn a 2003 PGA Tour card. ... South Africa's Gary Player won the event a record seven times, one more than Jack Nicklaus. ... The Australian PGA is next week in Coolum.

On the Net: http://www.holdenaustralianopengolf.com.

Australasian PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com.au


ASIAN PGA TOUR/PGA EUROPEAN TOUR

BMW Asian Open

Site: Taipei, Taiwan.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Ta Shee Golf and Country Club (7,104 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's share: $250,000.

Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon; Saturday-Sunday, 9-11 a.m.).

Last year: Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin won for the first time since 1999, holding off Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez by a stroke.

Last week: Scotland's Colin Montgomerie won the TCL Classic in China for his second straight victory. Two weeks ago in Spain, he shared the European tour's season-ending Volvo Masters title with Bernhard Langer.

Notes: The tournament is the first event of the 2003 European tour season. The Hong Kong Open, also co-sanctioned by the European tour, is next week. ... European Ryder Cup players Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley are in the field along with captain Sam Torrance and Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam.

On the Net: http://www.asianpgatour.com

PGA European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com


OTHER TOURNAMENTS

Men

Champions Tour: Qualifying Tournament, Tuesday-Friday, World Woods Golf Club, Brooksville, Fla. On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com

Sunshine Tour: Nashua Masters, Thursday-Sunday, Wild Coast Sun Country Club, Port Edward, South Africa. On the Net: http://www.sunshinetour.com.

Women

Japan LPGA Tour: Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Elleair Country Club, Matsuyama, Japan. On the Net: http://www.lpga.or.jp

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