The Associated Press
May. 07, 2013
All Times EDT
THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Players Stadium Course (7,215 yards, par 72).
Purse: $9.5 million. Winner's share: $1.71 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m.).
Last year: Matt Kuchar closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Ben Curtis and Martin Laird. Kuchar won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play this year.
Last week: Derek Ernst won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., for his first tour title. The 22-year-old rookie birdied the final hole to force a playoff and beat England's David Lynn with a par on the first extra hole.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the 2001 winner, is making his first start since tying for fourth in the Masters. He leads the tour with three victories this year, winning at Torrey Pines, Doral and Bay Hill. Woods won the first of his record three straight U.S. Amateur titles in 1994 on the Stadium Course. ... Masters champion Adam Scott is playing for the first time winning at Augusta National. ... Greg Norman set the tournament record in 1994, shooting 63-67-67-67 for a 24-under 264 total. ... Jack Nicklaus is the only three-time champion, winning in 1974 at Atlanta Country Club, 1976 at Inverrary and 1978 at Sawgrass Country Club. ... The tour will be in Texas the next two weeks for the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth.
Next event: Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, May 16-19, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings, Mobile, Ala.
Last week: Cristie Kerr won the Kingsmill Championship for the third time, beating Suzann Pettersen with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Kerr has 16 LPGA Tour victories.
Next event: Senior PGA Championship, May 23-26, Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis.
Last week: Esteban Toledo became the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history, beating Mike Goodes with a par on the third hole of a playoff in the Insperity Championship.
Next events: Volvo World Match Play Championship, May 16-19, Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort, Kavarna, Bulgaria; Madeira Islands Open, May 16-19, Santo da Serra Golf Club, Santo da Serra, Madeira Islands.
Last week: Brett Rumford won the China Open to become the first Australian in 41 years to win consecutive European Tour titles. The Ballantine's Championship winner the previous week in South Korea, Rumford beat Finland's Mikko Ilonen by four strokes. Australians Jack Newton and Graham Marsh won consecutive events in 1972, the first year of the tour.
WEB.COM TOUR: BMW Charity Pro-Am, May 16-19, Thornblade Club, Greer, S.C.; Greenville Country Club, Chanticleer Course, Greenville, S.C.; The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Sunset, S.C.
Last week: Brendon Todd won the rain-shortened Stadion Classic at the University of Georgia. The former Georgia star became the third consecutive Bulldogs player to win the event. Russell Henley won in 2011 while still in school, and Hudson Swafford took the 2012 title.
ONEASIA TOUR: Maekyung Open Golf Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Namseoul Country Club, Seoul, South Korea. Online: http://www.oneasia.asia
SYMETRA TOUR: Symetra Classic, Thursday-Saturday, Raintree Country Club, Charlotte, N.C. Online: http://www.symetratour.com
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, Thursday-Sunday, National Golf Club, Belek, Turkey. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Ibaraki Golf Club, Ibaraki, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp