The Associated Press
Feb. 26, 2013
All Times EST
Site: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Course: PGA National Resort and Spa, The Champion (7,110 yards, par 70).
Purse: $6 million. Winner's share: $1.08 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 1-5 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: Rory McIlroy won to take the top spot in the world ranking from Luke Donald. McIlroy finished with a 69 to beat Tiger Woods and Tom Gillis by two strokes. Woods closed with a 62, his lowest final round ever.
Last week: Matt Kuchar won the Match Play Championship for his first World Golf Championships victory, beating defending champion Hunter Mahan 2 and 1 in the final at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. Kuchar beat Jason Day in the semifinals.
Notes: The top-ranked McIlroy and No. 2 Woods are coming off first-round loses in the Match Play Championship. Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in his last stroke-play event. ... McIlroy was the fifth straight international winner, following Ernie Els (2008), Y.E. Yang (2009), Camilo Villegas (2010) and Rory Sabbatini (2011). ... The Champion course was the site of the 1983 Ryder Cup and 1987 PGA Championship. ... The WGC-Cadillac Championship is next week at Doral, opposite the Puerto Rico Open.
HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS
Course: Sentosa Golf Club, The Serapong Course (6,606 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.4 million. Winner's share: $210,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7-9:30 p.m.).
Last year: Angela Stanford won her fifth LPGA Tour title, beating Jenny Shin with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff at Tanah Merah. Shanshan Feng was eliminated on the first extra hole, and Na Yeon Choi dropped out on the second.
Last week: South Korea's Inbee Park won the LPGA Thailand when 17-year-old Thai player Ariya Jutanugarn closed with a triple bogey to blow a two-stroke lead.
Notes: Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen escaped serious injury Sunday when the cars they were riding in Bangkok were involved in a five-car accident. Creamer strained a muscle in her neck, and Miyazato also is fighting whiplash. Pettersen wasn't hurt. Creamer and Miyazato, the 2010 winner at Tanah Merah, will attempt to play. ... Jiyai Shin, the 2009 winner at Tanah Merah, won the season-opening Australian Women's Open. ... The tour is off the next week. Play will resume March 14-17 with the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix.
EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOUR
Site: Centurion, South Africa.
Course: The Els Club at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate (7,791 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.96 million. Winner's share: $311,070.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last event: South Africa's Darren Fichardt won the Africa Open at East London on Feb. 17 for his fourth European Tour title.
Notes: Major champions Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal and Michael Campbell are in the field. ... Ernie Els designed the course on land where his grandfather, Ernie Vermaak, grew up. Els is skipping the tournament to play in the PGA Tour's Honda Classic. ... The course is the longest in European Tour history. The 685-yard fourth hole also is the longest in tour history, and the course is circuit's first with three par 5s over 600 yards. ... The tournament is the last of six European Tour event in South Africa this season. .. The WGC-Cadillac Championship is next week at Doral in Florida.
Sunshine Tour site: http://www.pgatour.co.za
Site: Bogota, Colombia.
Course: Bogota Country Club (7,237 yards, par 71).
Purse: $700,000. Winner's share: $126,000.
Last year: Skip Kendall holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory. At 47 years, 5 months, 10 days, he became the fourth-oldest winner in tour history.
Last week: Former Penn State player Kevin Foley won the season-opening Panama Claro Championship for his first tour title, holing a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Mathew Goggin.
Notes: Jordan Spieth tied for seventh last week in Panama. He turned pro in December after 1½ years at the University of Texas. ... Kendall is in the field. ... The Chile Classic is next week. The U.S. schedule opens March 21-24 with the Louisiana Open.
Next event: Toshiba Classic, March 15-17, Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.
Last event: Bernhard Langer won the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 17 in Naples, Fla. Jay Don Blake was second, a stroke back.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: New Zealand PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, The Hills Golf Club, Queenstown, New Zealand. Online: http://www.pgatour.com.au
NGA TOUR: Spring Hill Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Spring Hill Country Club, Tifton, Ga. Online: http://www.ngatour.com