ON TOUR This week's pro golf events



PGA ChampionshipHaven, Wis.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Whistling Straits, Straits Course (7,514 yards, par 72).
Purse: TBA ($6 million in 2003). Winner's share: TBA ($1.08 million in 2003).
Television: TNT (Thursday-Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m.).
Last year: Shaun Micheel won at Oak Hill, beating Chad Campbell by two strokes. Micheel, 0-for-163 on the PGA Tour entering the tournament, hit a 7-iron from 175 yards that stopped 2 inches from the 72nd hole to set up a tap-in birdie.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the 1999 and 2000 champion, is winless in nine major championships since winning the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black for his seventh major victory in an 11-tournament span. The eight-time major champion has one victory -- the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship -- in 14 PGA Tour starts this year and is winless in his last 15 stroke-play events. He has been ranked No. 1 in the world for 331 weeks, tying the record set by Greg Norman. ... The links-styled course, owned by Herb Kohler Jr. and designed by Pete Dye, is the longest in major championship history, with three par 4s at least 500 yards and the shortest par 5 measuring 569 yards. The complex was built on an abandoned military base and toxic dump site along Lake Michigan. ... The tournament ends the race for the 10 automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Hal Sutton will announce his two captain's picks Monday. ... Masters champion Phil Mickelson has finished in the top three in the three previous majors this year. He was second in the U.S. Open and third in the British Open. ... U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and three-time major winner Nick Price withdrew Sunday. Goosen was injured in a jet ski accident two weeks ago, while Price is skipping the tournament for the second straight year because of family obligations. ... The 2005 tournament will be played at Baltusrol in New Jersey and the 2006 event is set for Medinah in Illinois. ... Bob Sowards won the PGA Club Pro title in June to top the 25 qualifiers. He's an assistant pro at Wedgwood in suburban Columbus, Ohio. ... There are two tour events next week, the WGC-NEC Invitational at Firestone and the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Notes: Tiger Woods, the 1999 and 2000 champion, is winless in nine major championships since winning the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black for his seventh major victory in an 11-tournament span. The eight-time major champion has one victory -- the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship -- in 14 PGA Tour starts this year and is winless in his last 15 stroke-play events. He has been ranked No. 1 in the world for 331 weeks, tying the record set by Greg Norman. ... The links-styled course, owned by Herb Kohler Jr. and designed by Pete Dye, is the longest in major championship history, with three par 4s at least 500 yards and the shortest par 5 measuring 569 yards. The complex was built on an abandoned military base and toxic dump site along Lake Michigan. ... The tournament ends the race for the 10 automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Hal Sutton will announce his two captain's picks Monday. ... Masters champion Phil Mickelson has finished in the top three in the three previous majors this year. He was second in the U.S. Open and third in the British Open. ... U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and three-time major winner Nick Price withdrew Sunday. Goosen was injured in a jet ski accident two weeks ago, while Price is skipping the tournament for the second straight year because of family obligations. ... The 2005 tournament will be played at Baltusrol in New Jersey and the 2006 event is set for Medinah in Illinois. ... Bob Sowards won the PGA Club Pro title in June to top the 25 qualifiers. He's an assistant pro at Wedgwood in suburban Columbus, Ohio. ... There are two tour events next week, the WGC-NEC Invitational at Firestone and the Reno-Tahoe Open.
NATIONWIDE TOUR
Price Cutter Charity Championship
Springfield, Mo.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Highland Springs Country Club (7,060 yards, par 72).
Purse: $525,000. Winner's share: $94,500.
Last year: Tom Carter won the second of three 2003 titles, beating Doug LaBelle II and Roland Thatcher by a stroke.
Notes: Kevin Stadler, Jimmy Walker and D.A. Points and PGA Tour member Daniel Chopra also are two-time winners this season. ... The Alberta Classic is next week, followed by the Utah Classic.

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