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ON TOUR \ This week's golf events



Published: Wed, January 26, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



PGA TOURBob Hope Chrysler ClassicLa Quinta, Calif.

Schedule: Today-SundayCourses: Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West (6,930 yards, par 72), Tamarisk Country Club (7,003 yards, par 72), Bermuda Dunes Country Club (6,962 yards, par 72) and La Quinta Country Club (7,060, par 72)Purse: $4.7 million. Winner's share: $846,000Television: USA (Today-Friday, 4-6 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.)Last year: Phil Mickelson won in his first start of the year, beating Skip Kendall on the first hole of a playoff to end an 18-month winless streak.Notes: Mickelson tied for 56th last week in San Diego in his first start of the year. ... Left-handed players have won the tournament three straight years, with Mickelson also winning in 2002 and Mike Weir taking the 2003 title. Mickelson and Weir also have won the Masters the last two years. ... David Duval shot a 59 on the Palmer course in the final round of his 1999 victory. ... Joe Durant set the PGA Tour's 90-hole record in 2001 with a 36-under 324 total. ... The final round will be played on the Palmer course. Palmer won the inaugural event in 1960 and added victories in 1962, 1968, 1971 and 1973. ... Davis Love III is making his first start of the year. ... Craig and Kevin Stadler are in the field along with Jay and Bill Haas, marking the first time two father-son pairs have played in a PGA Tour event. ... Craig Stadler, Jay Haas, Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite, Lanny Wadkins and Mark McCumber are skipping the Champions Tour event in Hawaii to play in the tournament. Jay Haas is 100 under in his last four appearances in the event. ... The FBR Open is next week in Scottsdale, Ariz., followed by the AT & amp;T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

CHAMPIONS TOURTurtle Bay ChampionshipKahuku, Hawaii

Schedule: Friday-SundayCourse: Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort (7,044 yards, par 72)Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's share: $225,000Television: The Golf Channel (Friday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, midnight-2:30 a.m., 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2:30 a.m.)Last year: No tournament.Notes: Hale Irwin won the last event at Turtle Bay in November 2003, his tour-record fourth straight victory in the tournament and fifth overall. ... Fifty-seven-year-old Dana Quigley, a nine-time winner on the Champions Tour, is playing in the 264th consecutive event he has been eligible for since 1997, and 250th in a row overall. ... Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino are in the field. ... The Champions Skins Game is next week at Wailea. Tom Watson, the defending champion, will join Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Craig Stadler in the made-for-TV competition.

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOURCaltex MastersSingapore

Schedule: Thursday-SundayCourse: Laguna National Golf and Country Club, Masters Course (7,207 yards, par 72)Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $150,000Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9-11 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon)Last year: Scotland's Colin Montgomerie won his 28th European tour title, closing with a 65 for a three-stroke victory over American Greg Hanrahan.Notes: Montgomerie and European Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood and David Howell top the field along with Thomas Bjorn, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and China's Zhang Lian-Wei, the 2003 winner. ... The European tour will team with the Australasian circuit the next two weeks for the Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne and the New Zealand Open.

NATIONWIDE TOURPanama ChampionshipPanama City, Panama

Schedule: Thursday-SundayCourse: Panama Golf Club (6,818 yards, par 70)Purse: $525,000. Winner's share: $94,500Television: NoneLast year: Jimmy Walker won the first of two 2004 titles, beating Tom Scherrer by five strokes. Walker led the tour's 20 PGA Tour qualifiers, topping the money list with $371,346 and earning Player of the Year honors.Notes: The tournament opens the developmental tour's 16th season. ... After a two-week break, the tour will resume with the Jacobs Creek Open in Australia and the New Zealand PGA Championship. The first U.S. event is the Louisiana Open on March 24-27.

Associated Press




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