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PGA TOUR



Published: Wed, June 29, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



PGA TOUR

Western Open

Site: Lemont, Ill.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, Dubsdread Course (7,326 yards, par 71).

Purse: $5 million. Winner's share: $900,000

Television: USA (Friday-Saturday, 4-6 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday-Sunday, 2-4 p.m.)

Last year: Trinidad and Tobago's Stephen Ames won his first PGA Tour title, beating Steve Lowery by two strokes.

Last week: Ireland's Padraig Harrington won the Barclays Classic for his second PGA Tour victory of the year, holing a 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole to beat Jim Furyk by a stroke. Harrington was three strokes behind Furyk with five holes to play.

Notes: Tiger Woods, coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago in the U.S. Open, won the 1997, 1999 and 2003 tournaments. He matched Scott Hoch's 2001 tournament record in 2003, finishing at 267. ... Second-ranked Vijay Singh also is in the field. ... The tournament ends the race for British Open spots through a money list made up of The Players Championship and the last five PGA Tour events. The top two players not otherwise exempt will earn spots in the July 14-17 tournament at St. Andrews. Two other spots will be awarded to the top finisher not otherwise exempt this week and next week in the John Deere Classic.

PGA Tour leaders: Victories, Woods, Singh and Phil Mickelson, 3. Money, Singh, $5,683,475. Scoring, Mickelson, 69.09 per round. Putting, Ben Crane, 1.704 per green reached in regulation. Greens in regulation, Singh, 71.8 percent. Eagles, Brent Geiberger, 84.0 holes per eagle. Birdies, Woods, 4.65 per round. Sand saves, Luke Donald, 74.1 percent. Driving distance, Scott Hend, 318.4 yards. Driving accuracy, Nick O'Hern, 81.3 percent. Total driving, Kenny Perry, 47 total placings in distance and accuracy categories. All-Around, Singh, 232 total placings in all categories.

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

LPGA Tour

HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship

Site: Gladstone, N.J.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Hamilton Farm Golf Club (6,523 yards, par 72).

Purse: $2 million. Winner's share: $500,000.

Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-5 p.m.; Sunday, 2-4 p.m.).

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last week: South Korea's Birdie Kim won the U.S. Women's Open at Cherry Hills, holing a bunker shot for birdie on the final hole to beat 17-year-old Morgan Pressel by two strokes. Kim finished at 3-over 287. Annika Sorenstam, the winner of the first two majors of the year, tied for 23rd, nine strokes back.

Notes: Sorenstam has six victories in nine starts this year to push her LPGA Tour total to 62. Since playing in the PGA Tour's Colonial two years ago, she has won 19 of her 39 events on the LPGA Tour. The top-seeded Swedish star will open against Joanne Morley.

LPGA Tour leaders: Victories, Sorenstam, 6. Money, Sorenstam, $1,537,794. Scoring, Sorenstam, 69.24 per round. Putting, Juli Inkster, 1.73 per green reached in regulation. Greens in regulation, Sorenstam, 72.6 percent. Eagles, Sorenstam, 7. Birdies, Natalie Gulbis, 181. Sand saves, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, 69.6 percent. Driving distance, Sorenstam, 271.6 yards. Driving accuracy, Rosie Jones, 83.1 percent. Player of the Year, Sorenstam, 252 points.

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

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Commerce Bank Championship

Site: East Meadow, N.Y.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Eisenhower Park, Red Course (6,904 yards, par 70).

Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's share: $225,000.

Television: The Golf Channel (Friday, 5:30-8 p.m.; Saturday, 1-3:30 a.m., 5:30-8 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, 5:30-8 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight).

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

PGA EUROPEAN TOUR

European Open

Site: Straffan, Ireland.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: The K Club, The Palmer Course (7,337 yards, par 72).

Purse: $6.33 million. Winner's share: $1,055,000.

Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.).

Last year: South Africa's Retief Goosen followed his second U.S. Open victory with a five-stroke victory on The K Club's Smurfit Course.

Last week: France's Jean-Francois Remesy successfully defended his French Open title, beating countryman Jean Van de Velde with a double-bogey 6 on the first hole of a playoff. Van de Velde, famous for blowing a three-stroke lead on the 72nd hole in the 1999 British Open, bogeyed the 18th in regulation.

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

NATIONWIDE TOUR

Lake Erie Charity Classic

Site: Findley Lake, N.Y.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Peek'n Peak Resort, Upper Course (6,888 yards, par 72).

Purse: $450,000. Winner's share: $81,000.

Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday, 1:30-4 p.m.; Friday, 1-2:30 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m.; Saturday, 3:30-5 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-3 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m.; Monday, 1:30-3 a.m.).

Last year: Kevin Stadler won Lake Erie Charity Classic on the same day father Craig took the Champions Tour event in Concord, Mass., beating Bubba Watson on the fourth hole of a playoff. Stadler went on to earn a 2005 PGA Tour card.

Last week: Longtime PGA Tour player Greg Kraft won the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic, beating Tim O'Neal by two strokes.

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




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