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ON THE FAIRWAYS | This week's professional golf events


Published: Wed, March 1, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


PGA TOURFord Championship at DoralMiami
Schedule: Today-Sunday.Course: Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Blue Course (7,266 yards, par 72).Purse: $5.5 million. Winner's share: $990,000.Television: USA (Today-Friday, 3-6 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.)Last year: Tiger Woods won a dramatic duel with Phil Mickelson to take the top spot in world ranking from Vijay Singh. Woods made a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to grab the lead and closed with a par to hold off Mickelson by a stroke. Woods had a 24-under 264 total to break the tournament record by a stroke.Notes: The tournament is in its final season as a regular PGA Tour event. Doral will become a World Golf Championship stop in 2007 with a new title sponsor. ... Woods is coming off a third-round loss to Chad Campbell in the Match Play Championship. After opening the season with victories in San Diego and Dubai, Woods withdrew from the Nissan Open because of the flu after making the cut by a stroke, then beat Stephen Ames and Robert Allenby before falling to Campbell at La Costa. ... The second-ranked Singh also is in the field along with No. 3 Retief Goosen, No. 4 Ernie Els, No. 5 Mickelson, No. 6 Sergio Garcia, No. 7 Jim Furyk, No. 9 David Toms and No. 10 Chris DiMarco. No. 8 Adam Scott is taking the week off. ... Australia's Craig Parry won the 2005 tournament, holing a 6-iron shot from 176 yards for an eagle to beat Scott Verplank on the first hole of a playoff. ... The tour will remain in Florida the next three weeks for the Honda Classic, Bay Hill Invitational and The Players Championship.
Schedule: Today-Sunday.Course: Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Blue Course (7,266 yards, par 72).Purse: $5.5 million. Winner's share: $990,000.Television: USA (Today-Friday, 3-6 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.)Last year: Tiger Woods won a dramatic duel with Phil Mickelson to take the top spot in world ranking from Vijay Singh. Woods made a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to grab the lead and closed with a par to hold off Mickelson by a stroke. Woods had a 24-under 264 total to break the tournament record by a stroke.Notes: The tournament is in its final season as a regular PGA Tour event. Doral will become a World Golf Championship stop in 2007 with a new title sponsor. ... Woods is coming off a third-round loss to Chad Campbell in the Match Play Championship. After opening the season with victories in San Diego and Dubai, Woods withdrew from the Nissan Open because of the flu after making the cut by a stroke, then beat Stephen Ames and Robert Allenby before falling to Campbell at La Costa. ... The second-ranked Singh also is in the field along with No. 3 Retief Goosen, No. 4 Ernie Els, No. 5 Mickelson, No. 6 Sergio Garcia, No. 7 Jim Furyk, No. 9 David Toms and No. 10 Chris DiMarco. No. 8 Adam Scott is taking the week off. ... Australia's Craig Parry won the 2005 tournament, holing a 6-iron shot from 176 yards for an eagle to beat Scott Verplank on the first hole of a playoff. ... The tour will remain in Florida the next three weeks for the Honda Classic, Bay Hill Invitational and The Players Championship.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOURIndonesia OpenJakarta, Indonesia
Schedule: Today-Sunday.Course: Emeralda Golf & amp; Country Club (7,082 yards, par 72).Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $166,660.Television: The Golf Channel (Today-Friday, 9-11 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon).Last year: Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant won his first European tour title, closing with a 7-under 63 for a five-stroke victory at Cengkareng. Scotland's Colin Montgomerie shot a 60 in the final round to finish seven strokes back.Notes: Two weeks ago in the Malaysian Open, South Korea's Charlie Wi shot a 9-under 63 for a one-stroke victory in the rain-shortened tournament. ... The tours will team again the next two weeks for the Singapore Masters and TCL Classic in China.
Associated Press


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