ON THE FAIRWAYS This week's pro golf events
PGA TOURSony Open in HawaiiHonolulu
Schedule: Today-SundayCourse: Waialae Country Club (7,044 yards, par 70)Purse: 5.2 million. Winner's share: 936,000.Television: Golf Channel (Today, 7-10:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 1-4:30 a.m., 7-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4:30 a.m., 7-10 p.m.; Monday, 1-4 a.m.)Last year: David Toms shot a course-record 61 in the third round and closed with a 65 for a five-stroke victory. Michelle Wie missed the cut in her hometown event for the third straight year, shooting 79-68.Last week: Vijay Singh won the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship for his 30th PGA Tour victory and 18th since he turned 40, breaking the record held by Sam Snead. The 43-year-old Singh beat Adam Scott by two strokes after finishing a combined four shots behind Stuart Appleby the previous three years at Kapalua.Notes: The 17-year-old Wie has made the cut in one of her 12 starts on men's tours, last May in an Asian Tour event in South Korea. In her last four men's events, she withdrew from the John Deere Classic because of heat exhaustion after playing 27 holes in 8 over, finished last in the European Masters (78-79) and 84 Lumber Classic (77-81) and beat only player in Japan in the Casio World Open (81-80). She missed the cut by a stroke in the 2004 tournament with rounds of 72 and 68, then failed by seven strokes in 2005 (74-75). ... Brad Faxon won in 2001 with a 20-under 260 total, matching the record score at Waialae. John Huston finished at 28-under 260 in 1998 when the course played to a par of 72. ... Singh won the 2005 tournament. ... Toms tied for eighth last week at Kapalua. ... The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is next week in Palm Desert, Calif., followed by the Buick Invitational in San Diego.
CHAMPIONS TOURWendy's Champions Skins GameWailea, Hawaii
Schedule: Saturday-SundayCourse: Wailea Golf Resort, Gold Course (7,078 yards, par 72)Purse: 770,000 (Nos. 1-6, 30,000 each; Nos. 7-12, 40,000 each; Nos. 13-17, 50,000 each; No. 18, 100,000)Television: ESPN (Saturday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m.)Format: Two-man teams, alternate shotTeams: Raymond Floyd and Dana Quigley, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Loren Roberts, and Gary Player and Jay Haas.Last year: Floyd and Quigley teamed to win 10 skins and a record 510,000. Nicklaus and Watson finished second with eight skins and 260,000.Notes: The made-for-TV competition is in its second year as a team event after 18 years as a four-man individual tournament. ... Floyd won the 1994, '95, '96, '97 and '98 titles. ... Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the Gold Course. ... The MasterCard Championship is next week at Hualalai.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOURJoburg OpenJohannesburg, South Africa
Schedule: Today-SundayCourses: Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, East Course (7,590 yards, par 71) and West Course (7,085 yards, par 72)Purse: 1.3 million. Winner's share: 217,050.Television: Golf Channel (Today-Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.)Last year: Inaugural tournamentLast event: South Africa's Ernie Els won the South African Open on Dec. 17 for his lone victory of 2006, closing with a 7-under 65 to beat Trevor Immelman by three strokes at Humewood. Els also won the 1992, '96 and '98 tournaments.Notes: The final two rounds will be played on the East Course. ... The European tour will be in the United Arab Emirates next week for the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The Sunshine Tour is off next week. Play will resume Jan. 25-28 with the Dimension Data Pro-Am in Sun City.
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