ON THE FAIRWAYS \ This weekend's pro golf events



PGA TOURBuick InvitationalSan Diego
Schedule: Thursday-SundayCourses: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,568 yards, par 72) and North Course (6,874 yards, par 72)Purse: 5.2 million. Winner's share: 936,00.Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.)Last year: Tiger Woods won in his season debut, beating Jose Maria Olazabal with a par on the second playoff hole. Nathan Green was eliminated on the first extra hole. Woods became the first four-time winner in tournament history.Last week: Charley Hoffman won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic for his first PGA Tour title, beating John Rollins with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff. Hoffman finished regulation with a birdie and an eagle.Notes: Woods takes a six-event PGA Tour winning streak into his first start of the season. The Buick endorser grew up in Cypress, 80 miles north of Torrey Pines. He'll play in the European tour's Dubai Desert Classic next week. ... John Daly won the 2004 tournament, beating Luke Donald and Chris Riley on the first hole of a playoff. Daly hit a 100-foot bunker shot to 4 inches to set up his winning birdie. ... Phil Mickelson won his hometown tournament in 1993, 2000 and 2001. He's coming off a 45th-place tie last week in his season debut in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. ... The final two rounds will be played on the South Course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open. ... The FBR Open is next week in Scottsdale, Ariz., followed by the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
CHAMPIONS TOURTurtle Bay ChampionshipKahuku, Hawaii
Schedule: Friday-SundayCourse: Turtle Bay Resort, Arnold Palmer Course (7,044 yards, par 72)Purse: 1.6 million. Winner's share: 240,000.Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-3 a.m., 6:30-10 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30-3 a.m., 7-10 p.m.; Monday, 12:30-3 a.m.)Last week: Loren Roberts completed a two-week Hawaiian sweep, holing a 9-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a two-stroke victory over Scott Simpson. Roberts, the MasterCard Championship winner the previous week, then won The ACE Group Classic to become the first Champions Tour player to open a season with three straight victories.Last week: Hale Irwin won the season-opening MasterCard Championship, beating Jim Thorpe and Tom Kite by five strokes for his tour-record 45th victory and first in 15 months. Coming off his first winless season in 12 years, the 61-year-old Irwin closed with a 7-under 65 for a 23-under 193 total. He's sixth-oldest winner in tour history.Notes: Irwin won the 2005 tournament to become the first player to win a PGA Tour-sanctioned event five straight times. He has six overall victories in the event. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume Feb. 9-11 with the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.
PGA EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOURQatar MastersDoha, Qatar
Schedule: Thursday-SundayCourse: Doha Golf Club (7,374 yards, par 72)Purse: 2.2 million. Winner's share: 333,420.Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)Last year: Sweden's Henrik Stenson birdied three of the last four holes for a three-stroke victory over Paul Broadhurst.Last week: England's Paul Casey won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, closing with a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Peter Hanson. Casey finished at 17-under 271 for his eighth European tour title.Notes: Ernie Els, the 2005 winner, tops the field along with Stenson, Casey, Retief Goosen, Michael Campbell, Stuart Appleby, Chris DiMarco, Darren Clarke, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood. ... Qatar, a little smaller than Connecticut, is on an oil-rich Persian Gulf peninsula off eastern Saudi Arabia. ... The European tour be in the United Arab Emirates next week, then will rejoin the Asian circuit for events in Malaysia and Indonesia. The Asian Tour will be in Manila next week for the Philippine Open.
NATIONWIDE TOURPanama ChampionshipPanama City, Panama
Schedule: Thursday-SundayCourse: Panama Golf Club (6,818 yards, par 70)Purse: 550,000. Winner's share: 99,000.Television: NoneLast year: Former Georgia Tech star Tripp Isenhour won the season-opening tournament, leading wire-to-wire for a three-stroke victory.Notes: The tournament opens the developmental tour's 18th season. ... After a two-week break, the tour will resume with the Jacob's Creek Open in Australia and the New Zealand PGA Championship. The first U.S. event is the Louisiana Open on March 22-25.
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