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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:48 Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:23

Masters

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AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

MASTERS TOURNAMENT

Site: Augusta, Ga.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Augusta National Golf Club (7,435 yards, par 72).

Purse: TBA ($8 million in 2013). Winner's share: TBA ($1.44 million in 2013).

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Jones’ Playoff Chip-in Wins Houston Open

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 01:30 Monday, 07 April 2014 01:19

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Kurt Voigt (AP)

HUMBLE, Texas — Matt Jones told his caddy he was about to make a 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole at the Houston Open.

The Australian did just that, earning his first PGA Tour win in spectacular fashion — and changing his immediate travel plans in the process.

Jones, who began the day six shots off the lead, shot a final-round 66 and ended the tournament 15 under to earn his first trip to the Masters with the dramatic win over Matt Kuchar.

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Sanderson Farms Classic Plans to Move

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 01:03 Monday, 07 April 2014 01:00

Country Club of Jackson

Canadian Press

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi's only PGA TOUR event plans to move to Country Club of Jackson, ending a 20-year relationship with Annandale Golf Club.

The Sanderson Farms Championship has been played at Annandale in Madison, Miss., which is a suburb of Jackson, since 1994. This year's tournament is scheduled for November 6-9, 2014.

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Steven Bowditch Wins Texas Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 March 2014 23:02 Sunday, 30 March 2014 22:52

Steven Bowditch

Canadian Press

Tim Price (AP)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Steven Bowditch held on to win the Texas Open in windy conditions Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Masters.

The 30-year-old Australian bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 4-over 76 for a one-stroke victory.

"I'm over the moon. I really can't believe it," said Bowditch, who attempted suicide in 2006 and has fought depression throughout his career.

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This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:29 Wednesday, 26 March 2014 01:07

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PGA TOUR

TEXAS OPEN

Site: San Antonio.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC San Antonio, Oaks Course (7,435 yards, par 72).

Purse: $6.2 million. Winner's share: $1,116,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 1-5 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m., 9 p.m.-2 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Scotland's Martin Laird matched the course record with a 63 to beat Rory McIlroy by two strokes.

Last week: Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first PGA Tour title, rallying to beat Keegan Bradley by a stroke.

Notes: Phil Mickelson is making his second appearance in the event. He tied for 47th at Oak Hills in 1992 in his 11th professional start on the PGA Tour. ... Area resident Jimmy Walker has a tour-high three victories this season, winning the Frys.com Open, Sony Open and Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. ... Zach Johnson, the 2008 and 2009 winner, won the Tournament of Champions in January. ... Jeff Maggert is coming off a victory last week in Mississippi in his first start on the Champions Tour. ... The Houston Open is next week, followed by the Masters.

Online: www.pgatour.com

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LPGA TOUR

KIA CLASSIC

Site: Carlsbad, Calif.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Aviara Golf Club (6,593 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.7 million. Winner's share: $255,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.; Saturday, 3-4 a.m., 7-9 p.m.; Sunday, 7-9 a.m., 7-9 p.m.).

Last year: Spain's Beatriz Recari won her second LPGA Tour title, making a birdie putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff with I.K. Kim.

Last week: Karrie Webb won the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix for the second time in four years, rallying for her second victory of the year and 41st on the LPGA Tour. The 39-year-old Hall of Famer matched the course record with 9-under 63 to beat five players by a stroke.

Notes: The Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year, is next week at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. ... Yani Tseng won the 2012 tournament for the last of her 15 tour titles. She has dropped from first to 46th in the world in a year. Tseng missed the cut in Phoenix with rounds of 71 and 74. ... Kia endorser Michelle Wie tied for 12th in Phoenix. ... Inbee Park is ranked No. 1, followed by Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis, 16-year-old Lydia Ko and Webb.

Online: www.lpga.com

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EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR

EURASIA CUP

Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Schedule: Thursday-Saturday.

Course: Glenmarie Golf and Country Club (7,003 yards, par 72).

Purse: $4 million. Winner's shares: $300,000 per player.

Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.-4 a.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-4 a.m., 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-3 a.m., 4-11 a.m.).

Format: Team match play. Thursday, five foursomes (alternate-shot) matches; Friday, five fourball (better-ball) matches; Saturday, 10 singles matches.

Asia: Thongchai Jaidee (captain), Thailand; Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand; Gaganjeet Bhullar, India; Nicholas Fung, Malaysia; Kim Hyung-sung, South Korea; Anirban Lahiri, India; Prayad Marksaeng, Thailand; Koumei Oda, Japan; Siddikur Rahman, Bangladesh; Hideto Tanihara, Japan.

Europe: Miguel-Angel Jimenez (captain), Spain; Thomas Bjorn, Denmark; Jamie Donaldson, Wales; Victor Dubuisson, France; Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Spain; Stephen Gallacher, Scotland; Pablo Larrazabal, Spain; Joost Luiten, Netherlands; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Thorbjorn Olesen, Denmark.

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last event: Spain's Alejandro Canizares won the Trophy Hassan II in Morocco on March 16, leading wire-to-wire for a five-stroke victory.

Notes: McDowell is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 14. ... Dubuisson finished second in the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship in February in Arizona, losing to Jason Day on the 23rd hole. ... The 50-year-old Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open in December for his 20th European Tour victory. ... The NH Collection Open is next week in Spain, followed by the Masters.

Online: www.europeantour.com

Asian Tour site: www.asiantour.com

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WEB.COM TOUR

LOUISIANA OPEN

Site: Broussard, La.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Le Triomphe Country Club (7,006 yards, par 71).

Purse: $550,000. Winner's share: $99,000.

Television: None.

Last year: Edward Loar closed with a 69 in windy conditions to beat Morgan Hoffmann by two strokes.

Last week: Mexico's Carlos Ortiz won the Panama Claro Championship for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 64 for a four-stroke victory.

Notes: The tournament, in its 23rd year at Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Le Triomphe, is the fifth event of the season and first in the United States. ... Alex Cejka, the winner of the season-opening Colombia Championship, leads the money list with $235,150. Ortiz is second with $112,500. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume April 10-13 with the El Bosque Mexico Championship.

Online: www.pgatour.com

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CHAMPIONS TOUR

Next event: Greater Gwinnett Championship, April 18-20, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

Last week: Jeff Maggert won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic to become the 17th player to win in his tour debut.

Online: www.pgatour.com

OTHER TOURNAMENTS

MEN

JAPAN GOLF TOUR/ONEASIA TOUR: Indonesia PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Damai Indah Golf, Bumi Serpong Damai Course, Jakarta, Indonesia. Online: www.jgto.org and www.oneasia.asia

PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Stella Artois Open, Thursday-Sunday, La Reunion Golf Resort, Fuego Maya Golf Course, Antigua, Guatemala. Online: www.pgatourla.com

NGA TOUR: Lake County Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Harbor Hills Country Club, Lady Lake, Fla. Online: www.ngatour.com

eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Cowans Ford Open, Wednesday-Friday, Cowans Ford Country Club, Stanley, N.C. Online: www.egolfprofessionaltour.com

WOMEN

SYMETRA TOUR: IOA Golf Classic, Friday-Sunday, Alaqua Country Club, Longwood, Fla. Online: www.symetratour.com

JAPAN LPGA TOUR: AXA Ladies Golf, Friday-Sunday, UMK Country Club, Miyazaki, Japan. Online: www.lpga.or.jp

   

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