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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

   

Coca-Cola China Extends Sponsorship of the Gary Player Invitational

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:29 Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:12

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The Coca-Cola Company, a global leader in the beverage industry, has agreed to continue their giving ways by announcing their renewed sponsorship of the Gary Player Invitational event for a further three years.

The Chinese leg of the Gary Player Invitational (GPI) global charity series, staged by Black Knight International to benefit The Player Foundation, will be held at the Shanghai Links on November 3-4, 2014. Grand Slam champion Gary Player will once again host the event that is expected to field yet another star-studded cast of professional golfers, celebrities and business people to compete for the tournament title, but more importantly to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children.

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Maggert Wins at Fallen Oak in Champions Tour Debut

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 23:57 Sunday, 23 March 2014 23:35

Jeff Maggert

Canadian Press

David Brandt (AP)

SAUCIER, Mississippi — Jeff Maggert admitted his decisive putt on No. 17 at Fallen Oak wasn't supposed to be one that actually dropped. He was just trying to get it close.

So when the 50-foot putt rolled up and down a big ridge as it broke from left to right — and then fell into the hole — the Champions Tour rookie was as surprised as anyone.

He had been consistent all week. Now just a little bit of luck had pushed him to victory at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak on Sunday.

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Poppy Hills Joins Pebble Beach as Nature Valley Host

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:40 Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:33

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (PGA TOUR) — The Champions Tour announced that the newly renovated Poppy Hills Golf Course will join Pebble Beach Golf Links as host venues of the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif., from September 22-28, 2014.

Poppy Hills will replace Del Monte Golf Course, which hosted the tournament with Pebble Beach from 2005 through 2013. Bayonet Golf Club is the only other course to share host duties with Pebble Beach for the popular event – at the inaugural tournament in 2004.

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Extension for Regions Tradition Announced

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:40 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:35

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (PGA TOUR) — Regions Financial Corporation and the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour announced today that the Regions Tradition, a major championship on the Champions Tour, will remain in Birmingham through 2018.

“Over the years, the Regions Tradition has been much more than a world-class golfing event. It’s also been a source of community pride, supported numerous charities and generated millions in economic impact,” said Grayson Hall, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Regions Financial Corporation. “Regions is pleased to partner with the Champions Tour and keep this major championship in the Birmingham area for years to come.”

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