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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

USA TODAY: At a glance: This week in golf

This week in golf, at a glance. All times Eastern.
PGA Tour
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Site: Avondale, La.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: TPC Louisiana (7,399 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6.4 million. Winner's share: $1,152,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-3 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-3 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year:Jason Bohn won his second PGA Tour title, birdieing three of the final four holes for a two-stroke victory over Jeff Overton.
Last week:Brandt Snedeker won The Heritage at Harbour Town for his second tour title, overcoming a six-stroke deficit with a 7-under 64 and beating Luke Donald on the third extra hole. Donald would have jumped to No. 1 in the world with a victory.
Notes: Snedeker, Donald and Bohn are in the field along with U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney and Rickie Fowler. … South Korean star K.J. Choi, the 2002 winner at English Turn, is skipping the European Tour stop in Seoul to play in the event. …Jerry Kelly won the 2009 tournament. … The Wells Fargo Championship is next week at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, followed by The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Avnet LPGA Classic
Site: Mobile, Ala.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course:Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings (6,502 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.).
Last year:South Korea's Se Ri Pak beat Brittany Lincicome with a birdie on the third hole of playoff after rain washed out the fourth round. Suzann Pettersen was eliminated on the second extra hole.
Last event: Stacy Lewis won the Kraft Nabisco on April 3 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for her first LPGA Tour title. Yani Tseng was second, three strokes back.
Notes: The tournament is the tour's sixth of the season. Tseng won the LPGA Thailand, Hall of Famer Karrie Webb swept the HSBC Women's Championship and LPGA Founders Cup, Sandra Gal took the Kia Classic. …Michelle Wie is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Kraft Nabisco. … The tour is off the next two weeks. Play will resume with the Sybase Match Play Championship on May 19-22 in Gladstone, N.J.
European Tour/Asian Tour
Ballantine's Championship
Site: Incheon, South Korea.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Blackstone Golf Course (7,275 yards, par 72).
Purse: $3.2 million. Winner's share: $534,435.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sunday, midnight-2 a.m., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2 a.m.).
Last year: Australia's Marcus Fraser broke a seven-year title drought, leading wire-to-wire in the weather-shortened event at Pinx on Jeju Island. Brett Rumford and Gareth Maybin tied for second, four strokes back.
Last week:Lee Westwood won the Asian Tour's Indonesian Masters to regain the No. 1 spot in the world, holding off Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee by three strokes. … Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts won the European Tour's China Open, finishing with a tournament-record 24-under 264 total for a four-stroke victory.
Notes: Westwood tops the field along with Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez and South Korean star Y.E. Yang. … The event also is sanctioned by the Korea PGA. … The European Tour will be in Spain the next three weeks for the Spanish Open, Iberdrola Open and Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Nationwide Tour
South Georgia ClassicSite: Valdosta, Ga.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club (7,781 yards, par 72).
Purse: $625,00. Winner's share: $112,500.
Television: None.
Last year: Ewan Porter parred the last four holes to beat Jhonattan Vegas by a stroke.
Last event:Daniel Chopra won the Fresh Express Classic on April 17 in Hayward, Calif., when fog forced officials to cancel the final round. The Swede shot a career-best 9-under 61 in the third round to take a one-stroke lead.
Notes:Davis Love III designed Kinderlou Forest. The par-5 second is 601 yards, the fourth is 657 and No. 18 is a 501-yard par 4. … The tour will remain in Georgia next week for the Stadion Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens.
Champions Tour
Next event: Regions Tradition, May 5-8, Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Ala.
Last week: David Eger and Mark McNulty won the better-ball Legends of Golf when Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch missed short par putts on the second hole of a playoff. Eger and McNulty closed with an 11-under 61 to match Perry and Hoch at 27 under.
Best of the rest
NGA Hooters Tour: Savannah Lakes Village Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Savannah Lakes Village and Golf Club, Monticello Course, McCormick, S.C.
Japan Golf Tour: The Crowns, Thursday-Sunday, Nagoya Golf Club, Wago Course, Aichi, Japan.
LPGA Futures Tour: Symetra Classic, Friday-Sunday, The Dominion Country Club, San Antonio.
Japan LPGA Tour: CyberAgent Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Tsurumai Country Club, Chiba, Japan.

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