Tuesday, January 4, 2011

World Golf Glance

Site: Kapalua, Hawaii.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Kapalua Resort, The Plantation Course (7,411 yards, 6,777 meters, par 73).

Purse: $5.6 million. Winner's share: $1.12 million.

Last year: Australia's Geoff Ogilvy successfully defended his title in the winners-only, season-opening event, closing with a 6-under 67 for a one-shot victory over South Africa's Rory Sabbatini.

Notes: Ogilvy won the Australian Open on Dec. 5, then lost a playoff to Peter Senior the following week in the Australian PGA. ... Ernie Els set the US PGA Tour record for relation to par in a 72-hole event in 2003, finishing at 31 under. He's coming off a victory on Dec. 19 in the South African Open. ... Stuart Abbleby (2004-06) and Gene Littler (1955-57) are the only players to win for three straight years. ... Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen are skipping the tournament. Tiger Woods failed to qualify. ... Francesco Molinari earned a spot in the field with his HSBC Champions victory in China. ... Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed The Plantation Course on a pineapple plantation in the foothills of the West Maui Mountains. ... The Sony Open in Hawaii is next week at Waialae. ... Hyundai is the third title sponsor in three years.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com


Site: East London, South Africa.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: East London Golf Club (6,770 yards, 6,190 meters, par 73).

Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $215,340.

Last year: South Africa's Charl Schwartzel beat countryman Thomas Aiken by a stroke.

Notes: British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen is in the field along with Schwartzel, 2009 winner Retief Goosen and Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke. ... The European Tour opened its "2011" schedule in December with two events also sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour. Pablo Martin won the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek and Ernie Els took the South African Open at Durban Country Club. The tours will team again next week for the Joburg Open.

Online: http://www.europeantour.com

Sunshine Tour site: http://www.sunshinetour.com

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