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FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN
Site: San Diego.
Courses: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,698 yards, par 72) and North Course (7,052 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6.1 million. Winner's share: $1,098,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-7 p.m., 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-4 a.m., 3-7 p.m., 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-4 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 6:30-11 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m.; Monday, 12:30-5:30 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Last year: Tiger Woods won the fog-delayed tournament by four strokes in a Monday finish. He won the tournament for the seventh time and set a PGA Tour record by winning at Torrey Pines for the eighth time, including the 2008 U.S. Open.
Last week: Patrick Reed won the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., shooting 63-63-63-71 for a two-stroke victory. He broke the PGA Tour record for relation to par for the first 54 holes at 27 under and became the first player in tour history to open with three rounds of 63 or better.
Notes: Woods is making his first start of the year. He won five times last season to increase his tour total to 79, three behind Sam Snead's career record. ... Phil Mickelson, the 1993, 2000 and 2001 winner, is making his 24th consecutive appearance in his hometown event. He tied for second last week in the European Tour's Abu Dhabi event. Next year, Mickelson will redesign the North Course. ... The final two rounds will be played on the South Course. ... The Phoenix Open is next week, followed by the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
PURE SILK-BAHAMAS LPGA CLASSIC
Site: Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Course: Atlantis Resort, Ocean Club Golf Course (6,644 yards, par 73).
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m.).
Last year: South Korea's Ilhee Lee won in May, edging Irene Cho by two strokes. The first-year event was reduced to three 12-hole rounds because of flooding.
Notes: Top-ranked Inbee Park is skipping the season-opening tournament, and No. 2 Suzann Pettersen withdrew because of a shoulder injury. No. 3 Stacy Lewis is in the field along with 16-year-old Lydia Ko and 19-year-old Jaye Marie Green. Ko, ranked fourth, is making her second LPGA Tour start since turning pro. She won the Canadian Women's Open the last two years as an amateur. Green won the LPGA qualifying tournament by 10 strokes, finishing the 90-hole event at a record 29 under. ... The tour is off the next two weeks. Play will resume Feb. 13-16 with the Women's Australian Open.
Site: Doha, Qatar.
Course: Doha Golf Club (7,400 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.5 million. Winner's share: $416,660.
Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 5-8 a.m., noon-2 p.m.; Thursday, 5-8 a.m.; Friday, 4:30-8:30 a.m.; Saturday, 4:30-8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).
Last year: England's Chris Wood won his first European Tour title, closing with an eagle for a one-stroke victory over Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee.
Last week: Spain's Pablo Larrazabal won Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, beating Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy by a stroke. Mickelson was penalized a stroke in the final round after he double hit a shot playing from brush on the 13th hole. McIlroy was penalized two strokes after the third round for failing to take full relief from a spectator crosswalk.
Notes: PGA champion Jason Dufner is in the field along with Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, John Daly and Peter Uihlein. Stenson swept the PGA Tour's FedExCup and European Tour's Race to Dubai last season. ... Darren Clarke is making his 500th European Tour start. ... Qatar is on an oil-rich Persian Gulf peninsula off eastern Saudi Arabia. ... The Dubai Desert Classic is next week, followed by the Joburg Open.
Next event: Allianz Championship, Feb. 7-9, The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Fla.
Last week: Bernhard Langer won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, shooting 66-64-64 for a three-stroke victory.
AUSTRALIAN LADIES PROFESSIONAL GOLF: Women's New South Wales Open, Friday-Sunday, Oatlands Golf Club, Sydney, Australia. Online: http://www.alpg.com.au
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