- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

All Times EST



Site: La Quinta, California.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Courses: PGA West, Arnold Palmer Private Course (6,950 yards, par 72); PGA West, Jack Nicklaus Private Course (6,924 yards, par 72); La Quinta Country Club (7,060 yards, par 72).

Purse: $5.7 million. Winner’s share: $1,026,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 3-7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sunday, 7-11 a.m., 3-7 p.m., 11 p.m.-3 a.m.)

Last year: Patrick Reed shot 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.

Last week: Jimmy Walker successfully defended his Sony Open title in Hawaii, shooting 62-63 on the weekend to set a tournament record with a nine-shot victory.

Notes: Reed opened the year with a playoff victory over Walker two weeks ago in the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. … Phil Mickelson is making his first start since the Ryder Cup in late September. The 2002 and 2004 tournament champion is winless since the 2013 British Open. … Humana is in its final year as the title sponsor and PGA West’s Palmer and Nicklaus private layouts also are dropping out after the event. … The tournament, long known as the Bob Hope Classic, was shortened from 90 to 72 holes in 2012. … David Duval shot a 59 on the Palmer Course in the final round of his 1999 victory. … Arnold Palmer won the first event in 1960 and added victories in 1962, ‘68, ‘71 and ‘73. … The final round will be played on the Palmer Course. … Tiger Woods will make his first start of the year next week in the Phoenix Open.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com




Site: Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Hualalai Golf Course (7,107 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $309,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6 a.m., 7-10 p.m.; Monday, 4-6 a.m.).

Last year: Bernhard Langer won the season-opening event for the first of his tour-best five 2014 victories. He shot 66-64-64 for a three-stroke victory.

Notes: The tournament opens the 50-and-over tour’s 26-event schedule. … The 40-player field features major champions from the last five years, other tournament winners in the last two seasons and sponsor invitees. … Davis Love III, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie are making their first starts in the tournament. Montgomerie won the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open last year. … The tour is off next week. Play will resume Feb. 6-8 with the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com




Site: Doha, Qatar.

Schedule: Wednesday-Saturday.

Course: Doha Golf Club (7,400 yards, par 72).

Purse: $2.5 million. Winner’s share: $416,660.

Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday-Thursday, 1:30-8:30 a.m.; Friday, 4:30-8:30 a.m., Saturday, 4:30-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Last year: Spain’s Sergio Garcia beat Finland’s Mikko Ilonen with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.

Last week: France’s Gary Stal took advantage of Martin Kaymer’s collapse to win the Abu Dhabi Championship. Stal closed with a 7-under 65 to beat top-ranked Rory McIlroy by a stroke. Kaymer, 10 shots ahead with 13 holes left, had a 75 to finish two strokes back.

Notes: Garcia tops the field along with Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els. … Qatar is on an oil-rich Persian Gulf peninsula off eastern Saudi Arabia. … The Dubai Desert Classic is next week, followed by the Malaysian Open and Thailand Classic.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com



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