Pro golf glance
BY Associated Press
Thursday, April 26, 2012
4/26/12 at 6:36 AM
Site: Avondale, La.
Course: TPC Louisiana (7,425 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6.4 million. Winner's share: $1,152,000.
Television: Golf-66 (Thursday, 2-5 p.m.; Friday, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, Noon-1:30 p.m.; Sunday, Noon-1:30 p.m.) and KOTV-6 (Saturday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m.).
Last year: Bubba Watson won the second of his two 2011 PGA Tour titles, beating Webb Simpson with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Last week: Ben Curtis won the Texas Open for his fourth PGA Tour title and first since 2006, holding off Matt Every and John Huh by two strokes.
Notes: Watson is making his first start since winning the Masters. At Augusta National, he beat Louis Oosthuizen with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Watson hooked a gap wedge off pine needles from 155 yards to about 10 feet to set up his winning two-putt par. He's fourth in the world ranking. ... Curtis is in the field along with second-ranked Luke Donald, No. 7 Steve Stricker (7) and No. 10 Justin Rose. ... The Wells Fargo Championship is next week at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., followed by The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
Site: Mobile, Ala.
Course: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings (6,521 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.25 million. Winner's share: $187,500.
Television: Golf-66 (Thursday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-5 p.m.; Sunday, 2-5 p.m.).
Last week: Japan's Ai Miyazato won the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii for her eighth LPGA Tour title, birdieing three of the last six holes for a four-stroke victory. She also has 15 Japan LPGA victories.
Notes: Miyazato and top-ranked Yani Tseng are skipping the tournament. Tseng has won three of the first seven events this year. ... Lexi Thompson won the Navistar LPGA Classic in September in Prattville, Ala., to become the youngest LPGA Tour winner at 16. She also won the Ladies European Tour's Dubai Ladies Masters in December. ... Se Ri Pak won the 2010 tournament for the last of her 25 LPGA Tour titles. ... The two-day HSBC LPGA Brazil Cup is next week in Rio de Janeiro. The next official event is the Sybase Match Play Championship in New Jersey on May 17-20.
EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR
Site: Seoul, South Korea.
Course: Blackstone Golf Club (7,237 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.9 million. Winner's share: $484,400.
Last week: Branden Grace won the China Open for his third European Tour victory of the year, holding off Nicolas Colsaerts by three strokes. The 23-year-old Grace won the Joburg Open and Volvo Champions in consecutive weeks in January in his native South Africa.
South Georgia Classic
Site: Valdosta, Ga.
Course: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club (7,781 yards, par 72).
Purse: $625,000. Winner's share: $112,500.
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