BY Associated Press
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1/17/13 at 2:57 AM
Site: La Quinta, Calif.
Courses: PGA West, Arnold Palmer Private Course (6,950 yards, par 72); PGA West, Jack Nicklaus Private Course (6,951 yards, par 72); La Quinta Country Club (7,060 yards, par 72).
Purse: $5.6 million. Winner's share: $1,008,000.
Television: Golf Channel-66 (Thursday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m.).
Last year: Mark Wilson won his fifth tour title, beating Robert Garrigus, John Mallinger and Johnson Wagner by two strokes.
Last week: Russell Henley won the Sony Open in Hawaii to become the first player in 10 years to win in his debut as a PGA Tour rookie. He broke the tournament record with a 24-under 256 total, the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA Tour history.
Notes: Phil Mickelson is making his first start of the year. Henley also is in the field along with FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson and Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa. ... The tournament, long known as the Bob Hope Classic, was shortened from 90 to 72 holes last year.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Site: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Course: Abu Dhabi Golf Club (7,605 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2.7 million. Winner's share: $450,000.
Television: Golf Channel-66 (Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 10 p.m.-7 a.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 9-11:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3-7 a.m., 9:30-1:30 p.m., 9-11:30 p.m.)
Last year: England's Robert Rock held off Rory McIlroy by a stroke. Tiger Woods tied for third, two strokes back, in his season debut.
Last week: Louis Oosthuizen won the Volvo Champions in his native South Africa, rallying to beat Scotland's Scott Jamieson by a stroke.
Notes: Woods and McIlroy are making their first starts of the year. ... Martin Kaymer, the tournament winner in 2008, 2010 and 2011, also is in the field.
Online: http: tulsaworld.com/europeantour
Mitsubishi Electric Championship
Site: Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
Course: Hualalai Golf Course (7,107 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.8 million. Winner's share: $307,000.
Television: Golf Channel-66 (Friday-Sunday, 6:30-9 p.m.).
Last year: Dan Forsman won the season-opening tournament for his third Champions Tour title. Jay Don Blake was second, two strokes back.
Notes: The 40-player field features major champions from the last five years, other tournament winners in the last two seasons and sponsor invitees. ... Fred Couples is opening his fourth season on the 50-and-over tour. ... Steve Elkington is making his first start on the 50-and-over tour.