Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - ZURICH CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS,
TPC LOUISIANA, Avondale, Louisiana - Newly crowned Masters champion Bubba
Watson returns to action this week after hitting the interview circuit hard
over the last couple weeks.
Watson also spent some down time with his newly-adopted child, but now will
get back to business on the course as the defending champion.
The left-hander birdied the second playoff hole last year to beat Webb
Simpson. Both players shot 69 in the final round, before Watson won in the
The win was Watson's third on the PGA Tour, and his victory three Sundays ago
at Augusta was his fourth title.
He is one of four players ranked in the top 10 in the world competing this
week. Luke Donald, Steve Stricker and Justin Rose are the other three.
Watson is also one of seven former winners of this event in the field, and one
of 13 major champions playing this week.
TPC Louisiana first hosted this tournament in 2005, and has been hosting since
2007. The event moved back to English Turn in 2006 as the TPC recovered from
Golf Channel has the action on Thursday and Friday before CBS takes over on
The tour heads to North Carolina next week for the Wells Fargo Championship.
Lucas Glover two-putted for par on the first extra hole last year to beat
Jonathan Byrd. Glover will face a field that includes 2007 champ Tiger Woods.
BALLANTINE'S CHAMPIONSHIP, Blackstone Golf Club, Seoul, South Korea - The
European Tour wraps up its three-week Asian swing this week with the
Last year, Lee Westwood closed with a 67 to fend off Miguel Angel Jimenez by a
single stroke. The Englishman is not in the field this week to defend his
Jimenez is in the field along with Open Champion Darren Clarke, Adam Scott,
Paul Casey and Ian Poulter. They will be joined at Blackstone Golf Club by
Asian standouts Sang-moon Bae, Y.E. Yang and Kyung-tae Kim.
Marcus Fraser and Thongchai Jaidee are the only two past champions in the
field this week. This event needed a playoff to determine a winner in two of
the first four years.
Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage all week.
The European Tour returns to Spain next week for the Open de Espana, where
Thomas Aiken won by two strokes last year.
MOBILE BAY LPGA CLASSIC, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Crossings Course at
Magnolia Grove), Mobile, Alabama - The LPGA returns to the mainland this week
for the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.
The event will be played on part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail that
runs through the state.
Maria Hjorth posted back-to-back 67s on the weekend to rally and win the title
last year. Hjorth trailed by two entering the final day, but overtook both
Song-Hee Kim closed with a 71 to end alone in second at minus-eight, while
Lexi Thompson stumbled to a six-over 78 to slide into a share of 19th.
Thompson was trying to become the youngest-ever winner on the LPGA Tour. She
accomplished that feat later in the year at the Navistar LPGA Classic in
This will be the fourth year of the event, and the first three winners
(Hjorth, Se Ri Pak and Angela Stanford) are all in the field this week.
The bigger story is who is not playing. Women's world No. 1 Yani Tseng is
skipping the tournament after winning three of the first seven events of the
Golf Channel will cover the action all four rounds.
The tour heads to Rio de Janeiro next week for the two-day, unofficial HSBC
LPGA Brasil Cup. Mariajo Uribe won that title by two strokes last year.
SOUTH GEORGIA CLASSIC, Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta, Georgia - After a
week off, the Nationwide Tour returns to action with the South Georgia
Ted Potter, Jr. posted rounds of 65-68 on the weekend to win by three strokes
over Mathew Goggin. Potter has graduated to the PGA Tour and will not be on
hand to defend his title.
Three of the five previous champions -- Ewan Porter, Bryan DeCorso and John
Kimbell -- are in the field this week.
There is no television coverage this week.
The tour remains in Georgia next week for the Stadion Classic at UGA. Last
year, Georgia senior Russell Henley became the second amateur to ever win on
the Nationwide Tour as he closed with three straight rounds in the 60s to beat
Troy Kelly by two strokes.
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