Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - AT&T PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL PRO-
AM - Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Spyglass Hill
Golf Club, Pebble Beach, California - One might look at this week's field for
the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and think it is lacking the stars with just
one player ranked in the top-10 in the world playing this week.
That surely isn't the case however.
Tiger Woods makes his return to this event for the first time since 2002 and
is one of eight former champions in the field that account for 12 titles.
World No. 9 Dustin Johnson, who won this event in 2009-10, is the highest-
ranked player in the field. Woods and Johnson are joined in the field by Phil
Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk and Geoff Ogilvy.
However, it is D.A. Points that is the defending champion. Points fired a
seven-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula in the opening round and closed with a
five-under 67 en route to a two-stroke win over Hunter Mahan.
Points not only won the professional title, but he teamed with Bill Murray to
win the Pro-Am crown as well. For Murray, it marked the first time he won the
Pro-Am in 20 years of competing at this event.
The 35-year-old Points has had a solid start to his season as he has made the
cut in each of his four events, has three top-12 finishes and ranks 12th on
the money list.
Woods played on the European Tour two weeks ago and shared the lead entering
the final round, but closed with an even-par 72 to share third place behind
In 2000, Woods erased a five-stroke deficit to come from behind and win this
title. It was his sixth straight PGA Tour victory.
Later that year, Woods would win three of the four majors. Among those three
was his dominating 15-stroke victory at the U.S. Open on this same Pebble
Woods is still searching for his first PGA Tour win since the 2009 BMW
With the amateurs included in the event, the field will play one round apiece
at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Spyglass Hill
Golf Club before the final round is contested at Pebble Beach.
Murray is back to defend his Pro-Am title against a field of celebrities that
includes musicians Michael Bolton, Huey Lewis and Darius Rucker; football
coaches Jim Harbuagh, Nick Saban and Bob Stoops; as well as a group of
athletes that includes Clyde Drexler, Matt Cain, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo,
who will team with Woods in the Pro-Am.
Golf Channel will broadcast the first two rounds before CBS takes over on the
The PGA Tour heads to Riviera next week for the Northern Trust Open, where
Aaron Baddeley earned a two-stroke win over Vijay Singh last year.
OMEGA DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC - Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates -
The European Tour wraps up its three-week swing through the Persian Gulf
region with the Dubai Desert Classic.
Spain's Alvaro Quiros enjoyed Dubai, twice last year. He closed with three
straight 68s at this event to win by a shot over Anders Hansen and James
Quiros wasn't done in Dubai though. When the tour returned in December for the
season-ending Dubai World Championship, Quiros had four straight sub-par
rounds en route to a two-stroke victory over Paul Lawrie. He sealed the win
with a 50-foot eagle putt at the last.
The Spaniard will have a tough battle on his hands in his title defense as
World Nos. 2, 3 and 4 - Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer - are in
the field this week.
A group of Americans also highlights the field as Champions Tour stalwarts
Fred Couples and Mark O'Meara will be joined at Emirates Golf Club by Nicholas
Thompson, Peter Uihlein and John Daly, who took fourth place last week behind
Golf Channel will have early morning coverage of all four rounds.
The tour shifts to India next week, where local favorite S.S.P. Chowrasia
closed with back-to-back 67s to win the Avantha Masters by a shot over Robert
ISPS HANDA WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Victoria,
Australia - The Women's Australian Open joins the LPGA Tour schedule this year
for the first time.
The event has been around since 1974, but was only played 20 times in those 37
Women's world No. 1 Yani Tseng won this title each of the last two years. Last
year, she rolled to a seven-stroke win over three players.
The event will be played on the par-73 Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the first
Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of all four rounds.
The LPGA continues its three-event Asia swing next week with the Honda LPGA
Thailand, where Tseng cruised to a five-stroke win over Michelle Wie.
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP - The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Florida -
The Champions Tour returns after a two-week break with the first of two events
Tom Lehman back-to-back 69s win last year's Allianz Championship by a single
stroke over Jeff Sluman and Rod Spittle. Lehman needed a birdie on the final
hole to win for the third time on the Champions Tour.
The 1996 British Open champion went on to win two more events en route to
being named the tour's Player of the Year.
Lehman, Sluman and Spittle are all in the field this week at the Old Course at
Broken Sound, which has hosted the event all five years of its existence.
Golf Channel has tape-delayed coverage all week.
The Champions Tour moves to Naples next week for the ACE Group Classic.
Bernhard Langer shot 66 in the final two rounds to cruise to a four-stroke win
over Fred Funk.
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