This week's tournaments GOLF EXTRA

May 28, 1998

PGA Tour

Event: The Memorial

Site: Dublin, Ohio

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club (7,163 yards, par 72)

Purse: $2.2 million.

Winner's share: $396,000

Television: ESPN (Today, 4-6 p.m.; tomorrow, 1: 30-3: 30 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday, 4-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6 p.m.)

Last year: Fiji's Vijay Singh won the rain-shortened tournament, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Greg Norman and Jim Furyk. Singh had a 14-under 202 total.

Last week: Tom Watson won the Colonial at Fort Worth, Texas, finishing with a 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Furyk. Watson, 48, a 34-time PGA Tour winner, had a 15-under 265 total.

Skinny: Watson, a two-time winner of the event, is not entered. Tiger Woods is coming off a 12th-place tie two weeks ago in the Byron Nelson Classic. He won the BellSouth Classic on May 10 to end a 10-month winless streak on the PGA Tour. Jack Nicklaus, the 1977 and 1984 winner, designed Muirfield Village. Tom Lehman set the tournament record in 1994, shooting four 67s for a 20-under 268 total. John Huston set the course record of 61 in 1996.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Kemper Open, TPC at Avenel

June 11-14: Buick Classic, Westchester C.C.

June 18-21: U.S. Open, The Olympic Club, San Francisco

LPGA Tour

Event: Rochester International

Site: Pittsford, N.Y.

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Locust Hill Country Club (6,162 yards, par 72)

Purse: $700,000

Winner's share: $105,000

Television: ESPN2 (tomorrow, 3: 30-5: 30 p.m.; Saturday, 2: 30-4: 30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 p.m.)

Last week: England's Laura Davies won the LPGA Skins Game at Frisco, Texas, finishing with 10 skins and $270,000. Australia's Karrie Webb was second with $140,000. Tammie Green won the Corning Classic, closing with a 7-under 65 for a tournament-record 20-under 268 total.

Last year: Penny Hammel closed with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Green, Dottie Pepper and Nanci Bowen. Hammel had a 9-under 279 total. Pepper, the 1996 winner, missed a 2-foot par putt on the final hole.

Skinny: Patty Sheehan has a tournament-record four victories, winning in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1995. She set the tournament record of 19-under 269 in 1992.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Michelob Light Classic, St. Louis

June 11-14: Oldsmobile Classic, East Lansing, Mich.

June 18-21: Friendly's Classic, Agawam, Mass.

Senior PGA Tour

Event: Pittsburgh Senior Classic

Site: Sewickley Heights, Pa.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday

Course: Sewickley Heights Golf Club (6,781 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.1 million

Winner's share: $165,000

Television: None

Last year: South Africa's Hugh Baiocchi won his first senior title, parring all six holes of a playoff with Bob Duval.

Last week: Jay Sigel won the Bell Atlantic Classic at Avondale, Pa., beating Spain's Jose Maria Canizares with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. Sigel, who shot a 10-under 62 in the second round, closed with a 69 to match Canizares at 11-under 205.

Skinny: Arnold Palmer is making his eighth senior start of the year. Palmer, 68, a native of Latrobe, Pa., finished 75th last week in the Bell Atlantic Classic.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Nationwide Championship, Alpharetta, Ga.

June 12-14: BellSouth Senior Classic, Nashville, Tenn.

June 18-21: Canada Senior Open, Alberta, Canada

PGA European Tour

Event: TPC of Europe

Site: Hamburg, Germany

Schedule: Tomorrow-Monday

Course: Gut Kaden Country Club (7,029 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.81 million

Winner's share: $302,511

Television: The Golf Channel (tomorrow-Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon and 9-11 p.m.; Sunday-Monday, 8-11 a.m. and 9-11 p.m.).

Last year: England's Ross McFarlane won his first tour title, closing with a 6-under 282 total for a one-stroke victory over Sweden's Anders Forsbrand and Scotland's Gordon Brand Jr.

Last week: Scotland's Colin Montgomerie won the Volvo PGA at Virginia Water, England, finishing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over countryman Gary Orr, South Africa's Ernie Els and Sweden's Patrik Sjoland.

Skinny: Masters champion Mark O'Meara is making his first European tour start of the year. German Bernhard Langer won the 1983 and 1995 tournaments.

Pub Date: 5/28/98

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