This week's tournaments

June 11, 1998

PGA Tour

Event: Buick Classic

Site: Harrison, N.Y.

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Westchester Country Club, West Course (6,722 yards, par 71).

Purse: $1.8 million (winner receives $324,000)

TV: USA (today-tomorrow, 4-6 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 4-6 p.m.)

Last year: South African Ernie Els followed his U.S. Open victory with his second straight wire-to-wire win at Westchester, shooting 64-68-67-69 for a tournament-record 16-under 268 total.

Last week: Australia's Stuart Appleby won the Kemper Open in Potomac, shooting 70-63-69-72 for a 10-under 274 total. Scott Hoch finished second, a stroke back.

Skinny: Tom Watson is the last tour player to win a tournament three straight years, accomplishing the feat in the Byron Nelson Classic from 1978-80. England's Lee Westwood is coming off consecutive victories in Europe. He won the Freeport-McDermott Classic in March. Fiji's Vijay Singh won the 1993 and 1995 tournaments. Chip Beck, a four-time PGA Tour winner and one of only two players to shoot a 59 in a tour event, has failed to complete a tournament in 37 straight starts. He has missed 35 consecutive cuts, and withdrew from two events.

Coming weeks:

Next week: U.S. Open, Olympic Club, San Francisco

June 25-28: Western Open, Lemont, Ill.

July 2-5: Greater Hartford Open, Cromwell, Conn.

LPGA Tour

Event: Oldsmobile Classic

Site: East Lansing, Mich.

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Walnut Hills Country Club (6,191 yards, par 72)

Purse: $650,000 (winner receives $97,500)

TV: ESPN (today-tomorrow, 2-4 p.m.; Saturday, 4-6 p.m.; Sunday, 2-4 p.m.)

Last year: Pat Hurst won her first tour title, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Juli Inkster. Hurst, the Dinah Shore winner this year, had a 9-under 279 total.

Last week: Sweden's Annika Sorenstam won the Michelob Light Classic for the third time in four years, beating Donna Andrews on the second playoff hole. Sorenstam closed with a 4-under 68 to match Andrews at 8-under 208.

Skinny: Sorenstam's victory in St. Louis ended a season-opening nine-event winless streak. A six-time winner last year, she has top-10 finishes in all 10 of her 1998 starts. She is scheduled to return to the tour for the ShopRite Classic on June 26-28. Sweden's Helen Alfredsson, a two-time winner this year, won the European LPGA Tour's season-opening Evian Masters last week in France. Beth Daniel set the tournament record of 20-under 268 in 1994.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Friendly's Classic, Agawam, Mass.

June 26-28: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Atlantic City, N.J.

July 2-5: U.S. Women's Open, Kohler, Wis.

Senior PGA Tour

Event: BellSouth Senior Classic

Site: Nashville, Tenn.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday

Course: Springhouse Golf Club (6,783 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.3 million (winner receives $195,000)

TV: NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 2-4 p.m.).

Last year: Gil Morgan closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over South Africa's John Bland. Morgan, a three-time winner this year, had a 14-under 202 total.

Last week: John Jacobs won the Nationwide Championship in Alpharetta, Ga., for his first tour title, finishing with consecutive 5-under 67s for a one-stroke victory over Hale Irwin. Jacobs had a 10-under 206 total.

Skinny: Irwin, a three-time winner this year, earned $118,800 last week to push his tour-leading total to $1,170,650.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Canada Senior Open, Calgary, Alberta

June 26-28: Cadillac NFL Classic, Clifton, N.J.

July 3-7: State Farm Senior Classic, Hobbit's Glen Golf Club, Columbia

PGA European Tour

Event: European Grand Prix

Site: Hexham, England

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Slaley Hall Golf Club (7,073 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.05 million (winner receives $176,578)

TV: Golf Channel (today-Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.)

Last year: Scotland's Colin Montgomerie closed with a 7-under bTC 65 for a five-stroke victory.

Last week: England's Lee Westwood won the English Open for his second straight European victory. He had a 17-under 271 total for a two-stroke victory over Sweden's Olle Karlsson and Australia's Greg Chalmers.

Pub Date: 6/11/98

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