This week's tournaments

June 25, 1998

PGA Tour

Event: Western Open

Site: Lemont, Ill.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: Cog Hill, Dubsdread Course (7,037 yards, par 72).

Purse: $2.2 million.

Winner's share: $396,000.

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

Last year: Tiger Woods closed with consecutive 68s for a three-stroke victory over New Zealand's Frank Nobilo. Woods had a 13-under 275 total.

Last week: Lee Janzen won the U.S. Open at Olympic in San Francisco, shooting 73-66-73-68 for an even-par 280 total. Janzen, also the 1993 winner at Baltusrol, played the final 15 holes in 4-under. Payne Stewart closed with a 74 to finish a stroke back.

Skinny: Woods tied for 18th in the U.S. Open at 10-over 290. He shot 74-72-71-73, extending his string of major championship rounds in the 70s to 13. The three-time U.S. Amateur champion has one victory -- the BellSouth Classic in early May -- in his last 19 PGA Tour starts. He won six times in his first 21 tour starts as a professional. Zimbabwe's Nick Price won the 1993 and 1994 tournaments. The Greater Hartford Open is next week. The tour's Web site is www.pgatour.com.

LPGA Tour

Event: ShopRite Classic

Site: Absecon, N.J.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday.

Course: Marriott Seaview Resort, Bay Course (6,235 yards, par 71).

Purse: $1 million.

Winner's share: $150,000.

TV: Fox-New York and Philadelphia, and NBC-Atlantic City (Saturday, 4-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Michelle McGann closed with a 7-under 64 for a three-stroke victory over Sweden's Annika Sorenstam. McGann had a tournament-record 12-under 201 total at Greate Bay in Somers Point.

Last week: Amy Fruhwirth won the Friendly's Classic at Agawam, Mass., for her first tour title. She had an 8-under 280 total for a two-stroke victory over Kim Saiki and Sweden's Charlotta Sorenstam.

Skinny: The U.S. Women's Open is next week at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. Annika Sorenstam is coming off a victory June 6 in the Michelob Light Classic at St. Louis. Betsy King won in 1987 at the Bay Course and took the 1995 tournament at Greate Bay to become the LPGA Hall of Fame's 14th member. The tour's Web site is www.lpga.com.

Senior PGA Tour

Event: Cadillac NFL Classic

Site: Clifton, N.J.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday.

Course: Upper Montclair Country Club (6,816 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.1 million.

Winner's share: $165,000.

TV: ESPN (tomorrow, 1-2: 30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-4 p.m.; Sunday, 2: 30-4 p.m.).

Last year: Australia's Bruce Crampton won his 20th senior title, holing an 8-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff with South Africa's Hugh Baiocchi. Crampton closed with a 5-under 67 to match Baiocchi at 6-under 210.

Last week: England's Brian Barnes won his first tour title, finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory in the Canada Senior Open. Barnes had an 11-under 277 total.

Notes: Tampa Bay quarterback Trent Dilfer won the 1997 NFL players competition, ending Houston kicker Al Del Greco's four-year reign. Crampton, 62, set a tour record last year for the longest stretch between victories at 5 years, 2 months, 10 days. Bob Murphy set the course and tournament marks in 1996, opening with a 62 en route to a 202 total. He also won the PGA Tour's 1968 Thunderbird Classic at Upper Montclair. Dave Stockton also shot a 62 in the 1996 event.

PGA European Tour

Event: French Open

Site: Guyancourt, France.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: National Golf Club (7,120 yards, par 72).

Purse: $830,000.

Winner's share: $138,328.

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

Last year: South Africa's Retief Goosen beat England's Jamie Spence by three strokes, shooting 64-67-70-70 for a 17-under 271 total.

Last week: Sweden's Mats Lanner won the Madeira Island Open, finishing with a 1-over 73 for a one-stroke victory over New Zealand's Stephen Scahill. Lanner had an 11-under 277 total.

Notes: Spain's Seve Ballesteros has won the tournament at four sites, Le Touquet (1977), St. Nom-la-Breteche (1982), St. Germain (1985) and La Bouie (1986). The Irish Open is next week at Dublin. The tour's Web site is www.europeantour.com.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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