This week's tournaments

July 09, 1998

PGA Tour

Event: Quad City Classic

Site: Coal Valley, Ill.

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Oakwood Golf Club (6,696 yards, par 70)

Purse: $1.55 million (winner receives $279,000)

Television: The Golf Channel (Today, 4-6: 30 p.m.; tomorrow, midnight-2: 30 a.m. and 4-6: 30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, midnight-2: 30 a.m. and 3-5: 30 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2: 30 a.m.)

Last year: David Toms won his lone tour title, closing with a 5-under 65 for a three-stroke victory over Jimmy Johnston, Brandel Chamblee and Robert Gamez. Toms had a 15-under 265 total.

Last week: Olin Browne won the Greater Hartford Open, holing a 40-foot birdie chip on the first hole of a playoff with Stewart Cink and Larry Mize. Browne closed with a 3-under 67 to match Cink and Mize at 14-under 266.

Skinny: Casey Martin, allowed to use a cart in competition under a federal court ruling, is making his second PGA Tour start. Martin, who has a circulatory disorder in his right leg, missed the cut at Hartford with rounds of 71-73. He tied for 23rd in the U.S. Open. D.A. Weibring is the only three-time champion, winning in 1979, 1991 and 1995. 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 40 straight starts. He has missed 38 consecutive cuts, and withdrew from two events.

Coming weeks:

Next week: British Open, Royal Birkdale G.C., Southport, England

Next week: Deposit Guaranty Classic, Annandale G.C., Madison, Miss.

July 23-26: CVS Charity Classic, Pleasant Valley C.C., Sutton, Mass.

July 30-Aug. 2: FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC at Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.


Event: Jamie Farr Kroger Classic

Site: Sylvania, Ohio

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Highland Meadows Golf Club (6,319 yards, par 71)

Purse: $800,000 (winner receives $120,000)

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

Last year: Kelly Robbins broke the LPGA's 72-hole record, shooting 67-64-67-67 for a 19-under 265 total. Wendy Ward broke Robbins' record with a 23-under 265 total in the 1997 Fieldcrest Cannon Classic, and Canada's Lisa Walters matched Ward's mark last month in the Oldsmobile Classic.

Last week: South Korea's Se Ri Pak became the youngest U.S. Women's Open champion, beating Duke's Jenny Chuasiriporn in a playoff. Pak, 20, also the LPGA Championship winner, made an 18-foot birdie putt on the second hole of sudden death. Pak and Chuasiriporn shot 73s in the playoff after finishing regulation at 6-over 290 on the Blackwolf Run course in Kohler, Wis.

Skinny: Kathryn Marshall won the 1995 tournament to become the LPGA's first Scottish champion.

Coming weeks:

Next week: JAL Big Apple Classic, Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle, N.Y.

July 24-26: Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, Avalon Lakes, Warren, Ohio

July 30-Aug. 2: du Maurier Classic, Essex Golf & Country Club, Ontario, Canada

Senior PGA Tour

Event: Senior Players Championship

Site: Dearborn, Mich

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: TPC of Michigan (6,876 yards, par 72)

Purse: $2 million (winner receives $300,000)

Television: ESPN (today-tomorrow, 3-5 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday, 1: 30-2: 30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.; Sunday, 5-7 p.m.)

Last year: The late Larry Gilbert finished with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Dave Stockton, Isao Aoki, Bob Dickson and Jack Kiefer. Gilbert, who died Jan. 21 of lung cancer, had a 14-under 274 total.

Last week: Bruce Summerhays won the State Farm Classic at Columbia, holing a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Hale Irwin and Walter Hall. Summerhays had a 10-under 206 total.

Skinny: Irwin, a three-time winner this year, earned $100,000 last week to pass Greg Norman for the top spot on the PGA Tour's combined career money list with $12,030,109. The three-time U.S. Open winner has earned $1,364,250 in 11 starts this year. He matched the tour record last year with nine victories and earned an all-tours record $2,343,364. Dave Stockton won in 1992 and 1994, setting the course record in 1994 with a 17-under 271 total. Arnold Palmer won in 1984 and 1985 at Canterbury in Beachwood, Ohio.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Ameritech Senior Open, Kemper Lakes, Long Grove, Ill.

July 23-26: U.S. Senior Open, Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

July 31-Aug. 2: Franklin Quest Championship, Park Meadows CC, Park City, Utah

Pub Date: 7/09/98

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