This week's tournaments

July 16, 1998

British Open

Site: Southport, England.

Schedule: Today through Sunday.

Course: Royal Birkdale Golf Club (7,018 yards, par 70).

Purse: Estimated $2.9 million.

Winner's share: $498,000.

Television: ESPN (Today-tomorrow, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7: 30-10 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 9: 30 a.m.-1: 30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.).

Last year: Justin Leonard won at Royal Troon, finishing with a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke and Sweden's Jesper Parnevik.

Last week: Lee Westwood won the Standard Life Loch Lomond, the English star's third victory in his past four European starts. Steve Jones won the PGA Tour's Quad City Classic by one stroke over Scott Gump.

Notes: Leonard is attempting to become the first repeat winner since five-time champion Tom Watson in 1983 at Birkdale. Tiger Woods tied for 24th last year. He made two appearances as an amateur, tying for 68th in 1995 at St. Andrews and tying for 22nd in 1996 at Royal Lytham. Westwood will receive a $1 million bonus from Standard Life if he wins the tournament. He has seven victories in seven countries in the past nine months.


Event: JAL Big Apple Classic

Site: New Rochelle, N.Y.

Schedule: Today through Sunday.

Course: Wykagyl Country Club (6,176 yards, par 71).

Purse: $775,000.

Winner's share: $116,250.

Television: NBC (Saturday, 2-4 p.m.; Sunday, 4-6 p.m.).

Last year: Michele Redman won her first tour title, leading after all four rounds.

Last week: Se Ri Pak followed her U.S. Women's Open victory with a record-setting performance in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic. Pak, 20, of South Korea, set LPGA scoring records for 18 holes (61), consecutive rounds (124) and 72 holes (261). She matched the mark for relation to par of 23-under.

Notes: Pak, also the LPGA Championship winner, leads the money list with $645,170. She is attempting to become the first player to win three straight tournaments since JoAnne Carner in 1982. The tour record is four by Mickey Wright (1962, 1963) and Kathy Whitworth (1969). Nancy Lopez set the record for victories in consecutive starts in 1978, winning five times in a six-tournament stretch.

PGA Tour

Event: Deposit Guaranty Classic

Site: Madison, Miss.

Schedule: Today through Sunday.

Course: Annandale Golf Club (7,157 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.2 million.

Winner's share: $216,000.

Television: The Golf Channel (Today, 3-5: 30 p.m.; tomorrow, 3-5:

30 and midnight-2: 30 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2: 30-5 p.m. and midnight-2: 30 a.m.; Monday, midnight-2: 30 a.m.).

Last year: Billy Ray Brown closed with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Mike Standly.

Last week: Steve Jones won the Quad City Classic.

Notes: The tournament became an official event in 1994, its first year at Annandale after 26 years at Hattiesburg Country Club. The event will move to the fall either next year or in 2000. Keith Clearwater shot a course-record 61 in 1996. 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 41 straight starts. He has missed 39 consecutive cuts, and withdrew from two events.

Senior PGA Tour

Event: Ameritech Senior Open

Site: Long Grove, Ill.

Schedule: Tomorrow through Sunday.

Course: Kemper Lakes Country Club (6,830 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.3 million.

Winner's share: $195,000.

Television: CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m.).

Last year: Gil Morgan won the third of six 1997 titles, closing with a 2-over 74 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Hale Irwin.

Last week: Morgan won the Senior Players Championship at Dearborn, Mich., for his tour-high fourth victory of the year. He shot 69-64-68-66 for a 21-under 267 total. Irwin finished second, three strokes back.

Notes: Morgan, also The Tradition winner, will be seeking his third senior major title next week in the U.S Senior Open at Riviera -- the site of his 1983 Los Angeles Open victory. Irwin won the 1995 tournament at Stonebridge Country Club for the first of his 17 senior titles. CBS announcer Gary McCord will make his first senior start in the U.S. Senior Open.

Pub Date: 7/16/98

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