This week's tournaments

August 13, 1998

PGA Tour

Event: PGA Championship

Site: Redmond, Wash.

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Sahalee Country Club (6,906 yards, par 70).

Purse: TBA

Television: TBS (today-tomorrow, 2: 05-8: 05 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11: 05 a.m.-1: 30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m.)

Last year: Davis Love won his first major title, beating Justin Leonard by five strokes at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Love shot 66-71-66-66 for an 11-under 269 total.

Last week: Billy Mayfair won the Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Mich., closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke triumph over Scott Verplank.

Skinny: Mark O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion, is attempting to become the second player to win three professional major tournaments in the same year. Ben Hogan accomplished the feat in 1953. Tiger Woods tied for fourth in the Buick Open, his first start since tying for third in the British Open. The top eight qualify for the Masters and the top 15 and ties earn spots in the 1999 tournament at Medinah. The final round of the suspended Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is Monday. Tom Watson and Tim Herron are tied for the lead.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Sprint International, Castle Pines G.C., Castle Rock, Colo.

Aug. 27-30: NEC World Series, Firestone C.C. South Course, Akron, Ohio

Aug. 27-30: Greater Vancouver Open, Northview Golf & C.C., Surrey, British Columbia

LPGA Tour

Event: Women's British Open

Site: Lytham St. Annes, England

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Royal Lytham and St. Annes (6,355 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1 million (winner receives $165,000)

Television: None.

Last year: Australia's Karrie Webb won for the second time in three years, shooting 65-70-63-71 at Sunningdale for a tournament-record 19-under 269 total.

Last week: Meg Mallon won the Star Bank LPGA Classic at Beavercreek, Ohio, parring the first hole of a playoff with Dottie Pepper.

Skinny: Scotland's Catriona Matthew won the McDonald's WPGA Championship Sunday at Gleneagles. Tom Lehman won the 1996 British Open at Royal Lytham.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Minnesota LPGA Classic, Rush Creek Golf Club, Maple Grove, Minn.

Aug. 28-30: State Farm Rail Classic, The Rail Golf Course, Springfield, Ill.

Sept. 4-6: Safeway LPGA Golf Championship, Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore.

Senior PGA Tour

Event: First of America Classic

Site: Ada, Mich.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday

Course: Egypt Valley Country Club (6,909 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1 million (winner receives $150,000)

Television: None.

Last year: Gil Morgan won the fourth of his six 1997 titles, closing with a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory over Bob Duval. Morgan, a five-time winner this year, had a 9-under 207 total.

Last week: Leonard Thompson won the Coldwell Banker Burnet Classic at Coon Rapids, Minn., holing a 3-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Isao Aoki. Thompson finished with a 6-under 66 to match Aoki at 10-under 134 in the rain-shortened tournament.

Skinny: Hale Irwin, skipping the tournament to play in the PGA Championship, leads the money list with $2,101,750. He has five victories this year.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Northville Long Island Classic, Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, N.Y.

Aug. 28-30: BankBoston Classic, Nashawtuc Country Club, Concord, Mass.

Sept. 4-6: Emerald Coast Classic, The Moors Golf Club, Milton, Fla.

VTC

Nike Tour

Event: Ozarks Open

Site: Springfield, Mo.

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Highland Springs Country Club (7,058 yards, par 72)

Purse: $225,000 (winner receives $40,500)

Television: None.

Last year: Chris DiMarco won the rain-shortened tournament, finishing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Robin Freeman. DiMarco had a 12-under 204 total.

Last week: Matt Gogel won the Omaha Classic, beating Jay Williamson with a par on the fourth hole of a playoff. Gogel finished with a 4-under 67 to match Williamson at 13-under 271.

Skinny: Casey Martin, allowed to use a cart in tour competition under a federal court ruling, tied for 13th last week at Omaha.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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