This week's tournaments

September 03, 1998

PGA Tour

Event: Greater Milwaukee Open

Site: Milwaukee

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Brown Deer Park Golf Course (6,739 yards, par 71)

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

Television: ABC (Saturday, 1: 30-3: 30 p.m.; Sunday, 4-6 p.m.)

Last year: Scott Hoch holed a 60-foot ea- gle chip on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Loren Roberts and David Sutherland. Hoch, also the 1995 winner, closed with a 6-under 66 for a 16-under 268.

Last week: David Duval won the World Series of Golf at Akron, Ohio, for his tour-high third victory of the year and sixth in 11 months. He earned $405,000 to raise his season total to $2,070,283, breaking the tour record of $2,066,833 set last year by Tiger Woods. Duval had an 11-under 269 total for a two-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson. Brandel Chamblee won the Greater Vancouver Open, finishing with a 19-under 265 total for a three-stroke victory over Payne Stewart.

Skinny: The tour added the Reno Open at Montreux to the 1999 schedule, the first new event since the Greater Vancouver Open in 1996. The 1999 event will be played starting Aug. 28, opposite the World Golf Championship-NEC Invitational. 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 46 straight starts. He has missed 44 cuts, and withdrew from two events. The tournament moved to Brown Deer Park in 1994 after 21 years at Tuckaway Country Club.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Bell Canadian Open, Glen Abbey Golf Course., Oakville, Ontario

Sept. 17-20: B.C. Open, En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, N.Y.

Sept. 24-27: LaCantera Texas Open, LaCantera Golf Club, San Antonio

Oct. 1-4: Buick Challenge, Callaway Gardens Resort, Pine Gardens, Ga.

LPGA Tour

Event: Safeway LPGA Championship

Site: Portland, Ore.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday

Course: Columbia Edgewater Country Club (6,300 yards, par 72)

Purse: $600,000 (winner receives $90,500)

Television: None

Last year: Chris Johnson won the second of two 1997 titles, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Kim Saiki and England's Lisa Hackney. Johnson had a 10-under 206 total.

Last week: Pearl Sinn won the Rail Classic at Springfield, Ill., for her first tour title. She closed with a 7-under 65 for a 16-under 200 total.

Skinny: Kelly Robbins topped the U.S. points standings for the Solheim Cup matches against Europe on Sept. 18-20 at Dublin, Ohio. Donna Andrews was second, followed by Johnson, Pat Hurst, Dottie Pepper, Meg Mallon, Brandie Burton, Tammie Green, Juli Inkster and Betsy King. Captain Judy Rankin completed the 12-player squad by selecting Rosie Jones and Sherri Steinhauer. The tournament was a team competition from 1977-82. Nancy Lopez combined with Jo Ann Washam to win the event and won individual titles in 1985, 1987 and 1992.

Coming weeks:

Next week: SAFECO Classic, Meridian Valley Country Club, Kent, Wash.

Sept. 18-20: Solheim Cup, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

Sept. 25-27: CoreStates Betsy King Classic, Berkleigh Country Club, Kutztown, Pa.

Sept. 28-29: Gillette Tour Challenge Championship, Bermuda

Senior PGA Tour

Event: Emerald Coast Classic

Site: Milton, Fla.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday

Course: The Moors Golf Club (6,719 yards, par 70)

Purse: $1.1 million (winner receives $165,000)

Television: The Golf Channel (tomorrow, 3-5: 30 p.m. and 9-11: 30 p.m.; Saturday, 3: 30-6 p.m. and 9-11: 30 p.m.; Sunday, 1: 30-4 p.m. and 9-11: 30 p.m.)

Last year: Japan's Isao Aoki won with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Gil Morgan. Aoki shot a senior tour-record 10-under 60 in the second round en route to a 14-under 196.

Last week: Hale Irwin successfully defended his BankBoston Classic title, increasing his tour-high victory total to six. He had a 15-under 201 total for a two-stroke victory over Jay Sigel.

Skinny: Irwin tops the money list with $2,251,750. The three-time U.S. Open winner has 19 victories in 74 starts as a senior, with earnings of $7,110,058. The first two editions of the tournament also were decided in playoffs, with Ray Floyd beating Tom Wargo in 1995, and Lee Trevino edging four players in 1996.

Coming weeks:

L Next week: Comfort Classic, Brickyard Crossing, Indianapolis

Sept. 18-20: Kroger Senior Classic, Kings Island, Mason, Ohio

Sept. 25-27: Boone Valley Classic, Boone Valley Golf Club, Augusta, Mo.

Oct. 2-4: Vantage Championship, Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, N.C.

Pub Date: 9/03/98

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