This week's tournaments

September 24, 1998

PGA Tour

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

Oct. 8-11: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail LPGA Tournament of Champions, Grand National, Auburn, Ala.

Oct. 15-18: Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf, The Villages in Lady Lake, Lady Lake, Fla.

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Nichirei International, Tsukuba Country Club, Ibaraki, Japan

Senior PGA Tour

Event: Boone Valley Classic

Site: Augusta, Mo.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday

Course: Boone Valley Golf Club (6,731 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.3 million (winner receives $195,000)

Television: ESPN (tomorrow, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 5: 30-7 p.m.; Sunday, 5-7 p.m.)

Last year: Hale Irwin won the seventh of nine 1997 titles, closing with a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke victory over Gil Morgan. Irwin, a playoff loser to Gibby Gilbert in 1996, had a 16-under 200 total.

Last week: South Africa's Hugh Baiocchi won the rain-shortened Kroger Classic at Mason, Ohio. Baiocchi, the Comfort Classic winner the previous week, birdied the second hole of a playoff with Bob Charles, Frank Conner, Larry Nelson and Bruce Summerhays.

Skinny: Irwin, a six-time winner this year, has earned a record $2,344,670 in 18 starts, $1,306 more than he made last year in 23 events.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Vantage Championship, Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, N.C.

Oct. 9-11: The Transamerica, Silverado Resort, Napa, Calif.

Oct. 16-18: Raley's Gold Rush Classic, Serrano Country Club, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Oct. 23-25: Kaanapali Classic, Kaanapali Golf Course, Lahaina

Maui, Hawaii

PGA European Tour

Event: German Masters

Site: Cologne, Germany

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Gut Larchenhof Golf Club (7,014 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.67 million (winner receives $278,300)

Television: The Golf Channel (today, 8-11 a.m.; Friday, 1-3 a.m. and 8-11 a.m.; Saturday, 1-3 a.m. and 8-11 a.m.; Sunday, 1-3 a.m. and 9 a.m.-noon; Monday, 1-3 a.m.).

Last year: German star Bernhard Langer matched the tour record with a 12-under 60 in the third round en route to a six-stroke victory over Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.

Last week: Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Lancome Trophy at Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France, finishing with an 11-under 273 total for a two-stroke victory over U.S. stars David ,, Duval and Mark O'Meara, Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin and New Zealand's Greg Turner.

Skinny: PGA champion Vijay Singh of Fiji is in the field along with England's Nick Faldo and U.S. Ryder Cup players Brad Faxon and Scott Hoch.

Pub Date: 9/24/98

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