This week's tournaments

October 01, 1998

PGA Tour

Event: Buick Challenge

Site: Pine Mountain, Ga.

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Callaway Gardens, Mountain View Course (7,057 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.5 million (winner receives $270,000)

Television: ESPN (tomorrow, 1: 30-3: 30 p.m.; Saturday, 4: 30-6: 30 p.m.) and ESPN2 (Sunday, 4: 30-7 p.m.)

Last year: Davis Love shot 67-65-67-68 for a 21-under 267 total. Stewart Cink finished second, four strokes back.

Last week: Hal Sutton won the Texas Open at San Antonio, finishing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Justin Leonard and Jay Haas. Sutton had an 18-under 270 total.

Skinny: David Duval leads the money list with $2,070,283, followed by PGA champion Vijay Singh at $1,761,683. Duval has a tour-high three victories. Singh tied for second last week in the German Masters.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, Kingsmill G.C., Williamsburg, Va.

Oct. 14-18: Las Vegas Invitational, TPC at Summerlin and Desert Inn G.C., Las Vegas

Oct. 22-25: Walt Disney World-Oldsmobile Classic, Magnolia, Palm & Lake Buena Vista Golf Courses, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

NB Oct. 29-Nov. 1: The Tour Championship, East Lake G.C., Atlanta

Senior PGA Tour

Event: Vantage Championship

Site: Clemmons, N.C.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday

Course: Tanglewood Park Golf Club (6,680 yards, par 71)

Purse: $1.5 million (winner receives $225,000)

Television: The Golf Channel (tomorrow, 3: 30-6 p.m. and 9-11: 30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-4: 30 p.m. and 9-11: 30 p.m.; Sunday, 3-5: 30 p.m. and 9-11: 30 p.m.)

Last year: Hale Irwin won the eighth of a record-tying nine 1997 titles, shooting 64-62-69 for a tournament-record 18-under 195 total. He became the first player on any tour to top $2 million in official earnings in a season.

Last week: Larry Nelson won the Boone Valley Classic at Augusta, Mo., closing with consecutive 7-under 65s for a two-stroke victory over Graham Marsh.

Skinny: Irwin leads the tour with six victories and record earnings $2,367,420. He has 19 victories in 76 senior starts with earnings of $7,125,728.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Transamerica Championship, Silverado Country Club, Napa, Calif.

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

Oct. 23-25: Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic, Kaanapali Golf Club (North Course), Lahaina, Hawaii

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Ralphs Senior Classic, The Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles

PGA European Tour

Event: Belgacom Open

Site: Knokke, Belgium

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Royal Zoute Golf Club (6,907 yards, par 71)

Purse: $680,000 (winner receives $113,322)

Television: The Golf Channel (today, 9 a.m.-noon; tomorrow, 1-3 a.m. and 9 a.m.-noon; Saturday, 1-3 a.m. and 8: 30-11: 30 a.m.; Sunday, 1-3 a.m. and 8: 30-11: 30 a.m.; Monday, 1-3 a.m.)

Last year: Inaugural event

Last week: Scotland's Colin Montgomerie won the German Masters, shooting 65-68-66-67 for a 22-under 266 total. Fiji's Vijay Singh and Sweden's Robert Karlsson tied for second, one stroke back.

Nike Tour

Event: San Jose Open

Site: San Jose, Calif.

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Almaden Country Club (6,960 yards, par 72)

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

Television: None

Last year: R.W. Eaks closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Mark Carnevale, Iain Steel, Chris DiMarco, J.L. Lewis and Steve Lamontagne. Eaks had a 16-under 272 total.

Last week: Charles Raulerson won the Oregon Classic, shooting 68-69-65-70 for a 16-under 272 total.

LPGA Tour

Next event: Tournament of Champions, Oct. 8-11, Opelika, Ala.

Last week: Australia's Rachel Hetherington won the Betsy King Classic at Kutztown, Pa., beating Sweden's Annika Sorenstam on the first hole of a playoff. Both players birdied the final four holes of regulation, with Hetherington holing a 20-footer at No. 18. They had 14-under 274 totals.

Coming weeks:

Next week: LPGA Tournament of Champions, 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

Nov. 6-8: Japan Classic, Sohbu Country Club, Chiba, Japan

Pub Date: 10/01/98

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