This week's tournaments

May 13, 1999

PGA Tour

GTE Byron Nelson Classic

Site: Irving, Texas

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas (6,924 yards, par 70) and Cottonwood Valley Golf Club (6,846 yards, par 70).

Purse: $3 million.

Winner's share: $540,000.

TV: Golf Channel and Fox Sports Net (today-tomorrow, 4-6: 30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 4-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Defending champion: John Cook.

Last week: Carlos Franco won the Compaq Classic of New Orleans. The victory was his first on the PGA Tour.

Notes: Only three players have successfully defended the Byron Nelson title (Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson). Watson won from 1978-80. He is the last PGA Tour player to win the same event three consecutive times. Harrison Frazar finished second last week, losing by two strokes. Leading money-winner David Duval did not make the cut last week. Following a first-round 70, he shot a 74 for a two-day total of 144. The last two times Duval has missed a cut, he won the following week.


Sara Lee Classic

Site: Old Hickory, Tenn.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday.

Course: Hermitage Golf Course (6,290 yards, par 72).

Purse: $750,000.

Winner's share: $112,500.

TV: None.

Defending champion: Barb Mucha.

Last week: Karrie Webb won the rain-interrupted Titleholders Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla., by three strokes over Annika Sorenstam.

Notes: Webb captured her fourth victory of the year and 13th consecutive finish in the top 10. There were six holes-in-one last week, the most in any tournament this season. Webb's scoring average of 68.56 is more than one stroke better then second-place Sorenstam.

Senior PGA Tour

Las Vegas Senior Classic

Site: Las Vegas.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: TPC at Summerlin (6,909 yards, par 72) and TPC at The Canyons (6,839 yards, par 71).

Purse: $1.4 million.

Winner's share: $210,000.

TV: ESPN (tomorrow, 3-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5: 30-7 p.m.).

Defending champion: Hale Irwin.

Last week: Irwin eagled the 18th hole from 74 yards out for his first victory of the season, by two strokes over Bob Murphy at the Nationwide Championship in Alpharetta, Ga.

Notes: Irwin, before his victory last week, finished second in three of the last four years at the Nationwide Championship. Irwin can become the only golfer to win three straight Las Vegas Senior Classics. Irwin became the third player (Lee Trevino and Jim Colbert) to go over the $8 million mark in Senior Tour earning with $8,011,113. It also increased his leading career earnings record on the regular and senior tour to $13,918,663.

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