This week's tournaments

July 22, 1999

PGA Tour

John Deere Classic

Site: Coal Valley, Ill.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: Oakwood Country Club (6,796 yards, par-70).

Purse: $2 million.

Winner's share: $360,000.

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

Last year: Steve Jones won the Quad City Classic, finishing with a 17-under 263 total for a one-stroke victory over Scott Gump.

Last week: Paul Lawrie won a four-hole playoff with Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde to capture the British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland. Lawrie, who started the final round 10 strokes behind, completed the biggest comeback ever in a major after Van de Velde triple-bogeyed the 18th hole to force the playoff.

Notes: This tournament was previously known as the Quad City Classic. The first Quad Cities Open was won by former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman in 1972. David Frost is the only player to successfully defend his title in the tournament. He won back-to-back titles in 1992-93. Frost set the tournament record of 259, 21-under par, in 1993. The event will move next year to the new Tournament Players Club at Deere Run in Moline, Ill. Next is the Hartford Open in Connecticut.


LPGA Classic

Site: Warren, Ohio.

Schedule: Today-Sunday.

Course: Avalon Lakes Golf Course (6,308 yards, par-72).

Purse: $1 million.

Winner's share: $150,000.

TV: ESPN2 (tomorrow, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, 3-4: 30 p.m.; Sunday, 3-5 p.m.)

Last year: South Korea's Se Ri Pak won her third title in four tournaments, beating Dottie Pepper by a stroke. Pak finished with a 5-under 67 for a 15-under 201.

Last week: Sherri Steinhauer won the Big Apple Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y., on the fifth hole of a playoff with Lorie Kane.

Notes: Steinhauer and Kane played all 77 holes together last week. Nancy Lopez is in the field after taking a month off to recover from knee surgery. Among active players without a tour victory, Kane is the highest-ranking on the all-time money list. Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb have both earned more than $1 million this season, marking the first time in LPGA history that two players have passed the mark in the same season. Next is the du Maurier Classic in Calgary, Alberta.

Senior PGA Tour

Burnet Classic

Site: Coon Rapids, Minn.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday.

Course: Bunker Hills Golf Club (6,909 yards, par-72).

Purse: $1.5 million.

Winner's share: $225,000.

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

Last year: Leonard Thompson holed a three-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Isao Aoki for the victory. Thompson finished with a 6-under 66 to match Aoki at 10-under 134 in the rain-shortened tournament.

Last week: Hale Irwin took the Ameritech Senior Open in Long Grove, Ill., by a shot, his second win in as many weeks.

Notes: In the six years of the tournament, the largest winning margin has been two strokes. Raymond Floyd is the only player to win tournaments on both the PGA Tour and the Senior tour in the Twin Cities area. He won the Burnet Senior Classic in 1995 and the St. Paul Open in 1965. Chi Chi Rodriguez has not won on the Tour since this tournament in 1993. Next is the Utah Showdown in Park City.

Pub Date: 7/22/99

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