Destination Golf


October 04, 2005|By BILL FREE


World Golf Championships-American Express Championship

Site -- San Francisco

Schedule -- Thursday-Sunday

Course -- Harding Park Golf Course ( 7,086 yards, par 70)

Purse -- $7,500,000. Winner's share: $1,300,000

TV -- ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m.); ABC (Saturday, 4:30-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-6 p.m.)

Format -- Four-day stroke play ensures that top 50 players compete entire week

Field -- Presidents Cup hero Chris DiMarco, three-time winner Tiger Woods, past champions Ernie Els and Mike Weir, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia

Last year -- Els shot a 10-under-par 270 to edge runner-up Thomas Bjorn by one stroke in rainy and blustery conditions in Kilkenny, Ireland. Els said: "I think I had more pressure than anyone in the field. If I look back now, I think Thomas wasn't supposed to win. He's making a comeback and all of that. I had to win it or lose it."


Longs Drugs Challenge

Site -- Auburn, Calif.

Schedule -- Thursday-Sunday

Course -- The Ridge Golf Club (6,235 yards, par 71)

Purse -- $1,000,000. Winner's share: $150,000

TV -- The Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m.; Saturday, 5-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30-9 p.m.)

Last year -- Christina Kim recorded an 18-under-par 266 to edge Karrie Webb by one stroke

Champions Tour

Greater Hickory Classic

Site -- Conover, N.C.

Schedule -- Friday-Sunday

Course -- Rock Barn Golf and Spa (7,093 yards, par 72)

Purse -- $1.5 million. Winner's share: $225,000

TV -- The Golf Channel, tape delay coverage (Friday-Sunday, 5-7:30 p.m.)

Last year -- Doug Tewell shot a bogey-free 64 in the final round to edge Bruce Fleisher by one stroke for the championship


Saturday -- Maryland State Senior Team Challenge (vs. N.J., Pa., Del.), Mountain Branch GC

Saturday -- Mason-Dixon Match (Middle Atlantic GA vs. Golf Assn. Phila.)

Monday -- Maryland State Senior Open, Woodmont CC

Oct. 17 -- Maryland State Father-Son, Chartwell CC

Oct. 22 -- Baltimore CC Invitation Four-ball

Oct. 23 -- Baltimore CC Invitation Four-ball

Oct. 27 -- Maryland State Women's Open, Chestnut Ridge CC

Oct. 28 -- Maryland State Women's Open, Chestnut Ridge CC

Nov. 5 -- Baltimore Cup, Hayfields CC

Nov. 6 -- Baltimore Cup, Caves Valley GC

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