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Teeing it up for April 16

PGA Tour

Event: RBC Heritage.

Site: Hilton Head, S.C.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Harbour Town Golf Links (7,101 yards, par 71).

Purse: $5.8 million. Winner’s share: $1.04 million.

Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 7-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Graeme McDowell beat Webb Simpson with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Last week: Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three strokes. Watson also won at Riviera in February.

Notes: The 20-year-old Spieth is in the field. … Nick Faldo and U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson are entered. Watson won at Harbour Town in 1979 and 1982, and Faldo took the 1984 title. Faldo tied for 53rd last month in the Champions Tour’s Mississippi event. … Brandt Snedeker won in 2011, overcoming a six-stroke deficit with a 64 and beating Luke Donald with a par on the third extra hole. … Jim Furyk won in 2010 on the first playoff hole after Brian Davis called a two-stroke penalty on himself for moving a loose impediment in a hazard during his backswing. … In 2009, Brian Gay finished with a 64 for a tournament-record 10-stroke victory. Gay also broke the event scoring record, finishing at 20-under 264. … The Zurich Classic is next week in Avondale, La., followed by the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., and The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com.


Event: LPGA Lotte Championship.

Site: Kapolei, Hawaii.

Schedule: Wednesday-Saturday.

Course: Ko Olina Golf Club (6,383 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.7 million. Winner’s share: $255,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 6:30-10:30 p.m., 11 p.m.-2 a.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 6:30-10:30 p.m.).

Last year: Suzann Pettersen beat Lizette Salas with a par on the first playoff hole after Salas chunked her approach shot into the water. Salas closed with a tournament-record 62.

Last event: Lexi Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 6 for her first major title and fourth tour victory, beating Michelle Wie by three strokes. The 19-year-old Thompson became the second-youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history.

Notes: Thompson is skipping the tournament. … Pettersen is sidelined by an aggravated disk in her back. … Top-ranked Inbee Park is winless in five tours starts this season after sweeping the first three majors and winning six times last season. She won a Ladies European Tour event last month in China. … Wie, from Hawaii, won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2010. … The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic is next week at Lake Merced in San Francisco, followed by the North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving.

Online: http://www.lpga.com.

Champions Tour

Event: Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Site: Duluth, Ga.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: TPC Sugarloaf (7,259 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.8 million. Winner’s share: $270,000.

Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-4 a.m., 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-5:30 a.m., 3-6 p.m.; Monday, midnight-3 a.m.).

Last year: Bernhard Langer won the second of his two 2013 titles. He closed with a 67 for a three-stroke victory over Tom Lehman and Tom Pernice Jr.

Last event: Jeff Maggert won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on March 23 to become the 17th player to win in his tour debut.

Notes: Miguel Angel Jimenez is making his Champions Tour debut. Fourth last week in the Masters, the Spaniard turned 50 in January. He won the Hong Kong Open in December for his 20th European Tour title. … Langer won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his 19th tour title. He tied for eighth in the Masters. … Fred Couples is coming off a tie for 20th in the Masters. He won last month in Newport Beach, Calif. … The Greg Norman-designed course was the site of the PGA Tour’s now-defunct AT&T Classic from 1997 to 2008. … The tour is off next week. Play will resume May 2-4 with the Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands, Texas.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com.


Jim Lumadue, on the 186-yard fifth hole at Terry Hills, with a 6-iron.

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