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Teeing it up / This week's golf at a glance


Event: Bay Hill Invitational.

Site: Orlando, Fla.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge (7,267 yards, par 72).

Purse: $5.5 million. Winner's share: $990,000.

Television: USA (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.) and Ch. 2 (Saturday-Sunday, 2:30-6 p.m.).

Last year: Kenny Perry won when Vijay Singh hit a 7-iron off the rocks and into the water on the 18th hole en route to a double bogey. Singh tied for second with Graeme McDowell. Perry skipped his title defense to have knee surgery Monday.

Last week: Luke Donald won the Honda Classic for his second PGA Tour title, finishing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Geoff Ogilvy.

Notes: Tiger Woods, coming off a victory two weeks ago at Doral, swept the 2000-03 events -- winning in 2003 by a tournament-record 11 strokes. He also won the 1991 U.S. Junior at Bay Hill. . . . Singh, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk also are in the field, while Phil Mickelson and David Toms are taking the week off. . . . Sam Saunders, tournament founder Arnold Palmer's 18-year-old grandson, received a sponsor exemption. Saunders is the Bay Hill men's champion. . . . The tournament will be renamed the Arnold Palmer Invitational next year. . . . The Players Championship is next in Ponte Vedra Beach, followed by the BellSouth Classic and the Masters.

Tour leaders: Victories, Woods, 2. Money, Rory Sabbatini, $2,219,294. Scoring, Toms, 68.76 per round. Putting, Scott Verplank, 1.650 per green reached in regulation. Greens in regulation, Woods, 73.9 percent. Eagles, Fred Couples, 51.0 holes per eagle. Birdies, Woods, 5.30 per round. Sand saves, Mark Wilson, 73.7 percent. Driving distance, Bubba Watson, 320.9 yards. Driving accuracy, Fred Funk, 77.7 percent. Total driving, Robert Allenby, 41 total placings in distance and accuracy categories. All-Around, Toms, 238 total placings in all categories.

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Event: Safeway International.

Site: Superstition Mountain, Ariz.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, Prospector Course (6,620 yards, par 72).

Purse: $1.4 million. Winner's share: $210,000.

Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday, 8-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 7-8:30 a.m., 8-10 p.m.; Monday, 7-8:30 a.m.).

Last year: Annika Sorenstam won her fourth straight LPGA Tour start, making up four strokes in the last three holes and beating Lorena Ochoa on the first playoff hole.

Last week: Sorenstam successfully defended her MasterCard Classic title in Mexico, beating Helen Alfredsson and Seon Hwa Lee by a stroke. Sorenstam has 67 career LPGA Tour victories -- 21 short of Kathy Whitworth's record.

Notes: Sorenstam shot the first 59 in women's tournament history in her 2001 victory at Moon Valley, and also won the 2004 event at Superstition Mountain. In addition to her victory last week, the Swedish star teamed with Liselotte Neumann in January to win the Women's World Cup in South Africa. . . . Teen stars Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel are in the field. . . . Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon and Rosie Jones are making their first appearances of the season.

Tour leaders: Victories, Sorenstam, Meena Lee and Joo Mi Kim, 1. Money, Seon Hwa Lee, $210,050. Scoring, Seon Hwa Lee, 69.11 per round. Putting, Aree Song, 1.53 per green reached in regulation. Greens in regulation, Creamer, 82.4 percent. Eagles, Seon Hwa Lee, Diana D'Alessio, Brittany Lincicome, Karen Stupples, Lindsey Wright and Minea Blomqvist, 2. Birdies, Seon Hwa Lee and Cristie Kerr, 40. Sand saves, Creamer, Dawn Coe-Jones, Juli Inkster and Angela Stanford, 100.0 percent. Driving distance, Karin Sjodin, 295.3 yards. Driving accuracy, Tina Barrett, 91.1 percent. Player of the year: Sorenstam, Kim and Meena Lee, 30 points.

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Event: Toshiba Classic.

Site: Newport Beach, Calif.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Newport Beach Country Club (6,584 yards, par 71).

Purse: $1.65 million. Winner's share: $247,500.

Television: The Golf Channel (Friday, 5-7:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, midnight-2:30 a.m., 5-7:30 p.m.; Monday, midnight-2:30 a.m.).

Last year: Former California amateur star Mark Johnson won in his 14th start on the Champions Tour, beating Keith Fergus and Wayne Levi by four strokes.

Last week: Tom Kite won his first Champions Tour title since 2004, beating Gil Morgan by five strokes in the AT&T Classic in Santa Clarita.

Notes: Hale Irwin, the 1998 and 2002 winner, had a tournament-record 17-under 197 total in 2002. The 60-year-old Irwin has a tour-record 44 victories. . . . In 2004, Tom Purtzer matched the tour record with an opening 11-under 60 en route to a one-stroke victory over Morris Hatalsky.

Tour leaders: Victories, Loren Roberts, 3. Money, Roberts, $862,680. Scoring, Tom Watson, 67.56 per round. Putting, Morgan, 1.687 per green reached in regulation. Greens in regulation, Watson, 84.6 percent. Eagles, Andy Bean, 54.0 holes per eagle. Birdies, Peter Jacobsen, 5.22 per round. Sand saves, Hatalsky, 90.9 percent. Driving distance, Purtzer, 287.3 yards. Driving accuracy, Doug Tewell, 84.3 percent. Total driving, Watson, 10 total placings in distance and accuracy categories. All-Around, Watson, 38 total placings in all categories. Charles Schwab Cup: Roberts, 863 points.

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