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KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Course: Mission Hills Country Club, Dinah Shore Tournament Course (6,738 yards, par 72).
Purse: $2 million. Winner's share: $300,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, noon-3 p.m., 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 1-4 a.m., 9-11:30 a.m., noon-3 p.m., 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-4 a.m., 9 a.m.-noon, 5-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 a.m., 5-9 p.m.; Monday, 1-5 a.m.).
Last year: Inbee Park won the first of her third straight major victories, beating fellow South Korean player So Yeon Ryu by four strokes.
Last week: Anna Nordqvist won the Kia Classic in Carlsbad for her second victory of the season. She closed with her second straight 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Lizette Salas. The Swede won the LPGA Thailand last month to end a five-year victory drought.
Notes: The event, first played in 1972 as the Colgate Dinah Shore, became a major in 1983. ... The top-ranked Park won six times last season. ... Karrie Webb, the 2000 and 2006 champion, also has two victories this year, winning the Women's Australian Open and JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix. ... Stacy Lewis, the 2011 winner, has five runner-up finishes since winning the Women's British Open in August. ... Morgan Pressel won in 2007 to become the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days. ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume April 16-19 with the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii.
Site: Humble, Texas.
Course: Golf Club of Houston, The Tournament (7,441 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6.4 million. Winner's share: $1,152,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Friday, 4-7 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Saturday, 4-7 a.m., 1-3 p.m., 10 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 1-3 p.m., 10 p.m.-1 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Last year: D.A. Points rallied to win his second tour title, holing a 12-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.
Last week: Steven Bowditch won the Texas Open in San Antonio for his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Masters. The Australian closed with a 4-over 76 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory.
Notes: The Masters is next week at Augusta National. ... Phil Mickelson, the 2011 player, hoped to play after withdrawing from the Texas Open in the third round because of a pulled muscle in his right side. ... Rory McIlroy is in the field along with 2012 winner Hunter Mahan, Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Steve Stricker and Ernie Els. Walker leads the tour with three victories. Stricker is making his third start of the season.
EUROPEAN TOUR/EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR
NH COLLECTION OPEN
Site: Cadiz, Spain.
Course: La Reserva de Sotogrande Golf Club (7,234 yards, par 72).
Purse: $826,385. Winner's share: $137,730.
Last year: Inaugural event.
Last week: Hideto Tanihara halved the final match with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano to give Asia a 10-10 tie with Europe in the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. Europe took a 7-3 lead into the 10 closing singles matches.
Notes: Spain's Alejandro Canizares is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Morocco in the Trophy Hassan II. ... Fans are being allowed to attend the event for free.
Next event: Greater Gwinnett Championship, April 18-20, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
Last event Jeff Maggert won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on March 23 to become the 17th player to win in his tour debut.
Next event: El Bosque Mexico Championship, April 10-13, El Bosque Golf Club, Leon, Mexico.
Last week: Kris Blanks won the Louisiana Open on Sunday for his second career Web.com Tour title, closing a 9-under 62 and beating Brett Stegmaier with a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Telkom PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Country Club Johannesburg, Johannesburg. Online: http://www.sunshinetour.com
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Mundo Maya Open, Thursday-Sunday, Yucatan Country Club, El Jaguar Course, Merida, Mexico. Online: http://www.pgatourla.com
NGA TOUR: Ocala/Marion County NGA Pro, Thursday-Sunday, Ocala National Golf Club, Ocala, Fla. Online: http://www.ngatour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Yamaha Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Katsuragi Golf Club, Shizuoka, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp
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