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NORTHERN TRUST OPEN
Site: Los Angeles.
Course: Riviera Country Club (7,349 yards, par 71).
Purse: $6.7 million. Winner's share: $1,206,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 5-8 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, midnight-3 a.m., 5-8 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2-5 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-1 a.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.).
Last year: John Merrick won his first PGA Tour title, beating Charlie Beljan with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Merrick is from Long Beach and played at UCLA.
Last week: Jimmy Walker won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for his third victory in eight starts in the wraparound season. He closed with a 2-over 74 and won by a stroke.
Notes: Walker is in the field. He opened the season in October with a victory in the Frys.com Open and won the Sony Open in Hawaii last month. He's the fourth player in the last 20 years to win three times in his first eight starts to a season, following Tiger Woods (who has done it eight times), Phil Mickelson and David Duval. ... Woods and Mickelson are skipping the tournament and the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship next week in Arizona. Woods last played his hometown event in 2006. ... U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is returning from a right shoulder injury. ... Fred Couples, the 1990 and 1992 champion, is making his record 32nd start in the event. ... Ben Hogan won three times at the course in a 17-month span, taking the 1947 and '48 Los Angeles Opens and '48 U.S. Open.
LPGA TOUR/LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR/AUSTRALIAN LADIES PROFESSIONAL GOLF
WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Site: Melbourne, Australia.
Course: Victoria Golf Club (6,480 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.2 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Wednesday, 11 p.m.-2 a.m.; Thursday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, 5-9 p.m.; Sunday, 5-7 p.m.).
Last year: South Korea's Jiyai Shin won by two strokes at Royal Canberra. Yani Tseng was second and teen star Lydia Ko finished third as an amateur.
Last event: Jessica Korda won the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic on Jan. 26 for her second tour title. She birdied the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.
Notes: Second-ranked Suzann Pettersen, making her first start of the year, tops the field along with No. 3 Lewis and No. 4 Ko. The 16-year-old Ko turned professional late last season. She won the Canadian Women's Open the last two years. ... Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, won the Australian Ladies Masters on Sunday. The event was sanctioned by the European and Australian tours. ... Korda won the 2012 tournament at Royal Melbourne. ... The LPGA Thailand is next week, followed by the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
Golf Australia site: http://www.golfaustralia.org.au
Australian Ladies Professional Golf site: http://www.alpg.com.au
Ladies European Tour site: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
ACE GROUP CLASSIC
Site: Naples, Fla.
Course: The TwinEagles Club, Talon Course (7,193 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.6 million. Winner's share: $240,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, midnight-2 a.m., 3-5 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4:30 a.m., 3-5 p.m.; Monday, 2-4 a.m.).
Last event: Bernhard Langer won the event for the second time in three years, beating Jay Don Blake by a stroke for the first of his two 2013 titles.
Last week: Michael Allen won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton for his sixth tour title, beating Duffy Waldorf with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff. Allen matched the tour record with an opening 60.
Notes: Langer won the season-opening event in Hawaii on Jan. 19. He shot 66-64-64 for a three-stroke victory. ... In 2012, Kenny Perry won by five strokes, closing with a 70 after opening with rounds of 64 and 62. ... The tour is off the next three weeks. Play will resume March 14-16 with the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.
EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOUR
Site: East London, South Africa.
Course: East London Golf Club (6,571 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.36 million. Winner's share: $215,960.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-noon; Saturday-Sunday, 5:30-9:30 a.m.).
Last year: South Africa's Darren Fichardt won his fourth European Tour title. France's Gregory Bourdy and South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl tied for second, two strokes back.
Last week: South Africa's George Coetzee won the Joburg Open by three strokes for his first European Tour title and a spot in the British Open.