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ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
Site: Orlando, Fla.
Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge (7,419 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6.2 million. Winner's share: $1,116,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight; Friday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 2:30-8:30 a.m., 12:30-5 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m.; Sunday, 5:30-8:30 a.m., 12:30-5 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m.).
Last year: Tiger Woods matched Sam Snead's record for victories in an event with eight and returned to No. 1 in the world for the first time since October 2010. Snead set the record in the Greater Greensboro Open.
Last week: Australia's John Senden won the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor for his second PGA Tour title. Kevin Na was second, a stroke back.
Notes: Woods fought back problems in his last two events. He withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic after 13 holes, and his back flared up after an awkward shot two weeks ago in the final round of the Honda Classic. He wound up with a 78, his highest score ever in a final round. Woods also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for the eighth time last year. ... Tournament host Arnold Palmer is 84. ... Scotland's Martin Laird won in 2011 to become the first European winner at Bay Hill. ... The Texas Open is next week, followed by the Houston Open and the Masters.
JTBC FOUNDERS CUP
Course: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Wildfire Golf Club (6,583 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's share: $225,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 6:30-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7-9 p.m.).
Last year: Stacy Lewis won to move from third to first in the world. She closed with an 8-under 64 to beat Ai Miyazato by three strokes.
Last event: Paula Creamer made a 75-foot eagle putt on the second hole of a playoff with Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women's Champions on March 2 in Singapore.
Notes: The tournament is the fifth of the year and first in the United States. ... Top-ranked Inbee Park is coming off a victory two weeks ago in China in the Ladies European Tour's World Ladies Championship. ... Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods' niece, received a sponsor exemption. The Phoenix player won the LET's Australian Ladies Masters last month. ... Teen star Lydia Ko is in the field. ... Juli Inkster will captain the 2004 U.S. Solheim Cup team at St. Leon-Rot in Germany. ... JTBC is a broadcasting company in South Korea. ... The tour will be in California the next two weeks for the Kia Classic in Carlsbad and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage.
MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC
Site: Saucier, Miss.
Course: Fallen Oak Country Club (7,119 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.6 million. Winner's share: $240,000.
Television: Golf Channel (Friday, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 a.m., 5-7 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-5:30 a.m., 5-7 p.m.; Monday, 3:30-5:30 a.m.).
Last year: Michael Allen beat Bernhard Langer by a stroke.
Last week: Fred Couples won the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., for his 10th Champions Tour title, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victory.
Notes: Couples won the 2012 tournament, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Michael Allen. ... Nick Faldo is making his fourth career start on the 50-and-over tour. ... Three-time PGA Tour winner Jeff Maggert is making his Champions Tour debut. ... The tournament is the fourth of the season. Langer won the season-opening event in Hawaii, Allen won in Boca Raton, Fla., and Kirk Triplett in Naples, Fla.
PANAMA CLARO CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Panama City.
Course: Panama Golf Club (7,171 yards, par 70).
Purse: $625,000. Winner's share: $112,500.
Last year: Kevin Foley won his first tour title, holing a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Mathew Goggin.
Last week: Jon Curran led wire-to-wire in the Brazil Champions for his first tour victory, closing with a 2-under 69 to beat Alex Cejka by four strokes.
Notes: Cejka, the winner of the season-opening Colombia Championshipa, earned $86,400 last week to push his total to $221,400, more than enough to wrap up a spot next season on the PGA Tour. ... The Louisiana Open is next week.
Next event: Eurasia Cup, March 27-29, Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Last week: Spain's Alejandro Canizares won the Trophy Hassan II in Morocco, leading wire-to-wire for a five-stroke victory.
SUNSHINE TOUR: Investec Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Millvale Private Retreat, Lost City Golf Course, Sun City South Africa. Online: http://www.pgatour.co.za
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open, Thursday-Sunday, Las Lomas Golf Club, Guadalajara, Mexico. Online: http://www.pgatourla.com
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: NorthStone Open, through Friday, NorthStone Country Club, Huntersville, N.C. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com
SYMETRA TOUR: Florida's Natural Charity Classic, Friday-Sunday, Lake Wales Country Club, Lake Wales, Fla. Online: http://www.symetratour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: T-Point Lades, Friday-Sunday, Wakagi Golf Club, Takeo, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp
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