Site: Scottsdale, Arizona.
Course: TPC Scottsdale (7,216 yards, par 71).
Purse: $6 million. Winner's share: $1.08 million.
Last year: Kenny Perry won the first of his two 2009 titles, beating Charley Hoffman with a 22-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff.
Last week: Ian Poulter won the Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain for his first World Golf Championship title, beating Paul Casey 4 and 2 in the all-England final. ... Cameron Beckman won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico for his third US PGA Tour victory. Joe Durant and Brian Stuard tied for second, two strokes back.
Notes: Phil Mickelson is making his fourth start of the season. He won in 1996 and 2005. In 2005, he shot a 60 in the second round en route to a five-stroke victory. ... The 49-year-old Perry is coming off a first-round loss to Brian Gay at the Match Play. Perry tied for sixth in the season-opening SBS Championship in his only start of the season. ... J.B. Holmes won in 2006 and 2008. ... Fred Couples is coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic. ... Poulter is in the field. ... Mark Calcavecchia won in 1989, 1992 and 2001, shooting 65-60-64-67 in 2001 for a 28-under 256 total — at the time a US PGA Tour record. ... Waste Management is in its first year as the title sponsor. ... The Honda Classic is next week in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, followed by the WGC-CA Championship at Doral — opposite the Puerto Rico Open.
On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com
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|HSBC Women's Champions|
Course: Tanah Merah Country Club, Garden Course (6,547 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
Last year: South Korean star Jiyai Shin won the first of her three 2009 titles, closing with consecutive 66s for a two-stroke victory over Katherine Hull.
Last week: Japan's Ai Miyazato won the season-opening LPGA Thailand, holing a 30-foot birdie chip on the final hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen. Miyazato, six strokes behind Pettersen after the third round, matched the tournament record of 21 under set by Pettersen in October 2007.
Notes: In 2008, Lorena Ochoa beat Annika Sorenstam by 11 strokes, finishing at 20-under 268. ... Michelle Wie tied for 22nd last week, 16 strokes behind Miyazato. ... Last year, the purse was $2 million and the first-place share $300,000. ... The tour is off the next three weeks. Play will resume with the Kia Classic on March 25-28 in Carlsbad, California.
On the Net: http://www.lpga.com
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Next event: Maybank Malaysian Open, March 5-7, Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Last week: Ian Poulter won the Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona for his first World Golf Championship title, beating Paul Casey 4 and 2 in the all-England final. Poulter moved to a career-best No. 5 in the world.
On the Net: http://www.europeantour.com
Next event: Toshiba Classic, March 5-7, Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, California.
Last week: Bernhard Langer won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida, for his ninth Champions Tour victory. He holed a 45-foot bunker shot from a plugged lie for eagle to beat John Cook on the first hole of a playoff.
On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com
NATIONWIDE TOUR: Panama Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Golf Club of Panama, Panama City. On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com
SUNSHINE TOUR: Vodacom Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Pretoria Country Club, Pretoria, South Africa. On the Net: http://www.sunshinetour.com
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: New Zealand Women's Open, Thursday-Sunday, Pegasus Golf Club, Christchurch, New Zealand. On the Net: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com and www.nzopengolf.co.nz