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Can Tiger make it eight at Arnie’s…Golf this Week

By on March 20, 2013


COURSE: Bay Hill Club and Lodge (7,419 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $6.2 million. Winner’s share: $1,116,000.


CANADIAN CONTENT: Graham DeLaet, Brad Fritsch, David Hearn, Mike Weir


NOTES: Last year, Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour victory since a sex scandal at the end of 2009, beating Graeme McDowell by five strokes for his record seventh victory at Bay Hill. With a win this weekend, Woods will tie Sam Snead’s record for most wins at a single event (8). …Woods is coming off a victory two weeks ago at Doral in the WGC-Cadillac Championship and also won at Torrey Pines in January. …Woods can regain the top spot in the world rankings from Rory McIlroy with a victory. Woods last was No. 1 on Oct. 30, 2010. … McIlroy has decided to skip the event. …Scotland’s Martin Laird became the first European Tour winner at Bay Hill in 2011. …FedExCup champ Brandt Snedeker is returning to action after a five-week layoff due to a rib injury. In his first five starts he has a win, two runner-up finishes and a third. …Ernie Els, who pulled out of last week’s event with a hip injury, is also in the field this week. He’s a two-time winner at Bay Hill. …Lee Westwood is making his first Arnold Palmer Invitational start since 2008. His only top-10 finish in 10 previous starts came in 2006. …The field will feature 13 of the top 20 in the current world rankings and eight of the PGA Tour’s 11 winners this season.


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COURSE: Aviara Golf Club (6,593 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $1.7 million. Winner’s share: $255,000.


CANADIAN CONTENT: Sara-Maude Juneau, Lorie Kane, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock, Jessica Shepley (8th alternate)

NOTES: Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont., will make her LPGA Tour debut in 2013 after being an alternate in her home event in Phoenix last week. …Yani Tseng won last year’s event, winning by six strokes. It was the last of her 15 LPGA Tour titles to date. After just one event this season, Maude-Aimee Leblanc leads the tour in Average Driving Distance with a total of 294.5. That is almost 12 yards more than the next best player, Daniela Iacobelli. …Stacy Lewis plays her first event as the new No. 1 ranked player in the world, becoming the second American to top the rankings since Cristie Kerr was No. 1 for five weeks over three stints in 2010. The Texan has won her last two tournaments. …Michelle Wie has missed the cut in two of her first four events and has yet to finish higher than 45th in the other two. In 12 rounds this year, she has broken 70 only once, closing with a 69 in Singapore. …The event will once again be played on a new course this year, the third different course in the event’s four-year history. After being played at La Costa Resort and Spa in both 2010 and 2012, the tournament moved to Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in 2011.


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COURSE: Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (6,967 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $2.75 million. Winner’s share: $458,330.

NOTES: Last year, Louis Oosthuizen won a week after his playoff loss to Bubba Watson in the Masters, beating Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher by three strokes. …World No. 3 Luke Donald is in the field along with Charl Schwartzel, Padraig Harrington, 2011 winner Matteo Manassero and two-time champion Thongchai Jaidee. Jaidee, currently ranked 59th in the world, needs to get into the top 50 by the end of the month in order to qualify for the Masters.  Donald was fourth last week in the PGA Tour’s Tampa Bay Championship.

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COURSE: Fallen Oak Country Club (7,054 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $1.6 million. Winner’s share: $240,000.


CANADIAN CONTENT: Jim Rutledge, Rod Spittle (alternate)

NOTES: Jim Rutledge of Victoria equalled a career-low with a final round 62 last weekend for his first top-10 result of the year. Rutlege is scoring an average of 68 in the final round through three tournaments this year, leaving him tied for second in Tour scoring average. However, he is averaging a score of almost 72 in the first and second rounds. …Fred Couples won the first of his two 2012 titles last year, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory. This will mark Couples’ third start of the year, finishing fourth and second in his previous two starts. …Rocco Mediate, who won the Allianz Championship in February in his first start on the 50-and-over tour, is in the field.

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COURSE: Le Triomphe Country Club (7,006 yards, par 71).

PURSE: $550,000. Winner’s share: $99,000.

CANADIAN CONTENT: Adam Hadwin, Roger Sloan

NOTES: The tournament is the fourth event of the season and first in the United States after stops in Panama, Colombia and Chile. …Adam Hadwin has missed the cut in each of his first two starts this year. …Eighteen of the top 25 players on the money list are in the field this week, including the season’s first three winners – Kevin Foley, Patrick Cantlay and Kevin Kisner.


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COURSE: Atlas Country Club, Guadalajara, Mexico

PURSE: $150,000. Winner’s share: $27,000.

CANADIAN CONTENT: Mart Johnston, Andrew Parr, Mike Mezei, Adam Cornelson, Derek Gillespie

NOTES: Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., was the top Canadian in the season opening Mexican Open, finishing tied for 27th. …Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., was tied for 50th. …Winnipeg’s Matt Johnston and Andrew Parr of London, Ont., both missed the cut.


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COURSE: Lake Region Yacht and Country Club, Winter Haven, Fla. (6,184 yds, par 72)

PURSE: $125,000

CANADIAN CONTENT: Izzy Beisiegel, Kirby Dreher, Sue Kim, Lisa Meldrum, Danielle Mills, Samantha Richdale, Seema Sadekar, Ashley Sholer, Nicole Vandermade, Jessica Wallace, Natalie Gleadall (alternate)

NOTES: This is the second event of the season on the LPGA developmental tour. …Samantah Richdale is coming off a tie for ninth in the season opening event last month.


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COURSE: Chattahoochee Golf Course, Gainesville, Ga. (7,004 yds, par 72)

PURSE: $200,000

CANADIAN CONTENT: Stuart Anderson, Marc-Etienne Bussieres, Max Gilbert, Mathieu Gingras, Will Mitchell, Riley Wheeldon


NOTES: Riley Wheeldon picked up his first career win on the NGA Tour last week, becoming the fourth different winner in four events this year. The $30,500 he won puts him in the lead in the the Race for the Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am event exemption and he sits second in the season money standings. The money leader at the halfway point of the season will earn an exemption in the PGA Tour’s Reno-Tahoe Open.


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COURSE: The Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa – Gold Course, Litchfield Park, AZ (7,430 yds, par 72)


CANADIAN CONTENT: Beon Yeong Lee, Keith Martin, James Love, Kent Eger, Scott Stiles, Tyler Frank, Richard Boychuk, Adrian Kibsey, Gerry Macdonald, Sung Shik Park, Dallas Mengel,

Daniel Pow, Kevin Stinson, Craig Gibson



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