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THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Players Stadium Course (7,215 yards, par 72).
Purse: $10 million. Winner's share: $1.8 million.
Television: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m., 9 p.m.-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-6 p.m.) and NBC (Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 p.m.).
Last year: Tiger Woods won the fourth of his five 2013 PGA Tour titles. David Lingmerth, Kevin Streelman and Jeff Maggert tied for second, two strokes back.
Last week: J.B. Holmes won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow for his third PGA Tour title and first since having brain surgery. Jim Furyk was second, a stroke back.
Notes: Woods, also the 2001 winner, is sidelined following surgery to relieve pain from a pinched nerve in his back. ... Bubba Watson is making his first start since winning his second Masters title. ... If tied after regulation, there will be a three-hole aggregate playoff. If still tied, the playoff will go to sudden death. ... Greg Norman set the tournament record in 1994, shooting 63-67-67-67 for a 24-under 264 total. ... Jack Nicklaus is the only three-time champion, winning in 1974 at Atlanta Country Club, 1976 at Inverrary and 1978 at Sawgrass Country Club. ... The tour will be in Texas the next two weeks for the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving and Colonial in Fort Worth.
EUROPEAN TOUR/EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR
MADEIRA ISLANDS OPEN
Site: Santo da Serra, Madeira Islands.
Course: Santo da Serra Golf Club (6,826 yards, par 72).
Purse: $832,890. Winner's share: $138,815.
Last year: American Peter Uihlein closed with a 68 for a two-stroke victory.
Last week: Chile's Felipe Aguilar won Laguna National in Singapore, holing out for eagle from 142 yards on the par-4 18th hole for a 10-under 62 and one-stroke victory.
Notes: The tournament is the tour's 1,500th official event. ... Uihlein is skipping his title defense. ... Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles west of Morocco. ... Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed the Santo da Serra course. ... The Spanish Open is next week, followed by the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England.
Next event: Kingsmill Championship, May 15-18, Kingsmill Resort, River Course, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Last week: Stacy Lewis won the North Texas LPGA Shootout for her ninth LPGA Tour title, closing with 7-under 64 for a six-stroke victory. She had six runner-up finishes in her previous 16 tournaments since winning the Women's British Open in August.
Next event: Regions Tradition, May 15-18, Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Alabama.
Last week: Bernhard Langer won the Insperity Invitational for the third time, beating Fred Couples by a stroke at The Woodlands in Texas. The 56-year-old Langer has 20 victories on the 50-and-over tour.
Next event: BMW Charity Pro-Am, May 15-18, Thornblade Club, The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Green Valley Country Club, Greer, South Carolina.
Last week: Blayne Barber won the South Georgia Classic for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.
NGA TOUR: Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Gordon Lakes Golf Club, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Online: http://www.ngatour.com
ONEASIA TOUR: Maekyung Open, Thursday-Sunday, Namseoul Country Club, Seoul, South Korea. Online: http://www.oneasia.asia
SUNSHINE TOUR: Royal Swazi Open, Wednesday-Saturday, Royal Swazi Sun Country Club, Mbabane, South Africa. Online: http://www.pgatour.co.za
SYMETRA TOUR: Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Charity Classic, Friday-Sunday, Links at Stoney Point, Greenwood, South Carolina. Online: http://www.symetratour.com
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, Thursday-Sunday, National Golf Club, Belek, Turkey. Online: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup, Thursday-Sunday, Ibaraki Golf Club, Ibaraki, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp
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