Here is a listing of golf-related programming on TV for this week. All times listed are ET and all schedules are subject to change.SHELL
SHELL HOUSTON OPEN
Site: Humble, Texas.
Course: Golf Club of Houston. Yardage: 7,441. Par: 72.
Purse: $7 million. First prize: $1,260,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Jim Herman.
Last week: Dustin Johnson won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and D.A. Points won the Puerto Rico Open.
Notes: This is the last chance for players to qualify for the Masters by winning. In the eight years that the Houston Open has preceded the Masters, Johnson Wagner (2008), Matt Jones (2014) and Jim Herman (2016) are the only winners not already eligible. ... Phil Mickelson is the last Masters champion to win the week before, in 2006 when the old BellSouth Classic preceded Augusta. ... Dustin Johnson withdrew citing fatigue from his Match Play victory. ... Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Mickelson and Adam Scott are among 30 players in the field who already are in the Masters. ... Spieth had six straight top 10s culminating with this victory at Pebble Beach. He has not cracked the top 10 in his last three starts since then. ... This is the final year with Shell as the title sponsor, a relationship that began in 1992. ... Stenson has finished one shot behind twice in the last four years. ... Vijay Singh won the Houston Open three times in a four-year stretch from 2002-05. ... Byron Nelson was the first winner of the Houston Open in 1946, beating Ben Hogan by two shots at River Oaks Country Club.
Next week: Masters.
LPGA TOUR - ANA INSPIRATION
Site: Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Course: Mission Hills CC (Dinah Shore Tournament Course). Yardage: 6,769. Par: 72.
Purse: $2.7 million. First prize: $405,000.
Television: Thursday-Friday, noon-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Lydia Ko.
Last week: Mirim Lee won the Kia Classic.
Notes: Lydia Ko will try to become the first back-to-back winner of the LPGA Tour's first major since Annika Sorenstam in 2001-02. ... Ko rallied over the closing holes to defeat a stumbling Ariya Jutanugarn last year and capture her second straight major. It turned out to be a preview of the 2016 season — Ko and Jutanugarn battling until the end for all the top awards — with the Thai prevailing. ... Lucy Li, the Californian who qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst when she 11, won the Junior ANA Inspiration to earn the final spot in the major. She missed the cut at that 2014 Women's Open. ... The last two U.S. Women's Amateur champions, Eun-Jeong Seong and Hannah O'Sullivan, were among six amateurs to receive exemptions. ... So Yeon Ryu is playing so well that she leads the LPGA Tour money list without having won this year. With four runner-up finishes in her last 10 starts, she has gone up to No. 3 in the women's world ranking. ... Dottie Pepper set the 72-hole record at 19-under 269 in 1999.
Next tournament: LOTTE Championship on April 13-16.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS - MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC
Site: Biloxi, Miss.
Course: Fallen Oak. Yardage: 7,088. Par: 72.
Purse: $1.8 million. First prize: $270,000.
Television: Friday, 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Woody Austin.
Last tournament: Tom Lehman won the Tucson Conquistadores Classic.
Notes: Bernhard Langer now has 32 consecutive rounds under par, breaking the PGA Tour Champions record (31) held by Gil Morgan. ... Tom Lehman goes after his second straight victory after recovering from shoulder surgery. ... Lehman won the tournament in 2011 and was runner-up in 2015. ... Fred Couples still leads the Charles Schwab Cup, though he is taking off this week ahead of the Masters. ... Three players in Mississippi will compete in the Masters the following week — Langer, Steve Stricker and Jose Maria Olazabal. Stricker had a choice between playing the PGA Tour Champions or the Shell Houston Open on the regular tour.
Next tournament: Mitsubishi Electric Classic on April 14-16.
Last week: Dustin Johnson won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Next week: Masters.
Last week: Casey Wittenberg won Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
Next tournament: United Leasing & Finance Championship on April 20-23.
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