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Pro golf events this week | February 22-28, 2016

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PGA TOUR
HONDA CLASSIC
 
Site: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: PGA National Resort and Spa, The Champion (7,140 yards, par 70).
Purse: $6.1 million. Winner's share: $1,098,000.
 
Last year: Padraig Harrington won the rain-delayed event in a Monday finish. He beat Daniel Berger with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
 
Last week: Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in Los Angeles. He birdied two of the last three holes to beat Adam Scott and Jason Kokrak by a stroke.
 
Notes: Third-ranked Rory McIlroy is coming off a 20th-place tie at Riviera in his first U.S. start of the year. He won in 2012 at PGA National. ... Phil Mickelson also is in the field along with Scott and Rickie Fowler. Mickelson tied for second two weeks ago at Pebble Beach. He's winless since the 2013 British Open. ... The Champion course was the site of the 1983 Ryder Cup and 1987 PGA Championship. ... The tour will remain in Florida the next three weeks for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational.
 
 
EUROPEAN TOUR/PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA/ASIAN TOUR
ISPS HANDA PERTH INTERNATIONAL
 
Site: Perth, Australia.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Lake Karrinyup Country Club (7,143 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.27 million. Winner's share: $210,875.
 
Last event: Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen won in October 2014, beating France's Victor Dubuisson by three strokes.
 
Last week: Marcus Fraser won the inaugural Maybank Championship Malaysia by two strokes for his third European Tour title.
 
Notes: South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen tops the field along with Olesen, Dubuisson and Australians Fraser and Peter Senior. Senior won the Australian Masters in November at a record age of 56. ... Ernie Els won the 2003 Johnnie Walker Classic at Lake Karrinyup at 29-under 259, the lowest score in relation to par in European Tour history.
 
LPGA TOUR
HONDA LPGA THAILAND
 
Site: Chonburi, Thailand.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course (6,548 yards, par 72).
Purse: $1.6 million. Winner's share: $240,000.
 
Last year: South Korea's Amy Yang won her second LPGA Tour title. Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng and Mirim Lee tied for second, two strokes back.
 
Last week: Japan's Haru Nomura won the Women's Australian Open for her first LPGA Tour title. She closed with a 7-under 65 for a three-stroke victory over top-ranked Lydia Ko.
 
Notes: Second-ranked Inbee Park is returning from a back injury that forced her to withdraw after a first-round 80 in the season-opening event in the Bahamas. The South Korean won in 2013 at Siam Country Club when Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn closed with a triple bogey to blow a two-stroke lead. ... Lewis has nine runner-up finishes in a 41-event victory drought that dates to June 2014. The 11-time tour winner has 22 career second-place finishes. ... Sweden's Anna Nordqvist won the 2014 event. ... The HSBC Women's Champions is next week in Singapore.
 
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR/AUSTRALIAN LADIES PROFESSIONAL GOLF
RACV AUSTRALIAN LADIES MASTERS
 
Site: Gold Coast, Australia.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: RACV Royal Pines Resort (6,445 yards, par 73).
Purse: $277,690. Winner's share: $55,540.
 
Last year: Australia's Su Oh won in her second pro start, beating Charley Hull, Katherine Kirk and Florentyna Parker by three strokes.
 
Last week: Japan's Haru Nomura won the Women's Australian Open. She closed with a 7-under 65 for a three-stroke victory over top-ranked Lydia Ko.
 
Notes: Cheyenne Woods and Canadian Brooke Henderson are in the field. Woods won the 2014 tournament. She is Tiger Woods' niece. Henderson won the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic last year at age 17. ... Graham Marsh recently re-designed the course. The new layout was used for the first time last year for the Australian PGA Championship.
 
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
 
Next event: Tucson Conquistadores Classic, March 18-20, Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Arizona.
 
Last event: Bernhard Langer won the Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida, on Feb. 14 for his 26th senior title. The 58-year-old German player shot 62-66-73 for a three-stroke victory.
 
WEB.COM TOUR
 
Next event: Chitimacha Louisiana Open, March 17-20, Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, Broussard, Louisiana.
 
Last event: Sebastian Munoz won his hometown Club Colombia Championship on Feb. 7 for his first Web.com Tour victory. He birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory.
 
OTHER TOURNAMENTS
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PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Colombia Open, Thursday-Sunday, Club Campestre de Medellin, Medellin, Colombia.
 
SUNSHINE TOUR: Eye of Africa PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate, Eikenhof, South Africa.
 
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