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Pro golf events this week | March 14-20, 2016

By The Associated Press
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PGA TOUR
ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL
 
Site: Orlando, Florida.
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.
Course: Bay Hill Club & Lodge (7,381 yards, par 72).
Purse: $6.3 million. Winner's share: $1,134,000.
 
Defending champion: Matt Every.
 
Last week: Charl Schwartzel defeated Bill Haas in a playoff at the Valspar Championship.
 
Next week: World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play at Austin (Texas) Country Club.
 
Notes: Every will try to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win at Bay Hill three straight years. Woods won four straight times (2000-03). ... Arnold Palmer, the 86-year-old tournament host, will not have a visible role this year. Grandson Sam Saunders will step in where needed. ... The field features five of the top 10 in the world, with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. ... Bryson DeChambeau is making his first PGA Tour start since winning the U.S. Amateur. He made the cut in all three European Tour events in the Middle East.
 
 
LPGA TOUR
JTBC FOUNDERS CUP
 
Site: Phoenix
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa (6,538 yards, par 72)
Purse: $1.5 million. Winner's share: $225,000
 
Defending champion: Hyo Joo Kim.
 
Last event: Ha Na Jang won the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore on March 6 for her second victory of the year.
 
Next week: Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California.
 
Notes: This is the first domestic event on the LPGA Tour schedule. ... Each year, the tournament honors "pioneers" of the LPGA Tour. This year's honorees are Sandra Haynie, Shirley Englehorn and Jan Stephenson. ... Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Ha Na Jang are part of a strong field. ... Karrie Webb is a two-time winner of the event (2011, 2014). ... Lexi Thompson went to New York on Monday to join Jordan Spieth in promoting the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National. The competition is held the Sunday before the Masters, which also is the day of the final round of the LPGA Tour's first major championship this year.
 
EUROPEAN TOUR/ASIAN TOUR
HERO INDIAN OPEN
 
Site: New Delhi, India
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Delhi Golf Club (6,983 yards, par 72)
Purse: $1.66 million. Winner's share: $276,603
 
Defending champion: Anirban Lahiri.
 
Last week: Scott Hend won the True Thailand Classic by one shot over Piya Swangarunporn.
 
Next week: World Golf Championship-Dell Match Play at Austin (Texas) Country Club.
 
Notes: Lahiri won last year in a playoff over S.S.P. Chawrasia. He faces a busy travel schedule by going from Doral to Delhi, and then he heads straight to Texas for the Dell Match Play. Padraig Harrington, who played in Florida last week, is playing in India for the first time since 1994.
 
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
TUCSON CONQUISTADORES CLASSIC
 
Site: Tucson, Arizona
Schedule: Friday-Sunday
Course: Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National (7,143 yards, par 72)
Purse: $1.7 million. Winner's share: $255,000
 
Defending champion: Marco Dawson.
 
Last event: Bernhard Langer won the Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida, on Feb. 14 for his 26th senior title.
 
Next event: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on April 1-3.
 
Notes: The PGA Tour Champions returns after a month break in the schedule. ... The field includes the top nine players from the Charles Schwab Cup. Jay Haas (No. 10) has withdrawn. ... Bernhard Langer leads the Charles Schwab Cup, finishing in the top 10 in all three events this year. ... During the time off, David Frost went home to South Africa to help his winery celebrate its largest order — 5,000 cases to Trader Joe's. ... John Daly already has committed to play in four PGA Tour Champions events after he turns 50 in April.
 
WEB.COM TOUR
CHITIMACHA LOUISIANA OPEN
 
Site: Broussard, Louisiana
Schedule: Thursday-Sunday
Course: Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club (7,006 yards, par 71)
Purse: $550,000. Winner's share: $99,000
 
Defending champion: Kelly Kraft.
 
OTHER TOURNAMENTS
MEN
 
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: Coca-Cola QLD PGA Championship, City Golf Club, Toowoomba, Australia. Defending champion: Ryan Fox.
 
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: The Barclays Kenya Open, Karen CC, Nairobi, Kenya. Defending champion: Haydn Porteous.
 
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA: Lexus Panama Classic, Buenaventura GC, Rio Hato, Panamas. Defending champion: Rodolfo Cazaubon.
 
WOMEN
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: T Point Ladies Golf Tournament, Kagoshima Takamaki CC, Kagoshima. Defending champion: Akane Iijima.
 
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