US PGA TOUR
NORTHERN TRUST OPEN
Site: Los Angeles.
Course: Riviera Country Club (7,349 yards, 6,720 meters, par 71).
Purse: $6.6 million. Winner's share: $1,188,000.
Last year: Bill Haas beat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley with a 45-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.
Last week: Brandt Snedeker won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after finishing second behind Tiger Woods and Mickelson the previous two weeks.
Notes: Mickelson, the 2008 and 2009 winner, is playing for the fifth straight week. He's skipping the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship next week in Marana, Arizona. He won the Phoenix Open two weeks ago for his 41st U.S. PGA Tour title. ... Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott are making their season debuts. Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia are making their first U.S. PGA Tour starts of the year. ... Fred Couples, the 1990 and 1992 champion, is making his record 31st start in the event. ... Tiger Woods is skipping the tournament. He last played his hometown event in 2006. ... Ben Hogan stamped the course as "Hogan's Alley" with three victories in 17 months - the 1947 and `48 Los Angeles Opens and `48 U.S. Open.
EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOUR
Site: East London, South Africa.
Course: East London Golf Club (6,632 yards, 6,064 meters, par 72).
Purse: $1.34 million. Winner's share: $212,170.
Last year: South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen successfully defended his title, beating countryman Tjaart van der Walt by two strokes.
Last week: South Africa's Richard Sterne won the Joburg Open by seven strokes, closing with a 64 for a tournament-record 27-under total.
Notes: Oosthuizen is skipping the tournament. ... The WGC-Match Play Championship is next week in Arizona, followed by the Tshwane Open in Centurion, South Africa.
Sunshine Tour site: http://www.pgatour.co.za
US LPGA TOUR/GOLF AUSTRALIA/LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR
WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Site: Canberra, Australia.
Course: Royal Canberra Golf Club (6,679 yards, 6,107 meters, par 73).
Purse: $1.2 million. Winner's share: $181,500.
Last year: Jessica Korda won a six-player playoff at Royal Melbourne for her first LPGA Tour title, birdieing the second extra hole.
Last week: Amateur star Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open for her third victory in a professional tournament. The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander won by a stroke in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours.
Notes: The tournament opens the U.S. LPGA Tour season. ... Ko is in the field. Last year, she won the New South Wales Open to become the youngest player, male or female, to win a professional event, and the Canadian Open to become the youngest U.S. LPGA Tour winner. ... Taiwan's Yani Tseng won at Commonwealth in 2010 and 2011. ... Karrie Webb won her eighth Australian Ladies Masters title two weeks ago at Royal Pines. She has four Women's Australian Open victories. ... Michelle Wie is making her season debut. ... The LPGA Thailand is next week, followed by the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.
Golf Australia site: http://www.golfaustralia.org.au
Australian Ladies Professional Golf site: http://www.alpg.com.au
Ladies European Tour site: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com
ACE GROUP CLASSIC
Site: Naples, Florida.
Course: The TwinEagles Club, Talon Course (7,193 yards, 6,577 meters, par 72).
Purse: $1.6 million. Winner's share: $240,000.
Last year: Kenny Perry won by five strokes, closing with a 70 after opening with rounds of 64 and 62 to break the tour's 36-hole record at 18-under 126.
Last week: Rocco Mediate won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton in his first start on the 50-and-over tour, shooting 67-61-71 for a two-stroke victory.
Notes: Mediate is the 16th player to win in his Champions Tour debut. He won the last of his six U.S. PGA Tour titles in 2010. ... The tour is off the next three weeks. Play will resume March 15-17 with the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, California.
PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: Queensland PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, City Golf Club, Toowoomba, Australia. Online: http://www.pgatour.com.au
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR: Kenya Open, Thursday-Sunday, Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya. Online: http://www.europeantour.com
eGOLF PROFESSIONAL TOUR: Palmetto Hall Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Palmetto Hall Plantation, Robert Cupp Course and Arthur Hills Course, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Online: http://www.egolfprofessionaltour.com