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US PGA TOUR

Honda Classic

Site: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: PGA National Resort and Spa, The Champion (7,110 yards, 6,502 meters, par 70).

Purse: $6 million. Winner's share: $1.08 million.

Last year: Rory McIlroy won to take the top spot in the world ranking from Luke Donald. McIlroy finished with a 69 to beat Tiger Woods and Tom Gillis by two strokes. Woods closed with a 62, his lowest final round ever.

Last week: Matt Kuchar won the Match Play Championship for his first World Golf Championships victory, beating defending champion Hunter Mahan 2 and 1 in the final at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. Kuchar beat Jason Day in the semifinals.

Notes: The top-ranked McIlroy and No. 2 Woods are coming off first-round loses in the Match Play Championship. Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in his last stroke-play event. ... McIlroy was the fifth straight international winner, following Ernie Els (2008), YE Yang (2009), Camilo Villegas (2010) and Rory Sabbatini (2011). ... The Champion course was the site of the 1983 Ryder Cup and 1987 US PGA Championship. ... The WGC-Cadillac Championship is next week at Doral, opposite the Puerto Rico Open.

Online: http://www.pgatour.com

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EUROPEAN TOUR/SUNSHINE TOUR

TSHWANE OPEN

Site: Centurion, South Africa.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: The Els Club at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate (7,791 yards, 7,124 meters, par 72).

Purse: $1.96 million. Winner's share: $311,070.

Last year: Inaugural event.

Last event: South Africa's Darren Fichardt won the Africa Open at East London on Feb. 17 for his fourth European Tour title.

Notes: Major champions Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal and Michael Campbell are in the field. ... Ernie Els designed the course on land where his grandfather, Ernie Vermaak, grew up. Els is skipping the tournament to play in the US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. ... The course is the longest in European Tour history. The 685-yard fourth hole also is the longest in tour history, and the course is circuit's first with three par 5s over 600 yards. ... The tournament is the last of six European Tour events in South Africa this season. .. The WGC-Cadillac Championship is next week at Doral in Florida.

Online: http://www.europeantour.com

Sunshine Tour site: http://www.pgatour.co.za

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US LPGA TOUR

HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS

Site: Singapore.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Sentosa Golf Club, The Serapong Course (6,606 yards, 6,041 meters, par 72).

Purse: $1.4 million. Winner's share: $210,000.

Last year: Angela Stanford won her fifth US LPGA Tour title, beating Jenny Shin with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff at Tanah Merah. Shanshan Feng was eliminated on the first extra hole, and Na Yeon Choi dropped out on the second.

Last week: South Korea's Inbee Park won the LPGA Thailand when 17-year-old Thai player Ariya Jutanugarn closed with a triple bogey to blow a two-stroke lead.

Notes: Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen escaped serious injury on Sunday when the cars they were riding in Bangkok were involved in a five-car accident. Creamer strained a muscle in her neck, and Miyazato also is fighting whiplash. Pettersen wasn't hurt. Creamer and Miyazato, the 2010 winner at Tanah Merah, will attempt to play. ... Jiyai Shin, the 2009 winner at Tanah Merah, won the season-opening Australian Women's Open. ... The tour is off the next week. Play will resume March 14-17 with the Founders Cup in Phoenix.

Online: http://www.lpga.com

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

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WEB.COM TOUR: Colombia Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Bogota Country Club, Bogota, Colombia. Online: http://www.pgatour.com

PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA: New Zealand PGA Championship, Thursday-Sunday, The Hills Golf Club, Queenstown, New Zealand. Online: http://www.pgatour.com.au

NGA TOUR: Spring Hill Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Spring Hill Country Club, Tifton, Georgia. Online: http://www.ngatour.com

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