Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - PGA TOUR - AT&T PEBBLE BEACH NATIONAL
PRO-AM, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula Country Club & Spyglass
Hill Golf Club, Pebble Beach, California - The PGA Tour returns to California
this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Seven of the top-21 players in the world are competing this week, and they
will play alongside amateur partners for at least the first three rounds.
Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and defending champion Brandt Snedeker will
headline the field on the professional side. Mickelson has won this event four
times, while Johnson is a two-time winner.
Snedeker fired four rounds in the 60s last year, including a 7-under 65 in the
final round. His total of 267 bettered Mark O'Meara's old tournament record of
268. Mickelson also posted 268 when he won in 2007.
Plenty of big names will appear on the amateur side as well. Heading that list
will be current NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith;
actors Don Cheadle, Ray Romano, Andy Garcia and Kurt Russell; musicians Kenny
G, Kid Rock and Darius Rucker; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain, former
tennis star Andy Roddick, and NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky.
The players will rotate between Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula and Spyglass
for the first three rounds before the final round is contested at Pebble
Beach. The final round also includes the top amateur teams battling for the
Golf Channel will have coverage Thursday and Friday, as well as early coverage
on the weekend before handing off to CBS in the afternoon.
The PGA Tour heads to Riviera next week for the Northern Trust Open, where
John Merrick parred the second playoff hole last year to beat Charlie Beljan.
JOBURG OPEN, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club (East & West Courses),
Johannesburg, South Africa - The European Tour returns to South Africa for the
next two events, and first up is the Joburg Open.
Last year, Richard Sterne fired four rounds in the 60s en route to a
dominating 7-stroke win over countryman Charl Schwartzel.
Sterne opened with a 63 and blew away the field with a closing 64. The
victory was his second at this event, and sixth on the European Tour.
His total of 260 broke Schwartzel's 2010 record of 261.
The first two rounds will be spread over the East and West Courses at Royal
Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. The East Course will then host the
final two rounds.
With a new qualifying system in place for the British Open, the top-3
finishers ranked in the top 10 that are not otherwise qualified, will earn a
spot in the field at Royal Liverpool.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds.
The European Tour shifts to East London next week for the Africa Open, where
Darren Fichardt earned a 2-stroke win over Jaco Van Zyl last year.
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP, The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Florida -
The Champions Tour returns to action after a brief break with the first of two
events in Florida, the Allianz Championship.
Rocco Mediate had a rousing debut to the Champions Tour as he fired an 11-
under 61 in the second round last year and went on to win by two strokes. His
61 was a course record at Broken Sound.
Mediate also set the new 36-hole scoring record (128), and his 54-hole total
of 199 matched the record that Bernhard Langer and John Cook set in 2010. He
was the 16th player in Champions Tour history to win in his tour debut.
Mediate will defend his title against the likes of Mark Calcavecchia, Langer,
Colin Montgomerie and Kenny Perry.
Golf Channel will cover all three rounds this weekend.
The Champions Tour heads to Naples next week for the ACE Group Classic, where
Langer beat Jay Don Blake by a single stroke last year.
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