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This week's tournaments

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John Deere Classic

Site: Silvas, Ill.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: TPC at Deere Run (7,183 yards, par 71).

Purse: $2.8 million. Winner's share: $504,000.

Television: The Golf Channel and Fox Sports Net (Thursday-Friday, 4-6:30 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m. TGC only) and CBS (Saturday, 4-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

Last year: Michael Clark II won his first tour title, beating Kirk Triplett on the fourth hole of a Monday playoff.

Last week: David Duval won the British Open for his first major title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Sweden's Niclas Fasth. ... Jeff Sluman birdied the second hole of a playoff with Australia's Paul Gow to win the B.C. Open.

Notes: The Tiger Woods-Annika Sorenstam vs. Duval-Karrie Webb made-for-TV match is Monday at Bighorn in Palm Desert, Calif. ... The tournament moved to Deere Run last year after 25 years at Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley. D.A. Weibring, the tournament winner in 1979, 1991 and 1995, designed the Deere Run course. ... The International is next week in Castle Rock, Colo., followed by the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.

On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com


Giant Eagle LPGA Classic

Site: Vienna, Ohio

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Squaw Creek Country Club (6,565 yards, par 72).Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $150,000.Television: ESPN2 (Friday, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, 2-4 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.).

Last year: Dorothy Delasin won at age 19 to became the LPGA's youngest champion in 25 years. She beat Pat Hurst on the second hole of a playoff at Avalon Lakes.Last week: Rosie Jones won the Big Apple Classic, closing with a birdie for a one-stroke victory over Laura Diaz.

Notes: South Korea's Se Ri Pak won the 1998 tournament. She has three victories this year, including her third Jamie Farr title three weeks ago in Sylvania. ... Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb are skipping the tournament. ... The Women's British Open next week at Sunningdale.

On the Net: http://www.lpga.com


State Farm Senior Classic

Site: Hunt Valley, Md.

Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

Course: Hayfields Country Club (6,851 yards, par 72).Purse: $1.45 million. Winner's share: $217,000.Television: PAX (Friday, 2-4 p.m.) and CNBC (Saturday-Sunday, 6-8 p.m.).

Last year: Leonard Thompson beat Japan's Isao Aoki on the second hole of a playoff at Hobbit's Run.Last week: Dana Quigley won the SBC Senior Open, beating Jay Sigel by five strokes in a Monday finish.

Notes: Bruce Lietzke is making his second senior start. He tied for 24th last week. ... Bobby Wadkins is making his tour debut. ... The tournament moves to Hayfields after three years at Hobbit's Run. ... The 2002 U.S. Senior Open will be played at nearby Caves Valley. ... The Lightpath Long Island Classic is next week.

On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com


TNT Open

Site: Noordwijk, Netherlands.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Noordwijkse Golf Club (6,751 yards, par 71).Purse: $1.56 million. Winner's share: $260,790.Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Friday, 2:30-5 a.m., 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2:30-5 a.m., 9 a.m.-noon; Monday, 2:30-5 a.m.).

Last year: Australia's Stephen Leaney won for the second time in three years, beating Germany's Bernhard Langer by four strokes.

Last week: David Duval won the British Open for his first major title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Sweden's Niclas Fasth.

Notes: Langer, the 1984 and 1992 winner, is in the field along with South Africa's Ernie Els and Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke. The trio tied for third in the British Open. ... England's Lee Westwood won the 1999 tournament at Hilversum. ... The Scandinavian Masters is next in Sweden, followed by the Wales Open.

On the Net: http://www.europeantour.com


Senior British Open

Site: Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Royal County Down Golf Club (6,614 yards, par 71).

Purse: $326,400. Winner's share: $54,400.

Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and ABC (Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-4 p.m.).Last year: Ireland's Christy O'Connor Jr. successfully defended his title, beating South Africa's John Bland by two strokes.

Last event: Ireland's Denis O'Sullivan won the Scandinavian Seniors International for his second victory of the year.

Notes: Jack Nicklaus is making his first appearance in the tournament. Arnold Palmer, three-time winner Gary Player and two-time champion Bob Charles also are in the field.

On the Net: http://www.europeantour.com


Ozarks Open

Site: Springfield, Mo.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Highland Springs Country Club (7,060 yards, par 72).

Purse: $450,000. Winner's share: $81,000.Television: The Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 1-3:30 p.m., 11 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-4 p.m., 8-10 p.m., 11 p.m.-1 a.m.).

Last year: Pat Perez won his first tour title, beating Pat Bates and Mike Heinen on the first hole of a playoff.

Last week: Bates won the Siouxland Open, beating former U.S. Amateur champions Matt Kuchar and Eric Meeks by a stroke. Bates also won the 1994 tournament.Notes: Heath Slocum leads the tour with two victories and $242,590. A third victory would give him an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour. ... The Omaha Classic is next week.

On the Net: http://www.pgatour.com


Japan Golf Tour: NST Niigata Open, Thursday-Sunday, Nakajo Golf Club, Niigata, Japan.

On the Net: http://www.jgto.org

NGA Hooters Tour: Crescent City Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Golf Club of New Orleans at Eastover, New Orleans. Net: http://www.hooterstour.com.

Canadian Tour: Grant Forest Products/NRCS Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Timberwolf Golf Club, Sudbury, Ontario.

On the Net: http://www.cantour.com

PGA European Challenge Tour: European Challenge Tour Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Bowood Golf and Country Club, Wiltshire, England. On the Net: http://www.europeantour.com

Ladies European Tour, WPGA Championship of Europe, Thursday-Sunday, Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Porthcawl, Wales. On the Net: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.comFutures Tour: M&T Bank Lorretto Futures Classic, Friday-Sunday, The Links at Erie Village, Syracuse, N.Y. On the Net: http://www.futurestour.comJapan LPGA: Golf 5 Ladies, Friday-Sunday, Mizunami Country Club, Gifu, Japan.

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