This week's tournaments


PGA Tour

Coming weeks:

Next week: Buick Classic, Rye, N.Y.

June 18-21: U.S. Open, The Olympic Club, San Francisco

June 25-28: Western Open, Lemont, Ill.


Event: Michelob Light Classic

Site: St. Louis

Schedule: Today-Sunday

Course: Forest Hills Country Club (6,375 yards, par 72)

Purse: $600,000 (winner receives $90,000)

TV: ESPN2 (tomorrow, 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 2: 30-4: 30 p.m.; Sunday, 3: 30-5: 30 p.m.)

Last year: Sweden's Annika Sorenstam won the tournament for the second time in three years.

Last week: Rosie Jones won the Rochester International, finishing with a par 72 for a two-stroke victory over Juli Inkster.

Skinny: Sorenstam, a 10-stroke winner in the 1995 tournament, is winless in nine starts this year. She led the tour last year with six victories and record earnings of $1,236,769. Sweden's Liselotte Neumann, a two-time winner this year, also won the Japan LPGA's Gunze Cup last month. Vicki Fergon shot a tournament-record 63 in the second round of her 1996 victory.

Coming weeks:

Next week: Oldsmobile Classic, East Lansing, Mich.

June 18-21: Friendly's Classic, Agawam, Mass.

June 26-28: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Atlantic City, N.J.

Senior PGA Tour

Event: Nationwide Championship

Site: Alpharetta, Ga.

Schedule: Tomorrow-Sunday

Course: Golf Club of Georgia, Lakeside Course (6,777 yards, par 72)

Purse: $1.35 million (winner receives $202,500)

TV: ESPN (tomorrow, 1: 30-3: 30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5: 30-7 p.m.)

Last year: Australia's Graham Marsh closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Hale Irwin.

Last week: Larry Nelson won the Pittsburgh Classic, shooting 65-65-74.

Skinny: Nelson also won the American Express Invitational in February, and has 10 top-10 finishes in 16 senior starts. He won 10 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1981 and 1987 PGA Championships and 1983 U.S. Open. Irwin is making his first tour start since the first week of May. He has three victories and earnings of $1,051,850 in eight events. Gil Morgan, also a three-time winner this year, is second on the money list with $853,818.

Coming weeks:

Next week: BellSouth Senior Classic, Nashville, Tenn.

June 18-21: Canada Senior Open Championship, Calgary, Alberta

June 26-28: NFL Golf Classic, Clifton, N.J.

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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