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March 15, 2001|Associated Press

PGA TOUR

Bay Hill Invitational

* Site: Orlando, Fla.

* Schedule: Today-Sunday.

* Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge (7,207 yards, par 72).

* Purse: $3.5 million. Winner's share: $630,000.

* TV: USA (today-Friday, 4-6 p.m., delayed, may be live at 1 on some satellite systems) and NBC (Saturday, noon-3 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).

Last year: Tiger Woods won the third of his nine 2000 tour titles, beating Davis Love III by four strokes.

* Last week: Sweden's Jesper Parnevik won the Honda Classic in Coral Springs, Fla., topping Mark Calcavecchia, Australia's Geoff Ogilvy and New Zealand's Craig Perks by a stroke.

* Notes: Woods has not had a top-three finish in five 2001 PGA Tour starts and is winless in eight official tour events since the Canadian Open in September. Two weeks ago in Dubai, he closed with a double bogey to finish two strokes behind Denmark's Thomas Bjorn. . . . The Players Championship is next week, followed by the BellSouth Classic and the Masters. . . . Tournament host Arnold Palmer has attracted 10 of the top 11 players in the world. No. 2 Ernie Els won the 1998 event, and No. 3 Phil Mickelson took the 1997 title. . . . European stars Colin Montgomerie, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood are making their first U.S. starts of the year. . . . Payne Stewart set the tournament record of 264 in 1987.

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

LPGA

LPGA TOUR

Standard Register Ping

* Site: Phoenix.

* Schedule: Today-Sunday.

* Course: Moon Valley Country Club (6,392 yards, par 72).

* Purse: $1 million. Winner's share: $150,000.

* TV: ESPN (today-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon; Saturday-Sunday, 2-4 p.m.).

* Last year: Sweden's Charlotta Sorenstam ended Karrie Webb's season-opening winning streak, beating the Australian star by two strokes at the Legacy. Webb began the year with four LPGA victories and also won the Women's Australian Open.

* Last week: Annika Sorenstam successfully defended her Welch's-Circle K title in Tucson. The Swedish star closed with a seven-under 65 for a six-shot victory and tournament-record 23-under 265 total.

* Notes: Webb and Sweden's Sophie Gustafson are coming off victories in Australia. Webb won the Australian Ladies Masters for the fourth consecutive year, and Gustafson edged Webb by a stroke Sunday in the Women's Australian Open. Gustafson also topped Webb in the LPGA's Naples, Fla., event in January. . . . England's Laura Davies won the tournament from 1994-97 to join Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen as the only players to win a major tour event four consecutive years. . . . The Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year, is next week in Rancho Mirage.

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

SENIOR PGA

SENIOR PGA TOUR

Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley

* Site: San Jose.

* Schedule: Friday-Sunday.

* Course: Coyote Creek Golf Club (6,627 yards, par 72).

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

* TV: PAX (Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and CNBC (Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m.).

* Last year: Inaugural event.

* Last week: Jim Colbert became the 10th player to win a Senior PGA Tour event at 60 or older, beating Spain's Jose Maria Canizares by a stroke in the SBC Classic at Valencia.

* Notes: Jack Nicklaus designed the Coyote Creek course. He is making his fifth start of the year as he prepares for the Masters. . . . The Emerald Coast Classic is next week in Milton, Fla., followed by the Legends of Golf in St. Augustine, Fla.

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

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