The Sports Xchange
By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange
PGA TOUR: Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., Thursday through Sunday.
TV: Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m. EDT, on the Golf Channel; Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m. EDT on the Golf Channel and 3-6 p.m. EDT on NBC.
LAST YEAR: Kevin Streelman played the last 37 holes without a bogey, shooting 65-67 on the weekend to beat Boo Weekley by two strokes in what was then the Tampa Bay Championship. Streelman, who claimed his first PGA Tour victory in his 153rd start on the circuit, took the lead for good with a 6-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole, which played as the most difficult on the Copperhead Course in the final round. Weekley, who started three hours before the leaders, took the clubhouse lead with an 8-under-par 63. He held out hope that he might at least make a playoff until Streelman holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif., Friday through Sunday.
TV: Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, 7-9 p.m. EDT, on the Golf Channel each day.
LAST YEAR: David Frost of South Africa opened with an 8-under-par 63 and led virtually all the way in claiming a five-stroke victory over Fred Couples. Frost, who played the weekend in 66-65, earned his fourth victory on the Champions Tour, adding the Regions Tradition later in the year, after winning 10 times on the PGA Tour. Couples birdied the first hole of the final round to pull even with Frost, who regained control with birdies on the next two holes and finished things off with Couples still in contention by carding four birdies on the last five holes.
LPGA TOUR: LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, March 20-23.
TV: Thursday and Friday, 6:30-9 p.m. EDT; Saturday and Sunday, 7-9 p.m. EDT, on the Golf Channel each day.
LAST YEAR: Stacy Lewis closed with an 8-under-par 64 to beat Ai Miyazato of Japan by three strokes and take over the No. 1 spot in the Women's Rolex Golf Rankings. Lewis was one stroke behind but took command with a birdie on the 307-yard 16th hole, where Miyazato hit her ball in a cactus bush and wound up with a double-bogey 6. Miyazato took a four-stroke lead into the final round but closed with a 71. Lewis overcame a two-stroke penalty the day before on the 16th hole, where it was ruled that her caddie, Travis Wilson, tested the sand in a bunker before she hit her shot.