This Week

May 03, 1998

April 29-May 5

PGA
Shell Houston Open, TPC at the Woodlands, Houston
Houston, we have a problem: For three years running, there's
been no winner after 72 holes

LPGA
Mercury Titleholders Championship, LPGA International (below),
Daytona Beach
Tight fairways and tall rough favor accurate boppers like Donna
Andrews and Karrie Webb

Seniors
Bruno's Memorial Classic, Greystone Golf Club, Birmingham
Larry Nelson gets another chance to steal Hale Irwin's and Gil
Morgan's thunder

Europe
Italian Open, Golf Royal D'Agadir, Milan Winner pockets
251,016,900 lire ($141,100). Bernhard Langer defends his '97 title

PGA Tour
THE BIGGEST LITTLE HOEDOWN IN TEXAS

The Tour blows into the Lone Star State this week, so think big.
The purse is big ($2 million, up 25% from last year), defending
champ Phil Blackmar is the circuit's biggest man, at 6'7" and
245 pounds, and the week's off-course festivities make the
Houston Open one of the biggest parties of the year. Peter
Jacobsen and Payne Stewart, two thirds of Jake Trout and the
Flounders, jam live on Monday along with Duck Soup. On Tuesday
tournament officials put on a barbecue for the players. Frankie
Valli and the Four Seasons join Little Anthony and the Imperials
onstage on Saturday. Blackmar, Stewart, Mark Brooks, Billy Ray
Brown, Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Jeff Maggert and Omar Uresti, all
of whom played for Texas colleges, should have a big ol' time.
ABC, SATURDAY, 2 PM; SUNDAY, 3 PM

LPGA
FLYING TITLEISTS AT THE TITLEHOLDERS

The purse dips from $1.2 million to a mere million this year,
but tradition will draw one of the better fields of the season
to the Titleholders. The tournament began in Augusta as an
amateur event in 1937, then became one of the women's majors
when the LPGA was founded 13 years later. Patty Berg
three-peated from 1937 to '39 en route to a record seven
Titleholders titles. Today, although it's no longer one of the
LPGA's big four, the event boasts a venue with major
credentials. To win at the demanding 6,393-yard LPGA
International, defending champ Tammie Green, Karrie Webb, Helen
Alfredsson and Annika Sorenstam will need to do their best Patty
Berg impressions.
CBS, SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 4 PM

Senior Tour
GRIDIRONIES GALORE AT THE BRUNO'S MEMORIAL

Where will you find former Auburn football coach Pat Dye joking
with former 'Bama head man Gene Stallings? At the Bruno's
pro-am, in which bygones are bygones and bogeys are cause for an
end zone shuffle. Other celebs scheduled to kick
off--correction, tee off--on Wednesday include Green Bay Packers
quarterback Brett Favre and Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel, who
figures to spend the weekend rooting for a former Colorado
football player, Hale Irwin.

COLOR PHOTO: COURTESY OF LPGA INTERNATIONAL [Bunkers on golf course]

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)