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This Week April 22-28
Cameron Morfit
April 27, 1998
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April 27, 1998

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Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic, Forest Oaks Country Club, Greensboro, N.C. Frank Nobilo, the Kiwi with the five-o'clock shadow, defends his only PGA Tour title


Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, Eagle's Landing Country Club, Stockbridge, Ga.
Forty-three of the top 50 Chicks-fil-A strong field in chase for a $105,000 top prize

Las Vegas Senior Classic, the TPC at the Canyons and the TPC at Summerlin, Las Vegas Summerlin is the only course to host PGA and Senior tour events in '98


Peugeot Open de Espa�a, El Prat Golf Club, Barcelona Past champions on hand include Seve Ballesteros, Mark James and Bernhard Langer

PGA Tour
One Straw Hat and Eight Silver Cups
Sam Snead's Tour record for victories in the same tournament (eight, at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic) may never be topped. Among active players only Mark O'Meara, with five wins at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, is close to Snead's mark. This week Greensboro organizers will unveil the Sam Snead Cup, a trophy that will henceforth go to the tournament's champ each year. Eponymous cups are running over for Sam, who was to be given eight Snead trophies—he won only cash for his Greensboro victories—during a ceremony on Tuesday. Forest Oaks Country Club (right) features the thickest rough that Tour players have encountered this season, which will make the Classic a good gauge of O'Meara, Phil Mickelson and John Daly's chances at another event that offers a silver cup to the winner: the U.S. Open.

Playing Chicken for Plenty of Lettuce
The 1997 Chick-fil-A was soggy. Foul weather made the fowl classic the only LPGA tournament of the year to be shortened to 36 holes, yet the results left organizers clucking about their good fortune. Nancy Lopez played extra crisply, shooting 71-66 and snapping her four-year, 68-tournament winless streak. While hoping for more pleasant weather this week, the event's hosts are making sure fans don't go hungry: Anyone who visits the tournament Web site at can print out a coupon for a free chicken sandwich. Lopez, Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davies and Karrie Webb can only hope their birds will come so easily.

Senior Tour
That's No Mirage, It's A Mountain of Money
The Las Vegas Senior Classic's purse is up 40% from last year's, the venue has doubled from one course (the TPC at the Canyons) to two (add the TPC at Summerlin), and the tournament has expanded from 54 to 72 holes. Other than that, Las Vegas is as modest a blip on the Senior circuit as ever. Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan and two-time winner Jim Colbert hope to leave town flush with their shares of the Classic's $1.4 million pot.

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