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This Week April 29-May 5
Cameron Morfit
May 04, 1998
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May 04, 1998

This Week April 29-may 5

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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


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


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


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.

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.

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