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State tournaments

A quick look at other golf tournaments in Florida.

By Times Staff
Published January 27, 2005


ACE Group Classic

Champions Tour

DATE: Feb. 18-20.

WHERE: Naples.

COURSE: The Club at TwinEagles.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Craig Stadler.

PURSE: $1.6-million, $240,000 winner.

LAST YEAR: Stadler won the first of his five Champions Tour titles in a sudden-death playoff over Tom Watson and Gary Koch. A final-round 72 was good enough to tie Watson and Koch, who both parred the first extra hole while Stadler birdied it.

TV: 1:30-4 p.m Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Golf Channel.

TICKETS: 1-877-367-3849 or www.theacegroupclassic.com

Ford Championship at Doral

PGA Tour

DATE: March 3-6.

WHERE: Miami.

COURSE: Doral Resort & Spa (Blue Course).

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Craig Parry.

PURSE: $5.5-million, $990,000 winner.

LAST YEAR: Parry hit what many considered to be the shot of the year, holing a 6-iron from 176 yards for an eagle on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Scott Verplank. The shot came on Doral's 18th hole, the most difficult on the PGA Tour in 2004.

TV: 3-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, USA; 3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Ch. 10

TICKETS: 1-888-939-4653 or www.fordchampionship.com

Honda Classic

PGA Tour

DATE: March 10-13.

WHERE: Palm Beach Gardens.

COURSE: Country Club at Mirasol (Sunrise Course).

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Todd Hamilton.

PURSE: $5.5-million, $990,000 winner.

LAST YEAR: Hamilton earned his first PGA Tour victory in his 18th event at the age of 38. He birdied the final two holes to edge Davis Love by a stroke. Hamilton went on to win the British Open and was the PGA Tour rookie of the year.

TV: 4-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, USA; 3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Ch. 10.

TICKETS: 866-846-6328.

Bay Hill Invitational

PGA Tour

DATE: March 17-20.

WHERE: Orlando.

COURSE: Bay Hill Club and Lodge

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Chad Campbell

PURSE: $5-million, $900,000 winner.

LAST YEAR: Campbell came from four strokes back on the last day, shooting 6-under 66 to win by six over Stuart Appleby, who shot a final-round 76. It was Campbell's second PGA Tour victory.

TV: 3-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, USA; 3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Ch. 10,

TICKETS: 1-866-764-4843 or www.bayhillinvitational.com

Players Championship

PGA Tour

DATE: March 24-27.

WHERE: Ponte Vedra Beach.

COURSE: TPC-Sawgrass (Stadium Course).

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Adam Scott.

PURSE: $8-million, $1.44-million winner.

LAST YEAR: Scott shot a final-round 70 to hold off Padraig Harrington by one to claim the prestigious title. It didn't come without some anxious moments. Scott flew his approach to the final green into the water but managed to get up and down for bogey to win.

TV: Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, ESPN; 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10; 1:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 10.

TICKETS: 1-800-741-3161.

Blue Angels Classic

Champions Tour

DATE: May 13-15.

WHERE: Milton (near Pensacola).

COURSE: The Moors Golf Club.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Tom Jenkins.

PURSE: $1.5-million, $225,000 winner.

LAST YEAR: Jenkins cruised to a five-stroke victory by shooting 7-under 63 in the final round to beat Rodger Davis.

TV: 2:30-5 p.m. Friday, 9-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Golf Channel.

TICKETS: 1-850-438-7700.

Funai Classic at Walt Disney World

PGA Tour

DATE: Oct. 20-23.

WHERE: Lake Buena Vista.

COURSES: Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia and Palm courses).

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ryan Palmer.

PURSE: $4.4-million, $792,000 winner.

LAST YEAR: Palmer charged to victory on the final day, shooting 10-under 62 to win by three over Vijay Singh and Briny Baird. It was the first victory of the PGA Tour rookie's career.

TV: 3-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, ESPN; 4-6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN; 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 28.

TICKETS: 1-407-835-2525.

Miccosukee Championship

Nationwide Tour

DATE: Oct. 20-23.

WHERE: Miami.

COURSE: Miccosukee Golf & Country Club.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: D.J. Trahan.

PURSE: $500,000, $90,000 winner.

LAST YEAR: Trahan fired 6-under 65 during the final round to capture his first Nationwide Tour title, edging third-round leader Nick Watney by two. He finished with 35 consecutive bogey-free holes.

TV: 1:30-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Golf Channel.

TICKETS: 1-305-477-4653.