PGA TOUR’s FBR Open
Site: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Course: TPC Scottsdale (7,216 yards, par 71).
Purse: $6 million. Winner’s share: $1.08 million.
Television (all times PST): Golf Channel (Thursday, 1-4:30 p.m.,
5-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m., 1-4:30 p.m., 5-8:30 p.m.;
Saturday, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., 10-11:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday,
10-11:30 a.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, noon-3 p.m.).
Last year: J.B. Holmes won the event for the second time in three
years, beating Phil Mickelson with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
Holmes birdied the final hole of regulation to force the playoff.
Last week: Pat Perez won the Bob Hope Classic for his first PGA Tour
title, taking advantage of Steve Stricker’s collapse and holding off
John Merrick by three strokes. Perez finished at 33-under 327.
Stricker, 33 under entering the final day after rounds of 61 and 62,
had a 77 in the windy finale to tie for third at 28 under.
Notes: Mickelson is making his first start of the year. He won in
2005, shooting a 60 in the second round en route to a five-stroke
victory. The former Arizona State star also won in 1996. … Geoff
Ogilivy, the Mercedes Championships winner, also is playing along with
Holmes, Perez, Stricker, Sony Open champion Zach Johnson, three-time
winner Mark Calcavecchia, 2007 champion Aaron Baddeley, Camilo
Villegas, Anthony Kim and Kenny Perry. … Puyallup’s Ryan Moore has a
winter home in Scottsdale, and is playing the tournament for the first
time as a hometown resident. … Calcavecchia won in 1989, 1992 and 2001,
shooting 65-60-64-67 in 2001 for a 28-under 256 total — at the time a
PGA Tour record. … The Buick Invitational is next week at Torrey Pines,
followed by the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
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