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GOLF: THE FACTS, FIGURES

This week's events

PGA _ U.S. Open.

Course: Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.

Purse: $1.6-million.

TV: Today and Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., ESPN; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., ABC-Ch. 10.

Defending champion: Tom Kite.

Notes: Kite conquered the wind at Pebble Beach, Calif., to shoot a final-round 72 and win last year's U.S. Open for his first major championship. He finished the four rounds at 3-under 285, two strokes ahead of Jeff Sluman. This year's field of 153 professionals and three amateurs includes Jack Nicklaus, playing in a record 37th Open. Ted Oh, a 16-year-old high school sophomore, is the youngest in the field. All pros making the cut will earn at least $6,224.

LPGA _ Rochester International.

Course: Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, N.Y.

Purse: $500,000.

Defending champion: Patty Sheehan.

Notes: Starts today. Sheehan set an LPGA record with a 9-under-par 63 in the third round last year, and her total of 269 was one stroke off Nancy Lopez's LPGA record for four rounds, set in 1985. The victory was Sheehan's first since February 1991 and gave her 27 in 12 years on the tour. She has won four tournaments since to make the LPGA Hall of Fame.

SENIORS _ Burnet Senior Classic.

Course: Bunker Hills Golf Club, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Purse: $1.05-million.

Defending champion: None.

Notes: Starts Friday. The tournament makes its debut on the seniors schedule. On this weekend last year, the Senior PGA Tour was idle, giving the golfers a week off between the Senior Players Championship and the Southwestern Bell Classic.

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