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WHAT: Houston Open.

WHEN: Today-Sunday.

WHERE: The Woodlands, Texas.

COURSE: TPC at The Woodlands (7,042 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $2-million.

WINNER'S SHARE: $360,000.

TV: 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Chs. 28, 40.

NOTES: Phil Blackmar won with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff with Kevin Sutherland last year. Blackmar, whose three tour victories have come in playoffs, closed with 2-under 70 to match Sutherland at 12-under 276. Namibia's Trevor Dodds won his first PGA Tour title Sunday, parring the first hole of a playoff with Scott Verplank in the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. Dodds, who battled testicular cancer last year, finished with 3-under 69 to match Verplank at 12-under 276. Fred Couples is entered along with fellow former University of Houston stars Steve Elkington, Blaine McCallister, Bruce Lietzke, John Mahaffey and Billy Ray Brown. Fred Funk set the course record with 10-under 62 in the third round of his 1992 victory. Chip Beck, one of only two players to shoot 59 in a tour event, has missed 31 consecutive cuts and withdrawn from two events.


WHAT: Titleholders Championship.

WHEN: Today-Sunday.

WHERE: Daytona Beach.

COURSE: LPGA International (6,393 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $1-million.

WINNER'S SHARE: $150,000.

TV: 4-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Ch. 10.

NOTES: Tammie Green finished with par 72 for a two-stroke victory over Sweden's Annika Sorenstam last year. Green totaled 14-under 274. Sweden's Liselotte Neumann won the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship at Stockbridge, Ga., Sunday, closing with 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory. Neumann, also the Standard Register Ping winner, had a 14-under 202. She leads the money list with $419,776. Dottie Pepper has six straight rounds in the 60s.


WHAT: Bruno's Memorial Classic.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday.

WHERE: Birmingham, Ala.

COURSE: Greystone Golf Club (6,967 yards, par 72).

PURSE: $1.15-million.

WINNER'S SHARE: $172,500.

TV: 3-5 p.m. Friday, 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday and 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, ESPN.

NOTES: Jay Sigel won the first of two 1997 titles, closing with 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory over Gil Morgan. Sigel, a two-time U.S. Amateur champion, totaled 11-under 205. Hale Irwin successfully defended his Las Vegas Senior Classic title Sunday, finishing with 6-under 281 for a one-stroke victory over Argentina's Vincente Fernandez. Irwin has three victories this year and 16 in 65 senior starts. Jim Dent set the tournament record of 15-under 201 in 1994, and Graham Marsh matched it in 1995. Jack Kiefer ('92) and Marsh ('95) share the course record (9-under 63).