What: Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Course: TPC Scottsdale, Stadium Course (7,266 yards, par 71)

Schedule (TV): Thursday-Sunday (Golf Channel); Sunday (Ch. 4)

Purse: $6.3 million (winner’s share: $1,134,000)

Defending champion: Kevin Stadler



What: Coates Golf Championship in Ocala, Fla.

Course: Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club (6,541 yards, par 72)

Schedule (TV): Wednesday-Saturday (Golf Channel)

Purse: $1.5 million (winner’s share: $225,000)

Defending champion: None. It’s the inaugural event.



PGA: Tiger Woods is making his first appearance in the tournament since 2001. He played only nine times worldwide last year because of surgery to his back and lingering issues. Woods tied for last in his own 18-man Hero World Challenge in December in his only event since missing the cut in the PGA Championship in August. ... Phil Mickelson won in 1996, 2005 and 2013. In 2013, he shot 60-65-64-67 to match the tournament record of 28-under 256. The former Arizona State player tied for 24th in La Quinta in his first start since the Ryder Cup in September. ... The Farmers Insurance Open is next week in San Diego, followed by the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

LPGA: The tournament opens the tour’s 33-event season. ... Top-ranked Inbee Park is in the field along with No. 2 Lydia Ko, No. 3 Stacy Lewis, No. 5 Suzann Pettersen, No. 6 Michelle Wie, No. 8 So Yeon Ryu, No. 9 Karrie Webb and No. 10 Lexi Thompson. Park and Lewis led the tour last year with three victories each. ... Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, is making her first start as a tour member. ... The Bahamas LPGA Classic is next week.

Associated Press