This Week in Golf -- March 5-8

Philadelphia, PA ( - PGA/EUROPEAN TOUR - WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP-CADILLAC CHAMPIONSHIP, Trump National Doral, Miami, Florida - Following a Monday finish for The Honda Classic, the top-50 players in the world rankings move to Doral this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

This event will mark the first tournament since the 2012 PGA Championship that all of the top-50 will be playing the same event.

Patrick Reed dropped four strokes in a three-hole span on the back nine at PGA National on Monday to cost himself the win, or at least a spot in the playoff at the Honda Classic.

Reed returns to Doral to defend his title. He closed with an even-par 72 last year and it was enough to hold off Jamie Donaldson (70) and Bubba Watson (68). It was Reed's second win in seven weeks, and afterward declared himself one of the top-5 players in the world.

Reed has yet to reach that lofty status, but he did pick up his fourth PGA Tour win earlier this year at Kapalua.

The injured Tiger Woods will miss the event. It is just the second time in his career that he didn't qualify for a World Golf Championship event.

Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds, while NBC will also have coverage over the weekend.


PUERTO RICO OPEN, Trump International (Puerto Rico), Rio Grande, Puerto Rico - While the best players in the world are at Doral, the rest of the PGA Tour will tee it up at the Puerto Rico Open.

Chesson Hadley picked up his first PGA Tour title at this event last year. Hadley birdied the final two holes to beat Danny Lee by two strokes. Hadley was the second straight and fourth winner in the last seven years that was a first-time champion.

Hadley had opened an early lead with three birdies in the first five holes, but he needed those late birdies. Lee, a former U.S. Amateur winner, birdied three of the last four holes to keep the pressure on Hadley.

With those two late birdies, Hadley set a new tournament scoring record with his total of 267. Scott Brown set the old mark of 268 in 2013.

Jarrod Lyle will be in the field as he makes his fifth PGA Tour start since beating cancer for a second time. Along with Hadley and Lyle, the field will have seven former major winners, including John Daly, David Duval, David Toms and Lee Janzen, who picked up his first Champions Tour victory three weeks ago at the ACE Group Classic.

Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage of all four rounds.

The PGA Tour will be in Palm Harbor, Florida next week for the Valspar Championship, where John Senden will defend his title.


AFIRCA OPEN, East London Golf Club, East London, South Africa - The European Tour remains in South Africa this week with the Africa Open. Last year, Thomas Aiken and Oliver Fisher were among several players to fire four rounds in the 60s.

Aiken and Fisher finished at 20-under-par 264. Aiken then birdied the first extra hole to beat Fisher and win for the third time on the European Tour. However, Aiken will not be on hand to defend his title as he is competing at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Andy Sullivan won the Joburg Open last week. That was his second victory in eight weeks on the European Tour. He also won the South African Open, which was the first event of 2015.

Fisher and Sullivan will be joined in the field by the likes of former Open Champion Darren Clarke and George Coetzee as well as past champions Shaun Norris and Darren Fichardt.

Golf Channel will have coverage off all four rounds.

The European Tour shifts to Waterkloof, South Africa next week for the Tshwane Open, where Ross Fisher won by three strokes last year.


HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS, Sentosa Golf Club (Serapong Course), Singapore - The LPGA heads to Singapore for the HSBC Champions, where Paula Creamer had the shot of the year last year.

Creamer closed with a 3-under 69 to end alongside Azahara Munoz (70) at 10- under 278. They returned to the 18th for the playoff. Both players missed short birdie putts on the first extra hole.

They headed back to the 18th again. Creamer reached the green in two after Munoz laid up. Munoz played her third to nine feet, but never hit the putt. Creamer poured in a long, big-breaking putt for eagle and her first win since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.

Karrie Webb, the 2011 winner, was three strokes ahead with six holes to go, but she bogeyed three of the last six holes to fall from the lead.

The field this week includes 19 of the top-20 players in the world.

Golf Channel will have early morning coverage of all four rounds.

The LPGA Tour takes next week off then returns to action in Arizona with the JTBC Founders Cup, where Webb fired a 9-under 63 in the final round to rally past Stacy Lewis, Amy Yang and Munoz.


CARTAGENA DE INDIAS AT KARIBANA CHAMPIONSHIP, TPC Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia - After a month off, the Tour returns to action with a new event, the Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship.

This will be the second straight event in Colombia for the Tour. It is the third of five consecutive events outside the United States to start the season.

The winners of the first two events - Mathew Goggin (Panama Claro Championship) and Patrick Rodgers (Colombia Championship) - are both in the field this week.

There is no television coverage this week.

The Tour heads to Sao Paulo next week for the Brasil Champions, where Jon Curran rolled to a 4-shot win with a tournament record score of 25-under- par 259 last year.