This Week in Golf -- Oct. 15-20

Philadelphia, PA ( - PGA TOUR - SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN OPEN, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada -- The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas this week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Last year, Ryan Moore closed with a 5-under 66 on Sunday to win by one shot over Brendon de Jonge. Moore's finishing total of 24-under-par 260 set a new 72-hole tournament scoring record.

Like last week's season-opening Open, this tournament will offer full FedExCup points and the winner will earn an invite to the Masters for the first time.

Moore, who makes his home in Las Vegas, will return to defend his title and seeks to become the second back-to-back winner in tournament history. Jim Furyk became the first consecutive winner when he captured the titles in 1998 and 1999.

The remainder of the field will include four of the top 30 players in the world rankings, led by No. 11 Zach Johnson. The other players ranked in the top 30 are No. 24 Webb Simpson, No. 27 Nick Watney and No. 30 Hideki Matsuyama.

Golf Channel will have full television coverage of this event.

The PGA Tour moves to Malaysia next week for the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, where Nick Watney fired a 10-under 61 on Sunday to rally and win by a stroke.

GRAND SLAM OF GOLF -- Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda -- Also on tap this week for the PGA Tour is the Grand Slam of Golf.

The exclusive 36-hole event is reserved for the season's four major champions, who are Masters winner Adam Scott, U.S. Open winner Justin Rose, PGA champion Jason Dufner and British Open titlist Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson will not participate in the event because of a scheduling conflict, however, and will be replaced by defending Grand Slam of Golf winner Padraig Harrington.

Harrington closed with a 4-under 67 last year to earn a 1-stroke victory over Webb Simpson. The field also included Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson.

TNT will have exclusive television coverage of both rounds.


ISPS HANDA PERTH INTERNATIONAL -- Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Western Australia -- The European Tour wraps up its regular season this week with the ISPS Handa Perth International.

This event marks the last chance for players to move inside the top 110 of the Race to Dubai and secure their European Tour playing cards for next season.

Players currently on the bubble include James Kingston (111th), Peter Lawrie (114th) and David Higgins (115th).

Those players that finish inside the top 60 on the Race to Dubai qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Bo Van Pelt closed with a 4-under 68 to earn a 2-stroke win over Jason Dufner at the inaugural Perth International last year. Van Pelt will return to defend his title.

Golf Channel will have television coverage of all four rounds.

The European Tour begins its first-ever Final Series next week with the BMW Masters, where Peter Hanson hung on for a 1-stroke victory despite a bogey at his final hole last year.


KEB - HANABANK CHAMPIONSHIP -- Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea -- The LPGA moves to South Korea this week for the KEB - HanaBank Championship.

Last year, Suzann Pettersen squandered a 5-shot lead at the start of the final round, but recovered with a birdie at the third playoff hole to defeat Catriona Matthew and claim her ninth career LPGA title.

Pettersen returns to defend her title against a field that includes 35 Korean players, 12 of which are members of the Korean LPGA.

Also among the local favorites is world No. 1 Inbee Park, who is seeking her seventh win of the season.

Golf Channel will have coverage of all three rounds of the 54-hole tournament.

The LPGA Tour continues its five-week Asian swing next week with the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, which Pettersen won last year.


GREATER HICKORY KIA CLASSIC -- Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover, North Carolina -- The Champions Tour remains in North Carolina this week for the Greater Hickory Kia Classic.

Fred Funk birdied his final hole last year to earn a 1-stroke win over Duffy Waldorf and claim his second victory of the season and eighth of his Champions Tour career.

Funk's victory included three straight rounds without a bogey and he will carry a streak of 84 straight bogey-free holes at Rock Barn into this week.

Golf Channel will have television coverage of all three rounds.

The Champions Tours moves to Texas next week for the AT&T Championship, where David Frost birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Bernhard Langer and capture his third Champions Tour victory last year.