Byron Nelson Classic, TPC at Las Colinas (below) and Cottonwood Valley, Irving, Texas
The Nelson champ has gone on to win the money title seven times, as Tiger Woods did in '97
LPGA Championship, DuPont Country Club, Wilmington, Del.
This event usually has the strongest field on the schedule, and the '98 edition is no exception
Saint Luke's Classic, Loch Lloyd Country Club, Belton, Mo.
The dates were moved from August, a boon given Loch Lloyd's cool-weather bluegrass
Benson & Hedges International, Oxfordshire Golf Club, Thame, England
Bernhard Langer defends one of the four titles he claimed on the Euro tour last season
The Week Hurricane Eldrick Hit Texas
Tiger Woods made 100-point headlines at last year's Masters, then solidified his prodigy status by winning the Byron Nelson Classic, jewel of the Tour's Texas swing, and its $324,000 top prize. Yet for all that the Nelson has done for Woods, he has done plenty in return. Thanks to Tigermania, the event sold out for the first time in 1997. Tickets for the '98 tournament were gone by the end of April. Woods's effect on Tour purses can be seen in a 40% boost in prize money at the Nelson, from $1.8 million to $2.5 million. Only the majors and the Players and Tour championships pay more. Now Woods, coming off a drought-ending triumph at the BellSouth, duels Fred Couples, David Duval, Justin Leonard, Phil Mickelson and Mark O'Meara for a $450,000 first prize.
?ABC, SATURDAY, 2 PM; SUNDAY, 3 PM
Not a Whole Lotta Lettuce for Leta
With the world's best players returning to Delaware for the second women's major of 1998, we have to ask, Whatever happened to Leta Lindley, the Arizona All-America who lost last year's McDonald's LPGA Championship to Chris Johnson in a playoff? Lindley, 25, finished in the top 90 on the money list in her first three seasons on tour, but this year she is languishing in 166th place, far behind her fellow alliteratives Meg Mallon (9th), Dana Dormann (12th), Wendy Ward (15th) and Brandie Burton (28th), all of whom will join her for a $1.3 million Mac attack.
? CBS, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 4 PM
Make Way for the Three Freshmen
John Mahaffey, Peter Oosterhuis and Ed Dougherty, the three newest Seniors, make their maiden appearances at the Saint Luke's Classic while Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan take the week off to administer CPR to their accountants. None of the new kids tore it up last year on the diaper circuit. Mahaffey earned $2,850 to rank 333rd on the PGA Tour money list; Dougherty made $65,552 but lost his card; and Oosterhuis took refuge in the Golf Channel's broadcast booth. The tyro trio will take on Isao Aoki, Jim Colbert, defending champ Bruce Summerhays and 70 other elders.
? ESPN, SATURDAY, 5:30 PM; SUNDAY, 3 PM