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This Week in Golf -- Dec. 11-16

Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel has won the Alfred Dunhill Championship three times.

EUROPEAN TOUR

ALFRED DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP, Leopard Creek Country Club, Malelane, South Africa - The European Tour remains in South Africa this week for the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Former major champions and fellow South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen will headline the field along with Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Danny Willett.

Schwartzel repeated as champion last year as he fired three 68s and a 67 to cruise to a 4-stroke win over Richard Finch. The victory was Schwartzel's third at this tournament and ninth on the European Tour.

He is coming off a tie for 14th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Since he won this event last year, Schwartzel has six top-10 finishes, two of which came at World Golf Championship events and another was at the Open Championship.

Renato Paratore, 17, earned his tour card at the European Tour Q-School and will make his professional debut on tour.

Golf Channel will have coverage all four days.

The European Tour returns to action January 8, 2015 with the South African Open Championship, where Morten Orum Madsen won by two last year.

WEB.COM TOUR

WEB.COM TOUR Q-SCHOOL, PGA National (Champion and Fazio Courses) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - Web.com Tour cards are on the line this week at PGA National as over 150 players will battle to earn their tour cards for 2015.

Zack Fischer struggled to a 75 in the opening round last year, but followed with five straight rounds in the 60s en route to winning by two strokes over Scott Pinckney.

In his first full season on tour, Fischer managed a single top-10 finish and had three top-20 finishes overall. He ended 83rd on the money list.

The medalist at this event will be fully exempt for the entire 2015 season, while the top-10 finishers are assured a spot in the first 12 tournaments before the second reshuffle. Those that finish 11th to 45th will be assured of entry into the first eight events before the first reshuffle, and the rest of the field will have conditional status based on order of finish.

This week's field includes former PGA Tour players like Bubba Dickerson, Frank Lickliter II, D.H. Lee, Jin Park and D.J. Trahan

PGA TOUR

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT, Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida - Harris English and Matt Kuchar return to the Franklin Templeton Shootout to defend their title this week.

The duo improved their score each day as they went 64-60-58, which helped them cruise to a 7-stroke win over Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson.

English and Kuchar matched the tournament scoring record that Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd set in 1990.

Two other teams competing this week - Jerry Kelly and Steve Sticker (2009) and Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry (2012) - have won this event before. Keegan Bradley and Ian Poulter have also won this title before, but are playing with different partners this week.

Golf Channel has coverage on Thursday and Friday before handing off to Fox for Saturday's action. This will be the first PGA Tour coverage for Fox.

The PGA Tour returns to action on January 9, 2015 with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. That event will run Friday to Monday and Zach Johnson is expected to defend his title after he beat Jordan Spieth by one last year.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

PNC FATHER-SON CHALLENGE, Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Grand Lakes Resort, Orlando, Florida - Stewart Cink and his son Connor fired back-to-back 11-under 61s last year and they cruised to a 3-stroke win over Steve and Sam Elkington.

The Cinks became the first team since Raymond Floyd and his son Raymond Jr. to win in their first appearance at this event. The Floyd's won the title in 1995, which was the first year of the tournament.

The Cinks and Floyds are back in the field this week and they are among five teams playing this week that have won this title in the past. The other teams include Davis Love III and his son Dru, Larry and Josh Nelson, along with Hale and Steve Irwin.

Raymond Floyd, Larry Nelson, Hale Irwin and Lee Trevino are all competing this week and each has played this event the previous 16 years.

Golf Channel will have some early coverage before handing off to NBC on both Saturday and Sunday.


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