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This Week in Golf - April 14th through April 17th

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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - TEXAS OPEN, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio, Texas - It's going to be tough for the PGA Tour to top last week.

After an amazing Masters, the tour heads to San Antonio for the Texas Open. The buildup now is for the Players Championship in the middle of May, just about five weeks from now. This event was the week after the Players last year.

First stop is the Texas Open and the defending champion is sure to get asked a few questions about Augusta National.

Adam Scott hoisted the trophy last year at the Texas Open and he nearly walked off with his first major championship on Sunday. He held the lead late on the back nine at the Masters until Charl Schwartzel birdied the last four holes for the green jacket.

Twelve months ago, Scott came from four back on Sunday, which was a 36-hole marathon thanks to a Friday weather postponement, to defeat third-round leader Fredrik Jacobson by a stroke.

Scott shot a five-under 67 in the final round to get his first PGA Tour title in over two years. His last three tour victories - '07 Houston Open, '08 Byron Nelson and '10 Texas Open - all came in the Lone Star state.

The field this week isn't too strong. Call it a post-Masters hangover, but Scott, fellow Aussie Geoff Ogilvy and Anthony Kim headline the field.

There is spectacular history at the Texas Open.

First played in 1922, the Texas Open is the fifth-oldest event on the PGA Tour. Only the British Open, U.S. Open, Canadian Open and PGA Championship are older. However, the Texas Open is the only tournament of the five that has been played in the same city throughout its existence.

Ben Hogan made his professional debut at this event in 1930 and missed the cut. Hogan was a three-time runner-up from 1940-42 and finally won the event in 1946.

Golf Channel has the broadcast on Thursday and Friday, then CBS takes over on the weekend.

Next week is The Heritage, which was won last year by Jim Furyk.

EUROPEAN TOUR

MALAYSIAN OPEN, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - If Scott can expect a lot of Masters questions at the Texas Open, imagine what Schwartzel will go through.

He's scheduled to compete this week in Kuala Lumpur and he'll be riding a Masters high.

Two other players in the field definitely won't be.

Rory McIlroy, who held the lead after each of the first three rounds, held the lead on the 10th tee Sunday at the Masters. He then hit a drive by two cabins and never recovered. McIlroy shot an 80 and sank down the leaderboard.

He's still in the field this week as is world No. 1 Martin Kaymer. The reigning PGA Champion missed the cut at Augusta and is now 0-4 in making the cut at the Masters.

This is the 50th anniversary of the Malaysian Open and also holds a special place in the heart of the European Tour. The 1999 edition was the first tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour and the 2011 event will be the 67th.

Seung-yul Noh got up and down for birdie on the final hole Sunday to fend off K.J. Choi and pick up his first European Tour.

Golf Channel has tape-delayed coverage.

Next week is the China Open and Y.E. Yang won last year's tournament.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE PRO-AM, TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, FL - The Champions Tour will be without two of its biggest stars for a while, including last year's winner of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Bernhard Langer was declared the winner in 2010 after heavy rain hammered the TPC Tampa Bay on Sunday. He held a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara after the second round, but that was enough for the victory.

Langer had surgery on his thumb and won't be on hand to defend.

Fred Couples, who had another great finish at the Masters Sunday, will miss some time as his balky back has become too much.

This event pairs the pros with amateurs and among some of the celebrities scheduled to play are: Ronde' Barber of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Craig T. Nelson, Stone Phillips and football greats Joe Theismann and Emmitt Smith.

Kenny Perry is scheduled for his 2011 Champions Tour debut this week. He's missed three cuts on the PGA Tour, withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational and didn't crack the top 40 in the two tournaments he made the cut.

Scott Hoch is also scheduled to be in the field. He played only once since the summer of 2009 as he's battled some injuries.

Golf Channel has Friday's opening round, then NBC takes over on the weekend.

Next week is the flagship event on the Champions Tour, the one that started the whole circuit, the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Mark O'Meara and Nick Price teamed for the victory last year.

NATIONWIDE TOUR

FRESH EXPRESS CLASSIC AT TPC STONEBRAE, TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, California - The Nationwide Tour returns from almost a month-long absence and heads to the west coast.

Kevin Chappell won last year's title by a stroke over David Hearn. It was Chappell's first title and he parlayed the success into a PGA Tour card for 2011.

He's struggled on the PGA Tour this year. Chappell has missed four cuts in nine starts and in the five times he made the cut, he's never finished higher than 42nd.

Chappell will try and turn it around in San Antonio.

Two of this season's Nationwide Tour winners are in the field this week, Brenden Pappas and Mathew Goggin. They are Nos. 1 and 2 on the money list, but Brett Wetterich, who won the Louisiana Open, is not going to play.

Golf Channel has the telecast all week.

In two weeks, the South Georgia Classic will tee off in Georgia. Ewan Porter won the title last year.

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