Tournament: World Golf Championships ? Bridgestone Invitational
Course: Firestone Country Club (South Course)
Prize fund: $8,000,000 Winner: $1,350,000
Course details: Par 70 7,283 yards.
Known fondly as ?the monster?, the south course at Firestone is once again the venue for this weeks World Golf Championships. Designed originally by Bert Way and redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1960, the course features some of the toughest holes around. Firestone Country Club in Ohio is renowned for hosting major golf tournaments, and the drama that occurred on the 72nd hole of the 2000 WGC Invitational is sure to be remembered for some time. Known as the ?shot in the dark?, Tiger Woods hit his second shot to the closing hole from 168 yards to within 2 feet, whilst his only line to the flag were the cigarette lighters held aloft by the spectators surrounding the green.

Key Holes: 4th ? This monster of a hole, measuring 471 yards, requires players to hit a long straight tee shot across the sloping fairway, to have any chance of making the green in regulation. The approach shot will need to come in high to hold the elevated green. Said to be the most difficult hole on the course, players will be happy to make par here.
16th ? This long par 5 which has been extended over the years, now measures 667 yards and is seen as the signature hole at Firestone. Players must steer clear of the fairway bunkers, which come in to play from off the tee, and leave them selves a long iron second shot down the hill. The pond just short of the small green, will catch any balls that come up short. Expect to see a few high scores on this hole this week.

The lowdown: As tournament favourite and current holder of the tournament, Tiger Woods will be looking to secure his sixth WGC Invitational title. The rest of the field will have their work cut out to chase the number one player in the world. After successfully defending his Canadian Open title last week, Jim Furyk will be looking for a repeat of last year?s event where he finished just a shot behind joint leaders Stewart Cink and Tiger Woods. With only 17 players finishing under par in the event last year, this weeks field wont be expecting the course to be playing any easier.

There are twelve players making their World Golf Championship debut this week including one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, Hunter Mahan who will be looking to make a big impression in Akron, Ohio.

The contenders: Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington and Geoff Ogilvy

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Tournament: The Russian Open Golf Championship
Course: Le Meridien Moscow Country Club
Prize fund: ?244,250 for the winner
Course Details: Par 72, 7015 yards. Russia?s first and only 18 hole world-class championship golf course was designed by the experienced architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. Set amongst the deep Russian forest the holes are typical of a traditional parkland course.
Key Hole: 5th A tricky 576 yard par 5 where water plays a major part on every shot running continuous from tee to green. Accuracy and distance is needed to make a good score on this hole.

The Lowdown: Richie Ramsey of Scotland will be looking to impress on his professional debut in Russia with a solid display after a sponsors invitation. Last years winner Alejandro Cañizares became the quickest Affiliate Member to win a European Tour event when he claimed the title in his third start. Steve Webster is the form player going into the event with top ten finishes in his last two competitions.

The contenders: Richie Ramsey, Steve Webster, Lee Slattery

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Tournament: Reno-Tahoe Open
Course: Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nevada
Prize fund: $3,000,000
Course details: Par 72, 7472 yards. One of Jack Nicklaus? favourite Signature Golf Courses. In a traditional layout the course is a combination of a high desert and pine forest setting.
Key Hole: The thrilling trio of holes from the third to the fifth are collectively known as the ?Bear Trap? and consist of spectacular mountain views, crystal clear sparkling lakes and undulating greens.

Lowdown: The Reno-Tahoe Open is in its 9th consecutive year as a competition on the PGA Tour. In 2006 Yusaku Miyazato accomplished the unbelievable feat of achieving two holes in one in the same round within six holes. Last years competition lived up to the excitement of recent years as Will MacKenzie birdied the last hole to win by one shot from the rest of the field and win his maiden PGA Tour title.

The contenders: Will MacKenzie,

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