FORE! Examiner Weekend Golf Guide - April 12 

Life has been crazy for Morgan Pressel since the 18-year-old became the youngest winner of a major in LPGA history. Not only has everyone she has come in contact with congratulated her on her breakthrough victory, but people are stealing her stuff. The clubs she used two weeks ago at the Kraft Nabisco Championship were stolen when she was leaving the Southern California airport. She should get used to the attention — the talent is there to win many more times.

Speaking of major winners, Zach Johnson isn’t resting on his laurels. Maybe that is just part of being a guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The surprising Masters champion is back in action this weekend, despite his whirlwind week of interviews and television appearances. Of course, getting back onto the course could be his way of escaping his surreal experience and concentrating on what he loves to do. That doesn’t mean he will win this week. Bernhard Langer in 1985 was the last player to follow up his Masters win with a victory the next week.

The PGA Tour is expanding its territory. While many of the top players will be participating in the World Golf Championships’ CA Championship in late March, a coinciding PGA tournament will be taking place in Puerto Rico. The $3.5 million Puerto Rico Open will earn the winner a two-year exemption, but not an automatic invite to the Masters.

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER, RIGHT?

Did Zach Johnson’s victory in the Masters signify a new wave of golfers ready to take down Tiger Woods? Could be. Johnson joins Geoff Ogilvy (2006 U.S. Open) and Ben Curtis (2005 British Open) as the only players born after Tiger that have won a major. Of course, Woods is a real graybeard, having turned 31 on Dec. 30.

THIS WEEK’S TEE TIMES

PGA

EVENT: Verizon Heritage

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Hilton Head Island, S.C.

COURSE: Harbour Town Golf Links, par 71

DEFENDING CHAMP: Aaron Baddeley

LPGA

EVENT: Ginn Open

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Reunion, Fla.

COURSE: Reunion Resort & Club, par 72

DEFENDING CHAMP: Mi Hyun Kim

CHAMPIONS

EVENT: Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

WHEN: April 20-22

WHERE: Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

COURSE: Savannah, Ga.

DEFENDING CHAMP: Jay Haas

NATIONWIDE

EVENT: South Georgia Classic

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Valdosta, Ga.

COURSE: Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, par 72

DEFENDING CHAMP: Inaugural event

EURO PGA

EVENT: China Open

WHEN: Today-Sunday

WHERE: Shanghai, China

COURSE: Shanghai Silport Golf Club, par 72

DEFENDING CHAMP: Jeev Milkha Singh

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