Tiger Woods, Rory McIllroy, Yani Tseng: A Busy Golf Weekend

Fred AltvaterContributor IIFebruary 8, 2012

Tony Romo will pair with Tiger Woods at the AT&T this week
Tony Romo will pair with Tiger Woods at the AT&T this week

The three major golf tours, PGA, European Tour, and LPGA, all have important events with star- studded fields this weekend.

The PGA Tour invades the beautiful Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AmTiger Woods is making a rare appearance and is paired with Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo.  Romo is a scratch golfer and made it through a first-round qualifier for the 2010 U.S. Open.

The $6.5 million purse and the allure of playing Pebble Beach, Spy Glass Hill and Monterey Peninsula attracts a quality field. 

Phil Mickelson has had an up-and-down season thus far and will try to find his A-game at Pebble. 

Dustin Johnson, the 2009 and 2010 AT&T champion, has been recovering nicely from off-season knee surgery and will try to get back into the winners' circle on Sunday.

Spencer Levin has some good memories of Pebble Beach.  He finished tied for third in the 2011 AT&T.  Can he pull a Kyle Stanley and rebound from his disastrous nosedive last week at Scottsdale with a win this week? 

Golf Channel will air the AT&T on Thursday and Friday from 3:00-6:00 PM ET.  Jim Nantz, Gary McCord, David Feherty and the rest of the CBS crew pick up the coverage for the weekend 3:00-6:00 PM ET on Saturday and 3:00-6:30 PM ET on Sunday.

The European Tour stays in the Desert with a key event, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.  World- ranked No. 2, Rory McIlroy, No. 3, Lee Westwood and No.4, Martin Kaymer are in the field. 

Alvaro Quiros has won the last two events in Dubai
Alvaro Quiros has won the last two events in DubaiRoss Kinnaird/Getty Images

Tiger-slayer Robert Rock, last week’s European Tour winner, Paul Lawrie, American Champions Tour players Freddie Couples and Mark O’Meara also add star power to the event. 

John Daly, coming off a fourth-place finish in Qatar, his best finish in a golf tournament in a long time, is also in the field.  Can JD put two good weeks together?

Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, ranked No. 27 in the Official World Golf Rankings, won the Omega last year, as well as the Dubai World Championship last November.  Can he add a third consecutive win in Dubai?

Insomniac golf fans can view the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Golf Channel Thursday and Friday at 4:30-8:30 AM ET.  Saturday and Sunday the coverage begins on Golf Channel at 4:00 AM ET.

The LPGA season opens with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.  This event offers a $1.1 million purse and for the first time is co-sanctioned by the Australian LPGA, the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA. 

It has attracted a first-class field.  Two-time LPGA Rolex Player of the Year and 2011 Women’s Australian Open winner Yani Tseng headlines a very strong field.

Fully-exempt LPGA member Alexis Thompson, a 17-year-old, will be making her first official start, although she already has a win on the LPGA and a win on the Ladies European Tour on her resume’.

The ladies will play the world-renowned Royal Melbourne Golf Club.  It is one of the favorites of golfers everywhere and provided a stern test for the Presidents Cup teams last November.

Golf Channel will air the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Thursday and Friday 12:30-2:30 PM ET.  Saturday and Sunday’s rounds will be shown 10:00 AM-12:30 PM ET.

Stock the refrigerator with cold cuts and your favorite cold beverage, fluff up the pillows on your couch and get ready to watch some great golf this weekend.