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This Week in Golf -- May 3 through May 6

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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - PGA TOUR - WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina - Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy highlight the field as the PGA Tour heads to North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship.

Additionally, Lucas Glover returns to defend his title. Last year, Glover two- putted for par on the first playoff hole to defeat Jonathan Byrd and earn his firs PGA victory since the 2009 U.S. Open.

The field includes 19 major champions and eight former winners of the event -- Glover, McIlroy (2010), Sean O'Hair (2009), Anthony Kim (2008), Woods (2007), Jim Furyk (2006), Vijay Singh (2005) and David Toms (2003).

Not in the field is world No. 1 Luke Donald, who regained that title thanks to a third-place finish Sunday at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

Golf Channel has the broadcast Thursday and Friday, while CBS takes over coverage during the weekend.

Formerly known as the Quail Hollow Championship and Wachovia Championship, the tournament is a tune-up for the Players Championship next weekend. Last year, K.J. Choi defeated Toms in a playoff.

EUROPEAN TOUR

OPEN DE ESPANA, Real Club de Golf de Sevilla, Seville, Spain - Fresh off its three-week swing through Asia, the European Tour heads back to Europe this week with the Open de Espana.

Last year, South African Thomas Aiken carded a two-under 70 during the final round to earn a two-stroke victory over Anders Hansen. But the event was overshadowed by the passing of European Tour legend Seve Ballesteros, who died on the Saturday of the tournament after battling a brain tumor.

Ballesteros is the tour's leading winner and made his European Tour debut at the Open de Espana, his national championship, in 1974. It was also the site of his last victory, in 1995.

Aiken is again in the field this year for the 40th anniversary of the Tour's first event, along with a strong Spanish contingent that includes two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2010 winner Alvaro Quiros and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Golf Channel has coverage all week.

The European Tour visits Portugal next week for the Madeira Islands Open, which Michael Hoey won last year for his second tour victory.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

INSPERITY CHAMPIONSHIP, The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas - The Champions Tour returns from a week off for the Insperity Championship.

Last year, the event was played in October and won by Brad Faxon after heavy rain forced the cancellation of the final round. It was Faxon's first Champions Tour victory.

Faxon is in the field this week, along with every other former champion of the event -- Fred Couples (2010), John Cook (2009), Bernhard Langer (2007, '08), Jay Haas (2006), Mark McNulty (2005) and Larry Nelson (2004).

The tournament began play in 2004 and was previously known as the Administaff Small Business Classic.

Golf Channel has tape-delayed coverage of all three rounds.

This year's event will feature a special Greats of Golf competition. Those playing in the exhibition, which is scheduled for Saturday following the last tee time of official competition, include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino. The nine-player Greats of Golf field will play an 18- hole scramble format.

The Champions Tour's next event will be the Senior PGA Championship during the final weekend of May. Tom Watson earned the victory last year.

NATIONWIDE TOUR

STADION CLASSIC AT UGA, University of Georgia Golf Club, Athens, Georgia - The Nationwide Tour stays in Georgia this week for the Stadion Classic.

Last year, University of Georgia senior Russell Henley shot a three-under 68 during the final round on his home course to become the second amateur in Nationwide Tour history to win an event.

Henley, who has since turned professional, returns to defend his title. Also in the field is Luke List, who earned his first Nationwide Tour victory last weekend at the South Georgia Classic, as well as former winners Martin Piller (2010) and Robert Damron (2008).

There is no television coverage this week.

Following the Stadion Classic, the Nationwide Tour takes a week off before returning May 17-20 for the BMW Charity Pro-Am, which Garth Mulroy won last year.

LPGA TOUR

HSBC LPGA BRASIL CUP, Itanhanga Golf Club, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The LPGA heads to Brazil this week for the two-day, unofficial HSBC LPGA Brasil Cup.

Last year, Mariajo Uribe fired a six-under 66 on Sunday to earn a one-stroke victory over Linsdey Wright. Uribe atoned for the previous year's event, which she lost to Meaghan Francella in a six-hole playoff.

There is no television coverage this week.

Following the Brasil Cup, the LPGA has a week off before heading to New Jersey for the Sybase Match Play Championship. Suzann Pettersen defeated Cristie Kerr, 1-up, to win last year's title.

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