And Then There Was One

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Nationwide Tour ChampionshipIt began Jan. 27 in Panama. It will conclude Oct. 30 in Prattville, Ala.
 
The Nationwide Tour is down to its 31st and final event of the season. And this one will finalize the fields fate.
 
Troy Matteson
Troy Matteson has a chance to set a new single-season money record this week.
The event is open to the top 60 players on the money list; though, only 59 will be in attendance. Jason Gore, who is currently second in earnings, will not be on hand as he already has PGA Tour status. He won three consecutive Nationwide starts this summer to claim a battlefield promotion. He then won the 84 Lumber Classic upon graduation.
 
Because of Gores elevated eligibility, the top 21 finishers on the money list at tournaments end will collect their PGA Tour cards for next season, up from the traditional 20.
 
Troy Matteson has already wrapped up the money title. That is significant, because No. 1 on the season-ending money list earns a higher position on the tours All-Exempt Priority Ranking, which translates into better playing opportunities in 06.
 
Matteson still has a few things to play for, however. A win will be his third of the year. It wont change his PGA Tour status for next season, but it will put him in select company as one of only 19 men to accomplish such a feat.
 
The 25-year-old former NCAA champion out of Georgia Tech also has Zach Johnsons seasonal money record in his crosshairs. With $483,032, Matteson is less than $12,000 behind Johnsons 2003 total.
 
But what Matteson is playing for pales in comparison to that of most of the rest of the field. There are plenty of things still up for grabs:
 
  • Top 21 on money list graduate to the PGA Tour;
  • Top 35 advance into the final stage of Q-School;
  • Top 60 (the Tour Championship field) fully exempt on the Nationwide Tour in 2005.
     
    This years purse is $650,000, with $150,000 going to the winner. That means everyone in the field has a chance to finish inside the top 21.
     
    Bill Haas is currently in the 21st position with $189,676. Scott Petersen is 60th with $92,294.
     
    Petersen feels fortunate to still be playing. Last weeks Miccosukee Championship in Miami was cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Wilma. That allowed Petersen to keep hold of his monetary position.
     
    Nick Watney entered last years Tour Championship 19th on the money list. He promptly won and catapulted into the fifth position.
     
    Brett Wetterich was the only player from a year ago to start the week outside the top 20 and finish on the inside. He was 23rd prior to his runner-up finish, and 10th following it.
     
    Money is at the heart of this weeks tournament. But these players are competing for more than just $650,000; theyre playing for the opportunity to win millions and millions more.
     
    The Nationwide Tour offered purses totaling around $16 million this season. The PGA Tour, on the other hand, gave its players a chance to win over $250 million.
     
    Past winners include David Duval in the 1993 inaugural event; Allen Doyle in 95; Stewart Cink in 96; Steve Flesch in 97; Bob Burns in 98; and Spike McRoy in 00. All seven of these players have won on the PGA or Champions tours.
     
    The Golf Channel will air all four days of the season finale, beginning Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
     
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  • Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.