Nationwide More Than Developmental Tour

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 22, 2004, 4:00 pm
The inaugural media guide of the NationwideTour stated the tours purpose as: A proving ground for players who wish to pursue a career on either the PGA Tour or the Senior PGA Tour.
When the developmental circuit was formed in 1990, it was done so to provide a breeding ground for young talent on their way to the biggest stage in golf and to give those players in their late 40s a place to hone their games or re-find their form on the way to the now Champions Tour.
But the Nationwide Tour has become more than that.
Its also a place for players who are past their prime on the PGA Tour and still way too young to compete with the 50-and-overs. Its a place for them to make a living while trying to get back to the big league.
Its a place for players like Guy Boros.
Boros was a journeyman 29-year-old when he played his first full season on the Nationwide Tour in 1993. He finished 13th on the money list that year, when only the top 10 earned their PGA Tour cards.
Boros went to Q-School and qualified for the PGA Tour, and used his Nationwide experience to help him finish 76th on the money list in 1994.
Boros remained a PGA Tour regular for five seasons, winning the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open. But his two-year tour exemption ended at the end of 98, the year he finished 198th on the money list.
Using his Past Champion status, he was able to play in select PGA Tour events over the last five years; however, he spent most of his time on the Nationwide Tour, trying to regain exempt status on the regular tour.
He finally did that in 2003, when he finished 14th on the Nationwide money list. His season was highlighted by a victories in the Lake Erie Charity Classic (TGC, Beginning Thurs. at 12:30 p.m. ET), which is this weeks stop on tour, and the Dayton Open.
Boros return to the PGA Tour may be short-lived, though, as he currently resides outside the top 200 on the money list, having made only three of nine cuts this year.
It may be back to the minors in 2005.
Its not the PGA Tour, but its not a paupers tour either.
The Nationwide Tour, while catering to up-and-comers and seniors-to-be ' as well as PGA Tour vagabonds such as Boros, offers prize money in excess of $15.3 million this year, with 31 tournaments on the schedule.
This is the 14th event of the season, with a healthy $450,000 purse.
Boros wont be back to try and defend his title; hes in the field in the PGA Tours Booz Allen Classic this week, as is 2003 Lake Erie champion Patrick Moore.
This is the third edition of this tournament, which is played at the Peekn Peak Resort in Findley Lake, N.Y. Both Moore and Boros won with 275 totals. Moores winning score was 9 under, while Boros won at 13 under. Thats because the course played as a par-71 in the first year and a par-72 a year ago. Its a par-72 again this year.
In addition to the identical winning aggregate numbers, the first-round leaders each of the first two years shot 64 and the second-round leaders both years were at 134.
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.