TOUR Notes FedEx Shakeup The Longest Putt

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 29, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • In Rory Sabbatinis third-round 62 last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, he needed only 19 putts. In fact, he needed only 13 putts in his first 14 holes in his career-best putting performance. If you start with his final four holes in the second round, Sabbatini went 18 holes and needed only 17 putts.
  • Mark Hensby has battled a foot problem since the beginning of the 2006 season, but finished in a T12 last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for his best effort since a T5 at the 2005 John Deere Classic.
  • The FedExCup points race could be in for a shakeup this week at the Memorial Tournament as 26 of the top 30 players on the list are entered, including nine of the top 10.
  • The reach of the game has become extraordinary. Take a look at the current Official World Golf Ranking - there are 24 countries with a player ranked in the top 100. Included in that number are places you might not always associate with golf - Austria, China, Thailand, France and Colombia, among others.
  • You would think that if you are among the top 10 in Total Driving (distance and accuracy), you would probably be among the top 10 in Greens In Regulation. To date, however, only Nick Watney ranks in the top 10 in Total Driving and Greens in Regulation. Hes fifth in both categories.
  • Ben Curtis has made the longest putt on TOUR this year - 100 feet, 1 inch - on the 14th hole during the recent PLAYERS Championship. There have been 105 putts of 50 feet or more made this season.

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  • Hale Irwin has played in 50 Champions Tour events that feature 36-hole cuts and made the cut in each of them.
  • Eduardo Romero has finished first or second in the last three Champions Tour majors. He lost in a playoff at the 2006 Senior British Open, won the JELD-WEN Tradition and finished second last week at the Senior PGA Championship.
  • Italys Costantino Rocca made his Champions Tour debut last week and finished in a T66.
  • Denis Watsons victory last week at the Senior PGA Championship was his first on the Champions Tour and made him the first player from Zimbabwe to win on the circuit.

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  • The tour heads for Chicago this week and the LaSalle Bank Open. With a $750,000 purse ($135,000 to the winner), this is one of the most important tournaments on the schedule. In fact, all five previous winners have gone on to graduate to the PGA TOUR the year of their victory.
  • He didnt quite equal Jason Gore, but Nick Flanagan gave a strong effort in attempting to win his third consecutive event last week. The young Aussie finished in a T5 at the Melwood Prince Georges County Open after winning his previous two starts.
  • Paul Claxton not only won last weeks Melwood Prince Georges County Open for his second career win, but he also became the first player in tour history to collect $1 million in career earnings. The win for Claxton was his first since the 2001 Louisiana Open and he has career earnings of $1,101,673.
  • The Nationwide Tour attracts players from all over the world. This weeks LaSalle Bank Open will have players from 18 countries entered. International players have won four of the first 11 tournaments this season.
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    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.

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    Landry stays hot, leads desert shootout at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 12:35 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Andrew Landry topped the crowded CareerBuilder Challenge leaderboard after another low-scoring day in the sunny Coachella Valley.

    Landry shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach 16 under. He opened with a 63 on Thursday at La Quinta Country Club.

    Jon Rahm, the first-round leader after a 62 at La Quinta, was a stroke back. He had two early bogeys in a 67 on the Nicklaus layout.

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    Jason Kokrak was 14 under after a 67 at Nicklaus. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson was 13 under along with Michael Kim and Martin Piller. Johnson had a 64 at Nicklaus.

    Landry, Rahm, Kokrak and Johnson will finish the rotation Saturday at PGA West's Stadium Course, also the site of the final round.

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    Mickelson 'displeased' with iron play; 10 back

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:18 am

    All of Phil Mickelson’s offseason work on his driver has paid off through two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    His iron play? Not as sharp, and it’s the reason why he heads into the weekend 10 shots off the lead.

    “I’ve been pretty pleased, overall, with the way I’ve been driving the ball, and very displeased with the way my iron game has been,” said Mickelson, who shot 68 Friday on PGA West’s Nicklaus course. He has hit only 21 of 36 greens so far this week. “Usually my iron play is a lot better than what it’s been. So I’ll go work on it and hopefully improve each round in this tournament and build a solid foundation for the upcoming West Coast events.

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    “I feel like if I continue to drive the ball the way I am, and if I got my iron play back to my normal standard, I should have the results that I’ve been expecting.”

    Mickelson, of course, is always bullish this time of year, but he has been able to find 10 of 14 fairways each of the past two rounds, including at narrower La Quinta Country Club, which doesn’t always fit his eye.

    “This is actually the best I’ve driven it in a lot of years,” he said.

    Currently in a tie for 67th, Mickelson will need a solid round on the more difficult Stadium course Saturday to ensure that he makes the 54-hole cut. He hasn’t missed a cut in his first West Coast event of the new year since 2009.