TOUR Notes Georgia Slam Shooting Ones Age

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 22, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • Zach Johnsons win at the AT&T Classic last Sunday gave him three career victories'all in the state of Georgia. He won the 2004 AT&T Classic and the Masters earlier this year. The last player to collect his first three TOUR titles in the same state was John Huston who won the 1990 Honda Classic, the 1992 Disney Classic and the1994 Doral Open'all in Florida.
  • More on Johnson: Hes won twice in the state of Georgia this year and will get a chance to complete the Georgia Slam later this year if he reaches THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola at Atlantas East Lake CC. That event is the final stop in the four-week PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
  • If the field for the first PGA TOUR Playoff for the FedExCup was finalized today it would feature the winners of the last 73 PGA TOUR tournaments.
  • Look out for Kenny Perry this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Not only has he won in the last two uneven numbered years, hes also had a T2 and a T12 in his last five appearances at Colonial. He owns a piece of the course record (61) and owns the tournament scoring mark of 261, which hes done twice. No one else has ever shot better than 264 in the history of the event that dates back to 1946.
  • Stewart Cinks double eagle last week at the AT&T Classic was the fifth albatross on TOUR this year. Since the TOUR started keeping records in 1970, only once has there been more in a season'six in the 2000 campaign.
  • Six of the 10 leading players in the current U.S. Presidents Cup team lineup are former Nationwide Tour players and of the next 15 players on the points list, 13 more played the Nationwide Tour.
  • The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial has been contested 59 times since 1946 and members of the World Golf Hall of Fame have won 23 of them. Hall of Famers who have won at Colonial include Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Cary Middlecoff, Roberto De Vicenzo, Tommy Bolt, Julius Boros, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Gene Littler, Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price and Tom Watson.

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  • Jim Dent (age 68) shot his age for the first time on the Champions Tour at last weeks Regions Charity Classic. Dent fired a second-round 67 en route to a T22 finish.
  • Denis Watson continues to play well. The three-time PGA TOUR winner finished T3 last week for his fourth Top-10 of the season. Prior to this year, Watson had recorded three Top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour since 1988.
  • Last week, Brad Bryant became the first player in the 16-year history of the Regions Charity Classic to win the event twice. In winning in back-to-back seasons, Bryant hit an amazing 97 of 108 Greens in Regulation (89.8%).
  • Just a few weeks shy of his 62nd birthday, Hale Irwin continues to impress. He finished T6 last week for his sixth top-10 finish of the season. Hes second on both the Charles Schwab Cup points list and the money list and he leads the All-Around stats category.

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  • Nick Flanagan enters this weeks Melwood Prince Georges County Open looking for his third consecutive victory. If he gets it, hell tie Jason Gore as the only players in Nationwide Tour history to have three in a row. Hell also earn an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR and would be the quickest to do so by a whopping margin. The record is currently held by Heath Slocum who picked up his third win on Aug. 5, 2001.
  • Zach Johnsons win last week was the 204th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR and the eighth this season.
  • Ben Bates played his 1000th round on the Nationwide Tour during last Saturdays play at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs.
  • Former Nationwide Tour players hold down 42 spots among the Top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.