TOUR Notes Keeping an Eye On Freddie Couples

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 27, 2008, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
 
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  • You might want to keep on eye on Fred Couples this week at the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley. In his last 10 starts in the event, Couples has six Top-10 finishes, including a victory and two seconds. In his last 12 rounds at Muirfield Village, Couples has broken par 11 times.
     
  • Phil Mickelsons shot on 18 last week is the one everyone will remember, but the fact that he was 9 for 9 in Sand Saves might actually be the reason he won last weeks Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
     
  • One more on Mickelson: If he finishes first or solo second this week at the Memorial, he will move into first place in the FedExCup standings. Hes currently 2,399 points behind Tiger Woods.
     
  • Theres a strong field assembled this week at the Memorial with seven of the Top-10 players in the current FedExCup standings on board.
     
  • Since THE PLAYERS began in 1974, 29 countries have been represented in the field.
     
  • Hes been fighting back problems for the last few seasons, but Ben Crane looks like he might be regaining his top form. In his last two starts, Crane has finished T6-5 for his first back-to-back Top-10 efforts since late in the 2005 season. Hes currently 37th in the FedExCup standings.
     
  • Who 3-putts the least on TOUR? Craig Kanada has only 3-putted three times this season (468 total holes). That works out to 0.64% of the time.
     
  • There are a lot of reasons for the success Tiger Woods has enjoyed, but heres a pretty significant one'he leads the TOUR in Scrambling, getting up and down 74.03% of the time. The TOUR average, by the way, is 57.34%.
     

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • You cant have a much closer race than the one in the Charles Schwab Cup competition. Bernhard Langer leads Jay Haas by a single point, 1413-1412.
     
  • More on Langer-Haas: Last week, Haas was the winner with Langer second. Langer leads the Tour in Scoring Average at 69.74 while Haas is second at 69.79. Haas, however, leads the All-Around category with Langer in second. Finally, Langer leads the money list with Haas right behind him.
     
  • Joey Sindelar, a rookie on the Champions Tour, had his best finish to date when he T3 last week at the Senior PGA Championship. Hes 31st on the money list after only six starts with $258,251.
     
  • Ronnie Black, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, will make his Champions Tour debut this week at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, IA.
     
    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • The winner of this weeks Bank of America Open will have a huge leg up on finishing among The 25 and gaining his PGA TOUR card for 2009. All six previous winners of this event have gone on to graduate to the TOUR that year.
     
  • Ricky Barnes has three Top-10 finishes in a row to his credit, including a T7 last week. Never before in his career has he had as many as two in a row.
     
  • Jeff Brehauts T2 last week at the Melwood Prince Georges County Open was his best finish on either the Nationwide Tour or PGA TOUR since he lost in a playoff at the 1997 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open. He played in 287 events (60 Nationwide Tour-227 PGA TOUR) events over that span.
     
  • Prior to the South Georgia Classic back in early May, David Mathis was in 58th place on the money list. Since then, however, hes finished T6-1-T2 and now leads the money list with $223,679.
     
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    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.

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    Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

    The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

    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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.