TOUR Notes Singhs Record Els Streak

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
PGA Tour (75x100) PGA TOUR:
  • For the second consecutive week, tiny Milton, Fla. (population 7,740), produced a PGA TOUR runner-up. First it was Boo Weekley at the Honda Classic and last week it was Heath Slocum at the PODS Championship.
  • With his victory at the PODS Championship, Mark Calcavecchia earned enough FedExCup points to move into the top-10 in the standings and earn a spot in next weeks World Golf Championships-CA Championship.
  • Vijay Singh has a very enviable record at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but hell still be looking for his first win at the event this week. In 14 starts at Bay Hill, Singh has made 14 cuts and has three runner-up (1994-94-05) finishes. Hes a collective 84 under at the tournament and was T7 last year.
  • Ernie Els has the current longest consecutive cuts made streak entering this weeks stop on TOUR. The South African has made 44 consecutive cuts with his last miss coming at the 2004 Arnold Palmer Invitational. He has a long way to go, though, to match the 142 in a row made by Tiger Woods.
  • The T6 for Charles Howell III last week at the PODS Championship was his fifth top-10 finish of the season and boosted his lead in the FedExCup standings to 3,509 points over Phil Mickelson.
  • A strong field has assembled this week at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge with eight of the top-10 in the world on hand. In addition, 10 of the 11 tournament winners from this season are entered. Only Fred Funk, who is nursing a bad back, is missing.
  • Jose Coceres has already been in two playoffs this season. Only two players in the last 15 years have been in three in one year'Steve Elkington in 1992 and Vijay Singh in 2005.

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • Three players have won the Los Angeles stop on the PGA TOUR and the L.A. stop on the Champions Tour. Gil Morgan won the Nissan Open in 1978 and 1983 and has won the AT&T Champions Classic in 1996, 1997 and 2004. Tom Kite won on the PGA TOUR in 1993 and twice on the Champions Tour (2002, 2006) while Tom Purtzer won on the TOUR in 1979 and the Champions Tour in 2003.
  • More on Morgan: He has an amazing record at the AT&T Champions Classic. In 11 starts in the event, Morgan has racked up seven top-3 finishes and eight top-10 finishes. In six starts at Valencia CC, Morgan has a win, two seconds and a third.
  • Loren Roberts posted three more par-or-better rounds last week to run his streak of consecutive par-or-better scores to 32. That ties the all-time Champions Tour mark first set by Larry Nelson in 2000. He goes for the record this week at the demanding Valencia CC north of Los Angeles.
  • Dave Stockton shot a second-round 65 last week at the Toshiba Classic to equal his age for the first time in his Champions Tour career.
  • Ben Crenshaws T3 last week in California was his best finish to date on the Champions Tour.

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • Forty of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are former players on the Nationwide Tour.
  • The U.S. Presidents Cup team standings display a distinct Nationwide Tour feel with alumni holding down 14 of the top 20 spots, including five of the top 10.
    At least one former Nationwide Tour player has finished in the Top-10 in 525 of the last 528 PGA TOUR events.
  • After a break from the two events held Down Under, the Nationwide Tour will open its domestic portion of the schedule next week just outside Lafayette, LA, at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
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    Watch: Tiger's Saturday birdies at Honda

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 9:20 pm

    Tiger Woods was in almost total control of his game for the majority of his third round Saturday at PGA National. And although he was once again bit by the Bear Trap, the 14-time major winner tapped in for birdie at the par-5 18th to post a round of 1-under 69 and fight his way back to even par for the week.

    Four back to start the day, Woods parred his first seven holes before pouring in his first birdie via this flagged iron from 139 at the par-4 eighth:

    Woods hit three more quality approaches at 9, 10 and 11 but couldn't get a putt to drop.

    The lid finally came off the hole at No. 12 when he holed a key 17-footer for par to keep his scorecard clean.

    One hole later, Woods added a second circle to that card, converting this 14-footer for a birdie-3 that moved him back into red figures at 1 under par for the week.

    Unfortunately, the Bear Trap would ensnare Tiger for the second day in a row. Woods, whose iron play had looked as crisp as it had in years, sailed approaches long and left at both the par-3 15th and par-3 17th, leading to bogeys which erased the two birdies he worked so hard to secure.

    But just like on Friday, Woods rallied back with a late birdie, this one at the home hole, to steal back a shot.

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    O. Fisher, Pepperell share lead at Qatar Masters

    By Associated PressFebruary 24, 2018, 5:13 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - Oliver Fisher birdied his last four holes in the Qatar Masters third round to share the lead at Doha Golf Club on Saturday.

    The 29-year-old Englishman shot a 7-under 65 for an overall 16-under 200. Eddie Pepperell (66) picked up shots on the 16th and 18th to catch his compatriot and the pair enjoy a two-shot lead over American Sean Crocker (67) in third.

    David Horsey (65) was the biggest mover of the day with the Englishman improving 31 places for a share of fourth place at 12 under with, among others, Frenchman Gregory Havret and Italian Andrea Pavan.

    Fisher, winner of the 2011 Czech Open, made some stunning putts on his way in. After an eight-footer on the par-4 15th, he then drove the green on the short par-4 16th for an easy birdie, before making a 12-footer on the 17th and a 15-footer on the 18th.

    Like Pepperell, Fisher also had just one bogey to show on his card, also on the 12th hole.

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    ''I gave myself some chances coming in and thankfully I made them,'' said Fisher, who has dropped to 369th in the world rankings.

    ''You can quite easily make a few bogeys without doing that much wrong here, so it's important to be patient and keep giving yourself chances.''

    Pepperell, ranked 154th in the world after a strong finish to his 2017 season, has been a picture of consistency in the tournament. He was once again rock-solid throughout the day, except one bad hole - the par-4 12th. His approach shot came up short and landed in the rocks, the third ricocheted back off the rocks, and he duffed his fourth shot to stay in the waste area.

    But just when a double bogey or worse looked imminent, Pepperell holed his fifth shot for what was a remarkable bogey. And he celebrated that escape with a 40-feet birdie putt on the 13th.

    ''I maybe lost a little feeling through the turn, but I bounced back nicely and I didn't let it bother me,'' said the 27-year-old Pepperell, who hit his third shot to within four feet on the par-5 18th to join Fisher on top.

    The long-hitting Crocker is playing on invites on the European Tour. He made a third eagle in three days - on the par-4 16th for the second successive round.

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    Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

    By Tiger TrackerFebruary 24, 2018, 4:45 pm

    Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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    Uihlein fires back at Jack in ongoing distance debate

    By Randall MellFebruary 24, 2018, 4:32 pm

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Wally Uihlein challenged Jack Nicklaus’ assault this week on the golf ball.

    Uihlein, an industry force as president and CEO of Titleist and FootJoy parent company Acushnet for almost 20 years, retired at year’s start but remains an adviser.

    In an interview with ScoreGolf on Friday, Uihlein reacted to Nicklaus’ assertions that the ball is responsible for contributing to a lot of the troubles the game faces today, from slow play and sagging participation to the soaring cost to play.

    Uihlein also took the USGA and The R&A to task.

    The ball became a topic when Nicklaus met with reporters Tuesday at the Honda Classic and was asked about slow play. Nicklaus said the ball was “the biggest culprit” of that.

    “It appears from the press conference that Mr. Nicklaus was blaming slow play on technology and the golf ball in particular,” Uihlein said. “I don’t think anyone in the world believes that the golf ball has contributed to the game’s pace of play issues.”

    Nicklaus told reporters that USGA executive director Mike Davis pledged over dinner with him to address the distance the golf ball is flying and the problems Nicklaus believes the distance explosion is creating in the game.

    “Mike Davis has not told us that he is close, and he has not asked us for help if and when he gets there,” Uihlein said.

    ScoreGolf pointed out that the Vancouver Protocol of 2011 was created after a closed-door meeting among the USGA, The R&A and equipment manufacturers, with the intent to make any proposed changes to equipment rules or testing procedures more transparent and to allow participation in the process.

    “There are no golf courses being closed due to the advent of evolving technology,” Uihlein said. “There is no talk from the PGA Tour and its players about technology making their commercial product less attractive. Quite the opposite, the PGA Tour revenues are at record levels. The PGA of America is not asking for a roll back of technology. The game’s everyday player is not advocating a roll back of technology.”

    ScoreGolf said Uihlein questioned why the USGA and The R&A choose courses that “supposedly” can no longer challenge the game’s best players as preferred venues for the U.S. Open, The Open and other high-profile events.

    “It seems to me at some point in time that the media should be asking about the conflict of interest between the ruling bodies while at the same time conducting major championships on venues that maybe both the athletes and the technology have outgrown,” he said. “Because it is the potential obsolescence of some of these championship venues which is really at the core of this discussion.”