PGA Tour Report Cards

By Mercer BaggsNovember 27, 2001, 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of articles rating the performance of players on the LPGA, European, Senior and PGA Tours in 2001. We will rate one Tour each day, beginning with the PGA Tour.
PGA Tour (75x100)Its report card time for PGA Tour players. But instead of A's, B's and C's; were handing out more golfer-friendly Birdies, Pars and Bogeys.
Obviously, Masters champion Tiger Woods heads up the Birdie department; having won five times on tour and capturing the money title. Others finishing the year in the red include fellow major champions David Duval (British Open), David Toms (PGA Championship) and Retief Goosen (U.S. Open).
Toms season was second only to Woods. He won three times and collected nearly $3.8 million in official earnings.
Close behind Toms on the money list was Sergio Garcia. The 21-year-old Spaniard was one of nine multiple winners on tour in 2001. Having yet to win in the States prior to this year, Garcia captured both the MasterCard Colonial and the Buick Classic.
Scott Hoch also produced a multiple-win season ' his first in 22 years on the PGA Tour. Others winning on more than one occasion were Bob Estes, Joe Durant, Robert Allenby and Jose Coceres.
Coceres was one of 10 first-time tour winners this season. That list includes Garcia, Goosen, Frank Lickliter, Shigeki Maruyama, Joel Edwards, Cameron Beckman, Robert Damron, David Gossett and Garrett Willis.
Maruyama became the first Japanese-born player to win on the mainland by capturing the Greater Milwaukee Open; while Edwards won for the first time in 317 career starts on tour at the Air Canada Championship.
Of course, you dont have to win to have had a successful season. Bernhard Langer, playing in his first full season on the PGA Tour since 1988, earned four top-3 finishes in 17 starts and collected over $1.8 million, good enough for 22nd on the money list.
John Daly didnt win either, but he did play well enough to finish in the top 70 on the money list for the first time since 1995 ' the year he last won on tour at the British Open.
He also shot from outside the top 500 in the Official World Golf Ranking as the year began to inside the top 50.
Players like Brian Gay (41st on the money list), Chris Riley (45th), J.J. Henry (49th), Brett Quigley (56th) and David Berganio, Jr. (76th) were among the many to have career years in 2001.
Then there are Charles Howell III and Matt Kuchar. Neither player started the year with any status on tour, but both will be playing full-time in 2002. Howell made over $1.5 million in 24 starts this season, while Kuchar made $570K in just 11 events.
Its hard to consider 14 top-10s and nearly $3.5 million a so-so season, but when youre Vijay Singh a winless year is a disappointing year.
Likewise, Ernie Els made over $2.2 million, but failed to garner a victory ' snapping a seven-year winning streak on tour.
Hal Sutton and Jesper Parnevik each won this year; however, they seldom factored in events after doing do. Sutton won the Shell Houston Open in April; that proved to be his last top 10 of the season. Meanwhile, Parnevik held on to win Marchs Honda Classic, but didnt finish inside the top five for the remainder of the season.
Par is not a disappointing score for all. After ending 2000 at 126th on the money list, Joey Sindelar finished this year 81st in earnings. Nothing fancy, but the 43-year-old did regain full exempt status on tour for 2002.
Two years ago, Rich Beem won the Kemper Open, and with it his tour card through 2001. However, he endured a dismal 2000 campaign that saw him fall to 146th on the money list. This year wasnt 1999 revisited, but it was good enough to secure his 2002 playing privileges. He finished 109th in earnings.
The same progress can be said for Frank Nobilo. A winner on tour in 1997, the Kiwi slipped to 155th on the money list in 1999 and 152nd in 2000. This year, he finally re-entered the top 125 by finishing No. 108.
The Bogey department is primarily reserved for those who failed to keep their cards for the following season ' except in the case of Carlos Franco. The Paraguayan dipped modestly from 11th to 30th on the money list from 1999 to 2000. This year, though, he plummeted all the way to 104th in earnings.
Steve Pate ' 13th on the money list in 1999 ' finished 2001 in the 151st position. Michael Clark II, a winner in 2000, made one top 10 this year and finished 162nd in cash. Andrew Magee - never outside the top-125 on the money list since joining the tour in 1985 - finished 180th in 2001.
Magee will have to use his top-50 in career earnings exemption to play on the tour in 2002. He is actually 51st on the career money list, but due to the late Payne Stewarts position inside the top 50, Magee will be allowed to use the exemption for next year.
Had Gary Nicklaus won the 2000 BellSouth Classic rather than losing in a playoff to Phil Mickelson, he would be exempt on tour through 2002. Instead, he was forced to try and earn his playing privileges for next season via Q-School.
Nicklaus finished the 2001 season 169th on the money list, missing 22 cuts in 34 starts.
Then theres Greg Norman and Nick Faldo. Neither multiple major winner competed in enough PGA Tour events to keep their cards in 2002. As a result, both will be non-tour members for the upcoming season.
Theres nothing worse than the dreaded other in golf. However, this category is for players who fall in between the cracks of the previously mentioned categories.
Mickelson won two times and finished second on the money list - a Birdie season by most standards, but par for the course for a player who has everything but a major championship to his credit.
In addition to once again going 0-for-4 in the years biggest events, Lefty also blew an inordinate amount of tournaments by collapsing in the final round.
He was 2-for-9 when entering Sunday within at least two strokes of the lead. That record includes the Masters, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.
Davis Love III had a similar season. He won once (Pebble Beach) and finished fifth in earnings. But he failed to win a major and went 0-for-6 this year when playing in the final group on a Sunday.
Notah Begay III won twice in both 1999 and 2000. This year, though, he earned a paltry $100,000 and finished 197th on the money list. A horrendous season, but one that was hampered throughout by injuries.
If given a healthy chance, Begays year certainly would have been better. As it was, it couldnt have been much worse.
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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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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