TOUR Notes FedExCup Heating Up

By Pga Tour MediaJune 26, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • Since the start of the 2000 season, PGA TOUR winners have come from 17 different countries'the U.S., Fiji, Australia, Sweden, South Africa, South Korea, Argentina, England, Trinidad & Tobago, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, Paraguay, Northern Ireland, Japan and Zimbabwe.
  • Look out for Jim Furyk this week at the Buick Open. The 2003 Buick Open champion has a streak of 33 consecutive rounds under-par at the Warwick Hills course as he begins play this week. He has seven top-10 finishes in the event, has made the cut in all 12 starts and of his 48 career rounds, hes been par or better in 47 of them and under par in 43 of them. Hes 165 under par at the Buick Open in his career.
  • Including this week, there are just eight weeks left to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Steve Flesch currently holds down the 144th and final spot in the field. Among those outside the top 144 and looking in are prominent names like Justin Leonard, Jesper Parnevik, Kirk Triplett, Paul Azinger, John Daly, Jeff Sluman, Shigeki Maruyama, Brad Faxon, Joey Sindelar, Robert Gamez and Todd Hamilton.
  • Hunter Mahan earned his first career title last week at the Travelers Championship and he can thank his putter for the win. The 25-year old made 60 of 60 putts from eight feet or less in his victory.
  • One more on Mahan: At the age of 25 years, one month and seven days, hes the youngest winner on TOUR this year.
  • Rookie Anthony Kim has not yet won, but if he keeps up his final-round scoring average he wont have to wait much longer. The TOURs youngest player (just turned 22) leads the TOUR in final-round scoring average with a 68.45 mark.

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  • Leonard Thompson made a double-eagle during the first round of last weeks Bank of America Championship. It was the first double-eagle on the Champions Tour since Howard Twitty recorded one at the 2005 JELD-WEN Tradition.
  • R.W. Eaks had a strange week at the Bank of America Championship. During one nine-hole stretch in the second round, Eaks was 9 under par, going birdie-par-birdie-birdie-eagle-eagle-par-birdie-birdie. The rest of the week he was 1 over par and eventually finished the tournament in a T5 at 8 under.
  • With his victory last week, Jay Haas passed the $20 million mark in career earnings on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour. Hes the sixth Champions Tour to reach that mark joining Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan, Tom Kite, Fred Funk and Nick Price.

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  • Current Nationwide Tour players Jay Williamson and B.J. Staten made strong showings last week on the PGA TOUR. Williamson lost in a playoff to Hunter Mahan and collected $648,000 while Staten finished in a T9 and took home $156,000.
  • At least one former Nationwide Tour player has finished in the top 10 in 540 of the last 543 PGA TOUR events.
  • Last week the Tour stopped in Knoxville for the 18th consecutive season. One of four original events remaining on the schedule from the Nationwide Tours first season (1990), the Knoxville tournament has seen six of its winners go on to win on the PGA TOUR---Jeff Maggert, Tom Scherrer, Heath Slocum, J.J. Henry, Brian Henninger and Vaughn Taylor.
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry