TOUR Notes Furyks Rare Feat Mahans Pres Cup Run

By Pga Tour MediaJuly 31, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • When Jim Furyk made a hole-in-one last Sunday and went on to win the Canadian Open, he became the first player in 22 years to accomplish that feat. The last player to make an ace in the final round on his way to victory was Joey Sindelar at the 1985 B.C. Open.

  • Whos the hottest player around? If you said Hunter Mahan, you might be right. Hes finished in the top-10 in each of his last four starts, including a victory at the Travelers Championship, and has climbed from 106th on the FedExCup points list to 12th.
  • One more on Mahan: In addition to moving up the FedExCup points list, Mahan is quickly climbing the Presidents Cup eligibility list. With just two weeks left before the teams are selected, Mahan is 14th on the U.S. list.
  • Brandt Snedeker is making a strong bid to earn Rookie of the Year honors. Hes 25th on the FedExCup points list and leads all rookies with five Top-10 performances, including four of his last six starts.
  • There are only three weeks left to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and while time is short, it isnt too late to make a charge. Just last week, four players'George McNeill, Bob Heintz, Ryan Palmer and Glen Day'vaulted into the Top 144 with their play at the Canadian Open. McNeill gained 42 spots to 105th while Heintz picked up 33 places and is now 122nd. Day climbed 12 spots to 138th and Palmer made the biggest leap, improving 62 spots to 127th.
  • Tiger Woods has an impressive record at most TOUR events, but his record at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is really extraordinary. In eight starts at the tournament hes won five times, finished second once and has never finished worse that T4. In 32 rounds, hes been in the 60s 23 times and is 83 under par.
  • In his first 103 career starts, Bob Heintz had two top-10 finishes. In his next two starts, Heintz finished T5 two weeks ago at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee and T5 last week at the Canadian Open.

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • In his last four starts, Loren Roberts has finished (in order), 1-2-3-T4. Hell be in Minnesota this week for the 3M Championship.
  • Craig Stadler might be owed one at the TPC Twin Cities. Hes finished second in the event in each of the last three seasons despite breaking par in all nine of his rounds at the 3M Championship.
  • Bruce Summerhays streak of consecutive events played ended last week at 166 when he failed to tee it up at the Senior British Open. His streak is the third longest in Champions Tour history behind Dana Quigleys 278 and Mike McCulloughs 177.
  • Look out for Tom Watson at the 2009 Senior British Open. With win last week at Muirfield, Watson has won the Senior British Open in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The win provided Watson with double Charles Schwab Cup points and hes now fifth in the year-long competition. Jay Haas regained the top spot, but is just 42 points ahead of Brad Bryant.

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • Jim Furyks victory last week at the Canadian Open was the 209th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.
  • The last two winners on the Nationwide Tour'Tom Scherrer and Roland Thatcher'were a combined 50-under in winning their titles.
  • More on Thatcher: He leads the money list by $100,249 over Jason Day. Thats the largest margin in the seasons first 20 weeks in Tour history.
  • More on Day: Hed like to take the front nine at Champions Run, the site of last weeks Cox Classic, with him everywhere he goes. Over the last two days of the tournament, Day posted nines of 28 and 29 on that side. In shooting 57 for those 18 holes, Day had two eagles, nine birdies and seven pars.
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    Rahm focusing on play, not shot at No. 1

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm’s meteoric rise in the world rankings could end with him reaching No. 1 with a win this week at Torrey Pines.

    After winning last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his fourth title in 51 weeks, Rahm has closed the gap on Dustin Johnson – less than 1.5 average points separates them.

    With Johnson not playing this week, the 23-year-old Spaniard has a chance to reach the top spot for the first time, but only if he defends his title at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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    “Beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task. It’s no easy task,” he said Tuesday. “We still have four days of golf ahead and we’ll see what happens. But I’ll try to focus more on what’s going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win.

    “I’ll try my best, that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

    Rahm has already become the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 2 in the world, behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. 

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    Rahm: Playoff wasn't friendly, just 'nervous'

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:53 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Too chummy? Jon Rahm says he and Andrew Landry were just expending some nervous energy on the walk up to the fairway during the first playoff hole of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    “I wouldn’t have been that nervous if it was friendly,” Rahm said with a smile Tuesday. “I think it was something he said because we were talking going out of the first tee.

    “I didn’t know Andrew – I think it was a pretty good time to get to know him. We had at least 10 minutes to ourselves. It’s not like we were supporting each other, right? We were both in it together, we were both nervous together, and I felt like talking about it might have eased the tension out of both of us.”

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    On Sunday, two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange saw the exchange on TV and tweeted: “Walking off the tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me? Talking at all?”

    Strange followed up by saying that, in a head-to-head situation, the last thing he’d want to do was make his opponent comfortable. When his comments went viral, Strange tweeted at Rahm, who won after four holes: “Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific. I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made an adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff. Not for me. A fan.”

    Not surprisingly, the gregarious Rahm saw things differently.

    “We only talked going out of the first tee up until the fairway,” he said. “Besides that, all we said was, ‘Good shot, good putt, see you on the next tee.’ That’s what it was reduced to. We didn’t say much.” 

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    Tiger grouped with Reed, Hoffman at Torrey Pines

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:35 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods will make his 2018 debut alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

    The threesome will go off Torrey Pines’ South Course at 1:40 p.m. ET Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. They begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the North Course.

    Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open, but he hasn’t broken 70 in his last seven rounds on either course. Last year, he shot rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut.

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    Reed, who has grown close to Woods after being in his pod during the past two international team competitions, is coming off a missed cut last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Hoffman, a San Diego native, has only two top-10s in 20 career starts at Torrey.

    Other featured groups for the first two rounds include:

    • Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker: 1:30 p.m. Thursday off South 1, 12:20 p.m. Friday off North 10

    • Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele: 12:30 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:30 p.m. Friday off South 1

    • Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama: 12:40 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:40 p.m. Friday off South 1

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    Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

    Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

    “While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

    It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

    “What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

    The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

    “I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”