TOUR Notes Old-Timers Versus Young Guns

By Pga Tour MediaJune 24, 2008, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • You cant have a much better record than Jim Furyks at the Buick Open. The 2003 Buick Open champ has finished in the Top-10 at Warwick Hills in his last seven starts. During that span of time hes 122-under par. He has a streak of 37 consecutive under-par rounds going at Warwick Hills and over the course of his career hes made the cut in all 13 starts. Hes played 52 rounds in his career at the Buick Open and 51 of them are par-or-better. Hes 178-under par for his career in the tournament.
  • Another player with a strong record at the Buick Open is Woody Austin. He won the event as a rookie in 1995 and has finished 1-T2-T3 and T4 in his career at Warwick Hills.
  • This is the 50th anniversary for the Buick Open. Buick is the longest running sponsor of a TOUR event dating back to 1958. Honda (1984) is next on the list with AT&T (Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1986) and Chrysler (Bob Hope in 1986) just behind.
  • Hunter Mahan is starting to build a Jim Furyk-like record at the Travelers Championship. Mahan has finished T2-1-T2 in the last three years in Hartford following his runner-up effort this past week. He now has 11 rounds in the 60s in his last 12 starts at the TPC River Highlands. Hes also in a rut in his final round efforts'hes shot 65 in each of the last three years.
  • The Travelers Championship was kind to rookies Brad Adamonis (T6) and Kevin Streelman (T10) with each recording his first career Top-10 last week.
    Chris DiMarco has struggled most of the year and was actually outside the Top 144 on the FedExCup points list going into last weeks Travelers Championship. A T13 jumped him back into contention for a playoff spot as he climbed 25 places to 141st.
  • In the year of the young guys, the older guard showed last week that they arent going away anytime soon. No less than five players 45 or older finished in the Top-10 last week in Hartford. Tommy Armour II (48 years old) led the way with a T2 while Vijay Singh (45) finished 5th and Michael Allen (49) and Kenny Perry (47) both finished T6. Corey Pavin (48) finished T10 to round out the group.


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  • 72-year old Gary Player matched his age last Saturday in the second round of the Bank of America Championship. Its the 21st time hes shot his age or better in his Champions Tour career.
  • Jeff Slumans victory last week was his first in his Champions Tour career and just about two months shy of the 20th anniversary of his first PGA TOUR win, the 1988 PGA Championship.
  • More on Sluman: His win made him the first player to win an individual stroke-play event for the first time on the Champions Tour this season. Andy North won his first Champions Tour title earlier this year when he teamed with Tom Watson to win the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
  • John Cook has the most Top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour this year with nine while Loren Roberts is tied for second in that category with eight. Comes as a surprise then that neither has won yet this year. Roberts has three runner-up finishes to his credit while Cook has finished in the Top-5 on five occasions.

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  • Stewart Cinks victory last week at the Travelers Championship was the 228th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.
  • It may look like an Edmonton Oilers reunion when the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic presented by Samsung gets under way this week. Not only is The Great One on hand, but so are former Oiler Stanley Cup winners Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Marty McSorley and Grant Fuhr.
  • There have been eight previous Nationwide Tour events conducted in Canada and native sons have won three of them. Richard Zokol claimed the 2001 CPGA Championship, David Hearn won the 2004 Alberta Classic and Jon Mills claimed the 2005 CPGA Championship. Hearn, by the way, will be in the field and his amateur partner will be Wayne Gretzky. Hearn grew up five blocks from Gretzkys childhood home in Brantford, Ontario.
  • During Rocco Mediates recent duel with Tiger Woods, the name Bob May came up on several occasions. Well, after years of fighting injuries, May appears to have found his old form. Hes finished second and T9 in his last two Nationwide Tour starts to climb from 133rd on the money list all the way to 23rd

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  • Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta 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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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

    After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

    The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

    At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

    But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

    What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm