TOUR Notes Singh a Good Pick at PGA

By Pga Tour MediaAugust 7, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • Hes never a bad pick, but Vijay Singh might be a good player to watch this week at Southern Hills. The Tulsa course has hosted four events over the past 15 years'the 1994 PGA Championship, the 1995 and 1996 TOUR Championships and the 2001 U.S. Open'and Singh has finished in the top-10 in three of those tournaments. He was 6th at the 1995 TOUR Championship, T7 at the 2001 U.S. Open and T9 at the 1996 TOUR Championship.
  • There are 26 rookies on the PGA TOUR this year and if the season ended today, 13 of them would qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
  • How good was Steve Flesch in winning last weeks Reno-Tahoe Open? He led the field in Driving Distance and was third in Driving Accuracy. He was also second in Greens In Regulation. The victory gave him a huge boost in the FedExCup standings are he jumped from a precarious 140th all the way to 79th.
  • Andres Romero has made a remarkable move up The Presidents Cup eligibility list over the last three weeks. Prior to the British Open, Romero was 35th in the standings for the International team. Following his 3rd place finish at the British Open, his win at the Deutsche Bank Players Championship and a T6 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, hes climbed all the way to 10th in the standings with just one week remaining. During that same span, hes gone from 114th in the Official World Golf Rankings all the way to 25th.
  • Its pretty rare to win the same event on TOUR three years in a row. In fact, after Tom Watson won his third consecutive Byron Nelson Classic in 1980, no one performed the feat until Tiger Woods won his third consecutive Memorial Tournament in 2001. As difficult as the task has been, Tiger will begin the 2008 PGA TOUR season looking for his fourth consecutive win in three different events'the Buick Invitational, the World Golf Championships-CA Championship and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
  • None of the top-10 players in Driving Distance on TOUR have won a tournament this season, but players ranked in the top-10 in Driving Accuracy have won four'Zach Johnson has two while Fred Funk and Jim Furyk have one each.

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  • Jay Haas finished second last week at the 3M Championship for his eighth consecutive top-10 finish. The finish allowed Haas to extend his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race to 194 points over Brad Bryant.
  • Eagle twos were recorded by consecutive groups on the 15th hole last Sunday at the 3M Championship. First, Chip Beck knocked in his second shot from 157 yards and in the following group, Jay Haas did the same from 180 yards.
  • It should not have been a surprise that D.A. Weibring won last weeks 3M Championship. Prior to last week, Weibring had nine sub-par rounds in nine starts at the event and added three more last week in winning.
  • More on Weibring: The Illinois native has won a combined nine PGA TOUR or Champions Tour events in his career and six of them have come in the Midwest'four in Illinois, one in Iowa and one in Minnesota.

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  • Steve Fleschs win last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open was the 210th on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player. Former players have won a TOUR event in each of the last four weeks.
  • When Brad Elder won last weeks Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open he became just the seventh player in Nationwide Tour history to win the same event twice. Elder also won in Wichita back in 1999.
  • You might want to look for a veteran to emerge this week at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Players 40 or older have won four of the previous seven events in Pennsylvania.
  • There will be a strong Nationwide Tour presence at this weeks PGA Championship with 61 former players in the field. Three alums have won the PGA Championship'John Daly in 1991, David Toms in 2001 and Shaun Micheel in 2003.
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    Golf's Olympic format, qualifying process remain the same

    By Rex HoggardMarch 19, 2018, 6:25 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Potential Olympic golfers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo were informed on Monday that the qualification process for both the men’s and women’s competitions will remain unchanged.

    According to a memo sent to PGA Tour players, the qualification process begins on July 1, 2018, and will end on June 22, 2020, for the men, with the top 59 players from the Olympic Golf Rankings, which is drawn from the Official World Golf Ranking, earning a spot in Tokyo (the host country is assured a spot in the 60-player field). The women’s qualification process begins on July 8, 2018, and ends on June 29, 2020.

    The format, 72-holes of individual stroke play, for the ’20 Games will also remain unchanged.

    The ’20 Olympics will be held July 24 through Aug. 9, and the men’s competition will be played the week before the women’s event at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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    Webb granted U.S. Women's Open special exemption

    By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 6:22 pm

    Karrie Webb's streak of consecutive appearances at the U.S. Women's Open will continue this summer.

    The USGA announced Monday that the 43-year-old Aussie has been granted a special exemption into this year's event, held May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek in Alabama. Webb, a winner in both 2000 and 2001, has qualified for the event on merit every year since 2011 when her 10-year exemption for her second victory ended.

    "As a past champion, I'm very grateful and excited to accept the USGA's special exemption into this year's U.S. Women's Open," Webb said in a release. "I have always loved competing in the U.S. Women's Open and being tested on some of the best courses in the country."

    Webb has played in the tournament every year since 1996, the longest such active streak, meaning that this summer will mark her 23rd consecutive appearance. She has made the U.S. Women's Open cut each of the last 10 years, never finishing outside the top 50 in that span.

    Webb's exemption is the first handed out by the USGA since 2016, when Se Ri Pak received an invite to play at CordeValle. Prior to that the two most recent special exemptions went to Juli Inkster (2013) and Laura Davies (2009). The highest finish by a woman playing on a special exemption came in 1994, when Amy Alcott finished sixth.

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    Notah: Driver is Tiger's No. 1 pre-Masters concern

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 5:49 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a Sunday charge at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, sending shockwaves through Bay Hill when it looked as though he might finally claim PGA Tour victory No. 80.

    But the charge came to an end at the par-5 16th, where Woods had missed wide-right three days in a row before going OB-left on Sunday en route to bogey.

    Woods’ API performance featured just a handful of drivers each day, as firm and fast conditions allowed him to make frequent use of a 2-iron off the tee.

    That strategy led to a second top-5 finish in as many weeks, but if Woods wants to win again, if he wants claim another major, he is going to sort out his issues with the big stick.

    A guest Monday morning on the Dan Patrick Show, Golf Channel’s Notah Begay believes the driver will be a focus for Woods in his pre-Masters preparation.

    “Project No. 1 over the next two weeks is going to be the driver. … Any time he has to turn a shot right to left with trouble on the left, he struggles a little bit,” Begay said.

    “Off the sixth tee, off the ninth tee, there was some errant shots. And then we saw the really horrible tee shot yesterday at 16. He talked about in the post-round comments. He just didn’t commit to a shot, and the worst thing that a professional athlete can do to themselves to compromise performance is not commit.

    “And so he made a terrible swing, and that’s the miss that is really difficult for him to recover from, because the majority of his misses are out to the right. So, when you eliminate one half of the golf course, you can really make your way around … a lot easier. When you have a two-way miss going, which sometimes creeps into his driver, it really makes it difficult to take out some of the trouble that you’re looking at when you’re standing on the tee box.

    “So he has to focus in on trying to find some way to navigate Augusta National with the driver, because it’s a course that’s going to force you to hit driver.”

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    McIlroy trails only Woods in Masters betting odds

    By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 5:47 pm

    After rallying for victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy is once again among the betting favorites for the upcoming Masters.

    McIlroy was available at 16/1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook last week, listed behind six other players. But after his three-shot win at Bay Hill, his odds were trimmed to 10/1, leaving him behind only betting favorite Tiger Woods.

    Next month will mark McIlroy's fourth opportunity to close out the final leg of the career Grand Slam by slipping into a green jacket. Here's a look at the current betting odds, with the first round only 17 days away:

    8/1: Tiger Woods

    10/1: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas

    14/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose

    16/1: Jason Day, Jon Rahm

    18/1: Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson

    25/1: Paul Casey, Bubba Watson

    30/1: Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama

    40/1: Henrik Stenson, Marc Leishman

    50/1: Alex Noren

    60/1: Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters

    80/1: Branden Grace, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, Charley Hoffman, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay

    100/1: Zach Johnson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner