TOUR Notes Tight Race to Get to Chicago

By Pga Tour MediaAugust 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • Three former winners of the Deutsche Bank Championship are ranked among the top 10 on the points list entering the second week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Tiger Woods (No. 4), Vijay Singh (No. 6) and Adam Scott (No. 9) are all former champs in Boston. In fact, all three have finished second in the event, too, and to each other. When Singh won in 2004, Woods and Scott were the runners-up. When Woods won last year, Singh was the runner-up.
  • This weeks field at the Deutsche Bank Championship will feature 18 of the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • More on the field at the Deutsche Bank Championship: The field will include 20 former major championship winners, seven rookies and 83 players who have won PGA TOUR events during their careers.
  • The battle for a spot in the top 70 and the opportunity to advance to the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup should be very close. Only 812 points separate No. 63 (Steve Marino) from No. 76 (Brian Davis). You can earn that amount with a two-way tie for 16th this week.
  • After winning The Barclays last week, Steve Stricker has taken over the lead in the FedExCup points race. Hes also moved up to fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest placement ever. He was 12th following the 1997 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
  • Playing for the first time this week in the Deutsche Bank Championship are such notable names as Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington.

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  • When Denis Watson won last weeks Boeing Championship with an eagle on the second playoff hole, it marked the first time in 22 years that a playoff ended with an eagle. Lee Elder defeated Peter Thomson with an eagle at the 1985 Merrill Lynch Golf Digest Commemorative.
  • Bernhard Langer will make his Champions Tour debut this week at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. The two-time Masters champion turned 50 on Monday.
  • Only two Monday qualifiers this season have led after the first round of the tournament and both hail from Canada. Rod Spittle shared the lead after the first round of the Dicks Sporting Goods Open and Ray Stewart was the leader last week at the Boeing Championship.
  • Hale Irwin remains the only player to win at Pebble Beach on both the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. Irwin won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1984 on the PGA TOUR and the 2005 Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on the Champions Tour.

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  • Steve Strickers victory last week at The Barclays was the 212th win on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player and the 16th this year.
  • A hot race for a spot in The 25 is shaping up as the season winds towards the finish line. Only $804 separate No. 24 on the money list (Jon Mills) from No. 27 (Scott Gardiner).
  • Nine members of the Class of 2006'Brandt Snedeker, Boo Weekley, Jeff Quinney, Ken Duke, Matt Kuchar, Cliff Kresge, Craig Kanada, Kevin Stadler and Doug LaBelle'all advanced to the second week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
  • When Jimmy Walker came from seven shots behind beginning the final round last week to win the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic, it was only the second-best come from behind effort on his part in his career. Walker came from eight back to win the 2004 Chitimacha Louisiana Open. It also marked the second consecutive week that the winner came from seven shots back to win after Nick Flanagan did it at the Xerox Classic the previous week.
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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