TOUR Notes Weir Makes Pres Cup Move

By Pga Tour MediaJuly 10, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • J.P. Hayes has played in the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run five times and has a win and a second. In 16 rounds on the course, Hayes has shot 67 or better eight times including a course-record 61 back in 2002.
  • Its been a fine year for rookies with three of them inside the top 30 on the FedExCup points list. Brandt Snedeker leads the way in 27th place followed closely by Jeff Quinney in 28th and Anthony Kim in 30th.
  • Mike Weirs T8 at the AT&T National was his best finish since he was sixth at the 2006 PGA Championship. He moved up 17 spots on the FedExCup list to 96th and improved one place on The Presidents Cup list to 18th.
  • Steve Strickers second-place finish last week at the AT&T National moved him up seven spots to eighth place in The Presidents Cup standings. Winner K.J. Choi moved up three spots and is sixth on the International team list.
  • Heres an oddity. Robert Allenby, Jim Furyk, David Toms and Tiger Woods are tied for the TOUR lead in top-10 finishes with seven each. Only Tiger has a victory, though.
    First-time winners have abounded at the John Deere Classic in recent years. Six of the last 10 (and the last three) winners of the event claimed their initial TOUR titles at the JDC.
  • If you like long drivers, this weeks John Deere Classic may be for you. Nine of the top 10 leaders in Driving Distance are entered. On the other hand, since moving to the TPC Deere Run in 2000, only one player who finished the year in the top 20 in Driving Distance has won. That was Vijay Singh in 2003.

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  • Ben Crenshaws second-place finish last week at the U.S. Senior Open was his best finish to date on the Champions Tour. His previous best was a T3 earlier this year at the Toshiba Senior Classic.
  • Brad Bryant is the new leader in the Charles Schwab Cup race following his win last week at the U.S. Senior Open. Jay Haas had held the lead since March 11.
  • Hale Irwin had played in 50 Champions Tour events that featured 36-hole cuts since joining the Tour in 1996 and had never missed a cut. His streak ended last week at the U.S. Senior Open when he missed qualifying for the weekend by a single stroke.
  • Mike Sullivan won the B.C. Open at En-Joie GC on the PGA TOUR back in 1994. He returns to that same course this week in a different role. Sullivan will serve as a Rules Official this week in the inaugural Dicks Sporting Goods Open.
  • You dont necessarily want to lead the U.S. Senior Open after 54 holes. Only two of the last 10 54-hole leaders have gone on to win the event'Don Pooley in 2002 and Bruce Lietzke in 2003.

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  • Jason Day became the youngest winner in Nationwide Tour history with his win last week at the Legend Financial Group Classic. Day was 19 years-7 months-26 days old. The previous record holder was James Oh who was 21-5-7 when he won the 2003 Mark Christopher Charity Classic.
  • More on Day: His victory was the 30th recorded by players from Australia in the history of the Nationwide Tour. Aussies hold a big lead in the international category with Canada in second place with exactly half as many wins'15.
  • More on Aussies: Five men from the Land Down Under are among The 25'Nick Flanagan (2nd), Jason Day (8th), Scott Gardiner (18th), Greg Chalmers (20th) and Mathew Jones (24th).
  • For only the second time in Nationwide Tour history, three brothers will tee it up in an event. The Pappas brothers'Brenden, Craigen and Deane'will all compete this week in the inaugural Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invitational.
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    Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

    By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

    The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

    Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

    Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

    Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

    Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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    Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

    SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

    Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

    Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

    With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

    ''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

    Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.

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    ''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

    Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

    Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

    He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    "I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

    Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship

    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.