TOUR Notes Will 100 Eclipse $1 Million

By Pga Tour MediaOctober 30, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
 
PGA Tour (75x100) PGA TOUR:
  • This is the final week of the 2007 PGA TOUR Official Money season and Ted Purdy enters the week in the 125th and final exempt spot with $758,734. Thats $190,675 more than the 125th spot entering the seven-event Fall Series.
     
  • Two players moved into the Top 125 after last weeks Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro. Shigeki Maruyama made the biggest jump going from 137th to 103rd following his T2 effort. Cameron Beckmans T5 vaulted him from 128th to 118th. If two moved in, two moved out. They were J.B. Holmes and Kevin Stadler who are 126th and 127th, respectively. Holmes will be fully exempt next season anyway thanks to his victory at the 2006 FBR Open.
     
  • It was also a good week for Daisuke Maruyama (no relation). The second-year TOUR player from Japan finished T16 last week to move from 154th on the money list to 146th. Players who finish 126-150 keep some playing privileges for the following year and are exempt into the Finals of the Qualifying Tournament.
     
  • Daniel Chopras win last week at the Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro was the 12th this year by an international player. Vijay Singh (Fiji) and K.J. Choi (South Korea) have each won twice while Aaron Baddeley (Australia), Angel Cabrera (Argentina), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Adam Scott (Australia), Mike Weir (Canada), Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) and Chopra (Sweden) have each won once.
     
  • With just this weeks Childrens Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart to go, a record 97 players have already eclipsed the $1 million mark in earnings with a record 32 having topped the $2 million plateau.
     
  • When Johnson Wagner finished T39 last week and collected $18,000, he became the seventh rookie this year to top the $1 million mark in earnings. He joined Brandt Snedeker, John Mallinger, Jeff Quinney, Anthony Kim, George McNeill and Steve Marino. There were a record eight last year.
     

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • Proving that you can play fast and play well, Jim Thorpe completed his first round last week at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in two hours and 35 minutes. His 64 was good for the first round lead.
     
  • More on Thorpe: Winning the season-finale extended Thorpes string of consecutive years with at least one win to a Champions Tour best eight. Hale Irwin holds the record winning at least once in 11 consecutive seasons.
     
  • Tom Kite finished the year on a high note with 20 consecutive rounds or par-or-better.
     
  • Last year, Loren Roberts lost the Charles Schwab Cup points race on the final hole of the year to Jay Haas. This year, Roberts was able to secure the $1 million annuity by 165 points over Haas.
     

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • A record $775,000 purse is up for grabs this week at the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek. With $139,500 going to the winner, every player in the field has a mathematical chance at finishing in The 25 and earning a PGA TOUR card for next season.
     
  • Daniel Chopras win this past week on the PGA TOUR was the 216th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the TOUR and the 20th this year.
     
  • The Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek will offer free admission this week with those in attendance asked to make a donation to help the Red Cross Fire Relief Fund established in the wake of the disastrous fires in San Diego County last week. In addition, the PGA TOUR and Nationwide will donate a minimum of $200,000 to the relief effort with the Birdies for Relief program.
     
  • Roland Thatcher begins the week with a $46,538 lead at the top of the money list over #3 Jon Mills. Nick Flanagan, the #2 man on the list, earned an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR back in August and will not be competing this week. The #1 player at seasons end is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2008. Even if Thatcher should finish last this week, Mills would need to finish solo third or better to catch him.
     
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.