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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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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    DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

    Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

    "It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

    Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

    Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

    "I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

    Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

    "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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    LPGA lists April date for new LA event

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

    The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

    When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

    The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

    The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.