Nationwide Tour Begins Season in Panama

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2007 Movistar Panama ChampionshipThe first of a record 32 Nationwide Tour events will be played this week in Panama City, Panama, the Movistar Panama Championship.
 
And as the season begins, here are some nuggets to chew on:
 
  • Victories in 2007 by Paul Goydos (Sony Open in Hawaii) and Charley Hoffman (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic) bring the number of PGA TOUR wins by former Nationwide Tour members to 198.
     
  • Nine Nationwide Tour graduates, including captain Tom Lehman, were members of the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
     
  • The percentage of former Nationwide Tour players on the PGA TOUR has grown to an all-time high of 65%.
     
  • Ricky Barnes enters the 2007 Nationwide Tour season having made the cut in his last 23 tour starts, which is the second-longest streak in tour history (31 ' Chris Perry, mid 90s).
     
  • From 2000-2006, an average of 41% of those who finished in the top 30 on the money list each year were Nationwide Tour alumni (with a high of 57% in 06); an average of 45% finished in the top 50 each year (with a high of 57% in 06).
     
  • Nationwide Tour players hail from 36 states and 21 countries.
     
  • Nationwide Tour players hail from 94 colleges or universities. Georgia tops the leaderboard with six, followed by Auburn and UNLV (five each) and LSU and Arizona State (four each).
     
  • The 2007 Nationwide Tour media guide lists 18 former PGA TOUR winners who have won 50 career titles.
     
  • The guide also lists 84 players who have won a total of 142 Nationwide Tour titles.
     
  • The youngest player on the Nationwide Tour is Jason Day of Queensland, Australia. He turned 19 on Nov. 12th.
     
  • Ten players earned $300,000+ in 200622 earned $200,000+.62 earned $100,000+, all records.
     
  • The 2005 Nationwide Tour class that competed on the PGA TOUR last year collectively enjoyed a prosperous year. Eight players earned in excess of $1 million and 12 of the 21 finished 2006 among the top 125 on the final money list, led by Troy Matteson (No. 36), Camilo Villegas (No. 38) and Nathan Green (No. 41).
     
  • Twenty-seven Nationwide Tour events will offer purses of $500,000 or more in 2007, with 12 purses reaching $600,000 or more.
     
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