News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
In Rory Sabbatinis third-round 62 last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, he needed only 19 putts. In fact, he needed only 13 putts in his first 14 holes in his career-best putting performance. If you start with his final four holes in the second round, Sabbatini went 18 holes and needed only 17 putts.
Mark Hensby has battled a foot problem since the beginning of the 2006 season, but finished in a T12 last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial for his best effort since a T5 at the 2005 John Deere Classic.
The FedExCup points race could be in for a shakeup this week at the Memorial Tournament as 26 of the top 30 players on the list are entered, including nine of the top 10.
The reach of the game has become extraordinary. Take a look at the current Official World Golf Ranking - there are 24 countries with a player ranked in the top 100. Included in that number are places you might not always associate with golf - Austria, China, Thailand, France and Colombia, among others.
You would think that if you are among the top 10 in Total Driving (distance and accuracy), you would probably be among the top 10 in Greens In Regulation. To date, however, only Nick Watney ranks in the top 10 in Total Driving and Greens in Regulation. Hes fifth in both categories.
Ben Curtis has made the longest putt on TOUR this year - 100 feet, 1 inch - on the 14th hole during the recent PLAYERS Championship. There have been 105 putts of 50 feet or more made this season.
Hale Irwin has played in 50 Champions Tour events that feature 36-hole cuts and made the cut in each of them.
Eduardo Romero has finished first or second in the last three Champions Tour majors. He lost in a playoff at the 2006 Senior British Open, won the JELD-WEN Tradition and finished second last week at the Senior PGA Championship.
Italys Costantino Rocca made his Champions Tour debut last week and finished in a T66.
Denis Watsons victory last week at the Senior PGA Championship was his first on the Champions Tour and made him the first player from Zimbabwe to win on the circuit.
The tour heads for Chicago this week and the LaSalle Bank Open. With a $750,000 purse ($135,000 to the winner), this is one of the most important tournaments on the schedule. In fact, all five previous winners have gone on to graduate to the PGA TOUR the year of their victory.
He didnt quite equal Jason Gore, but Nick Flanagan gave a strong effort in attempting to win his third consecutive event last week. The young Aussie finished in a T5 at the Melwood Prince Georges County Open after winning his previous two starts.
Paul Claxton not only won last weeks Melwood Prince Georges County Open for his second career win, but he also became the first player in tour history to collect $1 million in career earnings. The win for Claxton was his first since the 2001 Louisiana Open and he has career earnings of $1,101,673.
The Nationwide Tour attracts players from all over the world. This weeks LaSalle Bank Open will have players from 18 countries entered. International players have won four of the first 11 tournaments this season.