News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
The Stanford St. Jude Championship field will feature several international stars that are appearing in Memphis for the first time. Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington and Adam Scott will all make their first appearances in the tournament this week.
There will only be 10 weeks left in the PGA TOURs regular season following this weeks stop in Memphis and the top players are beginning to climb up the FedExCup points leaderboard. Of the top 15 players in the points standing, 12 are among the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Look out for David Toms this week in Memphis. The TOUR veteran has finished in the top 10, winning twice, in his last five starts at the Stanford St. Jude Championship. Over that five-year span hes posted 16 rounds in the 60s out of 20 starts and is 65 under par. In those 20 rounds, Toms has two 63s, a 64 and four 65s.
Dont look for a long hitter to win this week in Memphis. Since the 2000 Stanford St. Jude Classic, none of the winners have finished higher than 72nd in driving distance for the season in which they won. In fact, the average final position in driving distance for that group is 116th.
Loren Roberts, a winner last week on the Champions Tour at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin, will be playing this week in his hometown Stanford St. Jude Championship. It will only be the second PGA TOUR appearance for Roberts since he turned 50 back in June of 2006.
K.J. Choi has five career victories on the PGA TOUR to equal the total of all other Asian-born winners in TOUR history. Shigeki Maruyama has three career titles while Isao Aoki and T.C. Chen each won once.
How about those 71-year olds? At last weeks Boeing Championship at Sandestin, 71-year old Bob Charles bettered his age twice (70 and 68) while Gary Player did it once (70). For Player, it was the sixth time this season hes shot his age or better.
You cant keep a good man down. One day after shooting the highest score of his brief Champions Tour career (80), Nick Price turned around to shoot a 63, his best score on the Champions Tour.
Gil Morgan will be looking to successfully defend his title this week at the Principal Charity Classic. If he does, it wont be the first time. Morgan has successfully defended a title four times in his Champions Tour career.
Hows this for putting? Rod Spittle one-putted 14 times in his final round last week at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin, including nine one-putt greens in a row at one point.
Brenden Pappas will be seeking a repeat win this week at The Rex Hospital Open. If he pulls it off, hell be the first player in Nationwide Tour history to successfully defend a title.
The field at this weeks Rex Hospital Open features 27 former PGA TOUR winners who have a collective 68 TOUR wins. Included in that number are a Masters (Larry Mize), a PGA Championship (Mark Brooks) and a U.S. Open (Steve Jones).
If the PGA TOUR Regular Season ended today, 15 of last years 22 graduates would qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs announced this week that it generated at least $2 million for local charities. Thats the most of any event in the Nationwide Tours history.