News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Fred Funks win last week at the inaugural Mayakoba Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun came at age 50 years, 8 months and 11 days. That makes him the fifth-oldest player in history to win. He also joined Craig Stadler as the only player to win on the Champions Tour and then win on the PGA TOUR.
More on Funk: His first-place check last week boosted him over the $20-million mark in career earnings. Hes the 11th player to reach that plateau.
While international players have certainly made a splash in the early part of the 2007 season, American players dominate the FedExCup standings with seven of the top 10 hailing from the U.S.
Through the West Coast swing, Phil Mickelson has missed the fairway off the tee right and left exactly the same percentage of the time. Mickelson missed left or right 14.84% of the time (27 of 182 for each).
Also through the West Coast, TOUR players have made 33 putts of 50 feet or more, topped by Jarrod Lyles 91-footer at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
The top rookie as the TOUR heads to Florida is Jeff Quinney. The former U.S. Amateur champ is 10th in the FedExCup standings after four Top-10 finishes on the West Coast. Quinney is now #1 on the eligibility list following the first re-shuffle of the season.
Players in the top 30 of the FedExCup standings averaged five starts in the first eight weeks of the season.
Loren Roberts ran his streak of consecutive par-or-better rounds to 29 following last weeks ACE Group Classic. The all-time record is 32 set by Larry Nelson during the 2000 season.
More on Roberts: He has five top-10 finishes in five starts this year. His worst finish of the year is a T6 at the Allianz Championship, but hes yet to win with a T2 at the Turtle Bay Championship his best effort.
Both Lanny and Bobby Wadkins have won The ACE Group Classic following Bobbys win last week in Naples, Fla. They are the second set of brothers to win the same event joining the Hills (Dave and Mike), who each won the same event on two different occasions.
The victory by Nicholas Thompson last week at the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship gave the U.S. a sweep of the two events Down Under for the first time since the 2003 season. Scott Sterling won the previous week at the Jacobs Creek Open in Australia.
Ben Bates established a new record with his 193rd career made cut following his 65th place finish last week in New Zealand.
Six players who competed on the Nationwide Tour in 2006 enjoyed top-10 finishes last week at the PGA TOUR stop in Mexico--Ryan Armour (4th), Boo Weekley (6th), Cameron Beckman (7th), Stephen Marino (8th), Gavin Coles (T9) and Brendon de Jonge (T9). It was the first top-10 of the season for all but Armour who had one previously.
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