News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
For the second consecutive week, tiny Milton, Fla. (population 7,740), produced a PGA TOUR runner-up. First it was Boo Weekley at the Honda Classic and last week it was Heath Slocum at the PODS Championship.
With his victory at the PODS Championship, Mark Calcavecchia earned enough FedExCup points to move into the top-10 in the standings and earn a spot in next weeks World Golf Championships-CA Championship.
Vijay Singh has a very enviable record at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but hell still be looking for his first win at the event this week. In 14 starts at Bay Hill, Singh has made 14 cuts and has three runner-up (1994-94-05) finishes. Hes a collective 84 under at the tournament and was T7 last year.
Ernie Els has the current longest consecutive cuts made streak entering this weeks stop on TOUR. The South African has made 44 consecutive cuts with his last miss coming at the 2004 Arnold Palmer Invitational. He has a long way to go, though, to match the 142 in a row made by Tiger Woods.
The T6 for Charles Howell III last week at the PODS Championship was his fifth top-10 finish of the season and boosted his lead in the FedExCup standings to 3,509 points over Phil Mickelson.
A strong field has assembled this week at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge with eight of the top-10 in the world on hand. In addition, 10 of the 11 tournament winners from this season are entered. Only Fred Funk, who is nursing a bad back, is missing.
Jose Coceres has already been in two playoffs this season. Only two players in the last 15 years have been in three in one year'Steve Elkington in 1992 and Vijay Singh in 2005.
Three players have won the Los Angeles stop on the PGA TOUR and the L.A. stop on the Champions Tour. Gil Morgan won the Nissan Open in 1978 and 1983 and has won the AT&T Champions Classic in 1996, 1997 and 2004. Tom Kite won on the PGA TOUR in 1993 and twice on the Champions Tour (2002, 2006) while Tom Purtzer won on the TOUR in 1979 and the Champions Tour in 2003.
More on Morgan: He has an amazing record at the AT&T Champions Classic. In 11 starts in the event, Morgan has racked up seven top-3 finishes and eight top-10 finishes. In six starts at Valencia CC, Morgan has a win, two seconds and a third.
Loren Roberts posted three more par-or-better rounds last week to run his streak of consecutive par-or-better scores to 32. That ties the all-time Champions Tour mark first set by Larry Nelson in 2000. He goes for the record this week at the demanding Valencia CC north of Los Angeles.
Dave Stockton shot a second-round 65 last week at the Toshiba Classic to equal his age for the first time in his Champions Tour career.
Ben Crenshaws T3 last week in California was his best finish to date on the Champions Tour.
Forty of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are former players on the Nationwide Tour.
The U.S. Presidents Cup team standings display a distinct Nationwide Tour feel with alumni holding down 14 of the top 20 spots, including five of the top 10. At least one former Nationwide Tour player has finished in the Top-10 in 525 of the last 528 PGA TOUR events.
After a break from the two events held Down Under, the Nationwide Tour will open its domestic portion of the schedule next week just outside Lafayette, LA, at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.