News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Tiger Woods has won nine tournaments in the state of Florida, the most of any active player. Hes also won five World Golf Championships-CA Championship titles, including the last two and has won the last two TOUR stops at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa.
Vijay Singhs victory last week was his 19th since turning 40. Thats the most of any player in history. If you simply took his victories since turning 40, he would still rank 37th on the all-time victory list. Hes now tied with Englands Harry Cooper for the most wins by a non-American player in TOUR history (31).
More on Vijay: He regained the FedExCup points lead with his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and has a chance to stretch that lead even further this week as the CA Championship will offer 26,250 points instead of the usual 25,000.
With a strong crop of international players competing this week at the CA Championship, dont be surprised to see one of them win at Doral. While no international players won at the old TOUR stop at Doral from 1962 through 1989, eight of the last 17 winners there hailed from outside the U.S.
Hes flown a little under the radar, but John Rollins is having a very strong 2007 season. Hes fourth on the FedExCup points list after finishing in the top 25 in seven of his nine starts. He also leads the TOUR in rounds in the 60s with 17. The top five players on the FedExCup points list have averaged just over eight starts in the seasons first 11 weeks.
Whos 3-putted the least this season? Both David Duval and Zach Johnson have 3-putted less than 1% of the time (.98%). Johnson has the current longest streak without a 3-putt at 197 consecutive holes.
Loren Roberts set a new Champions Tour record for consecutive par-or-better rounds last week, stretching his current streak to 35 in a row. During that span of time hes 115 under par.
Last weeks four-hole playoff between Roberts and Tom Purtzer was the longest on the Champions Tour since Hubert Green edged Hale Irwin in a seven-hole playoff at the 2002 Lightpath Long Island Classic.
Dale Douglass had a first-round 70 to beat his age by one stroke at last weeks AT&T Champions Classic. Its the fifth time hes shot his age or better on the Champions Tour.
Theres a strong field assembled this week at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open as the Nationwide Tour opens the domestic portion of its schedule. There are 17 former PGA TOUR winners in the field, including two former major championship winners. There are also three former Nationwide Tour Players of the Year, four former U.S. Amateur and four former U.S. Public Links champs entered, as well as four former Ryder Cup team members and one former President Cup team competitor.
If Steve Jones and Larry Mize tee it up as scheduled, they will become the eighth and ninth former major championship winners to compete on the Nationwide Tour.
The best players from around the world are finding the Nationwide Tour an attractive place to play. There will be competitors from 17 different countries teeing it up this week in Louisiana.