News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Robert Allenbys T5 last week at The Honda Classic was his fifth top-10 finish this season in six starts. While hes yet to win, consistency has him in 12th place in the FedExCup standings.
Through the same number of weeks as last season, top 30 players (from the previous years money list) have averaged nearly two more starts per week. At this time last year, 16.2 top-30 players started on average each week. This season the number is 18.0 per week.
Jose Coceres has lost in playoffs in each of the past two weeks on the PGA TOUR. The last player to do so was Davis Love III in 1996. In that season, Love lost a playoff at the rain-shortened Buick Challenge and then lost again the following week at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Coceres: In his last eight rounds, his stroke average is 67.6.
The new home of The Honda Classic, PGA Nationals Champion Course, proved to be a tough test. The course played to a stroke average of 1.958 over par for the week, making it the toughest course on TOUR so far this season.
In addition to Mark Wilson winning his first career title last week at The Honda Classic, three other players equaled or bettered their career bests'Camilo Villegas (T2), Boo Weekley (T2) and Tripp Isenhour (T5). All four, by the way, are Nationwide Tour alums.
It was a good week for the rookie class last week with 13 of them making the cut. Doug LaBelle II led the way with a T13 finish.
Loren Roberts has 29 consecutive rounds of par-or-better entering this weeks Toshiba Classic. If he puts together three more this week, hell equal Larry Nelsons all-time Champions Tour mark of 32 in a row.
Not that this isnt true most weeks, but Hale Irwin might be someone to watch for this week in Newport Beach. Irwin has won the Toshiba Classic twice and has six top-10 finishes in the event. In 32 rounds at Newport Beach CC, Irwin has 20 in the 60s and his worst score is a 72.
Mark OMeara will make his third Champions Tour start this week and he wont be unfamiliar with the golf course this time. OMeara, who grew up in southern California, played some high school matches at Newport Beach CC.
Mark Wilsons victory at The Honda Classic was the 200th on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player.
The Class of 2006 has performed well in the early going on the 2007 PGA TOUR. A total of 16 of 22 graduates are among the top 144 on the FedExCup points list, headed by Jeff Quinney who stands 11th overall. In fact, seven of the players are among the top 50.
More on the Class of 2006: 10 of the 22 players have already posted top-10 finishes on TOUR this season. Theyve combined for 14 top-10 finishes, including four by Jeff Quinney. Boo Weekleys T2 last week is the top effort along with third-place finishes by Quinney and Brandt Snedeker.