News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
The first event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, The Barclays, will feature 73 of the top 100 players in the world.
When rookie Brandt Snedeker fired a final-round 63 last Sunday to win the Wyndham Championship, he made 17 of 18 putts inside 15 feet.
More on Snedeker: His win last week made him the seventh player in his 20s to win this year. Snedeker joins a list that includes Aaron Baddeley, Charles Howell III, Adam Scott, Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan and Jonathan Byrd.
Seven former winners of The Barclays are entered this week in the first PGA TOUR Playoff event. Vijay Singh, seeded second, has won the tournament three times while Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia have each won twice. Also entered are former winners Padraig Harrington, J.P. Hayes, Billy Andrade and Bob Tway.
It has been a good year for rookies. Thirteen first-year players qualified for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Brandt Snedeker is ninth on the points list to lead the way with Jeff Quinney and Anthony Kim in 41st and 42nd place, respectively.
There will be 15 countries represented in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup'U.S., Fiji, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England, Sweden, Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Germany, Canada and Denmark.
How about this start for the threesome of D.A. Weibring, Peter Jacobsen and Bob Gilder in the second round of last weeks JELD-WEN Tradition. Weibring holed out a wedge for an eagle two and both Jacobsen and Gilder chipped in. Thats no putts for the group.
This has been quite a year for Zimbabwe on the Champions Tour. Of the first four majors contested this year, two have been won by natives of the South African country'Denis Watson at the Senior PGA Championship and Mark McNulty at the JELD-WEN Tradition.
Coming off a T4 last week at the JELD-WEN Tradition, Tom Kite enters the Boeing Classic on a high note. Given his track record the past two seasons in Seattle, Kite might be the man to beat this week. Hes the defending champ at the Boeing Classic and finished second the previous year.
The victory for McNulty earned him a five-year exemption into the season-opening MasterCard Championship and moved him into 12th place in the Charles Schwab Cup competition. Jay Haas remains in first, 194 points ahead of Brad Bryant.
Nick Flanagan became the eighth player in Nationwide Tour history to earn a three-win promotion to the PGA TOUR, but the first international player to do so.
Brandt Snedekers win last week at the Wyndham Championship was the 211th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR. Hes the 14th player in Nationwide Tour history to graduate to the PGA TOUR and win the next season.
The Class of 2006 continues to shine on the PGA TOUR. Not only did Brandt Snedeker win last week, but 16 of the 22 players qualified for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.