News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Just last week we sent out a release saying that its not too late to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Several players must have taken note.
Brian Batemans first career win bumped him up a whopping 161 places all the way to 44th place. Also making big moves were Justin Leonard (up 62 to 86th), Jason Gore (up 59 to 81st) and Marco Dawson (up 44 to 141st).
Fred Funk made his PGA TOUR debut at the Kemper Open in 1982 at Congressional CC. He finished T51 and took home a check for $947. He returns to Congressional this week for the AT&T Natonal in slightly better financial shape with career earnings of $20,560,842. Hes 11th on the all-time career list.
Justin Rose has an unusual streak of top-10 finishes going. Rose has four consecutive top-10s, spread across four months. He finished T5 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February. He did not play in March due to back problems, but returned in April to finish T5 at the Masters. Again, back problems forced him out of action in May, but in June he finished T10 at the U.S. Open and T9 at the Travelers Championship.
Look out for Davis Love III this week at the AT&T National. Love has played well in his recent starts at Congressional, finishing in a T2 at the 2005 Kemper Open (69-68-69-66) and T16 at the 1997 U.S. Open (75-70-69-71).
Brian Batemans victory last week at the Buick Open made him the third consecutive player to earn a first career win following in the footsteps of Angel Cabrera and Hunter Mahan.
Jim Furyks T5 last week at the Buick Open was his seventh consecutive top-10 finish at that event. His four sub-par rounds ran his streak of consecutive rounds under-par at Warwick Hills to 37.
Several competitors at this weeks U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits have experienced major championship play at the course. Five of this weeks players competed in the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Loren Roberts led the way with a T17 while Jay Haas finished T37. Jeff Coston finished 72nd while Hale Irwin and Mark OMeara both missed the cut.
Bruce Vaughan will be playing at the U.S. Senior Open this week, but hell have a tough time topping what he did last week. Vaughan Monday qualified for the Commerce Bank Championship, making an ace on the 14th hole. Afterward, he found out he had gained entry into this weeks Senior Open. The following day, Vaughan recorded an ace on the fifth hole during a practice round. He finished the week in a T44.
In case you hadnt noticed, R.W. Eaks is having a really nice season. The 55-year old is currently ninth on the Charles Schwab Cup points list. He has seven Top-10 finishes this year including his last three starts where hes finished T2-T5-T5.
Brian Batemans win last week was the 206th PGA TOUR victory by a former Nationwide Tour player and the 10th this year.
Paul Claxton is the new leader on the money list after his second-place finish last week at the Peekn Peak Classic boosted him past Nick Flanagan. Claxton has earned $270,921 with Flanagan in second with $249,417.
Nick Flanagan has been out of action for the past three weeks and will miss this week as well. The Aussie had planned a two-week vacation back home, but discovered upon his arrival that he needed a hernia operation. Thats kept him out of commission for an additional two weeks. Hes expected back next week for the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invitational.
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