News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
When Jim Furyk made a hole-in-one last Sunday and went on to win the Canadian Open, he became the first player in 22 years to accomplish that feat. The last player to make an ace in the final round on his way to victory was Joey Sindelar at the 1985 B.C. Open.
Whos the hottest player around? If you said Hunter Mahan, you might be right. Hes finished in the top-10 in each of his last four starts, including a victory at the Travelers Championship, and has climbed from 106th on the FedExCup points list to 12th.
One more on Mahan: In addition to moving up the FedExCup points list, Mahan is quickly climbing the Presidents Cup eligibility list. With just two weeks left before the teams are selected, Mahan is 14th on the U.S. list.
Brandt Snedeker is making a strong bid to earn Rookie of the Year honors. Hes 25th on the FedExCup points list and leads all rookies with five Top-10 performances, including four of his last six starts.
There are only three weeks left to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and while time is short, it isnt too late to make a charge. Just last week, four players'George McNeill, Bob Heintz, Ryan Palmer and Glen Day'vaulted into the Top 144 with their play at the Canadian Open. McNeill gained 42 spots to 105th while Heintz picked up 33 places and is now 122nd. Day climbed 12 spots to 138th and Palmer made the biggest leap, improving 62 spots to 127th.
Tiger Woods has an impressive record at most TOUR events, but his record at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is really extraordinary. In eight starts at the tournament hes won five times, finished second once and has never finished worse that T4. In 32 rounds, hes been in the 60s 23 times and is 83 under par.
In his first 103 career starts, Bob Heintz had two top-10 finishes. In his next two starts, Heintz finished T5 two weeks ago at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee and T5 last week at the Canadian Open.
In his last four starts, Loren Roberts has finished (in order), 1-2-3-T4. Hell be in Minnesota this week for the 3M Championship.
Craig Stadler might be owed one at the TPC Twin Cities. Hes finished second in the event in each of the last three seasons despite breaking par in all nine of his rounds at the 3M Championship.
Bruce Summerhays streak of consecutive events played ended last week at 166 when he failed to tee it up at the Senior British Open. His streak is the third longest in Champions Tour history behind Dana Quigleys 278 and Mike McCulloughs 177.
Look out for Tom Watson at the 2009 Senior British Open. With win last week at Muirfield, Watson has won the Senior British Open in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The win provided Watson with double Charles Schwab Cup points and hes now fifth in the year-long competition. Jay Haas regained the top spot, but is just 42 points ahead of Brad Bryant.
Jim Furyks victory last week at the Canadian Open was the 209th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.
The last two winners on the Nationwide Tour'Tom Scherrer and Roland Thatcher'were a combined 50-under in winning their titles.
More on Thatcher: He leads the money list by $100,249 over Jason Day. Thats the largest margin in the seasons first 20 weeks in Tour history.
More on Day: Hed like to take the front nine at Champions Run, the site of last weeks Cox Classic, with him everywhere he goes. Over the last two days of the tournament, Day posted nines of 28 and 29 on that side. In shooting 57 for those 18 holes, Day had two eagles, nine birdies and seven pars.