News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Zach Johnson has a chance at winning three tournaments this year in the state of Georgia when he tees it up this week at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. Earlier this year he won the Masters Tournament and the AT&T Classic. If he does so, hell be the first TOUR player to win three events in the same state in the same season since Tom Watson captured three titles in California in 1980.
More on Johnson: If he wins this week, hell have two wins this season in Atlanta. The last player to win two events in the same city in the same year was Tiger Woods who won twice in San Diego in 2003. By the way, Phil Mickelson won twice in Atlanta back in 2000.
Only two players have recorded Top-10 finishes in each of the three PGA TOUR Playoff events'Steve Stricker and Rory Sabbatini.
This weeks field for the final PGA TOUR Playoff event for the FedExCup features 30 players who hail from nine countries. Theres one rookie (Brandt Snedeker) and 24 players ranked among the Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including the top 13 players.
There are eight first-time participants in this weeks TOUR Championship'Aaron Baddeley, Jonathan Byrd, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Heath Slocum, Brandt Snedeker, Camilo Villegas and Boo Weekley.
With his victory last week at the BMW Championship, Tiger Woods now has seven tournaments that hes won at least four times each. He has six wins each at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship and Bridgestone Invitational. He has five wins at the Buick Invitational and four each at the PGA Championship, Masters, Arnold Palmer Invitational and BMW Championship.
More on Tiger: He has six wins this season, marking the fifth time in his career hes had at least that many wins in one year. Only Sam Snead, who won six or more events in a year six times, has done it more.
The top four players entering this weeks TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola'Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson and Rory Sabbatini'finished in exactly that order earlier this year at the Wachovia Championship.
The Champions Tour is off this week and only five events remain to qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Jeff Sluman makes his Champions Tour debut this week at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Sluman won six times on the PGA TOUR, including the 1988 PGA Championship. Hell serve as Jack Nicklaus Captains Assistant for the third time in the upcoming Presidents Cup matches.
Theres 240 Charles Schwab Cup points available this week to the winner which means that Jay Haas lead is safe for at least another week. Haas has a 258-point lead over Brad Bryant and a 437-point lead over Loren Roberts as the season winds down.
The last two winners of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn ended long winless streaks. Jay Haas won the 2005 event for his first win in a TOUR-sponsored event since 1993 and Andy Bean won last years tournament for his first win since 1986.
Two members of the Class of 2006 have advanced all the way to the final week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Rookie Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley are among the final 30 players competing this week at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
When Franklin Langham won last weeks Utah EnergySolutions Championship it came 14 years, one month and two days after his first win on the Nationwide Tour, the 1993 Permian Basin Open. Thats the longest time between first and last victory in Nationwide Tour history.
This weeks Oregon Classic presented by Kendall Automotive Group will feature every winner on the 2007 Nationwide Tour with the exception of recent PGA TOUR graduate Nick Flanagan and Paul Claxton. The field also boasts 48 of the Top 50 money winners, with Flanagan and Claxton again the exceptions.