News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Scott Verplank enters this weeks Northern Trust Open with a streak of 23 consecutive rounds of par or better dating back to the final round of last years The Barclays.
Rookie Dustin Johnson is 4-for-4 in making cuts with two Top-10 finishes to his credit, including a career-best T7 last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Johnson is 16th in the FedExCup points race and leads all rookies.
Two other rookies, Jason Day and Y.E. Yang, each had their first career Top-10 finish last week at Pebble Beach. Day, the youngest player on TOUR at age 20, finished solo sixth while Yang finished in a T9.
Steve Lowery is 3-0 in playoffs in his career after his win last week over Vijay Singh. No active player has a better record. The only other current players who are 3-0 are Phil Blackmar, Jay Haas and Robert Allenby. One of Allenbys playoff wins came at this weeks stop, the Northern Trust Open.
A number of players will be making their first PGA TOUR start of the season this week in Los Angeles, among them Adam Scott (who won the rain-shortened, unofficial 2005 Northern Trust Open), Justin Rose, Retief Goosen and Lee Westwood.
The field at this weeks Northern Trust Open features 16 of the Top 20 on the current FedExCup points list and 17 of the Top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
John Mallinger has found the rota at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to his liking. In his first two seasons on TOUR, Mallinger has finished 3 and T3 in the event.
The field at this weeks ACE Group Classic includes 18 players who won major championships while on the PGA TOUR.
Jerry Pate has finished 1-T9 in his last two starts at the Turtle Bay Championship and Allianz Championship. Its the first time hes had back-to-back Top-10 finishes since finishing 1-T7 at the 2006 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am and AT&T Classic.
When Bob Gilder tees it up this Friday at the ACE Group Classic, it will be his 97th consecutive event on the Champions Tour. Of course, hes a long way from the record of 264 set by Dana Quigley.
Steve Lowerys win last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was the 220th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.
D.H. Lee is the youngest player on the Nationwide Tour as he wont turn 21 until April. He makes his Nationwide Tour debut this week at the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship.
The previous six winners of the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship have hailed from three different countries, but New Zealand isnt one of them. Previous winners of the event have come from Australia ( Peter OMalley twice and Gavin Coles), the U.S. (Ryan Palmer and Nicholas Thompson) and Canada (Jim Rutledge).