News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Hes never a bad pick, but Vijay Singh might be a good player to watch this week at Southern Hills. The Tulsa course has hosted four events over the past 15 years'the 1994 PGA Championship, the 1995 and 1996 TOUR Championships and the 2001 U.S. Open'and Singh has finished in the top-10 in three of those tournaments. He was 6th at the 1995 TOUR Championship, T7 at the 2001 U.S. Open and T9 at the 1996 TOUR Championship.
There are 26 rookies on the PGA TOUR this year and if the season ended today, 13 of them would qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
How good was Steve Flesch in winning last weeks Reno-Tahoe Open? He led the field in Driving Distance and was third in Driving Accuracy. He was also second in Greens In Regulation. The victory gave him a huge boost in the FedExCup standings are he jumped from a precarious 140th all the way to 79th.
Andres Romero has made a remarkable move up The Presidents Cup eligibility list over the last three weeks. Prior to the British Open, Romero was 35th in the standings for the International team. Following his 3rd place finish at the British Open, his win at the Deutsche Bank Players Championship and a T6 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, hes climbed all the way to 10th in the standings with just one week remaining. During that same span, hes gone from 114th in the Official World Golf Rankings all the way to 25th.
Its pretty rare to win the same event on TOUR three years in a row. In fact, after Tom Watson won his third consecutive Byron Nelson Classic in 1980, no one performed the feat until Tiger Woods won his third consecutive Memorial Tournament in 2001. As difficult as the task has been, Tiger will begin the 2008 PGA TOUR season looking for his fourth consecutive win in three different events'the Buick Invitational, the World Golf Championships-CA Championship and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
None of the top-10 players in Driving Distance on TOUR have won a tournament this season, but players ranked in the top-10 in Driving Accuracy have won four'Zach Johnson has two while Fred Funk and Jim Furyk have one each.
Jay Haas finished second last week at the 3M Championship for his eighth consecutive top-10 finish. The finish allowed Haas to extend his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race to 194 points over Brad Bryant.
Eagle twos were recorded by consecutive groups on the 15th hole last Sunday at the 3M Championship. First, Chip Beck knocked in his second shot from 157 yards and in the following group, Jay Haas did the same from 180 yards.
It should not have been a surprise that D.A. Weibring won last weeks 3M Championship. Prior to last week, Weibring had nine sub-par rounds in nine starts at the event and added three more last week in winning.
More on Weibring: The Illinois native has won a combined nine PGA TOUR or Champions Tour events in his career and six of them have come in the Midwest'four in Illinois, one in Iowa and one in Minnesota.
Steve Fleschs win last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open was the 210th on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player. Former players have won a TOUR event in each of the last four weeks.
When Brad Elder won last weeks Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open he became just the seventh player in Nationwide Tour history to win the same event twice. Elder also won in Wichita back in 1999.
You might want to look for a veteran to emerge this week at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Players 40 or older have won four of the previous seven events in Pennsylvania.
There will be a strong Nationwide Tour presence at this weeks PGA Championship with 61 former players in the field. Three alums have won the PGA Championship'John Daly in 1991, David Toms in 2001 and Shaun Micheel in 2003.
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