News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Last weeks World Golf Championships-CA Championship wasnt just good for winner Geoff Ogilvy, it was also good for Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Retief Goosen and Nick OHern. That quartet of world-class players each earned his first top-10 finish of the season last week.
More on Ogilvy: Hes now the third player to win more than one World Golf Championships title joining Tiger Woods and Darren Clarke.
With his fifth-place finish last week at the CA Championship, Tiger Woods went over the $80-million mark in career earnings.
Winning has many rewards and among them is a substantial jump up the FedExCup points list. CA Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy climbed from 79th all the way to 10th while Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular winner Greg Kraft surged from way back in 162nd place up to 37th.
This weeks Zurich Classic of New Orleans comes 70 years after the first New Orleans stop on the PGA TOUR. While the event is 70 years old, this will be the 60th playing of the tournament. The TOUR didnt stop in New Orleans in 1943, 1947 and from 1949-57.
When Greg Kraft won last week in Puerto Rico at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 19 days, he became the oldest first-time winner on the PGA TOUR since Ed Dougherty won the 1995 Viking Classic at the age of 47 years, 8 months and 19 days.
While a strong field has assembled in New Orleans this week, you might want to look for a first-time winner to emerge. The last three winners in the Crescent City were first-timers'Nick Watney, Chris Couch and Tim Petrovic. In fact, five of the last six winners of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans won for the first time.
When Bob Gilder tees it up this week at The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach, it will mark the 100th consecutive tournament in which hes played.
This weeks field includes all 30 of the Top 30 money winners from the 2007 season on the Champions Tour. Thats the first time it has happened since the 2005 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
Former Masters champion and European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam will make his Champions Tour debut this week. Seven-time PGA TOUR winner Joey Sindelar turns 50 this coming Sunday (March 30) and will make his debut next week at The Cap Cana.
Brad Bryant has finished second in the last three Champions Tour events. Hes the seventh player in Tour history to finish in the runner-up spot in three consecutive events. He joins a list that includes Chi Chi Rodrguez (1986), Dale Douglass (1987), Bob Charles (1987), Jim Albus (1994), Ray Floyd (1995) and Larry Nelson (2000). No one has ever finished second in four consecutive tournaments.
Chris Couch won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2006, but this week hell be a hundred or so miles down the road in Lafayette for the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by Dynamic Industries. Couch has not played on the PGA TOUR this season due to a shoulder injury and will be making a rehab start this week on the Nationwide Tour.
While Chris Couch will be in Lafayette this week, former Chitimacha Louisiana Open winner Johnson Wagner (2006) will be in New Orleans competing in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
When Greg Kraft won the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular last week he became the 100th different Nationwide Tour alum to win on the PGA TOUR. Overall, former Nationwide Tour players have won 224 TOUR titles.
This years tournament will mark the 17th consecutive year the event has been held at Le Triomphe CC, the only course the tournament has ever known. Only two other tournaments on the Tour have been played on the same course for a longer period of time'the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper and the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health.