PGA TOUR:The next four events are in Florida and TOUR professionals will find four difficult courses waiting for them. The Honda Classic starts this week on the Champion Course at PGA National'it was the eighth most difficult course on TOUR last year (out of 55). The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook is up next week and it ranked 15th. The TOUR then moves to the Bay Hill course (seventh) and finally Doral (16th).
Tiger Woods has taken over the lead in the FedExCup points chase following his victory last week. Hes the fifth different person to lead the competition in the first eight weeks of the season and the third different player in the last three weeks.
Two Champions Tour players made the cut at last weeks PGA TOUR stop in Mexico. Nick Price finished in a T42 while defending champ Fred Funk finished T63. Two players who will join the Champions Tour later this year also played well. Joey Sindelar (50 on March 30) finished T28 while Larry Mize (50 on Sept. 23) finished T22.
The Champions Tour is off this week but will return next week in Newport Beach, CA, at the Toshiba Classic. Sandy Lyle, a two-time major championship winner, is expected to make his Champions Tour debut at that event.
NATIONWIDE TOUR:How important is it to win one of the two events Down Under? In the previous six years of Nationwide Tour play in Australia and New Zealand, 10 of the 12 winners have gone on to graduate to the PGA TOUR that season. Peter OMalley, twice a winner in New Zealand, is the only player who failed to graduate to the TOUR after his victory since he didnt continue to play on the Nationwide Tour the remainder of the year.