News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
J.P. Hayes has played in the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run five times and has a win and a second. In 16 rounds on the course, Hayes has shot 67 or better eight times including a course-record 61 back in 2002.
Its been a fine year for rookies with three of them inside the top 30 on the FedExCup points list. Brandt Snedeker leads the way in 27th place followed closely by Jeff Quinney in 28th and Anthony Kim in 30th.
Mike Weirs T8 at the AT&T National was his best finish since he was sixth at the 2006 PGA Championship. He moved up 17 spots on the FedExCup list to 96th and improved one place on The Presidents Cup list to 18th.
Steve Strickers second-place finish last week at the AT&T National moved him up seven spots to eighth place in The Presidents Cup standings. Winner K.J. Choi moved up three spots and is sixth on the International team list.
Heres an oddity. Robert Allenby, Jim Furyk, David Toms and Tiger Woods are tied for the TOUR lead in top-10 finishes with seven each. Only Tiger has a victory, though. First-time winners have abounded at the John Deere Classic in recent years. Six of the last 10 (and the last three) winners of the event claimed their initial TOUR titles at the JDC.
If you like long drivers, this weeks John Deere Classic may be for you. Nine of the top 10 leaders in Driving Distance are entered. On the other hand, since moving to the TPC Deere Run in 2000, only one player who finished the year in the top 20 in Driving Distance has won. That was Vijay Singh in 2003.
Ben Crenshaws second-place finish last week at the U.S. Senior Open was his best finish to date on the Champions Tour. His previous best was a T3 earlier this year at the Toshiba Senior Classic.
Brad Bryant is the new leader in the Charles Schwab Cup race following his win last week at the U.S. Senior Open. Jay Haas had held the lead since March 11.
Hale Irwin had played in 50 Champions Tour events that featured 36-hole cuts since joining the Tour in 1996 and had never missed a cut. His streak ended last week at the U.S. Senior Open when he missed qualifying for the weekend by a single stroke.
Mike Sullivan won the B.C. Open at En-Joie GC on the PGA TOUR back in 1994. He returns to that same course this week in a different role. Sullivan will serve as a Rules Official this week in the inaugural Dicks Sporting Goods Open.
You dont necessarily want to lead the U.S. Senior Open after 54 holes. Only two of the last 10 54-hole leaders have gone on to win the event'Don Pooley in 2002 and Bruce Lietzke in 2003.
Jason Day became the youngest winner in Nationwide Tour history with his win last week at the Legend Financial Group Classic. Day was 19 years-7 months-26 days old. The previous record holder was James Oh who was 21-5-7 when he won the 2003 Mark Christopher Charity Classic.
More on Day: His victory was the 30th recorded by players from Australia in the history of the Nationwide Tour. Aussies hold a big lead in the international category with Canada in second place with exactly half as many wins'15.
More on Aussies: Five men from the Land Down Under are among The 25'Nick Flanagan (2nd), Jason Day (8th), Scott Gardiner (18th), Greg Chalmers (20th) and Mathew Jones (24th).
For only the second time in Nationwide Tour history, three brothers will tee it up in an event. The Pappas brothers'Brenden, Craigen and Deane'will all compete this week in the inaugural Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invitational.