One Tournament But So Many Variances

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 26, 2004, 4:00 pm
Nationwide Tour ChampionshipAnd suddenly, they are down to one. One tournament, but so many consequences.
 
The Nationwide Tour plays its Tour Championship this week in Prattville, Ala. Sunday at tournaments end, there will be so many things decided:
 
Top 20 on money list graduate to the PGA Tour;
Top 35 advance into the final stage of Q-School;
Top 55 (the Tour Championship field) fully exempt on the Nationwide Tour in 2005;
Top 70 advance directly into second stage of Q-School.
 
Since only 55 men make the field, Nos. 56-70 go into that last qualification. And the top 100 on the final Nationwide list retain conditional Nationwide Tour membership for next season. Those outside the top 100 must return to the first stage of the qualifying tournament.
 
Jimmy Walker enters this final week in first place on the money-winning ladder with $367,283, with D.A. Points trailing by only $30,000 dollars. But the places that are most important are those around the 20th position, where PGA Tour cards for next season are in the offing.
 
Those in positions Nos. 16 though 20th are most vulnerable ' Darren Stiles, Michael Long, Gavin Coles, Nick Watney and David McKenzie. All need a good week to preserve their standing.
 
On the other hand, everyone in the field theoretically stands a chance of finishing inside the coveted number of 20 with the $112,500 winners check.
 
The Golf Channel will broadcast all four days from the Nationwide Tour Championship, including the card ceremony at the conclusion of the event.
 
A promotion to the PGA Tour means playing for more than $270 million in prize money, compared to the $15 million that the Nationwide Tour plays for. The difference in the reward of 20th - or 21st - in money is enormous.
 
'It's a little nerve-racking,' said Brett Wetterich, who goes into the tournament in the No. 23 spot on the money rankings. Every shot counts now. All the money counts.'
 
Wetterich appreciates what making the PGA Tour means. He made it through Q-School to earn his PGA card for the 2000 season, but injured his wrist after nine events. He required surgery and missed 18 months of golf. After recovering, he failed to keep his card playing on a major medical extension in 2002, bumping him back to the Nationwide Tour.
 
'Getting a tour card, that's on everybody's mind,' said Bubba Watson. 'That's why we're out here, to move up. It's fun and it's nerve-racking at the same time.'
 
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    Garcia (73), Fleetwood (74) off to slow starts at BMW

    By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 8:30 pm

    PULHEIM, Germany – Sebastien Gros carded a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to lead by one shot after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.

    The Frenchman had four birdies to take the lead before the turn, and a six-footer on the 15th hole moved him two ahead. But a bogey on the next hole left the 28-year-old Gros just one ahead of Jorge Campillo, Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed.

    Sturehed eagled the par-5 No. 13 to take the lead in the morning at the Gut Laerchenhof club.

    Christofer Blomstrand, Nico Geyger, Mark Tullo, Victor Perez, David Howell and Nicolai von Dellingshausen are a further stroke back on 2-under 70.

    Defending champion Andres Romero was among a large group at 1 under, including 2013 winner Ernie Els and three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

    Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.

    Local favorite and 2008 champion Martin Kaymer shot 72, ahead of Sergio Garcia (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (74).

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    Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

    By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

    So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

    She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

    So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

    “I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

    So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


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    “Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

    Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

    World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

    “When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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    Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

    Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

    He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament



    In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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    River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

    By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

    Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

    Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

    “It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”


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    Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

    While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

    It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

    “I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’”