News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Seven players enter this weeks BMW Championship with good feelings about Cog Hill GC having recorded victories there previously in their careers. Tiger Woods has won three times (1997, 1999, 2003) and Billy Mayfair (1995), Steve Stricker (1996), Robert Allenby (2000), Jerry Kelly (2002), Jim Furyk (2005) and Trevor Immelman (2006) have all won once at the Chicago course.
Who has improved his position the most in the first two weeks of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup? Arron Oberholser has climbed 43 places from 72nd all the way to 29th.
Four players have earned Top-10 finishes in each of the first two PGA TOUR Playoff events'Steve Stricker (1-T9), Phil Mickelson (T7-1), Geoff Ogilvy (T4-T6) and Rory Sabbatini (3-T6).
Five rookies'Brandt Snedeker, Anthony Kim, Jeff Quinney, John Mallinger and Steve Marino'have advanced to the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs.
His record is pretty special just about everywhere, but Tiger Woods has a particularly impressive record at Cog Hill. In his nine pro starts at the BMW Championship, Woods has made all nine cuts, won three times, been second twice and recorded seven Top-10 finishes. Hes 99-under par at Cog Hill and has finished under-par in all nine starts.
Bubba Watson leads the TOUR in Driving Distance with a 315.3 yard average. Strangely, though, he has only one of the 100 longest drives recorded on TOUR this year. On the other hand, Troy Matteson, who is 42nd on TOUR in Driving Distance (296.2) has seven of the 100 longest drives this season.
The Champions Tour is off this week and only five events remain to qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Gil Morgans victory last week at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach made the Oklahoma native the 17th player in Champions Tour history to win after his 60th birthday.
In his 289 career starts on the Champions Tour, Hale Irwin has 108 Top-3 finishes. The all-time leader with 45 victories, Irwin also has 43 runner-up efforts and 22 third-place finishes. He has finished in the Top-3 in 37.3% of his career starts.
Six players who were members of the Nationwide Tour last year have advanced to the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Brandt Snedeker, Boo Weekley, Jeff Quinney, Ken Duke, Steve Marino and John Mallinger were all Nationwide Tour players in 2006.
Jason Day is having a terrific first season on the Nationwide Tour. The 19-year old Aussie is third on the money list ($320,589) with a win and seven Top-10 finishes, the most on Tour. Hes first in the All-Around stat category and is second in Scoring Average. Hes also fifth in Driving Distance and T4 in Putting.
Of the 70 players who advanced to the third week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, 40 are former Nationwide Tour players.