News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
Jim Furyk will be looking to become the first player to win back-to-back Canadian Open titles since Jim Ferrier won in 1950-51.
No Canadian has won his national championship since Pat Fletcher won at Point Grey GC in Vancouver back in 1954.
Kenny Perry has been on a hot streak over his last five starts. During that stretch, Perry has gone from outside the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup in 152nd place on the FedExCup points list to 69th thanks to consecutive finishes of T3-T15-T10-T11 and T5.
With his win last week at the British Open, Padraig Harrington vaulted from 79th on the FedExCup list to 19th and back into contention for top honors in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. In fact, Harrington is a past champion at The Barclays, the first event of the Playoffs and has a runner-up finish there as well.
Lucas Glover has moved into 10th place on the U.S. Presidents Cup team points list with John Rollins dropping to 11th. There are only three weeks left to make the team. On the International side, Canadian Mike Weir moved into 17th place following his T8 at the British Open.
Tim Clark has finished second the last two weeks behind familiar Atlantic Coast Conference rivals. The former NC State golfer lost by one stroke to former Clemson star Jonathan Byrd at the John Deere Classic two weeks ago and last week he finished in a T2 to Dukes Joe Ogilvie. All three were collegiate foes in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Former major championship winners Nick Faldo and Wayne Grady will make their Champions Tour debuts this week at the Senior British Open at Muirfield. Faldo won British Open titles at that course in 1987 and 1992.
Three players have won the British Open and the Senior British Open'Gary Player, Bob Charles and Tom Watson.
There will be double Charles Schwab Cup points available this week. The last time double points were available at the U.S. Senior Open, Brad Bryant leaped from third place all the way to the top spot with his victory. Bryant still holds down the number one position by a slim 112 points over Jay Haas.
Joe Ogilvies win last week at the U.S. Bank Championship was the 208th on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player. It was the 12th this season and Ogilvie became the 95th different alum to win on the PGA TOUR.
Nick Flanagan will be looking for his third victory of the season and an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR this week at the Cox Classic in Omaha. Seven players have earned automatic promotions to the TOUR since the Nationwide Tour began and three of them did so at the Cox Classic. Chris Smith was the first in 1997 followed by Heath Slocum in 2001 and Jason Gore in 2005. If Flanagan can pull off the feat, the Aussie will be the first international player to do so.
Daniel Summerhays, who became the first amateur in Nationwide Tour history to win an event with his recent triumph at the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invtitational, will make his pro debut this week at the Cox Classic.