TOUR Notes Furyks Rare Feat Mahans Pres Cup Run

By Pga Tour MediaJuly 31, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • When Jim Furyk made a hole-in-one last Sunday and went on to win the Canadian Open, he became the first player in 22 years to accomplish that feat. The last player to make an ace in the final round on his way to victory was Joey Sindelar at the 1985 B.C. Open.

  • Whos the hottest player around? If you said Hunter Mahan, you might be right. Hes finished in the top-10 in each of his last four starts, including a victory at the Travelers Championship, and has climbed from 106th on the FedExCup points list to 12th.
  • One more on Mahan: In addition to moving up the FedExCup points list, Mahan is quickly climbing the Presidents Cup eligibility list. With just two weeks left before the teams are selected, Mahan is 14th on the U.S. list.
  • Brandt Snedeker is making a strong bid to earn Rookie of the Year honors. Hes 25th on the FedExCup points list and leads all rookies with five Top-10 performances, including four of his last six starts.
  • There are only three weeks left to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and while time is short, it isnt too late to make a charge. Just last week, four players'George McNeill, Bob Heintz, Ryan Palmer and Glen Day'vaulted into the Top 144 with their play at the Canadian Open. McNeill gained 42 spots to 105th while Heintz picked up 33 places and is now 122nd. Day climbed 12 spots to 138th and Palmer made the biggest leap, improving 62 spots to 127th.
  • Tiger Woods has an impressive record at most TOUR events, but his record at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational is really extraordinary. In eight starts at the tournament hes won five times, finished second once and has never finished worse that T4. In 32 rounds, hes been in the 60s 23 times and is 83 under par.
  • In his first 103 career starts, Bob Heintz had two top-10 finishes. In his next two starts, Heintz finished T5 two weeks ago at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee and T5 last week at the Canadian Open.

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • In his last four starts, Loren Roberts has finished (in order), 1-2-3-T4. Hell be in Minnesota this week for the 3M Championship.
  • Craig Stadler might be owed one at the TPC Twin Cities. Hes finished second in the event in each of the last three seasons despite breaking par in all nine of his rounds at the 3M Championship.
  • Bruce Summerhays streak of consecutive events played ended last week at 166 when he failed to tee it up at the Senior British Open. His streak is the third longest in Champions Tour history behind Dana Quigleys 278 and Mike McCulloughs 177.
  • Look out for Tom Watson at the 2009 Senior British Open. With win last week at Muirfield, Watson has won the Senior British Open in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The win provided Watson with double Charles Schwab Cup points and hes now fifth in the year-long competition. Jay Haas regained the top spot, but is just 42 points ahead of Brad Bryant.

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • Jim Furyks victory last week at the Canadian Open was the 209th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.
  • The last two winners on the Nationwide Tour'Tom Scherrer and Roland Thatcher'were a combined 50-under in winning their titles.
  • More on Thatcher: He leads the money list by $100,249 over Jason Day. Thats the largest margin in the seasons first 20 weeks in Tour history.
  • More on Day: Hed like to take the front nine at Champions Run, the site of last weeks Cox Classic, with him everywhere he goes. Over the last two days of the tournament, Day posted nines of 28 and 29 on that side. In shooting 57 for those 18 holes, Day had two eagles, nine birdies and seven pars.
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    'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team

    By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

    “The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

    Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

    Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

    A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

    "Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

    Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

    He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

    Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

    “It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

    "The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

    In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

    “I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."

    The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

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    Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

    Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

    Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

    “Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

    The problem was an expired visa.

    Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

    No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.

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    Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

    His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

    One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

    His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

    “Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

    He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

    “It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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    'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

    Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

    “The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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    Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

    The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

    “That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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    Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

    “They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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    Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

    “The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”