News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
When George McNeill won last weeks Frys.com Open benefiting Shriners Hospital for Children, he became the ninth Q-School medalist to win on the PGA TOUR the following season. The others to do so are Bob Dickson, Ben Crenshaw, Jerry Pate, John Fought, Brett Ogle, Woody Austin, Mike Weir and J.B. Holmes.
Aaron Baddeley will attempt to win his second event of the season in Scottsdale this week at the Frys Electronics Open. Earlier this year, Baddeley won the FBR Open just a few minutes down the road from Grayhawk GC at the TPC Scottsdale. The last player to win two events in the same city in the same year was Tiger Woods who won twice in San Diego in 2003.
Six players have jumped into the top 125 since the start of the Fall Series'Bill Haas, Alex Cejka, Johnson Wagner, Jesper Parnevik, Mathias Gronberg and Michael Allen.
More on Gronberg: The Swede enters this weeks Frys Electronics Open on a roll. He began the Fall Series in 155th place on the money list, but after finishing T3-T7 in the last two weeks, hes vaulted all the way to 120th.
Putting may still be the key to success. Of the top 25 putters on TOUR, six are among the top 10 money winners. On the other hand, of the top 25 Ball-Strikers on TOUR, only two are among the top 10 on the money list and six are outside the top 125.
Scottsdale has been very good to several players who are expected to compete this week at the Frys Electronics Open. Seven have won the FBR Open, including Mark Calcavecchia who has won it three times and Phil Mickelson who has won it twice. In fact, the last three FBR Open champs are in the field this week in Aaron Baddeley, J.B. Holmes and Mickelson.
The old guard has done itself pretty proud this year. Two players 50 or older are among the top 125 on the money list (Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer) and six more players age 47-48 are on the list as well (Michael Allen, Tommy Armour III, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman, Tom Pernice Jr. and Kenny Perry).
Bernhard Langers 25-under-par effort in winning last weeks Adminstaff Small Business Classic equaled the Champions Tours all-time record for a 54-hole event set by Loren Roberts at the 2006 MasterCard Championship.
More on Langer: He is the first native of Germany to win on the Champions Tour. Since the tour began in 1980, winners have come from 12 countries outside the United States.
With two weeks left in the season, the Charles Schwab Cup race looks to be just like last year when the crown wasnt decided until the very final putt of the season. After a T4 last week, Jay Haas has closed to within a mere 69 points of leader Loren Roberts.
Only three events remain on the 2007 Nationwide Tour schedule and the battle for a place among The 25 is extremely close. Entering this weeks play, Brenden Pappas (No. 25) holds a slim $432 lead over No. 26, Franklin Langham.
The victory last week by George McNeill was the 215th on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player and the 19th this season.