TOUR Notes Scott Rose Goosen Debut

By Pga Tour MediaFebruary 12, 2008, 5:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
 
PGA Tour (75x100) PGA TOUR:
  • Scott Verplank enters this weeks Northern Trust Open with a streak of 23 consecutive rounds of par or better dating back to the final round of last years The Barclays.
     
  • Rookie Dustin Johnson is 4-for-4 in making cuts with two Top-10 finishes to his credit, including a career-best T7 last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Johnson is 16th in the FedExCup points race and leads all rookies.
     
  • Two other rookies, Jason Day and Y.E. Yang, each had their first career Top-10 finish last week at Pebble Beach. Day, the youngest player on TOUR at age 20, finished solo sixth while Yang finished in a T9.
     
  • Steve Lowery is 3-0 in playoffs in his career after his win last week over Vijay Singh. No active player has a better record. The only other current players who are 3-0 are Phil Blackmar, Jay Haas and Robert Allenby. One of Allenbys playoff wins came at this weeks stop, the Northern Trust Open.
     
  • A number of players will be making their first PGA TOUR start of the season this week in Los Angeles, among them Adam Scott (who won the rain-shortened, unofficial 2005 Northern Trust Open), Justin Rose, Retief Goosen and Lee Westwood.
     
  • The field at this weeks Northern Trust Open features 16 of the Top 20 on the current FedExCup points list and 17 of the Top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
     
  • John Mallinger has found the rota at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to his liking. In his first two seasons on TOUR, Mallinger has finished 3 and T3 in the event.
     

     
    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • The field at this weeks ACE Group Classic includes 18 players who won major championships while on the PGA TOUR.
     
  • Jerry Pate has finished 1-T9 in his last two starts at the Turtle Bay Championship and Allianz Championship. Its the first time hes had back-to-back Top-10 finishes since finishing 1-T7 at the 2006 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am and AT&T Classic.
     
  • When Bob Gilder tees it up this Friday at the ACE Group Classic, it will be his 97th consecutive event on the Champions Tour. Of course, hes a long way from the record of 264 set by Dana Quigley.
     

     
    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • Steve Lowerys win last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was the 220th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.
     
  • D.H. Lee is the youngest player on the Nationwide Tour as he wont turn 21 until April. He makes his Nationwide Tour debut this week at the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship.
     
  • The previous six winners of the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship have hailed from three different countries, but New Zealand isnt one of them. Previous winners of the event have come from Australia ( Peter OMalley twice and Gavin Coles), the U.S. (Ryan Palmer and Nicholas Thompson) and Canada (Jim Rutledge).
     
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    Nadal checks phone for Tiger update after match

    By Grill Room TeamAugust 15, 2018, 3:04 pm

    Even the greatest athletes in the world were captivated by Tiger Woods' Sunday run at the PGA Championship.

    After winning his match on Sunday to capture the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Rafa Nadal turned his attention to Woods. Cameras focused on Nadal scrolling through and surveying his phone. He then revealed that he was trying to get a Tiger update from the PGA Championship, where Woods made a spirited run to solo second place.



    Woods has often been seen at tennis events, watching Nike buddies Roger Federer (no longer primarily sponsored by Nike) and Nadal. Woods and his children watched from Nadal's box during the 2017 U.S. Open and Nadal was on hand at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, when Woods made his return from back surgery.

    For the record, Woods has 14 major wins and Nadal has 17 Grand Slam titles, both second all-time in their respective sports.

    Check out the video below as Golf World's Anna Whiteley talks to Nadal about his love of golf in the 2016 interview.

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    U.S. Amateur playoff: 24 players for 1 spot in match play

    By Associated PressAugust 15, 2018, 1:21 pm

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer and Daniel Hillier were tied at the top after two rounds of the U.S. Amateur, but the more compelling action on Tuesday was further down the leaderboard.

    Two dozen players were tied for 64th place after two rounds of stroke play at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. With the top 64 advancing to match play, that means all 24 will compete in a sudden-death playoff Wednesday morning for the last spot in the knockout rounds.


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    They'll be divided into six foursomes and start the playoff at 7:30 a.m. on the par-3 17th at Pebble Beach, where Tom Watson chipped in during the 1982 U.S. Open and went on to win.

    The survivor of the playoff will face the 19-year-old Hillier in match play. The New Zealander shot a 2-under 70 at Spyglass Hill to share medalist honors with the 18-year-old Hammer at 6 under. Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas who played in the 2015 U.S. Open at age 15, shot 68 at Spyglass Hill.

    Stewart Hagestad had the low round of the day, a 5-under 66 at Pebble Beach, to move into a tie for 10th after opening with a 76 at Spyglass Hill. The 27-year-old Hagestad won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and earned low amateur honors at the 2017 Masters.

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    Hammer in position (again) to co-medal at U.S. Am

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 14, 2018, 10:37 pm

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer is in position to go for a rare sweep in this summer’s biggest events.

    Two weeks ago, Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas, was the co-medalist at the Western Amateur and went on to take the match-play portion, as well.

    Here at the U.S. Amateur, Hammer shot rounds of 69-68 and was once again in position to earn co-medalist honors. At 6-under 137, he was tied with 19-year-old Daniel Hillier of New Zealand.

    “It would mean a lot, especially after being medalist at the Western Am,” Hammer said afterward. “It’s pretty special.”

    No stroke-play medalist has prevailed in the 64-man match-play bracket since Ryan Moore in 2004. Before that, Tiger Woods (1996) was the most recent medalist champion.  


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    On the strength of his Western Am title, Hammer, 18, has soared to No. 18 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He credited his work with swing coach Cameron McCormick and mental coach Bob Rotella.

    “Just really started controlling my iron shots really well,” said Hammer, who has worked with McCormick since 2015, when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old.

    “Distance control with my wedges and all my iron shots, playing different shots, has become really a strength in my game. I’ve really turned the putter on this year, and I’m seeing the lines and matching the line with the speed really well. I think that’s been the key to my summer.”

    A two-time New Zealand Amateur champion, Hillier is ranked 27th in the world. He said that, entering the tournament, he would have been pleased just to make it to match play.

    “But to come out on top, it’s amazing,” Hillier said. “Cole is a really good golfer and has been playing well lately. So, yeah, I’m in good company.”

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    Tee times, TV schedule, stats for Wyndham Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 9:55 pm

    It's the last tournament of the PGA Tour's regular season as the top 125 in the FedExCup points list advance to next week's playoff event. Here's the key info for the Wyndham Championship. (Click here for tee times)

    How to watch:

    Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


    Purse: $6 million

    Course: Sedgefield Country Club (par 70, 7,127 yards)

    Defending champion: Henrik Stenson. Last year he defeated Ollie Schniederjans by one stroke to earn his sixth career PGA Tour win.


    Notables in the field

    Henrik Stenson at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Henrik Stenson

    • Missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship

    • Six top-10 finishes this year, including T-5 at the Masters and T-6 at the U.S. Open


    Sergio Garcia

    • Eight missed cuts in last 10 PGA Tour starts

    • Currently 131 in FedExCup standings (33 points back of 125th)


    Webb Simpson

    • Five top-10 finishes in this event since 2010 (won in 2011)

    • 56 under par in last five years in this event (best of any player in that span)