Tuesday, January 30, 2007

E Notes From the PGA Tour

His win last week at the Buick Invitational was the fifth in the event for Tiger Woods. He’s now won three different events five times. The only other players in TOUR history to do it are Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus.

More on Tiger: The win at the Buick Invitational was his third in succession at the tournament. He’s now won four different tournaments three times in a row, including four in a row at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Prior to Tiger, no one had accomplished the feat since Tom Watson won the Byron Nelson Classic three straight seasons in 1978-1980.

One more on Tiger: He now has 92 Top-3 finishes in 215 career starts. That’s 42.8% of the time he finishes either 1, 2 or 3.

When Brandt Snedeker got to 10-under through his first 10 holes last week at the Buick Invitational, it was the first time any player had done so since the TOUR started keeping records in 1970. Pat Perez came the closest during the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic when he was 10-under through 11 holes.

Mark Calcavecchia is always a man to watch at the FBR Open. A three-time winner of the tournament, Calcavecchia has nine Top-10 finishes in 20 starts at the TPC Scottsdale and is a collective 165-under at the tournament. He comes in playing well, too, after a T4 last week in San Diego.

Another good possibility this week is Chris DiMarco. The veteran earned his last TOUR win here in 2002 and has a strong record at the FBR Open over the past six seasons. During that span, DiMarco has five Top-15 finishes, has posted 19 rounds in the 60s (out of 22) and is 66-under par.

The Nationwide Tour’s Class of 2006 was well represented last week at the Buick Invitational with three players earning Top-10 finishes--Brandt Snedeker (3rd), Andrew Buckle (T4) and Jeff Quinney (T7).

Fred Funk
not only won last week’s Turtle Bay Championship by a record 11 strokes, he also went the entire tournament without making a bogey.

More on Funk: The victory boosted his all-time combined earnings on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour over the $20-million mark.

Loren Roberts finished in a T2 last week behind Funk, but in doing so he extended his streak of consecutive par-or-better rounds to 20 over the past two seasons.

Denis Watson finished in a T2 last week in Hawaii for his first Top-10 finish in a PGA TOUR co-sponsored event since a T9 at the 1998 Greater Austin Open on the Nationwide Tour. His last Top-10 on the PGA TOUR came at the 1993 B.C. Open where he finished second.
Hale Irwin now has 108 Top-3 finishes in 274 career starts on the Champions Tour—that’s 39.4% of the time.

Miguel Carbello of Argentina won last week’s season-opening Movistar Panama Championship to become the first player from his country to win on the Nationwide Tour. Players from 17 countries outside the U.S. have won on the circuit.

Chris Nallen finished in a T7 last week for his best finish since winning the 2004 Gila River Golf Classic.

Veteran Jim McGovern finished in a T2 last week in Panama for his second runner-up finish in the event in the past three years. He was also T2 in 2005.

Ted Potter Jr. finished T12 last week after making his first career cut. As a 20-year old rookie in 2004, Potter missed the cut in all 24 of his starts. He earned Player of the Year honors last year on the Hooters Tour, winning twice and earning more than $100,000.

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