|Nissan Open - February 13, 2006
Riviera Country Club
Pacific Palisades, CA
Par: 35-36—71Yards: 7,220
2005 Champion: Adam Scott (133, -9)*
Purse: $5,100,000Winner: $918,000
A year ago, heavy rains covered Riviera Country Club, forcing Nissan Open tournament officials to reduce the tournament to 36 holes, an event that was eventually decided in a playoff between Adam Scott and Chad Campbell, the two players tied at 9-under 133 through two rounds. Scott birdied the first playoff hole and picked up the unofficial victory. The $864,000 he won, however, counted as official earnings.This week, Scott returns to the Los Angeles suburb of Pacific Palisades, CA, for the Nissan Open, a tournament that dates all the way to 1926 when Harry Cooper edged George Von Elm at Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course.
Scott, currently ranked 10th in the Official World Golf Ranking, looks to gain momentum as he prepares for next week’s World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, featuring the top 64 available players in the world. He tied for sixth last week at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth, Australia.
NISSAN OPEN NOTES
- At 24 years, 7 months and 5 days, Adam Scott became only the second of the last 16 Nissan Open champs to win the tournament before turning 30. Ernie Els was the other, winning the 1999 Nissan Open when he was 29.
- Tiger Woods will be seeking his 11th victory in California when he tees it up at this week's Nissan Open. Surprisingly, this is an event Woods has never won. Woods is making his 11th appearance (nine as a professional and two as an amateur) at the Nissan Open. This tournament marks the longest stretch he has played in any PGA TOUR event without a victory. After missing the cut as an amateur in 1992 and 1993, he has accumulated eight straight top-20 showings, including runner-up finishes in 1998 and 1999. The 1992 tournament was Woods' PGA TOUR debut.
- In the 79-year history of the tournament, Adam Scott was the first player to win a 36-hole event at the Nissan Open. The only other time the event didn’t conclude after 72 holes was in 1993 when Tom Kite won the 54-hole tournament.
- In the last 10 years at the Nissan Open, only five players have been able to record four rounds in the 60s at Riviera Country Club. Ernie Els did it during his victory in 1999. The other four came in 2002, when Len Mattiace won, Rory Sabbatini and Brad Faxon tied for second and Fred Funk tied for ninth.
- There have been 15 playoffs at the Nissan Open, including three in the last five years. 2000 Shell Houston Open winner Robert Allenby won a six-man playoff in 2001, Mike Weir defeated Charles Howell III in 2003 and Adam Scott defeated Chad Campbell in the 36-hole, weather-shortened 2005 event.
- 2003 Shell Houston Open champion Fred Couples will be looking to make his 23rd cut in 25 appearances at the Nissan Open. He has 11 top-10 finishes in those starts, including wins in 1990 and 1992.
- With his win a year ago, Adam Scott became the sixth international winner in the past nine years at the Nissan Open. Others include Nick Faldo (1997), Ernie Els (1999), Robert Allenby (2001) and Mike Weir (2003, 2004).
- Two-time winners Mike Weir (2003-04) and Fred Couples (1990, 1992) are the only two players in tournament history to earn over $1 million at the Nissan Open. Weir is No. 1 on the list, with $1,693,200 in earnings, while Couples stands at $1,148,546.
- After going winless during his rookie season in 2002, Adam Scott has posted at least one victory in each of the past three seasons on the PGA TOUR, although the 2005 victory at the Nissan Open is considered unofficial. His other victories came at the 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship and the 2004 PLAYERS Championship and Booz Allen Classic.
- Tiger Woods will be looking to claim his first Nissan Open title this week in Los Angeles. Tiger has never won in 10 starts in his hometown event. He's never played any other event on the PGA TOUR this many times without recording a victory. The closest he's come was a playoff loss in 1998 to BIlly Mayfair -- his only career playoff loss.
- Henrik Stenson will be making his first U.S. start of the season this week at the Nissan Open. The fast-rising Swede is currently 17th on the Official World Golf Ranking.
- While everyone seems to be talking about distance, the last two PGA TOUR winners -- J.B. Holmes and Arron Oberholser -- took the fewest putts in the field in winning at the FBR Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, respectively.
- The win by Arron Oberholser was the 179th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR. Former players have won four of the first six events this season.
- Mike Weir has yet to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but his playing record at the tournament would indicate that a win is coming soon. He finished T3 last week for his sixth Top-10 finish at the tournament in the last seven years.
- D.A. Weibring will tee it up this week at The ACE Group Classic looking to challenge the Champions Tour record for consecutive holes without a bogey. D.A. has a stretch of 60 consecutive holes without a miscue. The record is 98 set by Morris Hatalsky in 2003.
- No one has won the first three events of the season on the Champions Tour and only five players have ever won three in a row. Loren Roberts will be looking this week to make a little history when he plays in The ACE Group Classic.
- In addition to the World Golf Hall of Famers playing this week in Naples, the celebrity portion of the field will include Hall of Famers from the world of baseball, hockey, basketball and football.
- No one in Nationwide Tour history has won the first two events of the year. Tripp Isenhour will be looking to become the first this week when the Tour visits Australia for the Jacob's Creek Open Championship. Should he win, he would all but clinch his PGA TOUR card for 2007 after only two weeks of the season.
- The Class of 2005 is going nicely on the PGA TOUR after the first six weeks of the season with 10 members currently standing among the Top 125 on the money list.
- Kevin Stadler will be making his first Nationwide Tour start of the season this week fresh from his victory on the European Tour last week in Australia. Stadler won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2004.