|Wachovia Championship - May 01, 2006
Quail Hollow Club
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,452
2005 Champion: Vijay Singh (276, -12)
Purse: $6,000,000Winner: $1,080,000
- In tournament history, seven players — Chad Campbell, Brad Faxon, Carlos Franco, Mathias Gronberg, Davis Love III, Jeff Maggert and Nick Price—have recorded three eagles, with Gronberg, Maggert and Price making all theirs in 2004. The leader in total eagles at the tournament, however, is Vaughn Taylor, who has six in only two tournaments, including four last year. Taylor has two eagles at No. 7, one each on Nos. 10 and 11 and two on No. 15. Taylor’s best finish at the Wachovia Championship is his tie for fifth a year ago.
- Jay Haas, the winner of the last two Champions Tour events, is entered in the field this week. Haas, a former Wake Forest golfer, has not missed the cut in three previous Wachovia Championships. Haas is also a member at Quail Hollow.
- In 2005, the Quail Hollow Club played as the seventh-most-difficult course on the PGA TOUR. Players at the par-72 layout averaged 73.742 during the Wachovia Championship, with the sixth, ninth, 17th and 18th holes finishing among the TOUR’s toughest 50 holes a year ago.
- The toughest 18th hole on the PGA TOUR in 2005 was at Quail Hollow Club. The stroke average on the par-4 hole a year ago was 4.445. It is the second time this hole has been the TOUR’s toughest finishing hole. It also held that distinction in 2003. The par-3 sixth hole was also the most difficult sixth hole on the TOUR in 2005. The average there was 3.329. Paul Goydos is the only player to eagle the closing par 4 in the three-year history of the event. He did it in the first round of 2003 when he tied for 34th.
- How have the winners done on the closing 17th and 18th holes at Quail Hollow, traditionally one of the toughest finishing stretches on the PGA TOUR? Vijay Singh parred the holes in all four rounds a year ago, while Joey Sindelar had a birdie at the 17th in the final round to go with seven pars. David Toms also enjoyed nothing but pars on both holes until he settled for a quadruple bogey-8 on the 18th in the final round of 2003. Despite his travails, he hung on to win by two strokes.
- Eleven players have made all three cuts at the Wachovia Championship. They are Chad Campbell, Chris DiMarco, Brad Faxon, Carlos Franco, Jay Haas, Billy Mayfair, Nick Price, Vijay Singh, Kevin Sutherland, Hidemichi Tanaka and Dean Wilson.
- The only player who has finished in the top 10 at the three previous Wachovia Championships is Vijay Singh. He won a year ago, tied for 10th in 2004 and tied for second behind winner David Toms in 2003.
- The winning score has dropped by a stroke in each of the last two years since David Toms won with a 10-under 278. Joey Sindelar was 11-under in his playoff win over Arron Oberholser in 2004, while Vijay Singh joined Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia at 12-under for the playoff Singh eventually won.
- Despite being the longest hitter on the PGA TOUR, Bubba Watson began last week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans with only two eagles on the season. He quickly made up for it, however, by recording three during the first round.
- It will be a Haas family reunion this week at the Wachovia
Championship. Dad Jay, fresh off two consecutive Champions Tour wins, will be competing alongside sons Jay Jr. and Bill. The last time three members of the same family competed in a PGA TOUR event was the 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when Jack, Jack II and Gary Nicklaus all played.
- Here’s something unique about this week’s field at the Wachovia
Championship. All three Tour winners from last week — Chris Couch (PGA TOUR), Jay Haas (Champions Tour) and Ken Duke (Nationwide Tour) are entered.
- The final-round scoring average at the Zurich Classic last Sunday was a remarkable 68.479, the lowest one round score of the season. Fifty of the 71 players shot scores in the 60s, led by Fred Funk’s 62.
- Jerry Kelly has had an interesting season. In 12 starts, he missed the cut six times. On the other hand, he has three Top-10 finishes and is 32nd on the money list with $810,695.
- Some believe you simply bomb your tee shot and if you are long enough, approach shots to the green are easy, even from the rough. You might want to reconsider that notion. Hank Kuehne and John Daly are certainly among the longest hitters on TOUR and they rank (out of 192 players) 190th and 191st, respectively, in hitting Greens In Regulation when they miss the fairway.
- Who misses the fairway to the left the least? David Howell, only
5.4% of the time. And to the right? Larry Mize, only 4.8% of the time.
- With his victory last week at the FedEx Kinko’s Classic, Jay Haas has recorded five of his 13 career wins on the PGA TOUR/Champions Tour in the state of Texas.
- More on Haas: He has won four of his first 20 starts on the
Champions Tour and has 13 Top-10 finishes.
- The Regions Charity Classic will be held for the first time this week at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Ross Bridge GC in Hoover, AL. While none of the players in the field have competed on this course before, four have competed on the RTJ Golf Trail previously. Bobby Wadkins, Bob Gilder, R.W. Eaks and Mike Sullivan all played in the Nationwide Tour Championship when it was held at various Trail courses.
- Hale Irwin has not yet recorded a victory this season, but he’s still playing well. The 60-year old Irwin has finished in the Top-8 in five of his last seven starts, including his last two outings.
- Chris Couch’s victory last week was the ninth by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR this season and the third in a row following wins by Aaron Baddeley and Stuart Appleby. Former players have now won 184 PGA TOUR titles.
- Johnson Wagner is the only player on the Nationwide Tour to have played in all 28 competitive rounds this season. He’s been one of the hottest players on Tour since the U.S. portion of the schedule began finishing T5 or better in three of his last four starts, including a win at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
- Ken Duke enters this week’s Virginia Beach Open with three
consecutive Top-10 finishes, including his first career win at last week’s BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. He’ll be playing on the PGA TOUR this week at the Wachovia Championship.
- Jim Rutledge is having his best season on the Nationwide Tour and maybe his early eagle barrage is where the credit should lie. After making only four eagles in 77 rounds last year, the Canadian has six this season in just 25 rounds — the most on the Nationwide Tour.