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Memorial Park GC
Barclays Classic - June 05, 2006

Westchester CC

West Course
Harrison, NY
Par: 36-3571Yards: 6,839
Purse: $5,750,000Winner: $1,035,000
2005 Champion: Padraig Harrington (274, -10)

Barclays Classic Notes

  • Padraig Harrington’s career stroke average at the Barclays Classic in eight rounds is 68.25, the lowest in tournament history for any player who has played at least eight rounds.

  • Dean Wilson posted a double eagle on the ninth hole last year, holing a 4-iron from 217 yards following a 301-yard drive. It was the third double eagle in tournament history. The others came from Larry Ziegler on No. 12 in 1971 and Bob Gilder the year he won on the finishing hole in 1982.

  • Last year, Padraig Harrington became the ninth different international champion of the Barclays Classic, joining Bruce Crampton (1970), David Graham (1976), Seve Ballesteros (1983 and 1988), Wayne Grady (1989), David Frost (1992), Vijay Singh (1993 and 1995), Ernie Els (1996-97) and Sergio Garcia (2001 and 2004).

  • Padraig Harrington’s 2005 winning total of 274 a year ago was the highest 72-hole total at the Barclays Classic since Dennis Paulson’s 276 total led to victory in 2000.

  • With his 66-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole last year, Padraig Harrington became the first player since Craig Parry to win a PGA TOUR event with an eagle on the final hole. Parry posted an eagle in a playoff at the Ford Championship at Doral in 2004, holing out from the fairway to defeat Scott Verplank. Jonathan Kaye won the 2003 Barclays Classic in a playoff on the first hole of sudden-death with an eagle on No. 18 to top John Rollins.

  • There have been eight first-time winners at the Barclays Classic: Andy North (1977), Jack Renner (1979), Wayne Grady (1989), Vijay Singh (1993), J.P. Hayes (1998), Dennis Paulson (2000), Chris Smith (2002) and Jonathan Kaye (2003).

  • Tom Kite and Fred Couples each have eight top-10 finishes at the Barclays Classic, second to Jack Nicklaus’ tournament record of nine. Both players missed the cut in 2005, with Couples snapping his streak of 10 consecutive made cuts at the Barclays Classic.

  • Loren Roberts celebrated his 50th birthday in the second round of the 2005 event with a 2-under-par 69. Roberts made the cut and tied for 17th, his 18th time in the money in 20 starts at Westchester Country Club.

  • A year ago, Steve Elkington made his 14th consecutive cut at the Barclays Classic, dating back to 1990, and eventually tied for 57th. The streak includes the 2000 season when he made the cut but was forced to withdraw due to injury. Overall, Elkington has made 15 cuts in 17 starts at Westchester Country Club.


  • Is anyone hotter than Brett Wetterich these days? In his last six starts, Wetterich has finished T6 or better in four of them. He won the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and also has a T2, a T4 and a T6 in that stretch.

  • One more on Wetterich: In his first 77 career starts, he won
    $838,573. In his last six, he’s won $2,042,150.

  • Brad Faxon enters this week’s Barclays Championship having made the cut in his last 17 starts in the event. He began his career by missing the cut at Westchester in three of his first four starts, but has not missed since.

  • Of the Top 30 money winners on TOUR, eight are in their 20s —Geoff Ogilvy, Carl Pettersson, Trevor Immelman, Adam Scott, Luke Donald, Lucas Glover, Camilo Villegas and Richard S. Johnson.

  • 2005 Rookie of the Year Sean O’Hair had his best finish of the season last week at the Memorial Tournament — a T12.

  • Paul Azinger’s T10 last week at the Memorial Tournament was his first Top-10 finish on the TOUR since he posted a T6 at the 2004 Shell Houston Open.

  • When Jay Haas made the cut last week at the Memorial Tournament he tied Tom Kite’s career cuts made record of 590.

  • It’s not necessarily your score, it’s when you do it that counts. Consider Hunter Mahan and Aaron Baddeley. Mahan has played 42 rounds this year with a scoring average of 70.30. He’s 131st on the money list with $280,625. His best finish is a T11 at the Shell Houston Open. Baddeley has played 44 rounds this season with a scoring average of 70.32. He’s won $1,192,798 to stand 32nd on the money list after winning the Verizon Heritage.


  • When Brenden Pappas won last week’s Rex Hospital Open, it made he and brother Deane the only set of brothers to win on the Nationwide Tour.

  • The victory by Pappas made him the third player from South Africa to win on the Nationwide Tour. He’s the fifth international player to win this year joining Paul Sheehan (Australia), Jim Rutledge (Canada), Paul Gow (Australia) and Andrew Buckle (Australia).

  • The Class of 2005 continues to excel with 11 of the 20 players currently among the Top 125 on the PGA TOUR.

  • Several current members qualified for the U.S. Open yesterday — Jason Allred, Chad Collins, Kevin Stadler, John Mallinger, Scott Hend and Chris Nallen — all advanced to next week’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot.


  • James Blair became the second player to Monday Qualify this year and post a Top-10 finish when he finished T6 at last week’s Allianz Championship. Earlier this year, Dick Mast also Monday qualified and finished T6 at the Regions Charity Classic.

  • Mark James is currently ranked among the Top 10 in both Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy. Not surprisingly, he’s the leader in Total Driving on Tour.

  • Tim Simpson finished T16 last week in Iowa in his second career start. He was just one stroke shy of a Top-10 finish which would have been his first in a PGA TOUR co-sponsored event since he had a T3 at the 1997 Tri-Cities Open on the Nationwide Tour.

  • Loren Roberts has finished in the Top-10 in all 10 of his starts this season.


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