|84 Lumber Classic - September 11, 2006
84 LUMBER CLASSIC
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
(Mystic Rock GC)
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,511
Purse: $4,600,000Winner: $828,000
2005 Champion: Jason Gore (274, -14)
84 LUMBER Classic Notes
A year ago, Jason Gore became the second player to win his maiden PGA TOUR event at the 84 LUMBER Classic, joining Chris DiMarco (2000). Gore was also the fourth player in six years to win the event after holding the 54-hole lead.
Three players have made all six cuts at the 84 LUMBER Classic: Cameron Beckman, Chris DiMarco and Steve Flesch. DiMarco has also finished inside the top 11 in five of his six appearances, including his victory in 2000.
By winning in 2005, Jason Gore was the first sponsor’s exemption to win on the PGA TOUR since Adam Scott did so at the 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Jason Gore won three Nationwide Tour events in 2005 and received an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR. When he won the 84 LUMBER Classic last year, he became just the second player to win both a Nationwide Tour event and a PGA TOUR event in the same season. In 1996, Paul Stankowski won the Nationwide Tour’s Louisiana Open and then the following week won the PGA TOUR's BellSouth Classic.
Jason Gore’s performance on the par-5s at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Mystic Rock Golf Course played a large role in his victory. While he was 4-over on the par-3 holes and 4-under on the par-4 holes, Gore was 14-under-par on the par-5s.
Cameron Beckman has three top-10 finishes in six starts at the 84 LUMBER Classic. He finished 10th in 2001 and tied for fifth in 2003 and 2005.
Eleven players have recorded four rounds in the 60s in the six-year history of the tournament. Six of those have come since the tournament moved to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in 2003. Five of the six did it in 2003—David Gossett, Craig Barlow, Tim Petrovic, Stuart Appleby and J.L. Lewis, while Carlos Franco did it in 2005.
Tight finishes have been the norm at the 84 LUMBER Classic at Nemacolin. J.L. Lewis won by two strokes in 2003, followed by Vijay Singh's and Jason Gore's one-stroke wins in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
The last two 84 LUMBER champions have held the first-round lead. Vijay Singh shot an 8-under 64 in 2004 to post a wire-to-wire victory. Last year, Jason Gore fired a first-round 65 to sit atop the leaderboard. He dropped into a tie for seventh through 36 holes then took the lead after three rounds and rolled to the title.
E-Notes from the PGA TOUR
· With his victory last week at the Canadian Open, Jim Furyk became the fifth player in TOUR history to top the $30-million mark in career earnings.
· More on Furyk: How about his putting performance in Canada? He made 57 of 59 putts inside 10 feet and even better, he made 11 of 24 putts between 10 and 20 feet.
· One more on Furyk: The victory boosted him past Phil Mickelson into the #2 spot on the Official World Golf Ranking.
· Since turning 40 in February of 2003, Vijay Singh has made 104 starts. During that span he’s had 63 Top-10 finishes and won 17 times.· One more on Singh: Since the start of the 2000 season, Vijay has more Top-10 finishes than any other player — 98. Tiger Woods has 88 during that same span and Phil Mickelson 74.
· Steve Stricker has three consecutive Top-10 finishes to his credit, including a 10th last week at the Canadian Open.
· It’s tough to win on the Champions Tour. In 2005, 19 different players were able to record at least one victory. Of those 19, only four have won this year, too. They are Loren Roberts, Jay Haas, Dana Quigley and Allen Doyle.
· Jay Sigel won last week’s Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions Championship for players 60 and older. His 10-under par 134 total earned the veteran $85,000.
· This week’s Constellation Energy Classic in Baltimore will be the last in its current form. Next year, the event will become the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and will be one of the five majors on the Champions Tour.
· While he’s well known as the "Boss of the Moss", Loren Roberts has not won a Putting title since he claimed his only PGA TOUR crown in 1994. He’s leading the Champions Tour currently with a 1.718 average.
· Jim Furyk’s victory last week at the Canadian Open was the 192nd by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR. Former players have claimed 17 titles this season.
· Remember this name — Gipper Finau. The Salt Lake City youth set a Nationwide Tour record last week by making the cut at the Utah EnergySolutions Championship at the age of 16 years and 20 days. That makes him the youngest player in Nationwide Tour history to make a cut. He finished the week in a T58. · More on Gipper: He earned a spot in the field by firing a nine-under par 63 in the Monday qualifier. He also led the field in Driving Distance in the tournament with a 339.3-yard average — the highest of any player this year for a single tournament. Just for good measure he also led the field in birdies with 24.
· Michael Putnam may have secured a spot in the Top 20 with his T2 last week in Utah. He played his final 10 holes last week in nine-under par to grab a share of second, just one stroke behind Craig Kanada.