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TPC at The Woodlands Open - October 09, 2006

TPC Summerlin
Par: 36-3672Yards: 7,243
TPC Canyons
Par: 36-3571Yards: 7,063
Purse: $4,000,000Winner: $720,000
2005 Champion: Wes Short, Jr. (266, -21) Open Notes

Wes Short, Jr. became the fifth player to notch his first career win at the Open, joining Andre Stolz (2004), Phil Tataurangi (2002), Tiger Woods (1996) and Jim Furyk (1995).

With his win in 2005, Wes Short, Jr. became the second player over 40 to win the Open. Bruce Lietzke was 43 years, 3 months, 5 days when he won in 1994.

Three-time champion Jim Furyk recently earned his 12th career PGA TOUR victory at the Canadian Open. With the win, Furyk also surpassed $30 million in career earnings.

Jim Furyk, who finished second four times in 2005, including a playoff loss at the Open, also lost in a three-man playoff at the 2005 Wachovia Championship (to Vijay Singh). He gained a measure of revenge earlier this year when he again went to a playoff at the Wachovia Championship and won, defeating Trevor Immelman. Furyk’s career PGA TOUR playoff record is 2-6.

With the $432,000 paycheck in 2005, runner-up Jim Furyk cracked $2 million in career money at the Open. He has taken home $2,075,318 and is No. 1 in that category. Here are the four players who have surpassed the seven-figure plateau in Las Vegas:

Jim Furyk ($2,075,318)
Stuart Appleby ($1,236,106)
Billy Andrade ($1,120,967)
Davis Love III ($1,010,416)

The sudden-death playoff between Wes Short, Jr. and Jim Furyk a year ago was the sixth extra session in the history of the Open and the first since 2003 when Stuart Appleby defeated Scott McCarron in extra holes.

The 36-hole cut last year came at 6-under-par. That matched the lowest cut in the history of the PGA TOUR in relation to par. The cut has been 6-under-par 138 two other times on TOUR — the 2003 Honda Classic and the 2002 FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort. The cut score of 137 also matched the lowest score on TOUR for a 36-hole cut, sharing that distinction with the 1971 Phoenix Open, the 1989 EDS Byron Nelson Classic, the 1989 Valero Texas Open and the 1991 Chattanooga Classic.

There were two aces recorded at the 2005 Frys.Com Open. Kevin Stadler made a hole-in-one using a 9-iron on the 14th hole at the TPC Summerlin in the first round. Briny Baird posted his ace on No. 12 at the TPC Canyons using a 9-iron in the second round.

Former UNLV All-American Ryan Moore missed two months earlier this season after undergoing surgery to repair a hook of hamate fracture in his left hand on March 20. But that has not stopped him from securing his card for the 2007 season. He has totaled more than $1 million in earnings, with his best finish a tie for second at the Buick Championship. He also posted a top-10 in his first major as a professional, a tie for ninth at the PGA Championship.

Another former UNLV Rebel, Chad Campbell, made his second consecutive Ryder Cup squad this year on the strength of a win at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and a tie for third at the Masters Tournament. On the season, Campbell sits No. 13 on the PGA TOUR money list, with $2,580,357 in earnings.



· Jim Furyk is always a man to watch, particularly in Las Vegas. The veteran has won the Open three times and has six Top-5 finishes in 12 starts. In his 56 rounds in the desert, he’s 242-under par with 43 rounds in the 60s.

· If not Furyk, look for a surprise winner. The last two winners in
Las Vegas — Andre Stolz and Wes Short Jr.—entered the tournament in 217th and 176th place, respectively, on the money list.

· Following last week’s stop in Greensboro, the PGA TOUR money list features a record 83 players who have won $1 million or more this season, topping the old mark of 78 set last year.

· Troy Matteson, the 2005 leading money winner on the Nationwide Tour, struggled early this year in his rookie campaign, but is finding his stride down the stretch. He’s finished T8 and T6 in his last two starts to climb to 143rd on the money list with $505,397.

· If THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola were starting today, the 30-man field would include 10 players making their debut in the season-ending event — Trevor Immelman, Brett Wetterich, Carl Pettersson, Brett Quigley, Dean Wilson, Rod Pampling, Arron Oberholser, Ben Curtis, J.J. Henry and Tom Pernice Jr.


· Who’s needed the fewest putts to complete a (54-hole) tournament this year? Tom Kite, who needed only 72 at the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. The all-time record is 69 by Lee Elder at the 1988 Gus Machado Classic.

· One more on Kite: He enters this week’s Administaff Small Business Classic seeking his first career win in his native Texas. He has a combined 28 wins on the PGA TOUR/Champions Tour, but none in his home state.

· In just three starts on the Champions Tour, Chip Beck is challenging for a spot in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Beck has finished T5-3-T2 in those three outings and is now 44th on the money list with $350,000.

· Arnold Palmer is making a rare start this week in Texas. It will be only be Arnie’s second outing of the year on the Champions Tour.


· When Kevin Na won last week in California, he became the first Korean-born player to win on the Nationwide Tour. Players from 16 countries outside the U.S. have won on the Nationwide Tour in its first 17 seasons.

· Former players have won 194 times on the PGA TOUR, and with Tom Jenkins winning last week on the Champions Tour, they’ve won 60 times on that Tour as well.

· Three players — Johnson Wagner, Ken Duke and Jeff Quinney — have all topped the $300,000 mark in earnings this year. The record total of five reached in each of the last two seasons may well fall this year with four more players each less than $15,000 away form the $300,000 mark.

· Here’s a statistical oddity. Of the Top 10 players in Scoring Average, only four have won this year — Ken Duke (T2), Matt Kuchar (T2), Andrew Buckle (5) and Johnson Wagner (10).

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