|Funai Classic - October 16, 2006
AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,516
Par: 36-35—71Yards: 7,010
Purse: $4,600,000Winner: $828,000
2005 Champion: Lucas Glover. (265, -23)
FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort Notes
- Ryan Palmer secured his first PGA TOUR title by shooting a final-round 62 at the 2004 FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort. Duffy Waldorf (2002 champion) and John Huston (1992 champion) also fired closing, 10-under 62s when they won at the Walt Disney World Resort. Since 1970, only four players have shot lower final-round scores on their way to a PGA TOUR victory. Here they are:
David Duval 59 (13-under) 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
Brad Faxon 61 (9-under) 2005 Buick Championship
Hal Sutton 61 (10-under) 1995 B.C. Open
Johnny Miller 61 (11-under) 1975 Tucson Open
- This tournament began as an individual tournament in 1971, and Jack Nicklaus won the first three titles. It became a team event in 1974, a format that lasted until 1981. Since this event became an individual tournament again in 1982, Lucas Glover became the seventh player to earn his maiden PGA TOUR victory at Walt Disney World Resort. With Glover’s victory in 2005, he joins first-time TOUR winners Hal Sutton (1982), Bob Lohr (1988), Jeff Maggert (1993), Brad Bryant (1995), Bob Burns (2002) and Ryan Palmer (2004).
- Five players have won this event more than once, led by Jack Nicklaus, who captured three consecutive titles at Walt Disney World Resort (1971-73). Larry Nelson (1984, 1987), Tim Simpson (1989-90), John Huston (1992, 1998) and Tiger Woods (1996, 1999) are the other multiple winners. Nelson also has the largest final-round comeback in tournament history, making up a six-stroke deficit in 1987 to defeat Morris Hatalsky and Mark O’Meara by one stroke after a 63 Sunday.
- At last year’s tournament, the field combined to post 20 scores of 64 or better. Thirteen players managed to string together four rounds in the 60s, including winner Lucas Glover. Bob Estes fired rounds of 69-69-69-68 but only tied for 44th.
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
· If you don’t think that putting is a crucial part of a player’s success, check out Chris Smith. The veteran leads the TOUR in Total Driving, is ninth in Greens In Regulation and first in Ball-Striking. He’s also 194th on the money list. Why? He’s 170th in Putts per Green in Regulation, 200th (out of 203) in Total Putts and 190th in Scrambling.
· The race for the Top 125 could not be much closer with just two events left. Brian Bateman currently holds down #125 by $648 over John Cook.
· With the victory by Troy Matteson last week, nine players in their 20s have won this year on TOUR. Two of them — Geoff Ogilvy and Ben Curtis — have won twice.
· What a year for rookies. Four have won (J.B. Holmes, Trevor Immelman, Eric Axley and Troy Matteson) and eight have won at least $1 million — Immelman, Camilo Villegas, Nathan Green, Holmes, Axley, Matteson, Charley Hoffman and Bubba Watson.
· Since returning from a hand injury, Kevin Na has shown no signs of rust. In his first two starts since April, Na has won on the Nationwide Tour two weeks ago and finished T24 last week at the Frys.com Open. In his eight rounds since coming back, he has seven rounds in the 60s and is 31-under par.
· The Las Vegas stop late in the season has been the turning point of the year for the last three champions. The last three tournament winners in Las Vegas entered the tournament in 217th, 176th and 143rd place, respectively, on the money list.
· The last two Champions Tour events have been rain-shortened to 36 holes. That has not happened since 1992 when the Nationwide and Vantage Championships were rain-shortened in consecutive weeks.
· With his victory last week at the Administaff Small Business Classic, Jay Haas became the second player to win on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour in Houston. Bob Charles was the first. Haas, by the way, is the defending champ this week at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. He won a PGA TOUR event on the same course in 1982 and 1993.
· Jay Haas entered last week in second place on both the money list and the Charles Schwab Cup points list behind Loren Roberts. With his victory in Houston, Haas has now switched places with Roberts with just two tournaments left in the season.
· One more on Haas: With his four wins this year he ties Roberts for the Tour lead in victories. The last time two players won four times in the same season was 2002 when Hale Irwin and Bob Gilder each performed the feat.
· Troy Matteson’s victory last week at the Frys.com Open was the 195th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR and the 20th this season.
· How about the Class of 2005? The 21 grads (including Jason Gore) have combined to win three times, collect 41 Top-10 finishes and have earned $15,484,323. Twelve of the 21 are among the Top 125 and eight have won at least $1 million.
· With just three events left, Brenden Pappas holds a slim $725 lead over Jess Daley in the race for the 20th spot on the money list.
· Brandt Snedeker’s win last week gives the Nationwide Tour four players with multiple wins this year. The all-time record is seven set in 1995 and equaled in 1999.