|Stanford St. Jude Championship - June 04, 2007
STANFORD ST. JUDE CHAMPIONSHIP
Par: 35-35—70Yards: 7,239
FedExCup Points: 25,000 Winner: 4,500
Purse: $6,000,000Winner: $1,080,000
2006 Champion: Jeff Maggert (271, -9)
Stanford St. Jude Championship Notes
Geoff Ogilvy, the reigning U.S. Open champion, will be hoping for better results in his fourth visit to TPC Southwind as he prepares for next week’s title defense at the U.S. Open in Oakmont, PA. In his three previous starts in Memphis (2002-04), Ogilvy has never made the cut. Earlier this season, Ogilvy was runner-up at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship to Henrik Stenson. He also tied for third at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship.
Many of the top international players will be at TPC Southwind this weekend as they prepare for next week’s U.S. Open in Pennsylvania. Among those who will be making their first appearances in Memphis are Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Peter Lonard and Adam Scott.
In addition to 2006 winner Jeff Maggert, this week’s field boasts eight additional former tournament champions. They are Justin Leonard (2005), David Toms (2003-04), Len Mattiace (2002), Bob Estes (2001), Ted Tryba (1999), John Cook (1996), Jim Gallahger, Jr. (1995) and Dicky Pride (1994).
Champions Tour member Loren Roberts, who lives in Germantown, TN, and plays out of TPC Southwind, is playing in this tournament for a record-tying 24th time. Roberts, in his third year on the Champions Tour and a winner last week at The Boeing Championship at Sandestin, will tie Lou Graham for the most appearances in tournament history. Gene Littler, John Mahaffey and Mason Rudolph made 23 appearances each in Memphis. In his career at this event, Roberts has made 18 cuts. Only Dave Hill and Littler, with 20 made cuts each, have more. Roberts has eight PGA TOUR titles and six Champions Tour titles to his credit, including the 2006 Senior British Open.
Two-time champion David Toms will be looking to make it 12 cuts in a row at this year’s event. Toms, winner in 2003 and 2004, hasn’t missed a cut at TPC Southwind since he shot 74-74 to leave early in 1994. Toms didn’t play in 1995, and since returning he has made it to the weekend 11 consecutive times. The all-time tournament record for consecutive cuts made is 14 in a row by Gene Littler from 1958 to 1971.
The Stanford St. Jude Championship field will feature several international stars that are appearing in Memphis for the first time. Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington and Adam Scott will all make their first appearances in the tournament this week.
There will only be 10 weeks left in the PGA TOUR’s Regular Season following this week’s stop in Memphis and the top players are beginning to climb up the FedExCup points leaderboard. Of the Top 15 players in the points standing, 12 are among the Top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Look out for David Toms this week in Memphis. The TOUR veteran has finished in the Top 10, winning twice, in his last five starts at the Stanford St. Jude Championship. Over that five-year span he’s posted 16 rounds in the 60s out of 20 starts and is 65-under par. In those 20 rounds, Toms has two 63s, a 64 and four 65s.
Don’t look for a long hitter to win this week in Memphis. Since the 2000 Stanford St. Jude Classic, none of the winners have finished higher than 72nd in Driving Distance for the season in which they won. In fact, the average final position in Driving Distance for that group is 116th.
Loren Roberts, a winner last week on the Champions Tour at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin, will be playing this week in his hometown Stanford St. Jude Championship. It will only be the second PGA TOUR appearance for Roberts since he turned 50 back in June of 2006.
K.J. Choi has five career victories on the PGA TOUR to equal the total of all other Asian-born winners in TOUR history. Shigeki Maruyama has three career titles while Isao Aoki and T.C. Chen each won once.
How about those 71-year olds? At last week’s Boeing Championship at Sandestin, 71-year old Bob Charles bettered his age twice (70 and 68) while Gary Player did it once (70). For Player, it was the sixth time this season he’s shot his age or better.
You can’t keep a good man down. One day after shooting the highest score of his brief Champions Tour career (80), Nick Price turned around to shoot a 63, his best score on the Champions Tour.
Gil Morgan will be looking to successfully defend his title this week at the Principal Charity Classic. If he does, it won’t be the first time. Morgan has successfully defended a title four times in his Champions Tour career.
How’s this for putting? Rod Spittle one-putted 14 times in his final round last week at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin, including nine one-putt greens in a row at one point.
Brenden Pappas will be seeking a repeat win this week at The Rex Hospital Open. If he pulls it off, he’ll be the first player in Nationwide Tour history to successfully defend a title.
The field at this week’s Rex Hospital Open features 27 former PGA TOUR winners who have a collective 68 TOUR wins. Included in that number are a Masters (Larry Mize), a PGA Championship (Mark Brooks) and a U.S. Open (Steve Jones).
If the PGA TOUR Regular Season ended today, 15 of last year’s 22 graduates would qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs announced this week that it generated at least $2 million for local charities. That’s the most of any event in the Nationwide Tour’s history.