Turning Stone Resort Championship Notes
Nick Flanagan is making his 2007 PGA TOUR debut this week after winning his third Nationwide Tour title earlier this season. Flanagan won the Henrico County Open followed by a victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. Flanagan hopes to continue his Empire State success . Flanagan’s third Nationwide Tour title this year came at the Xerox Classic in Rochester in August, about 100 miles east of Verona. In his career, Flanagan has played seven previous PGA TOUR events, with his best finish a tie for 23rd at the 2005 British Open. Here is a look at how other players who earned the Three-Win Promotion have done in their first PGA TOUR event once they moved to the PGA TOUR:
Player Year Tournament Result
Chris Smith 1997 Greater Vancouver Open T31
Heath Slocum 2001 Buick Open T49
Chad Campbell 2001 Disney Golf Classic Cut
Pat Bates 2002 Sony Open in Hawaii (2003) Cut
Patrick Moore 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic Cut
Tom Carter 2003 Bell Canadian Open Cut
Jason Gore 2005 Buick Championship T73
In 2006, flooding forced a move from En-Joie Golf Club to Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort outside Syracuse. En-Joie Golf Club recently hosted its first Champions Tour event, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. This will be the first year of the Turning Stone Resort Championship and second PGA TOUR event at Atunyote Golf Club.
John Rollins has had good success in upstate New York since joining the PGA TOUR. Rollins, won the 2006 B.C. Open presented by Turning Stone Resort and has had two other top-10 finishes in the area. He tied for second at the B.C. Open in 2005 and tied for ninth in 2004. In 18 rounds (14 at En-Joie Golf Club and four at Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort), Rollins has never had an over-par round. Here is Rollins’ complete breakdown:
Year Tournament Course Finish Scores
2006 B.C. Open presented by Turning Stone Resort Atunyote GC Won 67-68-64-66—265
2005 B.C. Open En-Joie GC T2 71-65-72-67—275
2004 B.C. Open En-Joie GC T9 71-69-65-68—273
2000 B.C. Open En-Joie GC Cut 72-72—144
John Rollins has won all of his tournaments in the northeast, capturing the B.C. Open presented by Turning Stone Resort a year ago in Verona, NY, four years after winning the Bell Canadian Open in Markham, Ontario. His lone Nationwide Tour victory, the 2001 Hershey Open, was in Hershey, PA, 200 miles south of Verona.
In the field this week is 1992 Shell Houston Open champ Fred Funk, winner of the 1996 B.C. Open. Funk, who turned 51 on June 14, has won twice this year, once on the PGA TOUR (Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya - Cancun) and once on the Champions Tour (Turtle Bay Championship). Funk made the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and played in the first two events — The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship.
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
Tiger Woods played his last two events in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup in a collective 45-under par. Only once in his career has he been better than that in back-to-back events. He finished 48-under in the 2002 World Golf Championships-American Express Championship and the Walt Disney World Classic.
More on Tiger: In his last six starts, Woods has posted 19 rounds in the 60s (out of 24), including the last 11 in a row.
One more on Tiger: His 67.79 Scoring Average equals the all-time TOUR best set by Woods himself in the 2000 season.
Just one more: The win was Tiger’s seventh of the year. It’s the fourth time in his career that he’s won seven or more tournaments. No one else in the history of the TOUR has four seven or more win seasons.
The Fall Series begins this week at the Turning Stone Resort
Championship with Steve Allan holding down the 125th spot on the money list with $568,059. There are seven events left in the season to secure a spot among the Top 125 and maintain full eligibility for the 2008 season.
Looking for candidates for Comeback Player of the Year? Here are a few that deserve mention:
Mark Calcavecchia (120th on the 2006 money list-13th currently)
Jose Coceres (#147-#58)
Rocco Mediate (#206-#72)
Steve Elkington (#181-#91)
Nick Flanagan will make his debut as a PGA TOUR member this week after winning three times this season on the Nationwide Tour.
Rory Sabbatini was the only player to finish in the Top-10 in all four PGA TOUR Playoff events for the FedExCup. He finished fourth in the overall competition.
Jay Haas extended his Charles Schwab Cup lead with a T2 last week at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Haas now has a 386-point lead over Brad Bryant.
One more on Haas: He leads the Champions Tour with 16 Top-10 finishes. He has a Tour-best four wins along with four second-place efforts.
Gil Morgan’s T5 last week in North Carolina pushed him over the $1-million mark in season earnings for the 11th consecutive season. That breaks a tie between Morgan and Hale Irwin for most consecutive years winning $1 million or more.
Jeff Sluman finished T15 last week in his Champions Tour debut. This week will see debuts from former TOUR winners Fulton Allem and Mark Wiebe at the SAS Championship.
Double eagles are the rarest shots in golf, but you’d never know it from recent years at the Albertsons Boise Open. For three years running, a competitor has made an albatross at the 16th hole — Justin Bolli in 2004, Charley Hoffman in 2005 and Dan Olsen in 2006.
Roland Thatcher finished T6 last week at the Oregon Classic to boost his season earnings to $401,632. He’s only the third player in Nationwide Tour history to win $400,000 or more in a single season. Zach Johnson was the first to do so followed by Troy Matteson.
As the PGA TOUR season enters the Fall Series, nine members of the Class of 2006 are safely within the Top 125 on the money list with another seven ranking between 126th and 150th.
Nick Flanagan has already graduated to the PGA TOUR thanks to his three wins this year and two more players —Roland Thatcher and Kyle Thompson — are hoping to join him as each has two victories.