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TPC at The Woodlands Open - October 20, 2008

Grayhawk Golf Club

(Raptor Course)
Scottsdale, AZ
Par: 35-35—70Yards: 7,125
Purse: $5,000,000Winner: $900,000
2007 Champion: Mike Weir (266, -14) Open Notes

The 2008 Open marks the second time this year that a PGA TOUR event will be contested in Scottsdale, AZ. The FBR Open is the other.

Earlier this year, J.B. Holmes claimed his second FBR Open title at TPC Scottsdale on the same day Super Bowl XVII was contested at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Last year, Mike Weir snapped a nearly four-year winless drought with a compelling victory at Grayhawk, the eighth PGA TOUR win of his career. With the win, he jumped from 84th on the PGA TOUR Money List to 41st and eclipsed the $20-million mark in career earnings. This has been a solid campaign for the defending champion, as he has notched six top-10s and finished sixth in the final FedExCup standings. Weir’s victory came in his 87th start since his previous win at the 2004 Nissan Open near Los Angeles.

With Mike Weir’s victory a year ago, he claimed his fourth top-10 finish of 2007 and 53rd top-10 finish in 262 career starts.

Mark Hensby’s second-place finish in 2007 was his best effort since a tie for third at the 2005 U.S. Open. His lone PGA TOUR victory came at the 2004 John Deere Classic. Hensby’s finish here last year earned him a check for $540,000 and moved him from 151st on the money list to 99th, with $969,731.



    • It isn’t a record since it occurred over two tournaments rather than one, but if you took Zach Johnson’s final two rounds at the Valero Texas Open and his opening two rounds the following week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he shot 253, which would break Tommy Armour III’s 72-hole PGA TOUR record of 254 shot at the 2003 Valero Texas Open. Johnson finished in Texas with scores of 62-64 and opened at Las Vegas with 62-65.
    • After finishing T6 last week in Las Vegas, Davis Love III is now 125th on the money list with $764,737 in earnings.
    • Marc Turnesa’s victory last week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open made him the fourth different rookie to win this year, joining Andres Romero, Chez Reavie and Dustin Johnson. Since the TOUR started keeping records of such things in 1970, only once (5 in 2004) have more rookies won in a season.
    • The last five winners in Las Vegas each earned their initial PGA TOUR titles—Andre Stolz, Wes Short Jr., Troy Matteson, George McNeill and now, Marc Turnesa.
    • Chris DiMarco is making a climb up the money list after finishing T19 and T10 in his last two outings. He’s now 141st on the list with $568,614 in earnings. There are three events left in the season.
    • There were 95 eagles made last week at the TPC Summerlin, but here’s the interesting part—14 of them were made on Par-4s. There were nine made at the 341-yard 15th hole.


    • With his victory last week, Bernhard Langer moved into second place in the year-long Charles Schwab Cup competition, just 84 points behind leader Fred Funk. Jay Haas is now third, but he’s only 97 points behind Funk.
    • More on Langer: He’s the fourth Champions Tour player to successfully defend a title this year joining Tom Watson, Jay Haas and R.W. Eaks.
    • Hal Sutton made his Champions Tour debut last week and finished in a T23 after rounds of 71-70-72. He’ll be teeing it up again this week when the Tour moves to San Antonio for the AT&T Championship.
    • Dave Stockton finished in a T4 last week at the Administaff Small Business Classic for his best showing since a T4 at the 2004 AT&T Championship. Stockton is 66 years old and shot scores of 69-69-70 last week.


    • Brendon de Jonge’s T5 finish last week at the Chattanooga Classic boosted him over the $400,000 mark in earnings this year. He’s the fifth player in Tour history to reach that level. Troy Matteson holds the single season record collecting $495,009 in 2005.
    • Nationwide Tour tournament winners have come from 20 countries outside the U.S. since the Tour began in 1990 following the addition of India with Arjun Atwal’s victory last week in Chattanooga.
    • With just two events remaining on the schedule, David Branshaw is the man on the bubble in 25th place on the money list. Branshaw has $194,120 to date, just $644 ahead of Ryan Hietala.
    • The victory last week on the PGA TOUR by Marc Turnesa was the 235th win by a former Nationwide Tour player on the TOUR. He’s the 17th player to graduate one year from the Nationwide Tour and win on the PGA TOUR the following season.


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