|Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - October 12, 2009
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SHRINERS HOSPITALS
FOR CHILDREN OPEN
Las Vegas, NV
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,243
Purse: $4,200,000Winner: $756,000
2008 Champion: Marc Turnesa (263, -25)
Turnesa Looks to Rejuvenate Season at
Justin Timberlake-Hosted Las Vegas Event
While Marc Turnesa, Zach Johnson and Tim Herron all shot 62s at last year’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Turnesa was the only one of the three to shoot three other rounds in the 60s, and that was good enough to earn Turnesa his first TOUR victory, a one-shot win over Matt Kuchar. Turnesa’s 25-under 263 established a tournament record for this event that switched from a 90-hole tournament to a 72-hole format in 2004.
In Turnesa’s second full PGA TOUR season, a year after he earned $1,329,920 and finished 81st on the money list, the New York native has struggled. His top 2009 finish is a tie for 30th at the Northern Trust Open, and he’s 189th on the money list.
The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is the second of five Fall Series events as players battle to finish inside the top 125 on the money list to earn their 2010 PGA TOUR playing privileges.
Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals
for Children Open Notes
Marc Turnesa returns to the site of his first PGA TOUR, win at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where he defeated Matt Kuchar by a shot, setting the tournament record at 25-under 263. Turnesa had late-season heroics in 2007, winning the Nationwide Tour’s Miccosukee Championship on Oct. 28. That victory, which came in the last regular season event of the year, helped Turnesa earn his 2008 PGA TOUR status as one of the Tour’s 25 graduates.
Rickie Fowler, the 2008 College Player of the Year as a freshman at Oklahoma State, was the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world. His entry into the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will mark Fowler’s first PGA TOUR start as a professional. He competed in three PGA TOUR events in 2009 as an amateur (he tied for 58th at the FBR Open and missed the cuts at the U.S. Open and the Travelers Championship.) Earlier this year, while still an amateur, Fowler lost a playoff at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Open.
There are four former University of Nevada-Las Vegas players in this week’s field. They are Chad Campbell (1996, Hotel Administration), Charley Hoffman (2000, Communications), Bill Lunde (1998, Economics) and Chris Riley (1996, Communications).
Two players who played in last week’s Presidents Cup are in Las Vegas this week. U.S. players Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan are both veterans in Las Vegas, with Furyk winning three times—in 1995, 1998 and 1999. He was also runner-up in 2005. Furyk has played in 13 previous Las Vegas events, finishing inside the top 25 12 times. Mahan has played in three previous Las Vegas tournaments, with his best performance coming a year ago when he tied for 24th.
Craig Barlow is a native of Henderson, NV, who is 47th on the Nationwide Tour money list. He is skipping the Tour’s final full-field event, the Miccosukee Championship, in favor of his hometown Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He has played in Vegas nine previous times, with a tie for 19th in 1999 his best finish.
Low rounds were commonplace last year, with Marc Turnesa and Zach Johnson both opening with 62s at TPC Summerlin. Tim Herron added a final-round 62, as well. Six other players had 63s, including Matt Kuchar, who had two of them, in the first and second rounds. Overall, there were 16 players who enjoyed four rounds in the 60s a year ago. The last player to win in Las Vegas with at least one round in the 70s was Jim Furyk. He had a fourth-round 71 in 1999 when the tournament was still a 90-hole event.