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Mike Souchak
Mike Souchak (1955)
Memorial Park GC Open - October 19, 2009

Grayhawk Golf Club (Raptor)

Scottsdale, AZ
Par: 35-3570 Yards: 7,125
Purse: $5,000,000Winner: $900,000
2008 Champion: Cameron Beckman (262, -18)

Beckman Back in the Desert to Defend
at Open

Scottsdale, AZ, is the site of the third Fall Series event, the Open. This is the third playing of this event, which counts Mike Weir and Cameron Beckman as past champions.

A year ago, Beckman outlasted Kevin Sutherland in a two-hole playoff at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course. The victory was Beckman’s second since he joined the TOUR in 1998, coming seven years after he won the 2001 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

Beckman has been steady this year, making 15 cuts in 23 starts. His tie for seventh at AT&T National and his tie for ninth at the John Deere Classic, in back-to-back weeks, are his best performances of 2009. Beckman qualified for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, competing in both The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship. Open Notes

Cameron Beckman defeated Kevin Sutherland with a par-4 on the second hole of the playoff to win last year’s event. Sutherland dropped to 0-3 in playoffs on the TOUR. Previously Sutherland lost to Phil Blackmar at the 1997 Shell Houston Open and was part of a three-way playoff with Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia at the 2008 Barclays, won by Singh.

Nineteen players posted all four rounds in the 60s in 2008. In that group was champion Cameron Beckman (69-66-64-63). In 2007, only four players managed to post four rounds in the 60s at Grayhawk Golf Club, including the winner Mike Weir.

Cameron Beckman, winner of the 2001 Southern Farm Bureau Classic, won in Scottsdale a year ago, giving him his second title since he joined the TOUR in 1999. It was his first top-10 effort since he tied for fifth at the 2007 Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro. Prior to his win, he was No. 175 on the money list.

Kevin Sutherland recorded his third runner-up finish since winning the 2002 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. It was also his second runner-up effort of the 2008 season. Sutherland lost in a playoff at The Barclays, the first of the four FedExCup Playoff events.

Mike Weir, the 2007 winner, tied for fourth a year after his victory, thanks to a closing, 7-under 63. Weir has posted eight rounds in the 60s in the two years of the Open. Sean O’Hair and Billy Mayfair have also recorded eight sub-70 rounds in two starts at the event.

Vaughn Taylor had an ace in tyhe second round on the 13th hole at Grayhawk GOlf Club's Raptor Course. It was his second hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR. His first came in 2004, at the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort. Taylor also had a Nationwide Tour ace, at the 2003 Alberta Classic.


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