|PGA Championship - August 09, 2010
Five players have two top-10 finishes in the first three major championships in 2010:
Phil Mickelson 1 – Masters, T4 – U.S. Open
Tiger Woods T4 – Masters, T4 – U.S. Open
Lee Westwood 2 – Masters, 2 – British Open
Nick Watney 7 – Masters, T7 – British Open Martin Kaymer T8 – U.S. Open, T7 – British Open
How did the 2010 major champions fare at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits?
Masters Phil Mickelson T6
U.S. Open Graeme McDowell MC
British Open Louis Oosthuizen DNP
Three PGA TOUR rookies will participate at the 2010 PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Derek Lamely. McIlroy finished T3 last year at Hazeltine National GC in his PGA Championship debut. This year’s PGA Championship will be the first for both Fowler and Lamely.
Vijay Singh, who won his third and last major at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, will compete in his TOUR-best 66th consecutive major this week. The last major Singh missed was the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont GC. Mike Weir is second behind Singh as he competes this week in his 47th consecutive major, dating back to the 1999 U.S. Open.
Current FedExCup points leader Ernie Els had a legitimate shot at all four major titles in 2004, the last year the PGA Championship was conducted at Whistling Straits.
· Masters: lost by one as Phil Mickelson posted a back-nine 31 and birdied the 72nd hole.
· U.S. Open: Having started the day T2, posted a final-round 80 to finish three short off countryman Retief Goosen.
· British Open: Fell in a four-hole aggregate playoff to Todd Hamilton at the British Open.
· PGA Championship: Bogeyed the 72nd hole to fall one short of three-way playoff between Vijay Singh, Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco.
Three players that played in the 2009 TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola are currently below 100th in the FedExCup standings: David Toms (110), Tiger Woods (119) and Mike Weir (126).
With his victory at the Bridgestone Invitational, Hunter Mahan became the fifth player currently under the age of 30 with three or more wins on TOUR, joining three-time winners Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Dustin Johnson and Sean O’Hair. Seven-time winner Adam Scott captured the Valero Texas Open earlier this year but has since turned 30. Eleven different players (13 total wins) in their 20s have won on the PGA TOUR in 2010. Seven players in their 20s won during the entire 2009 season.
David Frost tied the Champions Tour 54-hole scoring record of 191 (-25) after closing with a final-round 11-under-par 61 at the 3M Championship.
In the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race Bernhard Langer remains in first place with 2,390 points followed by Fred Couples with 1,993. Tom Lehman (1,134), Nick Price (1,079) and John Cook (960) round out the top five. David Frost moved into sixth place with 798 points.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer finished T25 last week. No player has been able to defend his title at the 3M Championship.
For the fourth time this season Jim Rutledge successfully Monday qualified into a Champions Tour event. Rutledge finished tied for 21st at the 3M Championship.
David Frost became the 10th player and 13th overall on the Champions Tour to play all 54 holes without a bogey and win the event. The last to do so was Fred Funk at the 2007 Turtle Bay Championship. Hale Irwin has done it four times.
Fred Funk made his first hole-in-one on the Champions Tour in Sunday’s final round. Funk used a 5-iron the 186-yard fourth hole at the TPC Twin Cities. It was his first on the Champions Tour and the second on the Tour in 2010. Bob Tway had one at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in April.
Jeff Sluman and Peter Senior have something in common this season. Both players have played a bogey-free tournament and failed to win - Sluman, T6 at the 3M Championship and Senior, T2 at the Regions Charity Classic.
Kenny Perry turns 50 on Tuesday, August 10.
Jhonattan Vegas (Austin, TX/U. of Texas) became the first Venezuelan-born player to win a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event on Sunday when he captured the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open in Kansas. Vegas, 25, was a semi-finalist in the 2007 U.S. Amateur at Olympic Club in San Francisco, bowing 4&3 to eventual champion and fellow Nationwide Tour member Colt Knost (Dallas, TX/SMU).
Bill Lunde (Las Vegas, NV/UNLV) claimed the 280th Nationwide Tour alumni win on the PGA TOUR with his Turning Stone Resort Championship title on Sunday. Lunde is a 2008 graduate of the Nationwide Tour (finished 5th on the money list).
Last week John Daly (Dardanelle, AR/U. of Arkansas) announced his intentions to play in his second Nationwide Tour event of 2010, the Knoxville News Sentinel Open later this month (Aug. 26-29). In June, Daly competed in the Fort Smith Classic in his home state and finished T22. His last Nationwide Tour appearance prior to Fort Smith was February, 1991.
Despite taking a rare week off, Jamie Lovemark (San Diego, CA/USC) maintained his lead atop the money list -- $19,439 over No. 2 Tommy Gainey (Camden, SC). Jhonattan Vegas leaped 21 spots to No. 7.
Speaking of Tommy Gainey, he was forced to withdraw with a bad back in Wichita after playing three holes in the third round. Gainey and Martin Piller (Dallas, TX/Texas A&M) are the Tour's first two-time winners of 2010 and are one win away from a battlefield promotion to the PGA TOUR. Piller finished T54 in Wichita after winning two weeks ago in the Cox Classic in Omaha, NE.
Bad timing for William McGirt (Boiling Spring, NC/Wofford College). The Nationwide Tour rookie had to withdraw during the first round in Wichita with a back injury. He began the week 20th on the money list and slipped to 22nd when it was over.