|McGladry Classic - October 04, 2010
Bill Haas, son of 1987 Shell Houston Open winner Jay Haas, won the Viking Classic. He shot 66-66-69-72 for a 15-under-par 273 total, three strokes ahead of veteran Michael Allen at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss. Hass collected the winner's chare of $648,000 out of a $3,600,00 purse
Europe reclaimed the Ryder Cup 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. Possession of the Ryder Cup wasn't decided until the 17th hole of the last match at Celtic Manor, where rock-solid U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell held off a tenacious Hunter Mahan, 3 & 1.
What: McGladry Classic (new event on the Fall Series)
When: Oct. 7-Oct. 10
Where: Seaside Course at Sea Island, GA
Bill Haas picked up his second win of the season at the 2010 Viking Classic, having captured the Bob Hope Classic in January. His father Jay, who played 798 career PGA TOUR events and won the 1887 Shell Houston Open, claimed multiple championships in 1981 and 1982. His 1982 wins came in back-to-back starts at the Hall of Fame Classic and the Texas Open. Bill won his second TOUR event in his 159th professional start while father Jay won his second TOUR event in his 139th professional start.
Five-time winner of The Heritage Davis Love III is serving as host this week at The McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island. A total of five players that have won just up the road in Hilton Head Island are competing at the inaugural McGladrey Classic: Brian Gay (2009), Boo Weekley (2007 and 2008), Aaron Baddeley (2006), Love (1987, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2003) and Justin Leonard (2002).
Tiger Woods was the last player to win a PGA TOUR event after competing in the Ryder Cup the previous week. The week after the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K-Club in Ireland, Woods won the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship at The Grove outside London in 2006.
Brendon de Jonge is the PGA TOUR’s ironman in 2010, as he is competing this week at The McGladrey Classic. de Jonge is 33rd on the PGA TOUR official money list with seven top-10s to his credit, and is one of those players looking to crack the top 30 on the season-ending money list to earn exemptions into the Masters and the U.S. Open.
Chris Stroud is off the hot seat after his T3 finish at the Viking Classic last week. With the finish, Stroud jumped from No. 125 on the PGA TOUR official money list to No. 111. Webb Simpson now occupies the 125th position on the money list.
When Gary Hallberg won the Ensure Classic he joined 1981 Shell Houston Open winner Ron Streck, Keith Fergus and Tom Lehman as the only four players to capture wins on the Nationwide Tour, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.
The winner of this week’s Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship receives an invitation to next May’s PLAYERS Championship. Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd are the only two players to have claimed a PLAYERS Championship and a Constellation Energy Senior Players title.
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is the fourth-oldest event on the Champions Tour, and this year’s championship marks the 28th playing of this tournament. Only the Senior PGA Championship (71 years), Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (33 years) and the U.S. Senior Open (31 years) are older.
When Jay Haas defeated Tom Watson by one stroke in 2009, it marked the fifth time in the last six years that the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship has been decided by one stroke. The lone exception during that span came in 2007 when Loren Roberts cruised to a six-stroke win over Watson.
Australian Steven Bowditch had only 96 putts (28-24-18-26) in his Soboba Classic win, which is one shy of the Nationwide Tour record set by Grant Waite in 2003. On Saturday, he equaled Mike Brisky's single-round mark with 18 putts en route to a 63.
Two of the Nationwide Tour's leading players, Jamie Lovemark (San Diego/USC) and Kevin Chappell (Fresno/UCLA), have received sponsor exemptions to play in next week's Frys.com Open on the PGA TOUR in their native California. Lovemark made his mark on the event last year when he and Rickie Fowler were playoff runners-up to Troy Matteson at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ. Lovemark is currently leading the Nationwide Tour's money list and at 22, its youngest player. Chappell, 24, is No. 8. Both have won events this year.
Sidelined since May when he had back surgery, two-time Nationwide Tour winner Jeff Klauk will make his return to competitive golf in Chattanooga this week. The St. Augustine, FL resident has also committed to play the following two events in Miami, FL and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Klauk grew up playing and working on the maintenance staff at TPC Sawgrass which will host the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open Oct. 21-24 at PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Utah native Daniel Summerhays is PGA TOUR-bound in 2011 after finishing second in his last two starts. The former BYU All-American collected $186,300 in Boise and Soboba to jump from 17th on the money list to 4th with four events remaining.
CHRIS KIRK GETS HOMETOWN INVITE – Former University of Georgia Bulldog Chris Kirk has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in this week’s McCladrey Classic. The inaugural PGA TOUR event will be played at Sea Island Resort on St. Simons Island where Kirk lives. A two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour this year, Kirk is No. 2 on the Nationwide Tour money list. He trails a familiar foe from his college days, USC’s Jamie Lovemark, for the top spot by $8,763.