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TPC at The Woodlands Open - October 11, 2010
McGladry's Classic

Heath Slocum shot 66-66-66-68 for a 14-under-par 266 total at the Seaside Course in Sea Island, GA to win the inaugural McGladry's Classic. Slocum was a stroke better than Bill Haas, who had won the previous week at the Viking Classic, and two ahead of 2000 Shell Houston Open winner Robert Allenby. Open

What: Open
When: Oct.14-17, 2010
Where: CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, CA
Defending champion: Troy Mattesson


With a birdie on the par-4 13th hole in the third round, Troy Merritt left The McGladrey Classic tied with Rickie Fowler for the lead in the Kodak Challenge at 14-under-par. With just three tournaments left in the $1 million Kodak Challenge, both rookies are in this week’s Open field.

Jamie Lovemark, who leads the Nationwide Tour money list, has received a Sponsor’s Exemption into this week’s Open. Lovemark and Rickie Fowler finished T2 at the 2009 Open, losing to Troy Matteson in a playoff. During his All-America career at USC, Lovemark played CordeValle Golf Club at the Gifford Collegiate Championship hosted by UCLA.

PGA TOUR members will get a new test for the second consecutive week at the Open. After playing the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club at The McGladrey Classic last week, the Open will be contested for the first time at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, CA.

Steve Stricker finished his 2010 season 19-for-19 in made cuts, the only player with double-digit made cuts without a miss. Stricker’s cut streak now sits at 23 straight dating back to 2009, three shy of his career best of 26 (1994-95).

The McGladrey Classic runner-up Bill Haas, having won the previous week’s Viking Classic, was looking to become the first player since Tiger Woods (2009 Buick Open and 2009 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational) to win back-to-back weeks. With the runner-up finish, Haas moved to No. 18 on the PGA TOUR’s official money list to solidify his top-30 official money status for 2011.

Last week’s tournament host Davis Love III recorded his 2,100th official round on the PGA TOUR with the final round of The McGladrey Classsic. Love’s TOUR starts (619) rank fourth among fully-exempt active players with 10 or more starts in 2010, behind Mark Calcavecchia (738), Brad Faxon (692) and Corey Pavin (650).

Mark O’Meara’s win at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship earned a berth in THE PLAYERS Championship on the PGA TOUR next year.

Michael Allen’s playoff loss to Mark O’Meara at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship marked his second consecutive runner-up finish. Allen was second to Bill Haas at the PGA TOUR’s Viking Classic in Mississippi.

Regardless of how the next two tournaments unfold, no player can overtake Bernhard Langer heading to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco (Nov. 1-7). Langer has 3,160 Charles Schwab Cup points and a 790-point advantage over Fred Couples with three events remaining. Langer and Couples are now the only two players able to win the Charles Schwab Cup this year.

Now that the year's final major championship is complete, Bernhard Langer’s 790 point lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race is the second-largest lead at this stage of the season, in the 10-year history of the Cup. In 2003, Tom Watson carried a 958 point lead at this stage of the season onto victory.

With just two full-field events remaining Keith Fergus sits in the 30th spot on the money list for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship with $512,645. He leads Bob Tway ($509,694) by just $2,951 for the final spot. Mike Goodes is No. 32 with $491,884. Only the top 30 money winners are eligible for the tournament.

Mike Fetchick celebrates his 88th birthday on Wednesday, October 13. Fetchick holds the Champions Tour record as the oldest winner (1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational which he won on his 63rd birthday), and the longest time between his last PGA TOUR win and his first Champions Tour win (1956 Mayfair Inn Open) – 28 years, 9 months and 27 days.

There are only two full-field Nationwide Tour events left, this week's Miccosukee Championship in Miami and next week's Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The season's finale is the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island in Charleston, Oct. 28-31, where the top-60 money winners will gather to decide "The 25".

Peter Tomasulo (Long Beach, CA/UC-Berkeley) may miss the final three tournaments of the year. Last Tuesday he broke a bone in his right foot in a pick-up basketball game with fellow Tour players at the UT-Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena. The 2010 Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic winner was 13th on the money list when the accident happened. He dropped to 15th on Sunday night.

Sponsor Exemption Chris Kirk (St. Simons Island, GA/U. of Georgia) turned in a strong performance in The McCladrey Classic on the PGA TOUR last week, a T15. Kirk is No. 2 on the Nationwide Tour money list, trailing Jamie Lovemark by $8,763.

The Nationwide Tour win total on the PGA TOUR grew to 286 when Heath Slocum won The McGladrey Classic. In 2001, Slocum became the second player to earn a Nationwide Tour battlefield promotion to the PGA TOUR by winning three events during the season.

Four Nationwide Tour players have competed in all 26 tournaments played to date -- Andrew Svoboda, Ryan Armour, Ty Harris and Bubba Dickerson. Last year, no one played all 29 events. Six players, including Dickerson, played 28 of the 29.


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