|Children's Miracle Network - November 08, 2010
World Golf Championship — HSBC Champions
Italian Francisco Molanari shot 65-70-67-67 at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China for a 19-under-par 269 total and a one stroke victory over Lee Westwood of England, currently No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings.
Children's Miracle Network Classic
The Children's Miracle Network Classic this week in Lake Buena Vista, FL marks the end of the 2010 PGA TOUR Fall Schedule and most of the attention will be on who finishes within the Top 125 on the season money list. Those who finish within the Top 125 retain their PGA TOUR card for the 2011 season.
PGA TOUR E-Notes
Rookie of the Year candidate Rickie Fowler has played six of the last seven weeks, including stops in Wales (Ryder Cup), California (Frys.com Open), Nevada (Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Malaysia (CIMB Asia Pacific Classic), China (World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions) and Florida this week (Children’s Miracle Network Classic).
Troy Merritt (-17) leads Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley by one stroke in the Kodak Challenge, with all three players in the final Kodak Challenge event this week at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. In 2009, No. 17 was the third-most difficult hole on the Magnolia Course and surrendered one eagle, 29 birdies and a 4.149 stroke average.
Stephen Ames, unable to play this week at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic due to a back injury, joins Tiger Woods (Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard), Paul Casey (Shell Houston Open) and Matt Kuchar (Turning Stone Resort Championship) as players that did not compete in defense of 2010 titles. Casey sustained an injury during the Wednesday Grand Pro-Am at the Shell Houston Open.
Steve Stricker will head into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the kickoff event of the 2011 PGA TOUR season, with the active longest cut streak (19). Retief Goosen is second with 16 consecutive made cuts.
Germany’s Bernhard Langer became the first international player to claim the Charles Schwab Cup, earning a $1 million annuity. Langer finished the season with 3,596 points, the second largest point total in Schwab Cup history (Tom Watson-4,370/2003). Langer’s 825-point differential is also the widest margin since Watson won the Schwab Cup by 1,324 points over Jim Thorpe in 2003.
John Cook won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first player since Jeff Sluman (2008/2009 First Tee Open at Pebble Beach) to successfully defend a title on the Champions Tour.
John Cook has claimed all five of his career titles on the Champions Tour in October/November.
Fred Couples set an all-time record for lowest scoring average in a Champions Tour season. Couples claimed the circuit’s Byron Nelson Award with a stroke average of 67.96, shattering the old mark of 68.59 by Hale Irwin in 1998.
Michael Allen’s third-round 61 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship was the fourth in competition this year on the Champions Tour, joining Tommy Armour III (The ACE Group Classic), David Frost (3M Championship) and Gary Hallberg (Ensure Classic at Rock Barn).
The Champions Tour Regional Qualifying Tournament was held at three sites around the country last week. Quinn Griffing won by three strokes at MetroWest CC in Orlando, FL. Rick Karbowski prevailed by two-strokes at Woodforest GC in Montgomery, TX and Dick Mast was a one-stroke winner at Bayonet GC in Seaside, CA. A total of 50 players advanced from the three sites to the National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, FL on November 16-19.
Some notable players to advance from Regional Qualifying to the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, FL on November 16-19 include Damon Green (PGA TOUR caddie of Zach Johnson), Krishna Singh (brother of World Golf Hall of Fame member, Vijay), Paul Curry, Mark Mouland, Roger Chapman, Barry Lane, Anders Forsbrand (all former European Tour winners), Frankie Minoza (former Asian Tour star) and Mike Donald, who lost a 19-hole playoff to Champions Tour legend Hale Irwin at the 1990 U.S. Open.
Five of the 25 members of the Nationwide Tour "Class of 2010" are 22-24 years of age...13 are 27 or younger...seven of the top-10 will be PGA TOUR members for the first time and 14 in all...ten have made three or fewer PGA TOUR starts, with four having made none.
Class member Jhonattan Vegas is the first Nationwide Tour / PGA TOUR member from Venezuela. He was one of three international members who won tournaments this year, joined by Fabian Gomez/Argentina and Steven Bowditch/Australia. All earned their TOUR cards.
Key stat leaders in 2010 include: Chris Kirk - Scoring Average (69.05) and All-Around Ranking (198), Kyle Stanley - Driving Distance (317.1 yards), Kevin Chappell - Total Driving (68), Scott Dunlap - Greens In Regulation (75.00%) and Steven Bowditch - Putting Average (1.715 putts per round) and Birdie Average (4.54 per round).
Andrew Soboda was the only player to compete in all 29 events in 2010. Twelve played in 28 of the 29.
Five Nationwide Tour players are currently among the top 200 players in the world based on the Official World Golf Ranking: 120-Jamie Lovemark, 144-Chris Kirk, 173-Jhonattan Vegas, 187-Kevin Chappell and 190-Hunter Haas.