|Bob Hope Classic - January 18, 2011
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January 18, 2011
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La Quinta, California
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| ||2011 FedExCup Standings|
1. Jonathan Byrd, 2. Mark Wilson, 3. Robert Garrigus, 4. Tim Clark, 5. Steve Marino, 6. Matt Kuchar, 7. Steve Stricker, 8. Graeme McDowell, 9. Matt Bettencourt, 10. Jimmy Walker
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
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| ||2010 Charles Schwab Cup Standings|
1. Bernhard Langer, 2. Fred Couples, 3. John Cook, 4. Michael Allen, 5. Russ Cochran, 6. Fred Funk, 7. Tom Lehman, 8. Mark O'Meara, 9. Nick Price, 10. David Frost
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| ||2010 The 25 Standings|
1. Jamie Lovemark, 2. Chris Kirk, 3. Hunter Haas, 4. Tommy Gainey, 5. Daniel Summerhays, 6. Brendan Steele, 7. Jhonattan Vegas, 8. Martin Piller, 9. Kevin Chappell, 10. Tag Ridings
|Kiyoshi Shikano, Corporate Executive for Sony Corporation, and Mark Wilson, 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii champion.|
PGA TOUR: Mark Wilson barely had time to eat a sandwich, much less keep track of his round, when he arrived at the 17th green Sunday afternoon at the Sony Open and realized he had not made a single bogey during this 36-hole marathon.
His four-shot lead had dwindled to a stroke. Wilson was staring at a 12-foot par putt, and the closing hole was a par 5 that he had not been able to reach all week.
The thought was fleeting. The way his week had gone, the outcome was predictable.
"I thought about that before I hit the putt," Wilson said. "I haven't made a bogey all day, so why start now? It entered my mind, but when I was over the putt, I didn't think about it."The putt curled in the side, and Wilson started his season with a win to earn his first trip to the Masters. The putt curled in the side, and Wilson started his season with a win to earn his first trip to the Masters.
The putt curled in the side, and Wilson started his season with a win to earn his first trip to the Masters.
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|The 17th hole at PGA WEST, Arnold Palmer Private Course, at the Bob Hope Classic. The scenic 130-yard par-3 is this week's Kodak Challenge hole.|
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E-Notes – January 18, 2011
Bill Haas looks to join Johnny Miller (1975 and 1976) as a back-to-back winner of the Bob Hope Classic. In all, winners of the Bob Hope Classic have posted 12 top-10 finishes in their respective title defenses but just five in the past 33 years.
2010 PLAYERS Championship winner Tim Clark, fresh off his ninth career runner-up finish last week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, returns to the Bob Hope Classic where last year he led the field in birdies (36) en route to a T2 finish. In four career Bob Hope Classic starts, Clark has three top-5 finishes, including seconds in 2005 and 2010. With his T2 last week, Clark extended a streak of posting at least one second-place finish each season dating to 2005, with a career-high three in 2007.
The 2007 Bob Hope Classic champion Charley Hoffman will be honored next month by the San Diego Hall of Champions as a “Star of the Year.” The San Diego native finished fourth in the 2010 FedExCup and captured the second Playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Two players posted top-10 finishes in both Hawaii events: Matt Kuchar (T6-Hyundai Tournament of Champions, T5-Sony Open in Hawaii), Steve Stricker (T4-Hyundai Tournament of Champions, T9-Sony Open in Hawaii). Last year, Kuchar finished first (11) in top-10 finishes while Stricker finished third (9). Kuchar, who finished T2 at last year’s Bob Hope Classic, has the opportunity to add to his top-10 total this week at the Bob Hope Classic. He has nine top-10s in his last 14 TOUR starts dating back to the 2010 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
The Sony Open in Hawaii champion Mark Wilson played bogey-free over the final 40 holes, including the 36-hole finale on Sunday where he posted rounds of 65-67.
Both winners (Jonathan Byrd, Mark Wilson) of the Hawaii swing earned exemptions into the Masters Tournament with their victories. The 2011 Masters will be Wilson’s first career start at the season’s first major.
Five of the 26 rookies played all 72 holes at the Sony Open in Hawaii: Chris Kirk (T30), Daniel Summerhays (T34), Nate Smith (T42), Kevin Chappell (T42) and Matt McQuillan (T54). An additional 10 rookies made the cut, but did not finish as the field was cut to low 60 and ties for the 36 holes due to weather: Joe Affrunti, Keegan Bradley, Joseph Bramlett, Fabian Gomez, Jim Herman, Ben Martin, Jim Renner, Alex Rocha, Kyle Stanley and Jhonattan Vegas.
The Mitsubishi Electric Championship field has won a combined 548 events on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, including 77 major championships.
For the second straight year, John Cook is attempting to become the first player since Gil Morgan in 1997-98 to win the season-opening event after claiming the last tournament the previous year. Two years ago, Cook ended his year winning both the Administaff Small Business Classic and the season-ending Schwab Cup Championship. Last year he claimed the Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park.
Five players in this year’s Mitsubishi Electric Championship field are anxious to return to action on the Champions Tour after having their 2010 season curtailed by injury/surgery (Mark McNulty/knee, Lonnie Nielsen/knee, David Eger/ankle, Craig Stadler/hip, D.A. Weibring/shoulder).
No winner of the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai has gone on to win the Charles Schwab Cup in the same year. However, in the 10-year history of the Schwab Cup, the winner of the season-opening event has gone on to finish among the top-five Schwab Cup finishers six times.
Four players in this year’s field are age 60 and over, led by 65-year-old Hale Irwin. 62-year-old Allen Doyle and 61-year-olds Tom Kite and Tom Watson will also play this year at Hualalai.
Doug Tewell has the only hole-in-one in this event at Hualalai. In 2002, Tewell aced the par-3 8th hole in Round 1.
Tom Pernice, Jr. comes into this year’s event riding a streak of nine straight top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour. In his 10 starts on the Champions Tour in 2010, Pernice’s only finish outside the top 10 came at this event at Hualalai when he was T27 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
There are seven former Ryder Cup captains (Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Curtis Strange andTom Watson) in this field for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, as well as two Presidents Cup captains (Hale Irwin, Fred Couples).
Mark Wilson's Sony Open in Hawaii win on Sunday was the 290th PGA TOUR victory by a Nationwide Tour alumni. Jonathan Byrd got the 2011 season started with an alumni win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Wilson played the Nationwide Tour full time in 2002 (23 starts), while Byrd earned his TOUR card in 2001 (20 starts/8th on the money list).
2010 Nationwide Tour Player of the YearJamie Lovemark (Jupiter, FL/USC) celebrates his 23rd birthday on Sunday (Jan. 23rd) in his native Southern California. Lovemark is entered in this week's Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs and next week's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. A year ago, he played as a sponsor exemption in the rain-delayed Bob Hope Classic (T48), then boarded an airplane to the Nationwide Tour event in New Zealand, arriving only hours before his Wednesday pro-am time. Lovemark finished third in the tournament.
The first two full-field PGA TOUR events of 2011 feature a strong presence of former Nationwide Tour players -- Sony Open in Hawaii (102 of 144 / 70.8 percent) and Bob Hope Classic (99 of 128 /percent). The percentages improve to 72.9 percent and 81.1 percent, respectively, if players who have been members of the PGA TOUR prior to the Tour's 1990 debut are not counted.