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Farmers Insurance Open - January 24, 2011

January 24, 2011
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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup Farmers Insurance Open
San Diego, California
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 2011 FedExCup Standings
1. Jonathan Byrd, 2. Jhonattan Vegas, 3. Mark Wilson, 4. Bill Haas, 5. Robert Garrigus,
6. Tim Clark, 7. Matt Kuchar, 8. Steve Marino, 9. Gary Woodland, 10. Ryan Palmer

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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup Kaanapali Champions Skins Game
Lahaina, Hawaii
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 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Standings
1. John Cook, 2. Tom Lehman, 3. Tom Watson, T4. Russ Cochran, T4. Jeff Sluman 6. Corey Pavin, 7. Tom Kite, T8. Michael Allen, T8. Keith Fergus, T8. David Frost, T8. Mark McNulty, T8. Mark O'Meara
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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup Panama Claro Championship
Panama, Panama
 February 21-27 
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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
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Jhonattan Vegas, the first PGA TOUR member from Venezuela, won the Bob Hope Classic last week.
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PGA TOUR:  Jhonattan Vegas' path to the PGA TOUR started in the remote reaches of Venezuela, where the toddler imitated his father's golf swing with sticks and stones while growing up in an oil-drilling camp. Maybe that's why Vegas never gave up hope when he missed a 9-foot putt that could have won the Bob Hope Classic on the final regulation hole Sunday -- or even when he put his playoff tee shot into the water moments later. The 26-year-old rookie needed a wealth of patience and perseverance just to make it to Palm Springs from that camp in the Orinoco River valley.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: It was a run that John Cook had never experienced in his long, successful career. Cook birdied five straight holes after the turn to win the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday, shooting a second straight 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman.
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Transitions to unveil expanded retail presence on PGA TOUR :  Transitions Optical, Official Marketing Partner of the PGA TOUR and title sponsor of the Transitions Championship, today announced it will have a significantly expanded retail presence on the PGA TOUR in 2011. Located within the PGA TOUR merchandise area at each event, the Transitions retail space will feature opportunities for golf enthusiasts of all levels to experience the benefits of Transitions, talk to an eyecare professional about which Transitions might be right for them and purchase Transitions' non-prescription sunwear products -- Transitions SOLFXTM -- at six PGA TOUR tournaments as well as seven TPC golf facilities that play host to PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events.  The first tournament will be the Waste Management Phoenix Open the week of Feb. 1-6.

One of the many scenic views that can be seen at this week's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California.
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E-Notes – January 26, 2011
From 1996-2008, every winner of the Farmers Insurance Open also owns at least one major championship title. Tiger Woods (14 majors) has won six times, including four in a row (2005-08), but the list also includes John Daly (1991 PGA, 1995 British Open), Jose Maria Olazabal (1994/99 Masters), Phil Mickelson (2005 PGA, 2004/2006/2010 Masters), Scott Simpson (1987 U.S. Open), Mark O’Meara (1998 Masters, 1998 British Open) and Davis Love III (1997 PGA Championship).

Tiger Woods has 13 victories in California (six Farmers Insurance Opens) while Phil Mickelson has 12 victories (three Farmers Insurance Opens) in the Golden State. Woods’ second-most prosperous state in terms of TOUR wins has been Florida (12) while Mickelson counts Georgia (8) as his second-most successful state for victories.

Reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler, who finished T5 at the 2010 Farmers Insurance Open, makes his 2011 TOUR debut this week at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Looking at Fowler as a fantasy pick this week? The last player to capture his first TOUR win at the Farmers Insurance Open was Jay Don Blake in 1991.

Nationwide Tour graduate Jhonattan Vegas, the first-ever TOUR member from Venezuela, won in his second start as a PGA TOUR member and fifth career start on the TOUR at the 2011 Bob Hope Classic. Garrett Willis (2001), Ben Crenshaw (1973) and Robert Gamez (1990) all won their first start as a PGA TOUR member. Jim Benepe won the 1988 Western Open in his first career start on the PGA TOUR playing on a sponsor exemption.  Vegas joined Arnold Palmer (1960) and Charley Hoffman (2007) as the only three players to win the Bob Hope Classic in their first start at the event.

Bill Haas, winner of the 2010 Bob Hope Classic, finished P2 in his attempt to join Johnny Miller (1975-76) as a winner of back-to-back Bob Hope Classics. Haas has an active streak of 20 consecutive rounds in the 60s at the Bob Hope Classic.

Matt Kuchar (T6-Hyundai Tournament of Champions, T5-Sony Open in Hawaii, T7-Bob Hope Classic) notched his third consecutive top-10 finish last week at the Bob Hope Classic. Last year’s top-10 leader with 11, Kuchar has 10 top 10s in his last 15 TOUR starts dating back to the 2010 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.

With his win at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, John Cook became the first player since Gil Morgan in 1997-98 to win the season-opening event after claiming the last official tournament the previous year. Cook won the 2010 Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park in November.

1– The number of bogeys John Cook has recorded on the back nine during his last two tournaments (seven rounds).
John Cook is 58 under par for his last four events on the Champions Tour.

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson will defend their title against fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members and major championship winners at the 24th Ka’anapali Champions Skins Game on Maui, Hawaii at the Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course on January 29-30, 2011. The other teams include Fuzzy Zoeller/Ben Crenshaw, Nick Price/Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer/Mark O’Meara.

Each player in the Champions Skins Game will donate 10% of their winnings to a charity of their choice.

The eight players in the Champions Tour Skins Game have combined for 38 PGA TOUR major championships, with Jack Nicklaus accounting for 18 of those.

Royal Ka’anapali GC played host to the Champions Tour Ka’anapali Classic for 14 years, the most recent of a long list of events that includes Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and the LPGA’s Kemper Open.

Jack Nicklaus owns 10 Champions Tour Skins Game records, including most career skins (110) and most career money ($2,605,000).

Only five eagles have been made in the 23-year history of the Champions Tour Skins Game and Jack Nicklaus has four of them. Tom Watson also recorded an eagle in the 2004 edition of the Champions Tour Skins Game.

The Bob Hope Classic final leader board was top heavy with Nationwide Tour connections. Five of the 12 players who finished T11 or better competed primarily on the Nationwide Tour in 2010 and are PGA TOUR rookies this year — champion Jhonattan Vegas, Gary Woodland, Keegan Bradley, Chris Kirk and Daniel Summerhays. All but one of the 12 are Nationwide Tour alums, the lone exception being Kevin Na, who played two Nationwide Tour events, winning one in California in 2006.

Jhonattan Vegas' victory made it three PGA TOUR wins in a row for Nationwide Tour alums to start the 2011 season, upping the total to 291.



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