Jhonattan Vegas, who finished T3 at the Farmers Insurance Open following his win at the Bob Hope Classic, is the first rookie to lead the FedExCup at any point of a season since its inception in 2007. With 672 points, Vegas leads by 127 points over Bubba Watson through four events.
Left-handers Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson finished 1-2 at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open. The last time two left-handed players finished 1-2 at a PGA TOUR event was the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where Mickelson won by four shots over Mike Weir.
With his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, Bubba Watson became the fifth lefty to record multiple wins on TOUR (Mickelson-38, Mike Weir-8, Bob Charles-6, Steve Flesch-4).
All 12 players that finished among the top 10 last week at the Farmers Insurance Open are in this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open field. Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Jhonattan Vegas, D.A. Points, Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Bill Haas, Marc Leishman, Troy Matteson andBrandt Snedeker.
Six former Arizona State Sun Devils are set to compete in the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week: Matt Jones,Phil Mickelson,Pat Perez,Billy Mayfair,Jeff Quinney andChez Reavie. Mayfair (15 made cuts, four top-10s) will be making his 25th career start at the event.
The last 10 champions of the Waste Management Phoenix Open dating back to 2001 have combined for just two bogeys on the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. Phil Mickelson (1996) was the last player to win the event playing the 16th hole above par for the week.
Last week at the Farmers Insurance Open,Jhonattan Vegas(T3) and Phil Mickelson (2) became the first two players to post four rounds in the 60s since the South Course was redesigned in 2001. Ten of Vegas’ 11 rounds in his rookie campaign have been in the 60s.
Bob Hope Classic champion Jhonattan Vegas (T3) came up short at the Farmers Insurance Open in his bid to become the first player since David Duval (1997) to win his first two events back-to-back. Duval won three consecutive starts to end the 1997 season, the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic and THE TOUR Championship.
Since 1970, there have been 10 players to record two victories in their rookie season on the PGA TOUR, the last being Todd Hamilton (2004). John Fought and Roger Maltbie are the only players to record their first two wins as a rookie in back-to-back weeks. Fought won the 1979 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic and the 1979 Buick-Goodwrench Open in consecutive weeks, while Maltbie won the 1975 Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open and the 1975 Pleasant Valley Classic back-to-back.
Bill Haasfinished T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open for his fifth consecutive top 10 dating back to his victory at the 2010 Viking Classic. In his first 158 professional starts on TOUR, Haas posted 13 top-10s.
For the first time at Kaanapali, all four teams earned money in the Champions Skins Game. Prior to 2011, all four teams earned money in the 2007 event at Wailea Golf Club on Maui.
Tom Watson’s birdie putt at No. 17 at the Champions Skins Game was worth $250,000 to the Jack Nicklaus-Watson team, the most money earned on one hole since 2009 when Ben Crenshaw/Fuzzy Zoeller pocketed $300,000 for a birdie at the par-3 12th hole. Ten percent of the competitor’s winnings went to charities of their choice.
With John Cook’s win at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai following his season ending victory at the 2010 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, members of the 1976-77 Ohio State golf team have now claimed the last three Champions Tour events. Rod Spittle, the 2010 AT&T Championship winner, was also a member of the same Buckeye squad. It’s a fair chance the college connection could continue at the next event – the Allianz Championship. Last year in Boca Raton, Cook lost to Bernhard Langer in a playoff while Joey Sindelar, a three-time All-American at Ohio State University, finished third.
Beginning this week until March 21, Champions Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame Facebook fans will be able to participate in a seven-week Trivia Challenge via the respective Facebook pages, with the chance to win the The Golden Ticket – a trip for two to the 2011 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in St. Augustine, FL.
11 – The number of players to shoot three rounds in the 60s at the 2010 Allianz Championship.
Jim Colbertwill make his 500th Champions Tour start when he tee's off as scheduled at next week's Allianz Championship. Colbert last played at the 2010 Dick's Sporting Goods Open, withdrawing after 74 in the first round.
Nationwide Tour alumni have captured wins in the first four PGA TOUR events of 2011, the most ever to start a season. Previously (2001 and 2006), the most alumni wins on the front end of a TOUR season was three. The mark for most consecutive alumni wins in one season is seven, established in 2006.
Bubba Watson's victory in the Farmer's Insurance Open was the 292nd PGA TOUR win by a Nationwide Tour alumnus. The University of Georgia grad played 62 events on the Nationwide Tour between 2003 and 2005, finishing 21st in 2005 to earn his PGA TOUR card.
With a win and third-place finish in his last two starts, Jhonattan Vegas has jumped from 187th to 86th to 69th in the Official World Golf Ranking. The 2010 Nationwide Tour graduate (seventh on the money list) and the TOUR's first-ever Venezuelan member needs to climb five more spots to qualify for the upcoming 64-man World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb. 23-27).
The 2011 Nationwide Tour season tees off in three weeks with two events in Latin America -- the Panama Claro Championship (Feb. 24-27) and Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open presented by Samsung (March 3-6).