Luke Donald took over the lead in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career after a T7 at the Memorial Tournament. With 1,432, Donald leads Bubba Watson by 21 points. Donald and Tiger Woods are the only players to have the distinction of being No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings at the same time.
With his victory at the Memorial Tournament, Steve Stricker jumped from 34th to 11th in the FedExCup standings. He is one of only five players (Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan) to play in all four years of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Below are Stricker’s finishes in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup:
Steve Stricker (2011 Memorial Tournament), Rocco Mediate (2010 Frys.com Open), Jonathan Byrd (2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Richard S. Johnson (2008 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee), Jim Furyk (2007 Canadian Open) and Mark Hensby (2004 John Deere Classic) are the last six players on TOUR to make a hole-in-one during a tournament and go on to win. Furyk also posted an ace en route to victory at the 2002 Memorial Tournament.
Steve Stricker became the 13th player since 1983 to record eagles on a par-3, par-4 and par-5 in the same week (in stroke-play events on TOUR). Rocco Mediate was the last to accomplish the feat at the 2010 Frys.com Open.
Steve Stricker’s scoring average on the front nine last week in winning the Memorial Tournament was 31.00.
Matt Kuchar (T2) has four consecutive top-10s at the Memorial Tournament:T2/2011, T8/2010, T5/2009 and T10/2008). Kuchar and Luke Donald (T7) are tied for the TOUR lead with eight top-10 finishes this season.
Luke Donald’s PGA TOUR-leading streak of 23 consecutive rounds at par-or-better came to an end during the third round of the Memorial Tournament with a 1-over 73. Charl Schwartzelcurrently leads the TOUR with 15 consecutive rounds at par or better.
Two-time FedEx St. Jude Classic champion David Toms was named the PGA TOUR Player of the Month for May after a runner-up finish at THE PLAYERS and a victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Patrick Reed, a member of Augusta State’s NCAA Men’s National Championship golf team, will make his professional and PGA TOUR debut via sponsor exemption at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
With 60-year-old Bob Gilder’s win at the Principal Charity Classic, and 61-year-old Tom Watson’s win at the Senior PGA Championship the week before, it marks the first time in Champions Tour history that players over 60 have won back-to-back events. It was just the 20th time in 943 official events on the Champions Tour that a player over 60 has won.
Bob Gilder played in his 178th consecutive event for which he’s been eligible. Gilder’s appearance at last week’s Principal Charity Classic moved him past Mike McCullough into second place on the all-time list behind Dana Quigley’s record of 278 straight tournaments he was eligible for. Gilder’s streak began after he missed the 2004 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn and ironically, it will end at that same event this week when he leaves on a two-week trip to Europe.
Tom Watson, who won the Senior PGA Championship at age 61, earned the Champions Tour Player of the Month award for May.
Memorial Tournament host Jack Nicklaus and the Captains Club announced that Champions Tour star Tom Watson will be the Memorial Tournament honoree for 2012.
Champions Tour professional Tom Pernice, Jr. will join Brian Gay, and several other Gaylord Sports Management clients, to help support the St. Jude Children’s Hospital by donating $100 for each birdie they make during this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA TOUR.
Victory at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn last year made Gary Hallberg the fourth player in history to win on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour – Ron Streck, Keith Fergus and Tom Lehman are the other three.
Hale Irwin hit every fairway in last year’s Greater Hickory Classic, becoming just the third player in Champions Tour history (since stats have been kept) to hit every fairway from the tee in a 54-hole event (Ed Dougherty, 2005 ACE Group Classic/Calvin Peete, 1996 VFW Senior Championship).
Nationwide Insurance will receive the Bing Crosby Award from the Metropolitan (N.Y.) Golf Writers Association on Tuesday evening (June 7th) in Tarrytown, N.Y. The Award honors "an individual or organization that promotes and supports the game of golf through commercial sponsorship of quality events".
Steve Stricker added his 10th PGA TOUR victory at the Memorial on Sunday, increasing the Nationwide Tour alumni count to 307. Only five of this year's 24 PGA TOUR events have not been won by Nationwide Tour alumni.
Steve Wheatcroft (Indiana, Pa./U. of Indiana) rewrote several sections of the Nationwide Tour record book last week with his phenomenal performance at the Melwood Prince George's County (Md.) Open presented by Under Armour. Among his achievements; 1) 255 winning score was the lowest 72-hole score in Tour history, 2) 12-shot win topped the previous mark by one, 3) 31 birdies tied Craig Lile's all-time record (Wheatcroft made eagle on his 72 hole, too), 4) seven- and eight-shot leads after the second and third rounds, respectively, were Tour records, and 5) shot 60 in second round, one off the Tour's all-time mark. Wheatcroft ran out of gas on Monday, failing to qualify for the U.S. Open in Rockville, Md.
Conditionally-exempt member Ty Tryon will make his first Nationwide Tour start of 2011 this week at The Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C. Tryon, a sponsor exemption, was born at The Rex Hospital on June 2, 1984. At 17, he became the youngest player to earn a PGA TOUR card. On Monday, Tryon earned one of 10 available U.S. Open spots in Rockville, Md.
Freshman Patrick Cantlay of UCLA (Jack Nicklaus Award winner) leads a roster of 11 who were named Ping first-team All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America and will be invited to compete in next month's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course in Nationwide's home town of Columbus, Ohio. Joining Cantlay are Bud Cauley (Alabama), Luke Guthrie (Illinois), Morgan Hoffmann (Oklahoma State), John Peterson (LSU), Patrick Reed (Augusta State), Kevin Tway (Oklahoma State), Pete Uihlein (Oklahoma State), Bank Vongvanij (Florida), James White (Georgia Tech) and Andrew Yun (Stanford).