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PGA Championship - August 08, 2011


August 8, 2011
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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup PGA Championship
Johns Creek, Georgia
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 2011 FedExCup Standings
1. Nick Watney, 2. Steve Stricker, 3. Luke Donald, 4. K.J. Choi, 5. Phil Mickelson, 6. Bubba Watson, 7. Mark Wilson, 8. Gary Woodland, 9. Webb Simpson, 10. David Toms
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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship 
Harrison, New York
 August 15-21
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 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Standings
1. Tom Lehman, 2. Oline Browne, 3. Mark Calcavecchia, 4. Nick Price, 5. Russ Cochran, 6. Tom Watson, 7. Peter Senior, 8. John Cook, 9. David Eger, 10. Mark O'Meara
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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper
Springfield, Missouri
 August 8-14 
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 2011 The 25 Standings
1. Mathew Goggin, 2. J.J. Killeen, 3. Troy Kelly, 4. Kyle Thompson, 5. Erik Compton, 6. Kyle Reifers, 7. Russell Knox, 8. Ted Potter, Jr., 9. Steve Wheatcroft, 10. Danny Lee
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Adam Scott picked up his eighth career victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and moved to 15th in the FedExCup standings.

Last Week

PGA TOUR:  The chants and cheers began as Adam Scott walked toward the 18th green to complete a command performance Sunday in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and finish his first World Golf Championships win.

PGA TOUR:  Scott Piercy squandered a three-stroke lead, then dodged more trouble before making a 7-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Reno-Tahoe Open by one stroke.

Nationwide Tour:  J.J. Killeen's game of cat-and-mouse lasted through most of Sunday's final round of the Cox Classic, but in the end the 29-year old Texan had just enough left to hold off all of his challengers and collect his second Nationwide Tour title in as many weeks. 

Champions Tour:  Standing on the 18th green needing a two-putt to win, Jay Haas stood over his putt and backed away.
Then he did it again.
He finally two-putted from about 30 feet for birdie to win the 3M Championship Sunday, beating Tom Lehman, Kenny Perry and Peter Senior by one shot. It was his first tour victory in two years. 


Business Updates

PGA TOUR Superstore expanding to Delray Beach:  On the heels of opening its Denver store in May, PGA TOUR Superstore today announced it is bringing the ultimate golf and tennis shopping experience to Palm Beach County, Fla., with the opening of a 50,000 square-foot superstore in Delray Beach. The store will be located in the Delray Crossing Shopping Center at 1060 Linton Boulevard, and is anticipated to open in November 2011. 
"We're looking forward to bringing our stores' products, services and expertise to golfers in the Delray Beach area," PGA TOUR Superstore President & CEO Dick Sullivan said. "Our new customers will quickly see that we are equipped to serve a broad range of golfers, with an emphasis on offering golf's best brands, fitting products to each customer's unique needs, and providing the broadest array of golf services. In a nutshell, we make it easy to get in, and stay in, the game."
The Delray Beach store is PGA TOUR Superstore's 12th location. The company currently has three stores in metro Atlanta; two each in Dallas, Myrtle Beach and Phoenix; one in Naples; and recently opened a store in Denver. The stores are owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired Home Depot co-founder and owner of the Atlanta Falcons.

Scott Piercy earned his first PGA TOUR win at the Reno-Tahoe Open and moved to 80th in the FedExCup standings.
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E-Notes – August 9, 2011

David Toms, winner of the 2001 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, enters this week’s action in excellent form. He finished T9 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in his first start since withdrawing due to a hip injury at the John Deere Classic in early July. Toms sits 10th in the current FedExCup standings on the strength of a victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and a runner-up at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Four players that finished among the top 10 at the 2001 PGA Championship are in the field 10 years later: David Toms (1), Phil Mickelson (2), Jim Furyk (T7) and Scott Verplank (T7).

With just two weeks remaining in the PGA TOUR Regular Season, the follow notables are on the FedExCup 125 bubble, looking to collect enough points to secure a spot at The Barclays, the first event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup:

Player                FEC    Worth noting

Camilo Villegas      125       In 2008, captured final two Playoff events to finish third in FedExCup

Ernie Els                126       One of five players to appear in all four previous TOUR Championships in FedExCup era

Tiger Woods          129       Two-time FedExCup champion (2007 and 2009)

Padraig Harrington 130       Finished seventh in FedExCup in 2009

Justin Leonard        142       Finished eighth in FedExCup in 2008

Louis Oosthuizen   145       2010 British Open hopes to mend rookie season

Paul Casey              147       Turf-toe injury has hampered play after playing TOUR Championship in 2010

2011 FedExCup notes

  • Top 10 of 10/30 of 30/49 of 50 in current FedExCup standings are in the field at the PGA Championship.
  • With 600 points awarded to the winner at the PGA Championship, 11 players mathematically can pass No. 1 Nick Watney with a victory this week.
  • Webb Simpson (No. 9) is the highest-seeded player in the FedExCup standings without a victory in 2011.
  • 12 players under the age of 30 are currently inside the top 30 in the FedExCup standings.
  • Three rookies (Charl Schwartzel/Keegan Bradley/Scott Stallings) are inside the top 30 in the FedExCup standings.

The PGA Championship has not favored the twenty-something golfer.  Since 1990, only John Daly (1991), Tiger Woods (1999, 2000) and Martin Kaymer (2010) have won the event when they were under the age of 30. Only Daly, Shaun Micheel (2003) and Kaymer have made the PGA Championship their maiden TOUR win since 1990.

Active consecutive major appearances (including the 2011 PGA Championship):

Player                    Consecutive major starts

Sergio Garcia                            49

Adam Scott                                42

K.J. Choi                                    39

With his win last week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Adam Scott moved to second in the International Presidents Cup Team Standings and locked up his fifth appearance in the event when it is staged in November in his home country of Australia. Scott will not need one of Greg Norman’s captain’s picks, as he had to rely on for the 2009 event when he finished ranked No. 14 in the standings.

Tiger Woods entered last year’s PGA Championship 119th in the FedExCup standings and finished T28 to move to 108th in the standings and assure himself a start in the first Playoff event, The Barclays. He eventually finished 42nd in the final standings, playing through the third Playoff event, the BMW Championship. Currently 129th, Woods needs to finish approximately 14th this week to move inside the top 125.

Scott Piercy’s victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open came one day after he set the Montreux G&CC course-record 11-under 61 – which included eight-consecutive birdies on Nos. 2-9. The win earned an invitation into this week’s PGA Championship – which will mark his third start in a major championship (MC-2008 U.S. Open, T51-2011 U.S. Open).

Steve Elkington, winner of the 1995 PGA Championship, finished T6 at last week’s Reno-Tahoe Open for his first top 10 since a T5 finish at the 2010 PGA Championship.

Following a T54 in his first PGA TOUR start at the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii, rookie Matt McQuillan missed the cut in his next 10 starts. Since that time, he has made four cuts in five starts, including a career-best T3 at the John Deere Classic and a T6 last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open.


The win at the 3M Championship was Jay Haas’ 15th career victory, tying him with Bernhard Langer on the all-time list for Champions Tour victories. The pair is tied for 16th on the list.

Jay Haas made an opening-round ace at the 3M Championship and became the first player since Jeff Sluman to make an ace and go on to win the event. Sluman did so at the 2009 Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Hale Irwin matched his age for the second consecutive week and the third time in his career when he fired a 6-under-par 66 in the final round of the 3M Championship. Irwin also added another top-10 finish (T8) to his record career total and now has 205 for his career.

70.333 – The scoring average for the field at last week’s 3M Championship, the same exact average as in the 2010 3M Championship.

Although Tom Lehman increased his lead to 291 points over Olin Browne, none of the top-15 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings changed positions after last week’s 3M Championship. 3M Championship winner Jay Haas jumped from 21st to 16th in the standings while joint runner-up Kenny Perry moved from 26th to 20th.

World Golf Hall of Fame member Larry Nelson will receive the highest honor accorded by the PGA of America when he will be awarded the Distinguished Service Award in a ceremony on August 10 in conjunction with the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The award coincides with the 30th anniversary of Nelson’s first major championship win at the same venue. Mark Brooks, the 1996 PGA Championship winner, will join Nelson as the two Champions Tour professionals in the field at this week’s championship.

Mark O’Meara will attempt to become the second player in event history to repeat as Constellation Energy Senior Players champion. Arnold Palmer was the first player with consecutive Senior Players in 1984-85.

No player has ever won the Senior British Open (Russ Cochran, 2011 winner) and Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in the same season.


With his second win in a row on Sunday (Cox Classic), J.J. Killeen is now one victory away from earning an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR. Leading money winner Mathew Goggin also has two wins. Goggin’s money list lead shrunk to $17,266 over Killeen, who fired 22-under-par totals in both his Omaha and Utah Championship wins.

For the 26th time in 35 tournaments this year, a Nationwide Tour alumnus has won on the PGA TOUR. Scott Piercy’s Reno-Tahoe Open win on Sunday was the 314th overall.

This week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo., may hold more pro-ams during its event than any other on TOUR. Eleven will be held between Aug. 5-10. The event has generated $8.4 million for Children’s Charities in the Ozarks of Missouri since 1990, including $712,000 in 2010 alone.

Cox Classic runners-up Danny Lee and Jonas Blixt played the last 69 and 56 holes, respectively, without a bogey.

Ben Bates, who has played in more tournaments than any other player in Nationwide Tour history (409), made his Champions Tour debut last week at the 3M Championship (T69).

The “Nationwide Tour Hawaiian Getaway” promotion was launched on Golf Channel last Thursday. One lucky winner and a guest will attend the Sony Open in Hawaii where the Nationwide Tour class of 2011 will make its PGA TOUR debut of 2012.


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