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Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - September 26, 2011


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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals
for Children Open

Las Vegas, Nevada
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 Final 2011 FedExCup Standings
1. Bill Haas, 2. Webb Simpson, 3. Luke Donald, 4. Dustin Johnson, 5, Justin Rose, 6. Matt Kuchar, 7. Hunter Mahan, 8. Brandt Snedeker, 9. Nick Watney, 10. Chez Reavie
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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup SAS Championship
Cary, North Carolina
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 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Standings
1. Tom Lehman, 2. Mark Calcavecchia, 3. Peter Senior, 4. John Cook, 5. Olin Browne, 6. Mark O'Meara, 7. Russ Cochran, 8. Nick Price, 9. Tom Watson, 10. Jeff Sluman 
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PGA TOUR Logo & FedExCup 
WNB Golf Classic
Midland, Texas
 Sept. 29-Oct. 2 
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 2011 The 25 Standings
1. J.J. Killeen, 2. Mathew Goggin, 3. Ted Potter, Jr., 4. Troy Kelly, 5. Gary Christian, 6. Jonas Blixt, 7. Kyle Thompson, 8. Erik Compton, 9. Russell Knox, 10. John Mallinger
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Bill Haas defeated Hunter Mahan with a par on the third playoff hole to claim the trophy for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the 2011 FedExCup.

Last Week

PGA TOUR:  Bill Haas made a stunning par save from shallow water on his way to winning the high-stakes FedExCup on Sunday in the most riveting conclusion in the five-year history of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.

With his ball half-submerged on the bank of a lake, Haas blasted out of the water to about 3 feet to save par on the second playoff hole against Hunter Mahan, then got up-and-down for par on the 18th -- for the second time in the playoff -- to win the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup.

Haas won a combined $11.44 million -- including $10 million for capturing the FedExCup.

Nationwide Tour:  Lefty Ted Potter Jr. tapped in for birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Soboba Golf Classic Sunday. Potter defeated PGA TOUR rookie Andres Gonzales and Miguel Carballo to become the third two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour this year. The victory was worth $135,000 and moved the 27-year old to No. 3 on the money list with only five events left on the schedule.

Potter, winner of the South Georgia Classic in May, and increased his season total to $362,452 and assured himself of a trip to the Tour in 2012. The 25 leading money winners at the end of the season will earn Tour cards for next year.


TOUR Update

Toms named 2011 Payne Stewart Award recipient:  David Toms, a champion both on and off the golf course, has been named the 2011 winner of the Payne Stewart Award as announced today in a press conference with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. Toms will be honored during a private reception as part of the festivities at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the culminating event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Toms is in the tournament field this week, having survived the three previous Playoff events thus far that allow only the top 30 players on TOUR the chance at competing for the TOUR Championship trophy and, ultimately, FedExCup title.
The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999. 

Bill Haas entered the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola 25th in the FedExCup standings but his win put him 15 points ahead of Webb Simpson.
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E-Notes – September 27, 2011


Bill Haas’ FedExCup and TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola victory win by the numbers: The fifth champion to win at East Lake GC with four rounds in the 60s (the only player to perform the feat this week), joining Phil Mickelson (2000), Bart Bryant (2005), Adam Scott (2006) and Tiger Woods (2007)…Seventh winner in 20s at the TOUR Championship and first since Camilo Villegas in 2008…Wins in the ninth playoff at the TOUR Championship and first since Villegas defeated Sergio Garcia in 2009…Wins in the longest playoff at the event (3 holes)…First player in his 20s to win the FedExCup…Records the 17th win (15 players) by players in their 20s this year, equaling the same numbers for players in their 30s…Third player to win the TOUR Championship in his first appearance, joining Chad Campbell (2003) and Bart Bryant (2005).

FedExCup champion Bill Haas led the field in Putting – Strokes Gained at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at 2.048 strokes per round, the fifth TOUR winner to lead the category since it was officially introduced at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. The others: Lucas Glover (Wells Fargo Championship), Fredrik Jacobson (Travelers Championship), Nick Watney (AT&T National) and Webb Simpson (Wyndham Championship). Note: Putting – Strokes Gained statistics were not calculated at the U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship.

The PGA TOUR Fall Series, comprised of four tournaments and beginning this week with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, features late-season drama as players will be vying to finish in the top 125 on the PGA TOUR Official Money List to earn their cards for 2012. Other benefits include:

  • Tournament winners receive a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR including an invitation to the season-opening, winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
  • The potential to finish in the top 30 on the money list which would earn a spot in the 2012 Masters.
  • The opportunity to accrue Official World Golf Ranking points towards entry into the World Golf Championships events (The Accenture Match Play Championship invites the top 64 available players in the OWGR two weeks prior; the Cadillac Championship invites the top 50 and the Bridgestone Invitational invites event winners with OWGR strength of field rating of 115 points or higher).

Roland Thatcher finds himself in familiar territory as he checks into the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open No. 126 on the money list. Thatcher has finished No. 121 (2009) and No. 122 (2010) the last two seasons.

In one of the most dramatic finishes in PGA TOUR history, Jonathan Byrd earned his fourth-career victory in historic fashion by recording the first-ever playoff hole-in-one to win the 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Using a 6-iron, Byrd aced the par-3, 204-yard 17th hole – the fourth extra hole – for the victory. Byrd this week is looking to become only the second player (Jim Furyk/1998-1999) to win the PGA TOUR’s Las Vegas event in consecutive years.

Top five -- all-time Fall Series money list

McNeill, George                                                       $2,248,894

Ames, Stephen                                                       $1,943,202

Leonard, Justin                                                       $1,901,360

Garrigus, Robert                                                    $1,778,992

Beckman, Cameron                                               $1,764,602

The oldest winner in the last 11 events dating back to the Viking Classic was Scott Piercy (32 years, 9 months and 1 day). The average age of winners during that time period was 28 years, with eight of the 11 champions under the age of 30.

Through 41 events, Steve Stricker (John Deere Classic) is the only player to have successfully defended a title in 2011.

Statistical leaders through the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup:

Scoring Average                                                      Luke Donald                       68.86

Driving Distance                                                      J.B. Holmes                       318.4 yards

Driving Accuracy Percentage                                 Joe Durant                          75.88 percent

Greens in Regulation Percentage                          John Senden                       70.99 percent

Strokes Gained - Putting                                         Luke Donald                      .773 strokes per round

Putting Average                                                       Luke Donald                       1.706

Sand Save Percentage                                           Brian Gay                           63.50 percent

Total Driving                                                            John Merrick                       56

All-Around Ranking                                                 Webb Simpson                   233

Total Eagles                                                            Bubba Watson                    15

Total Birdies                                                            Brian Davis                         379


The Regions Tradition, the first major championship of the 2011 season won by Tom Lehman in a playoff over Peter Senior at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Alabama, was voted the “Best Charity Event in Birmingham” by readers of Birmingham Magazine. Lehman currently leads the Champions Tour money list and the Charles Schwab Cup points race. Attached is a link to the online list of achievers which is also included in this month’s print issue

2011 3M Championship winner Jay Haas was at East Lake in Atlanta last week to watch his son, Bill, win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and capture the season-long $10 million FedExCup in the process.

Tom Lehman has won Player of the Year honors on both the Nationwide Tour (1991) and PGA TOUR (1996). Should he go on to earn similar honors on the Champions Tour, he would become the first player in history to accomplish that feat.

With an appearance at the SAS Championship, Tom Kite will become just the 12th player in history with at least 1,000 official PGA TOUR/Champions Tour starts in his career and first since Hale Irwin hit 1,000 events at the 2010 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Two years ago, Leonard Thompson made his 1,000th combined-career start at the SAS Championship.

There have been three straight playoffs and the all-time Champions Tour record for most consecutive playoffs is four in a row, established in 2005 and matched earlier this year. However, there has never been a playoff at the SAS Championship, the only current event that has played the first 10 years without an overtime session.

35 – The number of double eagles recorded in Champions Tour history, the most recent coming from Keith Fergus at the par-5 17th hole in the second round of the 2010 SAS Championship, holing a 3-iron shot from 210 yards.

The last four Champions Tour events have been won with a birdie on the last hole and the winner of the event has come from the last group in the last six events.


Ted Potter, Jr. became the third two-time winner of 2011, joining J.J. Killeen and Mathew Goggin. A third win would mean an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR for the remaining events of 2011 and fully-exempt status on the PGA TOUR next year.

Ted Potter, Jr. has been up one week and down the next over the last seven tournaments -- T6, MC, T3, MC, T3, MC, Win.

Only $575 separates "bubble boy" Brenden Pappas and No. 26 Garth Mulroy on the Nationwide Tour money list.

The Nationwide Tour returns to the Midland/Odessa, Texas area this weeki for the 20th straight year. Past champions of the WNB Golf Classic include PGA TOUR winners Charley Hoffman(2004), Brandt Snedeker (2006), Garrett Willis (2009) and area native Chad Campbell (2001).

With $3,758,600 (13th) in earnings, Keegan Bradley set a new mark for most money won by a Nationwide Tour alumnus in his rookie year on the PGA TOUR. He replaces Brandt Snedeker($2,836,643 / 2007).

Former University of Georgia standouts Russell Henley and Harris English finished T31 and T49, respectively, in their professionals debuts last week at the Soboba Golf Classic.

Leading money winner J.J. Killeen is looking to become the second consecutive San Diego native to capture the Nationwide Tour money title. Jamie Lovemark did so last year. Killeen leadsMathew Goggin by $42,102 with five events remaining.

Sunday's Soboba Golf Classic playoff was only the second of the year on the Nationwide Tour. The record for fewest playoffs in a single season is two, set in 1997.

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