E-Notes – October 19, 2011
Heading into the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic where the two will be paired together for the first two rounds, Webb Simpson ($6,200,243) leads Luke Donald ($5,837,214) by $363,029 on the season-long money list. Donald needs to finish no worse than a two-way tie for second to have a chance to win the 2011 PGA TOUR official money title. The title brings with it a five-year exemption for capturing the Arnold Palmer Award.
- Donald finishes first ($846,000); Simpson needs solo second ($507,600) or better.
- Donald finishes solo second ($507,600); Simpson needs solo eighth ($145,700) or better.
- Donald finishes in a two-way tie for second ($413,600); Simpson needs a four-way tie for 21st ($50,760) or better.
Only once since 1990 has the money list lead changed hands in the final week of the season. The year was 1996 when Tom Lehman entered the week with $1,240,159 and won the TOUR Championship to earn $540,000 for a season total of $1,780,159, passing Phil Mickelson who had entered the week of TOUR Championship with $1,620,99 and finished 12th to earn $76,800 for a season total of $1,697,799.
Headed into the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Luke Donald (68.86) is on pace to collect the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for the lowest adjusted scoring average on TOUR in 2011. Webb Simpson (69.23) is currently second in adjusted scoring average and leads the TOUR in actual scoring average (69.18).
Ben Crane’s closing 63 at the The McGladrey Classic was the lowest finish by a winner on the PGA TOUR in 2011.
The playoff between Ben Crane and Webb Simpson at the 2011 McGladrey Classic was the 18th on the PGA TOUR in 2011, the most in a single season in PGA TOUR history. There were 16 playoffs in both 1988 and 1991.
Bud Cauley, who turned professional in 2011 after his junior season at the University of Alabama, locked up his TOUR card for 2012 with a T15 finish at The McGladrey Classic. In eight events, Cauley earned $735,150, well inside the top 125, with top 10s at the Viking Classic (T4) and Frys.com Open (3). Cauley is set to play out of the top 125 non-member category in 2012.
Through 44 official PGA TOUR events, Steve Stricker (John Deere Classic) is the only player to successfully defend a title in 2011.
Steve Stricker's recent withdrawal after the second round of the BMW Championship caused some questions as to whether Stricker was considered to have made the cut for the purposes of computing cut streaks and other criteria, given that the BMW Championship is a no-cut event. At the time, the answer given was that he had missed the cut as he had not been credited with official money. After an extensive review of the TOUR’s historical records, it was determined that the answer given was not completely accurate. Since the 1980s, it was determined a player has made the cut in the following way:
- For an event with a cut: If a player completes the rounds before the cut and his score makes the cut, he is counted as having made the cut. After the round of the cut is made official by the Rules Committee, any subsequent disqualifications or withdrawals do not affect this result.
- For an event without a cut: If a player completes the first round of the event, he is counted as having made the cut. When the player's first round is made official by the Rules Committee, any subsequent withdrawal or a disqualification from a subsequent round does not affect this result.
The PGA TOUR will continue to compute cuts in this manner moving forward. As a result, Steve Stricker will be considered to have made the cut at the 2011 BMW Championship and his current cut streak stands at 42.
Miccosukee Championship winner Jason Kokrak is the fourth two-time winner on Tour this season, joining Mathew Goggin, J.J. Killeen and Ted Potter, Jr. The most multiple winners in one season on Tour is seven in 1995.
This week's Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open is the 25th of 26 events and the final full-field event of the year. Every player among the top 60 on the money list is entered and 95 of the top 100. No other 2011 tournament can boast of having all current top-60 players in their field.
Jacksonville's Bud Cauley will compete at TPC Sawgrass Dye's Valley Course this week as a sponsor exemption. In his one other Nationwide Tour start of the year, he finished T4 in the Utah Championship.
Former University of Georgia star Harris English has leaped from 240th on the money list to 61st in just four starts, which includes a playoff runner-up and a T3 on Sunday in Miami.
Fred and Sharon Funk will once again host the winner of the Junior PLAYERS Championship, which was held in September at TPC Sawgrass and won by Gavin Hall of Pittsford, NY. Hall was granted a sponsor exemption to the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open. Last year's winner Michael Johnson of Birmingham, AL was a guest at the Funk's home.
First off on Sunday as a single, Bubba Dickerson tore around Miccosukee Golf & Country Club in 1:48, firing a a 4-under-par 67, which included seven birdies.
Jason Kokrak leads the Tour in Driving Distance with 320.6 yards per drive. The Tour average is 295.5.
Fred Couples seven-stroke victory at the AT&T Championship was the largest on the Champions Tour in 2011.
With his record-setting victory at the AT&T Championship Fred Couples became the third multiple winner on the Champions Tour this year, joining Tom Lehman and John Cook with that distinction. Couples won the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in August.
Peter Senior finished the AT&T Championship without a bogey, marking the second time he had done so this year (Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn). It was also the third time in his career he had accomplished the feat. He did so at the 2009 Regions Charity Classic where he finished T12.
Only five players remain in the hunt for the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup. Tom Lehman leads the current race with 2,338, followed by Mark Calcavecchia with 1,956 (382 points behind). Peter Senior is third with 1,782 points and John Cook fourth with 1,726 points. Russ Cochran is a distant fifth with 1,508 points. A total of 880 points is available to the winner of the tournament while the player finishing 30th will earn 48 points.
Peter Senior is the only non-winner to appear in the top five of the Charles Schwab Cup points standings each of the last six weeks.
There were no changes in the top 30 on the money list for the second year in succession after the AT&T Championship as all 30 held their spots to earn a berth in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco later this month.
With a victory at this year’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship, John Cook would become the first player since Hale Irwin to win the same event three consecutive times. Irwin won the EMC Kaanapali Classic at Turtle Bay five times in a row, most recently in 2005. Only six players (Irwin, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bob Charles, George Archer, Joe Inman, Bruce Fleisher) have won the same event three consecutive years. Irwin is the only player to achieve the feat twice, also capturing the Senior PGA Championship in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Hale Irwin will be returning to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship for the first time since 2007 after finishing the year’s final full-field event No. 26 on the money list with $599,811. Irwin becomes the oldest player to qualify for the 30-player field at 66 years, 4 months and 13 days. Gil Morgan previously held the mark at 63 years, 1 month and 4 days when he qualified in 2009.
Tom Kite finished outside the top-30 of the money-list for the first time in his Champions Tour career, ending the season at No. 43 with $357,838.