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CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia - October 25, 2011

 

E-Notes – October 25, 2011

PGA TOUR

Defending champion Ben Crane is one of 12 players in this week’s CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia field to have won a PGA TOUR event in 2011, having captured The McGladrey Classic in mid-October. The dozen players have won 13 titles—with Mark Wilson winning twice (Sony Open in Hawaii and Waste Management Phoenix Open). The 48-player field includes the top 30 available players from the final 2011 FedExCup points list, the top 10 in from the Asian PGA Tour Order of Merit, as well as eight sponsor exemptions.

Next week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event is not an official money event, but it is considered an official PGA TOUR victory if the winner is currently a PGA TOUR member. With the potential impact on post-season honors including PGA TOUR Player of the Year, ballots for post-season awards will not be sent to PGA TOUR members eligible to vote until after the completion of the HSBC Champions event. Last year, the HSBC event was held the week prior to the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, with non-member Francesco Molinari winning the event.

With his victory at the 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Luke Donald picked up his second PGA TOUR win of the season and in the process captured the Arnold Palmer Award for being the leader in official earnings with $6,683,214. Webb Simpson was T6 and finished second in the official earnings at $6,347,353.

For the 44 stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR in 2011, Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open) had the only wire-to-wire victory. The last year the TOUR had less than two wire-to-wire winners was 2007 (Steve Flesch, Reno-Tahoe Open).

Over the last two seasons, 29 of the 90 winners of official PGA TOUR events have been first-time champions, including 14 in 2011.

Statistical highlights from the 2011 PGA TOUR season:

  • With his win at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Luke Donald (68.86) officially wrapped up both the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average, edging Webb Simpson (69.25). Donald also led the TOUR in final-round scoring average (68.06).
  • Joe Durant (75.65) led the PGA TOUR in Driving Accuracy for fourth time in his career, having also led the category in 2009, 2006 and 2001.
  • J.B. Holmes (318.4 yards) led the PGA TOUR in Driving Distance for the first time in his career, unseating two-time leader Robert Garrigus.
  • Donald led the TOUR in the new statistical category, Strokes Gained – Putting, at 0.844 per round. Six players led the field in Strokes Gained – Putting en route to victory since the statistic was introduced officially at the Wells Fargo Championship in May: Lucas Glover (Wells Fargo Championship), Fredrik Jacobson (Travelers Championship), Nick Watney (AT&T National), Webb Simpson (Wyndham Championship), Bill Haas (TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola) and Bryce Molder (Frys.com Open).
  • Boo Weekley led the TOUR in Greens in Regulation (71.65) but finished 157th in FedExCup points and 180th on the final money list.

 

2011 PGA TOUR Statistical Leaders

Category

Leader

Average/Total/Percentage

Driving Distance

J.B. Holmes

318.4 yards

Driving Accuracy Percentage

Joe Durant

75.65

Greens in Regulation Percentage

Boo Weekley

71.68

Total Putting

Charlie Wi

35

Strokes Gained - Putting

Luke Donald

0.844

Putting Average

Luke Donald

1.70

Total Eagles

Bobby Gates

17

Adjusted Scoring Average

Luke Donald

68.86

Sand Save Percentage

Brian Gay

63.4

Total Driving

John Merrick

66

All-Around Ranking

Webb Simpson

239

Money Leaders

Luke Donald

$6,683,214

Final Round Scoring Average

Luke Donald

68.06

Top-10 Finishes

Luke Donald

14

Ball Striking

Boo Weekley

5

Scrambling

Greg Chalmers

65.17

YTD Consecutive Cuts

Steve Stricker

19 (42 overall)

Non-member Earnings

Rory McIlroy

$1,905,609

Nationwide Tour

The 26th and final event of the season takes place this week in Charleston, SC. The 60 leading money winners coming out of last week's Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open will be at the Daniel Island Club for the Nationwide Tour Championship. On Sunday, the class of 25 graduates who will be heading to the PGA TOUR in 2012 will be finalized.

With one event remaining, the TPC Sawgrass Dye's Valley Course has proven to be the toughest course on Tour again this year. Gavin Coles won last week's Winn-Dixie event with a six-under-par score. David Mathis won last year at 8-under par. No other winning scores over 72 holes were less than double-digits this year or last.

Gavin Coles finished T6 in the first event of the year, then missed his next 12 cuts. A runner-up, a T4 and a win last week totally turned his season around in the second half. He's now 15th on the money list.

J.J. Killeen is No. 1 on the money list. He has a $26,603 advantage over No. 2 Ted Potter, Jr. The leading money winner on the Nationwide Tour has fully-exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2012 and receives an invite to the 2012 PLAYERS.

Charles Warren and Andrew Buckle started last week inside the top 60 but missed the cut. With strong performances at TPC Sawgrass, David Lingmerth (3rd place) and John Kimbell (T7) moved into the top 60 and will be at Daniel Island this week.

Sunday's Card Ceremony for "The 25" Nationwide Tour graduates will be streamed live on PGATOUR.COM at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET from Daniel Island.

Champions Tour

All four members of the Champions Tour at last week’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic on the PGA TOUR made the 36-hole cut. Tom Pernice, Jr. was best of the four with a T3 finish, Micahel Allen was T37, Tom Lehman posted a T46 and Mark Calcavecchia was T59. Pernice, who began the week as the fifth alternate before making it into the event, advanced from No. 143 on the money list to No. 121 and is now fully exempt on both Tours in 2012.

With one tournament remaining, only five players have a mathematical chance of winning the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup – Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia, Peter Senior, John Cook andRuss Cochran.

If Tom Lehman wins, or finishes solo 2nd at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park, no one else can win the Charles Schwab Cup.

Heading into the Charles Schwab Cup Championship Peter Senior has earned $1,388,119 and is No. 6 on the Champions Tour money list. If Senior fails to win at TPC Harding Park, but still manages to finish 2nd, 3rd or 4th he will pass Tom Kite ($1,549,819 in 2003) as the player to win the most money in a season without a victory.

Tom Lehman is bidding to make history. The current leading money-winner and top points producer in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race, Lehman is bidding to become the first player ever to claim Player of the Year honors on each of the Tours. A three-time winner this year, Lehman was the Nationwide Tour’s Player of the Year in 1991 and was the PGA TOUR Player of the Year in 1996.

58 – The number of consecutive holes Peter Senior has played bogey-free coming into the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Bob Gilder (31st), Mark McNulty (32nd) and Brad Faxon (47th) were the three winners this season to finish outside the top 30 on the money list and were unsuccessful in advancing to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Faxon turned 50 on August 1 and only played seven events.

This Friday (10/28/01) marks ten years since Allen Doyle won the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup by 216 points over Bruce Fleisher and later donated the entire $1 million annuity to six different charities.

 

 

 



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