|Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge - November 08, 2011
E-Notes – November 8, 2011
With Martin Kaymer’s victory at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, thirty-nine players have qualified for the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the PGA TOUR’s season opener scheduled for January 6-9 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort. Players have until Friday, December 30, at 5:00 p.m. ET to officially commit to play in the event.
World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions winner Martin Kaymer’s final-round 63 (9-under) was the lowest final round by a winner in any World Golf Championships stroke-play event, besting the previous record of 64 (6-under) by Hunter Mahan at the 2010 Bridgestone Invitational.
By winning the 2011 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Martin Kaymer became the ninth different player to capture both a World Golf Championships event and a major championship, joining Stewart Cink,Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Mike Weir and Tiger Woods.
Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald were the three players to record three top 10s in 2011 World Golf Championships events. Mahan tied for ninth at the Accenture Match Play Championship, was ninth at the Cadillac Championship and tied for seventh at the HBC Champions. McIlroy tied for 10th at the Cadillac Championship, tied for sixth at the Bridgestone Invitational and tied for fourth at the HSBC Champions. Donald, who did not play the HSBC Champions because of the pending birth of his child, won the Accenture Match Play Championship, tied for sixth at the Cadillac Championship and tied for second at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Jay Don Blake won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, taking a two-shot lead into the final round and never relinquishing it, winning by two over Michael Allen, Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas and Loren Roberts. Tom Lehman finished T18 but did enough to capture the season-long Charles Schwab Cup by 74 points over Calcavecchia.
Jay Don Blake’s win at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship was his second title in his last five appearances (Songdo IBD Championship in Korea) on the Champions Tour. He joined Tom Lehman (3), John Cook(3) and Fred Couples (2) as the fourth multiple winner on the Champions Tour in 2011.
Jay Don Blake’s victory at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship marked the fourth consecutive year the winner has come from the last group. Blake also continued a trend on the Champions Tour with the tournament winner coming from the last group in every event since the Senior British Open in mid-July, a string of 10 straight events. In all, 18 of 24 tournament winners played in the final group during the season.
1,531,877 – The amount, in dollars, of official prizemoney Jay Don Blake earned on the Champions Tour in 2011, twice what he made in his first two years combined on the Champions Tour.
Here’s a final look at the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup standings. Tom Lehman earns a $1 million annuity, while finishers 2-3-4-5 earn $500,000, $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000.
Charles Schwab Cup Ranking/Points prior to season-ending event
Final Position In Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Final Charles Schwab Cup points
2,348 (74 behind)
1,874 (548 behind)
Jay Don Blake
1,803 (619 behind)
1,798 (624 behind)
The 2011 Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open announced a charitable donation of $1.8 million. This is an increase of $200,000 over last year, which was a record for a first-year Nationwide Tour event and among the top three for a first-year event on any of the three tours under the PGA TOUR umbrella.
Erik Compton, who recently earned his PGA TOUR card for the first time, turns 32 on Friday (11th).
Scott Brown led a group of five players who competed in all 26 events this year - Brown (8th on the money list), David Lingmerth (27th), Paul Claxton (40th), Rob Oppenheim (44th) and Travis Hampshire (60th). Nine other players competed in all 25 full-field events.
Sweden's Jonas Blixt earned the most money ($327,020) without capturing a Nationwide Tour win this year. Other non-winners in 2011 who are headed to the PGA TOUR include Scott Brown (8th), John Mallinger(14th), Matt Every (18th), Mark Anderson (22nd), Roberto Castro (23rd), Martin Flores (24th) and Billy Hurley III (25th).
Thirteen of this year's 26 tournament winners were won by first-time Nationwide Tour champions.
Nine members of the 2011 class of 25 graduates were born outside the U.S. vs. four last year. Note: Jason Kokrak was born in Canada. His mother, who is from Canada, gave birth to Jason on a family trip. He grew up in Warren, OH. He is not included in the nine.