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Northern Trust Open - February 14, 2012
E-Notes – February 14, 2012

In the last three weeks, victors came back from deficits of seven (Brandt Snedeker/Farmers Insurance Open), eight (Kyle Stanley/Waste Management Phoenix Open) and six (Phil Mickelson/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).

American players have won the first six events of the 2012 PGA TOUR season. The last time there was such a streak was 2001 when U.S. players won the first eight events of the year before Robert Allenby won the Northern Trust Open.

The 2012 Northern Trust Open field:

  • The top three players in the current FedExCup standings: Kyle Stanley, Johnson Wagner and Mark Wilson.
  • Defending champion Aaron Baddeley, who enters this week’s action in good form, having finished fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
  • Five of the six 2012 tournament winners: Wagner - Sony Open in Hawaii; Wilson - Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation; Brandt Snedeker - Farmers Insurance Open; Stanley - Waste Management Phoenix Open; and Phil Mickelson – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
  • World No. 1 Luke Donald, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia are making their first starts of the 2012 PGA TOUR season. Last year, Donald’s opening-round 68 left him just one stroke off the first-round lead, but a second-round 79 resulted in his lone missed cut of 2011, snapping a streak of three consecutive top-six finishes at the Northern Trust Open.

With his 40th career PGA TOUR victory at the 2011, Phil Mickelson is now ninth all-time in PGA TOUR wins, surpassing Cary Middlecoff and Tom Watson. Walter Hagen is eighth with 45 victories. Thirteen of the 40 wins have come in the state of California.

Phil Mickelson is the leader among active players with PGA TOUR victories at multiple-course events with 13, followed by Tiger Woods (11), Davis Love III (5), Vijay Singh (3) and Jim Furyk (3). Mickelson’s multiple-course wins: 4—AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am; 3—Chrysler Classic of Tucson; 3—Farmers Insurance Open; 2—Humana Challenge; 1—HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Phil Mickelson’s final-round 64 at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was three shots better than next best score and 7.71 shots better than the field average of 71.71.

Prior to Phil Mickelson’s bogey-free final-round 64 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the last time he played a final round without a bogey was at the 2010 Masters Tournament.

In the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Phil Mickelson outperformed the field by nearly five strokes on the greens (+4.78) as he led the field in Strokes Gained-Putting. 

Phil Mickelson’s comeback of six strokes after 54 holes at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am matched his largest career comeback. Trailing Stewart Cink by six strokes heading into the final round at the 2000 Crowne Plaza Inviational at Colonial, Mickelson shot 63 to capture the event by two over Cink and Davis Love III.

One week after his final-round disappointment at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Spencer Levin rebounded with a T9 finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.


Corey Pavin claimed his first Champions Tour victory at the Allianz Championship, defeating Australian Peter Senior with a birdie at the first hole of sudden death after the two had tied at 11-under 205. Pavin’s win came in his 35th start on Tour.  Senior’s runner-up finish was his fifth in 48 starts on the Champions Tour. It also marked the third time he has been defeated in a playoff on Tour. Last year, he lost in playoffs at the Regions Tradition and at the Songdo IBD Championship.

3 – The number of playoffs in the 24-year history of the up-coming ACE Group Classic.

Corey Pavin became the 12th consecutive player to win on the Champions Tour when playing in the final group. The last time the winner was not in the last group was at the 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach when Jeff Sluman was in the third-to-last group.

The winner of the up-coming ACE Group Classic has come out of the final grouping in each of the last 11 years.

This year’s ACE Group Classic marks the 25th anniversary of a Champions Tour event in Naples. Of the tournaments on the current Champions Tour schedule, the ACE Group Classic has the second-longest span in one metropolitan area. Only the AT&T Championship in San Antonio has been played longer in the same city.

Bernhard Langer will defend a title on the Champions Tour for the 13th time when he tees it up at the ACE Group Classic in Naples this week. Langer has been successful in defending one title thus far in his Champions Tour career – 2007/2008 Administaff Small Business Classic (now know as the Insperity Championship).

Allen Doyle’s five-stroke, wire-to-wire victory at the ACE Group Classic in 1999 made him the first player to claim titles on both the Champions Tour and the Nationwide Tour.

Dan Forsman leads the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with 307 points, 37 points ahead of tournament winner Corey Pavin. At the same time last year, Tom Lehman’s lead was 149 points (over John Cook) after winning the Allianz Championship.


This week's Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship in Bogota is the kickoff event to the Nationwide Tour's 23rd season and the season-long quest for the 25 available PGA TOUR cards.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will attend the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, marking the first time a sitting or former U.S. president has attended a Nationwide Tour event.

Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee has a full week of travel on his agenda this week.  He starts the week in Los Angeles at Tuesday's PGA TOUR PAC meeting, before flying overnight to Bogota to be there on Wednesday to join tournament officials in hosting President Clinton.

Six players will be making their first Nationwide Tour start in Bogota - Erik Flores, Hudson Swafford, Paul Haley II, Jeff Cuzzort, Bio Kim and Adam Long.

The Nationwide Tour is off next week before heading to the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City (March 1-4) and Chile for its first event there, the Chile Classic (March 8-11).

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