Like father like son: Bill Haas won his fourth event at the Northern Trust Open in his 195th start on TOUR. His father, Jay, won his fourth tournament in his 180th start. The reigning FedExCup champion now stands fourth in the FedExCup standings through seven events.
Northern Trust Open playoff runner-up Keegan Bradley led the field in Strokes Gained – Putting, gaining 9.513 strokes on the field over 72 holes. He was also tied for first in Total Putts (103) and first in Putting Average (GIR) at 1.550.
Sergio Garcia’s final-round 64 at the Northern Trust Open was his best round on TOUR since a 64 at the 2009 Wyndham Championship. Starting the round on No. 10, Garcia finished T4, two strokes out of the Bill Haas-Phil Mickelson-Keegan Bradley playoff. The last player to win a PGA TOUR event teeing off on the back nine in the final round was Derek Lamely at the 2010 Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com.
Johnson Wagner, defending champion of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, was voted the PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis for January thanks to a win at the Sony Open in Hawaii and two other top 10s. Wagner is joined by past champions Fred Funk (2007); Brian Gay (2008); and Cameron Beckman(2010). The 2009 champion Mark Wilson qualified for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Four players that have been No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking during their respective careers are competing in the Mayakoba Golf Classic: David Duval,Tom Lehman, Greg Norman and Nick Price.
There are 24 players under the age of 30 competing in the Accenture Match Play Championship, bettering the previous high of 23 in 2010 and 2011.
Kenny Perry cruised to a five-stroke victory at the ACE Group Classic over defending champion Bernhard Langer. Perry played the front nine at TwinEagles bogey-free, making 13 of his 24 total birdies on that side.
Kenny Perry’s 36-hole total of 18-under 126 (64-62) at the ACE Group Classic established the all-time lowest score in relation to par for the first two rounds in Champions Tour history.
Bernhard Langer eagled the par-5 17th hole all three days at the ACE Group Classic, a first on the Champions Tour since Dave Rummells made three consecutive eagles on the 1st hole at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge during the 2010 Boeing Classic.
The tournament winner has played in the final grouping in the last 13 events on the Champions Tour. The last time the winner was not in the last grouping was at the 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach when Jeff Sluman was in the third-to-last group.
Mark McNulty made consecutive eagles on Nos. 13 & 14 in the opening round of last week’s ACE Group Classic, a first on the Champions Tour since Fred Couples made back-to-back eagles in the final round of the 2010 Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club near Denver.
The Toshiba Classic, won by Nick Price, was one of two tournaments in 2011 that produced wire-to-wire winners. The U.S. Senior Open Championship, won byOlin Browne, was the other.
Kenny Perry earned 240 Charles Schwab Cup points for his ACE Group Classic victory and is in fourth place in the standings after three official events on the 2012 Champions Tour. Dan Forsman still leads with 307 points. Corey Pavin (270) and Bernhard Langer (259) are second and third. Langer, yet to win this year, jumped from T9 to third with his runner-up finish last week.
Jay Haas, whose son, Bill, won the PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust Open last week, is the only Champions Tour player with top 10s in each of the first three events (6/ACE Group Classic, T5/Allianz Championship, T7/Mitsubishi Electric Championship).
Wisconsin's Skip Kendall snared his fourth Nationwide Tour victory on Sunday in the season opening Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship in Bogota. Kendall entered 2012 playing on a Major Medical Extension after undergoing thumb surgery last year and only playing in five events. The win earned him fully-exempt status on Tour through 2013. On Tuesday, he was informed he was in this week's PGA TOUR event, the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico, after another player withdrew.
Congratulations to Bill Haas on winning the Northern Trust Open, the 326th Nationwide Tour alumni victory on the PGA TOUR.
Kyle Stanley and Johnson Wagner hold down the top two spots, respectively, on the FedExCup points list, with 13 of the top 14 spots belonging to fellow Nationwide Tour alums.
As the newly-elected chairman of the Nationwide Tour's Player Advisory Council, D.J. Brigman had the honor of playing with former U.S. President Bill Clinton in the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship pro-am last Wednesday. Brigman shot rounds of 69-69-70-75 to finish T33.
Four players making their very first Nationwide Tour start made the cut in Bogota -- Erik Flores (T20), Hudson Swafford (T27), Paul Haley (T33), and Bio Kim(T58).
NASCAR legend Richard Petty was named honorary chairman of the Chiquita Classic, which will be played Sept. 24-30 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Club at Longview near Petty's home base in the Charlotte, N.C. area.
The Nationwide Tour is off this week before heading to Panama next week and Chile for the first time the following week.