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Last week’s Honda Classic winner Rory McIlroy led the field in Scrambling at 83.33 percent for the week.

This week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship marks the ninth tournament with a 100 percent attendance rate from the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking since 2005:

  • 2012 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
  • 2011 Masters Tournament
  • 2009 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
  • 2009 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
  • 2008 Masters Tournament
  • 2007 Masters Tournament
  • 2007 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
  • 2005 Masters Tournament
  • 2005 THE PLAYERS Championship

Defending champion Nick Watney’s 68.83 stroke average at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship ranks second only to Tiger Woods among players with eight or more rounds. In addition to his 2011 victory, Watney finished runner-up at this event to Phil Mickelson in 2009 and T26 in 2010. In 13 career World Golf Championships starts, Watney has six top-10 finishes.

Through The Honda Classic, five of the 10 winners on the PGA TOUR have been under the age of 30: Kyle Stanley, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, John Huh and Rory McIlroy. Last year, 16 players under the age of 30 accounted for a total of 18 victories.

England’s Paul Casey will make his 2012 PGA TOUR debut at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship after missing the first two months of the season while rehabbing from a dislocated shoulder he suffered snowboarding in early January. His last competitive start came at the 2011 Dubai World Championship last December on the European Tour where he finished T16.

Tiger Woods’ runner-up last week at The Honda Classic was the 28th of his career. Below is list of active players and their second-place finishes:

Career runner-up PGA TOUR finishes (active players)

Player                    Career runner-ups

Davis Love III               30

Tiger Woods                28                    

Vijay Singh                   26

While defending Puerto Rico Open champion Michael Bradley’s best finish in six starts this year has been T22 at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, it should be noted that Bradley came into the 2011 Puerto Rico Open having missed four straight cuts before earning his second win in the event in three years.

Twenty-year-old Ryo Ishikawa, a member of the 2009 and 2011 International President Cup teams, is playing in his first Puerto Rico Open this week. Ishikawa’s best finish in four starts on the PGA TOUR in 2012 was T13 at the Farmers Insurance Open.


Kenny Perry, who finished T47 and won $14,313 at the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic last week, requires $7,235 in official PGA TOUR or Champions Tour prize money to reach $33 million in All Time Career Money. Perry is No. 1 on the list (for Champions Tour professionals), almost $800,000 ahead of Hale Irwin. Fellow Champions Tour professionals, Michael Allen, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Funk and Tom Pernice, Jr. missed the cut at the Honda Classic.

Michael Allen shot his first over-par rounds of the year when he posted a 1-over 71 in the first round of last week’s Honda Classic and followed it with 72 to miss the cut. Allen had played three events on the Champions Tour and one on the PGA TOUR this season before starting the Honda Classic.

P.H. Horgan III made his Champions Tour debut at last year’s Toshiba Classic, finishing T44. Since then, Horgan has played four more Champions Tour events, a T25 at this year’s ACE Group Classic (his previous start) his best result. Horgan is fully exempt for the Champions Tour in 2012 after finishing fifth at the National Qualifying Tournament at the end of last season.

Sam Torrance OBE will become the third recipient of the Scottish Golf Union’s Lifetime Achievement Award, following former Open champion Paul Lawrie and eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, who received their accolades 12 months ago. Torrance has played a total of 37 events on the Champions Tour for six top-10 finishes. His only full season on the Champions Tour was in 2004.

Nick Price is in T19 position on the Charles Schwab Cup standings (with 58 points) heading into the Toshiba Classic where he is the defending champion. Price was in 11th position at the same point last year (with 106 points) and jumped to No. 2 behind eventual winner Tom Lehman with his victory at the Toshiba Classic.

10 – The number of times Champions Tour professionals have shot (or bettered) their age during the Toshiba Classic since 2000.

Newport Beach Country Club, the venue for the Toshiba Classic, is the second-shortest course on the Champions Tour. At 6,584 yards, par-71, the only shorter layout is the 6,357-yard Del Monte Golf Course, one of two used for The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.


On Thursday the PGA TOUR's first sanctioned event in Chile gets underway, the Chile Classic presented by Pacific Rubiales at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago. The field includes the top four 2011 Tour de las Americas money leaders and eight sponsor exemptions, all of which have been extended to players from Chile.

There are 50 golf courses in Chile, 60 golf professionals and an estimated 15,000 amateur players.

“This week marks Chile's arrival on the international golf scene....Can you imagine if a Chilean player gets to the Nationwide Tour and then to the PGA TOUR and then the Olympics will be here in a few years.”  Alejandro Peric, Chile Classic tournament director and CEO of Podium

One of the intriguing stories of the week is that of Juan Cerda. The son of a lifetime caddie, the 17-year-old has earned a sponsor exemption into the Chile Classic. Cerda, the reigning Chilean Junior champion, wakes up at 4 a.m. and rides a bus 2 1/2 hours to practice.  In December, he captured the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational near Miami, FL, joining Tiger Woods, Mark Calcavecchia andCamilo Villegas on its list of past winners.

Panama Claro Championship winner Ed Loar returns to the PGA TOUR at the Puerto Rico Open this week. The four-time Oklahoma State University All-American and former Walker Cupper became the sixth southpaw to win on the Nationwide Tour. Loar played on OSU's NCAA Championship winning team with Charles Howell III and Bo Van Pelt in 2000.

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