|April 25, 2011
|TOUR NEWS NOW||MONDAY|
April 25, 2011
|T H I S W E E K|
| ||Zurich Classic of New Orleans|
| ||2011 FedExCup Standings|
1. Mark Wilson, 2. Luke Donald, 3. Phil Mickelson, 4. Martin Laird, 5. Gary Woodland, 6. Nick Watney, 7. Brandt Snedeker, 8. Aaron Baddeley, 9. Matt Kuchar, 10. Bubba Watson
| ||Regions Tradition|
Shoal Creek, Alabama
| ||May 2-8|
| ||2011 Charles Schwab Cup Standings|
1. Tom Lehman, 2. John Cook, 3. Nick Price, 4. Russ Cochran, 5. Jeff Sluman, 6. Olin Browne, 7. Michael Allen, 8. Joe Ozaki, 9. David Frost, 10. Mark McNulty
| ||South Georgia Classic|
| ||April 25 - May 1 |
| ||2011 The 25 Standings|
1. Mathew Goggin, 2. Brenden Pappas, 3. Daniel Chopra, 4. Brett Wetterich, 5. Bubba Dickerson, 6. Darron Stiles, 7. Matt Every, 8. Luke List, 9. Alistair Presnell, 10. Erik Compton
|Brandt Snedeker defeated Luke Donald in a three-hole playoff to win The Heritage, his second PGA TOUR title.|
PGA TOUR: The toughest part of Brandt Snedeker's day was spent in the clubhouse.
Snedeker posted an out-of-nowhere 7-under 64 on Sunday to come from six shots behind to finish in the lead at The Heritage nearly two hours before the round ended.
So Snedeker headed inside to watch, wait and see if he'd get back on the course. He eventually did, beating Luke Donald in a playoff Sunday and denying the Englishman a chance at No. 1.
Champions Tour: The putt to extend the playoff looked like a tap-in to Kenny Perry. Maybe 14 inches. His opponents saw it as somewhat longer. Closer to 3 feet, they said.
Bottom line: Perry missed.
As a result, David Eger and Mark McNulty won the better-ball Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the second playoff hole Sunday against Perry and Scott Hoch.
TOUR Academy Awards Scholarships and Donations: The TOUR Academy is ready for a record number of junior golfers this summer. The Academy recently announced its annual junior golf development donation for summer 2011. The total donation is in excess of $10,000.
The awards have been granted to several non-profits across the nation for local distribution within various cities and include both scholarships and cash donations. The recipients include the Northern California Golf Association, the Southern California Golf Association, The First Tee of San Francisco, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona, the Kentucky Junior Golf Association, and former NFL star Kurt Warner’s First Things First Organization. Scholarship awardees are eligible to attend one of the nearly 200 TOUR Academy junior golf camp programs being offered nationwide this summer.
|Jason Bohn is looking to defend his title at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.|
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In winning The Heritage, Brandt Snedeker drained 12 of 35 putts (34.29 percent) outside 10 feet on the week. The Heritage field averaged 16.00 percent success rate from outside 10 feet (608 of 3,801). For the year, The PGA TOUR average is 14.81 percent, with Lucas Glover leading the way at 24.26 percent.
With his victory at The Heritage, Brandt Snedeker jumped from No. 30 to a career-best seventh in the FedExCup standings, and sits inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (38) for the first time since the week ending October 12, 2008.
One week after his first PGA TOUR win at the Valero Texas Open, rookie Brendan Steele finished T22 at The Heritage. Only four rookies made the cut at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Last week’s Heritage playoff participants Brandt Snedeker and Luke Donald are tied for second in top-10 finishes with five, along with Martin Laird, Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney. Matt Kuchar leads the TOUR with six.
At The Heritage, Tim Herron (T4) recorded his first top-10 finish since the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals Open for Children. Herron had collected at least one top 10 every season from 1996-2008 before his drought of 62 starts without a top 10. After missing the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup for the first time last year, he moved from No. 180 to No. 103 in the FedExCup standings with his Heritage finish.
Kevin Na recovered nicely from posting a score of 16 on a par 4 at the previous week’s Valero Texas Open, finishing T9 at The Heritage. The youtube.com views from his unfortunate trip into golf infamy at TPC San Antonio now stand at more than 736,000.
Eleven of the 17 stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR have resulted in a margin of victory of one shot (five) or a playoff (six).
Jason Bohn’s wire-to-wire victory at the 2010 Zurich Classic of New Orleans was one of just two on the year (Rocco Mediate/Frys.com Open).
Shreveport resident and former LSU All-America David Toms will make the Zurich Classic of New Orleans his 501st career start. Toms has three top 10s in 17 starts at the Zurich Classic, including a victory in 2001 where he edged Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els with rounds of 63-64 on the weekend.
Four of the past six winners of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans made the win their maiden victory on TOUR (Tim Petrovic, 2005, Chris Couch/2006, Nick Watney/2007, Andres Romero/2008).
Mark McNulty (knee) and David Eger (ankle) entered the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf with special medical status on the Champions Tour after recovering from injuries. With the victory, both players are now exempt for the next 12 months.
Liberty Mutual donated $100 to the Chaplains’ Consolidated Tithes and Offering Fund at Hunter Army Airfield Fund for every birdie made on the par-3 holes during the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. The field made 139 birdies on the par-3s during the tournament.
Steve Jones, the 1996 U.S. Open winner who paired with Doug Tewell, finished T10 in the Raphael Division in his Champions Tour debut.
Ian Baker-Finch joined forces with Japan’s Naomichi (Joe) Ozaki to finish in a five way share of third at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. It was the second Champions Tour start for the Australian after finishing 78th at the Toshiba Classic last month. Ozaki captured his third consecutive T3 finish this season (Toshiba Classic, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf).
The next two tournaments on the Champions Tour schedule (Regions Tradition, May 2-8 and Senior PGA Championship, May 23-29) are major championships and carry double Charles Schwab Cup points. Tom Lehman is the Schwab Cup leader with 772 points this season, a 212 point lead over second-placed John Cook.
Mark McNulty, who paired with David Eger to win the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf last week, finished T8 at the 1990 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek, site of next month’s Regions Tradition.
When Hale Irwin tees it up at the Regions Tradition next month he will pass Gay Brewer for total number of combined career starts on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour. Both players currently have 1,023 combined career starts and are tied for eighth in that category. Miller Barber leads with 1,292 combined career starts.
2 – The number of Champions Tour winners this season who did not play at Shoal Creek in either the 1984 or 1990 PGA Championship (Tom Lehman, David Eger). Shoal Creek will host the Regions Tradition next month, the first major of the 2011 Champions Tour season.
John Smoltz tees off in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event for the first time on Thursday in the Nationwide Tour's South Georgia Classic in Valdosta. Nine former professional athletes have competed in Nationwide Tour events. None has made the cut. Smoltz, who lives in Alpharetta, GA, is a +2 handicap. His stated goals are to see how he and his body will react in TOUR-level competition and to demonstrate respect for the game and the players on the Nationwide Tour.
The Nationwide Tour alumni win count on the PGA TOUR reached 302 with Brandt Snedeker's victory on Sunday in The Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
At 7,781 yards, Kinderlou Forest Golf Club is the longest golf course on both the Nationwide Tour and PGA TOUR this year. It was designed by Davis Love III and opened for play in 2004.
John Smoltz will have a young man on his bag this week who will be able to provide local knowledge. Looping for Smoltz will be Chad Smith, a former Valdosta State University golfer who works at host Kinderlou Forest GC. In March of 2010, Smith won the Southeastern Collegiate tournament at Kinderlou Forest.
Note: Smoltz will be a guest on Jim Rome's national radio show on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET.