Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Golf Events from the Weekend 27th July 2014



Well it was another exciting weekend on the Major Professional Golf Tours from around the world and this week the USPGA Tour and FedEx Cup headed to Canada for the only time this year for the RBC Canadian Open and it was played on the Royal Montreal GC (Blue Course), Ile Bizard, Quebec, Canada. And it was the golfer by  the name of Tim Clark (RSA) who scored rounds of 67-3, 67-3, 64-6 and a final round of 65-5 for a 72 hole total of 263-17 and he won by a single shot for his second win on the USPGA Tour of his career to date so far. He won US $1,026,000 for the win and moved to 33rd position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $1,936,778 earned from the twenty one events he has played to date this season so far. Bubba Watson (USA) still leads that list with US $5,102,161 earned from the 15 events he has played to date this season so far. Tim Clark (RSA) also earned 500 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to twenty seventh position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points list standings with 1,047 points earned from the twenty one events he has played to date this season so far and he is 1,317 points behind the current leader of that list who is Jimmy Walker (USA) who has earned 2,364 points from the twenty one events he has played to date this season so far. From the twenty one events Tim Clark (RSA) has played to date this season so far he has made eleven cuts and achieved two top ten finishes which includes the win here. He will be happy with his four rounds this week that were all in the 60s especially his third and final rounds that were 64-6 and 65-5. 
 
Tim Clark (RSA) plays an iron shot during the final round
Tim Clark (USA) played an excellent final round under the circumstances which was 65-5 which included a front nine of 35 even par that included a birdie on the par five, sixth hole and a bogey on the par four, first hole and he made the turn at minus 12 and was three shots behind the leader. Jim Furyk (USA) played the front nine in 35 even par and made the turn at minus 15 and was leading by three shots.

Tim Clark (USA) played holes ten to 14 in three under par and moved to minus 15 and was now tied for the lead. Jim Furyk (USA) played holes ten to 14 in even par and remained at minus 15 but now was tied for the lead. Tim Clark (RSA) played holes 15 to 17 in two under par and moved to minus 17 and was now leading by a single shot. Jim Furyk (USA) played holes 15 to 17 in one under par and moved to minus 16 and was now one shot behind the leader. 

Jim Furyk (USA) who was playing in the final group hit a fine drive down the par four, 72nd hole and it landed right in the middle of the fairway. He played a mid iron for his second shot from just less than 155 yards out and it was all over the flag stick the whole way, it landed about ten feet short of the cup but he got unlucky and it spun back and came to rest about 15 feet below the cup and he knew that putt would more than likely be needed to be converted if he was to force a playoff. He struck a very good putt for his birdie three but it just missed on the left hand side and he easily tapped in his two foot putt for par and finished his 72 holes at minus 16 and finished one shot behind the winner. 
 
Tim Clark (RSA) on the left shakes his fellow competitors, Jim Furyk (USA) hand on the right after holing the winning putt!!
Tim Clark (RSA) stood on the par four, 72nd hole with a one shot lead and knew that if he made a par he would more than likely win or at the worst be in a playoff. He struck a very conservative tee shot with his fairway wood and it hit the middle of the fairway but landed only 240 yards out in the fairway. He used his rescue wood for his second shot from just over 210 yards out and he struck it well and landed it on the green just under 40 feet from the flag stick leaving an uphill putt for his birdie. He misjudged his birdie putt from 40 feet and left it just under six feet short of the cup. He now knew he would have to hole the putt for par that was just under six feet if he was going to claim the title. He calmed his nerve and then rolled the putt right into the centre of the cup for his par four and he scored an amazing 30-5 on the back nine and finished the 72 holes at minus 17 to win by a single shot. He got a huge high five and hug from his caddie, Steve Underwood. Then his wife, Candice and his two children embraced him as he walked off the 72nd green!! It was great he could have his family there to celebrate the win with him!!
 
Tim Clark (RSA) on the right and his wife, Candice on the left with their two Children pose with the RBC Canadian Open Trophy he won!!
It was great to see Tim Clark (RSA) finally achieve his second USPGA Tour win and now he will have to change his schedule for the next two weeks as he now gets a start next week at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and the following week at the PGA Championship which is the final Major Championship of the year. He has been playing on the USPGA Tour fulltime since the 2002 season and has easily kept his card every year since. In that time he has had a very successful career with earning US $22,674,254 from the 285 events he has played to date in his USPGA Tour career so far. This is his second USPGA Tour win he has achieved with his maiden win coming at the 2010 THE PLAYERS Championship. Tim Clark (RSA) turned professional later in 1998, and initially played on the second tier U.S. Professional Tour, which was then known as the Nike Tour, where he won two tournaments in 2000 to gain membership of the main USPGA Tour for 2001. His 2001 campaign was cut short by a wrist injury after just three events. He made a comeback in the 2002 season, and had the benefit of a major medical exemption which enabled him to enter enough events to comfortably regain full exemption for the 2003 season. He captured his first US PGA Tour victory at the 2010 Players Championship, becoming only the second golfer to make the Players Championship his maiden USPGA Tour victory. He has had three European Tour victories. He finished sole second at the 2006 Masters Tournament and sole or tied third at the 2003 USPGA Championship and the 2005 U.S. Open Championship.

Tim Clark (RSA) was a member of the International Team, captained by fellow South African Gary Player in two of three appearances, in the 2003, 2005 and 2009 Presidents Cup. Gary Player (RSA) dubbed him the team's "bull dog" in reference to his dogged determination and refusal to give in or let go. In 2005 he reached the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time. He won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in the 2001/02 season. He has played Gary Player's (RSA) annual charity event in South Africa to help raise funds for needy children and personally paid for a little girl's cochlear ear implant so that she could hear after winning the event in 2005. In Australia for a three-tournament swing, he won the 2008 Australia Open in a playoff with Mathew Goggin (Australia) when they were both tied at 9 under par. Neither player seemed to have a chance with 4 holes to play when David Smail (NZL) led at 12 under only to double bogey the next two holes. It was a very blustery day causing havoc to many golfers. In May 2009, Tim Clark (RSA) nearly had his first USPGA Tour victory in hand at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, but he bogeyed the 18th hole to force a playoff. On the first hole of that playoff, he missed a 7-footer which would have given him the victory. Then, on the second playoff hole, he and Steve Marino (USA) lost to Steve Stricker (USA). In May 2010, Tim Clark (RSA) picked up his first PGA Tour title in his 206th start, after eight runner-up finishes, at the 2010 Players Championship. Tim Clark (RSA) came from three behind with a final round 67 to win by a stroke over Robert Allenby (Australia). On 11 August 2013, in the final round of the USPGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Tim Clark (RSA) made a Hole-in-one on the 220 yard, par-3 11th hole. Let’s hope he can achieved more good results in the weeks ahead and his third win won’t be too far off either. I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 season. 

Coming in solo second position on 274-16 after 72 holes was Jim Furyk (USA); he earned US $615,600 for his efforts and moved to fourth position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $4,170,595 earned from the 15 events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 300 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to fifth position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points standings list with 1,680 points earned from the 15 events he has played to date this season so far. From the 15 events he has played to date this season so far he has made 15 cuts and achieved seven top ten finishes which includes the one here. Again he wasn’t able to convert a win after holding the 54 hole lead but he can be very pleased and encouraged by his four rounds this week that were all in the 60s especially his second and third rounds that were 63-7 and 65-5. He has now won the most money of any player in the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season to date without achieving a win and it proves that how consistent a golfer he is week in and week out on the USPGA Tour. Jim Furyk (USA) has been playing on the USPGA Tour fulltime since the 1994 season. 2012 was a year of missed chances for him with his narrow misses at winning the US Open Championship and couple of other tournaments. But he hasn’t won on the USPGA Tour since the 2010 THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola and he also won the FedEx Cup that year as well. But he has won 16 tournaments in his USPGA Tour career to date so far and that includes his maiden Major Championship which came at the 2003 US Open Championship. I feel his 17th win will come very soon and maybe it could be his second Major Championship win at the final Major Championship of the 2014 season which is USPGA Championship next month? I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season.

Coming in solo third position at 267-13 after 72 holes was Justin Hicks (USA); he earned US $387,600 for his efforts and moved to 71st position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $1,208,401 earned from the twenty six events he has played to date this season so far. He also got 190 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to 57th position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points list standings with 747 points earned from the twenty six events he has played to date this season so far. From the twenty six events he has played to date this season so far he has made 19 cuts and achieved seven top ten finishes which includes the one here. He will be happy with his four rounds this week that were all at par or under especially his final round of 64-6. It was also his best ever USPGA Tour finish of his career to date. He gained back his full USPGA Tour card by finishing in eleventh position on the final 2012 Web.com Tour Money list standings with US $ 277,159 earned from the 25 events he played in. In 2013 on the USPGA Tour he had his best season to date so far with earning US $732,742 from the twenty five events he played in and he finished in 111th position on the final 2013 USPGA Tour Money list standings. Let’s hope he can carry on this fine form he has displayed in the 2013/14 season in to the FedEx Cup Playoff series which starts in late August? I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 season.

Coming in tied for fourth position on 269-11 after 72 holes was Matt Kuchar (USA); he earned US $235,600 for his efforts and moved to fifth position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $4,014,969 earned from the 19 events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 115 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to third position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points standings list with 1,855 points earned from the 19 events he has played to date this season so far. From the 19 events he has played to date this season so far he has made 17 cuts and achieved ten top ten finishes that includes the one here and also his win at the RBC Heritage in April. He now is leading the most top ten finishes achieved by a USPGA Tour Member list in the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season with ten which is two more than Jimmy Walker (USA) who currently has eight. Matt Kuchar (USA) can be happy with his four rounds this week that were all par or better and especially happy with his second and final rounds that were both 65-5. Matt Kuchar (USA) has been playing on the USPGA Tour full time on and off since the 2002 season and has easily kept his card for the next season every season since except for the 2005 season. He spent the 2006 season on the Web.com Tour and earned his 2007 USPGA Tour card back by earning US $300,867 from the 21 events he played in and finished in tenth position on the final 2006 Web.com Tour Money list standings. Since 2007 he has had huge success on the USPGA Tour and his current all time USPGA Tour earnings are US $30,430,996 earned from 320 events he has played to date so far in his career. The next step for him would be to win a Major Championship and maybe it will happen in the final Major Championship of the year which is the PGA Championship in August? He has now won seven times on the USPGA Tour to date in his career so far and here they are from his first to the most recent: 2002 The Honda Classic, 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship, 2010 The Barclays, 2012 THE PLAYERS Championship, 2013 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance and the 2014 RBC Heritage. I wish him all the best with for the rest of the 2013/14 season.

Also tied for fourth position was Michael Putnam (USA); he also earned US $235,600 for his efforts and moved to 104th position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with  US $780,311 earned from the twenty six events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 115 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to 81st position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points list standings with 594 points earned from the twenty six events he has played to date this season so far. From the twenty six events he has played to date this season so far he has made twenty cuts and this was the very first top ten finish he has achieved to date so far this season and also his equal best finish on the USPGA Tour of his career to date so far. He will be happy with his four rounds this week that were all par or better especially his first round 64-6 which had him tied for the lead and also his final round of 66-4. Michael Putnam (USA) played on the Nationwide Tour in 2006. He had two 2nd place finishes on the Nationwide Tour in 2006 including losing in a playoff at the Rheem Classic. He finished 17th on the money list to earn his USPGA Tour card for 2007. He finished 158th on the money list and dropped back to the Nationwide Tour in 2008. He played the Nationwide Tour through 2010 when he finished the year 24th position on the money list and earned his 2011 USPGA Tour card. Michael Putnam (USA) finished 153rd on the USPGA Tour money list and lost his Tour card after the 2011 season. In 2013, he finished the Web.com Tour (renamed from Nationwide Tour in 2012) regular season as the leading money winner and regained his USPGA Tour card for the 2013/14 season; Michael Putnam (USA) was fully exempt as money leader. He was also voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year. Michael Putnam (USA) played the 2013 Web.com Tour season with his older brother, Joel, serving as his caddie. In 2013, a younger brother, Andrew, was also a Tour member who finished 49th on the money list. I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season and hope he performs well in the up in coming FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The final player to tie for fourth position was Gonzalo Fdez – Castano (Spain); he also earned US $235,600 for his efforts and moved to 118th position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $705,219 earned from the twenty events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 115 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to 107th position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points standings list with 451 points earned from the twenty events he has played to date this season so far. From the twenty events he has played to date this season so far he has made 14 cuts and achieved one top ten finish that came at this event. He will be very happy with his four rounds this week that were all in the 60s especially his final round that was 66-4. Gonzalo Fdez – Castano (Spain) plays the European Tour fulltime and has won seven events on that tour with his last win coming at the 2013 BMW Masters. In early 2013, Gonzalo Fern├índez-Casta├▒o (Spain) played several events on the USPGA Tour. He earned enough money to be eligible for Special Temporary Membership on the USPGA Tour, which he accepted. This allowed him unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the 2013 season. And he has kept playing the USPGA Tour fulltime in the 2013/14 season. I sure his maiden USPGA Tour win can’t be too far off? I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season and FedEx Cup Playoff events.

Coming in tied for seventh position at 270-10 after 72 holes was Dicky Pride (USA); he earned US $183,825 for his efforts and moved to 177th position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $243,592 earned from the eleven events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 88 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to 177th position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points list standings with 159 points earned from the eleven events he has played to date this season so far. From the eleven events he has played to date this season so far he has made three cuts and achieved one top ten finish that came at this event. He will be happy with his first and final rounds this week that were 66-4 and 63-7 which was blemish free and also the low round of the day and the equal low round of the week. But he will be disappointed with his second round of 71+1 and third round of 70 even par. This finish will give Dicky Pride (USA) a lot of confidence to keep on improving. Dicky Pride (USA) has been playing the USPGA Tour since the 1994 season. Dicky Pride (USA) became a full-time USPGA Tour member after his finish at the 1993 qualifying school. Dicky Pride (USA) earned his only win to date so far at the 1994 Federal Express St. Jude Classic, his 19th PGA Tour start. He won that event with a birdie on the first extra hole of a playoff against Hal Sutton (USA) and Gene Sauers (USA). His best finish in a Major Championship was a tie for 28th at the 2003 U.S. Open Championship.  

Dicky Pride (USA) developed severe health problems in 2002 (gall bladder, pancreatitis, plantar fasciitis, broken bones) which severely limited his playing time. For the next decade, he split his playing time between the USPGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour (Which is now known as the Web.com Tour). He lives in Orlando, Florida, but remains an avid Crimson Tide fan. In 2011, Dicky Pride (USA) was actively fund-raising for Alabama natives affected by the tornado that hit his hometown of Tuscaloosa. Playing in the past champion category (which is near the bottom of the USPGA Tour exemption priority list), Dicky Pride (USA) started his 2012 season with two consecutive top-ten finishes, a tied for 5th at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Tied for 7th at the Honda Classic. Dicky Pride (USA) had his best finish since his only USPGA Tour win at the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship, finishing second to Jason Dufner (USA). He was tied for the lead on the 72nd hole, but hit his tee shot into the water hazard on the left, but saved par with a 22-foot putt after a good approach shot. Jason Dufner (USA) holed a 25-foot birdie putt from a similar position on the green to deny Dicky Pride (USA) his first victory in almost 18 years (a win would have established a USPGA Tour record for longest time between wins, beating Robert Gamez (USA) by over two years). Overall, Dicky Pride played in 19 events, made 12 cuts, earned $1,259,712, played in three stages of the FedEx Cup, and finished 70th on the 2012 money list, earning a full Tour card for 2013 and entry into invitational tournaments reserved for the top 70 money earners. At age 43, 2013 marked the first time since 1999 that Dicky Pride (USA) was fully exempt on the USPGA Tour. He properly only has two more tournaments he is likely to gain starts in for the 2013/14 season so let’s hope he can have two more top ten finishes and regain his full playing card for the 2014/15 season. I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season.

The other player to tie for seventh position was Graham DeLaet (Canada); he earned US $183,825 for his efforts and moved to twenty sixth position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $2,269,612 earned from the 19 events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 88 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to twenty sixth position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points list standings with 1,059 points earned from the 19 events he has played to date this season so far. From the 19 events he has played to date this season so far he has made 14 cuts and achieved seven top ten finishes which includes the one here. He will be happy with his four rounds this week that were all at par and under par especially his second round which was 63-7 and tied the low round of the day and the week. And he had the honour of being the low Canadian player in the field. A Canadian player hasn’t won the Canadian Open in 60 years and the last one to do so was Pat Fletcher (Canada) in 1954. Graham DeLaet (Canada) has been playing on the USPGA Tour full time since the 2010 season after gaining his card at the 2009 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament where he finished in tied for eighth position. In his rookie season on the USPGA Tour in 2010 he had a very good season and earned just under one million US dollars and easily kept his card for the 2011 season. In his second full season on the USPGA Tour in 2011 season he sat out the majority of the campaign due to a back injury and played the 2012 season out of the Major Medical Extension category, where he had 26 events to earn US $ 657,694 in 2012 season. In the 2012 season which was his third full season on the USPGA Tour he earned just over a million US Dollars and easily made the US $657,694 he required to keep his card for the 2013 season. In the 2013 season on the USPGA Tour he earned US $2,834,900 from the 26 events he played in and finished in twenty first position on the final 2013 USPGA Tour Money list standings which was his best of his career to date. He also made his rookie appearance in the Presidents Cup for Team International and played brilliantly. I feel his maiden win on the USPGA Tour isn’t too far away and it will happen in the 2013/14 season. I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 season.

Rounding out the top ten in tied for ninth position at 271-9 after 72 holes was Kevin Kisner (USA); he earned US $153,900 for his efforts and moved to 100th position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $806,097 earned from the twenty four events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 88 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to 95th position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points list standings with 510 points earned from the twenty four events he has played to date this season so far. From the twenty four events he has played to date this season so far he has made 16 cuts and achieved two top ten finishes which includes the one here. He will be happy with his four rounds this week that were all at par and under par especially his final round of 64-6 which was blemish free. Kevin Kisner (USA) played the Web.com Tour full-time in 2010, winning once at the Mylan Classic. He finished the year in 11th position on the final 2010 Web.com Tour money list and earned his 2011 USPGA Tour card. Kevin Kisner (USA) failed to earn enough money on the USPGA Tour in 2011 to retain his card (and finished 181st on money list), but finished in tied for eleventh position  at the 2011 final qualifying school to earn his card for 2012 USPGA Tour season. He again failed to retain his card, finishing 167th position on the final 2012 USPGA Tour money list, and missed earning a card in qualifying school by one stroke. He returned to Web.com Tour in 2013 and won the Chile Classic in March. He finished 13th on the final 2013 Web.com Tour regular season money list to earn his 2014 PGA Tour card. Let’s hope he can build on this top ten finish and have more in the coming weeks and also play well in the first FedEx Cup Playoff events? I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season.

Also tied for ninth position was Brad Fritsch (Canada); he also earned US $153,900 for his efforts and moved to 148th position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $419,991 earned from the 16 events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 88 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to 163rd position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points list standings with 244 points earned from the 16 events he has played to date this season so far. From the 16 events he has played to date this season so far he has made six cuts and achieved two top ten finishes that includes the one here. He will be happy with his second, third and final rounds this week that were all in the 60s especially his final round of 64-6 that was blemish free. Brad Fritsch (Canada) played on the Canadian Tour from 2001 to 2006 and again from 2010 to 2011. His best finish was second at the 2004 Bay Mills Open Players Championship. He played on the Web.com Tour from 2007 to 2009 and 2012. His best finish was tied for second at the 2012 Mylan Classic. Brad Fritsch (Canada) gained his USPGA Tour card for 2013 by finishing in the top 25 of the Web.com Tour money list in 2012. He improved his position by finishing tied for seventh at the 2012 PGA Tour Qualifying School. He made 18 cuts in 24 events in 2013, finishing 142nd on the money list and missing the FedEx Cup playoffs by four places (ranked 129th). He played in the Web.com Tour Finals and finished 14th to regain his PGA Tour card for 2014. I hope he can have two more top ten finishes in the remaining two events he is like to get starts in and move inside the top 125 players on the final regular season FedEx Cup Points standings list and qualify for the first FedEx Cup Playoff event which starts on Thursday 21st August which is the Barclays. I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season.

The final player to tie for ninth position was Graeme McDowell (NIR); he also earned US $153,900 for his efforts and moved to 38th position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $1,813,955 earned from the 13 events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 88 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and moved to 44th position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup Points standings list with 848 points earned from the 13 events he has played to date this season so far. From the 13 events he has played to date this season so far he has made 12 cuts and achieved seven top ten finishes which includes the one here. He will be happy with his four rounds this week that were at par or under par especially his second round that was 65-5. This is his fourth full season in a row of playing the USPGA Tour fulltime as he also plays on the European Tour full time. I am sure his second Major Championship win is not too far off? Perhaps it will happen at the USPGA Championship next month. He has already won two events on the USPGA Tour with his first coming at the 2010 U.S. Open Championship and his second coming at the 2013 RBC Heritage. I am sure his third win is not far off either? I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 season.

Danny Lee (NZL) was one of two New Zealand Golfers in the field and he scored rounds of 69-1 in the first round which was good. Then he scored an excellent second round of 65-5, and a poor third round of 72+2 and an average final round of 70 even par for a 72 hole total of 276-4 and he finished in tied for 34th position. He earned US $26,980 for his efforts and currently lies in 117th  position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with  US $705,365 earned from the 24 events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 33 FedEx Cup Points for his efforts and currently lies in 104th position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup points list standings with 479 points earned from the 24 events he has played to date this season so far. From the 24 events he has played to date this season so far he has made ten cuts and achieved one top ten finish that came nearly five months ago at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com where he finished in solo second position in early March. He will be happy with his first, second and final rounds that were all at par or under par and especially his second round 65-5. But he will be disappointed with his third round 72+2. With only two events left in the regular 2013/14 USPGA Tour and FedEx Cup season that he is likely to gain starts in he will need to have more good finishes in the weeks ahead to secure his place in the first FedEx Cup Series playoff event which is the Barclays which starts on Thursday 21st August and to do that he will need to be inside the top 125 players on the final 2013/14 final regular season FedEx Cup Points list. Let’s hope he can achieve some more top ten finishes in the events he plays in the coming weeks? I wish all the best in his next few tournaments he plays in for the 2013/14 USPGA Tour season.

Tim Wilkinson (NZL) was the other New Zealand Golfer in the field and he scored rounds of 67-3 in the first round which was very good, then a good second round of 68-2, and a shocking third round of 75+5, and a good final round of 68-2 for a 72 hole total of 278-2 and he finished in tied for 53rd position. He earned US $13,034 for his efforts and currently lies in 112th position on the current 2013/14 USPGA Tour Money list standings with US $724,499 earned from the 23 events he has played to date this season so far. He also earned 14 FedEx Cup points for his efforts currently lies in 108th position on the current 2013/14 FedEx Cup points list standings with 450 points earned from the 23 events he has played to date this season so far. From the 23 events he has played to date this season so far he has made 16 cuts and achieved two top ten finishes which came at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in mid November last year and at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in early February this year. He will be disappointed with his third round of 75+5 which really cost him a lot of money this week but pleased with his first, second and fourth rounds that were all in the 60s. He has now had made eleven of his last 13 cuts but in those eleven events he hasn’t achieved a single top ten finish. With only two events left in the regular 2013/14 USPGA Tour and FedEx Cup season that he is likely to gain starts in he will need to have more good finishes in the weeks ahead to secure his place in the first FedEx Cup Series playoff event which is the Barclays which starts on Thursday 21st August and to do that he will need to be inside the top 125 players on the final 2013/14 regular season FedEx Cup Points list. Let’s hope he can have some top ten finishes in the weeks to come? I wish him all the best for the rest of the 2013/14 season. 

Next week there are two tournaments on the USPGA Tour and FedEx Cup and the first one is the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and it is played on Firestone CC (South), Akron, Ohio and it is co – sanctioned by all the other Major Professional Golf Tours from around the world and is the fourth and final WGC event on the 2013/14 USPGA Tour Schedule and will see all the best players in the world competing including Adam Scott (Australia), Rory McILroy (NIR), Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Justin Rose (England) and Bubba Watson (USA) to name a few. It carries a huge prize purse of US $9,000,000 for the taking. Tiger Woods (USA) is the defending champion and will be keen for back to back titles and also his ninth title at this event that is just amazing if he can achieve it. It starts on Thursday 31st July and I will report back who won the trophy next week. The second event is for players that aren’t eligible to play in the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and is the Barracuda Championship and it is played on the Montreux G&CC, Reno, Nevada. It carries a smaller prize purse of US $3,000,000 for the taking and the lesser players on the USPGA Tour will have a chance to shining including Tim Wilkinson (NZL) and Danny Lee (NZL). It is played under a modified stableford format where the player with the most points wins after 72 holes rather than the player who is the most under par. Gary Woodland (USA) is the defending Champion and will be keen to defend his title.  It starts on Thursday 31st July and I will report back who won the trophy next week.
So to the Top 5 on the Official World Golf Rankings Points list this week and coming in at Number One Position for the eleventh week of his career and also becomes the 17th player to achieve the Number One Official Golf Ranking is Adam Scott (Australia) who is fresh off his tied for fifth finish one week ago at the 143rd Open Championship with 9.10 Official Golf World Ranking Points; coming in at Number Two is Rory McILroy (NIR) fresh off his win one week ago at the 143rd Open Championship with 8.03 Official World Ranking Points; coming in at Number Three is Henrik Stenson (Sweden) who won the Tour Championship by Coca – Cola and also the 2013 FedEx Cup ten months ago and won DP World Tour Championship, Dubai and the 2013 Race to Dubai Title 35 weeks ago and six weeks ago finished in tied for fourth position at the 114th U.S. Open Championship and four weeks ago finished tied for second at the BMW International Open and one week ago finished in tied for 39th position at the 143rd Open Championship with 7.69 Official Golf World Ranking Points; coming in at Number Four is Justin Rose (England) who is fresh off his win two weeks ago at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and one week ago finished in tied for twenty third position at the 143rd Open Championship with 7.23 Official Golf World Ranking Points and rounding out the top 5 on the Official Golf World Ranking Points list this week is Sergio Garcia (Spain) who is fresh off  his tie for second position one week ago at the 143rd Open  Championship with 6.95 Official Golf World Ranking Points; Danny Lee (NZL) is in his fourth week of his second spell being the highest ranked New Zealand Golfer in the world after his tied for 34th finish at the RBC Canadian Open this past week on the USPGA Tour. This week he gains three places and rises to 249th position on the Official World Golf Rankings Points list with 0.73 Official Golf World Ranking Points.
Remember “you drive for show, and putt for dough” but straight driving is still very important!!

Source: Pgatour.com, Official World Golf Rankings, wikipedia.org, Google search engine, europeantour.com

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