|E-NOTES – November 22, 2016
En route to his win at The RSM Classic Mackenzie Hughes opened with a 61, one of 44 rounds of 61 or better recorded on the PGA TOUR since the 2012 season. Of those, 13 players have gone on to win, including 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open winner Rod Pampling, who became the fourth player in PGA TOUR history to open a tournament with a 60 and go on to win.
Hideki Matsuyama leads the FedExCup Standings with 850 points through the fall portion of the 2016-17 season. Here’s a look at the last three FedExCup leaders at the conclusion of the fall.
Keegan Bradley and Scott Piercy close out the PGA TOUR fall series with the most rounds in the 60s, each with 11.
In the 57-year history of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, the United States has dominated with 24 total wins. Australia and South Africa share second with five wins each.
Twenty-five players in the World Cup of Golf field also participated in the Rio Olympics Men’s Golf Competition in 2016. Three players in the field competed in both the Olympics and Ryder Cup: Rickie Fowler, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Thomas Pieters.
PGA TOUR Champions
Australian Peter Senior, who has the most career PGA TOUR Champions earnings of any player without a victory, announced his retirement from golf last week after withdrawing from the Australian Open with a hip injury. The 57-year-old notched 37 career wins around the world and six runner-up efforts on PGA TOUR Champions, with the latter giving way to over $5.4 million in career earnings on Tour. Senior’s best PGA TOUR Champions season came in 2011, when he posted 12 top-10s in 22 starts and wound up finishing third in the Charles Schwab Cup.
After finishing fourth in the Charles Schwab Cup during a breakout season on PGA TOUR Champions, Scott McCarron won the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational over the weekend, defeating fellow Tour member Kevin Sutherland with a 10-under 278 total. The field consisted of players from the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, LPGA Tour and the PGA of America. McCarron won the Principal Charity Classic and Dominion Charity Classic in 2016, and notched a pair of runner-up finishes the Senior Open Championship and Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.
The PNC Father-Son Challenge will be the first event in the annual Challenge Season on PGA TOUR Champions, set for the weekend of December 10-11 in Orlando, Fla. The 20-team field includes 13 World Golf Hall of Fame members, including current PGA TOUR Champions players Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Sandy Lyle, Vijay Singh, Larry Nelson and Hale Irwin, as well as Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange, Nick Faldo, Raymond Floyd, Nick Price and Lanny Wadkins. Other current PGA TOUR Champions players in the field include John Daly, Lee Janzen and Fred Funk.
Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
In 24 career starts from 2012-2015 on the Mackenzie Tour, Mackenzie Hughes posted seven top-10 finishes and 13 top-25s. In 2013, he began the season with no playing status, but parlayed a string of top-10 finishes into a full schedule, a win at the Cape Breton Open and Player of the Year honors, earning fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour for 2014. He struggled in his first season on the Web.com Tour and returned to the Mackenzie Tour in 2015, making the cut in all 12 tournaments and finishing 13th on the Order of Merit to earn an exemption into the Second Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.
Along with Hughes, 2013 The Five member C.T. Pan notched his first career PGA TOUR top-10 with a T6 finish at The RSM Classic.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica
The VISA Open de Argentina was the last of three events featured on the Zurich Argentina Swing, a competition within the competition covering the Tour’s events in this country. As the series money leader with $36,400 in prize money, Samuel Del Val of Bilbao, Spain claimed top honors and a $10,000 bonus prize courtesy of Zurich.
The players who finished the 17th event of the season ranked inside the Order of Merit’s top-60 were able to secure full status for the 2017 season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. They also qualified for the season-ending Shell Championship, to be played at Melreese Country Club / International Links Miami starting on December 1st. Heading into that final event, the Order of Merit’s top spot now belongs to Nate Lashley of Scottsdale, Ariz.. With his runner-up finish on Sunday, the 33-year-old was able to move past Augusto Núñez of Tucuman, Argentina and Guillermo Pereira of Santiago, Chile. Lashley holds a $6,924-dollar lead in the race to secure a spot that will guarantee full status on the Web.com Tour in 2017.
Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series
When the calendar turned, Charlie Saxon was the 1,734th-ranked player in the world. With his win last week in Zhuhai, he moved to No. 282.
With one tournament remaining on the schedule, this week’s Buick Open, China’s Xinjun Zhang holds a ￥55,583 lead over Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul for the fifth and final spot on the Order of Merit that provides 2017 Web.com Tour membership. Zhang and Charoenkul are both in action this week at Foison Golf Club.
If Charlie Saxon can finish solo-second or win at this week’s Buick Open, he will become the second player with seven-figures in earnings in a season. Saxon has made ￥871,395 in 2016. Solo-second-place money is ￥129,600, with the winner receiving ￥216,000. Zecheng Dou has already made ￥1,135,500 this year to become the first to earn more than ￥1 million in a season.