|E-NOTES – November 29, 2016
On Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, 466 days will have passed since Tiger Woods last played a competitive round, finishing T10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship after rounds of 64-65-68-70.
All three Olympic medalists will compete in the Hero World Challenge: Justin Rose (Gold), Henrik Stenson (Silver) and Matt Kuchar (Bronze).
Tournament host Tiger Woods is the only player who has won the Hero World Challenge in back-to-back years. He is one of three multiple winners of the event:
5 – Tiger Woods
En route to his win at the 2014 Hero World Challenge, Jordan Spieth was coming off his first win at the Australian Open. Since 2014, Spieth’s results in the two events:
Hideki Matsuyama will make his third start in the Hero World Challenge, coming off a share of last place in 2015. If Matsuyama wins this week, he will have won four of his last five starts worldwide:
PGA TOUR Champions
Jean Van de Velde is in the field at Q-School, attempting to secure exempt status for the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions season. The native of France, who infamously triple-bogeyed the 72nd hole before losing the 1999 Open Championship in a playoff, made eight starts on Tour this year, with a T37 at the Shaw Charity Classic serving as his best finish.
Tommy Tolles, who turned 50 on October 21, is making his first appearance at PGA TOUR Champions Q-School this week. The Flat Rock, N.C. native, whose last PGA TOUR start came in 2005, strung together a memorable set of near-miss performances in the late 1990s. Tolles finished T2 at THE PLAYERS Championship in 1996, T3 at the 1996 PGA Championship, T3 at the 1997 Masters Tournament, T2 at the 1999 Sony Open in Hawaii, and missed qualifying for the 1997 U.S. Ryder Cup team by one spot (finished 11th).
Earlier this year, Jaegar became the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. Jaeger set the 72-hole scoring record by five shots, besting Steve Wheatcroft’s previous Tour record of 255. Jaeger capped off his record-setting week in Hayward by earning his maiden victory on Tour.
Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series
The top five on the Order of Merit remained unchanged after the Buick Open. China’s Xinjun Zhang (￥504,675) nailed down the fifth and final position with his tie for sixth. China’s Zecheng Dou clinched the money-list title two weeks ago, at the Putian Open (￥1,144,350), and American Charlie Saxon, despite missing the cut this week had already sewed up the second position (￥871,395). American Alex Kang finished third (￥597,575), followed by South Korea’s Taewoo Kim (￥578,886). Of the five, only Xinjun Zhang didn’t win a tournament this season.
China’s Zecheng Dou, winner of four Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series tournaments and the Order of Merit title set an all-time earnings mark with his ￥1,144.350 and earned Player of the Year honors. Dou will be fully exempt for the entire 2017 Web.com Tour season.
A year after finishing sixth on the Order of Merit and missing earning his Web.com Tour membership by one money-list position, Canada’s Justin Shin was again in the mix this year, tying for ninth this week but falling from eighth to ninth on the final earnings. Finishing inside the top 10 did earn the Canadian an invitation to the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament in Florida next week.
China’s Hao Tong Li was the first Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series Player of the Year when he captured the award in 2014. Two years later, he helped China earn a share of second place in the World Cup of Golf last week in Australia with partner Ashun Wu.