There's an argument that of the six tournaments comprising the new prelude of the 2013-14 season, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba benefits the most.
All are improved as a result of the revamped wraparound schedule, and the annual stop at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, was already included in the tournaments that contribute to the FedExCup, but it's always big news when an additional event is rewarded a home as a stand-alone event no matter when.
As you'd expect with considerable enhancements, this year's field of 132 is arguably the best in the seven-year history of the event. It will be competing on what was the hardest golf course (of eight) measuring less than 7,000 yards in 2012. El Camaleon is a par 36-35=71 that can top out at 6,987 yards. It averaged 71.651 in 2012 to clinch its second consecutive year as the fifth-most difficult par 71 on the schedule.
Bray, who has four wins to his name on the Charlotte based eGolf Tour series, is making his Florida series debut this week at the Stonegate Classic. From 2007-2009 he spent time on the Web.com Tour where he would post five top-10 finishes.
The former University of North Carolina Tarheel opened his round with a birdie on the par-4, second before posting bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 making the turn at 37.
Approximately 144 players will advance from Second Stage to the Final Stage, which will be played Dec. 12-17 (six rounds/108 holes) at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. on both the Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses.
Every player who is eligible for the Final Stage will gain access to the Web.com Tour in 2014, with one’s priority ranking position based on his finish at PGA West.
Kirk, who had never played particularly well at Sea Island Golf Club, until it mattered the most. Gave the home town supporters something to cheer about last Sunday afternoon.
This victory, Kirk's second PGA Tour title was his first since 2011. Though the location made it even more special.
"To come here to Sea Island, which is a place that I love and cherish so much, and Davis (Love’s) tournament, it just an unbelievable thing," Kirk said. "Davis was kind of my guy when I was 12 and 13, really starting to play golf. He was my favorite player, and he's turned from being my idol to sort of a mentor and good friend. So I'm a very lucky person to be in that situation, and to win his tournament really means a lot to me."
Chung, a native of Fayatteville, NC and former No. 1 amateur golfer in the world (2011), was also a member of the victorious U.S. Palmer Cup team in 2010 where he went 4-0-0.
While attending Stanford as a junior, Chung won the 2009 North and South Amateur, 2010 Porter Cup, and the 2010 Western Amateur. He finished runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Amateur to Peter Uihlein. Earning himself invitations to the 2011 Masters Tournament (MC) and the 2011 U.S. Open (MC).
The total prize money is up $1.5 million to $5.5 million, $990,000 of which will go to the winner, who will also receive exemptions into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the Masters Tournament, THE PLAYERS Championship and the PGA Championship if not already eligible for those events.
At just 7,005 yards, the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort is one of the shorter courses the golfers will play in a season. Playing as the easiest par-70 course in 2012, Seaside also ranked inside the top-5 easiest in driving accuracy and greens in regulation with respective averages of 9.87 (of 14) fairways hit (70.47 percent) and 13.63 GIR (75.72 percent) per round.
Having played on the Golfweek, Miller Lite and Five Flags Golf Tours, Garrison finished second on the Five Flags Golf Tour's money list in 2012, and has three top-5 along with six top-10 finishes on his resume since 2011.
Unusually windy and colder than normal the first part of November in Pensacola, Garrison overcame an early 10 (yes a 10) at the par-5 second at Scenic Hills to make the turn at 44. Not a bad score considering that monster on No. 2.
"I felt pretty good about the way I bounced back after taking such a big number so early in the round", said Garrison after his round. "It's tough to keep looking down on your card and seeing that number. Luckily, it was early on in the round and I was able to settle in and make up for it."
Settle in he did as he went on to par his next five holes in a row to aid in that opening nine, 44.
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Liberty Township, OH. native David Tepe carded an even par 72 round today to take the lead heading into the final round by two strokes over first round leader Peter Campbell and a three stroke lead over Christian Brand.
Tepe, who struggled on the front nine making the turn at 2-over 38, which included a bogey to open his round, followed by a double bogey on the oar-4, 6th -- Was able to right the ship and card three birdies to only one bogey on his inward nine.
A birdie on the closing hole may be just what Tepe needed to carry some good thoughts and momentum into tomorrow's final round.
Campbell, who is making his second start on the Golf Tour event since 2011, teeing it up in nine tournaments that season, held the over night lead from round number one also struggled on his opening nine. Carding two bogey and doubling the par-3, 5th to make the turn at 3-over, 39.
Coming off an 11th place finish in last week's Lee Westwood Golf School Open, Campbell was able to put together a bogey-free round besting the field with his 69 on Monday.
Carding all pars on his opening nine, his first birdie did not come until the par-4 12th, getting him to red numbers for the first time in his opening round.
Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 would be good enough for the lead as everyone struggled in the conditions. Where only two players would finish under par in round one.
Dustin Johnson produced a run of three birdies and an eagle in five holes to secure the 8.5 million-dollar WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Johnson finished on a tournament record 24-under par of 264, three ahead of England's Ian Poulter and four ahead of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell after a pulsating final day's play captivated huge galleries at Sheshan Golf Club.
''It's the biggest win I've had in my career so far,'' he said. ''Those guys put a lot of pressure on me. I'm really proud of the way I handled myself.''
The leading trio all shot final rounds of six-under par 66, going head-to-head in a display of golf of the highest quality.
The long hitting Johnson began his round by tearing off six birdies in his first seven holes. Quickly going deep and getting his round to 6-under par.
His only blemish came at the par-4, 10th where he carded his rounds loan bogey.
Back-to-back birdies made that stroke up on Nos. 13 and 14 -- Adding two more circles to his card on No. 16 and finished it out with yet another birdie on the final hole.