2009 PGA Tour Highlights

• There were 30 hole-in-ones, by 28 different golfers in 12 different tournaments.
Casey Whittenberg and Briny Baird each had two and there were eight in at the RBC
Canadian Open.

• The lowest round of the season was a 10 under 60 by Zach Johnson at the Valero
Texas open. 11 of the 28 lowest rounds of the season came at the Bob Hope
Classic.

• There were 10 golfers who had 100 putts or less in an entire tournament. Chris
Riley and Tim Wilkinson topped the list with 97 total putts for an entire tournament.

• The largest margin of victory this year was Brian Gay at the Verizon Heritage,
winning by 10 strokes.

• There were eight multiple winners. Tiger Woods had 5 and Zach Johnson, Geoff
Ogilvy, Brian Gay, Steve Stricker, Kenny Perry, and Phil Mickelson each had 2 wins.

• There were five first-time winners. Pat Perez, Y.E. Yang, Paul Casey, Bo Van Pelt,
and Nathan Green.

• Geoff Ogilvy and Brian Gay were the only two golfers to have the lead after all 4
rounds of a tournament.

• There were 53 golfers with two eagles in one round.

• There were five course records and four tournament records broken.

The Tour Championship: It All Comes Down To This!

Heading into the weekend at East Lakes Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia, Tiger Woods sits atop the leaderboard by 1 stroke over Sean O’Hair and Padraig Harrington. Tiger and Padraig will be paired together on Saturday in the final group for the 9th time this season. For most players, playing with Tiger is one of the toughest things to do. Not for Padraig. Although Padraig has only had 1 round better then Tiger and never finished ahead of him when they have been paired together, he likes the challenge.

“I look forward to it,” Harrington said Friday after playing with Woods. “It’s where you want to be. If you’re playing with Tiger, you’re going to be generally there with a chance to win the tournament.”

Padraig would have to win the tournament and have Tiger finish no better then tied for 2nd in order to win The Tour Championship and the 10 million dollar bonus that comes along

The Quest for a Hole-In-One

I know that making a Hole-in-One is not as rare as most people think.  There are plenty of Golfers out there who have been fortunate enough to put that “1” on their scorecard.  I guess that’s one of the great things about this game — whether it is skilled precision or pure luck, that single perfect stoke is possible to achieve for ALL of us.

Now, making it count when it matters most, when there is money on the line, that’s just storybook.  I just hope that when my time comes, I can celebrate like this: