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Volume 35Golfing Weekly Home PageOctober 11, 2004

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-- Editors Comments --
1. PGA Tour - Michelin Championship at Las Vegas Report and Results
2. PGA Tour Money List
3. European Tour - Dunhill Links Championship Report and Results
4. Volvo Order Of Merit
5. LPGA Tour - Asahi Ryokuken International Championship Report and Results
6. ADT Money List
7. Champions Tour - Administaff Small Business Classic Report and Results
8. Champions Tour Money List
9. "Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty
10. Official World Golf Rankings

 

Editor's Weekly Word

With just four tournaments left on the PGA Tour official schedule, it's all about the money - the PGA Tour Money List to be more precise. Two races are under way at opposite ends of the scale over the next three weeks. At the top, we have a race over the next three events to get into the top 30 as that is the qualification criteria for the prestigious TOUR Championship which brings the season to a close in the first week of November. Currently in 30th position is Kenny Perry with $1,714,643 but it is likely that players will need to pass, or at least be very close to, the $2million mark to qualify.

The field for the TOUR Championship could be extended to 31 players for the second consecutive year as Padraig Harrington looks certain to follow in the footsteps of Darren Clarke whose non-member earnings at PGA Tour events and his earnings at WGC events in 2003 totalled more than the official earnings of K.J. Choi who qualified in 30th place. Harrington already has PGA Tour and WGC earnings of $2,199,866 in 2004.

At the other end of the money list there is no interest in the TOUR Championship. The next three weeks are about survival, as we have a race to get into the top 125 and secure a card to play on the PGA Tour throughout 2005. Last year's 125th place was held by Esteban Toledo with earnings of $487,495 but that amount would currently rank 133rd on this year's list. With three tournaments remaining, Mark Calcavecchia holds 125th place with $545,959 so it is unlikely that many players who earn less than $600,000 will gain exempt status from their money list position. Who will find their form in time to save their card? We'll find out this week at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro and after that at the Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Chrysler Championship. With the last two events being held in Florida, let's hope that hurricane season is really over for this year!

Have a good week.

Regards

Andy Smith
Founder/Editor
www.golfing-weekly.com

Michelin Championship at Las Vegas - Tournament Report

PGA Tour rookie, Australia's Andre Stolz posted a five under par finishing round of 67 on Sunday to clinch the Michelin Championship title by one shot from Tag Ridings, Harrison Frazar and overnight leader, Tom Lehman. Stolz, who gained his first PGA Tour card by finishing 13th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2003, had had a poor season up to last week but four rounds in the sixties in Las Vegas secured victory and his card for the next two years. Although this was his first win on the PGA Tour, 34 year old Stolz was able to call on his experiences of winning on the Nationwide Tour, Japan Tour and three times on the Australian Tour.

Tom Lehman, who started the day with a one stroke lead, was looking to end a four year title drought but was unable to get his putter going at TPC at Summerlin on Sunday, making four bogeys in a final round 69 to finish with a share of the runner up spot.

Alongside Lehman in second place was Tag Ridings who carded an eleven under par round of 61 to match the course record. Playing on Tour this year with a major medical exemption after a back and shoulder injury cut short his 2003 rookie season, Ridings is coming to form just in time to give himself a chance to retain his card for 2005. He finished tied 13th on his previous start at the 84 Lumber Classic and currently stands 136th on the money list with $482,437. If he puts in another performance like last week before the end of the season he will have no trouble getting into the top 125 earners for the year.

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Michelin Championship at Las Vegas - Results

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Andre Stolz

-21

67

67

65

67

266

T2

Tag Ridings

-20

67

66

73

61

267

T2

Harrison Frazar

-20

64

68

68

67

267

T2

Tom Lehman

-20

64

68

66

69

267

T5

Carl Pettersson

-19

68

68

65

67

268

T5

Dicky Pride

-19

66

67

66

69

268

T7

Lee Janzen

-18

68

66

70

65

269

T7

Danny Ellis

-18

63

70

73

63

269

T7

Tim Petrovic

-18

66

66

68

69

269

T7

David Frost

-18

69

71

67

62

269

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PGA Tour Money List

Pos.

Last Week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Vijay Singh

26

$9,455,566

2

2

Phil Mickelson

20

$5,672,323

3

3

Ernie Els

15

$5,629,025

4

4

Tiger Woods

18

$4,717,472

5

5

Stewart Cink

26

$4,344,670

6

6

Adam Scott

15

$3,619,384

7

7

Sergio Garcia

17

$3,115,415

8

8

Davis Love III

21

$3,075,092

9

9

Stephen Ames

24

$3,014,679

10

10

Todd Hamilton

26

$2,970,178

11

12

Stuart Appleby

22

$2,817,077

12

11

Chris DiMarco

25

$2,816,427

13

13

Retief Goosen

14

$2,747,323

14

14

Mike Weir

20

$2,513,536

15

15

Rory Sabbatini

25

$2,342,197

16

16

Steve Flesch

29

$2,341,886

17

17

Mark Hensby

26

$2,334,791

18

18

Chad Campbell

25

$2,244,977

19

19

John Daly

19

$2,242,507

20

20

Zach Johnson

27

$2,237,405

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Dunhill Links Championship - Tournament Report

Scotsman Stephen Gallacher, nephew of former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, won his first European Tour title at St. Andrews on Sunday. On the first hole of a sudden death playoff against Graeme McDowell, Gallacher pitched his second shot within three feet of the flag and sank the birdie putt for victory. McDowell, playing out of a divot, put his approach into the stream guarding the front of the green and ended up with a bogey.

England's young guns are still blazing. Ian Poulter and overnight leader, Luke Donald both missed the playoff by one shot and shared third place, two strokes ahead of their Ryder Cup team-mates, Lee Westwood and David Howell who tied for fifth.

The tournament also had a Pro-Am competition which was won by Fred Couples and New Zealand businessman, Craig Heatley with a combined total of 37 under par over the four days. Better known for his acting than his golf, Samuel L. Jackson, partnered by David Howell, finished seventh on minus 30.

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Dunhill Links Championship - Results

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

GALLACHER, Stephen

-19

70

66

66

67

269

2

McDOWELL, Graeme

-19

62

72

67

68

269

3

POULTER, Ian

-18

69

67

65

69

270

3

DONALD, Luke

-18

66

65

68

71

270

5

WESTWOOD, Lee

-16

71

65

69

67

272

5

HOWELL, David

-16

65

65

71

71

272

7

COUPLES, Fred

-14

70

66

69

69

274

7

ELS, Ernie

-14

68

68

68

70

274

9

GREEN, Richard

-13

70

66

73

66

275

9

O'HERN, Nick

-13

71

69

67

68

275

9

SIEM, Marcel

-13

73

66

67

69

275

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Volvo Order Of Merit

Earnings on the European Tour are paid in Euros. The equivalent value in US$ is for information purposes only and was calculated at the rate which was current at time of publishing. Earnings from the majors are included in both the European & PGA Tour Money Lists.

Pos.

Player

Ctry.

# of Events

Prize Money (Euros)

US$ (approx.)

1

Ernie ELS

SA

14

3,474,573.90

$4,309,167

2

Retief GOOSEN

SA

12

2,208,556.64

$2,739,052

3

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRE

18

1,666,390.25

$2,066,657

4

Miguel Angel JIM╔NEZ

SP

24

1,643,999.66

$2,038,888

5

Thomas LEVET

FR

26

1,591,699.09

$1,974,025

6

Graeme MCDOWELL

N.IRE

29

1,584,037.38

$1,964,523

7

Darren CLARKE

N.IRE

18

1,500,455.06

$1,860,864

8

Nick O'HERN

AUS

21

1,363,724.96

$1,691,292

9

David HOWELL

ENG

24

1,356,376.93

$1,682,179

10

Angel CABRERA

ARG

14

1,282,938.51

$1,591,100

11

Paul CASEY

ENG

20

1,143,064.97

$1,417,629

12

Stephen GALLACHER

SCOT

25

1,105,817.93

$1,371,435

13

Lee WESTWOOD

ENG

19

1,098,081.92

$1,361,841

14

Richard GREEN

AUS

23

1,071,239.81

$1,328,552

15

Joakim HAEGGMAN

SWE

27

1,066,531.40

$1,322,712

16

Jean-Francois REMESY

FR

26

1,066,159.82

$1,322,251

17

Trevor IMMELMAN

SA

20

1,040,658.34

$1,290,624

18

Luke DONALD

ENG

10

991,678.57

$1,229,880

19

Paul MCGINLEY

IRE

25

942,060.27

$1,168,343

20

Thomas BJÍRN

DEN

17

930,695.64

$1,154,249

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Asahi Ryokuken International Championship - Tournament Report

Sweden's Liselotte Neumann beat Grace Park by three shots to claim her 13th LPGA Tour victory and put an end to her winless streak dating back to 1998.

Cristie Kerr earned $23,672 for her tied eighth place finish which pushed her over the $1million mark for the season.

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Asahi Ryokuken International Championship - Results

Par 72 - 6,366 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Liselotte Neumann

-15

68

68

69

68

273

2

Grace Park

-12

66

74

68

68

276

T3

Silvia Cavalleri

-10

66

76

69

67

278

T3

Kris Tschetter

-10

69

73

67

69

278

T3

Laura Davies

-10

69

69

70

70

278

T6

Jeong Jang

-9

71

67

73

68

279

T6

Sophie Gustafson

-9

69

73

66

71

279

T8

Laura Diaz

-8

70

73

66

71

280

T8

Cristie Kerr

-8

70

68

70

72

280

T10

Candie Kung

-7

71

73

71

66

281

T10

Beth Daniel

-7

71

68

72

70

281

T10

Tina Barrett

-7

70

73

68

70

281

T10

Candy Hannemann

-7

72

71

67

71

281

T10

Donna Andrews

-7

68

68

73

72

281

T10

Becky Morgan

-7

67

69

70

75

281

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ADT Money List

Pos.

Player

Prize Money

1

Annika Sorenstam

$1,864,608.00

2

Meg Mallon

$1,313,623.00

3

Lorena Ochoa

$1,272,487.00

4

Grace Park

$1,095,838.00

5

Cristie Kerr

$1,010,608.00

6

Mi-Hyun Kim

$886,608.00

7

Karen Stupples

$858,043.00

8

Hee-Won Han

$746,870.00

9

Se Ri Pak

$648,860.00

10

Jennifer Rosales

$619,394.00

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Champions Tour - Administaff Small Business Classic

Larry Nelson made up a seven shot deficit on the final day to earn a place in a playoff with Hale Irwin who he beat with a birdie at the first extra hole. This was Nelson's 19th victory on the Champions Tour and his second of the 2004 season, both of them coming in Texas.

With Craig Stadler (T28) failing to make the top ten, Irwin's second consecutive runner-up finish returned him to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup points race but he leads by just one point over Stadler, who still heads the Champions Tour money list. The pair are almost a thousand points clear of Tom Kite in third place. A $1million annuity is awarded to the winner. There are just two events left, this week's SBC Championship and the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship (triple points to top ten finishers) which is only open to the top 30 players on the Champions Tour money list.

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Administaff Small Business Classic - Results

Par 72 - 7,006 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

Total

1

Larry Nelson

-14

68

70

64

202

2

Hale Irwin

-14

67

68

67

202

T3

Peter Jacobsen

-13

69

67

67

203

T3

Wayne Levi

-13

64

67

72

203

T5

Morris Hatalsky

-11

68

69

68

205

T5

Jim Dent

-11

66

70

69

205

T5

Jim Thorpe

-11

67

69

69

205

T8

Des Smyth

-10

68

70

68

206

T8

David Eger

-10

68

70

68

206

T8

Tom Kite

-10

67

70

69

206

T8

Mark Johnson

-10

70

67

69

206

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Champions Tour Money List

Pos.

Last week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Craig Stadler

19

$2,192,066

2

2

Hale Irwin

21

$1,912,697

3

3

Gil Morgan

24

$1,536,819

4

4

Tom Kite

25

$1,503,211

5

5

Bruce Fleisher

26

$1,408,238

6

9

Larry Nelson

23

$1,353,224

7

6

D.A. Weibring

24

$1,328,595

8

7

Jim Thorpe

24

$1,273,681

9

10

Wayne Levi

25

$1,178,264

10

8

Doug Tewell

25

$1,159,977

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"Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty

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Official World Golf Rankings

Rank

Last Week

Player

Points Avge.

# of Events

Total Points

1

1

Vijay Singh

13.76

58

797.98

2

2

Ernie Els

11.92

51

607.89

3

3

Tiger Woods

11.45

41

469.45

4

4

Phil Mickelson

7.99

48

383.35

5

5

Retief Goosen

7.06

53

374.27

6

6

Davis Love III

6.96

47

326.96

7

7

Mike Weir

6.61

41

271.10

8

8

Padraig Harrington

5.84

50

291.98

9

9

Stewart Cink

5.39

58

312.36

10

11

Adam Scott

5.02

54

270.81

11

10

Sergio Garcia

4.96

48

238.02

12

12

Jim Furyk

4.60

40

184.10

13

14

Chris DiMarco

4.50

55

247.74

14

13

Darren Clarke

4.48

57

255.18

15

16

Chad Campbell

4.45

56

248.97

16

18

Todd Hamilton

4.23

50

211.54

17

15

Stuart Appleby

4.20

57

239.66

18

17

Kenny Perry

4.18

50

208.89

19

19

Miguel A. Jimenez

4.00

51

204.23

20

20

Stephen Ames

3.92

51

199.83

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