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Volume 37Golfing Weekly Home PageOctober 25, 2004

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-- Editors Comments --
1. PGA Tour - Funai Classic at Walt Disney World Report and Results
2. PGA Tour Money List - end of season extra coverage
3. European Tour - Open de Madrid Report and Results
4. Volvo Order Of Merit
5. Champions Tour - Charles Schwab Cup Championship Report and Results
6. Champions Tour Final Money List
7. "Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty
8. Official World Golf Rankings

 

Editor's Weekly Word

Well, the Champions Tour official season has come to an end and what a nail-biting finish it was. With Mark McNulty in the clubhouse leading the field on 11 under par, and the two leaders in the Charles Schwab Cup points race also finished in tied seventh place, Tom Kite stood one birdie away from a playoff which would not only have been for the Cup but for the $1million annuity, had he won. In the end he could only manage to par his way in and had to settle for second place in the tournament and third place in both the season-long points race and the money list.

Mark McNulty lifted the third title of his Champions Tour rookie year to follow on from his second victory just a week before. Craig Stadler ended the year on top of the money list with $2.3million and picked up a $500,000 annuity for coming runner-up in the Schwab points table. Hale Irwin took the $1million annuity and finished runner-up on the money list having broken the $2million mark for the seventh time in eight seasons. It was a season in which Tom Kite came so close on so many occasions and ONLY had one title and almost $2million to show for a what was nearly a remarkable year. Clearly he is disappointed with the way 2004 has turned out, but let's face it, he could have done a lot worse and at age 54 he's still just a youngster on the Champions Tour.

Someone who is sure to be a star on the Champions Tour in a couple of years time is Mark O'Meara, who turns 48 in January, but he currently finds himself in possible danger of losing his playing privileges on the PGA Tour. Currently in 132nd place on the money list and not entered for this week's tournament, O'Meara has been playing this year under an exemption based on the fact that he is in the top 25 on the PGA Tour career money list. He currently stands in 24th position for career earnings and whether he retains this exemption will depend on how much money is earned by Chris DiMarco (25th, $176,568 behind), Jay Haas (26th, $187,486 behind) and Scott Verplank (27th, 238,694 behind) in the THE TOUR Championship, for which they are all currently qualified. Haas is also scheduled to play this week in the Chrysler Championship. O'Meara's five year exemption for winning the Masters & British Open titles in 1998 ran out last year and although he won a tournament this year on the European Tour International Schedule (Dubai Desert Classic in March 2004) he could find himself back at Q-school at age 47. Personally, I hope he manages to retain his card for the next couple of years before he graduates to the Champions Tour in January 2007 and I have no doubt that one way or another he will manage to do so.

Have a good week.

Regards

Andy Smith
Founder/Editor
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Funai Classic at Walt Disney World - Tournament Report

An excellent final round of 10 under par 62 was sufficient to secure a PGA Tour debut victory for Ryan Palmer in Orlando last weekend. World number one, Vijay Singh, had his chance to catch the clubhouse leader, Palmer, but a bogey on the 16th put paid to his hopes. He admitted in the post tournament interview that playing a 3-wood instead of a driver off the 16th tee would have taken the fairway bunker, which he landed in, out of play. 20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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Funai Classic at Walt Disney World - Results

Par 72 - 6,967 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Ryan Palmer

-22

68

68

68

62

266

T2

Vijay Singh

-19

66

71

65

67

269

T2

Briny Baird

-19

65

66

68

70

269

T4

Joey Sindelar

-18

66

70

67

67

270

T4

Cameron Beckman

-18

68

65

68

69

270

T6

Mark Hensby

-17

64

71

68

68

271

T6

Tim Clark

-17

69

69

64

69

271

T6

Mark Calcavecchia

-17

71

66

65

69

271

T6

Tom Lehman

-17

66

66

67

72

271

T10

Carl Pettersson

-16

70

70

68

64

272

T10

Vaughn Taylor

-16

68

66

72

66

272

T10

Neal Lancaster

-16

69

69

67

67

272

T10

John Huston

-16

64

71

69

68

272

T10

Lucas Glover

-16

68

68

68

68

272

T10

Geoff Ogilvy

-16

68

67

67

70

272

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PGA Tour Money List

Pos.

Last Week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Vijay Singh

27

$9,825,166

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

22

$3,075,092

9

9

Stephen Ames

25

$3,043,239

10

10

Todd Hamilton

26

$2,970,178

The final event on the official PGA calendar is THE TOUR Championship (Nov. 4-7) which is only open to the top 30 on the Money List. The field looks likely to be extended to 31 to include Padraig Harrington unless the earnings of the top thirty each exceed $2,199,866, which is the amount Harrington has earned at PGA Tour events as a non-member together with his earnings from WGC events.

Last week's winner at the Funai Classic, Ryan Palmer, moved up from 91st place to 37th and could get into the field for THE TOUR Championship with a top five finish at this week's Chrysler Championship, the last full-field event of the season. Here is how it stands around the cut-off.

25

26

Fred Funk

27

$1,990,214

26

25

K.J. Choi

22

$1,982,975

27

27

Darren Clarke

15

$1,886,019

28

28

Carlos Franco

25

$1,847,045

29

29

Jay Haas

21

$1,779,876

30

30

Rod Pampling

25

$1,727,125

31

31

Kenny Perry

21

$1,714,643

32

32

Jonathan Kaye

24

$1,695,332

33

34

Charles Howell III

29

$1,691,518

34

33

Tim Herron

25

$1,687,077

35

35

Luke Donald

21

$1,646,268

36

36

Ted Purdy

34

$1,636,876

37

91

Ryan Palmer

32

$1,581,294

38

37

Bo Van Pelt

29

$1,543,225

39

46

Joey Sindelar

30

$1,536,881

40

38

Jeff Maggert

20

$1,527,884

On   Sunday October 31st, after this week's Chrysler Championship, the top 125 players on the money list will retain their PGA Tour card for next season. Last week, the players who moved from being "on the bubble" to safety were Cameron Beckman (from 123rd to 103rd), Mark Calcavecchia (129th to 111th) and Neal Lancaster (121st to 115th). Billy Andrade moved from 126th to 121st. The two players who dropped below the 125 cut-off line as Calcavecchia and Andrade moved above were Craig Barlow and Notah Begay III. Begay is not listed in the field for this week's event so it looks like he'll be going to Q-school if he wants to play on Tour next year.

Here is how they stand with one event to go.

120

118

Brian Gay

31

$633,228

121

126

Billy Andrade

30

$631,143

122

117

Aaron Baddeley

26

$622,576

123

119

Paul Azinger

22

$601,438

124

124

Kent Jones

31

$599,909

125

120

Olin Browne

29

$597,034

126

122

Craig Barlow

24

$595,820

127

125

Notah Begay III

23

$583,537

128

127

Bob Burns

29

$581,421

129

128

Jason Bohn

29

$567,930

130

130

Mathias Gronberg

31

$565,014

131

143

Lucas Glover

29

$557,454

132

131

Mark O'Meara

17

$543,866

133

133

Dean Wilson

32

$532,277

134

132

Scott Hend

29

$531,263

135

136

Brenden Pappas

33

$513,855

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Open de Madrid - Tournament Report

Richard Sterne of South Africa won his first European Tour event on Sunday when he beat Anders Hansen of Denmark by two strokes in the Open de Madrid. Not only did his final round 65 earn him the victory but his win saved him the anticipated trip to Q-school finals next month.

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Open de Madrid - Results

Par 71 - 6,967 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Richard STERNE (SA)

-18

70

65

66

65

266

2

Anders HANSEN (Den)

-16

68

66

68

66

268

3

Terry PRICE (Aus)

-15

66

71

65

67

269

T4

RaphaŽl JACQUELIN (Fr)

-14

74

64

64

68

270

T4

Paul BROADHURST (Eng)

-14

67

65

68

70

270

T6

Darren FICHARDT (SA)

-13

67

66

67

71

271

T6

Ivo GINER (Sp)

-13

68

69

64

70

271

T6

Wade ORMSBY (Aus)

-13

72

66

67

66

271

T9

Trevor IMMELMAN (SA)

-12

67

68

69

68

272

T9

Henrik STENSON (Swe)

-12

69

71

64

68

272

T9

Johan EDFORS (Swe)

-12

66

67

69

70

272

T9

Raymond RUSSELL (Scot)

-12

71

69

68

64

272

T9

Brett RUMFORD (Aus)

-12

70

65

66

71

272

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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 and WGC events are included in both the European & PGA Tour Money Lists.

Pos.

Player

Ctry.

# of Events

Prize Money (Euros)

US$ (approx.)

1

Ernie ELS

SA

15

4,061,904.80

$5,077,381

2

Retief GOOSEN

SA

13

2,325,202.47

$2,906,503

3

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRE

19

1,864,793.88

$2,330,992

4

Miguel Angel JIM…NEZ

SP

26

1,852,503.29

$2,315,629

5

Thomas LEVET

FR

27

1,708,344.92

$2,135,431

6

Graeme MCDOWELL

N.IRE

30

1,595,862.38

$1,994,828

7

Darren CLARKE

N.IRE

18

1,500,455.06

$1,875,569

8

Lee WESTWOOD

ENG

20

1,489,640.67

$1,862,051

9

Angel CABRERA

ARG

15

1,399,584.34

$1,749,480

10

Nick O'HERN

AUS

22

1,368,424.96

$1,710,531

11

David HOWELL

ENG

25

1,356,376.93

$1,695,471

12

Paul CASEY

ENG

20

1,143,064.97

$1,428,831

13

Stephen GALLACHER

SCOT

27

1,122,157.93

$1,402,697

14

Joakim HAEGGMAN

SWE

28

1,078,356.40

$1,347,946

15

Richard GREEN

AUS

23

1,071,239.81

$1,339,050

16

Jean-Francois REMESY

FR

27

1,066,159.82

$1,332,700

17

Trevor IMMELMAN

SA

21

1,059,478.34

$1,324,348

18

Luke DONALD

ENG

10

991,678.57

$1,239,598

19

Paul MCGINLEY

IRE

25

942,060.27

$1,177,575

20

Thomas BJ÷RN

DEN

17

930,695.64

$1,163,370

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Champions Tour - Charles Schwab Cup Championship

In the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship which was open to only the top thirty players on the Champions Tour money list, Tom Kite looked to have one hand on the trophy after finishing the third round with a two stroke lead. However, four bogeys on the front nine on Sunday meant that he was soon the one doing the chasing. Despite an eagle on the 13th and two birdies in the three following holes he was unable to recover enough ground to catch Mark McNulty who was already in the clubhouse with a 277 total having carded a 6 under par round of 66.

This was the perfect end to McNulty's rookie year, having won on his first outing and then finished the season by winning the last two events for total earnings of over $1.4million and seventh place on the money list.

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Charles Schwab Cup Championship - Results

Par 72 - 7,012 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Mark McNulty

-11

69

74

68

66

277

2

Tom Kite

-10

64

70

72

72

278

3

Allen Doyle

-8

71

73

67

69

280

4

Peter Jacobsen

-6

69

70

76

67

282

T5

David Eger

-5

74

67

73

69

283

T5

Jose Maria Canizares

-5

68

70

70

75

283

T7

D.A. Weibring

-4

71

75

73

65

284

T7

Jim Thorpe

-4

76

67

72

69

284

T7

Craig Stadler

-4

68

73

73

70

284

T7

Morris Hatalsky

-4

68

67

77

72

284

T7

Hale Irwin

-4

66

69

74

75

284

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Champions Tour Money List

Pos.

Last week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Craig Stadler

21

$2,306,066

2

2

Hale Irwin

23

$2,035,397

3

3

Tom Kite

27

$1,831,211

4

4

Gil Morgan

26

$1,606,453

5

5

Bruce Fleisher

28

$1,537,571

6

6

Larry Nelson

25

$1,428,224

7

14

Mark McNulty

20

$1,423,048

8

7

D.A. Weibring

25

$1,413,795

9

8

Jim Thorpe

26

$1,378,343

10

12

Allen Doyle

27

$1,298,555

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Charles Schwab Cup - Final Points

Pos.

Player

Events

Points

Wins

Top 10s

1

Hale Irwin

23

3427

2

14

2

Craig Stadler

21

3388

5

12

3

Tom Kite

27

2981

1

13

4

Peter Jacobsen

9

2471

1

6

5

Mark McNulty

20

2417

3

7

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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

13.48

59

795.30

2

2

Ernie Els

12.12

52

630.28

3

3

Tiger Woods

11.53

40

461.37

4

4

Phil Mickelson

7.88

48

378.17

5

5

Retief Goosen

7.01

54

378.52

6

6

Davis Love III

6.60

47

310.29

7

7

Mike Weir

6.53

42

274.34

8

8

Padraig Harrington

6.04

51

308.09

9

9

Stewart Cink

5.31

57

302.92

10

11

Sergio Garcia

5.31

49

260.24

11

10

Adam Scott

5.01

54

270.43

12

12

Jim Furyk

4.56

40

182.57

13

15

Chad Campbell

4.48

55

246.42

14

13

Chris DiMarco

4.45

54

240.30

15

14

Darren Clarke

4.43

57

252.44

16

19

Miguel A. Jimenez

4.28

51

218.53

17

17

Stuart Appleby

4.21

56

235.50

18

18

Kenny Perry

4.19

49

205.06

19

16

Todd Hamilton

4.01

51

204.65

20

22

David Toms

3.91

50

195.35

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