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Volume 38Golfing Weekly Home PageNovember 1, 2004

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-- Editors Comments --
1. PGA Tour - Chrysler Championship Report and Results
2. PGA Tour Money List
3. European Tour - Volvo Masters Report and Results
4. Volvo Order Of Merit
5. Official World Golf Rankings

-- "Off the Cart Path", our popular weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty will return next week. --

 

Editor's Weekly Word

As you will know if you read last week's issue of Golfing Weekly, I'm currently experimenting with news feeds as a means of distributing the newsletter. After studying the technology and researching the way it works and how many people are using it, I've decided to continue to publish the newsletter online and send an e-mail each week with a summary of the contents and my weekly editorial. In addition, I shall be publishing individual articles to our RSS/XML news feed as soon as they are written and then including them in the newsletters for those of you who don't use news feed readers.

I apologize for the cut down size and lateness of this week's issue. As from next week you'll get the newsletter on Tuesday or Wednesday, as before,  and it will include all the articles which we have published separately since the previous issue. With the PGA Tour official schedule coming to an end this week, there will be less tournaments to report on. This will give me more time to put together other golf-related content which I hope you will enjoy reading.

I have accumulated a collection of items which our Golf Pro, Mark Pursey, and his team have been testing over the months, as well as golf books and CDs, which will all be reported on during the off-season. Mark and I will also be starting a golf instruction column which will carry not only tips but also practice drills to keep your game sharp during the winter months and recommended reading related to the game.

As I write this, the final tournament on the 2004 PGA Tour calendar, THE TOUR Championship, is well under way and I'm looking forward to sending you my report and end of season round up very soon. Will Tiger redeem his season or will veteran Jay Haas put the cherry on what has been a great season so far? Watch this space.

Have a great weekend.

Regards

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

Chrysler Championship - Tournament Report

Singh wins again and breaks $10million mark

At the Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbour, Florida on Sunday, world number one, Vijay Singh cruised to the easiest of his nine victories this season, setting more records in the process. A fifteen foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the Chrysler Championship took his final score to 266, eighteen under par, and broke the tournament scoring record, set by K.J. Choi in 2002, by one shot. His $900,000 paycheck made him the first player to pass the $10million earnings mark in a single season, leaving him over $5million clear of his nearest rival on the PGA Tour money list. Singh's nine titles this year equals the modern era record set by Tiger Woods in 2000 and if he can win the season-ending TOUR Championship this week he will join the elite band of Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead as the only players in the history of the game to record ten wins or more in a single season. The way he is playing at the moment, it is hard to imagine that he won't do it.

The Chrysler Championship was the final full-field event on the PGA Tour calendar and many players had their own challenges to meet. Money list positions were finalized which decided who would play in THE TOUR Championship this week (top 30), earn an exemption for the 2005 Masters Tournament (top 40), retain their Tour card for next season (top 125) or get a pass to the final stage of Q-school and earn conditional status on the PGA Tour for next year (top 150).

The most significant movers were the tournament joint runners-up Tommy Armour III and Sweden's Jesper Parnevik, who picked up $440,000 each. Armour went from 153rd to 95th and retains his playing privileges while Parnevik climbed 30 places to earn an exemption for the Masters in 40th spot. Kirk Triplett also earned a trip to Augusta with his fifth place finish on 273 that took him to 38th on the money list. Kenny Perry's tied eighth place finish on 275 moved him up to 29th and earned him a tee-time this week at East Lake at the expense of Australia's Rod Pampling.

Tag Ridings followed up his excellent tied second place in the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas three weeks ago with a final round of 64 to earn a tied eleventh finish worth $120,000 which was enough to give him the 125th and final Tour Card based on 2004 official earnings. The magic figure this year was $623,262, which is $135,767 (28%) more than last year's 125th place finisher, Esteban Toledo, earned in the 2003 season. At that rate of increase it will only be a couple of years before the players need to earn $1million to keep their card.

Having missed the cut in the last two events of the season, both Paul Azinger and Olin Browne dropped out of the top 125 as a result of Ridings and Armour's table climbing performances.

Apart from Tommy Armour III (was 153rd), the only other player to rise from outside the top 150 following the last event was Jeff Brehaut who earned $29,062.50 for his T30 finish and went from 152nd to 149th. Steve Stricker and New Zealand's Craig Perks dropped to 151st and 152nd respectively.

Jay Haas' choice to go for the top 30 on the PGA Tour so that he could play in the TOUR Championship rather than qualifying to play in the final limited-field event on the Champions Tour, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, has paid off. He stands at 28th on the money list with $1,873,626 entering this week's event.

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Chrysler Championship - Results

Par 71 - 7,230 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Vijay Singh

-18

65

69

67

65

266

T2

Jesper Parnevik

-13

68

67

68

68

271

T2

Tommy Armour III

-13

70

64

68

69

271

4

Joe Durant

-12

68

71

70

63

272

5

Kirk Triplett

-11

64

71

68

70

273

T6

Robert Allenby

-10

70

67

69

68

274

T6

David Toms

-10

70

69

67

68

274

T8

Kenny Perry

-9

70

68

70

67

275

T8

Spike McRoy

-9

69

72

66

68

275

T8

Carl Pettersson

-9

68

68

70

69

275

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PGA Tour Money List

Pos.

Last Week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Vijay Singh

28

$10,725,166

2

2

Phil Mickelson

21

$5,672,323

3

3

Ernie Els

15

$5,629,025

4

4

Tiger Woods

18

$4,717,472

5

5

Stewart Cink

27

$4,344,670

6

6

Adam Scott

15

$3,619,384

7

7

Sergio Garcia

17

$3,115,415

8

8

Davis Love III

23

$3,075,092

9

9

Stephen Ames

26

$3,055,205

10

10

Todd Hamilton

26

$2,970,178

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25

25

Fred Funk

28

$2,005,331

26

26

K.J. Choi

23

$1,982,975

27

27

Darren Clarke

15

$1,886,019

28

29

Jay Haas

22

$1,873,626

29

31

Kenny Perry

22

$1,859,643

30

28

Carlos Franco

26

$1,856,995

31

30

Rod Pampling

26

$1,737,725

32

34

Tim Herron

26

$1,727,577

33

33

Charles Howell III

30

$1,703,485

34

32

Jonathan Kaye

25

$1,695,332

35

35

Luke Donald

21

$1,646,268

36

36

Ted Purdy

35

$1,636,876

37

37

Ryan Palmer

33

$1,592,344

38

48

Kirk Triplett

24

$1,566,426

39

38

Bo Van Pelt

30

$1,553,825

40

70

Jesper Parnevik

24

$1,550,135

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120

118

Jay Williamson

33

$660,038

121

119

Steve Allan

33

$648,480

122

120

Brian Gay

32

$645,194

123

122

Aaron Baddeley

27

$632,876

124

121

Billy Andrade

31

$631,143

125

137

Tag Ridings

18

$623,262

126

123

Paul Azinger

23

$601,438

127

125

Olin Browne

30

$597,034

128

126

Craig Barlow

25

$595,820

129

127

Notah Begay III

23

$583,537

130

128

Bob Burns

30

$581,421

131

129

Jason Bohn

29

$567,930

132

130

Mathias Gronberg

32

$565,014

133

133

Dean Wilson

33

$561,340

134

131

Lucas Glover

30

$557,454

135

132

Mark O'Meara

17

$543,866

The full standings can be found at www.pgatour.com

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Volvo Masters - Tournament Report

Poulter Wins Battle of Euro Young Guns at Volvo Masters

Ian Poulter made his par on the 18th hole at Valderrama to defeat Sergio Garcia on the first hole of a sudden death playoff for the Volvo Masters title. The Ryder Cup duo finished regulation play on level terms with seven under par totals of 277 after Garcia missed clear birdie opportunities on each of the last two holes. This was Poulter's first win on the European Tour since the Nordic Open in Denmark in August 2003 and his sixth win overall. He left it until the last stroke of the European Tour 2004 schedule to maintain his record of having claimed at least one victory in each of his five years on the full Tour after graduating from the European Challenge Tour in 1998.

Overnight leader, Scotland's Alastair Forsyth lost his three stroke advantage with bogeys on the first two holes and Poulter showed his intent early with a birdie on the second hole to take a share of the lead. Poulter then made bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes before recovering to take the outright lead with a string of three birdies starting on the eighth. When Garcia made birdies on eleven and twelve to join Forsyth one shot behind Poulter, the three were clear of the field and were soon in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard as Poulter dropped a shot on the par four 13th hole.

Forsyth fell out of the running with a bogey on sixteen but parred the last two holes to secure third place on 278, his eighth top ten finish of the season. Fourth place was taken by Peter Hanson on 280. With four rounds of 70, Hanson was the only player in the tournament to complete four sub-par rounds. Fifth place was shared on 281 by another young Ryder Cup player, David Howell and France's Christian Cévaër who won the Spanish Open earlier in the year. The only other two players to complete the tournament under par at the 1997 Ryder Cup venue were Lee Westwood and Scott Drummond with 283, one under for the week.

Garcia's season isn't quite over yet. Next week he is competing in THE TOUR Championship, the closing event on the PGA Tour schedule which is limited to the top 30 on the money list. Garcia currently stands at number seven with $3,115,415 from only 17 appearances which included victories at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the Buick Classic to add to his European win a couple of weeks ago at the Mallorca Classic.

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Mallorca Classic - Results

Par 71 - 6,961 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Ian POULTER (Eng)

-7

71

67

69

70

277

2

Sergio GARCIA (Sp)

-7

67

69

71

70

277

3

Alastair FORSYTH (Scot)

-6

68

69

67

74

278

4

Peter HANSON (Swe)

-4

70

70

70

70

280

T5

David HOWELL (Eng)

-3

73

69

73

66

281

T5

Christian CÉVAËR (Fr)

-3

69

70

70

72

281

T7

Scott DRUMMOND (Scot)

-1

74

71

68

70

283

T7

Lee WESTWOOD (Eng)

-1

72

71

72

68

283

T9

Trevor IMMELMAN (SA)

Ev

70

73

68

73

284

T9

Paul CASEY (Eng)

Ev

72

70

74

68

284

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Volvo Order Of Merit - Final Top 20 Positions

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. The full standings can be found at www.europeantour.com.

Pos.

Player

Ctry.

# of Events

Prize Money (Euros)

US$ (approx.)

1

Ernie ELS

SA

15

4,061,904.80

$5,269,509

2

Retief GOOSEN

SA

13

2,325,202.47

$3,016,485

3

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRE

20

1,910,393.88

$2,478,354

4

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

SP

27

1,886,236.62

$2,447,015

5

Thomas LEVET

FR

28

1,727,944.92

$2,241,663

6

Graeme MCDOWELL

N.IRE

31

1,648,862.38

$2,139,069

7

Lee WESTWOOD

ENG

21

1,592,765.67

$2,066,295

8

Darren CLARKE

N.IRE

19

1,563,802.56

$2,028,721

9

Ian POULTER

ENG

25

1,533,158.36

$1,988,966

10

David HOWELL

ENG

26

1,501,501.93

$1,947,898

11

Angel CABRERA

ARG

16

1,445,184.34

$1,874,838

12

Nick O'HERN

AUS

23

1,406,824.96

$1,825,074

13

Sergio GARCIA

SP

11

1,336,253.60

$1,733,522

14

Paul CASEY

ENG

21

1,222,564.97

$1,586,034

15

Stephen GALLACHER

SCOT

28

1,144,157.93

$1,484,316

16

Trevor IMMELMAN

SA

22

1,138,978.34

$1,477,597

17

Richard GREEN

AUS

24

1,124,239.81

$1,458,476

18

Joakim HAEGGMAN

SWE

29

1,116,756.40

$1,448,768

19

Jean-Francois REMESY

FR

28

1,083,359.82

$1,405,443

20

Luke DONALD

ENG

11

1,037,278.57

$1,345,661

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Official World Golf Rankings

Rank

Last Week

Player

Points Avge.

# of Events

Total Points

1

1

Vijay Singh

14.14

59

834.15

2

2

Ernie Els

12.21

51

622.89

3

3

Tiger Woods

11.31

40

452.27

4

4

Phil Mickelson

7.65

47

359.68

5

5

Retief Goosen

6.97

53

369.40

6

6

Davis Love III

6.61

46

303.85

7

7

Mike Weir

6.14

43

264.13

8

8

Padraig Harrington

6.13

50

306.44

9

10

Sergio Garcia

5.78

49

283.41

10

9

Stewart Cink

5.27

56

295.39

11

11

Adam Scott

4.99

53

264.32

12

15

Darren Clarke

4.43

58

256.69

13

13

Chad Campbell

4.39

55

241.60

14

12

Chris DiMarco

4.36

53

231.30

15

17

Kenny Perry

4.32

48

207.46

16

14

Jim Furyk

4.24

41

173.81

17

16

Miguel A. Jimenez

4.14

52

215.11

18

18

Stuart Appleby

4.07

57

231.84

19

20

David Toms

4.05

49

198.34

20

19

Todd Hamilton

4.01

51

204.49

The full standings can be found at the Official World Golf Ranking website, www.officialworldgolfranking.com

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