WEB.COM TOUR STORYLINES – Week of July 21st
MIDWEST CLASSIC 2014, July 24-27
Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park (Kansas City), Kan.
Purse: $600,000 First: $108,000
2013 Champion: Jamie Lovemark
17th of 25 events (five Regular Season events remaining)
ODE TO NEVER GIVING UP – “This is unbelievable. I’ve been playing so badly this year I thought I might be done. I lost all belief,” said Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco winner Steve Wheatcroft. A T21 the week before in Utah gave the Pennsylvania native encouragement but no one would have predicted his tournament record 24-under-par performance in Boise and one-hole playoff victory over New Zealander Steven Alker on Sunday. Jumping from 89th to 11th on the money list, Wheatcroft, now a resident of Jacksonville, Fla. and a regular at the TPC Sawgrass practice facility, is all but assured of returning to the PGA TOUR, where he played in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Life will change in another very important way next month with wife, Sara, expecting the couple’s first child.
PATH TO PGA TOUR TRAVELS THROUGH KC – The Web.com Tour is in Overland Park, Kan. this week for the Midwest Classic, with the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate hosting. It is the 17th of 21 Regular Season tournaments that will decide the first 25 of 50 available PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15. The four-event Web.com Tour Finals will follow, with the second set of 25 cards up for grabs.
JARROD LYLE STEPS BACK ONTO GOLF STAGE IN KC – After a 29-month absence from playing professional golf in America, Australia’s Jarrod Lyle will return to play this week in the U.S. at the Midwest Classic near Kansas City, Kan. The likeable 32-year-old fought a second grueling battle with leukemia. “I’ve been really good for a long time,” Lyle said recently. With his sights set on returning to the PGA TOUR in October, he will play this week, take a week off, then play two more (Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper in Springfield, Mo. and the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot in Knoxville, Tenn.). Attached is a link to a feature about Jarrod that was written by Helen Ross for PGATOUR.COM.
LEADING MONEY WINNERS – With five Regular Season tournaments still to be played, here are the top-10 current money winners and those 21-30. The first 25 PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15 will be determined at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Aug. 21-24.
One other key number in the coming weeks is 75. Only the top-75 on the money list at the end of the Regular Season will be eligible for the Finals. They will be joined by those who are 126-200 on the FedExCup list after the Wyndham Championship (Aug. 14-17). Canadian and former World No. 1 amateur Nick Taylor currently occupies the 75th spot. He has a $568 cushion over Brad Schneider out of the University of Central Florida.
|Pos. 1-10||Earnings||Pos. 21-30||Earnings|
|1-Carlos Oritz||$371,403||21-Greg Owen||$134,867|
|2-Andrew Putnam||$310,915||22-Tony Finau||$130,125|
|3-Alex Cejka||$263,648||23-Kyle Reifers||$119,736|
|4-Justin Thomas||$246,856||24-Matt Weibring||$113,772|
|5-Jon Curran||$226,977||25-Sebastian Cappelen||$110,460|
|6-Adam Hadwin||$220,867||26-Kris Blanks||$106,894|
|7-Andres Gonzales||$219,840||27-Harold Varner III||$105,536|
|8-Blayne Baber||$219,111||28-Bill Lunde||$104,364|
|9-Steven Alker||$211,580||29-Ryan Blaum||$ 95,602|
|10-Derek Fathauer||$186,352||30-Alex Prugh||$ 95,544|
ALL THE WAY TO NO. 4 WITHOUT A “W” – First-year member Justin Thomas kept up his solid play in Boise with a solo third-place finish, his fifth top-5 in 13 starts this season. The 21-year-old from Kentucky is fourth on the money list. He is the only winless player among the top nine.
HOOSIER CHASE WRIGHT – Indiana native and 2012 IU graduate Chase Wright is coming into his own at a good time in the season. With a T4 in Boise, Wright now has four top-10s in his last six starts and has moved from 135th in earnings to 34th since the beginning of June.
MICHAEL SIM – 2009 Web.com Tour Player of the Year Michael Sim will play his first Web.com Tour event since the fall of 2012 this week. Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate was the scene of his third Tour win of 2009 and subsequent battlefield promotion to the PGA TOUR. Injuries and setbacks led to two disappointing seasons for the highly touted Aussie from Perth. Sim, 29, did not play a TOUR-sanctioned event in America in 2013 and 2014. He made three PGA Tour of Australasia starts in 2014 and four in 2013.
ANOTHER RISING UGA BULLDOG – This past season’s University of Georgia team captain and second-team All-American Joey Garber made an impressive debut on the Web.com Tour in Boise. After successfully quailifying on Monday, the Petoskey, Mich. native shot 16-under par to finish T10, which earned him a spot in the Midwest Classic. He led the field in fairways hit (43 of 56). Garber’s first start as a professional came in June at the PGA TOUR’s Travelers Championship.
BOISE EVENT ANNOUNCES $1.45 MILLION CONTRIBUTION – Officials of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco announced on Sunday a 2014 charitable donation of $1.45 million, which pushes the tournament’s 25-year total over $17 million. The Open has the distinction of being the Web.com Tour’s leader in raising money for charity.
WEB.COM TOUR WIVES – Web.com Tour Wives and the Midwest Classic are partnering on Wednesday to host “Camp Quality Baskets”, in support of Camp Quality, a Kansas City-area organization whose mission is “to let kids with cancer be kids again”.
DID YOU KNOW? – Open Championship runner-up Rickie Fowler’s first professional start came on the Web.com Tour at the 2009 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, one week after he concluded his decorated amateur career playing for the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team at Merion Golf Club.
SOCIAL MEDIA – This week’s social media outlets are:
Twitter: @MidwestClassic / #MidwestClassic
NEXT WEEK – TPC Stonebrae in the San Francisco Bay-area suburb of Hayward is the scene of the Stonebrae Classic (July 31-Aug. 3), which returns to the schedule after a one-year hiatus to make way for the construction of TPC Stonebrae’s new 32,000 square-foot clubhouse.
Source: PGA TOUR