2014 STONEBRAE CLASSIC, July 31 – August 3, TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif. (San Francisco Bay area); Purse: $600,000; First: $108,000; 2013 Champion: Event last played in 2012; 18th of 25 events (four Regular Season events remaining); 156 players

ZACK SUCHER WRAPS UP BIG WIN – On a day when the winds picked up, a final-round 72 was all Zack Sucher (SOO-ker) needed on Sunday to record his first Tour win in his 33rd start at the Midwest Classic near Kansas City. The Birmingham, Ala. native who finished T4 last week in Utah jumped 16 spots to No. 4 on the money list. With just four Regular Season tournaments remaining, Sucher, 27, all but locked up his PGA TOUR card for the first time.

STONEBRAE CLASSIC IS BACK – After a one-year hiatus to make way for construction of a 32,000 square-foot clubhouse, the Stonebrae Classic returns to the Tour schedule this week. The spectacular new facility is the focal point of TPC Stonebrae, which offers stunning vistas of the San Francisco Bay area from its elevated location. The Classic is the 18th of 21 Regular Season tournaments. A total of 50 players will earn 2014-15 PGA TOUR cards by season’s end, including the top-25 players on the Regular Season money list in four weeks and another 25 at the conclusion of the four-event Tour Finals in September.

WELL DONE, TIM CLARK – 2000 Tour graduate Tim Clark is the latest alum to pick up a win on the PGA TOUR (RBC Canadian Open), bringing the alumni win tally on TOUR to 387.

SOLID RETURN FOR JARROD LYLE – Jarrod Lyle held up extremely well in his first start on U.S. soil in 29 months at the Midwest Classic despite the buildup, emotion and Midwest heat. The two-time leukemia survivor from Shepparton, Australia posted four rounds in the 60s en route to a T11 finish. Lyle led the field in greens in regulation (58 of 72 / 80.6%) and was T2 in fairways hit (44 of 56 / 78.6%). Putting was his shortcoming as he finished with 124 strokes for the week (31.0 per round). The 32-year-old gave the crowd a thrill on Friday and ESPN a great highlight for its “Plays of the Day” segment when he jarred his approach shot from the 18th fairway for an eagle 2.

LYLE QUOTES – Always generous with his time and good with a quote, Jarrod Lyle shared the following thoughts after play was complete on Sunday:

“I’d give myself an ‘A’. Probably an A-minus. I’d be happy with that. I didn’t really get many of those in school. I’m ecstatic with the way the week has gone. Better than expected.”
“The body’s held up well. I’ve done a lot of good things. I think the biggest positive is the fitness side of it, that in the heat I got around four days and got around comfortably.”
“The focus was good. It didn’t take me long to get back into that ‘tournament’ frame of mind with that little fire in the back of your head burning. It was my touch on the greens. I struggled a bit this week but the positives were that I was giving myself a lot of good looks at birdie. I left myself a lot of 4-, 5- and 6-footers for pars but the good thing is that I holed them.”

CAL VS. STANFORD – Two of college’s golf top players in 2013-14, Brandon Hagy of Cal and Cameron Wilson of Stanford, will return to the San Francisco Bay area for the Stonebrae Classic. Hagy played in his first Tour event in Nova Scotia in early July (T40). Wilson Monday qualified last week in Kansas City to get his first Tour start (missed cut). Both players earned first-team All-American honors this spring. Hagy also was named the 2013-14 Byron Nelson Award winner, while Wilson captured the NCAA individual title.

TOM HOGE GOES LOW – North Dakota native and 2011 TCU grad Tom Hoge blitzed the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Saturday’s third round with an 11-under-par 60. His bogey-free card featured 11 birdies, with the final two coming on Nos. 17 and 18. It bettered his career low by three shots. It also equaled the year’s low round, posted by Zach Sucher the previous week in Utah, and was the 21st score of 60 in Tour history. The Tour record is 59.

MICHAEL SIM RETURN – Michael Sim made his first Tour appearance since Oct. 2012 last week in Kansas City. The 29-year-old Aussie who was a three-time winner and the Tour’s Player of the Year in 2009 has been “knocking around home for a bit”, trying to maintain his game, while taking a bit of a breather from pressure golf. Sim missed the cut in KC but heads to TPC Stonebrae, where he won the first of his three 2009 titles.

– No. 2 Andrew Putnam fired four straight rounds of 69 last week at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate to finish T24 and close the gap on leading money winner Carlos Ortiz to $55,971.

SOCIAL MEDIA – This week’s social media outlets are:

Twitter: @WebStonebrae/ #StonebraeClassic

– The Tour returns to the Midwest and Springfield, Mo. for the 25th playing of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Source: PGA TOUR


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