RECENTLY

World Golf Hall of Fame member and six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo was named the 2014 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award by the PGA TOUR and Southern Company. Sadly, Faldo’s ailing father passed away on the same day the award was announced (September 9). In honor of the award, a $300,000 donation will be made by Southern Company to The Faldo Series, which operates 40 amateur events in 30 countries.

American Tim Thelen won his fourth title on the European Senior Tour last week at the Senior Open de Portugal at Vidago Palace. In his last three starts on the European Senior Tour the 53-year-old Thelen has finished 2-3-1.

COMING UP

Davis Love III, a winner of 20 events on the PGA TOUR, including a pair of THE PLAYERS Championships (1992, 2003) and a PGA Championship (1997), will make his first start on the Champions Tour at this week’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. Love turned 50 in April. He was a two-time runner-up at the Sony Open in Hawaii (1994, ’99).

No current player on the Champions Tour has enjoyed the success that Hale Irwin has had in Hawaii. Irwin owns six victories at the Turtle Bay Championship, three wins in the Senior Skins, two titles at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and a victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii. In all, Irwin has earned $4,463,501 in the state in his career, with 12 wins on his resume. Irwin, who owns an all-time record 45 career Champions Tour titles, won his 45th title at the 2007 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai.

Corey Pavin, David Frost and Gene Sauers have finished in the top 10 in each of the first two Pacific Links Hawaii Championships. Pavin lost in a playoff to Mark Wiebe in 2013, and was T8 a year earlier. Frost was T4 in 2012 and T6 last year, while Sauers, like Pavin a former Sony Open in Hawaii winner, was T6 in 2013 and T8 in 2012.

With five full-field events remaining, there are a number of players battling for spots available for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., (Oct. 30-Nov. 2). Below is a rundown on the players currently in positions 27-36.

Position

Name

2012 Earnings

27th

Mark Calcavecchia

$526,584

28th

Woody Austin

$521,095

29th

Rocco Mediate

$518,118

30th

Jeff Maggert

$499,101

31st

Joe Durant

$447,605 (-$51,496)

32nd

Bill Glasson

$427,686 (-$71,415)

33rd

Tom Watson

$417,963 (-$81,138)

34th

Mark McNulty

$387,905 (-$111,196)

35th

Mike Goodes

$387,228 (-$111,873)

36th

Steve Lowery

$385,459 (-$113,642)

World Golf Hall of Fame member and 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples will host The Fred Couples Show monthly on Sirius XM PGA TOUR Radio starting Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm ET, the night before the Ryder Cup.

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

Tom Watson leads the Charles Schwab Cup All-Time Points List (through 2013) earning 18,336 points since the season-long event began in 2001. With 724 points earned in 2014, Watson currently has 19,060 points. Bernhard Langer’s current total, including his 3,624 points from 2014, is 18,432 – only 628 points behind Watson. Six events remain in 2014, including the season-finale Charles Schwab Cup Championship where 880 points will go to the winner.

NUMBERS

14 – The Pacific Links Hawaii Championship will include 14 Champions Tour rookies in the field this week - Billy Andrade, Jose Coceres, Marco Dawson, Scott Dunlap, Joe Durant, Doug Garwood, Paul Goydos, Lee Janzen, Skip Kendall, Davis Love III, Jeff Maggert, Wes Short, Jr., Vijay Singh and Kevin Sutherland.

ON THIS DATE

9/15/02 – Bruce Fleisher shoots rounds of 60-64-67 and sets a Champions Tour scoring record of 19-under-par 191 and earns a five-stroke victory at the RJR Championship in North Carolina. His 36-hole score of 124 is the best 36-hole total in Champions Tour history.

DID YOU KNOW?

The best come-from-behind in the final round to win on the Champions Tour this season is four strokes and three World Golf Hall of Fame members have achieved the feat – Colin Montgomerie at the U.S. Senior Open, Bernhard Langer at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and Fred Couples at the Shaw Charity Classic.

QUOTE TO NOTE

“You can play winning golf and not hoist the trophy. Sometimes you just get beat.” - Scott Dunlap finished one shot behind Wes Short, Jr. after both players made eagles on the final hole to post 64s at the recent Quebec Championship.

Source: PGA Tour

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