WEB.COM TOUR STORYLINES – Week of November 10th
CLUTCH PERFORMER – The two most clutch rounds of Nick Taylor‘s life have come this fall. The first, a Web.com Tour Championship final-round 63 at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley course on Sept. 21st secured his PGA TOUR card for the first time. Sunday’s 66 at the Sanderson Farms Championship made him a PGA TOUR winner in only his fourth start as a member. It came in his seventh overall TOUR appearance as a professional.
PALS – Appropriately enough, the first person to congratulate Nick Taylor on his Sanderson Farms win was fellow Canadian and 2014 Web.com Tour graduate Adam Hadwin. Five months apart in age (Taylor 26, Hadwin 27), the duo first competed against one another in junior golf tournaments in Canada and later on PGA TOUR Canada. They roomed together in Jackson last week.
46 OF 47 – With Bubba Watson‘s victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China on Sunday, all 47 official tournaments on the PGA TOUR schedule have now been won at least once by a Web.com Tour alumnus, with the exception of the new Barbasol Championship, which will be played in July. The victory was alumni win No. 394 on TOUR. Watson is a 2005 Web.com Tour graduate. Later on Sunday, Nick Taylor added title No. 395 in Mississippi.
HOMECOMING HEADLINER – 2014 Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz is among the headliners at this week’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba in his native Mexico. The 23-year-old is the first Mexican to qualify for the eight-year-old event based on his status as a PGA TOUR member, along with fellow 2014 graduate Oscar Fraustro of Mexico City.
RUST-OLEUM BECOMES TITLE SPONSOR IN CLEVELAND – Rust-Oleum is the new title sponsor of the Web.com Tour’s Cleveland, Ohio event. This June’s inaugural tournament at Lakewood CC in Westlake was an epic affair, with Steven Alker outlasting Dawie van der Walt in a Tour-record 11-hole playoff. The event was renamed the Rust-Oleum Championship.
“TOUGH TOUR” – Recently turned 50 (Sept. 9th), Skip Kendall reflected on his last couple of years competing on the Web.com Tour with Gary D’Amato of his hometown Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The Web.com Tour is tough. It’s a grind. It’s for young guns that are trying to get to the PGA TOUR. I am glad I played it over the last few years to get me ready for (the Champions Tour). It was a great tour to play because I stayed competitive. It helped me immensely.” Since 1991, Kendall has played 237 Web.com Tour events, winning four times. He first graduated to the PGA TOUR from the Web.com Tour in 1994.
SECOND STAGE BEGINS – The Second Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School begins this week (Nov. 11-14), at two sites in Texas and one in Florida. Another three qualifiers will be held next week, two in Florida and one in California. The Finals are Dec. 11-16 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
DID YOU KNOW 1? – Prior to 2014-15, only five players from Mexico had held PGA TOUR membership – Cesar Sanudo (first year of membership, 1969), Victor Regalado (1973), Rafael Alarcon (1983), Esteban Toledo (1998) and Alex Aragon (2006). Regalado (1974 Pleasant Valley Classic and 1978 Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad City Open) and Sanudo (1970 Azalea Open) were tournament winners.
DID YOU KNOW 2? – Nick Taylor won the 2007 Canadian Amateur at age 19…won the 2010 Ben Hogan Award (nation’s top collegiate/amateur golfer)…and was ranked No. 1 in the R&A’s World Amateur Ranking for 21 straight weeks in 2009.
Source: PGA TOUR