Approach Shots: Children's Miracle Network ClassicNovember 10, 2010
CINK IN THE FIELD THIS WEEK: Former British Open champion Cink will make his first start since the Ryder Cup. He looks to end the season with a victory after a campaign that included three top-10s. A win this week would give him a victory in each of the last three seasons.
Quick Facts WHAT: 47th of 47 PGA TOUR events WHEN: Nov. 11-15 WHERE: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. FIELD: 132 COURSE: Walt Disney World Resort TV: Golf Channel, 1-4 p.m. ET, all four rounds RADIO: PGA TOUR Network (XM 146/SIRIUS 209), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, all four rounds WHAT'S AT STAKE: $4.7 million $846,000 for winner) KEY LINKS: Tee times | Leaderboard
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"I see this tournament as like the start of my 2011," Cink said. "This tournament is the perfect time, and you know, I'll wait four more weeks and play the Chevron. So this is just a good spacing for me."
DURANT HAS SHOT AT HISTORY: Heading into the final official money event of 2010, the Children's Miracle Network Classic, Joe Durant has the opportunity to lead the PGA TOUR in both Driving Accuracy (76.14 percent) and Greens in Regulation (72.12 percent). The last player to lead both categories in the same year was Calvin Peete, who did so three straight years (1981-83). In his career, Durant has led the TOUR in Driving Accuracy three times (2001, 2006, 2009) and Greens in Regulation three times (2003, 2004, 2008).
PLENTY OF CARDS ON THE LINE: Only three players between Nos. 126 and 200 on the PGA TOUR official money list are fully exempt for 2011 via PGA TOUR victories -- No. 130 Henrik Stenson (2008 PLAYERS Championship), No. 138 Nathan Green (2009 RBC Canadian Open), No. 140 Mark Wilson (2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic) and No. 162 Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters Tournament). It should also be noted that No. 125 Troy Matteson is exempt for 2011 through his win at the 2009 Frys.com Open.
TOUGH TO MOVE UP: Last year, Nicholas Thompson and Jimmy Walker were the only players to move into the top 125 on the money list following the Children's Miracle Network Classic. David Duval and Robert Garrigus dropped out of the top 125.
AN IMPORTANT CAUSE: Fifty children from 50 states that have been treated by Children's Miracle Network hospitals will be on-site, greeting guests/fans with involvement in other activities. Two patients who are also accomplished golfers will be playing as amateurs in the Pro-Am -- A.J. Selig, 18, from Appleton, Wisc., and Raymond Parra, 12. from Fresno, Calif.
Rob Bolton's fantasy picks ONE-AND-DONE: Webb Simpson. No. 1 in my Power Rankings. I need no worse than a two-way T8 to crack the $6 million threshold. Rob's 2010 earnings: $5,859,787.42
DUFFER: Jesper Parnevik. First start anywhere since July. Spent most of the year outside the ropes due to serious back and neck injuries. Rob's 2010 earnings: $786,666.14
Parra was diagnosed with Acute Lympho-Blastic Leukemia when he was just six years old. In August, he was deemed to be cancer free. Selig has an Arachnoid cyst on her brain -- which causes headaches, stomach aches and blurred vision. Despite this, the senior recently competed in the Wisconsin Girls High School State Golf Championships.
Columnists' predictions Each week, PGATOUR.COM columnists predict the winner. Here are their picks for the Children's Miracle Network Classic. Columnist Pick Comment Stan
RICKIE FOWLER: He's shown good form at the tournament (he won it in 2007) and has been playing well leading up to the event. His 67 at last week's PGA Championship was a definite attention-getter. John
RICKIE FOWLER: Rickie Fowler finally gets his first win -- and at his age, he should still be excited to meet Mickey and Goofy. Melanie
RICKIE FOWLER: Said earlier this year he'd win. Sticking to it. It's not just go time, but win time. Craig
STEPHEN MARINO: The Florida resident has finished in the top 20 in both his career starts here. A victory this week earns you ... • Fully Exempt status for all of 2011 and 2012 • A spot in the following 2011 events in order of play: - 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions - 2011 Bob Hope Classic - 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational - 2011 Verizon Heritage - 2011 PLAYERS - 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial - 2011 The Memorial Tournament - 2011 AT&T National - 2011 PGA Championship • If second TOUR win since after the 2010 U.S. Open, entry into the 2011 U.S. Open. • If a U.S. player, 846,000 points towards making the 2011 Presidents Cup team.
D.A. Points' nephew Carson Chorney will be one of the 50 Children's Miracle Network children on-site that will help welcome fans and help in other capacities. Carson has been treated at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Shands Children's Hospital (Gainesville) as and is suffering from Stage 4 cancer.
KODAK CHALLENGE: The annual winner-take-all competition concludes this week at the Children's Miracle Network Classic:
This week's Kodak Challenge hole HOLE: The par-4, 485-yard 17th at the Magnolia Course DESCRIPTION: This tough hole gave up only 29 birdies last year, but one of them was recorded by Kevin Streelman, who nailed a 7-iron to three feet to secure the inaugural Kodak Challenge. (Click here for tour of Kodak Challenge holes)
.ookie Troy Merritt leads at 18 under. Fowler and Baddeley each loom a shot back. For more about this week's competition for the $1 million, read our preview. For full coverage of the Kodak Challenge, click here.