Here's a weird stat for you: PGA TOUR rookie Alex Prugh has three top-10s this year -- and all of them came in the Golden State. All three of of them came during the West Coast Swing stretch earlier this year when the TOUR played three events in California (Bob Hope Classic, Farmers Insurance Open, Northern Trust Open) in three weeks.
Fast forward to October. Prugh, a Nationwide Tour graduate, hasn't threatened the top-10 since that run. His best finish since May? A tie for 33rd in the Turning Stone Resort Championship.
But the TOUR's return to the West Coast has revitalized his game, and not a moment too soon. After his run of top-10s, Prugh all but had his card secured for 2011. Since then, he's fell to 104th on the money list. His total of $816,266 appears safe, but it's hardly a lock.
It might be a lock now. Prugh fired a 66 on Friday that got him to 7 under, six shots back of Rocco Mediate, and into position for a late tee time on Saturday. Prugh's Round 3 scoring average has been 69.86 this year, remarkably low for a rookie.