January 30 2011
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Jhonattan Vegas has just made consecutive birdies at Nos. 9 and 10 to move back into a tie for the lead with Bubba Watson for the second time on Sunday.
Vegas picked up his first PGA TOUR victory last week in a playoff at the Bob Hope Classic. The last player to win consecutive events was Tiger Woods in 2009 at the Buick Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
The Farmers Insurance Open is just the third event of Vegas’ rookie season and his fifth since turning pro. The last player to win multiple events in his rookie year was Todd Hamilton in 2004.
No rookie has ever won the Farmers Insurance Open but Gene Littler won the tournament as an amateur in 1954.
If Vegas ends up winning on Sunday, he would be the first player in more than 13 years to win his first two PGA TOUR events consecutively. The last player to do that was David Duval – who actually won three straight starts – in 1997.
One more interesting stat? Woods reached $2 million in earnings quicker than any other player --- needing just 16 events. If Vegas were to win today, he would have $1,955,880 in just four.