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October 16 2013

1:33 PM

Five seeking their first win

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

LAS VEGAS -- The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has been a popular place for players to get their first PGA TOUR win. The tournament has produced 10 first-time winners in the past 20 years, including Jim Furyk (1995) and Tiger Woods (1996). Here's a look at five players seeking their first TOUR win this week. Who do you think is the best candidate to earn his first victory this week in Vegas? Leave your choice in the comments section below:

1. Graham DeLaet
Age:
31
Career starts: 81
Runners-up: 1
Third-place: 3
Top-10s: 13
2013 FedExCup rank: 8
DeLaet had his breakout season in 2013, posting his career-best finish at The Barclays (T-2) and finishing third two other times. He also played in his first Presidents Cup and qualified for his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. He was third on TOUR in greens in regulation in 2013 and first in total driving.

2. Brendon De Jonge
Age:
33
Career starts: 178
Runners-up: 1
Third-place: 3
Top-10s: 22
2013 FedExCup rank: 26
Like DeLaet, de Jonge played in the Presidents Cup and TOUR Championship. His best career finish (T-2) came at this event last year. That shouldn’t be a surprise. He led the TOUR in birdies in 2013 (399), and low scores are necessary in Las Vegas.

3. Hideki Matsuyama
Age:
21
Career starts: 12
Runners-up: 0
Third-place: 1
Top-10s: 3
2013 FedExCup rank: N/A
Matsuyama, who is playing his first season as a PGA TOUR member, started the season with a career-best third place finish at the Frys.com Open. He has finished in the top 25 in all seven of his TOUR starts as a professional.

4. Charlie Wi
Age:
41
Career starts: 208
Runners-up: 5
Third-place: 1
Top-10s: 21
2013 FedExCup rank: 123
Jimmy Walker’s win at last week’s Frys.com Open was the first of his TOUR career; it came in his 188th start. Wi is seeking his first victory after 208 starts. He’s won nine times worldwide, and has five runners-up in his TOUR career.

5. Kevin Stadler
Age:
33
Career starts: 233
Runners-up: 2
Third-place: 1
Top-10s: 20
2013 FedExCup rank: 33
Stadler almost qualified for his first Masters this year, but narrowly missed qualifying for the TOUR Championship. A victory this week would earn him his first trip to Augusta National, where his father, Craig, won the 1982 Masters. Kevin Stadler has won four times on the Web.com Tour and once on the European Tour. Like Walker and Wi, he has waited a long time for that first TOUR win.

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