Notes: Albertsons passes $1 million mark in TICKETS Fore CHARITYJuly 30, 2013
OVERTIME – Kevin Tway needed a birdie-eagle-birdie-par finish to join Spencer Levin in Sunday’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft playoff. Tway, who turned 25 last Tuesday, then birdied the first extra hole from six feet to capture his first professional win. The victory came in his 17th Web.com Tour start and 11th this year. He collected a check for $139,500 to move from 39th to sixth in earnings. Tway became the ninth first-time winner in 17 events this year. He joined Patrick Cantlay, Benjamin Alvarado and Chesson Hadley as rookie winners on Tour in 2013. Now sixth on the money list, Tway will soon follow in his dad’s footsteps to the PGA TOUR. Father, Bob, won eight times on the PGA TOUR, including the 1986 PGA Championship. Dad’s first win also came in a playoff (Torrey Pines, 1986).
CLOSE CALL FOR TOUR PROMOTION – When Golf Channel came on the air Sunday, it looked like Michael Putnam might earn a battlefield promotion to the PGA TOUR in Boise. In search of his third win of the year, the native of neighboring Washington held a one-shot lead before Kevin Tway and Spencer Levin made their moves behind him. Putnam, who shot a closing 63, would finish T3 and pad his lead in the money race to $132,213 over No. 2 Edward Loar. The Regular Season leading money winner (and Finals leading money winner) will be fully-exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14 PGA TOUR and receive an invitation to the 2014 PLAYERS Championship. Putnam has been No. 1 since he won the Mexico Championship in May (eight events) and has eight top 10s in 16 starts. Loar preceded Putnam at No. 1 for six straight tournaments.
RACE TO EARN CARDS & SPOT IN FINALS RAMPS UP - The Mylan Classic is one of only four events left that will set the stage for the first-ever four-event Web.com Tour Finals in late August and September. As the 18th of 21 Regular Season events, the Classic comes at a critical time in the season as players vie to secure one of the 25 cards that are guaranteed at the Regular Season-ending Cox Classic or a top-75 spot that ensures a place in the Finals, where another 25 cards will be available and the all-important player positioning for 2013-14 will be determined. Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha sits on No. 25 entering this week’s Mylan Classic. He has a $5,834 lead over Aussie Bronson La’Cassie, who recorded his second T3 in his last seven starts in Boise.
362 – Web.com Tour alumni have won eight of the last 11 PGA TOUR events, with Brandt Snedeker adding his RBC Canadian Open title on Sunday. It was Snedeker’s sixth TOUR title and the 362nd by an alumnus.
ALL-AMERICAN INVITATIONS MOVE TO MYLAN CLASSIC - The Mylan Classic will feature a new player invitation category this year when some of college golf's top players head to Southpointe Golf Club near Pittsburgh. The format was picked up by the Classic when the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship became a Web.com Tour Finals events. It had a significant impact on the tournament when played in Ohio. Three times the champion came out of the All-American ranks - Daniel Summerhays (2007), Harris English (2011) and Ben Kohles (2012). In 2009, Rickie Fowler finished runner-up as did John Peterson in 2011. Headlining this year's 11 invitees is 2013 NCAA individual champion Max Homa of the U. of California.
RUSSELL KNOX JOINS “59 CLUB” – Russell Knox two-putted from 70 feet on the final hole last Friday in Boise to join Notah Begay III, Doug Dunakay, Jason Gore and Will Wilcox in the “59 Club” on the Web.com Tour. The Scotsman willed in his final putt, a 7-footer, to enter the record books. Just two tournaments ago Wilcox became the fourth club member at the Utah Championship. Ironically, the Begay-Dunakey 59s also came with one tournament separating them in 1998. There have been five 59s on the PGA TOUR, with Al Geiberger the first to do so in 1977.
RETURN TO ACTION – PGA TOUR member Spencer Levin turned in an impressive performance in only his second start since being sidelined almost 10 months ago due to a torn ligament in his left thumb. The 29-year-old Californian missed the cut in his first start back last week in Kansas City but had plenty of game in Boise, where he shot 23-under, which included a 63 on Sunday, to get into the playoff with champion Kevin Tway. Levin will soon return to the PGA TOUR, where he has posted 13 top-10 finishes since graduating from the Web.com Tour in 2008. Levin had one other TOUR playoff appearance – he lost to Johnson Wagner at the 2011 Mayakoba Golf Classic on the PGA TOUR.
ALBERTSONS ENJOYS BIG CHARITY SUCCESS, ONCE AGAIN – Tournament organizer Jeff Sanders announced on Sunday that the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft surpassed $1 million in TICKETS Fore CHARITY donations for the first time, with a 2013 donation of $1,035,000. Additional proceeds raised the total donation to $1,322,000, which is the seventh year in a row the tournament has raised in excess of $1 million for charity in Boise. Since its inception in 1990, the Open has generated more than $15 million for Idaho-based charities.
“A TRIBUTE TO THE KING” - On Tuesday evening, the Mylan Classic and Washington County (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce will host a private dinner, honoring Western Pennsylvania's prominent and highly respected native son, Arnold Palmer. Proceeds will benefit charity. Jim Rohr, Executive Chairman of the PNC Financial Services Group, and Ed Stack, Chairman and CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods, will co-chair the dinner. A selection of Arnold Palmer memorabilia will be on display for spectator viewing at the Mylan Classic.
SMALL BUSINESS FORUMS – Web.com continues to roll out its very successful “Web.com Tour Small Business Forums” on a weekly basis in conjunction with Web.com Tour events. August will be a very busy month, with Forums planned this week in Washington Co., Pa., followed by Springfield, Mo., Knoxville, Tenn. and Omaha, Neb. They will also be held at all four FedExCup Playoffs events on the PGA TOUR. In September, all four Web.com Finals events will host Forums, as will the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in October. For more information on any of the Forums, visit http://smallbusinessforum.web.com.
YOUNGER GENERATION – Of this year’s 17 tournament winners, 12 are in their 20s.
PLAYOFFS – After no playoffs in the first 13 tournaments of 2013, there have been three in the last four, with the Midwest Classic being the exception.
DID YOU KNOW? – The second round apparently is the day to shoot 59 on the Web.com Tour. Four out of the five 59s posted have come in this round. The five 59s on the PGA TOUR have been spread across all four tournament days, with the final round being the only one with two.
NEXT WEEK – The Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is up next for the Web.com Tour (Aug. 8-11). Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo. will host the Tour for the 24th year in a row.