Notes: Martin joins Putnam as second multiple winner of 2013August 06, 2013
GOLF’S HOTTEST PLAYER – Step aside Tiger Woods and Inbee Park. The world’s hottest golfer is arguably the Web.com Tour’s Ben Martin. The 2009 Clemson grad collected his second win of 2013 on Sunday when he glided to a five shot-victory at the Mylan Classic near Pittsburgh. Consider the following:
- Martin joins Michael Putnam as the second multiple winner of 2013.
- With No. 1 Putnam missing the cut in Pittsburgh, Martin jumps from fourth to second in earnings, closing the gap between Nos. 1 and 2 to $34,435.
- Martin leads the Tour in birdies this year with 269.
- Martin has posted par or better scores in 23 of his last 24 rounds…and sub-par rounds in 21 of his last 24.
- Martin is a cumulative 96-under in his last 24 rounds.
- Martin’s scoring average for his last 24 rounds is 67.166.
- Martin has five top-six finishes in his last six starts, plus a T14.
- Martin has made the cut in 14 of 17 starts this year and has 11 top-25 finishes.
Rex Hospital Open
United Leasing Championship
Albertsons Boise Open
Martin will take a well-deserved two-week break, returning to play at the final Regular Season event of the year, the Cox Classic (Aug. 22-25), where he will have one last chance to secure the No. 1 spot. A lot will be riding on that effort. Whether it’s Putnam, Martin or one of the other pursuers, the Regular Season’s leading money winner will earn fully-exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14 and an invitation to next May’s PLAYERS Championship:
KEY NUMBERS: 1, 25, 75 – With Regular Season events remaining in Springfield, Mo. (this week), Knoxville, Tenn. and Omaha, Neb., there are three key numbers to focus on – 1, 25 and 75.
Leading Money Winners
1 – Michael Putnam - $430,684
2 – Ben Martin - $396,249 (Martin trails Putnam by $34,435)
3 – Chesson Hadley - $305,999
4 – Edward Loar - $300,471
20 – Patrick Cantlay - $135,105
21 – Steven Alker - $130,302
22 – Scott Parel - $128,957
23 – Whee Kim - $128,718
24 – Wes Roach - $127,898
25 – Ashley Hall - $126,833 (Hall leads Rocha by $7,244)
26 – Alexandre Rocha - $119,589
27 – Chad Collins - $118,695
28 – Nick Rousey - $112,437
29 – Bronson La’Cassie - $111,629
30 – Bill Hurley III - $103,695
73 – Sung Kang - $ 56,075
74 – Joe Affrunti - $ 55,207
75 – Aron Price - $ 54,590 (Price leads Jang by $542 and Durant by $569)
76 – I.J. Jang - $ 54,048
77 – Joe Durant - $ 54,021
78 – Paul Claxton - $ 53,576
A top-25 Regular Season finish will secure a PGA TOUR card for 2013-14, while the others inside the top 75 will get a shot at the second set of 25 cards that will be on the line during the Web.com Tour Finals that follow Omaha.
BIG STEP IN THE PROCESS – Zack Sucher earned Special Temporary Membership at the Mylan Classic. Making only his third 2013 start, the University of Alabama-Birmingham product finished T10, pushing his season’s earnings to $64,058. He needed to better the earnings of last year’s No. 100 on the money list (Michael Connell / $54,799). Sucher benefited most from his T2 at the South Georgia Classic in late April.
GARY WOODLAND WIN IS NO. 363 – Gary Woodland chalked up his second PGA TOUR victory on Sunday at the Reno-Tahoe Open, bringing the number of Web.com Tour alumni wins on TOUR to 363. It was Woodland’s second TOUR victory (2011 Transitions Championship).
PGA CHAMPS – The PGA Championship returns to Oak Hill Country Club this week and the scene of Shaun Micheel’s finest hour as a professional golfer. The 1999 Web.com Tour graduate stuffed a 7-iron at the 72nd hole to seal victory in the major championship ten years ago this week. Micheel has earned more than $9 million on TOUR in 379 starts. Other Web.com Tour alumni who have won the PGA are John Daly (1991), David Toms (2001) and Keegan Bradley (2011).
CHARITY A HUGE WINNER IN THE OZARKS – Springfield, Mo. will celebrate its 24th straight year of hosting a Web.com Tour event this week. Highland Springs Country Club has been home to the tournament all 24 years, making it one of only two events that have been played at the same course every year since the Tour's inception in 1990 (Hillcrest CC in Boise, Idaho also). Since 1990, the Price Cutter Charity Championship has generated $10,084,822 for children's charities in the Ozarks region of Missouri, with a record-breaking tally of $854,262 last year. Proceeds are propelled by the tournament’s 13 pro-ams that are spread over a 10-day period surrounding the event.
JULY HONORS TO JAMIE LOVEMARK – A resurgent Jamie Lovemark is July’s Web.com Tour Player of the Month. The former University of Southern California standout won (Midwest Classic) and finished T6 (Albertsons Boise Open) and T7 (Utah Championship). All 12 of his rounds, which included two 62s, were under par. He was 57-under par for the month. The 2010 Web.com Tour Player of the Year, who suffered through back injuries in 2011 and ’12, raced up the money list from 99th to 10th over this three-tournament stretch. Congratulations, Jamie!
AMATEUR CHAMP MAKES A BIG MOVE – 2011 U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft got himself into the picture for a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card at the Mylan Classic with his best finish in 11 Web.com Tour starts this year. A 10-birdie, final-round 64 led to a runner-up finish, which leaped the former SMU star 99 spots up the money list to 38th.
DOUBLE-EAGLE – Scott Harrington recorded a double-eagle on the 553-yard, 13th hole at Southpointe Golf Club on Saturday when he drilled a 6-iron from 217 yards into the hole. It was only the second albatross on Tour in 2013 (Bhavik Patel / Mexico Open).
KIWIS IN HUNT FOR FIRST 25 CARDS – A trio of New Zealanders are right in the middle of the chase for the first 25 PGA TOUR cards for 2013-14 that will be awarded in three weeks at the conclusion of the Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha (Aug. 22-25). Tim Wilkinson is No. 9, Danny Lee No. 11 and Steven Alker No. 21. Alker is the only winner (Utah Championship) among the group.
ARIEL CANETE MAKING A MOVE – With his best finish of the year, a T3 at the Mylan Classic, Argentina’s Ariel Canete is on track to earn a place in the Web.com Tour finals. Last year’s leading money winner on the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is back inside the top 75 at No. 60. The next best performance among last fall’s five leading money winners from Latin America is Oscar Fraustro from Mexico at No. 90.
UNFORTUNATE DEVELOPMENT – Blayne Barber, who has made just five starts on the Web.com Tour this year, made a very unfortunate mistake on Friday when he signed for a birdie-3 on No. 16 instead of a par-4. The Auburn grad from Lake City, Fla. would have been tied for second at the midway point of the Mylan Classic. In a twist of irony, Barber was disqualified from last fall’s PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament after advancing through the first stage. Barber had called a one-stroke penalty for a bunker violation but didn’t realize it should have been two strokes until days after the competition had concluded. As a result, Barber was denied a chance to advance to the PGA TOUR or gain Web.com Tour status. The limited status he now enjoys was earned via Monday qualifiers and sponsor exemptions.
RECORD STARTS – Paul Claxton will surpass Ben Bates for most starts made on the Web.com Tour when he tees it up this Thursday at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. It will be the Georgian’s 411th start dating back to his first in 1994.
DID YOU KNOW? – While Ben Martin’s five-shot win over Kelly Kraft on Sunday was most impressive, many fans may have glossed over the fact there was a 10-shot margin between him and the six players who finished T3.
NEXT WEEK – Like Springfield, Mo. this week, the Tour returns to Knoxville, Tenn. for the 24th year in a row. Fox Den Country Club in the suburb of Farragut is the host venue Aug. 15-18.