Notes: Berger off to impressive rookie year
March 18, 2014
- Daniel Berger, 20, had three solid finishes in South America and is ninth on the money list. (Halleran/Getty Images)
A BLISTERING WEEK IN BRAZIL FOR JON CURRAN – Massachusetts native Jon Curran did not mess around in securing his first Web.com Tour title in only his fourth Tour start last week at the Brasil Champions presented by HSBC. Among his accomplishments in the wire-to-wire win at São Paulo Golf Club were:
• 259 (-25) total equaled the fifth best 72-hole score in the Tour’s history…four off the record of 255.
• Matched Tour’s lowest 54-hole score ever (190). His 23-under-par figure for three rounds is one off the Tour record.
• Had the second lowest 36-hole score in Tour history (61-64-125), one off the record…and the second lowest strokes under-par total (17 under) for 36 holes.
• Made eight consecutive birdies in the first round…one off the all-time Tour record.
• His 8-under 28 during the first round was one off the Tour record of 27 held by four players.
• His 29 birdies is the second most ever, two off the record.
• Is only the second player since 2008 to win wire-to-wire (no ties) on Tour.
GETTING TO KNOW JON CURRAN – Jon Curran is originally from Hopkinton, Mass. and now lives in Tequesta, Fla. He turned 27 on Feb. 17th and is a 2009 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he earned All-American honors. He was a teammate with Keegan Bradley on Hopkinton High School’s state championship team.
PANAMA LAUNCHED FEDEXCUP LEADER JIMMY WALKER IN 2004 – Panama City and Panama Golf Club host the Web.com Tour for the 11th year in a row this week. The tournament’s first winner, Jimmy Walker, has been on an impressive run since last October, winning three times on the PGA TOUR. Walker opened up the 2004 season with his win in Panama, added one more “W” and two runner-up finishes, before being named that year’s Player of the Year. The Texan currently holds a 538-point lead in the FedExCup race.
MATT KUCHAR ADDED TO “CANADA CUP” EVENT IN NOVA SCOTIA – Reigning PLAYERS champion Matt Kuchar has been added to the field of the “Canada Cup”, an eight-man competition that is part of GOLFest Nova Scotia and the Web.com Tour’s new Nova Scotia Open in Halifax. The Monday, June 30th event will feature two four-man teams of PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour players (Canada vs. the World). Previously committed were top Canadians Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Mike Weir. Four more players will be announced in the coming weeks. The Nova Scotia Open will be played July 3-6 in the week-long celebration of all things golf in Canada.
ALEX CEJKA PADS NO. 1 LEAD – Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship winner Alex Cejka came the closest to catching Jon Curran in Brazil. The German’s runner-up finish added $86,400 to his earnings, which reached $221,400 for the year. Cejka has a $70,300 advantage over Curran. The season’s other winner, Adam Hadwin (Chile Classic), trails Curran by $12,000+.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – Derek Fathauer posted a 12-under-par 59 in a practice round in Brazil on Tuesday, playing with Guy Boros. Fathauer’s card featured 11 birdies, one eagle and one bogey.
CLIMBING THE LADDER – The Web.com Tour’s third-youngest player, Daniel Berger, is off to an impressive rookie year. The former Florida State University All-American has finished T29, T12 and T7 in his first three starts in South America to climb to ninth on the money list. The Jupiter, Fla. resident turns 21 on April 7th.
ALBATROSS – There have been 61 double-eagles in Web.com Tour history, an average of about 2.5 per season. Lucas Lee (Brazil Champions) and Carlos Sainz, Jr. (Chile Classic) recorded double-eagles in consecutive weeks for the third time in the past four years.
AUSSIE GLOBETROTTER – In the last month, Ash Hall of Australia played (in sequence) in Colombia on the Web.com Tour (T29), the New Zealand Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia (T4), then two more Web.com Tour events, in Chile (T12) and Brazil (3rd). Last week’s performance in São Paulo pushed him to sixth on the Web.com Tour money list.
SMALL BUSINESS SUMMITS MAKE 2014 DEBUT ON WEB.COM TOUR NEXT WEEK – The first of 20 “Small Business Summits” conducted at Web.com Tour events by Web.com Ambassadors in 2014 will take place at host Le Triomphe next Thursday (March 27th) in conjunction with the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER. Lafayette-area small business owners will receive free tickets to attend the event and one-on-one personal consulting from the Ambassadors that will help optimize their websites, Facebook pages and online marketing efforts. They will also be treated to hospitality amenities at the course. Summits will take place in conjunction with more than 50 PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour and Champions Tour events throughout the year. For more information, go to www.smallbusinesssummit.web.com.
“MORNING DRIVE” APPEARANCE – Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee is scheduled to be an in-studio guest on Golf Central’s “Morning Drive” program next Tuesday (March 25th). Details will be provided via Web.com Tour social media channels early next week.
DID YOU KNOW? – Jon Curran’s first-round 28 in Brazil was the 33rd time a nine of 28 had been shot in Tour history.
DID YOU KNOW 2? – Panama Golf Club has hosted the likes of Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Doug Sanders, Roberto De Vicenzo, Doug Ford, Dow Finsterwald and Julius Boros in events dating back to the 1950s and 60s.
PANAMA PURSE UPDATE – The purse for the Panama Claro Championship is $625,000. It was announced as $600,000 when the 2014 Web.com Tour schedule was released in January.
NEXT UP – The Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER is the first domestic tournament of 2014. This is the 23rd playing of the event, with Le Triomphe Country Club near Lafayette, La. serving as host every year.