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The Tour Report

March 7 2011

11:42 AM

Rory among Ironmen of 2011

Two of the top five finishers at The Honda Classic -- winner Rory Sabbatini and Tommy Gainey, who claimed solo fifth -- were playing for the eighth consecutive week on the PGA TOUR.

They weren't alone. Among players who have earned FedExCup points, seven have played in every full-field event this season. Joining Sabbatini and Gainey are Spencer Levin, William McGirt, Jarrod Lyle, Chad Collins and Josh Teater.

Call them the Ironmen of 2011.

An eighth player, Matt Bettencourt, also has made eight starts. But unlike the other seven, he qualified for the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in early January. Bettencourt took the week off two weeks ago before returning to play the Honda Classic.

Sabbatini said Sunday night after his one-stroke win at PGA National that he will actually be playing 10 consecutive weeks. He plans to play at this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and then the following week at the Transitions Championship.

After that?

"I think we might have to do a little conversing as to whether or not we are going to continue on to Bay Hill," he said. "My wife made me promise her that when I won, I'd take some time off."

Players usually don't play that many consecutive weeks for fear of getting worn out -- both physically and emotionally. But Sabbatini said he felt like his game was headed in the right direction and he wanted to continue building on the momentum rather than take a week off to rest.

"I felt like something good was going to happen," he said. "I guess if you flip a coin enough times, you are eventually going to end on the right side."

Gainey has two top-10 finishes in his last five starts and seems to be much closer in claiming the first TOUR win of his career. He was originally scheduled in the field at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com but withdrew late Monday morning.

Teater is scheduled to compete in Puerto Rico this week, leaving he and Sabbatini as the last Ironmen standing.

These players have played every week on TOUR starting with the Sony Open in Hawaii, the first full-field event of 2011:

Player FedExCup rank FedExCup points Best finish in 2011
Rory Sabbatini 3 724 Winner, The Honda Classic
Spencer Levin 15 487 Playoff runner-up, Mayakoba Golf Classic
Tommy Gainey 34 268 Fifth, The Honda Classic
William McGirt 72 136 Tied for 19th, Mayakoba Golf Classic
Jarrod Lyle 75 132 Tied for fifth, Mayakoba Golf Classic
Chad Collins 142 50 Tied for 42nd, Mayakoba Golf Classic
Josh Teater 207 10 Tied for 63rd, Farmers Insurance Open