Notes: celebrates one year as umbrella sponsor of Tour

June 25, 2013

PERFECT SCRIPT – Nearly 26 years ago, Chesson Hadley was born at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.  On Sunday, he authored a storybook ending to the 20th Rex Hospital Open when he made an eagle and five birdies over the last 10 holes to capture his first Tour title in the town he still resides in. A final-round 64 vaulted the 2010 Georgia Tech grad past Danny Lee, who held a four-shot advantage over two players at the start of the day, with Hadley another shot behind them.  With four finishes of sixth or better in his last five starts, Hadley has gone from 88th in earnings to third, making his goal of earning a 2013-14 PGA TOUR card all but reality.

NO. 358 – 2006 Tour Player of the Year Ken Duke’s playoff victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship was the 358th PGA TOUR title by a Tour alumnus.

ENCORE IN EVANSVILLE - After a very successful first year, the United Leasing Championship returns to Evansville and one of Indiana's top courses, Victoria National Golf Club. Last year, Peter Tomasulo prevailed over David Lingmerth in a four-hole playoff for his third Tour win. Tomasulo was making only his third start of the year due to a variety of injuries. The competitors dealt with scorching temperatures that reached at least 103 degrees all four days. The event raised $104,000 for charity.

ONE-YEAR WEB.COM ANNIVERSARY - It was one year ago (June 27th) that became the new umbrella sponsor of the Tour. After making the official announcement with PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, executives flew with Tour president Bill Calfee to Evansville, where they were introduced to players, Tour staff, key United Leasing and tournament personnel, and the media. The first year of the relationship has been very positive and productive, with 2013 marking the implementation of several key changes to the Tour and the PGA TOUR's qualifying system.

TOUGH TEST AT VICTORIA NATIONAL - Victoria National Golf Club proved to be one of the Tour's tougher tests last year, playing almost one shot over par (+.824).  Just as it did last year, the United Leasing Championship presented by PTI has attracted a very strong field this year.  It features 83 of the top 100, which is the most of any tournament this year, along with the WNB Golf Classic.

SEPTEMBER RETURN TO INDIANA – Later in the summer, the Tour will return to Indiana for the first of the four Tour Finals events.  Another of the state's gems, Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Ft. Wayne, will host the Hotel Fitness Championship, Aug. 29 - Sept. 1.  On Monday, the Championship conducted Media Day, with 2013 winners Mark Anderson, Kevin Kisner and Will Wilcox in attendance. Emceeing the festivities in his hometown was four-time PGA TOUR winner Billy Kratzert.

NEW AMERICAN CITIZEN – Last Wednesday in San Diego, Tyrone Van Aswegen became a United States citizen. He flew to Raleigh for the Rex Hospital Open, arriving at 1 a.m. Thursday morning, and opened with a 66 and closed with a 67, good for a T18 finish.  Married to an American (Cristin), the 31-year-old from Johannesburg, South Africa participated in a ceremony at San Diego Civic Theater along with 750 others who took the oath.  “They play the national anthem and you get goose bumps,” he said.  “I’m very excited and proud to be an American.”  Van Aswegen added that he aced the citizenship test “which was pretty cool.”

BROTHER ACT – The Putnam brothers have been enjoying themselves on Tour of late.  In Raleigh, they both finished in the top 10 in the same tournament for the second time this year.  Michael was sixth, while younger brother Andrew took the lead on day one with a 62 and finished T7.  Only the Pappas (Deane, Brenden) and Freeman (Robin, Jeff) brothers have recorded better combined finishes.  The best came at the 2001 Monterrey Open, where Deane won and Brenden finished T4.  Michael Putnam retains the top spot on the money list, with a lead of approximately $113,000 over Edward Loar, who finished third on Sunday.  Andrew has climbed from 59th to 31st in the last four tournaments.

VINNY LOVES HIS GOLF – Country music legend and golf lover Vince Gill will be at Victoria National on Wednesday to play in the Tropicana Evansville Pro-Am.  Welcome, Vince.

GOLF CHANNEL IN EVANSVILLE – This week’s United Leasing Championship presented by PTI will be televised on Golf Channel, with all four rounds airing in the early evening (ET).

DID YOU KNOW? – Of the 238 players who have earned at least one paycheck on the Tour this year, 25 have competed in all 13 events played to date.  The list includes No. 1, Michael Putnam, along with his brother, Andrew, and No. 6 Danny Lee. There are 25 events on the schedule.

NEXT WEEK – The Tour is off next week (July 1-7) before beginning a run of 11 tournaments in 12 weeks that will close out the first Tour season featuring its new 21-event Regular Season and four Finals events.