Notebook: Malnati poster boy for Tour success

August 20, 2013

POSTER BOY FOR WEB.COM TOUR SUCCESS – Peter Malnati started June with no status whatsoever on the Tour.  By Sunday night the resident of nearby Dandridge, Tenn. had all but assured himself of a PGA TOUR card after he sealed victory in the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville.  Malnati’s rapid rise began with a T15 after he successfully Monday-qualified in Wichita. With the exception of one missed cut in Utah, the University of Missouri product did not finish outside the top 25 in seven starts.  His victory catapulted him to 16th on the money list.  “I really worked hard, and I love doing this,” Malnati said.

FINALS TO LAUNCH NEXT WEEK – The first Tour Finals will kick off next week in Indiana.  Here are the dates, venues and host cities:





Aug. 29 – Sept. 1

Hotel Fitness Championship

Sycamore Hills Golf Club

Fort Wayne, Ind.

Sept. 5-8

Chiquita Classic

River Run Country Club

Davidson, N.C. (Charlotte)

Sept. 12-15

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Ohio State University Golf Club / Scarlet Course

Columbus, Ohio

Sept. 26-29 Tour Championship

TPC Sawgrass / Dye’s Valley Course

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL


HOTEL FITNESS CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD – The deadline for player commitments for the first Finals event, the Hotel Fitness Championship, is this Friday, Aug. 23rd, at 5 p.m. ET. The field itself will not be finalized until the Cox Classic is completed and the top-75 Tour money winners have been determined.

LAST-MINUTE EFFORTS – Jin Park and Andres Gonzales played their way into top 200 in FedExCup points at the Wyndham Championship, giving themselves a shot at securing PGA TOUR playing privileges for 2013-14 in the Tour Finals.  With a T20, Park went from 201 to 189. Gonzales had a TOUR-best T8 in Greensboro to leap from 238 to 198.