Notes: Hadley cumulative leading money winner on Tour

October 01, 2013

The 2013 Tour season officially came to its conclusion on Sunday with Chesson Hadley winning the Tour Championship by two shots and John Peterson wrapping up the Finals money title.  There is one big event yet to come in 2013 - the Tour Qualifying Tournament. The Finals of the three-stage tournament will take place Dec. 12-17 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

CONGRATULATIONS – Fifty players were honored Sunday after they secured their 2013-14 PGA TOUR membership at the Tour Championship, played in the shadow of TOUR headquarters at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  Highlighted at the closing ceremony for their performances were:

Chesson Hadley – Tour Championship winner
Michael Putnam – Regular Season leading money winner
John Peterson – Finals leading money winner

Congratulations to all 50 players!

BIG MONEY – Chesson Hadley finished 2013 as the cumulative leading money winner on Tour (Regular Season + Finals earnings) on the Tour, with $535,432.  The 2010 Georgia Tech grad edged out Michael Putnam by $20,248.  Putnam had led the money list after the 15 preceding tournaments, the sixth longest stretch in Tour history.  Hadley’s earnings ranked second all-time, trailing only Michael Sim’s $644,142 in 2009.

6 IN AND 6 OUT – There was plenty of drama last week for the second set of 25 cards.  Six players came to TPC Sawgrass outside the top 25 and played their way in by Sunday - Brad Fritsch, Russell Knox, Billy Hurley III, Joe Durant, Lee Williams and Andrew Loupe. Their good fortune came at the expense of six others - Greg Owen, Vaughn Taylor, Spencer Levin, Camilo Benedetti, Alistair Presnell and Steve Wheatcroft, all of whom began the week 25th or better but missed the cut.

STATS CORNER – The following players led key Tour statistical categories in 2013:

Scoring Average:                    John Peterson (68.94)
Driving Distance:                    Clodomiro Carranza (315.8)
Driving Accuracy %:               Heath Slocum (78.25)
Greens in Regulation %:         John Peterson (75.00)
Total Driving:                           Will Wilcox (35)
Putting Average:                     Edward Loar (1.707)
Birdie Average:                       Edward Loar (4.58)
Eagles (Holes Per):                 Randall Hutchison (74.8)
Sand Save %:                         Nate Smith (69.44)
All-Around Ranking:                Ben Martin (111)

John Peterson and Ben Martin finished in the top five in five of the categories.  Edward Loar and Will Wilcox finished in the top five in four of them.

TWO-TIME WINNERS – Chesson Hadley became the fourth two-time winner in 2013, joining Michael Putnam, Ben Martin and Andy Svoboda.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH / JOHN PETERSON – If there’s a hot player about to make the transition from the Tour to the PGA TOUR, it’s clearly John Peterson.  The former NCAA individual champion out of LSU finished T5, T3, 3rd and T2 in September’s four Tour Finals events to top the Finals money list and become fully exempt on the PGA TOUR.  Peterson preceded the Finals with a third-place finish in the Cox Classic in late August. For his terrific play in September the 24-year-old has been named Tour Player of the Month.

DID YOU KNOW? – 1)  It took $33,650 (Bobby Gates) to secure the 25th and final card in the four-event Tour Finals or an average of $8,412 per event.  2) Of the 21 different winners of the Tour’s 25 tournaments this year, 14 were in their 20s, with Patrick Cantlay (20 years, 11 months, 15 days when he won) the youngest.  There were 14 first-time winners and five rookie winners.