Notes: Walker's Open win No. 366 for Tour alumni

October 15, 2013

THREE-YEAR EXTENSION IN WICHITA – The Tour’s Wichita, Kan. event announced a three-year tournament extension with the PGA TOUR on Tuesday. One of the Tour’s four original events that remain on the schedule, the Air Capital Classic, will be played for a 25th, 26th and 27th time.  Aetna signed on as the presenting sponsor. A consortium of 22 local companies known as the “Ambassadors” has also agreed to support the event, which returns to Crestview Country Club in June.

NO. 366 – After 20 Tour alumni wins on the PGA TOUR during the 2013 season, Jimmy Walker added another in the opening event of the new 2013-14 wraparound season with his first TOUR victory at the Open on Sunday.  It was alumni win No. 366.

FAN OF THE SEASON OPENER – In 2004, Jimmy Walker won the Tour’s season-opening event in Panama City, Panama by five shots over Tom Scherrer. He would go on to be named that year’s Player of the Year. On Sunday, Walker won the PGA TOUR’s 2013-14 season opener, the Open.  His first TOUR win came in his 188th start.

BROOKS KOEPKA’S 2013 GLOBEBTROTTING INCLUDES WEB.COM TOUR – Sunday’s near winner of the Open, Brooks Koepka, has managed to play events on five tours around the world this year, including the Tour.  In April, the former Florida State University All-American successfully Monday-qualified for the WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas and went on to finish T40. Koepka has played tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Challenge Tour, European Tour and Southern Africa Tour, in addition to the Tour.

WEB.COM TOUR QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT RESULTS – First Stage of the Tour Qualifying Tournament continues this week (Oct. 15-18) with qualifiers in Dayton, Nev., The Woodlands, Texas, Lewisville, Texas, Pensacola, Fla. and Florence, S.C. Results of these and all upcoming First, Second and Finals Stages are available on PGATOUR.COM (go to the Tour home page and scroll down to the “Q-School” box) as are results of already-completed qualifiers.

DID YOU KNOW? – In one of the strongest performances ever in the All-Around Ranking, Ben Martin led the stat category this year with 111 points. Only one player has had a better finish – Greg Owen in 2008, with 102 points. With his 111 points, Martin is in the good company of former Tour Player of the Year Zach Johnson (2003). The All-Around Ranking, which was first recorded in 1998, is based on a compilation of eight key stats.