2019 Masters Wednesday: Jack, Gary, & Tom Playing in the Par-3 Contest!

Special Moment today at the Par-3 Contest! Jack Nicklaus tee shot on the 5th hits the flagstick! I was more interested in watching Jack’s swing! Still has it at age 79! Playing with Gary Player & Tom Watson! Love the camaraderie of golf!   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 1 Video; Wednesday, 4/10/19)

CLICK HERE for Video of Jack Nicklaus hitting the Flagstick!

Wednesday is Par-3 Contest day with players and their families participating! Fun day, Masters competition starts tomorrow!   (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 40 Pics; Wednesday, 4/10/19)

Thanks for all the Facebook Comments—they are included below the Photo Gallery!

 

Peter Benn it is the only game that lasts a lifetime mate

Marc Belsher I so wish Cora and I were there!!!

Steve Hannaford Enjoyed my Monday there, special place!

Sue Allen “Ladies and Gentleman, the 2019 Masters Golf Tournament is finally underway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Masters Tuesday: Walking the First Nine at Augusta National Golf Club!

Another beautiful day at Augusta National Golf Club! A weather delay in the middle but able to walk the first nine and see the newly upgraded 5th hole (new tee 40 yards longer; repositioned fairway bunkers and more receptive green). Nothing like The Masters Tournament to fell Springtime inside and outside! (Andy Reistetter; Facebook Post with 35 Pics; Tuesday 4/9/19)

Thanks for all the Facebook Comments—they are included below the Photo Gallery!

BJ Smyth Great pictures Andy!!

Peter Benn are you using your fone or a camera ?

Jeff Hughes Jr. I’ll be over on the driving range near the putting green again….stop by

Valerie Tidwell Beautiful Andy…enjoy!

2019 Masters Monday: Walking the Second Nine at Augusta National Golf Club!

Always beautiful, always serene, always feels like the very first time here, blessed to walk Augusta National today! Mainly walked the second nine before a storm came in & closed the course around 3:30 pm. Happy Masters!   (Andy Reistetter, Facebook Post with 30 Pics, Monday 4-8-19)

Thanks for all the Facebook Comments—they are included below the Photo Gallery!

Peter Benn have a fantastic time mate

Phil Lago Enjoy!

Delia Guerrero Nava On my way. Maybe I’ll see you!

Bettyann Procter Harlow We had such a nice time last year Andy, miss you a lot

Lissa Marchette Rothstein Have a great time. I’m sure Frosty is smiling 

Lisa Bennett-Fish Very nice Andy Reistetter!

Terry Anderson Lucky dog!

Rick Bell Sorry we missed you! Walked all 18. Great day!!!

Muffy Jennings See you Wednesday.

Katherine Deen Way See you Thursday!

Jason LeBlanc My hero

Jeff Hughes Jr. Come say hello…I’ll be working security near the driving range all week

Mary Eaton Rhodes We were there last year. It’s amazing!

Tracy Dantzscher Underwood Enjoy it!

Joan E.Davis keep the pictures coming…..awesome!!!!!

Donna Papas Simons Beautiful, enjoy your time there.

Tim Crosby Nice to see the dogwoods and azaleas blooming like they did when I was a kid!

Nadia Allem Are you there all week?

Kim Hastert There in spirit

Pamela Haugner Sky looks as bad there as here!

Kathleen Wolfe BEAUTIFUL ANDY A great place to be, have fun!

Keith Chesk see, thank got you are not at Ely now!

Debra Cottrell Looks beautiful…wish I could be there…Enjoy!

Marimoraes Moraes Felicidades amigo♥️

Sharon Young DiPasquale We’ll be up there Friday. I hope we can see you.

Paula Scott LOVE LOVE THIS!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Jim Maggiore So, who do you think will be wearing the green jacket this Sunday?

Dan DeMuth Thanks Andy great pics, 🙂 I always enjoy attending the masters was unable to make it this year based on being in Arizona for so long. Nancy Lopez Was sponsored by a company out of my home town and Saint cloud Minnesota at the time when I was a kid great memories. I caddie for her back then and she had so many good insights. 🙂

Tom Lamphere I was there on Monday!!!!

Calvin Kong Zhi Xian when can have a golf game with you at Augusta?

 

 

Memories of the 2019 Valspar at Innisbrook Won by Defending Champion Paul Casey!

Memories of the 2019 Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Won by Defending Champion Paul Casey!

2018 Left; 2019 Right! Photo Credit: Google Search/Getty Images.

2018 Left; 2019 Right! Photo Credit: Google Search/Getty Images.

It’s been a long road back for Paul Casey and a colorful one at that! In the year of 2009 Paul Casey won for the first time on the US PGA TOUR and reached his highest Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR)—third! With 13 European Tour wins from 2001 to 2014 nine came before the 2009 Shell Houston Open victory and five afterwards.

Casey lost twice in playoffs in 2015 on the PGA TOUR and remained dormant until the rejuvenated breakthrough win at the 2018 Valspar Championship.

Now his third PGA TOUR victory and OWGR No. 11!

The par-4 18th on Copperhead; sometimes an easy birdie; sometimes an easy bogey; always a difficult par to win!

The par-4 18th on Copperhead; sometimes an easy birdie; sometimes an easy bogey; always a difficult par to win!

A courageous one at that closing with a Sunday 1-over par 72 to beat Louis Oosthuizen (69) and Jason Kokrak (71) by one stroke. Oosthuizen was in the clubhouse at 7-under par. Kokrak finished with a bogey after driving so wide right he was right of the bunkers. With a wedge in his hand he failed to reach the green and then failed to get it up-and-down. Casey had a 3-putt bogeyed on the 17th and looked to be headed to another on the 18th when he drove into a deep bunker. But he responded with a gallant shot reaching the green and 2-putting for a par and victory!

The Valspar Championship is a colorful one, on and off the golf course!

The Valspar Championship is a colorful one, on and off the golf course!

The Copperhead Course at the Salamander Innisbrook Resort is a great test of golf and with firm and fast conditions and some wind played quite difficult the entire week. Another testament to Casey’s brilliance this week was World No. 1 Dustin Johnson’s final round 74 while paired with Casey.

So good to be back at the Valspar Championship for the first time since the 2008 PODS Championship won by Sean O’Hair. But I have been to the Salamander Innisbrook Resort several times in between to tee it up on the Copperhead Course. In 2018 I played all four courses!

America’s Best Golf Resort: Innisbrook a Salamander Resort near Tampa, FL!

Note the 36 on the back nine of the Copperhead Course!

Who’s behind the awesome Salamander Innisbrook Resort and hostess to the Valspar Championship?

Lady Trump Outshines Donald in FLA.

Ms. Sheila Johnson is!

Don’t disregard Mr. Paul Casey at the season’s first Major Championship—The Masters in two weeks’ time. His last four finishes there in the last four years, chronologically—T6—T4—6th—T15.

Tribute to the great golf course architect Lawrence Packard, an Innisbrook Legend!

Tribute to the great golf course architect Lawrence Packard, an Innisbrook Legend!

An absolutely spectacular day for Round 3 of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort! Paul Casey (68), DJ (67), Jason Kokrak (66), & Jim Furyk (68) made moos on Chick-fil-A’s Mooving Saturday! Thirteen players within 5 strokes of leader Paul Casey who is at minus-9! Tough but fair championship course is Copperhead! Likely a Sunday Shootout & maybe a Playoff too! I was last here in 2008 on my original Florida Swing. My oh my has this tournament grown into something truly special! Had the feel of a Players Saturday today! Hats off to Sheila Johnson, Copperhead Charities, & the tournament staff & volunteers!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/23/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

 

 

 

On Course Reporter Jane Crafter in her element and out of the snow in Arizona!

On Course Reporter Jane Crafter in her element and out of the snow in Arizona!

Out of the snow in Arizona… into the Florida sunshine… one of the best in the golf broadcasting business… good to see Jane Crafter out there with the Jon Rahm/Rory Sabbatini pairing this afternoon at the Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/23/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

 

Memories of the 2019 PLAYERS Championship Won by Rory McIlroy!

Memories of the 2019 PLAYERS Championship Won by Rory McIlroy!

Rory McIlroy, 2019 PLAYERS Champion! Photo Credit: Google Search

Rory McIlroy, 2019 PLAYERS Champion! Photo Credit: Google Search

A memorable Sunday at the PLAYERS!

First, another inspirational FCA Chapel Service!

2019 PLAYERS: FCA Sunday Chapel Service with Justin Hueber & The Jason Lovins Band!

Second, immediately following the first, an ACE at the par-3 17th by yours truly! The replicate par-3 17th that is! Not the full 136 yards, more like 13 yards or 40 feet. But it went IN!!!

Third, what an amazing finish with Rory strong and steady to win by one stroke over local favorite Jim Furyk!

What an exciting morning out at TPC Sawgrass and then an exciting afternoon watching the drama play out on TV!

Tiger Woods, 2-time PLAYERS Champion!

Tiger Woods, 2-time PLAYERS Champion!

Even though Tiger Woods was out of it, his Sunday 69 moved him up 13 spots to a T30 finish. His gallery with playing partner Matthew Fitzpatrick (71, T41) was huge and moved through the Stadium Course with good cheer. Tiger birdied 4 of his first 11 holes; 7 of his last 18 going back to Saturday’s Round 3 but it was the quadruple bogey 7 on the par-3 island green 17th in Round 2 that came between Tiger and his third PLAYERS win to tie Jack Nicklaus!

Jon Rahm, hot off his Saturday 64, was leading heading into the back nine at 14-under par with Jim Furyk who was 5 groups ahead and through the 12th hole. Rory birdies No. 11 to get to that 14-under mark.

The picturesque 11th doomed the fate of Rahm & Fleetwood in the 2019 PLAYERS!

The picturesque 11th doomed the fate of Rahm & Fleetwood in the 2019 PLAYERS!

Tommy Fleetwood, Rahm’s playing partner in the final pairing, unexpectedly hits his second shot into the water at the par-5 11th hole. A petulant Rahm, after not heeding the advice of his caddie, tries to him the miracle hook down wind that does hook and winds up in the water too. Rahm was pretty much done for the day at that point. Fleetwood later eagles the par-5 16th hole to get back to the 14-under mark and has a chance until he finds water on the 17th. And this time Rahm follows him into the drink! A ‘do-see-do’ dance that favors no one!

Earlier Eddie Pepperell birdies the 17th and there is a 4-way tie at 14-under until the scores above at No. 11 are posted. Furyk bogeys the 15th missing a 3-footer for par. Now it’s only Rory & Eddie leading at 14-under.

Rory drains a 20-footer for birdie at the short par-4 12th after a poor chip while Pepperell pars the 18th for a Sunday 66 and is the clubhouse leader at 14-under. Now Rory and Furyk know what the number to win is!

Another memorable PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass!

Another memorable PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass!

Johnny Vegas, defying the Vegas odds makes a bomb of 72 feet on the tiny 17th green which is indeed better than most and the longest putt made to date on the island! Vegas also pars the 18th, posts a Sunday 66 to tie Pepperell in the clubhouse at 14-under.

Furyk birdies the 16th, a hole that he has markedly has never eagled, to get back to 14-under while Rahm does the same with a deuce at the 13th.

Rory does not get it up-and down from the players-left greenside bunker, a difficult shot, for par at the 14th and falls into a 5-way tie at 14-under with two of those scores in the clubhouse!

Furyk burns the right edge with a 15-footer for deuce at the 17th but gets the birdie he needs (and needed to make a playoff with Kaymer in 2014) to post 15-under in the clubhouse after a solid Sunday 67.

Rory’s heroic shot to win comes from the right bunker on the par-4 15th and then he makes the 12-footer to get back to 15-under and a tie with Furyk. Then it comes down to power golf, Rory power, with only a 9-iron second shot into the par-5 15th he gets the birdie he needs and the two pars coming home to win his first PLAYERS Championship!

The new walkway from the Nicklaus Gate, evidence of the new era of PGA TOUR Chairman Jay Monahan!

The new walkway from the Nicklaus Gate, evidence of the new era of PGA TOUR Chairman Jay Monahan!

Congrats Rory! Great job Furyk, double Sawgrass SPLASHES for Rahm & Fleetwood on 11 & 17! Great fun & entertainment is the 2019 THE PLAYERS Championship!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/18/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

LOL, aced the replica 17th hole this morning after attending the 7 am Chapel Service! Two balls; sleeve of balls if hit both on the green; skulled the first, literally said & was heard ‘might as well make this one;’ took dead aim with 52 degree wedge, landed softly & it went in sideways as shown on the end of this video of my new friend Curtis & his father Rich! Happy Players, Happy Andy! TROML Baby!!!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/17/19; Facebook Posts with 8 Pics)

Always, always, always a memorable PLAYERS Championship but this year with my friend Sir Walter, my ace at the 17th, and Rory roaring to victory was extra special!

Always, always, always a memorable PLAYERS Championship but this year with my friend Sir Walter, my ace at the 17th, and Rory roaring to victory was extra special!

Awesome THE PLAYERS Championship in progress! Enjoyed being out there this week with my good friend Sir Walter & watching the NBC/Golf Channel broadcast! Impressive Jon Rahm leading after 3 rounds. Rory & Fleetwood are one stroke back; then Day & Ancer; then a group of six golfers 5 strokes back including local favorite Jim Furyk! A Sunday 65 just might do it for Furyk! Going to be a great PLAYERS Championship Sunday and it all will start with an inspirational 7 am Chapel Service inside the PLAYERS Welcome Center inside the new & updated Nicklaus Gate. Hope to see you out there! TROML Baby!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/16/19; Facebook Post with 30 Pics)

Thursday Round 1 at the PLAYERS! In the Stadium on the Stadium Course! Happy PLAYERS!   (Andy Reistetter; 3/14/19; Facebook Post with Panoramic Pic)

 

 

Memories of the 2018 Web.com Tour Championship won by Denny McCarthy!

Denny McCarthy strolls up to get his trophy after winning the Tour Championship by 4 strokes!

Denny McCarthy strolls up to get his trophy after winning the Tour Championship by 4 strokes!

Here is how the week at Atlantic Beach Country Club unfolded with a picture album at the end:

Here’s a recap of the 2018 Web.com TOUR season… and a quick guide to who’s IN and who’s OUT for the fifty 2018-19 PGA TOUR cards at stake!#WebTourChamp #TourBound   (Facebook Post with link; Andy Reistetter; 9-19-18)

2018 Web.com Tour… on the way to the FINALS and the Tour Championship!

_Cover Sat Rd 3Good start to the 2018 Web.com Tour Championship! Round 1 is in the books! Morning 63 by Ben Silverman was matched in the afternoon by Cameron Tringale and 2-upped by Chris Paisley’s 10-under 61! Sure to be an exciting Round 2 tomorrow! #WebTourChamp #TourBound   (Facebook Post with 25 pics; Andy Reistetter; 9-20-18)

What an exciting Round One! Looks like it was shoot 64 or better to open and move into position for a 2018-19 PGA TOUR Card! Six players did just that… who were they? #WebTourChamp #TourBound   (Facebook Post with link; Andy Reistetter; 9-21-18)

Paisley 61 to Open in Round One; Six Players IN and Six OUT of FINALS Top 25!

The Happy Graduating Class celebrating their tour cards!

The Happy Graduating Class celebrating their tour cards!

WOW this Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach CC has quickly grown into a FUN, entertaining, & extremely well-organized & well-run event! Great to see Mary & Bill Price and that rock star??? Come out this weekend & have a blast! #WebTourChamp #TourBound   (Facebook Post with 30 pics; Andy Reistetter; 9-21-18)

Great Comeback Story in progress by Lucas Glover! #WebTourChamp#TourBound (Facebook Post with link; Andy Reistetter; 9/22/18)

Glover’s Pair of 64s Leads Web.com Tour Championship; The Six IN/OUT of FINALS Top 25!

Straka Leads Web.com Tour Championship but Anything Can Happen Come Sunday!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

What an exciting weekend at the Web.com Tour Championship! Congratulations to Denny McCarthy who shot a Sunday 65 to win and earn an all exempt PGA TOUR card and all the FINALS Top 25! Good luck on the PGA TOUR! #WebTourChamp #TourBound (Facebook Post with 30 pics; Andy Reistetter; 9-23-18)

Exciting week, exciting finish at the Web.com Tour Championship! Denny McCarthy won and five golfers went INTO the FINALS Top 25 and got their PGA TOUR cards and five golfers went OUT… Who were they? Find out right here on Andy’s Golf & Travel Diary! Play well where ever you play next year!#WebTourChamp #TourBound (Facebook Post with link; Andy Reistetter; 9-24-18)

Denny McCarthy Wins Web.com Tour Championship; FINALS Top 25 Get Tour Cards!

 

Denny McCarthy Wins Web.com Tour Championship; FINALS Top 25 Get Tour Cards!

Denny McCarthy Wins Web.com Tour Championship; FINALS Top 25 Get Tour Cards!

Denny McCarthy strolls up to get his trophy after winning the Tour Championship by 4 strokes!

Denny McCarthy strolls up to get his trophy after winning the Tour Championship by 4 strokes!

Denny McCarthy, with the confidence of knowing his PGA TOUR card was secure coming into the week at No. 11, was ‘Mr. Consistency,’ and won the Web.com Tour Championship by four strokes. By doing so he ascended ten spots into the No. 1 position of the FINALS to bump that regular tour card into one that is all-exempt for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Sungjai Im has one of those all-exempt cards as well having earned it by being No. 1 on the Combined Regular Season and FINALS Money List. Having sewn up that distinction coming into the Tour Championship he elected not to compete this week at the Atlantic Beach Country Club.

McCarthy, with his precise and lengthy drives, made his move on the back nine with birdies at Nos. 13 and 14 while his competitors in the final group—Sepp Straka, Curtis Luck, and Lucas Glover—faded a bit in the heat of the day and the moment.

The next wave of 50 new golfers on the PGA TOUR has arrived!

The next wave of 50 new golfers on the PGA TOUR has arrived!

Glover shot even par on the front nine, stumbled with a double bogey on the par-4 11th hole but recovered with four birdies on the final seven holes to finish solo second. He rose from No. 40 to No. 7 in the FINALS and has a tour card for next year in addition to his medical exemption from June knee surgery.

Sepp Straka, the leader by one stroke going into the final round, had it 3-under through No. 10 but suffered a triple bogey on the difficult par-4 16th hole to shot and even-par 71. Though he slipped to a T3 finish he went from No. T80 to No. 20 in the FINALS and earned his tour card for next season!

Australian Curtis Luck was running out of luck towards the end of Round Three and the start of the Final Round. Bogeying the 16th and 17th though saving par after hitting into the water near the 18th green on Saturday. He started with three bogeys today. However, his Sunday 71 and T8 Finish maintained his rock solid spot at No. 16 to earn his card for next season!

It was a 5-way tie for third in the Tour Championship as Chase Wright (64), Cameron Davis (66), Ben Silverman (68), and Cameron Tringale (69) joined Straka.

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Wright had already earned his tour card in the regular season. Davis improved his FINALS position two slots to No. 5. Silverman and Tringale, were rockets in the final week of the year to secure their tour cards. Silverman from No. T85 to No. 22. Tringale from No. T83 to No. 21.

Fabian Gomez (68-68-69-63; T17 Finish; from No. 29 to 24) was the fifth player to gain entry into the FINALS Top 25 joining Glover, Straka, Silverman, and Tringale in achieving tour cards for next season.

On the other side of the equation, the five players who dropped out of the FINALS Top 25 in the fourth and final event were: : Brian Campbell, Aaron Baddeley, Joseph Bramlett, Scott Pinckney, and Lanto Griffin.

FINALS Top 25 Bubble Watch:

The Happy Graduating Class celebrating their tour cards!

The Happy Graduating Class celebrating their tour cards!

The five players that moved INTO the FINALS Top 25 at the Web.com Tour Championship were: Lucas Glover (64-64-68-69; 2nd Finish; from No. 40 to 7), Sepp Straka (65-66-64-71; T3 Finish; from No. T80 to 20), Cameron Tringale (63-67-67-69; T3 Finish; from No. T83 to 21), Ben Silverman (63-68-67-68; T3 Finish; from No. T85 to 22), and Fabian Gomez (68-68-69-63; T17 Finish; from No. 29 to 24).

The corresponding five players that moved OUT of the FINALS Top 25 at the Web.com Tour Championship were: Brian Campbell (69-68-69-69; T46 Finish; from No. 25 to 28), Aaron Baddeley (68-67-CUT; from No. 20 to 30), Joseph Bramlett (71-68-CUT; from No. T21 to T32), Scott Pinckney (71-71-CUT; from No. 24 to 34), and Lanto Griffin (69-72-CUT; from No. T21 to T32).

Others near the cut off No. 25 point:

No. 20:   Sepp Straka (65-66-64-71; T3 Finish; from No. T80 to 20)

No. 21:   Cameron Tringale (63-67-67-69; T3 Finish; from No. T83 to 21)

No. 22:   Ben Silverman (63-68-67-68; T3 Finish; from No. T85 to 22)

No. 23:   Michael Thompson (66-68-64-71; T21 Finish; from No. 18 to 23)

No. 24: Fabian Gomez (68-68-69-63; T17 Finish; from No. 29 to 24).

No. 25: Jim Knous (67-69-70-71; T57 Finish; from No, 17 to 25)

No. 26:   Justin Lower (68-66-66-69; T21 Finish; started and stayed at No. 26)

No. 27:   Henrik Norlander (67-67-67-68; T21 Finish; started and stayed at No.27)

No. 28:   Brian Campbell (69-68-69-69; T46 Finish; from No. 25 to 28))

No. 29:   Matt Every (64-68-70-67; T21 Finish; from No. 30 to 29)

No. 30:   Aaron Baddeley (68-67-CUT; from No. 20 to 30)

Tringale put it all in perspective with his comment on Saturday—“Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here.”

Hopefully this is the year the Top 25 from the Regular Season and the FINALS Top 25 make it for good on the PGA TOUR!

Play well!

 

Straka Leads Web.com Tour Championship but Anything Can Happen Come Sunday!

Straka Leads Web.com Tour Championship after Three Rounds but Anything Happen come Sunday!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

On Moving Day, Sepp Straka shot a Saturday 64, to keep his dream alive of capturing one of the twenty-five 2018-19 PGA TOUR cards! His would be a meteoric rise to the FINALS Top 25 projected No. 3 position from T80 at the start of the week.

The pressure is mounting—low scores are still possible—but the low round of the day has progressively increased as the pressure and reality of ‘Do-or-Die Sunday’ becomes overbearing to those on, above or below the bubble. Additionally there is extra ‘Do-or-Die’ pressure to finish high atop the leaderboard for guys like Straka, Lucas Glover, Cameron Tringale, Chris Paisley, and Ben Silverman who have come from oblivion to contending for one of the twenty-five coveted tour cards.

Round One Thursday low round was a 61 by Paisley, Round Two was a 62 by Peter Malnati (who was safe as No. 3 starting the week), and Round Three was a Paisley Encore, this time a 63!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Paisley (61-74-63) was out starting the week, in after Round One, out after Round Two, but made the cut, and is now No.33 after Round Three. The Englishman still has a chance to make the FINALS Top 25 with a strong Sunday finish!

Glover (64-64-68) has risen from No. 40 to No. 12; Curtis Luck (67-65-64) is safe beginning the week at No. 16 and now projected No. 7; Denny McCarthy (64-65-67) also is safe beginning at No. 11 and now projected No. 5.

On Friday Cameron Tringale followed a Thursday a 63 with a Friday 67, good enough for solo 3rd, two strokes back of Glover. The 2017 FINALS Graduate was also a FINALS pole vaulter this year going up 68 spots from T83 to T15. In 26 PGA TOUR events this year he had only one Top-25 and finished No. 195 in the FedExCup Points Standing. In the first three FINALS events he has gone CUT-T56-CUT so he needs a big week at Atlantic Beach CC.

_Cover Fri Rd 2 9-21-18 WaveStarting on the back nine on today, Tringale birdied his first hole and then added two more birdies before bogeying the 18th. But he bounced right back with a birdie on the first and then one more on the 4th hole. “Had a lot of good looks and none of them fell. Kind of wish I had a couple more chances out there, but I’m pleased with my position. I didn’t force this round, just kind of let it come,” commented Cameron after the round.

“Well, it’s why we’re here. It would mean a lot. It’s been a long year and I’m excited about golf for the first time in a while, to be honest. So that has kind of fueled my vigor this week and kept—has given me some perspective on just what this week is and really just to let it happen,” added Tringale.

The CUT fell at 5-under with 66 players making the cut. Notable names to miss include Ricky Barnes, Aaron Baddeley, and defending champion Jonathon Byrd,

Tringale put it all in perspective with his final comment—“Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here.”

FINALS Top 25 Bubble Watch:

The FINALS Top 25 golfers will be the next wave to the PGA TOUR!

The FINALS Top 25 golfers will be the next wave to the PGA TOUR!

The five players that have moved INTO the FINALS Top 25 after Round Three relative to the start of the week are: Sepp Straka (65-66-64), Lucas Glover (64-64-68), Justin Lower (68-66-66), Henrik Norlander (67-67-67), Cameron Tringale (63-67-67).

Ben Silverman (63-68-67), Matt Every (64-68-70), and Ben Crane (64-69-74) were in after Round Two but now stand OUT as Nos. 26, 27, and 32 respectively.

The corresponding five players that have moved OUT of the FINALS Top 25 after Round Two relative to the start of the week are: Brian Campbell (69-68-69), Aaron Baddeley (68-67-CUT), Joseph Bramlett (71-68-CUT), Lanto Griffin (69-72-CUT), and Scott Pinckney (71-71-CUT).

Wes Roach (67-67-68) was out after Round One but became the ‘Bubble Boy’ at No. 25 going into Round Two and now sits at No. 23!

Jim Knous (67-69-70) was out after Round Two but is now the new ‘Bubble Boy’ at No. 25.

Others near the ‘Bubble Boy’:

No. 20:   Justin Lower (68-66-66)

No. 21:   Dylan Frittelli (65-72-68)

No. 22:   Henrik Norlander (67-67-67)

No. 23:   Wes Roach (67-67-68)

No. 24: Cameron Tringale (63-67-67)

No. 25: Jim Knous (67-69-70)

No. 26:   Ben Silverman (63-68)

No. 27:   Matt Every (64-68-70)

No. 28:   Brian Campbell (69-68-69)

No. 29:   Aaron Baddeley (68-70-CUT)

No. T30:   Joseph Bramlett (71-68-CUT) and Lanto Griffin (69-72-CUT).

Michael Thompson (66-68-64) was out after Round Two but is now in again at No. 17 after a Saturday 64.

Sure to be an exciting Sunday finish at the 2018 Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach CC!

Let’s see what happens tomorrow!

Glover’s Pair of 64s Leads Web.com Tour Championship; The Six IN/OUT of FINALS Top 25!

Glover’s Pair of 64s Leads Web.com Tour Championship; The Six Players IN/OUT of FINALS Top 25!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

A pair of 7-birdie, bogey-free rounds of 64 to open for Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open Champion!

What happened to the U.S. Open Champion along the way?

A left knee injury in 2012 and a slump in 2015 after his 5-year exemption ran out brought the 3-time PGA TOUR winner back to the Web.com FINALS three years ago. He finished 14th and returned to the PGA TOUR.

In the 2015-16 season he had two Top-10s in 23 events, making nearly a million dollars and finishing No. 106 on the FedExCup Points Standing to retain his card. Even better in the 2016-17 season where he finished 3rd at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, T6 at THE PLAYERS Championship, and made nearly two million dollars and finishing No. 43.

But this year he played in only 18 PGA TOUR events, none since the U.S. Open due to knee surgery. Looks like the gutsy competitor is back healthy and in good form!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Dennis McCarthy (64-65) is in second place one stroke behind Glover. He matched Glover’s 14 birdies but also had one bogey on the difficult par-4 16th hole today. McCarthy played on the PGA TOUR this year—22 events, one Top-10, made a half million dollars and finished No. 149.  He is doing well in the FINALS with T5, T9, and T12 finishes and went from No. 11 to a projected 4th in the FINALS—pretty much a lock on a 2018-2019 PGA TOUR card.

On Friday Cameron Tringale followed a Thursday a 63 with a Friday 67, good enough for solo 3rd, two strokes back of Glover. The 2017 FINALS Graduate was also a FINALS pole vaulter this year going up 68 spots from T83 to T15. In 26 PGA TOUR events this year he had only one Top-25 and finished No. 195 in the FedExCup Points Standing. In the first three FINALS events he has gone CUT-T56-CUT so he needs a big week at Atlantic Beach CC.

8Starting on the back nine on today, Tringale birdied his first hole and then added two more birdies before bogeying the 18th. But he bounced right back with a birdie on the first and then one more on the 4th hole. “Had a lot of good looks and none of them fell. Kind of wish I had a couple more chances out there, but I’m pleased with my position. I didn’t force this round, just kind of let it come,” commented Cameron after the round.

“Well, it’s why we’re here. It would mean a lot. It’s been a long year and I’m excited about golf for the first time in a while, to be honest. So that has kind of fueled my vigor this week and kept—has given me some perspective on just what this week is and really just to let it happen,” added Tringale.

Hard to follow up a good round with another good round?

2Just ask Chris Paisley who shot a 10-under par 61 in Round One and a 3-over par 74 in Round Two. The last tee time on Thursday afternoon off No. 10 became the last tee time on Friday morning off No. 1. It was a flat front nine to start with a bogey on No. 2 and a birdie on No. 6, which was the only hole he did not birdie in a 4-out-of-5 birdie streak to finish on Thursday. But the 4-birdie, eagle to finish initial performance on the back nine at Atlantic Beach CC was not to be repeated. Instead of eagling the 18th he bogeyed it to finish off a 3-over 39 on the same back nine holes. A thirteen stroke differential for the round of a lone birdie and four bogeys!

Paisley falls back to T33 and a projected FINALS finish at No. 77, but with two more rounds to turn it around.

The CUT fell at 5-under with 66 players making the cut. Notable names to miss include Ricky Barnes, Aaron Baddeley, and defending champion Jonathon Byrd,

Tringale put it all in perspective with his final comment—“Yeah, I was hoping last year was my last time here.”

FINALS Top 25 Bubble Watch:

The six players that have moved INTO the FINALS Top 25 after Round Two relative to the start of the week are: Lucas Glover (64-64), Cameron Tringale (63-67), Sepp Straka (65-66), Ben Silverman (63-68), Matt Every (64-68), Ben Crane (64-69),

Chris Paisley (61-74 was in after Round One but now is at No. 77 and made the cut, playing the weekend and still has a chance to make the FINALS Top 25.

The corresponding six players that have moved OUT of the FINALS Top 25 after Round Two relative to the start of the week are: Jim Knous (67-69), Brian Campbell (69-68), Aaron Baddeley (68-67-CUT), Lanto Griffin (69-72-CUT), Scott Pinckney (71-71-CUT), and Joseph Bramlett (71-68-CUT).

Wes Roach (67-67) was out after Round One but now is the ‘Bubble Boy’ at No. 25.

Others near the ‘Bubble Boy’:

No. 20:   Ben Crane (64-69)

No. 21:   Dylan Frittelli (65-72)

No. 22:   Sepp Straka (65-66)

No. 23:   Ben Silverman (63-68)

No. 24: Michael Thompson (66-68)

No. 25: Wes Roach (67-67)

No. 26:   Jim Knous (67-69)

No. 27:   Justin Lower (68-66)

No. 28:   Henrik Norlander (67-67)

No. 29:   Brian Campbell (69-68)

No. 30:   Aaron Baddeley (68-70-CUT)

Sure to be an exciting weekend at the 2018Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach CC!

Let’s see what happens tomorrow in Round Three!

Paisley 61 to Open in Round One; Six Players IN and Six OUT of FINALS Top 25!

Paisley 61 to Open in Round One; Six Players IN and Six OUT of FINALS Top 25!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

The Web.com TOUR Championship- the finale of the FINALS!

Chris Paisley, starting off No. 10 in the last tee time of the afternoon wave, finished his first nine holes birdie-eagle to post a 30 and then continued on to post a tournament leading 61. The Englishman’s stellar performance vaulted him up the FINALS Money List 97 slots from T100 to a projected 3rd place finish if he goes on to win the Web.com Tour Championship!

While Paisley won for the first time on the European Tour back in January it was the $216,900 he won in four PGA TOUR starts this year that qualified him for the 4-event FINALS competition. The two-time winner at the University of Tennessee missed the cut in the first three FINALS events and needs to keep doing what he is doing—and finish in a two-way tie for 4th or better—to become a PGA TOUR member next year

The morning wave had little wind and hot, ideal conditions for scoring on the 6,849 yard par-71 course at Atlantic Beach CC that features five par-3s ranging from 153 to 229 yards.

Scoring this week will likely determine the fate of a handful of golfers...

Scoring this week will likely determine the fate of a handful of golfers…

Ben Silverman, in the 8th threesome off the 10th tee birdied the two second nine par-3s and three other par-4s making the turn at 5-under 31. Then on the first nine he posted five 3s but no deuces on the three par-3s—birding two par-4s and the par-5 6th hole—to post a 32.

How does one shoot an eight-birdie, no bogey 63?

Tactically and statistically: Drive it 285 yards on the two hole the tour measures (T69), hit 11 of 13 fairways (T45); hit all 18 greens and take only 28 putts on those greens. You do the math—no 3-putts—and eight of those putts went in for birdie!

Silverman, out of Canada, is still a great hockey player according to his PGA TOUR profile.

Finishing 10th last year on the Web.com Regular Season Money List he got off to a good start on the 2017-18 PGA TOUR finishing T7 at Sanderson Farms and T8 at the RSM Classic. At one time he was ranked 43 in the FedExCup Points Standing. However as his 28-event rookie PGA TOUR season went on he started missing cuts; at one time 3-of-4 and then three straight. He rebounded with a T11 finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, a T12 at the Barbasol, and a T11 at Barracuda. Missing the cut at the regular season finale at the Wyndham, the husband of Morgan and father to 1-year-old Jack Palmer (interesting, wonder who his idols are?), finished 136 in FedExCup Points, just outside the Top 125 to retain a fully-exempt tour card.

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Atlantic Beach CC is the host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship!

Then he headed to the Web.com Tour FINALS and hasn’t played well until this morning finishing T58—CUT—CUT. Yesterday he was T103, well outside one of the Top 25 FINALS spots. Today he went from T85 to 12th and needs to go on and finish strong and retain that fully exempt card after all.

Cameron Tringale posted a 63 in the afternoon to tie Silverman two strokes behind Paisley. The 2017 FINALS Graduate was also a FINALS pole vaulter in the first round going up 72 spots from T83 to 11th. In 26 PGA TOUR events this year he had only one Top-25 and finished No. 195 in the FedExCup Points Standing. In the first three FINALS events he has gone CUT-T56-CUT so like Paisley and Silverman he needs a big week at Atlantic Beach CC.

FINALS Top 25 Bubble Watch:

The FINALS Top 25 golfers will be the next wave to the PGA TOUR!

The FINALS Top 25 golfers will be the next wave to the PGA TOUR!

The six players that moved INTO the FINALS Top 25 and their Round One scores: Chris Paisley (61), Cameron Tringale (63), Ben Silverman (63), Ben Crane (64), Matt Every (64), and Lucas Glover (64).,

The corresponding six players that moved OUT of the FINALS Top 25 and their Round One scores: Wes Roach (67), Aaron Baddeley (68), Lanto Griffin (69), Brian Campbell (69), Joseph Bramlett (71), and Scott Pinckney (71).

Looks like it was 64 or better to open!

Let’s see what happens tomorrow in Round Two!