Monday Morning Golf Report

Oct. 26, 2009

Webb Simpson continues to make his case for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year as he played well again this week at the Open at the Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

He opened with a 68 but after rounds of 65 and 64 on Friday and Saturday, the 2008 graduate found himself in the final pairing on Sunday. Despite carding a final round 71, Simpson finished tied for 13th and moved-up seven spots on the money list to 67th. He has made $1,249,674 in 29 starts this season with four top-10s and a total of eight top-25s.

Jay Haas has been on some kind of a roll over the last month and this past week at the AT&T Championship, he was once again right in the hunt. Haas shot rounds of 68-67 on Friday and Saturday to stand in third place at 7-under par heading into Sunday. After making five birdies through 15 holes, Haas was 3-under for the day and just like last week, he came to the final hole with a chance to win but a bogey at the last left him a shot back.

Over his last four tournaments, Haas has two wins and two second place finishes, netting him just over $928,000. He is also a combined 49-under par over 13 rounds during that stretch. Mix in a win as an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup and it's been a great month for the former Wake Forest All-American.

Lanny Wadkins and Gary Hallberg also teed-it-up last week at the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Wadkins finished the tournament at 1-under par, marking his first sub-par tournament since late June and the tied for 32nd finish was his best of the season. Hallberg shot rounds of 73-74-74 to finish in a tie for 65th at 8-over par.

The Champions Tour season will wrap-up this week at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the Sonoma Golf Club in Sonoma, Calif.

The Nationwide Tour wrapped-up its season this past week at the Nationwide Tour Championship at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC. Kyle Reifers finished-off a good year with a round of 4-under 68 on Sunday to finish the tournament tied for 31st at 3-under par.

Reifers finished the year with just over $120,000 in 27 events. He made 15 cuts and had three top-10s and six top-25s. The 2005 graduate finished 56th on the money list and will be headed to the final stage of Q-school in December.

In the first stage of Q-school this past week, both Chad Wilfong and Chris McCartin made it through into second stage. Cortland Lowe and Michael Capone are playing first stage this and will look to join their fellow Deacons on Nov. 18-21, at one of six sites for second stage. The final stage of Q-school will take place on Dec. 2-7, at Bear Lake Country Club in west Palm Beach, Fla.

The PGA Tour Fall Series swings back East for the Viking Classic at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss. Both Simpson and Bill Haas will be in the field.

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