Playing a little 'Did you know?' at Disney event
Thursday, November 8, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is set to tee off on Thursday on the Magnolia and Palm courses at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando.
Before that gets started, here are a few fun facts and numbers heading into the PGA Tour's final event of the season.
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Did you know?
• Thursday and Friday rounds are a pro-am format on both courses. Celebrities in the amateur field include three-time American League batting champ and 2009 MVP Joe Mauer, Tampa Bay Rays players James Shields, David Price and Carlos Pena, Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, and former MLB stars Fred McGriff, Heathcliff Slocumb, Randy Winn and Aaron Rowand. Future NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (Tampa Bay Bucs) also is in the field.
• Patrick Reed, who is in the field on a sponsor exemption, has Monday qualified for six PGA Tour events. He has earned $302,997 this season. If he wins or finishes second, he has a chance to earn his card. (Winning automatically would merit a PGA Tour card.) Reed also is trying to crack the top 150 on the PGA Tour money list, which would earn him an exemption into Q-School finals. Reed is scheduled to play Q-School's second stage next week. Camilo Villegas is No. 150 on the money list, with $460,474.
• Jonas Blixt will have to finish solo third or better to move into the top 30 in earnings this week. The top 30 players get an invitation to the 2013 Masters. Blixt sits at No. 35, $277,854 behind No. 30 Ben Curtis.
• Tiger Woods won this event in 1996 to earn his second PGA Tour victory. It was then called the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. He beat fan favorite Payne Stewart by one shot.
• Nobody has won a PGA Tour tournament wire-to-wire this year. But Disney is where dreams come true, right?
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By the numbers
84 and 85: This is where former Georgia Bulldogs teammates Harris English and Brian Harman rank, respectively, on the money list. The two are separated by $723. They are paired together on Thursday and Friday.
6: Number of players who have had 100 or fewer putts in a tournament this year. Four out of the six players are in the field this week (Jason Bohn, Erik Compton, Justin Leonard and Patrick Reed). Bohn had the fewest number of putts, with 96.
15: Number of countries represented in the field this week at Disney.
8: Number of first-time winners on the Tour this year. Blixt and Tommy Gainey are entered at Disney.
21: Number of consecutive cuts Jason Dufner has made in the 2012 season. The first cut he missed was at his fist tournament of the year, the Sony Open in Hawaii.
23: Age difference between the youngest winner on Tour this year (John Huh, 21) and the oldest (Steve Stricker, 44).
2,665: Amount of money that separates Billy Mayfair, No. 125 on the money list, and Trevor Immelman, No. 126. Both are entered at Disney. Immelman is exempt for next year, though, by virtue of his 2008 Masters victory.