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Going Down To Cali – FRYS.COM Open

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For the first time since the tournament began in 2007, the FRYS.COM Open makes a move this week, shifting from the Greyhawk Golf Club in Arizona to the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California.

It is a welcome change in venues for the players who seem to approve of the Robert Trent Jones designed venue and to the delight of central California golf fans, who can’t seem to get enough of the pro game.

The $5,000,000 event is another key tournament in the Fall Series as the final money list shapes up to determine who will keep their playing privileges for 2011.

Last year Troy Matteson sat 288th on the money list heading into the tournament but a playoff victory over Jamie Lovemark and Rickie Fowler provided the comfort of an ample winner’s check and a two-year PGA Tour exemption.

Each of those three players is back in the field seeking the $900,000 first prize. Matteson is coming off a missed cut at the McGladrey Classic but Lovemark and Fowler are both in fine form and have extra motivation to grab the win – both hail from California and each are seeking their 1st PGA Tour title.

Lovemark, currently #1 on the Nationwide Tour money list, even has experience at CordeValle having played there, by his account, 12 times in tournaments during his outstanding collegiate career at the University of Sothern California. “The course has changed a little bit,” said Lovemark yesterday after a practice round. “There are some new tees, the rough is longer. It’s playing a lot tougher, but some of the lines and the greens are the same, so it definitely does help. There’s not a whole a lot of local knowledge that you need, but playing rounds on a course can be the only thing that helps.”  He is predicting a winning score between 16 and 20 under par.

Fowler just returned from the Ryder Cup where the leading contender for the PGA Tour Rookie of The Year Award, played commendably, including an inspirational birdie charge during final day singles play. In 25 PGA Tour events this year he has managed two second place finishes and 5 top tens; all signs that he is ready for his breakout performance in his home state.

Other notables in the field this week include 2010 tour winners Charley Hoffman and Tim Clark, Stockton native Ricky Barnes, Henrik Stenson and Bo Van Pelt. 

Like Fowler, Van Pelt has had an exceptional year with three 3rd place finishes and seven top tens so don’t be shocked if he grabs his 2nd PGA Tour victory this week.

The CordeValle course, located just 30 minutes south of San Jose, should prove quite agreeable to the contingent of contenders. While beefy at nearly 7400 yards from the tournament tees and playing to a par of 71, there are just two water hazards on the layout and 63 bunkers, all justifying Lovemark’s scoring prediction.  

Wandering over 260 acres the course is continually ranked among the best people can play in both California and America. It opened in 1999 and last received touch up work by designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr. earlier this year.

Elevation changes will be noticeable this week as the course tumbles up and down some 150 feet over the length of expanse of the course.

Golf Channel has the television coverage this week from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. EST. Sirius 209/XM 146 has it covered from 1 P.M. to 7 P.M. EST each day.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Canada’s Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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10 interesting photos from the United Leasing & Finance Championship

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GolfWRX stopped by the Web.com for some WITB action, Thursday. The United Leasing & Finance Championship from Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, is the host venue for golf’s seasoned grinders and up-and-comers this week.

If you’d like a quick bite of Tour photo goodness, we’ve got you covered. Scroll for a Web.com Tour edition of “10 interesting photos.”

First up, Curtis Thompson’s motivational iron stamping is, as the kids say, straight fire

Another of Thompson’s inspiration-inscribed Cobra King MB irons

If these gentlemen aren’t doing it absolutely right, then who is?

Lee McCoy’s custom Odyssey putter appears to feature ball bearings and silicone. Singular stuff. We’ll need (much) more information…

Someone needs to untie this man, he’s trying to practice his golf swing!

The rare beanie-and-sunglasses combo

Crowd or no crowd, this marshal is doubly committed to his job

I’m not an expert, but I don’t think that’s the preferred driver setup…

Two words: Pant. Game.

Respectable lead tape application!

Check out all our photos from the United Leasing & Finance Championship below!

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Thursday’s photos from the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship

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GolfWRX stopped by the Web.com for some WITB action, Thursday. The United Leasing & Finance Championship from Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, is the host venue for golf’s seasoned grinders and up-and-comers this week.

We have seven galleries from the range, as well as an in-hand look at the always WITB-envy inducing Lee McCoy’s putter.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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