ALUMNI UPDATE –THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

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By Ryan Woodcock

J.B. Holmes was the high-finisher among the former Gateway Pro Tour players participating at THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, shooting 9-under 279 for the tournament to finish T6, his fourth Top-10 finish this year.  He shot 68-69 over the first two days and closed with a 3-under 69 in the final round, and really only struggled in round three where he shot a 1-over 73. 

Holmes is quietly putting together a solid 2011 season – He’s made the cut in all 10 events he’s played and finished in the Top-25 in seven of those 10 tournaments, including back-to-back Top-10 finishes (T9 last week at the Wells Fargo Championship).  He is currently 34th in the FedEx Cup standings, and sits 27th on the money list with $1.35 million in earnings.

“I feel good. 3-under is a great round today, moved me up the leaderboard, so it was a good Sunday for me,” Holmes said after his round.  “I’ve been wanting to — I haven’t had any real good Sundays this year, and that was a solid round.”

It was another good showing for our former players at THE Players.  A total of 15 finished in the money, with six players finishing in the Top-20.  Spencer Levin earned his eighth Top-25 finish after shooting 8-under par 280 to finish T12 along with Chris Stroud, who shot 71-67-74-68 at Sawgrass. 

Matt Jones had a good weekend, closing with rounds of 69-68 to finish T19 at 7-under, and he’s been on a good run the last three weeks, finishing T6, T21 and T19 over that stretch.  Steve Marino and Sean O’Hair also finished T7 at 7-under, as did Kevin Streelman, who bounced back nicely from a third-round 75 with a 5-under 67 in the final round to earn his third Top-25 of the year. 

Other notables finishing in the money include Charley Hoffman and Jeff Overton, who finished T26 at 6-under, and Bubba Watson, who keeps his lead in the FedEx Cup standings with his T45 at 2-under. 

Hoffman had quite an interesting final round and fell victim to the famed par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.  He was putting together a great round and got to 5-under on the day and 10-under for the tournament as he made the walk to 17.  His tee shot found the water, and instead of going to the drop zone, he teed it up again.  He dunked it a second time, and walked away from the hole with a quadruple bogey 7.  He just shook his head and laughed when he walked off 17, which his about all you can do on that hole.

Not much movement on the PGA TOUR money list this week.  Bubba stayed in the No. 2 spot with $2.9 million in earnings, followed by Martin Laird who dropped from 6th to 8th with $2.2 million in earnings.  Gary Woodland (11th), Brandt Snedeker (12th), Steve Marino (18th) and Spencer Levin (24th) round out our former players in the Top-25. 

Six other players remain among the Top-50 money leaders, including J.B. Holmes, who jumped from 34th to 27th, Brendan Steele (30th), Tommy Gainey (32nd), Charley Hoffman (36th), Robert Garrigus (38th) and Jimmy Walker (44th). 

CLICK HERE for complete results from THE PLAYERS Championship and CLICK HERE for the updated money list.

That wraps up another week on the PGA TOUR.  Next up is a visit to Colonial for the Crowne Plaza Invitational May 19-22.  The Nationwide Tour gets back to action May 19-22 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in South Carolina.  We’ll keep an eye on everyone, including Todd Demsey, who earned an exemption to this event after winning the three-tournament “Points Race” on the Gateway Pro Tour a couple of months ago. 

Good luck everyone!

ALUMNI UPDATE –THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

J.B. Holmes finishes T6, six former GPT players finish in Top-20

J.B. Holmes was the high-finisher among the former Gateway Pro Tour players participating at THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, shooting 9-under 279 for the tournament to finish T6, his fourth Top-10 finish this year.  He shot 68-69 over the first two days and closed with a 3-under 69 in the final round, and really only struggled in round three where he shot a 1-over 73. 

Holmes is quietly putting together a solid 2011 season – He’s made the cut in all 10 events he’s played and finished in the Top-25 in seven of those 10 tournaments, including back-to-back Top-10 finishes (T9 last week at the Wells Fargo Championship).  He is currently 34th in the FedEx Cup standings, and sits 27th on the money list with $1.35 million in earnings.

“I feel good. 3-under is a great round today, moved me up the leaderboard, so it was a good Sunday for me,” Holmes said after his round.  “I’ve been wanting to — I haven’t had any real good Sundays this year, and that was a solid round.”

It was another good showing for our former players at THE Players.  A total of 15 finished in the money, with six players finishing in the Top-20.  Spencer Levin earned his eighth Top-25 finish after shooting 8-under par 280 to finish T12 along with Chris Stroud, who shot 71-67-74-68 at Sawgrass. 

Matt Jones had a good weekend, closing with rounds of 69-68 to finish T19 at 7-under, and he’s been on a good run the last three weeks, finishing T6, T21 and T19 over that stretch.  Steve Marino and Sean O’Hair also finished T7 at 7-under, as did Kevin Streelman, who bounced back nicely from a third-round 75 with a 5-under 67 in the final round to earn his third Top-25 of the year. 

Other notables finishing in the money include Charley Hoffman and Jeff Overton, who finished T26 at 6-under, and Bubba Watson, who keeps his lead in the FedEx Cup standings with his T45 at 2-under. 

Hoffman had quite an interesting final round and fell victim to the famed par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.  He was putting together a great round and got to 5-under on the day and 10-under for the tournament as he made the walk to 17.  His tee shot found the water, and instead of going to the drop zone, he teed it up again.  He dunked it a second time, and walked away from the hole with a quadruple bogey 7.  He just shook his head and laughed when he walked off 17, which his about all you can do on that hole.

Not much movement on the PGA TOUR money list this week.  Bubba stayed in the No. 2 spot with $2.9 million in earnings, followed by Martin Laird who dropped from 6th to 8th with $2.2 million in earnings.  Gary Woodland (11th), Brandt Snedeker (12th), Steve Marino (18th) and Spencer Levin (24th) round out our former players in the Top-25. 

Six other players remain among the Top-50 money leaders, including J.B. Holmes, who jumped from 34th to 27th, Brendan Steele (30th), Tommy Gainey (32nd), Charley Hoffman (36th), Robert Garrigus (38th) and Jimmy Walker (44th). 

CLICK HERE http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboards/current/r011/ for complete results from THE PLAYERS Championship and CLICKHERE http://www.pgatour.com/r/stats/info/?109 for the updated money list.

That wraps up another week on the PGA TOUR.  Next up is a visit to Colonial for the Crowne Plaza Invitational May 19-22.  The Nationwide Tour gets back to action May 19-22 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in South Carolina.  We’ll keep an eye on everyone, including Todd Demsey, who earned an exemption to this event after winning the three-tournament “Points Race” on the Gateway Pro Tour a couple of months ago. 

Good luck everyone!