Posted: 15 October 2009
This week in steamy south Florida, 144 Nationwide Tour players are vying for more than the $112,500 first place check. After the last putt falls on Sunday, the top 60 players on the 2009 Nationwide Tour Money List will be qualified for the Tour Championship.
Next week at the Daniel Island Club, 25 of them will earn PGA Tour membership for 2010, another 15 will earn exemptions into the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, and all 60 players will have secured fully exempt playing privileges on the Nationwide Tour for 2010.
There is a diverse field of golfers at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club this week. Leading the way is Titleist Brand Ambassador Michael Sim. Sim is atop the money list by a margin of $149,300. While he has already secured his PGA Tour card with three victories this season, winning the money title comes with the added perk of an invitation to the 2010 PLAYERS Championship.
The man most closely chasing Sim is Pro V1x loyalist Blake Adams. Consistency has been the hallmark of Adams’ season, as he’s posted eight top-10 finishes in 19 starts and sits in second place on the money list without a win. Adams also holds the 2009 season record for consecutive rounds at par or better with 24; the streak ran from the last week of June through the end of August.
2007 British Amateur champion Drew Weaver is making his professional debut this week. The 22-year-old Titleist Brand Ambassador from High Point, N.C. is coming off a successful summer of amateur golf. Weaver finished 40th at the U.S. Open and was a member of the victorious United States Walker Cup Team.
Another notable player teeing it up at Miccosukee this week is South African Tyrone van Aswegen. In only 2 starts, van Aswegen is 86th on the money list. The Titleist Brand Ambassador will need his second top 3 finish this month to make it to next week’s Tour Championship, and he’s playing well enough to make it happen.
Be sure to check out the image gallery for an inside-the-ropes view of the Miccosukee Championship.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Drew Weaver is making his professional debut this week.
I arrived home yesterday and it feels good to be back in Australia. I think I fell into a complete heap when I boarded the plane at LAX. The next thing I knew we were landing in Oz. I didn't realize how exhausted I was until I had the time to actually sleep.
The week at the Presidents Cup was full-on and I enjoyed being a part of the team....of course all except the part where we didn't win the cup. Every President Cup team I have played on has always been a special part of my career and last week was no different. It was a complete honor to be a captain's pick and to play for not only my country but also my childhood hero. Ernie and I got off to a great start on Thursday. I have to say the juices were flowing on the very first tee and I hadn't experienced that feeling for awhile. It was a lot of hard work on Thursday and it felt good to come out on top. Unfortunately the rest of the matches weren't as fruitful. I hit the ball well but came up short in my next 4 matches. It was a week filled with a lot of emotion. The team had a ton of fun off the course and Greg and Frank were great team leaders. We don't have the opportunity to spend time with one another throughout the year so I always look forward to team competition. A lot of ping pong, video games and pool.....! Hats off to Tim and Ryo for having a very good week. Ryo, youngest competitor ever on any President Cup team, has proved, once again, he's got game!
I am really close to firing on all cylinders and being a part of the President Cup gave me the confidence that I have been lacking for a few months. I will practice the next 2 weeks and then head over to Singapore for the Barclays Singapore Open. I have had good results in the past at Sentosa and looking forward to getting back there. Weather on the Gold Coast is perfect so I'm going to enjoy the time practicing, and also catching up on business and my foundation.
I'll be in touch next week.
Until then, take care.
Adam blasts a drive with his Titleist 909D2 driver on Day 1 of the 2009 Presidents Cup.
Posted: 6 October 2009
I'm in San Francisco gearing up for the week ahead.I flew in on Sunday evening after my final round at Turning Stone. I felt I played well last week and was pleased that I had three solid rounds of breaking par. My putting was a lot better than it has been the past several months so I feel like my game is getting back on track.I've also put a lot of work in on my posture at address and that is also feeling more comfortable. I am heading in the right direction and feeling confident things are back on track.
I am excited to be a part of the international team this week. It was definitely a goal of mine to make the team. I grew up watching Greg in Australia and he is such a great ambassador for the game so it is an honor to be a part of this year's Presidents Cup. We have several social commitments during a Presidents Cup week and more media surrounds the competition so it's always a balancing act this week. Greg definitely has us focused and is managing our time efficiently. There's a special buzz in the air and hopefully we will get a win this week. It's unfortunate we've never won against the American team on U.S. soil so that gives all of us even more motivation to get a victory. It's definitely going to be an exciting 4 days.
I'll be in touch next week and if all goes well I'll have a story or two from the celebration on Sunday night.
Until then, take care.
Adam posted three sub-par rounds last week at Turning Stone
in his warm-up for The Presidents Cup.