Oct 21

PGA Tour – Ben Martin takes Clemson to #1

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Former Clemson Tiger All-American Ben Martin sank a 46-foot eagle putt on the par five 16th hole on Sunday then went on to win the Shriner’s Hospital For Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the first PGA Tour win for Martin, who is in his third year on the PGA Tour.

The win puts Clemson back on track to be considered among the most influential NCAA program on the PGA Tour.

A Clemson golfer had won at least one PGA Tour event over nine consecutive years – a streak that ended after the 2012 season when Kyle Stanley won the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Two different Tigers won an event in 2011, as Jonathan Byrd won the season opening Hyundai Classic in Maui and Lucas Glover won the Wells Fargo Invitational in Charlotte.

Byrd (5), Glover (3), D.J. Trahan (2) and Stanley (1) and now Ben Martin (1) have combined for 12 PGA Tour wins since 2002.  Trahan won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January of 2008 and then finished fourth at the United States Open.  Byrd won the Justin Timberlake Invitational with a hole in one on the third playoff hole in 2010, the only time in PGA Tour history that has happened.  He then won the first event of the 2011 season when he won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui in another playoff.

Back in Las Vegas, Ben Martin had rounds of 68-66-62-68 to finish with a 72-hole score of 264. He played the final four holes in four under par, as he rolled in a birdie putt on the 18th hole from 20 feet to close out the win in style. His 62 on Saturday tied his career best and tied for the best ever by a former Clemson golfer on the PGA Tour.

With the victory, Martin is now exempted into the 2015 Masters, the 2015 PGA, and the 2015 Players Championship. His PGA Tour Card is now guaranteed through the 2016-17 season. He collected $1,080,000, obviously the biggest check of his career, and 500 FedEx Cup points.

 

Top 5 NCAA Teams on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev School Earnings
1 39 Clemson $1,189,028
2 n/r Duke $690,095
3 4 Georgia $472,684
4 6 Florida State $454,541
5 1 Georgia Tech $441,879

 

Top 5 NCAA Conferences on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev Conference Earnings
1 1 ACC $3,459,202
2 2 Mountain West $1,411,065
3 3 SEC $1,077,621
4 4 Big 12 $882,248
5 17 Atlantic Sun $433,720

Sep 29

PGA Tour – 2013-14 Season Concludes

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Another PGA Tour season is in the books and the influence of college golf at the game’s highest level has never been more apparent.

As the Rivals Cup wraps up it’s 4th PGA Tour season, I’m excited for the future and hope to continue to heighten the awareness of the NCAA affiliations of professionals around the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 15

MLB, NFL and NBA on hold…for now

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I created the Rivals Cup in an effort to make a home for promoting the collegiate affiliations of professional athletes. While that is not changing, the focus is going to be narrowed a bit.

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Sep 10

PGA Tour – BMW Championship win is 12th of the year for the SEC

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With only one week to go in the 2013-14 PGA Tour season there really isn’t much suspense with regards to who will win the Rivals Cup.

There are however, some good story lines inside the top 5 rankings and it should make for some interesting viewing this weekend in Atlanta at the TOUR Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

PGA Tour – Deutsche Bank Championship Notes

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The list of superlatives that define the performance of former University of Georgia men’s golf team members currently playing on the PGA Tour would create a short book.

As if the season had not already been a record-setting show of force, Chris Kirk went ahead and captured the Deutsche Bank Championship for good measure. That brings the total number of victories from Georgia to 8 – including a major and a FedEX Cup Playoff event. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 24

PGA Tour – FedEX Cup Playoffs Underway

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The PGA Tour FedEX Cup Playoff is underway and the regular season concluded with more than $186M in winnings going to 233 former college golfers. They represent 102 colleges and universities from 32 athletic conferences.

 

Top 5 NCAA Teams on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev School Earnings
1 1 Georgia $21,592,816
2 2 Georgia Tech $10,217,968
3 3 UNLV $9,097,947
4 4 Oklahoma State $9,083,879
5 5 Arizona $6,350,946

 

Top 5 NCAA Conferences on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev Conference Earnings
1 1 SEC $42,449,069
2 2 ACC $31,562,459
3 3 Big 12 $25,082,956
4 4 PAC 12 $20,502,035
5 5 Mountain West $18,861,079

Aug 05

PGA Tour – Rankings update prior to the PGA Championship

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After a start to the season that saw former college golfers win 21 of the first 25 events on the PGA Tour, things have slowed down a bit. As things stand right now there are 39 official tournaments in the books and former college golfers have won 27 of them.

Despite the recent slowdown in championship trophies at the game’s highest level, former college athletes have still earned more than $177M this season. All told, 230 golfers representing 102 schools and 32 conferences have cashed checks on the PGA Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

PGA Tour – ACC gets 5th win of PGA Tour Season

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Tim Clark stepped up big on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open. Shooting a 5-under 30 on the back nine was enough for the former NC State Wolfpack standout to grab his second PGA Tour win. The win was the 5th of the year by former members of the ACC – second only to the SEC.

Among the top 25 rankings it was a pretty quiet week. Arizona managed to find its way inside the top 5 for the first time in recent memory. Led by Jim Furyk, the Wildcats are now ranked as the 5th most successful NCAA program on the PGA Tour this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

PGA Tour – UGA keeps the pedal down at John Deere Classic

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Does anyone else get the feeling that we are seeing something this year from the University of Georgia on the PGA Tour that we will not see the likes of again for the foreseeable future?

When Brian Harman held the John Deere classic trophy on Sunday night, he became the 6th former UGA golfer to do so this season. One of the ‘Dawgs included in that 6 is Bubba Watson, who was won twice (including at some place called Augusta National). Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 11

eGolf Tour Update – Million Dollar Midseason

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The eGolf Tour hit the million-dollar mark in season-long payout following last week’s ArrowCreek Open in Reno, NV, with $1,012,090 going to 153 former college golfers, representing 95 schools from 31 conferences.

The ECU Pirates continue to lead the way this year, with $53,651 in earnings. The Greenville, NC school has put forth a bevy of talent in recent years, with current Web.com Tour star and former eGolf Tour standout Harold Varner III leading the way. The purple and gold currently have two players inside the top 20 on the 2014 eGolf Tour money list, as Adam Stephenson and seven-time tour winner Frank Adams III have combined to produce $35,736 in season-long earnings – over 66 percent of the school’s overall tally. Read the rest of this entry »

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