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    The third annual FedEx Cup took place last weekend and former Bulldog star, Nick Watney, was a big contender in the tournament.  Watney entered the tournament ranked 28th in the PGA tour, and finished the tournament in 12th place with 880 points, just 2,100 points behind the champion.

    The winner of the tournament was Jim Furyk, who ended the cup with 2,980 points.  Furyk turned pro back in 1992 and has been playing great golf during his journey on the PGA tour.  Watney turned pro in 2003 and has shown that he can keep up with all of the best veteran golfers.  Furyk and Watney both have seven top ten finishes in the 2010 season. 

    Watney made his mark at the 2010 FedEx Cup by setting all sorts of records over the weekend.  He played the best round of the week earning a score of 63.  Watney played the best back nine that the golf course has ever seen in its' history with a score of 28 and played the best overall East Lake Golf Course nine holes which tied him with Tiger Woods' score at the course.  Watney also had the lowest nine hole score for the season. 

    The records he set didn't stop there.  Watney's nine birdies that he shot at the FedEx Cup were the most par breakers he's ever had in his career.  This was also the most birdies that a tour championship has ever seen since 1990.  The former Bulldog star shot birdies consecutively from hole 8-13 which has him tied for the best birdie streak of the season. 

    Watney's PGA tour success can be followed at www.pgatour.com. 

     

    Former Bulldog golf star Nick Watney is making a big name for himself on the PGA tour.  He started his professional golf career back in 2003 after he finished is collegiate play at Fresno State.  This week he is getting ready for the third annual FedEx Cup Championship which starts on Thursday.  He has been working hard in the 2010 season on his journey to make it into the top 30 and qualify for this prestigious tournament.

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    The road to the FedEx Cup started with the Barclays tournament played at the Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.  The top 125 golfers in the PGA tour were invited to play in this event and this was considered the start of the road to the FedEx Cup.  Watney tied for 36th place at the Barclays and was able to continue on to compete in the next big tournament in Massachusetts.

    After the Barclays, the top 100 golfers continued on to play at the Deutsche Bank Championship at the Tournament Players Club of Boston.  Watney improved his game and finished this tournament tied in 33rd place. 

    The final stop before the FedEx Cup was the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois.  The top 70 leaders were invited to play in this tournament and Watney did extremely well and finished tied for 17th place.   

    All of his hard work has paid off and Watney is going to play in the FedEx Cup at the end of this week along with the rest of the top 30 golfers in the PGA tour.  The FedEx Cup will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on the East Lake Golf Course.  The course is 7,154 yards long with a par of 70.   The winner of the FedEx Cup will receive $1,305,000.  This tournament was first played in 2007 and Tiger Woods currently holds the champion title for this Cup.  Official competition begins Thursday Sept. 23 and will conclude on Sunday Sept. 26.  Live updates from the tournament can be found at www.pgatour.com . 

    By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics

    TANAGURA, Japan-- The Fresno State men's golf team is experiencing a wet start to their Centennial season.  Tropical storm Malou has rained out the original start for the Topy Cup.  The storm recorded rainfalls at 4 inches per hour in some areas.  The tournament was scheduled to begin on Thursday morning and has now been pushed back to start Friday morning.  The new plan is to play 36 holes on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday.

    The Bulldogs have been allowed to walk the course to see what they will be facing in the upcoming competition days.  They are in great spirits and still ready to play as soon as the course is clear.  The course is 7,127 yards with a par of 72. 

    Fresno State was one of four men's teams chosen from the United States to travel to Japan to compete in this 28th annual tournament.  The Japanese Golf Association paid for the Bulldogs' head men's golf coach Mike Watney and five student-athletes to travel to Tanagura for the Cup.  The five Bulldogs on the road are: Bhavik Patel, Bryan Hogan, Michael Gideon, Brian Sunker, and Nate Jessup. 

    The Topy Cup Tournament organizers plan to update scores every nine holes at www.topycup.com.  You can also check for updates at www.gobulldogs.com.     

     

    FS Golf BagsBy Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics Communications

    It's that time of year again and all of the Fresno State athletic teams are gearing up for a new season of action.  The men's golf team is starting off this centennial season in a big way.  They will be heading off to Tanagura, Japan to compete in the 28th Annual Topy Cup.

    The Topy Cup is a large golf tournament held in Japan for both men's and women's teams.  The tournament is open to U.S. collegiate teams as well as Japanese collegiate teams. The U.S. teams must be invited by the Japanese Golf Association in order to participate.  The Topy Cup is held at the Tanagura Country Club in Tanagura, Japan every year in early September.

    This fall the Fresno State men's golf team will be competing in the Topy Cup on September 9-11.  There are 90 players total in the tournament and only six teams are invited from the United States.  The organizers of the tournament pay for five players and one coach from each team to travel to Japan to compete.  Fresno State was picked as one of the four men's teams to travel to Japan this year.  The other U.S. men's golf teams traveling to Japan are the University of Arizona, Arizona State, and Texas A&M.  The women's golf teams traveling to Japan are the University of Arizona and UC Davis. 


    Former Bulldog Nick Watney is charging toward his first major championship, standing in second place just 1 shot off the lead as the second round of the 2010 PGA Championship was concluding. Watney finished his second round with a 4-under par round of 68 at the Whistling Straits course in Wisconsin and is 7-under for the tournament, one shot behind leader Matt Kuchar.

     Watney's round included five birdies and one bogey, and he had to play 25 holes Friday as fog delayed the start of Thursday's opening round. Several players in the field had to finish their first round on Thursday before beginning the second round.

     Similar weather conditions greeted the field Friday as nearly half the field will have to finish the second round on Saturday before the cut-line can be set. Tiger Woods is among the players needing to finish on Saturday. He is 1-under par for the tournament and only got through six holes of his second round on Friday afternoon.

     Watney, who has won twice on PGA Tour, has tied for 7th in the both the Master's and the British Open this year. He was the top American finisher in the British Open last month. This is the final major event on the PGA Tour this year, as the schedule will now focus on the Fed Ex Cup for the remainder of the year.

     


    Former Bulldog golf standout Kevin Sutherland continues to perform well on the PGA Tour, where he has earned nearly $15 million in career earnings.

    Sutherland, competing in the Canadian Open, shot a round of 62 on Friday, the lowest round in his career. On his scorecard he made seven birdies and one eagle at the St. George Golf and Country Club in Toronto.

    He is 5-under par for the tournament after an opening round of 73 and is tied for 20th place heading into the weekend, four shots off the lead. Sutherland has one career PGA tour victory to his credit and ranks No. 83 in the Fed Ex Cup standings. His best finish this season was  a tie for 10th place at the Zurich Bank of New Orleans tournament.





    Bulldog junior golfer Bhavik Patel is in contention at the Sahalee Players Championship after the first day. Patel (70-68--138) shot a 6-under par round for 36 holes on Wednesday at the Sahalee Country Club Home Course in Du Pont, Wash. He's in third place, two shots behind leader Andrew Putman, a U.S Open qualifier, and five shots head of defending champion Nick Taylor, an All-American from Washington and the world's No. 1 ranked amateur.

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    Patel made nine birdies over the two rounds and played the Par 5 holes at 5-under par.  He will be playing Thursday with Putnam and Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State, who are at 136 and 137, respectively.

    Last summer Patel reached the semi-final round of the U.S. Amateur championship in Tulsa, Okla.

    Some notable past champions in the 17 years have included Trent Whitekiller, Daniel Summerhays, Kyle Stanley, Ryan Moore, Arron Oberholser, Jason Gore, and Casey Martin. The Home Course in DuPont, Washington will host this year's championship due to Sahalee Country Club hosting this summer's U.S. Senior Open. The Home Course is the Assisting Course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur this to be played at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash.

    The Pacific Northwest Golf Association joined with Sahalee Country Club 10 years ago to create the "Western Swing" with the PNGA Men's Amateur Championship. The Sahalee Players Championship is the first leg of the swing, with the PNGA Men's Amateur being played the week after.

     

     

    Czinski Wins Fresno County Title

    Chelsea Czinksi won the Fresno County Amateur title by five strokes after shooting consecutive rounds of 73 at the Fig Garden Golf Club.

    Czinksi, who will be a senior on the Bulldog team this fall, has been one of the most consistent players on the team dating back to her freshman season when she helped the Dogs to a WAC title and the schools'  first NCAA tournament appearance. During this past season, her junior campaign, she had a scoring average of 79.32 and made 32 birdies on the season, both good for fourth-best on the team.

    She's among several golfers on the mens' and women's teams competing on courses this summer.

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     Sutherland One to Watch

    Two Bulldogs, Nick Watney and Kevin Sutherland, will be competing in the AT&T National at the Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia starting Thursday.

    According to PGA Tour.com's Mike McAllister, Kevin Sutherland is his "sleeper" pick to win the tournament. Sutherland has one PGA tour victory in his career and has quietly accumulated nearly $15 million on the tour.

     He tied for 13th last weekend at the Traveler's Tournament, his fifth Top 20 finish this season, and he leads the PGA Tour in greens in regulation.

    Good luck to the Dogs this weekend!