Official World Golf Rankings for Nike Golf Athletes – July 2, 2013

After Paul Casey’s win and the debut of Chris Williams (former #1 ranked amateur in the world), I thought it would be a good time to give an update on Team Nike and their positions in the Official World Golf rankings.This is every player from the PGA Tour, European Tour, Asian Tour, Japan Tour, Tour and European Challenge Tour.

Paul Casey and Dylan Frittelli were the biggest movers.

Here we go:

1 – Tiger Woods 
same as pre-US Open

2 – Rory McIlroy
same as pre-US Open

14 – Charl Schwartzel
same as pre-US Open

27 – Nick Watney
down 3 since US Open

36 – Throbjorn Olesen
down 1 since US Open

42 – Francesco Molinari
down 4 since US Open

43 – Carl Pettersson
down 3 since US Open

51 – Russell Henley
down 3 since US Open

65 – Kyle Stanley
down 5 since US Open

96 – Kevin Chappell
up 7 since US Open

100 – Scott Jamieson
down 13 since US Open

102 – Paul Casey
up 63 since US Open

132 – Ross Fisher
down 3 since US Open

157 – Scott Brown
down 11 since US Open

173 – Seung-yul Noh
down 31 since US Open

205 – Simon Dyson
down 41 since US Open

265 – Tommy Fleetwood

304 – Dylan Frittelli
up 196 after his European Challenge Tour win (!)

349 – Jhonattan Vegas

419 – Richard Finch

448 – Oliver Fisher

545 – Richard T. Lee

553 – Stephen Ames

564 – Kevin Tway

596 – Joseph Bramlett

665 – Miguel Tabuena

698 – Matt Hill

713 – Anthony Kim

754 – Jamie Lovemark

784 – Tetsuya Haraguchi

907 – Hao-Tong Li

932 – Dustin Garza

951 – Matt Haines

1021 – Lee Bedford

1024 – Xin-Jun Zhang

1092 – Scott Pinckney

1106 – Chris Williams

1404 – Masamichi Ito

1441 – Chris Nallen

1507 – David Duval

1560 – Connor Arendell

1560 – Travis Wadkins

The Top 125 :: Update on Nike Golf Athletes PGA Tour Money Leaders

Well, we are half-way through the Fall Series of the PGA Tour. Generally, we see players fighting to make the Top 125 on the money list for fully exempt Tour status, or trying to meet a minimum quota of events.

For Nike Golf athletes, it hasn’t been a great year for earnings on the PGA Tour. While Nike Golf has a lot of worldwide wins this year, there have been few wins on the PGA. Here’s a look at the current Money List standings on the PGA Tour;

24 – Charl Schwartzel
Great year for Charl. He missed 1 cut all year worldwide. While he made just over $3 million worldwide, he cashed in $2.6 million on the Tour. The question is; does he keep his PGA Tour card for next year, or just play in Europe?

46 – Jhonattan Vegas
Great rookie year for Vegas, bringing home $1.86 million. He started the Rookie Movement during Week 3 of the season, picking up a win and then another Top 10 the following week. Most recently coming off of a Top 10 at the JT Shriners.

49 – Lucas Glover
A win for Glover was his only Top 10 this year in his 22 events. Since that win in May he put up a T12 at the Open Championship, which was a good finish too, for the Major winner. A cool $1.76 million does all right for G’Lover as he looks to step it up next year.

53 – Carl Pettersson
A very consistent year for Pettersson. After starting the year with a T4, he picked up 4 more leading up to this week. I don’t think CPetts will complain with having $1.5 million in the bank this year.

84 – Anthony Kim
I don’t really believe that AK has played in 26 events. It still feels like he’s been injured all year. He started the year with 3 straight Top 20s and I was on top of the world. After that, AK only picked up 3 more Top 25’s. Most notably, his 5th place at the Open Championship gave him about $300, 000, contributing to his $1 million he earned thus far.

 96 – Stewart Cink
Cink had 1 Top 10 in 21 events. However, his 9 Top 30 finishes have put him here, bringing his total thus far to $900, 000. He’ll be playing this week at the McGladrey.

117 – Tiger Woods
Even in 9 events, Tiger still clocked $660, 000. He still had 2 Top 10s and 3 Top 25s, making 7 of 9 cuts.  I still think that’s impressive.


127 – Paul Casey
Paul Casey has 2 wins worldwide in 2011, just not on the PGA Tour. He’s playing well now and says he’s about 70% healthy. He’ll look for his 3rd straight Top 10 this week.

134 – Stephen Ames
20 events, $528, 000. 2 Top 10s this year and he missed the cut at both majors he played in. Also missed the cut last week at the Needs a big week.

144 – Justin Leonard
24 events, $445, 000. Only 13 cuts made this year. Needs to finish the Fall Series on a high notes.

192 – Joseph Bramlett
Tough go for the rookie. 23 events and $180, 000. Only 12 cuts made. Lots of work to do.

199 – Kevin Kisner
I was surprised Kisner was this low. However, his high finishes on the Nationwide are probably the reason for that. 22 events, 8 cuts made.

229 – Jamie Lovemark
He was injured for pretty much all of this year, following a discectomy. Ouch.. He’s playing on the Nationwide Tour this week. Should be medically exempt for next year? Not sure how that works.

Best of luck to all of the athletes this week. I think Casey can pull out a win and I’m hoping to see a healthy Jamie Lovemark in action, too.

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CONTEST – Fall Series Fantasy Four :: JT Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Welcome to another Fall Series Fantasy Four! Below are the guidelines;

Contest Guidelines
Hello and welcome to the NG Nation Fall Series Fantasy Four contest (wordy, I know). I would just like to run through the official rules before we get started on this 4 week contest.

1. CHOOSE YOUR FANTASY FOUR: EACH WEEK, pick four golfers who you think will be the high finishers for the week. ONE OF YOUR PICKS MUST BE A NIKE ATHLETE (unless there is only 1 in the field).

2. ENTRIES: Submit your Final Four in a comment below the NG Nation Fantasy Four post for that week. To be eligible for that week’s points, all entries/comments must be posted BY MIDNIGHT PST THE NIGHT BEFORE THE FIRST ROUND OF EACH TOURNAMENT (Wednesday by Midnight, PST). That means you need to come to each week and submit your 4 golfers in the respective Fantasy Four post.

One entry per person (email address and/or computer IP address) per week, multiple entries will be disqualified (please be honest, we’re trying to have fun here). To see when each event post is live, check back here on or follow the NG Nation Staff on Twitter!

3. POINTS: Points are allotted as follows:

Win = 10 points
Top 10’s = 5 points each
Top 25’s = 2 points each
MC’s = 0 points each

4. PRIZES: The top three finishers will win a pair of Nike Golf shoes (shoe models TBD). Prizes courtesy of Nike Golf.

5. EVENTS: The contest will run over the 4 Fall Series events and at the conclusion of these tournaments the winner will be announced in the weekly Fantasy Four Recap post. The events are as follows (starting this week):

Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open Open
The McGladrey Classic
Children’s Miracle Network Classic

6. RELEASE: By entering this contest you agree to release and hold harmless NG Nation from any and all liability. In other words, we’re trying to have fun here, so please don’t sue us. 

Big thanks to Nike Golf for providing the prizes. Now let’s get week one started!

There’s some decent names in the field this week, so it should be a fun one! The fall series this year is only 4 events and the order is mixed up. We do have a handful of Nike athletes this week, so that’s never a bad thing.

Stephen Ames
Ames has only played 1 event in the past 2 months. That was a T50 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. WD here last year after an opening round 66.

Joseph Bramlett
Bramlett’s last 3 PGA events were all made cuts. The best of which was a T25 at the Reno-Tahoe. Good for him! The fall series will be great for him to get experience.

Kevin Kisner
Kisner’s last 3 events were on the Nationwide Tour. He made 3 cuts, had 1 Top 10 and 2 Top 25s.

Carl Pettersson
CPetts showed up for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. After a T18 and T4 at the Greenbrier and Wyndham pushed him up the standings, he had a T37, T32 and a T16 in the Playoffs. Played here in 2009 and posted a T67.

Jhonattan Vegas
Vegas has made 9 straight made cuts, playing in 3/4 FedEx Cup events.

Chez Reavie
recent finishes – T26 TOUR Champ, 8th BMW, 2nd Deutsche Bank, CUT Barlcays, 9th Wyndham
Cut here in ’09, made cut here in ’08.

John Mallinger
recent finishes – 4 straight Top 10s on the NWide, T12 Wyndham 
Hottest player on the Nationwide. Cut here last year, but 3rd in ’08. 

Troy Merritt
recent finishes –  T11 Soboba, T11 Boise Open
T50 here last year and he’s been playing well on the NWide.

Nick Watney
recent finishes –  T26 TOUR Champ, T22 BMW, T61 Deutsche Bank, T10 Barclays
6 straight cuts. 6th here last year. Not another 6! 666!

Ryan Moore
Best finishes – 7th in ’09, T28 in ’08
T16 at BMW and T10 at Barclays. Good stuff, bro. 

Martin Laird
Best finishes – 2nd in ’10, 1st in ’10
Best record here, coming off of a T12 at the BMW

Jonathan Byrd
Best finishes – 1st in ’10
1st last year, but cut in ’09 and ’08.

Chad Campbell
Best finishes – 28th in ’10, 2nd in ’09, 3rd in ’08
7 straight made cuts, including a Top 10 at the British Open.

Alan :: Ryan Moore, Jeff Overton, Nick Watney and Carl Pettersson
Bob :: Tommy Gainey, Kyle Stanley, Nick Watney and Jhonattan Vegas
Damian :: Ryan Moore, Martin Laird, Nick Watney and Jhonattan Vegas

Some good selection this week. I’m looking forward to some good picks!

Check out the field this week (they’re bringing sexy  back)  >>

Leave your Fantasy Four in a comment below.

Remember, you have to pick ONE Nike Golf Athlete and have your picks in by WEDNESDAY at Midnight (PST).

It is also your responsibility to sub your player if they WD before the deadline

FedEx Cup Update :: Nike Athlete Standings after the BMW Championship

Well, after Cog Hill, no Nike athletes will be making the trip to East Lake.

We did have one athlete who had a great shot of making it to East Lake. While starting the week 27th, Charl Schwartzel finished tied for 42nd place and dropping to 32nd in the FedEx Cup points standing. Who knows what would have happened if he played in each of the first 3 FedEx tournaments.

Here are the results of the BMW Championship for Nike Athletes;

T16 :: Carl Pettersson
T31 :: Lucas Glover
T42 :: Charl Schwartzel
T49 :: Jhonattan Vegas

Here’s the final standings of Nike Golf athletes in the FedEx Cup Playoffs;

32 – Charl Schwartzel
45 – Lucas Glover
48 – Carl Pettersson
54 – Jhonattan Vegas
79 – Anthony Kim
98 – Stewart Cink
126 – Justin Leonard
132 – Tiger Woods
138 – Stephen Ames
144 – Paul Casey
195 – Kevin Kisner
199 – Joseph Bramlett
207 – John Cook
229 – Jamie Lovemark

Best of luck to all of these guys next year. Hopefully Jamie Lovemark gets healthy and everyone has a good fall season.

FedEx Cup Preview :: Nike Athletes Standings and Predictions

The regular season is over (rather anticlimactically, if you ask me) and we are left with Top 125 FedEx Cup point-getters. I wish Tiger would have at least tried and played with Wyndham, as he just missed the cut.

Before I take a look at the Nike athletes who made it to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, here are the Nike athletes who fell short;

  • Justin Leonard (126)
  • Tiger Woods (132)
  • Stephen Ames (138)
  • Paul Casey (144)
  • Kevin Kisner (195)
  • Joseph Bramlett (199)
  • Jamie Lovemark (229)

That’s 7 guys, right there. Casey did have a win on the European Tour, but that didn’t count Stateside. Too bad for Justin and Tiger, who just barely missed the cut.

All right, onto the dudes who made it to the big show. I’ll follow these guys up with a prediction for where they’ll finish.

Charl Schwartzel (21)
Charl is taking the Barlcays off. I was surprised that he’s actually 21st, but that’s just because he played really well in the Europe, too. He plays great in big fields, so I think he’s gonna surprise some people, as he’s really flying under the radar.

Prediction – Top 10

Jhonattan Vegas (35)
Vegas hasn’t been stellar since his back-to-back Top 10s. However, he has 6 straight Top 10s. He could roll as a sleeper into East Lake. I think it would be a great cap to his rookie year.

Prediction – Top 50

Lucas Glover (40)
Glover has a win this year, also. He had a big T12 at the Open Championship, and has been playing decent since then. However, last year he had a T7 at the Wyndham, then missed the cut at the Barlcays.

Prediction – Top 50

Carl Pettersson (55)
Other than Schwartzel, I think Pettersson is going to come up big and surprise some people. Petts missed the cut at the Barclays and Deutsche Bank last year, capping it off with a T30 at the BMW. He didn’t play in the Playoffs in 2009.

Prediction – Top 30

Stewart Cink (82)
One Top 10 all year is really strange for Cinker. Last year, Cink rode back-to-back Top 20s into the playoffs, with a T15-T18-T21 in the first 3 playoff events. I think he’ll do well in the Barclays and he should  do all right.

Prediction – Top 50

Anthony Kim (92)
The Barclays is really make or break for AK. It could be really tough for him to stay in the Top 100 and make it to the Deutsche Bank. AK has had his recent flashes at The Open and then the Greenbrier, but has missed 2 cuts since then. AK rode the same streak into the Playoffs last year and missed the cut at the Barclays and  Deutsche Bank. AK also has a new caddie on the bag, who has won at the Barclays, so I have high hopes for a Top 10.

Prediction – Top 50


Technically, the Top 2 Nike athletes in terms of FedEx Cup points are rookies. However, Schwartzel is no rookie. Good luck to all of the Nike athletes during the FedEx Cup. We’ll keep you updated as much as possible.

Follow the live projected FedEx Cup points here >>



What’s in the Bag at the Wyndham Championship

Here’s what’s in the bags of the Nike Golf Athletes in the field at the Wyndham Championship:

Driver: Nike VR Tour 11.5-degree (UST Axivcore Green 75 X)
Irons:  Nike VR Pro Combo (3-PW)
Fairway Wood:  Nike SQ 3-wood/15-degree
Hybrids:  Nike VR Pro 18-degree
Ball:  Nike ONE Tour D

Driver: Nike VR Pro Limited 10.5-degree (Diamana White Board 73 X)
Fairway Wood: Nike SQ II 3-wood/15-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Combo (2); VR Pro Combo (3-6); VR Pro Combo Blade (7-PW).
Wedges: Nike VR Pro 52 and Nike VR Pro 59-degree
Putter: Nike Method 001 Prototype
Ball: Nike ONE Tour

Driver: Nike VR Pro Limited 9.5-degree (Mitsubishi Fubuki K 70x)
Fairway Woods: Nike SQ II 3-wood/13-degree
Hybrid: Nike VR Pro 18-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Combo (3-PW)
Wedges: Nike VR Pro 54-degree and VR Pro 60-degree
Putter: Nike Method 003
Ball: Nike 20XI-X

Driver: Nike VR Pro Limited 8.5-degree (Matrix Ozik D04 proto)
Fairway Wood: Nike VR Pro Prototype 3-wood/15-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Combo (2&3), VR Pro Blade (4-PW)
Wedges: Nike VR 54 and Nike VR Pro 59-degree
Putter: Nike Method Core MC-2i
Ball: Nike 20XI S

Driver:  Nike VR Pro STR8-Fit 8.5-degree (Graphite Design G 6 X)
Fairway Wood:  Nike VR Pro Prototype 3-wood/15-degree
Irons:  Nike VR Pro Combo (2-3); VR Pro Combo (4&5); VR Pro Combo Blade (6-PW)
Wedges:  Nike VR pro 54 –degree
Ball:  Nike 20XI X

Driver:  Nike SQ Machspeed Black STR8-FIT 10.5 degree (UST Atlas 6 X)
Fairway Wood:  Nike SQ II 4-wood/17-degree
Irons:  Nike VR Pro Combo (3); Nike VR Pro Blades (4-PW)
Wedges:  Nike VR 54-degree; VR 59-degree
Putter:  Nike Method Proto 003
Ball:  Nike 20XI S

Driver:  Nike VR Pro STR8-FIT 11.5-degree (Fubuki 50 X)
Fairway Wood:  Nike Machspeed 5-wood/19-degree
Irons:  Nike VR Pro Combo (4); Nike VR Pro Combo (5-7); VR Pro Combo Blade (8-PW)
Wedges:  Nike VR Pro 49-degree; VR Pro 55-degree; VR Pro 60-degree
Ball: Nike 20XI X

PGA Lunar Controls and Scripting Combinations

Yesterday, Bob posted that the Nike Athletes in this year’s field will be wearing the PGA Championship special edition Lunar Controls if they match their scripting. In addition, he let us know that  Tiger Woods is also planning on wearing the limited edition Lunar Control. Therefore, in looking at the Athletes scripting, I’ve decided to pick out what combinations would work with this blue and gold lunar control. Click the below pic to enlarge.

Weekend Wrapup :: 8.01

Pretty huge weekend for Nike Golf, I would say. On Saturday, AK and Dyson were both in the lead of their respective tournaments. It was a bit of a no-contest in terms of the LPGA and Senior’s majors, but still a fun weekend overall.

Simon Dyson jumped to 48th in the World Golf rankings following his win at the Irish Open.

Here are the results from this weekend;

PGA Tour :: The Greenbrier Classic

T14 :: Anthony Kim :: -6
T18 :: Carl Pettersson :: -5
T71 :: Joseph Bramlett :: +5
CUT :: Kevin Kisner :: +9
CUT :: Justin Leonard :: +2

European Tour :: Irish Open

1 :: Simon Dyson :: -15
T40 :: James Morrison :: -2
T45 :: Oliver Fisher :: -1
T52 :: Matt Haines :: E
CUT :: Scott Jamieson :: +4
CUT :: Richard Finch :: +5

European Senior/Challenge :: US Senior’s Open

T42 :: Bob Tway :: +2
CUT :: John Cook :: +4

Ladie’s European Tour/LPGA :: Women’s British Open

T28 :: Michelle Wie :: -2
T37 :: Suzann Pettersen :: E
T54 :: Amanda Blumenherst :: +3
CUT :: Kristie Smith :: +2

Nationwide Tour :: Utah Championship

T18 :: Scott Brown :: -11
CUT :: Dustin Garza :: -1
CUT :: Chris Nallen :: -1
CUT :: Brendon Todd :: +4

Challenge Tour :: no event this week

21 athletes :: 1 win, 1 Top 10, 4 Top 25s, 9 MCs


Athletes in the Field :: 7.28-7.31

Irish Open! Greenbrier! US Senior Open! Women’s British Open! Utah! That’s a big week. The only Tour that has a break is the Challenge Tour.

Let’s check out all of the Nike Golf athletes in the field this week;

PGA Tour :: The Greenbrier Classic

Joseph Bramlett
Anthony Kim
Kevin Kisner
Justin Leonard
Carl Pettersson

European Tour :: Irish Open

Simon Dyson
Richard Finch
Oliver Fisher
Matt Haines
Scott Jamieson
James Morrison

European Senior/Challenge :: US Senior’s Open

John Cook
Bob Tway

Ladie’s European Tour/LPGA :: Women’s British Open

Amanda Blumenherst
Suzann Pettersen
Kristie Smith
Michelle Wie

Nationwide Tour :: Utah Championship

Scott Brown
Dustin Garza
Chris Nallen
Brendon Todd

Challenge Tour :: no event this week



Weekend Wrap-up :: 7.24

It was a pretty big weekend for golf in general.

  • AK (Anthony Kim) had high hopes in Canada coming off of a great Open finish, but followed up his 69 with an 81. AK was also DQ’d for signing an incorrect scorecard. Try googling “Anthony Kim DQ Canadian Open” – hopefully it gets you here. That’s my joke for the day.
  • Charl Schwartzel is on a tear. He picked up his 9th Top 10 of the year. He’s played 18 events and has 2 finishes outside of the Top 30.
  • Suzann Pettersen had an emotional weekend after the attacks in Norway. However, she still dominated with a 69-68 on the weekend for a great Top 10 at the “soon to be” 5th LPGA Major (Evian Masters).
  • Scott Jamieson bounced back from his Open Championship missed cut, with a T13. That’s 3 Top 25s and 2 Top 10s in his last 5 starts.
  • Pablo Martin and Richard Finch picked up Top 10s at the same event, Nordea Masters.
  • John Cook and Bob Tway picked up some decent finishes at the Senior Open Championship. They finished 11th and T12.
  • Tommy Fleetwood also picked up a Top 10 on the European Challenge Tour. He’s sitting at 29th on the Challenge Tour Rankings…just outside the Top 25 to advance to the European Tour.

Here are the full scores and results from all of the Nike Golf athletes this past weekend;

PGA Tour :: RBC Canadian Open

T9 :: Charl Schwartzel :: E
T40 :: Lucas Glover :: +7
T59 :: Kevin Kisner :: +10
T71 :: Justin Leonard :: +15
DQ :: Anthony Kim
CUT :: Stephen Ames :: +7
CUT :: Carl Pettersson :: +8
CUT :: Paul Casey :: +9
CUT :: Matt Hill :: +10
CUT :: Joseph Bramlett :: +12

Nationwide Tour :: Children’s Hospital Invitational

T19 :: Scott Brown :: -6
CUT :: Chris Nallen :: +3

LPGA Tour/Ladies European Tour :: Evian Masters

T6 :: Suzann Pettersen :: -11
CUT :: Michelle Wie :: +5
CUT :: Amanda Blumenherst :: +7
CUT :: Kristie Smith :: +13

European Tour :: Nordea Masters

2 :: Richard Finch :: -8
T4 :: Pablo Martin :: -4
T13 :: Scott Jamieson :: -1
T35 :: Oliver Fisher :: +5
T63 :: Marius Thorp :: +16
CUT :: James Morrison :: +6
CUT :: Matt Haines :: +12
CUT :: Marc Warren :: +13

Champions Tour :: Senior Open Championship

11 :: John Cook :: -5
T12 :: Bob Tway :: -4

European Challenge Tour :: English Challenge

T9 :: Tommy Fleetwood :: -7

27 athletes :: 5 Top 10s, 9 Top 25s, 1 DQ, 11 MCs