Final Round Update: Former NGA/Hooters Tour winner Bradley Takes Byron Nelson Championship-
NGA/Hooters Tour alums Keegan Bradley and Ryan Palmer were atop the leaderboard of the HP Byron Nelson Championship following Sunday’s final round. But after the first playoff hole, Bradley captured his first PGA Tour win and his first professional victory since winning the NGA/Hooters Tour’s Texas Honing Open in 2009.
Bradley joined the NGA/Hooters Tour in 2008 after a successful career at St. John’s University. The nephew of LPGA Hall of Fame member, Pat Bradley, won a Bridgestone Winter Series event in his first season on Tour and added a Pro Series victory in 2009. Last season, Bradley played the Nationwide Tour and picked up seven top-25s to finish 14th on the money list, earning him a PGA Tour card for 2011. In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, Bradley made nine of 15 cuts and had a pair of top-10s before his breakout victory.
With the win, Bradley, whose aunt, Pat Bradley, once caddied for him on the NGA/Hooters Tour, moved to 20th in the FedExCup standings.
Only five players finished the event under par, and three were NGA/Hooters Tour alumni. Palmer and Bradley finished at 3-under par, while former player Ryuji Imada finished T3 at 2-under par.
Alum John Rollins finished at even par and T6, while former players James Driscoll and Rod Pampling finished T8.
Bradley’s win was the 10th by NGA/Hooters Tour alums on the PGA Tour this season. For full-field results, click here.
Third Round Update: Palmer Still Out Front in Texas-
Former NGA/Hooters Tour player Ryan Palmer shot a 3-over 73 in the third round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Saturday. However, the 3-over-par round actually allowed the Texas A&M alumnus to gain a stroke on Sergio Garcia, who started the day tied with Palmer for the lead of the PGA Tour event.
Palmer, who played on the NGA/Hooters Tour in 2002, was even par through 13 holes, but he dropped three shots fighting high winds on the final five holes of the day. Palmer will start the final round one shot ahead of Garcia and in good position to pick up his fourth PGA Tour win.
Ryuji Imada, who played on the NGA/Hooters Tour in 2002 and 2003, picked up three shots on Palmer by carding an even-par 70. Imada will start the final round two shots off the lead and tied for third.
Gary Woodland, a 2008 NGA/Hooters Tour member, shot a 2-under 68 to jump to T5 heading into the final round. Woodland, who’s eighth in the FedExCup standings, already has one win this season and four top-10s.
Keegan Bradley, a 2009 NGA/Hooters Tour winner, is tied for eighth after three rounds with alums Scott Piercy, Rod Pampling and John Rollins.
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Round 2 Update: Ryan Palmer Tied for Lead at Byron Nelson-
Former NGA/Hooters Tour player Ryan Palmer backed up his first-round 65 with a 3-under 67 in the second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas to grab a share of the lead with Sergio Garcia.
Palmer, who played on the NGA/Hooters Tour in 2002, had four birdies and one bogey on Friday to move to the top of the leaderboard. Palmer is searching for his fourth PGA Tour win.
Scott Piercy, a former NGA/Hooters Tour winner, was able to post a 1-under 69 in the second round despite playing in high winds. Piercy, who won the 2006 Michelob Ultra Classic, is T3 after two rounds and three shots behind Palmer and Garcia.
Chad Collins also fired a 69 on Friday. Collins, a three-year NGA/Hooters Tour veteran, was en route to a stellar round after playing his first 13 holes 3-under par, but the Methodist College alumnus stumbled down the stretch, carding two bogeys and dropping into a tie for fifth.
Former NGA/Hooters Tour winner Keegan Bradley remained in the top 10 after Friday’s round. Bradley, who won the Texas Honing Open in 2009, is 3-under par after two rounds and tied for eighth with alums Josh Teater, Ryuji Imada and Chris Riley.
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Round 1 Update: Six Alums T3 or better-
Ryan Palmer, who played on the NGA/Hooters Tour, shot a 5-under 65 in the opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship and is one shot behind leader Jeff Overton.
Palmer recorded eight birdies and three bogeys during his first round of the PGA Tour event in Texas. Palmer has three wins on the PGA Tour and has made 10 of 14 cuts this season.
Former NGA/Hooters Tour winners Keegan Bradley and Scott Piercy finished with 4-under 66s and in a tie for third.
Bradley joined the NGA/Hooters Tour in 2008 after a successful career at St. John’s University. The nephew of LPGA Hall of Fame member, Pat Bradley, won a Bridgestone Winter Series event in his first season on Tour and added a Pro Series victory at the Texas Honing Open in 2009. Last season, Bradley played the Nationwide Tour and picked up seven top-25s to finish 14th on the money list, earning him a PGA Tour card for 2011. In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, Bradley has made nine of 15 cuts and has a pair of top-10s.
Piercy, who won the 2006 Michelob Ultra Classic in 2006, has bounced between the PGA and Nationwide Tours since the graduating from the NGA/Hooters Tour. Piercy’s best finish of the season is T42 in the Shell Houston Open.
Alums Josh Teater, Will Strickler and Chris Riley also carded 4-under 66s in the first round and are tied for third. For full-field results, click here. Fo
3-time NGA/Hooters Tour winner Kris Blanks is coming off his best finish of the season-
Myrtle Beach, S.C. - May 25, 2011 - Seventy-five NGA/Hooters Tour alumni are in Texas for the playing of the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship this week.
After winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational last week, former NGA/Hooters Tour winner David Toms is taking the week off, but there are plenty of former players capable of taking the title this week.
Three-time NGA/Hooters Tour winner Kris Blanks had his best showing of the season last week. Blanks, who has nearly 50 NGA/Hooters Tour starts, shot a final-round 68 in the Crowne Plaza Championship to move into a tie for 10th. The top-10 finish was his best effort of the season and moved the former Huntingdon College player to 127 on the money list coming into this week’s event.
Former NGA/Hooters Tour winner Brian Gay is the highest alumnus in the PGATour.com’s Power Rankings this week. Gay, who played on the NGA/Hooters Tour in 1994 and 1995, finished second in the Byron Nelson Championship last year and has cashed in his last nine PGA Tour starts. Gay is ranked fifth and stands 36th in the FedExCup standings.
Former player John Senden finished at 6-under par in the Crowne Plaza Invitational and tied for eighth. The top-25 finish was his eighth of the season and garnered the Australian the 10th spot in this week’s Power Rankings. Senden finished T3 in the Byron Nelson Championship last season.
Although Toms isn’t in the field this week, another alum that won last week is. Former NGA/Hooters Tour player Garth Mulroy won the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, S.C., last Sunday and will be making his third PGA Tour start of the season.
Michael Thompson, the 2010 NGA/Hooters Tour Player of the Year, is back in action this week. Thompson has made five cuts in his rookie season on the PGA Tour and has a best finish of T14.
Recent graduates Jim Renner and Ben Martin will be teeing it up in the Byron Nelson Championship as well. Renner, who finished seventh the on NGA/Hooters Tour money list in 2010, has also made five cuts this season. Martin, a 2010 member, has made six cuts during his rookie season and has a best finish of T25.
After winning 12 times on the PGA Tour in 2010, NGA/Hooters Tour alumni have combined to win nine times this season.
The NGA/Hooters Tour is the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA and Nationwide Tour Professionals than any other tour in the country.
The NGA/Hooters Tour is the Third Largest Men's 72 Hole Professional Golf Tour in the United States behind the Nationwide and PGA Tours and has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA, Nationwide, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA/Hooters Tour Alumni have won an incredible Twelve (12) “Major” Championships.
Alumni include Jim Furyk, the 2010 FedExCup winner and PGA Tour Player of the Year; Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open Champion; Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open Champion; Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters Champion; Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA Champion; Ben Curtis, winner of the 2003 British Open; Lee Janzen, a two-time US Open winner; John Daly, a British Open and PGA Champion; Tom Lehman, winner of the British Open; David Toms, a past PGA Champion; Chad Campbell, the 2003 Tour Championship winner; Vaughn Taylor, a two-time Reno Tahoe Open winner; Craig Perks, winner of the TPC, and many, many more. At this year’s PGA Tour Qualifying School, 46% of the players that earned full exempt status on the PGA Tour (including 2010 Hooters Tour Player of the Year Michael Thompson) and 52% of the players that earned status on the Nationwide Tour have spent time on the NGA/Hooters Professional Golf Tour. In 2011, 23 former NGA/Hooters Tour players will be advancing to the PGA Tour.
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NGA/Hooters Tour Alumni in HP Byron Nelson Championship: