The PGATOUR will be making a small jump from Las Vegas over to California where they will play the Frys.com Open, which is now being played at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin. This event is being played for the sixth time and it will be the third consecutive year that they play at this great layout . The first three years were played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. When the event was first started in 2007, it was called Fry’s Electronics Open. That, however, changed after the first year.
This event, like last week’s event, is part of the PGATOUR Fall Series. This series consists of four events starting October 4th and ending on November 11th with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. The final event is played down in Lake Buena Vista in Florida to try and take advantage of the best weather possible at this time of the year.
The defending champion this week is Bryce Molder, who won the event last year with a total of seventeen under par, which was good enough for him to collect the winning prize of $900,000. The record for the tournament was set in 2008 when Cameron Beckman won with a score of eighteen under par. That record was tied in 2009 by Troy Matteson, Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark. Matteson won the tournament in a playoff.
We have to remember that the record was set on the old course, so in my mind, the record for this event is seventeen under par shot by Molder last year at CordeValle. The one record that I am impressed with is that of Matteson, who set the thirty-six hole record by shooting back to back rounds of sixty-one during his second and third round in 2009. On a personal note, I feel that Molders score is more impressive than that of Matteson and Beckman because his score was set on a par seventy-one that plays long for its distance.
If the weather is good this week, you can count on the scores being low, like they have been over the last two years here in California. Let’s just hope that no one runs away with the tournament.