Frys.Com kick starts PGA Tour season
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 Frys.com Open | Preview | 09 Oct 2013
The 2014 PGA Tour season begins this week in California with the staging of the Frys.Com Open at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin in Northern California.
For many this will be their first opportunity to play the PGA Tour as for several of those who graduated through the Web.Com Tour this season get to play the PGA Tour as a cardholder.
The event is being played for the 7th occasion although it has been played on the West Coast only since 2010 after initially being played in Arizona. The corporate headquarters for Frys, an electronic retailer, is in San Jose, just up the road from this week’s venue.
Last year Sweden’s Jonas Blixt was the winner after blowing a breakthrough PGA Tour opportunity the previous week.
Hideki Matsuyama, the leading world ranked player in the field, gets to make his PGA Tour debut as a cardholder and will be watched with interest following a solid Presidents Cup debut and a great start to his professional career. He was 10th at the US open and 6th at the Open Championship and has already won three events and been twice runner-up in his rookie season in Japan, leading that money list by a huge margin.
Billy Horschel won in New Orleans earlier in the year and made it all the way to the Tour Championship where he finished 7th. That alone is enough for him to be one of the favourites
Horschel has played the event well in each of the two years he has played. He was 7th in 2011 and last year was well placed early before finishing 27th.
Bryce Molder has not exactly starred of late but he has made eight of his last nine cuts and does play this event well finishing 11th last year and winning in 2011.
The event sees the arrival onto the PGA Tour of several players who have earned their right to play at this level via great seasons on the Web.Com Tour or doing well in the Web.Com Tour Finals.
John Peterson is one in particular who stands out. He was never worse than 5th in his last five events on the Web.Com Tour and could easily make an immediate impact at this higher level.
The man who led the season long race for the Web.Com Tour money list title, Michael Putnam might also be worth keeping an eye on.
Australasians in this week’s field include Presidents Cup player Marc Lieshman, John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy, Scott Gardiner, Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Steven Bowditch, Scott Gardiner and Bronson La Cassie along with New Zealander Danny Lee.