Found October 30, 2011 on
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While Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy were busy pocketing multi-million dollar checks at international events, a group of mini-tour guys were busy grinding it out on Sunday at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
The goal? To get inside the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour's Money List and grab a coveted ticket to the PGA Tour in 2012. You'll probably notice a couple of names on the final list, but here are five notable to keep an eye on next season.
Billy Hurley III (No. 25 on the Money List): Next to Erik Compton, he might be one of the best stories to come out of the Nationwide Tour. A former Naval officer who spent time on battle ships in the Persian Gulf, China and Korea, it only took him one full season on the developmental circuit to make it to the PGA Tour. You'd have to think those five years spent serving our country in hostile waters made the final round of the Tour Championship a breeze.
Erik Compton (No. 13): The two-time heart transplant recipient is finally heade...
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U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to increase his lead after the third round of the Shanghai Masters.
Golf U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a seven-under 65 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes after the third round of the Shanghai Masters. The 22-year-old star from Northern Ireland made seven birdies in another bogey-free round to finish at 18-under 198.
Although it won't count in any official record book, Rory McIlroy's playoff win in Shanghai managed to get the reigning U.S. Open champion over the hump and into the winner's circle again, writes ESPN.com's Farrell Evans.
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy won $2 million in the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, beating Anthony Kim with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
SHANGHAI - U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy won $2 million in the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, beating Anthony Kim...
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned his PGA Tour card Sunday when he finished in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list.