Thursday, October 14, 2010
Driving range at CordeValle prior to opening round of Frys.com Open
This PGA Tournament is here in San Martin, California for the first time. It's here primarily because of John Fry, the founder of Fry's Electronics. The event will move to Fry's private course "The Institute" just a few miles from here in 2-3 years, but CordeValle is a superb countryside course that provides a great test for many of the World's greatest players. Granted, not the biggest names are here with this being an end of season tour stop, but plenty of the games best are in the field. Paul Goydos who served as co-captain at the recent Ryder Cup matches in Whales shot a 6 under 65 this morning and shares the lead. Goydos who shot a 59 on the tour this year is one of the late 40's players in the field which includes several stars from the Champions circuit including Tom Lehman, Michael Allen and Tom Pernice Jr. Many of the young lions are here as well including Ryder Cup star Ricky Fowler. Many players in the field are jockeying for a top 125 money winning mark to earn a PGA tour card for next season. Other are here to protect their standing in this $5 Million purse event with $900,000 going to winner.
Troy Mattison who won the Frys.com Open twice at different courses, returns to defend. Half the field is still on course in 90+ degree heat with the greens firming up.