Jackson’s Brian Stuard is off to a hot start on the PGA Tour after finishing T-5 and T-10 in his first two events of the year. At the Sony in Hawaii, Stuard earned $204,400 after putting together rounds of 68-68-65-65—264. And last weekend at the Humana Challenge in Palm Springs, he had another strong week with rounds of 71-67-62-67—267, earning $124,133. On Saturday, Stuard flirted with a 59 but missed a short birdie putt on 17 and bogied 18 for his 62.
The Humana event also represented the first time in recent memory that four Michigan players all made the cut in the same PGA Tour event. Joining Stuard were Tom Gillis at T-27 ($35,7280); Justin Hicks at T-37 ($22,400); and Doug LaBelle II also at T-37 ($22,400). For the season, Stuard rests in 11th spot in money rankings at $328,533 while Hicks is at T-46 with $112,000, LaBelle II is at T-77 with $36,221 and Gillis is at T-79 with $35,728. All four players are in the field for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines GC in San Diego.
Incidentally, last week Doug LaBelle II was named to the PGA Tour’s 16-member Player Policy Council (PAC) which advises and consults with the PGA Tour Policy Board (Board of Directors) and Commissioner Tim Finchem on issues affecting the Tour.
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