Full-field PGA Tour kicks off 2007; Las Vegas golfers off to slow start

The first week of the PGA Tour’s 2007 full-schedule season has kicked off, and Paul Goydos is the first champion. One former Rebel with Las Vegas golf ties finished in the top 50, but the rest of the Las Vegas Golf Nation failed to make the cut, unless you count a few notable past Las Vegas PGA Tour champions.

By Brian Hurlburt, Golf Las Vegas Now Editor

Chad Campbell, a Ryder Cup player and former UNLV Rebel golfer, sizzled at the start of the Sony Open, but fizzled in the final two rounds. He shot opening rounds of 66-65, but closed with rounds of 75 and 73.

The rounds were very unlike the consistent Campbell. This week (January 17-21) Campbell is the defending champion at the Bob Hope Chrsyler Classic in Palm Springs.

Jim Furyk, a three-time Las Vegas PGA Tour champion, and Troy Matteson, the 2006 champion of the FRYS.com Open , the Las Vegas PGA Tour event, both made the cut.

Furyk tied for fourth while Matteson–a so-called PGA Tour young gun–finished tied for 28th.

Robert Gamez, Scott Piercy and Craig Barlow all missed the cut.

Gamez, a three-time PGA Tour winner who grew up in Las Vegas playing Las Vegas golf courses, fired two rounds of 70 and 72.

Piercy–the Bonanza High School graduate–fired rounds of 70 and 73.

Barlow, and eight-year PGA Tour veteran whi lives in Henderson and plays out of Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas–fired rounds of 72 and 76.

The players with Las Vegas golf ties who now play the PGA Tour either grew up playing or continue to play the fabulous golf courses in Las Vegas including Rio Secco, Bali Hai, TPC Canyons, Las Vegas Golf Club, Black Mountain, Painted Deseert and many others.

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