Las Vegas, Nevada (Ma 14, 2010)–Two of Las Vegas’ young PGA Tour golf stars—Rickie Fowler (21) and Alex Prugh (25)—are making their marks in 2010 on and off the golf course. The two players are part of the Chasing the Dream program presented by Mercedes-Benz. The program will air on May 15 (Saturday) at 2 p.m. EST. But tt won’t be the last time fans will see these two players, who play and practice at Las Vegas golf courses, up-close and personal.—By Bill Bowman
Fowler and Prugh will be showcased on the program with other young guns—Dustin Johnson, Anthony Kim, Ryo Ishikawa, Rory McIlroy and Michael Sim. Fans will be treated to behind-the-scenes views of the players’ lives on and off the golf course as they strive for success on the PGA Tour.
Fowler, who attended Oklahoma State, and Prugh, who graduated from the University of Washington, have moved to Las Vegas and are part of the more than 30 PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour players with deep ties to the Las Vegas golf courses. Golfers can see many of these players working on their games at many of the more than 50 Las Vegas area golf courses including TPC Las Vegas. TPC Las Vegas, which formerly played host to the PGA Tour’s Las Vegas stop, is a Bobby Weed-Raymond Floyd design, a par-71 layout, stretches out to 7,063 yards. The course is a resort course, and known as the home of pro golf in Las Vegas. Click now for the official website of TPC Las Vegas to reserve your Las Vegas golf tee times, and you never who you will see playing this Las Vegas golf course.
It’s the hard work at the Las Vegas golf courses that has helped Fowler and Prugh make an impact on Tour this season. Fowler, in 21 starts, has made 13 cuts and has been in the top 10 six times. And that’s after missing the cut in his first two tournaments of the season. He’s earned $1.3 million and ranks 20th in the FedEx Cup points standings. His best finish is a second in this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Last year, in his first start as a professional on the PGA Tour, he birdied the final hole at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas and wound up tied for seventh.Prugh has made nine cuts in 13 starts with three top-10 finishes. He’s pocketed almost $750,000 and is 38th in FedEx Cup point standings. He won in 2009 on the Nationwide Tour at the Michael Hill New Zealand Open, winning by three strokes. The victory, along with solid play the rest of the season, helped Prugh finish 16th on the Nationwide Tour’s money list and earned him a PGA Tour card for this year.