Las Vegas, Nevada (August 21, 2011)–There are more than 30 tour pros who have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses. And of those, at least eight–or nine–depending on how you count, have clinched a spot in the 2011 FedEx Cup Playoffs. And a few others have an outside chance and still getting into them. All PGA Tour golfers are led by Las Vegas Golf Region resident Nick Watney who is currently first in the standings. –By Brian Hurlburt
Earlier this year, Watney commented about how he gets up to play the big events. His mojo should be primed when the Playoffs start August 25-28 at The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey. "They definitely get my juices flowing," said during THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP. "Not that I don't enjoy every event on the TOUR, but I really like the World Golf and THE PLAYERS and the majors, for sure."
Watney works with Las Vegas Golf Region resident Butch Harmon at his school of golf. The Butch Harmon School of Golf is located at Las Vegas resort course Rio Secco Golf Club. All golfers are welcome at the Butch Harmon school and can learn the same lessons that the pros do. Click now for the official website of the Butch Harmon School of Golf. Also, click to view the beautiful Rio Secco Golf Club.
The other golfers with strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses are former UNLV golfer Adam Scott (5th), adopted Vegas Golfer Johnny Vegas (34th), former UNLV All-American and part-time resident Ryan Moore (36th), resident Kevin Na (45th), former UNLV golfer and part-time resident Charley Hoffman (49th), resident Scott Piercy (74th), former UNLV golfer Chad Campbell (75th) and former UNLV golfer and resident Bill Lunde (103rd). Those on the outside looking in are resident Dean Wilson (128th), resident Alex Cejka (132nd), and former UNLV golfer Chris Riley (137th).