Golf News for Friday, September 19, 2008 | Tournaments
Mahan and Holmes commit to play in Las Vegas' annual Tour event
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open announces that two members of the prestigious 2008 Ryder Cup team have committed to play in Las Vegas' annual Tour event, October 13 – 19 at TPC Summerlin.
Hunter Mahan and J.B. Holmes will be among the players in Las Vegas; vying with a strong field for the $4.1 million purse. Mahan and Holmes were selected for the Ryder Cup team as captain's picks due to their stellar play over the past two years.
Mahan's achievements include: winner of the 2007 Traveler's Championship, member of the 2007 Presidents Cup and 2008 Ryder Cup Teams. He qualified for the TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola in 2008 with five top-ten finishes this year including a second place finish at the Traveler's Championship where he was the defending champion. Known as a great ball striker, he is currently ranked fourth on TOUR in that statistical category.
Holmes is a two-time PGA Tour winner with victories at the FBR Open in 2006 and 2008. He defeated Phil Mickelson in a playoff in this year's FBR Open. A member of the 2008 Ryder Cup team, he has recorded three top-ten finishes on TOUR this year. Currently ranked second on TOUR in Driving Distance.