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NGA winner Scott Piercy 3rd in Phoenix

Scottsdale, Ariz.– February 4, 2013 – Former NGA TOUR winner Scott Piercy shot a Sunday-low 10-under 61 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday to earn a third-place finish.

Scott Piercy 3rd in Phoenix

Piercy, who won the NGA TOUR’s 2006 Michelob Ultra Classic, carded 10 birdies and no bogeys at TPC Scottsdale in the final round to earn his third top-15 finish of the season and move into ninth in the FedExCup standings. Piercy finished at 23-under par and five shots behind winner Phil Mickelson.
 
Former NGA TOUR member Ryan Palmer was also hot in the desert on Sunday. Palmer posted eight birdies, one bogey and an eagle in the final round to move from T26 into fifth place at 19-under par.
 
NGA TOUR alum Brendon de Jonge shot a 5-under 66 to finish tied for sixth at 18-under par, while former NGA TOUR player Matt Every posted the same score to move into a  tie for ninth at 17-under par.
 
NGAer Robert Garrigus closed with a 4-under 67 in the final round to earn a share of 11th place at 16-under par. Former NGA TOUR winner and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson carded a 7-under 64 on Sunday to finish 15th at 15-under par.
 
Former NGA members Gary Woodland (70), Roberto Castro (70) and Jeff Klauk (68) finished T16 at 14-under par.
 
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Third Round Update: Eight NGA TOUR players T12 or better in Waste Management-
 
Scottsdale, Ariz. – February 3, 2013 – Four former NGA TOUR players will start the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday tied for eighth at 13-under par for the event.
 
Scott Piercy, a former NGA TOUR winner, made the biggest move of the group. The multi-time PGA TOUR winner carded eight birdies and one bogey en route to a 7-under 64 at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday, jumping 30 spots on the leaderboard in the process.
 
NGA alums Brendon de Jonge, Gary Woodland and Roberto Castro all carded 4-under 67s in the third round to join Piercy inside the top 10 at 13-under par.
 
Ted Potter Jr., a two-time NGA TOUR Player of the Year, is in good position to earn his best finish since his breakout victory at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic. Potter shot a 3-under 68 in the third round to reach 12-under par and will start the final round tied for 12th with fellow NGA TOUR players Matt Every (69), John Rollins (69) and Robert Garrigus (69).
 
NGAers William McGirt (69) and Jeff Klauk (67) are T20 and 11-under par heading into the final round, while NGA TOUR alums Brian Harman (68), John Mallinger (69), Brian Gay (72) and Keegan Bradley (73) are T26 at 10-under par.
 
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Second Round Update: 15 NGA TOUR alums T20 or better –
 
Scottsdale, Ariz.– February 2, 2013 – Former NGA TOUR winner Keegan Bradley was one of the few golfers to make up strokes on leader Phil Mickelson in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday – and his 63 pushed him into third place, five shots off the lead.
 
Bradley, a 2009 NGA TOUR member, carded seven birdies, one eagle and a bogey at TPC Scottsdale in the second round en route to an 8-under round. After opening the raucous event with a 4-under 67, Bradley is 12-under par.
 
Fellow NGA TOUR winner Brian Gay will start the weekend inside the top five. Gay, who won just two weeks ago on the PGA TOUR, backed up his opening-round 65 with a 5-under 66 on Friday to reach 11-under par and earned a share of fifth going into the weekend.
 
NGAers Robert Garrigus and John Rollins both carded 5-under 66s in the second round to join former NGA TOUR player Matt Every in a tie for eighth at 10-under par. Every shot a 4-under 67 on Friday.
 
Ted Potter Jr., a two-time NGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2011 member, stayed close to the leaders with a 2-under 69 in the second round. The 2012 Greenbrier champion is 9-under par and tied for 14th with alums William McGirt (66), Gary Woodland (66), Brendon de Jonge (67), Roberto Castro (68) and Kevin Na (64).
 
Fellow NGA POY Casey Wittenberg shot a 4-under 67 to reach 8-under par and is tied for 20th with NGA TOUR alums Jeff Maggert (70), John Mallinger (69) and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson (67).
 
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First Round Update: Teddy “P” off to good start in desert –
 

Scottsdale, Ariz. – February 1, 2013 – Following a first-round 64 in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Ted Potter Jr. finds himself where he spent the majority of his time on the NGA TOUR – on the first page of the leaderboard.
 
Potter Jr., a two-time NGA Player of the Year and 2011 member, bogeyed No. 10, his first hole of the day, before gaining steam late in the round. With birdies at Nos. 13 and 18, the burly lefty made the turn at 1-under par and torched TPC Scottsdale with six birdies over his final nine holes en route to a 7-under round that left him tied for second, trailing only leader Phil Mickelson. Potter is searching for his second PGA TOUR win.
 
NGA TOUR alums Ryan Palmer and Jeff Maggert also were tied for second when play was suspended due to darkness on Thursday. Palmer went bogey-free in the first round Maggert carded six birdies, one bogey and an eagle in the opening round.
 
A couple of weeks removed from his victory in the Humana, former NGA TOUR winner Brian Gay showed good form on Thursday, recording eight birdies and two bogeys. Gay is 6-under par and tied for seventh with NGAers Martin Flores, John Mallinger and John Rollins. Mallinger and Rollins were still on the course when play was stopped.
 
Alums Ken Duke, Brendon de Jonge and Robert Garrigus all shot 5-under 66s in the first round and finished the day tied for 18th, while NGAers Gary Woodland, Chris Kirk, Jeff Klauk, William McGirt, Roberto Castro and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson finished the day T27 at 4-under par.
 
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Four NGA TOUR alums earns spots in PGA Power Rankings-
 
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – January 30, 2013 – Through four PGA TOUR events this season, players with ties to the NGA TOUR have combined to win two events, posted a runner-up finish in one event and a pair of T4s in another.
 
With over 50 NGA TOUR alums playing in this week’s PGA TOUR event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, in Scottsdale, Ariz., those stats are likely to continue to grow, furthering the NGA TOUR’s status as the No. 1 developmental tour in the country.
 
NGA TOUR alums and PGA TOUR major champions Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, David Toms and Lucas Glover highlight a star-studded field competing in the loudest PGA TOUR event of the season.
 
Despite withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open due to illness, former NGA TOUR winner Watson is expected to be a fixture on the leaderboard all week, according to the PGA TOUR Power Rankings. The 2012 Masters champion finished T4 at Kapalua in his first start of the season and has a pair of top-10 finishes at TPC Scottsdale, including a T5 last year. Watson is ranked No. 6.
 
Coming off his victory in the Humana Challenge, fellow NGA TOUR winner Brian Gay enters the Phoenix Open with the No. 7 ranking. Gay has finished inside the top 25 four times in six starts in the event.
 
Fresh off a career-best T2 in the Farmers Insurance Open, Josh Teater also earned a top-10 spot in the Power Rankings. Teater’s second-place showing at Torrey Pines was the Morehead State alums’ fifth top-10 finish since late July of 2012. Teater is ranked No. 9.
 
Despite missing the cut last week, Scott Piercy, a former NGA TOUR winner, holds down the No. 13 ranking coming into TPC Scottsdale. Before the MC, Piercy earned six straight top-15 finishes on the PGA TOUR and should be a factor this week, considering he has three top 15s in four starts in the Phoenix Open.
 
In addition to making their presence known in the Power Rankings, six recent NGA TOUR graduates hold spots in the PGA TOUR Rookie Rankings.
 
With his victory in the Sony Open, Russell Henley, who played on the NGA TOUR in 2012, holds down the top spot coming into the Phoenix Open. Scott Langley, who also competed on the NGA TOUR in 2012, is ranked No. 5 after three starts in his rookie campaign. Langley is not competing this week.
 
Fellow 2012 NGAer Robert Streb, who is the third alternate this week, is ranked No. 9. Lee Williams, a 2011 NGA TOUR member, is ranked No. 11, Luke List, a former NGA winner, is ranked No. 14 and 2011 NGA member Shawn Stefani is ranked No. 15. Of the three, List is the only one scheduled to compete this week.
 
Coming into the Phoenix Open, NGA TOUR alums have won 28 times on the PGA TOUR since the start of the 2011 season. Mark Wilson, a three-time NGA TOUR winner, was the last alum to win the Phoenix Open, earning the title in 2011.
 
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The NGA has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA TOUR, Euro, Web.com, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA alumni have won an incredible Fifteen (15) “Major” Championships.
 
NGA alumniinclude: 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley; 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk; 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink; 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover; 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson; 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel; 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis; two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen; British Open and PGA Champion John Daly; British Open Champion Tom Lehman; PGA Champion David Toms; 2003 Tour Championship Winner Chad Campbell; 2010 NGA Player of the Year Michael Thompson; 2012 PGA TOUR winners Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings and Scott Piercy.
 
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NGA TOUR alumni in Waste Management Phoenix Open:
1.      Jason Bohn
2.      Michael Thompson
3.      Ken Duke
4.      Tommy Gainey
5.      Wes Short Jr.
6.      Scott Piercy
7.      Chris Kirk
8.      Jeff Klauk
9.      Edward Loar
10.  Ryan Palmer
11.  Matt Every
12.  Boo Weekley
13.  Brian Harman
14.  Brendon de Jonge
15.  Stewart Cink
16.  Gary Woodland
17.  Brian Gay
18.  Ted Potter Jr.
19.  Mark Wilson
20.  James Driscoll
21.  William McGirt
22.  John Hurley
23.  Robert Garrigus
24.  Kevin Streelman
25.  Jason Kokrak
26.  Will Claxton
27.  Sean O’Hair
28.  Russell Henley
29.  Bubba Watson
30.  Keegan Bradley
31.  George McNeill
32.  John Mallinger
33.  Roberto Castro
34.  John Rollins
35.  Luke List
36.  Jeff Maggert
37.  Martin Flores
38.  Josh Teater
39.  Kris Blanks
40.  Lucas Glover
41.  Kevin Na
42.  David Toms
43.  Scott Stallings
44.  John Merrick
45.  Chad Campbell
46.  Chris Stroud
47.  David Mathis
48.  Casey Wittenberg
49.  Steve Lebrun
Alts:
50.  Shawn Stefani
51.  Robert Streb
52.  Erik Compton
53.  Justin Bolli
54.  Justin Hicks
55.  Jeff Gove
56.  Michael Letzig
57.  Lee Williams
58.  Darron Stiles
59.  Morgan Hoffmann
60.  Brian Stuard
61.  Tag Ridings
62.  Andrew Svoboda
63.  Jim Herman
64.  Donald Constable
65.  Billy Mayfair
66.  Rod Pampling
67.  Alexandre Rocha
68.  Bill Lunde
69.  Vaughn Taylor
70.  Heath Slocum
71.  Russell Knox
72.  Camilo Villegas
73.  Scott Brown
74.  Brendon Todd
75.  Scott McCarron
76.  Joe Durant
77.  Lee Janzen
78.  Matt Bettencourt
79.  Ryuji Imada
80.  Chris Riley
81.  Skip Kendall
82.  Tom Pernice Jr.
83.  Glen Day
84.  Will MacKenzie
85.  Marco Dawson
86.  Kent Jones
87.  Robert Gamez
88.  Brett Quigley
89.  Len Mattiace
90.  Ted Purdy
91.  Eric Axley
92.  David Peoples
93.  Chris Smith
94.  Parker McLachlin
95.  David Gossett

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