After a three-week break, Mark Calcavecchia suddenly found himself itching to get back on the PGA Tour.
That drive has prompted the veteran player to enter the final four events of the PGA Tour's Fall Series schedule. Calcavecchia is scheduled to be back in action today in first-round play of the Frys.com Open in Las Vegas.
"I had the last three weeks off, and I had them off - I didn't do a thing," Calcavecchia told reporters. "So actually I was itchy to get back out and play some golf. I was looking forward to it.
"I always enjoy coming to Vegas, and next week home at Grayhawk, and then the next week is another home tournament down in a Florida. So get to sleep in my own bed two weeks in a row, so it's a great stretch for me."
Calcavecchia has enjoyed a solid season so far, earning a little more than $2.9 million in 24 events. He has made 18 cuts, produced 10 top-25 finishes and six top 10s, including a win in the PODS Championship in March and tied for second in the Tour Championship in his last outing on Sept. 16, spurring him to an eighth-place finish in the FedEx Cup standings.
Last year's tournament saw rookie Troy Matteson earn his first PGA Tour title, winning by one stroke over Ben Crane and Daniel Chopra. Other notables in the field include Presidents Cup players Scott Verplank and Mike Weir as well as 16-year-old Tadd Fujikawa, who is playing on a sponsor exemption.
Currently No. 13 on the PGA Tour money list, Calcavecchia's goal is elevate himself a little higher by season's end.
"I really want to finish in the top 10 on the money list," Calcavecchia said. "I think that would be kind of a late-season goal for me, I should say. That's kind of what I'm looking at for the last four, and especially after not playing great here for a while and having a nice break."
That break gave Calcavecchia a chance to think.
"I spent a lot of time sitting on my butt in my chair thinking about what I want to accomplish the last four weeks," Calcavecchia said. "Playing well here right off the bat is one of them."
• SITE: Las Vegas
• SCHEDULE: Oct. 11-14
• COURSES: TPC Summerlin (7,243 yards, par 72); TPC The Canyons (7,063 yards, par 71)
• PURSE: $4 million (winner's share: $720,000)
• TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.)
October 11, 2007
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