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Notebook: Garcia earns first Vardon trophy

WHAT'S IN A NAME: For all the fretting over the future of the Wachovia Championship after the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank was acquired by Wells Fargo, not much will change.

Tournament director Kym Hougham said officials decided to leave the name alone — Wachovia Championship.

SHARE THE WEALTH: Vijay Singh didn't start winning tournaments until there were two months left in the season. Tiger Woods didn't play the final three months of the season. There were seven multiple winners, the most since 2005.

All that did was spread some of the wealth around on the PGA Tour this year.

Singh won the money title for the third time in his career with $6,601,094, the lowest amount to lead the money list since Woods won $5,687,777 in 2001.

But a record eight players won at least $4 million. And just 20 years after Curtis Strange became the first player to earn $1 million in a season, 104 players made $1 million or more this year.

And the most staggering number might have been the $852,752 by Martin Laird to finish at No. 125 and keep his card.

BUBBA LEARNS: Bubba Watson is best known for his prodigious length, and he used to love showing it off. Three years ago at Doral, he pulled out his driver with the pink shaft and belted one shot after another over the golf school on the back of the range. With each strike, he would casually look over both shoulders to see who was watching him.

Now, it seems Watson has figured out that it's best to spend more time on other parts of his game.

"Putting is the name of the game," he said recently. "If you can putt, it doesn't matter how many fairways you hit and how many greens you hit. If you putt well, you're going to win golf tournaments. So I've tried to work on my putting and my short game and my irons."

As for the driver? It's still in the bag. It still goes longer than anyone else. But Watson says he doesn't hit driver on the range when he's warming up.

"I'm always going to hit it long, so I don't ever practice that," he said. "I practice the other stuff more than I do the driver."

DIVOTS: Joe Steranka, chief executive of the PGA of America, was elected a PGA honorary member during the association's annual meeting last week in Phoenix. ... Jim Murray, the late sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, was inducted into the Southern California Golf Association Hall of Fame. Others included longtime Bel-Air pro Eddie Merrins and George C. Thomas Jr., who the architect whose designs include Riviera and Bel-Air. ... Ian Woosnam became the first player to win the Order of Merit in Europe on the regular and senior tours.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Bob Tway led the PGA Tour in actual scoring average (69.94) but finished at No. 132 on the money list and failed to earn his card.

FINAL WORD: "I feel like I could be a worldwide player and be able to make a name for myself in every country, not just the United States." — Anthony Kim, on why he joined the European tour.

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