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Paul Casey
Paul Casey (2009)
Golf Club of Houston - TC
- February 26, 2003
PGA TOUR

  • Look out for a first-time winner at this week's Chrysler Classic of Tucson. Seven of the last 15 Tucson winners collected their first TOUR titles here.


  • When Mike Weir collected his second title of the season last week at the Nissan Open, it marked the first time since 1989 that two players (Ernie Els the other) had won twice on the West Coast. In 1989, it was Mark Calcavecchia and Steve Jones.


  • More on Weir: His win at the Nissan Open was the first by a Canadian at that event and the first by a lefthander. This isn't a new event, either. It started in 1926.


  • One more on Weir: He becomes the first Canadian to win twice in one season on the TOUR since George Knudson won Phoenix and Tucson in 1968.


  • Five of the first seven events have been won by International players -- Ernie Els (2), Mike Weir (2) and Vijay Singh.


  • Fred Couples finished in a T7 last week at the Nissan Open for his 11th Top-10 finish in 21 years at the event. He won it in 1990 and 1992. He was one of five 40+ players to Top-10 in Los Angeles joining Fred Funk (T3), Nick Price (T3), Dan Forsman (T10) and Duffy Waldorf (T10).


CHAMPIONS TOUR

  • Mark McCumber finished in a T4 last week at the Verizon Classic for his best finish since joining the Champions Tour in late 2001. His rounds of 68-75-68--211 were worth $78,400. That's his largest payday since winning $193,750 for finishing T2 at the 1996 British Open.


  • Let's hear it for 64-year old Mike Hill. He finished solo third last week at the Verizon Classic. He also had third-place finishes in both 2001 and 2002, but has not had a better finish since he was T2 at the 1997 Kaanapali Classic.


  • How much does Bruce Fleisher love the TPC of Tampa Bay? In his five career starts there, Fleisher has won twice and finished second, T2 and T3.


NATIONWIDE TOUR

  • Jack Nicklaus announced this week that he will compete, along with his four sons, in the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. This will be the first time Nicklaus will have played with all four sons in a professional tournament.


  • Former players are off to a good start this year on the PGA TOUR. Nine of last year's Top 15 are among the Top 125 money winners with three -- Aaron Baddeley (#13), Marco Dawson (#29) and Arron Oberholser (#39) -- among the Top 40.


  • Bruce Fleisher's win on the Champions Tour last week was the 38th on that Tour by a former Nationwide Tour player. Former players have won 125 PGA TOUR events.


  • The Nationwide Tour starts this week at the Jacob's Creek Open Championship in Adelaide, South Australia and it's the first event under the new Nationwide umbrella sponsorship. This year, the Nationwide Tour will visit Australia, Canada, New Zealand and 20 states.


  • While it is one of the shortest courses on the Nationwide Tour at 6,711 yards, the Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide emerged as the second-hardest course on the Tour last season, playing to a stroke average of 74.363 (+2.363).


STAT OF THE WEEK
FOUR-YEAR RESULTS FROM WGC-ACCENTURE

Year........R1.....R2.........R3......Q......Semi...Final & 3rd place

2002........13.....11...........3...........4......2...........2

2001........12......10...........6...........1......2...........2

2000.........11......7...........1........... 1......1...........1

1999.........18......8...........4...........3......1............0

Totals.......54.......36........14.........9.......6...........5

1st round................54 of 132...........40.9%
2nd...........................36 of 64............56.3%
3rd...........................14 of 32............43.8%
Quarters.....................9 of 16............56.3%
Semis..........................6 of 8.............75.0%
Finals/3rd Place..........5 of 8...............62.5%



Overall...... 124 of 256 48.4% won by lower seed


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