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Gibby Gilbert
Gibby Gilbert (1970)
Champions Golf Club
Bank of America Colonial - May 15, 2006

Colonial CC

Fort Worth, TX
Par: 35-3570Yards: 7,054
2005 Champion: Kenny Perry (261, -19)
Purse: $6,000,000Winner: $1,008,000

  • When Kenny Perry captured the 2005 Bank of America Colonial, it was the 15th time a player over the age of 40 won the Fort Worth tournament and the second time for Perry (he also won in 2003). The others: Ben Hogan (1953, 1959), Tommy Bolt (1958), Julius Boros (1960, 1963), Gardner Dickinson (1969), Gene Littler (1971), Al Geiberger (1979), Jack Nicklaus (1982), Jim Colbert (1983), Tom Watson (1998), Olin Browne (1999) and Nick Price (2002). It was also the fifth time in the last eight years.

  • Steve Flesch was the only player in 2004 to post four rounds in the 60s, while 11 players did so in 2005 — Kenny Perry, Billy Mayfair, David Toms, Peter Lonard, Rory Sabbatini, Scott Hend, Bernhard Langer, Aaron Baddeley, Brandt Jobe, Rod Pampling and Bob Tway. To show how good the scoring was last year, Tway’s rounds of 67-69-69-69 were only good for a tie for 21st.

  • With his win a year ago, Kenny Perry became the 10th player in tournament history to win the Bank of America Colonial more than once. Ben Hogan captured the title five times, while Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Al Geiberger, Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke, Lee Trevino, Corey Pavin and Nick Price are all two-time winners.

  • In 2005, Kenny Perry set the tournament’s 36- and 54-hole records with his 12-under 128 and his 18-under 192 totals, respectively. Along the way, he matched the tournament record of 19-under 261 that he set in 2003. He also holds a piece of the 18-hole record after his 61 during the third round in 2003.

  • A year ago, Kenny Perry led the tournament in par-4 scoring average for the second time in three years. In both his victories, Perry’s par-4 scoring average was 3.77. That figure is Perry’s fifth-lowest career par-4 scoring average (3.71 at the 2001 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas). Here is a comparison of his 2003 and 2005 72-hole scoring totals at Colonial Country Club:

Category 2003 2005
Par-3 Scoring 3-under 1-under
Par-4 Scoring 11-under 11-under
Par-5 Scoring 5-under 7-under

  • This week, Corey Pavin will be playing in his 23rd consecutive Bank of America Colonial. He still has a way to go to catch the leader in that category, Ben Crenshaw, who played in 32 straight from 1971-2002. Crenshaw is also in the field this week as the Champions Tour observes an open week in the schedule.

  • Kenny Perry had a streak of 53 bogey-free holes at the 2005 Bank of America Colonial. His streak ended with his double bogey on the 71st hole. During his 2003 win, he had a streak of 57 consecutive holes without a bogey.

  • Although there have been nine wire-to-wire winners at Colonial Country Club, there has not been one since Ian Baker-Finch won the 1989 tournament.


  • Arron Oberholser’s 60 last week at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship was the 18th round of 60 in PGA TOUR history. They’ve been coming more frequently of late, Oberholser’s was the fifth in the last three years and the second this season. Pat Perez had one back in January at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

  • Omar Uresti finished in a T3 last week in Dallas to equal his
    career-best finish. He had a T3 at the 1997 Bay Hill Invitational.

  • Trevor Immelman’s runner-up effort last week was his second
    consecutive runner-up finish. The last player to record back-to-back second-place finishes was Vijay Singh who did it at the 2005 Honda Classic and Bay Hill Invitational.

  • After undergoing knee surgery on March 13, Kenny Perry made his return last week and finished in a T34. Watch out for him this week at the Bank of America Colonial. Not only is he the defending champ, but he’s won twice, finished second and T12 in his last four starts at Colonial.

  • 17 countries are represented among the Top 125 on the PGA TOUR money list — U.S., Australia, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Fiji, England, Spain, Colombia, Canada, Sweden, South Korea, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Germany, Norway and India.

  • Nine players in their 20s are among the Top 25 money winners on TOUR — Geoff Ogilvy, Rory Sabbatini, Luke Donald, Trevor Immelman, Adam Scott, Lucas Glover, Camilo Villegas, Aaron Baddeley and J.B. Holmes.


  • Raymond Floyd’s final-round 63 last week at the age of 63 made him the third youngest player in Champions Tour history to shoot his age. Walter Morgan holds the record shooting a 60 at age 61. Jim Colbert is second on the list shooting a 62 at age 62.

  • Floyd wasn’t the only 60+ player to perform well last week. In fact, he was one of five players 60 or older who finished in the Top 20. John Bland (T8), Bruce Summerhays (T11), Hale Irwin (T18) and Mike McCullough (T20) all performed the feat.

  • David Edwards continues his hot start on the Champions Tour. Since turning 50, Edwards has finished 4-3-T14 in his three starts. He’s bettered par in eight of his nine rounds and is 27th on the money list with $239,200.

  • Bobby Wadkins won his first Champions Tour event in his first start back in 2001. He went 126 more starts before winning his second title last week at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin.


  • Former Nationwide Tour player Brett Wetterich claimed his first PGA TOUR title last week at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. His win was the 186th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR and the 11th this year. The victory was also the fifth consecutive one for a Nationwide Tour alum on the PGA TOUR.

  • Johnson Wagner continues his hot play. He’s the only player on Tour to make the cut in all nine events this year. He has a victory among his four Top-10 finishes and is third on the money list with $174,227.

  • When Chris Nallen finished T10 last week at the Rheem Classic, it marked his first Top-10 finish since he won the 2004 Gila River Golf Classic in his very first start on the Tour.

  • Jay Delsing’s father, former major league baseball player Jim, passed away on May 4, but the Tour veteran opted to play at last week’s Rheem Classic to honor his memory and finished in a T5 for his best showing since winning the 2002 Cox Classic.

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