|British Open/BC Open - July 17, 2006
Royal Liverpool GC
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,200
Purse: $6,750,000*Winner: $1,215,000*
2005 Champion: Tiger Woods (274, -14)
British Open Notes
- Vijay Singh enters the British Open with a streak of seven consecutive top-10s in major championships, the longest such streak on TOUR. Singh’s run of success began with his win at the 2004 PGA Championship, and he followed with a tie for fifth at the 2005 Masters, a tie for sixth at the 2005 U.S. Open, a tie for fifth at the 2005 British Open, a tie for 10th at the 2005 PGA Championship, a tie for eighth at the 2006 Masters and a tie for sixth last month at the U.S. Open.
- The streak of seven consecutive top-10s in a major championship by Vijay Singh is the longest since Tiger Woods strung together eight straight from a tie for third at the 1999 U.S. Open to his win at the 2001 Masters.
- After missing the cut in his first three major championship starts (1999 British Open, 2001 British Open and 2003 U.S. Open), current U.S. Open champ Geoff Ogilvy has made the cut in seven consecutive majors, dating back to the 2003 PGA Championship. In those seven majors, Ogilvy has finished inside the top 30 in every one, including top 20s in the last four.
- Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson are the only two players with top-10s in the first two majors of 2006. Singh posted a tie for eighth at the Masters and a tie for sixth in the U.S. Open, while Mickelson won the Masters and tied for second at the U.S. Open.
- Tiger Woods is seeking to become the first player to win back-to-back British Opens since Tom Watson did it in 1980 and 1981.
- Retief Goosen is the only player on TOUR with four consecutive top-10s at the British Open. Tiger Woods is next with three straight. Goosen’s third-round, 6-under 66 in 2005 at St. Andrews was his career-best British Open round, topping the 4-under 67 he enjoyed during the third round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2001.
- Phil Mickelson has more top-10s in major championships than any other player on TOUR since 2000. Mickelson has recorded 16, while Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh have 15. Mickelson has also won three of the last 10 major championships, the most by any player during that stretch.
- Tiger Woods is seeking to become the 19th player in British Open history to win the tournament three times. Harry Vardon captured the Claret Jug a record six times, while James Braid, J.H. Taylor, Peter Thomson and Tom Watson won five each.
- Ernie Els’ scoring average of 70.57 at the British Open is second-best to only Tiger Woods’ (70.42) among the top seven players in the world. Ten of Els’ last 12 first- and second-round scores, dating back to 2000, have been at par or better, including all six of the second-round scores. He also has posted five of his last six final rounds at par or better (1-over 72 in 2003).
AT TURNING STONE RESORT
Turning Stone Resort (Atunyote Course)
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,315
Purse: $3,000,000Winner: $540,000
2005 Champion: Jason Bohn (264, -24)
B.C. Open Notes
- Jason Bohn’s 264 total in 2005 was one better than Calvin Peete’s previous 72-hole tournament record of 265. Peete’s mark was set in 1982 when En-Joie Golf Course played as a par 71.
- Tight finishes have been the norm at the B.C. Open in recent years. The previous four winners — Jonathan Byrd, Craig Stadler, Spike McRoy and Jason Bohn, were all one-stroke winners. Jeff Sluman’s victory in 2001 came in a playoff over Paul Gow, as did Brad Faxon’s title in 1999 over Fred Funk. In all, in the previous 10 years, three have ended in playoffs and six others were decided by one stroke. The last time the margin has been greater than one stroke was in 1998 when Chris Perry beat Peter Jacobsen by three strokes.
- Jason Bohn became the 13th player to make the B.C. Open his first PGA TOUR win. He was the first since Spike McRoy in 2002. First-time winners at the B.C. Open include Bohn, McRoy, Chris Perry (1998), Gabriel Hjerstedt (1997), Nolan Henke (1990), Rick Fehr (1986), Pat Lindsey (1983), Don Pooley (1980), Howard Twitty (1979), Gil Morgan (1977), Bob Wynn (1976), Don Iverson (1975) and Richie Karl (1974).
- In the last 10 years, only two players who led or shared the lead heading into the final round have won this event — Brad Faxon (2000) and Jeff Sluman (2001). Last year, Jason Bohn was one stroke back of Brendan Jones heading into the final round but closed with a 6-under-par 66 to defeat J.P. Hayes by one stroke.
- While Joey Sindelar held an eight-stroke lead at the 54-hole point of the 1987 tournament, the tournament’s largest winning margin is seven strokes by Calvin Peete in 1982. Sindelar, however, is the tournament’s only wire-to-wire winner. Sindelar (1985, 1987) and Brad Faxon (1999-2000) are the only two-time winners of this event.
- On the strength of back-to-back victories in 1999 and 2000, Brad Faxon has won more money at the B.C. Open than any other player in history. He’s taken home $721,574 in 15 appearances. Craig Stadler, the 2003 winner, is second, with $682,925, followed by Fred Funk ($643,367), Jeff Sluman ($634,318) and Jason Bohn ($568,162).
- One B.C. Open record has withstood the test of time. In 1975, Andy North shot a blistering 27 on the (at that time) par-34 back nine. His nine-hole total remains tied with Mike Souchak (1955 Texas Open/8-under-par), Billy Mayfair (2001 Buick Open/9-under-par) and Robert Gamez (2004 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic/9-under) for the lowest nine-hole score in the PGA TOUR record book. Brett Quigley nearly matched the mark in 2001 (second round) when he shot a 7-under-par 28 on the par-35 back nine at En-Joie Golf Club. Quigley’s 28 helped him post a 10-under-par 62, his career-best round on the PGA TOUR.
E-NOTES PGA TOUR
· Four of the last seven tournaments on TOUR have been won by players in their 20s — Carl Pettersson, Geoff Ogilvy, Ben Curtis and Trevor Immelman.
· Jason Gore had three eagles on the back nine during his final round at last week’s John Deere Classic. He finished with a 68 and a T10 finish, his second consecutive Top-10 effort.
· Retief Goosen has finished in the Top-10 in each of the last four
British Opens—the longest such streak entering play this week.
· Trevor Immelman is very close to setting a new rookie earnings
record. The South African has won $3,030,746 to date, just a shade behind Todd Hamilton’s record of $3,063,778 won in 2004.
· Jim Furyk made the cut in his first five British Open starts,
including three Top-10 finishes. Since then, however, he’s missed the cut in his last five starts at the event.
· While John Senden was claiming his first PGA TOUR title last week at the John Deere Classic, several other players were enjoying career-best weeks as well. John Riegger finished in a T5 for his best effort to date while rookies B.J. Staten (T5) and Jeff Overton (T10) earned their first career Top-10s.
· Former U.S. Amateur champ Bubba Dickerson has been finding his stride lately. The rookie has finished T5, T21 and T10 in his last three starts to climb to 117th on the money list with $452,839.
· The last three Nationwide Tour events have ended in playoffs with a first-time winner emerging. The streak started with Kyle Reifers (Chattanooga Classic), continued with John Merrick (Peek’n Peak Classic) and was matched again last week by Brandt Snedeker at the Scholarship America Showdown.
· More on Snedeker: He earned a spot in last week’s playoff by making an eagle on the final hole to tie Jeff Quinney. Three weeks ago he earned a spot in a playoff at the Chattanooga Classic by making an eagle on the final hole. He ended up losing that one to Kyle Reifers.
· This week’s stop — the Price Cutter Charity Championship — is one of two events remaining from the first year of the Tour (1990) that has been played on the same course for all 17 years. Highland Springs CC has been the Tour’s home in Springfield, MO since year one. The only other course that has played host to the Tour each year is Hillcrest CC — home to the Albertsons Boise Open.
· Joe Ozaki tied the Champions Tour record when he recorded eight consecutive birdies during the second round of last week’s Ford Senior Players Championship. He made par on the first hole at the TPC Michigan and then rattled off eight consecutive birdies for a front nine 28. He ended the day with a 65 on his way to a T17 finish.
· Jim Thorpe will miss the TPC Michigan. While he never won on the course, he was the runner-up at the Ford Senior Players Championship three times in the last five years, including this past week.
· Loren Roberts has finished in the Top 10 in 12 of his 13 starts this year. Since joining the Tour last year, Roberts has finished in the Top 10 in 17 of his 19 starts.