Australian Robert Allenby (2000 Shell Houston Open winner), had been mired in somewhat of a slump on the PGA TOUR. A steady performer ...
HGA Academic Scholarship Recipients for 2014 (from left) Jacqueline Phung of Richmond Foster, Hailey Hollas of Richmond Travis, Atiyya Menifee of Houston Carver, Tony Ly of Pasadena Dobie, Martha Parra of Spring and Isaiah Carter of Aldine.
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- March 26, 2003
Look out for a couple of veterans this week at THE PLAYERS Championship. Nick Price (the 1993 champ) has five consecutive Top-10 finishes (and a record-tieing nine overall) in the event while Scott Hoch enters with a streak that includes five Top-10 finishes in his last seven starts at the TPC at Sawgrass.
No one from continental Europe has ever won THE PLAYERS Championship. Seven strong competitors will attempt to change that this week -- Niclas Fasth (Sweden), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Per-Ulrik Johansson (Sweden), Bernhard Langer (Germany), Thomas Levet (France), Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain) and Jesper Parnevik (Sweden).
The field at THE PLAYERS includes 27 players who have captured a total of 48 major championships.
A truly international event, THE PLAYERS Championship also includes competitors from 20 countries outside the U.S.
Here's an amazing stat, courtesy of ShotLink, from last week's Bay Hill Invitational. Tiger Woods won by 11 strokes, however he made only 1 of 34 putts from 15 feet and beyond. He made up for it, though, by sinking 70 of 79 putts from less than 15 feet.
Look for low scores this week at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Steven Alker won last year's event with a tournament record 24-under-par effort. In fact, the Le Triomphe CC course proved to be the easiest venue on the Nationwide Tour in 2002 playing to a stroke average of 69.707.
The defending champ at this week's PLAYERS Championship, Craig Perks, owes some of his success to Le Triomphe CC. He served as the Assistant Professional there for two years before he began his Nationwide Tour career. In fact, he still lives in Lafayette, LA.
The last three winners of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open are in the
field this week -- Steven Alker (2002), Paul Claxton (2001) and Rob McKelvey (2000). The 1999 winner couldn't make it back, he's busy this week in Ponte Vedra, FL -- Matt Gogel is competing this week at THE PLAYERS Championship.
The field this week in Louisiana includes 17 former PGA TOUR winners and 62 men who have won on the Nationwide Tour.
Allen Doyle just loves the Newport Beach CC course. The 2000 Toshiba Senior Classic champion has never been out of the 60s at the course. His scores last week of 68-68-68 give him 14 consecutive rounds in the 60s at the tournament.
It's not quite as long a streak, but Hale Irwin now has 10 consecutive rounds in the 60s at Newport Beach CC.
There's something about the second round of the Toshiba Senior Classic that brings out the best in Larry Nelson. In the last three years, Nelson has posted scores of 64-64-63 in the second round of the tournament.
The win by Rodger Davis last week was his first on the Champions Tour and made him the third consecutive first-time winner on the Tour this year. The last time there were four first-timers in a row was in the fall of 2000.