|Deutsche Bank Classic - August 28, 2006
DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Par: 36-35—71Yards: 7,415
Purse: $5,500,000Winner: $990,000
2005 Champion: Olin Browne (274, -10)
Deutsche Bank Championship Notes
Olin Browne, the 2005 winner, is the first player in the three-year history of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post a round in the 70s and go on to win at the TPC Boston. Adam Scott and Vijay Singh both recorded four rounds in the 60s in 2003 and 2004, respectively. In the inaugural Deutsche Bank Championship, four players managed to record four rounds in the 60s. They included Scott, Tim Herron, Geoff Ogilvy and Steve Flesch. Only two players—Singh and Tiger Woods—added their names to the list in 2004 at the TPC Boston. Jason Bohn was the only player to record four rounds in the 60s in 2005.
Olin Browne at 46 years, three months and 13 days became the second player over the age of 40 to win the Deutsche Bank Championship, joining Vijay Singh who won at of 41 years, 6 months, and 14 days.
Adam Scott returns to the Deutsche Bank Championship after a one-year hiatus. In 2003 he shot rounds of 69-62-67-66 to win the inaugural event. In 2004, Scott tied for second, with four more sub-par rounds (69-67-70-65). In two starts at that event, he’s won $1,340,000. Despite not playing last year, he ranks No. 1 on the event’s money list. Scott is one of three players to earn at least $1 million at this event. The others are Vijay Singh ($1,140,000) and Olin Browne ($1,002,440).
Adam Scott played remarkably well on the front nine of the 7,415-yard TPC of Boston in 2003. For the week, Scott was 15-under on the front nine, compared to 5-under on the back nine. Scott also took advantage of the 12 par-5 holes, which he played at 13-under, and led the field with a Par-5 Scoring Average of 3.92.
Tiger Woods will be making his fourth appearance in the Deutsche Bank Championship and is still seeking his first title at the TPC Boston. The Deutsche Bank Championship is one of only six tournaments where he has made two or more starts but has not won.
Tiger Woods goes for his fifth consecutive victory this week. Woods has won the British Open, Buick Open, PGA Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in consecutive starts. Woods' four consecutive victories are tied for fourth all-time. Byron Nelson won 11 consecutive in 1945, and Woods (1999-2000) and Ben Hogan (1948) each won six in a row.
· When Yusaku Miyazato made two aces in the same round last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open, it was believed to be the first time anyone had accomplished the feat on the PGA TOUR. It has since been discovered that amateur Bill Whedon had two in the same round in the 1955 Insurance City Open (Hartford, CT).
· The last player to make two aces in the same tournament on TOUR was Glen Day who had two at the 1994 Canon Greater Hartford Open. Earlier that same season, Bob Tway had two in the same tournament during the Memorial Tournament.
· Rookie J.B. Holmes set a new one-tournament record for Driving
Distance at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a 350-yard average off the tee. The old mark was 347.3 by Scott Hend at the 2005 Bank of America Colonial. His eight measured drives were
307-405-338-413-321-364-272 and 380 yards. Holmes finished in a T50.
· Not only did Will MacKenzie capture his first career TOUR title last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open, he also tied the TOUR record by recording three eagles in the first round. He had four for the week after making six in his previous 63 rounds this year.
· More on MacKenzie: The second-year player had only one previous Top-10 finish in his career prior to last week—a T8 at the 2005 Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. His top finish previously this year was a 23rd at the BellSouth Classic. The victory boosted him from 179th on the money list to 95th.
· If the TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola were played this week, the 30-man field would feature 18 former Nationwide Tour players.
· When Eduardo Romero of Argentina won last week’s JELD-WEN Tradition, he became the first international player to win on the Champions Tour this year.
· Larry Nelson’s T4 this past week was his best finish on the Champions Tour since winning the 2004 Administaff Small Business Classic.
· Gil Morgan’s first-round 73 last week ended a streak of 17
consecutive sub-par rounds at the JELD-WEN Tradition.
· Tom Kite has a streak of five consecutive Top-10s to his credit
following last week’s JELD-Wen Tradition. Beginning with the Ford Senior Players Championship, Kite has finished T9-T10-T4-1-T4 in his last five starts.
· Canadian Jim Rutledge finished in a T4 last week at the National
Mining Association Pete Dye Classic to boost his season earnings to $224,684. That’s probably enough to propel the 47-year old Rutledge to the PGA TOUR next year for the first time in his career. He’ll be the second-oldest player to become a PGA TOUR rookie if that happens. Allen Doyle was exactly one month older than Rutledge when he joined the TOUR for the first time.
· The Nationwide Tour’s Kevin Stadler performed well last week away from Tour. He played in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational thanks to an early season win on the European Tour. Stadler finished in a T13, earning $95,000.
· Jason Enloe had missed the cut in five of his last six starts and had a best finish of T24 this season prior to winning last week in West Virginia. He did it by improving in almost every stat category vs. his season-long averages. He averaged 307.8 off the tee (vs. 292 previously); hit 82.1% of the fairways (vs. 64.1%); hit 79.2% of the GIR (vs. 65.9%) and needed only 1.719 putts (vs. 1.782).
· Boo Weekley is still seeking his first career win after a tough
playoff loss last week in West Virginia. If he continues to hit the ball
the way he has all season, that first win can’t be far off. He’s #1 in
Total Driving, #1 in Greens in Regulation and, obviously, #1 in Ball-Striking.