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Mike Sullivan
Mike Sullivan (1989)
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- October 09, 2002

  • Only one player has won the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas more than once -- Jim Furyk, who has three wins to his credit. In eight starts in Las Vegas, Furyk is 154-under-par, making 205 birdies and seven eagles over that span. In addition to his wins in 1995, 1998 and 1999, Furyk also T5 in 1994.

  • David Duval's first-round 64 last week at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill was his lowest score of the season and his best since a third-round 63 at the 2001 TOUR Championship.

  • Corey Pavin's T6 last week at the Michelob Championship was his best finish since a T5 at the 1999 MCI Classic.

  • With his victory last week, Charles Howell III became the 14th first-time winner on the PGA TOUR in 2002. That ties the mark set in 1991 for the most first-time winners in a season.

  • South African Tim Clark made a significant jump on the money list last week going from 141st to 124th thanks to his T6 at the Michelob Championship. The $119,788 payday boosted his earnings to $481,279 and into the Top 125 with only four weeks left in the season.

  • Tom Lehman tied the PGA TOUR record for opening 36-hole score at the 2001 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas with his 63-62--125 start. The opening salvo also set a TOUR mark for most strokes under-par (19) in the opening two rounds. He eventually finished in a T2, just one stroke behind Bob Estes.


  • Bruce Fleisher's streak of consecutive rounds at par or better ended last week in Hawaii at 27 after his opening-round effort of 73. He came up five rounds shy of tying Larry Nelson's SENIOR TOUR record of 32 set in 2000.

  • If recent history is any indication, look out for Sammy Rachels this week. He's the defending champ at the Napa Valley Championship presented by Beringer Vineyards and the last two tournaments on the SENIOR TOUR have been won by defending champs -- Bruce Lietzke at the SAS Championship and Hale Irwin at the Turtle Bay Championship.

  • Hale Irwin's fourth win at the Turtle Bay Championship makes him only the second SENIOR TOUR player to win an event four times. Jack Nicklaus has won The Countrywide Tradition four times as well. It was also his fourth win of the year and marked the fifth time in his career he has won at least four times in a season. Lee Trevino is the only other player to accomplish the feat even three times.

  • More on Irwin: His win last week was his record 36th on the SENIOR TOUR and it also was his 86th career Top-3 finish in only 181 starts (47.5%). The 86 Top-3s is also a record by a wide margin with Chi Chi Rodriguez and Bob Charles tied for second on the list with 74.


  • The Bayonet Course at Seaside, CA proved to be as tough as usual last week during the Bank of America Monterey Peninsula Classic. The toughest course on TOUR in 2001, it is the toughest again this year with three events remaining after playing to a stroke average of 75.421. Only three players broke par for the week.

  • Roland Thatcher of The Woodlands experienced the pain of making a triple bogey on the final hole of the 2001 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament when a par would have earned him a PGA TOUR card. In fact, his second shot on the par-4 finishing hole ended up on the clubhouse roof at the Bear Lakes CC. Last week, though, Thatcher emerged from a year-long struggle since that painful finish to win his first BUY.COM TOUR event. In doing so, Thatcher moved from 112th on the money list all the way to 33rd.

  • The Whirlwind GC, site of this week's Gila River Golf Classic at Wild Horse Pass Resort, is the only Native American-owned course utilized in competition on any of the three TOURS.

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