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Dave Hill
Dave Hill (1974)
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- May 20, 2003

  • Three players -- Davis Love III, Mike Weir and Tiger Woods -- have each won three times already this season. To find the last time three players won four times in a season, you have to go all the way back to 1973 when Jack Nicklaus (7 wins), Tom Weiskopf (4) and Bruce Crampton (4) accomplished the feat.

  • Scott Verplank has four Top-10 finishes in his last five starts -- T8 at THE PLAYERS Championship, T8 at the Masters, 3rd at the HP Classic of New Orleans and T4 at last week's EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

  • Briny Baird has been hot of late, too. He's posted back-to-back Top-10 finishes for the first time in his career. He was T8 at the Wachovia Championship and T9 at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. He's already won a career-high $924,073.

  • This stat comes courtesy of ShotLink. PGA TOUR players reach par-5s in two 36.9% of the times they attempt to do so. Hank Kuehne leads the TOUR, reaching the long holes in two 67.9% of the times he tries.

  • 18 of the first 20 tournaments this year were won by players who are among the Top 50 in the world.


  • You might not want to be the Saturday night leader this year on the Champions Tour. Only four of 12 leaders heading into the final-round have been able to win this season.

  • Just as the veterans are playing well on the PGA TOUR, the same is true for the Champions Tour. Four of the top five finishers last week were 57 years of age or older -- Jay Sigel (59), Mike McCullough (58), Vicente Fernandez (57) and Hale Irwin (57). Irwin also leads the Champions Tour in earnings.

  • J.C. Snead recorded his fifth hole-in-one on the Champions Tour last week. That ties him with Charlie Sifford and Jimmy Powell for the most aces in Champions Tour competition.

  • Roger Maltbie played in an individual stroke-play event for the first time this season on the Champions Tour last week. His rounds of 73-71-71 were good for a T20 and $18,267.

  • Give Morris Hatalsky credit for hanging tough. He opened last week's Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am with a front nine 44 that led to an 81. He didn't throw in the towel, though, he came back to shoot rounds of 69-65 on the weekend to T20.


    • Windy, wet and cold were the conditions in the final round of last week's Virginia Beach Open and the elements factored into the scoring. The final-round scoring average of 75.00 was the highest single-round average so far this season.

    • PGA TOUR veteran Blaine McCallister T9 last week in Virginia Beach for his best showing in a TOUR-sponsored event since a T5 at the Greater Milwaukee Open.

    • Zoran Zorkic enters this week's SAS Carolina Classic with a shot at becoming the first player in history of the Nationwide Tour to successfully defend a title. He won last year's tournament by one stroke over Doug Barron.

    • New Zealand native Michael Long's victory last week at the Virginia Beach Open was the 43rd victory by an international player in Tour history, but the first this season.

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