Yet another statistic to underscore the strength of field at the 2014 Shell Houston Open. A total of 17 competitors in this spring’s ...
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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- May 27, 2003
Hal Sutton has posted back-to-back Top-10 finishes for the first time since late in the 2000 season. Sutton went through the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with a T6 at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and a T5 at the Bank of America Colonial. During that two-week stint, Sutton had seven rounds in the 60s.
While Sutton has been hot, Jim Furyk has been even hotter. Furyk, the defending champ this week at the Memorial, has finished in the Top-10 in 10 of his 13 starts this year. He has 8 Top-10 finishes in his last 9 outings. He's 112-under par for the season.
Another streaking player is Jeff Sluman. Sluman has finished T10-T11-T14-3 in his last four starts with 12 rounds in the 60s in his last 16 tries.
If THE TOUR Championship Presented by Coca-Cola were played today, 10 of the 30 entrants would be 40 or older. The over-40 brigade is headed by Vijay Singh (#4 money list), followed by Kenny Perry (#9), Jay Haas (#10), Fred Couples (#13), Nick Price (#14), Jeff Sluman (#19), Scott Hoch (#21), Bob Tway (#23), Brad Faxon (#24) and Kirk Triplett (#28).
With a full third of the field (34 of 105) this week at the Memorial coming from outside the U.S., an international winner might not be an upset. However, only 4 of the previous 27 playings of the tournament have seen an international winner emerge -- David Graham, Greg Norman (twice) and Vijay Singh.
The scoring average for the field last week at the Bank of America Colonial was 69.941, the second lowest in history at the event. Only in 1997, when the field average was 69.677, did the field shoot lower than this past week.
The Champions Tour ironman, Dana Quigley, reached a milestone last week when he started in his 200th consecutive event. He's also started in 214 consecutive tournaments for which he has been eligible. He finished T3 for his seventh Top-10 finish in 13 starts this year.
Morris Hatalsky won last week's Columbus Southern Open with a 12-under
198 total. He also won without a single bogey on his card. He's the first player to finish a tournament without a bogey since Tom Jenkins at the 2002 Toshiba Senior Classic.
Former PGA TOUR Player of the Year Wayne Levi posted his best score as a Champions Tour player last week in Columbus, GA. His second-round 64 was his best by two strokes since he joined the circuit in March of 2002.
Don Pooley, who will defend his U.S. Senior Open title in late June, made his 2003 Champions Tour debut last week. Pooley has been recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent in January. He shot rounds of 74-68-68
to T45 in his return.
Through the first five events of the year, Tripp Isenhour was in 63rd place on the money list with $13,158. In his last three starts, however, Isenhour has gone 1-T3-T4 to vault all the way to second on the money list with $161,608. He's 38-under par for his last three tournaments.
Vaughn Taylor began this season with no status on the Nationwide Tour. He Monday qualified at the Virginia Beach Open two weeks ago and took advantage of his opportunity by finishing second. That earned him a spot in last week's SAS Carolina Classic where he finished T2. He's now ninth on the money list with $92,600.
PGA TOUR veteran Mike Reid finished T11 last week at the SAS Carolina Classic for his best finish on the Nationwide Tour to date. It was his best finish in a PGA TOUR-sponsored event since a T5 at the 2000 Michelob Championship.
Rob Bradley entered last week's SAS Carolina Classic in 135th place on the money list. After opening with rounds of 72-67-68, he was still T21 and seven strokes out of first. He made up a lot of ground on Sunday, though, with a career-low 62 that carried him to a T2, just one stroke behind winner David Morland. His $44,000 payday also moved him all the way to 22nd on the money list.