More than a third of the starting field in the 143rd British Open Championship also teed it up this spring in the Shell Houston ...
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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- June 03, 2003
With Padraig Harrington joining the TOUR as a Special Temporary Member, the Top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are all members of the PGA TOUR.
Kenny Perry's back-to-back wins at age 42 make him the oldest player to accomplish that feat since 45-year-old Hale Irwin won the U.S. Open and Buick Classic in 1990. The last player 40 or older to win back-to-back was Mark O'Meara at the 1997 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Buick Invitational.
John Huston needed only eight putts on the back nine (19 overall) in his final-round 69 at the Memorial Tournament last week. He holed out twice from off the green during the back nine.
Look for someone who places a premium on accuracy to win this week at the FBR Capital Open. The last 10 winners of this event have averaged 78.4% in Driving Accuracy and 73.2% in Greens In Regulation in their victories.
This will be the third time since the FBR Capital Open moved to the TPC at Avenel in 1986 that it has been played the week prior to the U.S. Open. Both times, the eventual U.S. Open champion was in the field. In 1995, Corey Pavin lost a playoff at Avenel to Lee Janzen before going on to win the Open at Shinnecock Hills. In 1997, Ernie Els missed the cut at Avenel, but came back to win the Open title just down the street at Congressional.
This is the first time Kenny Perry has won back-to-back in his career, but he's played brilliantly in successive weeks before. In 2002, Perry finished 42-under in consecutive weeks at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (-26, T6) and the Phoenix Open (-16, T2). He was also 39-under in successive starts in 2001 at the Greater Milwaukee Open (-14, T5) and the Buick Open (-25, win).
Morris Hatalsky established a new Champions Tour record last week when he extended his string of consecutive holes without a bogey to 98. That breaks the old record of 97 set by Jack Kiefer in 1994. Hatalsky's streak began on the 12th hole of his second-round at the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am and ended at the second hole of his second-round at the Music City Championship at Gaylord Opryland.
D.A. Weibring made his Champions Tour debut last week in Nashville and finished in a T31 after rounds of 71-73-67. His check for $9,450 was considerably better than his first paycheck on the PGA TOUR. His T38 at the 1977 Quad Cities Open earned Weibring a check for $500.
Speaking of debuts, Craig Stadler (back permitting) is scheduled to make his Champions Tour debut this week at the Senior PGA Championship. In case you are wondering, 10 players have won in their debut event on the Tour. The Wadkins brothers, Lanny and Bobby, were the last two to perform the feat.
The streak without a repeat winner continues. Through the first 14 events of the Champions Tour season, 14 different winners have emerged.
Last week's Henrico County Open was the first event to be postponed without completing a round since the 1997 Shreveport Open. As was the case with Shreveport in 1997, the Henrico County Open has been rescheduled for later in the season. The Tour will return to Richmond the week of July 14-20.
As is the case on both the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour, the veteran members of the Nationwide Tour have been performing well. While the first five winners on the Tour this year were all in their 20s, the last three have all been in their mid-30s. Tripp Isenhour (35) started the streak at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, followed by Michael Long (34) at the Virginia Beach Open and David Morland IV (34) at the SAS Carolina Classic.
Nationwide Tour alums performed well in Monday's U.S. Open Sectional Qualifiers. Stewart Cink, the 1996 Player of the Year, shot an extraordinary 62-61--123 to earn medalist honors in Columbus, OH, while 2001 Player-of-the-Year Chad Campbell was the medalist in Cleveland, OH, with a 72-67--139 total. Current members Steve Gotsche and Bryce Molder were successful as well. Gotsche was the medalist in Kansas City, MO, while Molder was the co-medalist in Glenview, IL. Molder, by the way, will compete this week in the LaSalle Bank Open