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Frank Beard
Frank Beard (1967)
Champions Golf Club
- July 01, 2003

  • A neck injury will keep Davis Love III from competing this week at the 100th Western Open. He's never won there, but he was second in each of the last two seasons at Cog Hill. Jack Nicklaus was second at the Bell Canadian Open seven times without ever winning the event.

  • David Peoples needed only 99 putts last week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He's only the second player this year to have under 100 putts in a tournament. Chris Riley needed only 95 at the Honda Classic.

  • Willie Wood had a nice start to his final round last week in Memphis. After making a bogey on the opening hole, he proceeded to go birdie-birdie-hole in one-birdie on his next four holes. He went on to shoot a 68 and finished T30.

  • Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson has made a new intitial foray onto the PGA TOUR. He made his U.S. debut at the U.S. Open and finished in a T5. He then finished T36 at the Buick Classic and T3 at last week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

  • Nick Price's 62 last week equaled his career low, but it wasn't a record for a player 40 years of age of more. That record is 60 --held by Sam Snead (1957 Dallas Open), Tommy Armour III (1999 Las Vegas Invitational) and Mark Calcavecchia (2001 Phoenix Open).

  • Jay Haas continues to amaze at age 49. He finished T9 last week in Memphis for his sixth Top-10 finish in 16 events this year. From 2000 through 2002, Haas had only three Top-10 efforts in 71 starts.


  • David Toms' victory last week on the PGA TOUR was the 131st by a former Nationwide Tour player.

  • The BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs recently announced a new one-year charity record for the Nationwide Tour. The event outside Greenville, SC, donated a record $674,788 to local charities.

  • Here's a good omen for whoever wins this week's Samsung Canadian PGA Championship. Both the first two winners (Richard Zokol, Arron Oberholser) finished among the Top 15 money winners and earned PGA TOUR cards for the following year. This year, of course, the Top 20 money winners will automatically advance to the PGA TOUR for 2004.

  • The Nationwide Tour has crowned 12 different champions in the first 12 events of the year. The longest the Tour has gone without a multiple winner is 22 tournaments (1996).

  • Joe Ogilvie and Vaughn Taylor each tied the Nationwide Tour record when they each passed the $200,000 mark in season earnings in only the 12th event of the year. Ian Leggatt did it in 2000 and Cliff Kresge also performed the feat last year.


  • Bruce Lietzke ended the Champions Tour streak of 16 consecutive events without a multiple winner with his victory at the U.S. Senior Open.

  • Two-time former U.S. Open champion Andy North started real slowly last week at the U.S. Senior Open with a front nine score of 8-over 43. He bounced back though to play his last 63 holes 4-under par and finished the week in a T8 at 4-over par 288.

  • It pays to hold the third round lead at the U.S. Senior Open. In the 24-year history of the event, 16 third-round leaders have gone on to win the tournament.

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