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Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer (1966)
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- July 29, 2003

  • When Jay Haas opened last week's Greater Hartford Open tied for the lead with a 63, he had every reason to feel great. It got even better for him after talking to his son, Bill, who informed Dad that he had just shot 60 that day at the Porter Cup.

  • Statistics can produce some interesting comparisons. Retief Goosen is sixth in scoring on the PGA TOUR with a 69.32 average. After 11 events, he's 35th on the money list with $1,182,773. Dicky Pride has also played in 11 events and is 10th in scoring on the TOUR with a mark of 69.67. He's 133rd on the money list with $287,596.

  • From ShotLink we learn these putting statistics. Australian rookie Aaron Baddeley 1-putts more than anyone on TOUR --47.7% of the holes he plays. Veterans David Frost and Loren Roberts 3-putt the least -- 1.2% of the holes they play.

  • Six of the last 12 PGA TOUR events have been won by players 40 or older. The last two winners -- Craig Stadler and Peter Jacobsen -- are the fifth- and seventh-oldest players to win on the TOUR.

  • Veterans Steve Pate and Bill Glasson each had their best finish since the 2000 season last week in Hartford. Pate's T4 at the GHO was his best effort since a T3 at the 2000 Greater Milwaukee Open while Glasson's T11 was his best since a T3 at the 2000 B.C. Open. Glasson was also second last month at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic on the Nationwide Tour.


  • Jim Colbert matched his age (62) last week during the Senior British Open. The 62 also matched the lowest score ever shot in a Champions Tour major. Doug Tewell was the first when he posted a 62 at the 2001 Tradition.

  • Also shooting his age at the Senior British Open last week was 81-year old Jack Fleck, who opened with an 81. D.A. Weibring didn't shoot his age, but his second-round 63 was his career-low round.

  • Bob Gilder is looking for his second consecutive victory at this week's FleetBoston Classic and history is on his side. Five different players have won this event in back-to-back seasons, starting with Don January in 1983-84. Chi Chi Rodriguez won three straight in 1986-87-88 while Bob Charles (1989-90), Hale Irwin (1998-99) and Larry Nelson (2000-2001) took home consecutive titles.

  • With an invitation to the PGA Championship in hand, Tom Watson is poised to become the first player in history to play in nine major championships in the same season. He's made the cut in two of three on the PGA TOUR (MC-Masters, T28-U.S. Open and T18 British Open) and all four to date on the Champions Tour (T17-Senior PGA Championship, 2-U.S. Senior Open, T2-Ford Senior Players Championship and 1-Senior British Open). Watson will play in the PGA Championship the week of Aug. 11-17 and will compete the week of Aug. 25-31 in the JELD-WEN Tradition.

  • Zach Johnson is currently second on the money list after finishing second in the last three tournaments. How consistent has he been this year? In his 46 rounds, he has finished in the Top 20 at the end of the day 41 times. He's been in the Top 10 at day's end 35 times and in the Top 5 24 times.

  • More on Johnson: His three consecutive runner-up finishes ties Chris Smith's Nationwide Tour record.

  • You can't get much hotter than this. In last week's second round of the Dayton Open, D.A. Points went 9-under par in an 8-hole stretch. He opened on the back nine and birdied the 18th (his 9th) hole. He moved to the front and went eagle-birdie-birdie-par-eagle-birdie-birdie. He ended the day with a 10-under par 62 and finished the week T14.

  • The Chattanooga Classic makes its debut on the Nationwide Tour this week. It's not the first time that Chattanooga has hosted a PGA TOUR-sponsored event, though. From 1986-1992, the Chattanooga Classic was a PGA TOUR event and one of its winners, Stan Utley, is in the field for this week's Nationwide Tour stop.

  • Music star Vince Gill was offered a spot in this week's Chattanooga Classic, but turned it down since he didn't want to take away a playing opportunity from a professional. He did, however, agree to caddy for Bob Wolcott in the tournament.

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