Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum, right, and Houston Golf Association President Steve Timms, left, flank youngsters who helped announce a Community Impact number of $2,236,977 from the proceeds of the 2014 Shell Houston Open.
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- August 07, 2003
Kenny Perry's T8 last week at the Buick Open was his seventh consecutive Top-10 finish. His previous career high was three in a row. It was also his ninth of the season, tying his career high set in 1996.
Robert Gamez leads the PGA TOUR in eagles made with 18 and in birdies made with 344.
He hasn't won yet, but Briny Baird has become one of the TOUR's more consistent performers. He lost his card after his rookie season of 1999, but in the past three years, he's been very steady. Since returning to the TOUR in 2001, Baird has 10 Top-10 and 22 Top-25 finishes with more than $3 million in earnings.
Who has the most Top-10 finishes in this decade? Tiger Woods has 47 while Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh each have 42. Jim Furyk is third with 38 while Davis Love III and David Toms round out the Top 5 with 33 apiece.
This from ShotLink. Hank Kuehne's drives measure more than 300 yards 86.5% of the time. The TOUR average is 24%.
One more from ShotLink: Who has holed out from off the green the most times this season? Woody Austin, 18 times. The TOUR average is five.
Bruce Fleisher loves Boston. He won his only PGA TOUR title in the Boston area in 1991 and on the Champions Tour he won the U.S. Senior Open in Boston in 2001. He also has two seconds and a T3 at the FleetBoston Classic.
Hale Irwin is hoping that his back will allow him to defend his title this week at the 3M Championship in Minneapolis. He has a history of defending well, having successfully defended a title on the Champions Tour eight different times. He obviously enjoys Minneapolis. Not only did he win the 3M title last year, but he also won it in 1997 and 1999 and was second in 2000.
Who one-putts the most on the Champions Tour? According to ShotLink, it's Larry Nelson who does so 41.5% of the time. Who three-putts the least? Rodger Davis, only 1.7% of the time.
When someone wins a tournament at 15-under par like Allen Doyle did last week at the FleetBoston Classic, you tend to forget about all the pars he saved along the way. Doyle was 11- for-11 last week at getting up and down and leads the Champions Tour in Scrambling at 66.7% for the year.
Joe Ogilvie and Guy Boros will both be looking for history to repeat itself this week in Omaha. Both are seeking their third wins of the season and an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR. The first two times a Nationwide Tour earned a three-win promotion occurred in Omaha -- Chris Smith in 1997 and Heath Slocum in 2001.
Zach Johnson has 30 rounds in the 60s this season in 46 tries and his actual scoring average of 68.93 is tied with Vaughn Taylor for the Nationwide Tour lead. In fact, the 68.93 average is the lowest actual scoring average on any of the three Tours. Jim Furyk leads the PGA TOUR at 69.19 and Tom Watson leads the Champions Tour at 69.03.
Jim Furyk's win last week at the Buick Open was the 132nd on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player and Allen Doyle's victory at the FleetBoston Classic was the 43rd on that Tour by a former player.
Bo Van Pelt started the year by missing the cut in both events Down Under, but since returning to North America, Van Pelt has made 12 cuts in a row. He has four Top-10 finishes and is 20th on the money list with $102,729.