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- August 26, 2003

  • This week's stop in Boston, the Deutsche Bank Championship, will be the first PGA TOUR stop in the the area since 1998. Steve Pate, aka The Volcano, was the last winner of the CVS Charity Classic held in Sutton, MA. Pate was also the final winner of the old Southwest Golf Classic at Abilene, TX, in 1987.

  • Kenny Perry's streak of consecutive Top-10 finishes ended at eight last week in Akron. During that spell, Perry was a collective 63-under par and won $3,339,583. Perry posted 27 rounds of par or better golf during that stretch and finished 1-1-T3-1-T8-T4-T8-T10.

  • The par-5 16th hole at Firestone CC played to a stroke average of 5.388 last week making it the third-hardest par-5 hole recorded since the TOUR began keeping such stats in 1983. The 6th hole at Carnoustie (1999 British Open) played to an average of 5.482 and the 14th at Pebble Beach (1985 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) played to a 5.425 average.

  • Tiger Woods' T4 last week at the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational was his 13th Top 5 finish in 14 World Golf Championships events.

  • Kirk Triplett's win last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open made him the seventh player over the age of 40 to win this season on TOUR. Triplett (41), joins Scott Hoch, Fred Couples, Vijay Singh, Kenny Perry (3 wins), Craig Stadler and Peter Jacobsen.

  • From ShotLink: Loren Roberts leads the PGA TOUR in Putting from 10-15 feet making 40.9% of his efforts.


  • Don Pooley won two PGA TOUR titles in 541 starts. With his victory last week at the Allianz Championship, Pooley has now claimed two Champions Tour titles in his first 44 starts.

  • Ben Crenshaw finished in a T10 last week at the Allianz Championship for his second consecutive Top-10 finish coming on the heels of a T4 at the 3M Championship. It's the first time he has had back-to-back Top-10 finishes since 1995 when he finished T5 at the Mercedes Championships and 3rd at the Phoenix Open on the PGA TOUR.

  • Former major-league pitcher Rick Rhoden made a strong bid for a win last week at the Allianz Championship before finishing in a T5 and collecting $61,750.

  • This week's JELD-WIN Tradition in Oregon marks the Champions Tour's first visit to the state since the 1982 U.S. Senior Open. Miller Barber won his first of three Senior Open titles that year at Portland GC.

  • Tom Watson will complete a first this week. He'll be the first player to compete in all nine PGA TOUR/Champions Tour majors in the same season. It's been a long journey too, encompassing some 20,400 miles of travel.


  • Mike Brisky needed only 18 putts, including seven on the front nine, during his first-round 64 last week at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.

  • Jeff Klauk, the winner last week in Wichita, is the son of Fred Klauk, the Head Superintendent at the TPC at Sawgrass.

  • Scott Gutschewski, a sponsor exemption a few weeks back at Omaha, has taken advantage of his opportunity and will play in his fourth consecutive tournament this week at the Alberta Calgary Classic. In three starts, Gutschewski has finished T16-T8-T25 while finishing a collective 47-under. In 12 rounds, Gutschewski has four eagles and 68 birdies to his credit.

  • Guy Boros, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour this season, competed last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open on the PGA TOUR and finished in a T10. It was his first PGA TOUR Top-10 finish since a third-place effort at the 1999 Mercedes Championships.

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