Yet another statistic to underscore the strength of field at the 2014 Shell Houston Open. A total of 17 competitors in this spring’s ...
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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- September 03, 2003
The Bell Canadian Open will be held this week at the Hamilton G&CC for the first time since 1930. The winner that year was the Silver Scot, Tommy Armour. This week's field features Tommy Armour III, the grandson of the Silver Scot.
Leaders have done pretty well in the final analysis this year. Through the first 37 tournaments of the season, 36-hole leaders have gone on to win 15 times while leaders heading into the final round have won 22 times.
Tim Herron has been one of the TOUR's hottest players lately. In his last three starts, Herron has finished T14 (PGA Championship), 2 (Reno-Tahoe Open) and T5 (Deutsche Bank Championship). He has won $612,250 in that stretch.
Adam Scott's victory last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship made him the first Aussie to win on TOUR this year. That doesn't mean that the Australian contingent is having a poor year, however. Scott is one of six Aussies to have already earned more than $1 million this year -- Scott, Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby, Peter Lonard and Rod Pampling.
International players hold 31 spots in the current Top 125. They represent 15 countries --Fiji, Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Northern Ireland, Spain, Japan, England and Mexico.
Tom Carter's win last week was his third of the season and earned for him an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR. He's the sixth player in Tour history to earn that distinction.
More on Carter: He'll be looking for a Canadian trifecta this week. He won both Nationwide Tour events in Canada this season and he makes his debut as a PGA TOUR member this week at the Bell Canadian Open.
One More on Carter: In his final nine events on the Nationwide Tour, Carter won three times and had a 3rd and a T4. He was 113-under during that span of time with 22 rounds in the 60s in his final 34 rounds.
How long is Victor Schwamkrug off the tee? His season average of 337.5 is longer than the PGA TOUR record for driving distance in a SINGLE event. That record is held by Hank Kuehne at 337.0 at the 2002 B.C. Open.
Dana Quigley's start last week at the JELD-WEN Tradition was his 225th consecutive outing on the Champions Tour.
In addition to Quigley, four other players --Bob Gilder, Walter Hall, James Mason and Jay Sigel -- have all played in every Champions Tour event this season.
Hale Irwin will be playing in his 200th Champions Tour event of his career this week at the Kroger Classic in Cincinnati.
Tom Watson's 62 in the second round of last week's JELD-WEN Tradition equaled the lowest score ever recorded in a Champions Tour major. His 62 matches those of Doug Tewell (2001 Tradition) and Jim Colbert (2003 Senior British Open).