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Corey Pavin
Corey Pavin (1984)
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- September 16, 2003

  • Hidemichi Tanaka has been one of the TOUR's hottest players of late with three Top-six finishes in his last four starts. He's gone T6-MC-T4-T5 over those starts to jump from 99th on the money list to 66th with $880,281.

  • From ShotLink: Who has 3-putted the least on TOUR this year? David Frost and Loren Roberts each 3-putt only 1.3% of the time. Frost has only 13 3-putts in 1,026 holes of play while Roberts has 16 in 1,188 holes.

  • Len Mattiace and a local Jacksonville TV sports anchor played 126 holes of golf in a single day at the TPC at Sawgrass recently to raise money for The First Tee program. The marathon session collected approximately $50,000 for The First Tee.

  • When Vijay Singh won last week's John Deere Classic it was his third win of the year. He is the fifth player this season to have at least three wins. That's the most in one season since six did the trick in the 1982. This year's group includes Davis Love III (4 wins), Tiger Woods (4), Kenny Perry (3), Singh (3) and Mike Weir (3). In 1982 it was Calvin Peete (4), Craig Stadler (4), Tom Watson (3), Raymond Floyd (3), Lanny Wadkins (3) and Bob Gilder (3).

  • One key to Vijay Singh's success is his ability to play the par-4s well. He is 41-under on par-4 holes this season while the PGA TOUR average is 45-over. Jim Furyk at 30-under is the only player close to Singh in this category. In fact, only 11 players on TOUR are under-par on par-4 holes for the season.

  • On the other hand, all 196 ranked players on TOUR are under-par on the par-5s this season. Oh yeah, Vijay Singh leads that group as well at 142-under.

  • 11-time PGA TOUR winner John Cook will make his debut on the Nationwide Tour this week as he plays the Albertsons Boise Open on a rehabilitation start. It will mark his first competitive event since he played in the Masters back in April.

  • Zach Johnson, the Tour's leading money winner, is having an amazing season. He has finished all 16 of his starts at par-or-better (all but one-under-par) and is 175-under for the season. He has been par-or-better in 57 of his 62 rounds with 41 rounds in the 60s.

  • More on Johnson: He has 7 Top-3 finishes this year, the most for a player in one season in Nationwide Tour history. Johnson has two wins, three seconds and two thirds to his credit.

  • With six events remaining to qualify, the battle for a spot among the Top 55 and a berth in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship could not be much closer. PGA TOUR veteran Russ Cochran currently holds the 55th spot, but he's only $72 ahead of Scott Petersen in the 56th spot.


  • Bruce Lietzke will be bidding for this third consecutive SAS Championship title this week. In his previous two appearances in the event, he has hit 96 of 108 Greens In Regulation for an amazing 88.9% average. In those six previous rounds in North Carolina, Lietzke has not made a bogey on any of the par-3s or par-5s.

  • Jim Dent finished in a T2 last week at the Constellation Enery Classic for his best finish since he lost in a playoff at the 2000 Vantage Championship. The 64-year old Dent lost out to Larry Nelson on both occasions.

  • Sam Torrance, the 2002 European Ryder Cup Captain, made his Champions Tour debut in good fashion last week in Baltimore finishing in a T4 and collecting $73,500.
  • Rookie Des Smyth extended his streak of consecutive par-or-better rounds to 21 last week in Baltimore. Smyth is 58-under over that stretch.

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