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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A record-tying 61 players have earned at least $1 million this season, equaling the mark set last year.
The streak of consecutive age 40+ winners reached three this past week with the win by J.L. Lewis. It's the second time this season that players 40 or older have won three consecutive events. Overall, players in that age group have won 12 of the first 40 events (30%).
Look out for another 40+ winner this week at the Valero Texas Open. Last year's winner Loren Roberts was one of six players among the Top-10 in the event who were 40 or older.
While the older set has been playing well, the newcomers have not done too badly, either. A total of nine rookies are currently listed among the Top 125, led by Ben Curtis at number 39.
Vijay Singh currently tops the money list and if he were to finish there, he would become only the fourth foreign player to win the PGA TOUR money title since record keeping began in 1934. The others are Gary Player (1968), Greg Norman (1986, 1990, 1995) and Nick Price (1993-94).
When J.L. Lewis won the inaugural 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania with a 22-under effort, he became the 12th player this season to win with a score of 20-under or better.
More on Lewis: In the last two weeks the veteran has finished T2 and 1. Here's a quick look at the difference in the last two weeks and the rest of the season. In the last two tournaments, Lewis has hit 77.1% of the Greens in Regulation (vs. 65.4% previously), averaged 5.5 birdies per round (vs.3.49) and made three eagles in 144 holes (one every 48 holes vs. one every 187.7).
PGA TOUR veteran Andy Bean finished in a T8 last week at the SAS Championship for his first Top-10 finish since joining the Champions Tour this season.
One of the hottest players on the Champions Tour is Doug Tewell. In his last three starts, Tewell has finished 2-T2-T4. He also has 10 consecutive under-par rounds to his credit, with nine rounds in the 60s in that stretch. The key during that stretch has been his remarkable ability to put the ball in the fairway off the tee. He's hit 87.3% of the fairways during his run.
Veteran Bob Charles matched his age last week when he fired a second-round 67 at the SAS Championship.
If you shot even-par every round this year on the Champions Tour, how would you be doing? You'd be 37th on the money list with $448,112.
Tripp Isenhour finished last week's Albertsons Boise Open in a rush, making nine birdies over his final 10 holes. His back-nine 28 boosted him to a final-round 64 and a share of second place, and his $52,800 check moved him into fourth place on the money list with $255,532.
The victory by J.L. Lewis last week was the 134th win by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.
Scott Gutschewski's final-round 75 last week at the Albertsons Boise Open ended his streak of 23 consecutive par-or-better rounds this season. In all six of his starts, Gutschewski has opened with a round in the 60s and prior to this past week, his final round was always in the 60s as well.
For the second consecutive year, a PGA TOUR player will lend his support to the Mark Christopher Charity Classic. Last year, John Daly donated $25,000 out of his pocket to the purse, and this year Tom Pernice Jr. is playing in the Wednesday Pro-Am.