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Gibby Gilbert
Gibby Gilbert (1970)
Champions Golf Club
- October 07, 2003
  • In the year of the 40-and-older player, guess who led the WGC-American Express Championship in Driving Distance last week. With an average tee shot of 324.9 yards, 49-year old Eduardo Romero topped the field.

  • Prior to last week, Tiger Woods had made only four putts of 25 feet or more all season. He made three last week in Atlanta.

  • With his win at the WGC-American Express Championship last week, Tiger Woods now has 39 career wins. He moves into the Top-10 all-time as he is tied for ninth with Gene Sarazen and Tom Watson.

  • It's becoming a family thing. Brenden Pappas finished second last week at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, MS. The year before it was his brother Deane who did the same thing in Mississippi.

  • John Huston's win at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic raised the total number of players 40-and-older to win this season to 11 (14 overall wins). It also marked the 14th time that the winning score in a tournament was 20-under or better.

  • The battle for a spot in the season-ending TOUR Championship is really getting close. In fact, Rocco Mediate (30th position) currently holds a $54 lead over #31, Robert Allenby. Both are in the field this week at the Las Vegas Invitational.

  • Hale Irwin will be looking for a record-setting fourth consecutive victory at the Turtle Bay Championship this week in Hawaii. Irwin has won the event the last three seasons and four times overall. No one has ever won a Champions Tour event four consecutive years, or five times overall.

  • More on Irwin: He needs another victory this season to extend his Champions Tour record of consecutive seasons with multiple victories to nine. No one else has more than six.

  • According to ShotLink, Champions Tour players miss the fairway to the left 12.9% of the time and to the right 12.4% of the time. Doug Tewell misses left the least (6.4%) while Lee Trevino misses right the least (5.5%).

  • One more from ShotLink: Rodger Davis 3-putts the least of anyone on the Champions Tour -- 1.7% of the time.
  • Last week's winner, Scott Gutschewski, didn't play in his first event until the Omaha Classic in early August. Since then, Gutschewski has made 7 of 8 cuts, been par or better in 28 of his 30 rounds, is 85-under par and has won $146,674 to move to 23rd on the money list.

  • Zach Johnson's T2 last week was his record eighth Top-3 finish of the season. Johnson has been par or better in 62 of his 70 rounds this season (88.6%) with 44 of them in the 60s (62.9%).

  • More on Johnson: He's 182-under for the season, has made 17 of 18 cuts, with 10 Top-10s and a Tour-record $448,555 in earnings.

  • He hasn't won yet, but Daniel Chopra may not be far away. Currently #21 on the money list, Chopra has made 16 of 18 cuts, with six Top-10 finishes to his credit. He's also #1 on Tour in Final Round Scoring Average at 68.13.

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