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- October 14, 2003
Kent Jones hit 83 of 90 (92.2%) of the Greens In Regulation last week at the Las Vegas Invitational. That's the most in a 90-hole event since the PGA TOUR started keeping statistics in 1980. He finished T26.
Bill Glasson loves Las Vegas. The three lowest scores of his 20-year career have all come in that city. His third-round 63 last week was his lowest score since he also shot 63 in the 1997 Las Vegas Invitational. His career-low round is a 62 that he shot in the 1985 Las Vegas Invitational. All three scores, by the way, came on different courses.
More on Glasson: He also made four eagles last week in Las Vegas to tie the TOUR record for a 90-hole event. Mike Heinen also accomplished the feat which made them the 16th and 17th players to make four in a 90-hole event since the TOUR started keeping records in 1980.
Per-Ulrik Johansson may have missed the cut last week in Las Vegas, but he did have a memorable moment. During the second round, on the par-5 9th hole at Southern Highlands, Johansson blasted a tee shot measured at 400 yards.
The winner of this week's Chrysler Classic of Greensboro will receive the Sam Snead Trophy. Snead won this event a record eight times, the last in 1965 at the age of 52. He is still the oldest winner of a tournament in TOUR history. The last seven winners of this event, by the way, have averaged 39 years of age .
Jerry Kelly tied the PGA TOUR record for consecutive birdies last week when he made eight in a row during the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational. He's just the sixth player in TOUR annals to accomplish the feat.
Hale Irwin set several records last week with his victory at the Turtle Bay Championship. It was his fourth consecutive win in the tournament (a Tour record). It was his fifth win overall in the event (also a Tour record). It gave him his ninth consecutive year with multiple wins (extending his own Tour record) and it was his 38th career win (also extending his own Tour mark).
Dana Quigley is two tournaments away from completing his sixth consecutive season in which he played in every event. He also has sixth consecutive seasons with $1 million in earnings or more.
Rex Caldwell was the first-round co-leader last week in Hawaii after opening with a 68. It was his first time leading after the first round since the 1989 Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR. Caldwell went on to finish in a T6 for his best Champions Tour finish to date.
The Champions Tour will compete this week at Oak Hills CC in San Antonio, TX and several players in the field will have good memories of competing there in the past. Eight of this week's competitors -- Jim Colbert (1983), Ben Crenshaw (1986), Hale Irwin (1977), John Mahaffey (1985), Arnold Palmer (1961-62), Bill Rogers (1981), Lee Trevino (1980) and Tom Watson (1987) -- all won PGA TOUR events on the course.
The last four winners on the Nationwide Tour -- Roger Tambellini, James Oh, Scott Gutschewski and Lucas Glover -- were all first-time winners.
Stuart Appleby's win last week in Las Vegas was the 136th win by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR. Five of the current Top 10 on the PGA TOUR are former Nationwide Tour players, too.
Tag Ridings will be back to defend his Permian Basin Charity Classic title this week. The PGA TOUR rookie is on a rehabilitation start and will get the opportunity to be the first Nationwide Tour player to successfully defend his crown. Ridings won last year's event in a playoff by sinking his second shot on a par-4 for an eagle and a quick win.
The race for a spot in the Top 20 is really getting close. Only $5,788 separates #19 (Tommy Tolles) from #23 (Roger Tambellini) with only three weeks remaining in the season.