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Ron Streck
Ron Streck (1981)
The Woodlands CC
- January 05, 2004
  • There were only seven first-time winners on the PGA TOUR this year, two of them rookies -- Ben Curtis and Adam Scott.

  • Fred Funk won his fourth Driving Accuracy title in the last five seasons while Tiger Woods won his fifth consecutive Scoring Average title

  • Jim Furyk led the TOUR in rounds in the 60s with 59.

  • A record 72 players earned $1 million or more.

  • Hank Kuehne ended John Daly's run of eight consecutive Driving Distance titles. Kuehne's 321.4 average also topped Daly's previous TOUR record of 306.8 yards.

  • Charles Howell III played the most rounds on TOUR with 115.

  • Four men led the TOUR in tournaments played with 35 -- Pat Bates, Neal Lancaster, Spike McRoy and Esteban Toledo.

  • Carlos Franco and Darron Stiles each had four eagle two's this past season -- the most on TOUR.

  • Briny Baird made 36 putts of 25 feet or more, the most on TOUR.

  • Vijay Singh led the TOUR in Top-10 finishes with 18.

  • It was the year of the 40 and over player. A total of 11 different players age 40 or more won on TOUR in 2003, combining for 15 victories.

  • The 48 official wins were distributed as follows: Players in their 20s-10; 30s-23; 40s+-15.

  • Joe Durant hit the ball closest to the hole on average -- 30 feet, 8 inches.

  • The leaders on Par-3 holes were Mike Weir and Tiger Woods -- each with a 2.97 average.

  • The Par-4 leader was Vijay Singh at 3.95.

  • The Par-5 leader was Tiger Woods at 4.38.

  • The toughest hole on TOUR in 2003 was the 455-yard fourth at Royal St. George, site of the British Open. It played to a stroke average of 4.575.

  • The toughest course was Oak Hill, site of the PGA Championship. It played to a stroke average of 74.309 (+4.309).

  • A total of 14 rookies earned PGA TOUR cards for 2004 led by three who won over $1 million -- Ben Curtis, Adam Scott and Alex Cejka.

  • Tiger Woods won five events to stretch his streak with at least that many victories per year to five in a row.

  • Tiger also led the TOUR in average earnings per start with $370,745.

  • A total of 16 countries were represented among the Top 125 money earners -- Fiji, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Zimbabwe, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden, Northern Ireland, England, Paraguay, Spain, Mexico and the U.S.

  • Arron Oberholser led the TOUR in Scrambling, getting up and down 67.3% of the time.

  • Vijay Singh became the second-oldest player to win the PGA TOUR money title at age 40. Greg Norman was 12 days older than Singh when he won the 1995 title.

  • The youngest player to win on TOUR was Adam Scott at 23 years-1 month-15 days. The oldest was Craig Stadler at 50 years-1 month-18 days.

  • Jim Furyk and Loren Roberts 3-putted the least -- only 1.4% of the time.

  • Gavin Coles missed left off the tee the least of anyone on TOUR -- 7.0% of the time. Fred Funk missed right the least of anyone -- 7.2% of the time.

  • Dana Quigley was the only player to compete in all 31 events. He has now played in 232 consecutive tournaments.

  • Players age 55 or older won nine times this year.

  • Tom Kite led the Champions Tour in rounds in the 60s with 42.

  • Hale Irwin won multiple times for a record ninth consecutive season. He also won the Turtle Bay Championship for a record fourth consecutive time and a record fifth time overall.

  • The Inverness Club, site of the U.S. Senior Open, was the toughest course on Tour this season, playing to a stroke average of 76.336 (+5.336).

  • The 460-yard fourth hole at The Inverness Club was the toughest hole on Tour in 2003, playing to a stroke average of 4.654 (+0.654).

  • Walter Hall had the longest streak of avoiding 3-putts this season -- he went 340 consecutive holes at one point.

  • The Par-3 scoring leader was Hubert Green at 2.95. Tom Watson led the Tour in Par-4 scoring with a 3.91 average while Craig Stadler led in Par-5 scoring average with a 4.49 mark.

  • Six international players finished among the Top 30 -- Vicente Fernandez (#17), Des Smyth (#18), Rodger Davis (#22), Graham Marsh (#25) and Jose Maria Canizares (#30).

  • Four rookies finished among the Top 30 -- Craig Stadler (#14), Des Smyth (#18), Dave Barr (#27) and D.A. Weibring (#28).

  • Ed Fiori was the top scrambler on the Champions Tour, getting up and down 66.4% of the time.

  • At one time during the season, John Bland hit 48 consecutive fairways off the tee while Tom Kite hit the most consecutive Greens In Regulation -- 29.

  • Tom Watson earned the most per start on the Tour -- $132,364.

  • Player-of-the-Year Zach Johnson set Nationwide Tour records in Scoring (68.97), Putting (1.699), All-Around (111), Top-3 finishes (9) and Money ($494,882).

  • A record 15 players won $200,000 or more in 2003.

  • Nationwide Tour alums have now won 137 PGA TOUR titles, including 10 major championships. This year, alums won 14 events, two of them majors.

  • Scott Gump won his second consecutive Driving Accuracy crown in 2003 with a 75.7% mark.

  • Victor Schwamkrug broke his own Driving Distance record with a 339.3 yard average this season. The Nationwide Tour as a whole averaged 292.9, the most of any of the three Tours.

  • John Elliott was the only player to compete in all 30 events.

  • Tommy Tolles played the most rounds of anyone on the Tour -- 98

  • There were four international winners on Tour this year -- Michael Long (New Zealand), David Morland IV (Canada), Mark Hensby (Australia) and Andre Stolz (Australia). Coincidentally, they won in consecutive weeks.

  • Brett Wetterich had the longest recorded drive of the season -- 418 yards at the LaSalle Bank Open in Chicago.

  • Craig Lile's60 in Omaha was the low score of the season.

  • James Oh at 21 years-5 months-27 days was the youngest winner on Tour. Blaine McCallister at 44 years-7 months-29 days was the oldest.

  • Jimmy Walker had the longest streak of consecutive rounds of par or better-30.

  • The Kooyonga GC was the toughest course on the Tour in 2003, playing to a stroke average of 73.778 (+2.778).

  • The 470-yard second hole at the Kooyonga GC was the toughest hole on Tour this season, playing to a stroke average of 4.665 (+0.665).

  • Craig Bowden had the lowest scoring average on Par-3s at 2.999. Scott Gutschewski and Zach Johnson had the lowest on Par-4s (3.91) while Bo Van Pelt led on the Par-5s with a 4.47 average.

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