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