| - February 04, 2004
- Who is the hottest player on TOUR? It might be Retief Goosen. The
South African has posted 25 consecutive rounds of par or better dating back to the end of last season. He's 81-under par over that stretch with five Top 10s in six starts and $1,837,375 in earnings.
- Three lefties finished in the Top-10 last week at the FBR Open -- Steve
Flesch (T3), Mike Weir (T5) and Phil Mickelson (T7). That hasn't happened since the 2000 Phoenix Open when the same three players accomplished the feat.
- Speaking of Top 10s, who has the most since this decade began? Vijay Singh with 54. Tiger Woods is next with 52 and Phil Mickelson third with 46.
- Veteran Paul Azinger is off to a nice start this season with two Top 10s in three starts. He's earned $242,016 -- more than he earned in all of 2003 when he suffered through his worst finish on the money list since returning from his cancer battle in 1994. He's been consistent this year with 12 rounds of par or better in 13 tries.
- Who has the most wins since this decade began? Tiger Woods is the clear leader with 24 while Phil Mickelson (9) and Vijay Singh (7) are next on the list.
- The Nationwide Tour's 15th season opens this week at the BellSouth Panama Championship. The event is the Tour's first in Central America and the first stop in the country for a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event since 1972.
- Last year's Player of the Year, Zach Johnson, will be competing this
week in the AT&T Pebble Beach and his Pro-Am partner will be Nationwide CEO Jerry Jurgensen.
- One player missing from this week's BellSouth Panama Championship will be Scott Gutschewski. His victory last year in the Monterey Peninsula Classic earned him a sponsor exemption to play in the PGA TOUR event on the Peninsula this week.
- Already the longest driving Tour, the Nationwide Tour may be even longer off the tee this year as it welcomes back 7 of its 10 longest drivers from last year--all of whom averaged 308.9 yards or more.
- Former U.S. Open champ Jerry Pate will make his long-awaited debut on
the Champions Tour this week at the Royal Caribbean Classic in Key Biscayne, FL.
- When Dave Barr won last year's Royal Caribbean Classic, he became the
first Canadian player to win on the Champions Tour.
- Fuzzy Zoeller, who won the season-opening MasterCard Championship,
will be bidding this week to become the first Champions Tour player to win back-to-back events since Bob Gilder won in consecutive weeks in September of 2002.