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Payne Stewart
Payne Stewart (1995)
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- April 06, 2004

  • Rookie Scott Hend averaged 334.8 yards per tee shot last week at the BellSouth Classic. That's the highest one-tournament total on TOUR this year. Among his measured drives last week were efforts of 396, 382 and 367 yards He's now second overall with an average of 308.5.

  • The final-round scoring average of 74.141 last week in Atlanta was the highest final-round average on the TOUR this season.

  • While the early TOUR was dominated by players in their 30s and 40s, the young guns have started to show their stuff lately. Zach Johnson's win at the BellSouth Classic was the third in a row by a player in his 20s. The streak started with Chad Campbell at the Bay Hill Invitational and continued with Adam Scott at THE PLAYERS Championship.

  • It was a good week for Nationwide Tour alums. Zach Johnson, the 2003 Player of the Year, captured his first TOUR title while fellow alum Mark Hensby was second. In fact 18 of the top 27 finishers were Nationwide Tour alums and 45 of the 71 players who made the cut played on the circuit previously.

  • Since Zach Johnson is not competing at the Masters this week, Sandy Lyle remains the last player to win on the PGA TOUR the week before the Masters and go on to win the greeen jacket as well. Lyle won the 1988 Greater Greensboro Open and the Masters in consecutive weeks.

  • Mark Hensby's second-place finish was his career best on TOUR and continued a run of good play. He has finished in the Top 15 in five of his last seven starts, including three Top-10 efforts--T7 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, T3 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson and his solo second at the BellSouth Classic.

  • Phil Mickelson's 10th-place finish last week boosted him atop the money list with $2,318,600. It's the first time Mickelson has the led the money list since the 1998 Greater Greensboro Open.

  • Scott McCarron had the season's longest measured drive at last week's BellSouth Classic -- 397 yards.

  • Davis Love III enters the Masters with the longest current streak of not 3-putting on TOUR -- 169 consecutive holes.


  • Zach Johnson's win last week was the 143rd victory by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR. Nationwide Tour alums have won six of the first 14 events on the PGA TOUR this year.

  • Johnson's win made him the 10th Nationwide Tour Player of the Year to win on the PGA TOUR, but only the second to win the year after earning that designation. Stewart Cink was the first, winning Player of the Year honors in 1996 and claiming a PGA TOUR title in his rookie season of 1997.

  • It was a big week for the Class of 2003 on the Nationwide Tour at last week's BellSouth Classic. In addition to Johnson's victory, Mark Hensby was second, while Craig Bowden and Roger Tambellini were T14 and Blaine McCallister was T20.


    • Hubert Green plans to return to the Champions Tour at next week's Blue Angels Classic. Green played in the season-opening MasterCard Championship, but has not played since while undergoing cancer treatment.

    • Jerry Pate, a native of Pensacola, will get his first chance to earn a rare double at next week's Blue Angels Classic. Pate won the 1981 Pensacola Open on the PGA TOUR and will be looking to add a Champions Tour crown in his hometown as well.

    • Pate won't be the only player looking to win in Pensacola on both Tours -- no less than 14 active Champions Tour players won in the city while members of the PGA TOUR.

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