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- November 07, 2002
John Rollins was the TOUR's ironman in 2002 playing 120 rounds.
Who won the most per start? Tiger Woods with an average of $384,035 per
John Daly won his 11th overall and eighth consecutive Driving Distance
title this year with a record 306.8 yard average. Tiger Woods won his
fourth consecutive Scoring Average title (68.56) while Fred Funk won his
fifth Driving Accuracy title (81.2%).
Bob Heintz set a PGA TOUR record for Putting with his 1.682 mark. That
easily eclipsed the old mark of 1.704 set by Brad Faxon in 2000.
More on Putting: Mark Calcavecchia tied the PGA TOUR mark for one
tournament when he needed only 93 putts at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler
Classic. Stan Utley set a PGA TOUR record when he needed only six putts
for nine holes at the Air Canada Championship.
A PGA TOUR record was set at the Disney Golf Classic when the cut came
Kenneth Staton and Woody Austin led the TOUR with 36 starts each.
The youngest player to win on TOUR in 2002 was Sergio Garcia who was
three days shy of his 22nd birthday when he won the Mercedes Championships.
Loren Roberts (47 years, 3 months, five days) was the oldest player to win
when he claimed the Valero Texas Open.
It was a good year for young players. Five players under 25 -- Sergio
Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Charles Howell III, Jonathan Byrd and Luke Donald -- all
won on the TOUR in 2002.
The final count had nine players in their 20s winning this year, 24 in
their 30s and five in their 40s claiming victory.
Robert Allenby had the season's longest drive with a 402-yard blast at
the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.
The toughest course on TOUR this year was Bethpage Black, site of the
U.S. Open. It played to a stroke average of 74.901 (+4.901).
The toughest hole was the 459-yard 15th hole at Bethpage Black. It
played to a stroke average of 4.599.
David Toms led the TOUR in rounds in the 60s with 56.
A total of 189 players had at least one Top-10 finish this year. Tiger
Woods led the way with 13.
International players again had a strong presence on TOUR as 32 players
representing 15 different countries finished among the Top 125 money
Fred Funk had four runner-up finishes this year, but did not enjoy a
victory. The last players to have that many runnerup finishes in a year
without winning were Davis Love III and Tom Lehman in 1999.
More on Funk: At age 46 he had his best earnings season ever, topping
the $2-million mark for the first time and earning his highest placement
ever on the money list, 13th. Jeff Sluman, 45 years old, also $2 million
for the first time this year.
David Toms set a record for earnings without a victory with $3,461,794,
topping Vijay Singh's old mark of $3,440,829 set in 2001. Toms will also
begin next season with a streak of 24 consecutive rounds of par or better.
He played his last six events this year in 85-under par with 17 rounds in
the 60s and still never tasted victory.
Jeff Sluman led the TOUR in Par-3 Scoring Average (2.936); Chris Riley
led on the Par-4s (3.95) and Tiger Woods on Par-5s (4.44).
The top five rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2002 were:
1. Jonathan Byrd $1,462,713 (39th on money list)
2. Pat Perez 1,451,726 (40th)
3. Peter Lonard 1,413,112 (41st)
4. Luke Donald 1,088,105 (58th)
5. Ben Crane 921,076 (70th)
During this past year, Tiger Woods topped the $30-million mark in career
earnings while Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III both eclipsed the
$20-million mark. They rank 1-2-3 in career earnings on the TOUR.
When Luke Donald won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic the last week of
the season, it was not only his first victory on TOUR, it was his first
More on Donald: When he and Jonathan Byrd won events in consecutive
weeks, it marked the first time rookies won on the PGA TOUR in back-to-back
weeks since John Fought won two in a row during his rookie season of 1979.
J.P. Hayes tied the PGA TOUR record for consecutive birdies when he made
eight in a row at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Tiger Woods extended his streak of consecutive cuts made to 96 and
enters the 2003 season only 17 behind Byron Nelson's record 113 in a row.
SENIOR PGA TOUR
Rookie R.W. Eaks smashed the old Driving Distance record with an average
of 295.1 yards. The old mark was 290.7 set by John Jacobs in 1997. He
also set a new mark in the Eagles category averaging one per 66.6 holes.
The old record of 79.8 was set by Leonard Thompson in 2000.
John Jacobs had the longest drive of the season, though, at 372 yards
during the Farmers Charity Classic.
A record 18 players won $1 million or more this past year.
Lee Trevino put on a display of Driving Accuracy during the year that
would be tough to beat. During a stretch that included the Bruno's Memorial
Classic, the TD Waterhouse Championship and the Instinet Classic, Trevino
hit 70 consecutive fairways off the tee.
Both Walter Morgan and Bruce Fleisher tied the SENIOR TOUR record with
scores of 60 this season.
Seiji Ebihara tied the SENIOR TOUR record for nine holes with a 27 at
the Senior PGA Championship.
The toughest course on the SENIOR TOUR this year was Firestone CC for
the Senior PGA Championship, which played to a stroke average of 74.258
The toughest hole on the SENIOR TOUR was the 464-yard, par-4 17th hole
at Caves Valley. It played to a stroke average of 4.606 during the U.S.
It was a year to remember for the 56 and older set on the SENIOR TOUR.
They won nine of the 35 tournaments (25.7%). Hale Irwin led the way with
four while Isao Aoki, John Jacobs, Dave Eichelberger, J.C. Snead and Jay
Sigel each claimed one after their 55th birthdays.
Dana Quigley, Mike McCullough and Walter Hall each led the TOUR in
starts with 35. Quigley, of course, enters the 2003 season with a record
streak of 201 consecutive starts.
The top five international players in 2002 were:
1. Stewart Ginn $950,055 (19th on money list)
2. John Bland 824,405 (25th)
3. Rodger Davis 673,895 (30th)
4. Isao Aoki 653,836 (31st)
5. Jose Maria Canizares 635,503 (33rd)
A total of 83 players had at least one Top-10 finish this year.
Tom Kite won his third consecutive Greens In Regulation crown.
Bruce Fleisher set a new SENIOR TOUR record with his 36-hole 124 start
at the RJR Championship. He also set a new 54-hole mark with his 191.
Monday qualifiers enjoyed success this year with 12 earning Top-10
Hale Irwin won his fourth Turtle Bay Championship this year to tie Jack
Nicklaus (four at The Countrywide Tradition) for the most wins at one
More on Irwin: He led the SENIOR TOUR in a wide array of categories:
1. Money (Record $3,028,304)
2. Scoring Average (68.93)
3. Putting (1.717)
4. Birdies (4.40)
5. Par-Breakers (24.7%)
6. Birdie Conversion (32.4%)
7. Sub-par Rounds (67, tied for lead)
8. Top-10s (22)
9. Scrambling (72.0%)
10. Rounds in the 60s (50)
11. Most money per start ($112,159)
12. Most under-par on Par-3s (-23)
13. Most under-par on Par-4s (-75)
14. Most wins (4, tied for lead)
15. Charles Schwab Cup points (2,886)
16. Finished every tournament at par-or better (27
17. Most under-par for season (-214)
At age 57, he is the oldest player to do all of the above
It was a great year for BUY.COM TOUR alums. They won a record 21 times
on the PGA TOUR to raise the all-time victory total to 123. Of the record
18 first-time winners on the PGA TOUR this year, 13 were former BUY.COM
Omar Uresti led the TOUR this year in rounds in the 60s with 43.
A record 12 players won $200,000 or more this year.
Gary Hallberg tied the TOUR record by coming from 10 strokes back to win
the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.
Victor Schwamkrug set a new Driving Distance record on the TOUR with his
328.5-yard average. Of his 144 measured drives, 123 (85.4%) were 300 yards
of more and 30 were 350 yards of more with a long of 405 yards.
Todd Barranger, though, had the year's longest drive--408 yards at the
Gila River Golf Classic at Wild Horse Pass Resort.
Patrick Moore led the TOUR in earnings ($381,965), wins (3), Scoring
Average (69.86), Total Driving and Top-10 finishes (9).
The Class of 2001 did themselves proud on the PGA TOUR this year. Seven
of the Top 15 finished in the Top 125 compared to 9 of 36 from the
Qualifying Tournament. In addition, two of those Top 15 -- John Rollins and
Jonathan Byrd --won their first TOUR titles.
Andy Miller (24) was the youngest winner on the BUY.COM TOUR this past
year while 41-year old Jay Delsing was the oldest winner.
The toughest course for the second consecutive year was the Bayonet
Course (Bank of America Monterey Peninsula Classic), which played to a
stroke average of 75.421 (+3.421).
The toughest hole was the 525-yard, par-4 ninth hole at Peek'n Peak
Resort which played to a stroke average of 4.581.