| - May 12, 2004
- When Vijay Singh won the HP Classic of New Orleans recently, he became
just the second player in TOUR history to top the $30-million mark in career earnings.
- Phil Mickelson's T5 last week at the Wachovia Championship gives him 10
Top-10 finishes in 11 starts this year. He also has five Top-3s (two wins-one second-two thirds).
- Looking for a player with good numbers who has been largely overlooked?
Try Stephen Ames. The native of Trinidad & Tobago has five Top-10s to his credit this year and is 17th on the money list with $1,197,559 in earnings. He's now won more than $1 million in each of the past three seasons.
- Carlos Franco's T3 last week in Charlotte was his best finish on TOUR
since winning the 2000 HP Classic of New Orleans.
- How times change. The last time Joey Sindelar won on TOUR, the leading
money winner that season (1990) was Greg Norman with $1,165,477. Sindelar won $1,008,000 last week. His last victory, by the way, was worth $180,000.
- When the 54-hole leader this week at the EDS Byron Nelson Classic is
identified, the $100,000 donated to health-related charities will raise the overall contribution from the Crestor Challenge to $1 million already this season.
- PGA TOUR veteran Tim Simpson teed it up last week at the Chattanooga
Classic for the first time in a TOUR-sanctioned event since the 1998 Southern Farm Bureau Classic. He just missed making the cut, shooting scores of 70-70--140.
- With Justin Bolli winning last week in Chattanooga, University of
Georgia golfers have now won the last three Nationwide Tour events -- Franklin Langham (Rheem Classic), Ryuji Imada (BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs) and Bolli.
- Last year's graduating class continues to shine with five players among
the Top 60 on the money list -- Zach Johnson (#13), Mark Hensby (#27), Ted Purdy (#36), Joe Ogilvie (#47) and Bo Van Pelt (#54). In addition to those five, three others are within the Top 125 -- Craig Bowden (#103), Ryan Palmer (#110) and Lucas Glover (#111).
- They hit it long on the Nationwide Tour. Through the first eight
tournaments of the year, no less than 98 players have had at least one drive of 350 yards or more. Robert Garrigus has the season-long at this point, 386 yards.
- Vance Veazey has the current longest streak of not 3-putting on
Tou r -- 215 consecutive holes.
- When Larry Nelson won last week's FedEx Kinko's Classic, he became the
fourth consecutive player 55 years of age or older to win on the Champions Tour, joining Tom Jenkins, Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan.
- Speaking of age, Miller Barber bettered his age (73) in the final round
in Austin posting an even-par 72.
- George Archer has now played in 999 PGA TOUR/Champions Tour events.
When he reaches 1,000, he'll be just the seventh player in history to do so. The others are Miller Barber, Dave Eichelberger, Arnold Palmer, Charles Coody, Gay Brewer and Gene Littler.
- They hit it long on the Champions Tour, too. Andy Bean led the field
last week in Texas with a 322.2 average off the tee, including drives of 367 and 366 yards. The 367-yard effort ties the season-long on the Tour (Terry Dill is the other player to do so).