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Jim McGovern
Jim McGovern (1993)
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- May 17, 2004

  • With Sergio Garcia's victory last week, the 20-somethings now lead the 40-somethings in victories this season by a 5-4 margin. The 20-something winners include Garcia, Tiger Woods, Chad Campbell, Adam Scott and Zach Johnson. The 40-somethings are Vijay Singh (3 wins) and Joey Sindelar.

  • Despite Garcia's victory, 40+ players have won 18 of the last 68 events (26.5%).

  • One more on the 40-somethings. A total of 22 different players age 40 or older have won since the start of the 2000 season.

  • Phil Mickleson's streak of consecutive rounds of par-or-better ended at 21 following his second-round 72 at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. The two-over score led to his first missed cut of the season.

  • Sergio Garcia became the 13th player in history to win the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the Bank of America Colonial. However, only one player has won both in the same season -- Ben Hogan in 1946. Garcia will have a chance to join him this week.

  • In the first 15 weeks of the season, there were only three playoffs. There have now been three in the last five weeks -- MCI Heritage, Wachovia Championship and the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

  • So far this season, 19.7% of all measured drives have been 300 yards or more. Hank Kuehne leads the way with 44.8% of his drives reaching that figure.


  • Players age 55 or older have won the last four Champions Tour events and five of the last six Gil Morgan began the streak before Tom Purtzer briefly interupted the run. Tom Jenkins, Hale Irwin, Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson than put together a streak of four consecutive tournament wins.

  • You might want to look out for Jim Thorpe this week. Not only is Thorpe 55 years old, he has a stellar track record at the Allianz Championship. In three starts in Iowa, Thorpe has a victory (2001), a T2 (2003) and a T20 (2002). He has nine consecutive rounds of par-or-better in the tournament, including eight rounds in the 60s. He's 29-under par in three tries at the Allianz Championship.

  • The Champions Tour is becoming as international as the PGA TOUR. This week's field in Iowa features players from 10 different countries -- Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe.


  • The winners of the first eight events of the Nationwide Tour season are all competing this week in the Henrico County Open in Virginia -- Justin Bolli, Daniel Chopra, Gavin Coles, Ryuji Imada, Franklin Langham, Jimmy Walker (2 wins) and Euan Walters.

  • When Mark Hensby passed the $1-million mark in earnings on the PGA TOUR this past weekend, he became the second member of the Class of 2003 to do so, joining Zach Johnson. It's only the second time that two members of the same Nationwide Tour graduating class have gone on to top the $1-million mark the following season on the PGA TOUR. Dennis Paulson and Notah Begay accomplished the feat in 1999.

  • The big hitters on the Nationwide Tour are at it again with 39 players owning Driving Distance averages of 300 yards or more. Kenneth Staton currently leads the pack with a 319.2 yard average.

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