| - June 11, 2004
- The victory by Ernie Els this past week at the Memorial Tournament was
the 10th this season by an international player. Vijay Singh leads the way with three, Els has two and Stuart Appleby, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Mike Weir and Craig Parry each have one.
- International players hold down exactly half of the Top 20 spots on the
money list with players from Fiji, South Africa, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, Spain, Canada, South Korea and Northern Ireland joining 10 U.S. players.
- Fred Couples holed out from off the green an astonishing eight times
last week at the Memorial Tournament.
- The T8 by Ben Curtis last week was his second career Top-10 finish on
the PGA TOUR. His other, of course, was a victory at last year's British Open.
- Ernie Els has finished T7 or better in his last six starts around the
world. In his last four PGA TOUR starts, Els has finished 2-T3-T7-1 and in his last two European Tour outings he has been T5-7. He has 24 consecutive rounds of par-or-better on the the Tours and is 66-under over that stretch.
- If Els isn't the hottest player, Stephen Ames, might be. He's been T7
or better in six of his last seven PGA TOUR starts and was T13 in the other. He's 58-under over that stretch of play and has risen to 11th on the money list with a career-high $1,740,397.
- When Andy Bean held the lead heading into the final round of last
week's Farmers Charity Classic, it marked the first time he had done so since the 1991 Doral-Ryder Open.
- Congrats to Jimmy Powell. The 69-year old Champions Tour veteran
equaled his age in the final round of last week's Farmers Charity Classic.
- When Hale Irwin won the Senior PGA Championship recently, he extended
his streak of consecutive years with multiple victories to 10. He'll have to keep on going, though, if he wants to equal the PGA TOUR record of 17 set by Jack Nicklaus from 1962-78.
- Exactly half of the first 14 events on the Champions Tour this season
have been won by players 55 or older. Jim Thorpe joined the crowd this past week in Michigan.
- Jerry Pate is starting to find his stride in his rookie year on the
Champions Tour. He's been T19-T10-T15 in his last three starts and has jumped up to 34th place on the money list with $238,345.
- Nationwide Tour alums have won the last three PGA TOUR events to raise
the season total to 10 and the overall total to 147.
- There are a lot of hot players on the Nationwide Tour, but perhaps none
as hot as Shane Bertsch. Bertsch has finished in the Top 12 in six consecutive events (and seven of eight). He has 23 rounds of par-or-better in his last 24 tries and is 10th on the money list with $145,075.
- If Bertsch isn't the hottest, maybe Brendan Jones might be the one.
The Aussie has played in five Nationwide Tour events this season and has finished in the Top 4 in four of them, including three runnerup finishes.
- Then again, it could be Justin Bolli who is the hottest. Bolli has four Top 5 finishes in his eight starts (and five Top 10s), including a victory and a playoff loss last week in Knoxville.