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- June 29, 2004
The Cialis Western Open has a distinguished list of winners in its
first 100 years of action. How good? No less than 23 World Golf Hall of
Famers have won this tournament a total of 45 times.
A close look at the stats will show that Nick Price is the leading
putter on TOUR and also leads in Eagles. While he has had a Hall of Fame
career, Price has finished in the Top-10 in Putting only once (7th in 1988)
and has just two Top-10 finishes in Eagles (6th in 1999, 7th in 1996).
Greg Norman will make a rare start on TOUR this week at the Cialis
Western Open. While the Great White Shark has never won this tournament,
he has been the runner-up five times -- 1984, 1987, 1991, 1992 and 1993.
Who is the most under-par this year on TOUR? Phil Mickelsonleads the
way at -129 with Vijay Singh second at -113 and Stephen Ames third at -103.
Adam Scott's victory last week at the Booz Allen Classic was the
seventh in the last 10 events for an international player. In fact, the
last four TOUR events have been won by international players -- Sergio
Garcia, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Scott.
One reason for Adam Scott's victory last week was his brilliant play on
the par-4s. He was a season-best 16-under par on the par-4s at the TPC at
Last week was a good one for the young guns on TOUR. Winner Adam Scott
is only 23 years old while runner-up Charles Howell III is 25 and
third-place finisher Rory Sabbatini is 26.
Speaking of young guns, Adam Scott's victory gives the 20-something
crowd seven wins in the first 26 events of the season. Scott has two as
does Sergio Garcia, while Tiger Woods, Chad Campbel and Zach Johnson, each
Dana Quigley didn't begin his amazing ironman streak on Long Island,
but his victory there in 1997 made it possible to continue. Quigley has
had great success at the Commerce Bank Long Island Classic with a win, a
second and a T8 over the years.
Gil Morgan is the most under-par of any player on the Champions Tour at
-88. Craig Stadler is second at -80 and Tom Purtzer third at -79.
Mike McCullough (59 years old), had his first Top-10 finish of the
season last week when he T9 at the Bank of America Championship. It was
his first Top-10 in his last 23 starts, dating back to a solo 4th at last
year's Commerce Bank Long Island Classic.
Jerry Pate finished 8th last week in Boston for his second consecutive
Top-10 finish. It's the first time he's had back-to-back Top-10 efforts
since he ran off four in a row late in the 1982 PGA TOUR season.
At least one Nationwide Tour alum has finished in the Top-10 in 398 of
the last 400 PGA TOUR events.
Who is the most under-par on the Nationwide Tour this season? Justin
Bolli leads the way at -81 with Jimmy Walker and Franklin Langham tied for
second at -67.
The last two playings of the Lake Erie Charity Classic at Peek'n Peak
Resort have produced winners who are sons of legendary players. Guy Boros
(son of Julius) took home the 2003 while Kevin Stadler (son of Craig) won
last week's edition.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs announced this week that they had
established a new Nationwide Tour record for charitable giving when the
2004 tournament raised $752,650 for local charities.