| - July 06, 2004
- When Stephen Ames won last week's Cialis Western Open, it made Trinidad & Tobago the 24th nation to produce a PGA TOUR champion. The rest are the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Taiwan, South Korea, Sweden, France, England, Ireland, Namibia, Wales, Northern Ireland, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Fiji, Scotland and Paraguay.
- More on Ames: He's now 6th on the money list (previous best was 46th in
2002) and has risen to 17th on the Official World Golf Ranking. He started the season ranked 98th in the world.
- Jim Furyk continued his comeback from wrist surgery last week in Chicago by finishing in a T7, his first Top-10 since finishing 8th at the 2003 TOUR Championship.
- J.L. Lewis may hail from Texas, but he loves the Quad Cities. In the
last five John Deere Classics, Lewis has a victory (1999), a second (2003) and a T8. In those five starts, Lewis is a collective 54-under par.
- Seven of the Top 10 players on the money list are international members -- Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Stephen Ames, Sergio Garcia, Stuart Appleby and Retief Goosen. The U.S. players are Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Davis Love III.
- Who has made the most putts this year from 25 feet and beyond? You might be surprised to hear that Patrick Sheehan is the leader with 30.
- Jim Thorpe's victory was the 10th this season (in 17 events) by a player 55 years of age or older.
- Dana Quigley will reach an amazing milestone this week when he tees it up at the Ford Senior Players Championship. It will mark the 250th consecutive start for him in an event for which he was eligible. The streak dates back to the 1997 season.
- Give a round of applause to 65-year old Mike Hill who finished in a T6 at last week's Commerce Bank Long Island Classic. It was his third consecutive Top-10 finish in that event and his first Top-10 since he finished T5 there last year.
- Jerry Pate opened last week's event on Long Island with a 64. It was his best score since he posted a 64 at the 1982 Phoenix Open. He went on to finish solo 5th for his third consecutive Top-10. He has not done that since 1982, either.
- The victory by Stephen Ames last week at the Cialis Western Open was the 148th victory by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.
- The graduating Class of 2003 continues to shine on the PGA TOUR with three players already surpassing the $1-million mark -- Zach Johnson, Mark Hensby and Bo Van Pelt. Two others, Ted Purdy and Joe Ogilvie, are not far
away from joining them. The Class of 2003 is the first in Nationwide Tour
history to have three players top the $1-million mark on the PGA TOUR the year after graduating.
- Last week's eight-hole playoff at The Reese's Cup Classic was the second eight-hole playoff on the Nationwide Tour in the last six weeks. Chris Anderson won a lengthy playoff at the SAS Carolina Classic and Ben Bates survived the extra holes at The Reese's Cup Classic. There had been only one previous eight-hole playoff in Tour history prior to this season.
- The runner-up in last week's eight-hole playoff was Paul Gow. The Aussie has had some tough luck this year in playoffs. He's been in three and has not been able to claim a victory yet. He was a participant in both eight-hole playoffs, and a five-hole playoff at the BMW Charity Pro- Am at The Cliffs. He also lost the 2001 B.C. Open on the PGA TOUR in a playoff. There's a positive note to all this, though. He's now fifth on the money list and all but assured of a return to the PGA TOUR in 2005.
- You get extra golf for your money on the Nationwide Tour. The playoff last week marked the third consecutive tournament that went extra holes. That has not happened since 1996 and has never been exceeded. In addition to the three in a row, Nationwide Tour events have finished in playoffs in five of the last six weeks. That has not happened since 1992.