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- July 13, 2004
With his win at the John Deere Classic, Mark Hensby became the second
Nationwide Tour graduate from 2003 to win on TOUR this year. In April, Zach
Johnson won the BellSouth Classic by one stroke. Who did Johnson beat?
Mark Hensby, who hails from Melbourne, Australia, is the latest international
player to win on TOUR in 2004. Through 28 tournaments, international
players have won 15 events, including the last six -- beginning with South
Africa's Ernie Els at the Memorial Tournament.
Last week Mark Hensby broke the record for most money won by a Nationwide Tour
graduate the following year on the PGA TOUR. In 2001, John Rollins pocketed
$1,956,565 after earning his TOUR card through Nationwide Tour graduation.
This year, Hensby, who is 13th on the TOUR money list, has won $1,992,391.
By tying for fourth at last week's John Deere Classic, Steve Stricker had
his best PGA TOUR finish since his victory at the 2001 World Golf
Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Two other players had nice showings at the John Deere Classic after some
recent struggles. Greg Chalmers tied for fourth in Illinois. The last time
Chalmers finished that high was at the 2002 Bell Canadian Open. Joel Kribel
also had a good week, picking up his first top-10 since joining the TOUR in
2003. He too tied for fourth.
Vijay Singh has shot nothing but sub-70 rounds in his two appearances at
the Tournament Players Club at Deere Run. Last week in defense of his 2003
John Deere Classic title, Singh fired rounds of 69-67-67-67 to go with his
66-68-69-65 showing a year ago.
With the Champions Tour observing a break in its schedule, four Tour
players will be playing in this week's B.C. Open in Endicott, NY. Craig
Stadler leads the way as the tournament's defending champion. He'll be
joined in the field by Wayne Levi, a New Hartford, NY, resident and winner
of the 1984 tournament, Keith Fergus and Dan Halldorson. Tom Weiskopf and
Jay Haas are the two age 50-and-over players competing in the British Open.
Five players have played all 18 Champions Tour events this year: Dave Barr,
John Jacobs, Graham Marsh, Dana Quigley and Jay Sigel.
Add another distinction to Hale Irwin's stellar career. He tied for ninth
at the Ford Senior Players Championship, giving him eight top-10 finishes
in his career at the Dearborn, MI, event, the most of any player.
Gil Morgan is second on the Champions Tour all-time money list
($19,143,744), but he has never won a single-season money title. Morgan is
the 2004 money leader ($1,171,781), currently maintaining a $65,993 lead
over Hale Irwin.
Kevin Stadler's playoff victory over Kyle Thompson, Chris Tidland and
Mathew Goggin at the Scholarship America Showdown marked a record-breaking
fourth consecutive playoff on the Nationwide Tour.
Kevin Stadler reached his second victory in his fourth career start on the
Nationwide Tour, breaking the former record set by Dick Mast in 1990. Mast
notched his second win in his sixth career start.
By virtue of a sponsor's exemption, Kevin Stadler will play alongside his father,
defending champion Craig, at this week's B.C. Open on the PGA TOUR. Kevin's
victory at the Scholarship America Showdown also gets him into another PGA
TOUR event, next week's U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
While Kevin Stadler moves up to the PGA TOUR this week, Mathew Goggin, who
was also a part of the four-man playoff at the Scholarship America
Showdown, will too. He is playing in the British Open and is joined in the
field by Brendan Jones, a two-time Nationwide Tour winner in 2004.
For the second consecutive week, the Nationwide Tour will hold a first-year
event. Following the Scholarship America Showdown, Tour players will
compete in the inaugural Pete Dye West Virginia Classic. This is the third
and final first-year event of the season. Only one player has finished in
the top 10 in both the BellSouth Panama Championship and the Scholarship
America Showdown. Jason Caron tied for fourth in Panama and was fifth last week.