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Mike Souchak
Mike Souchak (1964)
Sharpstown CC
- July 20, 2004

  • Robert Gamez fired a second-round 11-under par 61 last week at the B.C. Open. Still, it wasn't even his low round of the season--he had a 60 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic earlier in the year.

  • The Top 30 players on the Official World Golf Ranking are all PGA TOUR members this season.

  • When Jim Benepe made the cut last week at the B.C. Open, it was the first cut made for the former TOUR winner since the 1991 Shell Houston Open.

  • Notah Begay III had an amazing 62 at the B.C. Open in the second round. He had 10 3's on his card to go with eight 4's. While it was his PGA TOUR career-low, he missed his all-time low by quite a bit. Begay had a 59 on the Nationwide Tour in 1998.

  • Father got the best of son last week at the B.C. Open. Defending champ Craig Stadler finished in a T21 while son Kevin finished T40.

  • The current Top 125 reflects the international nature of the PGA TOUR. No less than 38 international players are featured, representing 16 countries outside the U.S. Australians are the most successful group with a dozen among the Top 125.

  • Todd Hamilton is only the fifth PGA TOUR rookie in the last 10 years to win twice in his intitial season. The others were Jose Coceres (2001), Carlos Franco (1999), Notah Begay III (1999) and Tiger Woods (1996).


  • Jonathan Byrd's victory last week at the B.C. Open was the 150th win by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR.

  • Speaking of alums, four of last year's Class of 2003 have now passed the $1-million mark in earnings on the PGA TOUR this season -- Mark Hensby (#15 money list), Zach Johnson (#25), Ted Purdy (#33) and Bo Van Pelt (#35). All told, the 20-member Class of 2003 has earned two wins, four seconds, two thirds and 18 Top-10s this season.

  • Could it be the caddie? When Zach Johnson won Nationwide Tour Player of the Year honors last year, his caddie was Fred LeVeque. This year, LeVeque is working for D.A. Points. Points is a two-time winner and the leading money winner at this stage of the season following his victory last week at the Pete Dye West Virginia Classic.

  • More on Points: In his last four starts, the Illinois native has two wins and a second and has collected $159,200. These four starts alone would put Points in 13th place on the money list.

  • He has not won yet this season, but Darron Stiles is one of the hottest players on Tour. He finished third last week in West Virginia for his sixth Top-10 of the year and his fourth in the last six events. He's now 14th on the money list.


  • Three former British Open champs are entered this week in the Senior British Open at Royal Portrush and amazingly all three have also won the Senior British Open title -- Bob Charles, Gary Player and Tom Watson.

  • One player having a very strong season that might be getting overlooked is Tom Purtzer. The third-year Champions Tour player has seven Top-10 finishes, including a victory to his credit, in 13 starts. He leads the Tour in Driving Distance, Greens In Regulation and Birdies. He's also eighth on the money list.

  • Give a round of applause to Terry Dill. The 65-year old veteran has not let age diminish his ability to hit the long ball--he's T4 in Driving Distance with a 288.2 average. He's been among the Top 10 in Driving Distance for 15 consecutive seasons and is well on his way to making it 16.

  • There's a good battle being waged for Champions Tour Rookie of the Year honors. Mark McNulty is the top earner among first-year players with $545,502 (#14), but Jerry Pate is just behind with $506,382 (#19). Mark James is 29th on the money list with $354,603, but has a victory at the Ford Senior Players Championship to his credit.

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