| - August 17, 2004
- Vijay Singh will look to be the first player to win the PGA
Championship and then the WGC-NEC Invitational the following week since Tiger Woods did it in 2000.
- One player to watch for at Firestone CC is Phil Mickelson. Since 1995,
Mickelson has a victory (1996), three seconds (1997-98-99), two T4s (1995,
2000) and a T8 (2001).
- The West Coast Swing produced three players who successfully defended
titles they won in 2003 -- Ernie Els (Sony Open in Hawaii), Mike Weir (Nissan
Open) and Tiger Woods (WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship). Since then, only one player has successfully defended -- David Toms at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Darren Clarke will atttempt to join them this week in Akron.
- There have been six first-time winners on the PGA TOUR this yea r-- Heath
Slocum, Todd Hamilton, Zach Johnson, Mark Hensby, Stephen Ames and Rod Pampling. All but Hamilton are products of the Nationwide Tour.
- Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson were the only two players to finish in the
Top-10 in all four major championships this year. Chris DiMarco had three (all but British Open) while Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, K.J. Choi, Robert Allenby and Stephen Ames each had two.
- Ernie Els has finished in the Top-10 in 14 of 20 major championships
this decade. Phil Mickelson is next on that list at 12 while Tiger Woods has 10 Top-10 finishes since the 2000 season began.
- Just to clear up any confusion. Tiger Woods has led the Official World
Golf Ranking for a total of 332 weeks. Those weeks are not consecutive, they are total number of weeks in that position.
- According to ShotLink, Bruce Fleisher misses fairways to the left the
least of anyone on the Champions Tour -- 6.0% of the time. Allen Doyle misses to the right the least of anyone -- 5.7%.
- Only four players are under-par for the season on Par-3 holes. The
number grows to nine on Par-4s and finally, 80 of 83 ranked players are under par on the Par-5s this year.
- Who's the number one Ball-Striker on the Champions Tour? Actually,
it's a tie between Hale Irwin and Tom Kite.
- Craig Stadler will attempt to successfully defend his title this week
at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. If he does so, he'll only be the second player this year to do so. Jim Thorpe was successful earlier this summer at the Commerce Bank Long Island Classic.
- In the past nine tournaments, three players have won six titles. D.A.
Points, Kevin Stadler and Charles Warren have all won twice in that span. The only other players to win over that eight-tournament stretch were Ben Bates, Bradley Hughes and Brad Ott.
- Tyler Williamson narrowly missed becoming the third Nationwide Tour
player in history to shoot 59 in last week's final round at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Williamson posted a 60 after missing a three-foot eagle putt on the 11th hole and leaving a 45-foot eagle putt on the final hole one inch short.
- Last week's winner, Brad Ott, was 23-under par for the season after
playing in 14 tournaments. In his victory in Springfield, MO, he was a tournament record 25-under par.
- In the 15-year history of the Nationwide Tour there have been exactly
100 playoffs. A total of 65 were won with eagle or birdie and the remainder were won with pars.