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Bobby Nichols
Bobby Nichols (1962)
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- August 24, 2004

  • Who has played the most rounds on TOUR this season? You might be surprised at the answer -- Vijay Singh with 86. He'll be passed this week, however, by Patrick Sheehan, who has 85 and is playing in the Buick Championship. Vijay is not.

  • Vaughn Taylor's victory last week in the Reno-Tahoe Open made him the seventh player in his 20s to win this season. He joins Sergio Garcia (2 wins), Adam Scott (2), Tiger Woods, Chad Campbell, Jonathan Byrd and Zach Johnson.

  • Richard Johnson had an amazing turnaround at the Reno-Tahoe Open. After shooting an 82 on Saturday, Johnson returned on Sunday in difficult conditions to shoot a 64. His Sunday score was the best of the day by five strokes and bettered the field average of 74.312 by 10 strokes.

  • Big turnarounds were the story of the week in Reno. In addition to Johnson's 18-stroke turnaround, no less than eight other players experienced swings of at least 10 strokes from one round to the next.

  • PGA TOUR rookie Rich Barcelo will be looking to improve his standing on the money list this week in Hartford, but he may also have an eye on the action going on in Williamsport, PA, too. Barcelo played in the 1986 Little League World Series title game as a member of the team from Tucson, AZ.

  • With U.S.-born players winning both tournaments last week, it ended a streak of four consecutive weeks that international players were victorious. International players have still won 19 of the first 36 events this year.


  • When Doug Tewell won last week's Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, he did so without making a bogey. He's the 17th player in Champions Tour history to complete a tournament without a bogey, but only the 10th to win.

  • More on Tewell: He's been hot lately, finishing T7-T13-1 in his last three starts. He has 10 consecutive rounds of par-or-better and has been under-par in 15 of his last 20 rounds.

  • Mark Lye finished in 9th place at last week's Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn for his first Champions Tour Top-10 finish. In fact, it's his first Top-10 finish in a PGA TOUR co-sponsored event since he T7 at the 1994 Kemper Open.

  • The seemingly ageless Bob Charles recorded a T10 last week in North Carolina for his first Top-10 since he T5 at the 2002 Greater Baltimore Classic. Charles is 68 years old and has recorded more Top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour (203) than any player in history.

  • Aussie David McKenzie is still in search of his first Nationwide Tour victory, but he's closing in on it. In his last four starts, McKenzie has finished 4-MC-T3-2. He's jumped from 106th on the money list to 25th during that stretch.

  • The Class of 2003 continues to shine on the PGA TOUR. Vaughn Taylor's victory last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open made him the third member of that group to win on the PGA TOUR this year. Taylor joins Zach Johnson and Mark Hensby with his first career win.

  • The victories by Vaughn Taylor and Stewart Cink last week raised the number of all-time wins on the PGA TOUR by former Nationwide Tour players to 153. Alums have won 16 times this year and may threaten the one-season mark of 21 set in 2002.

  • Look out for the long-hitters this week. With the Nationwide Tour heading to the high-country this week for the Envirocare Utah Classic, look for some exceptionally long drives. No less than 26 players on the Nationwide Tour are averaging 300 yards or more off the tee. However, only two (Jimmy Walker and Charles Warren) have won this season.

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