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- August 31, 2004
Rookies have won four titles this season, two by Todd Hamilton and
one each from Zach Johnson and Vaughn Taylor. Since record keeping began in 1970, the most titles won in one season by a rookie class is six. That mark was set in 1999 when Carlos Franco and Notah Begay III each won twice, and Rich Beem and Paul Lawrie also won.
Woody Austin will be overcoming history if he were to win again this
week at the Deutsche Bank Championship. No player has won the Hartford and Boston events in the same season. Three players -- Bruce Crampton (1968), Lee Elder (1972) and Jodie Mudd (1985) -- finished second in both events. That's the best anyone has done.
There have been three double eagles on TOUR this year, one of them by
John Daly. He is one of only five players to record two double eagles on TOUR since 1970. The others are Jim Gallagher, Jr., Jeff Maggert, Rod Curl and Bob Murphy.
Since Adam Scott earned his first career victory at last year's
Deutsche Bank Championship, international players have won 25 of the last 49 tournaments. Scott has contributed to that number with two more victories this season. Vijay Singh leads the international brigade with seven wins over that span.
With his win at the Buick Championship, Woody Austin ended a long
winless streak. It had been 274 straight tournaments for Austin since he last won, but that came to an end with his victory near Hartford last week. Several other players also came close ending long droughts as they hovered near the leaderboard at the Tournament Players Club at River Highlands. Fred Funk, the third-round leader at the Buick Championship, has played 195 events since his last win. He tied for third. Corey Pavin's streak reached 196 after he tied for sixth, while Tom Byrum has played 400 straight without a win since his only TOUR title (1989 Kemper Open). Byrum tied for ninth last week.
Dana Quigley is poised this week to become just the seventh player in
history to pass the $10-million mark in career Champions Tour earnings. Last week Quigley tied for 33rd at the JELD-WEN Tradition, earning $15,180. He is $5,837 short of the magical $10-million mark, which he hopes to pass at The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach presented by Wal-Mart.
More on Quigley: His streak of consecutive starts is now at 255, but
he's not the only player to compete in all of the events this year. In addition to Quigley, Graham Marsh and John Jacobs have each played in all 23 tournaments in 2004.
For seven players in this week's First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, they
will have a chance to join a select group of players to win on the same course on both the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour. George Burns, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite, Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller all claimed TOUR titles on the Pebble Beach GL and will be back this week looking to add a Champions Tour crown on the same venue. To date, 11 players have accomplished the feat, including Irwin and Watson.
Craig Stadler won his second Champions Tour major last week at the
JELD-WEN Tradition. He won his first major in 2003 at the Ford Senior Players Championship to go along with his lone PGA TOUR major championship, the 1982 Masters. But at the Masters and at the Ford Senior Players Championship, Stadler entered the final round with the lead or a share of the lead. At the JELD-WEN Tradition, he was tied for fifth entering the last day.
After 15 consecutive tournament weeks across North America, the
Nationwide Tour is taking a week off before beginning the season-ending stretch of eight tournaments. Next week, the Tour will return to action at the Virginia Beach Open.
For the first time in the six-year history of the Envirocare Utah
Classic, played last week near Salt Lake City, there was no rain delay at any point during the tournament.
Four of the top-10 money winners on this year's Nationwide Tour are
from Australia. Brendan Jones leads the way in second, while Paul Gow
(seventh) Euan Walters (ninth) and Bradley Hughes (10th) also make the list. But none of those players was the top Australian finisher at the just-completed Envirocare Utah Classic. That distinction belonged to David McKenzie, a native of Melbourne who tied for fourth.
Zach Johnson, the 2003 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year, came close
to picking up his second PGA TOUR win last week at the Buick Championship. He tied for third, one stroke out of the Woody Austin-Tim Herron playoff. Only one time in history has a Nationwide Tour graduate from one year gone on to win twice on the PGA TOUR the following year. In 1998, Notah Begay III tied for 10th on the Nationwide Tour money list then won the Reno-Tahoe Open and the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in 1999.