Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Notes from the PGA Tour

Oklahoma State provided the most players to the PGA TOUR this year—10. The Cowboys are one ahead of UCLA and two ahead of Florida. Three schools—Texas, Arizona State and Georgia Tech each have seven players on TOUR. There are 92 colleges or universities represented, including 43 that produced more than one player.

The youngest player on the PGA TOUR is rookie Anthony Kim. Kim is 21 and will not turn 22 until June 19. He is one of 16 players who begin the year under the age of 25. Two of them, Sean O’Hair and J.B. Holmes, have already recorded TOUR wins.

The tallest player on TOUR is Jay Delsing at 6-5 and the heaviest is Scott Gutschewski at 260. The shortest player is Gavin Coles at 5-4 and the lightest is Jeff Sluman at 140.

There are 24 Australians on TOUR this year. There were only 23 international players total on the PGA TOUR as late as 1997.

Former Nationwide Tour players now make up 65% of the active players on the PGA TOUR.

There are 27 rookies on TOUR.

The 2007 roster includes players who hail from 41 different states (plus the District of Columbia) as well as 22 countries.

The 2007 season will see the TOUR visit 22 states as well as Mexico, Scotland and Canada.
In the 47-year history of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the winning score has been 330 only three times. That happened in 2002, 2003 and 2004 with a lefthander winning each time—Mickelson in 2002 and 2004 and Mike Weir in 2003.

Mickelson will be making his first start of the season this week and he’s demonstrated an affinity for quick starts since joining the TOUR. He’s won his first outing of the season five times in his career, including twice at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (2002 and 2004).

When Paul Goydos won the Sony Open in Hawaii last week he displayed a great putting touch, making 59 of 63 putts (93.7%) inside of 10 feet. Even better, he made six of 13 putts between 15 and 20 feet.

The top rookie finisher in the first full-field event of the year was Doug LaBelle II. The Nationwide Tour graduate finished in a T4. It was his first career cut made and he was one of nine rookies to make the cut in Hawaii.

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