Steve Flesch By the Numbers

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One is the number of wins a PGA Tour player needs to prove to the rest of the golf world that he's good enough.
 
Two is very often the number of wins a PGA Tour player needs to prove to himself that he's good enough.
 
Steve Flesch won his second PGA Tour event Sunday on his 37th birthday at the Bank of America Colonial.
 
Flesch won for a lot of reasons, many of them having to do with numbers.
 
He tied for first in putting for the week. He got up and down five times in five tries from bunkers Sunday en route to shooting 67-67 on the weekend and finishing 11 under par, which was good enough to beat Chad Campbell by two shots.
 
Flesch played the front nine at venerable Colonial in 9 under par over four days and made no bogeys on the outward half all week. He played the 'Horrible Horseshoe,' Colonial's difficult stretch of holes from three through five, in 4 under par.
 
For his efforts, he won $954,000, moved to ninth place on the Ryder Cup points list and ninth place on the PGA Tour money list.
 
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For much of the week it seemed like the magic number was 61. Kenny Perry had distanced himself from the field last year with a Saturday 9-under 61 that tied the course record and moved him eight strokes ahead of Rory Sabbatini.
 
Perry would need much of that lead when Texan Justin Leonard carved out a 61 of his own Sunday to make a run. Needing a birdie on the 72nd hole to shoot 59, Leonard bogeyed instead and wound up second, four back of winner Perry.
 
Campbell's Saturday 61 this year was even more remarkable, mainly because of the gusty and lusty Fort Worth winds that blew all day long. Campbell served notice early with a drive on the par-5 first that stopped 364 yards from the tee. A 190-yard 6-iron to 9 feet set up an opening eagle that Campbell quickly followed with two birdies.
 
He was off to the races. Even two bogeys couldn't slow him down. At the end of the day, his 61 had helped him forge a three-way tie with Fort Worth native Brian Gay and The Golf Channel's own Flesch.
 
None of the players were surprised by Campbell's 61. Many of them had been there in Houston last year at The Tour Championship when Campbell hung a 61 on the board at the Champions Golf Club's Cypress Creek course, also on Saturday.

That number represented a course and tournament record and enabled Campbell's Sunday 68 to provide a three-shot victory margin over runner-up Charles Howell III.
 
But it was Flesch, a ballstriker's ballstriker who had the numbers that counted on a course named 'Hogan's Alley' after Ben Hogan, probably the best ballstriker of all time.
 
'As well as I hit the ball all week,' Flesch said when it was all over, 'it would have been a shame if I hadn't won.'
 
For at least one week, Steve Flesch had everybody's number.
 
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