Armour All About a Repeat


As the United States team is up in Michigan trying to win back the Ryder Cup trophy from the Europeans, the rest of the PGA Tour is in the heart of Texas for the Valero Texas Open.
With 12 of the best U.S. and 12 of the best Europeans players playing in the Cup, not to mention other top players from the rest of the world staying away, the field is wide open for the seventh to last full-field event of the 2004 season.
And no one knows that better than a pair of Texans who have won three of the last four events played at the LaCantera Golf Club in San Antonio.
Justin Leonard, a back-to-back winner in 2000 and 2001, and last year's surprise winner Tommy Armour III are set to again tee it up in hopes of keeping the trophy in their home state.
For Leonard, who lost his chance at making the U.S. squad by falling in a playoff to Vijay Singh at the PGA Championship last month, it will be a great opportunity to improve his chances of getting into the Tour Championship.
The former Texas Longhorn All-American currently sits in the 40th position as the top-31 are invited to the season-ending event at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta.
Armour on the other hand will try to duplicate his fellow Texan's feat of winning successive titles in San Antonio after coming out of nowhere last year to take the title in record fashion.
After going 366 starts without a victory - dating back to the 1990 Phoenix Open - the 44-year-old Armour took the LaCantera Golf Club by storm by posting a PGA Tour 72-hole scoring record of 26-under-par 254. He broke the record set by Mark Calcavecchia in the 2001 Phoenix Open by two strokes.
'I'm telling you it was scaring me a little bit,' said Armour about his play last year that resulted in his second career PGA Tour victory. 'Every putt went in the hole.'
He wound up with a seven-shot victory over Loren Roberts and Bob Tway.
The all-time under-par record, however, regardless of par, is 31-under-par by Ernie Els at the 2003 Mercedes Championships, on a par-73 golf course.
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