Fleisher Returns to Where It All Began

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Bruce Fleisher makes a return this week to the Crandon Park Golf Club and the Royal Caribbean Classic, site of the first of his four wins on the Senior PGA Tour in 2000, as well as the first win of his Senior Tour career in 1999.
 

Fleisher finished on +30 last year to beat Vicente Fernandez of Argentina by two points and collect the first-place prize of $165,000.
 
Sound funny, winning at +30? Well, that's because this event is played under the Modified Stableford scoring system. It is a system which essentially rewards aggressive play, whereby double-eagles count for eight points, eagles count for five points, birdies are good for two and pars are worth no score. A bogey counts as minus-one point, and minus-three is the score for anything worse than that.
 
In the last two years, it might be argued that Fleisher has become the ultimate Cinderella-story in the golfing world. After playing 30 long years on the PGA Tour, and winning just one tournament in that time, he has already taken 11 titles on the 50-and-older circuit.
 
And in this 2001 season, it appears there will be no letdown. In the first event of the season, the MasterCard Championship, Fleisher finished in joint third place at 14-under-par 202. Larry Nelson won the tournament on 19-under, proving he too will be off to the races in defending his 2000 Player of the Year award.
 
The total purse this year at the Royal Caribbean has been bumped up to $1.4 million, with the winner taking home $210,000 of that amount. As the two-time defending champion, Fleisher is sure to come heavily prepared once again.