Morgan Returns to Milton Healthy This Time


Gil Morgan returns this week to The Moors Golf Cub in Milton, Fla., site of his victory at the 2000 Emerald Coast Classic.
Last year, Morgan made a little bit of history at this venue, both in his personal record book and in the official one. He led each and every day to ultimately win by four strokes at 13-under-par 197, and thus, became the one and only wire-to-wire winner on the Senior Tour for 2000.
With the win, Morgan also extended the number of years in a row in which he had taken a title on the tour to five.
But what was perhaps the most extraordinary feat of the week, however, was that Morgan had not played in an official Senior Tour event since December of 99, when he injured a rib muscle while lifting weights.
After his dramatic and resounding comeback victory at last years edition of the event, the 54-year-old would go on to win two more times in 2000, at the Instinet Classic and the Comfort Classic.
And of this year? Dr. Morgan has already claimed one victory at the ACE Group Classic and two more runner-up finishes in the six events in which he has competed.
He is coming off a tie for 21st at the SBC Senior Classic, and will face the likes of Jim Colbert, Jose Maria Canizares, Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson this week.
Win or not, however, he has already locked in his sixth year running on the tour with a victory, and ranks rather high on the all-time victory list with 19.