Scherrer Set to Defend at Kemper


Tom Scherrers maiden victory at last years Kemper Open was a surprise to many ' except to one man.
One of the guys in my pro-am group gave me this solid gold ball mark, Scherrer recounted. He said, If you use this ball mark, youll win the tournament. Im going to have that ball mark for a long time.
Scherrer, who didnt lead until the back nine on Sunday, fired a final-round 4-under-par 67 for a two-stroke victory at the TPC at Avenel in Potomac, Md.
Scherrer became the ninth first-time winner at the Kemper, joining Fred Couples (1983), Greg Norman (1984), Bill Glasson (1985), Tom Byrum (1989), Billy Andrade (1991), Grant Waite (1993), Steve Stricker (1996) and Rich Beem (1999).
Now in his fourth full season on the PGA Tour, Scherrer is in need of a friendly face. Hes missed seven cuts in 14 starts this season, and has yet to post a top-20 finish.
As for the lucky ball mark ' its been replaced. Scherrer said he ran into the same pro-am partner earlier in the year and received a new marker.
Phil Mickelson, coming off his seventh top-3 finish of the season at last week's MasterCard Colonial, will contend for the $630,000 first-place prize. Justin Leonard, John Daly, Scott Hoch and Lee Janzen are also scheduled to compete in the $3.5 million event.
Full field and tee times for the Kemper Insurance Open