TOUR Notes Curse of the Double Eagle

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News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
 
PGA Tour (75x100) PGA TOUR:
  • Since the PGA TOUR began tracking double eagles in 1970 an interesting thing has happened. A total of 95 double eagles have been made in that time span, but only once has a player made an albatross and won the tournament. That player would be Bob Gilder at the 1982 Westchester Classic.
     
  • More on double eagles: When Hunter Mahan and Peter Lonard made double eagles last week at THE PLAYERS, it marked only the fourth time since 1970 that two were made in the same tournament. The others came at the 2005 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the 2001 British Open and the 1990 International.
     
  • The PGA TOUR is in suburban Atlanta this week at the AT&T Classic and local Georgia Tech fans will have a number of players to cheer for with five Yellow Jackets in the field. Playing this week in Atlanta are Stewart Cink, Tripp Isenhour, Matt Kuchar, Troy Matteson and Bryce Molder. Georgia Bulldog fans will have plenty cheer about as well with several Dogs in the field, including Justin Bolli, Ryuji Imada and Franklin Langham.
     
  • Also in the field this week are two Champions Tour regulars'Raymond Floyd and Larry Nelson. Nelson won the AT&T Classic in 1980 and again in 1988. Floyd never won it, but did lose in a playoff in 1982 to Keith Fergus.
     
  • Charley Hoffman began last weeks PLAYERS in the worst possible way making a quintuple bogey-9 on the 10th hole, his first of the week . He made a remarkable recovery, however, playing the rest of his first round in 2 under par in strong winds to shoot 75. He came back the next day to fire a 69 to make the cut. He ended the week in a T75.
     
  • Jose Coceres is having a very nice comeback season. Since winning twice in 2001, Coceres has finished 157-152-106-182-147 on the money list. This year, however, hes made only six starts, but hes finished second twice (both in playoffs) and fifth in last weeks THE PLAYERS Championship. Hes currently 32nd on the FedExCup points list.
     
  • A little more than halfway through the PGA TOURs regular season, the cream is rising to the top in the FedExCup points race. World No. 1 Tiger Woods is first, world No. 2 Phil Mickelson is second and world No. 6 Vijay Singh is third.
     

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • World Golf Hall of Fame member Seve Ballesteros will make his Champions Tour debut this week at the Regions Charity Classic in Birmingham, AL. Ballesteros won five major championships during his playing days'two Masters (1980, 1983) and three British Opens (1979, 1984 and 1988).
     
  • The Regions Charity Classic Pro-Am may look like a coachs clinic this week.
    Expected to play are football coaches Bobby Bowden, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier and Tommy Tuberville along with basketball coaches Jim Boeheim, Mark Gottfried, Jeff Lebo and retired Crimson Tide coach Wimp Sanderson.
     
  • Defending champion Brad Bryant set a Champions Tour mark that may be very difficult to beat. In last years event, Bryant hit 53 of 54 greens in regulation to set an all-time Champions Tour record.
     
  • The Regions Charity Classic is the only event on the Champions Tour that has been contested 15 times or more and never had a repeat winner.
     

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • David Frost, a 10-time winner on the PGA TOUR, is expected to make his Nationwide Tour debut this week at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs.
     
  • The Pro-Am at the BMW event will feature Hollywood stars Kevin Costner, George Lopez and Cheech Marin, along with former standout athletes Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, John Elway, Sterling Sharpe and Jim Rice.
     
  • Playing on a sponsor exemption this week is PGA TOUR veteran Larry Rinker. Hes had a different job recently, picking up a guitar instead of a driver and playing rhythm guitar for rock legend Stephen Stills on his recent tour.
     
  • The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs is the only event on any of the three tours that is contested in two different states. Two of the courses in the rotation are in South Carolina with the third across the border in North Carolina.
     
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