Trouble Producing Wins Off the Farm


04 Southern Farm Bureau ClassicIn 1994, the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, now the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, was deemed an official PGA Tour event.
It had been around since 1968, but it wasnt until Brian Henninger won in 94 that the champion was credited with an official tour victory.
Henninger again won the tournament in 1999. He hasnt won since. And he isnt alone.
When is the beginning the end? Apparently when you win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Each of the last nine SFB champions has failed to record another victory on the PGA Tour. Those nine winners have combined to play 802 tour events without a single victory among them.
Fred Funk is suffering the longest drought ' in terms of events played ' among the group. He has gone 196 starts since his 1998 victory.
John Huston is the most recent player trying to reverse the Annandale curse. He won last years edition at Annandale Golf Course in Madison, Miss., which has hosted the event since 94, by one stroke over Brendan Pappas.
On a sidebar, Brendans older brother Deane finished runner-up to Luke Donald the year before.
Donalds SFB triumph was his first and thus far only PGA Tour triumph; though, he has won twice on the European Tour this season. He claimed his maiden title over a rain-shortened 54 holes.
Weather has long been a factor in this event. Eight SFB events have been cut short due to inclement weather. The 99 tournament was reduced to 54 holes due to the death of Payne Stewart.
From 1999 until 2002, the tournament was contested as the final full-field event of the season. Last year, it was moved to the spot it now holds on the calendar, which is concurrent with the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship.
With most of the top-ranked players in Ireland for the AmEx, the SFB offers several others a golden opportunity to secure their tour cards for next season.
Including the SFB, there are only five full-field events remaining on this years schedule.
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