West Coast Swing Starts This Week


The 2003 PGA Tour West Coast Swing presented by The St. Paul, which awards
$1 million in individual player bonuses and supplements the purses of eight
West Coast events, begins this week at the Mercedes Championships.
The West Coast Swing consists of nine tournaments, concluding the week of
Feb. 24-March 2 with the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play
Championship and Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
As part of the sponsorship, The St. Paul awards the 'King of the Swing' to
the segment's top performer. The winner, determined by points accumulated
for top-10 finishes during the Swing, receives a $500,000 bonus.
Chris DiMarco won the 2002 title by four points over Jose Maria Olazabal.
DiMarco posted four top-10 finishes, including a victory at the Phoenix
Open for 170 points. Olazabal and Scott McCarron finished with 166 and 161
points, respectively. Previous King of the Swing winners were Davis Love
III (2001), Tiger Woods (1999, 2000) and Phil Mickelson (1998).
The St. Paul also provides a $300,000 purse supplement to each West Coast
Swing event, excluding the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.