When the Cats Away

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Across the pond this week in England at the playing of the 132nd Open Championship they have Tiger, Ernie, Phil and Freddie. In upstate New York at the playing of the B.C. Open they have Spike, Glen, Neal and Larry.
 
Not quite the same one-name star power, but nevertheless solid golfers playing for quite a bit of cash. And with a $3,000,000 purse up for grabs, an old saying comes to mind, 'When the cat's away the mice will play.'
 
With only one of the top 30 golfers on the PGA Tour money list set to tee it up in the B.C. Open, it is a golden time for some of the up-and-comers to make a name for themselves, provide some of the veterans a chance to shine again, and offer those in betweeners the spark they might need to jump into the upper echelon on the tour.
 
Fred Couples used his victory in the 1991 event to spur on a sensational '92 season that cultimated in his first and only major victory at The Masters.
 
John Daly won the 1993 B.C. Open sandwiched between his '91 PGA Championship and his '95 British Open.
 
Spike McRoy will be back to defend the title he won in dramatic fashion last year, coming from a full seven shots back on Sunday to out last Fred Funk and Shaun Micheel. His twisting 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole gave him his first PGA Tour title.
 
This is the 4th straight year that the B.C. Open has been played the same week as the British Open.
 
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