Birdies, Pars and Bogeys ' thats how were rating performances this year on the PGA Tour.
Once again, Tiger Woods nearly did it all in 2002. He won five times, picked up two more majors and made nearly $7 million ' and thats just in 18 starts on the PGA Tour.
His Masters victory started a run where he finished outside the top-4 on only three occasions for the remainder of the season.
He also led the tour in scoring average, greens in regulation and birdies per round.
Ernie Els didnt have Tigers numbers, but he did officially stop his Grand Slam run. Els won the British Open for his first major championship since the 1997 U.S. Open.
The big South African also won the Genuity Championship for his first PGA Tour title in two years. He went on to finish fifth on the money list with over $3.2 million.
Rich Beem was the other major winner, having claimed the PGA Championship.
Since his maiden victory in the 1999 Kemper Open, Beem had finished 146th and 109th on the money list. He was known more for his off-course escapades, as documented in the book Bud, Sweat and Tees, which chronicled Beems career and 1999 campaign, than his on-course prowess.
But after salvaging his 2002 card, Beem collected his second career win, at the International, one start before his improbable triumph at Hazeltine. He earned $2,938,365 in finishing seventh on the money list, nearly triple his total over the previous three years.
There were 18 first-time winners on tour this season. And while all are deserving of Birdie status, none had a better campaign than Jerry Kelly.
The 36-year-old Wisconsin made his maiden trip to the winners circle at the Sony Open in Hawaii, and then re-entered at the Advil Western Open. He finished sixth in earnings with nearly $2.95 million.
Gene Sauers and Dan Forsman round out the Birdie category. Forsman hadnt won on the PGA Tour in a decade, Sauers since 1989. Both ended those skids in 2002. The 40-year-old Sauers won the Air Canada Championship, while the 44-year-old Forsman won two weeks later at the SEI Pennsylvania Classic.
He won his first start of the year ' after taking off four months. He won again five months later. He made over $4 million for the third consecutive season. He finished inside the top-3 in nearly one-third of the tournaments in which he played.
Sounds like a Birdie year, unless youre Phil Mickelson. The lefthander again went 0-4 in the four tournaments that mattered most, extending his career mark to 0-42.
He finished third in The Masters, second in the U.S. Open, tied for 66th at the British, and tied for 34th in the PGA Championship.
He also suffered that dubious singles defeat to Phillip Price in the Ryder Cup.
Mickelsons World Cup partner David Toms had a similar season ' prominent by most standards, but not by his own.
Toms finished runner-up three times, had 12 top-10s and made over $3.4 million. But he didnt record a single victory, which left the 2001 PGA Champion disappointed in the final tally.
There are good pars and there are bad pars, the former relates to Notah Begay III.
After a two-win 2000 season, Begay injured his lower back due to an over-exuberant conditioning program in the off-season. He made only four cuts in 12 starts in 2001, and missed his first 11 cuts this year.
It all started to change for the better in Memphis, Tenn. Begay, who won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2000, finished third at the TPC at Southwind in June. He added two more top-10s to his credit and finished 108th on the money list.
Unlike in 2001, Scott Hoch didnt record a pair of victories ' or even one, for that matter. He even finished in his worst position on the money list in a decade.
Nonetheless, Hoch posted seven top-10s, tied for second at the Michelob, competed on the Ryder Cup team and was 38th in earnings with nearly $1.5 million.
Not bad for a 46-year-old.
Bogeys were as plentiful as Birdies in 2002.
Jesper Parnevik said he would play in every tournament until he won one. He backed off from that statement after starting 0-11.
The former birdie machine treated putters like tissue paper, using and discarding them with little regard.
His streak of four years with at least one win on tour came to a halt. He made only two top-10s, and ended 63rd on the money list ' his worst finish since 1995.
David Duval also notched only a pair of top-10s in failing to win for the first time since 1996. His 80th place showing on the money list was his worst ever as a full-time player on tour. He missed eight cuts, matching his combined total over the previous four years.
And those were just his professional woes.
Duval publicly dealt with injuries and the demise of his eight-year relationship with his fiance.
Hal Sutton was selected 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, and that was by far the highlight of his season.
The 44-year-old missed 15 cuts in 26 starts, finishing no better than a tie for 12th. He was also ranked 153rd in money, his worst showing since 1993.
Joe Durant, Garrett Willis and Robert Damron all won in 2001 ' and all struggled mightily in 2002.
Durant won twice a year ago, and was 14th in earnings. This year, he didnt make a single top-10, missed 12 cuts in 28 starts, and was 137th on the money list.
Damron, who earned his maiden tour victory in the 2001 Byron Nelson Classic, had one top-10 and was 141st in the cash department.
Willis, who was dismal after his Tucson triumph early last year, continued his slide this season. He withdrew mid-event from four tournaments; had 1 disqualification; made 13 cuts and missed 11; and dropped to 136th on the money list.