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Volume 34Golfing Weekly Home PageOctober 4, 2004

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-- Editors Comments --
1. PGA Tour+European Tour - WGC - American Express Championship Report & Results
2. PGA Tour - Southern Farm Bureau Classic Report & Results
3. PGA Tour Money List
4. Volvo Order Of Merit
5. Champions Tour - SAS Championship presented by Forbes Report and Results
6. Champions Tour Money List
7. "Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty
8. Official World Golf Rankings

 

Editor's Weekly Word

After the world number one, Vijay Singh, withdrew from the WGC American Express Championship to clean up hurricane damage to his Florida home, the path was open for Tiger Woods to regain some ground in the rankings at an event where he historically performs well. As it turned out, he wasn't up to the challenge. Okay, so he made it into the top ten yet again but he never looked like winning at any time throughout the tournament. There is clearly nothing much wrong with his game as he is rarely out of the top ten finishers but something is definitely missing. Personally, I think it's all in his head. Not that long ago he looked like he believed he could not be beaten. Now he looks like he has no belief in his ability to win anything, which is frustrating to those of us who believe he could once again be the world-beater he was.

On the other hand we have Vijay Singh, who is understandably full of confidence in his winning abilities and Ernie Els, who, unlike Woods, saw an opportunity and capitalized on it to make himself the new world number two, pushing Woods down into third place. Now he is chasing Vijay and, if Tiger is not careful, he could soon find himself with a lot of ground to make up when he wants to challenge again for the top spot. Or maybe he has lost interest. He certainly doesn't need the money. What will it take to light up his enthusiasm once again? Only time will tell, but have no doubt, we haven't seen the last of Tiger Woods.

Have a good week.

Regards

Andy Smith
Founder/Editor
www.golfing-weekly.com

WGC - American Express championship - Tournament Report

After a summer of frustration, with near misses in all four majors, South Africa's Ernie Els showed at the weekend that he has put it all behind him by winning his first individual World Golf Championships event, the American Express Championship. This was his third PGA Tour victory of the year, fourth worldwide, and moves him up into second position in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Although he was able to pull clear of the rest of the field, one player managed to keep pace with him right to the end. Thomas Björn of Denmark, who has really struggled with his game for most of the year, produced a surprisingly brilliant performance to keep the pressure on Els and hold the winning margin down to just one stroke. European Ryder Cup players continued their good form, taking the remainder of the top five places, with David Howell in third place and fourth place being shared by Darren Clarke and Sergio Garcia. Padraig Harrington tied for sixth place with major winners Retief Goosen and Todd Hamilton.

Els' dominance of the event began on Friday when he took the lead at the half way stage with an eight under par round of 64, despite only hitting five fairways. A 68 on Saturday took him into the final day with a two shot lead over Björn and their final rounds of 69 and 68 respectively in the cold rainy conditions made them the only two in the field to complete the week with four rounds under 70. Björn attributed his renewed enthusiasm for the game to his experience as assistant to Bernard Langer in the recent Ryder Cup matches.

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WGC- American Express Championship - Results

Par 72 - 7,112 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Ernie Els

-18

69

64

68

69

270

2

Thomas Bjorn

-17

68

69

66

68

271

3

David Howell

-13

69

69

66

71

275

T4

Darren Clarke

-12

71

72

65

68

276

T4

Sergio Garcia

-12

67

72

67

70

276

T6

Retief Goosen

-11

68

69

68

72

277

T6

Todd Hamilton

-11

66

69

69

73

277

T6

Padraig Harrington

-11

69

69

66

73

277

9

Tiger Woods

-10

68

70

70

70

278

10

Zach Johnson

-9

68

71

69

71

279

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Southern Farm Bureau Classic - Tournament Report

While the top ranked players were away in Ireland for the WGC event, Fred Funk stayed in Mississippi and captured his first PGA Tour title since he won the same event in 1998 when it was known as the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.

Seven birdies in the final round, including one at the final hole, secured Funk a one stroke victory over PGA Tour rookie, Ryan Palmer, whose second place here was his first top ten finish on Tour.

This victory moves Funk, who leads the Tour in Driving Accuracy (77.9% of fairways hit), into the World Top 50 and into 24th place on this year's money list, giving him a good chance of qualifying for The TOUR Championship in November which is only open to the top 30 money earners on Tour.

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Southern Farm Bureau Classic - Results

Par 72 - 7,199 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

1

Fred Funk

-22

69

67

64

66

266

2

Ryan Palmer

-21

69

68

66

64

267

T3

Glen Day

-20

65

70

70

63

268

T3

Loren Roberts

-20

66

69

68

65

268

T3

J.J. Henry

-20

70

67

66

65

268

T3

Kevin Na

-20

71

65

66

66

268

7

Kirk Triplett

-19

69

69

65

66

269

T8

Jonathan Byrd

-18

70

69

66

65

270

T8

Tim Clark

-18

68

69

67

66

270

T10

Pat Bates

-17

69

66

68

68

271

T10

Carl Pettersson

-17

67

69

67

68

271

T10

Greg Chalmers

-17

68

67

67

69

271

T10

Chris Couch

-17

70

63

68

70

271

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PGA Tour Money List

Pos.

Last Week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Vijay Singh

26

$9,455,566

2

2

Phil Mickelson

19

$5,672,323

3

4

Ernie Els

15

$5,629,025

4

3

Tiger Woods

18

$4,717,472

5

5

Stewart Cink

26

$4,344,670

6

6

Adam Scott

15

$3,619,384

7

9

Sergio Garcia

17

$3,115,415

8

7

Davis Love III

21

$3,075,092

9

8

Stephen Ames

24

$3,014,679

10

10

Todd Hamilton

26

$2,970,178

11

11

Chris DiMarco

25

$2,816,427

12

12

Stuart Appleby

21

$2,784,943

13

13

Retief Goosen

14

$2,747,323

14

14

Mike Weir

20

$2,513,536

15

16

Rory Sabbatini

25

$2,342,197

16

15

Steve Flesch

28

$2,341,886

17

18

Mark Hensby

26

$2,334,791

18

19

Chad Campbell

25

$2,244,977

19

17

John Daly

19

$2,242,507

20

20

Zach Johnson

27

$2,237,405

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Volvo Order Of Merit

Earnings on the European Tour are paid in Euros. The equivalent value in US$ is for information purposes only and was calculated at the rate which was current at time of publishing. Earnings from the majors are included in both the European & PGA Tour Money Lists.

Pos.

Player

Ctry.

# of Events

Prize Money (Euros)

US$ (approx.)

1

Ernie ELS

SA

13

3,368,122.10

$4,136,694

2

Retief GOOSEN

SA

11

2,168,879.15

$2,663,796

3

Padraig HARRINGTON

IRE

17

1,666,390.25

$2,046,644

4

Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ

SP

24

1,643,999.66

$2,019,144

5

Thomas LEVET

FR

25

1,582,795.85

$1,943,974

6

Darren CLARKE

N.IRE

17

1,474,132.43

$1,810,515

7

Nick O'HERN

AUS

20

1,285,273.21

$1,578,560

8

Angel CABRERA

ARG

13

1,224,293.24

$1,503,665

9

David HOWELL

ENG

23

1,206,570.23

$1,481,897

10

Graeme MCDOWELL

N.IRE

28

1,153,931.78

$1,417,247

11

Paul CASEY

ENG

19

1,124,484.29

$1,381,080

12

Joakim HAEGGMAN

SWE

26

1,066,531.40

$1,309,903

13

Jean-Francois REMESY

FR

25

1,066,159.82

$1,309,447

14

Trevor IMMELMAN

SA

19

1,014,335.71

$1,245,797

15

Richard GREEN

AUS

22

992,788.06

$1,219,332

16

Lee WESTWOOD

ENG

18

948,275.22

$1,164,662

17

Paul MCGINLEY

IRE

24

933,157.03

$1,146,094

18

Thomas BJÖRN

DEN

16

930,695.64

$1,143,071

19

Barry LANE

ENG

25

860,120.97

$1,056,392

20

Luke DONALD

ENG

9

773,742.67

$950,303

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Constellation Energy Classic - Tournament Report

With Craig Stadler absent from this event, Hale Irwin took advantage of the opportunity to try to regain some ground in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup, picking up 141 points and close the gap to 140 points with just three events left on the calendar. But his points came from finishing second to wire-to-wire winner, Wayne Levi, despite a final round 64 including five birdies on the back nine.

Levi had taken the lead with a first round 64 and held on resolutely, despite final round challenges from Irwin, Rodger Davis and Jim Thorpe, to finish with a 68 to secure a two shot victory. This was 52 year old Levi's first win of the season and his second since joining the Champions Tour, having won the 3M Championship last year.

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Constellation Energy Classic - Results

Par 72 - 6,983 yards

Pos.

Player

Par

R1

R2

R3

Total

1

Wayne Levi

-16

64

68

68

200

2

Hale Irwin

-14

68

70

64

202

3

Rodger Davis

-13

65

71

67

203

T4

Jim Thorpe

-12

71

69

64

204

T4

Graham Marsh

-12

68

66

70

204

T6

D.A. Weibring

-11

72

67

66

205

T6

Jerry Pate

-11

70

66

69

205

T8

Jay Overton

-10

69

70

67

206

T8

Jose Maria Canizares

-10

68

66

72

206

T10

Tom Watson

-9

68

68

71

207

T10

Gil Morgan

-9

68

67

72

207

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Champions Tour Money List

Pos.

Last week

Player

# of Events

Prize Money

1

1

Craig Stadler

18

$2,179,666

2

2

Hale Irwin

20

$1,771,897

3

3

Gil Morgan

24

$1,536,819

4

4

Tom Kite

24

$1,459,211

5

5

Bruce Fleisher

25

$1,405,278

6

6

D.A. Weibring

23

$1,302,995

7

8

Jim Thorpe

23

$1,207,547

8

7

Doug Tewell

24

$1,139,457

9

9

Larry Nelson

22

$1,113,224

10

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Wayne Levi

24

$1,072,664

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"Off the Cart Path" - weekly cartoon strip by Roy Doty

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Official World Golf Rankings

Rank

Last Week

Player

Points Avge.

# of Events

Total Points

1

1

Vijay Singh

14.14

57

805.71

2

3

Ernie Els

12.48

50

624.13

3

2

Tiger Woods

11.54

41

473.15

4

4

Phil Mickelson

8.55

47

401.97

5

5

Retief Goosen

7.26

52

377.73

6

6

Davis Love III

7.04

47

330.97

7

7

Mike Weir

6.77

42

284.23

8

8

Padraig Harrington

5.98

49

293.21

9

9

Stewart Cink

5.33

59

314.40

10

12

Sergio Garcia

4.96

49

243.01

11

10

Adam Scott

4.95

54

267.39

12

11

Jim Furyk

4.69

40

187.72

13

16

Darren Clarke

4.64

56

259.80

14

14

Chris DiMarco

4.48

56

250.92

15

13

Stuart Appleby

4.48

57

255.13

16

15

Chad Campbell

4.38

57

249.57

17

17

Kenny Perry

4.27

50

213.41

18

18

Todd Hamilton

4.24

50

211.98

19

20

Miguel A. Jimenez

3.95

52

205.35

20

19

Stephen Ames

3.85

52

200.03

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