Champions Midseason Report
PLAYER OF THE HALF-YEAR
Jay Haas, 53, has finally committed himself to the senior circuit full time, and the result has been two wins and four other top fives in 13 starts.
ROOKIE OF THE HALF-YEAR
Mark O'Meara hasn't won yet, but in eight starts he has six finishes in the top 13, including a second and two fifths. The kid'll break through soon.
SHOT OF THE HALF-YEAR
Denis Watson (left) hit a 135-foot putt from off the green on the 69th hole to set up a clinching birdie at the Senior PGA Championship and complete an unlikely comeback.
STORY OF THE HALF-YEAR
Midway through his sophomore season on the Champions tour, Fred Funk ditched his peers to focus on the PGA Tour and making the Presidents Cup. team.
WHO SAID IT?
Match the person with the quote
A. Bill Murray
B. Fuzzy Zoeller
C. Greg Norman
D. Bill Schumaker
1. "There's nothing better than sitting
back on the weekend and doing nothing."
2. "I'd like to congratulate Tom Watson, a guy I always thought was a total loser, for proving me wrong."
3. "I'm from Indiana. If we get wind like that, we don't even go outside, let alone play in it."
4. "Pigs get fat, and hogs get slaughtered. I tried to be too aggressive and be a hog, and I got slaughtered."
Answers are on the next page.
The top 30 players on the Champions tour's money list qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Oct. 25Ã¢â‚¬"28) and the chance to win a $1 million annuity. Here are the players on the bubble.
|Simpson||29th||He's got three top 10s on the year and is coming off a career-best fifth at the Senior PGA, so he looks good|
|Fuzzy Zoeller||30th||He hasn't won a tournament since 2004, which is also the last time he qualified for the Schwab Cup|
|Dana Quigley||31st||The iron man hasn't missed the Schwab since 1998; no reason to think he'll start doing it now|
|Curtis Strange||32nd||He'll go into the World Golf Hall of Fame this fall, but not to the Schwab Cup; he's 0 for 49 on the senior tour|
Answers: 1-C; 2-A; 3-D; 4-B