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West Coast Report Card
Jaime Diaz
March 10, 1997
Now that the Tour's eight-stop West Coast swing has ended, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has decided to grade the performances of select members of the class of '97.
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March 10, 1997

West Coast Report Card

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Now that the Tour's eight-stop West Coast swing has ended, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has decided to grade the performances of select members of the class of '97.

A+
Top honors go to Mark O'Meara, winner of two titles, $741,785, and enough Ryder Cup points to ensure him a spot on the team.

A-
Steve Jones and Paul Stankowski, surprise winners last year, proved they're for real with a victory each.

B+
Two foreign-exchange players, Jesper Parnevik and Nick Faldo, are among the top 10 on the money list, the latter thanks to Sunday's win in Los Angeles.

B
Don Pooley, 169th in earnings last season, is currently 16th and in line for the Comeback Player of the Year award.

C
Steve Stricker, who emerged from the sticks to win twice and earn more than $1 million in '96, is back on the farm with only $30,297 in six starts.

D
Mark Brooks, Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson seemed certain to make the Ryder Cup team based on their play in '96, but collectively they have only two top-10 finishes in '97. And Corey Pavin, 19th on the Cup list when the gun went off, has earned only 20 points and has slipped to 26th.

F
Ben Crenshaw has played in four tournaments and hasn't won a cent.

EXTRA CREDIT: Tiger Woods had the most electrifying swings of the swing, a six-iron to within six inches at La Costa's par-3 17th to beat Tom Lehman in their playoff at the Mercedes Championships, a 267-yard three-wood second that reached the unreachable 18th green at Pebble Beach, and a nine-iron for the most-watched hole in one in history, at the 162-yard 16th at the TPC at Scottsdale in the Phoenix Open.

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