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Edited By Cameron Morfit
March 22, 1999
Senior RevivalSudden Life
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March 22, 1999

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Numbers

Since the introduction of the Big Bertha in 1991, driving distance has trumped accuracy off the tee. Here are the percentages of the PGA Tour yearly purses won by the top 10 in distance and the top 10 in accuracy.

 

DISTANCE

ACCURACY

'89

3.07%

6.29%

'90

6.79%

7.51%

'91

6.52%

6.00%

'92'

7.00%

4.91%

'93

7.65%

5.96%

94'

10.05%

4.63%

95'

7.01%

5.08%

96'

10.95%

5.25%

97'

11.01%

7.42%

98'

10.14%

6.69%

Senior Revival
Sudden Life

Years ago, before he began his career as a television golf analyst, Gary McCord was introduced to his idol Ben Hogan while Hogan was having his customary lunch at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Tell me, Mr. McCord, what do you do?" Hogan asked.

McCord said he was a touring pro.

Hogan nodded. "How long have you been out there?"

"Seventeen years," replied McCord.

"Seventeen years," said Hogan, startled. "I must be getting out of touch. Tell me, Mr. McCord, how many tournaments have you won?"

"None," answered McCord.

"None?" said Hogan. "What the hell have you been doing out there?"

Mocking himself, McCord has automobile license plates that read NO WINS, but he may have to change them now. Last week at the Toshiba Senior Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., the 50-year-old, wisecracking CBS commentator with the barbershop-quartet mustache finished the regulation 54 holes tied with three other players, two of them already winners on the Senior tour this year. He then battled through a sometimes hilarious five-hole playoff to win his first event in 383 starts, regular and Senior. Hogan would be amused.

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