If Kirk Triplett
wants to be remembered as more than a guy who wore a funny hat, he has to
repeat what he did last week, when he shot a 22-under 266 to win the Chrysler
Classic of Tucson. In so doing he became the last player to win the tournament
during its eight-year stint (1999 to 2006) as a secondary option to another
Tour event played the same week. In '07 the Chrysler Classic will be no more,
and the Accenture Match Play will move to the South course at the Gallery Golf
Club. The agreement ensures that the Tour will stay in Tucson--where there's
been a tournament for the last 61 years--for another four years. The
Conquistadors, a local charity that has run the event for 40 years, will
maintain its duties, including ticket sales, which are expected to skyrocket.
"If people came out to see Garrett Willis [the '01 champ], I think they'll
come to see Tiger Woods," says Russ Perlich, a Conquistador. What they
won't see is the tournament's unique trophy, a gilded conquistador helmet,
meaning Triplett will be the last man to don the golden dome. Maybe he will be
remembered for a silly hat.... Playing against John Daly in the first round of
the Match Play, Phil Mickelson whipped out a 47-inch driver, which gives him an
extra 15 to 20 yards off the tee, but he ditched the longer stick the next day,
saying, "I'll still tinker with it, but I didn't have the control over it
that I wanted."
When Woods beat
Stephen Ames 9 and 8 in the first round of the Match Play, it was not the worst
18-hole whipping ever seen on Tour. There were two 9-and-8 beatings in the PGA
Championship: In 1951 Johnny Bulla drubbed Jim Ferrier, and a year later Bob
Hamilton put it on Vic Ghezzi. In a nonmajor the largest previous close-out was
Jim Colbert's 8-and-7 stomping of Dave Eichelberger in the '84 Seiko
? On Feb. 21 Greg
Norman had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center. ? Jerry Pate's win at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am was his
first since the 1982 Players, a gap of 23 years and 11 months. Mike Fetchick
waited 28 years and nine months between wins at the '56 Mayfair Inn Open and
the '85 Hilton Head Seniors.
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Last week Chris
Riley, in Tucson, and Tim Clark, at the Match Play, each carried five woods, a
rarity on the PGA Tour. The chart above shows the number of woods carried by
pros in the two events.
The Darrell Survey
has tracked equipment usage at pro and amateur tournaments since 1938.
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