Chip Beck appears to be on the come back trail after several years of struggling with his game and no wins in 14 years!

Chip so far in 5 events on the Champions Tour has 2 runner-up finishes, owns a 68.08 scoring average and has earned $505,467.00 dollars in these 5 events. That puts him in 35th place on the money list.

You probably won’t find a nicer guy then Chip and we’re all rooting for him to play well. Chip is also one of three players to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour PGA Tour. First was Al Geiberger, followed by Chip, and then David Duval. Annika Sorenstam is the only woman to have shot this “magic number.”

Fred Funk won this weeks Champions event by birdieing 3 of the last 4 holes and winning by a shot over Chip. Congratulations to Fred and to Chip.

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…Every natural instinct you have is absolutely incorrect the first time you pick up a golf club “…Ben Hogan…

Ben Hogan said it best but he also said you need to dig it out of the dirt. The problem with this though is if you don’t know WHAT to dig out all you get IS dirt!

The international flavor that players like Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam — who turns 50 in 2008 — add has the Champions Tour thinking about a Ryder Cup for Champions Tour-age players. Tour golfer Jim Colbert said it would work well in odd-numbered years since the regular tour plays its Ryder Cup in even-numbered years. — Kansas City Star

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Fresh off his selection as one of People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelors,” PGA TOUR rookie Camilo Villegas is featured in the July issue of GQ, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, June 27th.

 

Colin Montgomerie believes the emotional turmoil of his marriage break-up has made him a better golfer, but admitted it had a more negative effect on his bank balance. Back in his native Scotland on Wednesday just three days after he nearly won the U.S. Open in New York, Montgomerie told The Scotsman newspaper that the upheaval in his private life was a major factor in his twice finishing as strongly as runner-up in the last four major championships. — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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If it wasn’t enough that Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson questioned whether Phil Mickelson should have used a driver Sunday on the 18th hole of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, it was Annika Sorenstam’s turn. “Maybe he was caught up in the moment, I am not really sure,” Sorenstam said during a conference call for the upcoming HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship. “I mean, here is a guy who has every shot in the bag and he did not seem like he pulled out the right one when he needed to.” — Los Angeles Times

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Tiger Woods wasn’t the only player who complained about the slow speed and bumpiness of the greens at Winged Foot Golf Club during the U.S. Open. European star Darren Clarke called them the worst he has ever seen, saying the poa annua surface caused the ball to jump and roll slow. — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Phil Mickelson had it in his grasp. An elusive U.S. Open title. A third straight major. A step closer to a true grand slam. Then he pulled out his driver on the 18th hole at Winged Foot, and the rest is history.

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MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson’s bid for a third consecutive major ended in stunning fashion Sunday when he double-bogeyed on the final hole, allowing Australian Geoff Ogilvy to capture the 106th U.S. Open.

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Just as the lyrics of Tennessee’s official state song “Rocky Top” suggests, perhaps Hunter Haas should consider calling the Volunteer State “Home Sweet Home” from this point forward. Haas stepped into the winner’s circle for the second time in three years Sunday at the $475,000 Knoxville Open presented by Food City, coasting to a five-stroke victory.

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Tiger’s out, but many compelling storylines remain. How much more can this Winged Foot kick these golfers in the rear end? Can Phil fill in the third leg? Will Monty find redemption? Is it Europe’s time finally?

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Everyone was nice to Monty yesterday. Colin Montgomerie didn’t face any adversity from the Winged Foot galleries and was all smiles yesterday. Recently divorced, Montgomerie said he’s more relaxed now than ever in his career, that he’s enjoying being a bachelor. He also has found a certain rhythm in his swing. — New York Post

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Tiger Woods took the course for the first time since the 2006 Masters during the opening round at Winged Foot Golf Club . Find out how the world’s No. 1 golfer, along with Michael Campbell and Edoardo Molinari, fared Thursday in New York.

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Tiger Woods took the course for the first time since the 2006 Masters during the opening round at Winged Foot Golf Club . Find out how the world’s No. 1 golfer, along with Michael Campbell and Edoardo Molinari, fared Thursday in New York.

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Tim Wilkinson and Matt Hendrix each fired a 7-under-par 65 to take the early lead at the $475,000 Knoxville Open presented by Food City, the 13th of 31 official events on the Nationwide Tour. Richard Johnson, Jason Enloe and 2002 U.S. Amateur winner Ricky Barnes are one back at 6-under 66.

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Tennessee native Brandt Snedeker shot a second-round 65 Friday to take a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Chattanooga Classic . Craig Bowden, first-round co-leader Garrett Willis and Boo Weekley sit in a tie for second.

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Allen Doyle, who has three top-10 finishes already in 2006, heads the field following the first round of the Commerce Bank Championship. An opening-round 7-under 64 has the 10-time Champions Tour winner in the top spot with a one-stroke lead over Gil Morgan .

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