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19th hole

By BOB HARIG
Published September 7, 2006


19TH HOLE

DIVOTS

Chrysler revving up: The PGA Tour stop at the Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort is Oct. 26-29 and the tournament is looking for volunteers and area charities interested in participating in the Chrysler Championship's Birdies for Charities program. Any eligible nonprofit organization may solicit pledges based on the number of birdies made during the four-day tournament. All of the money is collected by the tournament and returned to the charities, which are also eligible for a bonus pool. For more information, call (727) 942-5557.

Maybe he was thirsty: The PGA Tour has a major sponsorship arrangement with Coca-Cola, which in addition to being the tour's soft drink of choice is a presenting sponsor of the Tour Championship - which happens to be played in Atlanta, home of Coke's corporate headquarters. So it had to be a bit of a surprise to Coke executives when PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem stood on the podium in Akron, Ohio, two weeks ago for a news conference that was broadcast on pgatour.com and he was sipping . . . a Diet Pepsi. Oops.

QUOTABLE

"You've got to have so many things go right. ... To win 11 in a row would be almost unheard of. What Byron accomplished, that goes down as one of the great years in the history of our sport. You've got to have one bad week somewhere. I guess his bad week was a win." - Tiger Woods, who has won five PGA Tour events in a row, on the record streak of 11 held by Byron Nelson

STAT OF THE WEEK

Woods has won five straight tournaments in which he has played, but three in consecutive weeks, which has happened just 11 times on the PGA Tour since 1945. Woods also did it in 1999. Before that, the last to do so was Gary Player in 1978.