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The field

Compiled by BOB HARIG

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 19, 2000


Ten golfers at the Classic have won at least one major golf title, led by Nick Faldo's six.

Nick Faldo.

Age: 43.

Hometown: Orlando and Weybridge, England.

Career Highlights: Among 40 worldwide victories are six major championships. . . . Faldo has won the Masters and British Open three times each. . . . His first major came at the 1987 British Open, his last at the 1996 Masters, where he overcame a six-stroke final-round deficit to defeat Greg Norman. . . . Played on 10 European Ryder Cup teams.

Fuzzy Zoeller.

Age: 48.

Hometown: New Albany, Ind.

Career Highlights: Among 10 PGA Tour titles are two major championships. . . . Became only the third player to win the Masters in his first attempt when he captured the 1979 tournament in a sudden-death playoff over Tom Watson and Ed Sneed. . . . Also won the 1984 U.S. Open in an 18-hole playoff over Greg Norman. . . . The last of his 10 tour victories came in 1986, but Zoeller finished fifth on the 1994 money list, earning more than $1-million.

Lee Janzen

Age: 36.

Hometown: Orlando.

Career Highlights: Among his eight PGA Tour titles are two major championships. . . . Won the 1993 U.S. Open at Baltusrol in a duel with Payne Stewart, shooting 272 and tying the scoring record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980. . . . Won the Open again in 1998 at the Olympic Club, shooting 68 to overcome Stewart by one stroke. . . . Also won the Players Championship in 1995. . . . Played college golf at Florida Southern.

Fred Couples

Age: 41.

Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.

Career Highlights: Among his 14 PGA Tour titles is one major championship. . . . Captured the Masters in 1992, when he won three tournaments and more than $1.3-million. . . . Has also won the Players Championship twice and more than $12-million in official PGA Tour earnings. . . . Back problems have limited his total tournament appearances in recent years. . . . Won the 1983 JCPenney Classic at Bardmoor with Jan Stephenson.

Justin Leonard

Age: 28.

Hometown: Dallas.

Career Highlights: Among his five PGA Tour titles is one major championship. . . . Captured the 1997 British Open at Royal Troon with a closing 65, coming from five strokes back. . . . At age 25, he was the youngest British Open champion since Steve Ballesteros won at 22 in 1979. . . . Also captured the 1998 Players Championship and won the Texas Open last month. . . . Holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole during the Sunday singles matches to earn the clinching half-point for the United States at the 1999 Ryder Cup.

Corey Pavin

Age: 40.

Hometown: Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.

Career Highlights: Among his 14 PGA Tour titles is one major championship. . . . Captured the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills by shooting a closing 68 to defeat Greg Norman by two strokes. . . . The victory was highlighted by a 228-yard 4-wood shot to the 18th green to 5 feet from the hole. . . . Pavin also won the L.A. Open that year. . . . His last victory came at the 1996 Colonial. . . . Led the PGA Tour in earnings in 1991.

Bob Tway

Age: 41.

Hometown: Edmond, Okla.

Career Highlights: Among his seven PGA Tour titles is one major championship. . . . Won the 1986 PGA Championship at Inverness, where he holed out from a bunker for a birdie on the 72nd hole to defeat Greg Norman. . . . It was one of four victories that season, when Tway finished second on the money list and was named PGA of America Player of the Year. . . . Also won the 1989 Memorial, 1990 Las Vegas Invitational and 1995 MCI Classic.

Jeff Sluman

Age: 43.

Hometown: Chicago.

Career Highlights: Among his four PGA Tour titles is one major championship. . . . Won the 1988 PGA Championship with one of the best closing rounds in tournament history. Trailed Paul Azinger by three strokes through 54 holes, then shot 65 to win by three. . . . Following the win, had eight second-place finishes before winning for the second time at the 1997 Tucson Chrysler Classic. . . . Played college golf at Florida State.

Mark Brooks

Age: 39.

Hometown: Forth Worth, Texas.

Career Highlights: Among his seven PGA Tour titles is one major championship. . . . Captured the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla, where he won a sudden-death playoff over Kenny Perry. He forced a playoff by birdieing the 72nd hole, then birdied the 18th again in the playoff. . . . He also won that year at the Bob Hope and Houston Open and finished third on the money list with more than $1.4-million.

Steve Jones

Age: 41.

Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.

Career Highlights: Among his eight PGA tour titles is one major championship. . . . Captured the 1996 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills, becoming the first sectional qualifier to win the championship since Jerry Pate in 1976. . . . Missed most of three seasons in the early 1990s due to ligament and joint damage to his left ring finger sustained in a dirt bike accident. . . . Won 1997 Phoenix Open by 11 shots over Jesper Parnevik.

Local Favorites

Woody Austin

Age: 36.

Hometown: Lee's Summit, Mo. (Tampa native).

Victories: 1.

Did you know?: He was the PGA Tour's rookie of the year in 1995, when he won the Buick Open.

Michael Bradley

Age: 34.

Hometown: Valrico.

Victories: 2.

Did you know?: He won the 1996 Buick Challenge and the 1998 Doral-Ryder Open and has earned more than $2.6-million in his career.

Barry Cheesman

Age: 41.

Hometown: Sarasota.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: He has won twice on the Buy.Com Tour and finished among the Top-100 on the PGA Tour money list the last two years.

Scott Dunlap

Age: 37.

Hometown: Duluth, Ga. (originally from Sarasota).

Victories: None.

Did you know?: He's on track for his best season, ranked 41st on the money list with $991,584.

Bill Glasson

Age: 40.

Hometown: Stillwater, Okla. (part-time resident of Oldsmar).

Victories: 7.

Did you know?: He's a medical marvel, having endured elbow surgery, four sinus operations, four knees surgeries and forearm surgery.

Bob Heintz

Age: 30.

Hometown: Palm Harbor.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: He's a PGA Tour rookie who won twice in 1999 on the Buy.com Tour.

Glen Hnatiuk

Age: 35.

Hometown: Homosassa.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: He's a native Canadian who has won four times on the Buy.Com Tour.

John Huston

Age: 39.

Hometown: Safety Harbor.

Victories: Five.

Did you know?: Holds the all-time PGA Tour scoring record of 28-under 260, set at the 1998 Hawaiian Open.

Pete Jordan

Age: 36.

Hometown: Valrico.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: Had his best season on the PGA Tour in 1999, earning $295,419.

Greg Kraft

Age: 36.

Hometown: Clearwater.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: He has an unofficial victory at the 1993 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.

Dick Mast

Age: 49.

Hometown: Winter Park.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: The St. Petersburg native got in the tournament through local qualifying on Monday.

Jay Overton

Age: 49.

Hometown: Palm Harbor.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: The longtime Innisbrook pro will attempt to qualify for the Senior PGA Tour next month.

Keep an Eye On

Name: Billy Andrade.

Age: 36.

Hometown: Bristol, R.I.

Victories: 4.

Did you know?: He won the 1991 JCPenney Classic with Kris Tschetter.

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John Cook

Age: 43.

Hometown: Orlando.

Victories: 10.

Did you know?: His tie for fifth last week at Las Vegas was his best of the year.

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Chris DiMarco

Age: 32.

Hometown: Orlando.

Victories: 1.

Did you know?: He won his first title last month at the Pennsylvania Classic.

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Scott Hoch

Age: 44.

Hometown: Orlando.

Victories: 8.

Did you know?: He has finished among the Top 40 on the money list every year since 1982, except in 1992 when he was injured.

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Charles Howell III

Age: 21.

Hometown: Augusta, Ga.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: He won the NCAA individual title this year while playing for Oklahoma State.

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Peter Jacobsen

Age: 46.

Hometown: Portland.

Victories: 6.

Did you know?: His best season was 1995 when he won twice and had more than $1-million in earnings.

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Casey Martin

Age: 28.

Hometown: Eugene, Ore.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: He was a teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford.

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Bob May

Age: 31.

Hometown: Las Vegas.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: He won the British Masters last year, outdueling Colin Montgomerie.

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Jeff Maggert

Age: 36.

Hometown: Houston

Victories: 2.

Did you know: He won the inaugural World Golf Championship-Match Play Championship last year, taking home a $1-million first prize.

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Gary Nicklaus

Age: 31.

Hometown: West Palm Beach.

Victories: None.

Did you know?: The son of Jack Nicklaus, he lost in a playoff to Phil Mickelson earlier this year at the BellSouth Classic.

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